An Ultimate Guide on Enjoying the Festivals of South East Asia


Last Updated on: Jul 30, 2018 

You can take your holiday trips to another level if you happen to be at a location during their festive season. After all, this is a great way to understand the local customs and culture as well as feel part of the society. South Asian festivals are well known for the festively and colourful celebrations. They are often huge, chaotic and very memorable. There are one or the other exciting festivals going on in the incredibly vast region of South East Asia that is different between cultures, religions, and reasons. No matter where you travel, all you need to do is find an excellent hotel to stay at and enjoy the festival. Tambun hotels make for a good choice as they offer great services at affordable costs and are conveniently located.

Ati-Atihan in the Philippines in January
Visit the Philippines in the month of January to enjoy the drumming and dancing on the streets. Ati-Atihan festival goes on for nine days and makes a colourful display of bright feathered headdresses worn by painted bodies. A masquerade ball and a torchlight procession are part of the celebrations in the streets

Ati-Atihan Tale of 2 Backpackers

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Tet Nguyen Dan in Viet Nam in February
Tet Nguyen Dan is celebrated in Viet Nam to announce the arrival of spring and the New Year. The locals decorate their homes and get rid of any old debts before the New Year begins. The festival sure is colourful and becomes exciting with fireworks. Enjoy delicious food and other delicacies.

Thaipusam in Malaysia in January
Thaipusam is celebrated in the remembrance of Lord Murugan. It is a three-day festival that is observed on a full moon. A vast chariot carrying a statue of Lord Murugan passes streets of Kuala Lumpur. The devotees or the participants walk barefoot on the pilgrimage to Batu Caves about 9 miles away.

Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia in March
You should certainly not miss the Bali Spirit Festival which is a festival of music and art. Yoga is a major focus of the particular festival. Participants make torus of local temples and sacred sites. Families enjoy several activities, and this is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating festivals of South East Asia.

Songkran in Thailand in April
Celebrate Thai New Year with the locals during the Songkran. Watch how the people wash the statues of Buddha with scented water and make sand pagodas outside temples. Songkran is also known as the major water fight in the world as the locals and backpackers play with buckets of ice water. Enjoy getting soaked with the coldest water.

Waisak in Indonesia in June
Waisak is a fascinating festival that celebrates Buddhism. The festival celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha and reinforces the local belief and culture. This is a great festival to enjoy and get aware of the local customs and culture.

Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia in August
The Rainforest World Music Festival is a three-day music festival. Well known as one of the coolest music festivals on the planet, it is a fusion of traditional and contemporary music. This is the festival to enjoy for those interested in the traditional music of indigenous people. Listen to the tribe of Kuching playing fantastic bamboo striking instruments.

Arrive in time to be a part of the festivities and come back with great memories. Staying at Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat only adds to those beautiful memories. Enjoy bespoke holistic experiences especially designed for the guests to enjoy the peace and complete relaxation. Just relax and rejuvenate in the surroundings and enjoy your trip of colorful festivals in South East Asia. Get ready for a cultural experience that is not to be missed!

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