Kathu walking street cultural festival

Kathu Cultural Festival photos

Update July 2015. This post was written last year. The festival is coming round again to co-inside with the long weekend next week. We recommend getting over to old Kathu one evening between 30 July – 1 August 2015

Here are a few photos and videos from last weekend’s cultural festival in Kathu, Phuket.  This celebration coincided with the start of Buddhist lent so we’ve had a three day weekend and the streets of the old Chinese quarter of Kathu were closed to traffic to allow stalls to be erected.

It was bigger than ever this year. We had all the usual delicious food stalls selling cheap eats, a few clothes stalls and plenty of other fun and games. The Bukit Horse Riding Club (who all dressed up as cowboys and indians) did horse back rides for the kids and there was a petting zoo with miniature ponies, sheep and new born lambs. The Flying Hanuman had a demonstration of abseiling, there was even a bucking bronco. In another zone was a small fairground with ancient rides and a bouncy castle all at just 20 baht a go plus all the other carnival games of have a go and win a fluffy toy.

Kathu walking street cultural festival

Anyone who ventured down the small sois off the main road could find almost hidden displays and demonstrations documenting Phuket’s tin mining history. There were also local sing a song joints and discos. There was a nationwide ban on alcohol sales this weekend but plenty of people found a way to get a drink or three. Luckily the threatened rain held off for most of the time.

This is just one of many street fairs that are so common in and around Phuket.

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