The NUFCsingapore.com Guide to

NUFC's Asia Tour 2004

Event Details: Newcastle United are to play two games in Asia in the summer of 2004. - Wednesday 14th July 2004: v Thailand XI at the Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, and: - Sunday 18th July 2004: v Kitchee at the Hong Kong Stadium. Below a brief guide to both for those wishing to attend. NUFCsingapore will be travelling for both games.

 

Bangkok, Thailand - Wednesday 14th July: 6pm kick-off

Stadium:. the Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok has a capacity of 65,000. The covered area has a capacity of 11,000. It is to the east of the city centre, in the Ramkhamhaeng area of Bangkok. It is not served by Bangkok's Sky Train, so the best access to the stadium is by taxi / tuk-tuk. The full stadium address is: 2088 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Hua Mark Bangkapi, Bangkok.

Match Tickets:- Tickets are priced at 400, 800 and 1200 Thai Baht and on sale at thaiticketmaster.com outlets from 3rd July. Full Details: www.thaifootball.com/tournaments/friendly/nufc-2004.html and www.thaiticketmaster.com/sport/newcastle.php .

Ticket Call Center: +662 204-9999, email: contact_us@thaiticketmaster.com. Tickets will be on sale at the stadium before the game. Alternatively tickets can be baught at Thaiticketmaster.com outlets which are listed in the above links. They can also be bought online at www.thaiticketmaster.com, and (we have been told) collected at the stadium/outlets.

The main West Stand tickets are fixed seating, the East Stand are general seating (click on map right to enlarge).Recent visits by Real Madrid (60,000), Leeds (25,000), Man Utd (60,000), Liverpool (48,000) and Arsenal (50,000) saw large crowds attending, so based on this, we dont think they will sell out 100%.

Where to Stay: Numerous hotels in the city centre to suit all budgets, some good deals and online bookings can be found at http://www.asiahotels.com/hl/Bangkok-Thailand.asp .Be sure to book early..there is an International Aids Convention in Bangkok from 10th -15th July, so many hotels are already fully booked!

We recommend those around Sukhumvit Road, a central area served by the Sky Train with easy access to the rest of Bangkok, and relatively good access by taxi to the stadium. Alternatively if you prefer staying close to the stadium, aim for the Ramkhamhaeng area a bit further out, which also has several hotels.

NUFCsingapore will be staying in the Ambassador Hotel, on Soi 11-13, Sukhumvit Road, one stop on the Sky Train from our designated meeting pub (The Dubliner on Sukhumvit Rd).

Travel to Bangkok:

From Singapore: Regular Daily Flights on AirAsia (approx S$170) and ValuAir (approx S$240). If you are also going to Hong Kong get Thai Airways (approx S$415 +tax) for the full Singapore - Bangkok - Hong Kong trip.

From UK: Thai Airways fly to Bangkok (and on to Hong Kong) from Heathrow. Fares are quite cheap. Other alternatives are to go via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Singapore is a 90 minute flight to Bangkok.

Getting About in Bangkok: There are loads of taxis (make sure they switch on the meter). Hotels can also arrange for more plus "hotel cars" if you want to travel in luxury. A new overhead rail system the Sky Train connects the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats link many of the older historic sites. Also, dont forget the Tuk-Tuk (bargain in advance). Remember, its grid lock city during rush hour (mornings and early evenings) so give yourself plenty of time when heading for the stadium.

Currency: £1 = approx 73 THB (Thai Baht), S$1 = approx 23.75 THB

What to do whilst you are there:
Check out www.bangkok.com for most up-to-date info. Visit the Royal Palace, the Zoo, try shopping for bargains and take a trip on the famous canals during the day. In the evening, there is something for everyone! Bangkok has it all, from Cultural dance evenings to Go-Go bars. Take your pick.

NUFCsingapore will be gathering in the The Dubliner, 440 Sukhumvit Road Washington Square (and various bars along the same street) whilst in Bangkok, before and after the match.

   

Hong Kong - Sunday 18th July: 8pm kick-off

Stadium:. the Hong Kong Stadium, with a maximum seating capacity of 40,000, is at present the largest outdoor multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue in Hong Kong, and is on Hong Kong Island itself, not far from Happy Valley Race Course.

Match Tickets:- Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.kitchee.com.hk from 28th June to 8th July. Public sales will commence on 4th July from HK Stadium and HK Football Association. Ticket prices are HK $450/$350/$300/$250/$120.

For enquiries, the official hotline is + 852 2838 9326 . Also www.hkfa.com has some information. As can be seen from the stadium map (right, click to enlarge) the HK$450 seats are the best, but the $350/$300 seats are good enough. The main ticket office is at Hong Kong Stadium, office hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where to Stay: Again numerous hotels to suit all budgets both in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, some good deals and online bookings can be found at http://www.asiahotels.com/hl/Hong_Kong.asp.

The Mass Transit Railway system ensures easy access through out the region, so where ever you end up staying, on the Island or in Kowloon, its not really an issue.

NUFCsingapore will be staying in The Wesley on Hong Kong Island in Wan Chai, not far from our designated meeting pub (Delaney’s Irish Pub in the Wan Chai Bar District), and a short trip to the Hong Kong Stadium.

Travel to Hong Kong:

From Singapore: Regular Daily Flights on ValuAir (approx S$404), or Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific etc...

From UK: Thai Airways fly to Bangkok (and on to Hong Kong) from Heathrow. Cathay Pacific and British Airways also fly direct.

Getting About in Hong Kong: Hong Kong's world-class public transport system is easy to use, cheap and fast. Handy Octopus cards are available at MTR stations and can be used for all major modes of transport and even in some convenience stores. The underground Mass Transit Railway or MTR, is the best way to get around the urban districts. Hong Kong Island also has several traditional trams clanking along. Taxis are an excellent and cheap way to get around and always metered.

Getting into Hong Kong from Chep Lap Kok Airport is also easy by road and rail. The Airport Express runs frequently between 6am and 1am. Reaching Kowloon in only 19 minutes and Central in 23. To save time check-in at Central or Kowloon stations. Cheaper Cityflyer airport buses operate virtually around the clock at 15 - 20 minute intervals - depending on traffic they take about 40 minutes to reach Central.

Currency: £1 = approx 14.15 HK$ (Hong Kong Dollar), S$1 = approx 3.10 HK$

What to do whilst you are there:
Shop, sight-see, check the view from Victoria Peak, ride the famous Star Ferry, or whatever you prefer. There is lots to see and do. See www.discoverhongkong.com as a starting point.

NUFCsingapore will be gathering in Delaney's , on Luard Road in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island (not the Kowloon one) and various bars in Wan Chai, before and after the match.