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Bangkok Tour March 2013

Hello Lads,

A football tour they said. In Bangkok they said. Next March. What do you say?

I know the date ‘end of March’ seems way off but the chat about our Easter 2012 tour is just dying down so I thought six months would be the right time to start the banter for next year’s tour!

About 20 of us headed down to Bangkok last year to play in the German All Stars Bangkok (http://www.gasbkk.com/?page_id=2237 – need VPN in China) 11 a-side open football tournament. Even if you are a new recruit to City you should already have heard some banter about the football and fun we had during that week. If not, ask the lads at the weekend.

We WILL be going again next year. Get on board. Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March are the important days.

Good Friday is 29th March, while Qing Ming Jie is Thursday 4th April. Hopefully you will have one or both of these holidays available.

Last year about 10 of us went a week early and had a lovely and quiet ‘rest and relaxation’ few days on the beaches of Koh Chang. Maybe this year because of the Chinese holiday the week after, we could plan a recovery session of a similar nature. Get your ideas in now and start the plans forming.

The 11 a-side tournament is open to all ages, while there is likely to be a Masters 7 a-side tournament for over 35’s at the same time. Let me know now if you are interested to join in one or the other or both??

Flights cost about ¥3,000 (less if indirect or booked now!), hotel was ¥200 a night and spending money less than a night out in Sanlitun, depending on your pleasures. So start saving and get involved.

FCFC New and old are more than welcome whether you are in the US, Indonesia, Canada, UK, Thailand, Sweden (you know who you are!)…etc..or in China of course. All you need to do is book the time off work and start saving. Right now I want to hear who is interested and some ideas for side trips before or after.

Let’s get this party started.

Your tour captain,
Pikey

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Forbidden City Tour to Bangkok 6th April 2012

Christmas is coming. For religion of another sort, here’s a little update for those dreaming of a Bangkok Easter…

Easter weekend is April 6-9, UK/HK etc public holiday.
Qingming Tomb Sweeping is April 5-7, official China holiday.
GAS Bangkok Far Easter Tour is April 7-8  – see the 2011 rules attached.

The tournament is played at Pattana School on beautiful grass pitches and is an 11 a-side, 11 min-half, no off-side, bonus for 3 goals open to all cup played over two days.

I’ve looked at some flights, Thai is looking good, as always.

FOR THOSE WITH LESS TIME:
1. TG615 FRI 06/04/12 PEK-BKK 17:05 – 21:20
2. TG674 SUN 08/04/12 BKK-PEK 23:50 – 05:30

OR WITH MORE TIME:
1. TG615 WED 04/04/12 PEK-BKK 17:05 – 21:20
2. TG614 MON 09/04/12 BKK-PEK 10:10 – 15:50

These flights are daily and at the moment all the same price
Total Price: ¥ 3,240

Or with Air China maybe a little cheaper
1. CA979 WE04APR PEK-BKK 1935 2340
2. CA980 MO09APR BKK-PEK 0100 0630
Total Price: ¥ 2,990

There are flights with Air Asia from Shenzhen to Bangkok for ¥ 1,900 (or from Macao for ¥ 1,200 !), but then you have to get there.
HOTELS
You can book a nice spacious apartment hotel like the Grand President for ¥ 360 per night for a double.
Or just around the corner you can have a the DS67 Suites, with rooms for up to 4 people, for B2,500, that works out as ¥ 130, per person, per night.
These places are on Sukhumvit Soi 11 / Soi 13.

Not forgetting social spending and a tournament entry fee (maybe RMB300 each depending on numbers), you can work out how much you need to budget for this trip. I suppose realistically if you book flights soon, the minimum will be ¥ 5,000

Let me know what people think, date wise, hotel wise and I will then start collecting deposits. Of course, I am up for suggestions if others want to do some planning as well.

Pikey

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Forbidden City Tour to Bangkok 6th April 2012

Hello All,

While we at Forbidden City bombard you with emails, delete the rest, this is the most important!

The Easter weekend of April 6th 2012 is the German All Stars 11 a-side (and 7 a-side veterans) football tournament in the delightful city of Bangkok. We will be taking a full squad of footballers and party-goers.

So for those:
– Poor students: start saving those Renminbi to convert into 5 times the amount of baht.
– Busy executives: book the time off work, or even better, book a work trip to Bangkok the week before.
– Under the thumb: start making the excuses to the wives and/or girlfriends and promise her lot’s of nice things (even a week’s holiday on a Thai beach starting on Monday 9th April!).
– Ex-Beijinger’s: come and meet up in Bangkok for the weekend, you can’t have a better excuse (especially a short hop from Hong Kong, Phuket or Singapore – you know who you are!).

All are welcome for a great weekend of football and partying (and even some like Philippe may bring girlfriends too).

Save the Date!

Get involved!

Yours,
Pikey
Tour Captain

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