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Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Date: September 23 – October 3, 2014
Venue: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

This Chinese festival originated several hundreds of years ago when some Chinese opera group performers fell ill with malaria. The idea of the nine-day event which starts on the first day of the lunar month and runs, is to abstain from meat and other acts in order to obtain good health and purify the mind and body and honor the Nine Emperor Gods. The members of the opera troupe survived and the festival has become a spectacular annual event.
Various ceremonies are performed with some believers performing fire walking and body piercing, acts of self-mortification. Observers can watch the early morning processions, which are spectacular and often gruesome. Participants in the processions who have entered a trance puncture their cheeks with various objects including knives, skewers and other items. They believe the Gods will protect them from harm.

Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival

Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival

Date: June 22 – 24, 2014
Venue: Phuket Old Town

Thai Peranakan Association will host its yearly mass wedding ceremony Baba (Peranakan) style in Phuket old town. The event is not only for lovebirds who want to have a lovely traditional Straits Chinese wedding; it’s open for all to come and witness as well as help celebrate this beautiful festival. It’s also a chance to explore two of Phuket’s grandest vintage Sino-Portuguese mansions used for the wedding; the Hongyok Mansion on Thepkrasattri Road and the Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Phuket, the historical former Phuket governor's Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion.

The Phulin Resort – the Family Vacation Destination What

Family Vacation Destination

children? The sea, of course! Parents can now take their family to enjoy the seaside at The Phulin Resort at Phuket. Children can enjoy daily supervised activities in arts and crafts. Parents and their children can join in the fun doing activities together. Playing games in the pool together will sure to refresh and bond family members. Drawing, flower arrangement, fruit carving and cooking classes will teach youngsters and parents valuable life skills. Lastly, children

Thao Thepkasattri–Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

Heroines Monuments

Date: March 2 – 17, 2013
Location: Heroines Monuments, Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field, all in the Thalang area

This festival has a strong historical connection to the island and lately has been promoted as one of the most important events in Phuket. The fair lasts many days and largely consists of sporting and cultural experiences. During the festival, there are a few things goings on at the same time at a few other locations in Thalang District in the north of the island such as at Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field. The main events take place in a big park east of the Heroines Monument. You can't miss this colourful setup, especially at night. To fully appreciate the event it's best to go accompanied by an interpreter.

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX)

Phuket International Boat Show

Date: March 21 – 24, 2013
Venue: Royal Phuket Marina, Kho Keaw
Contract: Andy Dowden, Exhibition Director
Email: andy.dowden@informayachtgroup.com

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) must be one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia. Last year it displayed a collection of well–known yachts from prestigious shipyards around the world including Ferretti Yachts, Sunseeker, Princess Yachts and Fairline, with an estimated value of US$250 million over the four-day event. The 2013 PIMEX is again at the Royal Phuket Marina from March 21 to 24. The 10th Anniversary event will be the biggest and cover over 2,000sqm of air–conditioned exhibition space as well as up to 60 on–water display boats.

Songkran Festival

Songkran festival

Date: April 13 – 15, 2013
Venue: Nationwide
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0) 76-212213

Thailand's most famous festival celebrates the Thai New Year. Prepare to join in the fun and get very wet or else stay indoors! Songkran is a loud, boisterous festival that features a lot of water throwing in the streets.
Songkran Festival is the traditional Thai New Year celebrated on April 13th. Families and friends gather to celebrate by visiting temples, sprinkling water on Buddha images in reverence, and sprinkling water on each other's hands as an act of wishing good luck.
In recent years, the tradition of sprinkling water has been interpreted by youngsters as a great excuse for a water fight, and it is not uncommon to have buckets and containers of water thrown at you by teams of merry makers in the backs of trucks as you make your way down the street – particularly in major tourist areas like Patong.

Phuket Bike Week

Phuket Bike Week

Date: April 14 – 21, 2013
Venue: Patong Beach
www.phuketbikeweek.com

Now in its 19th year, the annual Phuket Bike Week is one of the biggest motorcycle events in Southeast Asia. Get to see an amazing collection of Harleys, Hondas and superbikes at this annual event. It features music, contests, parties and charity rides around the island. Fun for bikers and hangers–on alike.

Phuket Pride Festival (aka Phuket Gay Festival)

Phuket Pride Festival

Date: April, 2013
Location: Patong Beach
Contact: www.facebook.com/GayPatong

This six-night event usually starts off with a not–to–be–missed pre-party night, following by many more festivities. Expect to see the colourful and fantastic “Afternoon Gay Pride Parade” and the fun street party. Phuket's first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an instant crowd pleaser for both tourists and locals – gay and straight. Dates for 2013 Festival will be announced later.

Kathu Festival

Kathu Festival

Date: August, 2013 (Date to be announced)
Venue: near Kathu market
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0) 76-212213

Kathu Festival, or the “Kathu Street Culture Festival” as it is known in full, is a rather new event compared to other well–known festivals on the island but it's getting popular and draws a bigger and bigger crowd each year of its existence. Spectators will enjoy checking out the street stalls, stage shows, live music, exhibitions and Thai traditional children's games.

Por Tor Festival

Por Tor Festival

Date: Date to be annouced.
Location: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

The “Hungry Ghost” festival is an important merit–making event for the ethnic Chinese. Special food, flowers and candles are offered to ancestors on altars. Other offerings are made to “feed the ghosts without relatives” that are said to have been released from hell for the month. Experience this beautiful event for yourself at any Chinese Shrine on the island during the festival. Or if you want to enjoy one of the biggest Hungry Ghost celebrations in Phuket head to the fresh market on Ranong Road. The whole market and nearby areas will be colourfully decorated and feature interesting activities from about noon until midnight including the traditional merit-making ceremony, lion dances , magic shows, live concerts, cabaret shows and many more stage shows. Also expect to see plentiful local food stands during the event.

Loy Kratong Festival

Loy Kratong Festival

Date: November 17, 2013
Location: Nationwide

A festival of quiet celebration, the origins of Loy Kratong are unclear, but it is believed that it started in Sukhothai, (north of Bangkok) one of the most powerful cities in Asia, around 800 years ago. On this particular night, on nearly every expanse of water, be it a river, lake or the ocean, you'll notice thousands of lights drifting across the water like fairy dreams.
Gently flickering, dipping and dancing in the breeze as they go, they make a spectacular sight. All of Phuket's major west coast beaches take part in Loy Kratong festivities, with a mix of locals and tourists. Nai Harn (on the large lake) and Patong usually have the most activity with locals visiting beaches like Kata and Karon.

Laquna Phuket Triathlon 2013

Laquna Phuket Triathlon 2013

Date: November 24, 2013 Location: Hat Bang Tao, Thalang District, Phuket
Distance: 1.8K swim – 55K bike – 12K run
Contact: www.challengelagunaphuket.com

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia's premier destination triathlon featuring a unique 1.8K swim, 55K bike and 12K run through spectacular tropical scenery. Over the past nineteen years the popular race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends MarkAllen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones, Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington, to name just a few.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Date: September 23 – October 3, 2014
Venue: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

This Chinese festival originated several hundreds of years ago when some Chinese opera group performers fell ill with malaria. The idea of the nine-day event which starts on the first day of the lunar month and runs, is to abstain from meat and other acts in order to obtain good health and purify the mind and body and honor the Nine Emperor Gods. The members of the opera troupe survived and the festival has become a spectacular annual event.
Various ceremonies are performed with some believers performing fire walking and body piercing, acts of self-mortification. Observers can watch the early morning processions, which are spectacular and often gruesome. Participants in the processions who have entered a trance puncture their cheeks with various objects including knives, skewers and other items. They believe the Gods will protect them from harm.

Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival

Date: June 22 – 24, 2014
Venue: Phuket Old Town

Thai Peranakan Association will host its yearly mass wedding ceremony Baba (Peranakan) style in Phuket old town. The event is not only for lovebirds who want to have a lovely traditional Straits Chinese wedding; it’s open for all to come and witness as well as help celebrate this beautiful festival. It’s also a chance to explore two of Phuket’s grandest vintage Sino-Portuguese mansions used for the wedding; the Hongyok Mansion on Thepkrasattri Road and the Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Phuket, the historical former Phuket governor's Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion.

The Phulin Resort – the Family Vacation Destination What

children? The sea, of course! Parents can now take their family to enjoy the seaside at The Phulin Resort at Phuket. Children can enjoy daily supervised activities in arts and crafts. Parents and their children can join in the fun doing activities together. Playing games in the pool together will sure to refresh and bond family members. Drawing, flower arrangement, fruit carving and cooking classes will teach youngsters and parents valuable life skills. Lastly, children

Thao Thepkasattri–Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

Date: March 2 – 17, 2013
Location: Heroines Monuments, Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field, all in the Thalang area

This festival has a strong historical connection to the island and lately has been promoted as one of the most important events in Phuket. The fair lasts many days and largely consists of sporting and cultural experiences. During the festival, there are a few things goings on at the same time at a few other locations in Thalang District in the north of the island such as at Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field. The main events take place in a big park east of the Heroines Monument. You can't miss this colourful setup, especially at night. To fully appreciate the event it&'s best to go accompanied by an interpreter.

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX)

Date: March 21 – 24, 2013
Venue: Royal Phuket Marina, Kho Keaw
Contract: Andy Dowden, Exhibition Director
Email: andy.dowden@informayachtgroup.com

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) must be one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia. Last year it displayed a collection of well–known yachts from prestigious shipyards around the world including Ferretti Yachts, Sunseeker, Princess Yachts and Fairline, with an estimated value of US$250 million over the four-day event. The 2013 PIMEX is again at the Royal Phuket Marina from March 21 to 24. The 10th Anniversary event will be the biggest and cover over 2,000sqm of air–conditioned exhibition space as well as up to 60 on–water display boats.

Songkran Festival

Date: April 13 – 15, 2013
Venue: Nationwide
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0) 76-212213

Thailand's most famous festival celebrates the Thai New Year. Prepare to join in the fun and get very wet or else stay indoors! Songkran is a loud, boisterous festival that features a lot of water throwing in the streets.
Songkran Festival is the traditional Thai New Year celebrated on April 13th. Families and friends gather to celebrate by visiting temples, sprinkling water on Buddha images in reverence, and sprinkling water on each other's hands as an act of wishing good luck.
In recent years, the tradition of sprinkling water has been interpreted by youngsters as a great excuse for a water fight, and it is not uncommon to have buckets and containers of water thrown at you by teams of merry makers in the backs of trucks as you make your way down the street – particularly in major tourist areas like Patong.

Phuket Bike Week

Date: April 14 – 21, 2013
Venue: Patong Beach
www.phuketbikeweek.com

Now in its 19th year, the annual Phuket Bike Week is one of the biggest motorcycle events in Southeast Asia. Get to see an amazing collection of Harleys, Hondas and superbikes at this annual event. It features music, contests, parties and charity rides around the island. Fun for bikers and hangers–on alike.

Phuket Pride Festival (aka Phuket Gay Festival)

Date: April, 2013
Location: Patong Beach
Contact: www.facebook.com/GayPatong

This six-night event usually starts off with a not–to–be–missed pre-party night, following by many more festivities. Expect to see the colourful and fantastic “Afternoon Gay Pride Parade” and the fun street party. Phuket's first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an instant crowd pleaser for both tourists and locals – gay and straight. Dates for 2013 Festival will be announced later.

Kathu Festival

Date: August, 2013 (Date to be announced)
Venue: near Kathu market
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0) 76-212213

Kathu Festival, or the “Kathu Street Culture Festival” as it is known in full, is a rather new event compared to other well–known festivals on the island but it's getting popular and draws a bigger and bigger crowd each year of its existence. Spectators will enjoy checking out the street stalls, stage shows, live music, exhibitions and Thai traditional children's games.

Por Tor Festival

Date: Date to be annouced.
Location: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

The “Hungry Ghost” festival is an important merit–making event for the ethnic Chinese. Special food, flowers and candles are offered to ancestors on altars. Other offerings are made to “feed the ghosts without relatives” that are said to have been released from hell for the month. Experience this beautiful event for yourself at any Chinese Shrine on the island during the festival. Or if you want to enjoy one of the biggest Hungry Ghost celebrations in Phuket head to the fresh market on Ranong Road. The whole market and nearby areas will be colourfully decorated and feature interesting activities from about noon until midnight including the traditional merit-making ceremony, lion dances , magic shows, live concerts, cabaret shows and many more stage shows. Also expect to see plentiful local food stands during the event.

Loy Kratong Festival

Date: November 17, 2013
Location: Nationwide

A festival of quiet celebration, the origins of Loy Kratong are unclear, but it is believed that it started in Sukhothai, (north of Bangkok) one of the most powerful cities in Asia, around 800 years ago. On this particular night, on nearly every expanse of water, be it a river, lake or the ocean, you'll notice thousands of lights drifting across the water like fairy dreams.
Gently flickering, dipping and dancing in the breeze as they go, they make a spectacular sight. All of Phuket's major west coast beaches take part in Loy Kratong festivities, with a mix of locals and tourists. Nai Harn (on the large lake) and Patong usually have the most activity with locals visiting beaches like Kata and Karon.

Laquna Phuket Triathlon 2013

Date: November 24, 2013 Location: Hat Bang Tao, Thalang District, Phuket
Distance: 1.8K swim – 55K bike – 12K run
Contact: www.challengelagunaphuket.com

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia's premier destination triathlon featuring a unique 1.8K swim, 55K bike and 12K run through spectacular tropical scenery. Over the past nineteen years the popular race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends MarkAllen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones, Chris McCormack and Chrissie Wellington, to name just a few.