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Phuket Bike week

Phuket's annual Bike Week has attracted thousands of visitors to the island since it first began two decades ago. This year was no different, with motorbike enthusiasts from countries across the Asia region and beyond making their way to the island for the week-long event.

According to Wittaya “Sumon” Singkalah, the Managing Director of the event, 10,000 motorcycles and their riders took part in the festival this year, which was principally held in Patong's Loma Park and Saphan Hin on the edge of Phuket Town.

The event generates significant revenue for the island, and the local government encourages Phuket people to welcome visiting riders. Phuket's Governor Maitri Inthusit also welcomed bikers this year, who has ridden to Phuket form countries as far flung as Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to take part in a range of activities that included riding convoys, live rock concerts, local culture shows and beach parties.

A custom bike competition also attracted large numbers of competitors. Phuket Town's Four Stroke motorcycle shop offered biking enthusiasts the chance to feast their eyes on a range of world class bikes, including a pair of brightly coloured Yamaha R1s, a 1,300cc Suzuki Hayabusa and Triumph Street Triple.

The Miss Phuket Bike Week beauty pageant was, as always, one of the highlights of the week, and the event also included a body painting contest, prize draws, environment and coral conservation activities, and an international bike parade through Phuket Old Town and Patong, as well as other activities designed to raise money for local charitable organizations.

The Bike Week event is just one way in which Phuket has established itself a reputation as one of Asia's premier destinations for international festivals. The island's Vegetarian Festival, held every October, offers global visitors a unique insight into Phuket's Chinese heritage; Phuket's Jazz Festival draws world class acts to perform on the island; and the island is also the venue for a number of international Triathlons and Marathons.




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