Bali: fun for the young and young at heart

From raft­ing to cook­ing classes there is plenty to charm you

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL - with Emily Jack­son

THE nat­u­ral beauty of Bali lures thou­sands of fun-lov­ing Aussie tourists to its shores ev­ery year.

For par­ents of these young tourists it also brings a con­cern for their safety.

With oc­ca­sional bleak travel warn­ings from the gov­ern­ment about po­lit­i­cal ten­sion in In­done­sia, that worry is un­der­stand­able.

As a teenager on my first visit to Bali I spent a week trav­el­ling through the beach re­sort town of Seminyak and towns sur­round­ing it and I must say my ex­pe­ri­ence was far from hazardous.

Trav­el­ling with three other friends en­sured great com­pany while pro­vid­ing a layer of safety.

Our jour­ney in­cluded ad­ven­tures through some of Bali’s most renowned tourist des­ti­na­tions. High­lights in­cluded the Sa­cred Mon­key Forest Sanc­tu­ary at Ubud, Padang Padang beach, and raft­ing down a river in Ubud, where the cap­ti­vat­ing nat­u­ral beauty left us mes­merised.

Af­ter also tak­ing a trip to Uluwatu Tem­ple, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the taste of Bail’s no­to­ri­ous “cat poo’’ cof­fee, we had re­ally im­mersed our­selves in the is­land’s rich cul­ture.

When re­flect­ing upon our ex­pe­ri­ences it be­came ap­par­ent that the over­ar­ch­ing theme shown to us was good­will.

On a daily ba­sis we were greeted with friendly smiles and heart­felt care from in­di­vid­u­als along the streets.

This was also true at our re­sort, Breezes Re­sort and Spa. Par­al­lel to the wel­com­ing na­ture of the work­ers it was in­ter­est­ing to see how re­sorts in Bali take se­cu­rity very se­ri­ously.

Se­cu­rity in­spec­tions are re­quired be­fore en­trance to most re­sorts, where the guards also check un­der­neath any ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing the premises.

Along the street se­cu­rity was highly vis­i­ble and we were of­ten asked if we were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any trou­ble. It was ob­vi­ous that they had our best in­ter­ests at heart.

In all hon­esty, I was a lit­tle anx­ious when we landed at Den­pasar air­port and we were on In­done­sian ter­ri­tory. How­ever, it only took a few mo­ments to recog­nise how gen­tle the Ba­li­nese peo­ple are, and now I wish our trip could have been longer.

Whether you’re one for re­lax­ing or ad­ven­ture, the streets of Seminyak are filled with some­thing for every­one.

Bali is an ex­pe­ri­ence one will never for­get and a re­minder of how vital kind­ness and gen­eros­ity are.

The in­ter­ac­tion with lo­cals and wit­ness­ing re­ac­tions from oth­ers showed how in­cred­i­ble the peo­ple of Bali are.

PHO­TOS: EMILY JACK­SON

Rid­ing the rapids was just one of the ad­ven­tures for Emily Jack­son, Gemma Spina, Aby Chap­man and Kerem Demir dur­ing their Bali holiday.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

You just needed some food to make a new friend in Ubud.

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