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Thailand Event Round-Up – June 2018

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by Paul Poole, PAUL POOLE (SOUTH EAST ASIA)

June is the month for runners in Thailand.

One of Thailand’s most hotly anticipated sporting events take place on June 9 & 10, the popular Laguna Phuket International Marathon. Now in its 13th year, the race is one of the most well-attended races in Asia with runners flying to Phuket from all over the world. Races are held from sunrise to sunset over two days across five distances, with a 2km kids run, a 5km run and a 10k run taking place on 9 June, and the half marathon and full marathon distances taking place on 10 June. 

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Other races taking place in June include the Scenic Half Marathon in Chanthaburi on June 17, and the Tri-Factor 10 Challenge and Triathlon on June 16-17 in Hua Hin. Runners can compete in three distances in the Scenic Half Marathon, a 5km distance, a 10.55km distance and the half marathon distance. Part of the Asian Championship Series, the Tri-Factor 10 Challenge and Triathlon will see competitors compete in three disciplines, open water swimming, cycling and running.

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For those more interested in trail running, the Khao Pratabchang Trail 2018 takes place on June 17 & 18 in Ratchaburi. Runners compete in five distances, a 2km kids run, a 3km walk and run, a 10km distance, a 21km distance and a 32km distance.

For something a little different, the 14th LangSuan Mini Marathon takes place on June 17 in Chumpon. The 14km and 5km races is held in the picturesque area of Chumpon, taking runners past quaint fishing villages before concluding with a final stretch of one kilometre through 30 centimetres of water to an offshore island.

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If running is not your thing, head to Pattaya on June 8-9 for the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival. The festival will light up Pattaya Beach by fireworks designed by teams from China, the Philippines and Japan. The event, which also features a live concert, is aimed at positioning Pattaya as a world-class tourist destination for both local and international travellers.

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June is also typically the height of the Thai fruit season with fruits such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen and lychee all being harvested this month. Throughout the Kingdom fruit festivals are organised to showcase the best fruit and vegetables. The Prachinburi Agricultural Fair is held throughout June, and Sisaket hosts the Rambutan-Durian Festival, also throughout June.

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Australian bailed bikie boss refused entry into Thailand

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SCREENGRAB: 9news.com.au

The leader of an Australian outlaw motorcycle gang, Mick Murray, was turned around at the border in Thailand, despite his bail conditions allowing him to leave Australia for travel. The Comanchero bikie gang president, facing more than 100 fraud charges, had his bail conditions varied by the Melbourne Magistrates Court last Wednesday so he could travel to Thailand and Dubai.

Murray flew to Thailand on Thursday night, where he had planned to spend five nights, before a 10 day holiday in Dubai.

But he arrived back at Melbourne Airport on a Thai Airways flight about noon on Saturday after Thai authorities turned him around at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Among other charges, he is accused of having associates falsify a loan application to a car-leasing company on his behalf and allegedly owes the Australian Taxation Office $1 million.

Although police failed to have the changes to his bail halted, Mick will have to stay put in Australia for the time being, arriving back at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Victoria Police says that the man had been refused entry into Thailand.

“This is a matter for the Thai authorities.”

SOURCES: 9news.com.au | theage.com.au

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11 die in early morning passenger van collision in Sa Kaew

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PHOTOS: The Nation

Eleven people have been killed and four others seriously injured after a chartered van carrying Lao workers collided with an 18 wheel truck in Sa Kaew province, east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border, early today (map below).

The Nation reports that they were travelling to the Chanthaburi immigration checkpoint to renew their visas.

Police suspect the Thai van driver, Sansern Sathongkhan, might have dozed off behind the wheel, and driven the passenger van into the opposite lane where it crashed head-on with the oncoming 18 wheel truck.

Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene at 4.15am on the Sakaew-Chanthaburi Road section of the highway near the entrance to the Wang Somboon District Office.

They found the dead bodies of the van driver and Lao passengers, many of whom were crushed in the wrecked van while others were flung out of the van with the force of the impact. Rescue workers were able to remove four seriously wounded people from the wreckage, including three Lao passengers and the truck driver, Subin Pengmoo, to rush them to the district hospital.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Chinese and Indians to be offered visa free arrival for 15 days in Thailand

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The Tourism and Sports Minister says he’ll seek cabinet approval to offer visa exemptions to visitors from China and India for one year. Already Chinese tourists have a visa-on-arrival fees exemption. The current promotion is set to end on October 31 this year.

If the new visa exemption is approved by cabinet it will start on November 1 and run through to at least October 31, 2020.

The Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says the visa exemption will allow travel in Thailand for up to 15 days.

“Free visas is the ministry’s must urgent stimulus policy, without which tourism arrival growth might not reach our target,” the Minister told the Bangkok Post.

A slowing global economy and a strong Thai baht have put a small dent in the rise and rise of Thailand’s ‘teflon’ tourist industry this year. But the arrival numbers have mostly recovered after a sluggish April and May this year.

The numbers show that 19.76 million tourists arrived in Thailand for the first half of 2019, a small increase of just 1.48% compared to H1, 2018. But Chinese tourists declined by 4.73% over the same period with the nationalities taking up the slack – including India – up 24% compared to the first half of 2018.

The minister says he is confident the visa exemption will help boost the number of travellers from India to reach some 3 million next year and help to encourage Chinese tourists back as well.

Vichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents says the visa exemption will bolster the number of inbound Indians and Chinese to Thailand and will be a significant boost in tough world economic conditions.

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