Events in March in Asia
"What's rolling in March?!"
Traveling in Asia in March?
Even if it's "off season", there's still something going in Asia :-)
Here we go!
Events in Thailand
Koh Samui Midnight Run: March 29th, 2013
The Thai Hotel Association is arranging the Midnight Run which starts and finishes at Reggae Pub.
Where: Reggae Pub, Koh Samui, Thailand
Lamai Beach Party: March 15th, 2013
International DJs play house music at the Lamai Beach Party. Get mesmerized by fire shows, fire games and fire ropes!
Where: Swing Bar, Koh Samui
Full Moon Party: March 26th, 2013
Half Moon Party: March 4th and 19th, 2013
Black Moon Party: March 11th, 2013
Sihanoukville International Half Marathon: March 10, 2013
It's basically a run for environmental protection!
Registration deadline is March 7, 2013 and fees start from $10. You should also check out the Gala Dinner Party the day before the marathon, with cultural shows on the agenda.
More about Sihanoukville Half Marathon (opens in a new window)
Where: Ocheuteal beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Malaysia and Singapore
Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix: March 24th, 2013
Something for the guys, Malaysia Grand Prix is a sporting event.
Held on Sepang International Circuit, this is the ultimate race track in Malaysia.
Tickets start from $ 20.86.
Where: Sepang, Malaysia
Get inspired by music from all around the world, this is Singapore's greatest music festival.
If you're into jazz, funk, alternative rock, R & B or even tango music, you should pay a visit! :-)
Click here for program (opens in a new window)
The event is divided into ticketed programs and free programs. Tickets can be bought at Esplanade Box Office and all SISTIC's authorized agents.
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore
Festivals in Indonesia
Galungan Bali: March 27th-April 6th, 2013
Balinese mythology is the basis for this event; bringing the good against the evil in fierce battles. Galungan is the celebration of the gods return with Balinese rituals.
Locals are dressing up and driving to and from the temples to offer food, fruit and flowers. As a result of this, many restaurants and shops close during the festival.
Where: Everywhere on Bali, but Ubud is a good place to watch dances and ceremonies, like stabbing ritual and battle games. I know, it sounds bizarre.
Nyepi New Year: March 12, 2013
This is more of a Hindu festival where the Hindus perform purification rituals to cleanse wrongdoings in the past year and seek forgiveness from one another.
Where: Bali, Indonesia
Bali Festival Spirit: March 20-24, 2013
Just reading the program makes me want to go: it's an event packed with domestic and international music, yoga, art installations, dance shows, seminars and retreats.
Bali Spirit Festival Program (opens in a new window)
Tickets: Single day pass $165 (only door price available), festival pass $600/550 (door/internet price), VIP festival pass $800/700 (door/internet price)
Where: Ubud - Purnati Center for the Arts and Arma Resort and Museum.
International Yoga Festival: March 1-7, 2013
India's leading spiritual leaders guiding you through intensive yoga classes and lectures is the highlight of this event. We're talking about 70 hours of yoga and meditation in different yoga styles.
Where: Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, north India
Elephant Festival: March 26th, 2013
Just before the Holi festival, elephants are pampered and dressed up colorfully. A lively parade with lots of drum music and traditional dance shows originating from villages in Rajasthan. People start throwing powder and water at you, which marks the transition to Holi.
See my pics from Elephant festival here (opens in a new window)
Where: Jaipur, north India
Holi Festival: March 27th, 2013
Also known as the Festival of Colors, this is the craziest festival in India.
I had a great time celebrating it!
Best places to watch Holi: Jaipur (so you can make it to both Holi and Elephant Festival)
Jeju Field Burning Festival: March 8-10th, 2013
It's all about praying for good times in the upcoming year with ceremony, games and shows.
Where: Saebyeol Oreum
Tai Kok Tsui Temple Fair: March 3rd, 2013
This event celebrates the Hung Shing festival with Chinese performances, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, parade and much more.
Where: Fuk Tsun Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
Hanatoro: March 8-17th, 2013
During the Hanatoro, the streets and temples are filled with thousands of lanterns combined with light and flower displays. Expect dance and music performances in Kodaiji Temple Park and also lively street performances.
Where: Higashiyama district, Kyoto
Tokyo International Anime Fair: March 23-24th, 2013
This is a trade show where exhibitors can promote their products and animation. The public, like you and me, can attend live talk shows and buy anime products in the bazaar. In the "Overseas Room", foreign visitors can collect information in English and watch animation films.
It's literally every anime fan's wet dream!
Where: 3-10-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
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