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Festivals

So much in Asia depends on the calendar. In February in Beijing, more than 20 million people all set off fireworks to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Nagaland in India, tribes from all over the region meet to compete, dance, and celebrate. In Thailand, spectators look on as celebrants perform bizarre rituals at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
 
With an intimate and unique knowledge of Asian culture, Remote Lands knows the importance of experiencing culture the right way. Whether you want an up-close view of the Sing-Sing festival in the Asaro Valley of Papua New Guinea or a quiet walk through the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Remote Lands can give travelers the best possible experience on their celebrations throughout Asia.
So much in Asia depends on the calendar. In February in Beijing, more than 20 million people all set off fireworks to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Nagaland in India, tribes from all over the region meet to compete, dance, and celebrate. In Thailand, spectators look on as celebrants perform bizarre rituals at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.   With an intimate and unique knowledge of Asian culture, Remote Lands knows the importance of experiencing culture the right way. Whether you want an up-close view of the Sing-Sing festival in the Asaro Valley of Papua New Guinea or a quiet walk through the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Remote Lands can give travelers the best possible experience on their celebrations throughout Asia.
December

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon

December

The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon takes place every year at the famous World Heritage temple ruins. The race supports victims of landmines and other weapons that ravished the region over the past century. Runners completing the 13-mile course can take in the incredible surroundings whilst knowing they're helping a great cause.

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open

December Annually

Since 2007, the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open has been attracting golfers from around the world. The event is staged at the Phokeethra Country Club, just 15 miles from Siem Reap. Many golfers and spectators take advantage of the great location and head to the nearby Angkor Wat – when they’re not due on the golf course that is!

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dong New Year

December

Sometimes referred to as the Winter Festival, New Year of Dong is celebrated by the Dong ethnic group in Guizhou province. The Dong communities come together to celebrate the harvest; wearing traditional dress, they entertain friends and relatives, share food and join the celebrations with Lusheng music, dancing and bullfighting.

Location: Guizhou, China

Hornbill Festival

December Annually

This 10-day annual festival in India’s northeastern region of Nagaland brings together a wide variety of local tribes, who perform their traditional dances and folk songs for all to see, while sporting traditional dress. Held at Naga Heritage Village, constructed for the event, there are also fun competitions, a large market, and more. 

Location: Nagaland, India

Sonepur Elephant Fair

November - December

Also known as the Sonepur Cattle Fair, this Fall event is the largest cattle fair in the world. Visitors from all over Asia make their way to Sonepur, Bihar, on the banks of the river Ganges, for the ancient festival that can stretch from 15 days to one month. Farm animals from dogs, to rabbits and Persian horses are sold at the event.

Location: Sonepur, India

Tana Toraja Funeral Festival

December

Mountain biking events, a carving workshop along with handicraft, textile and culinary exhibitions create an exciting festival in the breathtaking Sulawesi mountain landscape. Part of the series of events coined “The Lovely December Events,” the three-day festival celebrates elaborate funeral ceremonies.

Location: Sulawesi, Indonesia
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