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Apr
8

Songkran Festival Phuket Thailand

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The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia

The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation but it is now fixed. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year the traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.

The Thai people celebrate this festival with water. Everyone gets soaking wet and since it is the hottest season of the year, be prepared to get soaked if your walking around.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.

Mar
11

This Month on Phuket FM Radio…

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91.5FM’s launch Lights Out Phuket!

On March 26, 2011 an anticipated total of more than 1 billion people from 223 countries around the world will switch off all non-essential lights and electronic appliances between 8.30 and 9.30pm local time in support of the fifth annual Earth Hour.

What started as a project between the WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007 has become a global tradition and the 2011 hour expected to be bigger than ever before as part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

As a central figure in the Phuket community, 91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio has launched and is actively supporting Earth Hour and volunteering to raise awareness of the movement so that everyone in Phuket – Thais, expats and holidaymakers – can join the fight to make a difference by switching off their lights.

More information about Earth Hour – written in both English and Thai – can be found at the website www.earthhourphuket.com and volunteers can also register their support for ‘Lights Out Phuket’ on the Earth Hour Phuket page on Facebook.

Climate change is of growing concern to everyone, something highlighted by the difficulties facing many around the world right now.

91.5FM hopes that everyone in Phuket on March 26 will join the station in switching their lights off for 60 minutes and contributing to the efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

Get involved with Earth Hour and and get a FREE 30 Second on 91.5FM!

Go to www.earthhourphuket.com and click on the supporters tab to sign up for Earth Hour Phuket and 91.5FM will mention you or your business LIVE for 30 Seconds on Phuket FM Radio. Just add your name, Lights Out Phuket message and upload your logo to get started with this amazing event.

Twitter goes orange with 91.5FM!

Now you can follow all of your favourite shows that are broadcast from the studios of 91.5FM on Twitter.

Keep up to dat with everything that is happening on 91.5FM and throughtout Phuket direct from the dj’s as they present their shows to you. All the gossip and excitment as it happens plus local news updates, Phuket event highlights, traffic alerts, competitions, special promotions, and in show features.

To follow 91.5Fm – Phuket FM Radio on Twitter either search for ‘Phuket Radio’ or visit our profile at www.twitter.com/phuketradio

91.5FM Podcasts are here

91.5FM now offers you all of our evening shows from Monday to Friday as Easy to Download Podcasts so that you can enjoy these fabulous shows again and again at your own leisure. The Old Record Club, The History of Dance Music, Mark Wilkinson’s Club Classics, Kidology and Disco Daze are all available for download.

In order to make your podcast download easier Phuket FM Radio has broken each show in to 3 easy to download parts, each1 hour in length.

Best of all we keep the past three weeks of shows so if you miss part or all of one of you favourite shows on 91.5FM, just go to the Phuket FM Radio website: www.phuketfmradio.com and click the ‘Podcasts’ button to download what you want.

Introducing Mark Wilkinson

On January 14, internationally renowned DJ, producer, remixer and promoter Mark Wilkinson joined 91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio, bringing the very best contemporary and classic house music exclusively to 91.5FM four nights a week.

Mark has been in the music industry since the early 1990s and has brought an impressive resume to 91.5FM which includes having launched his own record label – Kidology Records; had a UK Top Ten hit with a remix of Lou Reed’s ‘Satellite of Love’ under his alias ‘Dab Hands’; and taken the Kidology label to top clubs in London, Ibiza and other locations around the world.

Kidology is all about vibrancy, colour, flair and putting the ‘party feeling’ back into club land and it is exactly that kind of energy and excitement that Mark will bring to 91.5FM from 7pm until 10pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Over the coming months you’re going to hear a lot of Mark but what about the man himself? In a two-part interview we have a look at who he is, what’s influenced him and how he arrived at 91.5FM.

What were your music influences at a young age?
Well from a very, very young age my Mum was all about Elvis and The Beatles, who of course were both huge and had some of the most amazing melodies in their songs. They got me into popular music but at roughly the time I decided that my Mum must no longer cut my hair – aged about 11 or 12 I think – I really got into soul. At that time Radio London used to have an awesome line up of DJs playing Soul, Funk, Rap & Hip Hop. Tony Blackburn, Dave Pearce and Steve Walsh were playing all the most upfront music every morning and most evenings too. I used to stay up late to listen then bunk off school in the mornings to catch Tony Blackburn daily – the signs of a misspent youth!! So that was where my real love of club music kicked in and it’s not left me yet.

When did you start getting into DJing and when did you realise that you might be able to do it for a living?
I started DJing at 17 at my mates’ house parties. I couldn’t really mix to begin with but people liked my music selection so I filled the dance floor areas. I noticed that other DJs didn’t get the same reaction from the crowd that I did, so then I started to do mix tapes (as it was back then). I gave them out to friends and they took on a life of their own; I’d get messages and calls from people I didn’t know saying they were listening to my tape at some party and it was going off! I guess I knew then I could make this my life, and it just grew from there. Once people knew the tapes and talked about them in the clubs, promoters wanted to book me for their nights. This was a bit more daunting but I was enjoying it so much I just went for it. Next thing you know I’ve played in 65 countries worldwide to hundreds of thousands of people and loved every second of it!

Given you’ve played to crowds all over the world, which is your favourite club?
Hmm, a good answer would have to be the next one…. and the really honest answer is that just can’t pick one favourite. The fact of the matter is, wherever I am playing, if there is a crowd of people – large or small – and they’re appreciating what I’m doing, then I love it too; that can be from 20 people at a small private party to thousands at a club or a festival.

Best friend in the industry?
I have so many friends worldwide in this industry that I am truly blessed. For example last year I dodged the volcanic ash cloud that was over Europe and I remember seeing people stranded at airports for days on end and thinking that if I was stuck in any location in the world there is always someone I could ring who would let me stay with them or find me a place to stay; I simply love that. There is no doubt, however, that my current Business Development Director at Kidology, Mr Paul Bryenton, is a truly great friend and has become invaluable to me, as well as being a friend he is an amazing business guy for me to work and grow with for the future.

What is Kidology?
Kidology is recognized as one of London’s most uniquely styled nights out and has been raising the bar in recent times, holding nights and tours as far afield as, Dubai, China, Russia, throughout Europe, Ibiza, the UK and, of course, Thailand. It started out a few years back in London at legendary venues such as The Cross, The End, Ministry of Sound, The Egg, and Pacha, and has now grown into a worldwide party brand. The ethos behind Kidology is to put the ‘party’ feeling back into club land; Kidology is a fun, flamboyant, and friendly night out, encompassing a special brand of great house music.

Feb
7

Earth Hour Phuket Launches ‘Lights Out Phuket’

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Earth Hour Phuket Launches ‘Lights Out Phuket’ an initiative to help SAVE THE EARTH.

On March 26th 2011 an anticipated total of more than 1 billion people from 223 countries around the world will switch off all non-essential lights and electronic appliances between 8.30 and 9.30pm local time in support of the fifth annual Earth Hour.

What started as a project between the WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007 has become a global tradition and the 2011 hour expected to be bigger than ever before as part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

As a central figure in the Phuket community, 91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio is actively supporting Earth Hour and volunteering to raise awareness of the movement so that everyone in Phuket – Thais, expats and holidaymakers – can join the fight to make a difference by switching off their lights.

More information about Earth Hour Phuket – written in both English and Thai – can be found at the website www.earthhourphuket.com and volunteers can also register their support for ‘Lights Out Phuket’ on the Earth Hour Phuket page on Facebook.

Climate change is of growing concern to everyone, something highlighted by the difficulties facing many around the world right now.

91.5FM hopes that everyone in Phuket on March 26th will join the station in switching their lights off for 60 minutes and contributing to the efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.

Earth Hour Phuket is a voluntary initiative of 91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio

Marketing Support by Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd

Jan
30

The Sponsorship Experts donate funds to the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron – Press Release

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The Sponsorship Experts donate funds to the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron
Giving back to the community, supporting the future of the sport and celebrating their fifth year working with Six Senses Phuket Raceweek

To celebrate their highly successful working relationship with Six Senses Phuket Raceweek, The Sponsorship Experts – Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd. are donating a percentage of their profits from the 2011 event to support the Optimist Fleet of the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron; who will be using the boats every week for training to compete in all the Thai National events throughout the year.

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is Asia’s fastest growing regatta; the event has seen unparalleled growth in the past five-years following a strategic alliance with Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd. The Sponsorship Experts have brought to the regatta long standing brand partnerships which have raised the bar for sailing events across Asia. The Sponsorship Experts have once again been instrumental in the 2011 regatta securing the support of global brands for an almost sell-out year, only one Presenting Sponsor, two Co-Sponsors and one Official Supplier opportunities remain for the international event. Following in the footsteps of Six Senses Phuket Raceweek rights holders IMAGE Asia, who have supported youth sailing across the kingdom since the events inception eight-years ago; The Sponsorship Experts are aiding the sport once more by donating to the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron, ensuring the future of the sport through the next generation of sailors.
The Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron is a not for profit organisation offering local and underprivileged children the opportunity to learn how to sail and to encourage others to take part in the activity that is very much part of Phuket’s sporting culture. The Sponsorship Experts are proud to be supporting such a worth while organisation and aid the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron in their continued effort to encourage, enthuse and educate young people in the art of team work and sailing. Other boats have generously been donated by like minded companies, taking the Phuket Sailing Squadron up to an impressive fifteen boats.

Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd., Managing Director, Paul Poole added:
“Six Senses Phuket Raceweek is one of the highlights of the Asian sailing calendar and my own personal favourite. I have become passionate about the sport and its development for the community through our work over the past fiveyears. I look forward to seeing the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron compete in the coming months and am so pleased that we are able to give a little back and help disadvantaged children get involved in something so rewarding!”

Katy Gooch of the Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron said:
“The Phuket Youth Sailing Squadron have been overwhelmed by the great support we have received. We thank Paul and many other companies for providing boats for the Optimist Fleet, taking them up to a phenomenal fifteen boats, the benefits that the squadron gains from such generous donations are priceless!”

Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co., Ltd is an independent marketing consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand,
specialising in commercial sponsorship and partnership marketing, working with both rights holders and randsacting as a catalyst by bringing them together and maximising the relationship.

The consultancy has packaged, sold and managed sponsorship & partnership opportunities for a wide range of
rights holders, having worked with many of the world’s leading brands to source and engage the right ponsorships and partnerships in order to maximise their potential.

Contact Details
For Further Information
Paul Poole (South East Asia) Company Limited
198 Tanou Road
Bovernives
Pranakorn
Bangkok 20200
Thailand
Tel./Fax: + 66 2622 0605-7
www.paulpoole.co.th

Paul Poole – Managing Director
(English Speaking)
Email: paul@paulpoole.co.th
Tel: + 66 8 6563 3196

Udomporn Phanjindawan – Personal Assistant
(Thai/English Speaking)
Email: Udomporn@paulpoole.co.th
Tel: + 66 8 6382 9949

Websites
www.paulpoole.co.th
www.phuketraceweek.com/sponsorship

http://phuketyouthsailing.org

Jan
20

91.5 FM proudly presents Mark Wilkinson with ‘Kidology’

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Mark will be joining the 91.5 FM team in January 2011 and along with LIVE outside events will be providing a Tuesday to Friday 7pm to 10 pm format. All 91.5 FM content is simultaneously streamed via the www.phuketfmradio.com website which continues to grow it’s global audience.

Mark Wilkinson will be bringing his signature club nights from London and Ibiza straight to 91.5FM and Phuket. Kidology, Mark’s World famous house music brand presenting the finest upfront house music from the Worlds top dance floors will be a welcomed addition to 91.5FM Phukets favourite radio station. Not only will Kidology be available to listeners of 91.5FM, but Phuket FM Radio will be taking all of Marks shows in Kidology on the road to venues near you.

As Mark has such a high international dj profile and following, 91.5FM will be rescheduling each week night show to re-run at 3am to 6am the next morning via the internet to serve the European audience Mark will be bringing with him. This is an added bonus for any business sponsoring one of Marks new shows on 91.5FM as this double broadcast ensures maximimum listener targeting. In addition, all of Marks shows will be advertised through 91.5FM’s and Mark’s Facebooks networks to an audience of over 10,000 people.

Kidology
Mark Wilkinson’s World famous house music brand comes to Asia via Phuket FM Radio 91.5FM, every Thursday night Mark hosts the show 7-10pm with all the latest house music known to be rocking the finest upfront dancefloors worldwide from Marks extensive live DJ calendar.

DiscoDaze
Every Friday 7-10pm Mark Wilkinson gets you in the mood with a retrospective disco mix of the greatest dance, funk, soul and pop hits from the 70’s 80’s 90’s and Noughtie’s, get ready for your weekend in Phuket with the finest party selection.

The History of Dance Music
Tuesday nights 7-10pm with Mark Wilkinson on Phuket island radio 91.5FM we take a journey around the world of club culture delving into the history of the worlds finest clubs with Mark highlighting the influences of DJs & Artists including Basement Jaxx, Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, Chic, Jamiroquai, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta, Eric Morillo & many many more……

Mark Wilkinsons Club Classics
Wednesdayy night 7-10pm is Classic House Music night with Mark Wilkinson, back in the 1980’s Acid House Music stormed into the UK via Ibiza & Chicago causing a worldwide dance floor revolution, hear all the finest house music ever made with Mark every Tuesday.

Dec
10

91.5FM delivers LIVE outside broadcast.

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The inaugural Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Triathlon took place at Laguna Phuket over the weekend of December 4 and 5 and we at 91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio were there covering the event virtually every step of the way.

Coverage began on Saturday, December 4 with a live broadcast of the press conference which featured several local dignitaries as well as a number of the professional athletes who were competing the following day.

On the Sunday, the race got underway at 7am down on the beach as a total of 746 competitors made their way into the sea. We picked up live coverage of the race from 9am and stayed with it all the way through until 12.30, bringing the climax of the professional race and the medal ceremony to a worldwide audience.

The Doris and Danny O were on hand to provide commentary, statistics, live updates and a bucketful of fun and they were also able to grab some great interviews with the athletes – including both winners – plus Debbie Dionysus, AVP of Destination Marketing at Laguna Phuket and Roman Floesser, Race Director of Go Adventure Asia.

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Oct
30

Loy Kratong Festival

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On the full moon night of the 12th lunar month, the tide in the rivers is highest and the moon at its brightest, creating a romantic setting ideal for lovers. The Thai people choose this day to hold the ‘Loy Kratong’ festival, or the ‘festival of light.’ Loy Kratong is one of the two most recognized festivals in the country.

Loy Kratong is probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all Thai celebrations. ‘Loy’ literally means ‘to float,’ while ‘kratong’ refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the kratong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A kratong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. The making of a kratong is much more creative these days as many more materials are available.

loykhrathong Noppamas

The Loy Kratong ritual is a simple one. One needs only to light the candles and the joss sticks, make one’s wishes and let it float away with the current of a river or a canal.

On that day, thousands of people will gather beside the canals and rivers. With kratong in hands, they light the candle, put some coins in the kratong and silently make a wish, and carefully place their kratongs in the water and release them to the current.

They watch intently as the float drifts silently downstream, hoping that the candle will not go out. Its flame is said to signify longevity, fulfillment of wishes and release from sins. Altogether it is considered a romantic night for couples or lovers. Couples who make a wish together on Loy Kratong are thought to stay together in the future.

The Origins of Loy Krathong

Different legends surround the origins of Loy Kratong. The most popular version is it was an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water ‘Phra Mae Kongka’ for having extensively used, and sometimes polluted, the water from the rivers and canals. It is also in part a thanksgiving for her bounty in providing water for the livelihood of the people.

Some believe the festival originates from Buddhism. They say the offering of flowers, candles and joss-sticks is a tribute of respect to the footprint of the Lord Buddha on the sandy beach of the Narmaha River in India, as well as to the great Serpent and dwellers of the underwater world, after the Lord Buddha’s visit to their watery realm. It is possible that this is derived from a Hindu festival that pays tribute to the god Vishnu, who meditates at the center of the ocean.

Loy-KrathongOthers believe that the floral kratong is offered to the pagoda containing the Lord Buddha’s topknot, which was cut off at his self-ordination and is now in heaven. Another explanation is that it is a way to pay respect to one’s ancestors.

Whatever the true origin, the practice of Loy Kratong first began in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai in the 13th century. A young queen named Nang Noppamas was believed to be the one who made a small boat laden with candles and incense and floated it down the river. The name Nang Noppamas has been associated with Loy Kratong ever since.

Today, Loy Kratong offers a unique occasion to celebrate. It’s a good time for people to make wishes and look to the future as they float their floral offerings along the waterways.

Where to celebrate

Although celebrated nationwide, Loy Kratong is particularly delightful in the provinces of Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

As the place of origin of the festival, Sukhothai rightly remains the focal point of the celebrations. The festival comes with a spectacular light-and-sound show held in the ancient and traditional setting of the Sukhothai historical park.

loy kratong  in chiang maiChiang Mai is another prime site to celebrate Loy Kratong. The festival is known in northern dialect as ‘Yi Peng.’ The largest kratongs are decorated floats, paraded through the town on trucks. The colorfully lit floats form a long glittering parade as they make their way to the river.

Meanwhile, up above thousands of ‘khom loy’ (floating lanterns) drift into the night sky. These large balloon-like lanterns are released at temples and sometimes from private homes in the hope that misfortune flies away with them.

The Chao Phraya River is one of the main waterways to celebrate the Loy Kratong festival. In Bangkok, riverside hotels organize special celebrations for their guests. In some hotels, swimming pools are turned into a temporary river for the Loy Kratong celebration.

Where to Enjoy Loy Krathong in Phuket?

Loy Krathong is celebrated nationwide. In Phuket, major hotels usually host a special evening so that guests can join in.

Loy krathong PhuketGuests usually set the kratongs on the sea – a delightful scene as thousands of candlelit kratongs bob on the waves. In places like Patong, little boys will volunteer for a small fee to carry your kratong out a little further for a more auspicious start.

All of Phuket’s major west coast beaches take part in Loy Kratong festivities, with a mix of locals and tourists. Nai Harn Lake and Patong Beach usually have the most activity with locals visiting beaches like Kata and Karon.

Two sites in Phuket Town: Saphan Hin Park and Suan Luang (King Rama IX) Park, are also popular places for locals to celebrate. Expect big crowds at both of these locations.

Loy Krathong 2010

Date : 21st November 2010

Venue: Nationwide

Oct
20

91.5FM 6K Fun Run

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91.5FM 6K Fun Run Takes to
Airwaves in Bid for Record Entries

91.5FM – Phuket Island Radio is setting the pace and burning up the airwaves with title sponsorship of the 6k Fun Run at this year’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

The radio station is promoting the 91.5FM 6K Fun Run on-air in a bid to draw a record field of more than 250 fun runners to the triathlon spectacle on Sunday 28 November, alongside an array of international triathletes and relay teams.

The title sponsorship follows 91.5FM’s involvement in helping attract a record number of entries and charity donations to the 5K Family Walk in this year’s Laguna Phuket International Marathon.“We’re delighted 91.5FM has joined with us again to provide a valuable Phuket community element for our local residents and visitors,” said Laguna Triathlon director Debbie Dionysius

The 91.5FM 6K Fun Run – for recreational runners able to complete the 6k course in 50 minutes or less – is held alongside the serious business of the triathlon, where super-fit competitors face a 1.8k swim, 55k bike ride and 12k run.

Fun runners will compete for enjoyment and also for prizes to be presented by 91.5FM DJs at the end of the race. They’ll be able to run alongside 91.5FM DJ “The Doris” from “The Doris in the Afternoon Show,” while the 91.5FM presence also includes Breakfast Show DJ Danny O taking on the triathlon.

Both DJs are encouraging 91.5FM 6k Fun Run entries over the airwaves in the lead-up to the big day, as well as giving listeners regular updates on their training and race preparations.On the day itself, 91.5FM will broadcast live from the Laguna Phuket Triathlon to keep everyone listening throughout Phuket and the world fully informed with event coverage and updates.91.5FM 6K Fun Runners have to be over 12 years of age and can register before the cut-off date on 15 November at: www.goadventureasia.com

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon is Asia’s premier destination triathlon, staged amid spectacular tropical scenery around Laguna Phuket. Over the past 16 years the popular race has attracted thousands of athletes as well as triathlon legends including Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Craig Alexander, Paula Newby-Fraser, Michelie Jones and Chrissie Wellington. 91.5FM – Phuket FM Radio is Phuket’s No. 1 English speaking radio station broadcasting throughout Phuket on 91.5 megahertz and around the world on the internet via www.phuketfmradio.com

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Oct
16

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2010

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Phuket is one of the few provinces where we can see most of people are wearing in white during the Vegetarian festival. This year the festival falls into October 8-16, 2010. Year after year, there are more and more participants join this festival. Those including not Phuket-born and non-Chinese Phuketians.

vegetarian festivaNowhere in Thailand is the vegetarian festival more colorful, exciting, and memorable than in Phuket. The origins of this Thailand festival itself can be traced to Chinese immigrants in Phuket. In the early 1800′s, Phuket was a major center of trade between China, India, and Southeast Asia. A large number of Chinese immigrants worked in tin mines and on rubber plantations. In 1825, a traveling Chinese opera visited Phuket to entertain the Chinese immigrants. At this time, the whole town became sick with malaria. The traveling opera paused to observe a strict vegetarian diet and the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival. The traveling opera all recovered from the malaria, even though many people in Phuket died. The people of Phuket were so amazed that they continue to observe this Thai vegetarian festival each year along with the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

The Commitments

The festival always falls on the first days of the ninth Chinese lunar month, and for nine days participants observe the following commitments:

  • Cleanliness of the body during the festival
  • Clean kitchen utensils not to be used by others who do not participate in the festival
  • Wear white during the festival
  • Behave physically and mentally
  • Avoid eating meat
  • Avoid sex
  • Avoid alcohol
  • People in mourning should not participate
  • Pregnant women and menstruating women should not attend ceremonies

The Ceremonies

The CeremoniesOne of the most exciting aspects of the festival is the various, (and sometimes gruesome) ceremonies which are held to invoke the gods. Firewalking, body piercing and other acts of self mortification undertaken by participants acting as mediums of the gods, have become more spectacular and daring as each year goes by. Men and women puncture their cheeks with various items including knives, skewers and other household items. It is believed that the Chinese gods will protect such persons from harm, and little blood or scarring results from such mutilation acts. This is definitely not recommended for the feint hearted to witness.

The vegetarian dishes are not easily distinguished from regular dishes – soybean and protein substitute products are used to replace meat in standard Thai fare and look and taste uncannily like meat. Look for the yellow flags with red Chinese or Thai characters to find vegetarian food stalls – and keep your camera handy!! For more information on dates and events, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand at +66 (0)7 621 2213.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2010 Highlight Schedule

October 7, 2010

  • 09.00 A.M. Opening Ceremony Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2010 at Saphanhin

October 9, 2010

  • 07.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by CHOOR SU GONG NAKA SHRINE

October 10, 2010

  • 07.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by SAPAM SHRINE

October 11, 2010

  • 07.19 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by LIM HU TAI SU SHRINE

October 12, 2010

  • 06.30 A.M. Street Procession in Sapam Village—-by JANG ONG SHRINE
  • 07.15 A.M. Street Procession in Pasak Village and Baan Don Market—-by TAE GUN TAI TAE
  • 07.30 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by BAN THA RUE SHRINE
  • 02.00 P.M. Street Procession in Naka Village—by CHOOR SU GONG NAKA SHRINE

October 13, 2010

  • 06.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by BANG NEOW SHRINE
  • 07.30 A.M. Street Procession in Thalang District—-by CHERNG THALAY SHRINE
  • 08.45 A.M. Street Procession in Maikhao Village—-by GIM TSU ONG SHRINE
  • 08.00 P.M. Fire Walking—-at BAN THA RUE SHRINE, SUI BOON TONG SHRINE, YOK KE KENG SHRINE and JANG ONG SHRINE
  • 08.09 P.M. Fire Walking—-at JUI TUI SHRINE
  • 09.00 P.M. Fire Walking—-at SAPAM SHRINE

October 14, 2010

  • 07.00 A.M. Street Procession in Ban Don Village-Ban Kian Village-Ban Sakoo Village-Ban Naiyang Village-Airport-MuangMai Village—-by GIM TSU ONG SHRINE
  • 08.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by JUI TUI SHRINE
  • 07.59 P.M. Bladed-Ladder Climbing—-at CHERNG THALAY SHRINE
  • 08.00 P.M. Bladed-Ladder Climbing—-at BANG NEOW and LIM H TAI SU SHRINE
  • 08.45 P.M. Bladed-Ladder Climbing—-at BANGKOO SHRINE

October 15, 2010

  • 07.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by KATHU SHRINE
  • 06.30 P.M. Street Procession in Thalang District—-by BAN THA RUE SHRINE
  • 08.00 P.M. Fire Walking—-at BANG NEOW, LIM HU TAI SU, and TAE GUN TAI TAE
  • 08.00 P.M. Bladed-Ladder Climbing—-at JANG ONG SHRINE
  • 08.09 P.M. Fire Walking—-at CHERNG THALAY SHRINE
  • 08.30 P.M. Fire Walking—-at BASNGKOO SHRINE

October 16, 2010

  • 07.00 A.M. Street Procession in Phuket Town—-by SUI BOON TONG SHRINE
  • 03.00 P.M. Street Procession in Sapam and Bangkoo Village—-by BANGKOO SHRINE
  • 03.00 P.M. Fire Walking—-by KATHU SHRINE

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