Although Bangkok and Pattaya host big LGBT+ pride celebrations, Phuket Pride is widely considered to be the best in Thailand, possibly even in Southeast Asia. Dates have changed several times since the festival's inception in 1999 (including a complete hiatus for 2018), but it's usually late April. Revellers, mostly male, descend from all over the world, especially on Patong.
The four-day weekend party takes in a huge beach-volleyball tournament, cruises to nearby islands, beauty contests and of course the Grand Parade, during which floats, cheering crowds and fabulous sparkly costumes take over Patong's streets. In recent years, the festival has also included fundraising and social-responsibility campaigns to increase awareness of child prostitution, substance abuse and HIV.