Four Phuket Festivals You Don't Want to Miss in 2019
Aside from the irresistible Thai cuisine and unforgettable travel destinations, there’s also one thing that you’d love about the Land of the Smiles - its vibrant, colorful culture. Thailand has a rich history. Up to this day, it continues to uphold many of the traditions established many years ago. Across every province in Thailand, there will always be cultural festivals and events to witness and enjoy.
Phuket is one of the many places in Thailand that has a lot to offer. It is a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea. It is known for its most popular beaches and is home to many high-end seaside resorts, spas, and restaurants.
But apart from all these, Phuket has many festivals performed for you to witness all year round. These are great attractions to locals and draw in tons of tourists with all the colors, grandeur, and spirit. Curious as to what festivals there are in Phuket and when you can experience them? Seeing as we’re several months through the year, a few great festivals have already passed. However, here are four more festivals and events in Phuket you don’t want to miss in the remainder of 2019:
Kathu Street Culture Festival
The Kathu Street Culture Festival will be held during the month of July. This year will be its eleventh year. This is a unique celebration in Phuket held on the Kathu district which is a region with its own distinct culture. Thus, this festival aims to preserve the Kathu Culture by showcasing several traditional art and lifestyles of the region through exhibitions. Here, you can witness great stage performances, browse traditional local handicrafts, and of course, eat delicious Thai food! This festival is undoubtedly a great way to learn about the traditional lives of Phuket’s residents.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival
Phuket Vegetarian Festival will be held from September 28th to October 7th of this year. This festival is said to be the most unique of all events and festivals in Phuket. It honors the Chinese community’s traditional abstinence from eating meat during this period for over nine days. During this period, locals and participating tourists will go vegan and eat only vegetables. This is in accordance with the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar which will bring health and peace to those who participate and abstain from eating meat. Part of the event includes the spectacularly colorful and downright bizarre celebration that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in town.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta
Another event is the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta held on the 1st to the 7th of December this year. It is said to be one of the most exciting events in Phuket, particularly for those who have the knack for boat riding. The main purpose of the event is to honor the King of Thailand’s 60th birthday. History says that the gathering of boatmen began in 1987 to honor the king and it has led to becoming an annual event ever since. This festival involves five days of Regatta races with a mixture of keelboats, catamarans, and even windsurfers. Today, you can also witness boating teams from around the world on their yachts, ocean cruisers, and ocean-going catamarans.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Finally, the last event on the list is the Laguna Phuket Triathlon which will be held on the 23rd to the 24th of November this year. This sporty festival is said to have been running for over twenty years now. This triathlon is an award-winning race that includes a 1.8km swim, 50 km bike ride and 12km run across the island. A 2km race for junior runners is also held for the young ones. Sure enough, this event is perfect for a family wishing to take part in one of Thailand’s sporting events.
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