Loy Krathong Phuket starts tomorrow. Tourists and island residents don’t have far to go to explore the wonders of Thailand’s rich cultural heritage as one of the country’s most romantic, tranquil and beautiful holidays is just around the corner. Loy Krathong, the Festival of Light, takes place on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the year, falling this year on November 6, this Thursday. Below is a guide provided by the Phuket Gazette:
Wednesday 6 pm: Performances on the main stage (near the police box at the end of Soi Bangla), a cultural performance by students from Thaksin University in Songkhla, followed by the Patong Entertainment Business Association’s presentation of scholarships.
Thursday 5:30 pm: Parade from Phang Muang Sai Kor Road to the main stage. 6 pm: Music and live performances on eight stages along Patong Beach, including nang talung shadow puppet plays, Thai and international performances, and Miss Noppamas beauty pageants for children from 7:30 pm and for adults from 8:30 pm). The Patong Miss Noppamas is open to all women, Thai or foreign. For more information call Patong Municipality at 076-342078.
Karon / Kata
(In front of the municipality offices)
Thursday Morning: Local sports for students and local residents. 7 pm: Miss Noppamas pageant and stage performances from local schools and organizations.
Rawai / Nai Harn
November 4-6: Stage performances, Thai folk music, Miss Noppamas beauty pageant at Nai Harn Lake.
(At the field opposite Ladthiwanaram Temple, Wat Tai)
Wednesday: Miss Noppamas pageant for kids.
Thursday: Loy Krathong parade, Miss Noppamas pageant and Krathong contest.
November 4-6: Stage performances and vendors at Saphan Hin, from 4 pm to midnight daily.
Tuesday 6 pm: Miss Noppamas beauty pageant for kids. Wednesday 6 pm: Thai Folk music singing contest. Thursday Morning: Krathong craft-making competition. 8 pm: Loy Krathong opening ceremony.
(Laguna Grove Y-Junction in front of Laguna Phuket Beach Resort)
Thursday 7 pm-10:30 pm: Concert by famous Thai folk singer Kataleeya Marasri, Traditional Thai performances, singing contest, Krathong contest and a shadow puppet show.
November 4-6 From 5 pm: Remembering the Bang Maruan Mine of Yesteryear Festival at the Bang Maruan Lagoon with stage performances, a nong noppamas beauty pageant for children, stalls selling One Tambon One Product (OTOP) items, classic Thai movies shown on a big screen and light and sound performances.
(at the municipality offices)
Thursday Stage performances by local residents, an impersonations show music, Krathong contest, Miss Noppamas beauty pageant for kids.