Published on : Friday, April 18, 2014
The Tourism Authority of Thailand in collaboration with Krabi Provincial Authorities, Enlive Foundation, the Rowing and Canoeing Association of Thailand and the Royal Thai Navy are organising Krabi-Enlive Sea Kayak Thailand Championship and the 3rd Sea Kayak Asian Cup on 3 May, 2014.
The Krabi-Enlive Sea Kayak Thailand Championship 2014 will comprise the Surf Ski, Single-Seat and Two-Seat Sea Kayak competitions.
The 3rd Sea Kayak Asian Cup 2014 will feature only the Surf Ski, comprising men’s 22 km. and women’s 12 km.
The starting point is at Krabi’s attractive Ao Nang Bay and the finish line is at Lan Pudam.
The official opening ceremony will be held on the evening of 2 May, 2014, at Krabi’s Cultural Centre in Krabi Municipality.
The winners of the Surf Ski competition and the Enlive Sea Kayak Thailand Championship will be presented with the royal trophy of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “The Krabi-Enlive Sea Kayak Thailand Championship and Sea Kayak Asian Cup have been organised not only as a way for canoeing and water enthusiasts to showcase their skills, but also to raise awareness of ecotourism and to help cultivate a culture of sustainable tourism in Krabi.
These fun events are helping to reaffirm Krabi’s commitment to encouraging tourism which does not harm the natural wonders of the land and sea.”
Kayaking has long been a great and environmentally-friendly way to explore the offshore wonders of Krabi, and the sport has been growing here for several years.
As well as the sea kayak competition, there will be other eco-friendly activities for tourists to experience.
Visitors to Krabi will find a wide range of activities; such as, scuba diving, rock climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, cycling, and community-based tourism, as well as the lovely natural environment itself to enjoy.
Tourists will get the chance to release sea turtles, sea crabs and marine creatures into the Andaman, under the direction of the Department of Fisheries.
Krabi is seen as one of the world’s best natural tourist destinations thanks to its pristine environment and beauty, with over 160 kilometres of coastline along the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea and 154 lush green offshore islands.
TAT, the local authorities and local communities of Krabi are well aware that to preserve Krabi’s natural charm and ensure that travellers from all over the world keep coming back, it is pivotal to protect the local environment both on land and below the waves.
Mr. Thawatchai said, “This is why the concept of sustainability or ecotourism is a top priority and any tourism activities which are clean, green, non-polluting and sustainable are always encouraged and promoted.”