Bali: fun for the young and young at heart

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.

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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.

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