Rice terraces and tourists
After having visited the marvellous UNESCO rice terraces in Honghe Hana, Yunnan, China, the Tegallalang rice terraces near Ubud, Bali were quite a disappointing tourist trap, reached by a single traffic-clogged road lined with aggressive souvenir sellers and a number of overpriced restaurants. And they even charged for this 'experience'. This image gives the flavour of the place with the rice terraces down in a valley with the top lined with the shops and restaurants.
I don't usually comment on the tourism aspects of my travels and try to always be positive about the places I visit, but in my own opinion, what I saw of Bali suggests that it is long past its 'best before' date. I was really looking forward to visiting this fabled island but the reality is that the island is sinking under the huge influx of tourists, leading to clogged streets, huge traffic delays, omipresent heaps of garbage, polluted beaches and way, way too many shops selling cheap souvenirs. Bali was frustrating and over-priced. While some of the cultural things, such as the temples and dances were interesting to see and experience, they were also inundated with tourists, making them hard to photograph; the bottom line is that I will not return to Bali.
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