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Bali at Christmas

wigan
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Bali at Christmas

We are thinking of going to Bali for Christmas and new year. Can anyone please advise what the weather is like and possibly suggest somewhere to stay. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Eaton, Australia
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1. Re: Bali at Christmas

We have spent many Christmas holidays in Bali. The weather has often been very good, ie little rain, but this past December, was the wettest we have known. December is in the Wet season and so rain, high humidity and warm to hot temperatures should be expected. Irrespective of the weather, we love being in Bali and so it does not worry us.

As to where to stay...Bali offers so many choices, it is probably wise for you to read as much as you can on the different areas. Those closest to the airport are more bustling and offer lots of shopping, eating options, nightlife etc. And then you can go to the extreme opposite in Bali and stay in places which are far from the crowds.

We settle on something in-between and stay on the east coast in Candidasa. It suits us to be in a quieter area, but one that offers some great accommodation, day activities, both on the water and land and some great places to either listen to music and have a drink and/or a good meal.

Perth
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2. Re: Bali at Christmas

we often go at christmas and the weather is more often that not....wet.

Be prepared for knee deep wet.

When it rains in the wet season (and December / Jan is the worst as a rule) it often has such heavy downpours it floods....but then nothing at all.

So as long as you wear waterproof shoes or thongs and umbrellas on hand (too hot for raincoats) then go and enjoy.

They do not celebrate christmas, so apart from the odd christmas tree put up for guests....not alot is different.

As for areas

Kuta.. busy and great for all kinds of shopping, cheap eats.

Legian.. I think just as busy as Kuta but no department stores and not many boutique shops, mainly markets.

Seminyak ..a little more expensive, great restaurants, boutique shopping and department stores

Sanur..quieter village feel and some shopping and beach cafes.

Tuban..quieter than Kuta, waterbom park and a department store and quick to get up to Kuta.

Lovina, Candi dasa and Amed....all quiet chillout areas and "almost" non touristy.

Ubud...full of culture, close to Zoo, bird park etc, museums but no beach.

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3. Re: Bali at Christmas

we were there for Christmas new year....it was great.

it was very wet, but it is the wet season.

It was very busy, but fantastic.

Wherever you decide to stay, i am sure you will have a wonderful time

wigan
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4. Re: Bali at Christmas

Thankyou everyone for your replies I'll take all your advice and ideas x

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5. Re: Bali at Christmas

If you have a chance to stay for New Year's Eve, do! Everyone should spend at least one new years in a country with either no laws or no enforcement regarding fireworks. Frightening? Yes. Dangerous? Slightly. Amazing? Totally.

wigan
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6. Re: Bali at Christmas

Yes we will be. We stayed in Mauritius this Christmas and every hotel had competitions to see who had best firework display which were amazing on new years eve. Thankyou for reply it's made holiday more inviting now

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