Lighting up the Asian Night

Vietnam lights up.

The standard array of lanterns on every shop and restaurant in Hoi An, which I have dubbed Vietnam’s city of lanterns.The standard array of lanterns on every shop and restaurant in Hoi An, VietnamHoi An cafe on the river at night. Hoi An cafe on the river at nightNeon reflections in Saigon, Vietnam.Neon Reflections in Saigon

Thailand lights up.

Ever seen photos of Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival, with thousands of lanterns floating up in the air or down the river? Well, one November I was in Bangkok and got a chance to experience the real thing, um, almost!

lanterns at Bangkok's Loy Krathong Festival

Me watching the lanterns at Bangkok’s Loi Krathong festival, sort of…

Decorated and lit-up boats motor down the river Chao Praya during the Loi Krathong festivalBoat Decorated for Loi Krathong on Bangkok's Chao Phraya RiverBangkok is pretty lit up at nighttime on regular days as well as this neon sign in Bangkok’s Chinatown shows.Neon in Bangkok's ChinatownBlue lights brighten up the pillars of a small temple containing a goddess in Bangkok, ThailandBlue lights brighten up the pillars of a small temple containing a goddess in Bangkok, ThailandOutside of Bangkok though, things tend to be more discrete, with lanterns lighting up a Koh Lanta evening.Lanterns Light Up a Ko Lanta Evening

Cambodia lights up.

Cambodia isn’t as rich as Thailand so they save up the spectacular lighting for special events such as lit-up barges floating down the river during the River Festival in Phnom Penh.Lit-up barge during the river festival in Phnom Pehn, CambodiaThis barge features construction of a multi-headed sea dragon/serpent, a creature called a Naga that is prevalent in North-east Thailand (Issan), Laos and Cambodia.Statue of a multi-headed sea dragon/serpent, a creature called a Naga that is prevalent in North-east Thailand (Issan), Laos and Cambodia.

India lights up.

A bonfire in the street during the night before Holi in Jaipur, India.A bonfire in the street during the night before Holi in Jaipur, IndiaRaj Mandar cinema at night lit-up with green neon in Jaipur, India. Raj Mandar cinema at night lit-up with green neon in Jaipur, IndiaNight lights shine on a market in Jaisalmer, India.Night lights shine on a market in Jaisalmer, IndiaNeon signs in Delhi, India.Neon signs in Delhi, India

Malaysia lights up.

Malaysia is lit up in most cities, even smaller ones like Melaka (Malacca).A neon sign for Tiger Beer in Melaka, MalaysiaMelaka is known for its decorated rickshaws which are even more impressive at night!A lit-up rickshaw in Melaka, MalaysiaThe night market in Melaka. The night market in Melaka, MalaysiaNeon ‘fighting chicken’ lights up the night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Neon 'fighting chicken' lights up the night in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaNeon lights up an outdoor ‘Hawker Cafe’ in the Red Garden in Penang, Malaysia.Neon lights up an outdoor 'Hawker Cafe' in the Red Garden in Penang, MalaysiaNeon ‘love’, a club in Penang, Malaysia.neon loveTwin Pines hotel in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Twin Pines hotel in the Cameron Highlands

Myanmar lights up.

Another poorer country, about the only thing lit up at night in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon is the Shwedagon Buddhist temple. About the only thing lit up at night in Yangon, Myanmar is the Shwedagon Buddhist templeDespite the poverty the temple is completely covered with gold leaf.About the only thing lit up at night in Yangon, Myanmar is the Shwedagon Buddhist templeNeon-lit Buddha in a Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar. Neon-Lit Buddha a Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar

Singapore lights up.

Colourful neon signs in SingaporeSingapore harbour at night with the ‘boat’ highrise and the ‘Lotus’ museum in front.Singapore harbour at night with the 'boat' highrise and the 'Lotus' museum in the backgroundMore of the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Nighttime.

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