17 awesome events to travel for between now and June


, 17 awesome events to travel for between now and June
Penang World Music Festival, credit: Sherwynd Kessler

Penang World Music Festival
The lineup includes musicians from Spain, Germany, Sweden and Mongolia. Performances aside, there’ll also be workshops on musical techniques and Penang’s famous street food. 
When: Apr 11-12
Where: George Town, Penang
Price: From RM80 ($30) for a one-day pass and RM140 ($52.45) for a two-day pass. Get your tickets here.
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Gyeongju Cherry Marathon, credit: Gyeongju City
Gyeongju Cherry Marathon
Taking place at the height of the cherry blossom bloom in this scenic coastal town, this is one marathon that always manages to draw in the crowds. Plus, there are 5km courses catering to the less hardcore runners.   
When: Apr 4
Where: Gyeongju City
Price: 20,000won ($24) for 5km, 30,000won ($37) for 10km, half and full marathon. Head here for more info. 
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Songkran’s official electronic dance music festival is set to take place at a factory in RCA and the DJ lineup includes hot EDM acts like Krewella, Julian Jordan, Sidney Samson and Kenneth G. 
When: Apr 11-14
Where: S20 Factory RCA, Bangkok
Price: One-day pass starts at THB1,500 ($63) and a four-day VIP pass will set you back THB6,0000 ($252).
, 17 awesome events to travel for between now and June
Famous for its street parties, water splashing and general revelry, it’s also a great time to be a part of traditional ceremonies and do some fantastic street photography (mind the splash, though.)
When: Apr 13-15
Where: For ideas on where to catch Songkran, go here
Thingyan Festival 
Water splashing also happens in Myanmar. The Thingyan or the Water Festival is to celebrate the Burmese New Year and it involves plenty of water dousing and happens in most parts of Myanmar.
When: Apr 13-16
Where: Head to the Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon if you’re after a full-on wet and wild experience. 
Pi Mai Lao
Also happening at the same time is the Lao New Year. Officially, it’s a three-day festival but the party typically lasts a week. Yes, water will be thrown but there’ll also be open markets on the main street, a “Miss Lao New Year” contest and various parades happening.
When: Apr 14-16
Where: Luang Prabang. More info here
, 17 awesome events to travel for between now and June
This two-day mega tech event involves workshops by the likes of PayPal and you’ll also get to rub shoulders with keynote speakers like Cheryl Goh of Grab Taxi and Luxola’s Alexis Horowitz-Burdick. 
When: Apr 14-15
Where: Jakarta
Price: From $50 (each) for a pack of 5 or 6, sale ends Apr 3. A regular ticket can cost up to $100. Get them here
Light to the Homecoming: 2015 Treasure Hill Environmental Art Lantern Festival
The third edition of this festival will gather artists from all over the world to the Taipei Artist Village. There will be interdisciplinary collaboration between artists and on top of art installations, there’ll also be music, dance.
When: Mar 28-Apr 26
Where: Taipei Artist Village, Taipei. For a full lineup and more info, head here
Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival
This high energy 36-hour festival is a celebration of Gods and Goddesses. A highlight of the festival involves more than 30 costumed elephants parading around town, while making their way to the Vadakkunnathan temple. Don’t forget the camera. 
When: Apr 28, 2015
Where: Thissur, India. More details here.
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Bhutan, credit: Tourism Council of Bhutan 
Domkhar Tshechu
This is one of Bhutan’s most popular festivals and you’ll get to see lots of sacred dances happening on the street, with performers donning colorful local costumes.    
When: Apr 28-29
Where: Domkhar, Chummi, Bumthang. More info here.


, 17 awesome events to travel for between now and June
Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair
After two successful runs, expect to see over 130 galleries on display at the third edition of the AFF in Hong Kong. You’ll find paintings, prints, sculpture and photography, with works starting from HK$1,000 ($176).
When: May 22-24
Where: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Prices: Tickets start from HK$150 ($26) and goes up to HK$200 ($35). Head here for more info. 
The Sound of Music
One of the world’s most iconic musicals and a staple at London’s West End will be coming to Hong Kong. It tells the story of how a governess changes the lives of the widowed Captain Von Trapp and his seven kids by re-introducing them to music.
When: May 15-Jun 14
Where: Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Price: Tickets start from HKD395 ($69) and go up to HKD995 ($176).Tickets here
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Together Festival, credit: digboston
Together Festival
Some of the world’s biggest DJs will be spinning at this two-day festival. The lineup includes Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dyro, W&W and Vinai. 
When: May 8-9
Where: Bitec Convention Center
Price: A two-day pass will cos you THB3,100 ($130). Head here for more info. 
Boracay Food Festival
Feast on sumptuous Filipino at this three day food extravaganza. On top of sampling authentic Filipino bites like adobo, lumpia and lechon (suckling pig), there will also be plenty of song and dance at the lively festival. 
When: May 11-13
Where: Aklan, Boracay. More info here


KK Jazz Festival
This highly anticipated jazz extravaganza will see both international and local artists take to the stage, with proceeds going to various charities across the state. 
When: Jun 12-13
Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price: From RM100 ($37.45) for a one-day pass and RM150 ($56.20) for a two-day pass. Get your tickets here
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Ultra, credit: Felixpro
Ultra Korea Festival
This mega music festival will be heading to Asia for the first time and it’s first stop’s set for South Korea. Headliners include David Guetta, Knife Party, Alesso, Hardwell, DVBBS and Galantis. 
When: Jun 12-13
Where: Seoul Olympic Stadium Complex
Prices: Tickets start at 120,000 won ($148). Head here for more info. 
, 17 awesome events to travel for between now and June
Waisak festival, credit: Iman Hartoyo
Every year, people gather at the magnificent 1,200-year-old Buddhist temple in Borobudur that plays host to the Vesak festival. Even if you’re non-Buddhist, the festivities still make for quite a sight. Don’t miss the hundreds of lanterns that will be released into the night sky. 
When: Jun 2
Where: Borobudur. More details here.