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Thailand: Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Phra Sing, Chiang Mai Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival has been running for over 40 years and celebrates the beautiful flowers in bloom during this time. The festival runs over 3 days at the start of February each year and draws thousands of visitors to Chiang Mai. Venue Nong Buak Haad Public Park  Address Corner of Bumrung Buri Rd & Arak Rd …

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Maha Muni Pagoda Festival, Myanmar

Mandalay’s majestic Mahan Muni Buddha image is said to have been cast in the presence of the Lord Buddha himself, making it a highly cherished religious landmark. The statue is four metres high, and its body and limbs are covered with gold as thick as 15 centimetres, added over the centuries by devotees making merit. …

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Sword & Pole Festival, China

The Sword and Pole Festival is a show of strength for the men from Yunnan’s Lisu and Yi ethnic groups. Known as "a-tang-de" in the Lisu language, meaning "a festival of climbing knife-ladders", the festival takes place on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year. Two spectacular rituals take center stage: …

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River Festival, Cambodia

The Mekong River Festival was created to promote eco-tourism along the mighty river. First held in 2015 in the province of Kratie, the present-day festival now covers three days in March, and features cultural programs and sporting competitions centered around the Mekong. After sight-seeing on the river in hopes to catch a glimpse of the …

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Meak Bochea, Cambodia

On the full moon of the third lunar month, Lao celebrate Meak Bochea Day, which commemorates the day when a spontaneous assembly of monks came to hear the Buddha’s sermon on three key Buddhist principles: “The non-doing of evil / the full performance of what is wholesome / the total purification of the mind.” To …

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Vat Phou Festival, Lao PDR

Held on the grounds of the pre-Angkorian ruin of Vat Phou in Champasack, the massive three-day festival celebrates the Buddhist festival of Boun Khao Chi (Makhaboucha) starting on the full moon of the third lunar month. The key activity for this festival takes place on the full-moon day itself – early in the morning, an …

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Shwedagon Pagoda Festival, Myanmar

Held annually during the full moon day of the month of Tabaung, this festival is one of the largest temple festivals in Myanmar. Come to watch locals reciting prayers with the monks at the famous golden stupa in Yangon that is rumored to contain strands of hair of the Lord Buddha. Pilgrims move clockwise around …

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Wai Kru Muay Thai, Thailand

Every March, Muay Thai fighters and their followers from all around the world converge on the ancient capital of Ayutthaya to pay homage to their teachers and the legendary Muay Thai folk hero Nai Khanom Tom. Over a thousand Muay Thai boxers pay respect to their teachers, and have white headbands tied around them. Afterwards, …

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Ben Tre Coconut Festival, Viet Nam

A week-long coconut festival takes place every April in the southern province of Ben Tre, with all activities devoted to one of the area’s most profitable cash crops, the coconut. Exhibitions, trade fairs, a cultural-arts and sport week, food festival, cuisine competitions and workshops showcase the versatility of the coconut; many of the activities will …

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Whale Festival, Viet Nam

Held in the coastal city of Vung Tau, this festival commemorates whales, a sacred animal of the area. According to legend, Emperor Gia Long was saved from a sinking ship by these majestic creatures and he elevated their status in court, making whales a local deity and protector of fishermen. A procession of locals symbolically …

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