Established in 1987, and today considered by many to be Asia’s biggest and most popular sailboat competition, the annual King’s Cup Regatta in Phuket attracts international yachtsmen who come to challenge, celebrate, and socialise with other sailing enthusiasts. In the water off Kata Beach, competitive sailors from all over the globe will race in dinghies, keelboats, and multihull vessels. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this acclaimed sporting event, and those making the trip will see world-class race teams competing and then celebrating in style at various parties around the island.
The inaugural Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2016 promises to be a fun event, designed with luxury lifestyles in mind. It’s a fantastic opportunity for yacht owners to meet, and for yachts wishing to charter to receive excellent media coverage. The event takes place immediately following the King’s Cup Regatta, and is open to both sailing and motor yachts measuring over 24 meters in length, visiting or based in Phuket—Southeast Asia’s leading superyacht hot spot. The invitation-only guest list includes Kata Rocks villa owners, superyacht owners, and industry professionals.
Sporty types are encouraged to join in on the Ayutthaya Marathon 2016, taking place at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, one of the Kingdom’s most celebrated heritage sites. Runners will enjoy the experience of hoofing it through the ancient capital of Siam—along the cultural trail with its beautiful historical sites and ancient ruins. The race is split into four categories, including a marathon (42k), half-marathon (21k), mini marathon (10k), and fun run (4.2k). The event gets underway early (at 4am), and prizes include the King’s Cup, as well as trophies and medals. For more info visit: uniquerunning.goodsportsthailand.com
During the harvest season, when the cold Northeastern winds blows over Huai Rat, the annual Buriram Kite Festival takes place, promoting and preserving time-honoured Isaan traditions. The competition, which takes over the local sports stadium, gathers kite-flyers and enthusiasts from surrounding villages, where they show off their piloting skills and techniques. Locals will display traditional aek kites, which are judged for their beauty and flyabilty. And, this being Isaan, there will also be parades, music, a beauty contest, and lots of food and souvenirs for sale.