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Swim, bike, run

The Bangkok Triathlon takes place this Sunday along the Rama VIII Bridge in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district.

This is the fourth edition of the race and features a full course of challenges: 1.84km of swimming, 55kms of cycling and 10km of running. This year the Bangkok Triathlon has two categories - Open and Asian. The winner of the individual male and female categories will receive prize money. Call (02) 718 9581-2 or visit

Japan gives multiple-entry visas

Japan is to give multiple-entry visas to Thais with effect from Friday. The Japanese Government is launching the Multiple Entry Visa for temporary visitors, specifically for Thai nationals living in Thailand. The new visa offers a maximum of 90 days in Japan, and is valid up to a maximum of three years. For more information, call the Embassy of Japan at (02) 207 8503 or (02) 696 3003.

Running for a cause

The annual Pattaya International Marathon on July 15 has a place for every fitness level. You can tackle the full 42-kilometre course or putter along for 10km, and there is a route for people in wheelchairs too. The starting times are staggered from 4.20am on Pattaya Beach Road. Find out more from the city administration at (038) 253 129 or visit

Khon Kaen Centara opens

The newly opened Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Khon Kaen is the largest venue for meetings and conventions in town. The hotel, set in extensive gardens in Khon Kaen city centre, has an outdoor swimming pool with dedicated pool bar, a Cenfit Fitness Centre with sauna and steam room, and a Cense by Spa Cenvaree, Centara's spa brand, offering a complete menu of spa therapies and beauty treatments.

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