Local Festival and Attractions Activities
Experience the local customs and traditions of Phuket including the unique natural and cultural attractions found within close proximity to Banyan Tree Phuket.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and 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 barefoot over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs, performed by entranced devotees known as Ma Song.
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.
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.
Phuket Old Town Festival
Watch the Thalang road vicinity turn into a walking street that will see variety of stalls selling local food, crafts and showcasing live local entertainment. The Phuket Old Town Festival takes place on the weekend after the Chinese New Year festivities.
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. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
Most photographs of the stunningly beautiful sunset in Phuket were taken here: Laem Phromthep at the south-most tip of Phuket island offers a memorable, unparalleled sunset moment on a clear day. Go early and sit back to enjoy the sun setting behind the Andaman sea. With its landscape easily recognizable by sailors, it is also the location of the 50-feet-tall Kanchanaphisek Lighthouse, erected in 1996 to celebrate the auspicious occasion of the king’s 50th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The first Sino-Portuguese mansion in Phuket town, Ban Chinnapracha was built circa 1903 during the era of King Rama V. The mansion was the former residence of Phra Phithak Chinnapracha (Tan Ma Sieng), son of a local tycoon, Luang Bamrung Chinnaprathet (Tan Neow Yee), who were originally from Fujian province in China. This kind of mansion is called Ang Mor Lao by the locals, which means “Western-style building” in Hokkien Chinese. Part of the mansion is now renovated as The Blue Elephant Phuket, the world-famous Thai restaurant and cooking school.
Celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day on 13 April during the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. The day is marked with the fun-filled water fights as well as the blessing of Buddha ritual.
‘Tak Bat’, or giving alms to monks, is a venerable tradition in Thailand. During the alms giving, food is offered in the morning hours and it is an opportunity for a lay Buddhist to make merit, remove greed and selfishness from their life, and show respect to the monks.