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HAPPENINGS thailand Phuket /Krabi SPOTLIGHT Bikers Have Their Day Once you hear the vroom of motorcycle bikes as they rumble around the hills and highways on the island, then it’s Phuket Bike Week. This annual event has much to entertain bike enthusiasts, so make it a family event to see exhibits on motorbikes and custom bikes. There’s even a Miss Phuket Bike Week competition, a beach party, concert and a ride for peace. The event’s main attractions take place at Patong Beach and Loma Park as well as at various other locations in Patong. The top activity most biker enthusiasts look forward to every year centres on the motorcycle exhibition, a chance for a closer look at big and shiny bikes from makers like Harley Davidson to BMW. April 11-13, Laanta Lanta The Laanta-Lanta Festival held every year in Koh Lanta’s Old Town around March offers a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate unique cultural practices from various ethnic groups on the island. This festival offers thanks by displaying the best of their art and customs – the performances can be magical, with the traditional “Rong Ngeng” singing and dancing along other great traditional Thai performances. The local Chao Le (Sea Gypsies) will conduct a special “boat floating” ceremony to promote peace and prosperity for the island. Lanta Old Town’s ambience is definitely something to see with its wooddecked streets and restaurants on stilts in the water. The town’s beauty and Andaman island charm gets enhanced during the festival with colourfully lit lanterns adorning the streets. With an abundant choice of delicious snacks and meals available throughout the three days, you will be able to enjoy local and exotic food and beverages. The festive and warm hospitality will surely make you want to return again to this island of rich cultural expressions. March, Wine & Dine Lovers of fine food and fine spirits can partake in Phuket’s first Food & Wine 2017 at the Royal Phuket Marina. Count it as a destination to sample epicurean foods from celebrity chefs, learn recipes, see the latest luxury kitchen gadgets and products in action, and enjoy tasty food accompanied by wines and spirits. There’s no room for boredom with the variety of activities for everyone, including a farmers’ market, live entertainment, whiskey and cigar-rolling demonstrations, a beach barbecue at The Village, an Eat-Drink-Pink charity dinner and even fashion events. March 17-19, FOOD, MUSIC, CELEBRATION When hotel resorts turn 30, they go big. To mark three decades in the hospitality industry, the Laguna Phuket group celebrates with the Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2017 within its resort complexes. The presence of international chefs like Masterchef Asia judge Audra Morrice guarantees a culinary feast, along with other experts who’ll whip up dishes during live cooking demonstrations. Pop-up food booths will serve international and Peranakan cuisine. The options are endless as food trucks serve additional eats, alongside a beer garden while a Chef’s Challenge showcases cooking feats with an emphasis on using Phuket’s local ingredients. Phuket holds status as a “City of Gastronomy” as designated by UNESCO. Performances from Black ‘n Blue, Fivera, Gam are in the line-up – they’ll also play at the charity gala dinner with part of the proceeds benefitting Phuket orphanages. foodandmusicfestival, Tel: +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404 100