2 Nov 2009 – Thailand is the land of smile where people can live together without the boundaries between religions and believes. Likewise, how we were and we are in Phuket. The differences have never been raised to be issue for conflict as you can see it at Soi Taling Chan on which three religious places are dotted. Masjid Jamiyah, Mother of Christ Roman Catholic Church Phuket, and Hock Guan Kong Shrine are a sign of peaceful living in Phuket.

Masjid Jamiyah

Mother of Christ Roman Catholic Church Phuket

Hok Nguan Kong Shrine

2 Nov 2009 – Cherngtalay Mayor Sunirun Rachatapruk said Cherngtalay municipality joins hand with Laguna Phuket to organise Loy Krathong Festival event on November 2, from 5pm onward, at Y-Junction Laguna Beach Resort. He wants to invite every one to celebrate this  colourful event and be part to preserve the local culture.

The activities will include the youth singing contest ages 13-18 for more than 4000 baht prize, the krathong contest for more than 7,000 baht prize, as well as many performances by students from different schools and mini concert from Thai pop singer Ice Saranyu Vinaipanich.

22 Oct 2009 – After Samkong Shrine’s procession have been done prefectly yesterday, today, the 5th day of the festival is still exciting with street procession in Phuket town of Tha-rua Shrine. There are many participants joined the procession in which the ritual began around 7 am this early moring.

Today, Kathu Shrine also arrange another procession to Patong area while Naka Shrine will visit people in Vichit area this afternoon.

At night, Bang Niew Shrine will have a propitiation of Seven Stars at 8pm.

The festival is expected to draw more tourists during the long weekend on 23-25 October. Rooms in Phuket town are almost fully booked due to the two big shrines Bang Niew and Jui Tui will have a street procession on Friday and Saturday respectively.