Thailand visitors to enjoy Phuket seafood festival -

March 14, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that people using hotels in Thailand may like to visit Phuket for the island's annual seafood festival later this year.

Taking place in May, the event is designed to celebrate and promote the region's famously diverse and delicious range of seafood.

The festival typically features an elaborate parade and a carnival on Patong beach, as well as various cultural performances and live entertainment.

Of course, the main attraction is the food itself, which is available from shops, beachside stalls and restaurants throughout the island.

As Phuket is Thailand's largest island, enjoying the fruits of the sea is a longstanding tradition among the local people.

Seafood is usually priced by weight and diners can expect typical dishes to cost between 100 baht and 200 baht (£2 and £4).

Anyone who has stayed at hotels in Phuket will no doubt be familiar with the sight of the restaurants on Patong beach or other busy resort areas, where huge trays of lobsters, prawns, crabs and shellfish are often laid out.

Popular dishes include Thord Mun koong (deep-fried shrimp cake with plum sauce), Pla Meuk Yang Gleua (seasoned barbecued squid) and Hoi Maeng Poh Op Moh Din (steamed mussels with lemongrass).