Bali temples Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu to get cleaned up for IMF-World Bank meeting

Some extra TLC is going to go into two of Bali’s most iconic temples and popular tourist destinations, Tanah Lot and and Pura Ulun Danu ahead of the much anticipated IMF-World Bank meeting to take place on the island in October 2018. Bali Province has been hard at work to make things on the island ...

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North Bali airport ‘cancellation’ not final, still under consideration

North Bali airport ‘cancellation’ not final, still under consideration

The Ministry of Transportation (Menhub) seems far from gung ho about building an airport in North Bali, but conclusions about the airport being flat out “cancelled” are...

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says he’s still evaluating the development plan for a IDR27 trillion (US$1.9 billion) project that would see the...

Don’t want to get stuck in traffic at the Bali airport roundabout? Police are appealing to motorists to use alternative routes

Don’t want to get stuck in traffic at the Bali airport roundabout? Police are appealing to motorists to use alternative routes

Driving in South Bali has been more of a headache than ever lately, as the roundabout in front of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has been experiencing extreme...

Benoa Bay reclamation protests heat up ahead of Bali gubernatorial race

Benoa Bay reclamation protests heat up ahead of Bali gubernatorial race

With just months to go until Bali picks a new governor and sends off the current one, the movement protesting the impending reclamation of South Bali’s Benoa Bay has jolted back...

Beautiful but dangerous: Tourists are starting to flock to Bali’s Nusa Penida but safety standards haven’t kept up with island’s growth

Beautiful but dangerous: Tourists are starting to flock to Bali’s Nusa Penida but safety standards haven’t kept up with island’s growth

Nusa Penida, a small island off the east coast of Bali, though off the highly-beaten path, is quickly becoming a becoming a favorite destination amongst adventure-seeking...

A long road ahead: Denpasar Imam Bonjol street-widening project to take 400 days

A long road ahead: Denpasar Imam Bonjol street-widening project to take 400 days

Rush hour madness in Bali’s capital city, Denpasar, launched the government into taking action to widen a stretch of the major artery, Jl. Imam Bonjol late last year. But in...

Ubud parking probs: Gianyar Regency says it will reevaluate parking-free zones as roads, sidewalks get clogged up

Ubud parking probs: Gianyar Regency says it will reevaluate parking-free zones as roads, sidewalks get clogged up

Vehicles parked on Ubud roadsides are proving a headache, adding extra sluggishness to the already heavily congested downtown area. If it’s not gaping holes in the Bali jungle...

Access at Bali Ngurah Rai roundabout opened from airport to toll, By Pass Jimbaran

Access at Bali Ngurah Rai roundabout opened from airport to toll, By Pass Jimbaran

Access from Bali’s airport all the way around to the Mandara Toll and Jimbaran Ngurah Rai By Pass has been reopened at the Ngurah Rai roundabout, as of Monday. A section of the...

Forget volcano, traffic congestion is one of the biggest threats to Bali tourism: Organda

Forget volcano, traffic congestion is one of the biggest threats to Bali tourism: Organda

It’s no secret that Bali relies heavily on tourism as its big money maker. And while the island’s economy has certainly been wounded since the volcano Mount Agung stirred back...


 

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.