Visitors posing in bikinis and clambering over sacred Hindu structures prompt authorities to crack down
Authorities in Bali have vowed to stop westerners in bikinis posing in front of sacred temples as they lament a decline in the “quality of tourists” visiting the island.
Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Sukawati, known as Cok Ace, said the authorities had been concerned by a recent rise in disrespectful behaviour by tourists visiting Bali’s hundreds of sacred Hindu sites.
This has been a long time coming. The Balinese and Indonesians as a whole have always been tolerant and welcoming to all tourists. I don’t think personally its a quality issue, its more about better education in around all the holy sites. Perhaps some kind of formal training for tour guides as well as strict enforcement of dress codes and temple rules. The worst thing would be to see temples closed off or regular Balinese devotees being adversely impacted. -editor Bali ID News