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Bali for Xmas

Posted by ashiecurlz01 on 18/8/2010 at 22:25

Hi me and my boyfriend have booked Bali for Xmas time from 23rd to 28th December. Just wondering if anyone has experienced Bali for Xmas? What did you get up to? Do they celebrate it like England? Any recommended activites or places to go on the day? We are staying in Sanur so plan to get up to see the sunrise. Any suggestions please

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Posted by exacto on 19/8/2010 at 03:24

I suspect our own Bali-based Somtam is the best person to answer this question. Even so, I imagine Christmas in Bali will be just like Christmas in the UK, except that Bali is Hindu and in the tropics.

I've spent lots of holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving overseas. There are usually enough western folks in any given place that at least one restaurant or hotel puts on some kind of special bash for a given holiday. I'd be surprised if there aren't lots of such options in Bali.

If that doesn't work out, maybe Somtam will invite you over. He still owes me a beer and a T-shirt. Happy Christmas!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/8/2010 at 08:14 admin

Sorry missed this one.

Bali is predominately Hindu, so most celebrations for Xmas are aimed at catering to foreigners.

We've had two Christmas's in Sanur (where we live). On both occassion, we've got together with a few friends (who also have young kids) and we've headed to one of the bigger hotels for a Christmas buffet style deal. Cost is pretty reasonable (think Bali Hyatt was around 300,000 per head, though not sure) and you get a massive Xmas spread, plus use of the hotel facilities (gardens and pool - ideal for nutty young kids).

It that isn't your kettle of fish some of the beachside bars and restaurants will have similar stuff going on, most likely at a reduced cost.

Sanur goes to bed early, so come the evening they'll be fireworks, but that is about it.

Most everything will be open and as you're arriving a few days beforehand, check out what the hotels have going. Also grab a copy of the Bali Advertiser (the local classifieds rag) as it will have details on a lot of deals and packages.

Where in Sanur you staying?

@exacto -- I've got a Bintang and a tshirt here waiting for you to pick it up :)

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