For those of you who have read “Bali – A Family Holiday” in Life and Travels of a Non-Famous Person, you may have noticed a paragraph where we visited the village of Trunyan across Lake Batur to see where the locals bury their dead above ground. This tour has been almost abandoned for nearly two decades. I thought it had been stopped either because the villagers had stopped the tradition, or laws had prevented anyone undertaking the tour.
But no; it appears the tours were all but ceased because of aggressive, heavy-handed, and coercive behaviour by Trunyan villagers towards tourists crossing the lake to view their unique community. These actions had been the source of numerous complaints, causing tour operators to largely avoid sending their guests there. The village chief is now seeking to restore the reputation of the village as a tourist destination.