DestinationsIndonesian tourism minister steps into row over late night noise from Bali beach clubs.

Thank you for the music? No way, say Canggu residents

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A petition signed by almost 9,000 residents wants late night noise from Bali beach clubs toned down.
A petition signed by almost 9,000 residents wants late night noise from Bali beach clubs toned down. Photo Credit: Unsplash/Cassie Gallegos

It appears not everyone is happy with the resurgence of tourism to Bali. Most especially those who are kicking back against the nightlife in Canggu, the hotspot for younger tourists and digital nomads.

A petition signed by almost 9,000 local residents complaining about late night noise from beach clubs and bars has alerted tourism and creative economy Mmnister Sandiaga Uno to the problem.

So much so, he has scheduled a trip to Bali from Jakarta this week to discuss the complaints and try to find a solution that pleases everyone.

Canggu, located on the southern coast of Bali, has expanded rapidly in the last decade, leading to the development of beach clubs, top quality restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

In an open letter addressed to Indonesia’s president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, tourism minister Sandiaga Uno and Bali governor Wayan Koster, the petition draws attention to “booming sound from open bars” which it said could go on until the small hours of the morning.

Minister Sandiaga, in a video he uploaded on Twitter, said, “We appreciate the petition submitted through change.org. We must ensure that the government is present to provide a solution.”

Sandiaga said that the local Balinese wisdom and customs put forth tolerance, and togetherness, “which are the guidelines that must be obeyed”.

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