Incensed Bali officials have warned that misbehaving tourists will be sent home or face purification rituals after a Czech couple filmed themselves splashing each other with holy water from a temple on the Indonesian holiday island.
The Balinese authorities appear to have finally run out of patience with rude behaviour after a recent spate of tourist misdemeanours that has included an Australian fly-kick a man off a motorbike and a Russian visitor who tried to smuggle out a drugged baby orangutan.
The Iatest incident has caused particular outrage as it took place in a temple in Bali’s Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, a popular attraction for the millions of tourists drawn to the island’s tropical beaches and lively nightlife.
In a now deleted video by Czech Instagram influencers, Zdenek Slouka is shown lifting up the skirt of his girlfriend Sabina Dolezalova and splashing water on her bottom.
In the ensuing public backlash, Wayan Koster, the island’s governor, said that the local government would step up its role in protecting holy sites.
“In the future, if there are tourists behaving like that we should just send them home, they are being disorderly coming to Bali. We will give them this warning,” Mr Koster said in a statement.