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BLUE JADE has the pleasure to announce the marriage of one of its oldest collaborators and so presents you some wedding traditions in the various countries of the Southeast Asia!













Tradition is tradition. At the risk to suppose to be a coward of our Western minds, the custom wants that is a friend of the groom who demands the hand of his sweetheart. Long negotiations on the amount of money to offer to the bride's family begin, formerly in remuneration to education which had been given to her.
Guests: for that matter, they are all
another feature of Thai marriages: the huge number of guests. The actual number is often the mystery, but it often seems that all have passed the word to be of the party. It must be said that in Thailand, guests don’t respond to invitations addressed to them and come, as they feel with their children, family, neighbors, or friends ... It is also opportunity for parents to invite customers and potential suppliers. The bridegrooms don’t necessarily know all their guests. However
, every guest will come with an envelope containing more or less money depending on their relationship or relational with the bridegrooms.

The procession
Tradition wants that the bridegroom and his family go in procession to the bride's house, bringing food and gifts, to the sound of ritual song called "Ram Vong Klong Yao".

The religious ceremony
Thai marriage is a religious ceremony. The couples ask the blessing of the monks at the local temple before marriage. Generally, they ask the monks their horoscope and auspicious day for marriage. 9 Buddhist monks participate in a religious ceremony. They are sitting on small cushions of straw and trays before them. The traditional Thai wedding begins with the reverence of the couple before a Buddha image. They recite together the songs of Buddhist prayer before lighting incense and candles in front the image. In certain provinces, parents of the future bridegrooms join them in marriage by placing on the head of each of them a cordon in a form of crown connected between them, to symbolize the link which unites them. This sacred thread connects the man’s head to the woman’s head and surrounds the hands of monks. The monks began the prayer in Pali, with the intention to transmit the alms and blessing to the couple using the cord. Later, the monk leader will connect it to the container of water to keep it holy. The monks also bless the congregation. The celebration starts early, around 6am and ended around 11 a.m., by the photo shoot with the guests. The couple will then offer food, flowers and medicines to the monks. Money can also be offered to the temple

A marriage sewn with white thread …

The bride and groom kneel on a small pedestal, out of the House. While an old and wise man provides them advice and good words, guests tie their wrists of white thread and pour on their hands a shell filled with holy water. Then the bridegrooms pull each of their side until the thread breaks. Whoever has the longest part is considered as one who loves more than the other.

The bride, white or traditional dress

Today, after the marriage which takes place in traditional clothes, evening reception is held in Western dresses. Thai women get married in white and men in costume.

The "Bai Sri" tree

Custom of Indian origin, a tree in leaves of bananas, made by friends and neighbors and called "BaI Sri" is offered to the couple. Its form reminds the mythical "" Mount Meru", the center of the universe."

Evening party

Marriage party is held the evening. Frequently, 7 dishes and a dessert are served. Thai weddings are usually lavish and nothing misses to guests. The couple moves from table to table and thanks the guests by a warm "Wai" (Thai greeting). Guests offer beer to the husband. This one just tastes it, not to be drunk.


What's new in Thailand?

  The Thai Airways Airbus A380 took off
On March 6th, the first Airbus A380 for the Thai Airways International airline took off from Toulouse - Blagnac for a four hour flight to Hamburg Airport. German Factory can now tackle the interior of the cabin and the painting; the plane should be delivered in the third quarter. Thai Airways International has ordered six A380, they are expected this year and the next three in 2013. Equipped with 900 Rolls Royce Trent, they are configured to accommodate 12 passengers in First, 60 in Business and 435 in Economy Class, for a total of 507 seats. The A380 will probably first deployed on regional lines from Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport before covering intercontinental links from 2013.



Direct flights from Bangkok to Lampang with Bangkok Airways
From March 25th, Bangkok Airways has set up 12 weekly direct flights to connect Bangkok to Lampang, the third largest city in northern Thailand, famous for its exotic temples, its carriages and its classified sites. The stopover at Sukhothai will henceforth be avoided. The airline has also strengthened its existing routes Bangkok - Chiang Mai and Bangkok - Phuket with an additional daily flight. Bangkok Airways President underlined this first step to strengthen the network and develop partnership agreements, the Company's priority is to increase the frequency of flights on many domestic and international routes which show a growing demand.

Code share agreement between Silkair and Bangkok Airways
SilkAir and Bangkok Airways have signed an agreement of codeshare on selected flights between Singapore, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai since February 15th. This agreement allows passengers of both airlines to benefit from more choice and better flexibility.


New line Phitsanuloke / Chiang Mai with Nok Air
Nok Air has launched a new domestic route between Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai, with an additional flight in the morning. It increases the daily frequency between the two destinations. The flight leaves Bangkok at 08.20hrs and returns at 10:00 am. The second flight leaves at 01.50hrs pm and return is at 04.00 pm.



Birth of a big baby named HA HA

Khao Sok National Park is located in southern Thailand, in Surathani province. It consists of a vast area of ​​jungle and primitive forest. This park is 980 meters of altitude. In this park, Elephant Hills camp is extremely proud of the birth of HA HA who measures no less than 90 cm and weighs nearly 100 kg. Born on February 12th, the little female elephant is already adventure to explore the world under the vigilant eyes of torpor, her mother, and her cornac Khun De-Be-Le who don’t leave her. HA HA means 5-5, the last two digits of the current year of the Buddhist calendar: 2555.


Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Of Brahman origin, this ancient ritual takes place at Sanam Luang, the royal place of Bangkok, on May 9th, in the presence of the King, who, symbolically, draws a first groove announcing the time of plowing in rice fields. Astrologers are consulted to make predictions about the next harvest.


Rockets festival to Yasothon (Northeast)
To ensure abundant rain for a good rice harvest and to invoke Phaya Thaen, the God of rain, the villagers are building giant rockets (up to 20 m long) and put them to fire in a joy and excitement atmosphere. The rockets parade on tanks before launch. Street performances, dances, sales of local products and the election of Miss take place from May 8th to 10th.





Siam Niramit opens in Phuket

After six years of show in Bangkok the "Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam" is showing to full house at Phuket's Siam Niramit Phuket Theatre. People are rushing to see this art and culture show to take advantage of a limited season. The enormous stage coupled with the sets, lighting, sound and special effects are world class. The performance, with over 100 performers and 500 different costumes, lives up to its reputation as "Thailand's Must-See Show".






An important date
Astrology plays a vital role in the decision of marriage. The astrologer is always consulted on the compatibility of the day of birth and planets of the future couple and about the most favorable days to the union. Proverbs don’t fail to warn against incompatibilities "girl of Friday shouldn’t marry with a boy of Monday, she would make it, and everybody would regret it, because what is left of life would soon vanish."

Beautiful clothes
On this day of matrimony, it's a custom for the bride's family: parents, brothers and sisters, are dressed in the finest clothes and bedeck with the best jewelleries they can afford.
With her hip-length jacket….long-length silk or satin “Htain-me-Thein”, the bride looks somewhat like a princess of the Royal Court in the olden days of the Myanmar kings. And the bridegroom surely looks elegant in the traditional dress Myanmar men's which consists of a head-dress called “
Baung Gaung”, a collared shirt with long sleeves, a double length men's silk longyi called a “Taung shay longyi”, a traditional men's jacket and velvet slippers.
The ceremony
Guests are greeted with music. The Master of Ceremony, the person who will consecrate the marriage is now announcing the beginning of the ceremony. Praises are read to the brides and their families as well as blessings for their future lives of bride. A singer will then begin to sing the classical auspicious song, praising the occasion and the participants.
A woman with flowers dips her hands into the silver she cradles and scatters flowers in front of the couple who enters the room to wish them good omen for their long life as husband and wife. This is the moment everyone is waiting ... The couple entered the ceremonial hall, in the presence of witnesses followed by their parents. Before joining the place of ceremony, they turn to the guests and with joined hands, they make their homage with the head down. In ancient times, an exchange of garland of flowers was the custom of Myanmar weddings. Now also the exchange of rings appeared. Nowadays, traditional weddings are usually held at hotels in big cities like Yangon and Mandalay. All family members, friends, associates, colleagues and neighbors are invited to the wedding.

The "gei-bo"
After the wedding ceremony, when the married couple arrives home, they present their respects to the parents of both sides, according to Buddhist traditions, and in turn are blessed by their parents. The "gei-bo" negotiation begins once the couple tries to enter in their bride chamber which is then blocked by rows of friends and family, holding gold chains to ask for "gei-bo", which is spending money. A large negotiation, sometimes very noisy, follows until both parties agree on an amount.


What's new in Myanmar?


Visakha Bucha in Myanmar

On May 5th 2012, the month of Kason in Myanmar, we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha serving water to the sacred Bo (bodhitree) tree, at the foot of which the Buddha known Illumination. Kason is celebrated during the dry season, and this ceremony is also intended to avoid that drought kills the tree. Buddhists begin a large procession to the sacred tree and pagodas.



Beach Hotels close for rainy season

We would like to remind you that hotels in Ngapali and Ngwe Saung are closed during the monsoon months from May to September. During this period heavy rains occur along the coastline of Myanmar, and travelling to the beach and other areas along the coast is not recommended. All other major tourist attractions such as Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake region are open to visitors as usual as they have a mild climate with only scattered showers.


Condor Airlines returns to Myanmar

German charter airline, Condor Airlines, will resume flights to Myanmar with the launch of a new service to Yangon from Frankfurt from November 2012. The weekly service, on a Boeing B767-300ER aircraft, will fly via Phuket on its inbound flight.





In Laos concubinage doesn’t exist.
A man and a woman must marry to live together as married. To request the hand of a girl to his future stepfather, the tradition and the traditional way differ from one region to another. But the base is the same for everyone. When a boy and a girl are in love and want to marry, it’s always the boy who must approach. He sends his parents to meet those of the girl. These are parents who ask for him. If the girl's parents agree, they can immediately discuss the sum of dowry that the boy must pay the wedding day. They may fix another day to discuss it. There are cases where girl's parents don’t want the boy, they can ask a very (too) large sum which means their refusal.

Festivities which last several days
The Laotians respect the Buddhist calendar that indicates that the best time to marry is in the period before Lent, before the rainy season. Weddings are always time of important holiday. The festivities last for several days and consist of a religious intimate ceremony and a kind of popular ball. In the past, the evening before, young boys and young girls competed during course of love. Assisted by his friends, the singer proclaimed his love for the girl sitting in front of him. In turn, the young girl supported by her friends answered him with maliciously teasing. Punctuated by the melodious sound of the Khène, this love game ends at dawn. This tradition still continues in some areas.

The ceremony
The ceremony is always held in the future bride’s home. Before the event, so the wedding day, is held a sort of small party the night at the bride’s home where we sing and dance. It’s called "Oune dong" (heating). The wedding day, the future young bridegroom dresses in traditional costume and leaves his home in front of the procession consisting of his parents, cousins and friends. We walk by singing all the way to the home of the bride.

After reciting few words in "pali", the Buddhism language, bride and groom take a cup where are deposited the small bouquets of flowers. The priest blessed them, and then the couple offers it to their parents to show their respect. The man takes then two white, fine and long lines. He holds one side of it, while the couple takes the other side. After having recited a text, he surrounds it around the wrist of each married. These cords are a symbol of their union and through them, all the evil that is in them left their bodies to let the place to the good.

The legend
The legend says that lovers are predestined according to the “nène” (love karma). In the sky, there is a wonderful garden where each individual has a tree whose branches embrace those of the soul mate. When the time is arrived, the predestined couple is sent on Earth, the wrists bound by a cotton thread but "wind of scissors that break and wind of the knife that cut" separates the future spouses who will born on their own side. Throughout his life, the individual will try to find his or her predestined partner. In fact, the choice of a spouse is often family choose. Sometimes a misalliance can bring the isolation of the lovers. Today, in major cities, young people have more and more freedom on their love life which is not yet the case in the countryside.


What's new in Laos?


Laos Airlines discovery airpass programme

Lao Airlines, in cooperation with Bangkok Airway, introduces the Discovery Airpass Programme that has a minimum of three and maximum of six segments, domestic and/or international. In a related development, Lao Airlines introduces a three times weekly flight from Luang Prabang to Jinghong, which is the capital of Xishuangbanna Prefecture in China's Yunnan Province.

More information in our web site: www.laos-airlines.net


May 1s

May 1st is of course a day off in Laos. At Luang Prabang, it’s an opportunity to leave the Communist flags no very visible the rest of the year (we see it 2 times: May 1st and December 2nd, national holiday).


Boun Visakhaboucha in Laos

Visakha Bouça, Buddha’s anniversary, is celebrated on the full moon of May, on May 5th 2012, with processions with lanterns in temples. It’s a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the birth of the Buddha, his awareness and his attainment of nirvana.





Marriage is very important in Vietnam, not only for the two lovers, but for the family. Therefore, the celebration of marriage (as well as the engagement) follows a special ritual. The wedding date is decided by both families and depending traditionally of the age of the future bride and groom.


The day of the wedding, the groom and his family bring in the family of the bride gifts wrapped in red paper put on trays carried by different people carefully selected (often married couples, again to bring luck). All women with these gifts are dressed of an "Ao Dai", the traditional long dress. Some men may also wear an Ao Dai, but in general they wear a costume-tie. These donations are still the same as those of the ceremony of betrothal: leaves of betel and areca, wines, fruits, cakes, tea.

The groom's family stops in front of the house of the bride and the couple must enter the house in first bearing a tray with cups filled with wine. The couple then invites parents to take a sip. By agreeing to drink, the bride's parents agree to admit the boy's family in their home. Simultaneously, the fireworks are fired to welcome them. The boy's family comes and asks permission to the other family to marry their daughter.

The ceremony

The wedding ceremony begins in front of the altar of ancestors. The couple kneels and prays, asking to their ancestors the permission and their blessing. Then the couple turns and bows to their parents to thank them for having raised them and protect them until today. The master of ceremonies then gives them many tips on "how to maintain a happy family". The bridegrooms’ parents then turn to them to share them their experiences, their lived and give them their blessing. The groom and the bride then exchange alliances. The parents exchange more valuable gifts such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces. The ceremony then ends with applause.


Today, many marriages take place in temples or Western churches. However, the Vietnamese still maintain traditional Vietnamese ceremony in the house of the bride (as explained above) before going to the temple. A wedding banquet is held in the evening in a restaurant or in a large room. It’s always a giant party with all the family, friends, neighbors, .with eventually a music group paid to embellish this beautiful evening. During the reception, the bridegrooms and their families stop to every tables to thank guests. Guests in return give them envelopes containing a greeting card and money (money is the wedding gift) for the new couple. In some weddings, receptions are followed by a dance opened by the new spouses.




What's new in Vietnam?



Anniversary of Buddha

May 28th, lanterns illuminate pagodas, houses and processions to celebrate Buddha's birthday. Since its introduction in Vietnam more than 2,000 years ago, Buddhism had always played an important role in the culture and traditions of the country. Its noble values and principles that are love, goodness, serenity, compassion, non-violence... have become an integral part of the spiritual life of Vietnamese people. At any time in the history of the country, Buddhism contributed an important work of nation-building and national defense.




Bach Dang holiday (Quang Ninh province)


It’s the biggest party in the country on May 3rd. Many leaders of the country are also attending this event. Representation of the exercises of the soldiers of the Tran dynasty, rites of sacrifice, procession of the Tran Hung Dao statue, traditional day of swimming, traditional wrestling or chess games with human pawns are on the program.


Ba Chua Xu Festival to Chau Doc

Also known as the ceremony of Via Ba, this festival in the colors of Vietnam South presents may 13th to 17th 2012 many traditional cultural activities. Procession and offerings are also part of the ceremonial.

Halong's tourist boats to be painted white 

The authorities of Quang Ninh province have officially confirmed that all tourist boats in Halong Bay have to be painted white despite boat owners' disagreement According to the provincial People's Committee; all tourist boats must have white colour and brown sails. Those with dragon heads are permitted to paint them in traditional colours. From April 30, 2012 boats, which are not repainted will not be licensed to operate in the bay.

An official from the local Department of Transportation said that this measure aimed to strengthen state management over tourist transport activities in Halong Bay. Under this policy more than 500 tourist boats in the bay may have to "wear" white uniform and brown sail come April.


Tram Chim National park - Vietnam's 4th Ramsar site

Good news for bird watcher and nature lovers. Tram Chim National Park has been recognised as Vietnam's fourth Ramsar site. The award recognises the fundamental ecological functions of a wetland and its economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value, according to park authorities. In 1988 Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh became the first Ramsar site. This was followed by the Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains in the Cat Tien National Park in 2005. Last year the honour went to Ba Be National Park in the northern province of Bac Kan.

Tram Chim National Park (7,588 hectares) is home to 130 species of plants, more than 120 species of freshwater fish, 40 different amphibian and reptile species, and over 200 types of birds, of which 16 are listed as endangered. It is listed among the eight most important conservation areas for birds in Vietnam. With this recognition it is hoped that multiple conservation efforts will be put in place.

Tram Chim National Park is an interesting and educational experience for visitors looking for off-the-beaten-track holidays in the Mekong Delta.


Buon Ma Thuot airport's new terminal

The new terminal at Buon Ma Thuot Airport, a major central highland province, was inaugurated in December 2011. Built following the 4C standard set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the new terminal is expected to welcome about one million passengers per year. It can accommodate four flights with 400 passengers on Airbus A321 aircrafts or equivalent at peak times. Currently, the Buon Ma Thuat Airport receives four flights daily on the Ho Chi Minh City - Buon Ma Thuat route, two flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and a flight between Buon Ma Thuat and Danang. Air Mekong also provides an additional connection Vinh City. The new terminal is a real enhancement to facilitate the expected tourist influx to this lesser known region.




Formerly, marriages lasted 3 days and 3 nights, it was the three jewels of Buddhism. But today, this tradition fades and the ceremony takes place in one day.

The welcome

At 6: 00 a.m., the wedding procession leaves from the house of the young man. These one included the bridegroom, the groomsmen, the parents, the family members and the musicians.

Upon arrival in the girl’s home, a married couple representing the boy asks to meet with the married couple representing the girl. Traditionally these two couples serve as a model. During this meeting, the future bride and groom do nothing for fear of triggering the bad fate. Some time after, the groom, accompanied by groomsmen, go in a room done the day before. All settled on a mat placed in the centre of the room. Men are joined by the bride and bridesmaids. When parents enter the room, the new couple bows and puts their hands on a cousin in salvation and respect. At the welcoming ceremony, gifts are put in front of the bride and groom. There are clothes, decorative objects, but also parts of gold and diamonds.


Cutting hair
This ritual marks the divine presence at the ceremony. Indeed, a musician-boy and a musician-girl represent a couple of angels. Their mission is to cut a lock of hair to each of the engaged couple to purify them of impurities accumulated before the union. Then parents and family members will also gesture this action.

Take away Take away evil spirits
Engaged couples enter the next room. There is a well-garnished buffet, candles and incense. Everything is set up to honor ancestors. The bride and groom sit side by side on a mat and are joined by seven married couples. These couples serve as a barrier and prevent evil spirits to approach the new couple. When everyone is installed, a Buddhist representative recites a prayer and passed candles to each.


The religious ceremony
In Cambodia, marriage is a civil institution but people give more importance to the religious ceremony. Indeed the monks are invited and generally recite prayers by sprinkling the couple with holy scented water. It’s a sign of happiness and longevity for the couple. After the blessing, the fiancés remain installed on the carpet. They place their hands on a golden pillow and bow. At that time, the Buddhist representative, parents, models couples and few other guests offer advice and bless the couple. At the end of the recommendations, the representative Buddhist binds the hands of young people with a red cotton thread. This means that the couple is married and linked forever, for better and for worse.

The reception
The stress of the ceremony being over, place to relax! A great meal is offered and served to guests in the annex built the day before. Fun, as lack of space in Phnom Penh, it’s in the street that often builds this appendix, causing traffic jams and good humor in the street almost closed. The young married, accompanied by their maids and groomsmen, welcome and serve guests. When the couple ate, they go from table to table to thank guests. The guests took the opportunity to give a small amount of money for spouses to assist them in their new life


What's new in Cambodia?


Genocide Day

On May 9th 2012, tribute is paid to the memory of the many victims of the Red Khmer. The most poignant ceremony is held at the Choeung Ek Memorial, near Phnom Penh.


Sieam Reap temples closing

Apsara Authority has announced that Vat Athvea and Bak Sey Cham Krong temples are now on ongoing refection works. Both temples are closed to the public until further notice.


Sihamoni King Anniversary

On the banks of the River Tonle Sap (a tributary of the Mekong River) in Phnom Penh, in front of the royal palace, a firework is given in honor of Norodom Sihamoni King, born May 14th 1953. The nonworking days doesn’t necessarily fall on that date, it can vary from few days.





The 2012 Agenda:

A sample of festival to see through Southeast Asia



Royal ploughing ceremony: May 9th in Bangkok
Party rocket: Mid-May to Yasothon (northeast)
Visakha Puja: Full moon in May
Anniversary of her Majesty the Queen: August 12th

"King's cup 2012 " Tournament of Polo on elephant : from September 5th to 11th, on a land adjacent to Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa
Ok Phansa and Thot Kathin: October
Regattas: October to Thot Kathin, Nan, Phichit, Surat Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Pathumthani.

Loy Krathong : full moon in November
Elephant day to Surin : third weekend of November
Week of the River Kwai bridge : Late November - early December
Anniversary of his Majesty the King: December 5th

Makha Puja: Full moon of February
Songkran (Thai New Year): April



 Genocide Day: May 9th

Anniversary of Sihamoni King: May 14th

 Buddha Anniversary : May 17th

 Norodom Sihanouk King Anniversary: October 31st 2012

Independence Day: on November 9th 2012

TET FIESTA (Chinese or Vietnamese New Year): February

Khmer New Year (Bon Chaul Chhnam): April



Fang Mae Khong Festival in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Thakhek: from October 1st to 31st 2012

National holiday (Vanh Saad): December 2nd 2012

TET FIESTA (Chinese or Vietnamese New Year): February

Wat Phou to Champassak: February

Lao Elephant Festival in Paklay District (province of Sayaboury): February

Magha Puja (Makha Bouça) to Luang Prabang: February

Pii may or Pimai (Buddhist New Year): April



Nat Pwe Festival in Taungbyon and Amarāpura (Mandalay): August 2012

Great celebration of the Phaung-Daw U at Inle Lake: from September 28th to October 15th 2012

Mandalay Kyaukdawgyi Pagoda Festival: October 11th -12th 2012

Thidingyut Festival (lights Festival): from October 11th to 13th 2012

The elephants Dance Festival to Kyaukse (Mandalay): October 11th -12th 2012

Hot Air Balloon Festival in Taunggyi: from November 4th to 10th 2012

Tazaungdaing Festival: from November 9th to 10th 2012

Pagoda festival to Kyaik-Hti-Yo (at the Golden Rock): on November 10th 2012

Pyatha (Independence Day): January 4th 2013

The Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda Festival: February

Tabodwe (feast of the Shan State) and day of the Union: February

Festival of Pwe Paya Baw - gyo to Thipaw: March

Kakku (Kekku) Pagoda Festival in Taunggyi: March

Thanakha Grinding Festival in Rakhine State: April

Thingyan (water Festival) Festival: April

Kason: April



 Bach Dang festival (Quang Ninh province): may 11th 2012

 Buddha Anniversary: May 17th 2012

Ba Chua Xu Festival to Chau Doc: from may 25th to 29th 2012

Quang Lan Party (Bac Ninh province): July 18th 2012

National holiday: September 2nd 2012

Battle of Buffalo to Do Son: September 6th 2012

The mid-fall day (children's day): September 12th 2012

The Tran temple festival at Nam Dinh: from September 12th to 17th 2012

The double nine to Trung Cuu: October 5th 2012

Da Sy festival around Hanoi: February

Feast of Hội in Lim (Bac Ninh province): February

Feast of the Trang Nguyen (first recipient): February

Quam An festival in Da Nang: February

Chua Huong (perfume Pagoda Festival) to Huong Son: March

Hội An anglers Festival: March

Thay Pagoda Festival (Province of Ha Tay): April 2012

 Van Vi village festival (province of Ha Tay): April 2012

Truong Yen Festival (Ninh Binh province): April 2012

 Ba Giang kites Festival (province of Ha Tay): April 2012

 Saigon Capture Anniversary: April 2012


All dates listed are subject to change