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    Hi guys,

    I'll be travelling to Lombok from Bali in approximately a week's time, will be heading towards Gili Trawangan for a few days of diving. Would like to check what are the accommodation rates like for the hotels/hostels that can be found there (recommendations, if any), and any specific safety issues that a single traveller should be looking out for? Not very sure if I should be posting under this section or Underwater, my apologies if it's the wrong one!

    Cheers!
    A

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    they will see you as vulnerable if you are alone.

    try to avoid getting into a situation where you bargain with a person (be it taxi, shops, services) where his buddies are around.

    be vigilant with your valuables. always check every few seconds your possession especially you are carrying a backpack.

    consider not carrying anything that suggest you are carrying more expensive items in the bag (lens, spare body)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponders View Post
    they will see you as vulnerable if you are alone.

    try to avoid getting into a situation where you bargain with a person (be it taxi, shops, services) where his buddies are around.

    be vigilant with your valuables. always check every few seconds your possession especially you are carrying a backpack.

    consider not carrying anything that suggest you are carrying more expensive items in the bag (lens, spare body)
    thanks a lot for the tips, will keep in mind, especially the bargaining part! actually, i'll only be bringing a g10 there, so it shouldn't be that flashy a camera for a single traveller, i guess? anyway, have you been to lombok? could you please advise on what are the accommodation rates like over there? thanks!

    A

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    Sorry this post has nothing to do with photography but to give all travelers to Bali a heads up about the Rabies epidemic there. Basically any dog (maybe even monkey) bite you get there needs to be taken extremely seriously. You will need to come back ASAP and get the Rabies Antibody injection from the CDC / Travelers Clinic in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Rabies is almost 100% fatal.

    Bali tourists warned to get rabies vaccine
    Deborah Cassrels in Denpasar, Bali | September 28, 2009
    Article from: The Australian
    TOURISTS are advised to have rabies vaccinations before arriving in Bali after three deaths from dog bites in the past month.
    Tabanan is the latest area to be struck by the rabies epidemic, following neighbouring Denpasar and the Badung Regency, which includes the popular destinations of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
    The head of the rabies control team at Sanglah public hospital, Raka Sudewi, advised tourists to avoid the area because local hospitals had exhausted their stocks of the post-exposure rabies vaccine.
    Jakarta has been unable to provide vaccine supplies.
    "We have 50 to 60 new suspected cases every day at Sanglah Hospital," she said.
    Ten locals from Badung have died from rabies since November. Following the recent deaths in Tabanan, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned travellers to avoid contact with dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals.
    SOS International, one of two hospitals catering to foreigners in Kuta, said yesterday it had no post-exposure vaccine stocks and had pre-exposure vaccine for only one or two people.
    The Bali International Medical Centre said yesterday it had supplies of only the slow-acting pre-exposure vaccination, Verorab, which was not effective after exposure.
    In an effort to control the virus in Bali, AusAid has ploughed $850,000 into an animal vaccination program, of which $500,000 was provided to the WHO in July for dog vaccines, collars and tags. A further $250,000 will be provided through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to strengthen surveillance and outbreak responses.
    Bali has received 80,000 doses of animal rabies vaccine from Jakarta. But as the mass inoculation of dogs, cats and monkeys across the island gets under way, the campaign is not without controversy.
    Some of Bali's thousands of street dogs are being put down with strychnine-laced food and poisoned darts, raising the ire of the Australian-funded Bali Animal Welfare Association.
    "This is a horrific way to die. It's inhumanely destroying dogs. Euthanasia is not WHO-accepted," said BAWA founder Janice Girardi. She claimed that in the past two weeks 1000 stray dogs had been killed with strychnine-laced sausages and meatballs. It was also endangering human lives.
    Last week, a man was taken to Tabanan Hospital after eating a sausage laced with poison to kill dogs. He was later discharged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reallycheaptalk View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'll be travelling to Lombok from Bali in approximately a week's time, will be heading towards Gili Trawangan for a few days of diving. Would like to check what are the accommodation rates like for the hotels/hostels that can be found there (recommendations, if any), and any specific safety issues that a single traveller should be looking out for? Not very sure if I should be posting under this section or Underwater, my apologies if it's the wrong one!

    Cheers!
    A

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