Phuket is set to enjoy a three-day celebration leading up to Phuket New Year 2012, and there will only be a short gap between the traditional Western New Year and Chinese New Year.
The arrival of the Year of the Dragon is unusually early – on January 23 – and another bonus for Phuket in a high season that appears certain to break all occupancy records. Mostly, Chinese New Years fall in February.
With two new years falling so closely together, January is expected to be a bumper month on Phuket as the peak holiday season is followed quickly by a Chinese NY season.
Events such as the three-day New Year festival in Phuket City – the “Colorful Phuket Countdown 2012” – help to crowd even more excitement into a calendar that is bound to be more packed in 2012 than it has been in 2011.
Although there will also be events at Saphan Hin and the Metropole Circle in Phuket City to mark New Year as well as others around Phuket, maximum effort is going into the December 29-31 shows at Sanam Chai, the park opposite Provincial Hall and the offices of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation.
December 29 Opening ceremony 6pm; 7pm Singing and dancing show; 8pm concert by singer Ying Thitikan.
December 30 7pm Countdown dancing contest; 9pm concert by singer Tai Oratai; 11pm rock star Pongpat Wachirabanjong.
December 31 5.30pm Sunset ceremony with big-screen link to Cape Promthep, Saphan Hin; 6.30pm Dance contest final; 8pm Concert by singer Kanom Jeen; Midnight celebration.
Phuket festivities for new year budgeting 10 million baht under the theme of “Colorful Phuket Countdown 2012.” The countdown attraction takes place at Chai Field in front of Provincial Hall in Phuket Town. Tourism Authority of Thailand and Best Four media will be the founder supported with other sponsors. “The big fund will create bright event for Phuket,” said Paiboon Upatising, President of Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor).
The new year event will display mini-concerts from any famous artists. There will be also dance contest with underwater themed lights and decorations. Further it should prepared from December 29-31 then December 31 will be a big day to start countdown of last sun shine in 2011 at Phromthep Cape. “At night we will countdown on this site for watching fireworks at Chai Field. It will broadcast on Thai TV channel, NBT,” he said.
Weerasak Kowsurat, the former Tourism and Sports Minister and the runner up of Miss Thailand Universe 2010, Wilasinee “Toey” Kanyalert were invited to bright the stage. Further Mr Paiboon hoped to see diverse cultures of Phuket Town compiled this event. They are Portuguese, Thai-Muslim and Chinese that have drawing this town for centuries. This event also promotes vendors in Phuket Town within the estimation of around 50,000 tourists and 200 million baht to be spent in Phuket during this event, said Mr Paiboon.