Connect with us


Phuket Veg Fest processions hit the streets



PHUKET: Day three of the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival today was highlighted by a loud and colorful procession through the streets of Phuket Town by members of the Sapam Shrine in Koh Kaew.

Adherents, including many mah song spirit mediums, were up early to prepare for the walk, which took place under relatively dry conditions, given the recent rainfall on the island.

After the mah song handlers prepared their charges by donning surgical gloves and piercing their cheeks and faces with a wide variety of sharp instruments, devotees piled into various types conveyances for a motorcade to Satree Phuket School, where the walk through the streets began.

Among those taking part was Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) President Paiboon Upatising, who rode in an ice-cream vending salaeng (motorbike with sidecar), handing out free ice-cream cones along the way.

Among the stranger sights were a mah song with the shaft of a large ceiling fan through his cheeks, and another with the business end of an assault rifle rammed through a cheek.

Perhaps the most unique was a mah song with small lengths of yarn stitched into his jaw and outer arms in an attempt to look like a bearded bird.

One of the mah songs reportedly had to be taken to hospital after losing too much blood as a result of the piercing.

Bangonrat Chinaprayoon, director of the regional Tourism Authority of Thailand office in Phuket Town, said the annual spectacle has this year attracted a large number of Chinese tourists.

Hotel occupancy rates along procession routes in Phuket Town are fully booked from October 1 to 5, which corresponds to a long holiday in mainland China.

Ethnic Chinese from Singapore and Malaysia are also driving up occupancy rates during the festival, with advance bookings pointing to as much as 80 per cent in beach resort areas.

Tomorrow, day four of the festival, will feature the Samkong Shrine street procession. A good place to view the event is along the main street through Phuket Villa 1, where almost every home sets up an altar to make offerings and receive blessings.

Those hoping to receive blessings from the Warrior Gods as they pass in their temporary incarnate form may want to bring an umbrella, however.

The forecast by the Southern Meteorological Center at Phuket Airport calls for scattered thundershowers covering 60 per cent of Phuket over the next 24 hours.

— P Choksakulpan & S Fein


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:

Thailand7 hours ago

Man arrested for spycam porn, 39 videos feature Thai stars

Thailand7 hours ago

Is poor English proficiency holding Thailand back?

Thailand7 hours ago

Shopee stops all bank payments after hackers steal from customer in Thailand

Sponsored15 hours ago

Challenges of starting a business in Thailand as a foreigner

Thailand7 hours ago

Thailand News Today | CAAT warns Thai VietJet for canceling three Phuket

Crime8 hours ago

Cat killer feels no guilt over sadistic act

Koh Samui8 hours ago

Koh Samui’s Moving Market – a hidden local treat

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Visa8 hours ago

Thailand’s 10 year LTR visa most popular among Americans and Chinese

Politics9 hours ago

Thailand PM wants to groom successor in two years

Bangkok9 hours ago

VIDEO: Taxi meter rises suspiciously quickly in Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand10 hours ago

Man wins 144 million baht in Thailand’s lottery

Bangkok10 hours ago

Plumber murders and robs Thai woman in Bangkok

Drugs11 hours ago

Man returns for bag with meth pills he left at restaurant

Transport11 hours ago

Porsche sales in Thailand roaring thanks to nation’s entrepreneurs

Visa11 hours ago

Overstay crackdown uses facial recognition tech

Thailand12 hours ago

Father dies trying to save son from teenage gang

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