Australian holidaymakers have revealed the one thing that infuriates them in the tourist mecca of Bali – and they are putting the blame on fellow tourists.
Posting on the Bali Bogans Facebook group this week, traveler Fiona said she just returned from a ‘fantastic time’ on the Indonesian island despite almost getting shortchanged by a money changer and ‘paying too much for things and loving it.’
‘(But) what annoyed me is the arrogance of people walking on the footpath,’ she said.
‘If you are walking side by side please go single file when others need to get through. Please and thankyou are also free,’ she said.
Other commenters agreed that the rudeness of their fellow foreign tourists, who venture to Bali in their millions each year, was the main thing that tarnished their trip.
‘Yes it’s the other foreigners who annoy me the most. I don’t know how the beautiful Balinese people put up with us all,’ one person said.
‘I agree with you on the footpath situation especially when you move over and people don’t even say thank you. Little bit of manners goes a long way,’ another said.
‘Try doing it in a wheelchair and they still don’t move,’ a third said.
‘Sometimes I think it’s just newbies overwhelmed plus the heat and looking down to avoid slipping they just inadvertently forget the manners thing,’ a fourth added.
Travel to Bali is back in full swing after the Covid lockdown but not without hiccups.
A little more than a week ago Jetstar apologised after a flight from Melbourne to the island was turned back hours after take-off because of a miscommunication with Indonesian authorities.
Flight JQ35 made it as far as the Timor Sea near Broome, about four hours into the flight to Bali, when it was suddenly diverted back to Australia.
The plane arrived back in Melbourne the next morning after passengers had spent about eight hours aboard to go nowhere.
The airline has confirmed the issue was due to the type of aircraft it used for the flight.
It switched the plane from an Airbus A321 to a Boeing 787 because it could carry more passengers, but the swap had not been approved by Indonesian authorities.
‘We’ve begun a review to understand how the miscommunication happened so we can prevent it from occurring again,’ the company said.
The airline said passengers had been booked on another flight to Denpasar and all those affected were given hotel rooms, meal vouchers and a $200 travel voucher.
‘We know this has been an extremely frustrating experience for customers and sincerely apologise for what happened,’ Jetstar added.