Australian tourists traveling to Bali will soon receive a ‘guide’ with instructions on how to dress and behave while visiting the tropical holiday hotspot.
Known for its clear waters, blue skies and cheap beer, the island paradise has long been a favorite of vacationers seeking a relaxing and carefree paradise.
Bali is the second most popular tourist destination for Australians, with more than 2.1 million visitors last year, making Aussies the largest number of foreigners in the Indonesian country in any given month.
However, locals have recently complained about an increasing number of tourists flouting rules and customs and wreaking havoc among the locals.
Anggiat Napitupulu, head of Bali’s regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, announced plans on Sunday for a “good tourist guide” for travelers.
Travelers to Bali will soon receive a “proper tourist guide” with detailed instructions on how to dress and behave while visiting the tropical paradise (pictured)
The guide instructs travelers on how to behave and dress when in, on or around cultural monuments and sacred sites (stock photo)
“It should be known that not all foreigners know what is and what is not allowed in Bali,” Napitupulu said, according to The Bali Sun.
“We hope to accelerate the completion of the guide or handbook.”
Mr. Napitupulu said work is already underway on the manual, which is expected to include an introduction to Balinese culture and customs.
The manual also explains the island’s traffic rules and instructs tourists on how to dress and behave in, on or around sacred sites and cultural sites.
Funded by the local government, the guide is part of a larger campaign to restore Indonesia’s image after a spate of cases involving misbehaving tourists.
Unruly foreigners were caught desecrating holy sites, public nudity, drunkenness and other serious criminal behavior.
In February, a Russian tourist was caught driving under the influence of alcohol after hitting a local motorcyclist, forcing the Balinese man to be hospitalized.
The holiday destination was also marred by a fatal motorcycle accident in January, when a Ukrainian visitor and a Russian tourist were both killed in a road accident.
In March, a specialized task force consisting of police and officials was set up to find and prosecute undocumented workers.
In its first week, the task force arrested six tourists — three sex workers, two motorcycle riding instructors and a tennis coach — and issued eviction notices after discovering they were working illegally.
In early March, a 28-year-old was also deported after authorities accused him of working as a photographer while holding an investment visa.
Another tourist named Yuri sparked outrage on March 19 after he shared a photo of himself with his pants around his ankles on top of the sacred Mount Agung.
The tourist deleted the photo and apologized to Bali officials, taking part in a ceremonial sacrifice to the gods before being deported.
An Australian expatriate living in Bali was criticized for her bad behavior after a video circulated online in March of her yelling at a police officer.
It comes as Bali officials crack down on unruly tourists after a series of cases involving unruly tourists. In March, a tourist caused outrage after posing with his pants around his ankles on top of the sacred Mount Agung (pictured)
The tourist, known as Yuri (pictured right), apologized and took part in a ceremonial sacrifice to the Gods to show his repentance (pictured) before being deported
The woman was reportedly riding her scooter on a road in Canggu, a resort town on the island’s south coast, when she was stopped for not wearing a helmet.
Last year, influencer Alina Fazleeva was deported from Bali after posing nude next to a 700-year-old sacred tree.
The Guide is yet another proposed plan introduced by Bali officials to help combat misbehaving travelers.
The island’s governor, Wayan Koster, announced on March 13 a proposal to ban foreign tourists from riding motorcycles in Bali.
Under the ban, a foreign traveler will no longer be able to rent a motorbike and will have to rent a car from a travel agency or tourist office.
Koster said tourists are “disorderly and misbehaved” and claimed the proposed rule will help meet standards to “ensure quality and dignified tourism.”
On March 7, Bali Tourism Board Chairman Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana announced plans for an educational billboard campaign used to teach tourists how to dress and behave.
The billboards have instructions and advice in English, and foreign language billboards are likely to follow.
Authorities have confirmed that at least 10 billboards will be installed where violations are most common, including Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Canggu, Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.
“It’s about tourists respecting Balinese cultural customs by dressing well and neatly, following order, carrying out traffic activities and not doing things outside the stipulations,” Adnyana said.