Kuta Cowboys: The rodeo is in town everyday in Bali


Kuta Cowboys as they are known, are gigolos that hang around the beach looking for foreign women or looking to be picked up by them. The term is so common and the routine so well known that its business as normal in the island of the Gods. Apparently there was a travel survey a couple of years ago that asked travelers about their sexual activity. Who do you think would be the most promiscuous travelers in the world? American students in Europe? Aussies surfers in Bali? How about Germans in Thailand? It actually is Japanese women in Bali. Surprising that the shyest traveler is also the most promiscuous, but the Kuta Cowboys have latched onto that scene very well. Many of them speak Japanese and being able to break the ice and introduce them to a ready built 'local scene' under the palm trees is all it takes.

The way it tends to work is the foreign ladies are looking for love/sex and provide food / gifts. Some travelers keep in contact with the same boyfriend for more than one trip and some even marry them. Ika has a friend from Ireland who married one. The guy was a complete nightmare and their marriage lasted 3 months. May of the guys have multiple foreign girlfriends and some are even married to more than 1 woman.

As the newspaper article points out Kuta Cowboys often prefer older ladies, as they know they are a better long tern investment. The young Japanese chicks are looking for sex, but the older Aussie or Euro woman is often looking for romance, making them more vulnerable and more likely to send money fm overseas.

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I say whatever, you meet one of these guys and they are friendly enough. Many people have holiday romances and if you are an older woman, maybe a fling with a Cowboy will make your holiday more fun. People should realize what the scene is here, and not take it for more than it is. As with the party girls, there is an old saying, 'you can take the girl out of the bar, but you can't take the bar out of the girl'. Same with Kuta Cowboys. The funniest things to me about Kuta Cowboys is they are all little guys about 5'3". God knows why women want them, but hey, it's none of my business.


33 thoughts on “Kuta Cowboys: The rodeo is in town everyday in Bali

  • Radar

    God knows I wouldn’t want them either, but both my girlfriend and I have noticed that these Bali boys (as they are also called) are in good shape in that rastaman kind of way they like to imitate, polite, non-threatening, multi-lingual, and not afraid to come over and say hi. If I were a Japanese woman considering the alternatives back in Tokyo, well…..

  • Nick

    The Japanese chicks are super nice and very naive. The Cowboys are street smart and know how to press the right buttons. Just the other day I was walking between Jl. Bakung Sari and Jl. Pantai Kuta and this Balinese guy jumped up and started hollering at a Japanese lady “Konichiwa? Hello you remember me? Something else in Japanese. I would of told him to fuck off if he came at me like that and its not surprising that some Japanese just totally don’t know how to deal with characters like that because back home people are polite.

  • Rich

    Nick, not sure I agree with you about the naivete. When the Kuta Hard Rock opened, they advertized in Japan: price includes “everything but the boy” superimposed on pics of attractive Bali surf guys. Methinks some may want to get their buttons pressed and why not? They work like slaves and this is their once a year shot at a different lifestyle. And I doubt many of them send support payments once they get back to the Tokyo grind.

    The equivalent–western guys who go to Pattaya and “fall in love” for 3-4 weeks.

  • Godinho

    Japanese have always been an economist minded people, I guess they like these short Balinese guys because they

  • Cathleen C.

    I was out for a short walk while my husband was taking a nap and was approached by a very friendly, polite, at least my height, good-looking bali boy on our last trip there, certainly does give one food for thought, I imagine there isn’t anything that he wouldn’t have done for me. He had said “I make you very happy,…I explained that I was on my honeymoon, then he said..Oh you already happy”. Still makes me smile when I think about it, next trip maybe I will look him up, I bet I could get an all day backrub & foot massage, my husband gives up after 5 or 10 minutes.

  • Blayne

    these cowboys arent to be confused with the genuine balinese surfer lads down at kuta beach, who make it look so so easy to go and chat these young lady tourists up! they helped me heaps in the lady department let me tell ya!

  • Nick

    Hey Kuta Cowboys are fulfilling a need, otherwise they wouldn’t exist. Most of them are harmless and the Bob Marley vibe seems to be part of their act.

  • indcoup

    nice post nick mate.

    The Balinese should launch raids against the gigolos and get them rehabilitated (like the Jakarta govt does against street prostitutes here). And of course their fat-arsed, saggy tits, I

  • jonathan

    Let’s hope these guys remember to keep their tackle fully hooded and protected, or they will be a conduit for disease.
    It would be interesting to know the rate of HIV and STD (VD) infection among sex workers in Bali; I am not sure whether you would classify these “cowboys” as sex workers? Caveat emptor.

  • Godinho

    I can bet virtually every single Balinese infected got infected by a western! Well, at least these ones working in the sex industry.
    But I can bet another thing, probability theory indicates that the rate of infected shouldn

  • Pharaoh

    ‘The funniest things to me about Kuta Cowboys is they are all little guys about 5’3″. God knows why women want them, but hey, it’s none of my business.

    don’t u know asian guys are quite popular in Paris?

  • Tom

    Listen up y’all shorties !

    Y’all head out now to Kuta Beach, and hit on every horny lady and lad. YeeeeeHaaa!!!!

  • Intan O'Neill

    Hey Nick,
    I love to visit your website especially in the middle of my busy day doing the tax returns and some financial craps..it is so refreshing and I get to read some funny comments from people.

  • Tom

    Tony,

    I am not sure if you were just kidding or serious. Any way, let’s get serious man.

    Sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS are transmitted tru the exchange of body fluids or blood. These fluids get into the body thru cracks on the skin. The cracks don’t have to be big and visible to naked eyes. Almost after every intercourse, skin around genitalia gets many microscopic tear and wear that may not be visible to human eyes.

    So, take my advice: protect yourself every time you go out to have “fun”. I really don’t want you to die of AIDS. If you are gone, who am I going to pick on next? Barrie? or Nick?

  • Nick

    Isn’t it interesting, I write about temples and nobody could care less, I write about Japanese chicks having sex in Bali and get 25 responces. Like I’ve said before, people coming to Bali, or reading about coming to Bali, are often looking to hook up in some kind of way, whether gay, straight, old or young. Its just the way it is.

  • Tom

    Hey Tony,

    Dude…you are just like a little kid: you can’t stop arguing until you drive every one crazy.

    Nick, the Lord of this blog, already made his wish clear that we should close this HIV subject and move on.

    This is what he (Nick)wrote: “Okay guys, I think we’ve covered this enough already. Thanks for the contrasting opinions.” You see, I am making it up.

    So, we should respect his wish as he is the owner of this blog, right Nick?

  • orang bali

    kuta cowboys are people who lives in bali not balinese people. u know what i mean? so, if they are finally making any troubles and give bad images to their naive jap or aussies gals the real balinese will get the bad image. i’m not racist, i only love my poor real balinese in kuta. do you know the population of kuta is: 65% javanese+lombok 35% real (native) balinese. i mean: if bali bad,65% population have another homeland to go, but the 35% will slowly dead.

  • Amit

    Hi! I’m doing some research for a potential short film on Kuta Cowboys. Would love to find out more from you and possibly even interview you. Let me know if it’s doable. Cheers!

  • Nick

    Sure I can answer your questions. Not being a woman, my interaction with Kuta Cowboys is minimal, although I can point them out to you.

    Your best bet is interviewing the woman who date them.

  • numbynumb

    I spent a couple of months in Bali, a lot of it on beaches. The ‘beach boys’, as they usually referred to themselves, seemed to be mostly Sumatrans and Javanese who had come with the hopes of making a few bucks teaching surfing in the touristy promiseland of Bali. Many of them boasted about their many girlfriends from around the world. I think they gain their sense of confidence from touting surfboards and lessons all day. They have to have charisma to survive. Away from the beach, they usually live in small, humble rooms they share with a couple of friends decorated with religious images. Once you get to know them you realize they realy dont take themselves too seriously, or anything for that matter, and that seems to help them get by.

  • nobodyinbali

    “orang bali: kuta cowboys are people who lives in bali not balinese people. u know what i mean? so, if they are finally making any troubles and give bad images to their naive jap or aussies gals the real balinese will get the bad image. i’m not racist, i only love my poor real balinese in kuta. do you know the population of kuta is: 65% javanese+lombok 35% real (native) balinese. i mean: if bali bad,65% population have another homeland to go, but the 35% will slowly dead.”

    Dude, you are racist for sure and chauvinism. aint we live in global world that people mix and harmonize, bad or good is NEVER determined by the race, its by their behavior. you surely CANT point anyrace better and other race make troubles. Open your mind … crack that hard stubbern chell that blanket your brain.

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