You may want to do more than vege out during these holidays. May we suggest that you consider the following fun activities?
Singapore Food Festival, Singapore, Until July 31
Back for its 19th year, the annual Singapore Food Festival showcases the flavours of local heritage cuisines with the theme “Curry & Spice”. Visit more than 60 food stalls or take part in events such as the Tiffin Cruise (S$35/US$28), where you can savour piping hot naan (Indian flat bread) while sailing along the Singapore River.
One can also soak in panoramic views of the city from the Singapore Flyer with canapés and fine wines at “Spice and Canapés in the sky” (S$108/US$87). Adventure-seekers can walk the heritage food trail around Little India.
Boryeong Mud Festival, Boryeong, South Korea, July 16-24 Head to the main beach of this city along South Korea’s eastern coast for a truly unconventional facial treatment. First held in July 1998, the festival is one of the country’s messiest, but most popular, events where you can experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud by swimming in a mega tub of it, or sliding and wrestling in it with friends and strangers alike.
Bangalore Fashion Week, Bangalore, India, July 28-31
The land of colourful culture is holding the 5th Bangalore Fashion Week this month. Highlights include collections from prominent local designers such as Priya Kataaria Puri, Satya Paul and Swapnil Shinde. Also, check out the Indian Diamond Week at all 7pm shows that feature designs by noted and upcoming jewellery designers.
Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival 2011, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, August 1-September 30
For two months, you can enjoy the lowest green fees of the year at all major courses at the seaside resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am. Discounts at most major courses can go up to 70 percent. Players who achieve a hole-in-one at designated holes stand a chance of winning a car.
Awa-Odori Folk Dance Festival, Tokushima, Japan, August 12-15
The Awa-Odori dance dates back to 1587, when the feudal lord Hachisuka Iemasa offered sake to the people of the town, and the citizens became so drunk that they broke into a dance in unsteady gaits. Next month, the town will be filled with graceful performances by the famous Selected Awa Dance and Odori Hiroba, where you can join in the dancing.