Songkran is the celebration of New Year in Thailand which is celebrated in April each year. This festival becomes a huge water festival where locals and tourists jovially throw water at one another in order to rid themselves of the bad spirits ready for the New Year. One of the best places to celebrate Songkran is in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is both a natural and cultural destination. Chiang Mai’s verdant countryside and mountains offer limitless possibilities for nature explorations as well as visits to many fascinating ethnic hill-tribe villages.
April is also the month when Khmer New Year is celebrated in Cambodia. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which usually falls on April 13th or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labour before the rainy season begins. A great place to celebrate Khmer New Year is in Siem Reap. What better way to bring in the New Year than at the mystical temples of Angkor Wat. Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia.
Bisket Jatra is the harbringer of the Nepali New Year and is celebrated with splendour in Bhaktapur. A massive and ponderous chariot which holds the images of God Bhairab is tugged to Khalna Tole and in the middle there is a friendly tug of war, between the eastern and western side of the town folk. The medieval Nepalese city of Bhaktapur illustrates just how rewarding urban exploration can be- whether you follow the crowds to the picturesque temples of Durbar Square, or lose yourselves in its historic, cobbled backstreets.
With beautiful island beaches, lush landscapes, national parks, hill tribe villages, exotic cuisine and a rich Buddhist culture, Thailand is a perfect all round destination. It offers much more than sea and sun. Bangkok offers world class shopping and sightseeing where you can shop until you drop, explore the floating market by boat, barter in local markets, visit the museums, palaces and temples and watch a Muay Thai boxing match. In the north you can elephant trek, explore the lush landscapes, go trekking, river raft, explore the night market bazaar and sample authentic cuisine in the local restaurants. The islands and southern Thailand offer fantastic island hopping, white sand beaches, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and rock climbing. An ideal place to relax after a tour or sightseeing in the cities.
An ancient civilisation imbues this country, which for centuries was the heart of the Khmer Empire, an empire which ruled much of south-east Asia. Relics of this powerful rule abound throughout the land, from the magical and mysterious Angkor Wat to the walled city of Angkor Thom. Alongside such man-made miracles is the birding paradise of Tonle Sap Lake, the tigers and elephants of the Cardamom Mountains, the beaches of Sihanoukville and Kep, and of course the fascinating capital Phnom Penh.
Gateway to the Himalayas and the highest point on earth. Snow-capped mountains and sparkling streams, villages that haven’t changed for centuries, forests of rhododendrons, tranquil lakes, ancient monasteries, Bengal tigers, leopards, bears, smiling monks, and of course the highest mountain on earth; Nepal has it all. Unforgettable, proud and enchanting, it is home to both the only living goddess on earth and to the Gurkhas. Everything begins and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city – rackety, noisy, and full of life, a melange of monks, hippies, travellers, hikers and mountaineers. It is dotted with Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas and is home to the Royal Palaces, hidden gardens, tiny workshops filled with craftsmen, and three magnificent Durbar Squares which are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s where the trek to Everest begins.