The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an event marked on calendars throughout Asia. People come from all over to witness fire-walking, face-piercing and colourful parades as well as enjoy the wide range of delicious vegetarian foods on offer throughout the festival.

A word of warning though – the face-piercing is not for the faint-hearted. It involves people putting flags, tools, knives and all sorts of things through their cheeks or lips. Avoid that part if you don’t like the sight of blood.

This year the festival will be held from 15 – 23 October and will be celebrated at the many shrines on the island. Outside each shrine and in the heart of Phuket Town, you will find stall after stall of mouth-watering dishes. Some are even made to taste like seafood or meat, you really can’t tell the difference!

If you’re in Phuket, you really don’t want to miss this festival! It’s a very special event, unlike anything else you’ll find in Thailand. Click here for more information about the history of the festival and the event schedule.

2012 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Face-piercing at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2011