Pride in Phuket – Beach fun and more!
Once a year the Phuket Gay Carnival will take place, and for three nights, Paradise complex becomes a little Rio Carnival with lots of lights, plenty of balloons and flags, lots of extravagant shiny costumes, and the ever popular Katoeys (ladyboys). During those three nights, bars will put on small street performances and contests and the bars will be crowded.
This carnival was originally in Bangkok but was brought to Phuket probably for traffic jam reasons. The Parade going around Patong Beach on the last of the three days can create a serious mess, so remember that if you plan to drive your car along the beach road, it might take two hours to cross Patong. Each gay bar and Phuket Simon Cabaret will work on their best costumes and decorated floats to proudly parade on huge trucks, driving down the beach road. Great occasion for photos as the entire town, gay or not, gets into party mood. The Parade will end at Paradise Complex where the last wild party will begin.
Stargazer Talent Contest has become an integral part of Phuket Pride’s Celebration and is now on its third year. This contest is open to all expats who live in Thailand and our Thai community. Stargazer brings together a wide range of singers, bands, dancers, acrobats, actors who are scored and finally crowned the winner by spectators and professional judges at CC’s Hideaway, Kata Phuket
We have found hotels with good reviews that keep you close to all the action,
Orchid Resortel, Lub d Hotel, R-Mar Resort and Spa, Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa.