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Phuket Festival - Events
Phuket Festivals and Events Guide - TravelPuppy.com
Whether its to honour a religious belief or just for fun, the festivals of Phuket are exciting, sometimes bizarre spectacles and certainly never bland. The island's most distinctive spectacle is the annual Vegetarian Festival, featuring processions of god-mediums performing shocking acts of self-mortification as a test of faith. It is held over 9 days in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (late September-early October).

Other colourful and lively events unique to Phuket include the Phuket King's Cup Regatta, the Gay Festival and Phuket Bike Week, while others, like Loy Kratong and Songkran, are part of a nationwide celebration.

January

Phuket Gay Festival

Once a community project and now an annual event, the Gay Festival is becoming an increasing attraction for tourists to Patong Beach. Beach activities, street parties, with lots of outrageous costumes and stage shows.

March

Thao Thep Krasatri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

In March every year in memory of the two heroines who led the defence of the island against the Burmese in 1785. Events vary every year.

April

Phuket Bike Week

A spectacular selection of Harley's, Hondas and super bikes at this yearly event. Music, parties, contests and charity rides around the island. The fun begins at the Ride Thailand party at Thainaan Restaurant. More info at Phuket Bike Week.

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival is Thailand's most well-known festival celebrating the Thai New Year. Prepare for the fun and get a soaking or stay indoors! A loud, rumbustious festival that includes a lot of water splashing in the streets.

Turtle Releasing Festival

Also a part of the New Year celebrations - the government has also named this National Fisheries Day. Turtle release is centred principally at Mao Khao and Nai Yang beaches on the northern fringe of Phuket Island.

July

Phuket Race Week

The inaugural of the Phuket Race Week. 5 days of grand yacht racing and parties. Organised by Image Asia.

August

Por Tor Festival

A merit-making festival for the ethnic Chinese. Special food, candles and flowers are presented to the ancestor's altars. Cakes in the shape of turtles are made because turtles live to great age and it is said that by making such offering worshippers may extend the length of their lives.

Held in the 7th lunar month: Phuket Town, Phuket.

Phuket Fireworks Festival

More than 4,000 fireworks will light the sky in a sparkling display at Sapan Hin in Phuket Town.

October

Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival is celebrated by the Chinese community and it lasts for 9-10 days. Plenty of body piercing and strange processions of people under trances. Part of a cleansing ritual affects many locals. Great vegetarian food is widely available throughout the street stalls in Phuket.

November

Patong Carnival

Loud and colourful with a lot of visual enjoyment and fun for travellers. It is varied each year, but it always has a parade, shows and concerts. This marks the start of the official high season.

1st week of November: Patong Beach, Phuket.

Laguna Phuket Triathlon

The yearly Laguna Phuket Triathlon is an event that interests top athletes from all over the world. This begins with a 1.8 kilometre swim followed by a cycle along a 55 kilometre course up a coastal road, and ends with a 12 kilometre run. Email triathlon@lagunaphuket.com for further details.

Loy Kratong or Full Moon Day

It is 1 of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. Floats are made from banana trees with candles and incense and they will be placed into the water at night to take away bad luck. It is held at all of Phuket's main beaches and in Phuket Town.

Phuket International Sportfishing Classic

This typical event is attended by many fishermen from all over the world. Lots of tales about "the one that got away". The competition is a "catch and release" event and promotes sportfishing around Phuket's waters.

Late November 2005: Chalong Bay, Phuket.

December

King's Cup Regatta

One of the more thrilling event on Phuket's sporting calendar. The regatta interests yachts from all over the world that race from Phuket to the neighbouring islands.

Phuket International Marine Expo

A fair of boats and other products from the sea. PIMEX made its debut in December 2003, attracting top industry players and travellers from all over Asia. Organised by Image Asia.

Phuket International Seafood Festival

Phuket is a paradise for seafood lovers and this festival will host events, activities and cooking demonstrations.

January

Andaman Sea Rally

It is an enjoyable and fun event with some serious offshore racing. A yearly boating event from Phuket to the Andaman Islands, open to both power and sailboats. Explore the amazing sailing of these islands and enjoy it in a social atmosphere.