Instead of greens for health, there’s plenty of blood and gore at this Thai vegetarian festival

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Events on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Be warned. If you’re the squeamish sort, do not proceed. In the Thai beach resort city of Phuket, there’s a Vegetarian Festival held every November where devotees abstain from meat to promote good health and eating habits for nine consecutive days.

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Extreme piercings may give you nightmares

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Events on Monday 3 December 2012

This year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival may have just passed, but the scary images we’ve seen aren’t leaving us alone just yet. Contrary to the peaceful connotations of its name, the festival — celebrated by Thai-Chinese devotees on the island — is more of a graphic visual assault, heavy on street processions and ritualistic practices involving hot oil baths, extreme self-mutilation and fire-walking.

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Illustrated Kids Go Travel Guides

Contributions Reader Find

By Stuart Hellier in Cool Travel on Friday 4 November 2011

I really like the illustrator Tania Willis’ work and now she’s teamed up with Mio Debnam to produce these kid’s guide books. Avoiding the trap of thinking parents know best, they’ve asked kids in the various locations what their favourite days out, experiences, food, and so on are. So far they’ve covered Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong, Phuket, London and New York. My lad gives it 5 stars after a recent trip to Bali.

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