Top eight Festivals in Phuket
Are you traveling to Phuket for a holiday trip? If yes, you may be thinking of pristine beaches, picturesque views of the natural lime stones engulfing the island, or a private yacht with beautiful girls, but there’s much more to do in Phuket apart from this. The first thing that comes in once mind is festivals in Phuket. Whether they are held to honor the religious beliefs or just for fun, festivals in Phuket are exciting, these are perfectly mean to rejoice.
Phuket festivals are spread across the calendar, we need to plan accordingly. It’s not so difficulty in finding an event or a festival to participate in as we can see some or the other festival happening whatever time we travel. Dress up with right outfit and step out of your villa to enjoy to the core.
The Best Festivals in Phuket
This is the most famous and well known festival in phuket, which is celebrated for nine days during late September and early October. Vegetarian festival is celebrated according to the Chinese calendar, the first days of the ninth lunar month. If you want to witness or participate in the festival, drive straight to the Chinese temples located in phuket where it is celebrated. Jui Tui shrine near the fresh market being the main.
If you are ready to participate in the festival, you have to stay away from consuming meat, sex, and alcohol. Visitants can fill up on the spectacle of ceremonies, or the special vegetarian dishes especially made for the ceremony by the local vendors or marketers. Look for a yellow flag with thai or Chinese inscriptions written on it in red color, this symbolizes vegetarian food.
You can spectate some gruesome activities like walking on bed of hot coal, piercing tongue, cheek with skewers and kitchen knives. If you are afraid of these kinds of activities kindly avoid watching.
Chinese new year-the old phuket festival:
Visitants to phuket during Chinese new year will see the celebrations and cultural events across the isle, especially in phuket town and near the Chinese shrines. Phukets old town will extend its festive mood with the launch of its annual phuket old town festival. Thalang road will be closed to traffic every evening during the festival and transformed into a walking street.
Get ready for the noisy fire crackers, colorful processions and local entertainment as the Chinese community prepares for its most important festival. In addition to this, the celebrations of Old Phuket festival, held in the old sino-portugese quarter of phuket town every year. The festival is celebrated for three days. The tourism authority of Thailand phuket office and phuket city will combine the two festivals. Combined festival includes many colorful cultural shows like dragon dance, and traditional dance performances. On these three days there is a demonstration on how to make popular local desserts, for this you need be in tourism authority office by 06:00 pm.
Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon Fair:
If you are driving through the phuket town you must come across this well revered monument of two heroines. This monument was raised to honor Thao Thep krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon, who saved phuket from Burmese invaders in the year 1785. Thao thep festival is one of the island’s major festivals and covers many cultural and sporting activities. The festival features, bicycle racing, tug of war, mini marathon and takraw. The festival is celebrated for a period of two weeks. The fair is aimed mainly for locals; however visitors are also allowed to visit the fair which is free of cost. Some local personal may contact hotel staff to send the visitants to the fair or cultural programs to spread the history but you need a guy who translates local language.
Chao Le (Sea Gypsy) Boat Floating Festival:
Falls during sixth and eleventh lunar month yearly. The local sea gypsies from the neighboring islands gather around on their favorite beaches and adrift small boats whilst dancing and singing in their traditional style, the main reason behind this is to drive away evil and bring good luck to them. This festival has very close resemblance to Thai festival of Loi Krathong. I’m a beacholic, insearch of new beaches I came to know about this festival when I was in phuket.
Patong Seafood Festival and Phuket Travel Fair:
The Phuket travel fair marks the beginning of the Thailand’s peak tourism season and is expected to attract more than twenty thousand visitors. The fair is held for three days and is clubbed with the patong seafood festival to lure the seafood lovers.
The main events will be organized along the patong’s bangle road. The Thai seafood festival offers a feast of traditional dishes, in addition to an array of asian cuisines like Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean, visitants have to choose the lip smacking dishes according to their interest. An individual can choose between international option and a local traditional food which focuses mainly on street food and Thai cuisine.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon:
The name comes from the events which you are going to participate or to spectate. There are three main events in the triathlon, 1.8 kilometer swim, which includes 1.3 kilometer sea swim followed by 500 meter swim in one of the fresh water laguna and a 55 kilometer bike ride. This event is organized as a relay a team of three and a fun run event, where an individual triathlete can be participated alone.
There’s news that this race is open for kids too but it’s a charity fun race to raise funds.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta:
The Phuket king’s cup regatta is the Asia’s biggest and most popular regatta. The event is held for a week, annually in the month of December. It comprises of parties, sailing and loads of fun. The Regatta was inaugurated in 1985 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His majesty The King of Thailand.
Phuket international blues Festival:
This annual Blues and Rock music event in Karon has gained massive popularity in recent years. It attracts famous musicians and rock bands from all parts of the world. It is a charity organization, rotary club of Patong, which supports the Phuket.
To sum up: the festivals in Phuket are a feast for the eyes with the lip smacking dishes and colorful hoardings and banners all the way. If you are a culture vulture then add phuket to your travel bucket list.
Hello hodophile plan your holiday according to the desired festival you want to hit, have a happy vacation.