Phuket will spend over 9 million baht to hold an event to celebrate 2011 Chinese New Year and the 84th birthday of H.M. the King Bhumipol. The event will also attract more tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Singapore to the island.
Niwit Aroonrat, a Vice Governor of Phuket, said that “The 2011 Chinese New Year Festival will begin on February 3rd 2011 at 4.00 p.m. in the area of Sanam Chai. On that day, there will be over one hundred booths of Chinese food and games. Moreover, there will be an acrobatics show from Fuyang China, a firework display and concert featuring famous Thai singers. During the festival, the roads in Phuket City will be decorated with red lanterns.”
Meanwhile, Paiboon Upatising, the President of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO), mentioned the Chinese New Year Festival was one of the most important festivals of Thai-Chinese celebrations in Phuket. Apart from the event on February 3rd, there will be another related event called “The God Worship Ceremony” on February 8th-10th 2010. This festival can be seen only in Phuket.
He also suggested that tourists who want to travel to the island during this time reserve accommodation and transportation in advance as there will be a lot of tourists coming to join the festival. In addition, there will be direct flights from China, Singapore, and Hong Kong to Phuket International Airport during the festival period.