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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18823243-ADNFCR

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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18823243-ADNFCR

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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18823243-ADNFCR

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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18823243-ADNFCR

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Paradise island of Phuket hosts Asia”s premier regatta

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The Thai island of Phuket will once again host the King”s Cup Regatta this year, from November 29th to December 6th.

Considered the premier event in the Asia sailing calendar, the event in Phuket has a royal seal of approval from the King of Thailand, who is a keen patron of the sport and an experienced sailor.

Competitors from all over the world will gather in the waters off the beautiful island, competing in a number of different classes, with trophies awarded on every day of the event.

The news will be of particular interest to British sailing enthusiasts after this summer”s Olympic Games in Beijing, where TeamGB brought home a fantastic haul of six medals, including 4 golds, including one for Ben Aislie who has claimed gold at the last three Games.

Phuket has long been a popular destination for travellers across the globe who come to sample its local culture, dense rainforests and stunning beaches.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18823243-ADNFCR

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Dubai celebrates its independence

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Dubai is a place now more readily associated with the building of ever higher skyscrapers, even bigger shopping malls and hotels more grand and exclusive than the last.

But for the yearly National Day festival, or Al-Eid Al Watani in Arabic, all of the construction work is pushed down the agenda as the emirates celebrates their independence from Britain.

The buzz and excitement which characterises this destination is added to by the daily firework displays and colourful street parades during the festival.

The day is a national holiday, in which local families often dine out and enjoy the festivities together.

December 2nd is the day which official marks the formation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On this day in 1971 Britain left the Persian Gulf and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and five other emirates, so called because of their particular dynastic style of government, formed the country as it is today.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18821977-ADNFCR

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Bridge over the River Kwai remembered

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One of the most enduring elements of the Second World War is remembered in Thailand each year from November 24th to December 5th.

Bridge Over the River Kwai Week – which actually lasts a fortnight – looks back to the horrors of war, but at the same time celebrates with optimism, looking forward to continued peace in the future.

The building of the Burma railway bridge which crosses the Khwae Yai River was immortalised first in the novel The Bridge Over the River Kwai by French author Pierre Boulle and then in the David Lean film of the same name in 1957.

Many prisoners of war were used as slave labourers in the building project and terrible working conditions and horrific treatment from the army lead to many deaths.

While the exact details have been fictionalised since, the underlying message remains untarnished, particularly for those with a personal connection to the story.

Now the area is a beautiful visitor destination, rich with history, which really comes to life during this annual festival.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18819198-ADNFCR

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Dubai plays host to the Rugby Sevens

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Sevens rugby has grown in profile in recent years, thanks in no small part to events like the iRB World Sevens Series, which kicks off in Dubai this November at the Dubai Exiles Rugby Club.

Featuring sixteen national sides, the event showcases some of the best up-and-coming talent in world rugby, alongside some veteran players who have made the reduced version of the game their own.

For those uninitiated in the way the game is played, the tournament takes place over a weekend and the matches are timed at seven minutes per half. Groups of teams compete to win a place in one of three finals, at which point the length of the halves is extended to ten minutes.

The Sevens tournament began life in 1975 as the brainchild of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, but did not initially gain any credence with the sport”s governing body and was a club competition until it was upgraded to an international event.

Its appearance at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 further raised the sport”s stature, and it continues to grow in popularity and participation numbers today.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18814652-ADNFCR

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Vietnam”s hot spots revealed

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Vietnam”s capital Hanoi is one of the country”s best destinations, according to a travel expert.

The historic city offers a range of street markets, beautiful colonial architecture and the famous Ho Chi Minh museum and mausoleum.

Elsewhere in the country there is even more to see, according to Caroline Phillips of [travel agency?] Explore.

Other destinations include Sapa in the North West, which is great for "meeting hill tribes and some fine trekking" and Hoi An, described as a "laid-back historic town with great food and tailors” shops".

Those after a memorable coastal spot should look no further than the Mekong Delta, which is "rightly famed for its floating markets, fruit orchards and delightful scenes of waterlife," Ms Phillips said.

According to recent figures by the World Travel and Tourism Council, Vietnam currently employs more than 1.5 million people in the travel and tourism industries, with a rise to 1.7 million expected by 2018.

The Vietnamese government has estimated that international arrivals to Vietnam so far this year were 3.3 million, increasing by 5.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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