Welcome to the 2024 International Academic Competitions Asian Championships!

Resort Lodge and infinity pool at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, Khao Lak, Thailand

International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that its 10th annual Asian Championships will be held at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand on 14-16 June, 2024. The JW Marriott Khao Lak is located in an amazing setting directly on the beach about an hour north of Phuket Airport. The entire resort underwent an extensive multiyear renovation during the pandemic years, and now features new restaurants, a new wavepool, and over 200 new guest rooms! 

General Information

List of Qualified Teams & Students (available soon)

Schedule: Please see detailed schedule here.

Registration Forms (Available soon):
History Bowl Asian Championships
History Bee Asian Championships
Geography Bee Asian Championships
Science Bee Asian Championships
Academic Bowl Asian Championships
Academic Bee Asian Championships
Asian Championship Exams

Please note that with the exception of students and teams from Phuket, staying at the host hotel is required for all students. Students competing in the Academic Bee must stay the night of June 13th. Students and teams competing in the Academic Bowl and/or Science Bee must stay the night of June 13th or 14th. Students and teams competing in the Geography Bee, History Bee, and/or History Bowl must stay the night of June 14th or 15th. Please see below for more information.

Costs for the 2024 International Academic Competitions Asian Championships

International Academic Bowl (team event – minimum of five rounds of play) – $325 USD per team of 3+ students, $265 per team of 2 students, $195 per team of 1 student)

International Academic Bee – (individual event – minimum three rounds of play) – $99 USD per student

International Geography Bee (individual event – minimum four rounds of play) – $129 USD per student

International Science Bee – (individual event – minimum four rounds of play) – $129 USD per student

International History Bee – (individual event – minimum four rounds of play) – $129 USD per student

International History Bowl (team event – minimum of five rounds of play) – $495 USD per team of 3+ students, $395 per team of 2 students, $295 per team of 1 student)

Championships Exams – $25 USD per student per exam

Shuttle fee from Phuket Airport to JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa: $26 per person each way

Please also note the following!

  1. Payments may also be made in cash at the tournament site. There is no surcharge on the above listed prices for paying in US Dollars or Euros. There is a 5% surcharge for paying in Thai Baht and a 10% surcharge for paying in any other currency.
  2. Schools are still required to bring a reader who can speak English clearly for every two teams they bring or fraction thereof. The penalty for each missing reader is $150 for the Academic Bowl and $200 for the History Bowl. Single-student Academic Bowl or History Bowl teams are exempt from this requirement, but dual student teams are not.
  3. Schools sending school teams in the History Bowl are also required to provide one reader who can speak English clearly for each individual Bee competition in which they have at least two competing students. If there are 9-16 students from a school competing in an individual Bee, then two readers must be provided (and 3 readers for 17-24 students, etc.) A missing reader in each Bee competition incurs a $100 penalty. The penalty fees are used to pay for outside staff to make up the shortfall.
  4. Schools are also required to provide one competition room for the History Bowl if they have 1-3 teams, and two rooms if they are bringing 4 or more teams. There is a $150 fee per missing room that is required if this cannot be provided. Solo student teams are exempt from this requirement.
  5. If payments (including any fees for not providing readers and/or hotel rooms for games) are not received by 1pm Thailand time on Sunday, June 16, then a 15% surcharge will be added to any outstanding amounts.
  6. Exchange rates are calculated by the interbank exchange rates posted at www.xe.comat the time payment is received.
  7. Refund and cancellation policies:
    – You can cancel your registration for free (minus a $50 refund fee regardless of the amount) until May 30, 2024 (which is the registration deadline) by emailing suopeng@iacompetitions.com.
    – Teams and students dropping between May 30, 2024 and June 5, 2024 owe 50% of their registration fees. Participants / schools are liable to pay these registration fees regardless of whether or not they have actually submitted payment, as by this point, we need to have hired and paid for staff, their travel, and the awards based on our original registration numbers.
    – Teams and students dropping on or after June 5, 2024 owe 100% of their registration fees. Participants / schools are liable to pay these registration fees regardless of whether or not they have actually submitted payment, as by this point, we need to have hired and paid for staff, their travel, and the awards based on our original registration numbers.

Hotel Reservation Form
Please do NOT make hotel reservations in advance through any other method! Reservations made at the hotel in a different way (i.e. calling the hotel, using the usual hotel website, a different reservation number, or on a 3rd party website, such as hotels.com) are invalid, and any family or school booking this way will not be allowed to compete unless they reserve via the online link! For information on the hotel’s refund policy, please contact the hotel directly; International Academic Competitions is not liable for any refunds for cancelled hotel rooms or meals.

Airport Shuttle Form
When making flight reservations, please be sure to fly into Phuket International Airport (airport code HKT). Be advised that the resort is roughly 65-75 minutes north of the airport. IHBB will once again organize airport shuttles. Shuttle prices are $26 USD per person one way or $52 per person round trip. To book shuttles, please complete this form; or if you have further questions about shuttles, please email nolwenn@iacompetitions.com. If your team is competing in the History Bowl on Sunday, 16 June, please do not book flights back before 5:30pm if at all possible! If you need to book a flight between 4:00pm and 5:30pm, please contact us to check with us if this is advisable before booking your flights!

Registration fees are listed here.

Hotel Information and Costs
Please note that with the exception of students and teams from Phuket, staying at the host hotel is required for all students. Students competing in the Academic Bee must stay the night of June 13th. Students and teams competing in the Academic Bowl and/or Science Bee must stay the night of June 13th or 14th. Students and teams competing in the Geography Bee, History Bee, and/or History Bowl must stay the night of June 14th or 15th. Reservations must be made through the official hotel reservation form.

Please do not make hotel reservations in advance through any other method! Reservations made at the hotel in a different way (i.e. calling the hotel, using the usual hotel website, a different reservation number, or on a 3rd party website, such as hotels.com) are invalid, and any family or school booking this way will not be allowed to compete unless they reserve via the online link! For information on the hotel’s refund policy, please contact the hotel directly; International Academic Competitions is not liable for any refunds for cancelled hotel rooms or meals.

Note that the following rates are only guaranteed for reservations made on or before 30 May, 2024! International Academic Competitions cannot guarantee the rate after that, though the policy of needing to stay at the hotel still applies.

The hotel rate is 5400 THB (6400 THB for pool access and 7900 THB for family lagoon pool access studio) on the nights of 13, 14, and 15 June for double occupancy (includes service charge and government taxes). This fee includes daily breakfast for up to two. The Gala Dinner on 15 June is mandatory and the cost is 1450 THB per person.

Check in is at 15.00 (3pm) each day and check out is at 12.00 (12pm) each day, with the exception of Sunday, 16 June when the check out time is at 13.00 (1pm)

Costs for a 3rd person in the room are as follows (does not include gala dinner which is obligatory for anyone staying in the room on the night of 15 June):
Extra person using extra bed (12 years and older) with breakfast: 1600 THB per person
Extra person using extra bed (under 12 years) with breakfast: 850 THB per person

Hotel Meals and Spa Rates
Aside from the buffet breakfast included in the room rate and the obligatory gala dinner, IHBB has also secured flat rate meal prices of 550 THB per lunch and 650 THB per dinner from lunch on 13 June through dinner on 16 June. These are optional (i.e. you are welcome to get lunch or dinner [aside from the gala dinner on Saturday] on your own, either at the resort or outside the resort) and must be booked through the hotel (tell them you want to book the flat rate dinner) by 25 May, 2024.
All guests are also welcome to a 20% discount on a la carte food purchases (this does not include the meal rates above or for the gala dinner) as well as a 20% discount on purchases at the Quan Spa on the resort grounds. Be sure to ask for these discounted rates!

Flights and Airport Shuttles
When making flight reservations, please be sure to fly into Phuket International Airport (airport code HKT). Be advised that the resort is roughly 65-75 minutes north of the airport. IHBB will once again organize airport shuttles. Shuttle prices are $26 USD per person one way or $52 per person round trip. To book shuttles, please complete this form; or if you have further questions about shuttles, please email nolwenn@iacompetitions.com

If your team is competing in the History Bowl on Sunday, 16 June, please do not book flights back before 5:30pm if at all possible! If you need to book a flight between 4:00pm and 5:30pm, please contact us to check with us if this is advisable before booking your flights!

Events

International Academic Bee Asian Championships
The IAC Asian Championships will begin on Friday with the International Academic Bee Asian Championships. This competition is open to all students and does not require prior qualification.

International Academic Bowl Asian Championships
The International Academic Bowl Asian Championships is open to all students and does not require prior qualification. As in the History Bowl, there are 3 age divisions, up to 4 players play at any time, and all students on a team must be attending the same school. Questions are played according to the Academic Bowl format, which can include questions from all academic disciplines. Further information on the Academic Bowl of Asia, including sample questions, a rules sheet, and a scoresheet for practicing is available here.

International Science Bee Asian Championships
On Friday evening, we will run the International Science Bee Asian Championships. Students must have qualified for the ISB Asian Championships through obtaining a passing score on either the Alpha or Beta version of the ISB Asian Championships Qualifying Exam. The Qualifying Exam is given at all IHBB Asia Regional tournaments, though students who wish to try and qualify on Friday evening can take either (or both) versions of the Qualifying Exam at the resort.

International Geography Bee Asian Championships
On Saturday morning, we will run the International Geography Bee Asian Championships. Students must have qualified for the IGB Asian Championships through obtaining a passing score on either the Alpha or Beta version of the IGB Asian Championships Qualifying Exam. The Qualifying Exam is given at all IHBB Asia Regional tournaments, though students who wish to try and qualify on Friday evening can take either (or both) versions of the Qualifying Exam at the resort.

Asian Championships Exams
International Academic Competitions is also pleased the Asian Championship Exams. These will be offered in the following subjects:
Science: Biology, Environmental Science
Geography: Asian Geography, Historical Geography, Map and Flag
History: Ancient History, Recent History, Asian History, Military History

None of these require prior qualification, and all can either be registered for either in advance or at the Asian Championships. The cost of each is 25 US dollars per exam. Each exam has 75 questions and is scored on the basis of 2 points for a correct answer, -1 for an incorrect response, and 0 points for a question left unanswered. There will be separate age divisions and awards for Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, and Elementary Division students – the age cutoffs are the same as for the Bee competitions.

If you are interested in sample questions, past National Championships Exams on a variety of subjects (some of which are also being held at this year’s Asian Championships) have been held at the USA National Championships since 2020. These are linked here along with their answer keys.