Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket will host its 26th annual National Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday 13 January 2018 from 8.30am to 12pm at the resort’s outdoor event venue “Laguna Grove” by the lagoon.

Aiming at encouraging and inspiring children to become active, informed and concerned citizens via fun, age-appropriate edutainment, the free-entry event will once again comprise a series of fun games, activities and entertainment for children and parents. The event’s highlights include tastes of Phuket from local vendors, free lagoon tour and Laguna Phuket’s sightseeing on shuttle boat, mini-concerts by Thailand’s leading vocalist Wichayanee Piaklin, famously known as “Gam the Star” and Tachaya Pratumwan or “Keng The Voice” with his unique mix of contemporary and traditional Thai vocal and music performances. The entry is free.

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Celebrate National Children’s Day 2018 at Laguna Grove

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January

With paramount success of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced the award-winning race’s 25th annual edition to take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Comprising signature race distance of 1.8Km Swim, 50Km Bike and 12Km Run, registration for 2018 edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race opens from Monday 1 January 2018 at www.lagunaphukettri.com. Interested athletes are advised to book their slot as soon as possible to enjoy Super Early Bird discount (available until 31 January) and a series of promotion specially launched for 2018 to celebrate the race’s 25th anniversary.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Date Announced – Registration Opens 1 January
Michael Raelert (DEU), Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s triple-year champion at 2017LPT where he got his title for 3rd consecutive year.

For the first time in the Race of Legends’ 25-year history, 2018 LPT will introduce “25 for 25 Sprint” an inaugural Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s sprint distance of 25Km swim, bike and run combined. Athletes registered for the 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon who are 25 years old in 2018 (born on 1 January – 31 December 1993) also get additional 5% discount on entry fee.

Back by popular demand, the 25th LPT will once again feature “Charity Fun Run”. Comprising 5Km and 10Km run and introducing 2Km distance for junior runners, the Charity Fun Run will take place on Saturday 24 November’s late afternoon.

The TV show for 2017 LPT race which took place on Sunday 19 November will be broadcast nationally for interested audiences and aspired triathletes in Thailand on Monday 1 January, 3pm-4pm on Thai TV Channel 7.

For 2018LPT’s sponsorship opportunity, please visit www.lagunaphukettri.com/sponsorship or contact Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Event Director at info@lagunaphukettri.com

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

On Friday 8 December, Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” celebrates its 30th anniversary at Banyan Café, Banyan Tree Phuket. Participated by more than 180 partners and supporters from private and public sectors in Phuket, the celebration includes an opening ceremony, exciting performances and product showcases by resorts at Laguna Phuket; Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort and Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort, as well as leisure facility and service providers; Laguna Golf Phuket, Banyan Tree and Angsana Spas and Laguna Tours. The night concluded with a wonderful performance by Thailand’s leading vocalist Rudklao Amratisha.

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development
Caption: Thanate Charoenchitpaisarn, Director of Sales & Marketing of Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket (3rd from left); Sriram Kailasam, General Manager of Banyan Tree Phuket (4th from left); Kanruethai Roongruang, Hotel Manager of Angsana Villa Resort Phuket and Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort (5th from left); Tony Pedroni, General Manager of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort (6th from left); Stuart David Reading, Senior Vice President – Group Property Development, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited (6th from right); Rear Admiral Arkom Tang-on, Deputy Commander, Third Naval Area Command (5th from right); Adul Chutong, Thalang District Chief (4th from right), and Michal Zitek, Area General Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, and Angsana Vacation Club (3rd from right), jointly marked the celebration ceremony.

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Laguna Phuket Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Tourism and Community Development

Stuart David Reading, Senior Vice President – Group Property Development, Laguna Banyan Tree Limited, said during his opening remarks, “More than 30 years ago, our founders have discovered this very unique location. What was once a barren land transformed into a fantastic destination with an array of Deluxe hotels, residential communities and great facilities. Today we celebrate our past achievements in making Laguna Phuket into one of Asia’s finest destinations that has become “a home” for many, our associates who have worked here with us many for more than10, 20 and more years; our guests many of which return year after year and our homeowners who have made Phuket their home. We are also proud to be known as a leader in sustainable community development with many long-term CSR programmes, one of which the Laguna Phuket Kindergarten who celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year,”

“On behalf of Laguna Phuket, I would like to thank our friends and partners in Phuket who share the same vision in serving the ever-evolving tourism demands and, at the same time, preserving the valuable natural resources as well as giving back to the community,” he concluded.

Laguna Phuket’s 3rd Consecutive Year of CSR Excellence Recognition by AMCHAM

Recently (on 21 November 2017), Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC (Laguna Phuket) was awarded AMCHAM’s CSR Excellence (ACE) Recognition for 3rd consecutive year by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Thailand in appreciation of the resort’s long-term contribution in CSR and community development. The award was presented by the US ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Glyn T. Davies in Bangkok.

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Kicks into High Gear and towards Good Causes

Recently named “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand”, with silver credential, at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2017, the 24th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) will kick off on Sunday 19 November and comprise a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through the scenic backdrop of Phuket province in Thailand. To help celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon also features an inaugural “LPT Charity Fun Run” (5K & 10K) on Saturday 18 November, with an aim to raise funds for “Kao Project”, a charity run campaign led by rock star and LPT’s fan, Artiwara ‘Toon Bodyslam’ Kongmalai, to support 11 hospitals in Thailand.

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Kicks into High Gear and towards Good Causes A league of legends to flock Asia’s premier destination resort this Sunday Vying for USD 20,000
Caption: KP Ho, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings (standing 3rd from left) presented the revised donation amount of 1,000,000 baht to Kao Project, represented by Anurak and Pranom Kongmalai (standing 5th and 6th from right), at Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2017 Press Conference, hosted at Laguna Phuket today.
Standing from left; Antony Costes from France; Michael Raeleart, defending champion from Germany; KP HO, Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings; Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand; “Laguna” the LPT Mascot; Pranom Kongmalai of Kao Project; Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Anurak Kongmalai of Kao Project; Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Chavanant Senivongse, Manager of Promotions and Sponsorship Dept., Thai Airways PLC; Amelia Rose Watkinson, defending champion in the women’s field from New Zealand and Imogen Simmonds of Great Britain.

Pre-race press conference was held on Saturday 18 November and graced by Sanit Sriwihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand; Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket; Chavanant Senivongse, Manager of Promotions and Sponsorship Dept., Thai Airways PLC, and also paneled by elite pro athletes; Michael Raelert (Germany), defending two-time LPT Champion from 2015 and 2016; Antony “The Tiger” Costes (France); Amelia Rose Watkinson (New Zealand), 2016LPT Champion in women’s field, and Imogen Simmonds from Great Britain – all competing for USD 20,000 prize purse.

The press conference also features Legends Talk Session with legendary triathlon elites and world champions; Jurgen Zack (Germany), Karen Smyers (USA) and Belinda Granger (Australia), who are invited back to relive their LPT memories and share experiences at Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race, also known as “The Race of Legends.”

“This year, we will see around 1,800 athletes, representing more than 40 nationalities, participating in the individual and team relay categories on Sunday as well as the Charity Fun Run on Saturday,” said, Mr. Ravi Chandran, “It is delightful to have seen growing number of Thai athletes participating in our race each year. Planned for 1,000 runners, the Charity Fun Run on Saturday was sold out long before its closing date. This shows rising awareness in personal health and wellness, as well as reflects on high level of concerns for others. People show genuine generosity when it comes to healthy lifestyle and good causes,” he concluded.

Thai athletes to watch on Sunday include Jaray Jearanai and Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, defending Thai champion titles in the men’s and women’s fields. The crowd can also expect to cheer on Thai celebrity triathlete Yossavadee Hassadeevichit at the race.

The conference included a donation presentation from “LPT Charity Fun Run” to “Kao Project”. Received by Toon’s parents; Anurak and Pranom Kongmalai, as representatives from Kao Project. A whopping amount of 1,000,000 baht from Laguna Phuket was decided on spot by Mr. KP Ho, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, who crossed off the originally-planned 350,000 baht and rewrote larger donation in show of support for the great cause.

As in previous years, athletes and participants in Laguna Phuket Triathlon during the race weekend are encouraged to donate to Laguna Phuket Foundation for its ongoing local charitable causes such as “Fully Booked!” Mobile Learning Centre, Community Learning Centre, Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, Children First Fund, social enterprise restaurant “Seedlings Phuket” and many more.

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon

On podium from left: Antony Costes, Imogen Simmonds, Michael Raelert Amelia Rose Watkinson, Yvonne van Vlerken and Mitchell Robins

Today (19 November) Germany’s Michael Raelert, finished first in the premier-destination distance 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) race (1.8K swim, 50K bike, 12K run) with USD 20,000 prize purse. In 02:19:32 hours, Raelert once again successfully defended his title from last year which makes him Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s three consecutive champion (2015 – 2017) – the first in LPT history.

Followed Raelert home in second and third places were France’s Antony “The Tiger” Costes (02:20:29) and Mitchell Robins of Australia (02:23:06).

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Michael Raeleart of Germany Gets Three-Peat in the Heat at Laguna Phuket Triathlon Winning Three Consecutive Championships under the Phuket Sun

Also defended her LPT title in the women’s field, Amelia Rose Watkinson from New Zealand finished first, in 02:35:01 and broke her own record from last year race.

Followed Watkinson in second was Imogen Simmonds of Great Britain (02:41:47) who then saw her follower, Netherland’s Yvonne van Vlerken, recently broke the full distance’s nine hour barrier the thirteenth time – a world record, in 3rd, timed 02:45:24.

Phuket was hot today, making the race a little challenging. “I had a good swim and then Antony Costes pushed really hard on the bike. I was struggling on the run, maybe we were running a little bit too fast. After the first lap (of 2), I can make a little break but the last 4K was brutal. I was thinking about just sit down under the shade (laugh). I don’t know how I kept going. Now I am happy to win,” said Michael Raelert,

Raelert also shared his view on the sport of triathlon, “good thing about sports, especially triathlon, is not the professionals and age-groups getting to the finish line and be proud of themselves, but the community of it – how it brings people together, the local, the international athletes, the expats, all the people come together for one thing in common, that is sports,”

“Laguna Phuket Triathlon is all about the experiences. I fell in love 7 years ago when I first came here and I will come back. So I’d recommend athletes to come here, do what you love – the triathlon – and enjoy the friendliness of the people, exciting atmosphere, the food and all the experiences Phuket and Thailand have to offer.”

Wowing the Thai crowd were defending champions in the men’s and women’s fields; Jaray Jearanai was once again the first Thai finisher (in 02:36:47) and Nichakarn Ruttanaporn, in 03:11:08. Both broke their own LPT record from last year.

A field of over 700 individual pro and age group athletes, as well as relay teams, representing more than 40 nationalities crowded Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” from the Race Start at the resort’s beachfront to the Transition Area at Laguna Grove outdoor event venue.

The race today followed inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run, hosted yesterday (18 November) to celebrate Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary. Participated by 1,000 5K and 10K runners, LPT Charity Fun Run raised 200,000 baht for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support 11 hospitals in Thailand. The amount was changed at the press conference yesterday by Mr. KP Ho, founder and Executive Chairman of the resort who decided to donate the total of 1,000.000 baht to the cause.

Results: 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (19 Nov)
Men                                                     Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Michael Raelert(DEU)             00:22:58            01:10:32            00:43:58            02:19:32
2          Antony Costes (FRA)                00:22:58            01:10:32            00:44:50            02:20:29
3          Mitchell Robins (AUS)               00:23:10            01:13:42            00:44:13            02:23:06
4          Alberto Casadei (ITA)              00:23:00            01:13:49            00:45:03            02:23:58
5          Fernando Toldi (BRA)               00:22:56            01:15:04            00:46:26            02:26:43

Women                                                Swim                Bike                  Run                  Overall
1          Amelia Rose Watkinson (NZL) 00:25:15            01:19:21            00:47:53            02:35:01
2          Imogen Simmonds (GBR)        00:26:19            01:22:28            00:50:22            02:41:47
3          Yvonne van Vlerken (NLD)      00:28:30            01:22:56            00:51:22            02:45:24
4          Kate Bevilaqua (AUS)              00:26:56            01:28:21            00:53:57            02:52:08
5          Robin Pomeroy (USA)              00:25:17            01:24:52            00:59:41            02:52:51

Results: LPT Charity Fun Run (18 Nov) – 10K
1          Osamu Inako (JPN)                  00:40:32.2
2          Thanwa Ubolkarn (THA)           00:40:57.8
3          Praphai Saomok (THA)             00:41:05.2

Laguna Phuket Triathlon Named “Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand”

Caption: Holding the Award is Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon with Suratwadee Phetriang, PR & Marketing Communications Manager of Laguna Phuket (2nd from left) at the Award Gala.
Photo credit: SPIA Asia 2017

Recently (on 7 November), “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” was named Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand (Silver) at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Winning the award for two consecutive years, the 2017 edition is a step up from the Bronze Credential LPT has won in the same category last year.

Also joined Laguna Phuket Triathlon in this category were “Laguna Phuket Marathon” (Gold) and “FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand 2017” (Bronze).

SPIA Asia 2017 saw an expansion of both the sports conference and Awards Gala formats to now include 47 Asian countries across 23 distinct categories, both professional and community focused. 400 entries were received this year, and an independent panel of industry experts and appointed awards auditors have closely reviewed all the 205 shortlisted entries before awarding the top performers with Gold, Silver & Bronze accolades.

“We’d like to thank MMC Sportz Marketing for hosting such prestigious event to recognize us in the sports industry, Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand, Sport Authority of Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand for continuous support in Thailand’s sport tourism segment, Phuket Provincial Office and Thai Airways International (PLC) for being there for Laguna Phuket Triathlon from the beginning, as well as all of our sponsors,” said Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

“Special thanks go to Go Adventure Asia our long-term partners, all of our triathletes from our first race in 1994, event staff and volunteers both from Asia’s premier resort Laguna Phuket and local communities surrounding us.”

Registration to this year Laguna Phuket Triathlon (Sunday 19 November) opens until 13 November at www.lagunaphukettri.com. For more information about SPIA Asia 2017 and all winners listing, please visit www.spiaasia.com.

Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Awarded Thailand’s Top 100 Schools

Laguna Phuket Kindergarten Awarded Thailand’s Top 100 Schools A Grand Recognition in its 25th Year of Shaping Young Minds and Serving Community
(From left): Mrs. Aranya Ninlapat, LPK Principal; Ms. Supaporn Phongyeela, Head Teacher of K3; Mrs. Panjan Prasert, Asst. Principal; Mrs. Onanong Ritthidate, Asst. Principal

Laguna Phuket Kindergarten (LPK) was recently awarded Thailand’s Top 100 Schools for Operational Excellence Award 2017, nominated by the provincial Education Office. The award ceremony was held at Rajabhat Suan Sunandha University, Bangkok, in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Awards & Recognition Programmes by the Ministry of Education and affiliate offices focus on the theme “Teacher of the Land,” which emphasises the concept of “following in the footsteps” of His Majesty King Bhumibol, who is recognised as the Teacher of the Land.

This award was granted to 100 schools nationwide that achieved and/or sustained high performance on provincial educational assessments. LPK score was above 90 per cent in 3 consecutive years. Awarded schools will serve as Spotlight Schools and help lead efforts to replicate their award-winning programmes and sharing of best practices to schools in their local community.

“This is a wonderful reward as this year LPK celebrates its 25th anniversary in educating the future generations. We have introduced what we call meaningful and inquiry-based learning to 3,399 children. We are proud of our learning activities that promote meaningful learning and living a purposeful life.” said, Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, LPK Permit Holder.

“Our mission in developing sustainable communities through education has never been more satisfying. I enjoy coming to LPK every day to do whatever I can, and to create enduring memories for our students, parents and teachers,” said Mrs. Aranya Ninlapat, Principal of Laguna Phuket Kindergarten.

To learn more about Laguna Phuket’s initiatives in social responsibility and community sustainability programmes and/or to donate, visit www.LagunaPhuket.com/CSR or follow Facebook @LagunaPhuketCSR

 

Vegetarian Food Tasting at Seedlings Phuket

Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of devotees and foodies every year. It’s certainly one of Phuket’s most celebrated events.

Seedlings invites you to join in the sharing of “Phuketian vegetarian” food. Our Vegetarian Food Tasting is designed to provoke foodie curiosity and inspire awareness on living healthily and happily while supporting our Seedlings interns to make a difference in our community by way of cooking and sharing our passion in culinary art.

Vegetarian Food Tasting at Seedlings Phuket

Taste Phuket’s best-kept vegetarian recipes such as Bua Thod, Paco Fern Salad, Massamun Tofu, Pizza Panang Tofu, and many more. This new menu is available from October 14 until October 31 only, so come try it and share it with friends and loved ones! Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re on a health kick, there’s something for everyone at Seedlings Phuket!

**Limited Time during October 14 – 31, 2017 Only**

For reservation, please call 076 324 465-6.

Note to Editor: Located in the heart of Laguna Phuket at Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort, Seedlings Phuket is the first social enterprise restaurant in Thailand under Banyan Tree Group (Singapore). Opened in 2015, the restaurant has been a part of Laguna Phuket CSR’s Seedlings Mentorship Programme which gives local underprivileged youths an opportunity in professional culinary and hospitality training and, subsequently, opens door(s) to their dream career path.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros

The Race of Legends once again features a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand. Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status. Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Michael Raelert (Germany)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand)
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon to See Defending Champions and Elite Pros Vying for USD 20,000 Prize Purse This 19th November in Phuket, Thailand
Antony Costes (France)

Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year.

In the women’s field Phuket based Brit Imogen Simmonds is hoping to show her recent good form at her home race. In her first year as a pro Imo was slowed down by a broken collar bone early in the year but has hit form of late finishing fourth in a strong women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Vichy. She will try to improve on her fourth place at Laguna Phuket in 2016. Another contender in the women’s race will be Yvonne van Vlerken. Yvonne has been a top Iron distance athlete for a long time and her recent win at Challenge Almere in a time of 8:51:13 was the thirteenth time she broke the nine hour barrier, a world record.

24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support hospitals in Thailand.

Registration for both events opens until 13 November (or until sold-out) at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run (5Km & 10 Km) on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October at Central Festival (2nd Floor, Bank Zone) from 11am – 8.30pm. First 100 entries, post on social media with hashtag #LPTCharityFunRun, get free gift! Registration also available online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com until 13 November.

LPT Charity Fun Run entry fee is THB 500 for 5Km and THB 650 for 10Km. Laguna Phuket will take THB 100 from your entry fee and give to Kao Project, a charity run by Mr. Athiwara Khongmalai (Khun Toon Bodyslam) to raise fund for hospitals in Thailand. Laguna Phuket will add another THB 100 on top of each entry to double the fund (THB 100 from entry fee + THB 100 from Laguna Phuket = THB 200 per one runner donated to Kao Project).

2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 18-19 November; Saturday 18 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K & 10K) and Sunday 19 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (Swim 1.8K, Bike 50K and Run 12 K.)

More info at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri

Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run

Phuket Ready to Host 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon This November

On 13 September, at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization, this year comprising an inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November and 24th annual LPT on Sunday 19 November, was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.

The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.

Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”. Interested triathletes and fun runners are encouraged to register for both “24th LPT” and “1st LPT Charity Fun Run” on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October at Central Festival Phuket or online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com

The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 19 November which is expected to be exciting. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island

“I am pleased that 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again attract athletes from around the world to Phuket Province,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session, “We are expecting more than 1,200 athletes to join the race this year, plus another 1,000 to participate in the Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November. Registration opens for both events at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November,” she concluded.

Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes such as Community Learning Centre, Mobile Learning Centre, Seedlings Phuket Social-Enterprise Restaurant, Children First Fund and etc. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.

For more info, visit www.lagunaphukettri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri