Cal Heights couple competes to be the Ultimate Thailand Explorers

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jackson-lori-ultimate-thailCal Heights residents Jackson Choy and Lori Fujikawa-Choy were recently selected as semi-finalists in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition. This international contest is sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and features competitors from around the world including the UK, Australia, Poland, Singapore, France, the Philippines, and Canada.

Finalists will be selected by popular vote with one team from each city moving forward to compete for the grand prize of $10,000. Teams will be judged by their ability to blog, photograph, video, and document a week’s worth of adventures in their chosen destination in Thailand.

Jackson and Lori are competing for the region of Phuket and Long Beach residents can show their support by voting for the couple online at: Votes can be cast once every 24 hours until November 12th.

Jackson and Lori are newlyweds who first went to Thailand as college sweethearts to volunteer doing humanitarian work. They fell in love with the country and Thai culture. Since then they have been back several times to visit friends and take vacations.

“Every time we come back from a trip,” said the couple, “we always tell our friends and family that they need to visit. It is time to tell the rest of the world why we love Thailand as well!”

Watch Jackson and Lori’s video entry below. Then go cast your vote. Registration is required, but once you’ve signed up you can vote once per day at

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