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Running through the water to Pithak Island 10th Mini Marathon of Lang Suan

July 12, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

mini marathon competitor 2The 10th Mini Marathon took place on the 29th of June 2014 at Lang Suan, Chuphon Province.

The annual run is the world’s one and the only mini marathon where competitors run a total of 14km from the mainland, crossing the low-tide shallow water before reaching the finish line at Pithak Island.

The run is separated into two with 14km mini marathon from the starting point at Chakri Naurebet Ship Model in Lang Suan and 3.5km, known as Fun Run, for competitors who joined halfway through the route before the finish line at Pithak Island.  The event began at 6am and the enthusiastic competitors of all ages and nationalities crowded up the registration centers at Lang Suan earlier than 3am. The first three winners of the mini-marathon were sighted at the grand finale water-run a little after an hour the event started. Shortly after, a series of runners rushed to the finish line and this completely flooded the final stretch of the run with photographers, videographers, and supportive marathon spectators. The race ended at 10am, yet it did not stop a few remaining runners to reach the finish line.

spectators and supportersMany shops, such as local eateries, cafes, and souvenir shops were set up before the finale run, making it easier for the competitors to quickly stop for water refreshments. To find many ambitious participants and their families and supporters, especially with last year’s statistics of a million people showing up for the event, there was no doubt of this inspirational mini-marathon of 2014 at Chumphon had attracted more participants this year and brought many to immense joy.

The event was mainly organized by Chumphon Provincial Adminstrative Organization with the help of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and many other public and private organizations to promote eco-tourism in Chumphon.

ride to the coffee plantationChumphon province is composed of many beautiful untouched coastal beaches and shores in the southern part of Thailand, bordering a Burmese province called Tanintharyi in the west. It holds a high reputation of producing many local products such as seafood, seasonal fruits, and coffee. Local farmers are given an opportunity to work as an agriculture community, supporting each other to produce the finest local products all year round, hence, eradicating the market for monopoly.  It may serve as a gateway to other southern provinces, such as Phuket, but interms of tourism and hospitality aspect, it truly is a hidden gem, and constituting many quality luxurious hotels, beautiful natural white-sand beaches, various snorkeling spots and many attraction sites.

Thailand’s competitive market for hotel industry sets a high standard for service, functionality, and price. For instance, Tusita Haven Resort and Spa is listed as one of the best 100 boutique hotels by TAT. The spacious and luxurious villas are built in a modern Thai traditional architecture, surrounded by luscious green gardens, which provides a sense of peace and serenity. The remarkable 5 star services is quite satisfying, such as well-equipped rooms, clean towels, outdoor bathroom with hot water, and friendly responsive staffs. The convenience of the location may require a means of transportation which can be easily arranged by the hotel, however, the quiet and safe neighborhood is recommended for family and honeymoon vacation.

Thung Wua Laen BeachAnother recommended accommodation for a less expensive stay, yet maintaining a beautiful modern rustic vibe would be Chumphon Cabana Resort and Diving Center. There are three different types of rooms: Standard, Superior, and Bungalows. The hotel is located right by the beautiful Thung Wua Lung Beach, and easily accessible to many restaurants at a walking distance. The nightlife may not be as congested as the mainland but for travelers who are looking for a quiet place to mingle with the locals and dive, this is the place to be.

Public Transportation to Chumphon Province

By Air: Nok Air runs only one time a day at 6am, daily from Don Mueng Airport in Bangkok to Chumphon Airport. Total time: 1 hour

By Road: Southern Bus Terminal has express buses starting from 7:30am to Chumphon Province. Total time: 8 hours, Price: 350 THB

Written by: Shwe Yee Moe Tha

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