Welcome to the 2023 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 16-18 June, 2023. For the first time since 2019, we are delighted to be holding an in-person Asian Championships at the traditional home for the tournament. 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! In 2019, 62 History Bowl teams attended from across Asia, and we are expecting another great turnout next June.


General Information

Registration
Registration for the 2023 International Academic Competitions Asian Championships will open by the end of January 2023.
Please check back here for the registration and hotel reservation links at that time. Registration fees are listed here.

Hotel Information and Costs
Please note that with the exception of students and teams from Phuket or students and teams arriving in Thailand on the day of their first competition (e.g. a student or team that takes an overnight flight and then competes the next day, or a student or team that flies in on Saturday morning to Thailand and then competes in the History Bee or History Bowl as their first event of the weekend), staying at the hotel is required prior to all nights on which students from any given school will be competing. 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 1 June, 2023! 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 4900 THB on the nights of 15 and 16 June and 7700 THB on 17 June for double occupancy (includes service charge and government taxes). This fee includes daily breakfast for up to two people and admission to the obligatory gala beach dinner on the night of 17 June (hence the higher room rate on that night). Rooms occupied by just one guest cost 4900 THB on 15 and 16 June and 6300 THB and this then also includes the dinner on 17 June. Additional gala dinner costs are 1400 THB per person, though non-competing students age 12 and younger pay only 700 THB and for children 5 and younger there is no charge. The age of non-competing children must be declared upon making room reservations in order to receive these discounts.

Check in is at 15.00 (3pm) each day and check out is at 12.00 (12pm) each day, with the exception of Sunday, 18 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 17 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 4900 THB as well as the extra person rates are valid from the nights of 12 June-20 June for participants wishing to extend their stay either before or after the competition.

Balcony overlooking Asia’s longest swimming pool which encircles the grounds at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Khao Lak, Thailand

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 600 THB per dinner from lunch on 15 June through dinner on 18 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 27 May, 2023.
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 $25 USD per person one way or $50 per person round trip. To book shuttles, or if you have further questions about shuttles, please email nolwenn@iacompetitions.com
If your team is competing in the History Bowl on Sunday, 18 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

View towards the beach and Andaman Sea from the infinity pool, JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Khao Lak, Thailand

International Academic Bowl Asian Championships
The IAC Asian Championships will begin on Friday with the International Academic Bowl Asian Championships. 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.

International Science Bee Asian Championships
On Friday evening, we will run the International Science Bee Asian Championships. Students must have qualified for the International Science Bee Asian Championships through a Regional Finals competition. To compete in a Regional Finals competition, students must first qualify through the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, a 50 question multiple-choice exam free for all students.

International Geography Bee Asian Championships
On Saturday morning, we will run the International Geography Bee Asian Championships. Students must have qualified for the International Geography Bee Asian Championships through a Regional Finals competition. To compete in a Regional Finals competition, students must first qualify through the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, a 50 question multiple-choice exam free for all students.

International History Bee Asian Championships
On Saturday evening, we will run the International History Bee Asian Championships. Students must have qualified for the History Bee Championships through competing in a regional level History Bee tournament. History Bee regional competitions are held in-person and online.

International History Bowl Asian Championships
On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, we will run the International History Bowl Asian Championships. Schools must have qualified for the History Bowl Championships through competing in a regional level History Bowl tournament. History Bowl regional competitions are held in-person and online.

Schedule
Friday, June 16, 2023

 

8:00 am Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Check In
8:10 am Intl. Academic Bee – Please arrive by this time!
8:15 am Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
8:30 am Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Round 1
9:05 am Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Round 2
9:35 pm Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Round 3
10:00 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Check In
10:15 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Please arrive by this time!
10:20 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
10:40 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Round 1
11:20 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Round 2
11:55 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Round 3
12:20 pm Lunch Break
12:55 pm International Championships Exam – Biology
1:30 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Round 4
2:05 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Round 5
2:45 pm Intl. Academic Bee Asian Championships – Final Round
3:00 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Playoff/Consolation Draw Announced
3:20 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Playoff/Consolation Round 1
4:00 pm Intl. Academic Bowl Asian Championships – Playoff/Consolation Round 2
4:30 pm Intl. Academic Bee and Bowl – Award Ceremony
4:45 pm Reception at Infinity Lawn Next to the Beach (runs until 5:30pm)
5:00 pm International Championships Exam – Environmental Science
5:30 pm International Championships Exam – Physical Science
5:45 pm Dinner (please let those who are competing in the Science Bee eat first at this time)
6:15 pm Dinner for those not competing in the Science Bee
6:35 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Check In
6:45 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Please arrive by this time!
6:50 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
7:05 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Round 1
7:40 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Round 2
8:10 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Round 3
8:40 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Round 4
9:30 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Final Round
10:00 pm Intl. Science Bee Asian Championships – Award Ceremony

Saturday, June 17, 2023

 

8:00 am International Championships Exam – Asian Geography
8:35 am International Championships Exam – Historical Geography
9:00 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Check In
9:10 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Please arrive by this time!
9:15 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
9:25 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Round 1
10:00 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Round 2
10:30 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Round 3
11:00 am Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Round 4
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 pm International Championships Exam – Military History
12:30 pm Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – FinalRound
1:05 pm Intl. Geography Bee Asian Championships – Awards
1:15 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Check In
1:30 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Please arrive by this time!
1:45 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
2:10 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Round 1
2:50 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Round 2
3:25 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Round 3
4:00 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Round 4
4:30 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Check In Opens
5:00 pm International Championships Exam – East Asian History
5:30 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Opening Meeting
6:00 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Round 1
6:35 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Round 2
7:00 pm Gala Dinner Opens
7:15 pm International Championships Exam – Ancient History
7:45 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Semifinals
8:15 pm Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Semifinalists to Gala Dinner
9:15 pm Awards announced at Gala Dinner for Military, E. Asian, & Ancient Exams

Schedule
Sunday, June 18, 2023

7:45 am International Championships Exam – Middle Eastern History
8:20 am International Championships Exam – South Asian History
9:00 am Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Round 3
9:40 am Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Round 4
10:15 am Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Round 5
11:00 am Intl. History Bee Asian Championships – Finals
11:35 am Intl. History Bee Asian Championships & Exams – Awards
11:45 am Lunch
12:15 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Playoff Assignments Posted
12:45 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Quarterfinals
1:25 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Semifinals
2:00 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Finals & 3rd Place Matches
2:25 pm Intl. History Bowl Asian Championships – Awards
2:30 pm End


Report from the 2019 IAC Asian Championships at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa
Click here for a tournament summary and recap courtesy of the Singapore Quiz Bowl organization.

Statistics for all events are found through the links below. 
International Academic Bowl Asian Championships
Sports and Entertainment History Bee of Asia
International Geography Bee Asian Championships
International History Bee Asian Championships
International History Bowl Asian Championships

Teams participating in the History Bowl (20 V, 18 JV, 24 MS)
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, Hong Kong A
6. Diocesan Boys’ School, Hong Kong B
7. Shenzhen Senior High School, China
8. Kang Chiao International School, Taiwan A *
9. Kang Chiao International School, Taiwan B *
10. Kang Chiao International School, Taiwan C #
11. Harrow International School, Hong Kong #
12. HeadStart Phuket, Thailand #
13. Stamford American International School A, Singapore #
14. Stamford American International School B, Singapore #
15. Alfred Nobel School, Vietnam
16. Concordia International School Shanghai, China #
17. English School Attached to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China A
18. English School Attached to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China B
19. English School Attached to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China C
20. English School Attached to Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China D *
21. St. Paul American School Hanoi, Vietnam #
22. Shanghai Y.K. Pao School, China #
23. Shanghai American School, China #
24. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines A *
25. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines B *
26. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines C #
27. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines D #
28. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines E #
29. British Vietnamese International School Hanoi, Vietnam #
30. Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School, China #
31. Seoul International School, South Korea
32. Jinan Foreign Language School, China
33. Tathva International School, Japan *
34. Philippine International School Qatar *
35. Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka A, Malaysia *
36. Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka B, Malaysia *
37. The Harbour School, Hong Kong #
38. Alrowad Secondary School, Saudi Arabia *
39. Manarat Al-Khobar Schools, Saudi Arabia
40. Raffles Institution, Singapore
41. Vanke Meisha Academy Shenzhen A, China
42. Vanke Meisha Academy Shenzhen B, China *
43. Beijing International Bilingual Academy, China #
44. Taipei European School, Taiwan #
45. United World College Thailand, Thailand #
46. International Community School, Thailand *
47. Renaissance College Hong Kong *
48. NIST International School, Thailand #
49. German Swiss International School, Hong Kong #
50. Shanghai High School International Division, China A *
51. Shanghai High School International Division, China B #
52. NPS International School, Singapore A *
53. NPS International School, Singapore B #
54. India International School in Japan #
55. Ruamrudee International School, Thailand A
56. Ruamrudee International School, Thailand B
57. Shenzhen Nanshan Foreign Language Senior High School *
58. South Island School, Hong Kong
59. Sunway International School, Malaysia A
60. Sunway International School, Malaysia B #
61. Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore A
62. Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore B

Teams participating in the Academic Bowl (6 V, 4 JV, 8 MS)
1. Tsinghua International School, China *
2. Alfred Nobel School, Vietnam
3. Concordia International School Shanghai #
4. Seoul International School, South Korea
5. The Harbour School, Hong Kong #
6. Raffles Institution, Singapore
7. Renaissance College Hong Kong *
8. NIST International School, Thailand #
9. German Swiss International School, Hong Kong #
10. NPS International School, Singapore A *
11. NPS International School, Singapore B #
12. India International School in Japan #
13. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines A *
14. La Salle Green Hills, Philippines B #
15. Ruamrudee International School, Thailand
16. Sunway International School, Malaysia
17. Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore
18. Shanghai American School, China #

2018
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

2017
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.