Asia's answer to Secret Garden Party is standing up on it's own two feet, taking confident steps and leading the way as inclusive contemporary festivals go.

It is not often that you leave a festival feeling better than when you arrive, but in my case, it's true! Having had a busy week in Hong Kong in the run up to Christmas, I arrived in Pattaya in need for a little R&R. After a few cocktails and a shimmy to some mellow tunes, I called in a night in my very comfortable boutique belltent not long after midnight. In the morning an ice coffee and a walk-in in masssage at the sanctuary area was a perfect way to start the day. Sunshine, warmth and gentle smiles from security and staff at large makes you wonder why this has not happened sooner. And when the sun drops behind the green hills and bathes the lake in it's fading golden light, the twinkly mischief begins. From the Bamboo Speakeasy to Takaland, beautiful hidden havens are dotted all around the festival allowing a welcome respite from the full frontal unadulterated stompathon by the dance stages and in the quarry.