We're not going to sugar coat it. One of the main reasons people come to Kuta is to party hard. It's no surprise that some people go a little overboard, and land themselves in some pretty hot water.
For some, the temptation to push it to the extreme can lead to some fairly hefty consequences, including drunken motorbike injuries, violence, inebriation and lengthy Indonesian jail sentences for drug use and possession – and now, even public displays of affection in some areas of Indonesia can cause major issues. Not the best way to end your island adventure – but an end that many travelers face nonetheless.
In the video, Jesse speaks to Craig Beveridge, head of the BIMC hospital in Bali, who speaks about some of the mind-boggling things travelers do 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, a 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 under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It's just not going to happen.
Drink spiking has always been a problem for travelers in Southeast Asia, so it's vital that you keep an eye on your drink at all times. If you're not careful, who knows what might happen.
There's no doubt that Kuta sells practically any drug you can think of: ecstasy, LSD, magic mushrooms, marijuana.
Remember that while these drugs are easy to find, it's even easier for you to get a jail sentence of up to 30 years, or face the firing squad if you're caught in possession of drugs. Just don't do it, okay?
Jesse: Have you heard about drugs over here?
Traveler 1: I know about magic mushrooms, and I had bad experiences.
Traveler 2: My boyfriend had (magic mushrooms), and it was not good.
Jesse: What happened to him?
Traveler 2: He thought he was dead actually, and I had to convince him that he wasn't. And that wasn't very fun at all.
So, if you have any memories left, and you'd like to take them home in one piece, keep these things in mind:
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