6 Of Our Favorites to visit in September
September is a great time to travel in Southeast Asia; we’ve elaborated on reasons ‘why’ in previous news articles on the Central Highlands in Vietnam, the ‘best time to visit Myanmar,’ or these 10 reasons to visit Cambodia in September. Travelers will find September means fewer other tourists, extra space to themselves, more comfortable temperatures, and on top of that, better rates. Travelers will enjoy the highest value for their travel spending in September.
Consider offering a long weekend to see one of our region’s top destinations: city culture in Yangon, Hanoi, Phnom Penh or Phuket, and charming countryside in Bali or Si Phan Don – Laos.
A weekend in Yangon is a perfect opportunity to explore this former capital of British Burma. Step back into colonial times on the Heritage Walk, a guided tour of Yangon’s historic architecture culminating in the grand foyer of the elegant Strand Hotel for some afternoon High Tea.
Khiri also offers an intimate tour of the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon and Myanmar’s most important religious monument. The tour around the immense temple of gleaming gold examines its history, the daily life of the people working and living in its shadows while striving to impart a deeper insight into the people’s spiritual beliefs.
Festivals celebrated in Myanmar are Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival around Inle Lake (24 Sept – 11 Oct) and Thadingyut, or the festival of lights, throughout the country on 8 & 9 October.
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This excellent weekend destination in southern Laos is easy to reach by flights from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, then overland to Pakse, Laos and points farther south. Your clients will be amazed by Laos’ Bolaven Plateau home to a beautiful landscape of forests, waterfalls, traditional villages, friendly Laotians, ancient temples and coffee plantations.
Si Phan Don meaning 4000 islands is an archipelago in the meandering Mekong River. Khiri offers a new half-day bicycle tour around the largest island, Don Khon. There are also boat rides to spot endangered freshwater dolphins and view impassable whitewater rapids. Awesome adventure awaits travelers in Laos.
Further north in the country, the annual Vientiane boat racing festival takes place on the 9th of October. It’s an amazing event where locals flock to the Mekong River promenade and watch teams in colorful boats compete with each other.
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Here are the highlights for an active weekend in Bali. Khiri can whisk your clients away from the crowds of tourists to meet the Balinese, see their daily life and the fascinating natural landscapes of their island. The people are proud to display their exquisite artistry in weaving, batik and stone carving.
Spectacular walks and bicycling take travelers through villages, rice terraces and sacred places amidst volcanic mountains. We discover Bali’s Hindu temples and the meaning of making devotions there. Visit the seaside to see fishermen pulling their colorful boats ashore or we wander the black sand beach and swim in the sparkling coral sea.
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Phuket, served by direct flights from nearly everywhere in the region has weekend holiday options for families such as our Old Town Discovery Walk. A stop for ice cream and a visit to a garden full of butterflies and bugs make this cultural tour child friendly. At Khun Mina’s home, the grown ups learn Thai cooking while their children play with her kids.Phuket has other enticing tours like the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery that ends with tasting rum cocktails.
The annual Vegetarian Festival, a fabulous display of religion, culture, food and people takes place in many temples throughout Phuket this time of year.
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What about a weekend in Phnom Penh to sample the culinary delights of a street food tour? Cambodia’s colorful past has created a fusion of traditional and modern flavors in this food. A more upscale tour includes sampling a selection of fine dining and a variety of local, reasonably priced local wines.
It’s worth a side trip from Phnom Penh to Wat Kien Khleang to see some impressive Khmer craftsmanship. This temple has delicately colored, hand painted murals in the ordination hall. The fading paint adds to the beauty of these sacred images, which pay respect to the life of the Buddha.
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Art is the theme for a weekend in Hanoi. Start early with an invigorating outdoor session of tai chi, aerobics or yoga. Son mai is the Vietnamese lacquer painting technique commonly depicting scenes of flowers and nature. Visit a gallery to appreciate the skill and expertise of this traditional art and the artists devoted to its preservation. Le Hong Thai is a famous Vietnamese artist who uses this traditional technique also, but to create abstract designs rather than realistic objects. Khiri arranges overnights at his Thai style home that is his art gallery and a bed and breakfast.
The Mid-Autumn festival is a colorful holiday is particularly great to observe in Hanoi. It celebrates the legend of Cuội and takes place in September.
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