#StaySafeWithLagunaPhuket brand campaign promotes this Safest Destination post-COVID
Singapore, 2 July 2020 – Banyan Tree Group’s flagship destination integrated resort – Laguna Phuket has secured and successfully held its first post-COVID event “Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Certification Award Ceremony” at the Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space (ACES).
Laguna Phuket’s seven deluxe hotels and golf course were conferred the SHA certificates by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr Yuthasak Supasorn and the new Governor of Phuket Mr Narong Woonchiew at the Award Ceremony. The largest MICE facility in Phuket, Laguna Phuket’s ACES was the venue host to the delegates comprising Phuket Tourist Association, hospitality professionals and local media.
“Now re-opened with enhanced protocols for safety and trust, we have launched #StaySafeWithLagunaPhuket to promote our destination as a Safe Sanctuary. Among the first in Thailand to receive the SHA certificates, we are uniquely placed to ensure total safety within our destination. All hotels in Laguna Phuket have implemented global safety programmes while the non-hotel resort facilities and services have enhanced safety measures. This makes Laguna Phuket the biggest and most inclusive destination resort that is fully certified – the safest destination to welcome our guests,” said Banyan Tree Holdings Executive Vice President and Laguna Phuket Managing Director Mr Ravi Chandran.
In response to the global pandemic, Banyan Tree Group had launched the SafeSanctuary Programme in partnership with Bureau Veritas to co-develop a proprietary label and certification system in June 2020. Demonstrating the rigour of Protect, Provide and Prevent, this incorporates over 40 new protocols of assurance and wellbeing standards, rolled out across all properties including Laguna Phuket. It also emphasises wellbeing and nature-focused offerings which are at the heart of the Group’s positioning.
“Privacy will be a highly valued factor, while enjoying the discovery aspect of vacation experiences that enable distancing post-COVID. Leisure travellers will gravitate less towards crowded cities, and more towards wide, open spaces like destination resorts and beaches with distancing measures. Our resorts including Laguna Phuket are well-poised to offer nature with the luxury of space and privacy within and beyond the rooms and villas – with social distancing and stringent hygiene and safety measures. We will also enable in-room enjoyment of property experiences like family fun packs and digital or private wellbeing classes,” said Mr Chandran.
The Group is also part of EarthCheck’s Global Health and Hygiene Taskforce which is developing a “Health and Hygiene Tool” to be released in support of the industry’s tourism operators and destinations as a safety compliance checklist for post-COVID recovery.
With the region’s socio-economic rebound in mind, Banyan Tree Group is working towards encouraging harmonised mechanisms across travel stakeholders. With ASEAN being the worst hit due to the high dependency on inbound tourism, intra-ASEAN travel must be a deliberate and well-coordinated partnership between stakeholders. ASEAN needs to unite as a regional block and form travel bubbles, green lanes and a common set of protocols to boost and support intra-ASEAN tourism among the countries and restore inbound long-haul confidence.
In collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Group is a key stakeholder in contributing to this common approach for health-focused travel policies for the rebound.
Mr Ravi Chandran added: “Trust, partnership and collaboration is a fundamental to the industry recovering together. As borders slowly re-open, the region is seeking guidance about how to restart travel with an increased focus on health and safety. Our Group is geared to be a key stakeholder and advocate to move our industry forward during this challenging time.”
Phuket is a trove of attractions and activities as suggested by numerous travel gurus and is enjoyed daily by tourists and visitors from all over the world. Ever wonder where Phuket folks actually go and hang out? The list below gives an insight to top spots on the island which local people love, and maybe you will too!
Phuket Old Town
Few places in Thailand offer an insight into the country’s cultural history and diversity as richly as Old Phuket Town. A notable tin-mining centre from the 16th to 19th centuries, the island attracted traders from Europe, China, Arabia and other parts of Asia who heavily influenced its architecture, culture and food. Sino-Portuguese shophouses and mansions erected during Portuguese involvement on the island can be seen throughout the old town. Today, many are cafes and restaurants, and some remain as dwellings on the upper floor, while others and several former mansions have been transformed into moderately-priced hotels. The Thai Hua museum traces Chinese migration, providing labour for the tin mines, during the early to mid 1800s. A walk through the main streets of Old Phuket Town is a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with the history of the island. The Walking Street market, held every Sunday and called Lard Yai by locals, operates on Thalang Road between 4-9pm and has become one of Phuket Town’s main attractions. One change that has emerged in recent years is the appearance of street art on buildings in the old town; the murals featuring animals, people and local scenes have added to the colour and vibrancy of an already colourful and interesting downtown area.
Khao Rang Viewpoint
Sometimes called Rang Hill viewpoint, this spot near Phuket Old Town provides sweeping views across Phuket’s main city to the Big Buddha, Panwa peninsula, Chalong Bay and islands off the east coast. Featuring a beautiful open pagoda that leads to an open viewing platform, the area is surrounded by landscaped gardens and mature rubber trees and there are several cafes which take full advantage of the view.
Lock Tien Food Court
Situated between Dibuk and Yaowarat roads in Phuket Old Town, this local food court (closed on Tuesdays) caters for a variety of local tastes that are hard to find elsewhere. The best time to visit is 11-1130 before the big lunch crowd arrives. The open-air court opens early morning and runs until 5pm or when supplies run out. Sample delectable dishes such as poor phee (a non-fried spring roll), mee hoon par chang (fried noodles (iced dessert made from banana starch). And don’t miss some of the best satays you’ll find anywhere.
Rawai Seafood Market
At the southern end of the island, facing the Andaman Sea and, is the Rawai seafood market Here you can choose a variety of seafood – fish, prawns, squid, crab, mussels – from shops on one side of the road and have them cooked by open-air casual restaurants facing the beach. Also known as Sea Gypsy Village, the market has become a big tourist attraction as well as being frequented by locals. Late afternoon and early evening as the sun goes down is the best time to enjoy this unique outdoor dining experience.
Visible throughout southern Phuket, the 45-metre white Big Buddha statue atop the Nakkerd Hills provides 360-degree views over Chalong Bay, Kata, Karon, Phuket Town and Rawai. Next to the Big Buddha is a smaller gold image made of solid brass and there is a shrine next to the car park. Access to the Big Buddha is via a winding 6-kilometre drive through jungle from Phuket’s main southern artery. The site is open daily from 6am-7pm.
Jungceylon Shopping Centre
The Jungceylon shopping mall in Patong is one of the most diverse and popular on the island. With underground parking off the main road heading south, the centre features more than 200 shops, two large supermarkets and numerous cafes and restaurants. It is a convenient place to buy food and essentials, as well as clothes and gifts, for holidaymakers and locals in the Patong area.
The long stretch of beach between Bangtao and Layan on the north-west coast of Phuket is one of the most attractive and least crowded on the island. Visitors can access the beach from Laguna Phuket, with parking available close to Dusit Thani hotel at the southern end and off the beach road towards Layan as you head north. Heading towards Layan you will find numerous casual restaurants situated among casuarina trees near the beach. Here, there are very few people – even on the most perfect days – allowing you to stroll on the beach and swim in the clear, mild water far away from other people. On the way, you can stop by the Laguna Phuket flower field, which includes topiaries of elephants, for a photo and a stroll on the pleasant grassy area.
Boat Avenue Friday Market
Boat Avenue is located near the entrance to Laguna Phuket in Cherngtalay. Every Friday afternoon, local produce sellers, clothing and craft makers come out in force for a market that operates from 5pm to 9pm. Set among numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and other shops, the market buzzes with activity for a few hours. You can buy wonderful local delicacies, fruits, vegetables and gifts, then settle back for a pleasant meal at a nearby inexpensive restaurant. If you’re staying within the Laguna Phuket resort, you can take a shuttle bus to the entrance, followed by a short 5-minute walk to Boat Avenue.
Every day of the week there is a food and clothes market in Kamala, at three different sites. Two are on the main road between Patong and Bangtao and parking is always available close by. A huge variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, plus cooked and uncooked kebabs, ribs and other delicacies are on offer, as well as clothing, gift and other items – all at very reasonable prices.
Wat Chalong is an historical landmark and temple in the Chalong Bay area. Thousands of locals come here every day to pray, while it serves as an information source about buddhism for visitors. Officially called Wat Chaiyathararam, it has become known colloquially as Wat Chalong. The temple played a pivotal healing role during fighting among Chinese secret societies in Phuket in 1876, while many locals believe numerous miracles have occurred there. The wat is located on Chao Fa West Road in the northern part of Tambol Chalong.
Learn more about Phuket, where to go and what to do on the Tourism Authority of Thailand website: www.tourismthailand.org/Destinations/Provinces/Phuket/350
Asia’s award-winning destination resort Laguna Phuket will host an exciting new sporting event, The Singha Obstacle Trail Run presented by Laguna Phuket, on Saturday 2 May 2020. Dubbed “Keng” (meaning “to excel”), the race will be Singha’s very first beach obstacle trail event and mark the beginning of Singha Obstacle Trail Series 2020.
The race will be set up amidst Laguna Phuket’s scenic tropical parkland by the beautiful Bangtao Beach. Partially extending north to neighbouring area, the race course weaves through beautiful lagoon, beach, dirt and road trails, strategically dotted by purpose-built obstacles to create a truly unique race experience.
“Phuket is one of the world’s top sports tourism hubs. With Laguna Phuket recognised as Best Sports Event Venue in Thailand (in 2018), we are thrilled to add the Singha Obstacle Trail Run to Phuket’s sporting event calendar,” enthused Paul Wilson, SAVP – Group Golf and Destination Sales & Marketing, Laguna Phuket,
“The obstacle race layout will showcase the diverse natural environment throughout the destination of Laguna Phuket and runners will have a unique playground to test their limits. This exciting new race ideally compliments our world-renowned Laguna Phuket Marathon and Laguna Phuket Triathlon.”
For the ultimate race experience, runners and followers are encouraged to book their stay at any of the 7 Laguna Phuket resorts, namely Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, which are all in a walking distance or few minutes on complimentary shuttle bus and boat to the race venue. Starting at only 1,400 baht per room per night (at Cassia Phuket), special hotel rates are on offer upon race registration, or with promo code “LP-SOTLP2020” when book direct with the hotels.
The nationwide Singha Obstacle Trail Series also includes a “Krang” (tough) episode in Ratchaburi Province in September. The series’ finale is “Kla” (brave), scheduled for December in Chiang Rai. Online registration is now open for all 3 races at www.sportsrepublicth.com. Each race comprises 8Km, 15Km and 2Km Fun Run in the solo category, and 24Km team race. Interested runners are advised to book their slot as soon as possible to enjoy early bird discounts, available to until 29 February 2020.
For more information and race registration, visit https://sportsrepublicth.com/event/sotxii/singha1/
For special room rate booking at Laguna Phuket, visit https://sportsrepublicth.com/event/sotxii/laguna-booking/
Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket will host its 28th annual National Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday 11 January 2020 from 8am to 12pm at the resort’s outdoor event venue, Laguna Grove by the lagoon.
Aiming at encouraging and inspiring children to become active, informed and concerned citizens via fun, age-appropriate edutainment, the event will once again comprise a series of fun games, activities and entertainment for children and parents. Main stage’s highlights include mini-concert by talented pianist and pop singer Saksit “Tor” Vejsupaporn, and kids performances from local schools and music school in Phuket. Merry-Go-Round, bouncy castle, game booths from hotels, face-painting, balloons, free cotton candy, ice-cream and lots of prizes are in line to make the day extra special for children. The entry is free.
Thailand National Children’s Day takes place every year on the second Saturday of January. It is the day dedicated for children to have fun and spend some quality time with their families.
With paramount success of 26th Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) in November 2019, Asia’s premier and award-winning destination resort Laguna Phuket has announced the award-winning race’s 27th annual edition is to take place on Sunday 22 November 2020. Comprising signature race distance of 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12Km run and sprint distance (0.5Km swim, 20Km bike and 6Km run), registration for 2020 LPT opens from 20 December at www.lagunaphukettri.com. Interested athletes are advised to book their slot as soon as possible to enjoy Super Early Bird discount (available until 31 January 2020).
For the first time in the Southeast Asia’s longest-running triathlon’s history, Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2020 will feature inaugural Laguna Phuket Duathlon (LPD). Crafted in a 4Km run – 50Km bike – 12Km run combination, the Duathlon will take place on the same day as LPT, giving its athletes a chance to experience the race’s signature bike course.
Back by popular demand, Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again include “Charity Fun Run” as a prelude for charity runners to help raise funds in support of local communities. Comprising 5Km and 10Km run and 2Km distance for junior runners, the Charity Fun Run will take place on Saturday 21 November’s late afternoon.
For convenient commute to the race venue, athletes and followers are encouraged to book their stay at any of the 7 Laguna Phuket resorts which are all in walking distance or few minutes on free shuttle bus and boat to LPT’s transition area at Laguna Grove. Special hotel rates are on offer upon race registration, or with promo code “LPT2020” when book direct on www.lagunaphukettri.com/travel/accommodation.
Grandly concluding 2019, Laguna Phuket Triathlon is ranked 5th in the 10 Best Triathlons in the World list by Let’s Do This (UK) while the resort is named Honorable Contributor in Sports and Exercise by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Physical Education (DPE).
The TV show for 2019 LPT race which took place on Sunday 24 November will be broadcast nationally for interested audiences and aspired athletes on Tuesday 31 December 2019, 1pm-2pm on Thai TV Channel 7HD (35). In addition to the national broadcast, 2019 LPT will be on air in various countries throughout the year 2020 to showcase Phuket’s beauty and ability as sports tourism hub to worldwide audiences.
For more information and race registration, visit www.lagunaphukettri.com
For 2020 LPT’s sponsorship opportunity, please visit www.lagunaphukettri.com/sponsorship or contact Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Laguna Phuket Triathlon’s Event Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 9 December, Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket was named Honorable Contributor in Sports and Exercise by Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Physical Education (DPE) at its 86th anniversary celebration, held at National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Presented by Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the prestigious award was exclusively presented to 7 organisations and 20 individuals selected by DPE’s judging panel from a rigorous nationwide award submissions. Laguna Phuket is the only awardee from Phuket Province in the organisations category.
“We’d like to thank the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and Department of Physical Education for the honorable recognition. 2019 is a year of harvest for Laguna Phuket. Our 26th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) – Southeast Asia’s longest running race has reaped strong international recognitions. This last quarter, our Laguna Phuket Triathlon is ranked 5th in the <10 Best Triathlons in the World> list by Let’s Do This UK, and placed amongst Top 10 in by Runner’s World UK, and at Mass Participation World Conference and Awards in Singapore.” enthused Prapa Hemmin, Director of Corporate Events and Partnership, Laguna Phuket,
Located by the beautiful Bangtao Beach in Thalang area of Phuket, Laguna Phuket Integrated Resort is the home of annual international-standard sporting events such as Laguna Phuket Marathon, Laguna Phuket Triathlon and PGA championship golf tournaments.
In addition to the 7 resorts all connected with roads and lagoons, Laguna Phuket’s facilities include award-winning spas, 18-hole golf course, lifestyle restaurants, water sports activities and public area open to the community, topped with its popularity as athletes’ training ground, associate running clubs, PGA-branded golf academy and integrated hospitality capacity.
The opening of new MICE and event venues at our resort earlier this year, especially the 1,500 sq.m Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space (ACES), has enabled us to further provide exceptional services and hospitality for the international race and sporting experiences.
“Having an expanded portfolio in MICE & Event venues, we plan to launch new sporting and lifestyle events in 2020 to reinforce Laguna Phuket’s position as Asia’s most premier destination resort and Phuket’s most celebrated sports hub,” she concluded.
To learn more about Laguna Phuket and its upcoming events, visit www.lagunaphuket.com or follow Facebook.com/LagunaPhuketResort.