31 Oct 2016
WATER is often used in Asia to herald the start of the new year. While the rituals begin the run of festivities, the end result is pretty much the same wherever you are – splashing water, soaked clothes and much revelry. Thankfully, many of these festivities take place in April, when much of the Asian region is baking hot and the liberal dousing of water is a welcome respite.
During these festivals, any self-respecting tourist that ventures outdoors should expect to be targeted by locals with water guns and hoses. The best way to enjoy it is to expect to get wet, plan accordingly, and go out with a good sense of humor. As New Year is a popular time to travel for tourists and locals alike, accommodation and travel during this period should be booked well in advance.