Usually taking place in the shorter months, the world's many festivals of light are a beautiful way to celebrate brightness and bring a little warmth into revellers' hearts. These goals are just as important in Thailand's Yi Peng Festival, which takes place in Chiang Mai on the second month of the Lanna calendar. In 2016 it will occur between the 14th and 15th of November.
A feast of light and warmth, this special event has a lot to offer visitors – here is why you should attend.
The Yi Peng Festival is almost exclusively a northern Thai event, taking place within the historic Lanna Kingdom that existed between the late 13th century and 1557. The capital of this ...
There is a reason why Europe is famous for its city breaks. World-renowned capitals link the continent, and travellers often dream of visiting these vibrant, beautiful cities when coming here. While it is certainly urbanised, there are huge stretches of wilderness across Europe to explore – here are some of the best.
Romania's Carpathian Mountains
With enormous, snow-capped peaks, undisturbed forests, underground glaciers and volcanic lakes, the Carpathian Mountains are totally wild. Horse riding, mountain biking and hiking are all popular pursuits, although many visitors choose to hire the services of a nature guide in order to catch a glimpse of the 400 species of mammal that live in the ...
Situated on the slopes of the dreamy, blue Adriatic coast, the Slovenian town of Portorož has a long and admirable history of providing laid back comforts to affluent guests, and for over a century, the 'Port of Roses' has accommodated visitors from across the globe. Thinking of visiting one of the Gulf of Trieste's classic resorts? Here is everything you need to know.
The sunny seaside town has long welcomed tourists to its shores. Long ago in the 13th century, the muds and salt water baths of the town were turned into a source of income for the Benedictine monks of the Monastery of St Lawrence, who began offering the treatments to weary travellers.
As centuries passed ...
In a world looking for healthy, animal-friendly and climate-conscious diets, vegetarianism and veganism are being observed by an increasingly large number of people.
While most cities offer a number of vegetarian restaurants for supporters of meat-free eating, it is difficult to find a place that comes close to offering the same selection of vegetarian and vegan cuisines as Germany's capital. If you are heading to Berlin soon and want to broaden your culinary horizons, here are the places to visit!
Vegan Summer Festival
Being Europe's largest, the city's Vegan Summer Festival is the place to visit if you love street food, want to try cutting-edge vegan cuisine, or to learn a little more ...
Often seen as a North American celebration that has slowly grown in popularity across the world, there is a lot of fun to be had at Halloween.
Come the last day in October, children (and many adults!) all over the world put on scary costumes and head out in search of sweet treats, passing by homes and gardens decorated with carved pumpkins and cobwebs. Horror films are watched and ghost stories are told - all to commemorate All Hallow's Eve; the night dedicated to remembering the dead.
The celebration and its traditions are believed to stem from Celtic harvest festivals - not North American religions - and the USA is not the only country that has taken the idea of Halloween and made it ...
If you are looking for hot Turkish temperatures, warm turquoise shores and a calm, enjoyable atmosphere, Antalya has it all. This exceptional destination, one of the most popular places on the Turkish Riviera, offers much to travellers of all varieties. The city has ancient ruins, stylish bars, a breezy harbour and beautiful scenery – everything you need for a perfect, sunny getaway.
Despite being a city of over a million, Antalya is one of the most relaxing places on the Turkish Mediterranean. Days spent on Konyaaltı or Lara beaches, wandering through millennia-old Roman ruins, learning about ancient treasures and dining on delicious meals – it is the perfect place to ...
Millions of people from every corner of the world choose to visit China each year, enjoying a unique trip to this East Asian nation and the numerous sights and experiences it offers. However, for those wanting to enjoy a feeling of complete relaxation and serenity, the crowds, traffic and smog can make this difficult.
A trip to the county of Yángshuò in the Guangxi region avoids almost all of this. Popular with tourists but not overcrowded with sightseers, the area is a beautiful place, and one that shows the natural side of China that many people dream of seeing.
The focus of the county and an excellent place from which to go out and explore the surrounding scenery, the town ...
As China's economy has flourished, cities developed and population seen their horizons broaden, the country's tourist industry has advanced extensively. Across this thriving East Asian nation there are all sorts of exciting and enjoyable places to see and activities to get involved in – here are a selection of some of our favourites.
China's capital is a popular destination for tourists. The city is an enormous and vibrant place, with hundreds of attractions that ensure busy travellers always have something to do or see.
World-famous sights and experiences including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven are all located in or close to the capital, and ...
Sitting amongst the rolling green Eurasian Steppe is Mongolia's largest city and capital, Ulaanbaatar. A place built on a rich historical foundation and featuring the country's most cosmopolitan sights, the city is a fusion of modern and traditional cultures, and a place where visitors are well-placed to find out more about Mongolia's amazing, one-of-a-kind culture.
Despite being located in one of the globe's coldest places and holding the award of coldest capital city in the world, Ulaanbaatar is a warm and welcoming place to visit. Located at the foot of the 914m-tall Bogd Khan Mountain on the banks of the Tuul River, the city is a bustling destination where the fast-c
For many, autumn is a favourite amongst all the seasons. Although it does mark the decline into winter, there's something charming about the cool air that begins to tickle the nose, the turning of the leaves and all the slow-cooked, warming comfort foods that we begin to crave.
Often paired with dry weather, autumn can be a wonderful time to enjoy a city break. Here are some of our favourite European destinations that are perfect for exploring at this time of year.
As the weather begins to cool a little (though generally still remains somewhere between 14 and 20°C), the crowds in this beautiful Austrian city begin to decrease, giving you much more space and freedom to ...