PHUKET: The Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) has just announced its line up of events for Phuket Pride Week 2014 with eight days of fun and celebrations planned. The theme for this year’s Pride Week is “Celebrating Who We Are”.
All through the week there will be parties and events which will offer the opportunity for all people – gay, straight or undecided – to come together and have fun while celebrating their diversity and the fact that we live in a mixed and understanding society – and also raise money for HIV charities in Phuket.
The PLU’s goal is to raise 1 million baht, which will go to help support their partnered charities.
The “Life Home Project” sponsors the education of children living with HIV or who have parents with HIV, thus giving these children a better future by helping them to break the cycle of poverty or stigmatization in which they are often trapped.
The “Community Project” where they work with groups like the Sabaidee Clinic, which offers local people free HIV and STD testing, safe sex advice and free condoms.
All during the week at many venues around Phuket, you will see the official charity/donation buckets; all monies raised from these will go to PLU/PRIDE charities. All profits made from the week’s events will be donated to PLU/PRIDE charities.
Full detailed listings and more information on Phuket Pride week 2014 and all the events can be found on the web site: phuket-pride.org and Facebook page: prideinphuket
Some of the week’s great events include:
Sunday, April 20
Pride week Opening Pool Party at CC’s Hideaway from 6 to 11pm.
Dance to great DJ’s and swim, plus see two stunning cabaret shows.
Special drink prices and pride special buffet @ 350 baht (includes a donation to PLU/PRIDE charities).
CC’s Hideaway is at 84/21 Patak Road Soi 10 Kata.
The entry fee for this great night is 100 baht, which includes a free beer or cocktail.
Entry to this event is free for all Thais (but excludes the free drink).
No need to pre-buy, just turn up and pay at the door.
Monday, April 21
All day pool competition by Kiss Bar and Sundowners, held at Sundowners Bar in Soi Paradise, Patong. There will be singles competitions which will begin at 11am, it is open to all nationalities and will finish at 7:30pm. The entry fee will be 500 baht per person. There is no charge for spectators, who are encouraged to turn up and cheer on their favorite person. There is a bar and food facilities available at this venue.
Tuesday, April 22
Gay day cruise to Raya Island. This gay day cruise to Raya Island promises to be a day to remember.
Relax on the secluded white powder beach of Raya Yai Island, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water. Only 30 minutes from Chalong by speedboat. The brochure price for this great day is usually 2,400 baht, but as a “Phuket Pride Week special”, it is being offered at a very special price of just 1,200 baht per person.
Wednesday, April 23
Volleyball tournament – morning and afternoon. This very popular beach volleyball competition, is to be held in front of La Flora Hotel on Patong Beach. This will be a competition for teams of five people, with all teams playing each other on a point basis, leading to a final knockout for the final.
The entry fee will be 250 baht per person. The competition will begin at 11am, is open to all nationalities and is planned to finish by 6pm as the light fades.
There is no charge (other than for beach chairs – one per person please!) for spectators, who are encouraged to turn up and cheer on their favorite person/team. There will be bar and food facilities available and spectators are encouraged to support these by not bringing their own refreshments.
Lounge 69 Pride Week Grand Opening at Aquarius from 8pm to late.
The brand new concept bar in paradise, Lounge 69, has chosen Phuket Pride Week for its official grand opening. Lounge 69 is situated in Paradise Soi 2. The evening is free to attend and there will be a free buffet, free welcome drink along with great show and entertainment from a live band (subject to confirmation). Lounge 69 will be donating ten per cent of all bar income from this evening to PLU/Pride charities.
Thursday, April 24
Gala dinner at the Millennium Resort Hotel Patong 6 to 11pm. This event is a first for the PLU and Phuket Pride Week and is being held at the prestigious five star Millennium Resort Hotel in Patong, near Jungceylon. Dress code is casual but fabulous. The evening will include a delicious buffet of both Thai and International cuisine, world famous cabaret show, guest DJs and entertainers. During the evening there will also be a Grand Charity Auction, with a mix of both open and silent bidding, with some “must have” items up for auction. Auction items last year included flat screen TVs, weekend stays in hotels, Thai artifacts, free dinners, spa visits and much more.
The function room is in the Lakeside wing of the resort and is limited to 200 people. There are a limited number of VIP tables for 10 at 2,000 baht per person. Regular gala tickets at 1,500 baht can be purchased individually or for tables of 12. To purchase a table for you and your friends, email email@example.com. The evening starts at 6pm for cocktails, dinner is at 7pm and goes until 11pm. There is also a free entry ticket for Famous Night Club for a gala dinner “after party” for everyone attending.
Friday, April 25
Garland party at CC’s Hideaway from 4 to 11pm including Mr Phuket Pride 2014 contest.
As the bars all close at 6pm for Patong elections, CC’s Hideaway is in Kata where the bars will all be open. While Patong holds elections for their mayor, they will hold elections for Mr Phuket Pride 2014 – a beauty and personality contest. Along with Mr Phuket Pride 2014, as always at CC’s Hideaway, there will be great DJ’s, the pool for a swim, a giant balloon POP, special drinks prices and much more.
A special buffet will be available for 350 baht (which includes a donation to PLU/PRIDE charities).
The ticket price for this gala event will be 200 baht, which will include a free beer or cocktail, a free DAW ticket and free garland ready to give to your favorite Mr Phuket Pride 2014 contestant.
No need to pre-buy, just turn up and pay at the door. Entry to this event is free for all Thais (but excludes the free drink).
Saturday, April 26
Sunset Beach Party at Iguana Beach from 5:30 to 11:30pm.
Iguana Beach is a private bay in Phuket, 15-20 minute drive from Patong. The PLU has exclusive use of the beach for this amazing sunset party. Swim, dance, eat and party along with guest international DJs, including one from the famous Catch Beach Club, guest performers, stunning dancers, a sunset saxophonist and much more, while enjoying the beautiful Phuket sunset.
The ticket price for this six hours of fun is 900 baht which includes a welcome drink, canapes (until 6:30) and buffet barbecue. This is a ticket only event and tickets must be purchased in advance as numbers are limited. For ticket information contact: email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 27
Grand Parade on Beach Road in Patong, starts from Soi Tan at 3pm. This parade will have many floats and street entertainment from gay and gay friendly venues and organizations from all over Phuket, with fantastic costumes and music. In previous years, this parade has always attracted big crowds, and this year we again anticipate thousands of people lining the street to enjoy this wild and colorful spectacle.
Tea Dance Street Party
Barbecue by Bistro in Paradise including a big charity prize draw. A great way to spend your late afternoon/early evening. Music and shows from the bars, dancing and partying in the street during