Jogja After Dark
First thoughts of Yogjakarta (also known as “Jogja”) are often associated with impressive temples, world-class Batik fabrics, the Sultan family, palaces, and classic dances – or the mighty Merapi Volcano. But after the usual cultural activities have concluded for the day, the city offers another colourful, bizarre side, surprisingly different from other Indonesian cities. Lead by a Yogjakarta specialist who has lived in the city for more than 25 years, this journey leads guests to uncover the hidden gems of Jogja.
The evening kicks off with a stroll along Jalan Malioboro, the major shopping street in the centre of town, packed with shops selling various kinds of arts, literature and curiosities; street-side restaurants offering local delicacies; as well as artists, street musicians and painters performing on either side of the street. Our local expert will be able to provide deeper insights into the various specialities offered or assist with souvenir shopping. Though guests may want to wait until the next stop, known for excellent Batik, antiques and eccentric handicrafts.
The journey then leads to a colourful and flamboyant cabaret show, presented in blatant contrast to the traditional ballet or shadow puppet performances the city is usually famous for.
Another famous spot on the list serves a delicious dinner and is owned by arguably Indonesia’s most famous drag queen. Having her own sitcom on Yogjakarta’s TV, she shines as a beacon of tolerance in Indonesia. Be prepared for a memorable dining experience in the raunchy decoration of the restaurant, complete with images of its owner in humorous and provocative poses.
Conclude the peculiar night with a stop at a square near the palace, which transforms into a chaotic scene of revelry at night, and enjoy the colourful and illuminated spectacle with flashy pedal cars and loud music.
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Luang Prabang by Night
It is said that if you have not visited Phou Si, you have not been in Luang Prabang. In Laotian, “Phou” translates to mountain while “si” means colour. Standing at 100 metres, Mount Phousi lies in the heart of Luang Prabang and is bordered on one side by both the Mekong River and Nam Khan River. From the foot to the peak of the mountain, there are 329 red brick steps between two white railings. Halfway up the hill is Wat Tham Phou Si and at the summit is Wat Chom Si – both Buddhist temples. The climb to the peak of Phousi rewards guests with panoramic views of the ancient town at sunset.
Following the climb, another must-see in Luang Prabang is its famous night market, offering the largest collection of handicrafts in the country. With around 250 handicraft vendors who sell their hand-made products nightly, the market showcases an extensive variety of handicrafts made by local ethnic groups including textiles, exquisite ceramics, antiques, paintings, coffee and tea, quilts, shoes, silver, bags, ornaments, and even cutlery made from recycled bombs.
After the night market, enjoy a traditional Laotian dinner and walking cocktails while enjoying the best of Luang Prabang’s nightlife venues.
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Historical Geiko Districts by Foot
More commonly known as “Geisha”, meaning woman of art, Geiko are adorned in exquisite kimonos with snow-white painted faces, while they perform traditional music and poetry at exclusive banquets. Lead by a local English-speaking guide, this evening walking tour takes guests on a journey through three different historical Geiko districts in Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, to visit key buildings that form the foundation of Geiko culture and give a glimpse into their mysterious world.
Starting at Miyagawa-cho, a quieter, lesser-known Geiko district, the route meanders through the ancient city passing small shrines and temples on way to Gion, the most famous Geiko district of Kyoto. Here guests will find the oldest “Ochaya” in Kyoto, where many Geisha evening meals have taken place, as well as some “Okiya” or boarding houses for the apprentice Geiko known as “Maiko”. Although these are not open to the public, visitors to Gion often catch glimpse of a real Geiko or Maiko outside their Okiya.
Stroll across Kamogawa River, a channel of water that forms the soul of Kyoto, before reaching the final Geiko district of Pontocho, also known as the gastronomical heart of Kyoto city. Home to Kabrenjo, a historical Geiko theatre and training school, the street is lined with old wooden restaurants, decorated with Pontocho’s unique lanterns.
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