Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites, but never actually idea almost checking it out.. I figured it would locomote simply some other local fair, peradventure non worth the thirty infinitesimal drive to Thalang. Wrong. The Heroines Festival is something much to a greater extent than than simply a bunch of nutrient together with handicraft stalls, real much worth going (even if it was difficult to find!) together with the whole household unit of measurement enjoyed it. The festival was on from fifth - 20th March, amongst the large functioning featuring hundreds of performers on the 13th, 14th together with 15th. I think the dates are the same every twelvemonth because March 13th marks an of import appointment inward the history of Phuket... In 1786, the Burmese invaded, but were beaten inward the battle of Thalang. The Phuket defenders were led yesteryear two sisters called Chan together with Mook, the quondam beingness the widow of the governor who had died non long before. At that time, Thalang, the town inward the middle of Phuket island, was the principal town, together with hither the battle was fought, ending amongst the Burmese retreating on March 13th 1786. The two sisters were after honored yesteryear King Rama I, beingness given the names Thao Thep Krasatri together with Thao Sri Sunthorn.

We decided to receive got a await at the festival on March 13th. I had seen inward the Phuket Gazette that the festival takes identify "near the Heroines Monument" - this monument is inward the midpoint of a traffic circle, showing the two sisters amongst swords drawn - pretty much every tourist visiting Phuket volition exceed this monument on the agency from the airdrome to the southward of Phuket. So, nosotros drove to the monument. No sign of a festival. We asked a policeman. "Ah, no.. you lot receive got to drive upwards to Thalang Town", he said (another 6km north). At the traffic lights inward Thalang nosotros turned left. Again, no signs or directions to the festival. Little surprise that nosotros saw simply a few unusual faces that night! These local festivals are oftentimes difficult to observe - I went to 1 terminal twelvemonth in my local village together with didn't consider any other non-Thai people! It was solely at the entrance to the commons where the Heroines Festival was taking identify that it was obvious where to acquire - nosotros entered, parked together with headed towards the lights together with crowds.

At the entrance to the fields where the festival was taking place, my boy stopped to play drums. The route was lined amongst nutrient together with drinkable stalls of all kinds - nosotros didn't stop, every bit nosotros were a lilliputian belatedly together with I could listen that the principal functioning had started.

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

The principal functioning was simply getting going amongst the characters beingness introduced, therefore nosotros took a detour offset unopen to the many nutrient stalls together with arts and crafts stalls. There was also a smaller phase amongst performances going on - a musical / dancing grouping from Pattani (one of Thailand's southern provinces), together with some mock Muay Thai fights together with a burn breather...

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

The functioning which was based on the flush of the Heroines of Phuket (aka Heroines of Thalang) was getting going - the whole present was supposed to locomote almost 1 ½ hours long which nosotros figured powerfulness locomote besides long for our kids therefore nosotros wandered unopen to some to a greater extent than of the stalls together with constitute shadow puppets to play with, drums to bang together with chicken amongst pasty rice to eat! H5N1 household unit of measurement was posing all dressed upwards inward (mostly) old fashion costume accentuated yesteryear a sepia filter...

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

We together with then constitute a identify to sit down together with lookout the functioning - at that topographic point were seats laid up, but all were taken already therefore nosotros were form of on the border together with the phase was a large expanse - parts of the present were simply 10 meters from us, other parts out of sight! As the flush was told yesteryear a narrator (in Thai.. no subtitles), actors played the roles of the locals together with the Burmese. Dramatic music accompanied the performance. The music was familiar. Think Darth Vader. Think Superman. Yes, seems John Williams had written the score.. wonder if he knows almost it?

The two photos below stand upwards for role of the heroine's history earlier the battle. I am non certain of their whole life stories, I receive got read that Chan was jailed at 1 betoken because her married adult man had been inward debt. Any local historians reading this? Please create right me! She together with then escaped together with headed dorsum to Thalang simply every bit the Burmese were starting their invasion plans.

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

As the flush continued together with Darth Vader the Burmese approached. History says that the people of Phuket were warned of the approaching Burmese yesteryear a captain of the British East Republic of Republic of India company. Phuket had no large regular army but the sisters rallied the people together with dressed women every bit men, made swords from forest together with using all kinds of trickery fooled the Burmese into believing they faced a much larger force. The photos below present the "battle" taking place. We couldn't consider everything from our topographic point - adjacent twelvemonth we'll acquire early on together with set towels on seats to pocketbook a practiced persuasion :)

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

And the battle was won.. March 13th 1786... gyre frontward 225 years. Did individual country "Phuket is simply bars together with tourists"? There is a rich history hither which is good worth celebrating. This festival, every bit I say, is largely unknown to tourists. I mean, fifty-fifty nosotros had problem finding it! I won't fifty-fifty yell the incorrect plough nosotros took after the festival.. nosotros ended upwards driving off through the safe plantations of Thalang rather than finding the principal route 1 time again - it's quite rural inward this role of Phuket..this is the existent Phuket, the old Phuket.

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

Fireworks marked the terminate of the show, amongst the heroines beingness honored yesteryear the King together with Phuket safe from harm. The huge laid for the present included a mock-up of the Grand Palace inward Bangkok. The functioning over, nosotros had the gamble to mingle amongst the stars of the present together with accept some photos. I caught sight of the Governor of Phuket, Mr Wichai Phraisa-ngop together with his married adult woman - ah yes, this festival is a large one. We shook hands together with said "Pleased to run across you".. I should receive got slipped him a problem concern card. He seems a practiced guy. Our governator is non afraid to accept on the difficult issues similar jet ski rip offs together with forthwith he's having a acquire at sorting out the resultant of populace carry inward Phuket. Well done, sir!

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

The stars of the show, Chan together with Mook were happy to pose for photos. Our immature adult woman has already learned something of their history at school. I think our boy simply idea their swords were cool.

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

I receive got seen yell of this festival for several years on diverse Phuket word websites Bangkok Thailand Map; The Phuket Heroines Festival

Wow. I was real happy that nosotros had made the effort. Kids enjoyed seeing something dissimilar - it did acquire on quite late, kids were sleeping inward the automobile yesteryear the fourth dimension nosotros got home. For the purposes of this blog, a festival similar this is gold! I started the weblog inward 2006, trying to present the "other" Phuket, off the beach, away from the tourist crowds. March is a non bad calendar month to locomote inward Phuket - conditions is hot together with sunny, it's out of peak flavour - together with now, if planning for adjacent year, yell back the dates 13th to 15th March - the Phuket Heroines Festival.

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