Organisers running events in Bali need to warn their delegates flying into the airport that the porters there are giving what is generally regarded as a welcoming country a thoroughly bad name.

One traveller we know, and there are hundreds of similar experiences, was shaken down by three uniformed porters who asked to see his passport, with no authority to do so, and badgered him into parting needlessly with £25 to carry his luggage through customs. Some reports indicate that travellers have been told that luggage carried by porters is not stopped and checked by agreement with the customs officers there.

This could be true given that the integrity of Bali customs officers, who catch drug smugglers for their government to execute, was recently called into question by a Dutch journalist who secretly filmed them taking bribes. Also filmed in Bali were bribed policemen and corrupt money changers.

Now you know.

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