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World Champion to Race Laguna Phuket

Welsh Superstar Cave’s entry sets up Thrilling Title Duel

In a major coup for Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket, recently-crowned 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Leanda Cave has joined the ranks of top professional athletes set to appear at this year’s event.

Cave signed up for Laguna Phuket less than 24 hours after completing her epic World Championship victory in Las Vegas on 9 October – and before resuming training for her next title bid at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on 13 October.

Her Laguna confirmation has set up a thrilling duel with 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Laguna Phuket 70.3 Champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia – beaten into fourth place in Las Vegas by Cave – who will be eager not to lose another title to the Welsh superstar.

“To have the brand new Ironman 70.3 World Champion immediately accept our invitation to race at Laguna Phuket is a testament to the drawing power and popularity which characterises our race on the pro circuit,” said Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket.

“Attracting such top talent is an indication of the international stature we’ve achieved and we’re looking forward to a fantastic display of world-class competition.”

The Laguna Phuket 2012 competitive mix is also fuelled by Czech Olympian Radka Vodickova and Australian veteran Belinda Granger – both vying to become the first women’s Triple Champion of Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), a week earlier on 25 November – and also with points to prove in the 70.3.

Leanda Cave

Cave, an ITU World Long Distance Champion, is hitting peak form in the run-up to Kona and Laguna, despite an indifferent start to the year that followed a spectacular end to her 2011 season when she recorded a third-place finish at the Ironman World Championship, a win at Ironman 70.3 Miami, runner-up finish at the ITU World Long Distance Championship in Las Vegas and her first Ironman title in Arizona.

Born in the UK, Cave emigrated as a child to Australia, before moving back to the UK with her Welsh mother. She now lives and trains in Tucson, Arizona and races for both Wales and Great Britain.

Cave is no stranger to Phuket, having raced LPT in 2006 when she was second-placed behind Canadian Samantha McGlone, who then went on to become 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.

Hauschildt, currently battling back from an injury-hit season, made a determined defence of her World 70.3 title in Las Vegas, but her fourth place was more than seven minutes behind Cave’s winning time of 4:28:05.

At Laguna Phuket she’ll be aiming to hold off the challenges of Cave, Rodickova, Granger and a field of other top pros to hold onto her 2011title, which she won with a course record of 4:17:01.


Songkran Festival

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Songkran festival

Songkran festival or Water festival is a traditional Thai New Year’s day, it’s celebrated everywhere around Thailand and it falls on 13-15 April every year. The most popular Songkran celebrations are in Chiangmai, Thailand, it continues for six days or longer.

The most obvious celebration of Songkran is throwing water, you will see water guns are selling everywhere in this period and a lot of water containers on the side of the street.

Buddhist people go to the temples to give food to the monks to bring their good luck for the New Year, They may clean Buddha images and pouring Buddha images with water mixed with Thai fragrance. People who works somewhere else will return to their hometown to celebrate Songkran festival with their families.

You can celebrate Songkran anywhere in Thailand.






91.5 FM Presents

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The Phuket Blues Rock Festival


91.5 FM Phuket will broadcast LIVE on 25th February from 9pm to midnight @ Laguna Phuket.




Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival : 27 September – 05 October 2011

  • Sunday September 29, 2011               Sapam Shrine
  • Monday September 30, 2011               Samkong Shrine
  • Tuesday October 01, 2011                   Ban Tha Rve Shrine
  • Wednesday October 02, 2011              Bang Neow Shrine Cherng Thalay Shrine
  • Thursday October 03, 2011                 Jui Tui Shrine
  • Friday October 04, 2011                      Kathu Shrine Yokkekeng Shrine
  • Saturday October 05, 2011                  Sui Boon Tong Shrine

Phuket Vegetarian



Mother’s day

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Traditionally, the mother of the nation was defined on 15th  April of each year, according to the resolution of the Cabinet announced the approval on February 23, 2493(1950), which considers that the Agency’s work. The National Cultural Council delegate to the event date from the 15th April 2493(1950) for the first time since then has been a great success. With public support, they can expand the scope of reaching out to them.

Buddhist ceremonies are held. Mother’s Day slogan contest. Mother of the national contest. To honor and recognize the importance of the mother. And to increase the importance of the mother and the other to this end, Mother’s Day is the annual national government under Prime Minister Field Marshal Pibulsonggram. It is generally known as the mother of the nation.

The governments are scheduled on August 12 of each year and are considered to be critical of the Thai people. The set is “jasmine” white as a symbol of goodness of the mother gave birth to us.


Loy Kratong Festival

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On the full moon night of the 12th lunar month, the tide in the rivers is highest and the moon at its brightest, creating a romantic setting ideal for lovers. The Thai people choose this day to hold the ‘Loy Kratong’ festival, or the ‘festival of light.’ Loy Kratong is one of the two most recognized festivals in the country.

Loy Kratong is probably the most picturesque and beautiful of all Thai celebrations. ‘Loy’ literally means ‘to float,’ while ‘kratong’ refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the kratong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A kratong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. The making of a kratong is much more creative these days as many more materials are available.

loykhrathong Noppamas

The Loy Kratong ritual is a simple one. One needs only to light the candles and the joss sticks, make one’s wishes and let it float away with the current of a river or a canal.

On that day, thousands of people will gather beside the canals and rivers. With kratong in hands, they light the candle, put some coins in the kratong and silently make a wish, and carefully place their kratongs in the water and release them to the current.

They watch intently as the float drifts silently downstream, hoping that the candle will not go out. Its flame is said to signify longevity, fulfillment of wishes and release from sins. Altogether it is considered a romantic night for couples or lovers. Couples who make a wish together on Loy Kratong are thought to stay together in the future.

The Origins of Loy Krathong

Different legends surround the origins of Loy Kratong. The most popular version is it was an expression of gratitude to the goddess of water ‘Phra Mae Kongka’ for having extensively used, and sometimes polluted, the water from the rivers and canals. It is also in part a thanksgiving for her bounty in providing water for the livelihood of the people.

Some believe the festival originates from Buddhism. They say the offering of flowers, candles and joss-sticks is a tribute of respect to the footprint of the Lord Buddha on the sandy beach of the Narmaha River in India, as well as to the great Serpent and dwellers of the underwater world, after the Lord Buddha’s visit to their watery realm. It is possible that this is derived from a Hindu festival that pays tribute to the god Vishnu, who meditates at the center of the ocean.

Loy-KrathongOthers believe that the floral kratong is offered to the pagoda containing the Lord Buddha’s topknot, which was cut off at his self-ordination and is now in heaven. Another explanation is that it is a way to pay respect to one’s ancestors.

Whatever the true origin, the practice of Loy Kratong first began in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai in the 13th century. A young queen named Nang Noppamas was believed to be the one who made a small boat laden with candles and incense and floated it down the river. The name Nang Noppamas has been associated with Loy Kratong ever since.

Today, Loy Kratong offers a unique occasion to celebrate. It’s a good time for people to make wishes and look to the future as they float their floral offerings along the waterways.

Where to celebrate

Although celebrated nationwide, Loy Kratong is particularly delightful in the provinces of Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

As the place of origin of the festival, Sukhothai rightly remains the focal point of the celebrations. The festival comes with a spectacular light-and-sound show held in the ancient and traditional setting of the Sukhothai historical park.

loy kratong  in chiang maiChiang Mai is another prime site to celebrate Loy Kratong. The festival is known in northern dialect as ‘Yi Peng.’ The largest kratongs are decorated floats, paraded through the town on trucks. The colorfully lit floats form a long glittering parade as they make their way to the river.

Meanwhile, up above thousands of ‘khom loy’ (floating lanterns) drift into the night sky. These large balloon-like lanterns are released at temples and sometimes from private homes in the hope that misfortune flies away with them.

The Chao Phraya River is one of the main waterways to celebrate the Loy Kratong festival. In Bangkok, riverside hotels organize special celebrations for their guests. In some hotels, swimming pools are turned into a temporary river for the Loy Kratong celebration.

Where to Enjoy Loy Krathong in Phuket?

Loy Krathong is celebrated nationwide. In Phuket, major hotels usually host a special evening so that guests can join in.

Loy krathong PhuketGuests usually set the kratongs on the sea – a delightful scene as thousands of candlelit kratongs bob on the waves. In places like Patong, little boys will volunteer for a small fee to carry your kratong out a little further for a more auspicious start.

All of Phuket’s major west coast beaches take part in Loy Kratong festivities, with a mix of locals and tourists. Nai Harn Lake and Patong Beach usually have the most activity with locals visiting beaches like Kata and Karon.

Two sites in Phuket Town: Saphan Hin Park and Suan Luang (King Rama IX) Park, are also popular places for locals to celebrate. Expect big crowds at both of these locations.

Loy Krathong 2010

Date : 21st November 2010

Venue: Nationwide


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