- Koh Samui to stage International Samui Island Triathlon

April 08, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
The gruelling 2011 International Samui Island Triathlon comes to the Thai resort of Koh Samui later this month.

Entrants will be tasked with swimming four km, cycling around the island one and a half times - a combined distance of 122 km - and running 30 km.

The overall winner is set to pocket 800,000 Thai baht (GBP16,000) for their efforts, while the top woman will receive 500,000 Thai baht.

Proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 24th, kicking off at 07:25 local time from Bophut Beach.

Although demanding, the course will give athletes and fans the opportunity to see some of the sights of Koh Samui, including the Lamai Temple and the communities of Bang Kao, Taling Ngam and Maenam.

To be in with a chance of winning, people must complete the swim, bike ride and run by certain times of day - 09:45, 15:38 and 19:27 respectively.

Participation in the challenge requires the registration fee of 10,000 Thai baht to be paid by April 15th.

Triathletes planning to take part in the race and tourists keen to watch the action unfold can visit if they need to book accommodation on the island.

The website offers a generous selection of Koh Samui hotels, including the Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, around ten minutes' drive from the start line at Bophut.

For more information on the triathlon, visit or call (+667) 7414 200.

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