Getting in! First of all there is more good news on the visa front, as the Government have just announced another 36 countries are to join the 31 previously announced for a visa free stay of up to 30 days which you receive upon arrival in Indonesia. The additional 36 countries to be added to the list as from the middle of October 2015 (subject to change of course) are Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Suriname, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Turkey. Those will be added to the existing countries of Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, USA. If you wish to stay longer than 30-days then you can voluntarily pay the USD 35 visa on arrival. This then allows you one 30 day extension. The port of entries for this visa facility are Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, Surabaya Juanda International Airport, Batam Hang Nadim International Airport.
Registration! As we speak the registration stands at 4287 with hashers from more than 60 different countries. The current registration fee for the period of August 2015 to January 2016 is US$225 or RM830.
The Runs! Some of the runsites already been uploaded on the website. There are 11 runsites: BEDUGUL- Tabanan, PEKARANGAN BATURITI - Tabanan, LAPANGAN TEMBAK SEMBUNG - Badung, BATULANTANG - Badung, SANGEH - Badung, GOA GAJAH (Elephant Caves) - Gianyar, TAMPAKSIRING - Gianyar, GOA LAWAH (Bat Caves) - Semarapura, PANTAI PADANG PADANG (famous surfing beach) - Uluwatu, PANTAI PANDAWA (famous surfing beach)- Uluwatu, NUSA PENIDA (a small island close to Bali) - Klungkung. We must not forget the ‘Ball Breaker Run’ at Lapangan Petang (Badung Regency). In addition the major runs, the Red Dress run will commence from IH16 HQ through the streets of Sanur, then back to HQ along the Sanur beach walk. Before he passed away KuntFoo asked me to please repeat at IH2016 the Old Farts Run we did during the Asia Pacific hash in Bali in 2014 as he had enjoyed it so much. So true to my word we will have ‘KuntFoo’s Old Farts Run’ in his memory. That beer stroll will be on the Sunday at 3pm around Sanur and there will be numerous beer stops. Due to the popularity of the Full Moon run on the Monday after the official weekend after Borobudur, we will be holding a special run that you can register for when you arrive in Bali. Run fee will include circle beer, softies and a t-shirt.
IH2016 HQ! For complete nostalgia we have chosen the same HQ as Bali Interhash 1988, the Grand Bali Beach in Sanur, a 20 minute drive from the airport. The hotel has a large registration area and lots of swimming pools so bring you bathing costume as you will be able to have a swim after the runs. The hotel also has a great beach bar which I know will be very popular. As in Borobudur we have negotiated hasher friendly prices on drinks. There is plenty of room outside the hotel for the buses to the runs so you won’t have to walk far. With regards to the stage party venue, you will find that directly in front of the hotel beachside. Whoreator may correct me if I’m wrong, but it may be the first Interhash with a beachside stage. There will be a bazaar area and the hotel are charging US$60 per booth for the whole week of the event (Tuesday to Monday). We can organize a booth for you with the hotel. Email us.
The Down Down Competition! The wooden female Down Down trophy (a woman’s bust) sits in my house much to the amusement of my son and the Men’s Down Down trophy (a giant wooden penis) is still in Magalang and will be shipped (very carefully) to Bali. The drinking vessel (a giant pewter mug) was lovingly polished and restored and returned to its rightful owner, the Bangkok Hash House Harriettes. I have been told by good sources that it will be brought down to Bali by our hash friends from Bangkok HHH. We will be asking The Penguin, Garfield, Mr. Mgoo and Chesty to officiate as they did so wonderfully in Borobudur. If you want to pre register for this event then email us.
Hash Acts! We only have the one so far, the always entertaining Hamersley HHH (come on you Perth Harriettes), so we are looking for more acts. Email us.
Other entertainment! To begin most of the evenings we will feature some nice cultural dances and acts. We have the Hard Rock Bali band we used at Borobudur that everyone enjoyed and some surprise stage dance groups to spice up the night. As another nod to Bali Interhash 1988, we have an idea to burn an Ogah Ogah (paper mache statue) as it’s also very Balinese and very nice to watch. At Asia Pacific Hash in Bali we broke the Guinness book of World Records for the most masseurs ever gathered together in one place, we are planning to do something but more news on the next update. Not so much entertainment but a possible happening, word is that the President will come to open the event, so we are still thinking of a Presidents run. This may be a bit last minute as at Borobudur as the President’s schedule changes by the day. We’ll keep you updated on this.
Hash Pubs! We have some great hasher friendly pubs for you check out. They will be listed in the Magazine.
What’s in the Bag B*tch? Another solid backpack with all the right pouches and compartments will include (so far, as this is not the final list) a great list of souvenirs including two T-shirts, Sarong, Mug, Nail Clippers in the shape of a foot (everyone needs one of them!) Flip Flops (Sandals) Patch and a carry friendly IH magazine.
Other Stuff! We will strive to have the IH16 Magazine online for you at least one month before IH2016 so you can read all you need to know about the event before you leave home. My hash friends in Bandung are almost ready to announce the Interhash Train Pre Lube ‘The Great Java Train Rumble’. They are the same team who organized ‘Son of the Great Train Rumble’ prior to Borobudur. Numbers will be limited to 200. Basically it’s Jakarta - Bandung - Malang (Bromo). As soon as they give me an email address to register we will send out a e-flash to you and put it on the website.
Bidders for 2018! The bidders so far are only Fiji and Kuching. So come on you hash clubs out there, are you up for the challenge? Come on Europe, China, New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand.
The last date to be able to register as a candidate for the Interhash 2018 vote is 31st December 2015.
More info here: http://www.interhash2016.com/
Vice Chairman II