A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters
A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters
Mercedes Hutton
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A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters
A Balinese woman in traditional dress walks past foreign tourists sunbathing on Kuta Beach on the Indonesian island of Bali in 1996 when mass tourism was in full swing. Picture: Reuters
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.