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January 2016


Date: January 7 - 10, 2016
Venue: Royal Phuket Marina, Kho Keaw
Contract: Andy Dowden, Exhibition Director

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 2016 PIMEX is again at the Royal Phuket Marina from January 7 to 10. The 13th 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. Read More...

February 2016


Date: February 8, 2016
Venue: Her Majesty the Queen's Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary Park and Thalang Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Phang Nga Road.
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213+66 (0)7 621 2213

Phuket’s Chinese New Year Festival 2016 held from February 8.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office (TAT) and Phuket City will combine the Chinese New Year celebrations with the annual Old Phuket Festival at the public park next to the TAT offices on Phuket Road with many colourful shows including a dragon dance and traditional dances. Four Old Phuket Town streets - Thalang Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Phang Nga Road – will be closed to motorized traffic for three evenings of pedestrian celebrations. You'll see Chinese houses with their living rooms decorated with vases of flowers, platters of oranges and tangerines and a tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. The entrances of many shops and houses will be festooned with red banners and decorations to encourage luck and happiness during the coming year. It's a sensory circus, with performances of traditional dance, food, music, and art. 

Try to be at the TAT office by 18:00 at any evening during the event as there will be a demonstration on how to make some popular local traditional desserts as well as free samples to savour. What not to miss is a daily tour to Phuket shrines around town by the TAT.  Please contact its office as reservation in advance is needed. The community event is free and open to all.


Date: February 13 - 15, 2016
Location: Phuket Old Town, particularly Thalang, Krabi and Phuket Roads.

Phuket has many festivals each year and one of the most cherished newer celebrations is the Phuket Old Town Festival that follows Chinese New Year. Phuket’s Old Town Festival is held in the historical centre of the Old Town along Thalang, Krabi, and Phuket Roads and during the festival, roads around the Old Town, including Thalang, Krabi, Dibuk, Phang Nga, Thepkrassatri and Phuket, are turned into walking streets.

There’s so much to do during this festival, including rickshaw rides, a Phuket Baba Light Show, cultural parades, Chinese folk dancing troupes performing, free boat rides along central canals and much, much more. You’ll also find colourful happenings such as Chinese Dragon dancing at the Queen Sirikit Park along New Dibuk Road. Read More...

Wat Chalong Fair 2016


Date: February 2016
Location: Wat Chalong on Chaofa West Road

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.

March 2016


Date: March 2016, exact dates to be announced
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.  Read More...

April 2016


Date: April 13 – 15, 2016
Venue: Nationwide
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

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.  Read More...


Date: April 2016 - TBA
Venue: Patong Beach 

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. Read More...


Date: April 24 - May 1, 2016
Location: Patong Beach

This seven-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. Read More...

June 2016


Date: June 4 - 5, 2016
Venue: Laguna Phuket, Bangtao Beach

Thousands of runners from around the world 'Run Paradise' around the beautiful backdrop of the Laguna resorts on Bangtao Beach each year. Alongside the full 42km marathon is a 21km half-marathon, a 10km run, a 5km walk and a 2km kids race, with the events split over two days. The event has a family-friendly carnival-like atmosphere, with excitement, refreshments and lots of parking available. Read More...


Date: June 18 - 19, 2016
Venue: Phuket Old Town
Contact: Ms Orasiri at Thai Peranakan Association 
Tel: +66 (0)81 691 1955  

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. Packages for those who are interested in participating in the mass wedding this year cost around 40,000 baht including, a two-night hotel stay and a full wedding ceremony. Read More...

July 2016


Date: July 2016, TBA
Venue: main street of Kathu Village
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

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. Read More...

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek


Date: July 2016
Location: Cape Panwa Bay

Four days of exciting, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s East Coast. Plenty of social activities throughout the event. Now in its tenth year, 34 boats entered the event in 2012 with approximately 500 participants, as entrants from around the world helped maintain Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek’s reputation as the most exciting and fastest-growing Regatta in Asia.

September 2016


Date: from Aug 2016
Location: All Chinese Shrines on the Island

Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office
Tel: +66 (0)7 621 2213

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.  Read More...

October 2016


Date: October 2016 - TBA
Location: Chinese Shrines on the Island

A colourful event held over a nine-day period in October, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help obtain good health and peace of mind.

Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is thought that perhaps the festival was bought to Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill while performing on the island and who were miraculously healed through a strictly vegetarian diet. Read More...

November 2016


Date: November 15, 2016
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. Read More...

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2016


Date: November 2016
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 eighteen 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 2016


Date: December 2016 - TBA
Location: Kata Beach

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 birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December. Read More...

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