Festivals

Phuket Town is the centre of many of Phuket's festivals and it can be fun to find a hotel in town during to be close enough to enjoy the activities. The Vegetarian Festival period can be a difficult time to find a room so be sure to book in advance! Talang Road has some great places to stay in historic Sino Portugese buildings such as D's Corner or 99 Old Town Boutique Guesthouse, or Ming Shou in Tanon Krabi, that will help add to the atmosphere of your stay at reasonable prices! There are  numerous hotels and hostels near to the 'Old Phuket Town' at a wind range of prices so it is worth checking out for prices and guest reviews on websites such as Agoda.

International New Year
1st January 

Old Phuket Festival, Talang Road
Held in January or February just after the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year ตรุษจีน
The first day of the Chinese Lunar Year

Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival

Held on March 13th 

Ching Ming - Tomb Sweeping Festival - 清明節  เช็งเม็ง

5th April 

Songkran (Thai New Year)

13th April  with a Government holiday of variable length. In Phuket celebrated for only one day.

Kathu Street Festival

A step back in the history of Kathu - July (dates vary)

The first day of Buddhist Lent - Wan Kao Pansa - เข้าพรรษ -Vassa
This is not really a festival but it is celebrated by a Candle Procession in some provinces and the Buddhist population will go to the temple on the day before (Asalha Puja) to make offerings and to make a candlelit procession around the temple. Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day is the day that Buddha gave his first sermon. In Phuket Wat Chalong is a very popular temple for this festival.

Hungry Ghost Festival- เทศกาลพ้อต่อ - 中元普渡 or 盂蘭勝會

Held during the 7th Chinese Lunar Month. In Phuket the main celebrations are usually on the day of 'Raem Neung Kam Deuan Gao' - or the 16th day of the 9th month in the Thai calendar. In 2012 this fell on September 2nd with a procession starting at 10am from the Dragon Monument and finishing at the Fresh Food Market. A second procession being held on September 9th from Saphan Hin to Sarn Jao Po To Gong Bang Nieow. 

Moon Festival - เทศกาลไหว้พระจันทร์ - 中秋節 or 中秋节

Held on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese Lunar Month In Thailand this is 'Keun Sip Ha Kam Deuan Sip' or the 15th day of the 10th month in the Thai Calendar. 

Ramadan and Eid Ul Fitr
Dates vary

Halal Festival

Held annually in Kamala

Phuket Vegetarian Festival เทศกาลกินผัก

A 10 day festival held at the beginning of the 9th Chinese Lunar Month or the beginning of the 11th month in the Thai Calendar. Known in Chinese communities around the World the Vegetarian Festival or Nine Emperors Festival is an important part of Chinese Culture. In 2014 the festival will run from September 23rd until October 3rd.

Loi Kratong

Held on the 15th day of 12th Thai Lunar Month. In 2014 this falls on November 6th.