The Phuket Vegetarian Festival will see a major influx of tourists this year.

Many people are expected to board flights to Phuket in the coming days to witness the island’s incredible Vegetarian Festival.

The nine day event from October 15th to 23rd is one of Phuket’s major tourism showcases and the Kasikorn Research Centre estimates that it will generate around Bt 5.6 million (£113,575) in additional revenue for the island.

During this year’s event, more than 270,000 people – both Thais and overseas tourists – are expected in Phuket, which is an increase of 16.4 per cent year-on-year.

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event that is held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Local custom has it that those who participate in the eating of the food and the accompanying rituals will have good fortune.

As well as the special dishes on offer, tourists can see traditional merit making and witness a number of street parades around various shrines across the island.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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