Indonesia's Troublesome Tourists

Small ceremonial offerings made of palm leaves are placed on the ground in front of stores and restaurants each day by the Balinese. They are later crushed by tourists who pass without noticing, grains of rice and flowers scattered across the sidewalk.

In a place famous for tourists kicking back and letting loose, the locals are tolerant and more reserved -- their smiles welcoming and nonjudgmental.

Partyers are left to enjoy the quiet beaches to recover and are served fresh fruit juices to rehydrate.

Many Balinese speak English and ask tourists the standard questions, "Where are you from? How long you stay? Are you married?"

Some learn just the basics. "Hello honey," "cheap price" and "transport" as local hawkers call out during the day.

The Balinese offer what they think tourists want and sometimes join in on what they see.

"If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair," sings the local disc jockey at a popular bar when asked about foreigners in Bali.

An Indonesian band belts out classic American tunes requested by the crowd. Tourists grab the microphone and sing along. Others stand by and balance bottles of beer on their heads. Local groupies jump up and down, blending in with the mass.

"I think they are like that at all bars," said Ketut of foreigners. "They are happy and having fun."

Night after night, new tourists arrive -- and add to lasting impressions foreigners before them may have left behind.

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