The International History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that its 6th annual Asian Championships at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand on 14-16 June, 2019. We hope that all qualified students and teams will be able to join us for a great weekend of academic competition in an amazing setting! In 2018, the Asian Championships were at the same venue and 52 History Bowl teams and over 200 students from across Asia attended.
Note that for 2019, we are implementing a slightly different schedule than in prior years with the first two History Bowl rounds taking place on early Saturday evening and the History Bee finals taking place on Sunday morning!
Registration for our 2019 International History Bee and Bowl & International Geography Bee Asian Championships is now open!
Please register for the Asian Championships using the link here.
Costs and Hotel Information
Registration fees are listed here. As in past years when the IHBB Asian Championships have been in Khao Lak, all participants (with the exception of any school within 200 kilometers of the resort location) must stay at the resort on the night of 15 June if they or their students are competing in the History Bee or History Bowl, the night of 14 June if they or their students are competing in the events that day or in the International Geography Bee on the morning of 15 June, and on the night of 13 June if they or their students are competing in the Academic Bowl of Asia on 14 June. The hotel rate is 4700 THB on 13 and 14 June and 7300 THB on 15 June for double occupancy (includes service charge and government taxes). This latter fee includes daily breakfast for up to two people and admission to the obligatory gala beach dinner on the night of 15 June. Rooms occupied by just one guest cost 4700 THB on 13 and 14 June and 6000 THB and this then also includes the dinner on 15 June. Additional gala dinner costs are 1300 THB per person. 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: 1200 THB per person
Extra person using extra bed (under 12 years) with breakfast: 800 THB per person
Extra person using day bed in room (12 years and older) with breakfast: 600 THB per person
Extra person using day bed in room (under 12 years) with breakfast: 400 THB per person
Note that the rate of 4700 THB as well as the extra person rates are valid from the nights of 10 June-18 June for participants wishing to extend their stay either before or after the competition.
Please make your reservations for the 2019 host hotel, the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa using the PDF version of the hotel reservation form or the Excel version of the same form here. Once completed, please send the completed Hotel Reservation Form to this address: Supawadee.Nualsri@
The deadline for registering and making hotel reservations is May 24, 2019!
Reservations made at the hotel via a different method (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!
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 listed here on the Championships Costs page. To book shuttles, or if you have further questions about shuttles, please email email@example.com
If your team is competing in the History Bowl on Sunday, 16 June, please do not book flights back before 5:15pm if at all possible! If you need to book a flight between 4:15pm and 5:15pm, please contact IHBB to check with us if this is advisable before booking your flights!
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 500 THB per lunch and 550 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 IHBB (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to do this) by 27 May, 2019.
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!
All students who did not have a chance to compete in the History Bee twice who would like an extra chance to qualify may compete in the History Bee Qualifier on Saturday at 12:00pm. Students who finish in the top half in their division qualify; those who don’t may compete in the Open Bee, which is held at the same time as the Asian Championships of the History Bee (and uses the same questions in the preliminary rounds, but does not have playoffs).
Academic Bowl of Asia
The IHBB Asian Championships will begin on Friday with the annual Academic Bowl of Asia. This competition 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.
Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia
On Friday evening, the IHBB Asian Championships will feature the annual Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia. This competition is open to all and does not require prior qualification. It is also free for all to compete in, and uniquely, the Sports and Entertainment History Bee features an Adult Division for parents, teachers, and others who are on hand to observe the competition. Questions are played according to the standard History Bee format, and include questions on global sports, television, music, movies, video games, internet culture, and more. Further information on the Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia, including sample questions, is available here.
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. Further information on the IGB Asian Championships is available here (see the other links off the drop down menu for Asia on the IGB website for sample questions and further information about IGB in general).
Students who win their age division at either the 2019 or 2020 International Geography Bee Asian Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. These are now cumulative over the two years if a student wins in both years.
Students who win their age division in the History Bee either the 2019 or 2020 IHBB Asian Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International History Olympiad. Students on a champion History Bowl in any age division receive a reduction in $100 USD in entry fees. These are also now cumulative; hence the maximum possible discount could be $500 for a student who won the Bee and Bowl in both years.
|10:30 am||Academic Bowl of Asia Check In|
|10:45 am||Please arrive by this time!|
|10:50 am||Academic Bowl of Asia Opening Meeting|
|11:15 am||Academic Bowl of Asia Round 1|
|11:55 am||Academic Bowl of Asia Round 2|
|12:35 am||Academic Bowl of Asia Round 3|
|2:00 pm||Academic Bowl of Asia Round 4|
|2:40 pm||Academic Bowl of Asia Round 5|
|3:30 pm||Academic Bowl of Asia Playoff/Consolation Round 1|
|4:10 pm||Academic Bowl of Asia Playoff/Consolation Round 2|
|4:45 pm||Academic Bowl of Asia Awards|
|4:50 pm||Last Chance to Take IGB Qualifying Exams|
|5:00 pm||Reception at Infinity Lawn Next to the Beach|
|6:30 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Check In|
|6:45 pm||Please arrive by this time!|
|6:50 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Opening Meeting|
|7:20 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 1|
|7:55 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 2|
|8:50 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Finals|
|9:20 pm||Sports & Entertainment Bee Awards|
|8:30 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Check In|
|8:45 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Please arrive by this time!|
|9:00 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Opening Meeting|
|9:30 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Round 1|
|10:05 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Round 2|
|10:40 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Round 3|
|11:30 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Finalists Announced|
|11:40 am||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Finals|
|12:05 pm||Intl. Geography Bee – Asian Championships Awards|
|12:15 pm||History Bee Qualifier Check In|
|12:25 pm||History Bee Qualifier – Please arrive by this time!|
|12:30 pm||History Bee Qualifier|
|12:45 pm||Lunch (students not in the Bee Qualifier may eat earlier)|
|1:15 pm||History Bee and Open Bee Check In|
|1:35 pm||History Bee – Please arrive by this time!|
|1:50 pm||History Bee Opening Meeting|
|2:30 pm||History Bee Round 1|
|3:05 pm||History Bee Round 2|
|3:40 pm||History Bee Round 3|
|4:15 pm||History Bee Round 4|
|4:40 pm||History Bowl Check In Opens / Snack Break|
|5:00 pm||History Bowl – Please arrive by this time!|
|5:15 pm||History Bowl Opening Meeting|
|6:00 pm||History Bowl Round 1|
|6:45 pm||History Bowl Round 2|
|7:00 pm||Gala Dinner Opens|
|7:25 pm||History Bee Semifinalists Announced|
|7:35 pm||History Bee Semifinals|
|8:00 pm||History Bee Semifinalists to Gala Dinner|
|8:30 am||History Bowl Round 3|
|9:15 am||History Bowl Round 4|
|10:00 am||History Bowl Round 5|
|11:00 am||History Bee Finals|
|11:30 am||History Bee Awards|
|12:00 pm||History Bowl Playoff Assignments Posted|
|12:30 pm||History Bowl Quarterfinals|
|1:15 pm||History Bowl Semifinals|
|2:00 pm||History Bowl Finals and 3rd Place Matches|
|2:35 pm||History Bowl Awards (awards given first to those with earlier flights)|
Teams participating in the History Bowl
1. Bukit Batok Secondary School, Singapore *
2. Straits International School, Malaysia *
3. Hsinchu International School, Taiwan
4. Tsinghua International School, China
5. Diocesan Boys’ School A
6. Diocesan Boys’ School B
7. SCL Shanghai Middle School, China (expressed interest)
8. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines (expressed interest)
9. Riyadh Schools, Saudi Arabia (expressed interest)
10. United World College Thailand, Thailand (expressed interest)
11. Taipei Fuhsing Private School, Taiwan (expressed interest)
12. Kang Chiao International School, Taiwan (expressed interest)
Teams participating in the Academic Bowl
1. Tsinghua International School, China
The International History Bee and Bowl held its fifth annual Asian Championships on 15-17 June, 2018 at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak, Thailand. Full results are now in these links:
Academic Bowl of Asia
Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia
International Geography Bee Asian Championships
International History Bee Asian Championships
International History Bowl Asian Championships
The International History Bee and Bowl held its fourth annual Asian Championships on 16-18 June, 2017 at Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore. Full results are now available here.