Join the celebrations at the Phuket Gay Festival -

January 27, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that one of the largest annual events on Phuket is set to get underway on February 25th - the opening day of the island's gay festival.

Taking place in the busy resort of Patong Beach, this event is a favourite among both gay and straight visitors to Phuket, with many of the locals also getting involved in the festivities.

People using hotels in Phuket can expect four days of colourful parties and a real carnival atmosphere on the beach, where special cabaret shows and volleyball tournaments take place.

Previous editions of the festival, which has been going since 1999, have also included fire shows, karaoke contests, fancy dress competitions and music provided by famous DJs.

The established highlight of the event is the grand parade, which takes place on the final day of the festival and culminates with a closing beach party.

As Phuket's most established tourist resort, Patong boasts a thriving gay scene as part of the area's famously eclectic nightlife.

The beach itself remains one of Phuket's main attractions, with its two kilometres of white sand playing host to a variety of activities for people using hotels in Thailand, including diving and parasailing.