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Going wild in the West

The rain forest, waterfalls and uncharted caves of Kanchanaburi become a playground for weekend warriors on May 31 as the Singha River Kwai Trophy International 2014 swings into gear.

Part of the Amazing Thailand Adventure Race series, the race will set off from the famous bridge over the River Kwai and then take participants through the scenic trails and countryside of Thailand’s west. It features biking, running, swimming and kayaking. Visit

Run in the sun

The Laguna Phuket International Marathon returns to the resort island for its ninth edition on June 8, aiming to break a new record for running in the sun. The races are designed to fit all physical fitness, varying from the 2 and 5 kilometres Kids Run and Community Walk to half and full marathons. To plan your running holiday in Phuket, Thailand's best beach destination, visit

Stepping up security

AirAsia is adopting Interpol's I-Checkin system as a pilot project to enhance international travel security. With the Interpol database, the new check-in system can screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against the world police body's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Interpol, or International Criminal Police Organisation, has more than 40 million records of SLTD in the database. I-Checkin will allow the airline to query the SLTD database but not gain direct access to it. Passenger's personal data will not be transmitted to Interpol, saving only travel document number, form of document and country code screened against SLTD.

Swimming with the sharks

Siam Ocean World introduces the newest 'Shark Walk' activity, offering a different dimension to viewing the largest number of various species of sharks through a gigantic acrylic floor above the water. More than 40 sharks of five different species - Tiger Shark, Leopard Shark and Blacktip Shark - for example, can be seen through a transparent acrylic floor over the large shark tank. Siam Ocean World ( is located in Bangkok's Siam Paragon shopping mall.

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