Local Festival and Attractions Activities
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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.
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.
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".
This group of islands is one of the Andaman Sea's most renowned and ranked among the world's top 10 diving sites. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the coast beyond Phuket and visit the Similan Islands by day or after nightfall.
Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay lies north of Phuket island and is renowned for its stunning limestone cliffs rising out of the water and evergreen mangrove forests. Enjoy the picturesque scenery during a boat trip, go kayaking through narrow sea caves and pay a visit to Koh Panyee – a sea gypsy village set on stilts over water.
The beautiful island famous for its white beach and unspoiled coral reefs is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, as well as the many water sports.
Phuket Old Town
Phuket was one of the major Peranakan Chinese cultural centrals, along with Singapore, Malacca and Penang, thanks to the dramatic growing of tin mining business in early 19th century, luring in a large number of Chinese merchants from mainland China. It led to the constructions of Sino-Portuguese mansions and shop houses in Phuket town. These buildings were the residence of tin mine tycoons and their descendants, featuring unique Peranakan architectural styles. For an in-depth history of Peranakan culture in Phuket, you can pay a visit to Phuket Thai Hua Museum.
Visit the statue of the Big Buddha – also known as Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha – at Nakkerd Hills situated between Chalong and Kata. At 45 metres, the white Burmese marble-layered statue is one of main tourist attractions in Phuket.
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