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VIDEO: Bali Nightlife - Surviving Kuta's Party Paradise
If you are headed to Bali, Indonesia, there is every chance you will end up in the nightlife mecca of Kuta - a no-holds-barred party strip filled with cheap drinks, pounding clubs and endless mayhem at practically every corner.
For some, the temptation to push it to excess can lead to some fairly hefty consequences, including drunken motorbike injuries, violence, inebriation and lengthy Indonesian jail sentences for drug use and possession. Not the best end to what should be a fun-filled island adventure - but an end that many uncautious travellers face nonetheless.
Join Jesse Perez from the World Nomads Travel Safety Hub for a trip into the belly of the Bali beast, to discover a few of the nasty pitfalls you might encounter - and how to come home with (some of) your memories intact!
Are you a party animal? Thinking of popping off to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan for some rip-roaring hedonistic adventures?
Then check out our film, Surviving The Full Moon Party, and get the lowdown on getting the most out of your good times without getting a cracked skull, rope burns, alcohol poisoning or waking up next to someone with breath like a walrus.
Theres no doubt about it, Bali can get pretty crazy
I know about magic mushrooms… he thought he was dead actually
Look I think a lot of them do things here in bali that they wouldn't normally do at home…
Alright, we're not going to sugar coat it. One of the main reasons people come to kuta is to party hard. Its no surprise then that some people go a little overboard, and if you push it too far, you could land in some seriously hot water.
Craig Beveridge, head of the BIMC hospital in Bali has seen travellers do some mind boggling things under the influence.
Yeah look I think a lot of them do things here in Bali that they wouldn't normally do at home. As an example riding a motorbike without a helmet, you know you just wouldn't do it at home, and the roads are certainly no softer here.
The thing is you can really hurt yourself on these things, especially if you aren't wearing shoes, helmet, or pants. So if you find yourself in Bali not wearing pants for all the wrong reasons, you might want to get yourself a four wheeled vehicle, at least you won't need to worry about complicated things like, you know, gravity.
Oh, and if you have travel insurance, you can forget about making a claim if you are seriously wasted, it's just not going to happen.
If you're drunk it will open you up to a whole bunch of other problems too.
Drink spiking is always a bit of a problem in places like these, so its vital that you keep your eye on your drink at all times, if you're not careful, who knows what might happen…
Yep, theres no doubt that Kuta is a pretty crazy town, with practically everything on offer
Ecstasy, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, Marijuana
These are all drugs that you can get very freely in Kuta. What you can also get very freely are jail sentences of up to 30 years, and you could face the firing squad if you are caught in possession of drugs, awesome.
What have you heard about drugs over here?
I know about magic mushrooms, and I had bad experiences.
My boyfriend had, and it was not good.
What happened to him?
He thought he was dead actually and i had to convince him that he wasn't.
And that wasn't very fun at all
Its pretty easy to go crazy here, the rules are very lax and its a hedonistic atmosphere, but its like anywhere else in the world. If you're going to get off your face, you could find yourself in trouble.
So if you have any memories left, and you'd like to take them home in one piece remember this
Excessive drinking can lead to exaggerated egos, poor dancing, vomiting and fighting, usually in that order.
And avoid the motorbike taxis if you don't want to add full body gravel rash into the equation.
Keep an eye on your drinks spiking is pretty common, and seriously, 20 years in a Bali prison with a cellmate called brutal, its just not worth getting high for.
So get out there and explore your boundaries, but remember to stay safe.
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In the lead-up to New Year's Eve 2013 the Australian government issued a revised travel alert for Indonesia (including Bali) following information supplied by Indonesian authorities who believe Islamists are planning attacks.
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