What is Nyepi or Day of Silence?
Traditional New Year on Bali is celebrated in March according to the Balinese Saka Calendar. The Hindu festival of Nyepi, also known as the “Day of Silence”, marks the start of the Saka year. Balinese Hindu believe that on this day Evil spirits are going out, so the goal of the silence is “to trick” those spirits, pretending there is no life on the island. Nyepi festival begins a few days before the Day of Silence and finishes a few days after. During this period different religious rituals are performed. Continue reading “Nyepi: Balinese New Year celebrations”
A small town in Central Vietnam, Hoi An, is recognized as an extraordinary well-preserved example of an ancient South-East Asian trading port of 15th-19th centuries. There are over a thousand authentic historical buildings in its Old Town area. This charming ancient town sits on the banks of the Thu Bon river and surrounded by emerald rice fields. Unexplored endless beaches lay just in a few kilometers away from the town, making Hoi An the perfect spot for laid-back exploration. Continue reading “Hoi An: history, traditions, food, and picturesque scenery”
Seoul city, the capital of South Korea, is a dynamic metropolis where modern skyscrapers, big shopping malls, global corporations offices, and bustling streets meet up with ancient palaces, tranquil temples, rapidly expanding green spaces, and traditional street markets. Continue reading “Seoul: the city where modernity meets tradition”
Balance is a key element of Vietnamese cuisine. The balance is based on the combination of five fundamental taste senses: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. But not only the taste, colors and textures of a dish should be balanced too. In addition, the principle of Yin-Yang is applied in composing a Vietnamese meal. Yin-Yang principal refers the “heating” and “cooling” properties of ingredients. Continue reading “A Traveler’s Guide to Vietnamese Food”
Luang Prabang is a small town in the north central Laos. The town is situated at the confluence of the Nam Khan and the Mekong River and surrounded by emerald mountains. This place was formerly the capital of the Luang Prabang kingdom. During French colonial period it was the seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The town of Luang Prabang was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved architectural, cultural and religious heritage. Continue reading “French charm with Buddhist traditions, Luang Prabang, Laos”
Bali is one of more than 17 000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. But most international visitors choose this island as the top tourist attraction in Indonesia. And there is a reason why. Bali offers much more than just another beach holiday. Continue reading “Why is Bali so special?”
George Town is located on Penang Island on the northwest coast of Malaysia. The historical part of the town inscribed as a UNESCO Heritage Site for its unique architectural and cultural townscape. Continue reading “Try the vivid cultural cocktail in George Town, Malaysia”