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  • ross1948 08:12 on February 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Ngurah Rai Airport, smoking rooms, , Terminal 3   

    Smokers’ Rights! 

     Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali


    Just got home last night and feel compelled to say how fascinated I was by the contrast between –

    A – the favourable conditions for SMOKERS at Bali’s Domestic Terminal, that great big open-air area (with some shelter if it rains, as it did last night!)


    BTW, any complaints by smokers about hardships here FADE into insignificance compared to those encountered in Australia – there are signs around city centres warning us not to smoke within 4 metres of entrances to public buildings; and that apparently refers to OUTSIDE the entrances!

    Bring a tape measure!


    ….and B – the posh new International Terminal’s tempat rokok –  just a long narrow room, clean and adequate, yes, but enclosed, and little indication of air-con.

    One feels like a supplicant entering the misty cave of the Delphic Oracle in ancient Greece. 

    • ‘Pray reveal unto us, O Great Pythia, the mystery of Air Asia’s confiscation of passengers’ provisions!’
    • (we’ll post on that tomorrow!)
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    • I wonder why local travellers fare better than globe-trotters.

    Certainly both Bali rooms are an improvement on Terminal 3 in Jakarta, also new-ish and very bright and clean.


    • ——————–
    • Smokers there are herded into a tiny box that evokes comparisons with the fate of those poor Brits in Calcutta, who suffered grim detention and death at the hands of the Indian Mutiny.
    • —————–
    • PC freakos please note, I still call that uprising by its proper name, despite many youngsters being indoctrinated these days with the term ‘India’s First War of Independence.’



    However, I still maintain that these small outposts of liberty remain good places to find fellow-travellers worth chatting to.

    And considering how much governments make in taxes from cigarette users, I’d say they deserve better than a latter-day Black Hole!


  • ross1948 20:53 on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Ngurah Rai Airport,   

    Another Bali Bus Route – Foil the Ferals! 

    Ngurah Rai International Airport 3 Ngurah Rai Airport


    Good news from Bali, where that useful website reports that large buses capable of carrying 50 passengers will travel a new route, from Pesiapan Terminal in Tabanan to Ngurah Rai Airport, starting in the middle of next month!

    Any foreigners planning a visit to the Isle of the Gods should take careful note of this, and make use of the service…


    sarbagita bus


    …anything to thwart the rapacious rip-off greed of those ghastly taxi-grimnasties who loiter around the exit doors and seek to persuade unwary travellers into their vehicles.

    There are decent taxis in Bali, but you need to trek a bit away from where the ferals prowl.

    I don’t know where in the terminal area these new buses will wait, but you should check it out and save a small (?) fortune! 




  • ross1948 09:20 on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bluebird, , , , , , Ngurah Rai Airport, , ,   

    Monopoli Taksi Bali? Ayo, Pak Presiden – Smash The Ngurah Rai Racket! 

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    Bluebirds are usually reliably metered


    The disgusting rip-off fares charged by many of the taxi-drivers who hang about Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are back in the news again, a report from that useful Bali website confirming that the monopoly exploiting arrivals there are demanding sums substantially higher than the cost of a metered-taxi traveling the same distance.http://www.balidiscovery.com.




    Some of you may be wondering if this rapacity could be perpetrated with impunity unless there were powerful backing from somebody higher up the ranks of airport power. And if so, why are the cops not raiding the airport and rounding up the scurvy knaves responsible?

    Angkasa Pura I, the managers of the Bali Airport, have granted an exclusive monopoly to the Ngurah Rai Taxi Cooperative…

    ...despite such a monopoly arrangement and any limitation on free trade being expressly forbidden by the anti-monopoly law No. 5 of 1999.

    I addressed my headline to President Jokowi because I’m still convinced he’s a decent man at heart, despite much of the nonsense which has emerged from both his ministers and the DPR (parliament) here. I appreciate that a government as indifferent as the current one seems to be ( to tourism as an industry ) may not be overly concerned about the plight of innocent travellers who only want to enjoy a relaxing trip to Bali…Bingung Buaaanget! – Gimana Minum Bir Di Bali? 

    …but surely a word from Palace to Police about corruption  – and/or coercion by cabbies  – would not be too much to ask.

    … in addition, those using the taxis in late evening hours are coerced by drivers to pay even more than the already-high posted fares. 


    • c7f1d-day11-evildead2 A rip-off ratbag cabbie?
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    • One passenger told Tribun-Bali.com that a trip from the Airport to the nearby Dewi Ruci Monument costs Rp. 120,000 (US$9.25), a price substantially higher than what a taxi using a meter would charge. 
    That’s bloody outrageous.
    I’ve posted on this again and again.    

    Bali Cops Corral ‘Gypsy’ Cabs – So When Will The ‘Regulars’ Charge Fair Fares? 

    Beautiful Bali’s Criminal Cabbies – Warning! 

    If you walk past the sleazy ratbags soliciting huge sums, as far as the exit from the airport, you can get a decent cabbie who will either have a meter, like the usually good Bluebirds, or will bargain with you. 

    One expatriate resident of Bali wrote to Bali Update to complain of a “Taxi Mafia” where air passengers arriving on late flights discover that the Ngurah Rai Taxi Booth is closed and the lack of a signage listing the approved tariffs to various destinations. The same reader said taxis standing by late at night demand a fare of Rp 350,000 (US$27) or more for a ride to nearby Legian.


    Rp.50,000 is a fair fare to Legian or Kuta. Get a taxi outside the rip-off zone. Give him a tip (10 %) and he’ll be happy enough.

    But that’s not so easy if you have a bunch of kids and all that luggage.

    And here’s the rub. They recently allowed, at last, a proper airport bus service. 


    sarbagita bus

    Seemingly by design, passengers who opt to avoid the taxis and take theTrans Sarbagita Bus System are compelled to walk a distance of more than 500 meters to wait an indeterminate amount of time for the next bus to depart.


    • JazPen 11:31 on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How true.
      There used to be a public angkot-type bus went along that airport road, under 5000 to Kuta, but I haven’t seen one for a while.
      Those airport taxis are sharks.


  • ross1948 00:12 on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bea Cukai, Chinese tourists, , , customs, immigrasi, , Ngurah Rai Airport   

    Bali Airport’s Rip-Off Rats – Rapacious, Racist..or Both? 



    I see Ngurah Rai Airport is once more in the news, after  the Chinese Consul in Bali issued his protest on poor treatment of Chinese travellers at the Island’s airport to the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) committee on international trade with China and ASEAN.

    It’s alleged that an unspecified number of flunkeys, both with immigration and on customs duty, use Chinese passports and items of personal luggage as a pretext to request illegal bribes.

    Here’s what KADIN’s Rudiyanto has to say

    “Their belongings are confiscated without cause by Customs officials…..they are told to pay certain amounts to the official or risk that customs officials will arbitrarily confiscate their personal belongings….

    Disgraceful, yes, but the same spokesman tops up our dismay by adding that such behaviour…does not come as a surprise, with extortion something of a “public secret” at Bali’s airport…




    Nobody seems to be asking why the Chinese are picked on by these parasites.

    Do Kiwis, Brits, Indians, Arabs, Japanese suffer the same way from the airport leeches?

    I know many reports are heard of many similar rip-offs, from many people of many nationalities.




    But if the Chinese are targetted especially, is it racially motivated?

    There is a lot of latent prejudice against ethnic Chinese. It was less than 20 years ago that they were the victims of an outbreak of rape and looting right here in Jakarta.

    Maybe it’s not racial. But how come nobody asks? 

    Back to Rudyanto:

    “The customs officials at Ngurah Rai Airport working at this time are largely composed of young people who act like cowboys…





    I can think of a better C-word, but let’s just say they should be publicly flogged, whether before, during, or after their formal dismissal…

    But listen to the KADIN man.

    Rudyanto asked customs official not to use minor problems to make entry to Bali difficult for Chinese tourist visitors…Rudyanto called on Angkasa Pura I who manage the airport to install CCTV camera in all areas of the airport as a step to reduce corruption by officials.


    You don’t ASK criminal parasites to play nice! You root them out and make the swine suffer!

    If they are rotten to the core, which, from everything we read above, many are, okay, Rudyanto, instal your CCTV.

    • c7c47-shame
    • But once they’re fired, SHAME THEM!

    Record their dismissals (and the floggings – if only!) and have them broadcast every day on all channels, so everyone in the country knows their scurvy faces and otherwise unwary employers don’t hire them.

    Make them pariahs!

    They bring shame on their country and are the lowest of the low.

    • Dita Siyati 08:54 on March 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      this is not good to read about Bali airport but it is so.


  • ross1948 21:36 on October 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Balinese language, I Ketut Sudikerta, Ngurah Rai Airport   

    Language, Please! Bad Manners At Bali's Airport! 

    Ngurah Rai International Airport 3



    I see from the Bali website that the authorities at Ngurah Rai Airport seem to have been unconscionably rude to Bali’s Deputy-Governor, I Ketut Sudikerta.

    He wrote to them six months ago, urging use of the distinctive language of the Isle of the Gods.’ I once read some fool travel book that told its readers that Balinese was incomprehensible.

    Bali News: Keeping the Welcome Balinese

    But my Javanese friends tell me that it is not that different from their language, and they could follow conversations among islanders. Alas, I can’t. 

    But I think I Ketut Sudikerta is quite justified in his proposal.What amazes me is the airport’s failure to respond.

    Indonesians are usually courteous. But if the high-ups at Ngurah Rai are so dismissive of common civility, what must we mere travellers expect at the hands of their minions?


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