As Thailand's rainy season subsides and the skies begin to clear up, Phuket kicks off the island's 'high season' with a five-day celebration at the start of November. Every year, the event attracts over 20,000 people, making it one of Phuket's biggest festivals to date. This year, Patong Carnival is scheduled to take place from Friday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 5 with activities typically held during the day and exciting performances held throughout the night.
Patong Carnival is jam-packed with entertainment, including live dance and music, contests, parades, local street art, as well as sporting events. The celebration is a fantastic chance to learn more about Thai culture and history, with rare exhibitions of local paintings and photographs of Patong back in the day.
Of course, it's not an authentic Thai festival without endless food stalls selling some of the best street food in Phuket! As the carnival also coincides with the long-standing Patong Seafood Festival, many
stalls will be offering the diverse delights of Phuket with an array of fresh seafood! You can also enjoy delicious international cuisines, including Japanese, Korean, Indian and Vietnamese. This festival is truly an event that no 'foodie' can afford to miss!
For those who haven't been to Patong Carnival, here's a glance at some of the main events from last year's festivities:
9am – 6pm: Kite show
6pm – 12am: Performance from Pida Dance Academy, Yamaha music contest, shows from Hotels Patong Association, shows from Cowboy group.
9am – 6pm: Kite show
6pm – 12am: Performance from Yamaha Music School, K-Pop Dance Contest, shows from Hotels Patong Association, shows from Cowboy group.
7am – 4pm: Marine diving clean-up
8pm to midnight: Singing performance from Yamaha Music School, DJ shows, shows from Hotels Patong Association, shows from Cowboy group.
How To Get There
The main events of the carnival are spread over three main sites of Phuket Island: Bangla Road, Soi Dr Wattana, and Soi Post Office. The celebration has been known to kick off on November 1 with an exciting evening parade, featuring flamboyant costumes, marching bands, and various cultural performances. If you need more information on how to get there, our friendly staff are more than happy to help you!
Bangkok: To get to Phuket from Bangkok, there are a wide range of transportation you can choose from, such as plane, car, train, and bus. We highly recommend flying to Phuket, as it's the quickest (only an hour and twenty minutes!) and the most convenient option.
Phuket: While you can take the bus, tuk-tuk, moped or car to get around Patong, we highly recommend staying near the city centre for a convenient, healthier and cheaper mode of transport – walking!
This annual celebration is the perfect opportunity for both locals and tourists to experience the rich culture of Thailand, take some great holiday snaps, as well as indulging in a wide array of delicacies. Be sure to visit Phuket's travel guide for the latest news on Patong Carnival 2019.
If you're planning a trip to Thailand towards the end of the year, Patong Carnival 2019 is definitely a festival you wouldn’t want to miss! So, why not visit Patong that weekend and enjoy up to 15% off when you book your Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong stay in advance.