Thanyapura Awarded Fit Reisen 2020 Quality Certificate

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort has been awarded Fit Reisen’s Quality Certificate in the Category of Health and Fitness for 2020. To determine and award the quality of the services, Fit Reisen has developed a two-stage testing process that awards the Fit Reisen Quality Certificate to the highest quality and best rated hotels.

What sets this award apart from others is the focus on the guest experience. The two-step review process analyses hotel properties based on outstanding services and health guidance according to a fixed criteria and evaluation by qualified travel experts and real customers. For the hotel to be awarded the Fit Reisen Quality Certificate, at least 4 out of 5 possible points must be awarded by real customers.

Thanyapura is a preferred destination for healthy holiday retreats and attracts guests from around the globe looking for personal optimisation.

United Soccer Coaches Partnership Announced

Thanyapura health and sports resorts is pleased to announce its partnership with united soccer coaches. Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as NSCAA) is the largest football coaching membership association in the world, providing coach education and training from grassroots to elite level coaches.

United Soccer Coaches has trained tens of thousands of coaches in North America, South America and Europe and now looks to expand its footprint into Asia. Football is the most popular sport in Asia, and the affiliation with Thanyapura will provide coaches in Asia with established and structured coaching and diploma programs designed by United Soccer Coaches and delivered at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket.

United Soccer Coaches will offer short-term intensive courses, online courses and on-site personal training hosted exclusively at Thanyapura Hotel & Sports Resort in Phuket. The training courses will fill a gap in the market for shorter course programs that are both time and cost effective. The first training course in 2020 will be a National Diploma course followed by an Advanced National Diploma course, culminating with a Premier Diploma course at the end of the year.

Soccer coaches from some of the world’s top soccer clubs and federations have delivered ongoing coach education at the United Soccer Coaches convention, including Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, along with staff from national teams in men’s and women’s football.

Steve Wallace, Head of Football at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, says that the popularity of soccer in Asia demands ongoing training programs for coaches of all levels – from school coaches to club coaches all the way to professional level coaches. “The best coaches seek continuing education and training, and our affiliation with United Soccer Coaches will provide Asian coaches with new courses to improve their skills and those of their players.”

United Soccer Coaches selected Thanyapura because the resort is Asia’s leading sports resort and offers the ideal location for camps and groups including accommodation, meeting rooms, training facilities, wellness center and clinic. Thanyapura also runs football training camps with some of Europe’s biggest teams and player development programs with AIA, Asia’s largest insurer.

Thanyapura Signs Partnership With Firstpoint USA

Football at Thanyapura

Singapore, 22nd November 2019: Thanyapura World is excited to announce a three-year partnership with FirstPoint USA, the global leader in contributing scholar-athlete talent to the US market.

FirstPoint USA will work with Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket to increase opportunities for students across Southeast Asia, enabling them to access life-changing sports scholarships at some of America’s top universities and colleges.

Thanyapura World is FirstPoint USA’s first exclusive Southeast Asian partner and is planning to host international regional recruitment events starting in April 2020. The partnership covers Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Founded in the UK in 2001, FirstPoint USA works with 2,500 colleges and universities in the USA, and is the world’s leading authority in American sports scholarships, having secured more than $200 million in scholarship awards for 12,000 athletes. Former FirstPoint athletes include 2016 Masters Champion, Danny Willett, England football star, Jamie Vardy and HSBC Shanghai Masters Champion, Russell Knox. The agency has offices in the UK, Shanghai, Melbourne, Singapore, Mumbai and New York.

Steve Wallace, Football Business Development Manager for Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, said; “We are very excited to work with FirstPoint USA. They have an established track record placing players in colleges and universities across America. As a former student-athlete myself, I know first-hand what an incredible experience it is to play sport and attend college in the USA. Our goal is to make this opportunity a reality for male and female players throughout the region.”

Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort is a recognized destination for healthy holidays, sports training and executive health retreats, and was recently named Asia’s Leading Sports Resort 2019 at the World Travel Awards. The resort runs speciality camps and clinics, and has co-hosted youth soccer camps and CSR events with Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.

Andrew Kean, CEO and founder of FirstPoint USA, said: “FirstPoint USA is thrilled to be partnering with Thanyapura World starting with events at Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort in Phuket, a truly world-class sports and wellbeing destination situated in a stunning location. There is a genuine excitement for the potential of this partnership, and we are fully motivated to quickly open up the vast sporting opportunities we have to offer students throughout Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on football, tennis and swimming. Everyone at FirstPoint USA warmly welcomes the Thanyapura team to our family of partners, and we are really looking forward to our first collaborative event in April of next year.”


Thanyapura Sanya

The Company’s first international resort in Sanya, China brings to market a new ‘active wellness’ model combining sports training, health and wellness


SANYA, HAINAN, CHINA 28 AUGUST 2019: Thanyapura World, the Singapore based holding company for the Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort brand, announces its entry into the Chinese market with the signing of its newest resort, Sanya Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort, in Sanya, Hainan Province, China’s most popular resort destination.

The property is Thanyapura’s first branded resort in China, and the company expects other management agreements to follow as property developers around the world look for new, experience-driven concepts that inspire guests to optimise their lives. To that end, Thanyapura World offers a model that combines resort living with sports, lifestyle medicine and wellness. The company believes its ‘active wellness’ model meets the needs of developers and visitors that want more than just a hotel with a wellness centre.

The Sanya resort sits on approximately 58 hectares centrally located between Yalong and Haitang Bay and will be designed by Dallas-based architectural firm, HKS, known for its cutting edge sports stadiums, hotels and healthcare facilities. The new property will offer 300 hotel rooms and 250 villas, world-class sports facilities featuring, swimming, running, tennis, cycling, soccer and multi-sport fitness; a lifestyle medicine clinic focusing on chronic disease reversal programmes; wellness centre; a members-only leisure club; multipurpose function rooms, as well as food and beverage and retail outlets.

Thanyapura’s flagship resort located in Phuket, Thailand, is recognised as a leading sports, health and wellness destination, attracting top athletes like Maria Sharapova, Jenson Button, two-time Ironman world champion, Patrick Lange, and national swim teams from around the world. Thanyapura Phuket is the only officially registered FINA training centre in Asia.

Thanyapura Sanya will mirror many of the same pillars programmes offered in Phuket, such as sports training, camps, lifestyle improvement and executive health. The expansion into China strengthens Thanyapura’s position as a regional leader in active living and healthy lifestyle resort properties that incorporate green technologies, feature sustainable practices, and deliver personal optimisation. The resort will target families, groups, corporations and individuals looking for a healthy holiday destination where they can optimise their lives and lifestyle.

“We are on the cusp of something very big,” said Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura World. “We offer something quite unique in the international hospitality market that others cannot easily replicate. China is a massive market with unlimited potential, and we are entering at the right time in the right location and with right partners. The Sanya Thanyapura resort also supports the local government’s ambition to become a magnet destination for sports and health tourism.”

Thanyapura World is working closely with developers, local governments and health promotion boards throughout Asia to build healthy holiday destinations that offer an escape from the city and access to sports facilities and wellness programmes.

The Sanya Thanyapura resort will be developed by Hainan Tianyi Tourism Investment Co. and managed by Thanyapura Six Arts Resorts Management Company, Singapore. The resort is scheduled to open in 2022.

Thanyapura Awarded Premium Fit Hotel 2018

Thanyapura has been awarded the status ‘Premium Fit Hotel’ by internationally acclaimed health and wellness organisation Fit Reisen. Fit Reisen, founded in 1975 and based in Germany, strive to find the finest fitness centres around the world, and support only the best of the best.

In order to be selected by Fit Reisen, fitness hotels and centres need to have strong service orientation and a clear focus on health and wellness, along with excellent reviews from customers and guests.

In addition to the status of ‘Premium Fit Hotel’, Fit Reisen also classed Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort as the best hotel in Phuket in January 2018. They label Thanyapura as Asia’s best sports, health and lifestyle resort, and highlight Thanyapura’s 3-dimensional approach to training, where equal emphasis is placed on the body, mind and soul.

For more information on Fit Reisen, click here.

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018

4th Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura to take place 24 – 25 March, 2018

4,000 runners expected and 110,000 THB prize money on offer

PHUKET, Thailand – For the fourth consecutive year, Thailand’s leading sports retailer, Supersports, will organise the country’s only mile-distance race, the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura on 24 – 25 March, 2018 at the award-winning Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, and organisers expect 4,000 people to take part.

A key event in Phuket’s sporting calendar and one that underscores Phuket’s sports tourism credentials, the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura attracts runners from around Thailand and overseas, and offers the largest running event prize purse in Phuket – a combined 110,000THB.

“Phuket is becoming a centre for sports and it’s events like the Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura that really help to raise the profile of the island as a leading sports destination. This event attracts many international runners and as the popularity of running increases we are seeing more and more runners from around Thailand and in Phuket taking part too,” said Mr. Sakchai Kunanuwatchaidetch, Deputy Governor of Phuket.

The event has grown year-on-year, and in response to increased participation organisers have expanded it to be two days this year, allowing more people to take part and enjoy the beautiful course in the island’s north.

“We’re very excited to be bringing this event back to Phuket for the fourth consecutive year and to be working again with Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort. The event has grown considerably since we launched four years ago and continues to grow each year, as a result we have extended the event to be held over two days in 2018 – 24 and 25 March. This will allow more runners to take part, retain the quality runner experience, and ensure runners can enjoy the beautiful course area even more,” said Miss Siraporn Wattana, Vice President of Marketing, Supersports.

The event’s schedule is as follows:

24th March, 2018:

  • 500m Fun Run for children from 3 to 12 years old – 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. Start 17:00.
  • 3 Mile (4.8km) – Open Male/ Female. Start 17:15.

25th March, 2018:

  • 5 Mile (8km) – 12-39 (male), 40 & over (male), 12-34 (female), 35 & over (female). Start 06:15.
  • 10 Mile (16km) – 15-29 (male/ female), 30-39 (male/ female), 40-49 (male/ female), 50-59 (male/ female), 60 & over (male/ female). Start 06:00.

With a “Run Festival” concept on 24th March there will be a post race concert, food, lots of activities for families and kids, and a children’s playground, while on the 25th March the “Serious Run” concept will also see all runners having the chance to win exercise equipment and sports prizes in a post-race lucky draw.

“We’re very proud to be working again with Supersports and the local community to organize the fourth edition of this international-standard race. The course area around Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort – the quiet lanes and tropical surrounds – are favorites with the runners and we are looking forward to welcoming even more runners from Phuket, around Thailand and overseas in 2018,” commented Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

“It’s very important to Supersports that we give back to the communities in which we work and on behalf of all the event’s partners and participants, we will be donating a portion of the 2018 entry fees to Pa Krong Cheap School – a school which is located along the run course,” added Miss Siraporn Wattana.

Special entry fees of 500 – 600THB are available from now until 10 January, 2018 with prices increasing thereafter. All entrants receive a race BIB, t-shirt, bag and discount coupons for New Balance products. All runners who complete their distance will receive a Finisher Medal while trophies will be presented to the top three in each category for the 5 Mile and 10 Mile distances. A total prize purse of 110,000THB will be shared between the top three Thai finishers and top three International (including Thai) finishers for the 10 Mile distance.

For more information and to enter online, go to

About Supersports 10 Mile International Run 2018 Phuket Presented by Thanyapura

First held in 2015, the fourth edition will be held 24 – 25 March, 2018 with the start and finish at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.

2018 sponsors include Supersports, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, New Balance, Johnson, Gatorade, Centara Hotels and Resorts, Central Restaurants Group, Central Food Hall, Aquafina, Mister Donut, Auntie Anne’s, Tops Super Store, Tops Market, Anda Focus, Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Nai Yang Beach, Khao Phuket and 89.75 Radio Trip, with support from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Sports Authority of Thailand and Amazing Thailand.


His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej or King Rama 9 of Thailand was not only respected for his dedication toward his country and his nation but was also a great role model in sports. In his honor, we dedicate the paragraphs below to some of the sports and activities he excelled throughout his life.

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HM the King loved doing sports since he was young, when he still lived in Switzerland. Among his favorite activities at that time were skiing, swimming, shooting, mini golf, mini car racing, tennis, gliding, etc. He spent a lot of time studying details about each sport to do it the best he could with a lot of practice. Growing up, HM the King started to be interested in sailing which challenges both body strength as well as creativity and skills in making your own sail.

Even though he had plenty of duties to fulfill, he always spared some time to take care of his health by doing some jogging to keep his body on track and to be able to continue to work for a long time. What he always emphasised with all athletes is the spirit of playing in games and respect in the rules.

“Sports is very important for each individual and overall beings,” once said the King, showing that he realised the value of sports and the importance in helping develop people who will work for the country.



Most of the people know that the King mastered sailing. He had a lot of passion for sailing both because of the sports side and the mechanic perspective. He designed and built his own sailing boat. He started with an OK Class dinghy named Vega 1 which he single-handedly sailed 60 nautical miles from Hua Hin to Toey Harbor in Sattahip, in a 14-hour journey test drive.

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Later, he also invented the Mod Class dinghy, a design that is smaller than the normal dinghy to fit with Thai sailors followed by “Super Mod V”, an even smaller class which later was accepted as an official class in the 13th Asian Games in 1985. Sailing with Super Mod V, the Thai national sailing team won all six races in the games and grabbed one gold medal in this category.

He also established the Chitrlada Sailing Club and accepted many sailing clubs under his patronage.


By the time HM the King was interested in badminton, it wasn’t popular much in Thailand and was still very new. Even knowing that the sport didn’t get much attention from Thai people in general, he always went to observe the important matches.

Many of the professional and talented badminton players during that time were invited to play with HM the King at Chitrlada Palace. One of them was Wong Peng Soon from Singapore, the world’s top badminton player during that time.


HM the King provided support to the Thai National Badminton Club since 1975, the beginning of the development and improvement in Thai badminton to the world stage.

In a book written by Prof. Charoen Wattanasin, former Thai national badminton team player who reached the All-England final twice, he mentioned about the moment the team went to pay respect to the King before departing to an important match abroad “…Four of us had a chance to pay respect to the King for the competition and he kindly gave his advice to us to be good athletes, to maintain the good reputation for Thailand and he also mentioned about a previous match he went to see. He said that I played very well. The game wasn’t stressful and filled with smile from both sides reflecting the good spirit of an athlete. His word was always in my mind. It had a very big impact on me and made me realise the true meaning of being an athlete.”

in 2012, the Badminton World Federation of International Olympic Committee (OIC) also granted HM the King “The President’s Medal” in recognition of his remarkable support for Thai badminton.

The King really tried to develop sports in general as much as he could. He accepted the 5th, 6th, 8th and 13th Asian Games, 1st, 4th and 8th Southeast Asian Peninsular Games and 13th and 18th SEA Games as well as National Games and National Youth Games; all of them happened in the country under his patronage. He also supported over 13 Amateur sports clubs. He welcomed Thai national teams, cheer them up with his blessing before representing the nation in big games at the international stage.


In recognition to his talent and his great support in sports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to grant HM the King the Insignia of the Olympic Order in 1987. Later in 2000, IOC also granted him the Lalaounis Cup, the highest honorary award that the committee had never given to anyone before to glorify his prestige.

Also, in 2001, the World Boxing Council also granted HM the King the Golden Shining Symbol of World Leadership in recognition of His Majesty’s outstanding support for Thai boxing and all sports in Thailand.


A biography written about a famous Thai boxer and World Champion in 1966, Chatchai Chioanoi, mentioned about his feeling when HM the King went to observe the important match, “I came down from the ring and went straight to pay respect to the King. Sitting in front of him, the King touched my face and told me I did a great job, he was happy. It was an ecstatic moment of my life.”

According to Bangkok PostThe King’s love for sports knew no bounds and it was his passionate involvement from the hospital bed that inspired the Thai national football team to Southeast Asian glory in 2014.

Thailand came from 3-0 behind to lose 3-2 in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The result was enough for coach Kiatisak Senamuang’s men to end a 12-year title drought in the biennial championship after a 2-0 home win in the first leg.

Prof Udom Kachintorn, dean of Siriraj Hospital’s Faculty of Medicine, said the King, who was staying at the hospital at that time, watched both legs of the final on TV. 

“In the first leg, the King woke up to watch the second half. His Majesty slept in the afternoon and woke up at 7pm [kick-off time] to watch the second leg,” the doctor said. 

“When Thailand trailed 2-0 at half-time, the King asked his principal private secretary to phone Kasem Jariyawatwong, the team manager, to tell him that the King was watching the match and wanted to give them moral support.”

After Thailand won the title, the King smiled and said “brilliant”, according to Prof Udom.

By his love of sports and his kindness spreading to all athletes in Thailand, several sporting events are named the King’s Cup in honour of the monarch, including regatta, golf, boxing and football.




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IMPORTANT snake anti-venom information Phuket

Snake anti-venom – Phuket Hospitals

Snake season is upon us here on the island of Phuket, Thailand and it is important to know which hospitals have the snake anti-venom  that could save your life

This article details all the hospitals that have anti-venom for the each snake breed. We have attached photographs of the certain snakes as well, just so you can figure out which snake bit you. Remember that going to a wrong hospital could put your life in danger, so make sure you know where to go.



Cobras are found all around Thailand, especially in Phuket. This venomous snake can climb and swim but mainly dwells on flat land in a variety of places, which include rice fields, rubber plantations, villages, and even cities.

They are more active at night but can prey during the day also. They eat frogs, rats, ducks, chicks, toads and if they feel threatened, they straighten up, make their neck flat and hiss at their prey.

If you don’t react, or remain calm, they usually leave. Their colour varies – they can be light beige, to dark brown and grey. There are also various types of cobra snakes, and some spit! So, be careful!

Hospitals in Phuket that have snake anti-venom for Cobra snakes:


King Cobra

p1733pgvv1157o1mc61fuvksc1g2h0_29100King Cobras live for up to 20 years and can grow in size up to 5.5 metres in length, and weight more than 9kgs. The King Cobra can stand up and make themselves look as tall as humans, which is one of the features that makes them so dangerous.

They also hiss like a growling dog and flare their neck out to scare prey.

Hospitals in Phuket that have snake anti-venom for King Cobra snakes:

  • Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234
  • Thalang Hospital – 076 311 033


Green Viper


Green Vipers, or pit vipers, reach an average length of 60cm, and males are usually smaller than females. The female Green Viper can be as long as 100cm.

They can be found all around Southeast Asia, but mostly in the south of Thailand in Khao Sok National Park and Phuket. They usually elevate themselves up to 1,200 metres above ground level in the forest and jungle, especially in the coastal mangrove. These snakes are mostly nocturnal but can be found during the day especially after rain. During the day, the Green Viper rests in trees between 2 to 3 metres off the ground.

These poisonous snakes eat birds, rats, frogs and lizards. They usually form an s-shape when they are about to attack. The strike distance is usually around .3 metres. They strike while exposing their fangs and white tissue and can strike very quickly.

Their venom is very strong, and potentially deadly. This type of venom does not usually result in death to humans but it is always best to get snake anti-venom if you

Hospitals in Phuket that have snake anti-venom for Green Viper snakes:

Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234


Banded Krait Snake


This snake lives on the ground, mostly covered underneath rocks other other cool places. The Banded Krait Snakes are mostly nocturnal and tend to be very active at night, and are usually very lethargic during the day.  They usually bite, or strike when a person is sleeping. They eat mice, rats, lizard and frogs if they cannot find other snakes.

Their venom is very toxic and can be deadly so it is best to find snake anti-venom as soon as possible after getting bitten.

Hospitals in Phuket that have snake anti-venom for the Banded Krait Snake:

  • Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234


Malayan Krait Snake

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These snakes often stay on flat ground and don’t go higher than 1,200m above ground. They prefer staying near water, rice fields and dams and often invade rat holes to use it as a nest.

They are usually active at night because they don’t like the sun and prey on lizards, frogs, mice, and other small animals, but they don’t tend to bite unless they are provoked.

Their venom is very toxic and can shut down the human nervous system. Death usually occurs 12-24 hours after a bite is not treated.

Hospitals in Phuket that have the snake anti-venom for the Malayan Krait Snake:

  • Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234


Siamese Russell’s Viper Snake

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The Siamese Russell’s Viper Snake is a highly fast and dangerous snake. It can reach lengths of up to 5 metres, and uses its length to attack prey.

A person who was bitten before received more than 30 vials of snake anti-venom just to survive – this is not uncommon after getting bitten by the Siamese Russell’s Viper Snake.

This viper has a triangular head and its fangs are very big.


Hospitals in Phuket that have the snake anti-venom for the Siamese Russell’s Viper Snake:

  • Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234


Rattle Snake

Snakes PhuketRattlesnakes usually have two large fangs right at the front of their mouth and can grow as long as 2.5 metres, with the common feature of a ‘rattle’ at the end of their tails. They shed their skin several times a year and their venom is highly poisonous and destroys red blood cells. It can be fatal so it is best to find snake anti-venom as soon as possible, after being bitten. It is better to be safe.

There are several hospitals around the island of Phuket that house the snake anti-venom for rattlesnakes.

Hospitals in Phuket that have the snake anti-venom for the Rattle Snake:

  • Bangkok Phuket Hospital – 076 254425, 1719
  • Vachira Hospital – 076 361 234
  • Mission Hospital – 076 237220, 5
  • Thalang Hospital – 076 311 033
  • Takua Tung Hospital – 076 581 395
  • Patong Hospital – 076 342 633, 4


Non-venomous snakes

Although these snakes can bite you, or frighten you, they are not poisonous so you should not die if you get bitten by one but it is best to be cautious when around them and avoid them if possible. Go to the hospital if you are unsure which snake you were bitten by. Remember, everyone reacts differently to snake bites.

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Thanyapura and Phuket International Academy Launch Boarding School and Elite Junior Sport Academy

Thanyapura and Phuket International Academy Extend Their Commitment to Excellence with Launch of Boarding School and Elite Junior Sport Academy

PHUKET, THAILAND – A leadership team of educators and courses has been assembled for the opening of Thanyapura Phuket’s Boarding School and Elite Junior Sport Academy, reinforcing the venue’s reputation as the region’s leading sports training and education centre.

In association with Thanyapura’s Phuket International Academy (PIA) and to mark the start of the new school year on August 13, 2014, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Boarding School is offering full board and week-day boarding options for 13 to 18-year-olds at a purpose-built facility. Its 47 international teachers were hired based on their exemplary qualifications and commitment to philosophy.

Thanyapura's Phuket International Academy (IB) and Boarding School Thailand

Located on 23 hectares of pristine land at the foothill of a topical mountain range and close to Phuket International Airport, PIA draws on Asian cultures and the best Western educational traditions to promote not only knowledge but also compassion, integrity, happiness, and sustainability.

The Executive Chairperson of the School Board is Mr Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, who established Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in Germany and played a leadership role in the world renowned Ritz-Carlton Hotels company. He also headed up the Advisory and Executive Board at the International School Berlin/Brandenberg, as well as Louisenlund, one of Germany’s most prestigious traditional boarding schools.

Thanyapura's Phuket International Academy (IB) and Boarding School Thailand

Thanyapura's Phuket International Academy (IB) and Boarding School Thailand

“Phuket International Academy and the Boarding School are an extension of our commitment to excellence,” Mr Graf von Hardenberg said. “We are providing a premier learning environment and a home away from home. Our teachers are also mentors, nurturing and guiding students’ academic and co-curricular lives and serving as role models.”

The Head of School is New Zealand-born Mr Riki Teteina, who has a Master’s degree in Education Administration. Most recently he was Head of School at the International School Bogor in Indonesia, where he increased enrollment to the highest level in its 45-year history.

Thailand-born Ms Kanittha Suksawaschon, the School Director, holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration and has spent the past 13 years working at several international schools and institutions in Thailand, while the Secondary School Principal Mr Dan Magie has a Master’s degree in Science and Education Administration and has 17 years’ experience as an educator.

A new member of Phuket International Academy’s board is UK-born Mr Julian Whiteley, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of School Development Services. He recently served as Head of School of the United World College of South East Asia (Singapore) for the last 9 years.

The school’s more than 310 students come from 35 countries, meaning students benefit from forming close connections with children from different cultures. They also benefit from the school’s motto: Good Heart, Balanced Mind, Healthy Body.

Parents and families of students are rewarded with Thanyapura Sports Club membership, giving them access to world-class sporting facilities, coaches and sports scientists. The students also have access to facilities that attract some of the best athletes in the world.

One of the Elite Junior Sport Academy’s leading lights is Thai swimming star future Tanakrit ‘Nok’ Krittaya, who is representing Thailand at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, in August 2014.

Thanyapura’s sports facilities include a 50m Olympic competition pool, a 25m training and teaching pool, 6 plexi-cushioned tennis courts (4 under roofs), a 500m cushioned athletics track, an International Rugby Board-standard artificial rugby pitch, floodlit Limonta ‘Soccer Pro’ FIFA-standard pitch, 2 volleyball beach courts, a 17 station Project Xtreme boot camp and assault course, a fully equipped Technogym fitness centre, wellness studios and a Thai boxing studio.

For further information or high-resolution photography, please contact:

Ms Nathaphat Asavathanachart
Marketing Communications Manager
Tel: +66 (0) 76 336 000 Ext 5064
Mobile: +66 (0) 80 266 9393

Mr David Johnson
Managing Director
Delivering Asia Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 2246 1159
Mobile: +66 (0) 89 170 9866

Note to Writers and Editors

Thanyapura is a destination with the finest sports facilities, mindful services and expert coaching on the tropical island of Phuket. We are committed to improve performance and health, inspire the mind, instill well-being to optimize your potential. Thanyapura’s three-dimensional approach to coaching pays equal regard to the development of the body, mind and soul, benefiting from the complex’s world-class facilities, wide open spaces in a peaceful environment and pace-setting coaches of their respective disciplines. Fifteen minutes from Phuket International Airport, Thanyapura presents a unique and inspiring destination for individuals and groups, from professionals to amateur sports enthusiasts or simply for those looking for a balanced approach to their lifestyle. Thanyapura’s 23-hectare site comprises of four centres: Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC), Thanyapura Mind Centre (TMC), Thanyapura Health (TH) and Phuket International Academy (PIA). It also encompasses the 77-room Thanyapura Sports Hotel and the 38-room Thanyapura Retreat Hotel.


Matthieu Richard Presents his new exhibition at Thanyapura

MATTHIEU RICARDThanyapura Mind Centre welcomes world-renowned academic-turned-Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard for his visionary “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain” talk and photography exhibition. The TMC will present Venerable Matthieu Ricard’s perceptive photography collections of spiritual masters, landscapes and the people of the Himalaya, whom he has been photographing for four decades, on November 13 from 17.30 onwards.

Proceeds from the photographs will go to the humanitarian projects of Karuna-Shechen in Nepal. Prior to the exhibition, starting at 14.00, Venerable Matthieu Ricard will present cutting edge research from leading researchers around the world on the benefits of contemplative practices, in the centre’s air-conditioned Teaching Hall.

“We are blessed to have Venerable Matthieu Ricard; a scientist, dedicated practitioner, gifted artist, prolific writer and a tireless social entrepreneur visiting our Mind Centre,” commented Dr. B. Alan Wallace, Chairman of TMC.

The French-born academic left his distinguished scientific career in 1972 to concentrate on Buddhist contemplative practice. He has since lived in India, Bhutan and Nepal with some of the greatest living teachers of Buddhism and since 1989, has served as French interpreter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A prolific author and photographer, Venerable Matthieu Ricard has published revered titles including The Monk and the Philosopher; Journey to Enlightenment (The Spirit of Tibet); An Inner Journey; Buddhist Himalayas; Motionless Journey and Bhutan, Land of Peace. Now living at Nepal’s Shechen Monastery, he is a member of the Mind and Life Institute, and is engaged in research on the effect of mind training and meditation on the brain at several universities across both the USA and Europe.

As the venue for Venerable Matthieu Ricard’s exhibition and seminar, TMC’s position as Asia’s newest centre for meditation, wellness and balance is further reinforced. TMC boasts contemporary facilities, including boutique hotel accommodation, and is located just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Accommodation packages are available for people wishing to attend the event who live outside of Phuket, Thailand.

Check out this TED talk with Matthieu Ricard