October 20-28, 2017 annual Chinese festival, street parades, vegetarian/ vegan diet observed, sexual abstinence, no alcohol, rites at local shrines/ temples, entranced devotees pierce themselves, walk barefoot over hot coals, climb ladders with bladed rungs. Onlookers throw firecrackers. The final parade ends in Sapan Hin, where Chinese paper is burned, and spirits leave the possessed.
November 1, 2017, thousands of people, annual parade of school bands, floats, glamorous ladyboys, followed by music festival on the beach. Lots of food for sale in the streets; alongside traditional Thai and Phuketian dishes, the tastes of other Asian cuisines, including Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
November 3-5, 2017. 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.
April 13-15, 2018, 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 15-22, 2018. International gay gathering with massages on the beach, dance parties, pool party - getting bigger and better this year with chic accommodation, luxurious open-air beach clubs, private island beach parties, cultural excursions, the company of like-minded gay travellers, and some unique surprises. See details as announced at their website:
Late April, 2018 (TBC). Celebrations typically include: Gala Dinner; Stargazer Contest; Andaman Embrace Resort event; Sunday Grand Parade and Street Party at Paradise Soi; and other TBA events. See details at website: