From left: Mr. Surachet Moongthong, General Manager of Quicksilver Thailand; Mr. Jumlong Sittichok, President of Phuket Surfing Club; Ms. Chaloemlak Kepsap, Patong Mayor; Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office; and Mr. Chanin Aiyarak, President of Surfing Thailand, at the press conference to announce the Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak
Phuket, 27 June, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Surfing Thailand and Phuket Surfing Club is organising the “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” that will run from June to October 2018.
This falls during the annual ‘Green’ or monsoon season in Thailand’s Southern Region when swells from the Bay of Bengal are most consistent for both beach and reef breaks along the Andaman coast. Phuket is Thailand’s best surfing destination but is not yet on any of the international surfing tour circuits; however, there are an estimated 300 Thai and foreign surfers in the region.
The “Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak” will be held at Patong, Kamala, Kalim, Surin Becahes in Phuket, as well as Pakarang Beach at Khao Lak, Phang-nga province, which will be the final event in the competition.
Mrs. Kanokkittika Kritwutikon, Director of TAT Phuket Office, said: “The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will further reinforce Phuket’s image as a sports destination and generate tourism revenue for the province. The event will also help encourage surfers both around Asia and overseas to visit and participate in this series of amateur surfing competitions.”
The Phuket Surf Series 2018+ Khao Lak will comprise six competitions between June to October 2018 as follows:
Pearl of the Andaman Surfing Championship 2018, 30 June to 1 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, featuring four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. Remarks: – If there are no women participants, the competition will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Decha Sithidej Tel. +66 (0) 89 973 2161 Facebook: Dede Decha Sithidej E-mail: [email protected]
14th Kamala Go Surfing Contest 2018, 7 to 8 July, 2018, at Kamala Beach, Phuket, comprising Open Short Board, Open Long Board, and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Aod Penmit Tel. +66 (0) 89 866 7683 Mr. Vissanu Madsatool Tel. +66 (0) 62 243 6953 Facebook Fanpage: Kamala Go Surfing Club E-mail: [email protected]
REnextop 2018 (RAST)Asian Surfing Tour, 18 to 21 July, 2018, at Patong Beach, Phuket, with four divisions: Short Board Man Open; Long Board Man Open; Short Board Women Open; and Long Board Women Open. For more information, contact: Mr. Chanin Aiyarak Tel. +66 (0) 99 469 7896 E-mail: [email protected]
2nd Kalim Reef Surfing Contest 2018, 3 to 5 August, 2018, at Kalim Beach, Phuket, featuring five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner; and Women Division. Remarks: If there are less than 8 participants, the competition for that particular group will be cancelled. For more information, contact: Mr. Prasert Hamra Tel. +66 (0) 64 948 3352 Mr. Santi Hasun Tel. +66 (0) 83 107 0151 E-mail: [email protected] Facebook Fanpage: Kalim Reef Surfers www.kalimreefsurfers.com
2nd Surin Beach Surfing Contest 2018, 22 to 23 September, 2018, at Surin Beach, Phuket, with three categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; and Grom Under 14. For more information, contact: Mr. Sayan Bureerak Tel. +66 (0) 94 593 2107 Mr. Jumlong Sittichok Tel. +66 (0) 81 270 8683 Facebook Fanpage: Surin Surfer Club E-mail: [email protected]
4th Khao Lak Surfing Contest 2018, 26 to 28 October, 2018, at Pakarang Beach, Khaolak, Phang- nga province, also with five categories: Open Short Board; Open Long Board; Grom Under 14; Beginner Open (board cannot be over 7 foot); and Beginner Women (no board size limit). For more information, contact: Mr. Montree Na Takuathung Tel. +66 (0) 86 403 6564 Facebook Fanpage: Pakarang Surf School E-mail: [email protected]
Bangkok, 27 June, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has scheduled a special ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival to be held in Chon Buri province from 29 June to 1 July, to highlight the distinctive local cuisines of regional Thailand.
The festival will take place at Laem Thaen, a cape just north of Bang Saen Beach, or about a 90-minute drive from Bangkok and one hour from Pattaya.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “The festival will offer the chance for visitors to take a culinary trip of discovery around the regions of Thailand all in one location.
“The ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival has been created both as a food-themed event in itself that further showcases the local tastes in Chon Buri and diversity of Thailand’s regional cuisines, and as a platform to promote gastronomy tourism as a delightful way to explore the kingdom.”
Discovering the fascinating destination that is Thailand through its many different local foods and regional cuisines promises plenty of unique Thai local experiences along the way. As such, it forms part of the overall Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept of TAT that invites tourists to see the kingdom from both new and existing perspectives.
The ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ festival features five zones:
Zone One will feature local dishes from all five regions of Thailand, bringing together a total of 50 famous restaurants – 10 from each region – to serve their delicious local dishes that normally can only be savoured when travelling to that particular region.
Zone Two will present distinctive local cuisines of Chon Buri, focussing on unique local dishes, snacks and desserts as well as processed foods from the host province’s 60 well-known restaurants and food producers.
Zone Three is dedicated for the ‘Thai-Eat-Art-Gastronomy’ exhibition where festival-goers can learn about regional dishes of Thailand through an informative and engaging presentations of food sources, culinary tour routes featuring herbal and vegetable gardens, as well as innovative gastronomy ideas.
Zone Four offers the chance for festival-goers to ‘easy taste local dishes (do it yourself)’ and learn about the kingdom’s culinary delights in the form of cooking experiences.
Zone Five highlights the wonderful chance to watch top celebrated Chef Natty Napawadee Payakso in action and learn from her, as she demonstrates her culinary skills and perhaps even shares some cooking secrets. There are also live concerts and performances by renowned Thai pop stars and bands including Ice Saranyu, Wan Thanakrit, Hand Made, The Mouses, KLEAR, Season Five, and Boy Peacemaker.
The annual event ‘OTOP Midyear 2018’ takes place this year from 9 to 17 June at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Challenger Hall 1-3. Entry to the event is free of charge.
‘One Tambon One Product’ (OTOP) is a project that motivates local businesses to create unique products from each sub-district (Tambon) that is high in quality and easy to market.
The project is based on Japan’s highly successful ‘One Village One Product’ (OVOP) concept. In Thailand OTOP products range from handicrafts, cotton and silk fabric, terracotta pottery, fashion accessories, jewellery, household items and artesian food products.
For consumers the OTOP Midyear 2018 Sales it offers an excellent opportunity to support small to medium sized local Thai enterprises from around the country. Every product represents the best that each sub-district has to offer made from the highest possible ingredients and raw materials.
For more information, contact: Community Development Department http://cep.cdd.go.th/ Tel: +66 (0) 2143 8910, +66 (0) 2143 8911
The Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018 is celebrating its 19th year and will take place at Sra Bua, Laem Samila, Songkhla from 29 May to 9 June 2018.
The event is known for offering all kind of seafood fresh off the boat, including fish, shrimp, crab, shellfish, squid and jellyfish, caught during the 12-day festival. There will be more than 100 seafood stalls, local Thai gastronomy demonstrations and local shops serving the fruits of the sea daily from 16.00 – 24.00 Hrs.
Seafood is the highlight of event, but Thai stars and entertainers are also set to shine bright. Live performances by Pinky Savika, Lamyai Hai Thongkam, Maleehuana, Mike Piromporn and others are expected to draw crowds. There are also local art performance and the Miss Samila 2018 Contest which is not to be missed.
This Songkhla Seafood Festival 2018 is hosted by Songkhla City Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) and others. It intends to promote Thai gastronomy and food tourism in a city famed for the freshest seafood in the Kingdom.
This year, the festival is also positioned as a ‘Food Festival No Alcohol’ and Styrofoam free event by ThaiHealth, making it both family and eco-friendly.
For information, contact: TAT Hat Yai Office Tel: +66 (0) 7423 1055; +66 (0) 7423 8518; +66 (0) 7424 3747 E-mail: [email protected]
Thailand’s only annual mini-marathon that features a run through the sea to an offshore island, the LangSuan Mini Marathon is returning in its 14th year on 17 June 2018, in Paknam Lang Suan sub-district, a peaceful coastal town in Chumphon province.
Each year, this extraordinary running event has inspired runners from Thailand and around the world to take part in the 14-kilometre mini-marathon that starts at the HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model in Paknam Lang Suan sub-district. There’s also a 5-kilometre fun run that starts at the Mu 13 village centre in Bang Nam Chuet sub-district.
Both race routes feature a scenic coastal road and conclude with the highlight at the final kilometre – a run through about 30 centimetres of low-tide seawater to the finish line on Pitak Island.
The race courses take advantage of the low tide that occurs every year in Paknam Lang Suan in June, creating a large stretch of sand dune between the shore and the island. Pitak Island itself is a small fishing village, where homestay experience is also available for visitors seeking to explore the local way of life.
Registration for the 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon 2018 is open on 18 May at the Lang Suan District Office. Runners in both categories can also register at the HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model registration point on Saturday, 16 June (13.00-20.00 Hrs.), and on the event’s date, 17 June (04.00-06.00 Hrs.) at the two starting points. The Mini Marathon starts at 06.19 Hrs., while the Fun Run at 06.39 Hrs.
All runners who take part in the run will receive a souvenir medal and there are several cups for the top ten finishers. All runners in fancy costumes will receive special gifts.
Amenities include food and beverage at HTMS Chakri Naruebet Ship Model registration point on Saturday, 16 June from 18.00-20.00 Hrs., on Sunday, 17 June at 05.00 Hrs. There are also restrooms, first aid, breakfast at finishing point on Pithak Island after the race on Sunday, 17 June. In addition, there’re food and accommodation at the child development centre in Paknam Lang Suan Municipality, Laem Son Health Park (runners are asked to bring their own bedding).
There is parking, luggage storage, bus service to the race event from Lang Suan Station on 16 June from 10.00 Hrs. and HTMS Chakri Naruebet to Mu 13 village centre on 17 June, from 04.00 Hrs. until the end of the competition.
The 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon 2018 is supported by Lang Suan District Office in cooperation Chumphon Provincial Administration Office, Bang Nam Chuet District Office, Paknam Lang Suan Municipality, The Village Headman Association, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and many other generous sponsors.
For more information, contact: TAT Chumphon Office Tel. +66 (0) 7750 1831-2; +66 (0) 7750 2775-6 E-mail: [email protected]