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Thailand is a Buddhist country and Buddhists have many festivals. In this article I have narrowed things down to 10 large festivals.

It is worth

noting that that the Thai people are very enthusiastic when it comes to their colorful festivals.

Songkran

The festival is held on the Eastern new year 13 to 15

April. This falls on the hottest part of the year, the end of the dry season. Songkran is a cleansing festival and it is celebrated by throwing water on people or shooting them

with water guns. Songkran is the largest Thai festival.

Kids with talc
The stuff on their faces is beige colored talc, mixed with water. Putting it on someone is considered a blessing.

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Balloon Festival

During the Balloon Festival, they have a daily launching of a massive number of balloons creating  a breathtaking spectacle. During the festival their

are a number of concerts and firework displays. The festival organizers also have a tethered balloon, that takes visitors up for a ride.

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

The candle

festival is held all over Thailand, but the one in the province of Ubon Ratchathani is the largest. During the festival giant candle statues are paraded through the streets. The

statues are of Hindu or Buddhist mythological scenes.

The festival is held in mid July, the exact date depends on the Buddhist calendar.

Wax statue

Phi Ta Khon

This festival is held over 3 days.

During the first day they hold a

series of games and a procession. The participants in the procession wear colorful masks made out of rice husks. Be warned the costumes may have some sexual bits.

On the

second day they fire rockets and hold dance contests.

The third day involves listening to sermons from monks.

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Loi

Krathong

A Krathong is a decorative floating container. The container is made from the trunk of a banana tree or bread. The Krathong is decorated with a candle, banana

leaves and incense sticks. Sometimes people put a coin on the Krathong as a offering to the river spirits. You launch your Krathong on a pond or river making a wish as you do

so.

During Loi Krathong beauty contests are held, they are known as “Nopphamat Queen Contests”.

Bun Bangfai Rocket Festival

During the first 2 days of the

festival they have dance, music, processions and folk theater.

Bunfai is held just before the rainy season. On the third day of the festival bamboo rockets are fired into

the sky. Launching the rockets is meant to help the rainy season and harvest.

The festival is held in the North East of Thailand.

River Kwai Bridge Week

This festival commemorates the 60,000 foreign prisoners of war that died, in the area, during the Second World War. The bridge itself was built by POWs and was part of the

‘Death Railway’.

During the festival they put on a show using planes, trains and explosives.

(From Grant Cameron)
(From Grant Cameron)

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair

This festival has a great location. It takes place in the Ayutthaya Historical Park which is a UNESCO

World Heritage Site. The fair showcases traditional dancing, lifestyle and music.

Lopburi’s Monkey Feast

The Monkey Feast is exactly what it sounds like. Chefs

spend hours preparing a large vegetarian feast. Then hundreds of wild monkeys come in and eat the feast until they can’t eat anymore.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

First let me say this festival isn’t my cup of tea. The vegetarian part is a cleansing ritual meant to improve the participants health. During the festival there are

ceremonies in which people pierce their cheeks with various sharp implements. So if you don’t like loud, bloody festivals stay away from this one.

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One of the most

popular ways to vacation in the England is to rent a holiday getaway cottage, as as an alternative to staying in a hotel. If you look at the prices you will find that renting a

cottage usually works out cheaper than the hotel room. When you rent a cottage in the UK though, there are certain things you should consider, doing so will make your UK cottage

holiday getaway a lot more pleasant and relaxing.

There’s plenty of methods for you to rent a cottage in the UK. You can work through an UK real estate agent, rent

through a newspaper or magazine ad, rent by using an English friend or relative or rent online.

Many families use real estate agents, however

they tend to be harder a bit more expensive and getting the information you would like, about the cottage, isn’t always straightforward, unless they have a good website. You

could also rent through a newspaper/magazine ad but, again, you’ll normally find the information you get is limited and with no feedback from other renters, you’re not always

confident about what you are getting. I tried renting through a colleague a while back and despite the fact that their taste was alright, I would not have picked the cottage

they recommended.

The best way to go is to rent through an online website. There are many to choose from, most have superb descriptions and photographs with clear details

about the location in which the cottage is situated, along with feedback from visitors. Ones that have rented the particular cottage you’re looking at.

When picking a

cottage the most important factor is it’s location. England and Scotland have some stunning cottages, but some are miles away from anywhere or in a moor. Make sure the cottage

you rent is near shops, public transportation, restaurants and a few local attractions.

Most UK cottages are pretty basic. Make certain, before you pay the deposit, that

the cottage has a kitchen, washing machine and dryer, linens and towels, that the beds are big enough, that it has telly with cable or satellite, look for one with parking (if

you are going to rent an automobile) and, also make sure that there’s a pub close by. This might not sound crucial but pubs have among the better and most affordable meals in

the UK and they are a fantastic place to meet the locals.

How come British Cottages do not have AC? – Americans tend to worry about not having air-con

whenever they rent a cottage in the UK. England is a pretty cold country, specifically when compared with most parts of the USA, with high temperature ranges in the summertime

running only 80 degrees in some areas. You honestly do not need AC in England. It’ll never get hot enough. Heating, on the other hand, you do need as it will certainly get cold

enough.

Conclusion

Staying in a cottage in the English countryside is a fun way to have a vacation as well as save some money. With cottages being

as cheap as £250 for a week (around $450) and hotels being more than double that per room, renting a cottage can be a much less expensive British vacation, particularly as

they’ll normally sleep two-six individuals.

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Bali used to be more of a laid back surfer vacation spot. Over time it has evolved into a popular destination that caters for just about every kind of

tourist. Arguably, what Bali does best is, outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, rafting and mountain biking.

The peak tourist season is in August and September and

numbers also spike over Christmas and New Year. If you avoid these dates you will find Bali a less crowded and less costly destination.

Diving

Curious turtle Bali

Bali is a real paradise for divers from beginners who want to scuba dive on

a reef to experience divers who want to dive Bali’s wrecks. The most popular wreck to dive off Bali is the USAT Liberty. She was an US animal transport vessel that was

torpedoed by the Japanese. The crew beached the ship, but in 1963 a volcano put her back in the ocean.

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Having a look a region’s animals is always

worth the effort. This park has more than 50 species with most being regional and a few from Africa. Animals include Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, white tigers, komodo

dragons, leopards and cheetah.

Bali Treetop Adventure Park

This is a botanical park with a number of rope walking courses. It is safe but can be a

bit scary. The courses vary in difficulty with many being suitable for children. The equipment is in good condition and the guides are friendly and knowledgeable.

Taking a cruise

There are a few businesses that specialize in taking tourists on cruises from Bali. Some of these cruises take tourists to the small

secluded islands that surround Bali. For a more quiet, relaxing cruise I recommend going with a wooden sailing boat.

Cooking Class

Bali has an

unique ethnic cooking tradition. If you enjoy cooking it’s absolutely worth taking a cooking class, to learn about the exotic spices Balinese use in their food.

Eating in Bali

The night markets in Bali are famous all over Southern Asia for their traditional outdoor eateries. Even if you don’t feel like eating

at a market, you should go to experience the smells, sights and noises of a night market.

When you eat out in Bali the food tends to be Chinese or Indonesian, authentic

Balinese food is rare. On a day to day basis Balinese eat vegetables and rice with a small amount of fish or meat. However, when the Balinese have one of their regular festivals

the food is far more elaborate.

Some of the restaurants do Bali nights. They will routinely prepare something like a suckling pig, which is a favorite of Balinese

festivals.

suckling pig
I don’t know about the head

going down slideWaterbom Bali

This is a water park with 21 waterslides. It is

located in the middle of Kuta. The park is popular because compared to western water parks it’s much cheaper, the staff are friendly and the equipment is in good condition.

They serve tasty hot food in the park and it is also quite cheap.