A Phuket yearly affair, also known as Patong Carnival, has grown steadily. It kicks off the high season in Patong area, lasting from 15th till 20th December. Normally it's held in November but this year they pushed it to December to avoid the rainy season downfall. Fortunately it rained only in the early afternoon period which cleared away fears of a wash out and the Patong carnival had a spectacular parade.
The Phuket scene in Patong has come alive with the festival that is going to last five days of partying and concerts. Along the beach road itself there were many stalls set up for games, gift items, merchandise, beer stalls and even a dunking booth for added fun.
People came from the beach area to the main grandstand and others from the interior of Patong iteself. For once Bangla road seem to have come to a stand still with hardly anyone in any of the bars along the entire street. Fact is, none of the bars were allowed to have any loud music playing or have any of the dancers perform as the Phuket carnival at Patong was to be showcased. Plus the police was in full force that nght as well.
With the Thai smile everywhere, below are more photos of the carnival action...