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Located in a remote and beautiful are dominated by Red Dao minority, Nam Cang village is part of the Nam Cang commune, Lao Cai Province. The Village is 35 km from Sapa Town and 60 km from the Lao Cai Station.There are about 267 households (1,578 persons) are living together in the region. Before the year 2000, nearly 80% of households were in hunger and poverty and over 70% of the population were illiterate, but due to a local development plan and investments in education and farming the population is now living under much better conditions. The Red Dao minority in Nam Cang nowadays living mainly on cultivation. The most famous plant of Nam Cang is the Amomum Tsaoko, one of many ingredients that made the special broth of Pho and it also used as a traditional Chinese medicine.

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Lovely Homestay by the river

Lovely Homestay by the river

The drive on the way to Nam Cang is on mountain road running aside of the scenery Muong Hoa valley, with picturesque views of peaky mountains, endless rice terraces, waterfalls and Hill-tribes’ villages. Take a short walk up to the hill, the Nam Cang Riverside Homestay appears next to a fresh stream, with own suspended bridge and the jungle close by.

Children in Nam Cang Village

Children in Nam Cang Village

The Homestay is made by local ingredients: bamboo, wood, and leaves. Beds are set up nicely with high-quality linen. There are sharing bathrooms with hot water available. On the first floor is the dining station with some simple wooden tables. Meals are served by friendly staffs in Red Dao traditional dress. Foods are fresh and tasty.

Guests can go for a short trek to the village, visit some houses to see how the local people make the special papers by tree barks, a jewel workshop operated by an old man and his very simple tools. On the way, naive children are playing fun games and women wear colorful and diverse costumes are sewing or searing herbs. The Red Dao women are very skilled at the herbal bath, local medicine, and embroidery. And as far as you go, the locals always look with big eyes and followed by happy smiles. There are no hawker or vendor disturbing on the way.

Dinner made by fresh local food

Dinner made by fresh local food

Back to the homestay, guests can take a swim in the crystal stream. Local people said the stream is running through the Amomum forest, thus it has some special treatments and good for health. The homestay also offers herbal bathing service prepared meticulously of hundred types of different herbs mixing, which helps to discard stress, detox, eliminate a headache, backache, good for cold treatments, etc.

The Red bridge near Topas Ecolodge

The Red bridge near Topas Ecolodge

The whispering from the stream as a soft lullaby takes people into a beautiful sleep and waken up by the bird’s singing, enjoy a cup of coffee in the open lounge with breakfast and a book in the middle of the jungle, the homestay is an ideally place for nature lovers.

Some tips for Nam Cang

Traveling from Hanoi:

By night train from Hanoi Statin to Lao Cai. The night trains departure 21:00-22:00 from Hanoi train station to Lao Cai. Trains arrive at 5.30 at the Lao Cai train station. Guests then can drive to Nam Cang.

By private car: from Hanoi via the Hanoi- Lao Cai highway and reach to Nam Cang directly in about 6 hours.

There are some options for traveling to Nam Cang available: Day trip to Nam Cang, 2 days Sapa-Nam Cang trekking tour, 2 days Sapa- Nam Cang mountain bike tour or combine a stay in Topas Ecolodge & Nam Cang to experience both local and luxury services.

What to take along: backpack, good walking shoes, hat, sun cream, insect repellent, shorts & T-shirt for hot season and long trouser & light windbreaker jacket for the cold season. Giving money for children is not recommended but buying local souvenirs and giving sweets or chocolate are welcomed.

 

KEP or SIHANOUKVILLE? Which is better? Which is more peaceful? Which is more dynamic and has various nightlife activities? Which would be more suitable for me? This seems to be a frequent question of many people when they arrange their beach vacation in Cambodia.I have also found that this is also a question that I have received from many clients when assisting them making their traveling plan to Cambodia recently. Hence, I decide to write this post to give you some ideas regarding both beaches. Hope you guys would have the best answer and the best decision for yourself.

Back in the 1960s, when Sihanoukville was just a fishing village, KEP, 25km from Kampot, was already an affluent seaside resort. Subsequent events were unkind to the town and Kep has been fallen to oblivion. Traces of the town’s sombre past remain. The region is dotted with the gutted shells of colonial villas – tragic evidence of the Khmer Rouge’s destruction. Until recently, most were smothered by prolific tropical vegetation and home to squatters; now some have been restored, with more likely to follow, although the difficulty of establishing ownership means this will be a slow process.

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Sihanoukville also known as Kompong is a coastal city in Cambodia and the capital city of Sihanoukville Province, located at the tip of an elevated peninsula in the country’s south-west at the Gulf of Thailand.

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In reality, the beach of Kep is quiet narrow and the sand is thin. Though the condition of the beach has been better recently when the local Government imports sand from nearby Kampot, which has the sand but no beach every two weeks and have somewhat changed all that, time and tide wait for no beach, so at the end of the fortnight the gritty black stuff makes a re-appearance.

Sihanoukville is totally different. With a surrounding coastline of white-sand beaches and sun-drenched islands would be Cambodia’s most happening sun-sloth destination for people.

About the restaurant, there are only some small restaurants opposite to the beach of Kep.  The most famous food of Kep is the crab – particularly the offerings at the crab market which attracts Cambodians a lot but I’m sure this is not a really attractive thing to travelers.

In the evening, if you have already stayed in Kep and you would look for more dinner options, you should travel back to Kampot – a small town which is 25kms away from Kep to have more choice.

Things are better when you are in Sihanoukville because there are wide range choices for your meals.

For the best place to stay and best things to do in Sihanoukville, if you are young traveler and you love parties, The Serendipity Beach area would be the perfect place for you.

If you love quiet place, further away from the hustle, in the far south of town, is relaxed Otres Beach, where cheap bungalow joints and bohemian-flavoured guesthouses are now neighbours with rather swish boutique resorts.

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Otres Beach

If you are type of the adventurous can find sandy strips rimmed by casuarina trees and coconut palms to have all to themselves at Beyond Otres.

Sihanoukville is also the jumping-off point to Cambodia’s southern islands, where castaway-cool beckons.

Back to Kep, there is not much adventurous activities in this area. You can choose to visit some pepper plantation in Kampot, check out the crab market, hanging out at the beach or pay a short visit to Rabbit island – known as Koh Tonsay – a lovely little island about 25 minutes away from Kep. It is also one of the least-developed island, with no motor vehicles, no mains electricity and few residents, making it an ideal getaway from the grind.

rabbit island

Rabbit Island

You can also head out to Koh Svay (Mango Island) or Koh Pos (Snake Islan) to escape the crowds on Koh Tonsay. They are, like many Cambodian beaches, quite litter-strewn however. You can hire snorkelling gear on Koh Tonsay to bring along.

To compare about the two beaches, the beach of Kep itself is not that much but quainter and (usually) much less crowded than Sihanoukville. If you’re looking for lazy days of sunbathing or night time bar hopping, Sihanoukville should be ticked in your box.

In general, if you would look for a real beach escape, my recommendation would be: Just go ahead to Sihanoukville.

If you would look for a quiet place for yourself to chill in a short of time(may be a day or 2), then Kep would be for you.

Happy traveling!

traditional costume of Khmer

traditional costume of Khmer

I am pretty sure that travelers to Cambodia have a dozen of reasons to explain why they immediately fell in love with this country. Apart from spectacular Angkor temples, amazing beaches, lush jungles or crazy nightlife out of the sleepy towns, what will you do to relax for half a leisure day? If you have no plans yet for this question, taking a traditional Cambodian photo shoot will be not a bad idea.

traditional costume of Khmer

traditional costume of Khmer

Why the traditional Khmer photo shoot is the traditional one in Cambodia?

Normally, the traditional Khmer photo shoots taking is a serious pre-wedding part for bride and groom as they will display these beautiful Khmer portraits at their special ceremony. Cambodians also take these shots for children in small-sized costumes of Khmer people. For foreigners, this is the best souvenir anyone can get from Cambodia after visiting this memorable country. Recently, this activity become widely known for expats in their honeymoon to save the joyful memory together.

A lovely couple photo prewedding

A lovely couple photo prewedding

How can I do my lovely Khmer photos?

Anywhere in big cities like  Phnom Penh & Siem Reap and also in many of the smaller town, you can easily find a studio for Khmer photos shoot. The way to recognize them is to see the huge prints advertised outside with the images of Khmer couples in their sparkly costumes and historical sites as the theme.

Upon entering the studio, you may find it a bit challenging to choose from many types of costumes and postures in the sample book. But do not worry, the friendly staff may be very supportive in choosing the best costume for you. After this, do not forget to negotiate about the price to avoid the surprise after finishing your shoot. It can cost about 15 – 25 USD for a set of printed photos of at least 4-5 photos depending on number of people join and includes rental fee for clothes, hair & make-up for women and usually sets of fake eyelashes to transform you to a real Khmer women. As men will not have make up and hair, they will pay less.

When you and the studio both agree about everything, you will be ready to the next step: hair & make-up. Within only 15 minutes, the makeup artists will change you into a masterpiece of stripper eyelid and fake lash. Followed with the work of hairdresser to apply a lot of hairspray to stablize  your carefully combed and twisted hair.

Based on your own interest in colors or styles, you then will get dressed in Cambodian traditional outfits named Khmer Boran.  After around 90 mintues, this process finishes then you may find you a totally new person and will be very eager to start your Khmer photos.

While taking your photos, if you can not find the best position, the photographer may help to look exactly like Khmer people do. Most of the photos will be for your free style and in the end you will have chance to choose the themes that you love then you are done.

The next day or so you can come back the studio and see how you look in a Khmer manner.

Are there any tips for the best Khmer photos?

The answer is surely YES. In this part, I think it is mainly useful for women as they need to be applied too much for a readiness.

Ladies should wear your own makeup if you do not want your sensitive skin to be affected by cheap communal makeup. Moreover, the color intension is suitable for Khmer-colored skin, you may look quite funny in the bold and heavy make up if you are paler than that or just get used to having a light and natural makeup.

One more thing, most of women hate the fake eyelashes as it seem to cover all the sun light and the thick and dark eye shadow that may make your eyes huge and a little frightening.

Be prepared for any shoots as the camera man will give you only 90 seconds in front of the camera. All you should do is to choose your favorite posture before getting dressed and remember the loveliest ones then have a smile always.

If you do not like anything, do not need to follow their requirement as this activity is actually so much fun.

Now do you think this Khmer culture is actually a unique experience while traveling to Cambodia?

Do you like your Khmer portrait?

Do you like your Khmer portrait? 

Happy portraiture and share with me your stunning shoots.

 

One of my favorite quotes is that FAMILY  stands for Father And Mother, I Love You. Our parents, especially mother have raised us, taken care of us and been worried for us since the day we were born. There are thousand songs, films, poems and art works which have been written to show the respect and admiration for our beloved parents. And in this month, the fifth month of the year, we are going to celebrate the special day for the special woman, our mama. Have you had any plans for the most important and beautiful woman in your life?

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Family- source: internet

When I was a kid, I did not know about this day. Mother’s Day has just come to Vietnam for few years, but it has become very popular. It seems to me that everyone wants to express their love to their mothers. However, the way each person chooses is different. Some think they have to buy for their moms beautiful and expensive gifts; while some, including me, think that spending quality time with them is the most wonderful present we can give.  Doing something together, making something together or even just lying on the sand together and talking about nothing can all become sweet memories, which go with you forever. If you have not found the suitable activities to do with your mums, the list below may help.

  1. Travelling together
Recreate sweet childhood memory with mum

Recreate sweet childhood memory with mum – source: internet

If possible, why don’t you travel with your mum? It will be a lot of fun, as you and your mother will have a plenty of time staying together. Travelling to somewhere also provides a new environment, so creates a new atmosphere between you guys. Then maybe, while lying on the beach under some palm trees, you can have enough courage to tell her how sorry you were when you made a mistake few years ago and how appreciated you have been when you know you have her by your side. And maybe, under the moonlight in a strange city, your mother will be comfortable, and even brave enough to tell you that she was also very sorry to accidently hurt your feeling when you were in high school. She could tell you that she has always been proud of you; even though she might speak some harsh words. Maybe…Just give each other a chance and God knows what wonderful things might happen.

Take photo with your mum

Take photo with your mum- source: internet

  1. Inviting your mother to where you live

This choice is similar to the previous one, but it provides the more insightful view of point. This option also brings advantages to someone who has a tight working schedule and cannot have a week break to travel somewhere else.  By inviting your mother to visit you, she can have a taste of your current life. She can know the other side of you. Suddenly, she might recognize that her little Johnny has become a grownup man, who has a promising career, many wonderful friends and a healthy life style. This time, instead of your mother, who had planned and prepared for your trip, now is your time to show her how much capable and thoughtful you are.

If you are unable to take her to some tourists attractions in your city, you can book some tours for your mother, let her explore by herself. Please do not worry that you have left by her own, let’s think it different way. Why don’t you see it as an opportunity for your mother be young again, come back the time she was 20s, and enthusiastic to discover new land and make more friends. And by registering a short tour, maybe day tour, she might tell you many wonderful stories when you and you mother have dinner together. What’s a fantastic idea!

If you are currently staying and working in Indochina, which consists of  Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia ; and you are looking for some reliable travel agencies to plan some wonderful tours for your mum or both of you, maybe you can try to contact my friends. They are professional and friendly; and maybe, they can design and provide you just what you need, or maybe more than what you need. Please try by Travel Indochina Vietnam and tell me what you think!

Travel to Sapa, Vietnam

Travel to Sapa, Vietnam -source: internet

When talking about beach paradise, where will you think of? It may be Bali, Maldives, Koh Rong Saloem… These are definitely beautiful. But you may not know that in Vietnam we also have an enchanting island named Mong Tay which is not less graceful than any other islands. In this March, without calculating or planning in advance, I got a very good flight ticket deal to Phu Quoc. So BOOM! I have been there and enjoyed my exciting trip with the most unique experiences – exploring Mong Tay Island.
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Mong Tay islands is also called “Fingernail Island” or “Nail Island” is a small island located just off the Vung Bau beach – near to Phu Quoc island town, Kieng Giang province and is an eco-tourism destination famous for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and kayaking. It has two zones: the south zone is where you will find most island flora with a few sea bird nests and the northern zone lying the small beach with coarse white sand. Today, we are going to discover the south part aka Robinson Island.

The beautiful Mong Tay island

The beautiful Mong Tay island- source: internet

The legend of its name comes from a true story about a real “Robinson” ­– Mr An, the king of the island, the “blind knight”. 13 years ago, he himself swam from the mainland to this island, brought along food and drink, forecasted the storms, and turned it into an alive island. Nowadays, the island, beach and coastal waters are protected and are belonged to the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve.

To come to this beautiful island, the only way is getting on boat/cano from An Thoi port.

The locations of two Fingernail Island in the North and South side

The locations of two Fingernail Island in the North and South side- source: internet

WHAT TO DO?

  • Swim and relax on the beach: The sea here is calm in the dry season and there are rarely underwater currents which make this an ideal destination for friends, couples and even your entire family. The beach is really stunning and picturesque where you feel like living in a true heaven – the sand is white and powdery, the water’s color in in blue and green and so clear that you can totally see any of the creatures living beneath.
Relaxing with sun, sea and sand

Relaxing with sun, sea and sand- source: internet

Swimming in bluish green water

Swimming in bluish green water-source: internet

  • Snorkeling: The green reef around the south Mong Tay island is shallow which makes it perfect for snorkeling. Coral ecosystem in here is very diversified with 17 different types including sea anemone. There are a few hard coral species and seaweed and many scattered rocks. Also, you may be able to see small school of barracudas, giant clam, puffer fish as well as Technicolor fish.
Beautiful green reef under clear water

Beautiful green reef under clear water- source: intenret

  • Fishing and have BBQ on the beach: For setting up the BBQ party, you can possibly buy seafood from the An Thoi port before your departure or go fishing to catch your own fish, that would be a very memorable meal.
Handmade seafood BBQ

Handmade seafood BBQ- source: internet

After this trip, I am thinking of postponing my excursion to Maldives for at least 3-5 years because I still enjoy and miss the Robinson Island. So if you are looking for a sun-sea-sand vacation to where is less touristy than Maldives, Mong Tay Island – Phu Quoc Island – Vietnam always welcome you!

 

Located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass, between the green Da river and the majestic cliffs, Ba Khan appears as a beautiful watercolor painting. Ba Khan’s wild, dreamlike nature will fascinate travellers who love adventuring at their first sight. Close to nature with blue sky and fresh green water is surely a memorable experience.

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  1. Ba Khan – new land for travellers to discover

Ba Khan commune is in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province, located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass. Ba Khan is composed of three hamlets: Khan Ha, Khan Ho and Khan Thuong, along the Da river. With charming scenery and hilly mountains, Ba Khan is regarded as “Halong Bay on land” of Mai Chau.

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Ba Khan is located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass – source: internet

You can go to Ba Khan in two ways: by car or by motorbike. Located between two famous tourism destinations – Mai Chau and Moc Chau, Ba Khan is described as a “sleeping fairy” by the combination of three small hamlets which is not well – known for tourists. Therefore, the scene of Ba Khan seems to be unaffected by tourism. If you departure from Hanoi, when arriving at the foot of Thung Khe pass, you can see the small board “Ba Khan 10km” on the right hand, then you go straight up this road. If you start from Mai Chau, you do not need to go back to Thung Khe Pass, you can go along 6 high way to Son La. Then, turn right at Dong Bang T – junction. Take this road to Phuc San clinics and then turn right and go along the side road. Passing 30km of this road, you will reach Ba Khan.

Stunning-road-to-Ba-Khan

Stunning road to Ba Khan – source: internet

In the past, when the road in Ba Khan is old and muddy, which makes transportation here difficult, Ba Khan was forgotten in a long time. Now the trails were concreted, it is easier to come here to admire the wild and wonderful land.

  1. Peaceful nature in the simple villages.

Standing at Thung Khe Pass, you can easily recognize Ba Khan valley standing out with a beautiful green forest stretching for miles.

Travelling to Ba Khan, you will meet a small road running into the value. On the way transfer, the peaceful Thai stilts beside rugger rocks remind us of Ha Giang stone plateau. In the rugger rock fields, there are many small ponds filled with water lily. Next to the fascinating ponds, you will experience the paths through the sloping cliffs which look like two walls. Passing the road along the beautiful Da river, you will reach the center of Ba Khan.

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Passing the tunning road along Da river, you reach the center of Ba Khan – Source: internet

Ba Khan is a colorful picture from the morning to the evening. Early in the morning, this place has the fanciful beauty with clouds covering the valley and the mountains. You will easily find many images which are different from bustling city such as flower fields in the rock, cattle farmers or the children playing together happily. At noon, when the sun shines brightly, the majestic nature appears wonderfully with flowing waterfall and the pleasant sounds of singing bird and flowing water.

In the heart of Ba Khan, you will admire a large plateau along Da river with rock islets like Halong Bay in miniature, Ba Khan has a circumference around 20km. Although it is not large, this 20 – km place is worth to experience and overnight camping.

Continue the next 10km through the bamboo forest, you will meet Tan Mai waterfall, also called as Go Lao or Go Mu. The white waterfall located in the area of Phuc San, at the end of Ba Khan flows from the top of mountain as a pillar of the sky. If you like, you can take a bath in cool, clean and fresh water.

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Tan Mai waterfall is far from the center of Ba Khan 10 km to the North – source: internet

  1. Cuisine and activities at Ba Khan

In your journey to find the hidden beauty of Ba Khan, do not forget to enjoy some special food here because each Thai people are talent chefs. One of the most delicious ones is Da River roasted fish. It is caught from the lake, marinated with the spices of Thai People (including wild herbs, lotus seeds, lemongrass, peppers, etc.). After cleaning the scales, people dispose its bile and intestines then clamped by 2 fresh bamboo sticks, then roasted on hot charcoal. Eating this fish with three – color sticky rice and a unique “sauce” is surely an unforgotten experience. And it is so warmest when gathering around the fire with friends, roasting fish and singing together when the night falls.

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Da river roasted fish – source: internet

You should travel to Ba Khan in March, April, November and December. At that time, Da river is so blue and fresh that you can see the bottom. It is high time when the bamboo trees start pouring out leaves.

Not far from Hanoi capital, Ba Khan valley is an ideal destination to explore the hidden nature. After walking along the path between the small houses of ethnic people, travellers can be relaxing with going fishing or taking photos. Those who are interested in the river can try the feeling of a boat man with services to visit Da river by floating rafts at reasonable prices.

Ba Khan owns the mixed beauty of many elements such as countryside – plains – ponds – waterfalls but the most special thing here is peace. I am surely that a weekend short trip to Ba Khan will bring you many unforgotten memories of a lost paradise.

I have arrived in Myanmar on a very auspicious date, the Burmese new year, or Thingyan, the most celebrated festival in the country. Thingyan, Myanmar Water Festival, takes place toward the end of the hot, dry season and ushers in the Myanmar New Year. This festival is also celebrated in neighboring Theravada Buddhist countries; Songkran in Thailand and Laos, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia. Taking place from April 13 to 16 each year, the Buddhist festival of Thingyan is celebrated over four to five days, culminating on the Lunar New Year Day.

Commonly referred to as the Water Festival, Maha Thingyan allows people to celebrate the Burmese New Year. Despite this, Maha Thingyan is observed in mid-April on the Gregorian calendar. While the Water Festival is a Buddhist event, the Burmese government has made it a legal public holiday. This ensures that many Burmese citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the Water Festival. Maha Thingyan is a time for happiness and friendly attitudes.

Thinngyan is the most unique and colourful with the merriest occasion in Myanmar. Standing on bamboo stages erected along the streets, people splash water on passersby. Powerful water pipes douse people driving by in jeeps and trucks. The people throwing water each other since the Myanmar believe that Thinngyan water has the power to cleanse the evil and sins of the old year. The water symbolizes the washing away of the previous year’s bad luck and sins. On New Year’s Day itself, all the water-throwing ends. This day is celebrated by releasing captive fish and birds as acts of merit, and special feasts are held for monks.

Thingyan Celebrations:
Thingyan Eve: The first Thingyan celebrations begin on the day before the Water Festival. Thingyan Eve, or A-Kyo Nei, is a time for observing Buddhist beliefs.

Fasting: Many Buddhists observe Thingyan Eve through fasting. People who decide to fast for Thingyan Eve usually eat a single basic meal prior to noon. This meal is often very bland.

Observing the Eight Precepts: During Thingyan Eve, Buddhists are expected to observe the Eight Precepts of Buddhism. These Eight Precepts are similar to the Five Precepts. While observing the Eight Precepts, Buddhists must do the following: Refrain from killing living creatures, Refrain from stealing, Refrain from sexual activity, Refrain from lying or using incorrect speech, Refrain from using alcohol or drugs, Refrain from seeking entertainment, Refrain from eating during fasting periods, Refrain from sleeping on high places

Offerings to Monks: Many people in Myanmar celebrate Thingyan Eve by visiting a Buddhist temple. When visiting these temples, it is considered proper to leave an offering of green coconuts and bananas. These kinds of offerings usually consist of a single green coconut surrounded by a circle of bananas.

Washing the Buddha: Burmese people will also wash Buddha statues with sacred water that has been scented with flower extract. When washing Buddha statues, people start at the top by drizzling water over the head.

Night Celebrations: After the religious formalities of Thingyan Eve have been observed, Burmese people begin to relax and enjoy themselves. There are many lively celebrations that occur during the night of Thingyan Eve.

Music, Song, and Dance: While the Eight Precepts prohibit Buddhists from enjoying entertainment of any kind during the daytime, people are allowed to party to their hearts’ content as soon as night arrives. In nearly every village, city, and town in Myanmar, large stages are erected for the purpose of enjoying entertainment. These stages are made of wood and elaborately decorated with papier-mache and paint. Woman will dance to classical and contemporary music while wearing flower skirts. In addition to these flower skirts, Burmese women often wear padauck blossoms in their hair. The padauck blossom is also commonly referred to as the Thingyan flower due to its rarity and use during Maha Thingyan.

Parade of Locals: After enjoying live music and dancing, people celebrating Maha Thingyan parade the streets of their town or city while enjoying alcohol and the company of their friends and family members. These parades often consist of vehicles and decorated floats. Gyat, a form of Burmese rap, is commonly performed during these parades. Gyat is fairly controversial because it is a popular way of expressing distaste for social and political issues through music.

Water Festival Celebrations
Thinngyan water festival time is the merriest time for Myanmar young and old. Almost the whole populations are in the most joyous mood; roam around the city in cars or on foot to throwing and splashing water each other. Children use water pistols to drench their friends, relatives, and anyone else in range – only monks and the elderly are safe.
The primary event of Maha Thingyan is the Water Festival. This huge event is meant to celebrate the descent of Thagyamin, a celestial Buddhist figure, to Earth. The beginning of the Water Festival, or A-Kya Nei, is marked with the firing of a water cannon into a public area. While the cannon is fired, people run out to collect the water with pots and buckets. The collected water is then poured over the ground. This is followed by a short prayer. Just like Thingyan Eve, these religious rituals are followed by festive activities. Water throwing with toy guns, balloons, and hoses takes place in many areas of Myanmar.

If you are planning to travel Myanmar, Thingyan is undoubtedly the best time of the year to visit. Besides the fun-filled activities and the festive atmosphere, you’ll be sure to meet lots of Burmese, who are always friendly saying “Mingalabar”