It is when the Vietnamese show their respect for and remembrance of their ancestors as well as welcoming in the New Year with their family and friends. It is a time when families gather for feasts and to decorate their homes with flowers.
Cambodia is an amazing country to travel, here are some ideas for you to spend a week in Cambodia.
Bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia welcomes visitors with open arms. This delightful country boasts ancient temples, UNESCO World Heritage sites, colonial architecture, floating villages, dense forests and white sandy beaches. Its mix of tasty cuisine, historical treasures, friendly people and a bustling capital, Phnom Penh, makes Cambodia a truly wonderful cultural experience.
Vang Vieng is a small town north of Vientiane, located on the banks of the Nam Song River. The town is surrounding by dramatic limestone karst hills, rice fields and dense jungle. Also, Vang Vieng boasts a natural beauty and very easy to get around on foot with just three main streets. The local restaurants cater for a range of tastes serving a selection of Lao, Chinese, Thai, American and Italian food. A big drawn to the area is the stunning countryside. Here you can enjoy popular activities including hiking, rafting, tubing, kayaking, mountain biking, caving and rock climbing. Outside of the raining season (June – September), the Nam Song River is a popular place for swimmers.
Why should you visit Laos in April/May?
Boun Pi Mai (14 April -16 April)
It’s Laos New Year “Boun Pi Mai” on 14 April to 16 April this year in 2017 and it is a year of Rooster!
“sôk di pi mai!”
It is the time when the Lao celebrates the start of their Lunar calendar year and this festival makes one of the best time to visit Laos.
The celebration last for three days in mid-April, houses are cleaned, perfume and flowers are prepared for the celebration, people wear new clothes and Buddha images are polished with holy water. This is the celebration of the Laos New Year and is a combination of merriment and meditation. Laos New Year is celebrated with parades, dancing, singing and enthusiastic water splashing. The festival celebrated in Luang Prabang have the strongest religious aspect of Buddhism and the new year is celebrated for 3 weeks, where Buddha images are worshiped with water pouring ceremonies. Offerings are made at temples and small sand Stupas or stone are built in temple courtyard and on the banks of the Mekong River to request health and happiness in the New Year.
The festival take place in the UNESCO old town area where colourful candlelit lanterns provide lighting on the streets. The festival is in the area between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge, which connects Hoi An with An Hoi, and spills onto the surrounding street and river banks.
Halong Bay is a UNESCO Heritage Site, majestic and mysterious, thousands of small islands rise from turquoise waters, dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves. Besides, there are also beautiful caves to explore.
New Vietnam E-Visa Program
From 30 June 2017 onwards, 40 countries’ passport holder, including all UK travellers with a ‘British Citizen’ passport are eligible to apply for the electronic visa (E-Visa) of Vietnam and makes your journey a lot more convenient to Vietnam with the help of the new system!