Australians love Bali, with 1.25 million visiting the Indonesian island last year – and revellers are growing frustrated at being stereotyped as bogans.
Travel expert Quentin Long told A Current Affair the pigeon-holing was the “height of snobbery”.
“The reason we love Bali so much is that no matter what style of holiday we’re looking for, we can find it there,” he said. He said Bali was much more affordable for most Australian families than other destinations.
A family of four can pay up to $2088 to fly from Melbourne to Hamilton Island – compared to $388 to Bali.
However, poor behaviour from Australian tourists could also be contributing to a wider perception of Bali as a bogan paradise.
“Schoolies love to go to Bali because they think there are no rules there,” travel journalist Michael Gebicki said.
“It’s a mistake to think that you can go there and get away with anything, that you’ve got a licence to unleash your inner vampire, which is unfortunately what a lot of especially younger travellers seem to do, and they often suffer as a result”, he added.
Last year, 18-year-old Jamie Murphy was arrested and held in a police lockup for 24 hours in Bali after security guards at a nightclub claimed to have found a bag of white powder on him.
He was freed after it was ascertained that the power was not an illicit drug.
Illegal drugs are reportedly rife in the holiday hotspot, but stiff sentences face those who indulge.
“Despite what people might think, you can’t go to Bali and just do whatever you want, wherever you want,” Mr Long said.
“It’s not a lawless land.”
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