Festivals in Phuket Thailand

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Songkran Festival

First time visitors to Thailand during mid April can be forgiven for being somewhat confused and bewildered by what they have stepped into – the Songkran festival, which, for obvious reasons, has also come to be known as the "water festival". Every year, for several days in April, people – and gangs of people - all over Thailand drop what they are doing and throw, squirt and shoot water on other people – or stay inside their homes or businesses to escape... read


Vegetarian Festival

Every year, during late September and early October, a series of strange events occurs on Phuket Island. Fireworks light the sky and the sound of drums reverberate throughout Phuket town. Images of Chinese Gods are paraded through the streets to Chinese temples, along with food and drink offerings... read


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year – or Trut Chin in Thai languarge - comes every year in late January and early February. It involves a period of celebration, fun, rememberance, religious ritual and good eating that goes on for several days... read


Loy Krathong Festival

Loy (Loi) Krathong is a beautifully elegant holiday celebrated at the first day of the 12th lunar month (sometime in November) throughout Thailand. It is ideally suited to Phuket Island as it involves placing small, boat-like structures called "krathongs" in the rivers, lakes or the ocean. The krathongs contain candles and other items such as flowers, foods, coins and joss sticks... read


Phuket Gay Festival

Many countries, cities and towns these days have a gay pride or awareness day, week or month. These times are times which include parades, parties, speeches, offering support and encouragement to other gay people, games, live performances, and, of course, having fun. Phuket Island has had a festival since, around the beginning of the millennium when Poonsak "Daeng" (red) Sanchan... read


Phuket Bike Week

For the past 15 years or so, around the time of the Songkran festival, big hogs than usual are seen roaming around Phuket Island. These aren't the four footed kind. They are large motorcycles. It is Phuket Island Bike Week. From modest beginnings on Friendship Beach between Chalong and Rawai, the event has grown into one which brings together 5,000 to 7,000 bike riders from... read

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