Mega puppet fest set for Myanmar

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, Myanmar, News

YANGON: 13 November 2017: Overseas tour operators looking to add value to their tours in March next year, could consider a visit to the country’s second puppet festival.

Firm dates for the festival have still to be finalise,  but it will be hosted in Mandalay and Yangon on the same days.

Last hosted in 2016, Myanmar will hold the second International Marionette Festival in 2018 in two cities for the first time. Read more

Melaka turns into an art canvas

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Festivals, Malaysia, News

MELAKA, Malaysia 3 November 2017: Over 45 artists will gather to transform Melaka city into a canvas for live art.

It claims to be the world’s largest and only site-specific art performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka, 24 to 26 November. Open from 1000 to 2200 daily. Read more

China’s holiday week 1 to 6 Oct

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 26 September 2017: China’s annual national holiday gets underway ,1 to 6 October, promising a boom in domestic and international travel.

Known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this is one of the main holidays in China when residents and citizens take one week off to spend time with family and friends, or travel overseas, Asian Trails China office advised its travel partners and customers.

Celebrated annually, the Mid-Autumn Festival dates are set according to the 8th month of the China Lunar calendar and this year the start of the holiday coincides with China’s National Day 1 October. Read more

Festival time in Myanmar

August 25, 2017 by  
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YANGON 25 August 2017: Myanmar’s festival season kicks off in September, a month-long period of celebrations that showcase the country’s culture and traditions.

From dancing papier-mâché elephants to colourful parades, from oil lamp illuminations to long-tail boat racing, the festive season is one of the best times to visit Myanmar according to Myanmar Tourism Marketing.

September marks the end of Buddhist Lent and the closing weeks of the annual rainy season. Read more

Flower festival in Dalat

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, 1 August 2017: Vietnam Lam Dong People’s Committee plans to organise the seventh edition of the Dalat Flower Festival, 23 to 27 December, this year.

Local media reported the event would feature 15 major programmes.

They include a Dalat wine festival, a flower and ornamental exhibition, and a vegetables fair and tea culture festival. Read more

Clock winds back to river life

July 26, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 26 July 2017: The upcoming Bangkok River Fair: From Strangers to Neighbours, hosted 5 August, at Pipit Banglamphu, Phra Sumen Road, Bangkok, gains the promotional spotlight in the latest Tourism Authority of Thailand events update.

The fair takes visitors and residents back in time to the era when Bangkok’s city life was lived out on the Chao Phraya River and nearby canals rather than on the congested highways and streets we see today.

Just a few pockets of canal life and communities have survived and the TAT promotion encourages visitors to catch the nostalgic mood for the day-long fair. Read more

Rainforest festival spotlights Welsh music

July 7, 2017 by  
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KUCHING, 7 July 2017: Music lovers attending the 20th Rainforest World Music Festival will be entertained by a Welsh music legend.

The annual festival, considered the top World Music event in Asia, will be staged on the weekend  14 to 16 July.

The 2016 Rainforest World Music Festival recorded a staggering 18,340 people in attendance over the festival’s three days. The gate tally represented an increase of 2% over the previous year. Ticket sales for the festival also increased 14%. Read more

Singapore Food Festival 14 to 30 July

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 June 2017: The Singapore Food Festival 2017 is back for its 24th edition.

Taking place from 14 to 30 July, locals and visitors alike can look forward to a spread of both traditional and contemporary Singaporean flavours, interpreted through the palates of  home-grown culinary heroes.

Themed “Savour Singapore in Every Bite”, the festival will feature up to 20 gastronomic experiences that celebrate heritage and flavours, and honour the people who work passionately to keep local culinary traditions alive. Read more

Rainy season festivals and events

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand is grouping events and activities into four categories to open up travel to secondary destinations and improve travel options during the rainy season.

TAT said it will concentrate on promoting food & music festivals; cultural & art festivals; creative events and recreation & sports events.

This July, activities start with the Kaeng Song Coffee Sipping and Khek River Rafting Festival to be held 1 July to 31 October at the Khek River. Read more

Race for flood hit farmers

June 8, 2017 by  
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PHATTHALUNG, 8 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports joins hands with Phatthalung province to organise the Thale-Noi Roi Run marathon 23 July in Phatthalung  to promote sports tourism.

The activity is expected to draw around 2,000 participants, who will run along the country’s longest bridge connecting Khuan Khanun district in Phatthalung to Ranot district in Songkhla province.

The campaign is part of a project aimed at developing sports and food tourism, as well as generating income for flood-hit farmers and residents. Read more

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