Balinese tricks: How to avoid being scammed

Visitors to Bali are split between those who believe that the island miraculously fulfils desires and those who don't quite buy this theory. Once in Bali, many people realize that they must be careful with their requests from the universe. 

Be careful with the desire to "get rid oneself of materialism” and "understand that the money is not the main thing in life“, as Bali has "specialists" on the island, who will "help you to achieve" these spiritual goals.

No doubt Bali gives tourists lots of joy, happiness, and positive emotions, but Bali can take it away too.

It would be foolish to say that in Bali tourists everywhere are waiting to be scammed, while in other countries everything goes smoothly. Yes, in Oslo and Reykjavik you are less likely to be a victim of being ripped off, but there are also popular destinations where tourists are ripped on the street and pick pocketed. There are such places even in respectable and decent parts of Europe.

So, what kind of tricks of mental dexterity and psychological fortitude can you demonstrate to local charlatans? How can you get out of such situations with a smile without spoiling your mood and keeping your positive mood for the rest of your vacation?

We warn you! It is not a fact that during a short vacation, you can see all these "performances". Perhaps you will not encounter any of the wizards, but the chance are good, so read the situation and look forward to immersion in the world of Balinese wonders.

1. Currency exchange fraud

You may go to the exchanger, change the money at a very tempting rate, which is incredibly high. "That's luck!”

The currency exchanger usually gives you rupiah (IDR) in very small bills that are hard to hold in one pack. You recalculate you rupiah by placing the money in different stacks on the table in front of you and the money changer. At the same time, he "helps" you in the process of counting and checks the amount of money each time you counted the money, in addition. You leave the exchanger, some time passes, maybe you even go back to the hotel and realize that some of the money is missing.

What is going on?

The currency exchanger counts the stacks after you in order to "drop" a few bills under the table without you noticing it. The expectation is that the tourists will be hot, anxious to leave, and they will get tired of the process of counting and will not be the last to recalculate. Maybe after the exchange, they will go shopping and spend some money, so they won't remember how much they spent on meals, clothes, etc. It is nearly impossible to prove that you have been scammed if some time has passed since the transaction.

How not to get into trouble?

Try to change the money in the official exchangers on the island. There are serious networks in Bali where the chance to face such "tricks" is very low. Among them are Central Kuta Money Exchange, BMC, and Dirgahayu. When you get the right amount of money, recalculate the entire stack without putting it all in separate stacks and straighten the notes so that they are not folded in half. Do not let anyone recalculate after you.

Perhaps tricksy money handler will understand that you will not be fooled. They will say that in this case you have to pay the currency exchange fee. If you are not happy with this, you can just take your money and find a normal exchanger.

If you do happen to run into this situation with the exchange, and only after returning to your hotel did you realize that you faced the performance of a trickster - go back. They remembered exactly how much was missing and after some discussions they might return the missing part of the money to you.

2. Grocery shopping in the kingdom of chaos

You come to the usual cute and quite nice supermarket, where half of the items are not priced. There are surveillance cameras here, and the shopkeepers are kind enough to be trusted. You pack up your groceries and go to the check out, where youк receipt don't quite add up.

What is going on?

Stores in Indonesia are often the kingdom of chaos. Price tags for some products are either not on the shelves or they are outdated. You are sure in one price, you approach the cash desk with the goods, and the price, though not much, but higher. "Oh, I'm sorry, that was an old price and we didn't have time to change it," they tell you. And it can be the pure truth.

Prices for many fruits and vegetables are indicated not per kilo, but per hundred grams, so the product may seem 10 times cheaper. Sometimes the cashier enters the price for your item into the cash register manually and accidentally adds an "extra zero". "Oh, sorry, me? Accidentally!"

If you take fruits or vegetables and carry them for weighing, the shopkeeper may enter the wrong code in the scales and put the price for another type of the product, which is twice as expensive. Instead of one pack of chocolate, you may get two. In addition to all your purchases, you can be added a pack of cigarettes even if you haven't asked for it.

Most of the time, this happens if you buy a lot of groceries at once, and it becomes difficult to keep track of prices.

How not to get into trouble?

It's not always malicious. Sometimes shopkeepers are just too relaxed. They sit, talk, joke with each other, sing and dance, and don't waste valuable time walking around with boring faces and placing items on shelves. People live pleasantly and cheerfully and do not always find time and attention to follow all sorts of boring things like numbers and price tags.

Just try to keep track of everything in the store, if it is important to you how much you spend. If there is no price tag - ask a shopkeeper to check the price first. When you get a price tag on a weighted fruit or vegetable, check it if that is correct. Pay attention at the check out whether the prices are correct. Recalculate the change given to you. Don't be angry if you are being scammed a bit. Very often this comes out of a trivial dizziness.

3. Jimbaran Restaurants

The Bali driver has recommended a great restaurant, where he is ready to take you and then pick you up after dinner. You choose lobster, shrimp and fish directly from the aquarium, sit at a table overlooking the sunset and spend a great romantic evening after which you will have an unexpectedly high score.

What's going on?

Most of Jimbaran's restaurants work for the commission. This means that if your Balinese driver has taken you there, he will receive his percentage of your order at the end of your dinner. That's why the "commission" restaurants are so expensive.
The price of fish and seafood is set in thousands of rupees. That is, 80k means not Rp.80 , but Rp. 80,000.

Let's not assert, but for years the disputes between supporters of the theory that before cooking weighed fish and shrimp are replaced by smaller and the theory that seafood is simply "appalled". Let's leave the right to choose for you.

How not to get into trouble?

Choose good, proven restaurants in Jimbaran, where most tourists go and which maintain a higher standard of quality than their neighbors. Among them are Lia Cafe and Menega. If you don't want to face unexpected surprises regarding the price - don't take fish and seafood by weight - choose sets that have a fixed price for a set of a certain number of seafood delicacies.

4. Airport sharks

You just got your luggage and stepped on the fertile land of Bali, which will give you a vacation full of adventure, discovery, miracles and delight. You are a fresh, clean and sometimes still naive tourist, a little confused by the abundance of zeros on the notes and not particularly aware of how far to get to your hotel from the airport and how much it can cost.

In such a situation, it is easy to fall victim to airport taxi drivers who bite a newcomer like a shark with a small fish. Fortunately, not so long ago, the unknown happened. According to reports of arriving tourists from the arrival hall, aggressive taxi drivers have disappeared. They are shouting something from afar, from the second floor, but do not approach the tourists.

What happened?

It is not yet clear what happened. I would like to think that at last the airport management listened to the tourists' complaints about the aggressive behavior of taxi drivers, who often go wild, and in case of conflict they start poking dirty fingernails in your face and shouting "Go to your f* country! Perhaps the taxi driver's order at the airport is now available only from the prepaid taxi counter, which can be seen immediately after leaving the terminal.

How not to get into trouble?

Hopefully, this idyll will last a long time. In the meantime, you can order a taxi in several civilized ways
1) At the prepaid taxi stand at the exit of the terminal. You will be shown the price list by area and a clear price to get to your hotel
2) By ordering a transfer from your hotel
3) By calling an online taxi from Grab. Install the app in advance, use the internet at the airport and arrange a messenger to meet you there. You can pick up the hornbeam from a multi-storey covered parking lot right in front of the international terminal exit.

If possible, do not use the services of porters who will grab your luggage without permission. This is a paid service and if you didn't plan to pay for it, just politely refuse with a smile. If the porter grabbed your suitcase and dragged it despite your polite smiles and refusals, demonstrate rejection more confidently and strongly, but most importantly without self-harm.

If your route passes through the highway over the bay, the driver may ask you to pay for a fare that costs 11,500 for cars and buses.

5. Entering the airport

You're taking a taxi to the airport to fly back from Bali. You may even be late and a little nervous. The driver drives through a gate with a barrier, takes a ticket that says something Indonesian and costs Rp 50,000. Naturally, the driver asks you to pay almost 3.5 dollars to enter the airport.

What is going on?

In fact, the amount of 50,000 rupees indicated on the ticket is a fine for the loss of a parking ticket. And it is written on the coupon. But the calculation is made on the fact that the tourist does not know Indonesian and does not understand what is actually written, in a hurry and does not want to pay attention to the trifles, has some balance of money from a pleasant vacation and easily part with them. Actually the entrance to the airport costs Rs. 4,000. That is more than 10 times less.

How not to get into trouble?

You can act on your own. If you don't like to be cheated, get mad, if you're being made a fool of yourself, you can just tell the driver that actually "bapak itu denda kehilangan karcis bukan harga masuk" and give the unsuccessful actor 4,000 rupees. If it doesn't matter to you and you're lenient with the little tricks, you can give the driver a hint that you're aware of these games, but still give the failed manipulator a tip.

6. Tipping for online taxi

You install the Grab and Gojek app to order an online taxi, and you're delighted that Bali works "like a civilized country".

You call a taxi in full confidence that transparent technology will triumph over non-transparent corruption. The app finds you a taxi driver who sends you a message that the fare indicated in the app is too low and you need to pay more.

What is going on?

Taxi drivers in Bali, confident that the price indicated by Grab or Goujek does not meet their needs, do not humble themselves and take the situation into their own hands. They start to trade, sometimes asking for a price several times higher than the one specified in the application.

How not to get into trouble?

You can either cancel this order at all and call another driver, who can be more decent. Or get in touch with a taxi driver who is already in touch with you at an average price that is more acceptable to you.

In either case, you can make a screenshot of your correspondence and send it to the application support team so that the employees can have an impact on the taxi driver who violates the pricing policy. And if you think that the amount is not worth the hassle, your will is to pay the taxi driver as much as he asks and still for tea to add.

7. Fake Bluebird taxi

I'm sure many friends who have been to Bali have told you that the best way to get caught outdoors is to use the Blue Bird taxi.
This is a reliable company that usually works well. "They have blue cars - they're easy to identify," you get it. You're standing by the side of the road and you can see the blue, purple-blue and dark-blue cars with names that list all the possible variations on the Blue Bird theme.

What is going on?

In Indonesia, there has been a respected and very reliable taxi company, the Blue Bird Group, for decades. Its drivers have special identification numbers, use counters and in general tourists prefer it.

And the company was so reliable that it started to have clones. It's a taxi of almost the same colour, with an almost similar logo, a driver in almost similar uniforms. The difference is that the service is not always like Blue bird. Such taxis often do not use counters, and the fare is very inhumane. If you are an inexperienced tourist, a taxi driver can miss it, hack a huge price to get to the building just around the corner, and if you refuse to pay, will cause you a scandal.

How not to get into trouble?

Look carefully at the signs of the real Blue Bird taxi. It should look like a real taxi.

8. Is the local taxi a part of the mafia?

You took the advice of your friends to install Grab and Gojek on your smartphone, maybe you have already used them a couple of times and had time to get acquainted with the rather humane prices for them. At the next taxi order, the driver writes to you that he will not be able to come to a certain area, local taxi drivers come to you and say that this area is prohibited online taxi, and can only work they. And the services of this "local taxi" are 2-3 times more expensive than Grab and Gojek.

What is going on?

In fact, this is not a scam, but an inconvenient feature of the Balinese transport system, associated with the Balinese self-government. The fact is that in Bali, local self-government and banjar are very strong and influential. It includes family members who live in the area and solve all issues related to it. Including transport issues in this area.
It is quite normal for the members of the banjar to allow only their drivers, who are members of their local council, to enter their territory. For the Banjar, this looks like support for the local community and its culture.
The price is 2-3 times higher than the price of an online taxi because the fare is always paid as a two-way fare, as the taxi driver of a banjar can only take a passenger from his or her own banjar and then must return. In addition, the taxi driver is taxed in the banjar for landscaping, festivities, etc.

How not to get into trouble?

Keep in mind that on the sections of the island remote from the central highways, such bans on banjars may be in effect and only "local transport" will be allowed. Drivers are often afraid to enter such areas under the threat of physical assault and car damage.
If you are going to drive to remote areas that are forbidden to online taxis (which include the beaches of Bukit, Uluwatu Temple), take either your own transport or hire a personal driver. You can go to some central highway, where the online taxi driver will not be afraid to approach, or drive with a "local taxi" to the nearest main road and call an online taxi there.

9. Drivers on the commission

You found a driver on the Internet who's ready to take you to Bali Island for funny money. Literally 500,000 - 600,000 rupees a day! That's a great price, isn't it?
But in day of excursion you come across that it delivers you on any factories of a batik, shops of silver and souvenirs which you absolutely did not plan to visit, and from those objects which you agreed to go round, you already do not have time much.

What is going on?

The low price for the services of such drivers is due to the fact that they drive tourists to their commission places.
If the driver is kind to you, you are in a harmoniously relaxed state, trust his "good advice" and "follow the recommendations". Therefore, you can easily accept changes in the route. Shops, restaurants, factories, workshops, spas and springs, where your driver takes you, are not the best places, but places with which he has agreements to get his commission from the money you spend in them.

Because of this, the prices in such stores are too high, as they include the price of the goods and the commission guide, which can sometimes reach up to 70% of the price tag. As soon as you leave the store, your driver goes into it and gets his share. 

How not to get into trouble?

Already at the stage of agreement with the driver, clearly specify what places you want to visit. If you do not intend to spend your time in shops and workshops, clearly let the driver know about it. Perhaps after this discussion, the price of your trip will increase, but you will be sure that you will not lose time. Or take guides who are more expensive, but who are not in charge of transporting tourists to their commission points.

10. Traffic accident scam 

You ride a bike at a reasonable speed and suddenly from the side street on the bike you are taken out by a teenage girl without a helmet and even with a little sister as a passenger. She hits your bike, falls, starts to cry. Then some Indonesians come out of nowhere and start to scream that it is your fault and now you have to pay a large sum to avoid the police, court, prison and other horrors. Like Rp.12 billions, for example. Or... how much do you have there?

What happened?

As a rule, such cases do not happen as staged "fixtures", but as a result of a real accident. If the locals see that a local and foreigner collided in an accident, many people around them will try to protect the locals and blame the foreigner.

By default, the foreigner has more money than the local one and he or she will be able to pay for the repair of his or her bike and pay for the treatment and repair costs of the Indonesian bike. Regardless of who is really to blame and who broke the traffic rules.

How not to get into trouble?

First of all, you will get official international rights, so that in such a situation you do not have "weaknesses", clicking on which the participants of the incident could manipulate you. Drive in a helmet and try not to break the rules. Send a signal to other participants when you understand that the person can make a potentially dangerous manoeuvre.

If an accident does happen, take your phone and videotape everything that happens around you. Film who was actually driving, film the condition of the bike, your side and the other side, film witnesses to the accident, if possible, try to take their contacts (watsap numbers or Facebook profiles). It is better to take the contacts of shopkeepers and restaurant staff around them.

Even if you don't need it, those who might want to "invent an alternative story" will realize that you are collecting reliable information and will leave their attempts.

Note if there are any surveillance cameras around the scene and which shops/restaurants they may belong to. If the culprit tries to flee the scene, try to pick up the keys to the bike and take a picture and video of his face.

If you are injured, you are injured and hurt, don't be silent, don't play the hero. Cry. This will help the crowd around you to see in you a man and feel sorry for you. Don't yell at the culprit, because even if the traffic rules are broken, you will be considered an intuitive intruder. Do not shout, get mad, or fight. Keep all conversations calm.

If the police have arrived at the scene of the accident, be prepared to be the first to offer to solve the issue with the other side amicably. Don't take this as a suggestion that the police are getting rid of the problem and pushing you to pay the scammers the amount you are being extorted.

The police will always ask the parties to resolve the matter amicably first. And your version of how to amicably solve the conflict is just as legitimate. If you have not reached a compromise, the police will of course intervene. And it is not always the decision of the police will be to your detriment.

Try to call to the scene of the incident some familiar Indonesian, whom you trust and who would support you. This can be the owner of the bike, the owner of the house you rent. Before renting a bike, ask the owner of the rental if they have accident insurance. This is a very useful and convenient thing and it is much better to rent a bike if you have such insurance. Find out the details in advance.

As for the case described above at the beginning of the paragraph, the police have arrived at the scene of the accident. The "fake" driver left, being afraid that he would be put behind bars for false testimony. The girl's mother arrived and the policeman explained to her that she should not have let her child go without her licence and a helmet to ride a bike. And the Russian girl, who was initially tried to be accused, was acquitted after a few hours. But she still gave some money for the child's treatment. Just out of pure heart and out of the goodness of her heart.

11. Taxi drivers in Padang Bay

You went to Gili, went back to the port of Padang Bai and are now going to the bus of your transport company, which has convinced you that the return transfer is already paid for by you. But there's a taxi driver next to you and he asks, "Where are you going? Canggu? Oh, your bus will take you now to Canggu for 5 hours. There are traffic jams everywhere! And the passengers will be waiting for an hour. And I can take you very quickly and cheaply!!"
Sometimes such a driver deftly takes away a ticket for a free transfer from a stuck passenger. And now you don't have a free transfer.

The driver's words are more convincing because he accompanies you to the official buses of your transport company, continues to hang noodles on your ears in the presence of official drivers, and they do not mind this nonsense.

What happened?

A man who is tired after the road is very easy to convince of almost anything. This is what taxi drivers use. It is difficult to say whether they are in collusion with officers who do not drive them or not. Although the reputation of official carriers is spoiled, they are not particularly worried.

On the way back, tourists aren't taken to all the hotels, even if they are carefully picked up in any corner on the way to Gili. On the way back tourists are usually left in some common agreed popular points. It is necessary to go to some distance - it is necessary to add Rp. 50.000. This is an official practice.
But 5 hours of the way back is an obvious lie, with the help of which taxi drivers try to lure passengers to their place.

How not to get into trouble?

Hold your free transfer voucher firmly in your hands, go straight to the bus parking lot with your carrier's logos and give the voucher only to an employee of the company who is wearing uniform with an embroidered official logo. If you are besieged by sharks, just smile at them and say you're okay.

12. Fake tour guides

You come to the temple to imbue yourself with the sacredness of Balinese culture, to let harmony and peace into your heart. The people around you smile, render courtesies and some kind person does not mind to show you the temple and accompany you through the territory. Well, what a care about the guests!
At the end of your visit it turns out that this care was not a manifestation of goodwill, but a paid excursion, which you were not informed about and the price was kept quiet. Maybe you will even be shown a printout with the services of a "good man". Pay up and sign.

What is going on?

Such guides use the peculiarities of human psychology and understand that in such a "trap" a person will be "uncomfortable" not to pay, especially in such a holy place as a temple, and deliberately do not say the price in advance. Most often such a "divorce" takes place in the temple of Pura Besakih and in the Goa Gaja cave.

In part, there is a sense in accompanying tourists by guides in any temples. Sometimes tourists behave inappropriately enough place - climb on the altars and take pictures sitting on them, naked for photographing in the temples. But not all tourists do this and most of them behave in a dignified manner.

How not to get into trouble?

If someone offers you their services, ask in advance how much it will cost and if the person says that it will be possible to make a donation, specify whether it is an arbitrary amount of the donation or some clearly defined guide. If you need a really interesting story about Balinese temples, culture and traditions, take a good recommended guide for the day. He will drive you around the island and take you to interesting places.
And if you really like the story of the local temple guide, you are free to pay him and add extra tip money.

13. A special ceremony "Only today"

You come to the temple, you pay for your entrance ticket, your parking. And now some strange person comes up to you and says that today the ceremony is in the temple, so for visiting the temple you have to pay extra personally to him. Most often such a "story" takes place in the main temple of Bali Pura Besakih.

What is going on?

In fact, the ceremonies take place in large temples every day, and such people take advantage of tourists' ignorance, their trembling before an unfamiliar religion, and the belief that "well, in the temple, no one will deceive them".

How not to get into trouble?

Just show this adventurer the entrance ticket and tell him that you have already paid the entrance fee.

14. Donations with a hint

You're coming to a temple that just opened. A priest is clapping at the altar.
You only came to see the temple, but the priest calls you with a gesture and holds a blessing ceremony with holy water and then shows you a book of donations, where you can sign for donations.

Despite the early morning, there are already entries in the list today from an impressive number of guests who have left in the temple round sums of hundreds of Indonesian rupiah. You don't want to seem stingy against their background and you leave a lot of money in the temple too.

How not to get into trouble?

In fact, you are free to go through a blessing ceremony or to smile with a very polite smile at it, especially if you are not a Hindu. And you are also free to leave as a donation in the temple any arbitrary amount that you do not feel sorry for. Just do it from the bottom of your heart, not because you are afraid to seem greedy.

15. Sarong for rent

You're going to visit the Balinese temple and you'll be bewildered by a crowd of women selling sarongs at the entrance. They are beginning to tell you that without the sarong you will not be able to visit the temple and are breaking through the high prices of their goods.

What is going on?

Without sarong, you really cannot enter the temple. And to enter the temple you need to cover your legs with a sarong, tie a sash on your belt and cover your shoulders. If a man wearing long trousers, he is sometimes allowed to tie up the sash. The problem is that in temples the sarong is either included in the entrance fee or not more than 20,000 rupees.

How not to get into trouble?

Buy your own sarong, or as it is called in Bali, "stone", which you can use in temples. The easiest one will cost you an inexpensive one, up to 70,000 - 80,000 rupees, but it will come in handy as a skirt, as a towel, as a blanket, and in dozens of other cases.

Do not take a sarong that looks like a beach pareo, it is not suitable for the temple, take a variant with traditional patterns. Or use the sarong, which is given by a temple attendant near the ticket office.

16. Beach Spa

You are lounging on the beach of Kuta in the hot sun and every few minutes you come to you 100-500 manicurists, braiders, henna tattooists, masseuses. You are promised a very profitable "chip price", which at first looks so tempting.

While you are getting a massage, another craftswoman starts to make your nails suddenly. Everything starts with a simple staining, then some flowers are added, and the price goes for each finger. And as a result, you are presented with a bill for an impressive amount.

What is going on?

Count on the fact that the heat-trimmed tourist will be flexible and soft. He will gladly accept the services and will not protest. And when it is done, the tourist will be "uncomfortable" to argue about the price.

How not to get into trouble?

Make all the beauty procedures in designated places with a precise price list. Do not use beauty services on the beach, because for quality and hygiene you will not be guaranteed. The manicure will come off the next day, the henna may leave burns, and "the master" has gone cold.

17. Monkeys and glasses

We all love pictures with cute and funny monkeys and we all dream of taking some funny pictures with them in our installers. And when we are ready to send the masterpiece to the инстик, the primate who has just jumped out of nowhere grabbing out the phone and rushing with it to learn about the dangerous fence over the abyss on the Uluwatu rock.

What happened?

Yes, monkeys often steal from Uluwatu Temple. It is said that in Uluwatu, monkeys are trained to steal, although this may have been due to a natural process.

A monkey steals a thing, a person turns to a temple worker for help. He finds something delicious to change with the monkey. The process of exchange takes place. A person gets back his camera, smartphone, glasses, jewelry, bag, backpack. Often pays the "savior" money reward for the thing. You are ready to pay a lot of money if you were a step away from losing an expensive thing forever.

How not to get into trouble?

Before entering the temple, take off your expensive jewelry and put it in a zipper bag. Keep an eye on your belongings and remember that monkeys can open zippers. If the monkey realizes that you have something delicious hidden in your bag or pocket, it will climb in there. And if you stop it, it can bite you.

So if you don't want to be adventurous, keep your attention to yourself to a minimum. Do not leave valuables unattended, wear expensive jewelry, weave packets, sit in the presence of a monkey, and do not let her climb up on you. If you want adventure, do it all at your own risk.

18. "Cocaine-cocaine"

While you are walking along the main street of Kuta - Legian, you are met every few meters by Indonesians holding some strange bags in their hands and muttering like a "coke-coke" under their nose. Is it really so easy to sell cocaine on the street in Kuta? After all, the death penalty is due for drugs in Indonesia!

What happened?

In fact, it's not cocaine, it's a white powder that looks like cocaine. If you try to buy this "cocaine" and leave with a bag, in a few meters you will be met by a police officer, who will of course arrest you, find cocaine and start demanding a bribe.

How not to get into trouble?

Of course, drugs are evil. It's an obvious fact, but trying them in Bali is even more stupid than trying them in Goa, India, for example. The younger and more innocent you look, the more likely you are to be offered drugs. And if some of them can work quite independently, some of them can work together with the police. Just don't get involved with any kind of drugs in Bali except perhaps Nasi Goreng dish.

19. "Would you like to be treated by vitamins"?

You are sick and looking for pills. Go to the beautiful Guardian or Watson or Kimia Farma pavilion where instead of the real pills you're used to taking in these cases, you're offered either vitamins - dietary supplements or pills that you ask for, but at a completely cosmic price like Rp. 100,000 for a pack of 6 pills.

What happened?

Without a doctor's prescription, pharmacists at the pharmacy won't risk selling you a potent medicine. It is much safer and more profitable to sell you vitamins. After all, they will definitely not cause any harmful side effects. Many expensive pharmacies sell locally produced drugs imported from abroad. Therefore, a medicine with the same composition but with different manufacturers may cost 4-5 times more than a regular pharmacy in a "tourist pharmacy". Medicines with the same composition from different manufacturers may really differ in quality, and may not differ.

How not to get into trouble?

Try not to go for medicines in Guardian, Watson. Consider them as cosmetics stores, which is what they are for the most part.

If you need medicines, look at Google Maps for a pharmacy that says Apotik, Farmasi, and go to an off-network local pharmacy. Another option is to install the Go Life app from Go Jek and order home deliveries.

20. A "friend" with a pump

You parked your bike somewhere in a dark alley somewhere in Kuta or Semintiak, went to dinner or took a walk in the club. Go back to the bike and see that the wheels are down and it will be difficult to go back. The time is late and it is unlikely that you will find a workshop nearby that will seal or replace your tire. Nearby there appears some kind of good man, who is called to help with the repair of the bike. He or she may also ask for payment in advance or accept your generous gifts, which you will give him or her when he or she "saves" you from transport infirmity.

What happened?

This is the most smiling and caring person who could have waited for you to leave and pierce your tire so you could become his client when you returned. Of course it is 100% impossible to guarantee it. It is not your fault if you are not caught. But this scheme works often.

A variant may be the design of some bikes, where the steering wheel is equipped with a tumbler when switching which bike stops to start. In order to "fix" such a bike, your benefactor only has to suffer with it for a few minutes, and then quietly return the tumbler in the right position.

How not to get into trouble?

Try to leave the transport in the guarded parking lots. If you have a punctured and flat tire, you can drive alone by bike to your hotel, if not far away, and in the morning to solve the issue of repair. If the "benefactor" does not demand from you huge money and you are in a good mood, you can pay him for this small performance. But don't rule out the possibility that you might have punctured the tire yourself and the guy with the pump could be a really honest person. It happens that way.

21. Spiritual quacks

You've been in trouble, looking for support, or trying to warn others against making mistakes in the past. Then some self-proclaimed educator with the nickname "Goddess of Spiritual Transformation" hangs a slap in the face like "You have bad karma, so these things happen to you. You are practicing your bad deeds. You need to clean your karma. Yes, by the way, sign up for a seminar on cleaning karma, only $100".

What happened?

Nothing special happened. Many charlatans come to Bali looking for confused, upset people and promise them to change everything drastically. Of course not for free.

How not to get into trouble?

It is impossible not to get involved in it. Communicating with people who think they are gods and goddesses of the Ubud and Canggu is an integral part of Balinese adventure. Just try not to plunge too much into the abyss of these fairy tales, so that after the "spiritual transformation" you do not "fly away" and you do not need the intervention of a qualified psychiatrist.

When ridiculous stories happen to people, many people try to explain it by mystical suspicion:
"Well, then, for something, I needed this experience. For something, I had to lose those three billion of rupiah".

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