Laguna Phuket Invites All to “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2018” in Bangkok

Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket will host “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2018” on Saturday 8 September at CentralWorld (3rd Floor, Atrium Zone) in Bangkok. Planned as a full-day event to take place from 10am to 10pm, the Expo will feature race registration, sports stations and showcases with fun games and activities for athletes and sports fans alike. The Expo is part of Laguna Phuket’s year-long celebration of the award-wining Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT)’s 25th anniversary, scheduled this year for Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November in Phuket, Thailand.

The Expo will also launch inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint”, LPT’s first sprint-distance triathlon race of 25K swim, bike and run combined, and introduce LPT Charity Fun Run’s newly appointed “Run for Fun, Run for Kids” Charity Ambassador, Thai actress and inspiring celebrity athlete Rachwin “Koy” Wongviriya, at the press conference. Interested athletes and sports fans are encouraged to visit the Expo early to catch the “25 For 25 Sprint Launch” at 12.30pm, followed by 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon Press Conference at 1.30pm.

Other highlights will include “Tri Tips & Tricks” session by Thailand’s leading triathlon gurus (starts at 3pm), followed by a series of stage presentations and workshops on swimming techniques, sport nutrition, running, cycling and triathlon by LPT partners. Other activities include chances to win roundtrip Bangkok – Phuket air tickets and 2-night accommodation at Laguna Phuket, kids’ corner, fun games from sponsors and all-day tri-related activities. The entry is free!

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place on 17 and 18 November 2018 at Laguna Phuket resort in Phuket, Thailand. Saturday 17 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K, 10K and 2K Kids Run) and Sunday 18 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Race Day (standard LPT comprises swim 1.8K, bike 50K and run 12K and inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” comprises swim 0.5K, bike 18.5K and run 6K). Registration also available online at www.LagunaphuketTri.com until 11 November. Hotels and resorts within Laguna Phuket offer special rate for the race weekend (promo code: LPT2018).

To learn more, visit the website or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri or call +66 (0) 76 362300 ext. 1404.

Laguna Phuket Invites All to Register for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Laguna Phuket invites runners and triathletes to register for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” triathlon and 2nd annual LPT Charity Fun Run “Run for Fun, Run for Kids” that raises funds through Children First Fund (CFF) for more than 400 children in 7 orphanages in Phuket.

Registration booth will open on Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 September at CentralFestival Phuket (2nd Fl., IT Zone. 11am-8.30pm) and in Bangkok on Saturday 8 September at CentralWorld (3rd Fl., Atrium Zone. 10am-10pm). First 100 entries are eligible to participate in fun games and get free gift! Registered runners and triathletes show confirmation email to participate. Registration also available online at www.LagunaphuketTri.com until 11 November.

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 17-18 November 2018; Saturday 17 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K, 10K and 2K Kids Run) and Sunday 18 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (standard LPT comprises swim 1.8K, bike 50K and run 12K and inaugural “25 For 25 Sprint” includes swim 0.5K, bike 18.5K and run 6K). Hotels and resorts within Laguna Phuket offer special rate during the race weekend.

All Invited to Visit 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon Booth at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon

Laguna Phuket PR & marketing executive Julalak Srijun (far left) with 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) team will set up a booth this weekend (Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July) at Sahaviriya-Bangkok Triathlon 2018’s Race Venue under Rama 8 Bridge.

Athletes and spectators are invited to visit the 25th LPT Booth to get discount code for “25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon” and “25 For 25 Sprint” (race day is Sunday 18 November 2018) and talk to LPT Squad about family-friendly Charity Fun Run (race day is 17 November 2018) and Children First Fund (CFF). The booth also features super cute “Laguna” mini-mascot, limited-edition plush doll specially made available this year in celebration of LPT’s 25th anniversary. Everyone is invited to join the booth this weekend for fun activities and gifts! For more info, visit Facebook @LagunaphuketTri.

Registration for 25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon is open with ongoing “Early Bird” rate valid until 15 August 2018. For more information and to register for 25th Laguna Phuket Tri, visit www.LagunaphuketTri.com

Laguna Phuket Associates Joined Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training

Yesterday (Thursday 14 June), 270 Laguna Resorts & Hotels (LRH) Plc. executives together with Laguna Phuket associates had participated in an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training at Angsana Ballroom, Angsana Laguna Phuket. The training was separated to 2 sessions; morning session in English language for expatriate associates and Thai-language session in the afternoon.


The anti-bribery and corruption training was held with an objective to educate Laguna Phuket associates on an overview of anti-bribery and corruption, LRH’s “zero-tolerance” anti-corruption policies and corruption-related red flags. The training is also in compliance with the Thai government’s anti-corruption policies and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)’s measures against bribery and corruption. There was a post-training test to evaluate participants’ knowledge. The test results will be recorded for future reference.

In November 2017, LRH signed the declaration to join Thailand’s Private Sector Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption (CAC). The training is part of LRH’s self-evaluation tool and supporting evidence as required by CAC.

Registration is now open for 2019 – Laguna Phuket Marathon 2019

After a record breaking 2018 edition last Sunday with more than 9,000 runners, the 14th Laguna Phuket Marathon will take place on Saturday, 8 June and Sunday, 9 June 2019 with the 10.5 km Run, 5km Run and 2km Kids Run held on Saturday afternoon and the Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday morning.

The super early bird entry period starts today and ends on 30 June 2018 with savings of up to 25 per cent on the early bird entry fees and up to 50 per cent on the regular entry fees. Entries for the 2019 are limited to 10,000 runners and the event is expected to be another sellout. Register now to secure your entry slot for next year and save big on your entry fee.

Visit our website http://www.phuketmarathon.com
Go Register http://www.gotorace.com/laguna-phuket-marathon-2019

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2018 Traffic Announcement

PHUKET, Thailand – The award-winning 2018 Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to take place 9th and 10th June at Laguna Phuket and will welcome a record number of runners in excess of 8,000 from more than 50 countries.

The event organisers aim to produce a professionally organized, international standard event with the safest possible race conditions. A number of roads used for the course will therefore be closed at certain times during the race (see below), and people are advised to avoid these roads during those times.

Saturday 9th June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (3:30pm – 7:00pm).
2. Bake Junction – Lagoon Road to Laguna Homes, Angsana Villas, Baan Suan Layan Restaurant and Soi Layan 2 (5:00pm – 7:00pm).
3. Ban Don-Thalang Market – Ban Koktanoad Road – Layan Beach (5:15pm – 7:30pm).
4. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (5:20pm – 8:00pm).

Sunday 10 June
1. All roads within Laguna Phuket and main road leading into Laguna Phuket (04:00am – midday).
2. Road 4030 from ‘Bake’ to Ban Don-Thalang Market, Ban Khai Road (04:00am – 11:00am).
3. Bann Pru Jam Pa Rd, NaKoh-Pruchuak Rd, Nong-Wah Rd & Baan Riang Rd. (04:00am – 11:00am).
4. Soi Nai Yang 2 & Nai Yang 16 to Old Airport Road (4031) (05:30am – 11:00am).
5. Ban Don Road – Koktanoad Rd, New Road behind Thalang Victory Field (06:30am – 11:30am).
6. Layan 2 Rd., Banyan Tree Hotel Beach Road and Laguna Wedding Chapel (07:00am – midday).

Course maps for Saturday 9th June and Sunday 10th June are attached and can be viewed online at http://www.phuketmarathon.com/race-venue-course.

The organisers apologize for any inconvenience caused by the temporary roadblocks and
traffic restrictions, and wish to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and kind co-operation.

For more information, visit www.phuketmarathon.com or www.facebook.com/phuketmarathon.

Laguna Phuket Marks 12 Years of Painting the World Green

On Friday 25 May, Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket marked 12th year of its Greening Community initiative by planting 3,000 mangrove saplings at Baan Thasak Village in Paklog, a sub-district in Thalang area of Phuket. Led by Laguna Phuket’s senior assistant vice president – service Mr. Anthony Loh, more than 150 volunteers, a combination of the resort’s associates, schoolchildren, community members and government officials, also released 250 live mud crabs and blue crabs to conserve the village’s mangrove ecosystem.

Supported by the initiative’s strategic partners such as Marine and Coastal Preserving Group (Paklog), Mangrove Station 23 (Phuket) and Station 21 (Phang-Nga), this 12th edition of Laguna Phuket’s annual tree planting event is a part of its initiative that aims to raise awareness of global warming, help build greener communities and inspire the next generation of environmentalists.


To date, Laguna Phuket has planted nearly 30,000 trees in Phuket and neighboring provinces, with more than 1,300 associates and 700 community members participated since 2007.

Strategically aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in climate action, life below water and life on land, “Greening Community” activity is one of many initiatives set up by Laguna Phuket to support its wider goal in environment preservation according to Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF)’s worldwide guideline for each property within the group to plant at least 2,000 trees in respective community each year.

For more information, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or follow Facebook @LagunaphuketCSR.
For more information about the UNSDGs, visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Varanyu Holds Commanding Lead at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Thailand’s Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij maintained his position at the top with his second round of nine-under-par 61 at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Friday.

The 21-year-old Thai carded a flawless round with seven birdies and one eagle to lead the field by seven strokes on a 17-under-par 123 total at the THB2 million (approx. USD64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Compatriot Nitithorn Thippong proved relentless in his pursuit of a second ADT win when he returned with a solid round of 66 to take second-place on his own, while Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall took third place following a 67 at Laguna Phuket.

Starting on the back nine, Varanyu eagled hole 14 after a good drive and solid approach with his five-iron left him with a three-footer tap-in. He made the turn at three-under after a birdie on 18 and would follow with six birdies for an inward 29.

“I was hitting everything solid and I played the three par-5s on this course very well and managed to hit the green in two shots on all of them. I enjoy playing this course and being on home ground. Especially since my mother is out here to watch me this week so I want to do well,” said Varanyu.

His low round which topped his opening 62, marked his lowest tournament round he achieved since he turned professional in 2015 and he credits his brother, nicknamed “Benz”, who is on his bag this week.

“I wasn’t nervous at all and I just stuck to my game plan of making fairways and greens. Benz and I were reading the lines well on the greens and I trusted him,” said Varanyu who is vying for a maiden win.

ADT winner Nitithorn mixed his card with six birdies and one double-bogey on the second hole when he pushed his eight-iron into the hazard.

“I was playing steady golf all day except for one missed shot. The pin was tucked in the right side and there was a hazard to the right of the green. I told myself to keep it short and hit it left but I pushed it right instead. But I made 16 greens today which was key for me and there were a lot of positives from the round,” said the 21-year-old.

Playing in the same group tomorrow, the Thai hotshot is ready to put up a good fight against his close friend Varanyu, who played junior golf with him before he joined the play-for-pay ranks.

“I am happy to be playing with him tomorrow since I haven’t seen him in a while. He is playing so well and I want to try and catch up with him tomorrow on moving day,” added Nitithorn.

The halfway cut was set at one-over-par 141 with a total of 57 players qualifying for the final two rounds.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round two scores
123 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA) 62 61
130 – Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA) 64 66
131 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) 64 67
133 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) 65 68, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 66 67
135 – Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) 68 67, Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) 68 67, Simon YATES (SCO) 67 68, Chaiphat KOONMARK (THA) 70 65, Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) 66 69

Varanyu shoots 62 and leads at Singha Laguna Phuket Open

Phuket, May 10: Thai prospect Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij signed for a blistering eight-under-par 62 to grab the opening round lead at the Singha Laguna Phuket Open on Thursday.

The 21-year-old fired 10 birdies against two bogeys to hold a two-shot lead at the ฿2 million (approx. US$64,000) event co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event and the All Thailand Golf Tour.

Sweden’s Oscar Zetterwall trails by two shots to share second-place with newly-crowned ADT winner Nitithorn Thippong on matching 64s at the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket.

Nicknamed “Bank” by his parents, the young Thai birdied six of his first seven holes before dropping a shot on hole nine, when he missed a two-footer for par. He recovered soon after with birdies on 10, 11, 14 and 17 but would drop another shot on 18.

“I am very happy with my round today, it is my lowest round in a professional tournament! I was hitting everything good today and making a lot of putts. I knew I was playing well but I wasn’t thinking about the score,” said Varanyu who only totalled 25 putts.

“The course is much tougher compared to last year. The rough is difficult to hit out of. My bogeys on holes nine and 18 were because I missed the fairway so it was tougher to find the green on the approach,” added the Thai who is vying for his maiden ADT win.

Starting on hole one, Zetterwall carded a blemish-free round with six birdies, highlighted by a near eagle on hole six. He credited his low round to his solid short game accompanied by consistent tee shots which kept his ball out of the thick rough.

“The course is pretty short but the key for me was to keep my ball in play and I was hitting my driver well today. I nearly had an eagle on hole six but my approach leaped out of the hole and ran off the green. I made the up-and-down for par which was the highlight of my round because I think I would have been pretty upset if I didn’t get to make the putt,” said the two-time ADT winner.

India’s Samarth Dwivedi sits at tied-fourth with American John Michael O’Toole after a 65 while Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradit and South African Mathiam Keyser are in sixth place on 66.

The Singha Laguna Phuket Open is the eighth leg of the 2018 ADT schedule and the tour’s first stop in Thailand this year. Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points are offered on all ADT events with the winner earning a total of six OWGR points while the top-six players and ties earn points on a sliding scale.

The leading five players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the premier Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round one scores
62 – Varanyu RATTANAPHIBOONKIJ (THA)
64 – Oscar ZETTERWALL (SWE) , Nitithorn THIPPONG (THA)
65 – Samarth DWIVEDI (IND) , John Michael O’TOOLE (USA)
66 – Pawin INGKHAPRADIT (THA) , Mathiam KEYSER (RSA)
67 – Simon YATES (SCO) , Supakrit RATTANAKAMPHOL (THA) , Puk PRADITTAN (THA)
68 – Hein SITHU (MYN) , Justin DE LOS SANTOS (USA) , Worrasorn SUWANPANANG (THA) , Tawan PHONGPHUN (THA) , Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) , Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA) , LOW Khai Jei (MAS) , Poom PATTAROPONG (THA)

Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival Attracted Ten Thousands and Raised Big Funds for Phuket Orphanages

Last weekend (27-29 April), Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket grandly held its 2nd annual Food & Music Festival (LPFMF), a 3-day East-Meets-West grub and groove extravaganza, at Laguna Grove, the resort’s outdoor event venue by the lagoon. Gate opened from 4pm until late. The entry is free for guests and visitors to enjoy a wide range of food booths selling tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine from top restaurants, tourism communities and local vendors.

The Festival’s opening ceremony took place on Friday 27 April on main stage with Phuket governor Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Laguna Phuket’s managing director Mr. Ravi Chandran and SVP – property development Mr. Stuart Reading, as well as the two performing bands “Bodyslam” and “Sweet Mullet”, jointly officiated the occasion.

Featuring a themed charity concert each night, Friday 27 April also saw leading rock bands “Bodyslam” and “Sweet Mullet” wowing more than 5,000 concert goers in the Festival’s concert area. Continuing throughout the weekend, Saturday 28 April’s charity concert was a “Jazz Night” featuring Thailand’s leading artists and vocalists Koh Mr.Saxman and Pui Duangpon, Russian pianist and opera singer Ivan Sharapov and Phuket-based Black ‘n’ Blue band and Sunday 29 April, a pop night with leading duo Joe & Kong and Black ‘n’ Blue band closing the Festival.

The 3-day Festival generated approximated 10,000 participants and raised baht 527,066 for Children First Fund (CFF), established in 2017 in support of 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 children. The Festival’s 3rd annual edition is scheduled to take place in March 2019.

For more information, visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival or follow Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.

Bodyslam and Sweet Mullet Rocked Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival’s Opening

On Friday 27 April, Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket’s 2nd annual Food & Music Festival (LPFMF) began its 3-day East-Meets-West grub and groove extravaganza at Laguna Grove, the resort’s outdoor event venue by the lagoon. Gate opened from 4pm until late. The entry is free for guests and visitors to enjoy a wide range of food booths selling tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine from top restaurants, tourism communities and local vendors. Featuring a themed charity concert each night with leading rock bands “Bodyslam” and “Sweet Mullet” on its opening night, the night saw more than 7,000 participants in both the festival and concert zones combined, and already raised baht 500,000 for Children First Fund (CFF), established in 2017 in support of 7 orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 children. Continuing throughout the weekend, tonight (Saturday 28 April)’s charity concert will be a “Jazz Night” featuring Thai’s leading artists and vocalists Koh Mr.Saxman and Pui Duangpon, Russian pianist and opera singer Ivan Sharapov and Phuket-based Black ‘n’ Blue band (ticket is priced at baht 500 apiece, available at door) and tomorrow night (Sunday 29 April) a sold-out pop night with leading duo “Joe & Kong” and Black ‘n’ Blue band closing the Festival.

From left: Sweet Mullet band; Stuart Reading, senior vice president – property development, Laguna Phuket; Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong; Laguna Phuket managing director Ravi Chandran and Bodyslam band, at the Festival’s opening ceremony, presenting baht 500,000 contribution from the Festival to Children First Fund in support of more than 400 children in 7 Phuket orphanages.

Following the success of its inaugural edition launched in 2017 together with “Children First Fund” to celebrate the resort’s 30th anniversary, Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival is hoped to become Phuket’s another permanent annual event like the resort’s Laguna Phuket Marathon and Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

Phuket governor Noraphat Plodthong said at the Festival’s opening ceremony last night “I am delighted to see that the Festival showcases international food as well as authentic Phuket fare by tourism communities to tourists and visitors from around the world, and raised funds to support children in Phuket. I hope all will enjoy the 3-day Festival and join us in other interesting cultural and lifestyle events in Phuket.”

“While the Festival itself heightens Phuket Province’s status as a “City of Gastronomy” conferred by the UNESCO and showcases Phuket as a lifestyle destination for food, music & entertainment, recreational activities and unique culture, “Children First Fund” extends the community services that Laguna provides in the area of education, a core aspect of Laguna CSR focus,” said Ravi Chandran, managing director of Laguna Phuket remembering the Festival’s launch last year that raised close to baht 2 million for Children First Fund,

“The CFF complements Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, the Community Learning Centre and the Mobile Learning Centre by empowering the future generations. So, thank you all for your participation and contribution” he concluded.

The 3-day East-Meets-West Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival 2018 is being held during 27-29 April at Laguna Grove in the heart of Laguna Phuket resort. Gate opens daily at 4pm. Entry is free.

For more information, visit www.lagunaphuket.com/foodandmusicfestival or follow Facebook/LagunaPhuketResort.