Category Archives : Seasonal Festivals
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The Republic of Maldives is known for its natural beauty and if you are planning to visit this mesmerizing island you should also be aware of their holidays which revolve around and are influenced by the Islamic faith. Every religious festival and national occasions are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and a sense of unity emanates from these enthusiastic celebrations. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and Muslims fast for 30 days during this period and it is considered one of the most important events in this country. Maldives being a predominantly Muslim nation, the government offices in this country open between 9 am and 1.30 pm and private offices close by 3:00 pm. At the end of Ramadan, Eid festival is …

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                                The marvels of the island of Koh Samui extends far beyond its sun glazed beaches, lush canopies, and swaying palms. It is also a melting pot of cultures, bringing to life a rich concoction of colour, history, and life. From the famous Big Buddha shrine on the northern coast to the mummified monk Luang Pordaeng, sights to visit are plenty in Koh Samui for the culture-thirsty traveller. One can truly indulge themselves in this flowing grace of Thai culture if one selects the right accommodation among the numerous Koh Samui resorts. If one seeks more than sights and environment, plenty of cultural activities are available for the curious traveller …

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A disk of gold shines high in the sky. The beats are catchy and the night is young. When the moon pays its monthly visit, tourists gather eagerly at the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand to celebrate the Full Moon Party. Today, the party is popular to the extent that the island of Ko Pha Ngan has become synonymous with the party. It is a party that is not to be missed especially if you have planned to stay at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort. This Koh Samui beach resort is somewhat close to the island of Ko Pha Ngan and is worth heading to if you plan to visit during the full moon period. However, what’s most exciting about the party is that …

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Koh Phangan is an island in southeastern Thailand. It was once a sleepy little island and it continues to be for the most part. The exception is during the full moon when the aptly named, ‘Full Moon Party’ gets underway. The party takes place on Hat Rin Beach on the southern tip of Koh Phangan. Resorts and boutiques catering to the discerning traveller are located on the more tranquil western and northern shores. Wild party aside, the island has much to offer in the form of natural beauty. The surrounding forests and pristine bays give it the feeling of a private island. It is also home to the luxurious Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa. Koh Phangan will soon be only an hour’s …

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The annual Kites Festival in Bali takes place between July and August starting from the windy season which is ideal for kiting. The festival comprises of a series of kiting events held in different locations favourable for kiting. Kite festivals are one of Bali’s top listed annual events with excellent cultural shows and social gatherings taking place simultaneously during the festive period. The top kite festival events are held mostly along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, north of Sanur. The preliminary rounds begin towards the end of June and confirmed based on weather patterns. Therefore, the event dates are mostly announced on the last minute. Hundreds of professional and amateur kiting teams and individuals as well as tons of fans flock to these venues from …

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No city is complete without a shopping mall, and Phuket is no exception. An island off the mainland of Thailand, Phuket has been a very busy and island in terms of all the tourist activity going on. However just outside the city center one is met with one the island’s largest shopping malls, Central Festival. People visit Phuket for varying reasons, mainly the beaches and the Phuket Resort that have always managed to live up to their world class standards.One that has been highly recommended by those who have visited the island before is, Anantara Phuket Villas, designed by one of the world renowned architects these villa come with private pools and offer spacious luxury. A trip to Central Festival is definitely a must do …

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One of the best and most popular tourist destinations of Southeast Asia is the city of Bangkok. Serving as the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world, and is home to a wide range of attractions and highlights. Thus, Bangkok promises to offer its visitors an exciting, exotic and truly memorable experience. There are many ways to explore the many amazing features of this city, but one of the most unique ways is by embarking on a Bangkok cruise tour with Anantara Cruises. Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the dawn of the New Year, and the way it is celebrated in Bangkok and in most parts of Thailand is truly unique. Songkran is the …

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Colombo is rapidly emerging as a must-see stop in Sri Lanka. Colombo is the largest and the most commercial city in Sri Lanka. The city of Colombo offers historical monuments, colonial architecture, festivals and events, beaches, fine dining, and shopping. The happening nightspots have popped up recently in Colombo, giving it the much needed throbbing nightlife. While there are nightclubs with bars catering to the younger adults, there are some bars with popular bands playing, which are more popular amidst the older clientele. The city of Colombo has some of the best restaurants in the country, serving wide range of cuisines. The Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo is one of the most luxurious five star Hotels in Colombo. Cinnamon Lakeside has won many accolades and awards, making it the best …

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Australian String Quartet hosted a memorable evening of music under the banner, Remember Tomorrow – Great Southern Festival. The event took place on February 19th at the Albany Entertainment Centre in Western Australia and travellers planning to visit similar concerts such as this can consider staying at Albany motels such as Sundowner Albany, Amity which is within easy reach of the venue. The two hour concert which began at 7.30 PM, took visitors on a trip down memory lane as the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) played Haydn’s Emperor quartet which was the piece performed at the very first public concert of the ASQ in 1985. While the concert also featured String Quartet No. 3 composed by Shostakovich, one of the highlights was …

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Bringing all the exoticness of Bollywood to Adelaide, the Bollywood Holi Cruise Night will offer participants a chance to enjoy a memorable cruise featuring Hindi music, Indian food and plenty of entertainment. The first such event to be held in Adelaide, it is scheduled to take place on Friday 6th March, 2015 with the cruise leaving Fishermens Wharf at 9 PM before arriving back again at 12.30 AM. Those signing up for the cruise can look to stay at apartments in Australia within easy reach of this wharf, such as the two Chifely Hotels in Adelaide. The Bollywood Holi Cruise Night will feature Indian themed entertainment and those taking part can expect to enjoy live DJ music with Charan Jeet Singh and Sunil Arora Charan Chhabra among the DJs …

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