Celebration Time

It’s Loy Kratong in Thailand – a festival also celebrated in some neighboring parts of Laos. Loy Kratong is one of the most picturesque festivals to take place in Asia as people release lotus shaped rafts with burning candles onto the water. The festival celebrates the end of the rice harvest and is a time to expel any anger or grudges - allowing a new start free from negativity.

Shwezigon Pagoda Festival in Myanmar celebrates with food stalls, shops selling local products, magic shows, puppet shows, theatrical shows, Zat pwe and Anyeints. Locals and foreigners join in the celebrations together on this auspicious occasion.

Celebrated in Tokyo since the latter part of the Edo era, the Tori no Ichi Festival is a sure sign that winter is just around the corner. Observed in order to pray for wealth and good fortune for the year ahead, it is held every November on the days of the rooster.

Cambodia’s water festival is known as Bon Om Thouk. It marks the end of the monsoon and the reversal of the flow of the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, a natural phenomenon unique to Cambodia. Hundreds of thousands descend on the capital for three days of partying and festivities on the riverside. Huge floats light up the river, firework displays and boat racing. The festival also takes place in Siem Reap on a (slightly) smaller scale. It’s noisy and crowded so not for the feint hearted.

Labour Day is celebrated in Japan on November 23.

International events

The Singapore International Film Festival is a time to celebrate the stories of Asia, Southeast Asia, and the world as told through the art of film and the experience of cinema.

In Malaysia literature and music are the center of attention at the George Town Literary Festival & Penang Island Jazz Festival. The Penang Island Jazz Festival features local and international performers.

Weather Patterns

As the dry season takes hold in Southeast Asia, the clear weather and sunny days make it one of the best periods to travel here (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar). Now is the best time to enjoy a cruise between Mandalay and Bagan.

Take advantage of the great weather with trekking in Myanmar (Shan state around Inle Lake, Hsipaw, Kyaing Tong, Putao, Chin State). It’s also a great month to explore Hong Kong and Japan. Northern China is getting cold but the weather in the south is ideal (perfect time to visit Guilin). Outstanding autumnal colors in Japan and parts of China (national parks in Sichuan).