Archive for the 'Festivals' Category

Sep 08 2014

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

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Bad spirits begone!

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day spectacle of parades, daring acts of self-mortification and avoidance of meat, all in the aim of purifying the body and mind, making merit and paying homage to the nine emperor gods of Chinese origin. Held every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the 2014 … read the full post

Dec 23 2013

New Year’s Eve in Phuket 2014

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Fireworks galore on NY Eve. These were seen in Ao Chalong.

New Year’s Eve is a big deal in Phuket and it can be celebrated both on the cheap and in lavish style. With fireworks going off most everywhere across the island, those on a tight budget may simply pick up their drinks and snacks from the local mom and pop shop and head down to the … read the full post

Dec 19 2013

Christmas in Phuket 2013

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Phuket's gone polar! Central Festival mall goes all out for Christmas.

Okay, so Phuket is hot and tropical and certainly has no chimneys for Santa to shimmy down for gift delivery. But as a Thai island with an international outlook festive cheer infuses the humid air through Christmas and the New Year. Several resorts and restaurants across the island will be cooking up big spreads for Christmas Eve … read the full post

Aug 15 2013

Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket

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Red turtles at the ready to bring to the shrines.

For the Hokkien Chinese community of Phuket, ghostly ancestors are as much a part of a family’s daily life as its living relatives. And occasionally, these ghosts are haunted by hunger. Each year, on first day of the waxing moon on the seventh lunar month, it’s believed that the gates of hell open to give … read the full post

Mar 25 2013

Phuket Pride gay festival

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Subtlety was not her strong point.

With the Songkran New Year celebrated nationwide, April is a festive month in Thailand, Phuket included. But the Phuket party continues to rock past the Songkran days of April 13-15 right to the end of the month with the week-long Phuket Pride gay festival set to run from April 22 to 28. Thai society in … read the full post

Feb 04 2013

Chinese New Year in Phuket

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Waiting patiently for your incense offering: Chinese gods at the Shrine of Serene Light.

With red lanterns adorning the streets and truckloads of firecrackers at the ready, Phuket is poised to ring in the Year of the Snake with plenty of colour and panache. Phuket’s large ethnic Chinese population, descended from immigrants who flocked to island for the tin-mining trade in the 1800s and early 1900s, means that the … read the full post

Dec 24 2012

New Year’s Eve on Phuket

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Known to be epic: Catch Beach Club's New Year's Eve party.

Phuket hosts plenty of festivals throughout the year, but its party spirit really comes to life in crackling form on New Year’s Eve. The island’s two New Year’s Eve party hotspots are Patong beach and Phuket Town, but if you head down to any of the main west-coast beaches on December 31 you’re in for … read the full post

Dec 17 2012

Christmas in Phuket 2012

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Toot toot! The Central Christmas train.

While the vast majority of Phuket’s populace is Buddhist and Muslim, the Christmas season always arrives in full glittering force to its sandy shores. Phuket malls are cranking out festive ambient tunes, hotel lobbies are lit up with sparkling faux-pine trees and young cashiers at various shops are sporting sexy Santa hats. Most Phuket resorts … read the full post