Review of the Phuket Balloon Music Festival 2016,
The Phuket Balloon Music Festival was the latest addition to the festival season of the island of Phuket.
Tickets to the Phuket Balloon Music Festival, similar to the already established Balloon Festival in Chiang Mai, where available in April in both of the shopping malls Jungceylon in Patong and Central Festival, Phuket Town. Shortly after the celebrations of Songkran 2016 the festival was held on the greens of Phuket Paradise, close to the British International School. Over the course of three days, entertainment for the whole family was provided. The spectacular Balloon Night Glow Show, paired with the music, together with a beautiful fireworks display on the opening night really established its mark on the event calendar of the island of Phuket. During the three days well established Thai Musician like Grand Ex, room 39, Instinct, Singto Numchok and various Dj’s performed at the huge stage.
Visitors of the Phuket Balloon Music Festival were able to watch the whole process of setting up the hot air balloon just before dawn so they are ready to glow in the night. A hot air balloon is inflated partially with cold air from a gas-powered fan before the propane burners are used for final inflation. The colourful Balloon or the envelope, as it actually called, riches up to almost seven stories high in the night sky of Phuket with a diameter of 55 feet.
Most envelopes have a volume of 65,000 to 105,000 cubic feet and it takes up to twenty minutes to fill the envelope. Besides the activities on stage and everything surrounding the balloons food stalls and small stages for locals to perform were setup and well used by the locals. You could even get a haircut on site in case you felt it was appropriate to fit in with the crowd.
Phuket Balloon Music Festival happens on 4 days in April along the Thai new year “Songkran” near the British school. Unfortunately, there will be no festival held in 2020 (canceled). If you happen to be in Chiang Mai during this period, make sure to go and enjoy the sights.
Phuket Balloon Music Festival Information
- Distance From Bismarcks Paradise:21.2 km (35) minutes
- Distance From Central Phuket:14.2 km (25) minutes