Chinese New Year in Phuket is a really special occasion. Of course, anytime is an excellent time to visit Phuket.
The 2019 Chinese New Year is the year of the Pig and takes place between February the 5th to 15th. Visiting Phuket you will see vibrant celebrations across the island, include noisy firecrackers, boisterous processions and a large variety of local entertainment.
Phuket’s local Chinese community takes great pride in the annual Chinese New Year celebration. It’s the community’s most important event on the yearly calendar, and the island truly comes alive during this time. Stunning red Chinese lanterns decorate the streets of Phuket Town, and if you peek into local Chinese homes and shophouses, you will see vases of flowers, platters of oranges or tangerines and plates of dried sweet fruit set out. The entrances of most shops and homes are also decorated with red banners, which are to encourage luck and happiness during the upcoming year.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office and the city of Phuket tend to combine the Chinese New Year festivities with the annual Phuket Old Town Festival. Much of the celebrations are centred in the public park on Phuket Road, and the old town roads of Thalang, Krabi, Dibuk and Phang Nga are closed to motorized traffic. The Phuket Old Town Festival plays host to a variety of live entertainment, often including Chinese acrobats!
Visitors to the coinciding celebrations are sure to see both dragon dances and traditional dances. Also, don’t forget to visit a few of Phuket’s interesting Chinese shrines as there’s a lot of culture and history to explore on the shrine grounds.
Chinese New Year is a great time to stay in Phuket, however, one must be prepared for the sound of noisy firecrackers throughout the duration of the celebration. The firecrackers are a traditional way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the new year. To be honest, the sound of the firecrackers really adds to the overall festive atmosphere! Another plus of visiting Phuket during Chinese New Year is that there are a lot of shopping discounts and bargains at the local shops and department stores.
Additionally, there are hotel and airline discounts during this time of the year.
Looking for a quality Family friendly resort that offers Luxury self-contained apartments?
Why not stay at Nakalay Palm for Chinese New Year?
Travelling with family or a large group of friends to Phuket for Chinese New Year? If you are looking for an alternative to typical hotels & resorts, definitely check out Nakalay Palm
Resort. A small boutique hotel located on Phuket’s western coast between Patong and Kamala Beach. Nakalay Palm Resort offers luxury self-catering, serviced accommodation at outstanding prices. The accommodation at Nakalay Palm Resort is luxurious, quiet and convenient. There is an on-site swimming pool as well as a fully equipped gym. The location is serene, and while the resort is close to the action of Patong Beach, it also serves as a hidden oasis away from the hustle, bustle and noisy firecrackers that accompany the vibrant Chinese New Year festivities!
Interested in spending Chinese New Year in Phuket?
Contact Nakalay Palm Resort via email at or check out rates and availability HERE. and we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Our self-catering accommodation is wonderful for a family or a large group of friends to stay in during Chinese New Year in Phuket.
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