Phuket Festivals & Events

Calendar of Events 2017 - 2018

Whether they're held to honour a religious belief or just for fun, the festivals of Phuket are exciting, sometimes bizarre spectacles - certainly never bland. The island's most distinctive event is the annual Vegetarian Festival, featuring processions of god-mediums performing shocking acts of self-mortification as a test of faith. This bazaar of the bizarre is held annually over nine days in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Other lively and colourful events unique to Phuket include the Phuket King's Cup Regatta and Phuket Bike Week, while others, such as Loy Kratong and Songkran, Chinese New Year, are part of nationwide celebrations.

The island gets busy during festival times so be sure to book a hotel in advance. Check this section regularly for updates and additions.

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December 2017

Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

December 3 - 9, 2017

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. It started in 1987 to celebrate the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Read More...

  • Location: Kata Beach

New Year's Eve in Phuket

December 31, 2017

There are many places to celebrate New Year in Phuket – too many to individually list. Fortunately, they can be broken down into general areas, based on the types of party they provide. There is a certain amount of variety available, but they all offer a fun and friendly atmosphere, making for a Read More...

January 2018

Phuket International Marine Expo (PIMEX)

January 4 - 7, 2018

The Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) must be one of the most interesting marine showcases in Asia. The event gets bigger and bigger each year, covering over 2,000 square metres of air-conditioned exhibition space and about 60 on-water display boats. Read More...

  • Location: Royal Phuket Marina, Koh Keaw
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The Bay Regatta 2018

January 31 - February 4, 2018

The Bay Regatta brings the excitement of sailing races to the stunning settings of Phuket, Phang Nga Bay and Krabi. Starting from Koh Naka Yai, entrants sail around Koh Yao and down the Krabi coastline to Laem Nang. After racing around the Krabi islands, they finally dash across to Chalong Bay for the closing party. The annual event attracts around 50 yachts from around the world for a casual competition in what is known as "Asia's fun regatta".

February 2018

Chinese New Year in Phuket

February 16 - 18, 2018

With its strong connections to Chinese culture through the Thai-Chinese community, Chinese New Year is quite a big deal in Phuket. 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! Read More...

  • Location: Her Majesty the Queen's Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary Park and Thalang Road, Krabi Road, Dibuk Road and Phang Nga Road

Phuket Old Town Festival

February 23 - 25, 2018

Phuket’s Old Town Festival is held in the historical centre of the Old Town along Thalang, Krabi, and Phuket Roads. During the festival, roads around the Old Town are turned into walking streets. There’s so much to do during this festival, including a Baba Light Show, cultural parades and much more. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Old Town, particularly Thalang, Krabi and Phuket Roads
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Wat Chalong Fair 2018

February 2018

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.

  • Location: Wat Chalong, Chaofa West Road, Chalong
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March 2018

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

March 2018, exact dates to be announced

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. Read More...

  • Location: Heroines Monuments, Wat Pranangsang and Talang Chana Kasuk Memorial Field, all in the Thalang area
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April 2018

Phuket Bike Week

April 11 - 14, 2018

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...

  • Location: Patong Beach

Songkran Festival

April 13 - 15, 2018

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...

  • Location: Everywhere, but especially Patong

June 2018

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2018

June 9 - 10, 2018

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. Read More...

  • Location: Laguna Phuket, Bangtao
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Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival

June 2018, exact dates to be announced

This 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. Read More...

  • Location: Phuket Old Town
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July 2018

Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

July 18 - 22, 2018

Four days of exciting, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s East Coast. Plenty of social activities throughout the event. Around 35 boats enter each year, with more than 400 sailors from around the world.

  • Location: Cape Panwa

Kathu Festival

July 2018, exact dates to be announced

Kathu Festival, or the ‘Kathu Street Culture Festival’ as it is known in full, features street stalls, stage shows, live music, exhibitions and Thai traditional children’s games in the usually sleepy village of Kathu. Read More...

  • Location: Kathu Village

September 2018

Por Tor Festival

September 2018, exact dates to be announced

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. Read More...

  • Location: All Chinese Shrines in Phuket

October 2018

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 8 - 17, 2018

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. Read More...

  • Location: All Chinese Shrines in Phuket

November 2018

Patong Carnival

November 1 - 3, 2018

Patong Carnival is an annual celebration marking the beginning of the high season in Phuket. The three-day celebration sees Patong’s Beach Road crowded with displays, stalls and activities, as well as the flamboyant costumes and lively atmosphere that the word “carnival” usually conjures. Read More...

  • Location: Patong Beach

Loy Krathong Festival

November 23, 2018

A festival of quiet celebration, the origins of Loy Kratong are unclear, but it is believed that it started in Sukhothai 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 fairies. Read More...

  • Location: Everywhere, but especially Nai Harn, Patong, Kata and Karon

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2018

November 2018, exact dates to be announced

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.

  • Location: Laguna Phuket, Bangtao
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