The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently conducted the ‘Ride to Khong’s Legendary’ long-distance biking competition along the scenic routes of four provinces in Thailand’s North eastern region.The event was organised as part of TAT’s plans to promote the North eastern region as the hub of sports and tourism and the ideal gateway to the Mekong countries.H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “The Ride to Khong’s Legendary biking competition will mark a new era of tourism for Thailand’s North eastern region, which is poised to become an important hub for sports tourism in the Mekong area. This region is complete with picturesque natural landscapes, rich historical and cultural legacies, international standard sporting facilities, and convenient transportation access to the neighbouring Mekong countries; hence, it is the ideal destination for those who seek to enjoy sports challenges and cultural tourism at the same time.”The ‘Ride to Khong’s Legendary’ biking competition is a long bike ride, covering a 248 km route in four provinces – Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan. The bikers in the route are treated with beautiful natural scenery, including the scenic routes along the Mekong River, allowing bikers to experience the charming Thai way of life along the ride.The three-day competition included three different stages of smooth, steep and challenging rides. Each day posed different stages of difficulty. The winners of the event were awarded with the Royal Trophy of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.The event intended to attract biking enthusiasts from Australia, Korea, Malaysia, the UK and other European countries as well as from ASEAN countries.