Denpasar establishes 25 kilometer bike lane from cultural center to Sanur beach

Those of you who joined the cycling boom amid the pandemic can now consider Denpasar as your next riding destination, as the city has just established a 25 kilometer bike lane. 

Urban development

Land disputes raise concerns as gov’t plans to develop tourist attractions in NTB ahead of MotoGP races

Land disputes raise concerns as gov’t plans to develop tourist attractions in NTB ahead of MotoGP races

The Indonesian government announced this week that it will further develop tourist destinations in the province, a project that also covers nearly 800 villages.

Komodo Dragon vs Truck: Park officials announce temporary closure following viral ‘standoff’ photo

Komodo Dragon vs Truck: Park officials announce temporary closure following viral ‘standoff’ photo

The closure follows outrage from a widely circulated photo of a komodo dragon facing a truck in an ongoing “Jurassic Park” construction project spearheaded by the Indonesian...

Gov’t mulling plans to build railless train system connecting Ngurah Rai and Sanur

Gov’t mulling plans to build railless train system connecting Ngurah Rai and Sanur

There are always plans right around the corner here in Bali, though whether or not they come to fruition may be another matter altogether.

Kites behind recent power outages in Bali, PLN says

Kites behind recent power outages in Bali, PLN says

State power utility PLN is now calling on local residents in the province to avoid playing kites near electricity grids. 

Indonesia’s tourism industry prepares for post-pandemic ‘new normal’

Indonesia’s tourism industry prepares for post-pandemic ‘new normal’

Health and hygiene are expected to play a key role in attracting tourists. 

MotoGP by the Beach: Indonesia on track to host race in Lombok in 2021 with 40 percent construction progress

MotoGP by the Beach: Indonesia on track to host race in Lombok in 2021 with 40 percent construction progress

The Indonesian government expects completion of the construction by October. 

Construction of light rail transit system connecting Bali airport and Kuta to kick off this year

Construction of light rail transit system connecting Bali airport and Kuta to kick off this year

The LRT project is reportedly worth IDR5 trillion (US$365 million), and will span 4.78 kilometers with four stations between the airport and a planned satellite terminal in Kuta.

Canggu’s Berawa Beach reportedly set for gentrification, traditional beach huts dismantled

Canggu’s Berawa Beach reportedly set for gentrification, traditional beach huts dismantled

Some changes are to be expected in Bali’s tourist hot spot of Canggu.

Ride the roller coaster and shop: Bali’s first indoor theme park Trans Studio Bali opens this Thursday

Ride the roller coaster and shop: Bali’s first indoor theme park Trans Studio Bali opens this Thursday

Will you be riding that roller coaster on top of the mall?


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Coconuts Bali Urban development

Bali is fast developing as the island panders towards its hungry tourism industry. With the island’s capital set at Denpasar in the center, the biggest city in Bali houses all political activity and much of the commercial activity in Bali. Meanwhile, in the south, urbanization seems to be spreading at an unstoppable rate from the airport in Tuban. Almost all the way from Uluwatu up to Canggu feels like a never-ending sprawl. With all the traffic jams and sometimes shoddy construction, you get the feeling that South Bali, especially, is developing faster than the island can properly keep up with. However, on a social level, Bali is certainly one of the more progressive areas of the archipelago nation. With loads of exposure to international tourists and business and welcoming Hindus occupying the dominant religion, Bali just feels much more open than the rest of the country. But don’t get ahead of yourself, Bali is still very in touch with its strong traditional culture and there can be much more conservative, traditional thinking outside of international zones like Kuta.