Collected by Adriana Yampey , AFAR Local Expert
Koh Chang, Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
Siam Hut has amazingly cheap bungalows right on the beach of Koh Chang. The bungalows come air conditioned or with fans, they have private bathrooms and there's a big communal seaside deck off the Tree House restaurant. At night they light these...
261/63, Shamaldas Gandhi Marg, Marine lines, Navajeevan Wadi, Sonapur, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002, India
On Diwali (celebrated November 13 through 17 this year), relatives and friends give one another sweets to ring in the lunar New Year. Watch locals light diyas (clay lamps) and make rangoli (colored-powder designs) on the streets to invite the...
Nong Han, San Sai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of my favorite festivals in the world is the Loi Krathong / Yi Peng ‘festival of light’ in Thailand. Both occur at the same time and although differing slightly, both represent the cleansing of sins. Yi Peng takes place mainly in Chiang Mai in...
Moo7 Faham, Faham Chiangmai, ตำบล สันผีเสื้อ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
The Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai is northern Thailand's version of the 'Loy Kratong' celebration. This event paying homage to Lord Buddha at Yeepeng Lanna International at Tudongkhasathan is where you can see the largest concentration...
Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I've been to Thailand half a dozen times over the last four years, but until November I had never visited during the Lantern Festival. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be quite as amazing as it actually was - Chiang Mai was transformed for a...
Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Even before I moved to Hawaii, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lantern Floating Festival. It takes place on Memorial Day weekend in May at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu. An estimated 40,000 people turned out for the 2012 celebration where...
Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
We did the well known cooking school at the Maison Arabe riad and loved it! The native chef has worked in New York and Chicago and speaks flawless English with a good sense of humor. Classes are small, around 10 students, and do fill up, so call...
Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
If you’re logical, you might not make the trek to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Depending upon where you live, this is a long way to go for just a few hours of visual splendor in the sky. The fact is that the highlight lasts no more than about...
Bang Khen Alley, Tambon Nong Han, Amphoe San Sai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50290, Thailand
Yi Peng is a festival held in November in Northern Thailand. Yi Peng is Lanna Thai for "second month" which commemorates the second month in the Lanna calendar. During Yi Peng, the Thais release floating lanterns in the sky as a show of respect to...
Japan, 〒060-0042 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, 大通西7丁目
One of the highlights we wanted to see in Sapporo was the White Illumination event in Sapporo in the winter. Odori Park, which is a whole12-block stretch of park that serves as a central landmark of Sapporo, is lit up using thousands of light...
288 Nguyễn Duy Hiệu, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Hoi An's mustard-colored old town is plentiful with relaxing activities. One afternoon, we hired a private little boat for two hours. The ride took us past hard-working fisherman, and we even had the chance to ride in a basket boat that we'd...
Cheonggyecheon, Jongno 5(o).6(yuk)ga-dong, Seoul
An artery of calm running through central Seoul is the Cheonggyecheon stream. This soothing green space proffers a respite from the bustle, with tranquil waterfalls, bridges, and landscaped rock formations adorning the 5.2 miles of wooden walkways...
Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I was wandering down a street during Loi Krathong. I had been following a parade, but as I do, I got distracted and entirely lost. As loosing myself so often does it all panned out, as I found myself beside a beautiful Wat. Inside there where...
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