When in Bali, There’s Always a Festival – Galungan

Last time we visited Bali, we were here for Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and day of silence, and were sequestered in our hotel room for a day. So, I was not surprised to hear that there was a big religious celebration within days of our arrival in Bali. The Hindu calendar is full of them.

Vibrant Community at Samprang Festival

Last December I went on a spontaneous walking trip in the Rattanakosin area with two good friends passing Samprang District: an old shophouse area, which served as a trading and service center mainly for government officials in the past.

Where to Go: New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia

The festive season is upon us. In Southeast Asia we’re preparing for parties and celebrations. Most of the countries such as Thailand and Vietnam find this period a great excuse to light up streets and buildings, decorate bars and restaurants, and play Christmas carols in supermarkets and shopping malls.