Half-marathons and marathons in Bangkok and Thailand

The Bangkok Marathon starts in the middle of the night at the Grand Palace, providing a great backdrop but hard to prepare for

Running is popular amongst expats and Thais in Bangkok, and if you take a trip to any of Bangkok’s parks in the morning or evening you’ll see plenty of people running around and braving the heat.

There are many marathons and half-marathons in Bangkok and Thailand as well as many smaller ‘fun runs’ of 5km and 10km. If you really wanted to you could probably find an organized run somewhere in Thailand most weekends.

Here is a list of marathons and half-marathons in Bangkok and Thailand from January through to December. If you’re new to running to Thailand then you may want to plan your big runs for November to March, as this is when the weather is at its coolest.

Phuket Laguna Marathon - great scenery but very hot!

We’ve provided a point of contact for each event – click the link for a website where available, if not a phone number is provided. Please let us know if we’ve missed any out. The days provide a rough guide and will change depending on when the weekend falls, which is when most marathons and half-marathons in Thailand take place. I’ve also sneeked in the Siem Reap half-marathon around Angkor Wat temples as it’s such a great course!

So, here’s out list of marathons and half-marathons in Bangkok and Thailand.

January

17th: Chonbueng Marathon, Ratchaburi Province, contact: +66 (0) 32261812

29th: Khon Kaen Marathon, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Province

February

26th: Bangkok International Half Marathon (New Event starting 2012)

28th: Phu-Thai Varitchaphoom Marathon, Sakonnakon, +66 (0) 42781032

March

14th: Sichon Hospital Marathon, Sichon Hospital, Nakhon Srithamrat Province

14th: Udon Marathon, Hnong Prajak Public Park, Udon Thani Province, +66-81-873-5806, 81-974-8755

May

30th: Hatyai Marathon, Jiranakorn Stadium Hatyai, Songkhla Province

June

5th: Nong Khai Marathon, Nong Khai Province

13th: Laguna Phuket International Marathon and half-marathon, Phuket Province

July

4th: The Tribe-to-Tribe Internationall Marathon, Maesariang District, Maehongsorn

17th: Pattaya International Marathon, Pattaya Beach Road Soi 4

September

11th, River Kwai Half-Marathon, Kanchanaburi Province

18th: Ko Samui Island Marathon, Ko Samui, Surat Thani Province

October

9th: Amari Midnight 12km Run, Amari Hotel, Bangkok

November

20th: Bangkok Marathon and mini-marathon

December

4th: Angkor Wat Half-Marathon, Siem Reap, Cambodia

25th: Chiang Mai Marathon, Chiang Mai Province

So plenty of marathons, half-marathons and fun runs in Bangkok and Thailand to keep you going for now.

Why not pick one later in the year to aim for… Good luck!

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