Maeng Da vs Premium Bali Comparison

June 15, 2018 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Research, Kratom Reviews, Kratom Strains

Maeng Da and Bali are both famous for their signature effects. They differ substantially in their effects and possess disparate characteristics that make each of them unique. Many kratom vendors claim to offer Ultra Enhanced Maeng Da or Ultra Premium Bali Kratom.

In many cases, this is simply a label that shady companies use to charge more for their inferior product. But for those reputable vendors who pride themselves on quality control and third party testing, Premium Bali is a bestseller, as is Maeng Da.

Maeng Da has long been the most popular strain of kratom powders. Here, we’ll talk about why they’re both fan favorites, how they compare to one another and what makes them distinctive.


Maeng Da was specifically bred by Southeast Asian farmers to be a more stimulating strain than its other Thai counterparts. The market for kratom has long favored kratom plants with more potent leaves.

Maeng Da translates in English to “Pimp kratom” which seems appropriate given its position in the current marketplace. Maeng Da was made possible thanks to the grafting process developed by Indonesian farmers who discovered a way to grow the upper part of one kratom plant on the root system of another kratom plant to produce a higher caliber strain.

Like Bali, Maeng Da has darker leaves than most kratom strains, but one area where they differ is when they are broken down. Maeng Da’s leaves become greener when crushed or ground into a fine powder. On the other hand, Bali’s leaves are dramatically darker than other kratom strains and tend to turn brown when crushed or ground.

Maeng Da’s effects are a fairly balanced combination of energy and mood enhancement. Users claim that it is an optimal choice for those who want to increase their energy, stimulate their minds and maintain focus during challenging projects.

Maeng Da’s purported benefits may include any of the following:

  • Mild pain relief
  • Stimulation
  • Increased alertness
  • Improved energy
  • Focus
  • Increased sociability


Red vein Bali kratom comes from Borneo which is located in the heart of Indonesia. It earned the nickname “Bali” because Bali has long been a hub for exporting Kratom shipments.

The region is notorious for its growth of the kratom plant. Like Maeng Da, Bali is not grown as a single naturally-growing plant, rather it is the product of careful cross fertilization between two different strains.

Bali contains all of the same alkaloids that are present in Maeng Da, but the volume of these alkaloids is significantly higher in the Bali strain, resulting in more potent effects. Bali is also faster acting than Maeng Da, but on the downside, its effects do not last as long as Maeng Da’s.

Bali’s effects generally diminish within 4 hours whereas Maeng Da’s may last for as long as 8 hours straight. The peak effects of both strains typically last for up to 2 hours.

Premium Bali’s effects may include any or all of the following:

  • Mild stimulation
  • Pain relief
  • Relaxation
  • Improved mood
  • Mild euphoria
  • Sedation


One user on Reddit noted that bali is called a “slow burn” in the kratom community while Maeng Da is considered a “medium-fast burn,” suggesting that Maeng Da doesn’t last as long as Bali. Nothing could be farther from the truth as most users are quick to point out.

Another user came to Maeng Da’s defense, talking about the “in-your-face punch” he gets from Maeng Da.

One user said, “Red Bali rarely works for me, oddly enough. It’s supposed to be more relaxing while Maeng Da is supposed to be more uplifting, but there are no hard & fast rules when it comes to these things. I prefer Red Maeng Da in most cases.”

Here at Kratom Crazy, our Maeng Da and Red Vein Bali are top sellers, and we regularly receive comments from satisfied customers who share their experiences with us. Kratom is not intended for human or animal use, but that doesn’t stop consumers from singing its praises.


Both Maeng Da and Premium Bali are world-renowned for their analgesic and stimulating effects. Kratom users have raved about both, but most people prefer Maeng Da to Bali for its long-lasting effects and energy-boosting attributes. Maeng Da is considered to be the strongest Thai kratom around, making it a must-have for most committed kratomites.

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