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As the first month of mourning the loss of HRH King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed, the mood of the nation is emerging from one of profound dismay, disbelief and sorrow to one of reluctant acceptance, reflection and fond remembrance.

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Many recent gatherings have witnessed mass singing of the national anthem across Thailand and worldwide with foreign visitors and residents also continuing to show their respect in an appropriate manner.

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As we have reported in this edition of Hua Hin Today, stories have emerged from the people of Hua Hin who have enjoyed such a special relationship with the Royal Family for so many years. We are sure there many more stories to tell; please let us know about these special personal memories that we may share.

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Stories are being circulated about succession arrangements for the throne of Thailand. However rather than naively passing on these reports, we await official announcements which have not been made at the time of our production deadline. Hua Hin Today prides itself on carefully reviewing any sources of information and checking the reality rather than just following others. For example reports have described the commencement of a Pattaya – Hua Hin ferry service from January 1st, however as we have reported on page ……., doubts remain with incomplete and conflicting information being described despite the suggested commencement date being only weeks away. Once again confirmation is needed before we can fully and accurately inform readers about the cross gulf ferry reality;………at last! As this tumultuous year for Hua Hin, Thailand and across the globe draws to a close, we wish all readers our best wishes and optimism for a peaceful and prosperous year to come.

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4 Phra Mahathat Chedi Phakdee Prakat; Built To Honour King Rama IX

In the Bang Saphan District of Prachuap Khiri Khan there is a little-known shrine to the memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a beautiful temple completed in 1996 on the anniversary of the 50th year of his reign as the nation’s monarch. This site is near to Baan Krut, south of Hua Hin and set on a hill-top with panoramic views over the ocean, bays and beaches. The number 50 features strongly in this temple’s architecture as well as the number 9; in recognition of dedication of the site to the late King. The design was provided by M.R. Mitraroon Kasamsri, who was an architect of the Royal Household. The main building is a square with sides that are 50 metres long and features 9 Chedi (spires). After driving up the steep entry road. The first encounter is with the huge golden Buddha statue named Kiti Sirichai. The Buddha is in a meditation position, sitting cross-legged position facing the ocean. The statue is also known as ‘Big Buddha’ (Long Poa Yai). At the base you will also see the Personal Standard of Queen Sirikit. The next ‘encounter’ is with the two rather imposing and menacing guards before a climb up the staircase towards the main temple building. Location: Thongchai Hill is in the Bang Sapan district of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. Travel south from Hua Hin past Pranburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan City, about 60 Kilometres further south turn towards Baan Krut (look for the 382 km post) then head towards the clearly visible hill 5 Kilometres away. Travel Tip: After visiting the temple, it’s easy to find your way to the sandy beach of Baan Krut where there is a selection of seafood restaurants available to satisfy your hunger and refresh before the return journey For more information call the TAT of Prachuap Office; telephone 032 513 885, 032 513 871, 032 513 854.

It’s well worth this climb to gain access to the temple with even more expansive views from the many portals facing each direction and walls displaying murals showing scenes from Thai history and pictures showing royal visitors to the temples over the years. There are also 37 picturesque statues with image of Buddha, beautifully decorated ceilings, stained glass windows and further steps to the higher building levels. Please note that photography inside the buildings is not allowed. It seems likely that as the year of mourning continues the significance of this temple will increase and become a place of long-term remembrance of King Rama IX and well worth the 2 hour drive from Hua Hin. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016


6 A Hua Hin Story in Remembrance of King Bhumibol A native of Ban Hua Thanon-Takiab has told her story from 1957, when she helped His Majesty King Bhumibol to rescue a small jeep.

Mrs. Thub Khongleua, 98, the former housekeeper of Chom Khleun Resort at Ban Hua Thanong-Takiab in Nong Kae, Hua Hin, told Hua Hin Today that years ago, she took care of Mr. Phuang Tanthana’s house. He was a business owner of a gold and jewelry shop at Thien Kua Thien. Mr. Phung’s house was located next to the old house of General Praphas Charusatien; both houses were on the beach in Hua Hin. The old woman said that she could not remember clearly the month, but in 1957 an unforgettable situation occurred. “Maybe it was February or April,” she mumbled, “on that day, the sea water receded around 100 metres from the beach. While I was collecting some shells on the beach in front of the Chom Khleun Resort, I saw a small grey and green jeep travelling along the beach from the southern part Khao Takiab. When it arrived at Lang Sa sand mound where the sea water was whirling, the car’s wheels plunged into the mound.” Realising that he could not go any further, the driver, wearing a shirt and a pair of grey trousers, waved his right hand to

the woman. When she approached the car, she realised that the driver was King Bhumibol. The King asked her for help to pull the car out of the sand mound. No matter how hard both of them tried, the car did not move and was stuck in the mound. Even in this difficult situation, His Majesty still kept smiling. Both of them tried again, with the King shouting, “Hui Leh Hui!”, an utterance equivalent to Heave Ho! but in vain. Mrs. Thub then decided to ask for her husband’s help. She then went to where her husband was working with 6 others nearby. When they came back to the scene, they saw military staff helping His Majesty to move the small jeep out of the mound. Before leaving, His Majesty thanked her for her assistance. The old woman will always remember the words used by His Majesty when they were pulling the car out of the sand mound. The utterance, “Hui Leh Hui!”, is always used by a group of 10 to 15 local fishermen in Hua Hin when they want to pull their boat out or in to the sea.

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The utterance implies unity and power to all the fishermen. The old woman is still surprised that the King knew how to use such words. She also remembers that even though he was tired, the King did not complain but kept smiling until the military staff came to help him. Mrs. Thub said that she was very sad that His Majesty had passed away. She is certain that the King’s spirit is now in heaven, protecting all Thai people. That is why she will always be a citizen of the King. The woman is now almost 100 years old and is staying with her son and grandchildren in Ban Nongkrached Community in Hua Hin. She remembers the day when she met His Majesty so clearly as if it happened just yesterday.


Does Rampant AI Threaten Humanity? Professor Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have all warned about the possibility that Artificial Intelligence (AI) could evolve to the point where it was beyond human control. Here’s what they have to say.

at an ever increasing rate. Humans are limited by slow biological evolution, just could not compete, and would be superseded.” Technology entrepreneur Elon Musk founder of cuttingedge companies Space X and Tesla electric cars reckons that unchecked AI advancement is the most serious threat to the survival of the human race.

competing species. The objective of the game is to destroy the two species that you are fighting against by implementing ruthless tactics and strategies. No mercy is required if you want to win this “game”.

He says that, humanity risks “summoning a demon” and calls for more regulatory oversight.

Google say that DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be told how. The skills required for DeepMind to play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks.

Bill Gates the founder of Microsoft has also added his weight to the AI debate and says: “I don’t understand those AI advocates who are not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control”.

Let’s just hope that as DeepMind “grows up” and becomes the perfect self-acting and learning super AI machine that it will realise it is playing a game and not unleash its superior intellect and capabilities on us puny humans living in the real world.

Unperturbed by these apocalyptic warnings, Google’s DeepMind AI researchers are forging ahead and are teaming up with the makers of StarCraft to teach DeepMind some new tricks.

The above has a troubling Deja Vu feel about it. Remember SkyNet from the Terminator films? SkyNet is a super advanced AI machine that becomes “self-aware” and decides to exterminate the human species. Only a film!

StarCraft is an advanced military science fiction realtime interactive strategy video war game involving three

Stephen Hawking says the invention of AI could be the biggest disaster in humanity’s history, and warned that if not properly managed, thinking machines could spell the end for civilisation.

We’re already living in the early days of the post-AI world.

“AI could develop a will of its own that is in conflict with ours and take off on its own and re-design itself

Sleep well!

The machines are slowly but surely getting smarter and the pursuits in which humans remain supreme are diminishing.

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8 Guardian of the Blue Lagoon

Ensuring the MahaSamutr Country Club’s trademark Crystal Blue Lagoon stays blue is just one of the responsibilities of the man in charge. That person is the Head of Business Development and Director of Operations, Khun Veeranat Limprasutr or Khun Pé as his friends call him. If the somewhat sparkling blue clarity of the lagoon’s waters is any indication, he’s doing a fantastic job; just bring your sunglasses! We found Khun Pé looking somewhat perplexed as he strolled along the dockside which extends onto the lagoon waters to accommodate the various wind, man or electric-powered marine craft. He recently discovered a very small crab which then escaped and disappeared. The very clean and pristine fresh (not salt or chlorineladen) waters will inevitably lead to the crab’s demise and there’s definitely no marine animals allowed in this lagoon. But the question about how this solitary creature arrived in the lagoon remains. Our best bet was that someone was playing a small though bad taste joke. Khun Pé has been an important PACE Development Corporation PLC executive for several years. His previous positions have included being the Vice President of Business Development of the company. His resumé shows over 24 years’ experience in executive hospitality management including positions as the General Manager of Mercure Group properties.

He was responsible for the introduction of the introduction to the Amata Spring Country Club (Chonburi) of the Thailand Golf Championship in 2011. However Khun Pé is not a golfer, even with Banyan Golf Club being a favourite with MahaSamutr Members and just 5 kilometres up the road. Apart from time constraints, he describes a deliberate decision to stay away from the game. This was based on a view that golf would become a distraction to his job focus which would lead to compromised performances both on the course and at the workplace. Perhaps that’s my problem! With construction, engineering and infrastructure experts take care of their roles on-site, Khun Pé has a focus on membership. Private club membership with an almost exclusive access to the many and varied activities is a familiar concept as Amata Spring is also an exclusive private club, albeit very different in nature to MahaSamutr. There are now over 200 memberships sold (that’s over 500 people) who are eagerly awaiting the project’s completion in 2018. That’s one of the challenges of his role. Membership benefits will remain intangible until then. However there are plenty of signs of things to come apart from the lagoon and the villas already completed

and open for inspection. The multi-storey building which will contain restaurants, bars, gym, kid’s club, spa, games room, cinema and accommodation suites is under construction. There will even be an Olympic sized indoor swimming pool which Khun Pé says will help members stay dry when it’s raining! The intangible will soon be very real. Despite the escaped renegade crab, Khun Pé is clearly enjoying being such an important part of MahaSamutr’s progress to completion. He’s well aware that the Country Club is already the talk of the town in Bangkok and wider afield amongst those who are “in the know”. By the way, it’s worth noting the spelling of the name Khun Pé; the French accent (é) lets you know the correct pronunciation which should sound like ‘Pay’. More information at HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

9 Thai, Korean & Chinese Businesspeople Grant 1 Million THB Scholarship

Three Thai business people from South Korea and China have recently granted a total of one million THB in scholarships to students of Hua Hin municipal schools. They have also confirmed further financial support in the future. Dr. Dusit Charoen from Thailand, Mr. Sun Lee Park from South Korea and Ms. Enya Wang from China, all of whom are living in Hua Hin, gave the 82,000 THB scholarships to the mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul. The mayor will soon give it to students from seven municipal schools in Hua Hin so that they can further their education to higher levels. Dr. Dusit said after the ceremony that he had befriended the South Korean and the Chinese business people some time ago. The reason why they are good friends is because they share the same family background.

All of them came from a poor and disadvantaged family, but they were determined that, if they were professionally successful when they grew up, they would help young people in terms of educational support. The three businesspeople believe that education can give the disadvantaged better opportunities for the future life. This was also the idea of His Majesty King Bhumibol. The three businesspeople have donated study grants for 12 consecutive years. Each time they gave around 100,000 THB to students of Hua Hin municipal

schools. In total they have granted over a million THB in scholarships so far. Dr. Dusit added that they would continue helping the students because the scholarships could give them better education and good opportunities for future careers. Their donations are is a tribute to the deceased King who is the father of Thai education. A Thai student from a very poor family, Dr. Dusit is a Hua Hin native who went to study a bachelor degree in Bangkok. He also worked as a bus conductor while he was staying in Bangkok to earn

New Safety Plan for Upcoming Festive Season

Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 7 in Prachuab Khirikhan has recently presented a new safety plan entitled, Prachuab Rom Yen (Peaceful Prachuab, in Thai), to protect the province and the city of Hua Hin during the upcoming Christmas and New Year season.

Police Major General Thanayuth Wutthyjarasthamrong said that the Royal Thai Police had instructed him to launch the new safety plan and from 10th until 31th October local police were active in Hua Hin. During the operation, the police seized 170 firearms and arrested 90 drug dealers, 15 with warrants outstanding, 547 illegal migrant workers and 47 illegal motorcycles. Those arrested included Thais and foreigners from Europe and Asia. This has been reported to the Royal Thai Police Office. A new operational program will officially start on 1st December 2016 until 1st January 2017, with a major objective to take special care of local people and visitors focusing on hired gunmen, drug dealers at local communities, illegal migrants and setting up checkpoints on Phetchakasem Road and at local communities to arrest suspects who are on the run in the province. Pol. Maj. Gen. Thanayuth added that illicit drugs are a major problem that the

officers had to solve as Prachuab Khirikhan is a transit point where the drugs are smuggled and sold. Officers need to work actively with authorities from the Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) on drug suppression. The police are aware of who was behind this activity. Pol. Col. Sitthichai Srisophacharoenrat will lead a police team to investigate cases and actively safeguard the city from now until the New Year.

some income. Once he graduated, he was a lecturer at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok before going to the US to complete the Ph.D. After staying in America for ten years, he came back home to establish his own business and met the Chinese and South Korean friends. All the three businesspeople share strong determination to support Thai education and disadvantaged students until they pass away.

New Price List Boards for Motorcycle Taxis

Hua Hin Market Village, along with the Hua Hin Mayor and the traffic police chief, have recently given local motorcycle-taxis drivers price list boards and asked them not to take advantage of any passengers. The General Manager of Hua Hin Market Village Mr. Amornthep Uammeepian, the Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul and the chief of Hua Hin traffic police Pol. Lt. Col. Phitsanu Lanok presented the boards which show the name of the motorcycletaxi team, the place where the team is located, the number of motorcycles the team has, as well as the prices according to the destination.

people and tourists with around 1,000 drivers working in the city. He asked all drivers not to overcharge passengers which is considered an act of cheating. Drivers have been asked to work with Hua Hin authorities to take care of the city and maintain order so that both Thais and foreigners enjoy their stay. As hosts, motorcycle-taxi drivers need to treat their guests very well.

Each motorcycle-taxi team is allowed to set up the price in agreement with the Hua Hin police, the municipal office and the provincial transport office concerned.

The chief of traffic police added that, besides providing transport to the passengers, drivers should cooperate with police officers to safeguard Hua Hin. In case they see or find suspicious situations, they should inform the officers at any time.

Any team of motorcycle-taxis that charged prices not stated in the agreement or violate the regulations will face action. Mr. Amornthep said that the price list boards had been made by Hua Hin Market Village and be maintained by them. According to the Hua Hin Mayor, the motorcycle-taxis are favored by local

For the upcoming Christmas and New Year in Hua Hin when many people visit the city, the authorities asked the motorcycle-taxi drivers not to take advantage of the visitors by charging them with higher prices. If a passenger files a complaint, the police will respond with appropriate action.

The Hua Hin police officers would like to give Thai and foreign people in the city more confidence that there will be no violence during the upcoming festive season. However, cooperation from everyone is required, especially informing the police about any unusual situations. Apart from crime and drug problems, traffic congestion is another issue that Hua Hin is facing. A major cause of this problem is from some motor taxi drivers who are dominating roads and lanes. Anyone affected by the problem can report it to the police at Hotline 191 so that the authorities can help them immediately. 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

10 Prachuap Khiri Khan Provides Sandalwood Trees for The Royal Cremation

Holiday Remains; King Bhumibol to be known as ‘the Great’ Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that the government would retain holidays related to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej to express loyalty to the late monarch on the occasion of his birthday, December 5th.

The government plans to honour His Majesty the late King with the title “the Great” after the conclusion of royal funeral rites, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said. He stressed that the royal funeral rites must be concluded before the matter can go forward. The cabinet must first approve the title and forward it to the Royal Household Bureau for endorsement.

Thousands of people headed for the Kuiburi national park in Prachuap Khiri Khan to attend and witness the cutting of

four dead but standing sandalwood trees at a traditional tree cutting ceremony for wood to be used for the cremation of the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The ceremony was supervised by the Bureau of the Royal Household in cooperation with local administration and forestry authorities. Local authorities estimated at least 10,000 people took part and witnessed the ceremony.Hundreds of residents set up tents near the park and stayed overnight to take part in this significant ancient ceremony. According to Kuiburi district chief officer ChatriChanvirachai the selected four deadstanding trees were cut with gold axes with a symbolic cutting ceremony supervised by the Office of Traditional Arts. Photo: สำ�นักข่าว กรมประชาสัมพันธ์

The calendar would have to be adjusted after the new reign commences, officials said, adding that the Royal Household Bureau would take care of the details. However, holidays linked to the late King Rama IX will remain, although with some name changes, because of His Majesty’s profound influence on Thailand, the PM said. He added that he would wait for an appropriate time after the royal funeral to humbly offer His Majesty the posthumous title of “Bhumibol Maharaj”, or “Bhumibol the Great”. Steps such as building a monument or offering a designation to the late monarch would require the Cabinet’s approval and the Royal Household Bureau’s endorsement. The government would also apply the King’s policies in administering the country, such as implementing sustainable agriculture promotion measures, he said, adding that included ceasing rice paddy cultivation in unsuitable areas so farmers could shift to other crops and not be a burden on the government.

Athisit Chainuwat, deputy government spokesman, said the Cabinet had approved three categories of activities to be held to celebrate His Majesty’s birthday: physical, verbal and mental activities. Physical activities include cleaning temples, visiting sick people, reading to the blind and hosting exhibitions; verbal activities included taking an oath of loyalty, performing good deeds and singing the Royal Anthem in front of the King’s portrait; and mental activities included meditating and praying. The main oath-taking event will be led by Prayut at Government House, while others will take place at Bangkok schools and in the provinces at public plazas overseen by villages, tambon or districts. The Foreign Ministry will host similar activities on Sunday for the public’s convenience, Athisit added. The Nation/Bangkok Post

Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry Update; a New Plan Launched

A privately-run ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin is expected to start operations on January 1st 2017, the Marine Department says, but this will be initially limited to a daily round-trip and cater only to passengers, not vehicles. (Bangkok Post) to be popular, a second boat capable of transporting 262 passengers will be used in order to cope with demand. A feasibility study on the car service and suitable routes was expected to be completed last month and an environmental impact assessment would be conducted later, Mr Sorasak added.

The Marine Department’s Director-General Sorasak Sansombat is reported as saying that Royal Passenger Liner Co. was the only firm to apply for a licence to operate the ferry ride after applications opened on August 9th and passing a selection process on September 30th. However in June this year, Hua Hin Today reported on an expansive proposal to provide a ferry service linking Bang Pu and Pattaya to Pranburi by Siam Logistics Co. Ltd. The basis of our report was an extensive planning document provided to us by this company.

The Catamaran ferry to be put into service on the route is a used vessel and is now being refurbished and equipped with facilities to meet the required standard. The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month after which the vessel will undergo seaworthiness test and safety test before it is to be registered.

The company stated that it was “waiting for government approval and then we will process the plan”. The plan was to make a 15 billion THB investment. “Now we are ready to invest in the project, and a number of local and foreign firms have expressed interest in joining us,” said Peerapong Prasopsukcharoen, Development and Planning Manager at the time. Recent reports now say the ferry will be operated by Royal Passenger Liner Co. from the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya to Saphan Pla, the main pier in the centre of Hua Hin, which has recently undergone renovation. The company proposes to charge passengers 1,200 THB each way, but the Marine Department was looking into the operational costs before announcing the actual price of the service. The journey should take around one and half hours. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

The company also announced it will offer a free trial of the service for 2 or 3 days prior to the official launch. The exact dates of the free trial are yet to be announced, however this is said to be in late December.

at 08:30, with the return service departing Hua Hin at 15:30. However this is not confirmed as another report states that ferry will depart Hua Hin at 8:30am, and Pattaya at 15:30.

During the trial, Mr Sorasak said that the test run will be free of charge and was meant to test the seaworthiness and safety of the vessel. The company will offer two test services per day, one leaving Pattaya

Royal Passenger Liner Co. will apparently launch the service using only one boat, which can hold 150 passengers cruising at 27 knots on the 113-km journey across the Gulf of Thailand. However, if it proves

Mr Sorasak said the department would grant a ten-year operating licence to the company and would assess the service every six months for the first two years, after that assessment would be conducted once a year. He noted that, initially, the piers in Hua Hin and Pattaya might be a little congested to accommodate over 100 passengers at a time. Both piers will be expanded to cope with increased passengers. The Siam Logistics proposal had described a ferry with a capacity to carry up to 400 passengers, 30 cars, 12 motorcycles, and shipments not exceeding 40 tons. A company spokesman indicated that the status of the proposal from Siam Logistics is unknown. Bangkok Post/ThaiPBS

11 Honoring The Late King

The governor of Prachuab Khirikhan Mr. Thawee Narissirikul chaired the opening ceremony to honor the late King Bhumibol, “Hua Hin, Father’s Home”, at Rajaphakti Park in Hua Hin. The ceremony included a report delivered by the mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, who talked about the activity’s background and objectives. There were over 12,000 participants attending the event, including executives of Hua Hin Municipal Council, the former Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop and Hua Hin District Chief Mr. Rutpratheep Thamrapheephat. The activity included candle light depicting the message, “Hua Hin, Father’s Home” in Thai, the image of His Majesty the King and the Thai styled number 9. Finally, all the participants sang the royal anthem together in memoriam of the late King whose contribution is unforgettable among Thai people.

Fire at Hua Hin Massage Spa

A fire caused severe damage to a two-story building used by RuanKaew Massage and Spa, which provides Thai-style massage, in Hua Hin in November late on a Sunday night.

Government Approves 10-Year Visas for Foreigners Over 50

Affluent foreign residents over 50 years of age will soon be able to apply for 10year visas, a government spokesman has reported. Intended to promote Thailand as a hub for medical services, the policy was approved by the interim cabinet, according to spokesman Athisit Chainuwat. It would replace one-year renewable visas and come in two installments of five years each, Athisit said. It was not immediately clear when the plan would be implemented.

Applicants must either have a monthly income of at least 100,000 THB or have more than 3 million THB in their bank account, which cannot be withdrawn within the first year after receiving the visa. They must also have health insurance that covers hospital stays and provides at least USD$10,000 in annual coverage. Visa holders will still have to check in every 90 days with the Bureau of Immigration, Athisit said.

The Red Arrows Cancel Their Hua Hin Appearance

Hua Hin Today reported in our November edition that the Red Arrows, the British air force aerobatic team, would be in Hua Hin for as their only Thailand stop during a 2 month tour of Asia and the Middle East. This followed Information in the British media and on the Red Arrows website describinga display and fly past on 11th November. However no information was available on either the time or the specific location. This included official information from the website, Facebook page and emailed enquiries were also sent to the Red Arrows British base but without response. The day before the visit was scheduled (10th November) we learnt via a Twitter

message that the visit to Hua Hin had been cancelled. No reason was given for this cancellation although circumstances following the death of HM the King seem to be a likely explanation. The Red Arrows website has now deleted the description of Hua Hin as a tour stop, although a map showing the tour stops does not reflect this change. Our apologies to readers who showed their interest in the event, many of whom phoned us to receive any updates.

New Hua Hin Immigration Offices Set to Open Next Year Pol MajNaripanatNoojui, a duty officer at Hua Hin police station, said fire engines from Hua Hin Municipality and rescuers rushed to the building in Soi Hua Hin 96 on Phetkasem Road shortly after thefire was reported about 11pm. The fire was burning on the second floor of the building, which houses massage and spa rooms. It was brought under control in about two hours. Shop owner ChairatManomaiwiboon said RuanKaew Massage and Spa had been open for nearly 30 years, providing services mainly for tourists travelling in tour groups.

The shop was closed over the weekend. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the full extent of the damage was still being assessed. There were no injuries. 

Work is well under way on the building for the new Hua Hin immigration offices. The 22 million THB project is on Treasury Department land and mooted to open in February 2017. The project is said to be 60% completed. The new offices are to be located at the top of Soi 88. In addition, sources from both the Immigration Department and the Blúport Resort Mall have confirmed that a new passport office will soon be opened for business with five staff at Blúport for tourists and 90 day reporting needs. The service will operate in the Basement next to the SCB Bank and will be opened by the year’s end. 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

12 Government To Open Bidding for Nakhon Pathom-Cha-am Motorway Next Year The Transport Ministry is likely to open bidding for the 120-kilometre Nakhon Pathom-Cha-Am motorway project worth 80 billion THB next year.

The project is part of the Highways Department’s 2017 action plan, which includes the eastern and northeastern sections, stretching from Bangkok to Rayong and Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew, and from Laem Chabang Port to Nakhon Ratchasima via Prachin Buri, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. After a seminar held by the department seminar on the development of Thailand’s motorway network, the investment model to be applied to the Nakhon Pathom-Chaam project was being considered, including the details on return on investment.  The country’s Intercity Motorway Development Master Plan 2017-36 was finalised last November and included in the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan.  Under the plan, the country will invest about 2.1 trillion THB to develop 21 routes with a combined length of 6,612km.  The






participants in the government and private sectors to suggest ways to make the master plan more efficient and to mobilise funds for the projects. Besides opening the bidding to private participation, the Transport Ministry will raise capital via an infrastructure fund called the “Thailand Future Fund”, by transferring assets of two routes in service to the fund. They are the Bangkok-Bang Pa-in Motorway or “Motorway No 9” and the Bangkok-Chon Buri Motorway or “Motorway No 7”. The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the establishment of the Bt100-billion Thailand Future Fund with an initial contribution of 10 billion THB backed by the Finance Ministry. “The road network is still in need, as it’s outstandingly convenient with door-todoor delivery, given that there is high demand for road transport. Therefore, motorway development is in the focus of the government,” Minister Arkhom said.  The highways will be able to enhance Asean connectivity with neighboring countries, he added. Construction stocks skyrocketed by 2-5 per cent in response to the approval of the Thailand Future Fund, apparently reflecting investor confidence in the materialisation of the infrastructure projects.

Cabinet Approves Dual-track Upgrade for 3 Routes The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle a 55 billion THB dual-track upgrade of three rail routes in the central and upper southern regions. The three rail lines are Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin (165km), Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan (90km) and Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan (148km). Kobsak Phutrakul, vice minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, said after Tuesday’s meeting that an extra ground-level track would be constructed alongside the existing tracks of the first two rail lines. The construction was expected to begin by mid-2017 and be completed in early 2020. There would be 27 stations on the Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin route and 13 stations on the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports of the two routes, with the investment costs at 20 billion and 10 billion THB respectively, would be submitted to the National Environment Board soon. As for the Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho route, Kobsak said the SRT would need to expropriate 371 rai of land to build a new dualtrack detour around Lop Buri’s city areas and the province’s famous Stupa Pra Prang Sam Yod, which had been affected by the jolts and vibrations of passing trains on the current track. The EIA of this route has been approved by the NEB. The 24.7 billion THB Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho line would take six years to complete. The State Railway of Thailand would also remove accidentprone railway crossings, erect fences along the entire routes to increase safety and upgrade the current train stations, as well as building new ones.  Bangkok Post

Trump Romps to Victory in US Election

Billionaire Donald Trump led from the start of vote counting to defeat Hillary Clinton and win the US presidential election in a tight race. Trump will take office next Jan 20. However, the Thai ministry does not foresee the US imposing nontariff barriers that could harm global trading, as it would be in breach of World Trade Organisation regulations.

His Republican Party retained control of the House of Representatives and appeared on the verge of also holding onto its majority in the Senate, although several races were far from over. US TV networks called the election for Trump at 1.40am eastern time (1.40pm Thailand time) while some of the western states had barely begun counting votes. He won most of the states considered to be evenly split, including Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. Clinton mostly won only states that were considered firmly in her Democratic Party grip. When US analysts called the election in Trump’s favor, he was winning the Electoral College vote by 274-215. He needed 270 votes to win. The clincher was when he won Pennsylvania, with its 20 votes. Trump also was clearly winning the popular vote, by 48.4% to 47% for Clinton, who failed in her bid to become the first female president in US history. Now 69, she is unlikely to contest another major election. Trump is 70. – Bangkok Post

Thai exporters urged to gear for US policy changes Thai trade with the US is unlikely to be impacted this year, but Thai enterprises should prepare for a policy of protectionism and stringent

regulations expected to come into force next year. Commerce Minister ApiradiTantraporn said Thailand’s trade with the US this year was expected to grow by about one percent, worth US$25 billion, while next year is expected to see higher growth at 3 percent. However, Thailand needs to closely monitor new president Donald Trump’s policies because if they are too stringent, the US economy could experience a slowdown. Apiradi said that Trump’s policies could have a positive and negative impact on global trading. On the positive side, the policy to lower the corporate tax and personal income tax would lead to more disposable income, while his pledge to boost gross domestic product growth to 3.5 percent annually should stimulate domestic and international trade. However, any protectionist policy could cause difficulties for trading. He said trading partners, including Thailand, may need to make adjustments and be prepared to face non-tariff barriers and stringent intellectual property rights protection. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

Amid expected stringent intellectual property rules (IPR), Thailand will continue to raise its IP standard and improve development of IPR protection under the digital and creative economy, she added Despite uncertainty over the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) following Trump’s victory, Thailand would continue to study the impact and benefits of the TPP and consider carefully whether to join the pact in the future. MaleeChoklumlerd, director-general at the International Trade Promotion Department, said the US is unlikely to impose higher tariffs on Thai products, especially food, as it is reliant largely on food imports. For instance, Americans consume a lot of tuna and shrimp each year, while their production is very small and not capable of meeting domestic demand. The US remains Thailand’s largest export market, excluding ASEAN. Last year, shipments to the US were worth $24.05 billion, accounting for 11.2 percent of total export value. Major export products to the US are computers and parts, rubber products, jewelry and ornaments, electric appliances, vehicles and parts, garment, seafood, canned and processed fruits. – The Nation

13 “Hua Hin, Baan Khong Por” (Home of the King)

Launching an Exhibition at Blúport Resort Mall to Honour the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The management of the Blúport Resort Mall is inviting everyone to join in a commemoration to His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the event “Hua Hin, Baan Khong Por” until December 12th. The invitation includes the decoration of the “Hua Hin, Baan Khong Por”, art piece with coins. The coins used to decorate the artwork will then be donated to the Dog Care Centre Hua Hin in His Majesty’s honour. The art piece is featured at the entrance to Blúport. Also on offer is a viewing of portraits of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, drawn by staff and students from Silpakorn University.

The Opening ceremony of “Hua Hin, Baan Khong Por” was held on November 17th with invited guests who worked for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej sharing their stories and impressions of their King. Special guests included Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Tawee Narisirikul, Governor of Prachuap Khirikhan, Mr. Suthipong Umpujh, Senior executive vice president of The Mall Group, Teachers and students from Wang Klai Kangwon School and other government officials.

Personal memories and impressions of working with the King were shared in a forum by: Mr. Tawee Kesangam, the President of Hua Hin Artists dedicated all his abilities and passion to create paintings decorating the Hua Hin Palace. Ms. Tippawan Suppakijthaworn, Assistant Music teacher of Rachata Wittayakom School was the King’s student when she studied at Klai Kangwon school. She remembered the King’s teachings and learnt through his humorous teaching which were easy to understand. Ms. Chantana Srisawat, The past-owner of “Luang Jam Pakdee”, the St. Bernard dog adopted by King Rama IX. Her home was located next to the Hua Hin Palace and she had many dogs which often crossed a fence and ran around the Palace including a St. Bernard dog, she called “James”. James often visited the kitchen in the Palace. The King took a liking to James and asked his staff bringing James to meet him personally. Ms. Chantana saw that the King really love James, so she offered the dog to the King where he remained. Ms. Amonwan Eiamsam-ang, the president of Women Weaving Khao Tao met King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit when they visit Khao Tao Village. A Royal Project was established with the men supporting the King’s works and women studying weaving, dyeing cloth and dressmaking to provide work and income. She received the honorary Gold Medal

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directly from the King and Queen because of these achievements. A further exhibition “From the Nation to Our Father” shows the many triumphs, stories and experiences of the Hua Hin people who had the opportunity to witness His Majesty’s work up close. Stories include a variety of his work, ideas, brilliance, and intelligence. His work is shown through the Royal projects he directed and implemented. There will also be a showing of the Jeep vehicle used during his expeditions. There will also be a series of musical performances of songs (“One Hundred Melodies by Our Father the King”)

composed by His late Majesty played by Prof. Dr. Pathorn Srikaranonda and other songs written in his honour, which will be performed by many famous artists, such as: Vietrio, GunNapat, Non-Thanon, Keng-Tachaya and from a Royal Scholarship pianist, Mr. Sek Thongsuwan. Where: Blúport Resort Mall Phetchakasim Road Hua Hin, 1st Floor Hall. When: Until December 12th, 10 AM to 10 PM.

One Hundred Melodies by Our Father the King Blúport Hua Hin Resort mall is joining Thailife Insurance Company Limited and True Co r p o ra t i o n Co m p a ny L i m i te d to commemorate musical composition of His late Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the event “Hundred Melodies by Our Father the King”.

The event will include a display of an enormous music notebook and the lighting of candles on Monday, December 5th.

The music will be lead by Assistant Professor Dr. Pathorn Srikaranonda, His Majesty’s musician joined by many other well-known artists from November 30th to December 12th on the 1st Floor of Blúport. Performances of the music composed by the His late Majesty the King will be in both Thai and English, with a total of 48 songs, showcasing the saxophone that His late Majesty the King Rama IX played, many more instruments he granted to the band and rare records of His Majesty’s compositions.

Where can we shop for a nice barbeque grill and accessories? Today I will take you to a new shopping place for BBQ gear. Here at the Beach Story+ +Zone on the 1st floor of BluPort, you can find “Mason Appetite” shop-in-shop. They offer a wide range of BBQ products, such as gas grills, charcoal grills, bbq accessories, wood chips and chunks. The BBQ grills they carry are well designed and high quality. The brands “Weber” and “Napoleon” are well-known as the world’s No.1 BBQ grills. I am thinking of having this nice BBQ grill for a party with my friends and family, making beef barbequed steak, and enjoying tasty smoked salmon. That’s awesome. In addition, the Mason Appetite shop also carries other quality cooking-related merchandise. They have “Lodge” cast-iron frying pans, “Good Cook” kitchen gadgets, and “Ball” mason jars. I personally love these Ball jars. They are great for drinking containers and you can also use them for preserving food.

The Ngek Chuan recordings were the first records in Thailand with one of His late Majesty the King’s most popular compositions “Love at Sundown”.

fresh food up to 5 times longer than in other containers. You can also use this FoodSaver machine to vacuum the Ball jars so that your dry food or jam or whatever will stay fresh longer. Another great product that I found here is the Ball Blender. It is a lovely chic blending machine which is good for making smoothies. It’s very easy to have your own recipe blendn-go with fresh clean fruits and veggies. Very healthy and yummy, indeed!


The shop also has “FoodSaver” vacuum machines which you can use to keep our

If you want to shop for good quality cooking equipment, this is a place that I recommend. The Mason Appetite shop-in-shop at the Beach Story 1st floor of BluPort. I’m sure you’ll love it. 086-338-2203

HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

14 Food To Avoid During Pregnancy

To reduce the risk of getting a food-borne illness during pregnancy and eating foods that may harm your baby there are certain things you may need to give up or take care with when you’re pregnant. Meat and fish

contain parasitic worms but freezing or cooking kills any worms. Sushi containing farmed fish, such as farmed salmon, is very unlikely to contain parasitic worms. Fish is great for your baby’s health and development, but you should not eat more than two portions of oily fish and certain non-oily fish (dogfish, sea bass, sea bream, turbot, halibut, crab) a week because they can contain pollutants, which may harm your baby.

Pâté (all types), as on rare occasions pâté can contain listeria bacteria, which can be harmful to you and your baby. Raw or undercooked meat, including cured uncooked meats for example parma ham (prosciutto) and salami. These can carry bacteria that cause food borne illnesses and parasites which on rare occasions can cause an infection called toxoplasmosis. Meat should be cooked thoroughly with no pink meat or blood left (rare meat). However, cold cooked meats like turkey, ham and chicken are safe to eat. Liver contains very high levels of vitamin A, which can harm your baby. Shark, marlin and swordfish, as they can contain high levels of mercury that can harm your baby’s developing nervous system. Tuna can also contain mercury, so you should not eat more than two tuna steaks or four cans a week. Raw shellfish, as it carries a risk of food poisoning. Thoroughly cooked shellfish is safe to eat. Raw or lightly cooked wild fish, in dishes such as sushi, unless the fish has been frozen first. Wild fish can sometimes

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Cheese and dairy

Soft blue cheeses (such as gorgonzola and Roquefort), soft cheeses with white rinds (mould ripened - such as brie and camembert) and soft cheeses made from unpasteurised milk, unless thoroughly cooked to kill any bacteria in the cheese. Pasteurised soft cheeses like cream cheese, cottage cheese and mozzarella are safe. All hard cheeses are safe to eat, even if unpasteurised or with blue veins (such as stilton), because they contain less water and so bacteria is less likely to grow. Unpasteurised (raw) milk and foods containing it, unless thoroughly cooked, as they can contain bacteria that are harmful to you and your baby.

Eggs Raw or partially cooked eggs, as well as products containing raw eggs such as homemade mayonnaise, salad dressings and some ice creams. Raw eggs might contain salmonella which can cause food poisoning. Most shop-bought mayonnaises, dressings and ice creams contain pasteurised eggs so are safe to eat, but check if you are eating out at a restaurant as they may make their own.

You should limit your intake of caffeine to around 200mg per day, roughly 2 mugs of instant coffee, one and a half mugs of filter coffee or 2 and a half mugs of tea.

Alcohol Alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy. In 2016, the UK Department of Health updated the guidelines for alcohol consumption and clarified that the safest approach was to not drink alcohol at all during pregnancy, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum, removing the previous advice to limit alcohol intake to no more than 1-2 units of alcohol once or twice per week.

Herbal teas Herbal teas should be drunk in moderation (around four cups a day), as little is known about the safety of drinking herbal teas during pregnancy.


Coffee from a coffee shop or restaurant may contain higher levels of caffeine compared to coffee made at home, if you are concerned about the level of caffeine, opt for a reduced strength or decaffeinated coffee.

Peanuts In the past the advice was to avoid eating peanuts during pregnancy, if the parents had a history of allergies. Based on new research, the advice was changed, so if you wish you can now choose to eat peanuts or food containing peanuts (such as peanut butter) during pregnancy as part of a healthy balanced diet, unless you are allergic to them or your midwife or doctor advises you not to. Vitamin and fish oil supplements

Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, some sports/energy drinks, some soft drinks and some cold and flu remedies. A high caffeine intake has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage and a low birth weight.

Supplements or multivitamins containing vitamin A. Fish liver oil also contains vitamin A and should therefore be avoided. High levels of vitamin A can harm your baby.


16 True Arena’s Exclusive LesMills RPM Indoor Cycling Fitness Training

“Putting the Fun Back into Fitness Training” We were recently invited by George Grecia the Director of Sports Development at True Arena the world class fitness centre in Hua Hin to witness first hand a LesMillsRPM indoor cycle training session in full flow. The last time I did indoor cycle training was over twenty years ago. You hopped on a bike,set your fitnessprogrammeand off you went all by your lonesomeso to speak.I found it the most boring and soul destroying form of training possibly imaginable. Having been invited by George Grecia the Director of Sports Development at True Arena’s world class fitness centre in Hua Hin to witness first hand a LesMillsRPM indoor cycle training session in full flow I was keen to find out what makes this RPM training so different and special LesMills is a highly respected worldwide motivational indoor fitness training company founded by Les Mills a New Zealand Olympic athlete who opened his first gym in Auckland back in 1968. TodayLesMillsTMlicenses its 18 fitness programs to 15,500 clubs across 80 countries. Each of its fitness

programs mixes great music and cutting-edge science to help people fall in love with fitness. One of the most popular LesMills training programs is RPM indoor cycling. True Arena are the only fitness centre in Prachuap Khiri Khan province licensed by LesMills to provide RPM training which is expertly delivered by its personal motivational trainer Renu Arnesen. Renu has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport’s Science, and she is the only certified RPM trainer in True Arena Hua Hin. So what is RPM and what are its benefits? RPM is an indoor group cycling motivational workout. You ride to the rhythm of powerful music,take on the terrain with your inspiring team coach Renu who leads the pack through simulated hills, flats, mountain peaks, time trials, and interval training. You control your own resistance levels and speed so

you can build up your fitness level over time. Each RPM session lasts for 50 minutes and it is recommended for maximum fitness benefits to have 2-3 sessions per week. RPM increases one’s cardiovascular fitness, burns fat, tones and shapes the legs, and butt, increasing strength and muscular endurance without building bulk. RPM burns up to 600 calories in each training session. Watching Renu taking the cycling pack through their RPM paces accompanied by hard hitting music, everyone was having so much fun and motivation was in the air. What a great way to get and keep fit.

By rhe way, for the non-revheads, RPM means Revolutions Per Minute! True Arena Hua Hin 52/52 Petchkasem Road Hua Hin. Call 032 909 633

Lowering Your Triglyceride Levels

Simply said, a triglyceride is a type of fat that our body receives from the food we eat, at least for around 80% of it. The rest is synthesized by our own body. If the level of triglycerides in your blood is too high, it may clog up your arteries and lead to heart disease. In some cases the doctor may provide patients with medicine that will lower the triglyceride levels. However, we need not to wait until our triglyceride level hits the ceiling as we will provide you some good tips that may help lowering your levels. Lessen the amount of food that you eat that is made from flour and white sugar. Because the excess amount of energy in your body from flour and white sugar will be made into triglycerides and accumulate in your body in the form of fat. Try to avoid food that contains bad fat such as saturated fat, trans fat, and LDL-Cholesterol. Examples of these foods are fatty meat, margarine, fried food, and oily food. Try drinking law-fat milk or non-fat milk instead of the normal full-fat milk one. Eating more good fats, especially those that contain Omega 3, such as sea fish, olive oil, rice bran oil, avocado, peanut and almond as these good fats will help reduce bad fat in your arteries.

Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol contains high cholesterol and high sugar that will further cause you higher triglyceride levels. Try to exercise more often. Exercise at least 3-5 days per week and at least 30 minutes per one exercise. In addition to the benefit of weight control, exercising also helps decreasing the risk of having bad disease and will also provide more good fat to your body. There is no need to wait until your triglyceride level is so high that you need to see the doctor. Start acting and changing your behaviour. And most importantly, do not forget to have your health checkup at least once a year as a precaution. Provided by Healthlab Medical Laboratory Hua Hin

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A Special Football Match in Memoriam of King Bhumibol The 4th annual Hua Hin World Cup is a two day tournament and is confirmed for the weekend of 10th/11th December at the state of the art football grounds at True Arena.

The Red Mountain Hua Hin World Cup 2016 The 4th annual Hua Hin World Cup is a two day tournament and is confirmed for the weekend of 10th/11th December at the state of the art football grounds at True Arena.

This year’s main sponsor is Red Mountain Hua Hin. The event organisers would like to extend their thanks to Anthony and Chayanisa Kelly for their ongoing support. Due to the success of the previous tournaments and an increase in the number of teams/players, True Arena has been confirmed as the venue. This ultra-modern sporting facilityboasts 2 full size FIFA standard grass football pitches. There have been a number of friendly games at the venue and players from countries across the world have stated that it is one of the best pitches they have ever played on.To quote a former Swedish professional, ‘If you can’t play decent football on this pitch you can’t play it anywhere’. At 3 PM on December 12th a special football match featuring teams from Ratchaburi and Chonburi will be staged at the Khao Takiab Football stadium. The Sport Development Association of the Hua Hin Municipality has arranged the match in memoriam of the late King Bhumibol who passed away in Octoober.

The late King’s interest in sport is being recognised both as a competitor and in attending football games when in residence at the Klai Kangwon Palace, including presenting prizes to football players.

The format has changed slightly from previous years most notably the change from 6 a side to 7 a side; therefore a squad of 11 players is perfect.Thailand was the 2015 champions and is ready to defend the title against teams includingEngland, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and Ireland.

A big crowd is anticipated with the stadium having a 10,000 spectator capacity.

The tournament is a friendly event with sportsmanship being the key element.

This is a non-profit family event with a nominated charityfacilitated and organised by local team the Hua Hin Vikings. It’s also a great spectator opportunity. For more info: ballworldcup2016 Email: 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016



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19 Dusit Thani Hua Hin Clinch World Luxury Award for 8 Consecutive Years The 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards has announced that Dusit Thani Hua Hin has won Regional winner: South East Asia category “World Luxury Diplomatic Hotel” in recognition of its success in hosting numerous highranking royal and government figures during the previous twelve months.

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Wins “TUI Environmental Champion award 2016” from TUI Germany

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Announces Appointment of New Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager InterContinental Hua Hin Resort has announced the appointments of Khun Achara Nilnonnet (Rabbit) as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin received the “TUI Environmental Champion Award 2016” in recognition of outstanding environmental and social standards by TUI Germany. “We give special thanks to our TUI guests and the external auditors for this impressive score. The most important for our management and staff here is the environmental and social commitment to drive sustainable tourism forward, and this award recognizes the greatest efforts of our team to achieve that.” said Peter Nilsson (5th right), General Manager.

Vintage Cars Coming To The Sheraton Amari Hua Hin’s General Manager, Mr. Phanuphan Buasuang, and representatives of the provincial government of Prachuab Khiri Khan and the Police recently welcomed Ms. Layla Kelly Slatter, the First Secretary of the Embassy of the UK during her official visit to Hua Hin.

The Vintage Car Club of Thailand together with Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the Cha-am Municipality, the Hua Hin Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will host “The 14th Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade 2015” under the theme concept of ‘HOMECOMING – When The Setting Sun Dims The Evening Sky’. The Event will be held from December 16th until 18th. Kwanchai Paphatphong, President of Vintage Car Club of Thailand, said, ”This Vintage Car Parade is the 14th Anniversary of organising a Vintage Car Parade in Hua Hin for the people to relish precious rare vintage cars and classic cars to evoke their memories as well as to promote tourism in Cha-Am and Hua Hin.”

Estates Wine Experience at the Sheraton

Amari Welcomes Media Stars From left: Khun Tanya Tanyares Ramnarong, Khun Phanuphan Buasuang, Khun Chacha Rita Ramnarong, and Khun Nate Nathan Ramnarong. Amari Hua Hin’s General Manager, Khun Phanuphan Buasuang has welcomed Khun Tanya Tanyares Ramnarong, an actress and celebrity host from Woodytalk, Khun Chacha Rita Ramnarong, an actress, singer and model, and Khun Nate Nathan Ramnarong, an actor, singer and model. The media stars were able to relax at the hotel after filming a TV program for Channel 5 about the Royal Projects in Prachuab Khiri Khan under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Donated Blankets with “Toys for Thailand” Wittanu Chumsuwan (2nd left) Director of Human Resources, management and staff of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin are the hotel’s representative to support a wonderful charity named “Toys for Thailand” by donating 90 used blankets to the local families who are struggling financially in the mountainous area of Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Hua Hin Business Network is sponsoring a big truck to deliver the items from Hua Hin to Mae Hong Son in December – the coldest month of the year in the Northern provinces.

Khun Rabbit brings with her 19 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in a variety of different properties and positions in Thailand. She has a wealth of operation and administrative knowledge which indicate her multi-skills. Prior to her new appointment at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, Khun Rabbit worked with Dusit Thani Hua Hin as Learning & Development, Quality Assurance Manager, a Human Resources Manager at The Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort, Human Resources & Development Manager at Dusit D2 Baraquda Pattaya as well as operation management experience from Sofitel Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin as Jr. Assistant Front Office Manager. Khun Rabbit graduated a Master Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management from Stamford University and now, she is studying for a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in Tourism and Hospitality Management in NIDA Institute, Bangkok.

Dusit Thani Hua Hin clinch a World Luxury Award for 8 consecutive years

Hua Hin, Thailand -The 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards has been announced that Dusit Thani Hua Hin has won Regional winner: South East Asia category “World Luxury Diplomatic Hotel” in recognition of its success in hosting numerous high-ranking royal and government figures during the previous twelve months.

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She is proud to be a part of the team and looks forward to bringing her knowledge and experience to a luxury resort as InterContinental Hua Hin Resort.

Sheraton Appoints New Pastry Chef Chef Saneh Loukam As one of Hua Hin’s top hotels, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is renowned for its enticing cuisine and graceful ambience. Recently it has appointed a new Pastry Chef to bring a new twist to many of the mainstay treats on the menus.With more than a decade of hospitality experience, Chef Saneh will be responsible for the creation, planning and supervision of the production of pastries, desserts and baked good for Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas. Chef Saneh has practiced the sweet side of the culinary arts in celebrated kitchens and demonstrated the highest level of technical skill, quality, creativity and passion in his approach to fine pastry. Chef Saneh specialises in wedding & custom cakes, try his Banana Caramel Chocolate Mousses Cake now at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and you will come back for more.

Luna Lanai was the Sheraton’s ocean side venue for November’s Casillero del Diablo Reserva wine tasting experience. ‘Cellar of the Devil’ is the somewhat disturbing translation of this wine selection however as a Halloween themed event, that didn’t disturb the tasting pleasure of guests with a devilish selection of Casillero del Diablo’s Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon.

New TAT Director Assistants

More Than a Swinging Visit to Banyan The Resort By Legendary Golf Guru David Leadbetter One of the World’s most famous golf instructors David Leadbetter checked in at the Award winning Banyan The Resort Hua Hin. David, who is based in Florida USA, made this special trip to experience the region’s most popular golf and resort and deliver a special keynote address at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit. He is one of the greatest golf coaches of all time and is globally renowned for his techniques. With many years of coaching experience which included Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Worlds Number 1 Lydia Kho Leadbetter received the “Golf Legend Award” for his exceptional lifetime contribution to the golf industry at the recent Asia Pacific Golf Summit.

The mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul gave a warm welcome to the Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Prachuab Khirikhan Office, Mrs. Orasa Awutkhom who visited the Hua Hin Municipality and introduced him to Mr. Pornlert Unchalern and Ms. Suwanna Sarutilawan, the new assistants to the TAT Director. On this occasion, they discussed about how to launch cultural activities in Hua Hin to promote the city’s economic situation.

Thai Superstar Visits Cape Nidhara Mr. Christian Roeschli (General Manager) and Ms. Laphatrada Kerdsuk (Sales) greeted Khun Natt Thewphaingarm singer and superstar who chose to stay at the Cape Nidhara Hotel whilst visiting Hua Hin. 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

20 Some Offbeat Days To Celebrate in December December is probably most anticipated in Thailand because of the birthday of the King of Thailand’s birthday on December 5th. In the western world, the festivities and celebrations of the Christmas period and ultimately New Year’s Eve are easily the most recognised. However there are also many lesser known and more frivolous days to consider. 1. DECEMBER 1ST: SCRABBLE DAY

6. DECEMBER 10TH: NOBEL PRIZE DAY Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel may have died on this day in 1896, but his namesake continues to be honored through the world’s most prestigious award. In honor of his life, the Nobel Prize Ceremony is held every year on the day of his death. 7. DECEMBER 12 : FESTIVAL OF UNMENTIONABLE THOUGHTS We would love to tell you about the origin of this fest or how one goes about celebrating it, but, well, common decency prevents us. TH

Much to the chagrin of the Scrabulous inventors and the annoyance of Words with Friends, this granddaddy of word games is copyrighted. On this day in 1948, the U.S. Copyright Office made an honest board game out of Scrabble. In honour of this event, December 1st is recognised as National Scrabble Day.


Your Country’s National Day If you are not Thai then you will probably want to acknowledge your home country’s National Day in one way or another. Try to find a restaurant featuring the cuisine and traditional activities familiar to you. But before we begin with some of the international National days, we cannot forget Thailand’s National Day, also the birthday of His Majesty The King of Thailand on 5th December. This important National Day features more completely in an article in this edition.

December 1st : Romania National Day

Roman’s National Day marks the country’s unification in 1918 and the formation of the Romanian state within its present-day boundaries. Romania’s full independence had been recognized in 1878 but it was not until December 1, 1918 in the city of Alba Iulia, when Romania – made of Moldova and Wallachia at the time – was united with Transylvania, Crisana, Banat and the Maramures area. National Day has been celebrated in Romania since 1990, after the fall of the Romanian Communist Party.

December 16th : Bangladesh Victory Day

On 16th December 1971, Lieutenant General  Amir Khan Niazi, CO of Pakistan Armed Forces located in East Pakistan signed the Instrument of Surrender. The Instrument of Surrender was a written agreement that enabled the surrender of the  Pakistan Eastern Command  in the  Bangladesh Liberation War, and marked the end of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 in the Eastern Theater.


December 6th : Finland Independence Day

December isn’t exactly lacking in opportunities to indulge in sweet treats, but today it’s your offbeat-holiday-given right to mix, bake, and/or eat as many cookies as your glycemic index can handle. It’s also not coincidental that this is the same day as the other special day of this month.

Monkey Day is an annual celebration of all things simian, a festival of primates, a chance to scream like a monkey and throw food at whomever you choose. The origins of the holiday are unknown, though it has been observed since at least 2003. There’s no excuse for not celebrating this day in Thailand! 9. DECEMBER 15TH: NATIONAL CAT HERDER’S DAY

Finland’s Independence Day (Finnish: itsenäisyys päivä) is a national public holiday, and a flag day, held on 6 December to celebrate Finland’s declaration of independence from the Russian Republic in 1917. During the early decades of independence, Independence Day was a very solemn occasion marked by patriotic speeches and special church services. From the 1970s onwards, however, Independence Day celebrations have taken livelier forms, with shops decorating their windows in the blue and white of the Finnish flag, 

December 12th : Kenya Jamhuri Day

3. DECEMBER 4th SANTA’S LIST DAY: We have it on good authority, that this day was created at the North Pole. We interviewed Santa, and a few of his top elves. They tell us that they strive to make the first draft of Santa’s “Naughty” and “Nice” lists by this day. Santa told us that doing extra chores, or something special to help out around the house between now and Christmas, will get you off the “Naughty” list, and onto the “Nice” list. 4. DECEMBER 5TH: INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY

Cat herding is as difficult as it sounds. Founded by a California couple, National Cat Herder’s Day isn’t just for people who actually wrangle felines, but also those whose lives or jobs feel as if they are constantly herding around cats. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, perhaps it will help to add the celebration of this obscure holiday to your Saturday schedule. 10. DECEMBER 16TH: BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHDAY

The country also gained full independence from theUnited Kingdom one year earlier on 12 December 1963, so Jamhuri Day is a double event and is generally regarded as Kenya’s most important holiday, marked by numerous cultural festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage.

December 2nd : Laos National Day

The official website of Ninja Day alleges this holiday not only honors all things stealth and nunchucks, but also combats the more nautical offbeat holiday, “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” which takes place in September. Creep, sneak, or display ominous silence and masks, to correctly celebrate this international holiday. 5. DECEMBER 9th: CHRISTMAS CARD DAY Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday “must”. Sending cards through the mail continues to be very popular. The cost and time for writing and sending cards has caused many people to stop sending them. Free Ecards have surged in popularity. Animated Christmas and seasonal Ecards have made sending and receiving them a lot of fun.

Jamhuri Day is a national holiday in Kenya, Jamhuri is the Swahili word for “republic” and the holiday is meant to officially mark the date of Kenya’s establishment as a republic which happened on 12 December 1964.

December 2th, 1975, the Pathet Lao; literally “the Lao people,” the name of the Communist Party) announces the abolition of the monarchy (as of 29th November, the King and Queen Savang Vatthana Khamphoui were forced to abdicate), and proclaims the democratic Republic of Laos. Prince Souphanouvong Thao was then sworn in as President.

We wish he could have been born on the 5th, too. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still listen to his famed 5th Symphony to celebrate his birthday. But if we’re playing the numbers game, he did happen to compose exactly 16 string quartets.

The new flag was introduced: blue, white and red ... the colour red represents the blood shed for independence, and the blue represents the Mekong, or health of the country. The white disc symbolizes the moon over the Mekong, or the unity of the country under the Communist government. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016


Stearns By Name; Not Stern By Nature

The Power of Love International Church in Hua Hin has moved forward into a new era with the arrival of newly appointed Pastors, Thomas and Jennifer Stearns, from the USA. However, stern just doesn’t fit as a description for these two warm, generous and passionate additions to the Hua Hin Christian community.

Founder Andrew Stocks and staff welcome the new Pastors to the Power of Love Hua Hin Pastor Thomas says, “My wife and I have personality differences, but we share similar interests. Our similarities are: we are passionate about God and His people, we love to serve the community, we are lighthearted and enjoy laughing a lot. My wife is a great encourager and loves to build up others, particularly women. Her compassion is amazing.” Pastor Thomas says, “We have known for about four years now that we had a calling in our lives to be missionaries. We were actually praying for such an opportunity while we were in the US. Once this door opened up for us, we decided to make a dramatic move of faith to Thailand. We plan to stay here as long as God tells us to, until our mission is complete.” The ‘mission’ includes many plans for the Power of Love Church. Pastor Thomas says, “We are in the process of creating new ministries such as, a men’s ministry entitled Men of God, as well as a women’s ministry entitled Women of God. We also plan to start a marriage ministry and a prayer ministry. Our vision for the Power of Love Organisation is extensive. We feel that we are called to make a huge impact for God here in Thailand.”

December is the month of Christmas, a most significant celebration on the Christian calendar. The Power of Love International Church welcomes both the usual congregation (expected to be around 140) and anyone who wishes to participate. Pastor Thomas says, “We are a non-denominational Christian church. Anyone is welcome to our church. You don’t have to be Christian to join in fellowship with us. God invites everyone to come, and so do we.” Funding continues to be a crucial element in The Power of Love Organisation’s progress. The Church is reliant on donations and sponsorships. Expanding the capacity of the Children’s Home, and supporting the new Senior Pastors (they are essentially unsalaried volunteers), remain unfunded. Sponsorship from the Hilton Hotels & Resorts allows access to and use of the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa for church worship. Although gratefully accepted, in an ideal world, an independent church building would be preferred, any good ideas? Where: Weekly Church Service takes place at the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, every Sunday at 10 AM. The Power of Love Children’s Home is located at Soi CJ Minimart, Khao Takiab, Hua Hin. For more information: Call 032 907 456 or visit Footnote: On leaving our discussion, I asked Pastor Thomas whether he would prefer to be called Thomas, Tom or even Tommy; he prefers “Thomas”. Andrew then quipped, “Maybe Barack and Michelle”. Yes, there is some resemblance to the Obamas; those charismatic US political figures!

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22 HOUSE FOR RENT (HFR 0001) House for rent in Hua Hin, @ 28,000 THB. This 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area 180 Sqm, plot size 1,600 Sqm, Please call 062-232 2998. (HFR 0002) Beautiful Bungalow for Rent near Golf Course for rent @ 25,000 THB, located near Black Mountain Golf Course and, land area 480 sq.m. living area of 150 sq.m., 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air-con, reserve water supply tank, car park, private swimming pool and landscaped gardens, fully furnished nice kitchen and adjacent to that is the dining/living area. To views please call: 062-232 2998. (HFR 0003) Beautiful Bungalow with private pool for rent @ 36,000 THB, located to the west of Hua Hin and is in a good location, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a dining-area with the European kitchen, carport, fully furnished and decorated to a high standard. To views please call: 086-369 3604. (HFR 0004) Beautiful pool Villa for Rent@50,000 THB, located only 7 km south from Market Village. The villa is beautifully decorated and comes complete with a fully fitted kitchen and an air condition in the living room and master bedroom, land area 450 sqm of land and the living area is 160 sqm with private swimming pool (3 x 7 meters.), burglar alarm and remote gate. To views please call:086-369 3604 (HFR 0005) Beautiful House for Rent @ 40,000 THB, with a high quality development, located in soi 56 and has a land area 450 sq.m and a living area 120 sq.m. With 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, air-con, reserve water supply tank, carport and landscaped gardens with a plenty of tropical trees, and a private swimming pool. This house has been fully furnished. To views please call:086-369 3604 (HFR 0006) Bungalow in Hua Hin for Rent @ 25,000 THB, located at the South of Hua Hin town centre, approx 3 km from Market Village, nice views of the surrounding mountains. This is a great house for the price. Price: 20,000 Baht without furniture 25,000 with furniture. To views please call: 086-369 3604 (HFR 0007) Beautiful Bungalow for Rent @ 55,000 THB, this exquisite home is situated in Soi 114 just 7 minutes south of Hua Hin town center. It’s a wonderfully mature home with a beautiful garden, especially on the beautifully large covered terrace area facing the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, furnished with a great standard, European kitchen. To views please call: 062 232 2998. (HFR 0008) Baan Plaihaad Kao. For rent @ 250,000 THB, this two stories on the beach in a high quality development, located in Takiab Area, land area 180 sq.m, living area 250 sq.m., 3 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms, community pool. To views please call: 092-787 8845. (HFR 0009) Luxury Two Storey family home for Rent @ 150,000 THB, located in the prestigious Palm Hills Golf & Country Club, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, outdoor living, with a very large swimming pool & Jacuzzi, beautifully landscaped gardens, European kitchen, living area and large covered terrace. It is the perfect home for entertaining family and friends. Beautiful views around the golf course and surrounding mountains from the terrace and swimming pool. To View Please call: 062-787 8845.

(HFR 0010) House for rent @ 50,000 THB, this stunning house is situated in a quiet area in Coconut Garden, just 8 kilometers west of Hua-Hin, with mountain views, a fantastic blend of tranquility and nearness to the city itself, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, spacious open plan living/dining room, European kitchen and private swimming pool, with a natural tropical garden. To views Please call:086-369 3604

(HFS0011) House for sale Soi TungSmall Pool Villa, 7 year old in peacefull ,safe and secured village up the way for black moutain soi 56. 5 minutes to city, beach, golf course and market village ! 3 bed, 3 bath, living room, stores, thai kitchen and private pool ! Good for young couple or older retirements ! 1.473000.00 bht ! 0801892926 or mail to :,

(HFR 0011) House for rent @ 35,000 THB, This house is situated in features beautiful scenery. Its Just 10 minutes by car from the centre of Hua Hin and beaches. This bungalow is situated in a high quality development in soi 6, with a land area 616 sq.m, a living area 120 sqm., 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air-con, reserve water supply tank and car parking for two. To views Please call : 086-369 3604

(HFS1002) Home for sale at Soi Pranang, Rachawithi 4, Payathai, 700 M from Victory Monument,950 M from Century Movie Plaza, 1 Km from Victory Monument BTS station, 1.3 Km from Pharamongkutklao Hospital this property got two houses (first House size 95 Sq.Wah and got 10 rooms, and secound House size 34 Sq.Wah got 6 rooms.) All build in every room. Selling price @ 45 Million THB or negotiable or THB 350 K per sqw PLease call at 086 369 3604.

(HFR 0012) Spanish Villa For Rent @ 25,000 Bath, the villa is located only 5 minutes drive by car from Hua Hin town, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is nestled on a mountain slope with spectacular views, private 4x3 meter swimming pool, built in European kitchen, fully furnished, having 3 air-cons, a hot water system and water tank. To views Please call: 086-369 3604 (HFR 0013) House at Palm Hill Golf Course for rent @ 70,000 THB, meticulously designed to create cozy ambiance and harmony with natural surroundings, this pretty cottage-like property comes with all modern conveniences, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living area, European standard kitchen and private swimming pool. To views Please call 062 232 2998. (HFR 0014) Townhouse at Khao Takiab for rent @ 30,000 THB, mountain views and very close to the beach,3 bedroom, a/c, just a few minute walk.10 kms from Hua Hin center and 5 kms. from hua hin market village, with fully furnished. To Views Please call:086-369 3604 (HFR 0015) This bungalow in a high quality development for rent @ 25,000 THB, located in soi 6 and has a land area 200 sq.m and a living area of 200 sq.m.,2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, air-con, reserve water supply tank, carport and landscaped gardens with a plenty of tropical trees, and a private swimming pool. This house has been fully furnished and has a nice fitted kitchen and adjacent to that is the dining/living area. To Views Please call: 086-369 3604 (HFR 0016) Beautiful Bungalow for Rent @ 18,000 THB, located in Samorphong Area and has a land area 360 sq.m and a living area of 120 sq.m., 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms, air-con, reserve water supply tank, carport and landscaped gardens with a plenty of tropical trees, and a community swimming pool. This house has been fully furnished and has a fitted kitchen and adjacent to that is the dining/living area. To Views Please call: -092 787 8845.

HOUSE FOR SALE (HFS1001) House for sale in Pattaya at Central Park IV, Soi Tungkhon-Tanmun, 220 Sq.Wah, selling price:@ THB 18 M or negotiable (approx. USD 515K) or THB 819 K per sqw,the house is 1.2 from Satit High and 2.5 K from Makro Super Market.The house is designed and constructed by a German construction company. has been rented by the same tenant since 10 years, and the current contract will be expired in 2019, for 90,000 Baht per month until 30/04/2019: Call at 086 369 3604.

(HFSR 1003)House for sale/rent located in Orchid Palm 2 (Soi 102), Orchid Palm 2 Land size: 712 sqm (1 ngan and 78 1/10 sqw) House size: 250 sqm, 4.5 km. from Hua-HinCentre. A European-designed fully furnished corner house with a nice open view. The compound features a nice garden with pavilion and 5x10 meter swimming pool, Selling price @ 8.5 million THB or negotiable, rental price @ THB 35 k/month with minimum one year with two months deposit: Call at 086 369 3604.

(LFS ooo1) Land for Sale near at the back of Black Mountain golf course 6,400 M2 (4 Rai) selling cheap for just Baht 6 million only transfer fee by buyer. Interested Call : 095-934-1126 Joseph Lee. (LFS1002) LAND FOR SALE at Aow Noi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, 23 Rai 3 Ngan 72.5 Sq.Wah, Selling pric@15 million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 429k), 1,500 THB per sqw, Currently is agriculture land with coconut trees 250 M from Khan Bandai Railway station 1.2 Km. to the beach, 3.5 Km. from Phechkasem Rd: Call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1003) Land for sale at Vibhavadi Rangsit, Don Mueang Bangkok, 3 Ngan 62 Sq.Wah, Selling price @ 28.96 Million THB or negotiable ( Approx. USD 828K) 80K THB@ per sq.w,the land is located on Paholyothin Road 400 Meters on the left hand side before U-Turn to National Memorial: Call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1004) Land for sale at Huai Yang, Thabsakae, Prachoupkirikan 14 Rai, selling price @ 21 Million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 600K) or 3,750 THB per sqw (1.5 Million THB/rai),700 Km. From Huai Yang Railway Station,1.4 Km. to the Beach, 13 Km. from Phetkasame Rd.,1 Km. to beach 12 min by walk: Call at 086 369 3604.

(SHFS1004) Showroom at Lam Luk Ka Pathum Thani, 9 Rai 1 Ngan 50 Sq.Wah. Selling price @ 300 Million THB or negotiable (Pending). It is currently rented until 2563 for Isuzu Car Dealer for 558,334 Bt per month or 6,650 m per year, 70 m. from PTT, 800 m. from Tesco Lotus, 300 m. from Home Mart : Please call at 086 369 3604.

(LFS1005) Land for sale at Huey Ka Pi Chonburi, Sukhumvit Road, Samed, Chonburi, 2 Rai 3 ngan 30 Sq.wah.,Selling price @ 96 Million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 2M 745k) or THB 85k per sqw. The land is approximately 8.20 KM from Cholburi City. This land is suitable to build the showroom: Call at 086 369 3604.

(HFS 0003) New Lotus Suites open for sale. Price started from 2.49 Million THB, 1 bedroom with 2 batnrooms. 60 sqm, separate bedroom and living room with kitchenette. Private garden with access to swimming pool,300,000 THB discount. if you Register your purchase of a Lotus Suit during September 2016 to views Please call: 092 787 8845.

(LFS1006) Land for sale @ Koh Lak, Prachuab Khiri Khan, 15 Rai, 2 Ngan 22.9 Sq. Wah, selling price @ 62 Million THB or negotiable (Approx. USD 1M 778K) or THB 10K per sqw, 260, exclude the public roads. Total land include the public road is about 22 Rai : Call at 086 369 3604.

(HFS 0004) New Lotus Suites open for sale. Hot Offer Price started from 3.2 Million THB, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 300,000 THB discount if you Register your purchase of a Lotus Suit during September 2016. to views Please call: 092 787 8845. (HFS 0005) House for Sale @ 5.9 M. Baht, near market Village shopping, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 5.9 M. THB. fully furnished (Transfer fee by buyer) Please call : 092 787 8845. (HFS 0006) This house has 3 bedroom, 3 Bathroom guesthouse for sale in Khao Tarkiab just walking distance to the beach, fully furnished, for sale @ 4.2 million THB. Please call : 086-369 3604 (HFS 0007) Resale 2 beds, 2 bath, pool villa for sale in Hua Hin 102, fully furnished with pool of 3 x 6 m. 24 hours security, automatic door gate,selling Price 3.7 M. THB, with leasehold title.Interested Please call 095 934 1126 Joseph Lee. (HFS 0010) Pool villa for sale@ 3.8 M. THB, in town centre at Hua Hin 102 price very affordable sold below new project price, owner moving back to home town. fully furnish. Plot size 272 square meter (68.00 Wah2) house area of 105 m2 excluded of pool area of 3m x 6m. Please call: 095-934-1126. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016


(LFS1007) Land for sale in Kow Pi Lai, Phang Nga, 73 rais, 3 ngan and 37sqw. Selling price @ 1,108 million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 31 m 65k) THB 37,500 per sq.Wah, 15 million THB per Rai. The land has beach-front width of 120 meters. It is ideal for hotel or residential development. The land is twenty minutes by car to the north of Phuket International Airport: Call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1008) Land for sale at Patong Beach, Phuket, 2 Rai,selling price @ 120 Million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 3,429k) or THB 150 k per sq. wah, 260 M From Malin plaza,and close the Fisherman Hurbour UrbanResort: Call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1009) Land for sale at Phetchaburi Cha-Am, 1 Rai 19.8 Sq.w. Selling price @ 18 Million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 515K ) or THB 43K per sqw. The land is in the old Natural Park Project The buyer can have an access to Petchkasem Road and pay 2 Million to the owner of the land which surrounded: Call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1010) Land for sale @ Pine Hurst Golf Club, Pathumtani, 1 Rai 81 Sq. Wah Selling price @ 11 Million THB( 544 K) or negotiable (approx. USD 274 K) or 24k (THB)per sqw,1.5 Km. 5 minutes from Pinehurst Golf Club, 3.5 Km. from Bangkok University : Call at 086 369 3604.

23 WOW!! 15,000 THB ONLY

No 1 ..rental.. Pool Home 200 sq Mtr seasonal 35,000 per mo ..near attractions only minutes from beach on 1.6 rai private and peaceful ..can be purchased No 2 for sale ..near pranburi dam 7.5 rai ,4 lakes,fruit trees all 1.5 mil B No 3 for sale ..1 rai parcels great location ..1 mil baht each No 4 ..1 rai land with site plan for resort including coffee shop..2.5 mil baht No 5 ..Spectacular mountain /valley view 2 lots ..2.9 m baht for both...MORE

Email: (LFS1011) Land for sale at Pranburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, 22 Rai 22.4 Sq.Wah, selling price @33 Million or negotiable (approx. USD 946 K) or Bt 3,750 per sqw, 3 Km 5 minutes from Lotus Pranburi,500 M from Phetkasam Rd.The land is surrounded by the successful housing project : Please call at 086 369 3604. (LFS1012) Land for sale at The Regent’s School Huai Kwang,Bangkok, @ 58.8 Million THB or negotiable, 196 Sq.Wah. (approx. USD 1.7M). This land is in front of The Regent International School, which is currently rented by The Regent International Scholl and Mr. Chan Chi Ming for the restaurant until 30/7/63. Total rental is about 256,500 Bt per month : Please call at 086 369 3604.

(LFS1013) LAND FOR SALE at Aow Noi, Prachuab Khiri Khan,@15 million 23 Rai 3 Ngan 72.5 Sq.Wah, THB or negotiable (approx. USD 429k), 1,500 THB per sqw, Currently is agriculture land with coconut trees 250 M from Khan Bandai Railway station 1.2 Km. to the beach, 3.5 Km. from Phechkasem Rd: Call at 086 369 3604.

BUSINESS FOR SALE (BFS 0001) Mini Hotel for Sale@19,500,000 Million THB, fully furnish with 8 rooms,land size of 80 square wah, with Pool, location center of Hua-Hin just beside Market Villa Shopping complex; To views Please call 094 886 9516.

Oval table

(replica of Danish designer Piet Hein). Dimensions are L 220, W 120, H 73 cm. price new is 27.000 baht. Can be used as a dining table or conference table. To views: Please call 086 369 3604 or visit our show room at Hua Hin Home Living Furniture.

CONDO FOR SALE (CFSR1001) Condo Hua Hin Blue Lagoon, Selling price@ 8.5 million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 243 k) or Bt 58 k per sqm. Bathtub and Shower, fully furnished, beautiful view of 1.3km-long lagoon pool, parking space in front of unit, facilities such as Fitness, swimming pool, Spa and restaurant, discount at Sheraton is available at as lower fee as Bt. 4000 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or for rental price@ Bt 40 k per month, minimum one year with two months deposit: Call at 086 369 3604.

House or Thai Shop for Sale or Rent (Reduced)

On Sampraya Road adjacent to Tropical Garden Village. New High Quality Build, No Community Charge. Very secure Location and amazing Value (2.2 Million Bhat) 2 Story 2 Two Bed. 2 Balconies. 2 Shower Rooms Excellent Parking to Front; Small garden to rear. Call 0876628101 or 0822420400 (Eng. and Thai) On Sampraya Road adjacent to Tropical Garden Village New High Quality Build, No Community Charge, Very secure Location and amazing Value (2.2 Million Bhat) 2 Story 2 Two Bed. 2 Balconies. 2 Shower Rooms Excellent Parking to Front; Small garden to rear. Call 0876628101 or 0822420400 (Eng. and Thai)



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Condo For Rent nice studio at Kieng Fah Condo (Hua-Na), fully furnished for rent @ 14,000 THB

( for rent up to 3 month only) to view: Please call 086-369 3604. 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016

24 ‘Wildtraking’ South

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is arguably the best-looking leisure double-cab ‘on sale in Thailand. This breed of bakkie (rear cargo load) is less of a traditional workhorse and more of a family adventure vehicle and as such, qualities such as good on and off-road performance, ride quality, comfort and safety are key for success. We took our test drive Wildtrak on a recent trip south to visit PhraMahathatChediPhakdeePrakat at Baan Krut. Sure this was largely along the main highway south, not really a test of the four-wheel drive capacity, but we were able to take advantage of the powerful acceleration available to get past the numerous laboring trucks in safety and quickly. Another standout was the ability to glide over many rough surfaces (the road is currently undergoing a major revamp) without the bone-shaking ride that many smaller and less capable vehicles and travellers endure. The Wildtrak is one of the most attractive double-cab bakkies on the market with its imposing, macho styling. It exudes an air of rugged sophistication. It’s as much a 4x4 as it is a fashion item and if capability and stand-out style are what you’re looking for in your bakkie, then the Wildtrak makes the strongest statement in that regard. Performance and economy? Underneath that bulging bonnet lies a 5-cylinder 3.2-litre turbodiesel engine that produces peak outputs 147 kW (200 HorsePower) / 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm / 1750-2500 rpm and propels the Ranger via a 6-speed automatic transmission. An electronically controlled transfer case allows the driver to easily switch between 2H, 4H and 4L. An electronic rear differential ensures optimum traction in challenging terrain and possibly the best part of this Wildtrak is the ability for the driver to easily switch between 2H, 4H and 4L using a knob next to the transmission lever.

More Innovative Technology

Forward Collision Warning System It can even detect the potential for an accident to occur and alerts you with a brake light warning on your windscreen and pre-charges your brakes. Lane Keeping System Sometimes it can be easy to drift into the next lane without realising it. If your indicator isn’t on, the Lane Departure Warning alerts you by vibrating your steering wheel. If you continue to drift, it applies torque to the steering wheel to guide you back into your lane.

The Wildtrak has a maximum towing capacity of 3500 kg.Ford claims 9.0 L/100km for the Wildtrak automatic although you may very well see higher figures than that in urban driving situations. With a large 80-litre fuel tank, the Wildtrak has a range of about 730 km. Ride quality and driving experience? You may expect the ride quality of this vehicle style to be unsophisticated, but the Ranger Wildtrak bucks the trend. Rather than a bouncy and jumpy ride that plagues many, the Wildtrak is surprisingly smooth and wellmannered on the road. Considering the height of the Wildtrak, the driver is afforded a commanding view of the road with good allround visibility. Getting into or out of the Wildtrak can be tricky if you not careful, but running boards are fitted to assist/save shorter-legged drivers and occupants some embarrassment. Be mindful that the Wildtrak has a large turning circle and that can make parking and general manoeuvring cumbersome in busy urban areas however the Wildtrak is fitted with front and rear park distance control along with a rear view camera to make maneuvering more manageable.

Adaptive Cruise Control Forget about having to turn your cruise control on and off as traffic changes. Instead, the Ford Ranger adapts. If it senses slow moving traffic, it slows down. When the traffic clears, it goes back to your pre-set speed. The use of leather and colour gives the Wildtrak an upmarket feel. Buyers will be happy to know that perceived interior build quality is good. The leatherclad dashboard with orange contrasting stitching and similarly colourful detailing on the partial cloth/leather seats makes the cabin feel more vibrant and attractive. The Wildtrak is well equipped with safety and driver assistance features. A total of 7 airbags are standard, as well as ABS with EBD, traction control, stability control and hill descent control. With its comprehensive safety offering, the Wildtrak proves that bakkies can indeed be excellent family leisure vehicles. SYNC™2 Multi-tasking is a big part of any job. SYNC™2 lets you continue to work, while you drive, without having to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. Make and take calls, change your music, adjust your air conditioning, just by saying a few simple words. Conclusion: The attention-grabbing Ford Ranger Wildtrak is perfectly suited to a buyer  who wants to make the boldest statement with their new double-cab purchase. The Wildtrak’s styling is attractive, particularly in Pride Orange and buyers will appreciate that the cabin looks and feels upmarket. If you are searching for a capable family leisure bakkie with dashing good looks, then the Wildtrak should be on your hit list. Supplier: Ford JorCharoenPrachuabkirikhan : Ford Huahin 032-547 367-8 Ford MuangPrachuab 032-510 123 Price: (3.2 L VG Turbo 4x4 6ATWildTrak): 1,189,000 THB Footnote: When we pulled into the car park at Baan Krut, as out photo shows, we found a parking bay next to an almost identical Pride ‘Orange’ Wildtrak. Almost like a twin brother, but spot the difference! HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016


26 F.Fashion For The Party Soul

When you think of a word ‘Fashion’, you tend to think of stylish people, celebrities, models on runways, exclusive parties and endless fun events. That’s TRUE. We know that a word ‘Fashion’ is extensive, there’s no limit. There is no right or wrong. You create your own fashion statement. Fashion is an integral part of a world entertainment. Fashion shouldn’t be sad, it should always be fun. F.Fashion believes that each and every one of us has a party soul inside, waiting to come out to the world. Don’t you agree? Singing and dancing are essential for parties. Who doesn’t like singing and dancing? We do need occasional singers and dancers to make parties fun and entertaining. Everyone loves singing and dancing because it makes us happy, it makes us forget reality for a short while. Let’s channel the party souls inside us. Let us all be fun, be interesting and Be Party Goers. F.Fashion creates a wonderful collection under the name ‘Collection of Party’ with designs exclusively made for those who look for perfect party outfits. We use two main colours which are Blue and Black. Shiny & Glittery items have always been a core signature of F.Fashion, they are incorporated into this fun collection. All pieces are made for women of different ages and sizes, ranging from shiny silver blouses, long jumpsuit dresses, shiny black blouses and sexy dark blue dresses. Apart from clothing, F.Fashion offers cool-designed accessories such as handbags, necklaces, bracelets to decorate your party look as well. There’s no question that once you walk into F.Fashion store, you will walk out with bags full of party clothes and items perfectly ready for your night out. Reading surely isn’t the same as seeing it with your own eyes. F.Fashion would like to encourage you to visit our stores nationwide to experience this ‘Party’ collection as well as other items. We have a wide range of products in store. Come & Visit our stores now for exclusive deals!! HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016


Long-Tailed Boat Racing to Honor Late King Bhumibol

The Hua Hin Municipality, with cooperation of Thai long-tailed boat owners, has recently organized a historical long-tailed boat racing at Khao Tao Reservoir in Hua Hin, aiming to pay homage and express faithfulness to the deceased King Bhumibol.

The opening ceremony of the event, held on 13 November 2016 at 2 p.m., was chaired by the district chief of Hua Hin Mr. Rutpratheep Thamarapheephat while the mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul delivered an opening speech about the background and objectives of the event. Apart from public officers, distinguished guests, long-tailed boat owners, tourists and journalists also participated in the event, organized at the venue where His Majesty the King launched a royal project concerning the first public irrigation of Thailand. Following the opening ceremony was a big and legendary racing of traditional long-tailed boats led by the procession of the royal barge replicas of Ananta Nagarat and Suphannahong. This procession is under support of the provincial administrator of Phichit Mr. Chatchai Jiamsriphong. that underwent 402 matches in total. Following the big long-tailed boat processions were 9 matches of long-tailed boat racing. Each match was emotionally intensified by famous Thai narrators for long-tailed boat racing. All the matches are honorary because the participants are not interested in winning any awards. They only joined the racing because they would like to pay gratitude to the King.

After the procession of the royal barge replicas, there were 4 award-winning traditional long-tailed boats of Nan, Nakhon Pahom, ratchaburi and Chumphon. The final procession belongs to 119 racing teams of traditional long-tailed boat

The long-tailed boat racing was successfully organized thanks to cooperation of all participants who won various awards from His Majesty the King Bhumibol as well as public and private organizations that provide materials, food and water to the participants and the visitors for free. The event was broadcasted by Thai PBS between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 086-369-3604

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29 Strange Purple Sea Creatures Found in Deep Ocean Trenches Scores of spectacular and rare undersea species have been found by expeditions this year to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.

They include strange purple orbs, “mud monsters” and a bizarre swimming sea cucumber reminiscent of a flying Mary Poppins. Another voyage found around 500 new undersea methane vents off the US west coast. This doubles the number of known seeps, bubbling up a powerful greenhouse gas. The gas vents were found by an expedition mounted by Dr Robert Ballard, the man who first located the wreck of the Titanic. In his ship, the Nautilus, the Ballard team found new vents which were discovered off Washington, Oregon and California. Little is known about the amount of methane that is coming out from these vents and how much is entering the atmosphere. But researchers say the new discoveries may better inform global estimates of these emissions.

“Methane seeps were basically unknown 20 years ago,” said Prof Jesse Ausubel, from the Rockefeller University, part of the Nautilus team. “At first people thought they were incredibly rare and now, thanks to these expeditions, these seeps may be very widespread, so the (methane) budgets may have to be recalculated, that’s why the exploration is important.” One of this year’s key expeditions mounted by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA), was a 59 day exploration of the Marianas Trench, the world’s deepest underwater canyons. As well as discovering three new “black smoker” hydrothermal vents stretching up to 30 metres in height, the voyage also revealed some rarely seen, mysterious creatures. “It just underscores how little we know about the ocean and how much more there is to discover out there.”

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30 Travelling to Luang Prabang for a Taste of Laos

Laos, Thailand’s Eastern neighbour offers a number of fulfilling travelling destinations. With a number of new bridges spanning the mighty Mekong and cheaper flights from Bangkok to the old Laos capital of Luang Prabang, a trip to Laos has never been easier. Luang Prabang is a tranquil city, perched on the banks of the confluence of the Mekong and Nan Kang. (Khang River). There are exquisite views, charming restaurants, quaint temples, a great night market and for the more adventurous some engaging activities within easy reach. The remnants of French colonisation are noticeable, particularly as a comparison with Thailand, with distinctive architecture of shuttered windows, balconies and potted plants. Sumptuous crusty baguettes are sold at many cafes with the punch of home produced Laos coffee and thick condensed milk to sweeten, if you prefer. Some sights are a must; maybe the Royal Palace and National Museum might be best for starters. Built by the French 1904-1909, it is a blend of Lao and French architecture. The throne shines with mosaic emerald palms, lapis lazuli elephants, silver rivers and golden robes. Royal cars towards the rear of the building are a worthwhile extra. Opposite is Mount Phousi, a hill which affords great views at sunset. Other sights worth visiting, all on foot, and in the central area, are Wat Xieng Thong, the oldest and most beautiful temple in town, Wat Mai Suwannapumaram, Wat Xieng Mouane, and Wat Sensoukaram. When you tire of the temples, drench your thirst with a large bottle of Beer Lao. Iimported hops, give it a distinctive taste. Starting around 50 THB for a bottle, often with a river view to devour, it is an experience to be savored. Maybe in the afternoon organise a boat trip on the Mekong to visit caves, waterfalls and more temples, boatmen are always looking for custom on the banks of the Mekong. Rent a bike or motorcycle and visit, silk farms, caves, waterfalls and more temples. When the light fades, make sure you find an outside bar overlooking the majestic Mekong, meals and drinks in these flimsy structures, are very reasonable, witness the dying embers of the day, over a cocktail or cold beer, the sunsets can be spectacular. Then saunter on to the Night Market, and bargain with the vendors. Much of the souvenirs on sale are similar to produce found in Northern Thailand. But I found the elephant slippers a must at around 200 baht. Take 30% of the suggested price and haggle. In the middle of October there is the Awk Phansa festival, this commemorates the ending of the 3 month retreat of monks to temples for the raining season. Curiously Laotians perform some rituals found during the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand; that of floating banana leaf boats carrying candles. There are boat races, and

a carnival procession one evening, with Laotian groups and communities, proudly parading their illuminated, decorated floats. After a few further days relaxing; rather than take a flight back to Bangkok, I decided to catch the relatively new daily overnight cross border coach into Northern Thailand from Luang Prabang.

An air conditioned bus with wide comfortable seats, frequent stops, will take you overnight to Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai in 14 hours! This bus crosses the Fourth ThaiLao Friendship Bridge, and it is an easy painless formality to enter Thailand once again. There are other alternatives. Including a slow boat, that takes two days, and an overnight stop in the dusty backwater town of Pakbeng. This is an arduous experience although there is the daredevil speedboat that takes a mere 5 to 6 hours, ear plugs mandatory; it will bring an exhilarating dimension to your travels.

Travel Information

Flights: Air Asia, Bangkok Air, and Laos Air all fly to Luang Prabang from Bangkok. Prices from around 2000 THB. Bus: Single trip; Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai is 1250 THB. Visa: Not Required for Thais. Visa on Arrival: Photo required - UK, USA $35; Australia $30.

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From Concept To Reality

‘The Park’ is Hua Hin’s latest residential development now taking shape with the Sales Office open and the first villas under construction. ‘The Park’ is Hua Hin’s latest residential development now taking shape with the Sales Office open and the first villas under construction. The Park Hua Hin is a new exclusive housing project on Soi 112. Located Between the exclusive MahaSamutr Country Club and the Banyan Golf Course, the project is just 5km from Hua Hin, with easy and excellent road access.

The Park is an affordable luxury residential complex with all the resort facilities you could imagine already in full operation. The latest environmentally friendly construction materials are a feature of each of the 86 individual villas. Four are units sold (and under construction) and six more reserved just in the first month of operation. It’s well worthwhile taking the drive from Hua Hin along Soi 112 to see what’s on offer, enjoy a coffee at the newly opened Sales Office and to consider your future home in Hua Hin. The Park is no longer just a good idea but a reality on show. Where: Take Soi 112 off Phetchakasim Road then turn south towards Banyan Golf Course following the signs. The Sales Office is just within the entrance to The Lotus Resort with this adjacent development now taking shape.

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Running Out of ‘Energy’

Bangkok Post has reported that contractors at The Energy, a condominium project in Cha-Am, claim they have not received any payments for many months and are owed 50 million THB,resulting in them suffering extreme financial difficulties. Representatives of about 50 contracting companies gathered in front of the seaside condominium construction site on Phetkasem Road, demanding the developer pay them the money they are owed as they have bills and employees to pay.It has been noticeable in recent months that work on site has ground to a halt, including work on the ‘six star’ hotel at the site entrance which remains as an unfinished ‘shell’. The workers’ lodgings, remain an unsightly and crowded collection of temporary structures alongside the development,but appear to have become almost deserted with reports suggesting that many have returned homesas casualties of the financial impasse. Representatives of the project developer were not present at the meeting. However Thaivisahave described receiving a letter from ChanokChaisiri,Marketing Director of Baan Rajprasong Public Co., Ltd. The letter says that the company wished to put the record straight. “The problem is that their work (the contractors’) is not of the required quality according to building standards” Chanok added. The Energy Hua Hin project is a large condominium development spread over 180 Rai. It is on the coast in the Cha-Am district of Phetchaburi and some 20 kilometres north of Hua Hin. The condo project has 6,500 units valued at over 2.5 billion THB. Near-by residents have described relief at the halt of the construction. Previously noise from machinery at the site being operated into the early hours of the morning, including during the weekend, prompted complaints to local authorities without any respite being achieved. Bangkok Post/Thaivisa

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Watch-ing The Golf Course

In recent times you may have noticed golfers on course giving much more attention to what appears to be their wrist watch. However there’s much more information available than just the time from this rapidly developing golf GPS watch technology. Some Features To Consider Apart from the standard ‘how far to the green’ distances notification, if you are in the market for the latest GPS golfer’s watch; here are some of the features available:

Apart from hand-held devices, GPS watches are the latest innovation in distance finding devices, combining style and functionality with convenience. They will automatically recognise the course and give you distances to the front, centre and back of the greens but much more. The sophistication of these devices continues to increase. GPS golf watches come loaded with over 30,000 worldwide courses (including our local courses) and updates to keep up with both new course and as well as existing course changes.

Distances to front/middle/back of greens and hazards along with layup and doglegs high resolution touchscreen easily readable even in bright sunlight Dedicated green view button Touch screen pin placement ‘Blind shot’ direction indicator. Swing speed trackers including the ratio of back swing to forward swing. Stats tracking; not only downloadable scores, but fairways hit/left/right, greens in regulations, putts. Stats that are reviewable after the round Battery life of up to 10 hours, with rechargeable lithium-ion battery Waterproof to 10 metres, you can reach into the water to retrieve your ball! Ability to receive email, texts and alerts.

Rule 14/3b - Appendix IV allows a multi-functional device to be used as a distance-measuring device. The device must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions such as wind speed or direction, temperature or elevation. Doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.

Prices range for around 5,000 THB up to in excess of 20,000 THB, depending on the level of sophistication. Prices are always coming down! Is Your Golf Watch (or any other device) ‘Legal’? Rule 14/3b prohibits a player from using any artificial device or unusual equipment for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions that might affect his play. That alone would make all golf GPS and laser rangefinders against the rules and the penalty for the breach is disqualification. However, in 2006, Decision 14-3/0.5 was created to give tournament committees the option of adding a Local Rule that allows ‘distance-measuring devices’.

However don’t assume that a Local Rule has been made; no Local Rule means disqualification! You may also want to consider how using these devices affect your mental approach to the game. For some too much information just adds to brain confusion to the detriment of their ability to concentrate on the swing. Being single minded is fundamental to good shot-making.

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‘Golf and More’; the Asia-Pacific Golf Industry on Show in Hua Hin A ‘Better Way To Play Golf

There was also a message for the parents in attendance; young golfers need a rounded sporting and educational background to achieve their ambitions, it’s as much about life as hitting the little white ball.

The last weekend in October was a big weekend for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific as Hua Hin hosted the 10th Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2016 (APGS).

A Fine Day of Golf

This was a gathering of the best minds, visionaries and industry leaders in the business of golf. Delegates included the owners and managers of golf courses, course designers, golf equipment manufacturers, golf tour operators as well as those who specialise in the marketing and service delivery in an industry which has a major impact on tourism in the region. Our thanks to Mike Sebastian, the Singapore based CEO of the APGS, who invited Hua Hin Today to participate in the Summit as well as to local hosts; the Black Mountain Golf Course (General Manager Harald Ellison), Banyan Golf Course (General Manager Stacey Walton) and the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin (General Manager Christian Wurm) for their hospitality and access to the range of international luminaries and delegates. Highlights of the Summit finale included inductions into the Asia Pacific Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievements Awards as well as recognising the best of the best in the Asia Pacific by country and overall in relation to golf course management, clubhouse, pro-shop, staff and maintenance amongst just a few of the categories apart from recognising the best golf courses.

juniors and aspiring professional golfers had the opportunity to tune up their thinking about the game apart from stroke making and course management.

Next was the Inter-Club Golf Tournament, 18 holes at Black Mountain followed by a welcome reception with David Leadbetter as the guest of honour with more words of wisdom from this golfing guru after a fine day of golf (no rain) on one of the region’s finest courses.

The weekend started with joining a Junior Golfing Clinic at Banyan conducted by David Leadbetter; arguably the most renowned golf coach of all time. Regional

The Future of Golf Ensuring that the game of golf remains relevant, particularly to the ‘Millennium Generation’ was the major focus of the summit. The APGS message was very clear; the future of golf is in the hands of those who own, operate and manage golf courses; not the institutions, and associations which may be left behind in adapting to the needs of current and future generations of golfers.

Industry Insights The final day was a jam-packed seminar at the Hyatt with the key-note speaker, Dr Ken Chu, chairman and chief executive of the giant Mission Hills Group setting the scene. This is the world’s largest golf resort with 22 golf courses in China. Dr Chu built his presentation on a living example – his sprawling US$10 billion complex on Haikou, Hainan and in Shenzhen, China.

We also heard the insights of John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of the Ping Corporation as well as marketing, communication and customer service experts all delivering their message with animated passion and informed personal insight. Special focus was also brought to bear on the challenge of making the game of golf relevant to younger generations like the “Millennials” and generations like “Gen Z”, the new emerging generation. A Gala Affair The Gala Banquet with Awards presentations was a grand evening of glamour and a celebration of the golf industry. Once again Hua Hin golf courses featured strongly; showing that the region really is at the forefront of world golf.

At award time, the top awards went to four great luminaries of the golf industry. 2016 Asian Golf Hall Of Fame inductees Dr. Ken Chu, group chairman and chief executive of the Mission Hills Group in China Mr. John Solheim, chairman of the PING Corporation 2016 Asia Pacific Life-Time Achievement in Golf Madame Nguyen Thi Nga, Chairman, BRG Group

The Management of Black Mountain, Banyan and Royal Springfield were in attendance at the summit and listening intently to the APGS message about how to move forward in an ever-changing business environment. We were left wondering how the local ‘second tier’ golf courses intend to manage their future when they failed to participate in the summit and take advantage of such a significant learning opportunity. For more information visit

APGS 2016 Top Hua Hin Award Winners Information provided by APGS management

Best Golf Manager Of The Year (Stuart Daly) Best Caddie Of The Year (Ployprapa Silawong) Best Locker Room (Male & Female) in Asia Pacific Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific (3 winners) Best Food & Beverage Experience in Asia Pacific (3 winners) Best Managed Golf Club in Asia Pacific – First Runner-Up Best Club General Manager Of The Year – First Runner-Up (Stacey Walton) Best Food & Beverage Manager Of The Year - First Runner-Up (Sumeth Intarai) Best Professional Golf Coach in Asia Pacific – First Runner-Up (John Wither) Best Golf Course Superintendent Of The Year – First Runner-Up (Minachai Srichanya) Best Maintained Course in Asia Pacific - Second Runner-Up Best Course in Thailand - Second Runner-Up Best Marketing/communications Manager Of The Year – Second Runner-Up (Bhanujsaya Dangsuwan) Best HR Manager Of The Year – Second Runner-Up (Kwandee Thanontip)

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Best Course in Thailand Best Course in Asia Pacific Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific Best Club General Manager Of The Year (Harald Elisson) Best Maintained Course in Asia Pacific Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific (3 winners) Best Food & Beverage Experience in Asia Pacific (3 winners) Best Pro-Shop in Asia Pacific – Second Runner-Up


840 ‘Rhodes Rules School’ Questions & Answers Each month 5 new Questions & Answers will be shown; here are numbers 21 -25.

TRUE or FALSE? Question 20 A half-eaten banana may be removed from a bunker if it interferes with a player’s stroke. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 23/3. Note: A banana is a natural object and is therefore a loose impediment, which may not be removed from a hazard by a player before he makes a stroke from that hazard. Question 22 In stroke play, if a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected by an outside agency (e.g. a spectator) he incurs a penalty of one stroke. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 19-1. Note: If a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency, it is a rub of the green, there is no penalty. Question 23 If her ball is overhanging the hole a player may wait for 20 seconds after arriving at the hole, to see whether it will drop, before she has to count another stroke if it does subsequently drop into the hole. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 16-2. Note: A player is allowed enough time to reach the hole without unreasonable delay, and an additional 10 seconds to determine whether the ball is at rest. If the ball falls into the hole after this period the player has holed out but must add another stroke to her score.

Question 24 On the putting green a player may touch his line of putt to remove sand. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 13-2. Note: Removing sand or loose soil on the putting green is one of the exceptions to the general rule that a player must not improve or allow to be improved, his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole. Question 25 A ball is deemed lost as soon as the player has dropped another ball under the Rules. True or False? Answer: True. Decision 27-1/2. Note: When a player drops a ball at the spot of his previous stroke, with the intent to play a ball under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1a), the original ball is lost. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out

Norwegian Arrivals Herald The Return of Tourists To Cha-Am

Every year in November a big group of Norwegian tourist arrive in Cha-Am signaling a return to the good times; we are happy to report that this year is no different.

Once again golf is a big attraction with golfers in the group participating in the Wirkola Cup at local golf courses. The group is headed by legendary Norwegian and world skiing champion Bjorn Wikola, but golf is not the only entertainment or recreation they enjoy. The joy of Norwegian music and dance is provided by bunch of accompanying musical talent with the ‘Dansegalla’ (no translation necessary) being a main event. We headed to the main of venue in Soi Long Beach, on a day when the soi was turned into a walking street for the crowd of some 140 ‘gala-goers’. By special permission the band was playing as a welcome to very special guests of honour.

Not only were these Norwegians in Cha-Am as Wirkola Cup and Dansgalla participants but also as witnesses to the beach wedding of Hilde and Trond. It seems that the friendships made over years of coming to Cha-Am lead the happy couple to the conclusion that this was the only venue for their special day. Blue skies and white sands on the beach; absolutely perfect. Cha-Am is a great destination for travellers at any time of the year as this group of Norwegians recognise every year including the now newly-weds. Our congratulations to the these guests in Thailand and welcome everyone to the new tourism season.

Got The Yips On Your Chips?, Try This Simple Tip Golf tip December 2016

When I see people yipping chips, it’s usually because their left arm stops right before impact. This causes your right hand to flip over, and thus, a yip.(Pic 1) “The trick is to learn to keep your left arm moving through the shot. Set up like you’re going to hit a normal chip. Take your usual chipping stroke, but when you come to impact, take your right hand off the club. So, your left hand is going to be the only thing holding onto the club. This forces your left arm to power through the shot. Now, deceleration is no longer an option.(Pic 2) After you practice this, go back to your normal shot -- but don’t lose that feeling of the left arm accelerating through the ball. If it’s going through the shot with some momentum, you won’t be able to let your right hand do that ugly right hand flip, and you’ll no longer have the yips. John Wither, PGA Golf Professional, Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin,, Tel +66 (0) 811426216

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42 10 Ping’s Solheim: What to Do About Distance

It’s fair to say there is a certain tension between the golf’s ruling bodies; the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and golf course operators and equipment manufacturers about potential golf rule changes going into the future. As an example John Solheim, chairman & CEO of Ping continues to be concerned about the issue of PGA Tour driving distance average surging well past the 290-yard barrier. He expressed that concern at the recent 2016 APGS in Hua Hin. Solheim’s proposal, which he has presented to manufacturers and sent to golf’s ruling bodies, calls for changing from just one overall distance standard for all balls to a “ball distance rating,” or BDR, system that would include three types of balls.

“It worries me what might happen with our rulemakers when they see something and how they’re going to react to it,” Solheim said in a recent interview. “I wanted to put this idea out there to give them something to think about.” The three balls in Solheim’s proposal include one that is the same as today’s current standard, a second ball that would be as much as 30 yards longer and a third ball that would produce distances 30 yards shorter than current balls. Courses, tournaments, tours and even individual players could choose their ball based on the course they’re playing or the skill level of the players in the event. Solheim equated the BDR system to varying tee boxes. He envisioned a system which even might allow opportunities for average golfers playing their home course to have slower swingers using the longer-distance-standard ball while faster swingers would play the shorter-distance-standard ball with both players teeing off from the same marker. Solheim concedes that the specifics of the limits on a shorter ball will take time for the ruling bodies to determine, and he freely admits that his proposal is merely a starting point in any discussion. His main motivation, however, is that the

game’s ruling bodies open a dialog on distance rather than unilaterally implement another club rollback or a new, shorter overall distance standard for the ball. “I think something is going to happen, and I tried to give them a way that wouldn’t hurt everybody, especially the average golfer,” Solheim said. “Unfortunately, in the past, many actions have often been short sighted, costly and/or controversial-such as altering some of golf’s most revered courses and adopting restrictive golf club rules.”  

French Golf Course Has a Simple But Extreme Dress Code – Naked!

La Jenny Naturist Course, on France’s west coastline, is the only golf course in the world where nudity is not only allowed but a must. US media recently put together a top 10 of the world’s coolest golf courses and La Jenny Naturist course gathered the most number of votes. While it does boast breathtaking ocean views and impeccable playing conditions, many wondered how a small 6-hole course ended up claiming the number one spot. But the judges’ decision sounds pretty sensible when you learn players who want to tee it up at La Jenny are required to do it in the nude. People willing to show off their……………….. golfing skills must follow a strict dress code; nudity is not optional; you must take off all your clothes in order to be allowed on the course.

Secondly, shyness has no place here, so players must show respect for the body and not try to hide their nudity. On the other hand, showing off isn’t allowed either so golfers blessed with anything oversize shouldn’t parade it around for everyone to see. Taking photographs is restricted to close family and friends, and everyone is required to take a shower before heading out on the course. Also engaging in any kind of sexual activity is strictly forbidden at La Jenny. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2016



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COCA Oriental Comfort Food at Blúport Three generations of the Phanphensophon family have made their mark on the evolution of the COCA brand, a brand which offers simple, healthy dining across Bangkok but also many other Asian nations.

Each restaurant offers a variety of Cantonese cuisine and local taste preferences and this is now available at the Blúport Resort Mall. We were able to explore the origins of COCA and experience the oriental fusion cuisine on offer with gracious host, Khun Pitaya Phanphensophon. It was the early 1950s when Pitaya’s mother, Patama, immigrated to Thailand from China’s food-proud province of Canton. Patama was a chef when she met Pitaya’s father, Srichai. They were married and opened their first Cantonese hotpot restaurant in 1957in Bangkok’s Surawong district. The couple decided on the name COCA, inspired by the Chinese words, “可口”, being ‘kou kow’ which means ‘tasty’ or ‘appetizing’. Cantonese food was hard to come by in Bangkok, so business took off in less than a year. They then opened a larger hotpot restaurant round the corner, which changed to serve steamboats instead of hot pots. Steamboats, which are now commonly called suki (after the Japanese sukiyaki), have been around for thousands of years. “My parents used to go and buy all the food ingredients themselves every morning,” says Pitaya. “My father would go to get the meat whilst my mother went to the vegetable market.” Pitaya has sustained his parents’ legacy by choosing the optimum quality of

ingredients, making them a high-end restaurant where all their meats and vegetables are hormone and pesticide free. COCA was also one of the first ThaiChinese restaurants to cut MSG out of their food. Coca is one of the only Thai chain restaurants that is ISO certified. They also use rice bran oil as the healthiest cooking option. Khun Pitaya’s mother purchased a condo in Hua Hin some 30 years which meant frequent visits by Pitaya and some thoughts of a future retirement here, a dream he looks forward to realising one day soon. One of the driving forces behind Blúport, Mr. Suwat Liptapanlop has long been a COCA customer and so his influence was also behind this latest COCA venture. This relationship also helped in securing a prime Blúportlocation with expansive internal dining areas as well as outside seating and barbecue options alongside the Blúport fish ponds. COCA’s Chief Operating Officer is daughter Natalie, who is the most involved 3rd generation family member and offers a Food Science and Nutritionist perspective. Father and daughter are very hands on with Khun Pitaya on site in Hua Hin from Thursday to Sunday and Natalie also directly involved in the restaurant’s development. Understanding the preferences of local consumers and accessing local produce is a part of that development.

Diners are encouraged to start their meal with a Chinese dim sum prepared by a Hong Kong chef. Cantonese flavours and styles in harmony with local cuisine is what COCA offers without compromise to cleanliness, food safety standards and family friendly. Dim Sum, Noodle varieties and Suki are the main styles to be savored with a vast menu to be enjoyed in a casual though sophisticated atmosphere which encourages lingering conversations.

December will see COCA starting an all day ‘Beer & Bao’ (a free Chinese bun with a beer) special and happy hour 5-8 pm (Singha or Heineken 3 pints for 300 THB, Hoegaarden or Punk IPA 200 THB per pint, red or white wine 190 THB per glass , cocktails 110 THB buy one get one free) .

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Ground Floor; Blúport Resort Mall Hua Hin 10 AM to 10 Pm everyday 032 908 369

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2 46 It’s Official!! – Santa’s Coming To Thailand

It’s easy to understand why children in Thailand, especially those on holiday over the Christmas period worry that Santa may not make it to Thailand. After all it’s a long way from his home in Finland and a lot hotter than the North Pole! We have it good authority that Santa’s mailbox has been bombarded with letters from children all over Thailand wanting to know if he will be heading this way at Christmas. Santa’s finding it hard to respond so he asked Hua Hin Today to come to the rescue.

Through the wonders of modern technology here’s what Santa wants to tell the children in Hua Hin. “First of all children, YES I will definitely be coming the Thailand at Christmas! I have been coming to Thailand for many years and I have many helpers all over the country who show me around and make sure all the good boys and girls aren’t forgotten.

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My reindeers find it very hard to manage the hot weather, but my helpers include lots of elephants and they are a perfect way to carry many, many presents. I am really looking forward to taking off my fur boots and having a small holiday break at the beach and everyone is so friendly. Children, please remind your parents to leave me a small treat on the night before

Christmas; I especially like bananas and mangoes! I hope that everyone in Thailand has a very merry Christmas and all my best wishes for the New Year. Ho. Ho, Ho, from Santa”

473 Flying High at Air Space Hua Hin

Theme restaurants use a specialised concept to influence the architecture, food, music, and overall ‘feel’ of the restaurant. Air Space in Khao Takiab is very clearly a ‘themed’ restaurant. A replica of the Wright Brothers’ ‘flyer’, circa 1903, sets the scene, suspended within the industrial feel of hangar spaces.

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The ‘spaces’ are vast and open; two connected glass-house barns (café and restaurant) between green outdoor areas. The spaces offer glimpses of military and other historic memorabilia including shell boxes and airport storage containers but also antique cash registers and even a hand-wound record player just in case of a power failure. The ‘flyer’ is a 95% scale replica of the craft achieving the world’s first powered manned flight; full size may have resulted in the wings protruding through the glass walls, something like shown on the logo! Air Space was only opened in August this year, but has already been recognised for the design concept and shortlisted as one of the most stunning interior design restaurants & bars of 2016, announced by the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors held in Berlin in November. Our host at Air Space was founder Kornsiri Sooppakitkul, who not coincidentally, has the nickname of ‘Air’. Khun Air is yet to reach 30 years of age but she has wasted no opportunity to understand the world of hospitality with education at North American

She recognised that New York may be the epicenter of the world’s restaurant culture and spent two years there to gain an understanding of the trends and was then inspired to design and open her family’s own establishment. Put together these experiences, her family’s love of antique memorabilia with her nickname and Air Space was born, or perhaps we should say, took off. Word has already travelled far and wide and visitors from Bangkok to Hua Hin have been prominent. I questioned a comment Khun Air made …..“There’s nothing to do in Bangkok”. What she really meant was that it’s too hard to commute across that vast city to get to many special places. No such issues in Hua Hin.

Apart from the two distinct indoor spaces, separated by ample outdoor dining tables, there are also two distinct dining styles on offer. The less formal style involves western comfort food, largely of American influence of the southern or Tex-Mex variety is proved by the café. If the occasion calls for a more sophisticated style, then a fusion of Thai and European cuisine awaits at the restaurant. Individual diners have ample inspiration for shared conversations, but Air Space provides an ideal venue for larger gatherings, including the private use of one or more of the 50 person spaces. Get in quick for a Christmas or New Year celebration. Theme Restaurants provide a reason to dine within a setting which is out of the ordinary, but there still needs to be a dining experience which is equally noteworthy.

Air Space provides both of these experiences alongside “those magnificent men and their flying machine”! Location: As the compass coordinates displayed on the restaurant floor show, the precise location of Air Space is: 12o 30’ 54.7” N, 99o 58’ 34.8” E. What that means is following the road south from Hua Hin through Khao Takiab then veering right at the final junction. Just before running out of road, on the left opposite the Sea Craze Condo, you’ll see the distinctive Air Space full length ‘window walls’. Hours: 8 AM to 11 PM Contact: +66 63 916 0999, Parking: 50 parking bays available

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Dances of the Northeast of Thailand – Grace & Passion Dance techniques in the north east as renowned for their grace and passion. Although there are many different styles of dance originating from rural Thailand, the style features the complex hand movements and notable distinction that a man and woman should never have physical contact with intriguing intricacy.

Serng Kratip Khoa

This folk dance is generally performed at traditional festivals. The choreography is entrusted to the dancers who wear brightly colored costumes, and expresses all the joy of the celebration.

Serng Krapo (Coconut Dance)

Fon Phu Thai

Krapo is the word for coconut in the Northeast dialect. The dance illustrates the activities of a group of nubile girls from the southern part of the region, known as I-San. The dancers hold two coconut shells, with which they execute complex choreographic movements, shaking them, tossing them or tapping them lightly. This dance is often accompanied by the sound of the pong lang, a kind of upright xylophone, made of strips of wood arranged according to the musical scale.

This dance is performed during traditional celebrations. Usually the word serng is added to the name of the domestic object used on stage by the dancers. In the case of the Serng Kratip, the dancers carry the typical rice baskets, known as kratip. Their movements imitate those of the women who bring food to the men working in the fields. The choreography is accompanied by music with a lively rhythm. The instruments used are a long drum, charb (cymbals), grab (a kind of castanet), mong (gong) and the kahen (like an old-fashioned syringe).

I-San Bantheong (The Happiness of I-San)

Serng I-San

This dance is part of a propitiatory ceremony performed by the Phu Thai tribe, who live in the Northeast of the country. The music that accompanies it is played on typical instruments like the gong ching (a tribal drum), along with other drums and pipes. The gong ching plays a fundamental part because it sets the rhythm for the dance. FOOD & Entertainment, December 2016

This is a series of folk dances usually performed on festive occasions. The swift, harmonious movements are accompanied by folk songs associated with the Northeast region.


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Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Centara Grand Beach Hin Resort & Villas Hua Hin BBQ Buffet from 6.30 PM to 10.00 PM, 1,300 THB per person, children under 12 receive a 50% discount. Christmas Lighting Centara Grand Beach Ceremony on Resort & Villas Hua Hin Wednesday, 14th Lobster Extravaganza December from every Tuesday, from 6.00 p.m. onwards 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 at Elephant Garden. COAST Beach Club & This time is the most Bistro Price: 990++THB. wonderful and magical moment of the year Sheraton Hua Hin when our topiary garden Pranburi Villas becomes sparkling All You Can Eat Pizza with lights and brings on Pizza Day; explore the spirit of the Festive mouth watering aromas Season. of freshly baked pizzas You are cordially invited from our oven. Enjoy to this special cocktail a choice of 6 delicious party with the best of toppings from 6:00 PM Christmas Carols. Be - 9:00 PM. Choose from part of our donation Margarita, Hawaiian, of some little treats Pepperoni, Grilled to the less privileged Vegetables, Grilled children of the Hua Hin Chicken and Bell Pepper area. Sharing is Caring, & Olive at 690 THB net wishing you all a Merry per person. Christmas and a happy healthy and prosperous InterContinental Hua New Year 2017. Hin Resort Tuesday – Sunday at InterContinental Hua Azure Bar Hin Resort Enjoy the perfect Thai Temple Fair every ocean breeze with our Wednesday, from 7:00 happy hour promotion; p.m. – 10:00 purchase any one of our Lobby Lawn; price cocktail, beers and wines 990++ THB per person. to receive another one complimentary from us Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Sundays to Fridays from Sparkling Wine & 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Seafood Platter from (Closed on Mondays) 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Available on Saturdays Enjoy a selection of from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 seafood specialties and p.m. and 9.00 p.m. to a glass of sparkling wine 11.00 p.m. at a special price of 999 THB net per person. Amari Hua Hin InterContinental Hua Hin Resort The taste of Thailand at Pirom. Make your own selection and choose Every Day: Shoreline as much as you like of Beach Club promotions the most popular Thai a selected menu and original specialties including: prepared by our Thai Better together: relishing Chef Lek; 790 THB net beach-side favourites per person including soft featuring marinated drinks and fresh juices salmon, seared tuna available from 6.30 p.m. sesame, shrimp cakes, to 10.00 p.m. fish and chicken fingers, grilled tiger prawns, DusitThani Hua Hin sea bass, New Zealand Pasta Factory at San mussels & scallops, 1,299 Marco; 1,450 THB ++, THB net. from 18:30 to 22:00.



Anantara HuaHin Resort Dusit Thani Hua Hin 2016 Culinary Classics: Thursday DIVINE DVORAK Dusit Thani Hua Hin serves up an early festive delight as our gift for all our loyal Culinary Classics fans as Pro Musica Ensemble veterans team up with 22ndDecember Christmas Tree Lighting. the Trûb-Brown Duo from Luxembourg for a Relish a sparkling sublime night of Divine start to our seasonal Dvorak featuring his celebrations, hosted “Dumky” Piano Trio by the Anantara OP.90 and Piano Quintet management. Enjoy complimentary cocktails in A Major OP.81. The Quintet of and canapés. Feel Isabelle Trüb on uplifted into the festive Piano, Leo Phillips and spirit by carols and a JirajetJesadachet on Christmas tree lighting Violin, TasanaNagavajara ceremony. Venue: Sala on Viola and Niall Brown Siam time: 6pm. on Violoncello are sure Friday 23rd December to again provide a Oriental buffet. Dine spellbinding aperitif. under the stars, by Admission: the sea and delight in 1. Ticket only: 500 THB an eclectic menu of net per person favourites from across 2. Ticket including postthe Orient, Middle East concert Hua Hin Night and India. Market dinner1,600 THB Venue: Sai Thong time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm Price: net per person 3. Ticket including post1,200 THB per person concert Italian 4-course set dinner, 1,800 THB net Centara Grand Beach per person Resort & Villas Hua Hin All tickets include Mexican Fiesta with Mood Jockey @ COAST one complimentary drink during the preBeach Club & Bistro concert reception or the every Thursday, from intermission. 6pm - 10pm. Price 1,250++ THB per couple. 16th December; 18:00 for registration, concert starts at 18:30, Terms InterContinental Hua and conditions apply. Hin Resort Thursday & Sunday Rest Detail Hua Hin Italian cuisine tasting Soak up the night with night at Felicita with Live Jazz Music every new Italian Chef Friday Meat Me @ Rest Riccardo. Choose as Scene from 6.30 -10 .00 much as you like; 890 pm. THB net per person including soft drinks and Centara Grand Beach fresh juices; available Resort & Villas Hua Hin from 6.30pm. to 10pm. Crustaceans and Swimmers Buffet every Sheraton Hua Hin Friday; from: 7:00 p.m. Pranburi Villas – 10:30 p.m. at COAST Beer and Bites is an Beach Club & Bistro irresistible all you can Price 1,350++ THB per eat Amuse Bouche person. Festive High menu presented by Tea from 23-25 & 30 our creative chefs. December, 1 January Sumptuous ingredients from the very beginning Time: 3pm - 6pm. Price: 700 THB ++ per person to create an orchestra of tastes and textures at / 750 THB ++ per 449 THB net per person person, including a glass of sparkling wine. with a bucket of local beers at 450 THB net from 6-9pm.

Special Christmas Eve 24th December Anantara Hua Hin Resort Gala buffet; celebrate a fun-filled evening with family and friends. Discover a feast of tropical indulgence. Indulge in ocean delights with an oyster bar and seafood on ice. Savour Christmas classics such as honey-baked ham and discover the finest Thai recipes and gourmet specials. Sweeten the ending with decadent desserts. Enjoy a live band and fire show and fingers crossed for fantastic lucky draw prizes. Youngsters enjoy an outdoor Christmas movie with healthy snacks and a star appearance by Santa and his Santarina helpers. Venue: Sai Thong Time: 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm PreDinner Reception 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Price: 3,200 THB per person


InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Azure Christmas Eve Dinner Saturday, 24 December with sumptuous international buffet featuring BBQ live station and more. The beautiful sounds of live jazz will add to the evening’s festive atmosphere. Time: 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Adults: 2,200++ THB per person including a welcome glass of sparkling wine. Children: 1,000++ THB per child 6-12. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Christmas @ COAST Beach Club & Bistro.Set Dinner; time:7.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. price 2,800++ THB per adult including Merry Cocktail.

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Ocean Terrace Restaurant, beachfront restaurant presents “kids buffet” & “ocean night”. It’s all about kids; we make it special for the little ones with their favorite heroes, only 200 THB net per child. “We babysit your kids for free”. Adults also can savor our extensive Fresh Seafood BBQ Buffet on Ocean Night for only 999 THB net per person. Every Saturday from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm

Sunday Roast@ COAST Beach Club & Bistro every Sunday, exclusive for Lunch & Dinner; price 690++ THB on wards. The ‘Heritage’ Afternoon Tea Buffet every Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. This buffet will show you the extraordinary best of what a High Tea is all about, 700++ THB per person

Rest Detail Hua Hin Soak up the night with Live Jazz Music every Saturday @ Hua Hin Fisherman Night. Anantara Hua Hin Resort Beach BBQ Night; select your favourite premium meats and freshly caught seafood for our expert chefs to flame grill to perfection. Live music and the sound of the sea at Sai Thong Restaurant 6.30PM 10.30 PM, 1,490 THB ++ per person. Dusit Thani Hua Hin BBQ Seafood at The Restaurant day 1,450 THB ++ from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Signature BBQ at Azure Restaurant offers an elegant culinary journey along with the soothing sounds of live jazz and the cool sea breeze under the stars. 1,599 THB net per person including soft drinks and fresh juices from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

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At McFarland House from 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM; discover for yourself how a classic brunchon a laid-back Sunday is defined. 1,950THB net per person including free flowselected house wines, beers and soft drinks. 1,800 THB net per person including a bottle of sparkling wine per two persons, homemadelemonade and iced tea. 1,500THB net per person including homemade lemonade and iced tea 750 THB net per child aged 6-12 Putahracsa Hua Hin Bubbly seaside brunch every Sunday Seafood Bar with oyster, Alaska king crab, prawns, sushi, foiegraslive station, caviar canapé upon arrival, prime roasts and much more. 1,699 THB NET per person. Including free flow wine, sparkling wine and classic cocktails 2,999 THB NET per person. Including free flow of Lombard Champagne; Sunday 12:00-15:00 HRS Live Band: “The Voice” Pamela D.

Special Christmas Day 25th December Anantara Hua Hin Resort Oh no! Santa Claus has lost his bag of gifts while feasting at the gala buffet last night. Help him find his bag and he’ll treat you to Christmas cookies and presents. Meeting Point: SaiThong. Time: 10.00 am Let us spoil you on Christmas night with a special Italian set menu, featuring mouth watering classics and a decadent panettone. Venue: Baan Thalia Time: 6.30 pm – 10.30 pm Price: THB 1,800 per person. InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Christmas Day Brunch Buffet; savour the culinary gifts of Azure on Christmas Day. An expansive international brunch buffet includes assorted

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appetisers, hot and cold Hua Hin seafood, sushi selection, BBQ delicacies and much more. The sounds of live jazz will enhance a festive afternoon. Time: 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Adults: 1,900++ THB per person including one bottle of Chandon sparkling wine for every two persons. Children: 900++ THB per child 6-12 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Christmas @ COAST Beach Club & Bistro“A la carte” Festivity from 12.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (Lunch & Dinner).



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Tropical environment, amazing slides, rides ... สภาพแวดล้อมเขตร้อนสไลด์ทน ่ี า่ ตืน ่ ตาตืน ่ ใจ, ขี่ สถานทีท ่ อ ่ งเทีย ่ ว 热带环境,绝色美景,游乐设施和景点...

The Banyan is set in a valley basin with some spectacular views and Golf East, the Thai design company 自 2008 年俱乐部开业以来,Banyan 高尔夫已经连续三年被《 亚洲高尔夫月刊》评选为最佳三大球场之一


Address: 68/34 Mooban Hua Na, Nong Gae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 200 Email: Web:


Black Mountain Golf Club

The Grind Huahin The Grind Hua Hin is a Muay Thai and fitness facility located in HuaHin. The facility has it’s own restaurant, pool and sauna. Address: Soi 88, 350, Moo 1, Tab-Tay, Prachuab kirikhan, Hua Hin Tel: 085 183 7059 Web:


It is the only course in Thailand ever named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the US. Black Mountain高尔夫球场建立于2007年,在4年的营业中获 得“亚洲最好新球场”的美誉 Address: 565, Moo7, Nong Hieng Rd, Hin Lek Fai Tel: 032 618 666 Email: Web:


Springfield Royal Country Club

Baan Sillapin Artists Village Art works include woodcarving, clay sculpture, jewelry and costume designing, antique art decorations, photography, watercolour and oil paintings. 艺术作品包括木雕,泥塑,珠宝和服装设计 Address: Moo 14 Hinlekfai Subdistrict, Hua Hin Tel: 032 534 830 Email: Web:


The golf course designed by a master, Jack Nicklaus. We guaratee the enjoyment on this impressive 27 holes course (Mountain Lake and Valley) Address: 208 Moo 2, Sampraya, Cha-am, Petchburi 76120 Tel: 032-709-222 Ext.4 Fax: 032 709 233 20% Email: Web: VIP


Black Mountain Water Park

Hua Hin Golf Tours

Slider, Pool, Facilities, Food & Beverage, Souvenir ...

Hua Hin Golf Tours was founded in 1992 and is Thailand’s first registered golf tour company. Offer golf packages throughout Thailand, but especially Hua Hin. 高尔夫套餐

สไลเดอ, สระว่ายน้าำ , สิง่ อำานวยความสะดวก, อาหารและเครือ ่ งดืม ่ ร้านของทีร่ ะลึก

滑冰,泳池,各类娱乐设施,吃喝玩乐以及纪念品专卖店... Address: 1 Moo 2 Tambon Hin Lek Fai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 618 444 Email: Web:



Hua Hin Carpets

Cha-Am ATV Park Activities: ATV Park, Archery, Paint Ball กิจกรรม: สนามรถ ATV , ยิงธนู, บอลสี ATV公园, 射箭, 彩弹射击

Address: 2/136 Naebkehardt Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 530 476 and 032 530 477 Email: Web:

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Address: 760/7 Soi Borkam, Petkasem 212 Km. Rd., Cha-am Tel: 081 893 3938 Email: Web:


Expert for New fringing, stretching, fixing Strapes behind carpets for hanging purpose, removing stain spoilt by coffee, wine, Rain water, Dog Urine and alsoi Fixing new color on silk & Woolen Carpets & kilims Address: #A7 Villa Market 218/1-4 Petchkasem Road Tel: 032 533 608 Mobile: 081 373 4602 (David) Email: Web:


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Al Bahr at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa Cuisine: Mediterranean Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Burger, Party Food, Desserts ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, พิซซ่า, พาสต้า, เบอร์เกอร์, ปาร์ตฟ ้ี ู ด ้ , ของหวาน 15% 招牌菜肴&鸡尾酒


Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777


Air Space Khao Takiap Hua Hin Cuisine: Thai, Seafood, Coffee, Drinks, Comfort Food, All-Day Breakfast ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย, อาหารทะเล, กาแฟ, เครือ ่ งดืม ่ , อาหาร เช้า Address: 12/399 Hua Dorn, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan 77110 Tel: 063-916-0999 Email: Web:


Coca Restaurant Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai, Comfort Food ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารเอเชีย, อาหารจีน, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 亚洲菜, 中国菜, 泰国菜 Address: G Floor, BlúPort Hua Hin Resort Mall, Petchkasem Rd. Tel: 032 908 369 Web:


Coco 51 Restaurant & Bar Cuisine: Seafood, European, Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 海鲜, 欧洲菜, 泰国菜 Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Soi 51 Tel: 032 515 597 Web:

Andreas Italian Restaurants & Grill

Cool Breeze Cafe Bar Hua Hin

Cuisine: Breakfast, Italian, Pizza and Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, พิชซ่า, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 意大利菜, 披萨, 海鲜

Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Mediterranean, Thai ประเภทอาหาร: ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 西班牙菜, 塔帕斯, 地中海菜, 泰国菜

Address: 4/91 Soi Mooban Nongkae, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 099 910 1018 Email: Web:

Address: 62 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 062 and 083 317 3152 Email: Web:

Aun’s Baguettes Coffee, Drinks, European Comfort Food Address: 245/11-12 Narathyip Road Cha-Am Tel: 032 470 205 Email: Facebook: Aun’s baguettes

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Coral Restaurant & Bar Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜 Address: Banyan The Resort, 68/223 Hua Na, Hua Hin Tel: 032 538 888 Web:

Cuisine: Italian ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น 菜肴: 意大利菜

Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Thai, Grill ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 海鲜, 地中海菜, 泰国菜

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Home for Creative Bakery, Pastries, Coffee, Drinks by the Sea อร่อยเพลินริมชายหาดกับเบเกอรีม ่ ด ี ไ ี ซน์แห่งใหม่ลา่ สุดของหัวหิน

Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road (between Soi Hua Hin 83/185), Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 15% Email: Facebook: VIP Web: 6

Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine 15% VIP


Beach Cafe Restaurant

Address: Naresdamri Road 20/24 Hua Hin Tel: 085 473 1441 and 032 530 170 Web:


Pride of Thailand, World Class Speciality Coffee 100% SHB Arabica, open from 8.00 to 21.00 10% 100% 世界顶尖级阿拉伯咖啡, 营业时间: VIP 8:00 -- 21:00 Address: Soi 55, Hua Hin (next to Big C Hua Hin) Tel: 081 774 4669 Web:


Address: 75/1 Petchkasem Road Hua Hin, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 254 Email: Web:

Cuisine: European, Thai, À la carte Saturday Night Entertainment on the beach front ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 欧洲菜 , 泰国菜 Address: 858 Jumnong Poomivej Rd., Cha-Am Tel: 032 709 300 Web:


EAST Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Thai, Grill ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 牛排, 海鲜, 泰国菜

We are focusing on quality cocktails and other drinks. The motto is ‘quality over quantity’, meaning we take time to prepare every cocktail. Come in and try our special Chili Caipirinha or Wasabi Martini. 10% 天台酒吧&酒廊 VIP


Cafe Mekong

Address: G Hua Hin, Soi 94 Phetchkasem Rd, Hua Hin Tel: 099 389 8675


Gusto Et Cosy Beach Restaurant

Cuisine: Mexican, Pizza, Thai, Vietnamese 菜肴: 墨西哥菜, 披萨, 泰国菜, 越南菜

Cuisine: European, Thai, Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 欧洲菜 , 泰国菜, 海鲜

Address: Petchkasem Road, Soi 94, Hua Hin Tel: 032 532 833, 081 857 5301 Email: Web:

Address: Khao Tao, Hua Hin Tel: 093 887 7688 and 032 900 500 Email: Web:

ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารเม็กซิกน ั , พิชซ่า, อาหารไทย, อาหารเวียดนาม


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Greek Taverna Hua Hin

COAST Beach Club & Bistro Cuisine: International Cuisine & Authentic fresh-made Pizza, Grilled meats and Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ, พิชซ่า, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 国际菜, 披萨, 各类烧烤, 海鲜

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Emotion at Springfield @ Sea Resort & Spa

Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Web:

Address: 1 Damnerkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web:


Doi Chaang Coffee

Bakery Shop at Marrakesh Resort & Spa

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜


Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

Address: 33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 999 Email: Web:



Cuisine: Greek, Thai, Vegetarian ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารกรีซ, อาหารไทย, อาหารมังสวิรต ั ิ 菜肴: 希腊菜, 泰国菜, 斋菜 Address: 58 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 098 463 3622 Email: Web:

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Ocean Front Restaurant Baan Laksasubha Resort Hua Hin

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese อาหารเอเชีย, อาหารจีน, อาหารอินเดีย, อาหารญีป ่ น ุ่ 菜肴: 亚洲菜, 中国菜 , 印度菜, 日本菜

Cuisine: Thai, International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย, อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 泰国菜, 国际菜

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Sheraton Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web:


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Address: 53/7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 514 525-3 Email: Web:


La Birra Hua Hin

On The Rocks Bar at Cape Nidhra

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 泰国菜

A nightspot in Hua Hin, views of the Gulf of Thailand จุดกลางคืนในหัวหินทีม ่ องเห็นวิวทิวทัศน์ของอ่าวไทย 华欣的一个夜总会,拥有泰国湾的景色

Address: 155/7 Moo Baan Takieb Road, Hua Hin Tel: 084 567 6989 Email: Web:

Address: 97/2 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 600 Email: Web:


La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria Cuisine: Italian, Pizza ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, พิชซ่า 菜肴: 意大利菜, 披萨

Raya Restaurant 10% VIP

Address: 123/56 Nongkae Close to Cicada Market Tel: 032 655 078 Web:


La Grappa Italian Restaurant Cuisine: Italian, Pizza ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, พิชซ่า 菜肴: 意大利菜, 披萨, 泰国菜


Cuisine: Seafood, European, Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 海鲜, 欧洲菜, 泰国菜 Address: 264/2 Ruamchit Road, Cha-Am South Soi 5 Tel: 032 472 641-2 Email: Web:


Rim Nam at Anantara Hua Hin 10% VIP

Address: 20/5 Poolsuk Rd, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 510, 092 281 4664 Email: Web:


Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 泰国菜 Address: 43/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 520 250 Email: Web:

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Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

La Paillote French Restaurant Cuisine: French ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารฝรัง่ เศล 菜肴: 法式菜

Hua Hin’s newest French-style bakery and pastry shop ใหม่ลา่ สุดในหัวหินของเบเกอรีส ่ ไตล์ฝรัง่ เศสและร้านขนมพาสตี้ 华欣最新的法式面包糕点店

Address: 174/1 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 521 025 Email: Web:

Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: Web:


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Shoreline Beach Club

Le Bar Hua Hin We’re just right across the way from Burger King on Poonsuk Road. Great for couples, romance, a calm and refined spot to relax in a beautiful atmosphere with wine in mind.

Shoreline Beach Club located directly on the Khao Takiab beachfront, this BBQ beach side lounge offers simple, grill favorites by day and a more extensive barbecue choice in the evening.

Address: 12/3 Poonsuk Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 318 Email: Web:

Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nongkae Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: Web:


The Garden Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Lotus Villas Restaurant Cuisine: International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 国际菜 Address: Tab Tai, Soi 112, Hua Hin Tel: 032 510 106 & 081 943 1732 Email: Web:

Cuisine: Pizza, European, Thai, Pasta ประเภทอาหาร: พิชซ่า, อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 披萨, 西餐, 泰国菜, 意大利面

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Mamma Mia Cucina Italiana & Pizza Cuisine: Italian, Pizza ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, พิชซ่า 菜肴: 意大利菜, 披萨


Address: 174/16 Soi 80, Amphoe Hua Hin Tel: 032 908 680 Email: Web:


The Saxophone Lounge 10% VIP

The Saxophone Lounge presents a range of great musicians jamming all your old favorites live, plus a great repertoire of motown, soul, blues and jazz.

10% VIP

Address: 8/4 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin 5% Tel: 032 512 250 and 081 852 2136 VIP Email: Web: 28

Address: 10/80 Soi 94 Hua Hin Tel: 086 962 5166 Email: Web:

Mozza Mia

Blu Port Hua Hin Resort Mall

Cuisine: Burrata, Cold cuts, Fresh and hard cheese, Wine, Italian coffee and Croissants no Service Charge ประเภทอาหาร: ชีส บูราโต้ทข ่ี น ้ึ ชือ ่ และเป็นแห่งแรกในเมืองไทย 菜肴: 红酒, 意大利咖啡, 羊角面包

The First-Ever Resort Mall in Hua Hin The new iconic anchor of Hua Hin, completed with quintessential ingredients for a pleasurable lifestyle.

Address: G Mall, Shop A106, Soi 94 Phetkasem Tel: 032 900 250 Email: Web:


Oceanside Beach Club Restaurant

Address: Petchkasem Rd., Hua Hin Tel: 032 905 111 Web:


Bakery Terrace Hua-Hin

Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 海鲜, 地中海菜, 烧烤, 泰国菜 Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd., Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: Web:


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The First-Ever Resort Mall in Hua Hin The new iconic anchor of Hua Hin, completed with quintessential ingredients for a pleasurable lifestyle. Address: 5/17 Hua-Hin Soi 37, Hua Hin Tel: 099 251 1342 Web:


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Dayspa at Putahracsa Hua Hin Body Massages, Spa Packages, Hand and Foot Care ... นวดร่างกาย, แพคเกจสปามือและการดูแลเท้า ... 全身按摩,水疗套餐,手部和脚部护理

10% VIP

Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: Web:


Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani

Bakery, café, sandwiches, Breakfast, Burgers, French, Italian, Pizza, Sandwiches, Steakhouses and Thai ร้านอาหาร เบเกอรี่ กาแฟ และเครือ ่ งดืม ่ , บ้านสไตล์อเมริกน ั คอทเทจ ตกแต่งสวยงาม - 面包店,咖啡室,餐厅和殖民风格的建筑 Address: 121/10 Soi Moobaan Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 536 442 and 084 458 6622 Email: Web:


Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Massage Oil, Body Treatments, Water Treatments ... นวดน้าำ มัน, นวดบำาบัดร่างกาย, กายภาพบำาบัดในน้าำ ... 按摩油,全身护理,水疗 Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Email: Web:

Wilaiwan Hua Hin

A total of 43 hospitals throughout Thailand & Cambodia รวม 43 โรงพยาบาลทัว ่ ประเทศไทยและประเทศกัมพูชา 43家医院遍布泰国和柬埔寨


Address: 888 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 800 or 1719 (local calls only) Email: Web:


In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Boonthavorn Hua Hin

In Balance Spa by Novotel is designed according to the concept of Hua Hin. Where you can relax and replenish your health.

Your centre for tiles, bathroom, kitchen, furniture and living. 200km free delivery. บุญถาวรหัวหิน จุดเริม ่ ต้นของการ สร้างสรรค์อนาคตสะอาดใส และหลากหลายไอเดียแต่งบ้านทีค ่ ณ ุ สรรค์สร้างได้ดง่ั ใจ เปิดให้คณ ุ สัมผัสแล้ววันนี้

Open Daily: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Tel: 032 708 300 Email: Web:


Noora Spa at Marrakesh Resort & Spa Hammam Spa with finest argan oil from Morocco, Hot candle massage with gold powder, Red wine bath. ฮัมมัมสปาตำารับอาร์แกนออยล์จากโมร็อกโก, นวดเทียนร้อนผสมผง ทองคำา, แช่ไวน์แดง 30% SPA套餐包括按摩浴缸和桑拿

VIP Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Email: Tel: 032 616 777 Web: 44

Open: 8:00 am. - 20:00 pm. Address: 4/48 Moo Ban Bofai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 522 555 Fax: 032 520 141 Web:


Camp Palapon Martial Arts & Holistic Fitness Camp ศิลปะการต่อสูแ ้ ละการออกกำาลังกายแบบองค์รวมค่าย 武术馆&健身训练营 Address: Between the famous Thai resorts of Hua Hin and the fabulous Takiab Beach Tel: 086 803 9085 Email: Web: 54

Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Fit Station

Body Treatment, Signature, Special Treatments ... รักษาร่างกาย, การบำาบัดประจำา, พิเศษตามรายการ ... 全身护理,局部护理

New Zumba, Piloxing & Yoga Studio. We have a locker room, bathroom and showers. Joining us and get fit together!! ซุมบ้า, พิลอ ๊ กซิง่ และสตูดโิ อโยคะ เรามีหอ ้ งล็อกเกอร์และ ห้องอาบน้าำ ฝักบัวในสตูดโิ อของเรา

20% VIP

Address: 19/119 Soi Hua Hin 19, Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 733 Email: Web:


Address: Soi Cholprathan 16, Canal Road Samorprong, Hua Hin Tel: 087 407 3977, 082 564 4564 Email: Web: 55

Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

Health Lab Hua Hin

Eastern and Western traditions inspired by Earth, Water, Air and

Medical Laboratory, Blood Testing บริการเจาะเลือดและสารคัดหลัง่ 放血、刺穿及试样处理

Plants, from tranquil massages to luxurious facials.

นวดสยาม, นวดเท้าออเรนทอล , ไวท์แซนด์ ... 暹罗按摩,东方脚底按摩,白沙...

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am · Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web: 46

Address: Soi Hua Hin 45 and Soi Hua Hin 45/1 Tel: 032 515 920, 094 494 5649 Email: Web:

Spa & Wellness at InterContinental Hua Hin

Nadpob Dental Clinic

The serene environment of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is an ideal place for wellness therapy, whether you would like to detox, relax, energize, or simply recharge. Address: 33/33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 999 Email: Web:

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Esthetic Dentistry, Implant etc. ตกแต่งทันตกรรมรากเทียม และอืน ่ ๆ 牙科美容,植入手术等 Address: Huahin Market Village, floor 1 st Tel: 089 910 1033 Email: Web:

10% VIP


Bliss Bakery & Coffee House

Beautiful World

A Taste Of Heaven’s Bakery has come to Hua Hin. Homemade goodness. 面包店和咖啡店,自制商品

Furniture packs and interior design is at the forefront of our offerings with a wide range of collections aimed at giving your Western home a feel of the exotic.

Address: 178/221 Soi Hua Hin 82, Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 098 712 8368 Web:

Address: Showroom & Office, 17/63-64 Baan Bor Fai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 520 639 Email: Web: 58

15% VIP


Hua Hin Bakery

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Start your day with good bread and breakfast เริม ่ ต้นวันใหม่ดว ้ ยขนมปังมีประโยชน์สาำ หรับอาหารเช้า 完美的选择:美好的一天应由散发着面包香气的早餐开始。

Slick rooms come with open-air or enclosed balconies and sofabeds. All provide flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks, as well as minibars and coffeemakers.

Address: 63/15-16 Chomsin Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 503 Email: Web:

Address: 91 Hua Hin Takiap Road Nong Kae, Hua Thanon 3 Tel: 032 521 234 Email: Web:



Ford Jor. Charoen Prachuabkirikhan

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Ford Car Service Center Hua Hin

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11 55 Uncompromising Christmas Make it a December to Remember! Santa Claus is coming to town, and we have asked him to check us out at Air Space Hua Hin. Nothing is compromised at Air Space, especially when it comes to the long-awaited festive season! Walk into the Space with happy, hearty, and merry vibes. Many signature dishes are designed exclusively for Christmas in addition to the decorations. The most special evenings would be Christmas Eve and the New Year’s Eve. On Christmas Eve, the buffet will be offered at 1,399 THB net per person. A selection of Thai and international menu items will include Christmas Turkey, Seafood BBQ, and much more; live music is also provided. Next, celebrate New Year at 1,999 THB net per person. You are invited to start the New Year with party favorites and then a countdown at midnight. Toast the New Year with friends and family in Khao Takiab, Hua Hin, and kick off the New Year in style. Apart from any festive celebrations, Air Space is always open to welcome guests at the Café and the Restaurant.

The Café offers coffee, tea, drinks, and fresh baked pastries. Comfort foods; from healthy to cheesy, are also provided such as avocado & bacon salad, strawberry yoghurt, classic cheese burger, hot dogs and French toast. Next door, the Restaurant features sophisticated and bold Thai dishes such as pomelo salad with grilled shrimps and deep fried wild betel leaves, deep fried sea bass in fish sauce, and red curry with roasted duck. The Outdoor Garden features a full bar of essential booze and a stage for daily live music. For any parties or celebrations, Air Space can accommodate up to 200 guests indoor and outdoor. Should you need further information, please simply reach Air Space team at or at 063 916 0999. The Café opens from 8:00AM to 9:00PM daily. The Restaurant (and the Outdoor Garden) opens from 10:30AM to 11:00PM. Email: Address: 12/399 Hua Dorn, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, 77110 Prachuabkhirikhan (In front of the Seacraze FOOD & Entertainment, December 2016

12 56 Traditional Italian Christmas Cake – The Pandoro Christmas is fast approaching and therefore this month we are providing a recipe of the typical and most known Italian Christmas cake, the “pandoro”.

Its geographical origin is Verona, town of Giuletta and Romeo, and its history is dateless. Some say it’s discovery goes back to the time at the time of the Venetian republic in 1500, other thinks that it is the remaking of a cake having the shape of a star, the “nadalin”. Officially, it was born on October 14th 1894 when the pastry chef, Domenico Melegatti, made a soft cake with the shape of a star with eight points, designed by the impressionist painter Angelo Dall’oca Bianca who waited at tables of the rich Venetians. The pandoro is a soft cake smelling of vanilla, sugar and butter and  garnished with a sprinkle of icing sugar just before cutting. Preparation takes a long time, however the satisfaction of serving a homemade pandoro pays back every effort. Ingredients: 18gr. of brewer’s yeast 3 whole eggs plus 1 yolk 170gr. of butter 450gr. of flour 1 vanilla pod 60ml. of milk plus 3tbl. spoons 125gr. of sugar plus 1 tea spoon 1 tea spoon of salt Method: Start with preparing the first dough Dissolve 15gr. of yeast in 60ml. of warm milk with  1tbl. spoon of sugar, the yolk and 50gr. of flour. Mix well, cover and let the dough rise until it doubles the volume (about 1 hour). Dissolve 3gr. of yeast in

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3tbl. spoons of milk and pour it in the mixture. Add 100gr. of sugar, the egg and blend, pour the dough in a bowl with 200gr. of flour and kneed using your hands. Add 30gr. of soft butter and continue to kneed, then cover and let it rest for a further hour. Now, let’s prepare the second dough by adding 200gr. of flour, the eggs, 25gr. of sugar and the vanilla pod’s seeds and kneed. Flatten the dough, fold it and place it in a buttered bowl. Let it rise and then, place it in the refrigerator for about 8-12 hours. Turn over the mixture on the table and with a rolling pin form a square in the centre of which put 140gr. of soft butter. Combine together the 4 corners of the square and place it in the refrigerator for further 20 minutes. Repeat the procedure one more time and finally make a ball to be placed in a buttered mold (20 cm. high) having the shape of a star with 8 points. Let it rise until it will come out from the mold. Bake  in the oven at 170° for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature at 160° and bake for further 50 minutes.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and buon appetito!


16 58 14 The Supermoon on Loy Krathong

 Thai people have remarked that in above photo that they can see their Great Father King Bhumibol looking down from the full moon on Loy Krathong, 14th November – Please note the sunglasses, nose and mouth of His Majesty

Introducing Thailand’s “Bird’s Eye” Chillies they measure on average only 3 to 5cm in length and approximately 0.5 to 1cm in width at their stem end. This hot chilli pepper has a potent, lingering heat. When green its heat is immediate and intense, once at the red stage though they may at times have a delayed potency that grows in heat the first few minutes after consuming. Thai “bird’s eye” chilli peppers derive this nickname due to their unique appeal to birds who do not have pain neurons that humans do, hence they are oblivious to the intense spicy nature of this very potent chilli and they spread the chilli seeds when nature calls. Thailand food is more than just a beautiful sight, it smells wonderful and tastes even better. What’s the secret? It’s got to be the spices. In fact, Thailand is notorious for producing some of the hottest dishes in South East Asia; and, we all have the Thai “bird’s eye” chilli to thank for that which is a cultivar from the species Capsicum Annuum which grows on bushes up to 2 metres high throughout Thailand.

Additionally, in Thailand they are known as prik kee noo which literally translates to “mouse dropping chilli”, a reference to the petite size of the pepper. Don’t be surprised to see Thai people eating these fresh bird’s eye chillies whole. If you are not accustomed to eating hot and spicy food, do not try this! Apart from a key ingredient in many Thai recipes, freshly chopped bird’s eye chillies with fish sauce and lime juice is served with a multitude of Thai dishes. Bird’s eye chillies can also be dried out in the sun and then ground to make chilli powder or chilli paste.

So, How Hot are Thai Bird’s Eye Chillies?

The system that measures the hotness of chillies is called the Scoville Scale named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville and it counts how much of a natural chemical called capsaicin (which gives the sensation of hotness) is in each type of chilli pepper. The least hot chilli is the bell pepper which scores 0 Scoville Heat Units (SHUs) at the other end of the spectrum you have the World’s hottest chilli according to the Guinness Book of World Records; the infamous Carolina Reaper that is rated as an incredible 1,569,300 SHUs. Apparently, in order to cook chillies with such an extremely high SHU score people have to wear chemical masks and a body suit! The Thai bird’s eye chilli is ranked at a modest 100,000 to 225,000 SHUs, a “light weight hot” chilli you may think but do not be fooled – they are blisteringly hot. We are still dealing with one of the hottest and spiciest things on Planet Earth. You do not want to scratch your eyes after handling these little yet menacing fruits!

Basic Guidance on Ordering Spicy Food in Thailand Almost every rural house in Thailand has at least one chilli bush Although there are at least 79 different types of chillies grown in Thailand one of the most popular is the small bird’s eye chilli that is used in a great many Thai dishes. Thai bird’s eye chillies are vibrant green when immature but will turn to a bright red hue once fully mature. Petite in size FOOD & Entertainment, December 2016

In Thailand the word for spicy (meaning hot) is PHET (pronounced PET) The following are the range of options when ordering food in a Thai restaurant: Not Spicy: Mai Phet A Little Bit Spicy: Nid Noi Phet Spicy: Phet Very Spicy: Phet Phet (be warned, this could blow your head off!!)

15 59 Bubbly Oceanside Sunday Brunch at its Best

At the Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant – Putahracsa Resort Hua Hin The Putahracsa serve an excellent top end brunchat their Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant every Sunday from 12 to 3pm which includes free flowing quality wines and classic cocktails for 1,699 THB Net per person. If you wish to splash out a bit more then you can select the free flow of Lombard champagne option at 2,999 THB Net per person. True to its name, the Oceanside which is located in central Hua Hin really is ocean side; you couldn’t get any closer. From here there are great ocean views and a very pleasant sea breeze ensuring that you dine in comfort.

This is an exceptional Sunday all you can eat buffet brunchand BBQ served by very friendly staff who ensure that your glass of wine or champagne is always topped up rather than having to ask. The range of superb quality fresh food on offer is huge a few examples of which are: Oysters Alaskan king crabs BBQ Rock lobsters and prawns Sushi Foiegras live station Caviar canapes Various steaks BBQ’d to your liking Extensive range of other European & Thai dishes including Tum Yum Goong Great salad bar Mouth-watering selection of patisseries’ and other desserts even including Apple Crumble and Paris Bread

Apologies, but so many other great dishes are also on offer but impossible to describe in this short article. To sum it up, there is something for everyone here.

Lang the General Manager of Putahracsa. Can you remember the last time you had candy floss? In my case about 55 years ago. Not sure I should tell my dentist.

Whilst you are tucking into your scrumptious food washed down by your wine or champers you can sit back and relax to background live music from “The Voice” Pamela D who also sings requests. Nothing too loud, just soothing music. Absolutely no “Rap” music.

In summary, if you really want to impress your loved ones, family or friends then you would be hard pressed to find somewhere that matches the Oceanside’s Sunday brunch; it is exceptional and in a great setting.

Towards the end of our visit whilst having a great coffee and consuming yet more apple crumble we were amazed that each guest was given a great big red candy floss by Manuel

Where: Putahracsa Hua Hin Resort 22/65 Naebkehart Rd. Hua Hin Prachubkirikhan 77110 When: Every Sunday Tel: 032 531 470

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Hua Hin Today December 2016  

Hua Hin Today December 2016

Hua Hin Today December 2016  

Hua Hin Today December 2016