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Issue No 9, 18th July 2010

This issue….

On average August has less rainfall than June and July and is not a bad time to visit Phuket.

We are excitedly busy, organising and deciding what to pack to go on vacation to Phuket in late July ourselves. We decided to make the most of the cheap vacation packages on offer and the lower tourist numbers to catch up with some wonderful people that we have met over the last 12 months writing our website. The average temperature in Phuket during August is approximately 22 – 30 degrees. We may get some brief downpours but with lots of sun in between to get out and enjoy all of Phuket’s wonderful attractions and things to do.

What’s On in Phuket in August 2010

From the 6th to the 12th August car enthusiasts can enjoy The Andaman Motor Expo at Central Festival. The exhibition will include BMW, Volvo and many more makes of cars. One of the highlights of the event will include a music competition called the ‘Andaman Music Contest’. The winner of the competition will win 30,000 baht worth in prizes. In addition, BB Gun lovers could also go in the BB Gun shooting contest which offers 20,000 baht worth in prizes for the winners.

The Queen's Birthday falls on 12th August which also doubles as Mother's Day in Thailand. Visitors to Phuket will enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on the night of August 12th, as a part of the celebrations. The 40-minute show will start at 8.30pm and will take place at Laem Sapan Hin Cape.

For those on a holiday vacation in Phuket in August you really shouldn’t miss the Por Tor or Hungry Ghost Festival. The festival is an ancient religious ceremony originating from a Chinese tradition. In the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it is believed that the spirits of the ancestors descend to revisit their homes.

The celebrations are centred around the Por Tor Kong Shrine in Bang Neaw, located in Phuket Town. It is believed that Por Tor Kong the god of devils, who rules the underground, opens the gates of the spirit world to allow the Spirits to return to the earth during these two weeks. The Chinese communities in Phuket make food offerings to appease the hungry spirits and to pay their respects. Turtle-shaped cakes are a popular offering as turtles represent longevity. The worshippers believe that these turtle cakes will help prolong their own life.

This unique festival offers travellers an inside look at the religious and cultural history of Phuket Island. The Por Tor Festival starts from the 16th August through to the 23rd August

Great deals for family vacations are still running at Laguna Phuket, where Kids stay, play and eat free from the 26th Jun to the 31st Oct 2010. The Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival offers incredible value for money with great benefits for all Laguna hotel guests.

  • Free dining for kids at all of the seven Laguna Phuket hotels
  • A Free round of golf for every family member
  • Free speedboat tours for kids
  • Free Kidz Fun Zone activities
  • Free evening Kidz Lounges at all hotels open 6-10pm
  • Free tennis for in-house guests
  • Free extra bed for kids aged 12 and under.
  • Until the 20th August all kids staying at any Laguna hotel can take part in the Summer Family Festival Kidz Fun Zone activities for free from 2-5pm daily, followed by casual evenings of family entertainment including live telecasts of international sporting events. There will be bouncy castles, a Flying Trapeze, Kidz Lounge with movies and video games and much more to keep the young ones occupied while parents relax with Happy Hour prices in the Festival Beer Tent located within the resort’s Canal Shopping Village.

    Hollywood@Laguna is a glamorous new feature of the Summer Family Festival. A complete film studio will be set up in Canal Village to cast families as “movie stars” filmed riding a Thai-style motorcycle with side-car on a “Virtual Motorcycle Tour of Phuket”. Guests will take home a DVD souvenir of the movie making experience.

    The Kidz Fun Zone program is professionally operated by Quest Laguna Phuket Adventure who specializes in team building, rock climbing and adventure programs that will incorporate a different daily activity over a two week rotation. Kids staying at any of the Laguna hotels can enjoy Wacky Games, Sports Skills; Climbing Capers; Treasure Hunts, High Ropes Adventure; Wet ‘n’ Wild; Arts & Crafts, Slip ‘n’ Splash; rock climbing and other outdoor adventure activities for free. These activities are also available to non-Laguna guests at 200 baht per child. There is one off-site activity, Bowling Bonzana, offered to everyone at 400 baht per child. These activities will also be offered on select days throughout September and October.

    For more information of events and details on the promotions visit www.lagunaphuket.com/familyfestival

    The Five Star Laguna Resorts are located on the beautiful Bang Tao Beach on the North West coast of Phuket and all have lots of fun activities for kids.

    Also still running is the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, Thailand’s annual shopping extravaganza which runs until the 15th August. You will find lots of bargains at Jungceylon and Central Festival, discounts from 10% to 70% off, from outlets throughout the Department stores. If you are visiting Phuket between these now and the 15th August make sure that you check out the bargains. Jungceylon is located in Patong and Central Festival is located on the outskirts of Phuket Town on the corner of Wichit Songhram Road and Chalerm Prakiat known as the Bypass Road. Central Festival has a Free shuttle service from Patong, three times per day.

    Whilst you’re enjoying your holiday vacation in Phuket, there is no need to worry about missing your favourite sports on TV. Head to Duke’s Sports bar at Kata Beach where you will be able to enjoy a cold beer and watch your chosen sport live on one of their big screens. You will be assured of a great time with their friendly staff.

    Sporting Events in August at Dukes Sports Bar

    2010 Formula One Racing from 30th July to 1st August - Budapest and 27th to 29th August – Belgian Grand Prix.

    We hope that you have enjoyed this issue of Phuket Travel Secrets e-zine.

    Enjoy

    Jeff & Paula

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