Local Festival


Phuket has a fantastic array of attractions. From natural to man-made, from land-based to water activities; there's always something to see and do on Phuket Island.

Phuket has a fantastic array of attractions. From natural to man-made, from land-based to water activities; there's always something to see and do on Phuket Island.

 

1

Big Buddha


Visit the statue at Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata. At 45 metres, the white Burmese marble-layered statue is the island’s symbol of hope, considered as Phuket's one of the island's most important and revered landmarks.

2

Chalong Temple


Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years.

3

Phuket Thai Hua Museum


Visit Phuket Thaihua Museum that is a charming 1930s British-Colonial-style mansion that was formerly the oldest Chinese-language school in Phuket. Spread over the two storeys are 16 galleries portraying the island’s Chinese ancestry and Phuket Town’s growth to prosperity.

4

Phuket Tin Mining Museum


One of the most interesting local museums that features displays ranging from tin mine models to a recreated scene of an opium den. Discover the past of the tin-mine industry where thousands of Chinese labourers settled on the island and worked hard in the mines.

5

Phuket Old Town


The Old Town district of Phuket Town is a must for those who want to delve into the food-and-culture scene of the island. A self-guided walk around the area could take just a couple of hours to a whole day, depending on how long you linger at the shops, sights and delicious food stops along the way.

6

Songkran Festival


Songkran is Thailand's New Year Festival, occurring from April 13 to 15 every year. It is one of the country's main festivals and represents a period of reflection and expression of appreciation for families. It also includes a great deal of water-related activities lasting two days and more.

7

Loy Krathong


Loy Krathong is Thailand's festival of lights held every year on the evening of the 12th lunar month, typically in November. It is a Thai belief that all misfortunes in the past will float away (loy), hence personal items like nail clippings and strands of hair are placed in the krathong (leaf bowl). The Thais also believe that the action of setting floating lights free across water bodies is a respectful sign of homage to the water goddess, Mae Khongkha.

8

Phuket Vegetarian Festival


The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar which lasts for 9 days. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. There will be a ritual procession featuring sacred rituals such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as "Ma Song".

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