Kathu Street Culture Festival

This past week was the holiday marking the beginning of the Buddhist Lent (Khao Phansa), which means that it was time for the annual Kathu Street Culture Festival. We attended the festival last year and knew that we had to attend again this year.

Kathu Street Culture Festival

Kathu is a large district pretty much right smack dab in the middle of the Phuket. It has a waterfall, one of my favorite restaurants, the Tin Mine Museum and so much more. It the most Thai feeling district in Phuket to me.

The Kathu Street Culture Festival is a walking street that spans a couple of blocks around the Kathu Shrine. It lasts for two days and starts around 4 pm. They have a large free parking area for cars and scooters right near the entrance, which makes it so easy to get in and out of the area.

The festival consists of people selling food, clothing, purses, plants, and even puppies (do not buy the puppies, they are from puppy farms!) all at massively discounted prices. They also have a tin mining demonstration area and dancing and live music through out the walk.

Chad, Z, and I met up with a friend and he walked around with us and showed us where the tin mining demonstrations were and where there was free Thai Coffee! Nice!

I will let my pictures show you what we saw, it was a great night. If you are in Kathu next year this time of year, make sure to take a trip to Kathu and spend some time at the festival.

Ample free parking... YES!
Ample free parking… YES!
Making our way to the festival.
Making our way to the festival.
This dragon made it's way to every single stall through the whole festival. If the person running the stall gave a donation, they were given a hair (string) from the dragons beard.
This dragon made its way to every single stall through the whole festival. If the person running the stall gave a donation, they were given a hair (string) from the dragons beard.
More of the dragon and it's drum team.
More of the dragon and it’s drum team.
Some of the wares that were being sold... I think this was a cucumber mask?
Some of the wares that were being sold… I think this was a cucumber mask?
The tin mining demonstration area.
The tin mining demonstration area.
This lady was one of the competitors in the tin mining competition. There was a huge crowd.
This lady was one of the competitors in the tin mining competition. There was a huge crowd.
The free coffee stall!
The free coffee stall!
Free Thai coffee! I had asked for both coffees with condensed milk and sugar, she gave me one with sugar and one with milk. Both were delicious!
Free Thai coffee! I had asked for both coffees with condensed milk and sugar, she gave me one with sugar and one with milk. Both were delicious!
Walking and talking with our friend at the festival.
Walking and talking with our friend at the festival.
The Kathu Shrine.
The Kathu Shrine.
The crowds get bigger as the night progresses.
The crowds get bigger as the night progresses.
Thai dancers. They were so fun to watch, but the crowd got too big so we had to move on quicker than I would have liked.
Thai dancers. They were so fun to watch, but the crowd got too big so we had to move on quicker than I would have liked.

 

Now it’s your turn! Does this festival seem like something you would like to go to? Have you ever had a Thai coffee? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

 

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