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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 9 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.

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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. Read More...

Chinese New Year in Phuket Chinese New Year in Phuket

Get ready for noisy firecrackers, colourful processions and local entertainment as the Phuket celebrates the New Year. Vibrant celebrations and super shopping bargains are on offer. Chinese New Year Festival 2014 is on January 31. Read More...

Loy Krathong Loy Krathong

Loi Krathong, Thailand's 'festival of lights'. Held yearly, on the evening of the 12th lunar month, it is the time when the waters around the country become alive with candlelight. Loy Krathong Festival 2014 is on November 6 Read More...

King's Cup Regatta Phuket King's Cup Regatta

Phuket's famous international yachting event, The King's Cup Regatta, returns to the azure waters of the Andaman Ocean in December for a week of partying.  Read More...

Phuket Vegetarian Festival Phuket Vegetarian Festival

A colourful event held over a nine-day period in late September/early October, this celebrates the abstinence from meat and various stimulants. A second Vegetarian Festival will occur this year in Kathu and Cherng Talay shrines, from October 24 to November 1. This is rare and happens once every 100 years. Read More...

Songkran Festival in Phuket Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival is the traditional Thai New Year celebrated on April 13th. Families and friends gather to sprinkle water on Buddha images, then on each other. Read More...

Phuket Red Cross Fair Phuket Red Cross Fair

With many activities and stage shows as well as delicious and unique food the annual Phuket Red Cross Fair is the place to be if you are in town in late December to early January. Read More...

Por Tor (Hungry Ghost) Festival Hungry Ghost Festival

Por Tor or 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. from 8 - 24 August 2014 Read More...

Phuket Old Town Festival Phuket Old Town Festival

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. This Festival is held in the historical centre of the Old Town. 7 - 9 February 2014 Read More...

Phuket Bike Week Phuket Bike Week

Once you hear the roar of packs of big bikes rumbling around the hills and highways of Phuket Island, you’ll know that Phuket Bike Week is coming. Phuket Bike Week 11-19 April 2014

Phuket Gay Pride Phuket Gay Pride

Colourful, eccentric, outrageous and full of fun, Phuket’s annual Gay Festival held in Patong is a riot of well-toned bodies on floats and in parades. Phuket Gay Pride 20-27 April 2014. Read More...

Laguna Phuket Marathon Laguna Phuket Marathon

In 2014 (date to be announced), thousands of runners from around the world will ‘Run Paradise’ in the ninth edition of the Laguna Phuket International Marathon at Asia’s most popular family-friendly destination marathon. Read More...

Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival in Phuket Baba Wedding Festival

The Peranakan, or Straits Chinese people, are also known in Phuket as Baba. The annual mass Phuket Baba wedding festival brings back memories of the tin mining industry. Baba Wedding Festival 2015 dates to be announced

Kathu Festival Kathu Festival 2014

Kathu Festival, just few kilometers from Patong Beach, is getting popular and draws bigger crowds each year of its existence. Kathu festival 2014 will be held from 11 to 13 July

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival Thao Thepkasattri Festival

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival is one of the island’s major festivals and covers many cultural and sporting activities. The festival features bicycle racing, a takraw tournament, a mini-marathon as well as an Buddhist ordination ceremony. Read More...


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