Connect with us


Phuket Bike Week to rev up economy

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Organizers of Phuket Bike Week 2011 believe this year’s event could attract a record 6,000 big bikes to the island, and along with the annual Songkran Festival, inject at least 600 million baht into the economy.

Last year’s event was a smaller affair than usual, after the red-shirt protests in Bangkok led so many visitors to stay away. With the current lull in Thailand’s turbulent political climate, organizers expect bikers to return in droves.

The event, now in its 17th year, will take place in its traditional slot of April 8 to 10, just before the Songkran festival kicks off.

Senior Phuket officials, including Vice Governor Nivit Aroonrat and Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising, announced the event earlier this month at the Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town.

The festival is being organized by Phuket Province, Patong Municipality, the Phuket Big Bike Club, the Phuket Riders Club, and Ride Thailand magazine. It will once again aim to attract big-bike lovers from across Thailand and the world.

As well as celebrating biker culture, the event will campaign for safe riding during the Songkran Festival, when road casualties tend to increase.

Wittaya Singkalah, the event organizer, said bikers from more than 500 clubs would attend from 26 different countries.

The event is expected to see more than 6,000 bikes and 10,000 visitors coming to Phuket to enjoy the festival.

By comparison, last year’s event was attended by 2,800 registered bikers, attracting an estimated 9,000 people.

This year’s attractions will include a big-bike exhibition on the Patong football field, a big-bike tour of Phuket, and stage performances at Loma Park by famous artists including Carabao, Bao Wee, Pe Hi-Rock, Hin Lek Fai, Jiab Pisut and Lam Morrison. There will also be international performers.

The climax of the event will come on the evening of April 9, when all the big bikes at the event will be lined up on display next to Patong Beach.

Wanaprapha Suksombun, assistant to the director the Phuket Tourism Authority of Thailand Office, said the event would bring a bit of color to Phuket in advance of Songkran.

About 80-90 per cent of Phuket hotel rooms are already booked up over the Songkran period, with tourists expected to put an extra 600mn baht into the economy during that time.

— Daniel Waites / Manager Online


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | AoT warns about tourist exuberance, easing of restrictions | June 22

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

CCSA: Bars to stay closed for now, drunk customers risk the spread of Covid-19

Bangkok8 hours ago

Woman dies after jumping from Phra Khanong BTS station in Bangkok

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

263 covid cases linked to canned seafood factory in Songkhla

Drugs9 hours ago

Narcotics Control Board announce recent drug busts, heroin and cocaine sent by mail

Environment9 hours ago

3 Cambodian activists arrested for plotting against the government/insulting the king after documenting waste run-off

Chiang Mai9 hours ago

Chiang Mai eases restrictions, alcohol now allowed at restaurants

Thailand9 hours ago

Angry ex allegedly sets motorcycle on fire in school parking garage

Cambodia10 hours ago

6 arrested in Cambodia for allegedly trafficking people into Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 4,059 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand11 hours ago

Power outages coming to Kathu

Coronavirus (Covid-19)12 hours ago

Samut Sakhon governor calls for more vaccine doses after order was cut

Thailand12 hours ago

Fruit buyer arrested for allegedly using counterfeit certificates to export durian

Tourism13 hours ago

Airports of Thailand president says tourism won’t pick back up until October

Thailand13 hours ago

Mobile sterilisation/vaccination truck helps Pattaya’s cats and dogs

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8