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Malaysia is one of the most colourful nations in the world where culture is concerned, and the nation is at it’s most beautiful around the time of the traditional new year, known as Songkran. What is Songkran? Songkran is the traditional new year that is celebrated through most of Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, North-East India, Sri Lanka, and parts of China. This period commences when the sun moves through the Aries constellation. Penang This state is situated towards the northwestern coast of the Malaysian Peninsular and consists of parts. It’s one of the best places to be during this time because of two particular festivals. Penang International Food Festival The food culture of this state is quite famous, and this is why the Penang …

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Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, especially where the tropics are concerned. If you’re seeking a romantic getaway, this island landscape has much to offer. Pura Taman Ayun This beautiful temple garden complex is one Bali’s most treasured attractions and renowned across the world for its exotic beauty and tranquil ambiance. It is a place brimming with adventure as well as beauty. Tanah Lot This refers to a spectacular rock formation that rises out of the sea just off the beach in Tabanan. The name itself means “Land in the Sea”. The landmass was apparently discovered in the 16th century by a Hindu traveller, and eventually, a shrine and temple were built. Ubud Monkey Forest You don’t always discover …

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Celebrated with much pomp and pageantry, the Chinese New Year is an important cultural event that takes place not just in China, but in cities around the world which are home to a Chinese community such as Bangkok. Chinese New Year in Bangkok The Chinese New Year is celebrated by various communities in Bangkok and most of these celebrations take place in and around Chinatown. The festivities truly commence with Dragon Parades which are significantly longer than what most have seen before. Chinatown in Bangkok Bangkok’s Chinatown, the enclave of people from China in Bangkok, is a major tourist attraction in this city for it is known to be one of the oldest areas. As a result of its history, prices of land in the …

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Out of the many festivals and celebrations celebrated throughout the world, Loy Krathong is among the most colourful, and anyone would be dazzled by the cultural celebrations associated with it. Loy Krathong Explained The name of this festival translates as ‘to float a basket’, and is celebrated in Thailand as well as other nations with significant southwestern Tai cultures. This celebration actually takes place under many different names as well, such as Full-Moon Poya in Sri Lanka, and Bon Om Touk in Cambodia. What Happens During Loy Krathong? The iconic concept involves krathongs, which are small boats which are crafted out a variety of materials, usually natural, and then released into the river.   Loy Krathong at Asiatique If you happen to be in Bangkok, …

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Thailand is a nation that is full of all kinds of colourful festivities and celebrations. One particular occurrence that will definitely take your breath away is the Royal Barge Procession. The Beginning It is not entirely clear when the first royal barge procession took place, but it is widely believed to have been sometime in the 14th century during the Ayutthaya Period. There are many accounts from foreign visitors during this time of grand processions featuring ‘200 boats’. Modern Processions There is no concrete date when these processions take place, but are instead used to mark special ceremonies and occurrences. During the reign of the late King Rama IX, a total of 16 royal barge processions were conducted. Major and Minor Processions Depending on the …

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The origins of Chinese New Year are unclear but there are myths and legends that surround how it all began. A mythical beast named ‘Nian’ awakens on New Year’s Eve to cause harm and destruction. Preparing for New Year The preparations for New Year begin several days before the actual event. It is important not to clean once the New Year has begun as you will be ‘cleaning away’ the good luck that has begun to gather inside the home. The New Year is also a time for shopping. Be sure to visit the street markets that crop up in the vicinity of 4 star hotels in Hong Kong the likes of Park Hotel Hong Kong in the days leading up to the festival. NYE celebrations New Year’s Eve …

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