11 october 2009
The Vegetarian Festival
is Phuket's most important festival. It lasts for 9 days and takes place
late September or October, based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival
celebrates the beginning of "Taoist Lent" when devoted Chinese
abstain from eating all meat and meat products. The Vegetarian festival involves
various processions, temple offerings and cultural performances and culminates
with walking on hot coal, climbing knife-blade ladders, self-piercing the
skin and so on.
This year's Vegetarian Festival will take place from 18 - 26 October
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information and a amazing picture gallery.
Phuket Turtle Festival
The Por Tor Festival comes every year and is intended to make merit for the dead
and for spirits.
It centers around the making of large cakes in the shape of turtles, following
the Chinese belief that the turtle is the symbol of longevity.
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Traditional Thai massage, Foot reflexology and Herbal sauna
Why is massage so common in Thailand? Well, there is a very logical explanation. Traditionally, all people in Southeast Asia used massage in the home as they are a rice cultivation culture. At the end of a working day, family members would massage one another to work out muscle stress from bending over either planting or cultivating rice.
The art and science of reflexology is believed to be 5000 years old. By applying
pressure to specific points of the foot, reflexology can cure and prevent disease.
For many centuries Thai people have understood the value of a refreshing steam
sauna. There is mostly local herbs (for example ginger and lemon grass) used
to purify the blood, improve blood circulation and clean the lungs.
Click this link for a Phuket Spa guide
- Hide Away Spa
Nanai Road, Patong
- Lest and Relax
Rath-U-Thit td, Patong (2 places)
Discos and Pubs
Most bars and pubs are located along or near Bangla Road and Soi Sunset.
Gay venues are located near Royal Paradise Hotel in the area called Paradise Complex.
Phuket Town: Food market
by early morning, buzzing commercial hub by midday, and nightlife
destination after dark, Phuket town is many things to many people. Most fun
of all is the mix of old and new-style Thai.
- Banana Disco
Beach Road, near Patong Beach Hotel
The islands biggest, partly outdoor, nigh club with 5 bars, restaurant, live music and a love garden.
On the hilltop between Karon Beach.
Bangla Road and.
- T2 Disco is at close
to the clock tower circle right next to the metropole hotel.
- Jammin Music club in Phuket town. Very popular. Great live band and sound system.
Location: 78/28 Bangkok Road (opposite Yee Teng Complex), Phuket Town.
Phone: (0)7622 0189
- Timber hut Popular music pub.
Music club in Phuket town
Location: 118/1 Yaowarat rd, Phuket town
- Kor Tor Mor bar Popular
music pub. Thai (loud) live music.
Kor Tor Mor attracts a younger Hi-So crowd. 41/5 Chanacharoen Road (+66
76 232 285); ;
- Ka Jok See is a favorite
with expats, high-society Bangkok types and jet setters. Camp restaurant
early, house party gone wild later. 26 Takua Pa Road (+66 76 217
Phuket FantaSea - Don't miss it!
- Phuket FantaSea is a Vegas-style spectacular with a cultural theme set in a newly constructed theater at Kamala Beach, 20 minutes from Patong Beach. Illusions for this production range from flying scarves, to disappearing elephants and appearing tigers.
Buy the full package for 1,700 Baht which includes the show (approx. 1,5 hour) and an excellent buffet dinner served in the biggest buffet dining room in the world (4,000 seats).
- The biggest transvestite cabaret show on Phuket Island and one of the best
in Thailand. Located on the way to Karon Beach (100/6-8 Muu 4), not so far
away from Safari. Entrance fee 500 Baht for Economy class, 600 Baht for VIP
seats. The entrance fee includes one soft drink. Shows at 19.30 and 21.30.
- Gay Patong
Gay map, listings of bars and clubs, photo gallery, general information about the gay scene, pictures of the venues and much more.
- Bungy Jump
- Patong Gokart Racing
- Paint ball and shooting
Phuket Shooting Range, on the way to Chalong bay.
- Elephant trekking
Elephants that used to work in the forests in Thailand are now often used to serve tourists. You will find trekking possibilities along the entire west coast of Phuket Island.
- Sea Canoeing
You can find sites for good snorkeling on almost every beach on Phuket, but the best snorkeling is found on one of the islands surrounding Phuket Island. Coral Island and Phi Phi Island (pronounced Pee Pee) offers crystal clear warm waters.
- Scuba Diving
Phuket is one of the world's top 10 spots for scuba diving. The most famous sites are out in the Andaman Sea, near Similan Islands.
Yacht charters in Phuket Big range of bareboats and
crewed yachts available.
- Boat cruising
You can hire boats everywhere around the Island. It might be a so called long tail boat (old fishing boat) that can be chartered for the day or a couple of hours. There are also speed boats available along with cruise ships doing tours to Phang Nga bay and other exciting destinations.
- Butterfly Farm and Phuket Aquarium
Cape Panwa, Amphur Muang, Phuket.
- Phuket Zoo
A very small zoo located between Phuket Town and Chalong bay.
- Sea Gypsy Village
Avoid the two gypsy villages on Phuket! The people living in these villages has lost their traditional way of living and are now living in something that easiest is described as zoo-like villages.
- Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
This project is very much worth visiting. They are trying to rehabilitate gibbons (the smallest species of ape) kept in captivity. Their location is in the middle of the tropical jungle, close to Bang Pae Waterfall (marked on all Phuket maps). Worth supporting. Do that by adopting your own gibbon or give a donation.
- Thai boxing
Watch for free at the stadium at the crossing of Bangla Road and Rath-U-Thit Road. There is also a stadium in Phuket Town. Buy your tickets from any travel agency in Patong.
- There are two departments stores on Patong Beach called Ocean Plaza.
The new Ocean Plaza opened in 1998 and features a supermarket open daily until 24.00, game hall and bowling on the third floor. It's located on Bangla Road, near the crossing of Rath-U-Thit Road.
in Phuket Town has more to offer and is worth visiting if you are looking for good quality cloths and shoes. Open daily.
Lotus The first real super mall in Phuket town
C near to Lotus in Phuket town
Festival 120,000 square meters bursting with world-class
products, Central Festival Phuket is the consummate one-stop shopping, non-stop
entertainment complex for every Phuket resident and visitor. Enjoy the newest,
largest, most complete shopping and entertainment complex in the South of Thailand.
Tours and Trips
There is a wide variety of day trips available and it's impossible for us to mention everyone of them. This is a selection of trips that we consider being among the best.
- Hang Nga
Bay and James Bond Island - Don't miss it!
This is where the James Bond movie "The man with the golden gun" is filmed. Visit James Bond Island and watch the spectacular nature with impressive limestone cliffs and mangrove marsh. You will also visit a Muslim village during this trip.
- Phi Phi Islands (actually pronounced Pee Pee)
These two islands are called "The paradise island" and you will understand why when you go there. Phi Phi Islands are also famous for the movies that have been filmed there. The latest one is "The Beach" with Leonardo di Caprio. The islands are crowded during high season but their beauty makes them still worth visiting.
- Similan Island
Excellent diving site!
- Coral Island
- Koh Kai
A small undeveloped island.
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