Asian countries are known to deliver unforgettable travelling experiences, one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Why? Because Asian countries are one of the few places on earth where you get to enjoy well preserved traditions as well as unforgettable historical places. For your Southeast Asian leg tour, why not go to Phuket, Thailand.
The best advice you can get when travelling into a culture oriented place like Phuket, Thailand is to travel into that country during the celebration of a festival. After you book for a hotel in Phuket, the next eventful thing to do is to experience the following annual festivals.
August: The Hungry Ghost Festival
Lately in cinematic tradition, Thailand films are gaining popularity on the horror genre. It will only be fitting to the Hungry Ghost Festival in Phuket. What to expect? You’ll get to sink your teeth into Thai-Chinese inspired delicacies like the odd Red Turtle Sweets. This custom offering is popular during this event. It’s believed that the red turtle symbolizes filial loyalty and dedication; it also symbolizes longevity and good luck. Wouldn’t it be nice to see this first hand?
October: Phuket Vegetarian Festival
If there’s one race who has the passion for food and culture, it will be Asians, particularly those who live in the Southeast. So head out to Phuket around October and experience firsthand the celebration of the annual Vegetarian Festival. Celebrated over a 9 days period, this festival is a celebration of the lunar month when local Chinese community celebrates it by abstaining from meat and various stimulants for overall good health.
You’ll be surprised that the attraction of this festival is not the showcase of different vegetarian dishes but the display of gruesome feats like fire walking, extreme body piercing; all aimed at invoking the gods.
The festival is endless here, will try to talk about more special events being held in my next post. Stay tuned guys…:)