April 3-9, 2016 at Cassia Phuket Resort, Bang Tao Beach, Phuket. Week-long festival for gay travellers from all corners of the globe in a tropical paradise. Opening beach party headlined by DJ Robin Schulz. TropOut White Party at the Dream Beach Club, Closing Party at Xana Beach Club. SplashOut stylish and crazy pool party. Packages start at US$595. See more at:
April 13-15, 2016, traditional Thai New Year celebrated by visiting temples, sprinkling water on Buddha in reverence, and on one another's hands to wish good luck. Also a good excuse for playful water fights in the streets, with buckets and water guns.
April 24 - May 1, 2016. Talent Contest, Pool Competition at Sundowners, Show + Dining at MO2, Gay Cruise, 2nd Annual STARGAZER Contest, Volleyball, Iguana Beach White Party; FRI Pride Dinner/ Dance Party at Higher Restaurant; SAT Mr Phuket Pride contest at Andaman Embrace; SUN May 1st Grand Parade through Patong followed by Soi Paradise Street Party. Details below:
October annual Chinese festival, street parades, vegetarian or vegan diet observed, sexual abstinence, no alcohol, rites at local shrines and temples, entranced devotees pierce themselves, walk barefoot over hot coals and climb ladders with bladed rungs. Onlookers throw firecrackers, and the final parade ends in Sapan Hin, where Chinese paper is burned, and spirits leave the possessed.
November 14-16, 2016. Each year on the full moon of the 12th month (traditional Thai lunar calendar), people float small candle-lit rafts (Krathong) on rivers, canals, lakes or sea, honoring the Goddess of Water. Fireworks, beauty contests, bar parties.
December, 2016, thousands of people, annual parade of school bands, floats, glamorous ladyboys, followed by music festival on the beach.