Running for a cause
Samui Island Marathon has been confirmed for Sunday, September 23.
The annual competition will turn the tropical island from laid-back to racy mode, as the winners will go home with the trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn plus Bt3 million in prizes. The races are designed for all fitness levels, varying from marathon (42.195km) to fun run (2km). Registration is now open and runs through to September 22. For more information, call Bangkok Airways at (02) 265 5669 or visit www.BangkokAir.com/samui-island-marathon
Down by the river
Small and stylish hotels are often favoured by today's travellers and the Riva Surya Bangkok has just added 68 inviting rooms to the capital's choices of accommodation. Nestled along the Chao Phraya River and Phra Arthit Road, the boutique hotel is within walking distance of Khao San Road and such city landmarks as the Grand Palace and National Museum. Find out more at www.RivaSuryaBangkok.com.
The Akha, the tribal highlanders in Thailand's North, celebrate their annual Swing Ceremony from late August to early September. A thrilling albeit vanishing tradition, the Swing Ceremony celebrates the goddess of fertility and the passage from adolescence to adulthood. Visitors to the village can break bread, enjoy the tribal music and dance, and get a big dose of adrenaline on the giant swing. For more details, call (053) 918 415.
Rafting on the rapids of fire
Kaeng Hin Phloeng rafting season kicks off with a rafting competition from August 17 to 19. The race is open to teams of six paddlers in both the professional and amateur categories along a 10-kilometre stretch of wild river, with plenty of sharp turns and powerful whirlpools. Kaeng Hin Phloeng, which translates as the Rapids of Fire, offers lots of adrenaline rushes. For more information, call the Tourism Authority of Thailand Nakhon Nayok Office at (037) 312 282 or (037) 312 284. Visit www.TAT8.com.