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Our room was clean and the staff friendly and helpful. The buffet breakfast was excellent. The hotel is just a short walk to the beach and town centre although we found it a bit disconcerting when we crossed the road outside the hotel as the friendly security guard would stop the traffic for us! Talk about being treated like royalty! Probably not suitable for wheelchairs as there are two short flights of stairs to reach the lift for the higher floors.

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Phuket Events & Festivals 2012

 

Planning your holiday to coincide with one of Phuket's many events and festivals could make all the difference between a good holiday and a really memorable one. There are important events scattered throughout the year, so check if your visit to Phuket will coincide with anything you'd be interested in.

The Vegetarian Festival, which takes place in late September, is the most famous and spectacular of these. However, there are events throughout the year. Songkran, in April, is the Thai new year but is also an excuse for a huge water fight. While Loi Krathong, in November is a more subdued but magical festival.

January 2012

Wat Chalong Fair 2012

Date: January 23 – 29, 2012
Location: Chalong Temple on Chaofa West Road
Contact: Chalong Tambon Adminstration Orgamnization
Tel: +66 (0) 76 28225

wat chalong phuket Wat Chalong (or Chalong Temple) Fair is probably the biggest of all temple fairs on the island. It was first started in 1933 by local farmers who lived near and around Wat Chalong.
After a long period of hard work and when the harvest was complete, they would get together and create a kind of fun fair on the temple’s grounds. In later years, they set up the fair during the Chinese New Year because they wanted to make sure that Thais with Chinese heritage would join in, too. The fair lasts seven days each year and is a colourful, crowded, aromatic, noisy but fascinating spectacle. Claustrophobic people stay away… 

Phuket Old Town Festival 2012

Date: January 28 - 30, 2012
Venue:  The Heart of Phuket Town
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket Office
For more information:
TAT Phuket office Tel. +66 7621 1036, +66 7621 2213
Website:
http://www.tourismthailand.org

The 12th Chinese New Year and Phuket Old Town Festival 2011 This year’s event will be the 12th anniversary of the popular Old Phuket Town Festival which is held in collaboration with the Chinese New Year. The festival is held at the heart of the Old Town on Thalang, Krabi, and Phuket Roads and along the famous Soi Rommanee. Thalang Road and Soi Rommanee will be converted into walking streets during the festival. Expect many colourful entertainment options including a Phuket Baba Light Show, a rickshaw tour around the streets, cultural parades, Chinese opera performances, Chinese folk dancing troupes and more. The activities start from about 15:00 and last until midnight each day. If coming by car, please make sure to park away from the centre as things get extremely congested, traffic wise.

Event Details:

Activities:
- Seeing the retrospective living of Phuket's people
- paying respect to deity  ceremony (February 11, 2011)
- participate in dressing up with local Phuket dresses
- Performance from Sui Ning city, Se Chuan province, The Republic of China and worshiping to Guan Im goddess stamps from Sui Ning city
- Signing kinsfolk city between Sui Ning – Phuket ceremony (MOU)

 
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February 2012

The Bay Regatta 2012

Date:February 1 - 5, 2012
Venue: Phang Nga Bay
Contact: + 66 (0) 89 875 0064 
Website:
www.acyc-phuket.com/bayregatta.htm

The Bay Regatta - Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi The provinces of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi will provide the backdrop to The Bay Regatta (formerly the Phang Nga Bay Regatta), one of the world’s most scenic sailing events, from February 1 – 5. Showcasing some of the most stunning maritime scenery in the world – beaches, limestone karsts and cliffs – the Regatta takes racers on a tour of the bay and, as an extra bonus, offers a fun-filled time off the water – fantastic parties and camaraderie – for the 40 to 50 yachts in attendance. Now in its 15th year, the Regatta is unique amongst Thailand sailing events.

 

Phuket International Blues Rock Festival 2012

Phuket-International-Blues-Rock-Festival

Date: Date: February 24 – 25, 2012
Location: Laguna Phuket 
Contact: Andy Andersen Tel: 086-682 2639
Website:
www.phuketbluesfestival.com

Event Details:

Who says Phuket lacks good musical events? Check out the annual Blues and Rock Festival. Starting in 2005, the Phuket International Blues Festival has gained both popularity and fans over the years. The festival grows bigger in terms of the number of artists that rock the stage as well as in audience numbers every year. The main artists for 2012 included Chris Thomas King, who has sold more records and appeared in more successful films than any other blues artist this century. A singer and guitarist on the now classic ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ soundtrack, King found crossover fame as a successful actor in the Coen Brothers movie opposite George Clooney. Other newcomers will be from USA, UK and Asia in addition to returning acts Rich Harper (USA), John Meyer (Australia) and AkashA (Malaysia), all returning by popular demand. Local Phuket-based acts will also appear as in the past. It will be another glorious weekend of blues and rock ’n’ roll under the stars!

 
March 2012  

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX) 2012

Date: March 29 – April 1, 2012
Venue: Royal Phuket Marina, Kho Keaw
Website:
http://www.iirme.com

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn FestivalThe Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) must be one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia. Last year it attracted 5,500 visitors over the four-days with record numbers on the opening day. It was reported that seven boats and numerous luxury cars sold had a collective estimated value of $17 million USD. The 2012 PIMEX is again at the Royal Phuket Marina in late March. The event will cover over 2,000sqm of air-conditioned exhibition space as well as many of on-water display boats.
 

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival 2012

Date: March 2012- Dates to be Announced
Venue: Thalang Victory Memorial Field, Heroine’s Monument and Wat Pranangsang, all in the Thalang area
Contact: +66 (0) 76-211877 and +66 (0) 76-211866

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival is one of the island’s major festivals and covers many cultural and sporting activities in one go. The festival features bicycle racing, a takraw (volleyball played with the feet) tournament, tug-o’-war, a mini-marathon as well as an uppasombot moo (Buddhist ordination) ceremony. The highlight of the festival is a spectacular historical show about the history of Phuket. Back over 200 years ago, two heroic sisters Thao Thep Krasatri and Thao Sri Suntorn rallied the islanders to defend Phuket from Burmese troops. The open-air play with a cast of 700 actors runs three nights, starting at 19:00 at the Thalang Victory Memorial Field.

The event caters mainly for locals but foreign visitors are encouraged to go along. The organizers invite nearby hotels to bring their guests to this free-entrance festival but an interpreter might be necessary to help you appreciate it better. Some are quite unique and rare that even new-generation Thais might never have experienced them before. Such activities include Thai boxing’s wai kru ceremony (a demonstration of respect and gratitude of boxers to their teachers), a sword dancing show, shadow puppet shows and traditional lullaby singing. Lots of local cuisine and ‘OTOP’ products (such as batik, silk and wooden decorative items) are on display and for sale at the fair, too.

 
April 2012  

Songkran Festival 2012

Songkran Festival

Date: April 13 – 15, 2012
Location: Around the island
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0) 76-212213

Beginning on the 13th of April Thai people all over the country celebrate the Thai New Year, the most important holiday on the Thai calendar. The holiday is best known for revellers playfully splashing water on each other and dabing scented powder on each others faces as a new year blessing. Over the years this has escalated into a huge water fight where anyone is fair game People roam the streets armed with high pressure water pistols or stand by the side of the road with buckets and hoses, ready to drench any passer-by. If you venture out during this period, the 13th in particular, expect to get soaked! Traditionally, however, Songkran is a time of cleaning and renewal. During Songkran Thais perform religious rituals such as cleaning Buddha images, giving alms to the monks and going to the temple to pray. Songkran is also a time for families. Many people return home over the Songkran holiday and pay respect to their elders by sprinkling scented water over their hands. The festival is a 3-day public holiday.

 
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Phuket Bike Week 2012

Date: April 6-8, 2012
Venue: Patong Beach
Songkran Festival For more info visit:
 www.phuketbikeweek.com
Now in its 18th 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. There is live music, contests, parties and charity rides around the island. Fun for bikers and hangers-on alike.

June 2012

2012 Laguna Phuket International Marathon

Date: June 10, 2012
Songkran Festival Venue: Laguna Phuket,Bangtao Beach
This year’s Laguna Phuket International Marathon, the seventh, is expected to attract more competitors. From its humble beginnings with less than 2,000 participants the event has grown to a size of more than 5,000 participants, with an average of 1,500 international participants from 43 countries. The event will again feature a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 Km Run, 5 Km Walk and a 2 Km Kids Run.

 
July 2012  

Phuket Race Week 2012

Date: July 18-22, 2012
8th Six Senses Phuket Raceweek Location: Chalong Bay
Website:
www.phuketraceweek.com
A week of exciting, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s East Coast. Plenty of social activities throughout the week. Now in its ninth year, the regatta is run over six or seven classes, including cruising/bareboat/charter yachts. It’s competitive, high-octane racing for the serious boats and fun courses around the islands for the less serious racers. Phuket Raceweek’s gained a reputation as the most exciting and fastest-growing Regatta in Asia.

 
September 2012  

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012

Date: Late September/Early October - Dates to be Announced
Location: Chinese Shrines on the Island

There are vegetarian festivals elsewhere, but the Phuket festival is best known around the world. It takes place on the first day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar, usually in late September or early October. This festival originated when a troupe of Chinese performers visiting Phuket at the time when an epidemic was sweeping the island. The performers urged the locals to give up meat for seven days and showed them how to perform a number of rituals to purify themselves and appease the gods.

phuket-vegetarian-festival

It worked. During the Vegetarian Festival the Taoist population, along with many Buddhists, don white clothing and abstain from meat, alcohol and sex. Street markets spring up serving a variety of vegetarian delicacies unique to the festival. Selected participants enter Chinese shrines and meditate until they enter an ecstatic trance and claim that they are possessed by spirits. While in this trance they perform amazing and fairly gruesome acts of self-mutilation.

Spectacles include climbing ladders made of knives, fire walking, and the incredible processions. The latter take place in the morning all over the island and involve entranced ma song (horses of the gods) piercing their faces with everything from spikes and knives to lawn furniture and bikes - some cut themselves with axes or swords as they walk.

Images of Chinese gods are carried through the streets and evil spirits are scared away with firecrackers by the thousands. Phuket Vegetarian festival 2011 dates: First week of October (tbc).

 
November 2012  

Loy Kratong Festival 2012

Date: Date: November 28, 2012
Loy Kratong Festival phuket 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. 

 
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Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2012

Date: November 2012 - Date to be announced
Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2011 Venue: Laguna Phuket

Southeast Asia's premier multi-sport event, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, has been going on for almost two decades. The event comprises a 1.8km swim, 55km cycle and 12km run. Over the past seventeen years the popular race has attracted thousands of age group athletes as well as triathlon legends Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michellie Jones and Chrissie Wellington, to name just a few.

December 2012  
Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2012
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta

The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. More than a regatta, the week-long event consists of great parties, great sailing and lots of fun. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December.

Date:December 2012
Location: Kata Beach
For more info visit: www.kingscup.com
 
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