We’ve seen the millions of bare bottomed bikini shots flooding our Instagram feeds from Bali.
But that may be set to change.
The favourite tourist destination among Australians is set to bring in new measures specifically targeting bikinis and skimpy attire around places of worship.
Bali officials are worried that the influx of tourists has seen with it a downgrade in quality (bintang singlet anyone?) and an increase in “disrespectful behaviour”.
It could lead to tourists being unable to visit places of worship unattended.
Deputy Governor Cok Ace insisted that the government take action during a regional council meeting last week.
“We are too open with tourists – so to many come – and the quality of tourists is now different from before,” Ace said.
And considering blasphemy is illegal in Bali, we’d suggest you take the warning seriously or you could face punishment.
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The catalyst for the new measures was when – earlier this month – a photo of a Danish tourist was circulated, sitting on Linggih Padmasana shrine at Puhur Luhur Batukaru temple – a shrine to the supreme god.
Other social media photos of bikini clad tourists doing yoga poses in front of temples and butt selfies with a Bali volcano as the backdrop has also infuriated locals in recent years.
“This is the government’s attempt to maintain the Pura,” Ace told The Guardian.
“The temples need to be reserved since they are the spirits of Bali’s cultures and customs.”
Similar rules have been implemented in Cambodia, where government aimed to stop visitors from wearing skimpy clothing, instead insisting that knees and shoulders must be covered.