Connect with us


Half a million expected for Phuket veg fest



PHUKET CITY: Half a million people are expected to attend this year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival, bringing in around 33 million baht, a senior tourism official said.

Wanaphapar Suksombul, Assistant Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office, said 80 percent of Phuket City’s hotel rooms have been booked up during the event, which officially started at midnight on Saturday.

Ms Wanaphapar said a large number of Chinese tourists were expected to attend.

Two charter flights carrying 500 tourists from China had already arrived on the island, and 10 more flights from Beijing, Kunming and Shanghai were expected to land in the next few days, she said.

Meanwhile, infected wounds and food sanitation are the two biggest worries of the Phuket Public Health Office during the festival, PPHO Deputy Director Wiwat Seetamanotch says.

Dr Wiwat said any mah song intending to pierce his face with sharp objects should first clean the area thoroughly with alcohol. The mah song, are the ‘mediums’ the gods enter during the festival.

The maa song manifest supernatural powers and perform self-mutilation so they can absorb evil from other individuals and ensure good luck for the entire community.

Dr Wiwat urged the mah song not to share any items they pierce themselves with, just as they would not share dirty needles.

He also warned against using objects that were too big or that had rough surfaces, and asked anyone helping mah song with their piercings to wear gloves.

The piercings on parade at the festival are made through the mah songs‘ tongues, cheeks, nipples and other parts of the body, using spears, daggers, sharpened branches, bicycle chains and just about anything else that can pushed or pulled through one’s anatomy.

The PPHO was providing medical teams to follow some of the parades, “but only for shrines that ask for them, as we don’t have enough staff to follow all the marchers,” he said.

Jui Tui, Kathu and Bang Neow shrines were among those that would be supplied with medical teams, he said.

Dr Wiwat also warned food vendors to be careful.

“A lot of food will be prepared for all the vegetarian adherents, so vendors must make sure their food is clean and always keep it warm,” he said.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World5 hours ago

Thai gangs traffic Kenyans to Myanmar scam factories

South6 hours ago

Deep South emergency decree extended 3 months

Thailand6 hours ago

Why Is Thailand So Cheap?

Sponsored2 days ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Expats7 hours ago

Phuket’s 5 best golf courses

Crime7 hours ago

Inmate who escaped Khon Kaen hospital back in custody

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Masks recommended in crowds amid Covid increase

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime9 hours ago

Squabbling beach vendor gives rival a single bullet warning

Tourism10 hours ago

Russian invasion takes Thailand’s tourism forces by surprise

Road deaths10 hours ago

Late night drinking hopes dashed by Alcohol Control Committee

Thailand11 hours ago

Why Pattaya? Is Pattaya worth visiting in 2023?

Transport11 hours ago

Thai Airways appoint new CEO

Crime12 hours ago

Private jet in ‘Tuhao’ case still flying free

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand News Today | FIFA threatens to pull plug on World Cup broadcast rights in Thailand

Press Room1 day ago

Iconic chef “Alain DUCASSE” returns to Bangkok for 3rd anniversary celebrations of Blue by Alain Ducasse

Koh Samui1 day ago

VIDEO: Naked Russian man walks around with erection in Koh Samui

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11