Best Places to Visit
22 Apr 2017
Lunar New Year, Singapore
The Lunar New Year is one of the Asian festivals celebrated by many Asian countries. But one of the best places to celebrate this is in Singapore which marks this with a three-day event. Dragon parades are always a feature along with extravagant fireworks and fully adorned streets. At the Kreta Ayer, there are evening shows and the much-awaited competition among lion dance performers.
Holi Festival of Love, India
Also known as Holi Festival of Colors, this is an old religious festival among Hindus but even non-Hindus have grown accustomed to celebrating it. It’s a fivefold event starting in the spring season. It is considered a season of rekindling old relationships. It is also the best time to end disagreements among couples.
The event starts off with an evening bonfire, singing, and prancing. The following day, there’s laughter and dancing with people randomly splashing water and colored powder to anyone nearby. It brings in a jovial, playful mood. Families drop by each other’s homes bringing Holi delicacies.
Lantern Festival, Taiwan
Lantern festivals are common in Asia but do attend the one celebrated in Taiwan and its districts. The government’s tourism department hosts the festival.
At Yanshui District, the event is marked by an ostentatious fireworks display at the Wumiao Temple. The belief is that through fireworks, the evil which also brings illnesses is warded off.
At Pingxi District, a multitude of lanterns are flown creating a beautifully-lit night sky above.
Songkran Festival, Thailand
Songkran is Thailand’s take on New Year’s Day celebration. It’s marked by extensive water fight along the streets. Water gun and hose-wielding residents, whether young or old make war with water. It symbolizes spring-cleaning time.
Dragon Boat Festival, China
There are a lot of dragon boat festivals held in Asian countries but the credit goes to China for starting it. Part of the celebration includes consuming sticky rice treats and gulping realgar. The people believe in a mythical guardian Zhong Kui so an image of him is displayed as part of the event. But the event focuses on the dragon boat race. A long boat made of teak wood is used and manually powered by up to 80 rowers.
Festivals bring about heightened brotherhood and camaraderie in a setting that’s jovial and merry. True enough, they are events you must go see for yourself.
Getting The Most Out Of Your Bali Escapade
Bali Indonesia has so much to offer. The list of destinations to go to, foods to sample, sacred sites to view is endless.
Worry not because here’s a trimmed down list of five must-dos to get the most out of your stay in Bali
Surfing on the beach of Uluwatu is a spectacular treat. Uluwatu is located southeast of Bukit. Even if you’re not the best surfer, go ahead and hit the beach and just chill out. Gather at the beachfront cove or visit the clifftop temple built back in the earlier centuries. At night, witness the Kecak, a traditional yet entertaining fire dance.
Experience the flavors of Bali
Your stay in Bali isn’t complete without coconut, peanuts, and lemongrass. These are very popular flavors known to Bali. Whether you’re dining in a top hotel or just in the streets, these natural flavor enhancers make Bali’s classic dishes a totally must try. Nasi goreng and satay ayum are just two of the favorite Balinese dishes. Spice up your day and indulge in a plate of sate lilit or flavorful ayam betutu (chicken wrapped in banana leaf). Don’t leave the table without ordering the famous black pudding, bubuh injin.
River Rafting in Telega Waja
This river is one of Bali’s longest and is perfect for white water rafting. Telega Waja river runs south from the famous Mount Abang. While riding the rapids, you get a glimpse of picturesque canyons and waterfalls. Found right in the center of rural Bali, rafting in this river is highly recommended for the adventure-seeker.
View the Besakih Temple
Your Bali trip won’t be complete without viewing the largest Hindu temple called Mother Temple of Bali. It’s a complex of temples resting along the side of Mount Agung at more than 3000 feet up. Balinese believe that the mere existence of the temple is a miracle. Back in the 60s, Mount Agung erupted, killing more than a thousand villagers. Surprisingly, the Hindu temple has been spared.
Be awed by Ubud
Ubud is Bali’s heart and soul. This town is teeming with history and tradition. While in Ubud, your senses will feast on traditional festivals and performances by “gamelan” orchestras. Tour the Monkey Forest, a nature reserve for long-tailed macaques.
Your Bali escapade can be one of your most memorable. Make it a reality and treasure the experience.