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.
Make your way to the Red Cross booth for some fun lucky draws and join its many charitable activities (including donating blood). Then head to the rows of stands and stalls for some fun shopping and eating. It’s truly a great way to celebrate New Year!
Phuket Red Cross Fair Highlights
Though there are many authentic festivals and fairs taking place countrywide all year round, temple fairs and especially the Red Cross Fair are considered the most authentic events of all. Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town has played host to the island’s Red Cross fair ever since its inception. Each night of the fair there are always entertaining happenings going on at the main stage including Thai classical dance, live music, beauty contests, and concerts by some of the most popular contemporary Thai bands.
You'll also find lots of Thai handicrafts on display. Or if you prefer the usual souvenirs (a funny T-shirt anyone?), you can visit rows of stands that have just about everything for sale. Families with small children will know exactly where to head to. Just look for the colourful Ferris wheel, the merry-go-round and the bouncing castle. And it costs almost nothing to get in.
What not to miss at the Phuket Red Cross Fair
A trip to this fair will not be complete without great food. Fish balls, satay, roti, barbecued seafood and coconut water are among the yummy Thai snacks and tropical beverages you will find here. It’s also amazing to see the number of shops that sell nothing but pad thai and kuoytiao (noodle soup) – Thailand’s two most favourite dishes. Join in, don’t be shy!
Unlike other events, the fair focuses on the island’s spirit. It’s one of the communal activities that unites local people, the business and government sectors as well as visitors – and all for a good cause. Most of the important units on the island such as hospitals and government offices seize this opportunity to promote themselves through exhibitions at their booths. If you visit a hospital booth, you will probably be encouraged to have a health check up – at no cost.
Do You Know?
Red Cross Fairs (commonly known in Thai as ‘ngan ga chart’) have been a major annual event in Thailand for more than 80 years. It all started in Bangkok and spread across the country in no time. Each year the organizers are able to raise funds that help provide food and aid for people in need, especially students.
Phuket Red Cross Fair
- Opening Hours: about 14:00 – 23:00 but the best time to go is in the evening when it’s not too warm. Avoid the first and the last days of the fair as then it can get too crowded.
- Location: Saphan Hin Park, Phuket Town