Phuket has many festivals each year and one of the cherished celebrations is the Phuket Old Town Festival which 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 plenty 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.
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A cultural event in Phuket Town
One of the best aspects of the festival is the opportunity to enjoy fine street food, of which there is no shortage. Stall after stall laden with food makes things hard going for the packed pedestrians but it’s a welcome challenge for those who appreciate this cuisine.
The 3 main objectives of the festival are to develop and conserve culture, to promote the area, and to encourage all Phuket residents to contribute to the promotion of the Phuket Old Town. Even so, for the locals, the main objective is to have pure unadulterated fun for people of all ages.
The festival presents parades, live music weird and wonderful costumes, sales promotions and a unique balance between old, traditional values and the more brash side of modern celebrations.
Festival activities in Phuket Old Town
In previous years, the 4 main streets of the Old Town had their own themes. Thalang Road was about ‘stories of the past’; Krabi Road focused on ‘stories of the present’; Phang Nga Rd was about ‘stories of the future’, and Dibuk Road had clothes and food for sale made by the Thai Peranakan Association. Activities usually start at around 3pm and run until midnight during the festival.
If you wish to join in and drive a car, note that traffic in town is usually chaotic and it really is best to park on the outskirts then walk into the centre.