November 22, 2007
The sails are officially up for the King's Cup and Agoda Company celebrates the "jewel in the crown" of Asia's yachting circuit with special rates and availability for hotels in Phuket.
Known as one of the most picturesque races in the world, the King's Cup Regatta attracts over 100 sailing participants, including heavyweights training for the Beijing Olympics.
The popularity of the race is due to a combination of factors. First of all, the conditions are second–to–none, with enthusiasts claiming that the calm, protected waters and mild weather which characterize the Andaman Sea surpass even those of the Mediterranean, and secondly, because the scenery is simply spectacular.
The event draws even thousands more spectators who prefer the crystal clear shallows and white sand beaches to actual racing, but are happy to partake in the series of onshore parties that have also garnered the regatta its reputation.
This year's King's Cup Regatta is particularly special as it marks his Majesty King Bhumiphol's 80th birthday and is also the 20th anniversary of the regatta which actually began in honor of the King. An exceptional dinghy sailor and great sportsman in general, the King was awarded an "Insignia of Olympic Order" by the International Olympic Committee – the only Monarch ever to receive such recognition – 20 years ago, which prompted yachting enthusiasts to start this first and most famous Thai regatta.
In addition to the actual race which begins on the 1st of December and concludes on the 8th, the temperate weather, friendly atmosphere and soirees that take place during that period make Phuket all the more alluring as a holiday destination
In addition to providing special rates to the following hotels in Phuket during the King's Cup, Agoda is also offering all customers who book these hotels during the Regatta period double rewards points. That's a 10% rebate on the total amount spent on a booking. Here is the Agoda.com list:
• Phuket Best Western Premier Supalai
• Phuket Sawasdee Village
• Phuket Sugar Palm
• Malisa Villa Suites
• Mangosteen Resort
• Thara Patong
• Patong Paragon
Don't forget that availability is limited, so make sure you make reservations soon. For more information regarding Agoda, please access its website at www.agoda.com or contact the Agoda Team via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.