An article published by BaliDiscovery.com was titled “Head Hunting Season Now Open”. It went on to say…….
China National Tourism Authority (CNTA) has called on Indonesia to stop the practice of “selling heads” among Chinese tourists visiting the country.
“Selling Heads” is the practice in which the right to guide visiting Chinese tourists is purchased by travel agents and guides who then recoup their investment through oftentimes exorbitant commissions received from restaurants and shops.
Eddy Sunyoto, an Indonesian official of the Travel Agents Association, admitted that a number of registered travel agents are actively engaged in “selling heads” when serving Chinese travellers.
Reproduced with permission of Bali Discovery Tours – http://www.balidiscovery.com
What should you look for when you are trying to find a good Bali Driver or Tour Guide?
There are many good drivers in Bali. But there are some duds. When you are planning your trip to Bali, you obviously want to get the best value for your money, and will want someone who can help you make the most of your visit.
Getting a good driver can make an amazing impression on your holiday. A bad driver could certainly leave you wondering what went wrong.
Some drivers will have bomb cars, while others have late model cars. The difference between sitting in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for 8 hours versus one without A/C and a broken seat is obvious. Pick someone with a good car.
It is important that your driver / tour guide knows his way around. That is fairly obvious. It is fair to assume that someone who is driving for a living would know Bali, but don’t take it for granted. It is the hidden treasures of Bali that are sometimes the best. Only experience will find those special places.
Your driver should have a good grasp on your spoken language. Communication is the key. I am assuming that you will want someone who speaks English if you are reading this. They don’t have to be fluent, but you need to easily understand each other. Trying to tell your driver you need a toilet stop by sign language could be embarrassing.
Avoid drivers who receive “kick backs”
You definitely don’t want someone who is receiving “kick backs” from manufacturers or retailers. Most Balinese are honest hard working people, but a rare few are unethical. You do not want to be going to the most expensive silver manufacturer in Teluk, and being told they are the cheapest. Meanwhile your guide is pocketing 20% of the sale. Or similarly being taken to a “great restaurant” where the food was very ordinary, but the driver received a commission.
The final quality of a good Bali Driver is his character. The last thing you will need on a long day trip is a driver who wants to talk all day, and thinks he is a comedian. Almost as bad is someone with no personality that only mumbles seven words for the whole day. A driver who can talk with you when you want, and then stay quiet while you take in the amazing sights of Bali is ideal.
Do some research and then sit back and enjoy the ride.