Other than a map on my wall with some pins in, I hadn’t put too much thought into my travel plans. However, it helped me make an initial list of destinations to outline my travels: India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and Brazil. The order of the journey was more difficult to plan. There’s plenty of festivals and events going on around the world, so I thought I would time several of my stops around some famous festivities.
The Full Moon!
This isn’t a spiritual or astrological target, rather there are some great Full Moon Parties across the globe which(weirdly enough) coincide with the Full Moon. These events happen at numerous locations on almost every continent – there’s a good guide for some famous locations on myfunkytravel which describes some famous locations and the correct dates for the upcoming months.
Chinese New Year
Even if you aren’t going to China, Chinese New Year is still a massive celebration across Asia, so if you’re travelling in January/February, then it’s definitely worth taking advantage of the celebrations.
Rio de Janeiro Carnaval
The Party to end all parties. The most famous festival in the world is held in Rio de Janeiro before lent each year. 2 million people fill the streets every day to party throughout the night. Bring your Samba shoes.
In March, there’s India’s famous festival of colour, Holi. Celebrations start the night before with Holika Dahan, where a bonfire is lit and surrounded by song and dance. The following day, the celebrations begin where a rainbow of coloured water and powders are thrown around (at each other). Anyone and everyone is fair game!
Songkran Festival, which is also the Thai New Year, is three days of water-soaked fun. Conventionally, the festival is celebrated by friends and family throwing water at each other in the form of a wish. Nowadays, it is nationwide water-fight and party.
I’ve outlined a few festivals to aim for, but I’m sure I’ll find more along the way…
- Holi: India – 24th March 2016
- Full Moon Party: Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand – 22nd April 2016 / 21st May 2016
- Songkran Festival: Thailand 13th – 15h April 2016
- Rio de Janeiro Festival: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 23rd February 2017
Full list of countries’ festivals below:
When travelling for long periods of time, you’re always going to encounter rain… and unless you’re constantly in the hunt for a free shower, then you may want to look to avoid some of the rainy seasons to where you’re going. See below for a table of countries in Asia with their respective (approximate) rainy seasons:
|Brunei||September to January|
|Cambodia||June to October|
|India||June to September|
|Indonesia||October to April (varies region to region)|
|Laos||May to September|
|Malaysia||April to October (West), November to Fed (East)|
|Myanmar (Burma)||May to October|
|Philippines||June to October|
|Thailand||May to November|
|Vietnam||May to November (South), May to August (North)|