Phuket’s Biggest Stories From the Past Week:  Vegetarian Festival Street Processions, and More

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area of Phuket from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, October 16th, 2023, to Sunday, October 22nd, 2023.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. The Phuket Vegetarian festival has officially begun after the Go Teng Pole was raised this past weekend.
  2. The first day of the vegetarian festival street procession started at the Jor Su Kong Naka Chinese Shrine in Wichit yesterday, October 16th, 2023.

More than 2,000 devotees joined in with the vegetarian street procession of the famous Jui Tui Tao Bo Geng Shrine today, October 21st, 2023.

Devotees were stabbing their faces with various items such as sharp rods and swords to show that they had relieved the burden of unlucky things and bad karma from the people who were waiting for them along the road.

3. About sixty devotees climbed on high sharp razor ladders at Phuket Chinese Shrines during the recent Vegetarian Festival.

Climbing on sharp razor ladders is to demonstrate their devotion to gods to show razors cannot hurt them as well as to relieve the burden of unlucky things and bad karma from the people who were watching the ritual ceremony.

4. Weapons and forty three methamphetamine pills were found in a Tuk Tuk taxi in Patong after police randomly searched it.

The Tuk Tuk taxis was found with 43 methamphetamine pills, three sharp rods, and a small hammer.

5. A man from Phuket safely arrived at Phuket International Airport from Israel.

A man from Phuket who safely arrived at Phuket International Airport from Israel explained how he survived and finally left Israel.

That’s all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.