Well, we’re not even at the halfway mark of August yet and already it’s shaping up to be a pretty tumultuous month for this region of the world. Events, parties, weather; you name it, we have it in spades.
Let’s start with all this crazy weather. So far Phuket has had its fair share of heavy storms this month, with strong winds blowing debris up onto the beaches and warnings for sailors all across the Island to be careful when taking their boats out to sea. During the most riotous parts of the storms, small boats under 10 metres long were even banned from leaving Phang Nga Bay. Many beaches were also closed during this period of time due to the Phuket Lifeguard Club deeming the weather too unsafe for beachgoers to go swimming.
Further abroad, more storms were brewing. Super Typhoon Soudelor wreaked havoc across the Pacific Ocean throughout the early part of the month, affecting such countries as Taiwan, China and Japan. It even dropped by the Philippines to say hello. At its peak, Super Typhoon Soudelor was classified as the strongest tropical Cyclone on Earth for 2015. The year isn’t over though, so who knows? Maybe another Super Typhoon seeking the championship title will come along to take Soudelor’s place before the year is through.
It hasn’t all been doom and gloom in Thailand though. There has been great news in all parts of the Kingdom. In Bangkok, a new law is being passed whereby revelers will not be able to buy alcohol, except in designated hotels. Wait a minute, that’s not really good news. Forget I mentioned it.
One good thing for tourists at least is that a new Visa law has been passed, allowing Foreigners to come into the country for six month periods at a time. This is great news for tourists wishing to stay for longer holidays and ex-pats who are sick of doing border runs every few months. Up until recently, Tourist visas upon arrival only allowed for a one month stay in the Kingdom of Thailand. Now, not only will they allow for 6 months, there will also be an option for multiple reentries.
It’s a good thing that this new Tourist Visa option will soon become available because the months ahead are going to be jam packed with events and parties in Phuket and other places around Thailand. Despite the Weather, Phuket will be hosting a number of fun and exciting events that are sure to inspire locals and tourists alike. With Mother’s Day coming up on the 12th of this Month, there are sure to be celebrations right across the island, as well as the rest of the Country.
It’ll take more than a bit of stormy weather to stop the perennial Full Moon Parties, so you can expect this month’s one to go off with a bang on the 29th and 30th at the Xana Beach Club. There will also be plenty of fun filled fairs happening around the island during August. The Kata Sea Breeze Temple fair runs from the 13th of August until the 27th and is guaranteed wholesome fun for the whole family. Famous Thai rock band Bodyslam will also be holding a concert at the Central Festival in Phuket, on the 22nd of August, so get ready to rock, Thai style.
There are plenty of Food festivals happening this month, too many to mention here, and loads of other events as well, so as you can see, Phuket isn’t going to let a few rain clouds dampen its vibrant atmosphere.
We’re looking forward to seeing you around the Island in August. Make sure you stay tuned to our website and magazine for all the latest Phuket news and events, and take care while you’re out there having fun.
All the best