China certainly knows how to throw a party. Most times of the year you’ll find the locals celebrating one of their many annual festivals. The country’s cities regularly explode in a rainbow of colors and sounds, and the locals love it when tourists join in the fun. That’s perfect for frugal travelers, as most of […]

Haad Rin Beach is known as Thailand’s party capital, a coastal stretch in Koh Pha Ngan that lets its hair down every month at its infamous full moon parties. Attendance at a full moon party is considered a rite of passage for young travelers passing through Thailand. You’ll wear day-glo clothes and dance to the […]

The revelry of New Year’s Eve may be far behind the Western world, but now Thailand’s gearing up for its annual celebrations.. The Thai New Year is known as Songkran, and it’s celebrated every year from April 13 to April 15 with plenty of free fun. Songkran is often called the Water Festival, so you’d […]

India is gearing up for the Holi Festival, a carefree two-day event which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and looks forward to a successful springtime harvest ahead. It is celebrated on the day following March’s full moon. In 2011 the event will be held on Sunday, March 20 in most parts of India, […]

It’s a long way from Graceland, but during the second week of January the small Australian town of Parkes honors the King of Rock and Roll at the Elvis Festival. You’ll find Parkes in the heart of New South Wales, 365 kilometers from the state’s capital city, Sydney. Around 11, 000 people live there, but […]

The winter chills have well and truly set in, and China is preparing to celebrate. From January 5 the city of Harbin, in the country’s northern province of Heilongjiang, will come alive for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. The month-long event is a Chinese institution, which was established in 1963 and, after years […]

Scallops are a New Zealand delicacy, and nowhere are these delicious mollusks more celebrated than Whitianga. The small coastal town on the Coromandel Peninsula hosts a Scallop Festival every August. The winter weather puts a chill in the air, but for five days in late August thousands brave the cold to enjoy the annual seafood […]