WATCH: Events This Upcoming Weekend – Jan 22-24, 2016 – in Thailand & Japan
Thanks for joining us for the latest iTravel Updates as we guide you through all the weekend happenings here in Thailand and Japan.
Gravity Thailand returns with another Arcadia Spectacular
The Arcadia spectacular originated in the UK and consists of a team of engineers, designers and performers who design and construct weird and wonderful structures from recycled materials that come to life and form spectacular backdrops for musical events. It made its Bangkok debut back in 2014 as part of Gravity Thailand and is back once again, promising to be bigger, better and louder than ever before. With a world class line-up of DJs already confirmed it is shaping up to be one of the music events of the year. The festival will take place on January 23, 2016 at Lumpini Square Regular tickets are 2500 Baht and available at ThaiTicketMajor.
Bangkok gets ready to Rock ‘n Run
On Sunday 24th January, Bangkok will hold the ‘Let’s Rock Run’, a hybrid rock festival and mini marathon. Participants can choose between a 5 km ‘rock’ run and 10 km ‘metal’ run and are then treated to a mini concert featuring Da Endorphine and 25 Hours. The event will take place in Rama IV Public Park on Sukhumvit. You can register to take part on the website letsrockrun.com and joining fees start at 650 baht.
Koh Phangan Full Moon Party 2016
Now it started off in 1985 and was attended by no more than 30 travellers but today has gained notoriety around the world and is seen by many travelers and backpackers as a right of passage. We are of course talking about Koh Phangan’s Full Moon Party and on Saturday 23rd January the first party of 2016 will be held on the island’s Haad Rin beach, though it is fairly safe to assume that it will attract a few more than 30 travelers this time around!
Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival in Nara City, Japan
Now fire forms an important part of many festivals and rituals throughout the world, but there are few festivals that involve setting fire to an entire mountain! This however is the case with Wakakusa Yamayaki festival, which is held annually on the outskirts of Nara city in Japan. The origins of this ritual are said to date back to an ancient dispute between Temples, which seemingly got out of hand and came to a head when the entire mountain was set ablaze. Today, harmony has thankfully returned to region’s temples but the infamous incident is commemorated with the burning of the hillside as well as with a display of over 200 fireworks. The fire can be seen from almost anywhere in Nara city, but for a prime vantage point, spectators should be prepared to seek out spots early.
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