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Maha Thingyan – Myanmar’s New Year Water Festival

The primary event of Maha Thingyan is the Water Festival.  It celebrates the descent of Thagyamin, a celestial Buddhist figure, to Earth. The beginning of the Water Festival, or A-Kya Nei, is marked with the firing of a water cannon into a public area. While the cannon is fired, people run out to collect the water with pots and buckets. The collected water is then poured over the ground, and is followed by a short prayer. Just like Thingyan Eve, these religious rituals are followed by festive activities. In nearly every village, city, and town in Myanmar, large stages are erected for the purpose of enjoying entertainment. After enjoying live music and dancing, people celebrating Maha Thingyan parades in the streets of their town or city while enjoying the company of their friends and family members. If you are visiting Myanmar during the festivities be prepared to get wet! A drenching is more than compensated for by the wonderful array or colours and noise that accompany the celebrations.

Sri Lanka’s Hill Country

The beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka’s famed Hill Country and Central Highlands are renowned counterpoints to the hustle, bustle and maritime madness of our renowned beaches. Which is why Newspaper, the blog and catchup for high-end techy business types, has focused a travel-section roundup on five of the region’s prime destinations. Continue reading

A Taste Of India

If you are a foodie fascinated with gastronomical adventures and exotic places, this tour is for you. Be prepared to try new food and new tastes and be ready to fall in love again. It will be a taste bud introduction to India through Indian food. On this intimate gastronomic journey we’ll savor local delicacies, partake in cooking lessons with renowned chefs, Continue reading

Kandy Perahera – What a procession!

The amazing spectacle that is the Esala Perahera takes place every August in Kandy. This ten day festival is the most spectacular of its kind in Sri Lanka and dates back to the 18th century although its origins can be traced back to the 4th century. Continue reading

Hoan Kiem Lake – A morning view

It means getting up before the sun does but it will be well worth the effort – I’m referring to taking a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake, the beating heart of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi. This kidney bowl shaped area of water separates the frenetic Old Quarter from the tree-lined boulevards of the French Colonial area and modern day Hanoi. Continue reading

Sigiriya – The Lion Rock

The legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, the “Lion Rock” famous for its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’ is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock it took seven years to build and was abandoned after ten years of occupation when the King, defeated by his brother, committed suicide. Continue reading

The Backwaters of Kerala – Another World

Often referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala’s enchanting backwaters offers the visitor an enchanting maze of lagoons, canals and estuaries. These waterways are traversed by traditional houseboats and canoes and the occasional snake boat race. Continue reading

Top 10 Myanmar experiences for 2017

With just over four million tourist arrivals recorded in 2015, it is fair to say that Myanmar has well and truly opened up to the world. Instead of promoting it for its virgin, undiscovered state, how about celebrating the fact it is now undergoing an important political, economic and social transition? Continue reading