Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa

Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa

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A big part of the fun of living in Phuket or coming to the island as a tourist is being able to experience the local life of Phuket. While staying with us at Santosa, there will be plenty of opportunities to experience the local life by attending some of Phuket’s most iconic festivals.

February is a wonderful time to visit Santosa. The weather is beautiful and the sea is calm. In addition, the island celebrates Chinese New Year, the Phuket Old Town Festival and the Chalong Temple Fair all in the space of a few subsequent days. These festivals are all important to the island’s Chinese heritage, and it’s wonderful to see the island come alive with red, glowing lanterns, parades, fireworks and even a Chinese Dragon Dance! The Chalong Temple Fair is the largest of all of the temple markets in Phuket, and it is quite special. Here you can sample a variety of local foods, buy virtually anything and watch a handful of interesting Thai cultural shows and live music.

Another important festival to Phuket’s history happens in March in the north of the island. Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival is one of the island’s largest, most important festivals and features many cultural and sporting activities. This is a family friendly festival that celebrates the victory over the invading Burmese army led by Phuket’s two heroine sisters, Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sri Suntorn.

April is without a doubt the hottest time of the year in Phuket and all of Thailand. Even so, it is a lovely time to visit Santosa and take part in a relaxing yoga retreat or detox program. April is also the time of the year when Thailand celebrates Thai New Year. Known as Songkran, the Thai New Year is loud and full of fun. Be prepared to get wet as there is a lot of water throwing that goes on in the streets. Songkran is a lovely time at Santosa, and with our close proximity to Kata Beach, you are sure not to miss out on any of the fun!

June brings the low season to Phuket, and it’s actually our favorite time of the year. While rain can be expected during this time of the year, we sure don’t mind. The rain nurtures all of the plants and trees surrounding Santosa, turning it into a lovely tropical oasis. If you are a runner, June is the month of marathons in Phuket and in the Old Town, the ever so lovely Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival is celebrated. This is such a beautiful event. Essentially, it is a mass wedding that is rooted in the traditions of days gone by. Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival features a gorgeous cultural parade as well that is great for taking photos.

The Kathu Festival takes place in July and is an interesting event. It takes place in the sleepy village of Kathu and features street stalls, food vendors, stage shows, live music and exhibitions. Thai traditional games are put on display and also played. If you are staying at Santosa in July, grab some of the new friends you’ve made and definitely head on over to this festival.

In September, the island’s Chinese heritage once again comes alive as Phuket celebrates the Por Tor Festival. This festival, known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is an important merit-making event for Phuket’s ethnic Chinese. Special foods, flowers and candles are offered to ancestors on altars.  Por Tor Festival is a truly beautiful event and gives insight into some of the special festivals celebrated by the local Thai-Chinese community.

Phuket’s most famous festival takes place in October this year, and it is one that you definitely do not want to miss. If you are looking to stay at Santosa for one of our health & wellness programs, we highly suggest you come in October so that you can witness the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place in the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and a variety of other stimulants will help in obtaining good health and peace of mind. Phuket Vegetarian Festival is celebrated at all Chinese shrines across Phuket and features ceremonies, street processions and a large variety of delicious vegetarian food to be sampled throughout the 9-day event.

One of our most favorite Thai festivals takes place in November. It is a festival of quiet celebration called Loy Krathong. It is festival that takes place near all water bodies, whether it be the ocean, a canal or lake, as it honors the water goddess. People float lanterns in the sky and krathongs  across the waterways as an offering and to float all bad misfortune away from you in the coming year. Loy Krathong is really beautiful, and it is wondrous to watch all of the lanterns floating above Kata from Santosa Vegan Restaurant.

In December we celebrate the Christmas season and look forward to the New Year. For all of us at Santosa, this is one of the best times of the year as we reflect upon the year that is almost complete and look forward to the year the will come. We celebrate the Christmas season with a colorful, delicious vegan Christmas dinner menu and we also have a special New Year party.

Celebrate Phuket’s Unique Cultural and Historical Festivals with Santosa while you are celebrating yourself. Invest in yourself and your health at Santosa, and depending upon which time of the year you decide to come, you can experience some interesting fun in Phuket as well. For more information, simply fill out the inquiry form below.

Full Fast Program

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Full fast is a full cleanse program specially designed to enable maximum results. You will have no food / no juice but only drink water with cleanses drinks and nutrition supplements. Participants of this program will be subjected to the most powerful, yet natural, body detoxification processes. This program is suitable for those who have detoxification experience and are determined to go deeper for cleanse. A thorough pre-cleanse is also important for the full fast.

Juice Fast Program

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Juice fast is a cleanse program to nourish and detoxify the body by drinking fresh fruits and vegetable juice. The key is to hydrate and nourish your cells with the correct vitamins, enzymes, minerals and antioxidants. Guests participating in the Juice Fast Program have higher energy levels allowing them to take advantage of the various activities available at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.

Raw Fast Program

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Raw food fast brings together nutritional science and holistic therapies. This program is recommended for guests looking for a long lasting and sustainable post program experience. With a balanced and nutritionally delicious set raw food menu in addition to the regular fasting supplements and a complete program of daily therapies, including regular cleansing sessions, this program is designed to optimize the detoxification process in every way. A raw food diet has shown to increase energy levels, which is great for taking part in many of Santosa’s activities.

Phuket readies to celebrate its annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket readies to celebrate its annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The yellow flags have been risen all across the island in honour of the upcoming Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Without a doubt the most anticipated annual event, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place from the 1st to the 9th of October 2016. Throughout the nine days of the festival, the island comes alive with many activities and events showcasing the deep rooted Thai-Chinese traditions of the festival.


During the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we recommend you visit a Chinese shrine, sample some of the local Thai vegetarian food and take in one of the interesting processions that parade through Phuket’s Old Town.


The history of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival 

In 1825, a traveling opera company came from China to perform for the many tin miners in the Kathu district of Phuket. Quite suddenly, the entire company grew sick from unknown circumstances. The company then decided to stick to a strict vegetarian diet to honour two of the Chinese emperor gods, Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok Ong Sone Teh. The sickness that had been affecting the entire opera company suddenly subsided.


IMG_0786-1The local people living in Phuket’s Kathu district were very interested in how quickly the vegetarian diet healed the opera company and they were curious to know how it was done. The answer given was that ritual vegetarianism and its ceremonies had been the cause of the members of the opera company healing quickly. The local people embraced this belief enthusiastically, and the first Phuket Vegetarian Festival was held in the ninth lunar month of that year.


Celebrate the Phuket Vegetarian Festival with Santosa Detox and Wellness Center

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a wonderful time to be in Phuket and the festival truly is a local favourite. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a perfect time to consider a detox or abstain from eating meat as well as indulging in other detrimental behaviours. The rules of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival highlight such things as abstaining from alcohol, refraining from eating meat and behaving both physically and mentally.


Although there is no lack of vegetarian food in Phuket, especially during the Vegetarian Festival, during the first week of October would be a great time to stop by our innovative restaurant and try a number of the delicious items from our vegan menu. We also offer a vegan buffet every Wednesday and Saturday evening that is excellent value, and introduces a wide variety of dishes that are not only good for you, but fresh and tasty by the way of utilizing fresh, local ingredients.


Interested in learning more?

If you are interested in learning more about a vegetarian or vegan diet or the wide array of detox and wellness programs we offer here at our serene center in Phuket, simply fill out the inquiry form. A dedicated member of staff will get back to you as soon as they can and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to Santosa Detox and Wellness Center located near Kata Beach in the southern tropics of Thailand.

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The Rules of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The Rules of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival will take place from the 1st to the 9th of October. Without a doubt Phuket’s most famous festival, the Vegetarian Festival is truly a spectacular sight to behold. If you are staying with us during the first week in October, we highly recommend you to make the effort to head into Phuket Town to watch the wide variety of events. However, before doing so it is important that you are aware of the Rules of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival and its various ceremonies.

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival Rules

There are ten important rules to follow when observing or participating in the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, and they are as follows:

  1. Cleanliness of the body
  2. Clean kitchen utensils, kept away from others not participating or joining the festival
  3. Dress in white throughout the duration of the festival
  4. Behave physically and mentally
  5. Refrain from sex and/or sexually active behavior
  6. No meat to eaten or meat products to be consumed
  7. Do not consume alcohol
  8. People in mourning should not attend or participate in the festival
  9. Do not watch any of the rituals if you are pregnant
  10. Do not attend if you are menstruating

Although these rules might seem like a bit much to one wishing to observe the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, they are sacred and important to those participating in the festival. Please do be polite and adhere to the rules. If you are not participating in the festival and wish to observe one of the parades or processions, it is not necessary to wear white clothing. However, if you plan to attend any of the evening rituals or visit a Chinese shrine during this period, please follow the rules and wear white. As a side note, white clothing can be easily found in local markets and shopping centers during this time.

Getting there

If you are interested in attending the Phuket Vegetarian Festival during your stay at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center, feel free to speak to our knowledgeable guest relations staff. They can provide key information about the Phuket Vegetarian Festival as well as help arrange transport. Our guest relations staff is also keen to offer advice on any other local hotspots and events happening around Phuket during your stay.

We Speak Your Language!

We Speak Your Language!

We speak your language!

At Santosa we have experts in many languages including Chinese, Italian, Spanish. German, Russian, Filipino and of course Thai.

Come and join us for a rejuvenating detox retreat – choose a Program to suit you, from ‘Full Fast’, ‘Juice Fast’, ‘Raw Food Fast’, ‘Active Cleanse’, or ‘Spa and Yoga Program. All of our programs include Yoga and Pilates and optional Meditation, Zumba, Ariel Yoga, Boxing, Healing Dance and Raw Food Cooking Classes.

We already talk in your language – come and talk in ours! Santosa detox and wellness centre is in beautiful Kata, Phuket, Thailand.

Come and Awaken Life’s Potential!






Мы говорим на одном языке!

В центре очищения и оздоровления Сантоза Велнес у нас есть специалисты, говорящие на китайском, итальянском, испанском, немецком, филиппинском, тайском и конечно русском!

Приезжайте в Сантоза снять напряжение, усталость и

почувствовать себя моложе!

Вы ощутите обновляющий эффект на свой организм, если пройдете курс очистки по одной из специально разработанных программ. Специалисты нашего центра учтут ваши пожелания и помогут соориентироваться, какая программа подойдет именно вам: полное голодание, голодание на соках или очистка организма, с помощью питания только сырыми овощами и фруктами. Также у нас есть специальная программа «Спа и йога», благодаря которой вы сможете расслабиться и настроиться на другой ритм.

В центре проходят занятия пилатесом, йогой, а такжке медитации, классы зумбы, воздушной антигравитационной йоги, спонтанного танца и занятия боксом – на ваш выбор. Кроме того, ежедневно Сантоза приглашает гостей на мастер-классы по приготовлению сыроедческих блюд.

Мы говорим на одном языке и ждем знакомства с вами! Сантоза Велнес находится на холме, в красивейшем экологически чистом месте в районе пляжа Ката, Пхукет.

Раскройте свои возможности!

Noi parliamola tua lingua!

Qui a Santosa abbiamo uno staff multilingue come Cinese, , Italiano, Spagnolo, Tedesco, Russo, Filippino e naturalmente Tha
Vieni e unisciti a noi per un ritiro di disintossicazione rigenerante – scegli un programma che fa per te, dal digiuno completo, al detox a base di succhi o il detox con cibo crudista, detox con attivita’ fisica , o con Spa e programma di yoga . Tutti i nostri programmi includono Yoga , Pilates e Meditazione.  Facoltativi sono attivita’ come Zumba, Yoga Aerial (yoga antigravitazionale), Pugilato, la danza di guarigione ,e laboratorio di cucina con ricette crudiste .

Venite a trovarci a Santosa centro detox e benessere presso la splendida spiaggia di Kata, a Phuket, Thailandia.
Venite a risvegliare la vostra energia vitale!

Wir sprechen Ihre Sprache!

Hier in Santosa haben wir Experten in sieben verschiedenen Sprachen unter anderem italienish, spanish, chinesisch, filipino und natuerlich Thai.

Komm und erlebe eine transformative Kur mit uns – du hast die Auswahl: Voll fasten, Saft fasten, Rohkost Fasten, Active Entgiftung oder unser Spa und Yoga Program, waehle eine Kur die zu dir passt! Auf allen Kuren kannst du Yoga und Pilates machen, Meditation, Zumba, Aerial Yoga, Boxing, Heil Tanz und Rohkost Koch kurs und vieles mehr sind!

Santosa Detox und Wellness Center liegt im wunderschoenen Kata, Phuket , Thailand.

Komm und erwecke dein Lebens Potenzial.

Hablamos tu idioma!

Aquí en Santosa tenemos expertos que hablan siete idiomas! Hablamos italiano, alemán, ruso, chino, filipino y por supuesto la idioma tailandés.

Ven para una experiencia transformativo con nosotros – puedes elegir de “Full Fast”, “Juice Fast”, “Raw food Fast”, “Active cleanse” o el programa “Spa y Yoga”. Todos los programas incluyen Yoga y Pilates, Meditación, Zumba, Aerial Yoga, Boxing, Healing Dance y clases de cocina.

Santosa Detox & Wellness Center es situado en el maravilloso Kata, Phuket, Tailandia.

Ven a despertar al potencial de tu vida!