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Phuket Festivals and Cultural Events

Phuket has way more happening than people realise, even as a local resident I find it hard to keep up. There are traditional festivals, there are music and food festivals, local street fairs, all kind of things going on year round! The most famous festival in Phuket is the Vegetarian Festival. Phuket is also a great place to be for Songkran (the "water throwing" festival / Thai New Year). Another popular festival is Loy Krathong. The dates for the vegetarian festival and Loy Krathong change every year as they are based on the lunar calendar. October and November are good months to come to Phuket :)

The vegetarian festival is my No.1 favourite thing in Phuket! The 2014 Vegetarian Festival is on from September 23rd to October 3rd.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014 Schedule

Recent Phuket Festivals on the blog

Phuket Baba Wedding Festival 2013
Phuket Old Town Festival 2013
Phuket Vegetarian 2012
Por Tor Festival 2012
Kathu Phuket Street Culture Festival 2012
Phuket Old Town Festival / Chinese New Year 2012
Chalong Temple Fair
Por Tor (Hungry Ghost) Festival 2011
Kathu Culture Fair 2011
A night in Phuket Town for Japan 2011
Phuket Street Show Festival
Phuket Heroines Festival
OTOP Fair in Phuket Town
Phuket Halal Expo

Note: Most of these are annual events, I don't go every year!

Phuket Vegetarian Festival - My favourite thing in Phuket!

Links to all articles and photos on this blog related to the most bizarre festival in Phuket .. I love it, but it's not for everyone, and the "being vegetarian" aspect is just one part of the festival ... Dates for 2014 will be 23 September - 3 October.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014 Schedule
2013 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Part 1
2013 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Part 2
2012 Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Phuket Vegetarian Festival Introduction

And here's all the blog posts relating to the 2011 Vegetarian Festival - I went a bit festival crazy and did lots of posts compared to just one in 2012 :)


At Kathu Shrine 15th October 2010
Bang Neow Shrine Street Procession 2010
First Days of the 2010 Vegetarian Festival
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2009 Photos
Phuket Vegetarian Festival Videos

He's bananas Firecrackers 2

Since 2006 during the festival, I always go to see some of the ceremonies, take a lot of photos, and eat plenty of the great food on offer. I am not normally a veggie, but it can't hurt for a week or so!? My "local" is Kathu shrine, located in Baan Kathu. Sam Kong shrine is not too far from Tesco Lotus - loads of veggie food stalls in the Kathu/Sam Kong area during the festival. In Phuket town you find big shrines such as Jui Tui and Bang Neow which are very much the center of festivities. Phuket Town is the best place to be based if you want to see as much as possible.

Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)

Songkran is the Thai New Year, a real mix of quiet prayer and water throwing mayhem. We tend to mix it up - a bit of quiet at the temple, a bit of water... on April 13th 2007 (apart from the water fights) we went to a turtle release ceremony at Mai Khao beach. The next year we drove around taking photos. In 2009 we reckoned both our kids were were ready for a ride in the back of a pick up truck around Patong, throwing water at anything that moved - that's fun! n 2010 I was too busy throwing water and drinking beer to take photos! In 2011 I was not in Phuket, but took lots of photos in my wifes home town, Chumphon (about 400km north of here). Last couple of years simply drinking beer and throwing water with some friends in Phuket!

Songkran Kids

Songkran 2011 Photos in Chumphon
Songkran 2009 - Patong Beach Phuket
Songkran 2008 Photos
Songkran - April 13th 2007
Songkran 2006 in Phuket
Favourite Songkran Photos
About Songkran

Phuket Bike Week - 3 days of big bikes and beachside concerts, April every year just before Songkran.

Loy Krathong

Every year, but dates vary according to the full moon. 2013 will be November 17th. The main element of Loy Krathong is giving thanks to the goddess of water. The "Kratong" are floated onto the water and many lanterns are lit to float up into the sky. It's all about giving thanks and asking for good luck.

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong 2008 Photos
Loy Krathong 2007 - Part 1 - Making our Kratong
Loy Krathong 2007 Photos
Loy Krathong 2006 in Phuket

More Local Phuket Life

Local Markets
Market at Karon Temple
Indy Market in Phuket Town
Local Street Fair in Kathu District

Thai Dance Chinese costumes

Phuket Butterfly Release July 2010
The Weekend Market
Buddha Shelf & Shrine in our house
A Funeral in our village
Caged bird singing competition in Kathu Village
Buying a House in Phuket

Other Phuket Festivals

There are a number of small local festivals in Phuket such as the Blues Festival, Patong Carnival, the Phuket Gay Festival... Well, I hope over the next 10 years I'll have more time to visit some of these celebrations and get some photos!


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