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elcome to Issue 11, Volume 7 of HOT Magazine. When you think of Thailand your mind doesn’t conjure up images of cold or frost but Thailand does have its winter perks. From November through to February, the country finds itself in a perfect weather period just after the monsoon-like rains where in some areas of the Kingdom it can get downright chilly. In this month’s issue we take you to five places in Thailand where the temperatures head south. Dig out your jumper and turn to page 38 to see where you can be cool in the land of smiles. Gary Stevens played for England in the 1986 World Cup. During his career he also represented Brighton, Portsmouth and Tottenham winning the UEFA Cup in 1984 and appearing in three F.A. Cup Finals. In 1983 at Wembley, Stevens scored a late equalizer against Manchester United in the 1983 F.A. Cup Final. Khao Tao is a long way from Wembley Stadium but it is where the 57 year old has decided to make his permanent home and he says he is loving life in Hua Hin. Turn to page 56 to find out how Gary is filling his days in Thailand’s Royal Resort Beach Town.

During World War Two more than 180,000 POWs and civilian laborers toiled and slaved to construct what became to be known as the Death Railway. Enduring brutalization, malnutrition and terrible working conditions, it is believed more than 100,000 people died during the construction of the 415 km railway. The main symbol of the Death Railway is the Bridge that spans the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi. From the 23rd of November to the 2nd of December the annual River Kwai Bridge Week returns to Kanchanaburi paying respect to the memory of the Allied prisoners of war who built the Death Railway, the event is known for staging one of Thailand’s most spectacular light and sound shows. Dig out your suitcase and turn to page 64 to see why you’ll want to be part of this years River Kwai Bridge Week. Those are just a few of the stories you’ll find inside this month’s issue. As always, thank you for picking us up and we hope you enjoy the read.

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In Thailand

Makes Hua Hin His Home

Bridge Festival

Chiang Rai

Celebrates 15 Years

买新房还是旧房? 作者:Russ Downing


Being Cool

Gary Stevens

River Kwai

Let’s Go

Boutique Corporation


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Stay and unwind at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, located in the city center of Sukhumvit, Bangkok. From inspiring culture and nightlife in Bangkok steps away from the hotel, to their delicious dining options and elegant event spaces, every aspect of their rejuvenating hotel will replenish your soul. Keep your body fit in the state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, relax at Vareena Day Spa, or take a dip in their refreshing rooftop swimming pool. Then, when it’s time to eat, you’ll discover an inspiring experience at both of the hotel’s first-class Sukhumvit restaurants. Favored by Japanese expats, Kisso has been voted Best Japanese Restaurant in Bangkok. Meanwhile, Seasonal Tastes international buffet restaurant fuels diners with delicious dishes packed with nutrients and energy. Stop by Zest Bar & Terrace for a cocktail. And at the end of a full day, return to your room and sink into the soothing comfort of your Heavenly® Bed.

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Unwrap The Joy Of The Festive Season By The Beach At Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin It’s the most wonderful time of the year when Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin lights up in festive cheer and holiday spirit. Throughout the festive season this iconic resort has sorted out the perfect ways to celebrate the year-end festivities, with a feast full of exciting events, tempting cuisines and enticing treats, along with joyous entertainment for you and your family.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony On December 12th, to kick off the festive season, Centara Grand Hua Hin continue its holiday tradition with the spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Complete with indulgent treats and festive refreshments, the evening will be celebrated with traditional Christmas carols performed live, as guests countdown to the switchingon of the lights to transform the resort into a magical wonderland. Spread the festive spirit even further as the hotel will also support underprivileged children from four schools in the local area through donations made by the hotel guests.


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Christmas Eve Gala Dinner or Christmas Day Festive Brunch For lasting Christmas memories, delight in a tantalizing feast that features an extravagant choice of culinary delights and many delicious festiveinspired desserts. Highlights from the mouthwatering spread include an indulgent fresh seafood bar for Boston lobsters, Fin de Claire oysters, and Alaskan snow crabs, foie gras prepared à la minute, Christmas carving station for succulent turkey, honey-glazed ham, juicy Australian prime-ribs, and many more assuring something for everyone’s Christmas palette.

For An Oriental Twist To Your Festive Season Suan Bua Thai Restaurant offers a poolside buffet “Thai temple Fair” with authentic Thai food and regional favourites from starters to desserts, all prepared to flavourful perfection. The evening is enriched even further with spectacular Thai performances to thrill you all meal long. For a taste of true Japanese tradition, look no further than

Hagi, where the restaurant’s popular buffet “Culinary Treasures of Japan” will undergo a Christmas transformation to provide a delightful oriental experience and a festive atmosphere that promises the perfect family celebration.

New Year’s At The Centara Grand Hua Hin Toast to the New Year in grand style with our “Moulin Rouge de Paris” themed New Year’s Eve Gala. The fun and captivating evening begins with an extravaganza of glitz, grandeur and glory for pre-dinner drinks before escalating to the main event for a sumptuous dinner buffet complete with the best cuisine from around the world. All the while, a spectacular line-up of unbridled live entertainment will take you through the history of the Moulin Rouge. For more information or reservations, please call +66 (0) 3251 2021, or visit centarahotelsresorts.com/ centaragrand/chbr/festive/ to view the festive brochure


Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin awarded “Best Golf Experience in Thailand” On Thursday the 17th of October the 20th annual IAGTO Golf Tourism Awards took place during the gala dinner on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market in Marrakech, Morocco. The IAGTO Golf Tourism Awards recognize the achievements of golf courses and hotels that delivered the best possible experience to visiting golf travellers in the past year. IAGTO’s 700+ golf tour operators worldwide voted for one hotel and one


golf course/golf resort in 25 leading golf destinations worldwide and Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin was awarded the IAGTO Golf Experience of the Year Award for Thailand.

significant as it was international golf industry travel organisations that, out of all of the great golfing experiences in Thailand, voted Black Mountain Number one.”

Attending the event was Black Mountain’s Managing Director, Harald Elisson. According to Harald.

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ICONSIAM Unveils TRUE ICON HALL ICONSIAM, the Bht 55 billion riverside landmark destination recently voted the best new development in Asia Pacific by the International Council of Shopping Centers, recently, announced the opening of a new auditorium, conferencing and entertainment complex that spans 12,000 square metres of floor space across its seventh and eighth floors, and which is the first major, modern conferencing complex on the Chao Phraya River. TRUE ICON HALL is a joint venture between ICONSIAM and True Corporation and was built with an investment of Bht 2,000 million. It seats up to 2,700 people in flexible, fast-change halls that incorporate automated banks of seating and LED lighting that can rapidly be reconfigured to maximize


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stage visibility and suit different types of functions and live performances. In addition to its three large halls, TRUE ICON HALL has 14 meeting rooms, ranging from 26 square metres to almost 400 square metres, which can accommodate a further 950 people. Mr. Supoj Chaiwatsirikul, Managing Director of ICONSIAM Co., Ltd. said, “It’s about helping to win the world for Thailand. TRUE ICON HALL is a venue of national pride and the nation’s most advanced auditorium, conferencing, and entertainment facility, which will attract a new class of high-value meetings and performances. It is one of the most inspiring venues in Asia, made unique by its majestic, panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River.” “The opening of TRUE

ICON HALL will give major new impetus to Thailand’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) industry as well as to the development of the Thonburi side of the river. It will also help fill many rooms in the numerous four- and five-star hotels along the river and reinforce the Chao Phraya River as a new global destination,” he said. Mr. Birathon Kasemsri Na Ayudhaya, Chief Content & Media Officer for True Corporation, said, “TRUE ICON HALL is another pride of True. We have been working with ICONSIAM to create a world-class conference complex in Thailand. The collaboration brings together the best of two worlds: the best venue and the best technology. ICONSIAM is the best destination with


globally recognized stature. True is the leader in digital technology. We understand advanced communications technology and know how to make the best use of it to deliver extraordinary experiences that will make TRUE ICON HALL the true icon of experience creation, and one that delights visitors with sight, sound and other sensory experiences. We have developed innovative solutions and special applications to impress users of TRUE ICON HALL from the first visit. These include fast registration through facial recognition scan and an audio translation innovation that allows conference attendees to listen to real-time translations from an application on their smartphones instead of rented headphones. We enable smooth, uninterrupted internal and external communication to provide the best 360- degree experience.

International visitors from around the world will leave with great memories. It will attract MICE organizers to inject funds into the country’s economy and will contribute to making Thailand an outstanding destination in Asia for all kinds of world-class events.” According to Mr. Talun Theng, the leader of the management team of TRUE ICON HALL, the new venue boasts many ‘first-time-in-Thailand’ and ‘first-time-in-Asia’ features. “For the first time in Asia in a conference venue, the ceilings are made from panels of light pixels which allow very precisely ‘tunable’ ambient lighting to suit every occasion. The ceilings can also be used to run colours and animations, enabling stunningly immersive multimedia experiences to excite audiences and manage moods in concerts as well as meetings and events,” he said.

He added, “Our role is to go beyond just providing physical meeting or performance space. TRUE ICON Hall is integrated into a larger platform that is one of the world’s most-awarded destinations, globally admired for its stunning design, vast and varied cultural offerings, and its exciting diversity of activities, entertainment, restaurants, and extraordinary shopping possibilities that combine the best of the world with the best of Thailand.” Mr. Theng said TRUE ICON HALL already has more than 30 important conferences and events confirmed for next year and another 100 pending confirmation, with guest numbers ranging from 200 to almost 3,000 people per event.

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Mango Tree Worldwide Propels Asian Cuisine To The World Stage The desire for authentic experiences, sustainability in the DNA and inherent heritage appeal are key factors for why Asian cuisine is on the cusp to be the next global cuisine superstar, said Trevor Mackenzie, Managing Director/ Partner of COCA and Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide, during the Innovation Forum of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference held recently in Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore. In his Innovation Forum talk, entitled “Market Intelligence – Taking Asian Cuisine to the World”, Mackenzie highlighted the tremendous business opportunities for marketing Asian cuisine globally, bolstered by the fact that Asians now comprise the world’s second largest group of globetrotters. According to data by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of Asian travelers to various regions of the world have all doubled and, in some cases, nearly tripled during the period from the years 2000 to 2017. Europe proved to be the most popular destination with 57 million Asian travelers, Mackenzie said, followed by the Middle East (38.8 million) and North America (29.3 million). Mackenzie added that an evolution in eating habits around the world, gleaned from personal observation in his own frequent travels, also contribute to emerging opportunities presented by Asian cuisine. According to him, in Europe, it is becoming more


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commonplace to eat Asian food around two times a week while in North America, Asian cuisine has rapidly become more mainstream, becoming a preferred dining choice at least two or even three times per week. “This means that there is still so much growth in the Asian cuisine segment – for at least the next 20 years and even more,” Mackenzie stressed. Younger diners are driving the growth, he pointed out, citing the need to cater to the wants of not only millennials or the Gen Y crowd but skewing even younger. “Millennials may be leading the way now but you’ve already got to wake up to the Gen Z market or you’re going to be behind the curve.”

Factors Driving Global Appeal of Asian Cuisine Among the factors attracting diners to Asian cuisine is the desire for authenticity, Mackenzie said, citing that the relative affordability and ease of modern-day travel has led to increased frequency in travel. The rise of social media and the “sharing culture” or “family-style” appeal of Asian cuisine also feed into the quest for authenticity. The result? Today’s exceptionally welltravelled dining customers now seek authentic experiences, he said. Sustainability is another factor cited by Mackenzie as key to Asian cuisine’s global appeal. He highlighted the “farm to table” dining concept as driven by the sustainability move-

ment and said that with its demand for source-fresh ingredients, Asian cuisine already had sustainability in its DNA, pioneering “farm to table” even before its mainstream popularity. Tying into sustainability, Mackenzie mentioned that with an average of 80 to 100 grams of protein per dish, Asian food presents an ideal opportunity to market to the current generation of diners concerned about reducing their consumption carbon footprint. The emphasis on plant-based ingredients in Asian cuisine, Mackenzie said, is an additional attractive feature for vegan, vegetarian and health-conscious diners. “Again, there’s a great opportunity to plug into this younger generation or anybody who feel like they want to eat healthy.” Lastly, Asian cuisine has the unique combination of possessing heritage appeal, deriving as it is from some of the world’s oldest civilizations, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and more, while evolving to suit the tastes of contemporary diners, especially in presentation. Today’s diners want to know the history of food, where it comes from, the stories behind it, and with Asian cuisine, Mackenzie said, each dish has a story to tell. With the ubiquitous influence of social media, the way each dish is now presented is also evolving, becoming more “Instagrammable”, according to Mackenzie, and providing more opportunities and changes in how Asian cuisine is being marketed.

HOT AROUND BANGKOK Asian Cuisine: The Next Big Wave In order for Asian cuisine to successfully take centre stage on the global cuisine arena, Mackenzie admitted that its biggest challenge is combining effective marketing with the right education – which means more often than not, educating the customers. “There’s a lot of Asian restaurants out there but we shouldn’t just be selling food. I see global expansion as an opportunity to educate people about Asian food, whether it’s Thai food or Indian or regional Chinese cuisine,” he said. “When we’re taking Asian food to the West, it can sometimes be a challenge to educate people about what’s real, what’s authentic.” In conclusion, Mackenzie offered Mango Tree Restaurants Worldwide as a proven case study for an Asian restaurant brand successfully going global. Mango Tree has opened outlets in countries as diverse as Japan, the UK, the UAE and China, ranging from casual Thai fine dining (Mango Tree), stylish Thai dining with music (Mango Tree Thai Bistro), trendy Thai restaurant (Mango Tree Café), fast and on-the-run (Mango Tree Kitchen), food on-the-run (Mango Tree Grab & Go) and fast casual (Mango Chili). Mackenzie posited that it is precisely this type of diversification that presents a large number of opportunities for expansion for any Asian restaurant brand.

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“Asian food is not just about takeaways. Asian food can be all tiers– and this is where I see the biggest opportunities. My restaurants are a proven example of what we can do with Asian cuisine. We wanted to show that Asian food is not just cheap, cheap, cheap,” Mackenzie said. He continued: “We started at the top with casual fine dining and that’s how we were able to build our brand with conviction. People know Mango Tree are pillars of quality, deliver good value for money and always create that memorable, authentic experience.” COCA and Mango Tree Worldwide is proud to showcase the traditional flavours of Thailand at its collection of 76 restaurant outlets in 14 countries around the globe, which serve a wide range of authentic dishes from the kingdom’s four culinary regions: south, central, north and northeast. By 2021, the group expects to operate a total of 100 outlets worldwide.

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HOT AROUND BANGKOK Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road Named Thailand’s Leading Boutique Hotel Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road was recently awarded “Thailand’s Leading Boutique Hotel” by the World Travel Awards 2019. The hotel acknowledged and thanked everyone involved, from guests to owners, and industry partners to every member of management and staff. From bottom to top, Hotel Indigo Bangkok exudes neighbourly charm and quirkiness inside and out. A few minutes’ walk to the Ploenchit BTS, Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is an ideal starting point for a shopping spree. Within the neighbourhood, the diplomatic missions are sights to behold and Lumphini Park appears as an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, while the cafes and restaurants along Ruam Rudee and Wireless Road offer charming and tasty diversions.

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Chateau de Bangkok Chateau de Bangkok is a great moderately priced hotel that is centrally located in the city’s business and shopping districts. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure you’ll love its location. The hotel is just a short distance from major shopping malls such as Siam Paragon, embassies and office towers, it is also just a 5 minute walk, or less by free Tuk Tuk, to the Ploenchit Skytrain station. The location makes it easily accessible from either Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang Airports. The hotel offers 135 rooms, 76 of which are 33 sqm Studios or 45 sqm Studio Executives. The balance are 1 an 2 bedrooms suites ranging in size from 56 to 121 square meters in size. Amenities include meeting rooms and a business center, roof top swimming pool with pool bar, fitness center and two restaurants. Chateau de Bangkok is ideal in location, surrounded by restaurants and is competitively priced. Chateau de Bangkok 29 soi Ruamrudee 1, Pleonchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330 E-mail: sales@chateaubkk.com www.chateaubkk.com


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Make Christmas Eve delightfully different with a Beach BBQ dinner. Also enlivening the night will be an exciting fire dance show, live saxophone music and festive DJ tunes. Price : THB 3,499 net per person including one-hour cocktail reception during Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Lee La Bar Beverage package : THB 1,999 net including free-flow beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh juices for two hours Children under 6 dine free, 7- to 11-year-olds at half price

Celebrate Christmas Day with brunch and live music at Azure Restaurant featuring premium seafood and international dishes made with premium local produce. Price : THB 3,499 net per person including soft drinks and fresh juices Chandon special : THB 2,199 net per bottle Children under 6 dine free, 7- to 11-year-olds at halff p price ice


Presenting a veryy well oorchestrated New Year’s Eve celebration on the resort’s Beach Wing Lawn for a true symphony of tastes, sights and sounds. Dinner menu highlights include delicacies such as fois gras, Australian beef, lobster, oysters, traditional holiday dishes and special desserts along with the sounds of ten-member orchestra and solo opera vocalist performances. You’re also entitled access to our Fireside VIP area where you’ll enjoy a thrilling New Year’s countdown and spectacular fireworks display. Venue : Beach Wing Lawn Price : THB 8,499++ per person including sparkling wine reception with canapés; also includes one midnight glass of wine or sparkling wine at Fireside VIP area

TUESDAY, 31 DECEMBER 2019 FROM 6.30 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT Early bird offer for festive season: 10% discount on menu when you book by 30 November 2019.

Option : THB 1500++ per person for wine pairing Festive Fun for Kids : Along with special children’s food and drink menu, we alsoprovide extras and activities at Little Bear Cafe and Planet Trekkers. Price : Children 12 to 16 years old at THB 1,500++ per child including soft drinks and juices; children 7 to 11 years old dine at half price; children under 6 dine free.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 32 616 999 Email: ichh.dining@ihg.com or visit www.intercontinental.com/huahin

HOT Within AROUNDThe HUAPalm HIN Prime Location Hills Golf Course Community Built by one of Hua Hin’s most trusted builders is this 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom golf course home. Situated on 1,600 square meters of prime Hua Hin real estate, the homes location within the Palm Hills Golf Course Community overlooks the 11th and 17th tee. This property was designed for extravagant indoor and outdoor living that showcases its incredible lake and golf course views. Special features are abound in this recently remodeled pool villa, they start in the main residence with the incredibly large “Grande Lounge” featuring a high ceiling, multiple conversation / entertaining areas and views overlooking the pool and lake beyond. A stairway takes you

downstairs to a private room that has a glass window looking into the deep end of the large swimming pool. This room could be a gym, wine cellar, games room, library etc.. The main residence also contains two bedrooms with one being the master suite that features its own private garden and sitting area, large spacious walk in closet and a master bathroom with his and her sinks, bathtub and a very spacious shower. Detached from the main house are two separate bedrooms, each ensuite, both facing the lake providing serene idyllic views. The spacious kitchen has built in appliances, plenty of counterspace and a large island with seating.

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Other special features include a recently installed large sun deck adjacent to the pool, and a recently added garden studio that could be used as an office, games room, gym or craft room or guest bedroom Additionally, there are maids quarters. This villa is truly a magnificent family home which the present owner has decorated tastefully throughout. The villa can be found in a quiet area inside the Palm Hills Golf Course community at the end of a no through road. The home comes completely furnished and includes a family lifetime membership to the Palm Hills Golf Club & separate Fitness Club.


Land Area: 1,600 m2 Living Area: 730m2

The Palm hills golf course can be found north of Hua Hin , approximately 15 minutes drive. It has easy access to restaurants, hospitals, international schools.

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L et’s Meet, Jakub Mares What is your full name and age? Jakub Mares, 38. What is your current position? Executive Chef Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas. How long have you lived in Hua Hin or been coming to Hua Hin? It will be two years in Hua Hin next week, and 10 years altogether between Thailand and Malaysia. What did you know about Hua Hin before you moved here? I knew it as a getaway destination and I came here a few times on weekend trips. What do you like most about your profession? Creating memories for guests and for my team. Most of my closest friends are people I’ve met in the hospitality business around the globe over the past 20 years. What do you like least about your profession? Hahaha! There can’t be much, otherwise I would have changed to another sector already. What do you like most about Hua Hin? Being fulltime at the seaside makes me feel like I’m always on holiday. I grew up in Carlsbad, Czech Republic, where the nearest coast was about 1000km away. What is your favorite restaurant and why? (please don’t promote your own restaurants) A little place in Tamarind Market in Cha-Am serving great roast pork and pork ribs and lots of local noodle shops. What do you like to do in your free time and why? Spend time with my family, eating, playing golf and relaxing with friends and colleagues over a beer.


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What would you recommend to new-comers to do in Hua Hin and why? Just relax and enjoy a great destination with fab food, markets, golf courses and lots more. Tell us a surprising fact that people might not know about you? I love scuba diving. Back home in Central Europe we don’t have any clear seas to dive in. All we have are lakes, dams and rivers where you have to use dry suits because the water’s so cold. The water’s also very dark so visibility can be 0 cm while the temperature of the water can be 0 degrees. Scuba diving here in the warm, clear waters of Thailand is much more fun. What is the most outlandish thing you have ever done and why? There are some things I would rather not mention! However, this story might relate to the topic. Two years ago, I was invited to a large Indian wedding in London to take care of their Italian food. As a Czech guy, it was quite surprising being flown all the way to London from Bangkok just to cook. But much more outstanding than that was when I proposed to my wife in Central Park, New York

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175 Years Of Penfolds Celebrated At Bangkok’s Waldorf Astoria In honor of Penfold’s 175th Anniversary, Thailand’s Independent Wine & Spirit (IWS) Company threw a party at Bangkok’s Waldorf Astoria. Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of wine making with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era.


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On October 24th & 25th, the 56th floor of Bangkok’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel was the place to be as many celebrities, all fans of Penfolds, attended the event, including MR Mannarumas Yugala Swasti-Xuto, ML Attadit Diskul, Wannaporn Poshyanonda, Tawanna Thara, Maruwut Buranasilpin, Vanvilai Techasomboon, Ascha Charoenrasameekiat, Pat Jungkankul, Voranun Chantrasmi, Patinya Kyokong, Vareenithi Kanpaibool, Prima Senakant, Weeranund Sadakornwongwut, Patcharawat Trakarnsantikul, Waya Dulayabawarakul, Natarnin Khunathanard, Vanida Golten, Vichada Poolphol, Janenipa Sriwilairit, and others.


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Both evening’s included great food, live music and a master class for a selected few led by Penfolds Brand Ambassador Mr. Sam Stephens. Guests sampled three special wines, a St Henri Shiraz 2016, a Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017 & a Bin 311 Chardonnay 2018 while Mr. Stephens gave the histories and interesting facts about each one. One of the highlights was the drawing for a 40,000 baht bottle of Penfolds Grange 2014. In Thailand Penfolds can be found at leading wine outlets nationwide including Villa Market, Wine Cellar Gourmet Market, Foodland, Tesco Lotus and Big C Supercenter.

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Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen What images come to mind when you say “Mekong”? For me, it’s the wide fast-moving river in north-eastern Thailand with Laos beckoning enticingly across the broad waterway. It’s also the mighty timber rice barges, heavily laden, lumbering slowly to port in the lower Mekong river reaches of southern Vietnam. This is a river that starts life in the high Tibetan Plateau and runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam. At an estimated 4,350 km in length, it is the world’s twelfth longest river and the seventh longest in Asia. But why all this chatter about the Mekong in a restaurant column? This month ‘Let’s Eat’ visits “Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen”, a Hua Hin eatery that features Vietnamese and Thai food as the name suggests. ‘Uncle Bill’ is actually Australian Bill De Cis who oversees operations along with co-owner and seasoned Hua Hin restauranteur Sirima “Lek” Narongrit (of Coco 51). The use of ‘Uncle’ in this situation is a nod to the Asian cultural practice of referring to an older person (who’s not a family member) in a respectful though friendly manner. And so, to our “Mekong” food journey which starts with a selection of appetisers. ‘Mieng Nok’ - stir-fried minced duck, crispy noodles, served with fresh iceberg lettuce cups and a dipping sauce. Light, bright, tasty and perfect for sharing. Mekong Fish Cakes - deep-fried mousse of fish flavoured with red curry paste and herbs. Delicious. ‘Chao Tom’ or Vietnamese Sugar Cane Shrimp is delicately seasoned prawn mince moulded around sugar cane stalks, fried and accompanied by vermicelli noodles and pickled vegetables. As an added bonus, when you’ve devoured the shrimp cakes encasing the sugarcane you can chew on the cane. Our final starter was Samosa. Perhaps not a south-east Asian dish, these crispy Samosa parcels with a chicken and potato filling were moreish and served with sweetened cucumber salsa.


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For mains, firstly two Vietnamese dishes. Grilled Lemongrass Beef Salad ‘Bun Bo Xao’ a warm salad of grilled beef, lemongrass, and onions served with salad greens and steamed rice (instead of the traditional vermicelli). Crispy Stuffed Pancake ‘Banh Xeo’ – a Vietnamese street food classic. Crispy thin crepe made with rice flour and coloured canary yellow with turmeric, filled with minced pork, shrimp and bean sprouts accompanied by two typical dipping sauces. Finally, a Thai favourite – ‘Gaeng Khua Goong’ or prawn curry in turmeric-infused coconut milk with betel leaf accompanied by steamed rice. Delightful spicy undertones as you would hope from a Thai curry and the added peppery notes provided by the betel leaf. A very well-balanced curry and taste delight. Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen also has a Tex-Mex section to their menu which may seem unusual. Bill assures us that this option is very well received by guests, adults and children alike. The Tex-Mex selection provides variety for these diners and keeps the whole table of customers happy. Our final main dish was the Pulled Pork Burrito. A large flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans, pulled pork, topped with cheddar cheese and accompanied by Pica de Gallo - a classic Mexican tomato-based salsa. Uncle Bill’s dessert offering is a choice of six from a refreshing plate of fresh fruit, fried bananas, the classic Crème


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Brule. Although they were enticing, we chose two south-east Asian desserts. ‘Bua Loy Mekong’ or sticky rice balls in coconut milk. The ‘rice balls’ are ground black sesame dumplings in coconut milk with Chinese jujube and ginkgo served in coconut milk and offered hot or cold. ‘Ice Cream Boran’ was the second choice and although not the Thai ancient ice-cream as the name ‘Boran’ suggests. This was de-

lectable coconut milk ice cream served in the shell with fresh young coconut pieces and other accompaniments. Our final dessert was a crowd-pleaser and fought over by the whole table for every last morsel. Bunuelo or Buñuelos have their origins in Spain, Portugal and later, Latin America. In fact, in Mexico, Buñuelos are a traditional Christmas treat. They typically consist of a simple yeast dough, thinly rolled,

shaped into individual pieces, fried and finished with a sweet topping. Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen’s Bunuelo is a thin, crispy tortilla covered in cinnamon and brown sugar served with sticky, caramelised pineapple pieces and topped with whipped cream and ice cream for added decadence. A fitting finish to the meal! Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen is an inviting venue with three distinct dining areas. The two open-air relaxingly decorated garden areas, or the enclosed room ideal for larger private groups or parties. Overlooking Soi 94, the raised bar area is ideal for pre or post-meal drinks, with the knowledgeable staff waiting to mix up your favourite cocktail or cold beverage. Situated in the upper section of Hua Hin Soi 94 – one of Hua Hin’s increasingly popular ‘food streets’, Uncle Bill’s Mekong Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and can be contacted on 032 804 594 or via their Facebook page. And if you want home delivery, check out their pages on Food Panda or huahinrichest.com. Photos and story by Michael Cullen

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Being Cool In Thailand


e’re dipping our toes in winter but one hardly thinks of Thailand and imagines cold, frost or even rainstorms. But don’t pack away your cozy sweaters just yet; Thailand does have its winter perks. From November through to February, the country finds itself in a perfect period just after the monsoon-like rains and just before it’s overcome with the hot season. Other than the odd downpour, you can expect smooth sailing, should you decide to jet off to any islands whilst you’re here – something that can’t be guaranteed should you come in Thailand’s rainy season instead. Cool season in Thailand also coincides with the tourist high season, which means that you will inevitably have to pay a premium to visit this beautiful country in its most temperate climate. Although most of the country will still be experiencing a temperature of around 30° Celsius, there will be far less humidity, making for a much more comfortable travelling and sight-seeing experience, and the islands will still be as pristine and inviting as ever. The only exceptions to high temperatures will be in the north of the country – the likes of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the northern highlands will be pretty cool, making for perfect hiking conditions and backdrops of lush green mountains and rice terraces enveloped in mist. Most people arrive in Thailand to escape the cold, their destination being mostly Phuket or Krabi but there are some places that you must visit


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1. Wang Nam Khiao Wang Nam Khiao is reputed to have the purest air in Thailand and the temperature here is no joke—it can drop to 10 ° Celsius at night. Winter is the best time to visit this district in the northeastern part of the country. The name literally translates to “Castle of Green Water” because the waters are so clear they reflect the vibrant greenery around. Indeed, with its soaring mountains, lush greenery and the delicious fresh air, you’ll find it aptly nicknamed the Switzerland of Isan. Whilst you will encounter many beautiful vistas as you travel around Wang Nam Khiao, some of the most picturesque views can be admired from Thap Lan National Park. The second biggest national park in Thailand, gaze out across the towering mountains and verdant jungles, peer down into yawning valleys, inhale the fresh air, and feel at one with Mother Earth. Also, the vibrant Flora Park is open to the public during the months of December to February. The scene of the yearly Flora Fantasia Festival held in January, the park is a magical riot of color with blooms from all around the world used to create gorgeous displays.

2. Khao Kho The district of Khao Kho is home to Petchaburi’s most beautiful mountains. Less than a 5-hour drive from Bangkok, the weather here is cool all year round and can drop to 12ºC from late December to early January. The breathtaking mountain range is reminiscent of the hilly peaks of Switzerland. From the picturesque hills to the fountains and lavender fields, this place is an absolute dream getaway. Khao Kho is a treasure trove of mountain viewpoints but the best one would be an hour away, at Wat Prathat Phasornkaew. Hidden up in the mountains, this place of worship has everything from intricately adorned pillars to a grand pagoda that stands majestically in the center. The walls, floors and pillars are plastered with different shards of ceramic, beautifully arranged to give a mosaic effect and a unique finish to the place. The impressive Buddha structure is an all-white statue jazzed up with silver embellishments that help to reflect the sunlight, giving the illusion that the statue is glowing.


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If you visit during November to January, you can take a walk in Thailand’s biggest sunflower fields, Muak Lek Sunflower Fields which has been described as the “field of a thousand blooming suns”. Khao Kho is the best place to find the sweetest strawberries in Thailand so don’t miss out on that but most especially, do take the time to enjoy the stunning views from Phu Thap Boek Mountain, an hour away from Khao Koh. You don’t need to climb up the mountain for this, as you can easily drive to the viewpoint. There’s also Khao Takhian Ngo where you’ll get a view of the fog surrounding the mountains like a sea of clouds. But even if you decide to visit during the hotter seasons, you’ll still be able to catch the sun creeping up from behind the mountains with a little sliver of mist shadowing them.

3. Chiang Rai In comparison to its more popular neighbor, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai doesn’t get much visitors but that is precisely why you should go. There is a real mystique to the surrounding mountains and hill towns, and winter flowers weave in color at every turn. The cool breeze sweep in from November to February, making it one of the coldest places in Thailand. Clear blue skies and relatively cool temperatures encourage ticking outdoor adventures off your list, from cruising down the Mekong River to joining a guided trek to visit hill tribes in the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. One of the best places to visit would be Phu Chi Fah (translates to mountain pointing to the sky) mountain area and national park where you’ll find a spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset. The mountain is part of the Phi Pan Nam range and its tallest peak stands at 1628 meters. It’s most iconic view, is at sunrise where you can see the mountain tops, peaking above a sea of morning fog. Even the site of this viewpoint itself, is a dramatic image. Standing from afar you can see the silhouette of its jagged cliff-top edge, and the outline of the dramatic cliff-drop, which overlooks a sweeping valley below.

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4. Pai The district of Pai is a three hour journey from Chiang Mai but it is definitely worth it. The streets of Pai town seem quaint at first glance but it is the countryside that will make you stay. Pai has a number of awesome waterfalls to visit, which is perfect because the area can get pretty hot during the day. But as the temperature drops, head over to the Muang Pang Hot Springs. Just an hour away from town, a cold-water stream flows over boiling-hot rocks to create a soothing, heated pool surrounded by lush scenery. Soaking in the hot spring here is just as good as an onsen in Japan but if you would rather be alone, then you need to search for the secret of Pai—the super-secret hot springs. They’re a bit out of the way, near the Ban Tin That village but the trip itself is breathtaking. Here, the water from the hot spring flows in and mixes with the cool river water, making it a place to cool off and warm up at the same time . And don’t miss the sunset from Pai Canyon, 7 kilometers away from town. Pai is part of Mae Hong Son province and the village of the same name is just two hours away from Pai, should you decide to visit. Tranquil and rugged, it is a small Chinese village and it is just the place to be if you want to experience a blend of Thai and Burmese culture

5. Lampang A part of Northern Thailand with much to be discovered, Lampang is a small and peaceful town with a rich history infused with Lanna, Mon and Burmese culture. The exquisite beauty of Lampang is evident throughout the area and if you are looking for a unique and offbeat location to explore, this is the place. The name of Lampang, which is also called “mueang rot ma”, translates to “horse carriage city”. It is the last city in Thailand where you can still find horse-drawn carriages in regular use for transportation. So travel back in time and look at Lampang as the locals did a century ago. During the cold season, Lampang has an all-day sweater weather of 16ºC. You can head down to the hot springs at Chae Son National Park and pamper yourself at their hot and cold mineral pools. However, don’t mistake all their hot springs for bathing pools. Lampang is known to have pools with temperatures as high as 39ºC, and since they’re too hot to bathe in, they’re used to cook eggs instead.


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While you’re here, don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Lampang’s most mesmerizing attraction – a literal “Castle on a Hill”, Wat Chalermprakiat. The name may be a mouthful, but it’s the way the complex is perched among the mountain pinnacles that will make you stutter in awe. It may be a long climb, but you won’t be complaining once you reach the top and set your eyes on the 360º panoramic view of Lampang. Far and away, Thailand’s cool season is the most comfortable time to visit. This is when the northeast monsoon blows in cool and dry air, which offers a much-needed reprieve from the heat. This also marks the celebration of different Thai festivals such as Loy Krathong Festival where people release small boats made of banana leaves and decorated with flowers and a candle in the center into ponds, lakes, or rivers to thank the Goddess of Water, to honor the Buddha and to let go of the past and welcome in the future. Thousands of flickering lights floating quietly in the water make this a truly magical sight. Just prior to that would be the Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai where people release thousands of paper lanterns with candles in the center into the sky. And although Thailand isn’t predominantly Christian, Bangkok gets into the holiday spirit every year and in a pretty extravagant manner. In a country where the seasons barely change, the cool season is one of the best and most popular times to explore Thailand.

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Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit


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et in the very beating heart of Sukhumvit, near Asoke Junction, Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit is the perfect base for your Bangkok’s exploration. Featuring a sleek saillike glass facade, Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit reflects the skyline of a city that is always on the go. This architectural landmark is reminiscent of the world famous Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. The interior is subtle but no less impressively styled in a tasteful marriage of luxury designs and modern technology. When you think of the interior design, imagine sleek lines, suave leather upholstery and a warm, soothing color palette. For that perfect balance of simplicity and sophistication, all 325 guestrooms and suites are designed for business and for pleasure, each boasting dramatic views of the Bangkok skyline. Guests can take their choice of rooms or suites, from the subdued relaxing vibe of the Deluxe Rooms or the spacious Deluxe Executive rooms and Premium Deluxe rooms. Last but not least, the Pullman Presidential suite is a spacious corner suite located on the 28th floor. For paramount pleasure and sheer indulgence, the Presidential Suite features two bedrooms, a dining and a lounge area as well as a fully-equipped working station and a large cloakroom, not to mention a mesmerizing view of the city. With striking design and plush furnishings– the Pullman Presidential Suite is a perfect home-away-from-home. Each room is soundproof and the beds are fitted with high quality bedding guaranteeing a great night’s sleep while in the heart of Bangkok. From comfortable desks to spacious bathrooms and bathtubs with the iconic C.O.Bigelow body care products, Pullman has all the amenities you need for the perfect work-life blend. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a personal safety box and a mini-bar. Not to mention their 24 hour room service which offers an extensive selection of regional and international cuisines. Guests staying in the Executive Rooms and Suites can enjoy access to the Club Lounge, and all the privileges that go with it such as complimentary beverages, breakfast and happy hour, to name just a few.

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Escape from the bustling city of Bangkok and take a break at The Antidot Spa which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find a fitness room, a tennis court, an outdoor pool and a sauna. Or do both? Guests can work up a sweat in the fitness room then head to the spa to ease tired muscles. So whether it’s been a hard day at work or a long day of shopping, or if you simply want to relax even more while on holiday— The Antidot Spa is the place to be. On 50

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the menu are traditional Thai, Swedish and aromatic oil massages as well as delightful rituals combining scrub and massage therapies to smooth your skin and relax your body. The spa further provides waxing as well as manicure services. Comprising seven private treatments rooms each with private bathroom, the Pullman spa offers a truly luxurious setting for rejuvenation. If you’d rather relax the other way, experience Pullman Fitness Centre’s technologically advanced equipment,

personal trainers, amenities, and various activities such as Yoga, Muay Thai, and even Aqua exercises, for you to work out in style. The fitness centre offers the right environment to keep you motivated all the time. Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the fitness centre is open 24 hours for guests. Enjoy the outdoor actions at the rooftop-style tennis court surrounded by the Sukhumvit skyline, including a relaxation area for you to cool down with drinks and food.

No event is the same and whether you’re in a meeting, a seminar, a product launch or even weddings and receptions, the meeting rooms at Pullman definitely pull out all the solutions to make all of them a success and exceed expectations. Offering 3 dedicated meeting floors, there is a vast array of meeting facilities ideal for your next meeting venue in Bangkok. Along with professional team eager to help you, all the meeting rooms are equipped with modern audio-visual system, large projection screen, and Wi-Fi internet connection for your convenience. For a grander event, the Grand Ballroom is set up for every imaginable event possible and it certainly can accommodate them all. Accommodating up to 550 guests, the Grand Ballroom has a plenty of room for dancing, dining and mingling. The Grand Ballroom is also enhanced with a sky walk way connected directly to the car park building. If you’re looking for something a bit smaller, the Junior Ballroom is guaranteed to impress with its configurable layout, flexible capacity and luxurious design. With creative food and beverage options including Atelier buffet restaurant and Tapas Vino for small-private dinner occasions, the hotel has the flexibility to accommodate any kind of small and large events in Bangkok.

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Good food, like good work, is a must and with a stay at Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, you will be spoiled by a rich selection for eateries. From on-site to outside, from local delights to international flavours – the choice is yours. The hotel itself offers a wide variety of dining options at four original food outlets to satisfy all appetites—Flourworx, Atelier, Tapas Vino and inBLU. Located on the lobby floor, Flourworx is a gourmet shop, serving an array of homemade pastries, light meal and hand-crafted coffee. Should you choose to eat something heartier, Atelier restaurant waits for those who need a casual dining experience with sumptuous seafood and international cuisine. If quality time with your family is a must, then join the Sunday Brunch buffet. Additional to the delicious food, Atelier’s Sunday Brunch features children’s entertainment which will come to your table in the form of magicians and balloon artists. Also, the tucked-away kids’ area that hosts movies, toys, colouring and crafts. Meanwhile, Tapas Y Vino is a modern take on the food and wines. Fitted with Spanish chandeliers and wine cellars, the eatery features an open-style kitchen and serves up authentic tapas, smoky charcuteries, and delicious steaks all offered in a shared-plate dining experience which allows guests to enjoy in a welcoming and homey atmosphere. If you want to relax before (or after) dinner, settle down in the shade of big blue parasols on the outdoor terrace or inside the lounge, inBlU is the perfect place to wind down from a long day, enjoy good company and catch a sensational live band performing while you enjoy their scrumptious food and drinks.


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The Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit is just minutes away from Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT, making it easy to get around the city without being caught in major congestion on the road. Although Terminal 21, the EmQuartier and Emporium are all within walking distance from the hotel, you can easily experience Bangkok’s top attractions with many lifestyle destinations and public transports nearby. For those traveling, the ultimate level of style and comfort arrives in the form of a comfortable and convenient limousine transfer to and from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang International Airports. So, whether you are travelling for business or leisure, Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit is always the perfect base for all kinds of global travellers. Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit 30 Sukhumvit 21 Asoke Road BANGKOK 10110 Tel: +662-2044000 Fax: +662-2044099 www.pullmanbangkokgrandesukhumvit.com

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Gary Stevens Makes Hua Hin His Home


ua Hin has everything. Beautiful beaches, upmarket hotels, fine dining and a wide selection of shopping malls, water parks, golf courses and fun family activities. It hasn’t been home to many international celebrities but one famous former footballer has decided to call the seaside resort home. Gary Stevens played for England in the 1986 World Cup. During his career he also represented Brighton, Portsmouth and Tottenham winning the UEFA Cup in 1984 and appearing in three F.A. Cup Finals. Khao Tao might be a long way from Wembley, where Stevens scored a late equalizer against Manchester United in the 1983 F.A. Cup Final. But the 57 year old has decided to make it his permanent home and says he is loving life in Hua Hin, “I live in Khao Tao, I have always dreamed of living on the beach and my condo is a stone’s throw away. There’s a few restaurants and cafes and it is ten minutes to Bluport or Market Village so it’s a little bit out of town but Hua Hin is still really accessible.” Stevens spent several years living in Bangkok. But when Hua Hin Airport started offering international flights the opportunity to live by the coast became irresistible, “Hua Hin was a place I explored with my girlfriend and we both loved it. I work as a pundit for Astro Supersport in Malaysia and when Air Asia opened up the flight from Hua Hin to Kuala Lumpur it meant I could fly there directly.”


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Stevens has coached two teams in the Thai Premier League, or T1 as it is now known. He regularly receives offers from elite clubs in Thailand and beyond but says he really enjoys the lifestyle in Hua Hin, “I came here to coach Army United in the Thai Premier League, I coached Thai Port too but clubs here hire and fire managers very quickly. Thai Port used five different managers in a single season, so there is not a lot of job security in football. I have had a few offers but nothing that would tempt me to leave Hua Hin.” Stevens might no longer be coaching in the Thai Premier League. But he is still extremely busy and is the head coach and coowner of the Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy as well as working part time as a football expert for the Astro Supersport television network in Malaysia. He holds a UEFA Pro License, the highest coaching qualification in the sport of football. But Stevens is no stranger to coaching young children, “I ran my own football coaching business in England called ‘Football Tots’ and we worked with children from 4 years old up to 18. For me the coaching principles are the same whether you are working with young children or senior professionals; they have to enjoy it and you have to help them develop and improve” The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy opened its doors in 2018. But it has grown very rapidly and Stevens says he is very impressed by the facilities,

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“We are really lucky to be able to use the pitch at the Hua Hin International School, it is better than the pitches I worked on at Army United or Thai Port and the equipment is better too so even though the players aren’t professionals the setup is actually more professional in many respects.” As well as coaching the players Stevens has also spent some time with the coaches, sharing the extensive knowledge he has accumulated during his own career, “I have been very impressed with the other coaches so far and we have put in place a development program so I can work with them and help them improve. It’s also a really valuable experience for me, even after decades in the coaching game there is always more to learn.” It is a long way from the cut throat world of top tier professional football in Thailand. But Stevens says he gets a lot of satisfaction from working with children who are just there to enjoy the sport rather than to forge a competitive career, “It has been a breath of fresh air for me to work with children who have so much enthusiasm, their love of the sport really shines through. What I really get a kick out of is seeing children gaining in confidence, making new friends and learning life lessons that will help them away from the football pitch. Plus there’s a real sense of community at Black Mountain, everyone is very friendly.” He has also helped to pioneer a charitable scheme to give children from impoverished backgrounds the opportunity to train at Black Mountain, “I am a keen golfer, albeit a bit out of practice at the moment, and the golf course at Black Mountain is one of the best in Asia so I’ve really enjoyed getting a few rounds in. But I am also aware that a lot of children in the area don’t have the opportunity to attend a prestigious international school or to live on an award winning golf course resort and we have set up a scheme that allows them to come and play football completely free of charge.”


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Under the scheme that Stevens helped to introduce children from the nearby Wang Bost and Nong Hieng schools are able to come and train football at Black Mountain for no cost, “Thanks to the generous support of Black Mountain and Sansara we are able to offer scolarships to local children who attend the government schools. They get free training, free kits and even free boots and now that I have made Hua Hin my home I feel it is important for me to give something back to the local community with a project like this.” The Hua Hin International School first opened its doors four years ago and has grown rapidly. The golf course at Black Mountain was founded in 2007 and has a reputation as being one of the best in Asia, there is also a water park and the brand new Sansara development is close to completion. The area has been transformed from a remote rural community to a thriving international destination with world renowned facilities. Stevens sees a lot of potential for the football academy to grown and has ambitious plans for the future, “The school seems to have grown very fast and we have new players signing up at the football academy every single week. We have already organized some small tournaments for local teams and schools at Black Mountain and now that there is a brand new road we plan to put on more competitions for teams in Hua Hin and beyond.”

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Stevens was in the headlines earlier this year because his old club Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the UEFA Champion’s League. The last time they reached a European final he was heavily involved, scoring a in the penalty shoot out to secure a dramatic victory over Anderlecht in 1984. As a pundit for Astro Supersport he follows the fortunes of his former clubs very closely and Stevens has been pleased by the progress both Brighton and Tottenham have made in recent years, “For Tottenham to reach the Champion’s League final was huge, even if the match itself didn’t go their way. I started my professional career with Brighton so I’m really pleased to see how they are progressing, as a pundit I am strictly neutral but it gives me a lot of pleasure to see them playing in the Premier League.” Any local veterans teams hoping to add the former England international to their ranks are destined for disappointment. Stevens says he has hang up his boots for good, “I got invited to play at the opening of the new Tottenham Stadium last year but I said ‘no’ because I am a very active person and I worry about getting injured and losing my mobility so I think my playing days are behind me. I still enjoy a game of golf and one of the best things about living in Hua Hin is that there are so many course to play on and so many different people to play with.” Stevens played football before the start of the Premier League era when player salaries surged to levels that would have been unimaginable in the 1980s. So he might not have the same jetsetting lifestyle as famous former England internationals like David Beckham or Rio Ferdinand But the 57 year old is very clearly enjoying life and feels that Hua Hin is the perfect place to do just that, “I like the weather, the people, the beaches, the food and the local culture. If you had told me 30 years ago I would have ended up living in Hua Hin I would have thought you were mad but I’m really happy here, life is good.”


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Sailing Across Time

Sailing Across Time Take the plunge into the mysterious deep for a truly memorable New Year’s Eve as we dive into 2020 with our most captivating party yet. Experience a thrill-a-minute night of fireworks, music, food and adventure as we transport you to the legendary lost underwater island of Atlantis. Count down with us at Dusit Thani Hua Hin and cruise into our 30th year with a lavish on-board buffet, sizzling performances and non-stop revelry. Dress to impress the captain and prepare to go “Sailing Across Time” into two new decades. Prepare to embark on the Lagoon Lawn from 19.00 or set sail from The Royal Dusit Hall at 19.45.

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River Kwai Bridge Festival


he annual River Kwai Bridge Week is set to return this year from 23rd November to 2nd December in Kanchanaburi. Paying respect to the memory of the Allied prisoners of war who built the Death Railway, the event is known for staging one of Thailand’s most spectacular light and sound shows. The event is held in conjunction with the Kanchanaburi Red Cross Fair with an aim of promoting tourism and creating greater awareness of Kanchanaburi as a destination for both domestic and international tourists.


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For the duration of the Second World War, Thailand was still known as Siam and, until Japan invaded Siam in December 1941, the country had been officially neutral. The invasion meant Japanese troops could – with Siam’s cooperation rather than an entirely forced hand, it has to be said – pass through the country en route to invade Malaya (modern-day Malaysia and Singapore) and Burma (now Myanmar), both British colonies. Kanchanaburi’s proximity to the British colony of Burma made it an ideal spot for Japanese forces to gather and prepare for offensives

against the British. Originally called the Thailand-Burma Railway, more than 180,000 POWs and civilian laborers toiled and slaved to construct the railway, while enduring brutalization, malnutrition and terrible working conditions. It is believed more than 100,000 people died during the construction of the 415 km railway – showing precisely why it came to be known as the Death Railway. Yet whilst the bridge may be the most well-known section of the railway, it wasn’t the most arduous – the Hellfire Pass has that distinction even if it isn’t used today. Workers toiled

for as many as 18 hours a day and long into the night having to cut into rock in remote hills without proper tools for the job. Yet they completed the railway ahead of schedule. This isn’t a fairy tale – there’s no happy ending. Over one hundred thousand laborers died, all for a railway that wouldn’t survive for much longer after the war was over. The sheer loss of life was shocking. Today, this event pays respect to their memory while balancing the freedom of all who attend. Their story is told in an exciting yet poignant reconstruction through

Light and Sound where the audience sees an exciting battle scene with simulated effects including life-like explosions, flying bomber planes and the most memorable of them all, trains running through fire when the bridge is first revealed. With two shows a day, a total of 1200 seats will be available per show. Tickets can be purchased before the show. Many other archeological exhibitions, folk shows, food stalls and more and a complete schedule of actives and events round out the fair. In Kanchanaburi itself, the town center’s Kanchanaburi (or Donrak) War

Cemetery and, further afield, Chungkai War Cemetery – both spotlessly cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – are the places to pay respect to the fallen. Museums also offer the opportunity to learn more about the Death Railway, including the JEATH War Museum and the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. But while you’re here, you can also visit other famous attractions including Sai Yok Noi waterfall. The waterfall is 2km from Nam Tok Sai Yok Noi station, one of the area’s war related attractions and part of the surviving railway line.

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Kanchanaburi is a three hours’ drive out of Bangkok and a little longer from Hua Hin. Both history and nature lovers will love this place. It really doesn’t matter if you’re neither—Kanchanaburi is one of those hidden gems you can’t help but love. There are waterfalls (23, officially known), caves, rivers, jungle trails, national parks and a remote part known as Sangkhlaburi. This remote part of Kanchanaburi is located 200km north-west of Kanchanaburi, towards the Thai-Myanmar border. Sangkhlaburi has some amazing attractions in the jungle such as the Kratengjeng Waterfall a beautiful waterfall accessed via a heavily overgrown jungle trail. The most iconic attraction in Sangkhlaburi is the Wooden Mon Bridge which crosses Lake Vajiralongkorn, the longest of its kind in the world. Other attractions include an underwater temple, Srinakharin Dam, Vajiralongkorn Dam, Mueang Sing Historical Park, Wat Ban Tham, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Three Pagodas Pass on Myanmar’s border, elephant sanctuaries and floating night markets and last but not the least, the Bridge on the River Kwai.

The River Kwai Bridge is one of Thailand’s more recent historical attractions. When the bridge was built, the water beneath it was actually the Mae Klong River, although it did join the Khwae Noi River elsewhere. As the bridge became famous, it was referred to using a not only incorrect but also mispronounced name, soon becoming known as the River Kwai (which means ‘Buffalo River’). To make life easier, the waterway was renamed the Khwae Yai, which at least comes closer to what tourists now know it as. The bridge that stands today is a reconstruction of the original bridge but it serves as a tribute that commemorates the sacrifice of British, American, Australian, Dutch, and New Zealand prisoners of war, in addition to many Thai, Myanmar, Chinese, Vietnamese, Malay, and Indian laborers.

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n comparison to the neighboring town of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is far from its description as a sleepy provincial town. Close to the borders of Laos and Myanmar, the city is home to an incredible number of temples—from historic jeweled monuments to unusual contemporary artworks. Situated in the Golden Triangle (the region bordering Myanmar and Laos), Chiang Rai was once a hub for the opium trade. Today, however,


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it’s famous for more benign attractions like the Black Temple and eye-popping White Temple yet it still doesn’t see the same influx of tourists that Chiang Mai does. Although a quick search of things to do in the area leaves many feeling a bit underwhelmed, there is more to Chiang Rai than meets the eye. There are 1,011 temples in Chiang Rai, that’s about three times more than in Bangkok. Some of these temples date back to the early 13th Century

in the time of the Lanna Kingdom, while others have been constructed only in recent years. Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) is by far, Chiang Rai’s premier attraction. Carved with painstaking detail, the pure white, ornate facade and path leading to the entrance are deeply symbolic of desire, greed, suffering and the heavenly. It’s a religious complex unique even in Thailand. It was designed and created by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.

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Wat Rong Suea Ten translates to the house of the dancing tiger, however, it is commonly referred to by foreigners as the Blue Temple. This temple was only recently completed in 2016. Though the exterior is similar to the White Temple, the interior is painted in a bright blue color with gold detailing, and a large Buddha statue at the end of the main room making it one of the most photogenic spots in Chiang Rai. And you won’t find much informa-

tion about it online because it’s a new temple but don’t forget to visit the Big Buddha, Guan Yin at Wat Huay Pla Kang. Mountain trekking may be one of the most adventurous things to do in Chiang Rai. In these regions, you will also get to visit some of the authentic minority tribes such as the Karen, Akha, and Hmong ethnicities. In addition, Northern Thailand is filled with hidden waterfalls, the best being Khun

Korn Waterfall. The 1400 meter walk isn’t that bad when you get to have a refreshing dip at the end. Pu Kaeng Waterfall (also spelled Phu Kaeng Waterfall) is considered to be one of the best waterfalls in Chiang Rai and all of Thailand. This waterfall consists of 9 levels flowing through the dense jungle. You will hike through the jungle for about 45 minutes from the starting point up to level 9. The trail is slippery and overgrown as not many

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people visit. Pu Kaeng Waterfall is a great destination to get out into wild Thailand. But if you want to stay safe, the Pong Phrabat waterfall in the Lam Nam Kok National Park consists of a couple of pools and a small cascading stream. The entrance to the waterfall is at the end of a long road veering off to the mountains behind the Rajabhat University. That area is a great picnic location. Last but not the least, don’t forget about the Huay Kaew Waterfall. It is a beautiful two-tiered waterfall, located deep in the forest. Hardly any tourists make it out this far. The road to Huay Kaew Waterfall in Chiang Rai is a steep and badly potholed dirt/ concrete trail. The route follows the


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Kok River before heading deep into the forest. Near the end, you will pass tea plantations surrounding the Pha Soet Village and come across a sign for the waterfall. From here it is a bit of walking up the hill, but not far. Combine the Huay Kaew Waterfall, the Pha Soet Akha Village and the Huay Mak Lium Hot Spring for a great day trip from Chiang Rai. There’s no better way to get the lay of a city than from above. Doi In Cee is a viewpoint on the western edge of the city few make it too. The temple grounds are worth a quick look around, but the panoramic view is the main attraction here. One of the highlight of

Chiang Rai would be Phu Chi Fa. As one of the province’s most scenic locations, it lies tucked away in the northeastern corner, two hours’ drive from the city itself. The jagged rocky summit of Phu Chi Fa allows you to stand way above the clouds where you can watch the sunrise. Down below in the valley is a small village along the border of Laos. Another fantastic viewpoint is Doi Pha Tang. It is located 30km north of Phu Chi Fa, near the small ethnic Chinese settlement called Ban Pha Tang. Be sure to stop by Ban Pha Tang on your way to try out the delicacy – stewed pork and steamed buns. The local restaurant offers a fantastic view of the mountains.

The liveliest attractions in Chiang Rai are the weekend night markets. Much like the ones in Chiang Mai, the large open-air markets can be found with lots of pop-up stalls selling food, clothing, souvenirs, and artworks. You’ll find yourself among a large crowd of tourists here with live music pulsing along in the background. If you can’t decide between the two markets, why not do both? Or go to the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar. The bazaar is open daily from 6 pm to midnight and it is a popular place to hang out at night for good food, cold beer, and live shows. Some nights there is live music, other nights there may be live theatre or Thai comedy shows. You won’t always

understand what they’re on about, but its great entertainment. The stalls around the bazaar offer a wide range of handmade goods from the surrounding ethnic villages. You can also find other typical market type goods such as clothing, food, and painting by local artists. Chiang Rai is considered one of the art capitals of Thailand. There are a multitude of talented artists, their skills ranging from landscape paintings to modern sculptures. Don’t miss out on the Black House (Baan Dam), once the home and studio of the late and renowned artist, Thawan Duchanee, it is now a museum for his work. The Black House is often referred to as the Black Temple and it contrasts sharply

with the stunning aesthetic of the White Temple. Be warned, it is not for the faint hearted. The Black Temple consists of 40 unique buildings, mostly designed in traditional yet gothic Thai architecture. Inside lies a bizarre but impressive, intricately carved woodwork, exhibits of animal remains: meticulously displayed skulls and bones, black thrones made of antlers, an entire elephant skeleton and skins hanging from wood beams. The vibe here is dark and, for animal lovers, seemingly sadistic but surprisingly peaceful. There’s serenity to the museum that you won’t find at its often crowded counterpart

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Near the center of town, you’ll find the Chiang Rai clock tower. One of the city’s most distinguished landmarks, the clock tower was designed by the same artist who decorated the famous White Temple. However, if you want to see the clock tower at its best, then you must watch the 10 minute light show which runs every night at 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. The King Mengrai Monument is another popular attraction right near the town center in Chiang Rai, about a 15 minute walk northeast of the clock tower. This monument is dedicated to the founder of the Lanna Kingdom in northern Thailand (the ancient kingdom of Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai) back in 1296. It is a good way to learn a bit about the history of Northern Thailand, and an easy stop if you’re doing a quick walking tour around Chiang Rai. Going to the beach may sound odd, but it is actually one of the most relaxing things to do in Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai beach is located about 4 km outside of town along the Kok River. It is a great place for a local lunch in one of these bamboo huts surrounded by the forest. You can go for a swim in the river which is a refreshing break. Be careful swimming during the rainy season as the current can get danger-


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ously strong. It is fairly safe to swim or tube down the river in the dry season from October to March. Thailand is hot, but in the winter, Chiang Rai is in a place of its own. As the air temperature drops to freezing one of the best things to do in Chiang Rai is to soak away in a natural hot spring. Many of the Chiang Rai hot springs can be difficult to get to, and drivers may even refuse to go to those which are further out but if you have the opportunity to go, don’t hesitate. The Secret Hot Spring is a naturally heated lake set high up in the mountains and a natural infinity pool. If you’d rather not be in a large crowd, there is the Pong Phrabat Hot Spring. Although it is cheap and the closest hot spring to Chiang Rai, don’t expect a scenic setting like the Secret Hot Spring. However, few venture here so you have your privacy. And saving the best for last, the Huay Mak Lium Hot Spring is located along the Kok River in the Lam Nam Kok National Park, about 24 km north-west of Chiang Rai. This is one of the nicest hot springs in Chiang Rai. The hot spring is set in a relaxing forest setting. The water temperature is extremely hot at 65 degrees Celcius, unsuitable for swimming but good for boiling eggs.

Chiang Rai is three hours north of Chiang Mai by bus although you can fly in directly from Bangkok as well. Weather-wise, November to February is the best time to visit the region. It’s the coolest and driest time of the year. The annual Yi Peng festival happens in November every year and it is one of the most festive times to be in the region, the other being Loy Krathong. The rural vibes are soothing and a great place to unwind and relax. Chiang Rai is often overlooked, and tends to be a place used as a stopover for Thailand to Laos or Myanmar. If you take the time to stay here, you will find it has so much more to offer than a city to just breeze through.

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Boutique Corporation Celebrates 15 Years of Business Excellence with a Glamorous Gala Dinner


ifteen years of excellence in the real estate and hospitality sectors was commemorated on Friday evening November 15th at Boutique Corporation’s 15 Year Anniversary Celebration held at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.

The glittering celebration was hosted by stunning emcee, Khun Ning Saraichatt with outstanding performances from one of the most stunning voices in Thailand, Khun Rudklao Amratisha, as well as performances from pop-opera sensations Fivera, it was a night to remember.


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Manish Jha, Boutique’s Head of Hospitality Operations, gave the welcoming speech followed by Boutique Corporation’s President and Group CEO, Khun Prab Thakral, who gave the evening’s keynote address. Recalling the inception of Boutique, he said, “I began this journey with a passion for real estate and a keen interest in Thailand’s booming tourism industry.” He continued, “Low-cost carriers were innovating which was driving demand for a more diverse choice of accommodation, particularly three-star hotels. With this in mind, I purchased my first plot of land on Sukhumvit Soi 16 and opened the first Citadines property. By 2008, we had designed, developed and launched four properties in central Bangkok under the Citadines brand, in joint venture with The Ascott Limited, a subsidiary of Singapore based CaptiaLand”.

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Speaking to the future, Thakral said “Boutique’s portfolio is fast growing and strong, and our ambitions for the organization are big. I believe that we will exceed expectations and continue to innovate and contribute positively to the communities in which we operate”. K. Prab Thakral concluded his speech by stating that Boutique’s goal is to have 30 properties under its operation in the coming years. The decadent Gala Dinner was attended by more than 250 guests and members of the media to celebrate the momentous occasion.


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买新房还是旧房? 作者:Russ Downing 上一期我跟大家谈了购买新房 的好处,这一期我将介绍买旧 房的好处。 马上入住:华欣为数不多的 开发商会建好房子,等买家上 门。买新房一般都要等待半年 到一年的时间,才会入住。而 购买旧房,签署购买合同后的 一个月内就能入住。 性价比高:买旧房一个非常吸 引人的地方是可以砍价,远比 从开发商那里买新房砍价幅度 更大。开发商一般不打折扣, 因为凭他们在业界的声誉,房 子一定能卖出去,只是一个时


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间问题。而卖旧房的通常是个 人,他只想把房子尽快脱手, 好去干别的。这就是旧房有大 幅度砍价空间和高性价比的原 因。 环境安静:买新房后的一个普 遍问题是,您不知道周围的建 筑工地什么时候会完工。打桩 机的隆隆声,很可能会伴随您 在泳池边度过您的假期。旧房 的周边通常已经开发完毕,绿 化和美化都已经完成,您所看 到的环境和建筑不会改变,更 不会有建筑工地的干扰。 土地面积更大:旧房的土地

面积大,这也是购买旧房的一 大好处。华欣的地价一直在上 涨,这种趋势会持续下去。现 在800万泰铢左右的房子,土 地面积不到500平米。而五年前 这个价格买的房子,占地面积 可达到800平米。新的开发项 目,土地价格会更贵。开发商 不得不减小每套房屋的面积, 来抵消一部分土地价格上涨的 成本。 立即享受小区的设施:虽然 不是全部、至少大多数开发商 会在项目后期再建小区设施, 而不是一开始就建起来。虽然

向外租赁:不在华欣定居的 人,房子买下后闲置的时间比较 长,都会考虑出租。如果您的新 房租给从未见过面的人居住,舍 得吗? 我们在这两期讨论了购买新房 和旧房的好处。究竟新房好还是 旧房好,这是一个见仁见智的问 题。我的回答是,您喜欢就好。 任何一套房子,无论新旧,都有 它的优点和缺点,没有十全十美 的。您选择房子的过程,就是理 性地取舍过程。我们建议您在看 房之前理清思路,列出必须满足 的条件和可选条件,然后按图索 骥。必须满足的条件越多,您选 择的范围越小。可选条件越多, 您的选择余地越大。一旦买下 了,就努力地去看重并放大房子 中您喜欢的优点,忘记那些不能 满足您要求的地方。这样,您才 会住得开心,享受新居,无论新 旧。 作者简介: Russ Downing 是HOT Hua Hin 杂志的总经理,兼任华欣

您已经为昂贵的公共泳池、俱 乐部之家和健身房等支付了建 设费,但开发商不等到他们赚 到了足够的利润之前是不会在 这些设施上花钱的,哪怕这些 设施是吸引买主购房的原因之 一。而旧房就没有这样的“猫 腻”,一切都已经到位,买到 就可以享受。 新房的纰漏都已经修缮:建造 一套房子会使用各种各样的材 料,加上设施设备,新房总会 出一些问题。但居住几年以后 的房子,该出现的问题都出现 了,也都解决了。

离市区更近:前面提到了,华 欣的土地价格越来越贵。为了 降低成本,开发商建造的房子 离市区越来越远。原来土地价 格低时建起来的房子,靠近市 区中心的商店、医院和餐馆, 尤其适合于老年人居住。 立刻享受郁郁葱葱的热带花 园:华欣的气候适合树木花草 的生长,但一个生长茂盛的花 园也需要几年的耕种和培育。 旧房会附带赠送买主一个“礼 物”,那就是一片肥沃的花圃 和修剪得体的绿植。

地产奖评审团的主席,该地产 奖被誉为泰国房地产业的奥斯 卡。Downing先生的文章曾在 中国大型杂志翻译并刊出,他推 出的豪宅被华尔街杂志的“每日 一房”栏目所选中,在北美、欧 洲、亚洲的期刊和线上登出,标 志着Downing先生在世界房地产 业的影响地位。他的电子邮箱是 russ@hothuahin.com。

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Living area: 270 m2 Land area: 800 m2

12,900,000 THB

Pak Nam Pran #AG-V0510481 Sea, River & Mountain Views, 3 Bedrooms in Main House, 1 Bedroom Guest Villa, Large covered Terrace, Large Pool, Euro Kitchen Beds: 4 Baths: 4

Living area: 270 m2 Land area: 1,000 m2

Hua Hin West

16,000,000 THB


Located mere minutes from the Black Mountain Golf Course, rated one of Hua Hin’s very best, is this large 3 story pool villa in a modern design. Beds: 4 Living area: 300 m2 19,950,000 THB Baths: 4 Land area: 800 m2

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Hua Hin North Golf Course


Sensational Large Family & Entertaining Pool Villa For Sale At Hua Hin’s Best Address Located in the highly desirable Palm Hills Golf and Country Club is this former personal home of one of Hua Hin’s best builders. The villa is filled with luxury extras like a private gym outfitted with professional equipment, a spa room that includes a large steam room, sauna, hot tub & cold tub plus a massage table. Other luxury amenities include a fully outfitted outdoor kitchen plus a large built in BBQ & Grill and over 3 million baht worth of solar panels and lithium batteries with the result being almost zero electrical costs. The main house has an open Beds: 6

Baths: 7

plan high end kitchen / dining room & lounge as well as a temperature-controlled wine room. Additionally you’ll find the master bedroom and bathroom with walk in closet. The home features five bedrooms plus maid’s quarters. Two of the bedrooms are separate guest suites off of the oversized 8 X 20 meter swimming pool. Over a million baht was spent on the tropical gardens, ponds and large waterfall. This house comes completely furnished including two 85 inch TV’s, one in the lounge

and one in the master bedroom. Also included is a lifetime family membership to the Palm Hills Golf Club and its separate Fitness Club. For those looking for an extremely large estate, the home owner also owns and is selling land plots on both sides of the home with the potential of adding an additional 3 rai (4,800 sqm’s) to the property. This home was offered at 35,000,000 but has been recently reduced to 29,900,000 for a quick sale and no further discount will be considered.

29,900,000 THB

Living area: 1,000 m2 Land area: 2,340 m2

Large Absolute Beachfront Penthouse With Mesmerizing Ocean Views Absolute beachfront condominiums rarely come on the market in Hua Hin, especially the enviable penthouse’s, due their rarity. Located next to the beautiful Five-Star Anantara Hua Hin Resort is this incredibly expansive 367 square meter, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. All bedrooms are en-suite, all with ocean views and deck access. The master suite is exceptionally spacious and benefits from a walk in closet and oversized master bathroom. Additionally, there is a very large lounge and dining area, a smaller lounge, a large kitchen with plenty of counterspace, a guest powder room and an office. Hua Hin North

Beds: 3 Baths: 3


Living area: 750 m2 Land area: 367 m2

58,000,000 THB

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HOT Magazine, Issue 11, Volume 7  

HOT Magazine is a Thailand based luxury lifestyle magazine connecting with Asia’s wealthy, brand-conscious, high net worth individuals, thro...

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HOT Magazine is a Thailand based luxury lifestyle magazine connecting with Asia’s wealthy, brand-conscious, high net worth individuals, thro...

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