Issuu on Google+

Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle

H T MA AZINE Hua Hin, Bangkok

Issue 2, Volume 03, Feb 15, 2015

MULTI CULTI 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

PHUKET INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

THAILAND TOURISM FORUM 2015

BANGKOK’S BLOOMING FLOWER MARKET


17

Contents 15 Executive Profile: Harald Elisson 16 Anantara Wine Dinner 17 Mionetto, The Star at Sky Bar

20 26

20 Multi Culti 2 Year Anniversary 23 Joey Boy at Vana Nava 26 Phuket International Boat Show 32 Thailand Tourism Forum 2015 38 Vana Nava Water Jungle 42 LET’S EAT: Cafe Crepes 48 LET’S RELAX: Restfully Yours

42

48

52 HOT Around Town 58 LET’S GO: Nan Province 64 LET’S CHECK IN: Flower Market 68 LET’S STAY: Hotel Indigo Bangkok 72 LET’S WATCH: Embassy Diplomat Screens 75 Hua Hin Best Buys

72 68

Media Partner of the

Thailand Property Awards 2015 Follow us on facebook for more pictures and upcoming events facebook.com/hothuahinmagazine


Dear Reader, Welcome to issue 2 Volume 3 of HOT Magazine – Hua Hin, Bangkok. Once again Thailand made the top ten list for the best places on the planet to retire. After perusing this issue I think you’ll agree that Hua Hin is the best place within Thailand to do so. Our dear friend Lizzy celebrated her 2nd anniversary hosting Lizzy’s Multi Culti party and it was fittingly held at the Hua Hin Hilton Hotel, the location of the very first Multi Culti event. Read about and see who attended the sold out party on page 20. Speaking of parties, Vana Nava proved once again why it is the entertainment leader in Hua Hin when it hosted Thailand’s top rapper, Joey Boy “in the jungle”. Check out the fun on page 23. For you mariner’s, we take you to the 12th annual Phuket International Boat Show. With boats / Yachts ranging in price from under 2 million to 430 million baht there was something for almost everyone’s pocket book. Come aboard and cast away on page 26. No one doubts that tourism in Thailand has certainly had its challenges. At the 4th annual Thailand Tourism Forum held in Bangkok on January 26th, the Hospitality Industry’s elites shared their thoughts on where we are and their vision’s for where we’re headed, that’s on page 32. Speaking of tourism, we take you back to Hua Hin’s newest “must see” tourist destination, Vana Nava Water Jungle on page 38. Only open since December 1st, Vana Nava has seen huge crowds of fun seekers ever since. Finally, February 17th in American is “Random Acts of Kindness Day”. We at HOT Magazine would like to share a thought from Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th & current Dalai Lama; “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace”. We hope you enjoy the read.

Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong HOT Magazine tanyahothuahin@gmail.com

Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle

Edited and published by HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd.

Managing & Creative Editor Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong tanya@hothuahin.com Sales & Marketing sales@hothuahin.com

Tel: +66 (0) 94 562 4560 Email: info@hothuahin.com

Graphic Design WebbOn Media Production info@webbon.se

Contact us to find out how to get the most for your advertising baht sales@hothuahin.com

Photographer Nantarach Ruensamran facebook.com/NANTaPix

Although all materials are published in good faith and based on information solicited to us at the time of publication, the publisher takes no responsibility for any errors, loss or omissions that may occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced in full or in part without the previous written consent of HOT Hua Hin Co. Ltd. All materials copyright. All rights are reserved.


ON THE COVER

Just minutes from Thailand’s royal seaside town, Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa romantically reflects a traditional Thai village and palatial architecture, with lush lagoon pool gardens edging a sweeping shore. Ride horses or stroll along miles of pristine beach. Tee off on acclaimed golf courses, or explore award winning vineyards and exquisite palaces. Return to soothing Anantara Spa journeys and seven distinctive restaurants and bars.


MODEL

Pook @ Em Modelling

STYLIST (MUA) Tanya Siri Vijitsomphong STYLIST ASSISTANT Mimi Tao PHOTOGRAPHER

Nantarach Ruensamran facebook.com/NANTaPix

SWIM WEAR & DRESSES

facebook.com/VAYLA BY EMMY

LOCATION

Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Thailand www.anantara.com


BUY YOUR OWN PRIVATE POOLVILLA, COURSE SIDE BMGHUAHIN.COM SALES OFFICE : 081 763 2200 (FOR ENG) SALES OFFICE : 089 929 3671 (FOR THAI) SALES@BMGHUAHIN.COM


BOOK YOUR TEE TIME AT

BLACK MOUNTAIN BMGHUAHIN.COM BOOK TEE TIME: 032 618 666 PROSHOP@BMGHUAHIN.COM


T a chime fo ange r

Great Danish design kitchens...

ชุ ด ครั ว ดี ไ ซน ส วย สไตล เ ดนมาร ค

call : 032-530211

e-mail : eb@huahin.kvik.co.th

ควิก


HOMELESS F U R N I T U R E

WWW.HOMELESS-FURNITURE.ASIA

136/39 NONGPLUB ROAD, HUA HIN

TEL: 032 511 861

EVERYDAY OPEN

MONDAY - SUNDAY: 10AM - 6PM

g n i n i a r t t i u c

r i c t s r fi

! ! y l n o n e m o n o for w o s g n i n e p o e r , 5 1 0 we a 2 t r a t s o t y d a get re y h t l a e h & h fres

“You’ve never exercised before?!...It’s never too late” Like us on facebook and follow when will be our opening date

www.slimherhuahin.com

 30” Minutes Work-Out Only  Stretching Station  Health & Nutrition Follow Up  Safe for all Ages & Fitness level

SLIMher

info@slimherhuahin.com


Tee off with Mondo Vino, Hua Hin’s Wine Experience Charity Golf Tournament at Banyan Golf Club

Saturday, 28th February 2015

Shotgun Start at 11am followed by Wine Dinner at the clubhouse from 17.30 Texas Scramble (Team of 4 players)- Amateur golfers only Lots of Great golf prizes as well as Lucky Draw Prizes to be won on the day. Entry Fee of THB 14,000 per team / individual player THB 3,500 is payable to Mondo Vino before January 31 st 2015 by cash or cheque. Price is inclusive of Green fees, caddy & cart, tournament apparel Prosecco Gold refreshment during tournament & prize giving wine dinner

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting at md@mondovino.co.th tel: +66 (0) 84950 5437 or Peter at peter@mondovino.co.th tel: +66 (0) 81844 7308


HUA HIN EXECUTIVE PROFILE What is your full name? And age? Harald Elisson 39 years What is your current Job Position? Managing Director of Black Mountain How long have you lived in Hua Hin or been coming to Hua Hin? I have lived in Hua Hin since 2007 What did you know about Hua Hin before you moved here? Not much, I did not know it had perfect weather all year round. What do you like most about your profession? Golf is the best industry I know in which to work. The most important and satisfying aspect of being involved in a leading golf club is ensuring that everyone who comes to Black Mountain – members and visitors – have a truly memorable golf and leisure experience. Every day there are new challenges and details to address, so it is important to stay abreast of everything happening at the club and make decisions when they are needed. It is great to see the results of the decisions we make and witness the satisfaction and enjoyment of people who use our facilities. It is also very satisfying to have been able to help build a community at Black Mountain, one that many people utilize as their second home. Black Mountain is more than a golf club – it is a place where people live and participate in a wide range of activities (as well as golf) and have a sense of belonging. Seeing Black Mountain grow from nothing into such a diverse and popular community has been extremely satisfying. What do you like the least about your profession? There is nothing I don’t like. It is the most satisfying profession I know. I wouldn’t want to do anything else. What do you like most about Hua Hin? Hua Hin is Thailand’s most attractive and interesting travel destination. There is everything here that anyone would want: great weather, a wonderful environment, excellent beaches, a large choice of dining options, entertainment and history. Being the holiday destination of the Thai Royal Family for the past 90 years makes Hua Hin a very special place. I don’t know anywhere else in Thailand, or in Asia, that has what Hua Hin offers. It has retained its culture and character without becoming too commercialized. And of course it is going to get better and better in the future,

Harald Elisson

with new infrastructure, improved shopping facilities, a new international school at Black Mountain and much more. Hua Hin is not only growing, but it is doing so in a good way. The climate is unbeatable, great all year round. We have not lost a full day to rain at Black Mountain since the course opened in 2007. What is your favorite local restaurant? Why? Black Mountain’s clubhouse restaurant is one of the best in Hua Hin. There is also the Black Mountain Gourmet restaurant in Hua Hin itself, which offers a wonderful, fine dining experience, and a Prime Steak House – a restaurant with a great atmosphere, in an excellent location and serving great quality food at good prices.

What do you like to do in your free time? Why? Family, Golf, Travel What would you recommend to newcomers to do in Hua Hin? Why? I would recommend they see and do everything the town and surrounding area offers. There is a real diversity of sporting, leisure and historic attractions as well as wonderful scenery. So I would say go and explore it all; get to know everything about Hua Hin, and tell your family and friends to come here. In the years I have been in the area I have noticed how Hua Hin has become everyone’s favorite destination and how people keep returning for golf, beaches, sightseeing and many other activities.

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

15


STONEFISH WINE DINNER at Anantara Hua Hin

T

he Anantara Hua Hin Resort Spa hosted another one of their highly anticipated wine dinners on the 28th January at Baan Thalia, Anantara Hua Hin’s beautiful and romantic Italian Restaurant. The evening was held to showcase Stonefish Wines from Australia. The evening’s special guest was Mr. Peter Papanikitas, managing Director of Estate Wine Company and bottler of Stonefish among many other brands. The Anantara’s Executive Chef Mr. Hans Peter Held put together a mouthwatering menu that was perfectly paired to compliment the Stonefish wines being served. The special night was well attended with guests and media from Hua Hin who joined together for live music, elegant atmosphere, superb Italian foods and of course the wonderful Australian Stone Fish wines. The menu included Avocado tartar with caramelized scallops, Italian seafood soup, Ravioli of braised lamb stew and duck breast on braised radicchio served with polenta cake. To finish the meal there was an amazing dessert called “Chocolate Lava cake” served with pistachio ice cream. The wines served to match each course were light and refreshing, in the form of Stonefish’s Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Merlot 2010, their Shiraz 2012 and Reserve Cabernet. The evening was topped with the aforementioned chocolate lava cake served with Stonefish’s Flying Finix 2006. Sauvignon 2010. For more information on special theme nights at Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa call: 032 520 250

16

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


S

aturday evening January 31st at the Hua Hin Hilton Hotel’s White Lotus Sky Bar, Siam Winery held a launch party for their latest import, Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c..

MIONETTO, The Star at Sky Bar

The guests of honor included Mionetto’s international distributor Mr. Klaus-Jurgen Kurten, Export Director for Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG from Germany, and Mr. Daniel Schwalb, Commercial Director of Siam Winery. The Mionetto Prosecco Brut D.o.c has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced. This wine is perfect alone as an aperitif or as a delightful complement to appetizers such as prosciutto or mild cheeses. Excellent as a base for Bellinis and other sparkling wine cocktails. Selected guests of the Hilton and Siam Winery were invited to the event and enjoyed an evening filled with endless glasses of Mionetto along with delicious canapés. About Prosecco: The Prosecco grape originated during Roman times and is one of the oldest grapes in Italian history. Its origin and name can be traced back to the town of Prosecco in Trieste. Prosecco grapes are transformed into sparkling wine using the Charmat method in which stainless steel tanks and yeast are utilized to produce a natural second fermentation. The process takes approximately 60 days depending on acidity, residual sugar and pressure. The Charmat method allows Prosecco to preserve its original flavors and perfumes longer. Prosecco is traditionally a dry wine with hints of apple and citrus. Prosecco received its first level of national recognition in 1969 when it was awarded a D.o.c, Denominazione di Origine Controllata. The D.o.c status protected a small area of production and ensured Prosecco a level of prestige in the Italian wine community. Prosecco’s popularity has increased rapidly over the last ten years, particularly in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Daniel Schwalb, Klaus-Jurgen Kurten

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

17


14 – 15th From 1st Nov a Hin Bakery Mar 2015 Hu y open everyda


Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle

6,000 COPIES EVERY MONTH! Why Advertise with HOT Magazine ? That’s like asking “Why Succeed?” Contact us today at info@hothuahin.com HOT Magazine is now printing 6,000 copies monthly with 5,000 copies distributed in Hua Hin & 1,000 copies distributed to high income areas of Bangkok.

New Boutique Now Open Quality Beachwear S, M, L, XL Sizes

www.tropicwave-beachwear.com

084 627 74 69 • 081 167 11 01

BRANDS:

Naresdamri Rd. Rest. Chaolay


L ET’S PARTY

Multi Culti 2nd Anniversary Held at Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

A

s always on the 28th of each month, Hua Hin’s Khun Lizzy held another successful Multi Culti event, this time in Hilton Hotel’s beach lawn. But the January MCC was a bit more special because two years ago in Hilton Hua Hin Khun Lizzy held her first MCC event with the support of the Hilton Management, to celebrate this occasion on January 28th, 2015 she came back to where it all started. This very special evening was atmospheric with the dining and stage area set under beautifully lit Frangipani trees and as always the event was jam packed with food, dancing, laughing and even a VIP guest, the Ambassador of Indonesia. What might not be well known is why Lizzy started the MCC and most 20

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

importantly what she did before coming to Hua Hin. Lizzy counts herself as a citizen of Indonesia, Holland, Germany and of course Switzerland. A talented event organizer, singer and a professional heartfelt mingler she is well loved in Hua Hin by many. But most do not know that Lizzy was already doing good deeds in Switzerland well before moving to Thailand. She used to work in banking but she always saw herself as a social worker first, involved in many charities such as the social department of Zurich where she helped the poor and addicted. She also was active in her local Church and held many events, especially for children and the elderly. The reason she started Multi Cultural Society, also known as MCC, was to

meet new people and at the same time continue her good work through others enjoyment. She prides herself that people still continue to come to her MCC events and that there has always been at least one hundred people in attendance, even in Hua Hin’s low season. With Lizzy’s good hard working heart, no wonder MCC keeps rolling on being the success it has been for two years. The Hot Magazine Team would like to congratulate MCC and Khun Lizzy on your second Anniversary! For more information on Multi Culti events open to all nationalities please Email Khun Lizzy herself at: lizzy.huahin@mycity-thailand.com


LIZZY’S MULTI CULTI

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

21


MEDICAL • HOME • VEHICLE • TRAVEL • BUSINESS Specialists in health cover up to 80 years old COVERAGE UP TO 1.000.000 $

All expatriate solutions

WORLDWIDE-DIRECT PAYMENT TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS. MONTHLY PAYMENTS AVAILABLE

AXA FIRST CLASS COMPRENSIVE MOTOR INSURANCE CAMPAIGN ASISTANCE 24/24 T oy ota F o r tuner 3L-2 0 1 3

1 6 ,0 0 0 THB

T oy ota F o r tuner 3L-2 0 1 0

1 3 ,6 0 0 THB

P aj e ro S po r t 2.5L 20 1 3

1 4 ,8 0 0 THB

C h e vr o let Cap ti va 2 .4 LTZ 2 0 1 3

1 6 ,6 0 0 THB

T oy ota V i g o 3L 2013

1 2 ,7 0 0 THB

Ni s s an Mar c h 1.2L 2 0 1 3

1 0 ,9 0 0 THB

Hon da J azz 2012

1 1 ,5 0 0 THB

For d F i esta 1.6s 20 1 2

1 1 ,5 0 0 THB

*ASK FOR CONDITIONS. FREE QUOTE ...COMPARE!

M O BI L E: 085 96 2 2 2 3 2 , EMA IL: FRANCKRACINESIAMCONSULTING@GMAIL.COM W E BSI T E: WWW.S IA M-CONS ULTING.ASIA SI AM C O N S U LT I N G HU A HIN C O . L TD 2 5 0 /1 2 9 S O I 9 4 P E T CH K A S E M RO A D , H U A H IN P RA CH U A P K H IRIK H A N 7 7 1 1 0

ROONG REUANG COACH CO.,LTD.

SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT

ON LEVEL 1 GATE 8 DEPARTURE TIME FROM AIRPORT

07:30 09:30 11:30 13:30 16.30 19:30

VIP COACH ONLY 24 SEATS 305 BAHT/SEAT

HUA HIN BUS STATION

HUA HIN BUS STATION (SOMBAT TOUR) IS IN FRONT OF HUA HIN SOI 96/1

DEPARTURE TIME FROM HUA HIN

07:00 09:00 12:00 14:00 16.00 18:00

www.airporthuahinbus.com


JOEY BOY at Vana Nava

O

n Saturday January 24th Vana Nava proved once again what a fantastic Hua Hin entertainment venue it is when it brought the Internationally known Thai rapper Joey Boy “to the jungle’ to rap to a raucous and appreciative crowd. Apisit Opsasaimlikit, AKA Joey Boy, is a famous Thai Hip Hop artist who sings, writes music, composes and produces under his own record label Gancore Club. He also produces other artists. Joey Boy has spent time in the United States, where he became acquainted with Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, who co-produced Joey Boy’s song “LA to BKK. When the Black Eyed Peas came to Thailand in 2004, Joey Boy was the opening act and was invited onstage by will.i.am during the Black Eyed Peas’

show. Joey Boy also opened for the Black Eyed Peas when they played in Bangkok in 2006, and has continued to collaborate with the band on his albums. Joey Boy was among the Thai pop music artists participating in Ramakien: A Rak Opera, a rock-opera adaptation of Thailand’s national epic, the Ramakien, at New York’s Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in 2006. He made his feature film debut in December 2006 in The Possible as the leader of a 1970s Thai band patterned after The Impossibles who time travel to the present day. Joey Boy starred in the 2012 Thai comedy horror film Ghost Day as Mhen. He then made a hit single “Teerak” featuring Tinglish. Joey Boy found his love for Hip Hop when he was just 14. His music career

began when he met Boyd Zomkiat and Suki of notorious Bakery Music, the label where it shaped Joey Boy to become the most popular rapper in Thailand. Joey Boy’s next stop was GMM Grammy, Thailand’s biggest recording label. So far Joey boy has released 10 albums with Bakery Music and 5 albums with his Gancore Club label and Grammy.

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

23


Terrace 90 Open: 12.00 - 22.00 (Last order at 21:30)

Our Famous buffet  ALL You Care To Eat Every Tuesday St. Louis Ribs BBQ/ Tex Mex Thai Food Italian / Pasta Soup and Salad Bar Home Made Deserts Starts 1800 On Tuesday Nights 399 Adults (Kids Under 12 250 Baht) Reservations Suggested

• Authentic BBQ St. Louis Ribs and Tex Mex • Lamb Chops and Steaks from the Grill • Great Margaritas and Cocktails Imported and Local Beers • Check Facebook and Our Web Site for Specials

032 516 587 250/133 Soi 90, Hua Hin

Celebrating the start of our 9th year in Hua Hin. We would like to thank our customers by offering a

10% off on all Food and Drink (Orders over 100 Baht) Includes the Famous Tuesday Buffet

Book Your Private Party in our upstairs Terrace. We build the Buffet to fit your group and budget.

E-mail : Terrace90@gmail.com Website : www.Terrace90.com

https://th-th.facebook.com/terrace90

Delicious Inter national, Italian, and Thai Cuisine

Located on the Ground Floor of Hua Hin Market Village Enjoy great food, wine, cocktails and chilled out tunes

Opening hours: 9am-10pm Tel: 081 1744647


Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

25


PHUKET INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW 2015 Re-writes the record books

26

Feb Dec15 15--Mar Jan 15 15 ,, 2015 2015


The

12th Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) presented by Thailand Elite once again took place at the Royal Phuket Marina. Running January 8th thru the 11th, the annual event held during Phuket’s peak season attracted thousands daily to view the beautiful yachts on display as well as luxury cars and varied luxury items. The strong turnout was not just from Thailand, large contingents from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Russia also came to view and buy. With over 6 Billion Baht of product on display, this year’s boat show proved one of the largest in its history. From the smallest boat on display, at less than 20 feet and priced under 2,000,000 Baht, the boats grew in size and price with seventeen over 20 metres in length including large motor yachts from Sunseeker, Princess, Monte Carlo and Sanlorenzo. The largest boat on display this year was a Custom Line NEXT 112 Super Yacht valued at approximately 430,000,000 Baht which was part of a four boat display by Lee Marine. Two iconic British yacht brands, Sunseeker and Princess Yachts were shown in large numbers this year. Sunseeker, popularly known for being James Bond’s yacht of choice, had four large powerboats on display including the stunning Predator 92, while Princess Yachts exhibited four boats in the water as well as brokerage and charter offerings through local dealer Boat Lagoon Yachting. According to The Wealth Report 2014, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals in Thailand grew by 147 percent between 2003 and 2013, and is expected to grow another 52 percent by 2023, offering a promising outlook for the country’s yacht market. On the back of this, Gulf Craft – one of the world’s leading superyacht-building shipyards – is launching their Oryx 42 into Thailand and their Gulf Craft Majesty 48 into Asia at the Phuket International Boat Show. “PIMEX is one of Asia’s premier boat shows, both in terms of how well it is produced and how well it succeeds in attracting top calibre attendees,” said Mr. Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft. “For Gulf Craft, our participation in the event is pivotal to bringing our lineup of luxury vessels to the forefront of Thailand’s increasingly affluent boating community, and to being an active participant in Asia’s thriving maritime industry.” Elsewhere in the marina were boats from Cranchi, Majesty, Gulf Craft, Azimut, Bavaria, Moody and Wider Yachts Asia. Derani Yachts were displaying several boats, the largest being a San Lorenzo 72, while Simpson Marine had a large display with six boats

Feb Dec15 15--Mar Jan 15 15 ,, 2015 2015

27


including a selection from the Monte Carlo shipyard, a brand which they launched into Asia with much success at the Phuket International Boat Show last year. Ideally suited to cruising the Andaman region, multihulls are growing in popularity and was reflected with an increase in the number of multihulls on display this year. Multihull Solutions are showcasing popular designs from Fountaine Pajot and Privilege while the Northrop & Johnson’s display included the new Thai-built solar power-assisted luxury catamaran Heliotrope 65.

28

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


Onshore, the exhibitor line-up mirrored that of the in-water display both in terms of size and quality, and also in variety. Luxury auto brands Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Aston Martin, BMW and Mini all debuted this year and were joined by a collection of luxury real estate, marine and lifestyle products and services. Other business that have chosen to showcase at PIMEX for the first time, and to launch their products into Thailand’s luxury marketplace include

Quadski – high speed amphibious vehicles that operate on land and water – Markagain – a platform from Italy for the management and resale of pre-owned luxury assets such as yachts, luxury cars, real estate and more – and Archi Studio – specialists in architectural design and building materials using advanced technology. “We’re very happy with the turnout, and with over 5,000 independently verified visitors this year it is one of the busiest Show’s to date. Our focus is

on attracting quality visitors, the type with an interest in the offerings at the Show and those who have purchasing power,” said Mr. Andy Dowden, Phuket International Boat Show Director. “Having talked to many people at the Show, the feedback from exhibitors and the interest from serious buyers has been very encouraging. We expect there to be a lot of business done after the Show as a result of leads made at the Show.

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

29


C

M

Y

CM

MY

CY

CMY

K


THAILAND TOURISM FORUM 2015

In

the first half of 2014, turmoil threw Thailand’s tourism industry a curve ball. A game-changing new paradigm that started last May led to a series of remarkable transformations which rapidly took the hospitality sector into unknown territory. On Monday January 26th at the Inter Continental Hotel Grand Ballroom in Bangkok, the fourth annual Thailand Tourism Forum took place with a record turnout of over 500 industry insiders all of whom came to gleam insights from industry leaders on Thailand’s tourism sector and on where it is headed. First to be heard was Suchad

32

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

Chiaranussati, Founder and Chairman of SC Capital Partners. SCCP is an institutional real estate private equity investment firm with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, Shangai and Viet Nam. A few of their Thailand investments include the Millennium Residence in Bangkok, Phuket Square and the Laguna Resort in Phuket. Suchad spoke of Thailand’s strengths and his company’s long term approach to investing. Next up was Thailand’s Hotel Leaders’ Summit which included Clarence Tan, COO of Asia Australia Intercontinental Hotels Group, Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group, Peter Henley,

President and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group and Markland Blaiklock, Chief Operating Officer of Centara Hotels and Resorts. The question was asked if tourism in Thailand is broken. None of the panel agreed that it was, but they did conclude that the “shine” is off and that improvements had to be made. The improvements offered included political stability, the stopping of tourist scams and the engagement in environmental clean-ups and protection. Another one of the questions posed was: “What are the biggest challenges/threats?” Discussed answers included political uncertainty, travel bans/warnings, increasing crime and alternative destinations such as Myanmar. The positive news for the industry was welcomed as STR’s Area Director for Asia Pacific Jesper Palmqvist revealed the staggering decline for most of 2014 with year-over-year (YoY) occupancy falling by -11.3%, mostly driven by Bangkok, which saw a decline YoY of -16.2%. This is against a backdrop of almost half the year at -20% and worst months where it was over 30% down.


However, recovery started to emerge in late Q3; and in Q4 numbers really turned around for Bangkok. After the dismal start to the year, RevPAR (Revenue Per Available Room) increased by +2.5% YoY in the last quarter. Occupancy in December for Bangkok was one of the highest ever recorded by STR Global since 2000 and when comparing quarters, Q4 2014 showed the best occupancy Bangkok has seen since 2006. Moreover, RevPAR was the second

best Q4 for the last decade suggesting that six to nine months is the new recovery time norm for Bangkok. Delegates also heard the story of Thailand’s key resort markets, where Phuket occupancy fell by -5.7% YoY and Koh Samui decreased by -1.6%. It was positive news for Chiang Mai where occupancy decreased -4.2%, but RevPAR growth was positive, driven by upward ADR (Average Daily Rate) movement. Hua Hin was also able to hold rates up

well, but Pattaya suffered more due to a -10% decline in YoY occupancy . Subsequent sessions featured industry heavyweight speakers from many top companies including Horwath HTL, Jones Lang LaSalle, QUO Global, Baker & McKenzie and Kingdom Property. This annual event is organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and Bill Barnett, Managing Director of leading hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks. Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

33


SLEEK • STYLISH • SMART

500 meters to beach, 5 minutes to golf.

5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Prices start at 7M to 30M THB

Sales Office: 146/47 Soi Hua Hin 91, Hua Hin Tel: 081 860 3364 (Eng) www.seabreezevillas.com, E-mail: info@seabreezevillas.com, erez680@gmail.com


Furniture Grand 114-115 Petchkasem road - Hua Hin - 032 522 576 - www.furniture-grand.com

Custom made furniture all styles

Curtains -cushions

Outdoor furniture three year warranty


VANA NAVA Something for everyone

Vana Nava, Asia’s first Water Jungle is located just minutes from Hua Hin’s city center. With over 200,000 living species from across Thailand in its 20 Rai (3.2 hectares) the park truly feels like a Jungle. Combining state of the art technology and modern facilities with 19 very exciting rides and slides from the World’s best, WhiteWater West industries, exciting Vana Nava has made a very big splash in Thailand’s tourism 36

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

industry. From the largest slide in Thailand, the Abyss, to the tallest man made mountain with waterfall in Asia, Vana Nava Falls, they have it all. But it’s not just about water slides. You can test your boogie board skills at the Chang Surf Zone, rock climbing skills at their climbing wall or your strength and agility skills on their rope course. Restaurants and watering holes


within the park include The Grove, The Tree Top Lounge, Fisherman’s Café, Fisherman’s Tavern, the Surf Bar and Café Amazon. If you want to entertain a group you can rent their private party rooms located above the Grove with exceptional service. Each private room is equipped with a large screen TV and a high quality sound system. The rooms can be combined or customized to accommodate up to 60 people. Throw in one of their Karaoke

systems and a projector and you can’t help but have fun! Vana Nava is also a great concert venue. In the short time they have been opened they have hosted Rip Curl’s Tempology, Mulitple bands for Countdown and recently had the Joey Boy concert with many more shows planned. Weekend nights add a whole new dimension to the fun at Vana Nava as

all of the pools light up with changing colored LED lights and their house DJ turns up at the surf bar. Food and drinks are available at their different bars and restaurants which are open until late. Whether you are a water park person or not, Vana Nava has something for everyone. www.vananavahuahin.com 032 909 606

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

37


Smart House

Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter www.smarthousevalleyhuahin.com

Prices start at 5.9M European Fitted Kitchen - UPVC double glazed windows & doors Invertor air Conditioners - LED Lighting - Expandable fly screening Full Furniture Package - Under roof & Over ceiling insulation - Alarm System UPVC Rain Guttering - Electric gate - Fully landscaped garden Granite Terrace & Driveway - Swimming Pool

Sales & Marketing

Mr. Grahame Beecham Tel: 0871089582 Email: salessmarthouse@gmail.com

QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM DEPOSIT TO COMPLETION


Electric Mango Steak House & Grill - expect the unexpected

THB

499

rom 6pm f y a d y r eve

b n co b, o n r , co rn ninceo ne o o w t a e t t o i wi po atoor–wch e t d i e h k t a fored f red or w ithbbakesds p o w d rvdewithy 1 gla1 glass o e s , e , servpanieadnibed by k a e t lled sce,ea,cacoccmomp i r g oioic ram 300 g by yyoouurrcchh saauuccee anad nd s

Electric Mango Steakhouse offers superior quality dining with prime meat from Australia and America. We grill all our meat great care and attention to ensure the best flavor. We offer great wines from around the world to accompany your dining experience, selected by Thailand best Sommelier. Thai food is represented as well, and we put heart, honor and effort into giving ‘ you value for money when visiting us at Hua Hin Soi 112. Feel free to bring the young ones, we have indoor and outdoor playground where they can enjoy before and after dinner. It’s all about happiness! Reservation please call: 085 7867 539 or event@electricmango.club


L ET’S EAT

HOT MAGAZINE RECOMMEND

Café Crepes

The

owner’s of the fine restaurants La Grappa and Le Bistro have another restaurant called Café Crepes just adjacent to Le Bistro. Cafe Crepes is a much more relaxed place to eat compared to its fine dining sister’s le Bistro and La Grappa, but with the same impeccable standards as the other two restaurants. The interior of Café Crepes is casual in bright colors with a mix of modern furniture. The concept is to serve “Galettes” & Crepes. Galettes are a well-known French delicacy basically meaning buckwheat pancakes served with savory fillings. Crepes are pancakes made with wheat flour often smaller than Galettes and mostly served with a sweet

40

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

filling. The Café is run by restaurant manager Sandra Duboueix. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and judging from the group that was there on food review day it’s also popular as a good place to come for a snack and a coffee. Although I had eaten at the Café before I was looking forward to seeing what Sandra would recommend for us. We tried three savory Galettes in the form of The Galette Complete, Galette Mediterraneenne and the Galette Chevre. The Galette Complete is a throwback of a meal I ate many times as a student in France. A pancake filled with ham, cheese and egg. The egg sits on top of the dish and to enjoy this crepe properly you break the yolk to get the right

constancy of egg yolk, ham and cheese in every bite. I loved this as a student and I still love this Galette. The next was my colleague’s favorite the Galette Mediterraneenne filled with Ratatouille, Ricotta and basil. This is a fresh and light Crepe for those that like to eat their veggies but still want some lux with the Ricotta cheese. The last Savory Crepe was Galette Chevre served with a topping of goat cheese (Yum!), walnut, egg and honey. This one was a surprising pancake, in the first bite I tasted both savory and sweet due to the honey, and didn’t really know what make of it but after the initial surprise I really liked this dish. Many clients order a salad on the side but these portions are huge so be warned don’t do what I did and eat


almost five Crepes/Galettes. We were initially going to eat one sweet crepe to share but after the first dessert Crepe a request was made if we could have another one in a different flavor. Just because we had to do it! The first one was the Crepe Chocolat covered in chocolat sauce and almond flakes which we devoured together with whipped cream. The second Crepe, or should I say the unplanned Crepe, was the Crepe Normandy. This is an unbelievable Crepe with confit apples inside, salted butter caramel sauce and whipped cream. This last crepe should on no accord be shared, too yummy and can be eaten as a snack, dessert or a pick me up on a blue day.

HOT SCORE I personally love the owners of Le Grappa, Le Bistro and Café Crepes. I like that they keep challenging themselves to be on top of what the Hua Hin crowd wants and then deliver it with class and taste! They have managed to do this yet again with Café Crepes, but this time in a more affordable yet still quality way. As for the Crepes my favorites were the Galette Complete-Ham, Cheese and Egg, Galette Chevre-The Goat Cheese surprise and of course the Crepe Normandy covered in Caramel Sauce! I loved all of them but these 3 stood out for me and I will be back very soon for a caramel covered Crepe with an extra order of whipped cream! I would like to add

that the prices at Café Crepe are very reasonable. A savory Galette is less than 200 thb, a sweet Crepe goes around a 100. Their breakfasts start at 100 thb. This is a great Café to come by for a meal on the go and there is indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy your French pancakes in any way you like it. Plus they make a good coffee too! Café Crepes 21 Soi 84 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 900 478 / 098 260 2456

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

41


Lounge

COFFEE COCKTAILS WINE ICE COLD BEER

EUROPEAN FOOD & SNUS AVA I L A B L E

Lounge

The Lounge Bar 156 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Phone: 092 – 244 9200 Email: huahin@thaivisa.com facebook.com/TheLoungeHuaHin


The Podology Center Foot treatment by experienced podologist from Germany

Problems with your feet? If you have problems with cracked heels, ingrown toe nails, corns, warts, Diabetic Foot Syndrome, nerve and muscle problems in leg or feet, thick nails, Nail and Skin Fungus, Nail Psoriasis, Eczema, Allergic Skin Reactions, Foot deformities and Hallux Valgus (Bunion), we can help.

Thailand’s first and only Podology/Medical Foot Therapy Clinics with locations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Pattaya to come in mid of 2015. Our clinics are managed by 2 specialists both occupied in Germany. One with over 20 years, the other one with over 8 years of experience. The following equipment is used in our clinics: 4 VA Steel Clippers, High movement dry technology engines with Vacuum Cleaning, Magnetic Electric Impulse Therapy, Liquid Nitrogen therapy, Impulse Laser Technology, Autoclave and Hot Air Sterilization, Ozone and Silver Sterilization, Podoscope, Dynamic Blueprint Technique.

Contact us for more information and appointments: Hotline: 089-6338586 Tel: 053-352-529 (Chiang Mai) 02-941-0414 (answering machine) www.mft-thailand.com Email: team@mft-thailand.com Facebook: The Podology Center Bangkok - Chiang Mai Line: Podolgycenter


Power of Love Children’s Home

Luxury Living & Exclusive Lifestyle

Coming soon to Kao Takiab, Hua Hin, Thailand

FIND YOUR COPY OF HOT MAGAZINE HERE!

Also, Sunday Service every Sunday at The Hilton Hotel at 10 am.

We also visit the poor

every Tuesday evening to take food to those really in need. Would you like to come with us?

www.thaipolic.com E-mail - office@Thaipolic.com @ Power of Love Organisation.

TEL: English 080 999 3603 THAI 092 592 3604

Admiral Hua HIn Amazon Café@ Market Village Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa Anantasila Villas Aree's House Avis Baan Laksasubha Baguette Bangkok Hospital Banyan Golf Banyan Resort BeachCafe Black Canyon@ Market Village Black Mountain Brasserie Cafelito Cap Nidhra Carlo Centara Grand Beach Resort Century 21 Chevrolet Showroom Chub Cheeva Coco 51 Coco Beach Club Coffe Club Colonade Mall Cool Breeze Da Mario Devasom Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel Evason Hua Hin Fat Cat Ford Showroom Frida G Hua Hin Grand Hotel

Great American Rib Hagi Ham and Bacon Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa HK Kitchen Hot Property Hua Hin Golf Villas Hua Hin Property Hua Hin Bakery Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Ibis Hotel Immigration Café InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Jail house La Grappa La Pailotte Le Bistro Le Petit Café Le Bar La Rumba @Lectic Lets Sea Beach Resort Ley Café Living Room Lost Café Mamma Mia Marrakesh Hua Hin Market Café Mazda Showroom Mekong Café Mercedes Benz Showroom Mitsubishi Showroom Molina Mr. Dan Munich Wine Shop Niranlada, Chivasom

Novotel Hua Hin Papa John Plus Property Pony Café ProCut@ Market Village Putahrasa Hua HIn Rain-Sansiri Regent Cha Am Regent Chalet Rest Detail Rocco Indian Retaurant San Paolo Hospital Sheraton-Hua Hin Resort & Spa Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas Siam Consulting Springfield @Sea Starbucks @Clock Tower Starbucks@Market Village Suvarnabum Airport Buss SWEA Bakery Swensen @Clock Tower Teracce 90 ThaiVisa Lounge The Lapa The Old Buffalo Tom & Ton Caffe Tourist information@Clock Tower True Coffee V Villas Villa Market Villa Marroc Whale Studio Wilaiwan Worabura Hua Hin Resort & Spa YaiYa Resort and Spa Hua Hin And more.....

LIKE ‘HOT MAGAZINE’ on Facebook

Deya Deli Mediterranean Cuisine

Fimmi Homelert has recently opened Party 4 You Balloon, a new business located across the street from Cicada Market in Kho Takiab. Party 4 You Balloon stocks everything for a great party along with plenty of helium and foil balloons to choose from. They are open every day from 10am to 6pm. Perfect for birthday’s anniversaries and surprise moments! Call: 081 197 9552 or 092 892 2729

At Villa Market, Hua Hin | Takeaway/Delivery and Eat in

Khun Moo: 089 927 1255


Can I have a Home please!

AVAILABLE at Tan Diau Pet Hospital For more information

Email: admin@rescue -paws.org ANIMAL LOVER? PROJECT STREET DOGS is desperately short of Volunters! Project Streetdogs in Hua Hin Thailand is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping and improving the lives of Thailand's stray animal population.  For more information go to: www.streetdogshuahin.com  Email: volunteer.streetdogshuahin@gmail.com

ADOPTED Crystal

Tuppence

Mel

Mama Lupa with 3 puppies

Loh & Bell

Mehmai

Brindie

Brian

Santana

Paul

Puppies

For more information Email:

josette@temple-dogs.com


L ET’S RELAX

HOT MAGAZINE RECOMMEND

Restfully Yours

R

est Detail Hotel Hua Hin is one of those hotels many local Expats in Hua Hin are not familiar with for some reason, but the hotel is very popular with foreign guests and Bangkokians. The hotel is located on Soi 19 very close to 19 Rai and is one of those undiscovered gems everyone should check out. The hotel is very chic with an eclectic décor. I recently snapped a photo of Rest Detail’s pool restaurant overlooking the pool and the sea and placed it on my personal Facebook page only to receive tons of comments such as: “Beautiful! Where is it?” I told you, this place is very nice.

The Hotel has a spa called Restfully Yours which goes in very much the same

46

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

theme as the hotel with a décor that harps back to those old colonial Hua Hin white wooden houses with nice splashes of color to make it a “modern meets colonial” style. I have visited this Spa before and it has been one of my top choices in this area for a long time, for their ingenuity in Spa treatments but also on their top-notch Spa service. The Spa itself is located adjacent to the lobby with all the mod cons you would expect from a chic Spa. The treatments start with refreshments and a consultation for your needs. The treatment chosen for me at this point is the Rest Detail Signature treatment called Healing of the Ocean (90 minutes). I was secretly pleased as I had heard of this treatment but had actually never

encountered the chance to try it myself. The description of the treatment is a “body customized massage using selfheating Lava Shells to unlock the knots in your muscle groups”. I was looking forward to this as I have never done a treatment using sea shells. Before the treatment you check into your own private treatment en-suite, with a to-die-for shower room with enough warm water to freshen you up before the treatment. I will never quite like my own pathetic water heater or water pressure after this. The extra touches are their own in-house products available for use before the treatment such as shower gels, shampoos and the like. Also it’s all marble white with fluffy towels, making it even more luxurious.


Although the procedure is different from others I have seen, you may be slightly familiar with some parts of the treatment as it resembles a hot stone massage, but in Rest Detail they use Lava Shells to do the same trick. The Shells are (for those not familiar with Lava Shells) the size of a palm and I don’t think they are found on the shores of Hua Hin. These are warmed and applied to the body with an oil of your choosing. The treatment has many benefits such as decreasing muscle tension and providing a general feeling of relaxation. The treatment is a complete bliss, for 90 minutes your entire body is gently massaged with the shells and the therapist’s hands. The shells are

smooth on the skin, even more so than the hot stones I have tried. Due to the heat that they contain, the muscles are gently nudged into relaxing and unknotting. With this kind of treatment it was clear that after 30 minutes or so I was in deep sleep and might have snored as usual. The treatment ending is something I cannot remember much, except for being told not to wash off the oil immediately, as it is beneficial for the skin. I left looking like a fully basted steak but feeling very sleepy, relaxed and pampered. HOT SCORE I have to start by saying that this is one of the few amazing relatively undiscovered Boutique hotels in Hua

Hin. I highly recommend a visit if not for anything else but to have a coffee and to take in the Ocean and the very cool design and décor. As for the Spa, the treatment I tried is a rare indulgence for those who like to experiment new things and be exposed to the quality of service and the understated luxury that follows it through. Check out Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin and Restfully Yours and make sure you bring your camera for the ambiance pictures, you will not regret it! Restfully Yours, Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin, 19/119 Soi Hua Hin 19, Hua Hin Tel No: 032 547 733

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

47


food delivery and so much more. Visit us today at www.huahinbutler.com


HOT AROUND TOWN AMARI HUA HIN WELCOMES A NEW YEAR WITH BLESSINGS General Manager, Christoph Leonhard together with executives and team members recently organized the religious ceremony at the Brahma Shrine in front of the hotel for a great start to the New Year. In the picture from left to right are: Executive Chef Nattapol Polyiam, Executive Assistant Manager c/o room Ms. Watcharee Srithai, General Manager Christoph Leonhard, Director of Human Resources Ms. Jiratha Laojoom and Director of Finance Ms. Punnada Thongjeen.

DUSIT THANI HUA HIN ANNUAL STAFF BASH MAKES EVERYONE A STAR! As Dusit Thani Hua Hin entered their Silver Jubilee year in 2015, their entire workforce celebrated yet another successful 12 months at their annual staff part. This year’s extravagant bash was held at the resort’s Royal Dusit Hall under the banner “A Quarter of a Century Makes us all Stars”. On a night of spectacular fun and stunning prizes, special congratulations were due to Khun Anan Suthiganon, a hotel driver, who was selected Employee of the Year. He was thrilled to receive Thai Airways tickets for 2 people to take him and his selected partner for an all-inclusive complimentary 3-day 2-night stay at any domestic Dusit International property, together with 20,000 baht in spending money. This highly sought-after award is kindly donated by Mr. Knud Mohr every year, who has generously supported the

Dusit Thani Hua Hin Employee-of-the-Month and Employeeof-the-Year awards for a decade, in memory of the many happy days the couple spent at the resort with his late wife, Kirsten.

PUTAHRACSA HUA HIN CELEBRATES CHILDREN’S DAY On Children’s Day Putahracsa Hua Hin team members took the opportunity to create a special day for students from the Darun Sueksa School. They organized and carried out various activities that the children thoroughly enjoyed and which at the same time provided them with the opportunity to learn from the activities. The students participated in Mocktail-Making Classes, Baking Classes and Napkin Folding Classes.

50

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


HOT AROUND TOWN

SHERATON HUA HIN RESORT & SPA NOMINEE FOR THE 2015 HOTEL OF THE YEAR AWARDS Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is excited for being shortlisted as a nominee to “The 2015 Hotel of the Year Awards” in categories “Best Conference” and “Convention Hotel”. The 2015 Hotel of the Year Awards are all based on each nominee hotel & spa being judged, scored and ranked based on a professional judge staying in each

property for the purpose of experiencing and critiquing all of the hotel facilities and service in order to gain a true guest experience. The overall rating is thereby authentic in terms of guest experience & professional critical evaluation. It is this combination of guest experience & professional critical evaluation that makes these awards innovative &

elevates standards in terms of worldwide hotel awards. The location for the 2015 Hotel of The Year Awards will be confirmed in October 2015 as during the judging inspection visits, we will also consider each hotel as a possible host for the awards ceremony which will take place in late November 2015.

HUA HIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF HEAD TEACHER

STARRING ROLE FOR DUSIT THANI HUA HIN Dusit Thani Hua Hin was selected as the preferred location for a new Channel 3 series, Nueng Nai Suang, directed by Khun Yuthtana Lopanpaibul and starring two of the kingdom’s leading acting lights: Khun Urassaya Sperbund and Khun Jirayu Tangsrisuk. The two screen stars are pictured during filming in and around the hotel’s Napalai Ballroom.

Hua Hin International School has the great pleasure to announce the appointment of Julie Wood as Headteacher. Julia ran the St. Andrews 107 school in Bangkok that under her guidance was only the third school in Thailand to gain the prestigious Silver status accreditation award from the UK CfBT accreditation agency. Julie has been Head of a range of schools from those serving a village in the UK, to city schools and International schools. She has a Masters in Education; a BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, Dip Ed (Higher Education) and has taught all ages from Nursery through to Year 9. She has also taught university students to Masters level when she was the Principal Lecturer in Education at University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth.

Julie takes up her post on May 1st, then she and her husband will move immediately to Hua Hin as she takes over the reins of setting up our school. To contact Julie you can Email her at: juliew@ huahinschool.com

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

51


HOT AROUND TOWN CHON’S BIRTHDAY On January 14 at Bento Bar in Soi Bintabaht Khun Chon, owner of Chon Florist, Bento Bar and Women’s Club member celebrated her birthday. Giving

merit for her birthday Khun Chon donated 5,000 baht to Hua Hin’s Charity and Dog lover organization to feed and help Hua Hin’s homeless and helpless street dog population.

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT AT BANYAAN GOLF CLUB On the 28th of February of 2015, Mondo Vino has once again invited golfers to join them to play at their charitable golf tournament. Sold out in just two short weeks after its initial announcement the event will take place within the confines of the luxurious Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin and is sure to provide all of the excitement and entertainment of previous years. The proceeds of the tournament will go towards underprivileged schools in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin, who will be providing the centres with equipment, computers and healthy drinking water. 52

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

The day is set to start with an awakening terrace breakfast. Once participants are fully energetic, we will see an 11 am shotgun teeoff. Through a Texas Scramble (4 players per team) tournament format, golfers will be awarder the chance to display their dexterity with the club and put their skills to the test in the hope of winning one of the many exciting prizes up for grabs. There will equally be a lucky draw from which one may aspire to have good fortune. The tournament will be ongoing until 5:30 pm, at which time a wonderful Wine Dinner at the clubhouse will commence and during which the prizes will be announced.


HOT AROUND TOWN AMARI HUA HIN STEPS UP PROMOTIONS FOR GOLF IN HUA HIN AMARI HUA HIN AMATEUR GOLF WEEK: 1-7 MARCH 2015 As announced on the 26th of January at an Amari Hua Hin’s press conference, in March 2015 Amari Hua Hin will sponsor the Amari Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week which will see budding golfers from around the world descend on the coastal

town ready for a week packed with great golf and even better company. “We are delighted to be teaming up with Golfasian for the Amari Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week. Hua Hin has been voted by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) as the number one golf destination in Asia and Australia in 2014. We trust this event will help promote Hua Hin even further as a world-class golfing destination and Amari Hua Hin as the hotel of choice for golfers” said Christoph Leonhard, General Manager of the Amari Hua Hin. “TAT has set a strategy to expand quality tourists by stepping up our promotions of the golf tourism market.  In times of recurring and unpredictable crisis and a highly competitive market, TAT needs to continue to attract market segments which still have the desire and

the means to travel: golf tourism is such a segment.  TAT also closely cooperates with IAGTO and its members of 1,600 companies, including a wide range of business partners who provide services for the golf tourism industry from more

than 82 countries. Together, we try to find a way to disseminate information about the kingdom’s amazing golf facilities, expand our range of contacts and boost networking of golf operators worldwide, starting from Australia, Asia Pacific Region (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam), and Europe, as well as to new target regions such as Middle Eastern countries like Dubai, Qatar and United Arab Emirates due to the fact that golfers have high spending power.” said Orasa Awutkom, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Prachuap Khiri Khan Office. “Hua Hin is considered as one of the best golfing holiday destinations in Thailand offering internationally recognized and renowned courses, combined with great weather, good value for money and an array of post-

game activities taking you all the way from the course to the spa and on to Thailand’s famous hospitality in the restaurants, markets and bars” said Ian Morgan, General Manager of GolfAsian Hua Hin & Phuket. The 7-day event will showcase the best golf courses in Hua Hin, including Black Mountain, voted one of the top 100 courses in the world outside the USA and Banyan Golf Club, which was voted best new course in Asia in 2009 by Asia Golf Monthly. The tournament will be played over four rounds, daily results will be announced and individual trophies will be given out each night during the social happy hour at the poolside at Amari Hua Hin. This year so far over 60 participants from 9 countries have registered for Amateur week and Golf Asian expects more to register by the end of the registration period.

CHILDRENS DAY On January 24th, the Thai Social Network hosted their first Children’s Day for 2015. Thirty underprivileged Thai kids were treated to a fun day at Hua Hin’s Elephant Village. The children enjoyed riding elephants, watching an elephant show, playing games and wining prizes. A great lunch was provided along with many flavors of ice cream for dessert. The Thai Social Network wants to thank everyone who helped support this wonderful day. If you would like to support future children’s days please go to their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/tsn4u

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

53


HOT AROUND TOWN BANYAN GOLF CLUB STARTS USING NEW GOLF CARTS WITH GPS SYSTEM Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin is raising the quality of the golfing experience to a new level with a brand new fleet of Club Cars fitted with VISAGE GPS systems that maximize your scoring chances with complete yardage accuracy. Installed with the latest touch screen technology, the golf course map of the hole will pin point the distances to all hazards and landing areas as well as determining the placement on the green in yards or meters. Personalized settings can also be inserted in order to select one’s preferred language whether it’s English, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. You can send messages to the clubhouse or a marshall for first aid or emergency assistance and notify everyone on the course about your hole-in-one. A cool feature is the “easy to use” scorecard which can be emailed to you immediately after you have completed your round. Feeling hungry? Try ordering your food and beverage half way round the course, it will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the 9th kiosk. The tournament module can be set up with a personalized welcome screen for all players to see, a rolling leader board, on course advertising of your products and sponsors which can also feature a corporate video.

Commercial advertising space is available for the holes of your choice to show your products and services on offer. For more information contact club manager, Stacey Walton stacey@ banyanthailanc.om.

SKÅL JANUARY MONTHLY DINNER HELD AT VANA NAVA WATER JUNGLE On Thursday 15th January Skål Hua Hin Cha Am chapter held their monthly dinner at the Vana Nava Water Jungle. The January dinner was well attended as many guests and Skål members were exited to visit this newly launched water park. After a brief welcome speech from Skål Hua Hin & Cha-Am president, Mr. Brian Anderson a much anticipated inspection tour of Vana Nava Water Park was lead by General Manager Mike Fijas. This was followed by the main guest speaker, a hospitality veteran Mr. Bert van Walbeek, Managing Director of The Winning Edge who did a presentation

SATURDAY’S BBQ BUFFET AT DALAH RESTAURANT Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas would like to announce that they are now offering special Dalah Restaurant Saturday BBQ’s. The barbeque features fresh seafood and marinated meats grilled to order and accompanied by beautifully arranged salads and appetizers together with a delicious selection of Western specialties and Thai favorites. Don’t forget to leave some space for their mouth-watering desserts. Get together with family and friends at Dalah’s relaxed atmosphere , the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a great meal. 54

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

titled “A crisis is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” The presentation focused on giving tips on how MICE organizations big or small can bounce back from crisis if well prepared. The presentation was both amusing and very informative. The evening was wrapped up with an International and Seafood Buffet, music and a lucky draw. For more information on Skål Tourism events and membership please go to: www.skalhuahinchaam. com/

SPECIAL OFFER Date every Saturday Time 6.30pm-10.00pm. THB 1,400 net per person THB 700 net for children (4-12 years old) For information or reservations please call 032 909900 ext. 3124


HOT AROUND TOWN EMBRACE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH CHIVA-SOM’S EXCITING NEW RECIPE COLLECTION BY CHEF PAISARN “COOKING WITH LIGHT” Adding a new collection of recipes from Cuisine Director Chef Paisarn and his team, this cook book offers healthfoodies both inspiration and guidance on recreating some of their iconic dishes at home. A blueprint for eating well, this long awaited fourth cookbook offers practical tips on healthy cooking methods, a guide to holistic ingredients and full recipes with beautiful imagery to inspire.  More than just a cookbook, “Cooking with Light” is testament to Chef Paisarn’s conviction that anything is possible with the right mix of creativity, persistence and innovative thinking. This book is an indispensable guide for the healthy home cook and, at the same time, a remarkable resource for the serious cook or professional seeking the how and why of Chef Paisarn’s culinary techniques and creative processes for healthy cooking.

The bright, fresh flavours of Thai cuisine are all present and with each recipe high in nutrients whilst low in fat, salt and sugar, this is clean eating at its most satisfying. Recipes include succulent meat dishes, highly nutritious vegetarian dishes, fish delicacies and surprising desserts. With a glowing foreword from culinary legend Michel Roux Senior, a longstanding admirer of Chef Paisarn, this cookbook reflects Paisarn’s passion for clean cuisine and the flavours of Thailand. Paisarn’s vision and fusion of European and Thai cuisine at the helm of Chiva-Som has seen the resort win multiple awards. Regularly invited to participate in culinary events across the world, where his menus are offered alongside a la carte dishes by celebrated chefs such as Michel Roux from the Waterside Inn London, Mark Edwards

from Nobu, London and Vineet Bhatia from Rasoi, London.

Cooking with Light is available now at Chiva-Som Boutique at the price of 4,300 THB (comes in hard cover and slipcase) or order online at www. chivasomproducts.com

ANANTARA BANGKOK RIVERSIDE RESORT & SPA LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ANANTARA APP LIFESTYLE AND REWARDS PROGRAM Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is proud to introduce its very own Anantara App – an innovative platform which recognizes and rewards guest loyalty, and provides a wealth of resort information, as well as interactive features. The Anantara Rewards Program is Bangkok’s most gratifying lifestyle incentive and is an in-built feature of the Anantara App. Every baht spent at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa’s 10 unique bars and restaurants and at Anantara Spa earns the Anantara App member one point in the Anantara Rewards Program, which comprises of four tier levels offering accumulative discounts. Of even greater value, the accumulated points can be redeemed on amazing resort experiences, from room stays to spa treatments and limousine transfers. Once the Anantara App has been downloaded and registration is complete, the user receives an ID number and is automatically a “Foodie level” member, enjoying a 15% discount on culinary and spa experiences. A THB 10,000 spend earns the user 10,000 points and entry to level 2, the “All Day Diner”, with a 20% spa and dining discount. At 50,000 points the user is upgraded to level 3, “The Gourmet”, and receives 25% off food, beverages and spa visits. Anantara App users with 100,000 points are entitled to the fourth and top tier level membership, “The Connoisseur”,

which offers a generous 35% discount at the resort’s bars, restaurants and spa. Innovative features of the Anantara App include viewing how many points are required for the loyalty rewards of room stays, spa treatments and limousine transfers. Users can also view resort information, visit the website and see special offers, in addition to interactive features such as providing feedback on resort experiences and making reservations. It takes just three easy steps from anywhere in the world to download the free Anantara App to either an iPhone or Android device, or by using the following QR Codes.

iPhone (IOS) Android Once the Anantara App is downloaded, users can register through their Facebook account or fill in the Anantara App sign-in feature. Upon registration, the user is automatically identified by a Membership Status Badge with a personal ID number, which when presented at any of the hotel’s bars, restaurants and Anantara Spa ensures

that they receive their tier level discount entitlement, and also eliminates the need to carry a printed membership card.

For more information and assistance about Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa’s innovative Anantara App reward program, please call 02 476 0022 Ext. 1416 or Email bangkokriverside@anantara.com

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

55


HOT AROUND TOWN CDL DOG FOOD DONATION On February 2nd Miss Hua Hin CDL’s 3rd and 4th runner up’s Khun Gingkarn & Khun Thanaporn along with Khun Zilla Lee & Khun Wassana donated 5,000 baht in dog food to TanDiau Pet Hospital. The food will go to feeding the dogs in the adoption zone who are waiting for someone to give them a home. All dogs in the adoption zone are free and have been fully vaccinated. If you would like to donate food to these puppies waiting for a new home please contact Tan-Diau at 032 908 044 or huahinvet@gmail.com.

WASSANA’S BIRTHDAY Khun Wassana, owner of Kid Ga Chic, celebrated her birthday in style with a White Night theme party. The birthday girl gave merit by donating money to the Hua Hin Street Dog organization. Wonderfully the giving spirit flowed thru the evening with many of her guests also donating to help Hua Hin’s homeless and helpless street dogs.

RED MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DONATION On Tuesday February 3rd, Joy Kelly from Red Mountain Development and Red Piano Restaurant along with friends delivered playground equipment to the Nenphrayom School, a small school located approximately 55 minutes West of Hua Hin. The underprivileged school has 32 students in total from Kindergarten to grade 6. Joy and her husband Anthony along with friends purchased the playground equipment and also food and gifts for the students. It was a memorable day for the children and an act of kindness that will bring laughter and happiness to the kids for years to come. 56

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


HOT AROUND TOWN HOMELESS FURNITURE TRANSFORMS INTO URBAN LIVING!

Pisa Cheng and Max Hansson owners of Homeless Furniture have announced as of February first, that they have sold their successful business Homeless Furniture to new owners Subphaton “Matt” Kaewprasitchok and Joachim Drewitz.

Matt, a Thai national has design experience in the form of interior design

education from Raffles College in Hong Kong and Bangkok, good taste and a keen interest in all things to do with interior design. He will take over the more visible portion of the business as the new General Manager. His business partner Joachim, a German national and former international corporate finance banker, will use his practical business

mind and work experience to bring the business to a wider audience. The first step of the company transformation is changing the name Homeless Furniture to Urban Living, to align the name with the changes planned as for new stock of furniture and planned business direction. Pisa and Max will stay on for a year to assure a smooth transition, as well of course, as the hand-over of current ongoing clients. Matt has plans to bring in furniture ranges with a more progressive concept through a modern contemporary furniture range but will keep stocking living room, dining room and outdoor furniture. Products will be sourced from Asian countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia. In a few months we expect to see a notable makeover of the former Homeless Furniture starting at its showroom and ending with its website to which additional functionalities will be added for an easy online pre-shopping experience. The pair is looking forward to living in Hua Hin full time, as they find the place charming and well suited for business and leisure. Urban Living 36/139 Nongplub Road, Hua Hin (Opposite Big C) Tel: 032 511 861

DR. DIRK WEEBER A FOOT DOCTOR THAT CAN HEAL YOUR PAINFUL FEET A podiatrist, or “foot doctor”, is a medical professional devoted to the treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower extremities. A Podiatrist trains in anatomy, pharmacology, general medicine & surgery, physiology and other medical fields before getting his doctor’s certificate. Dr. Dirk Weber a long-time native of Thailand is just such a Doctor, he runs two clinics in Bangkok and Chiang Mai helping people with painful feet and legs. He comes with the recommendation of Multi Culti’s own Khun Lizzy after he successfully cured a friend of hers’ foot ailment,which caused her pain and difficulty in walking for years. Even though she had visited Doctors in Thailand and Europe, it was only once she visited Dr. Dirk that the ailment was diagnosed and easily rectified. She is not the only one, most people suffer from feet related ailments that cause much discomfort. The most common reasons to visit a podiatrist are: bunions, corns and clauses, Neuroma (pinched nerves and similar ailments), heel pain, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, flat feet, hammer toe, warts and achilles tendonitis. Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

57


L ET’S GO Nan Province There are so many reasons why I love living in Hua Hin. As a foreigner it has all the conveniences I am used to and desire as well as a laid back, resort beach lifestyle. Occasionally though I long for the more rustic and traditional side of Thailand, the side of Thailand that isn’t dominated by tourism and amenities. If you feel the same then take a trip to Thailand’s Nan Province. Nan is both a quiet town and a tranquil province in Northern Thailand, approximately 670 kilometers from Bangkok and covers an area of 11,474 square kilometers. Nan features six national parks, including the stunning Doi Phukha National Park, which contains mountains nearly 2,000 m high. The rich natural beauty of Nan makes it an ideal destination for trekking as the remote province sees far fewer visitors than neighboring Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.

The provincial capital of Nan, seldom visited by Westerners, has a relaxed charm, an interesting history, some impressive temples, and a good museum. There are also a number of quality restaurants and bars along the town’s riverfront to plan your adventures into the countryside or relax after a day of sightseeing. The largest city in Nan Province is Nan City which is located in Nan’s biggest river valley. Nan City is still quite small and can be driven across in about twenty minutes. About 100 kilometres to the north is Pua, Nan’s second largest city. Pua is really just a small town but is a good spot to base yourself when checking out the nearby Doi Phuka National Park or Silaphet Waterfall. Other towns in Nan Province are Wiang Sa, about 50 kilometres south of Nan City, Mae Charim, 100 kilometres east of Nan City, and Ban Luang, which is about 100 kilometres west.

The Nan National Museum is housed in the 1903 vintage palace of Nan’s last two feudal lords, this museum first opened its doors in 1973. In terms of collection and content, it’s one of the country’s better provincial museums, and has English labels for most items. The ground floor has ethnological exhibits covering the various ethnic groups found in the province. Among the items on display are silverwork, textiles, folk utensils and tribal costumes. On the 2nd floor are exhibits on Nan history, archaeology, local architecture, royal regalia, weapons, ceramics and religious art. Of the latter, the museum’s collection of Buddha images includes some rare Lanna styles as well as the floppy-eared local styles. Also on display on the 2nd floor is a rare ‘black’ elephant tusk said to have been presented to a Nan lord over 300 years ago by the Khün ruler of Chiang Tung (Kyaingtong).


Nan’s most famous Buddhist temple, Wat Phumin is celebrated for its exquisite murals that were executed during the late 19th century by a Thai Lü artist named Thit Buaphan. The exterior of the temple takes the form of a cruciform bòht (chapel) that was constructed in 1596 and restored during the reign of Chao Anantavorapitthidet (1867–74). The ornate altar in the centre of the bòht has four sides, with four Sukhothai-style sitting Buddhas facing in each direction. Wat Phra That Chang Kham is the second-most important temple in the city after Wat Phra That Chae Haeng. The founding date is unknown, but the main wí·hăhn (sanctuary), reconstructed in 1458, has a huge seated Buddha image and faint murals that have been partially recovered. The chedi behind the wí·hăhn is thought to date to around the same time as the temple was founded, and features elephant supports similar to those seen in Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai. Next to the chedi is a small, undistinguished bòht from the same era. Wat Chang Kham’s current abbot tells an interesting story involving the bòht and a Buddha image that was once kept inside. According to the abbot, in 1955 art historian AB Griswold offered to purchase the 145cm-tall Buddha inside the small bòht . The image appeared to be a crude Sukhothai-style walking Buddha molded of plaster. After agreeing to pay the abbot 25,000 thb for the image, Griswold began removing the image – but as he did it fell and the plaster around the statue broke away to reveal an original Sukhothai Buddha of pure gold underneath. Needless to say, the abbot made Griswold give it back, much to the latter’s chagrin. Did Griswold suspect what lay beneath the plaster? The abbot refuses to say. The image is now kept behind a glass partition in the hŏr đrai (Tripitaka library) adjacent to the wí·hăhn, the former the largest of its type in Thailand. Nan Province is mostly mountainous, with many river valleys cutting their way through the peaks. The highest, most

60

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

rugged mountains can be found on the Laos border. Apart from the rivers, there are many waterfalls to see and there are even some whitewater rapids you can raft or kayak down. Large portions of this province have been turned into national parks, which all have unique sights and activities. The two main rivers in this province are the Nan River and the Wa River. Doi Phuka National Park is located a couple of hours drive east of Pua on the road to Bo Kluea. The main activities in the park are trekking and camping. There are several lookouts inside the area and anyone with a car or motorbike can easily get to these spots for some fantastic views. Another main attraction which draws a lot of Thai tourists is the flowering of the Chom Poo Doi Phuka flower which blooms in December to early January. This flower is found only in Nan Province. Silaphet Waterfall is found close to Pua and anyone driving to Pua from Nan City will spot the signs pointing towards it quite easily. One can only access the waterfall in the cold and hot seasons as the path is flooded in the rainy season. The path to the waterfall is a few kilometres long. At the base of the path there are some riverside restaurants which serve some good local cuisine. Mae Charim National Park is found 250 kilometres east of Nan, about 100 kilometres from the Laos border. The main activity of this park is whitewater rafting. The Wa River runs through the park and several tour agencies in the area run rafting trips to and from the park. During the rainy season the water is high and muddy. The water level drops during the cold and hot seasons which make up the peak times for rafting in this area. Mae Charim National Park also has camping facilities and restaurants which are open during peak seasons. If you’re feeling truly adventurous then rent a tent and spend the night at Doi Wow. The night sky is illuminated by thousands of stars providing a very romantic atmosphere and when you wake up you are in the midst of many beautiful flowers.


Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

61


The route up to Doi Wow is around 1,674 meters and you will pass an evergreen forest where you can really absorb nature. In the evening before sunset, three mountain peaks will appear with different shapes, Doi Chang, Doi Wua and Doi Paaji. Nan Province has three seasons: the hot season, the rainy season and the cold season. The hot season lasts from about March until May and is characterised by sweltering temperatures, dry weather and high humidity. The rainy season lasts from June until October and is similar to the hot season except that it rains a lot. The rain does give everything a chance to cool off though so it is definitely a welcome change. After the rainy season, temperatures start dropping in the cold season, which lasts from November until February. Temperatures in the cold season drop down low at night. If you’re camping then you’ll need to bring warm clothing, and if you’re staying in a hotel or guesthouse then don’t bother getting an air-conditioned room, you won’t need it. There is no rain in the cold season so this is by far the best time to visit. To see the best scenery it’s best to visit in November or December. Everything is still lush and green after the rainy season and the weather is cool enough so you won’t break a sweat. The popular food here is Khao lam (glutinous rice roasted in bamboo joints) which is called Khao lam Jang locally. They use 70-90 centimeters of bamboo sticks and burn them. After burning, they peel the bamboo off and eat the rice inside. There are many kinds of sticky rice inside such as sticky white rice and sticky black rice. Visitors can find Khao lam at the roadside all along Amphur Taa Wang Paa. A hidden gem of a province, Nan was once an independent kingdom and is now a refuge for travelers who wish to explore the natural beauty of northern Thailand and its rich cultural heritage in peace and tranquility.

Special thanks to:

Nantarach Ruensamran facebook.com/NANTaPix

62

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


Authorized Partner :


L ET’S CHECK IN

Bangkok’s Flower Market

64

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


C

olorful flowers brighten up the greys around every corner in Bangkok, but it’s not just because they look nice. Flowers play a pivotal role in the ancient Thai tradition of making offerings to spirits and sacred statues. Bangkok’s biggest flower market, Pak Khlong Talaad, is at the center of this tradition, and it’s a fun place to soak up the colors and aromas. Bangkok Flower Market is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me not’s, orchids, lilies and more. Most of the flowers are sold in packs of 50 or 100 each, and prices are amazingly cheap. Some flower vendors specialize in classic bundles of roses and other bouquets in every possible color. Most vendors are wholesalers, so it’s possible to pick up two dozen gorgeous, freshly picked red roses for just 80 baht. While most of the flowers at Pak Khlong Talaad are grown in the provinces nearest Bangkok, especially Nakhon Pathom, rarer varieties like tulips are shipped from as far afield as the northern mountains of Chiang Rai, and you can even bargain for an aweinspiring array of freshly cut orchids that will cost something like 1/50 of what they would in Europe or the United States. Part of the Old City, Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Shops and vendors are housed inside two to three-storey shop-houses on both sides of the main road. The market lies just south of Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and has access to a river pier, so it makes for a great one-day trip when combined with other historical attractions in the Old City. Open 24 hours, Pak Klong Talad is most lively after midnight. If you want to see the market in full action though the best time to go is pre-dawn or at 3:00-4:00. This is when the roadside transforms into a kaleidoscope of bright, blooming colors, as vendors receive floral goods from each flowergrowing area in the country. Wholesalers bring in truckloads of freshly cut flowers, while traders and retailers come to buy their stock in bulk. It can be quite a chaotic scene, and vendors may be less patient when Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

65


dealing with visitors. If you go during this period, it’s best to just observe and absorb the surrounding atmosphere. The market has a long history. During the reign of Rama I (1782–1809), a floating market took place on the site of the modern Pak Khlong Talad; by the reign of Rama V (1868–1910), it had changed to a fish market. The fish market was eventually converted to today’s produce market, which has existed for over 60 years. The market’s focus has shifted from produce to flowers as the Talat Thai market on the outskirts of Bangkok has become a more attractive site for produce wholesaling. The market accommodates both consumers and wholesalers and has a wide variety of customers. Many local florists visit the market in the early morning hours to stock their shops for the coming day. Though the market is documented in guidebooks, it receives few foreign tourists.

66

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


L ET’S STAY

HOT MAGAZINE RECOMMEND

Hotel Indigo Bangkok


B

angkok is filled with vastly different but interesting locations. Khao San Road, long a haven for backpackers has now become a colorful and vibrant part of Bangkok where Thai’s and tourists gather at some of the best bars in town. Thong Lor has recently become the hot spot in town known for its excellent choice of upmarket and fashionable restaurants, along with plenty of trendy spots to drink the night away. As a large percentage of the Japanese expat population lives here, there are plenty of excellent izakaya, ramen, and sushi joints, and even a restaurant and shop village known as Nihonmura (Japantown). Another great Bangkok area is Wireless Road, located in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and embassy district. I recently had the pleasure of staying at the newly opened Hotel Indigo, a great 5 star hotel on Wireless Road. I thoroughly enjoyed not only my stay but also exploring the neighborhood. Wireless Road is cosmopolitan but yet also very local. Here you’ll find luxurious shopping malls located right next to unique local markets and international restaurants found right next to the most local street food stalls. You are just as likely to find a chef who’s trained at el Bulli as you are a chef who learned everything about food from their mum. Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel brand that is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group. It is known as the industry’s first branded boutique hotel, artfully combining the conveniences and consistencies of a branded hotel with the design cache and service personality of a boutique hotel, so boutique that each hotel has its own unique architecture. There are 60 Hotel Indigo’s spread throughout the world but Bangkok’s Hotel Indigo on Wireless Road is the very first in South East Asia. Each Hotel Indigo property is designed around the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area. In fact, every member of the staff at Hotel Indigo has been trained to be a “neighborhood specialist” who can be drawn upon to provide information on where to go for the best types of everything. If you’re in the mood for a particular type of food, they can tell you where to find it, whether you are wanting it in a fancy restaurant or from one of the local street-side food carts. If you don’t feel like leaving the hotel you can discover a refreshingly different yet remarkably local dining and drinking experience at the hotel’s distinctive Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

69


restaurant and bar called Metro on Wireless. Here you will find authentic tastes of the neighborhood and international flavours. Their 22 Steps Bar (exactly 22 steps from the front door) is a great place to unwind, enjoy a cocktail and fine cigar whilst watching the world go by. Friday evening’s they have a free flow wine promotion at a great price. The Bangkok Hotel Indigo is designed with the feeling of space and nature highlighting all the greenery on Wireless Road and Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s

70

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

answer to New York’s Central Park. Lumpini Park was founded by King Rama Vl. The park is a lush and tropical retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, and is dotted with gazebos and boat houses built in traditional Thai wooden style. Hotel Indigo is located next to All Season’s place and just a couple of minutes’ walk to the BTS Ploenchit station. It is also close to the new Central Embassy shopping mall where their motto is “Redefining the new luxury

shopping experience” and home to the Diplomat Cinemas, billed as the most expensive cinema in the world (see following story). With their modern and vibrant guest rooms featuring locally-inspired artwork, plush bedding, hardwood floors, spainspired bathrooms, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and their Fitness Centre and open-air, infinity-edge pool, Hotel Indigo is a perfect home away from home.


Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

71


L ET’S WATCH

Embassy Diplomat Screens

W

hen your Billionaire friend is out of town, there is always Bangkok’s Embassy Diplomat screens. Billed as the most expensive cinema in the world, it was designed by the European design firm the Rockwell Group. At a cost of THB 120 million, the five screens were built to create a high-end homey feel to your cinema-going experience, with small, intimate screening rooms featuring cocooned seating, blankets and pillows as well as a butler-service call button. As you’d expect from a cinema with just five screens and 203 seats, the foyer is quiet, giving staff the time to attend to your every whim. On arrival, you are escorted into the lounge, where small sofa-lined cubbyholes with plenty of cushions provide the first feel that you’re in a very magnificent home, rather than a cinema. The ticket price (around THB 1,000) includes your choice of welcome snacks, which are eaten in the lounge before the movie starts, so it’s worth arriving at least 30 minutes early to the film. Your options include a choice of savory dishes from Dean & Deluca, a selection of desserts from The Oriental Shop or a Heineken beer and some popcorn. The five screening rooms boast the latest Real DXL technology, promising

72

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

sharp viewing and high quality audio. The cinema’s big comfortable adjustable reclining sofas are quite similar to those first class chairs used in leading airlines as they recline just like a bed with duvet and pillows. The chairs come equipped with an adjustable light, a call button for butler service, a bag hanger and USB ports that let you put your electronic devices on charge while you enjoy the movie. On top of that, you can enjoy unlimited drinks from your own fridge, well-stocked with soft drinks and Heineken. Screen 1 is the most extravagant of the screening rooms with its own wine cellar and in addition to the First Class Cocoon seating you can also opt for 3 person sofa’s or two person day bed’s, couches and loft beds. While the cinema does have the latest technology, its intended appeal is the comfort. You can make yourself entirely at home while still enjoying the full cinema-going experience that’s lacking in your condo’s screening room. Embassy Diplomat Screens is located on the sixth floor of the Central Embassy Shopping Mall on Ploenchit Road near the BTS Ploenchit Station. www.embassycineplex.com


Build – Swimming pools – decks – homes Consult – swimming pool builds – house design and build Supply – pool equipment – chemicals – drawings Maintain – pool cleaning – pump room refits BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Map: Beach Khao Takieb Rd.

<< Hu a Hi n w To n

GDL

Petchkasem Rd. 500 M.

Land Office

Pranburi >> Hua Hin 116

Hua Hin 112

Platinum Pools Thailand 146/115 Takieb Village, Nongkae, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhikhan, 77110 Thailand. Tel: 080 714 66 69, 089 255 55 19 E-mail: chris@platinumpoolsth.com www.platinumpoolsth.com


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS

Beds : 3 Land area : 800 m2

Hua Hin North

6,900,000 THB

Pranburi

Baths : 4 Living area : 247 m2.

7,750,000 THB

• Located approx. 10 minutes Northwest of Hua Hin • 1,311 sqm of additional land available • Euro kitchen, Air cons, large covered terrace

Hua Hin South

Baths : 3 Living area : 430 m2.

10,500,000 THB

Contryside

#AG-B94

Baths : 4 Living area : 160 m2.

9,800,000 THB

#AG-B90

• Located 10 minutes West of Hua Hin • Euro Kitchen, air con, fans throughout • Large pool, guest house, completed development Beds : 3 Land area : 802 m2

Khao Takiab

Baths : 3 Living area : 250 m2.

19,500,000 THB

Near beach

Beds : 4 Land area : 1,200 m2

Hua Hin North

Baths : 5 Living area : 260 m2.

24,950,000 THB

#AG-V163

• Located 10 minutes north of Hua Hin • Euro Kitchen, Air Con, fans • Large pool, covered entertainment area

• A 3 minute walk to a great beach • Less than 10 minutes to Hua Hin Center • Private, large pool with gardens

Beds : 3 Land area : 785 m2

Beds : 3 Land area : 424 m2

Baths : 4 Living area : 220 m2

Hua Hin West

Hua Hin West

#AG-B60

Beds : 4 Land Area : 884 m2

Beds : 3 Land area : 500 m2

Baths : 2 Living area : 179 m2

Beds : 3 Land area : 2,072 m2

Baths : 4 Living area : 350 m2

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

75


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS Hua Hin South

Countryside

#AG-B80

8,900,000 THB

Countryside

#AG-B80

• 10 minutes South of Hua Hin Center • Close to 2 great beaches and 2 golf courses • Euro kitchen, Air con, Pool Beds : 3 Land area : 648 m2

Hua Hin West

9,000,000 THB

City

#AG-B86

Hua Hin North

Countryside

Baths : 3 Living area : 299 m2

9,900,000 THB

#AG-B76

Hua Hin South

Baths : 4 Living area : 250 m2.

11,000,000 THB

#AG-B89

Countryside

Hua Hin West

Countryside

Baths : 4 Living area : 180 m2

10,750,000 THB

#AG-B100

• Located approx. 10 minutes West of Hua Hin • Built by one of Hua Hin’s premier builders • Euro kitchen, Air cons, large covered terrace

• 5 minutes West of Hua Hin • Euro kitchen, air con and fans throughout • Pool, spa, carport, shuttle bus service Beds : 3 Land area : 650 m2

Beds : 3 Land area : 690 m2

Beds : 3 Baths : 3 Land area : 1,600 m2 Living area : 230 m2.

Beds: 3 Land area: 716 m2

Hua Hin West

Hua Hin South

Countryside

12,800,000 THB

#AG-V30

Countryside

Baths: 4 Living area: 252 m2

12,900,000 THB

#AG-B110

• Located approx. 10 min. South of Hua Hin Center • Lg. homes with large 5 X 20 meter pool • Euro kitchen, Air cons, large covered terrace Beds : 4 Land area : 1,120 m2

76

Baths : 5 Living area : 300 m2

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

Beds : 4 Land area : 800 m2

Baths : 6 Living area : 230 m2

Beds : 5 Land area : 1000 m2

Baths : 4 Living area : 395 m2


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS Hua Hin South

7,800,000 THB

Countryside

• Located 15 minutes south of Hua Hin • Euro kitchen, Ocean & Mountain Views • Pool, Air Cons, Sala, Garden

Khao Takiab

#AG-B104

Beds : 3 Baths: 2 Living area : 225 m2 Land area : 840 m2

5,950,000 THB

Beach

• Located approximately 5 minutes of Hua Hin • Amari w/beach club/ 2 large pools • Fitness, 4 restaurants, furnished

Khao Tao

#AG-A56

13,000,000 THB

Hillside - Ocean Views

• Located 15 minutes south of Hua Hin • Euro kitchen, air con & fans, wood floors • Pool, Sala, Garden, dbl. carport, Electric gate

Khao Takiab

#AG-V155

Beds : 3 Baths: 4 Living area : 400 m2 Land area : 1,440 m2

6,250,000 THB

Near Beach

• Located approximately 5 minutes of Hua Hin • Amari w/beach club/ 2 large pools • Fitness, 4 restaurants, furnished

Beds : 1 Baths : 1 Living area : 44 m2

#AG-A55

Beds : 1 Baths : 1 Living area : 50 m2

11,220,000 THB

Khao Tao

21,950,000 THB

#AG-A54

Beachfront

#AG-A54

Beach

• Located approximately 15 minutes of Hua Hin • Ocean front, Fully furnished, Euro kitchen, Air cons • Pool, Restaurant, Golf course memberships

Hua Hin South

Beds : 2 Baths : 3 Living area : 187 m . 2

• Located approximately 15 minutes of Hua Hin • Ocean & Beach views, Oceanfront pool • Euro kitchen, Air cons, Large Covered deck

Beds : 5 Baths : 5 Living area : 250 m2.

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

77


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS

78

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

79


HUA HINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BEST BUYS Hua Hin North

Beds : 6 Baths : 7 Land : 1,600 m2 Living : 700 m2

Hua Hin North

Beds : 10 Baths : 10 Land : 4,800 m2 Living : 1,700 m2

80

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

#AG-V164

70,000,000 THB

#AG-V162

69,000,000 THB

Located in Palm Hills,

Approximately 20 minutes from Hua Hin, this spectacular golf course estate consists of the main house, 2 guest houses and a helipad. Within the main house there is an exceptionally large living room, a library, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a dining room, a wine and food cellar, a pond with a wet bar, a pool (thirty-three meters at its widest and deep enough for diving), a lanai with outdoor shower, and a sala for meditation. There are 2 guest houses with 5 additional bedrooms.


HUA HIN’S BEST BUYS Hua Hin West

#AG-V164

21,000,000 THB

Modern Asian style best describes this beautifully designed and well-built two storey modern stately residences. Located on a preferred plot within a small upscale development, this large home offers 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 520 square meters of living space with plenty of room for luxurious living and entertaining. The oversized master suite includes a large outdoor terrace for enjoying views of the ocean and islands in front of you as well as an exquisitely designed master bath and walk-in closet. Accordion style doors are used throughout the residence allowing the outside to become inside and the inside to become outside. The L shaped house design surrounds a large 5 X 10 meter swimming pool. Upstairs on the terrace is a spa tub for enjoying the scenery that surrounds you. This home comes fully furnished, includes maid’s quarters and is on a land plot of 750 square meters which includes lush mature tropical gardens. Beds: 3

Baths: 4

Hua Hin North

Living area: 520 m2

#AG-V166

Land area: 750 m2

28,000,000 THB

Hua Hin West

24,900,000 THB

#AG-V165

Location, location, location. Situated mere minutes from town is this large 5 bedroom home tucked in an out of the way location. All bedrooms are en-suite and most have built in wardrobes. The European kitchen is fully outfitted including a dishwasher. Around the corner is a dining room, a spacious lounge and a cloak room. Two large 3 X 13 meter covered terraces with fans are the perfect place to enjoy the solitude and views this home radiates. The swimming pool is large, 5 X 12 meters with a Jacuzzi and there is a two car covered car park with electric gate. This home is fully air conditioned, has an alarm system and is being offered partially furnished.

Beds: 5

Baths: 5

Hua Hin West

Living area: 420 m2

#AG-V139

Land area: 800 m2

100,000,000 THB

Located in Palm Hills, arguably Hua Hin’s best address is this almost new large two storey golf course homes. With stunning lake and mountain views this home makes an ideal large family home, corporate retreat or a home shared by several families. The ground floor features four bedrooms, all en-suite, a European kitchen and pantry, an outdoor covered Thai kitchen, a media room, lounge, dining room, outdoor covered terrace and 2 guest toilets. The 170 square meter courtyard encloses a 4 X 0 meter swimming pool. A master and guest suite occupy the first floor along with an office. Included in purchase is a lifetime family membership to the Palm Hill’s golf club and Palm Hill’s fitness club.

Beds: 7

Baths: 6

Living area: 808 m2

Land area: 2,700 m2

Beds: 9

Baths: 11

Living area: 1,769 m2

Land area: 3,200 m2

Feb 15 - Mar 15 , 2015

81


You have

arrived... we’ve been waiting for you

TURN YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITIES

SYNONYMOUS WITH FINE HUA HIN PROPERTIES TURN TO PAGE 75 TO VIEW SELECTED PROPERTIES TO VIEW OUR FULL PROPERTY CATALOG VISIT

www.hothuahinproperty.com

Tel: 09-4562-4560 (Thai) 08-4387-5699 (English) E-mail: info@hothuahin.com


HOT Magazine, February 15, 2015