Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2008

It’s that time of year again: the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is here. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is one of Phuket’s primary draws as Thailand’s top island tourist destination. Every year for 10 days at the start of October Phuket descends into a carnival-like stupor.

If you have never been to Phuket for the Vegetarian Festival then you must make the effort to go. It’s the kind of experience that leaves you so overwhelmed and yet so delighted at having witnessed it.

The big street parades feature gruesome acts of self-torture, some of which would make any grown man squirm. The Thais say that the people doing the self-torture feel no pain, but when you look at their faces you can see that some of them really suffer during those long walks through Phuket Town.

On the last day of the festival there’s a spectacular closing ceremony at Saphan Hin in Phuket Town. It’s like nothing else. People line the streets and throw firecrackers all over the place. The noise is tremendous.

Happy Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2008.

Author: Phuket Vogue

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