The opportunity to visit different countries and get to know their culture not only expands the horizons and opens up new perspectives, but is also an ideal pastime away from ordinary beach vacations. Be spontaneous and discover interesting museums, art exhibitions, theatre performances and unfamiliar neighborhoods - you will not regret it. Doesn't matter if Los Angeles, Bangkok, Lagos, Bali or Kuala Lumpur, You will find artistic freedom behind every corner! These 6 destinations have more to offer than just party, beach and sun! Set off and immerse yourself in the culture of each summer destination to learn more about the country's "origin and presence".
If you are looking for a great opportunity to visit a museum in Los Angeles, the "The Broad" Museum is the perfect choice as it is free to visit. However, it is worthwhile due to the large number of visitors to make a reservation for a time slot on the Internet in advance. These pre-sale tickets are always made available on the first of each month for the following month. Los Angeles's The Broad Museum is home to more than 2,000 contemporary and post-war art works.
Address: 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
California African American Museum
The steady collection of the Californian African American Museum (CAAM) contains more than 4,000 objects, from the 19th century to the present. As a visitor, you can admire a variety of art objects, such as photographs, paintings, sculptures, films and photographs, all the way to historical documents. Let the interesting objects inspire you and to be thought-provoking.
Address: 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90037
FIDM Museum and Galleries
Los Angeles is a Mecca for movie enthusiasts, and if you're into film, movie history, and costumes, why not pay a visit to the FIDM Museum? On display are nearly monthly changing exhibits, ranging from costumes used in Oscar-winning films to fashion collections by famous designers. On the premises you will also find shops where you can buy interesting and unique objects and jewelry, ideal as a souvenir or as a gift for family and friends at home.
Address: 919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250
A show in the Siam Niramit Theater
You want to experience acting in a Thai way? Then check out the famous Siam Nirami Show to learn more about the historical background of Thailand. It is an 80-minute, memorable demonstration of Thailand's rich traditions, such as the Law of Karma and the mystical forest of Himapaan, which will astonish you from start to finish.
Address: 19 Thiam Ruam Mit Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10310, Thailand
Experience the SHOW DC
The SHOW DC is much more than a shopping center. It is an entertainment center and tourist spot where visitors to Bangkok can experience every comfort imaginable and will find all the help and support they need. Here you will find markets, boutiques, zones with countless restaurants, concert halls, spas and special areas where travelers can relax, book excursions, plan tours and experience all that Bangkok has to offer.
Address: Huai Khwang, Bang Kapi, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
A must for tourists who want to experience culture in Bangkok is visiting temples. Some of Bangkok's most breathtaking ancient temples will literally awe you, even if you think you already have seen quite a few Thai temples.
• Wat Traimit has the largest massive gold statue in the world, a 3 meter high Buddha, which makes this temple a must visit every time you are visiting Bangkok.
Address: 661 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10100, Thailand
• Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok and one of the most famous temples in Thailand.
Address: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
• Wat Saket or Temple of the Golden Mountain is located on an artificial hill in Phu Khao Thong, from where the big city of Bangkok is almost calm. Inside you will find a number of Buddhist paintings. On the historic site there is also a chapel and a library.
Address: 344 ถนน บริพัตร Khwaeng Ban Bat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
A very special place for music and Jazz lovers
Jazzhole in Lagos is a very singular music spot in Lagos. An ambient place packed with collections of books, posters, vinyls and CDs of different style of music from Jazz to afrobeats. The founder of the place, Mr Tejuoso, regularly organizes local artists exhibitions, concert and listening evenings to promote african rooted music and history. A special place where you can also enjoy a wide variety of tea and coffee and sit back, listening to Jazz and eating the carrot cake of the house.
Address: 168 Awolowo Road - Ikoyi, Lagos
Visit the Nimbus Gallery
Nimbus Gallery is part of the Bogobiri House, a vibrant concept hotel and a hub for african art and creativity. It is a contemporary space where you can roam among contemporary african art, while enjoying a drink in peaceful atmosphere. It is also a great place to purchase a piece of art to bring back home.
Address: 9, Maitama Sule Street off Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos
The Nigerian National Museum
Founded in 1957, the museum houses a wide range of Nigerian arts including pieces of statuary and carvings and archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. On of the most famous piece of art there is the terra-cotta human head called the Jemaa Head, aged between c.900 to 200 BC.
Address: Onikan, Lagos
Attending dance performances is an excellent way to experience Indonesia's culture literally. Dances have a special meaning in Bali, for example, every village, which strives for its reputation, owns a dance group consisting of men and women. There are about 200 different dances in the religious land, divided into three categories: cult dances, ceremonial dances and show dances. However, to not only see tourist dance performances such as the Kecak or Kebyar dance, contact tourist information in Bali for traditional performances.
Address: Kawasan parkir Pura Uluwatu, Jalan Raya Uluwatu, Desa Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
A wonderful opportunity for a cultural excursion in the east of Bali, more precisely in Amlapura, offers the water palace of Karangasem. In addition to four palaces, so-called Puris, the oldest water palace of Karangasem, about two kilometers from Amlapura, is one of the most famous sights in this region. Swimsuits should be brought along, as the springs located there are suitable for a small cooling and also for the physical well-being is provided with good restaurants in the area.
The opportunity to visit Goa Gajah, the Elephant Cave or Temple of Elephants, should not be missed during your trip to Bali. Above all, the artful and somewhat frightening cave entrance amazes many visitors. Only a few kilometers east of Ubud, Goa Gajah is located in the center of Bali and is therefore easily to reach. The visit is also an excellent way to connect it with other places of interest such as the Purbakala Gedung Arca Archaeological Museum and the Yeh Pulu rock relief.
Address: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Within your stay in Kuala Lumpur you should not miss the opportunity to visit Kuala Lumpur's most popular Chinese temples in the busy Chinatown district. We recommend to visit these temples during annual festivities such as Chinese New Year or Wesak Day, where hundreds of people come there to pay their respects. Yet, one thing is certain: the Chinese temples always act as a great photo opportunity.
Masjid Negara (National Mosque)
Malaysia’s population practices a variety of religions, such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. That is why a great number of different religious buildings can be found in Kuala Lumpur. One of the most important one is Masjid Negara, the National Mosque, which is the nationwide symbol of Islam and located within the Lake Gardens. Be aware that before visiting the holy place, visitors are required to dress appropriately and remove their shoes before entering.
Address: Jalan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
The National Museum in Kuala Lumpur, near the Lake Gardens, was built in 1963 and permanently houses pieces of Malaysia’s history, economy, arts, crafts and culture. The building has a sweeping, traditional Minangkabau-style roof and a main entrance flanked by two large murals of Italian glass mosaic. If you want to dive into the Malaysian culture, the National Museum for sure is the best place to go!
Address: Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur 50566