Mid-year is a holy grail holiday period to some people. Here are our suggestion where you should head to in Southeast Asia for a quick getaway!
Southeast Asia in June is beyond fun, it’s crazy actually. There are way too many things are happening in these countries. All you have to do is to figure out where do you want to be. Southeast Asia countries are comprising of Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam. Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. These countries are also known as ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Weather. Years ago, monsoon weather were predictable. Normally we can expect it towards the end of each year however lately, we hardly know. So, you may need to deal with the rainy days or perhaps a bit sweltering humidity too while you’re there. Lucky us, Southeast Asia is big enough to find lots of pleasant getaways with nice weather. Besides, life goes on during the monsoon seasons, and with a little luck, you’ll have plenty of sunny days to enjoy those low-season prices.
Talking about events and festivals in this part of the world, there are so many of them. Big festivals in the ASEAN countries can cause business closures, price increases, transportation delays, and enormous crowds. On the other hand, arriving in advance to enjoy the festivities will certainly add to the memories on your trip. Many local festivals are based on lunisolar calendars and dates may change from year to year. Here are some of the highlights you might find them interesting.
“Stretch your dollar at the Great Singapore Sale, which is held from June 3 till August 14 every year. It is a big event for bargain-hunting locals and tourists alike.“
The Great Singapore Sale, Singapore. Stretch your dollar at the Great Singapore Sale, which is held from June 3 till August 14 every year. It is a big event for bargain-hunting locals and tourists alike. Known to Singaporeans as the GSS, this annual sale season is a true highlight for any shopaholic worth their salt. During this period, the retailers here offer steep discounts, sometimes up to 70 percent off their original prices. You’ll find great deals on just about everything, from fashion to jewellery, electronics to toys, spa treatment, hotel, food and beverage as well as almost all local attractions. Singapore will turn to a huge shopping paradise during these two months. The most obvious one is the glitzy Orchard Road belt area. You will experience a new level of shopping extravaganza with great ambience where a stellar lineup of designer brands, fast fashion labels and massive malls are there.
Buddha’s Birthday, Thailand. Gautama Buddha’s birthday is observed throughout Asia and is even considered a public holiday in some countries such as Thailand. Although much of Asia celebrates the auspicious day on the fourth month of the lunisolar calendar, dates often vary country by country. Temples are decorated and alcohol sales are usually banned on the special day.
“The Rainforest World Music Festival is an excellent reason or perhaps excuse to visit Borneo and learn about indigenous culture while enjoying great soothing music.”
Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia: The Rainforest World Music Festival is normally held between June to August annually dependent on the organizer. In most cases, the location will be just outside of Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is a three day cultural experience not to be missed. Workshops and bands from all over the world converge each summer to put on an entertaining and educational show that brings money to the region. The Rainforest World Music Festival is an excellent reason or perhaps excuse to visit Borneo and learn about indigenous culture while enjoying great soothing music.
Gawai Dayak Festival, Malaysia: The Gawai Dayak festival celebrates indigenous culture in Sarawak, Malaysia every June 1 each year. Gawai Dayak also commonly known as Dayak Festival is one of the major festivals celebrated in Sarawak. The word ‘Dayak’ is a collective term referring to the several hundred sub ethnic groups of indigenous people of Borneo. To name a few major ethnic groups, there are the Iban (Sea Dayak), Bidayuh (Land Dayak) and Orang Ulu (Kelabit, Kenyahs, Lun Bawangs and others). Although some have become Muslims and Christians, they are traditionally animists and live in the interiors of Borneo. Nonetheless, as time pass, some have moved into the city to further their studies and work. It is both a religious and social occasion as this festival marks the end of the harvesting season (similar to Pesta Ka’amatan in Sabah) and it is a festival filled with much singing and dancing as they start a new farming season. It is one of the major festivals the Dayaks celebrate; therefore, most of those who work in the city would return to their village for the celebration.
Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia: Between June 11 to July 9, there will be plenty of traditional Balinese dance, arts, performances, and exhibitions punctuate June, the busiest month on the island. It is a cultural treat for lucky visitors who are in Bali from mid June until early July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. As one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events, the annual celebration features various artworks and cultural achievements, inviting locals and international visitors to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances are focused.
Ramadan Fasting Month, Indonesia: While the date for Ramadan changes each year depending on the muslim calendar, it is estimated that this year’s fasting period will begin somewhere in June. If you plan to travel to the muslim-majority countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei you will experience a bit of a shock. There will be some kind of a food fiesta towards the later part of the evening when every muslim is about to break their fasting. Each night during Ramadhan, it is like a day. Every muslim will be at the nearest mosque for the Tarawikh prayer. This special prayer will last between 10.30pm till midnight dependent on the mosque. You will experience a different kind of feeling throughout the night while you’re there.
“Full Moon Party, basically it is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night of, before or after every full moon.”
Full Moon Party, Thailand. It is held every single month, and for June it will be on the 19th. Basically it is an all-night beach party that originated in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night of, before or after every full moon. It is mostly attended by tourists. The place is very special as the whole beaches is filled with travellers having fun and enjoying themselves filled with alcohol and a lot of activities. Last but not least, no South-East Asia festival list is complete without experiencing at least one full moon party. Although recently it has gotten negative attention recently, it’s definitely a good night if you’re with the right people. Koh Phangan is one of the craziest party islands in South-East Asia, and there are ton of other parties to attend on the island as well.
Mudpack Festival, The Philippines. Mudpack Festival is one of Philippines’ most symbolic festival. It celebrates strides that man has made in preserving nature, similar to the primitive age. The idea of a mud-slinging fiesta is a creative one, especially because it brings participants as close to nature as they can possibly get. Becoming one with and celebrating Mother Nature is the essence of this spectacular festival. The Mudpack Festival is held annually at Mambukal Resort, and is celebrated in the third weekend of June. The dancers are coated with mud from the resort. Away from the hype of the festival, one of the key issues that is addressed at the festival is the need to preserve the environment. Participants are encouraged to stay in harmony with Mother Nature by upholding conservation efforts.
Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, Malaysia. The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival makes up one of the three major shopping events in the country, transforming Malaysia into a festive shoppers’ paradise for 2 months, from the third or fourth week of June till August 31 each year. Then Malaysia will celebrate their Independence Day on August 31 which makes the locals and tourists flock in to all major shopping malls throughout the period. Retail outlets, malls, and shops sell a variety of products ranging from luxurious goods, to electronics, and souvenirs. Aside from shopping visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy the carnival atmosphere consisting of contests, prizes, and exotic food. Some of the places worth going to include shopping malls in Penang, Johor Bahru and malls such as Pavillion, KLCC, Bukit Bintang which are located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur itself.
There is not much of activities available in the northern part of ASEAN countries especially in Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia during this June-July months as most of these countries will experience heavy rains everywhere. Unless you’ve not seen rains for sometime in life, then perhaps you may join the crowd here.