7 Cultural Festivals in Asia To Visit So Your Vacation Won’t Be Wasted

Southeast Asia is a hotbed of must-see events and festivals. Just about every town or province has its own signature festival, with more activities and scenes than you can imagine. Needless to say, you’re bound to stumble upon at least one remarkable festival any time of the year.

Women performing cultural dance
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1) Songkran Festival in Bangkok, Thailand

Thais welcome their new year every April 13 and with it, comes one of Thailand’s most iconic festivals. Songkran is a water festival and new year tradition, and whether you like it or not, you’ll be part of the celebrations! Usher in the new year with the world’s biggest water fight and don’t bet on staying dry because the locals are particularly fond of getting the tourists wet during this festival. A perfect way to cool down in the April heat. And like all New Year’s celebrations, you will be treated to fireworks and even chalk throwing!

Songkran festival, Bangkok Thailand
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2) Thaipusam Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Thaipusam Festival honours the Hindu god Subramanian where the Tamil community in Malaysia will make a pilgrimage to the Batu Caves near Malaysia’s capital in January to February. Join in the festivities and marvel at the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, the Hindu deity, as well as watch in awe as devotees make the pilgrimage with painful spears through their skin, a true test of devotion, penance and devotion.

Thaipusam Batu Caves Malaysia
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3) Hue Festival in Vietnam

This biennial cultural event is staged in Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam between April to June. This arts festival is a display of cultural performances and exhibits, with plenty of fringe activities like boat races and even human chess. Take a break from the festivities to enjoy the city, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hue Festival Vietnam Parade
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4) Hoi An Legendary Night in Vietnam

The town of Hoi An in Vietnam lights up on the 14th of every lunar month. It’s a festival centred on a cornucopia of lights, where residents will turn off their lights and light the night up with beautiful lanterns. And that means you can catch this festival anytime of year!

Hoi An festival Vietnam
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5) Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Loy Krathong literally translates to “to float a basket.” Held every November, Thais will float their small baskets decorated with a candle and some flowers at the river and then make their wishes to the river spirits. You can also observe beauty contests and fireworks displays during the festival. In Chiang Mai, Thais also launch thousands of sky lanterns, as part of the Yi Peng celebrations. The combination of Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festivals in Chiang Mai results in a magnificent spectacle on the water and up in the sky.

People floating lanterns with fireworks backdrop
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6) Bali Arts Festival in Indonesia

Here’s another Technicolor culture-fest for you, this time near the great beaches of Bali. Held between June and July, the Bali Arts Festival is a showcase of the island’s culture, village dancers, and musical groups. The open stages, auditoriums, and outdoor pavilions of Bali are filled with performances such as shadow puppetry, traditional dance and youth competitions. No worries if you get sensory overload from all the festivities, just hop on over to the many beautiful Bali beaches for some relaxation!

Bali dancer close up shot while dancing
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7) Thadingyut Festival in Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar is undoubtedly an underrated tourist destination in Southeast Asia. After all, it’s only been a few years since the country opened up to general tourism. Given that, you now have the golden opportunity to experience Myanmar’s “Festival of Lights,” a counterpart to the Indian Diwali/Deepavali tradition. The three-day festival lights up the town of Yangon and you can enjoy amazing festivities which includes free movies, musical plays and food stalls all around.

Monks lighting candles
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