Patong Carnival and Seafood Festival News Feed

                                                                         Patong Carnival and Seafood Festival

The annual Patong Carnival on Phuket kicks off on November 1 and is expected to attract more than 20,000 people this year with a busy three-day schedule of displays and activities, according to a report in The Phuket News.

The Carnival has become known for its sensational costumes and lively atmosphere, and is a favourite event with visitors who like to absorb the diverse delights of the island whilst on vacation.

“For the first time the Patong Carnival and Patong Seafood Festival will be held at the same time, so people will have much to enjoy,” explained Patong’s Lady Mayor, Khun Chalermluck Kebsup. “This year is the 30th year of the carnival, and we want to bring something new and exciting to the event. We hope to push our city to the next level and generate creative tourism in the Patong area,” she added.

Each year, the Patong Festival marks the beginning of Thailand’s peak tourism season and Phuket’s Vice Governor Khun Prajiad Aksornthammakul is particularly enthusiastic about combining the event with island’s special seafood festival.

“We are very happy to present the Seafood Festival this year so people can enjoy the great variety of food Patong has to offer,” he told the local press. “This is another way of attracting more tourists to the area and bringing new markets and new customers.”

The main events will be concentrated along Patong’s famous Bangla Road, down Soi Praisanee and Soi Dr Wattana. The Thai Seafood Sensation Zone will offer a feast of traditional dishes, in addition to an array of other Asian cuisines including Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean and Chinese, so visitors will be spoilt for culinary choice. The “Global Tastes Seafood Zone” will offer a platter of international options, while the “Local Way Zone” will focus on local street food and Thai cuisine.

The activities included in the official Patong Carnival will be separated into different areas, including the Entertainment Zone where visitors will be able to enjoy live music and cultural performances.
“And, of course, there will be the Bangla Rd Zone, which will feature street art and an exhibition relating the history and cultural heritage of Patong,” added Chalermluck.
“In this zone you will have the chance to view rare photographs of Patong in the old days, photographs of our forefathers and their way of life, their customs and beautiful costumes,” she said.

The festivities are scheduled to kick off at 4:30pm on November 1, with a parade beginning on Patong’s Phang Muang Sai Kor Road. The procession will then make its way onto Prachanukroh Road and Thaweewong Road before ending up on Bangla Road.


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