DENPASAR

Bali’s capital city, Denpasar, is the busiest area on the island. Yes, even busier than Kuta. The provincial government is set up in the city and that’s where you’ll also find a number of foreign consulates. The streets are much wider (to make way for the pounding traffic) than everywhere else on the island and you’ll also feel more of a sense of urgency than you would otherwise on this relaxed island. However, don’t write it off too fast. You’ll find Renon to be an interesting spot with plenty of young enterprising Indonesians opening up cafes and trendy restaurants. And don’t forget the iconic Bajra Sandhi Monument, located right in front of the governor’s office, dedicated to the struggles of the Balinese people throughout history.
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Australian man faces 5 months for stealing Gucci bag worth IDR12 million from Bali mall

Australian man faces 5 months for stealing Gucci bag worth IDR12 million from Bali mall

An Australian tourist accused of stealing a Gucci bag worth IDR12,282,500 (US$864) from the Duty Free Shop at Kuta’s Mall Bali Galleria in January appeared at the Denpasar...

Medan drug couriers caught with a kilogram of meth tucked inside their sandals at Bali airport

Medan drug couriers caught with a kilogram of meth tucked inside their sandals at Bali airport

Two Indonesian nationals were arrested at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport on Saturday (9/3) after officers from the Provincial National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) discovered 1,008 grams...

Bali resident finds wife lying dead at home, crying toddler by her side

Bali resident finds wife lying dead at home, crying toddler by her side

Concerned that his wife could not be reached by telephone, a sick husband came home from the hospital yesterday to discover his wife lying lifeless on the floor, and their young...

Malaysian drug smuggling suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ Bali prosecutor demands 10 years

Malaysian drug smuggling suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ Bali prosecutor demands 10 years

The trial of Mohd Husaini Bin Jaslee, a Malaysian national accused of smuggling 1,887 ecstasy pills in his laptop case last September, continued at the Denpasar District Court...

Traditional Balinese mud bath ritual revived after sixty-year hiatus without public nudity element

Traditional Balinese mud bath ritual revived after sixty-year hiatus without public nudity element

After smothering themselves with mud, the Balinese people will then head to the beach together to wash off the mud -- and their sins.

Denpasar residents craft voice-activated ogoh-ogoh for Ngrupuk Parade

Denpasar residents craft voice-activated ogoh-ogoh for Ngrupuk Parade

A group of tech-savvy Denpasar locals have bridged tradition with technology by creating a voice-activated ogoh-ogoh (demonic statue) for this year’s Ngrupuk Parade, which falls...

Bali woman on trial for partially blinding her husband’s alleged lover with chemical

Bali woman on trial for partially blinding her husband’s alleged lover with chemical

A wife, suspected of partially blinding a woman who she believed to be her husband’s mistress by pouring poisonous fluids over her head, seemed overcome with anguish during her...

Australian jailed in Bali for selling cocaine

Australian jailed in Bali for selling cocaine

An Australian man charged with selling cocaine in Bali was jailed for more than five years yesterday. A court on the Indonesian resort island handed down the sentence to Brendon...

NGOs criticize police for making a spectacle of alleged drug offenders on car free day

NGOs criticize police for making a spectacle of alleged drug offenders on car free day

Denpasar Police have come under criticism after they made a public display of 23 suspects of drug-related cases at Renon’s car free day on Sunday morning. The suspects were...

Two Bali police officers get 4 years each for possession of .38 grams of meth

Two Bali police officers get 4 years each for possession of .38 grams of meth

Indonesian police officers are not immune to the country’s incredibly harsh drug laws. A pair of former Bali officers were sentenced yesterday to 4 years in prison and a fine of...