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The Phuket Games 2012: Great for business but not for traffic

Phuket Games Bring Visitors, Serious Traffic

Monday, May 21, 2012
PHUKET: Traffic on Phuket's roads is expected to be busy and possibly choked at times when the 28th National Youth Games 2012 are held from this Saturday until June 5.

The Games present a chance for families from all over Thailand to see Phuket at its best, although the sudden influx of 16,000 competitors, coaches, administrators and their families to enjoy 40 sports is expected to test Phuket's traffic police.

Most Phuket children have been given the extra time off school so they can attend events, which will mostly be centred around Saphan Hin, Rajabhat University and Surakul Stadium in Phuket City.

Phuket police plan to use vacant schools as parking lots for the large gatherings and provide local bus shuttle services into and out of the events.

Many other events are scattered at specialist venues all over Phuket. Phuket motorists would be well advised to familiarise themselves with likely bottlenecks in destinations they are visiting or travelling through.

The Games, a celebration of the energy and exhuberance of Thailand's children, begin with an opening ceremony at Surakul Stadium in Phuket City from 5pm on May 26 and close with a ceremony at the same venue on June 5.

On Friday evening, before the games begin, 6000 participants will be taking part in a welcome dinner at Saphan Hin, with the Phuket Provincial Administative Organisation as host.

Athletics, running and swimming will be held at Saphan Hin and many other sports are to be enjoyed, ranging from karate and football to mountainbike riding and radio controlled aircraft flying.

Peak-hour traffic on Phuket is likely to be more intense than usual because most of the activities start at 8am and close at 5.30pm-6pm.

Among some of the more notable sports away from the three main venues:

Golf at Lock Palm in central Phuket, May 28, 29, 30, 31.

Cricket at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang, May 25, 26, 27.

BMX at the motocross course in Rawai May 25, 26, 29, 30.

Bowling at Big C in Phuket City May 29, 30, 31, June 1, 2.

Gymnastics at Cherng Talay School May 25, 26-June 3.

Rugby at Kathu Wittaya School May 23-29.

Sailing at Ao Yon May 26-June 2.

Canoeing, Rawai lagoon May 24-30.

Hockey Patong Futsal Club May 24-June 4.

Thai boxing Tessaban Kathu School May 25-June 4.

Tennis Phuket City courts May 24-June 4.

A Games Information Centre is already open and operating at the Phuket Provincial PR Office at Provincial Hall in Phuket City.

There's a hotline: 076 250110. Details of events are available at www.phuketgames.com

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is rawai lagoon at nai harn??

Posted by another steve on May 21, 2012 18:32

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"... mostly be centred around Saphan Hin, Rajabhat University and Surakul Stadium ..."
Which sports will be played over the above mentioned facilities? Thanks.

Posted by Coralie on May 22, 2012 09:15

Editor Comment:

Details of events and venues (in Thai) are available at www.phuketgames.com


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