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Samila Asian Tour Beach Volleyball

Schedule : 14-16 April 2002

Venue : Around Chalathat Beach and Samila Beach, Amphoe Muang, Songkhla

Origin :
The southern beaches of Thailand are famous because of their beauty that rival other well-known ones elsewhere in the world. One of the most popular sports played along the seaside is beach volleyball. It is so popular that it is included in many international sport events.
Due to the above reason, Songkhla Province has organized the Samila Asian Tour Beach Volleyball. The event responds to the policy to use sports for tourism promotion.

Activities :
The tournament is participated by 14 countries, as follows; Japan, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Philippines, the People's Republic of China, Australia, Viet Nam, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico. The Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau also take part. There are 16 men's teams and 16 women's teams.

Nearby Tourist Spots :
- Khu Khut Waterfowl Park (Sathing Phra)
  is one of the best places for birdwatching as there are 112 species of birds.
- Songkhla Lake (Muang)
  is the only natural lake in Thailand. It has beautiful scenery with several archipelagos at its mouth, such as Ko Yai, Ko Si, Ko Ha, Ko Yo, etc.
- Samila Cape (Muang)
  has a white beach and a row of shady pine trees. There is also the famous mermaid statue that is the provincial symbol.
- Tinsulanonda Bridge (Muang)
  spans the lake and is divided into 2 parts; the first links Amphoe Muang and Ko Yo and the second links with Amphoe Khao Khiao. The bridge is 1.8 kilometers long.

For more information, contact :
- Songkhla Provincial Office, Policy and Planning Department.
  Tel. (074) 313206, 312046
- Songkhla Municipality.
  Tel. (074) 311387, 311015, 311833, fax (074) 328872

Source : The Tourism Authority of Thailand
Wed, 6 March, 2002

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