The Khmer/Thai/Laotian/Burmese New Year starts on Sunday, and Angkor Wat is expecting over 200,000 visitors over the weekend.
Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, celebrated by many Chinese communities living in Southeast Asia and also known as Tet in Vietnam. It is now the year of the Dragon!
Happy new year!
From January 23-25, visitors to the World Heritage Site of Hue in Central Vietnam will enjoy free entry to the different attractions and tombs as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Hue heritage sites open for free on Lunar New Year
Tuoi Tre News, 04 January 2012
The lesser-known Ta Moan Thom temple, another border temple in dispute between Thailand and Cambodia has seen a rise in local tourists for the current new year celebrations. While both sides have a military presence in the area, they seem to be doing a good job of cooperating by organising the new year celebrations together and opening the temple to both Thai and Cambodian tourists. There’s also a small side note about a ceremony to remove a steel cord around the neck of one of the naga (snake) statues in Preah Vihear. The cord was placed because the statue looked in danger of collapse, but apparently some villagers have said the naga appeared to them in a dream and have asked them to remove it!
Calm at Preah Vihear temple, tourism increases at Ta Moan Thom temple
Khmerization, from Koh Santepheap Newspaper (in Cambodian), 19 April 2009
Happy New Year! Well, the Thai new year has just passed and we have a link to Songkran in Wednesday Rojak new year edition. This week, we also get whisked away to the people and architecture of Myanmar, sports in Thailand and some news for photography buffs.