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From the Editor Today

After a very quiet October with events in Bangkok dominating the thoughts and sentiments of everyone in Thailand, November arrived as the ‘storm after the calm’. It seems like the changing of the seasons began in more ways than one. The most obvious sign was the severe weather event near the end of last month when a massive deluge brought both Hua Hin and Cha-Am to a halt with many roads impassable. Some say this was the wettest day in memory. Although flooding was short-lived for many, our thoughts go to the residents of Phetchaburi town as the real casualties from dam overflows. My November ‘obligations’ included too many very social gatherings which included sampling some of the best cuisine in town day and night. As a small joke I posted a series of pictures of some wonderful dishes over one week which drew many responses from unsympathetic friends. For example: “someone is having a lot of fun there!!!”, “you are really being spoilt”, “is this for the paper or are you on holidays somewhere”, “great work if you can get it” and finally “you most likely went straight out for a Big Mac afterwards......!!” Thanks to all the commentators their words of encouragement but more importantly thanks to the hosts of the various establishments for their gracious hospitality. Christmas and New Year is the most significant time of the year for many foreigners in town. Some struggle to recognise a festive season without snow and ice although warm weather is very normal if you are from the southern hemisphere. A beach bar BQ is a great alternative to ‘chestnuts roasting on the open fire’. The management and staff of Hua Hin Today wish all our readers and friends the very best for this Festive Season. Please stay safe and secure and spare a thought for those who need to dress like a polar bear in some far-flung northern land. David editor@huahintoday.com

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4 Golden Triangle is ‘Ground Zero’ for Wildlife Trafficking - WWF

Tigers, elephants, bears and pangolins are four of the most widely traded species in the Golden Triangle border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, according to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Rhinos, serow, helmeted hornbill, gaur, leopards and turtles round out the list of endangered species that are openly sold in a region considered “ground zero” in the illegal wildlife trade.

Endangered species are often seen for sale in a criminal trade that threatens wildlife A major driver of the trade is tourists from China and Vietnam travelling to areas such as Mong La and Tachilek in Myanmar, and border areas such as Boten and the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos. “Illegal, unregulated and unsustainable trade is driving wild populations of hundreds of species into endangerment, not only in the Greater Mekong but around the world,” Chrisgel Cruz, technical adviser on Wildlife Trade for WWF-Greater Mekong. “Border areas like the Golden Triangle are where this trade thrives and where we must work hardest to protect the defenceless.”

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Many of the Asia’s poached and farmed tigers pass through the Golden Triangle, where they end up in tiger wine, on dinner tables, in dubious medicines, or as luxury items and jewellery.

Two sun bears at a bear rescue centre. The bear’s gall bladders are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Bear meat, particularly the paws, is considered a culinary delicacy. Killing bears is illegal in all bear range countries but is largely uncontrolled. They are banned from international commercial trade. “Bear farms and tiger farms, along with wide open wildlife markets across the Golden Triangle, are menaces to wild populations of these species and should be closed,” said Bill Possiel, WWF-Greater Mekong regional conservation director. “This region has a deserved reputation as both a destination and source of some of the world’s most endangered species and that has to stop or these species could go extinct.” Also covered in keratin is the pangolin, which is in high demand in China and Vietnam for its scales and is considered the most trafficked animal in the world. Another species, the helmeted hornbill, has a massive helmet-like structure on its head that is ideal for carvings similar to ivory.

The world’s largest species of cattle, the gaur, pictured in Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, is declining due to demand for its impressive horns.

The serow, a mountain-dwelling, goat-like species, is highly prized for its meat and body parts, which are used in traditional medicine in Laos. Leopards, which were once widely found across Southeast Asia, are now poached for their skin and skulls. Turtles are widely sold, both alive and as decorative objects. WWF’s work includes raising awareness across Asia on the need to close at least 20 markets by 2020.  http://www.wwf.or.th A New Species of Great Ape Announced

Meanwhile a new great ape species—the Tapanuli orangutan — has been officially announced by an international team of scientists. With no more than 800 individuals, the Tapanuli orangutan is the most endangered of all great apes. Previously, two species of orangutans were known; the Bornean orangutan and Sumatran orangutan. This new third species lives in North Sumatra, but is genetically and behaviorally distinct from the two other species. “This discovery not only demonstrates how much we still don’t know about the biodiversity on our planet, but also sheds further light on the precarious position species like the Tapanuli orangutan are in as their forest homes are increasingly threatened by conversion,” said Nilanga Jayasinghe, senior program officer for Asian species, WWF. “It’s critical to address the many threats to their habitat if we want to secure their future.” http://www.wwf.or.th


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6 Chef Xavier, Presents Cuisine for the New Generation Chef Xavier Charest-Réhel is the exciting new Head Chef at Big Fish & Bar, the seafront dining destination at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa.

A Canadian national, Chef Xavier is only 25 but has a lifetime of culinary experience, having been born into a family of chefs and worked in kitchens from the tender age of 12. Having started his career at L’Incrédule, the sophisticated French bistro in Longueuil, Quebec, he then joined Toqué!, the stylish Montréal venue that is headed up by star chef Normand Laprise and was once selected as the “Best Restaurant in North America”. Laprise took young Xavier under his wing and the two formed a close relationship. Having started out as a pot washer, Chef Xavier rose through the kitchen ranks to become Commis Chef and then Chef de Partie, before moving to Laprise’s second restaurant, La Brasserie T!, as Sous Chef. Capturing the trend of modern millennial dining, Chef Xavier moved to Italy in 2013 to learn from the masters of gastronomy, and then on to Phuket to become Executive Chef of Breeze at Cape Yamu, which was honored as the

“Best Restaurant in Phuket” and one of Asia’s “Top Six Champagne Sunday Brunch” destinations. That position was intended only to last for 3 months of the high season but his appointment at the Marriott Hua Hin soon followed and it now seems likely that there’s a long term future in Thailand. Chef Xavier’s cuisine reflects his deep love of food, art and travel with a unique, artistic twist to every dish. Harnessing authentic local ingredients and fresh produce is vital. He wants the ‘catch of the day’ to be just that; dependent upon what was caught by the local fishermen that day. Having achieved so much in a relatively short time, Chef Xavier is now bringing his dynamic, award winning culinary style to diners at Big Fish & Bar, which overlooks Hua Hin’s sandy beach and the Gulf of Thailand. It’s not just a seafood restaurant with Chef Xavier currently developing new menu soon to available.

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8 Holiday Remains; King Bhumibol to be known as ‘the Great’

The government is in the process of honoring HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej with the prestigious designation of “The Great”

“We have already started the process,” said Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. The government has been preparing to honour King Rama IX as “Somdet Phra Bhajdhara Maharaja”. The name can be interpreted as the “Glorious” or “Best King”.

He said the attendance at the ritual to lay sandalwood flowers was the biggest showing in Thailand’s history for a royal ceremony. “The Great” is traditionally attached to the name of a king who was outstanding and had a major influence during his reign. King Rama IX will be the seventh king with “The Great” designation once the process is complete. In Thai history, other kings granted the designation included King Rama I, who founded the current Chakri Dynasty, King Rama V, who abolished slavery in Thailand and significantly modernized the country, and King Naresuan and King Taksin, each of whom restored Thailand’s independence at different periods. King Rama IX was the longest-reigning Thai monarch to date. His reign lasted seven full decades from 1946 to 2016. During the period he was devoted to his people and worked tirelessly to improve their well-being, becoming known as the “Father of the Land”. Over the seven decades, Thailand transformed from an underdeveloped nation to an upper-middle income country with significant developments on many fronts. As a result, King Rama IX won the near-universal love and respect from his people. 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. 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 cabinet has resolved to keep December 5th as a public holiday each year in honour of his Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Assistant government spokesman, Col Athisit Chainuwat, said the cabinet decision follows its acknowledgement of a recent Prime Minister’s Office announcement signed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. According to the announcement, which is in accordance with a royal command, December 5th will from now on be observed as an important national day to remember the late King’s contributions to this country.  The day is designated as the birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the country’s National Day, and Fathers’ Day, according to the announcement. The Nation/Bangkok Post

Municipality Urges People to Help Toon Help Thai Hospitals

The Hua Hin Municipality asked local people to give moral and financial support to Toon Bodyslam, the famous Thai rock singer and the host of the charity campaign for 11 hospitals throughout Thailand. In this campaign, the lead singer of the rock band Bodyslam is running from the from southernmost Betong district in Yala province to Mae Sai, the northernmost district of Chiang Rai in a 2,191 kilometre charity run . The main objective of the running charity campaign hosted by Toon Bodyslam is to encourage Thai people to donate some money for the country’s medium-sized hospitals currently in need of medical equipment. Mid November the rock singer had covered one-third of his charity run, or 700 kilometres, and has collected over 280 million THB in donations. He also became a role model for Thai people to stay healthy by jogging every day. A few months ago, Toon Bodyslam did this running campaign to help Bang Saphan Hospital in Prachuab Khirikhan. However, a lot of hospitals in Thailand need financial support for infrastructure improvement. Realising the problem, the Thai rock star reinitiated the project and made it bigger to help more Thai hospitals, namely Yala Hospital, Surath Thani Hospital, Ratchaburi Hospital, Chao Phraya Yomarat Hospital, Saraburi Hospital, Khon Kaen Hospital, Chao Phraya Aphai Phubet Hospital, Nakhon Phing Hospital, Chiang Rai Prachanukhroh Hospital, Nan Hospital and King Mongkut Hospital in Bangkok, where patients from other provinces are admitted daily.

The present running charity campaign is designed to be bigger and take more time so that donation becomes a lot more than the previous one. Also, no one in the country has done this before. It started on 1st November in Yala and is planned to end on 25th December in Chiang Rai. The host believes that, if each of 70 million Thai people donates 10 THB, he will receive 700,000,000 THB in total at the end of the campaign. Apart from seeing Thai people help each other, Toon Bodyslam would like them to take exercise to stay healthy. Since this campaign is the last activity of the rock singer, all Thai people are encouraged to help him make this mission possible. Those interested in donating money can do so via the following channels: HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

by depositing money to the current account of Siam Commercial Bank (Public Company), Ratchayothin Branch in Bangkok, No. 111-393-5263; by sending the SMS from a cellphone (Type T and send the SMS to 4545099); by transferring money via Prompt Pay Service to 0994000005261; by using the SCB Easy App and making donation to the campaign directly; by transferring money via the SCB Easy Net at www. scbeasy.com; by depositing money to the ATM of Siam Commercial Bank (Public Company) by making donation via the Counter Service at 7-11 Convenient Stores throughout Thailand; and by the Payment Gateway (Only the customers with a debit or credit card of Siam Commercial Bank (Public Company) can use the service. Donations can be made from now on until 31 May 2018.


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A Trove of Thai Treasures at Hua Hin Home Art

Shopping for Christmas is something you either love or loath. For some people it’s a labour of love with warm and heartfelt joy but for others it’s a chore with endless wandering through shopping malls with the vague hope of discovering a gift that siuts both the intended recipient and their budget. Add another dimension of being away from your home country and the prospect of a gift to take home and the gift selection becomes even more demanding. We’ve all seen the slogan: “My Mum went to Thailand and all she brought me back was this lousy T Shirt!” If you are looking for a piece of the real Thailand, whether that be to grace your home and/or loved one here or to take to your home country, our suggestion is forget about the westerised malls or ‘dodgy’ street side stalls and head for a place that has authentic Thai items. This should be where you can talk to the proprietor and learn about the origin of each piecesand establish the provinence, but also where the prices are reasonable and you can see and feel value for money. Our visit to Hua Hin Home Art met this criteria with owner Khun Ladda answering all our questions and always on hand for any advice needed in a huge showroom of Thai Treasures. Here’s what we found ……….

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Maybe all that’s needed is a perfumed fruit or flower potpurri or soap, a shell lined cocoanut bowl or some silver.

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‘Family ‘ groups of unique character that are bound to produce a smile Words of warning; Thai law prohibits the export of Buddha images that are bigger than 5” without first obtaining an export permit. Buddha images at your home should be carefully placed (get some advice) and certainly not be placed in a low (ground level) situation. Take the time to check the import laws of your country. Some countries do not allow either plant (including wood) or animal products (leather or skins) which could result in a confrontation at the customs arrival hall. Where: Soi 112, past MahaSamutr and then through the traffic lights, the showroom is on the left after a further 300 metres. Contact: Tel. 087 113 8566, 085 631 4488 Website: www.huahin-homeart.com HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017


10 Don Mueang Bridge Renovations Started

The bridge to enter Don Mueang International Airport is closed until next September, with renovations for the bridge and its surrounding roads. The Department of Highways (DOH) has initiated the renovation project after persistent bottle-necking on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road affected passenger traffic and caused congestion in the area around the airport. The renovations will allow the outbound road to support three lanes of regular traffic. Construction and heavy machinery will be moved into the area. The bridge is set to be demolished, and reconstructed with a new design prior to reopening next year. During the renovations, outbound Vibhavadi Rangsit Road will be closed from 10pm to 4am daily, with two detours being

provided for motorists in the left lanes. During the daytime, traffic will be able to flow as usual. In the meantime, passengers heading into Don Mueang International Airport may choose three alternative routes. Passengers may choose to enter the airport via the first U-turn bridge located in front of the airport warehouse, the Don Mueang tollway or the third U-turn bridge, which is also known as the Royal Thai Air Force U-turn bridge. Heavy congestion is expected throughout the duration of the renovation project. Passengers should be prepared to leave two to three hours earlier than they would normally, to make sure they do not miss their flights. – Bangkok Post

Dutchman Arrested in Hua Hin for Alleged Child Sex Offences

Protection from Wrongful Tourism Business Practices Foreign tourists who feel they have been scammed by tourism businesses in Thailand can now file for compensation from the Thai government.

Tourism Department Director-General Anant Wongbenjarat said foreign tourists can file compensation claims from the department if they were swindled by registered tour companies that fail to operate as planned or advertised. He said the compensation will be paid by the Tourist Business Protection Fund, NNT reported. The fund requires tour companies and operators who have a valid license to deposit anywhere from 10,000 to 200,000 THB, depending on the size of their organisation and whether they offer inbound, outbound or domestic tours. The fund will then be used to speed up the payment of compensation to tourists who have been scammed by unscrupulous tour companies. Once the compensation has paid to the claimant, the Tourism Department will then go after the tour company to recoup the money. If the company fails to comply, they will lose their deposit and could have their license suspended. However, a compensation claim can only be made against a registered tour company or operator. A claim cannot be made against an unregistered tour

company. Because of this, Wongbenjarat urged all tourists to first check whether a tour company is registered with the Tourism Department. Visitors can check if a tour company is legitimate by visiting: www.tourism.go.th. Email fund.centre8116@gmail.com – thaivisa.com

Cancelling Credit Card Purchases

Credit Card Business is a Controlled Business with consumer protection available when goods or services are purchased using a credit card.

A Dutchman arrested in Hua Hin for alleged sexual abuse of a child aged 15 or under had been investigated for an alleged similar offence before leaving the Netherlands. Songsak Raksaksakul, deputy directorgeneral of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), told a media briefing that Reinold Klunder, 51, was arrested at house in the Bo Fai community of Hua Hin district. A boy aged about 10 years was with him. Sex toys, eight computers, many memory cards and compact discs were seized. Police charged Mr Klunder with molesting a child and separating the child from his parents for paid molestation,” Police Colonel Songsak said. The investigation was being expanded.  Police Colonel Songsak Raksaksakul, deputy director-general of the Department of Special Investigation Mr Klunder had moved to Thailand from the Netherlands, he said. In his homeland he had allegedly been charged with child molestation, but was not convicted.  In Thailand, he had been in the property business for five years. He allegedly played music to lure children into sharing activities with him.  Investigators said he had regularly taken children aged 15 or under to his house. Dutch authorities had asked Thai authorities to collect evidence against him, Pol Col Songsak said. A representative of the Netherlands Embassy was with the officials during the raid. He warned that child sex abuse was growing in Thailand and other Southeast

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Asian nations. Foreigners who were released temporarily after such offences in Thailand often repeated them in Cambodia, Myanmar or Vietnam. In Thailand, child sex abuse was reported in Chonburi (113 offences since 2010), Chiang Mai (25 offences) and Bangkok (seven). Bangkok Post

By definition the contract made with a credit card does not change the consumer’s right to cancel the purchase of goods or services within 45 days from the date of purchase of goods and services, or within 30 days from the due date of delivery of goods or services. If you have already been charged, the money will be returned to the consumer within 30 days from the date the consumer informs the company concerned in domestic cases. When purchasing goods or services from overseas the payment must be returned to the consumer within 60 days of the consumer’s notice. To terminate the contract, this must be in written form to be effective. The content termination must be due to the fault of the provider of the goods or services, or does

not provide the services required under the contract. When the consumer sends a letter to terminate the contract, they should make two copies, keeping one for themselves as evidence and another to send to the credit card company. The letter to terminate the contract must be sent within 30 days from the date of the contract and should be sent as registered mail at a post office as proof of the notice. If the contract is terminated and the company does not refund the payment, the matter may then be brought to court. For more information, contact the Office of the Consumer Protection at the Hua Hin Municipality; phone 0-3251-1047 ext. 213 on Mon-Fri, contact the Office of the Consumer Protection Board hotline 1166 or visit www.ocpb.go.th.


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12 Roll-Out Biometric Checks for SIM Cards Nationwide

Thailand will introduce biometric checks nationwide for mobile telephone users to register their SIM cards from December 15th in a bid to stamp out fraudulent electronic transactions. The new rules require users to either have their fingerprints verified or their faces scanned. Biometric subscriber identity module (SIM) registration which is described as a process of identifying the personal information of a subscriber by using their biometric characteristics has been recent Governments’ efforts in fighting crimes and curb possible terrorist attacks. Biometrics has proved to be an effective and optimal choice in the SIM card management. As many crimes triggered by mobile phones threaten nation security, an increasing number of Governments has urged to look for a more secure and convenient way to monitor those. In the future, there will be more and more countries realise the advantages of biometrics and adopt its use in the telecommunication to reduce mobile phone related crime such as money laundering, cyber terrorism, and prank calls.

Secretary-general Takorn Tantasith of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) demonstrates ‘fingerprint enrolment’ The regulator first launched the system in June in Thailand’s troubled south. Officials say insurgents in the largely ethnic Malay Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat have used pre-paid SIM cards to trigger bombs. Biometric registration in the south was adopted for national security reasons but elsewhere in Thailand it is aimed at mobile banking security, said regulatory official Takorn Tantasith. “This is not aimed at tracking users, but enhancing security, especially in case of mobile payments,” said Takorn, the secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. Similar biometric systems are already in use in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. From December 15th, Thais will be required to register new SIM cards, both pre-paid and post-paid, at service centres and retailers across the country, which will be equipped with biometric tools, he added. SIM cards for postpaid accounts are now registered on purchase, while pre-paid SIM cards can be bought with no identification.

Biometric registration in the south was adopted for national security reasons To register a new SIM card, users’ fingerprints will be matched against the data stored on their national identification cards, identical to that in the government’s central citizen database, Takorn said. Mobile operators will shoulder the cost of card readers, which range from 500 baht ($15) to 9,000 baht ($271), he added. The verification process might alternatively involve facial scans, depending on the equipment available. After verification, service centres will send users’ data to mobile operators for record-keeping, without storing any information on-site, Takorn said. The more mobile marketplace continues to grow, the more it becomes the target attack for illegal identity thieves. According to a survey of telecommunications fraud and security experts, global fraud loss in the industry for 2013 is US$46.3 billion, a 15% rise from 2011. The primary reason for the increase was fraudulent activity targeting the wireless industry through new ways of stealing identities, devices and network access.

Thailand’s Fragrant Hom Mali Rice Voted World’s Best

The World Rice Conference has declared Thailand’s fragrant Hom Mali variety the world’s best rice, maintaining Thailand’s number one position after several years of lower rice quality.

Chookiat Ophaswongse, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said that the conference in Macau has declared the Hom Mali 105 variety the world’s best rice in 2017, while the second and third rankings went to Cambodian and Vietnam. He said the referees were chefs from hotels in Macau, and the criteria were the taste and shape of the rice grain. It was the second consecutive year that Thailand’s fragrant rice won the championship. It had lost the title to Myanmar in 2011, Cambodia in 2012-2013 and the US in 2015. Winning the title again this year would boost Thai rice revenues, Chookiat said, as

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it would increase both global demand and prices. He added the price of Thai Hom Mali rice was already much higher than that of Cambodian and Vietnamese varieties, with Thai Hom Mali quoted at US $850 a ton, compared to Cambodia’s at $750 and Vietnam’s at $550. Over the past four years, the price of Cambodian rice approached the Thai price, Chookiat said, as Cambodian rice was judged the world’s best rice in 2012 and 2013. This year’s contest involved 21 rice varieties from rice-producing countries. Thailand nominated three varieties. – Bangkok Post

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Waste Management Campaign at Boh Fai School In 2004 the Boh Fai Municipal School launched a waste management campaign, starting with a bank to recycle waste and garbage with the main objective to promote waste selection and separation prior to dumping.

This campaign has been extended from the school to the students’ homes with the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion awarding it a HRH Princess Sirindhorn trophy in 2015. Realising the importance of the campaign, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion wanted to encourage the active cooperation of the community where the school is situated to raise awareness about waste management among Thai people, reducing the amount of dumped garbage and promote recycling it wisely. The Department has now approved a project to establish 9 learning centres about waste management at Boh Fai School and community. On 10th November, the Zero Waste School Learning Centre was officially opened at Boh Fai School by Mr. Ratchada Suryakul na Ayudhaya, the Director General of the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and the Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul. The Hua Hin Mayor said that setting up the learning centre at Boh fai School integrated education about environmental conservation and promoted the participation of students and teachers.

He also said that the amount of garbage increases every day and sustainable waste management is needed with the cooperation of public and private organisations. Finally, the Mayor would like Hua Hin people to take greate care of the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling garbage wisely before dumping it. To promote waste free zones in Hua hin, students should realise the impact of waste on the environment and practice selfdiscipline about environmental protection.


13 Basic Education Commission Meeting

at Hua Hin Witthayakhom School Officials of the Basic Education Commission have visited Hua Hin Witthayakhom School and attended a meeting with the instructors and executives at the Hua Hin Grand Hotel and Plaza. The meeting’s main agenda included formulating an integral education plan under current governmental policy and presenting awards to teachers. It was organised in Hua Hin as the Hua Hin Witthayakhom School has enjoyed good educational standards and projects this year. According to the BEC officials, the Hua Hin Witthayakhom School is still facing some problems, particularly drug use and students with improper behaviour. Those problems often come from the students’ family, but the school helps to transform them to be good people. Both the instructors and the executives have to work hard and actively to create good and positive image of the school. The BEC and the school’s executives are receiving help from the Phetchaburi

Provincial Court regarding vocational education for the students as the Ministry of Education is promoting ways to reduce classroom studying and increase outside classroom learning. The art teachers, for instance, will be asked to launch a music and drama activity while the food science teachers will be responsible for creating a cooking class. The Provincial Court will support them with learning and teaching materials upon request. This activity is good and useful for the students after they graduate. Finally, the Boon Rowd Brewery Co.,Ltd. By Santi Bhirombhakdi is offering help with golf practice for interested students as there are many professional and famous golfers who are Hua Hin natives. The company believes that there are many young people in Hua Hin who dream of being well-known golfers but do not have the opportunity to make their dream come true.

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Prevent Diseases Being Spread From Monkeys

Because the monkey is a primate and close to humans, if the monkey has a disease there is also the chance of spreading this disease to humans.

Over the years, there have been many new or emerging diseases and some of these diseases are spread from monkeys, e.g. monkey’s smallpox, dengue hemorrhagic fever, Ebola dengue, especially dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue Ebola fever are a very dangerous disease and there are no vaccines against these diseases. Viruses from monkeys are easily to spread to Human. Symptoms may not appear in monkeys, but when caught up with people there can be serious consequences. A virus could be transmitted from monkeys and gibbons to humans from bites, scratches, saliva, stools, and urine, and mucus. The Public Health and Environment Division of Hua Hin Municipality want to educate people not to approach wild

monkeys and not to feed them to prevent the spread of diseases from these monkeys. For people who have a monkey they must watch for sickness, fever or not eating food. In these circumstances the monkey should be taken it to a vet for a diagnosis. Be careful not to make monkeys stressed or irritability, because this is when someone can be bitten or scratched and a wound prone to infection. The Health and Environment Division of Hua Hin Municipality is trying to solve the monkey problems at Hin Lek Fai and Khao Takiab by capturing and sterilising monkeys. It is planned that in the year 2018 the Monkey Population Control Program will sterilise more than 500 monkeys.

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!

The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin and businesspeople have recently built a new classroom building for students with autism at Ban Nong Khon School in Hua Hin. According to the Rotary Club’s Chairperson Mrs. Wassana Ra-e, the construction of the building cost over 500,000 Thai Baht. The initiative belongs to two businesspeople from Bangkok, Mrs. Waneeporn Phanthutecha and Mr. Phakdee Phaknara. Located at Ban Nong Khon School in Hua Hin, the new classroom building has one floor and boasts exquisite traditional Thai architecture of Pan Ya, featuring the sloped and trapezoidal roof. Inside the building, there are a lot of learning and teaching materials for students and teachers. The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin helped the businesspeople to build the new classroom building because this activity conforms the major objective of the club which is established to take care of disadvantaged and disabled people.

Every year, the club’s members and private business owners join in many social activities to help poor and disadvantaged people. The new classroom building was offered to Ban Nong Khon School where kindergarten students with autism will study. Mrs. Wassana added that the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin was launched over a decade ago by 30 local people in the city. The club’s meetings are is held four times a month to consider ways to help poor and disadvantaged people. Social activities are usually initiated by donation of all members and other people. Next year, the club is planning to build a playground at Ban Nong Ta Phao in Hua Hin to honor His Majesty King Bhumibhol and provide the students with more space to play and take excercise. Those interested in making donation or participating in the club’s social activities are welcome to do. Those who would like to attend the club’s meetings can attend the Hua Hin Grand Hotel and Plaza every Thursday.

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. 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-lined 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 t h a t eve r yo n e i n Thailand has a very merry Christmas and all my best wishes for the New Year. Ho, Ho, Ho, from Santa!” HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017


14 King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Last Encounter with Foreign Press In April 2008, nine members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand were granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej to present him with the second edition of “The King of Thailand in World Focus,” a book showing how his life had been covered by the foreign media since his birth in the U.S. in 1927.

New Year Card 2008 from His Majesty the King English was one of at least four languages he spoke fluently, and he did not struggle for words or lose his train of thought. When the name of a senior army officer eluded him, he called over the general. The officer crossed the carpet on his knees, but the name eluded him too. “You see what I have to put up with,” the king joked, lifting his arms in mock despair.

“The King of Thailand in World Focus” There was no doubt that the king liked the book, which included a photograph of his U.S. birth certificate stamped “Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” He expressed his thanks three times, but not, it seemed, because the book flattered him. “It will show people what we tried to do,” he said. The audience, lasting over 135 minutes, took place in the Chitralada Villa of Dusit Palace, set in an area large enough for an 18-hole golf course — a game he despised as a burden on the environment. “I am an enemy of golf courses,” he said — not that he had anything against golfers personally. King Bhumibol was standing dressed in a dark lounge suit, and he shook hands with everybody in the group individually. A general and a member of the king’s personal secretariat were the only other people to remain in the room in the hours that followed. The king, 80 at the time, had been suffering from serious back problems that had required surgery in 2006. His condition may have been exacerbated by his passion for sailing heavy wooden dinghies in his younger days. He sat on a sofa with a cane by his side, and appeared comfortable throughout, responding immediately and often humorously. He was engaging and open, and his slightly rasping voice seemed to gain strength.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Klai Kangwol Palace He had been recently unwell but was feeling better. He said he had decided to live on for some years more. He would soon go to Klai Kangwol (far from worries), his seaside palace in Hua Hin, for the first time in two years. He bemoaned how changing tidal patterns in the Gulf of Thailand had washed sand off the beach from which he once sailed. The king once said being a monarch was like having an upside-down pyramid bearing down painfully on his neck, but also “great fun.” He described his position as “unique,” bristling slightly at comparisons with European monarchs. All monarchies were different, he said, and he

Ordination of Brahmin Nuns for King Bhumibhol

On 6th November, the Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul chaired an opening ceremony to ordinate Brahmin nuns at the Ratana Phithak Buddhist Meditation Centre in the Nong Kae Community. Also attended by the Deputy Mayor, the Permanent Secretary of the Hua Hin Municipality as well as distinguished guests, this event was held to honour Thai monarchs, particularly His Majesty King Bhumibhol. It was hosted by Hua Hin Temple, the Social Welfare Division of Hua Hin Municipality and local communitiy officials. Over 80 women were temporarily ordained with Brahmin nuns taking part in Dhama teaching sessions, medication practice, praying and observing the eight Buddhist precepts for purified and peace of mind. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

did not wish to speak critically of any. The king talked about how his jazz band had grown old and tone deaf, but still enjoyed playing together, and about his famous dog Tong daeng and her many offspring with unusually curly tails. One was very jealous and sometimes bit him — undoubtedly a criminal offense in Thailand, everyone agreed. The audience was rare but not unprecedented. The king did grant occasional access to selected foreign media, but was otherwise circumspect and unrevealing. To get an idea of what was on his mind, Thais tuned in to his birthday “fireside” talks each December, or tried to fathom occasional lectures to students and officials at ceremonies. After we left, King Bhumibol spent 45 minutes reading the book, alone once more with his thoughts. It was his last encounter with any foreign journalists. – asia. nikkei.com

Halep Amongst Top Tennis Players Coming To Hua Hin

World No 1 Simona Halep of Romania leads the elite field of entrants into the Intercontinental World Tennis Thailand Championship from December 23-24 at the True Arena Hua Hin. The 26-year-old Romanian who has 15 WTA singles titles to her credit will be joined by world No 4 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, No 7 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, the French Open champion and No 9 Johanna Konta of Great Britain in the annual tennis exhibition. “This will be the first time for all four

players to compete in Hua Hin. All will stay in Hua Hin for five days after the tournament to train for the Australian Open,” said Suwat Liptapanlop chairman of the event. The four players will compete in the knock- out stage at 6pm and 8pm respectively on December 23. Winners will move into the final set at 8pm on December 24 while the third place play-off is due at 6pm. All matches can be viewed live on True 670 and True 4U. Call 032-909-633 or visit www.truearenahuahin.com.


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There are so much news about celebrities getting married and giving birth to their adorable children nowadays. But giving birth to a strong and healthy baby is not an easy thing to be achieved. During the nine months of pregnancy she has to be very careful of anything that may be harmful to her child, including diseases. One of the most significant genetic disorders is ‘Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder from an extra pair of chromosome. The approximate number of children being born with Down syndrome in Thailand is 1 per 1,000. One of the most important risk factors is the age of the mother. The older the mother the more chances for their children to have Down syndrome. The general conditions that can be found in the patients with Down syndrome are: Abnormality in body structures such as a flat face, small and disfigured ears, small lips, pointed up eyes, small white dots at the iris, a big tongue, and short and separated fingers and being shorter than normal. Slow brain development, causing the person to have a low IQ Abnormality in the functionality of their organs; such as valvular heart disease, gastrointestinal tract, thyroid hormone disorders and low immunity. In general, we would have 23 pairs of a chromosome or 46 chromosomes (23 from the father and 23 from the mother). People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes.

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Down syndrome may be divided into three main types: Trisomy 21 is the extra chromosome in chromosome 21 from an abnormality in the mother’s egg cell division. This is the most common disorder 94 percent. Translocation is where a part of chromosome 21 moves or switches with another pair of chromosomes (mostly chromosome 14). This type of Down syndrome has 4 percent chance of occurring. Mosaicism is where there are two types of cell; a situation in which different cells in the same individual have different numbers or arrangements of chromosomes. This type of Down syndrome has fewer symptoms as there are still functioning normal cells. It also has the least chance of occurring with a 2 percent chance only. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that cannot be prevented and cannot be cured. A doctor’s consultation during pregnancy can evaluate risk factors through ultrasound, amniocentesis and blood examination. Provided by Healthlab Hua Hin


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18 Second Happy World Tour for Happy Child Foundation

Victor Sukseree the General Manager of Dusit Thani Hua Hin has welcomed a cycling group from “The 2nd Happy World Tour for Happy Child Foundation” project. This group is cycling around the world to raise money to donate to the poor and underprivileged children in Thailand. The tour set off in September 2016 and passed the finishing line in Phuket on 25th November 2017, having taken 14 months, crossing 4 continents and covering a distance of 30,000 kilometres.

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Milestone Service Award Celebrations

New Wines from Siam Winery Launched at Suan Bua, Thai Restaurant of Centara Grand Hua Hin

Pictured (left to right) Khun Ekbundit Inruang, Horeca Executive of Siam Winery, Jan Weisheit Executive Assistant Manager Centara Grand Hua Hin, Kathrin Puff the Winemaker, Steffen Hoffer, Executive Chef. Executives of Siam Winery. Centara Grand Hua Hin was proud to host the launch of new wines from Siam Winery at a special wine dinner at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. The two new wines a Signature White - Chenin Blanc and Signature Red - Dornfelder, were paired with a fourcourse menu prepared by Executive Chef Steffen Hoffer. Kathrin Puff, the winemaker was pleased to co-host the evening and share her wealth of knowledge in producing these wines. The wines can now be enjoyed by all guests at Centara Grand Hua Hin in one of the four restaurants.

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa No Stranger to Awards

“Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s latest achievement” Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa recently presented the Associate Long Service Award to 76 members who have been with the hotel for 10 years and 22 members who have been 5 years with the hotel. The awards ceremony served as a symbol of recognition for associates, their achievements, dedication and loyal support through their tenure with the hotel. At a grand dinner, the awards were presented by Mr. Bruce Dupuis; General Manager of Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas with a service certificate, service pin for all 5 & 10 years members and a gold pendant (4.89 grams) for members with 10 service-year. “Our associates are the heart of hotel, and their hard work, dedication, and service deserve praise and recognition. We’re glad to provide these exceptional individuals a great place to work and make a difference, and we are proud to reward their efforts.” said Bruce Dupuis.

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“Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s latest achievement” Associates and management of this well-renowned resort has just celebrated winning yet another feather to its cap with the recent achievements of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Hotels.com’s Certificate of Loved by Guests for the year of 2017. This reflects the company’s proud commitment to guest satisfaction and service excellence. Bruce Dupuis, General Manager of Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas said “I am fortunate to work together with a dedicated team of professionals who apart from their technical skills take great pride in offering genuine Thai hospitality to our guests. These certificates are in recognition of our journey to offer the best possible experience for everyone who walks through our doors. Each and every one of our associates, from the one who started today up until our owning company, support and embrace Sheraton’s service culture of excellence.”

Cha-Am Set To Welcome More Country & Western Music

The Cha-Am Municipality, in cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Cha-Am and Cha-Am A.T.V. Park, is planning to organise the 2nd Thailand Country ChaAm 2018 after the huge success of the inaugural event. The 1st Thailand Country Music Cha-Am was held on 18th November, featuring a big stage to accommodate six bands playing American country music. The event also highlighted a natural and scenic landscape where Thai and foreign music lovers, dressed in cowgirl and cowboy styles, sat on straw bails to enjoy performances and to savor delicious dishes. The event a success with over 1,000 visitors enjoying the combination of a western and Thai genteel atmosphere. This was the first festive event to welcome the dry and cold season in Cha-Am. According to Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri, the Mayor of Cha-Am, although the event had a western feel, it well suits the traditional culture of Cha-Am as local people, may be farmers, who also like to play music when they have free time as much as American cowboys. Similar to Texas, Phetchaburi also has people raising cows, sheep and goats apart from the areas amazing beaches and historical sites. The Thailand Country Music Cha-Am is an activity effectively incorporating western and traditional Thai culture to appeal to Thai and foreign tourists.

Mr. Nukul added that, as the Cha-Am Mayor, he was happy to see the western cowboys and cowgirls get together at the event and enjoy the music along with Thai people. It is certain that the event will return for the second time next year to promote tourism in Cha-Am. The host of the event also said that he was surprised at the success of the event with many Thai people from different parts of the country participating with foreiners. As Hua Hin is famous for the Jazz festival, Cha-Am should be equally well known for country music. Being supported by such private and public organisations such as the Bunrawd Public Company, TAT in Cha-Am, the Lions Club of Royal Hua Hin and the Cha-Am Municipality, the Thailand Country Music Cha-Am will now be organised every year.


19 Some Offbeat Days to Celebrate in December

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. DECEMBER 1ST: SCRABBLE DAY

DECEMBER 9th: CHRISTMAS CARD 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. December 1st Romania National Day

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.

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.

DECEMBER 4TH: NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

DECEMBER 14TH: MONKEY 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 offbeatholiday-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!

DECEMBER 4th: SANTA’S LIST DAY

DECEMBER 16TH: BEETHOVEN’S BIRTHDAY

F i n l a n d ’s I n d e p e n d e n ce D ay   ( F i n n i s h :   itsenäisyyspäivä) 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, 

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.

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.

December 12th Kenya Jamhuri Day 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. 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. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017


20 CONDO FOR SALE Condominium in Cha-Am Beach for sale. This project is Beach front Condo by the same developer of Baan Klang Hua Hin Condo. Now offer with special price for sale. The price was before 9.95 MB, then offer for special price @ 7,191,000 Million Baht with fully furnished,size 153 Sq.m,balcony face to North side with pool view on floor2. To view please call @ 086-338-23203 Condominium in Cha-Am Beach for sale.  This project is Beach front Condo by the same developer of Baan Klang Hua Hin Condo. Now offer with special price for sale.

HOUSE FOR SALE The Park Oasis 2 pool villa for sale. 187 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom.From 5.4 Million THB. Black Lotus offers great hotel services such as a free shuttle to go to the downtown. It has also a communal swimming pool, fitness center, car park. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Orchid Villa 4 pool villa for sale. 210 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. From 8 Million THB. Great residence located in the backcountry, close to Black Mountain golf, with friendly atmosphere. Designed pool villas. Possibility of rental management.

The price was before 11MB, then offer for special price @7,497,000 Million Baht with fully furnished, size 153 Sq.m, balcony face to North side with Sea view on floor3.

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On soi 88 for resale. 330 Sq.m. 5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom. Land of 600 Sq.m. 10 395 Million THB. Great location, just 5 minutes from The Market Village. Modern and luminous house with a beautiful terrace. Ideal for a family. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN)

Condominium in Cha-Am Beach for sale. This project is Beach front Condo by the same developer of Baan Klang Hua Hin Condo. Now offer with special price for sale. The price was before 4.15MB, then offer for special price @ 3,243,000 Million Baht with fully furnished, size 69 Sq.m, balcony face to North side, pool view onfloor2. To view please call @ 086-398-3902 Condominium in Cha-Am Beach for sale.  This project is Beach front Condo by the same developer of Baan Klang Hua Hin Condo. Now offer with special price for sale @ 7.011 Million Baht with fully furnished, size 114Sq.m, balcony face to East side, with pool view on floor2. To view please call @ 086-398-3902 Condominium in Cha-Am Beach for sale.  This project is Beach front Condo by the same developer of Baan Klang Hua Hin Condo. Now offer with special price for sale @ 5,640,000 Million Baht with fully furnished, size 120Sq.m, balcony face to East side, with pool view & sea view on floor3. To view please call @ 086-369-3604

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Hua Hin West, serial/town house at the pool Location: Smart House Village, Perfect holiday home or for a single resident, also good for 2: studio/land area: 50 sqm, fully fitted bathroom, European kitchen, covered terrace 5 x 2 m, jump from your terrace direct into the huge and winding community pool, sales price 2,200,000 TH call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: lovely little home excellent quality house in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 90 sqm on 300 sqm plot, 2 bed, 1 bath, Euro kitchen, close to Community Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 3,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: Luxury villa in one of the best developments: Baan Ing Phu living 265 sqm on 1029 sqm plot, 3 bed, 3 en-suite bath,Euro kitchen, beautiful garden, 10 x 4 Pool,carport, sales price 21,500,000 THBTHB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

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Hua Hin, 5.5 km to the city: Showhouse for sale

Hua Hin Borfai Soi 6: Pool-Villa for sale living area 120 sqm indoor, land 420 sqm, ,2 bedroom, 2 bath, pool 8 x 4 m, partly furnished, walk-incloset,European kitchen, store rooms, beautiful garden with huge covered terrace, plus covered roof terrace 111 sqm offering a wonderful view, sales price 5,500,000 THB please call: 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 8x4m pool, wonderful garden, 95 sqm living on 360 sqm land, great location, nice community, fully furnished, ready to move in, sales price 5,300,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: smart energy efficient house Top design, top quality Show house, in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 179 sqm on 512 sqm plot, 3 bed, 2 bath, excl. Euro kitchen, 8x4 m Pool, ready to move in, exclusive furnished, sales price 8,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Beautiful Villa For Sale Hua Hin 88 Beautiful Villa For Sale Hua Hin 88. This fantastic property is located in a complete estate within 7 minutes of the centre of Hua Hin, soi 88. A brand new villa has a nice living room with a kitchen corner. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. With a good swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Beds: 3 Living Area: 160 Sqm 5.5 M. THB: 2 Land Area: 465 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 -Brand new house in New Private Pool Villa Project for sale. Located just 10 minutes south of Hua-Hin City Centre. These modern 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, walk in closet, living room, dining room, kitchen, pool terrace, swimming pool 4x9 meter, car park, roof deck, laundry and storage. This Pool Villa tastefully decorated functional design and layout with attention to details using high quality materials. Price started from 5 Million THB. To views please call @ 086 369 3604.

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Modern PoolVilla In Hua Hin Modern 2 Stories Villa New Modern Pool Villa boasts private villas all fitted with a private pool, a garden and a terrace for relaxation. The villa is approximately 2 km from Khao Tao Beach. Fitted with floor-toceiling windows; the air-conditioned villas offer plenty of natural light. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary tools and appliances for indoor cooking. These villas represent excellent value-for-money especially considering that each property has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. opening out to the balcony overlooking pool and garden. Beds: 3 Living Area: 285 Sqm 13.9 M. THB: 3 Land Area: 584 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 Luxurious Pool Villa for Sale A fabulous,luxury Villa for rent, in a very popular area of Hua Hin. Decorated to an exceptionally high standard, this 3 bedroom (plus maids room) villa sits only 1km from the beach and 2km from the centre of town. A fully fitted European kitchen is one of the benefits of this beautiful home, but the crowning feature is the folding doors that stretch the entire length of the living and dining room, opening on to an enormous terrace area making the entire living space open plan for a wonderful outdoor living feel. The swimming pool is 7 x 4 metre with a jacuzzi, which adjoins the master bedroom. Beds: 4 Living Area: 240 Sqm 7.5 M. THB : 2 Land Area: 600 Sqm Phone: +66(0)818593118

CONDO FOR SALE Hin Nam Sai Suay 45 sqm Renovated excellent one bedroom apartment for sale in great location next to Anantara Hua Hin and close to the centre of Hua Hin and short walk to the beach. Offered now at an excellent price 2.2 million THB. Contact Kh Supranee on 0819812997 for viewing Hua Hin Beach Condo, 2 bed/bath Apartm. 133 sqm: Location: opposite Market Village, 24/7 security, Exclusive low-rise apartment resort on the beach, Ground floor, huge terrace, direct pool access, Exclusively fully furnished, European kitchen, 2 bedroom with 2 EnSuite bathroom each, Sales price 13,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Nice condo, For Rent: 117.30 Sq.m. 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. 55,000 THB. Baan Chai Talay is located 5 minutes from Hua Hin Beach and downtown. Spacious flat with a terrace and sea view. Residence with good services (swimmingpool, fitness, tennis‌)

To view please call @ 086-369 3604

Baan Lonsai high rises condo for sale, With full-front sea view, high ceiling, 2 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms, 3 large terraces, 1 large living room, 5 teak doors, and wooden floors, and 3 air cons, not furnished, allowing for your own selfstyled furniture designs, only 5-minute drive from downtown Hua Hin, including shopping centers. If you are looking for a wonderful home and also a far-sighted investment. Please call: 086-369 3604. House for quick sale House for quick sale only 3.2 Million THB, this house at Thipphawan Village 4 in Soi 58, one story house with 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, 3 air cons, kitchen, living room, garden, land size 280 Sqm, For quick sale only 3 Million THB. Please call @ 086 369 3604.

Merry Christmas This property 1.65 Rai with 200 sq Mtr home 5x10 meter salt/chlorine pool,, 400sq mtr lake, private Dr ...NorSor Sam Gor... By Owner.... was 7.5 Mil B Now only 5.9 Mil B call 089-911-6536.. sumvee@gmail.com Land for sale ..1 rai @ 70 x25 mtr ,cleared ...build Your own design..has 6 mtr wide cement entrance road 1.8 Mil B 1/4 rai cleared and ready ..water and power and septic tank in...ready to build 700,000 B Started pool /house project come see 2.8 Mil B English 089-911-6536 or Thai 087-882-4453

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Condo For Rent 85 qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, 4 aircons, kitchen, w/ balcony, 8th floor, pool side with sea view, perfectly European style furnished at Hua Hin Soi 7.

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18,000 BHT per month tel. 0819-812-997 or email.. debbelt2011@gmail.com

CONDO FOR RENT Condo chain front beach studio for rent 25 Sq.m. A nice room, with a modern bathroom. 21 000 THB/month. Located just next to the Market Village and Bluport. Fully equipped. Ideal for long stays. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN)

LAND FOR SALE Land for sale: This 1 Rai land super good location on Petchkrasem Road, the idea for Apartment or shop house, for sale @ 36 Milion THB. Please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: This 2.8 Rai is perfect for Condominium or small Hotel in Takeab area, only 5 minutes walk to Takeab beach, for quick sale only 21 Million THB. To views please call @ 086 369 3604.

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Stylish Modern, Rebuilt in European style, fournished, poolside 43 sq meters

THB 3,5 million To view please call 082 972 1152

House For Sale/Rent 316 Sqm, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, kitchen, furnished with small garden at Chookamon Resort. Close to Bus Station to Suvarnaphumi Airport and only 300 Meters walk to beach, 24 hours security.

only 4 Million

For quick sale and for long term rent @ 13,000 Baht. To views: 086 344 1320

Land for sale: This 10 rai of land in good location, only 600 Metters from Petchkrasem Road and the railway track, the idea for small housing project or Condominium, for sale @ 20 Milliuon THB per Rai. views please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: nearby True Arena 326 Tarang wha, idea for Apartment for sale @ 17 Million THB. call @ 086 369 3604. Amost 4 Ria land for sale nearby True Arena for quick sale @ 22 Million THB, perfect for small hotel, Apartment, Please call 086 369 3604 for more detail.

sales@huahintoday.com 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017


22 Beachfront Cha-Am; What Does the Future Hold?

Cha-Am’s beach road with open access to the foreshore has long been the focus of the town’s attraction to visitors. However a recent survey of Cha-Am expats, many are looking for a development plan with questions being asked about the quality of some recent changes and the neglect of some important infrastructure Cha-Am also has a Tourist Advice Centre operated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Why this is positioned some 1.5 km south of the town centre traffic lights and about 2 kilometres away from tourist precincts is beyond anyone’s understanding. It’s inaccessible, out of sight and out of mind!

At the northern end of the beach a real working fishing harbour, pier and village should provide an unusual cultural experience for visitors along with the freshest seafood and some of the best seafood restaurants anywhere. Travelling north along the beach road a small bridge is crossed before reaching the entry to the fishing village. There have been recent changes near to the entry with seafood restaurants being dismantled and a new development under construction on the ocean side. Soon after crossing an entry portal the road changes into an unsealed track with large and deep potholes posing a hazard to any vehicle and maybe only suitable for a fourwheel drive. The deterioration of the main acess to the fishing port and to the adjoining pier has been happened over some years, but it now almost impassable. Locals are hoping that there is some grander plan so that anyone can enjoy the sights and sounds (and smells!) of one of Cha-Am’s most important attractions.

The TAT Tourism Advice Centre is on Phetchakasim Road, 2 km away from any tourists and virtually unknown

A renovated bridge welcoms visitors to the fishing port but a deeply cratered entry soon turns them away. One example of a recent change has been the installation of new LED lighting on both sides of the beach road. Providing quality illumination for the verges has been very welcomed, but the quality of the installation is open to question. Being able to walk along the footpath was already difficult with street vendors and other stall holders blocking the way, but now the lighting posts add yet another obstruction. Not only the posts, but each base uses fixing bolts which are exposed. They are of varying height, often 30 mm above the surface, a perfect trip hazard for the unwary. Perhaps it’s just a visual illusion (we haven’t taken a spirit level) but many posts seem far from vertical. Locals have been shaking their heads at this good idea which seems to have been an opportunity lost.

Brilliant LED lighting has improved night-time ambience, but what about the obstruction and the ‘lean’? HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

The subject of official advice to tourists along the beach road may bring a wry smile to the face of locals. There’s long been a tourist police station but largely ignored by visitors. It’s never been ‘user-friendly’ or inviting with a very questionable level of English language being offered by the limited staff. Tourist Police on the beach have also lacked visibilty. However renovations to the building are underway so maybe that will see a welcome change.

A number of appealing new buildings (apart from the background pill-box) have appeared in recent years, however unsightly derelict buildings, overgrown and neglected for years can be found in prime locations.

The Tourism Police Station could be a centre for tourist advice and assistance.

The community is asking for a development plan which adresses deficiencies and allows for an understanding of improvements that may be on the horizon. Cha-Am has the potential to become a thriving tourism precinct but some fundamental changes are overdue.


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Hua Hin and Cha-Am floods Recede, Southern Rail Line Reopens

Workers have drained water from Hua Hin after a downpour flooded Hua Hin and temporarily blocked roads and the southern railway. Officials from the Disaster Mitigation and Prevention office on Tuesday installed more pumps to drain water. Heavy rain flooded Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan at the end of November. The water levels receded but some areas remained flooded. The Cha-Am town area was also subject to flooding from the deluge, with locals commenting that they have never experienced such an event. Department chief Kittiporn Thepyuamnuay said about 300 houses in a low area in the municipality had been evacuated, as the water was up to two

meters high. Traffic police urged motorists to avoid Hua Hin by taking the bypass road linking Cha-am district in Phetchaburi with Pranburi in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Around 400m of the southern train line in the resort town remained flooded. The section was between Khao Tao station in Hua Hin and Wang Pong station in Pranburi. The southern track later reopened and the State Railway of Thailand is still closely monitoring the flooding situation in the area, the railway agency said. The downpour forced the Pala-u Waterfall in Hua Hin to close. The Meteorological Department still warned of more rain and possible flash floods in Prachuap Khiri Khan and 13 other provinces, including greater Bangkok due to tropical storm Kirogi.Â

Some Important Regional Contacts Organisation Hua Hin Cha-Am Police 191 (Emergency) 191 (Emergency) 032 511 027 032 471 321 Highway Police 1193 Tourist Police 1155 Fire Station 199 (Emergency) 199 (Emergency) 032 511 666 Ambulance 1554 Medical Emergency 1669 Electrical Call Centre 1129 Alcoholics Anonymous 089 587 682 Bangkok Hospital 1719 033 616 800 San Paolo 032 532 576 Cha Am Hospital 032 471 808 Hua Hin Hospital 032 520 401

Transport Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

032 471 159

Government Muncipality Immigration Tourist Assistance Centre Water Supply Post Office Power Board

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24 R.I.P. Mrs Connie Heinecke; Hua Hin’s Iconic Grand Lady

Constance ‘Connie’ Heinecke was wellknown in Hua Hin society as a nonagenarian who spread her aura of elegance and humour wherever she graced an occasion with her presence. She has passed away at the age of 98 and her life is being celebrated by all her knew her. Constance ‘Connie’ Heinecke was born in Philadelphia in 1919. Connie came to Asia in 1952 when she and her two young sons followed her U.S. Marine husband to Japan. While her husband, Roy, served as a combat correspondent in Korea, Connie took a job as Women’s Editor for the Army, Navy and Air force Times. In 1956 Connie and her family moved to Hong Kong where Roy was Press Officer at the American Consulate. Connie wasted no time and opened Newsweek Magazine’s first Southeast Asian office. Later she became their regional advertising manager when the Heinecke family left Hong Kong for Kuala Lumpur and in 1963, Bangkok. Connie then continued to live in her adopted home in Thailand. Her son Bill is the CEO of the Minor Group of companies in Bangkok and a Thai citizen. With her two sons, three grandsons and one great grandson living in Ireland, U.S.A. and Thailand, she was a frequent world traveller when she wasn’t entertaining her friends and family with her amusing stories and jokes.

Traditionally newspapers around the world have published letters received by readers as their opinions about a variety of subjects. In recent years social media may have overshadowed this outlet as a quick and easy way to make comments however Hua Hin Today often receives emails from our readers or comments posted on our Facebook page. Thanks for your contributions! Our readers are always encouraged to provide a point of view, however we will ignore aggressive, abusive or defamatory comments. Critical comment seems to be the most prevalent mode, but we also receive positive feedback, that’s always a pleasant surprise!

Connie was presented with a bronze statue of herself seated outside her home at the Anantara Condominium, Hua Hin, which is now a lasting memorial to her presence in Hua Hin. From Andrew Stocks, founder of the Power of Love Church in Hua Hin: “She was the most unique person I ever knew, she was the strongest person I ever knew, and she was a hard lady but also had a very soft spot too. RIP as you go to Heaven; goodbye and God bless you.

Four-day Holidays for New Year Thailand will have a four-day break for revellers to celebrate the upcoming New Year

Hi David Regarding the late kings funeral which affected all of us including me, I have lived in Thailand for 14 years with my Thai wife and family I am originally from London. The passing of your king did affect me and I felt I needed to pay a tribute to him which to the best of my ability and patience I managed to complete this sketch below (attached). I hope okay and acceptable for Hua Hin Today newspaper. Kind regards, Mike Editors Comment: Hi Mike, thanks for your sentiments expressed in relation to the passing of the King and your endeavours to pay tribute to his memory. However regardless of the artistic merits of your sketch, Hua Hin Today cannot publish this picture. There are protocols in place concerning images of the Royal Family when they may not be officially sanctioned. This is about the reproduction, publishing and digital transmission. I trust that you will understand the need to be prudent in relation to images of the King and our decision made in recognition of these sensitivities.   About Rubbish and Road Conditions Editors Comment: By far the most common issues raised by our readers are rubbish collection and road conditions. Hua Hin Today forwards these letters to the municipality and we are pleased to say that there have been many positive responses with the issue quickly addressed. Here are the two such letters which we hope will also receive a favourable response. Dear Editor Up Soi 94 on the way to Glory House 2 just past Yamsaard School, the side of the road has become a dump. It started with hard core, then garden cuttings and now food waste. There are rats running around and dogs taking the food bags away tearing them open. You might be able to write some words so that it might be cleared up.

The cabinet has announced the New Year holidays from December 30th to January 2nd 2018 as the last two days of the year fall on weekends, additional holidays will be added,” government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. 

Dear Editor I am writing about Soi 112 where there are two issues of concern. First there is little or no street lighting near the MahaSamutr development and I have seen a few accidents myself. The other problem is that when I turn left towards Banyan, the road is badly damaged at the corner. No street lights plus road damage = accidents! Peter

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26 Hua Hin’s Marches Towards Becoming one of Thailand’s Sporting Hubs

“Which sports can you join in Hua Hin?” is an easy question to answer. The question “which sports can’t you join in Hua Hin?” is much harder. There’s almost no sport you can’t join in Hua Hin unless they happen to need either snow or ice!

From water sports to combat in the ring, from bat and ball sports to bicycle or distance running, from indoor courts to taking on the great outdoors, they are all available. Add to that world-class training facilities, coaching and high level competition and it’s easy to see why the reputation of Hua Hin as an international all-round sporting destination is without peer. Golf has long been the most visible sport in Hua Hin commencing with Royal Hua Hin being Thailand’s original golf course opening in 1924 and award winning golf courses such as Black Mountain and Banyan often featuring in our golfing pages. Hua Hin’s sporting facilities include the multi-sport venue of True Arena, Vana Nava Water Park (flowboarding) and Kiteboard Asia. But this is just the ‘tip of the sporting iceberg’.

True Arena – the epicentre of Hua Hin’s Sporting Future We spent some time with George Grecia, the Director of Sport Development at True Arena Hua Hin to get a handle on how True Arena has progressed to become Hua Hin’s most versatile and progressive sports venue. At the time of our conversation the E@ Hua Hin Tennis Championships were happening on centre court. Our previous experiences had included the visit of the West Bromich Albion FC youth development squad to admire the ‘Premier League standard football pitches, including Chenaiyin FC, Yokohama FC, and several 1st division teams from Thai Premiere League making True Arena their preferred training ground. We also met the 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck during a road cycling event and seen the Women’s Fight Muay Thai World Championships. Coming soon, True Arena will be hosting group cycling training rides and offer novice running and swim training programs. But our conversation with George revealed there’s much more to come!

George is part of a very special team of sports promoters and trainers based at the most professional sporting venue in town. A big part of what’s to come involves Thomas Hallquist in his role as Head Coach of Multi-Sports. This includes grappling, mixed martial arts and triathlon training. Thomas is a past National Swedish wrestling champion but also excels in triathlon.

The 25 metre True Arena rooftop pool is for much more than sipping cocktails and admiring the view

George Grecia (left) Director of Sports Development with Multi-Sports’ coach Thomas Hallquist (right) What’s in store for Hua Hin, commencing in January, is the bi-monthly ‘True Arena Fight Series’. This Series will be professional events featuring Muay Thai and an introduction to the grappling arts accompanied by crowd pleasing music and other forms of entertainment. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

Thomas was very eager to reassure sports fans that the wrestling will not be the theatrical style we’ve all seen on the small screen but competitive sporting events (No Gi Grappling) similar to ADCC held in Dubai and various local and regional events. Aside from the martial arts future there’s also a change in focus for True Arena’s rooftop swimming pool. Lanes have been delineated so that swimming training as a very desirable form of exercise can be another feature of the already extensive exercise facilities and swimming lessons that are already a part of the BECC School program happening at True Arena. Football is also on the agenda with the ongoing development of a True Arena Football academy and rumours of a major overseas league being involved, but that’s another story that’s coming soon. It’s apparent that George and his team are taking a very entrepreneurial approach to the future of True Arena and as the focus of Hua Hin as Thailand’s place on the world sporting stage, www.truearenahuahin.com


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28 The Future of Cool Mobility

From a surprisingly sexy electric coupe to a motorcycle with artificial intelligence, the 45th Tokyo Motor Show had something for any enthusiast interested in looking years into the future of cool mobility. Tokyo has turned itself into a techno-centric show. In addition, the Show, which ran until November 5th, showcased the latest concept offerings from Japan’s numerous manufacturers. Here are some of the best on offer from the show.

Yamaha Motoroid Concept

Subaru Viziv Performance Concept

Mazda Kai Concept

The Vision concept is an extension of the themes started by the RX-Vision concept two years ago, but it is grown and sexy in its own right. Mazda’s Kai is a very believable as what the next-generation Mazda 3 could look like. There is a deceptively long hood and rear-drive proportions, aggressive hunchback profile, and super clean body surfacing. Kai is the antidote to the busy bodywork of Mazda’s domestic rivals.

The Motoroid concept electric motorcycle has artificial intelligence that can recognize its owner via facial recognition (take that, bike thieves!) It can stand upright on its own without a kickstand and roll forward without its rider from a tightly packed parking space. The bike’s bodywork actively embraces the rider’s waist and chest, and its sensors quickly react to the motions of the rider. Lithium-ion batteries drive a rear-wheel hub motor.

Subaru has a knack of over-promising on design with concepts, only to then drastically under-deliver with the production version—the current WRX is the perfect example of that. Regardless, the Subaru Viziv Performance concept is just so cool. If the next-gen WRX retains even a portion of the Viziv Performance concept’s good looks, it will be in good shape.

Suzuki E-Survivor Concept

Honda Sports EV Concept

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept

Mitsubishi had the audacity to attach the Evo name to an electric vehicle, an SUV no less. Somehow this big-shouldered, tight-hipped, high-beltline, and shallowgreenhouse concept cuts through the clutter. It has one of the more dramatic floating roofs and looks strong and agile. Tech such as autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are also destined for future models.

Daihatsu DN Compagno Concept

The coolest car in the show if you are looking for a groovy first car and live in an urban community with tight parking. Surging forward on its haunches like an energetic puppy, the DN Compagno concept has the face of a Volvo, the side profile and roofline of an Audi A3, and the back end like something out of Pininfarina’s 1965 catalog. The instrument displays are digital-modern but housed in a retro framework. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

One of the biggest hurdles electric cars have to tackle before they overtake internal combustion cars in the next decade is overcoming the stereotype of EVs being dorky to look at or uninspiring to drive. The low, wide, ’70s-inspired sheetmetal hides a battery pack and an electric motor, with the car’s proportions hinting at rear-wheel drive. Given how good to drive recent Hondas have been, the Sports EV appears promising.

The current Jimny is fast approaching its 20th birthday, and the Suzuki E-Survivor concept is a first official peek at what the next-gen Jimny could look like. Ignore the concept’s open cockpit and electric motors, because more importantly the E-Survivor shows that both dimensionally and visually, the next-gen Jimny hasn’t lost the plot.

Mazda Vision Coupe Concept

Yamaha Cross Hub Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is where the wildest concepts see the light of day. This Cross Hub concept is based on a platform of two previous Yamaha concept cars. What’s crazy about the Cross Hub is the packaging and seating layout. Check out the diamond pattern seating configuration and cargo area just large enough to strap down an adult’s motocross bike (and child’s) on the diagonal. Funky? Cool? Yep.

OK, it’s not a coupe—it’s a four-door sedan. And it’s not Mazda’s normal fare because it is a full-size sedan. Mazda is not teasing a future large flagship sedan; it just wanted the proportions to show what its designers can do and the result is sexy, sinewy, and simply succulent. As a design vision, it is bang on, and the actual production cars it influences will be better for its existence. www.tokyo-motorshow.com


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30 Following an intrepid King

King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) was an intrepid traveller, who had sailed over the western horizon to visit European capital cities that inspired him and also explored many places along our own Gulf of Thailand.

At Thansadet beach, on the then virgin island of Koh Phang-an for example, his ship used to called in at times for fresh water supply from the gushing waterfall there. There is a large royal sala built at the beach for his party to rest before his ship sailed further south to visit the Malay peninsula. Closer to Hua Hin and just south of Pranburi, at what is now Khao Sam Roi Yot (300-peak) National Park, the royal explorer around 1890 also climbed up to the Phraya Nakhon Cave, to no doubt marvel at the morning sun rays streaming down into the cave, as they still do now.

The royal sala here is the ornate Kuha Karuhas Pavilion that now gleams brightly in gold when it is bathed daily by the morning sun between 10.30 and 11.30 am. That heavenly sight, now made familiar in many tourist brochures, still takes some getting used to. It looks like a bit of our glittering royal history has floated gently down with the morning sun, through the large opening at the top of the cave, to land there for all to still enjoy. It’s a pleasant day’s outing from Hua Hin to follow in the steps of Rama V. Drive 60 kilometres south to that border of the national park on the main southern highway. Just south of Pranburi turn left towards beachside Ban Pu village, which is your launching place to the cave. Buy your national park tickets at the park’s little desk on the beach, then pay the 400-baht return fare for a small motor boat to take you around the headland south for a short distance to Hard Laem Sala beach which is the top eastern border of the marine national park. Those feeling more energetic can hike on the steep track over the headland hill for half an hour instead. Keep in mind the hike back to your car plus another steep and rocky half-hour climb to the cave itself still ahead. Wading in the surf off the boat onto the white sand of the beach, you have before you the temporary natural freedom of the largest marine national park in Thailand. It

has some 69 square kilometres of marsh land, making it also the largest wetlands in the country. Around 300 species of birds, half of them migratory ones, are protected here. It’s a real haven for bird-watchers, to observe the variety of birds flying from the northern Asian winter in January and February to the sun in Australia. Dusky leaf monkey, Malayan porcupine, crab-eating macaque, slow loris, fishing cat, Malayan pangolin, barking deer and dolphins also call this wilderness their home. So return visits are needed to properly lose yourselves in this fascinating natural place of wetlands and high peaks. No wonder many royal visitors and foreign naturalists loved to visit this park. On pristine Hard Laem Sala there are some basic national park cottages cottages to rent but renovation work was also being done to them. Take your time walking and sitting under the casuarina trees in the breeze of the deserted beach. One needs tranquility where one can find it. After the sweaty climb to the historic pavilion, following in the sprightly royal short strides, you can enjoy the sea vista of the return boat trip. Lunch in the Ban Pu (crab) village is excellent and it follows that crab fried rice there would be most satisfying. by Norachai

Whale Watching Time at Chao Samran Beach

The Chao Samran Municipality in Phetchaburi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand are organising the 4th Whale Watching and Crab Eating Festival at the Chao Samran beach. At this time of the year the rare Bryde’s whales may be seen enjoying themselves hunting for food near the coast in the Ban Laem district of Phetchaburi Province. Bryde’s whales are often found near the coast to find food following fresh water run-off into the ocean. Adult and calf Bryde’s whales have been spotted in a pod by local fishermen. Whale watching boats can be hired which accommodate up to ten people. The fishermen who take tourists out to sea to watch the whales have been trained by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. Local fishing boats have stopped fishing and turn into tour boats to ferry tourists to have close encounter of the sea mammals. Sometimes up to 10 whales can be seen in a pod with whales snatching

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anchovies into their mouth and flocks of gulls flying over the water to catch the fish that jump off the whale’s mouth. In addition, Irrawaddy dolphins may be seen as cute and colorful as a favourite of tourists.

A Bryde’s whale is approximately 13.7 metres to 14.5 metres long and weighs about 17 tonnes. In 2012, it was estimated that only 20 remained in the Gulf of Thailand. There are three main departure points for whale watching activities; Hat Chao Samran Pier, Laem Phak Bia Pier and Bangtaboon Pier. Every pier has the same facilities including life jackets. All travelers must be prepared with food, drinks, sun protection and any medicines. Boats typically leave at 08.30 am return to shore time between 3 and 4 PM. Booking 2-3 days in advance is advisable. Check the weather before departure as bad weather may result in cancellation. Of course there can be no guarantees that sightings will occur as the location of the whale, and whale sightings depend on weather, wind, feed of whales and also other environment al factors. For more information contact at the Chao Samran Municipality by phoning 032780 555. Other contacts who can provide advice about your whale watching trip include Khun Manoon (Chairman of Conservation and Environmental Conservation Group of Laem Phak Bia) at 081-856-4939, Khun Jinda at 032 581-233 or Khun Lek: 086-796-5506.

The municipality and the TAT expect that the festival will help educate the public about Bryde’s whales and promote Chao Samran as another important tourist site in Phetchaburi province. Where: Chao Samran is located around 50 kilometres north of Hua Hin with Cha-Am around the half way mark. The scenic route from Cha-Am is well signed or alternatively there at access roads from either Tha Yang or Phetchaburi city.


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Dusit International to Manage New Hotel in Hua Hin

Pictured (from left): Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International, Ms Suphicha Promsentana, Business Office Director, Enrich Group, Ms Somsakul Limsuttaphan, Assistant Managing Director, Plus Property Co. Ltd. Dusit International, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, has signed a hotel management agreement with Enrich Paranimmitr Company Limited, a subsidiary of Bangkok-based Enrich

Group, to operate the dusitD2 Hua Hin Hotel and Residences in the heart of Petchkasem Road. Designed to cater to families and leisure travellers seeking a funfilled escape, the property is conveniently located close to Blúport, the Cicada Night Market, and the Vana Nava Waterpark. Slated to open in Q1 2020, the new property will comprise the upscale dusitD2 hotel with 154 keys, a dusitD2 branded condominium with 364 fullyfurnished residential units, and retail and

office spaces. Facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, fitness centre, swimming pool, a kids’ club, a rooftop bar, and 300 sq m of banqueting space. In keeping with the dusitD2 brand, the property will boast a modern design with bright and colourful decor. The Residences will operate separately to the hotel and will offer its own swimming pool and fitness centre. With 28 properties currently in operation across four brands in eight

countries, Dusit International is in a significant growth phase which will see the number of Dusit properties exceed 70 within the next four-to-five years across key markets worldwide. D u s i t D 2 H u a H i n H o te l a n d Residences will be the second Dusit branded property in Hua Hin. Dusit International also owns and operates the Dusit Thani Hua Hin, a luxury resort which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. Thai PR

Affordable Elegance In Town

MIL POOL VILLAS

Office Address : Mil Pool Villas Address : 158, Hua Hin Soi 102, Nong Gae, HuaHin, Prachuapkhirikhan HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017 77110, Thailand


2 34 Tiles to Fly

Boonthavorn, the ceramics and DIY specialists, opened the Hua Hin store as their eighth branch in Thailand in 2012. The ‘mega –store’ is situated on 8 Rai of land and occupies 15,000 square metres.

SSS - that’s Safe, Secure and Soundproof

Safe, secure and soundproof UPVC windows and doors in Hua Hin is what SSS Windows is all about. This is a British/ Thai owned company that was formed in Phuket late 2005 For more than a decade SSS Thailand has been supplying/installing quality products into homes and business throughout the south of Thailand. In 2013 the Hua Hin office was opened. Since then SSS Windows has offered business owners, developers, residents of Hua Hin and surrounding areas, a high quality doors and window product with an aftersales service that can be counted on, whether you require replacement windows or doors on an existing building or perhaps you are building a home from scratch. SSS deals with home owners, builders, architects, property developers, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and all types of business owners. No job is too big or small, you can expect the same level of

The more than 100,000 products include kitchen equipment and sanitary ware. However if tiles are on your shopping list for a new project or perhaps a bathroom renovation, It’s Tile Expo Season at Boonthavorn and the opportunity to make big savings on your next overseas flight. In partnership with Air Asia, flight vouchers and big point bonuses are available as rewards for tile purchases until 30th December 2017. It’s worth considering buying your tiles in advance to reduce the costs of your next trip. Check out the huge range of tiles of all shapes and sizes to suit all tastes and budgets displayed throughout out the extensive showroom on Phetchakasim Road just north of the town centre.

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Location: Petchakasem Rd, between Soi 36/1 and 36/2 (across the road from Soi 31). Phone: 032 522 555 Website: www.boonthavorn.com Facebook: boonthavohinrnhus

professionalism and courtesy no matter who you are or how little you require. There is a full of styles/colours for doors and window frames, plus various glass options. Ask for a free of cost consultation with a no obligation quotation. Their guarantee they will not be beaten on cost. www. http://ssswindows.com


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4 36 Black Mountain & Banyan Once Again Multiple Award Winners

The Annual Asian Golf Awards is an acknowledged measure of how excellence is practised by Golf Clubs in Asia and the men and women who strive hard to maintain a level of excellence that sets them at the very pinnacle of the industry. For seventeen years, the Asia Pacific Golf Group has helped to measure the standard of excellence set by the best in the golf club industry in Asia in over 50 award categories. This is achieved through an -on-line poll run over a period of three months and the final list of the top ten in each award category is now official and can be seen at asiangolfawards. com/asia-s-best-2017. Of the Thailand golf courses, local clubs Black Mountain and Banyan were stand-outs with a total of 23 awards listed below. Vietnam being awarded golf destination in the Asia Pacific, just displacing Thailand, may raise a few eyebrows; however the Awards being made in that country may have had some influence! Black Mountain Golf Course has been awarded as the Best Golf Course in Asia Pacific for a third time and Best Golf Course in Thailand for a seventh time at the Awards held in Danang, Vietnam. “I would like to thank all of the people who voted for us in the Asian Golf awards this year. These awards mean a lot to us as a club and also to our dedicated team that work

so hard to continually improve and present Black Mountain at such a high standard and to deliver the best possible golfing experience” said Managing Director Harald Elisson.

Banyan Golf Club General Manager Stacy Walton says “this is the pinnacle of the awards, we are proud to win; a true team effort and supported by our industry colleagues, associates, members and guests. Thank you!”

Black Mountain’s Harald Elisson and Stig Notlöv were both award winners

Banyan’s award winning professional John Wither surrounded by Banyan’s awards

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397 Kiteboarding in Hua Hin ‘Enjoying Life on a Windy Beach’

Kiteboarding gives a fantastic feeling of freedom. There’s no engine, the only thing you hear is the wind and the sound of your board cutting through the water. It’s ecofriendly as a water sport powered by the wind.

Like surfing, kiteboarding is a sport primarily enjoyed by individuals who don’t usually need competition or organised events. For them this is about selfexpression on the water and the satisfaction of joining with the elements in an environmentally way. The first kite school in Thailand was established in Hua Hin back in 2001. Since then Kiteboarding Asia (KBA) has opened many schools in Thailand and other parts of Asia. With almost 16 years’ experience, there isn’t much they haven’t learned so much about kiteboarding, teaching, and how to run the best kitesurfing services. This is by far the largest kiteboarding school and shop network in Asia. The head office remains in Hua Hin with three separate operations on controlled sections

of local beaches and a shared central distribution point for all the latest equipment and clothing. The proud boast is that kiteboarding gear is available in Hua Hin at the lowest prices worldwide. Nearly everyone can learn kitesurfing. No special strength needed, you use a harness where the kite is connected. Among our students during the years we have people from 7 to 73 years old. It’s no difference for men or women, we use the same equipment and everyone is equal. The age and gender of the kiteboarder is not really relevant as this is not a sport dependent on strength. The only really requirement is that kiteboarders must ‘graduate’ as someone who especially understands the safety requirements; a bit like a SCUBA diving certification.

Hua Hin is one of the best places to learn. The conditions couldn’t be better for beginners with lessons are the mainstay of KBA operations for newcomers progressing towards becoming a real kiteboarder year-round. Bookings for lessons (private, 1 day discovery and 3 day) are often made online, with free local transportation available. There is also a local club with equipment storage and ‘on the beach’ assistance available at all locations. A wide sandy beach, with shallow water and reliable wind conditions provides the best conditions for learning. The best conditions are from November to May, happily coinciding with the tourism high season. There have even been world championship kiteboarding competitions in Hua Hin going back to 2010. All nationalities are represented with a combination of rentals, sales and kiteboarder’s own equipment being used. There have been over 10,000 students over the years, including many who have gone on to make successful careers and continuing to embrace the sport. Internationally the future is definitely looking bright for kiteboarding. There are pro tours, speed and course racing world championships. Kite gear is evolving at an incredible pace, with kites and bar systems becoming safer and more efficient.

Kite schools with qualified instructors can be found all around the world, and more youngsters and girls are getting into kiteboarding. Kiteboarding almost became an Olympic sport for the 2016 Olympic Games. But Hua Hin is the place to start your involvement and to experience the thrills of wind-powered locomotion and salt spray on the ocean in Hua Hin. KBA use only IKO certified instructors for our students, this is for your safety. Where? The three bases for KBA can be found at Sois 71, 75/1 and 83/1. It’s just a matter of heading down any of these Sois to make the connection. Website: www.kiteboardingasia.com; Email: huahin@kiteboardingasia.com Phone: 081-591-45-93 HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017


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42 10 When they first visited Burma they noticed that the Old Teak was being burned, turned into charcoal and sold as fuel. This begana long relationship with the peoples of Burma

mind waiting for the perfect solution rather than buying something locally for the sake of it”

The first factory was purchased and Siam Old Teak was born. Ya explains “each month we spend one week in Burma purchasing old buildings which are being demolished to make way for new. The teak is then shipped to our factory where it is kiln dried before manufacture” Siam Old Teak employ the descendants of the original artisans who built furniture for the British military. They use original manufacturing methods alongside modern management controls, the quality of their furniture is the envy of many competitors. Every piece can be made in any size. Whatever size and style of your home Siam Old Teak will custom make each piece to fit, no need to walk around with a tape measure, they can also work with your own ideas and designs.

It was a meticulousness that stretched to every last detail

The Process

“Our inspiration comes in sitting down with a client and having the opportunity to create something unique and exciting; a reflection of themselves. There isn’t a definitive style or period that defines our work, it’s rooted in our clients’ homes, their passions, their personalities”

Materials

Materials are the backbone of Siam Old Teak design. Only the best are used: Burmese reclaimed teak, Italian Grade ‘A’ aniline leather, the finest of marble and granite; as well as a plethora of other materials, both modern and classical, used in interesting and ingenious ways. They don’t use any Rubberwood (also known as Parawood) Bamboo, MDF/Veneer in the manufacture of their furniture. These materials soon lose their showroom lustre and begin to show their age within a couple of years.

Recently Completed Project Beach Side Condo Phuket

About Siam Old Teak

Siam Old Teak has built an impressive portfolio with furniture and interiors commissions worldwide. The company’s objective is to create a bespoke service of design and furniture that has style and longevity. Their world renowned furniture designs draw inspiration from Asian contemporary and classical styles. Each commission begins with the very intimate process of working with the client to ensure the designs reflect their needs and taste. Every piece of furniture is made to the most exacting standards using the finest materials and traditional cabinetmaking techniques, and each element of the interiors is addressed with the same care and attention to detail. HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

One thing that is clearly in evidence is Ya and Mark’s understanding of how to make a room comfortable. Their success lies in taking a mixture of traditional and contemporary elements, not forgetting their gorgeous neutrals, and creating a quietly glamorous, yet altogether cosy ambiance. It was exactly this mix of style and luxury that attracted the owners of the condo to Siam Old Teak. The clients wanted a cool, contemporary look which also needed to be comfortable and practical because they have three young boys. This transformation was easier said than done, given that the condo hadn’t been touched for over ten years. All the eight floors were replaced with beautiful reclaimed teak. Fortunately the existing layout was fine, so it was more a case of providing a totally new look and updating what was already there, a grande teak entrance door and interior doors were replaced to freshen the look of the clients home. All the bathrooms were gutted and new tiles fitted, new plumbing and beautiful custom made teak cabinets were set below granite tops. “The owners knew what they wanted, but didn’t know how to execute it” says Ya “They were very keen on taking part in the sourcing and decision-making, and they didn’t

The kitchen which was installed four years ago had been consumed by termites. Siam Old Teak installed a bespoke allteak kitchen with Italian marble work tops, all the handles and soft close hardware being sourced from Hafele. Expensive ? the same price that you would pay for a Rubber Wood, MDF/Veneered offering. The condo is very relaxed and elegant, it’s a wonderful beach house. Not showy at all, not a suit and tie experience, but still very smart indeed. Much of the furniture is free standing rather than fitted. Opulence is there but is very inconspicuous, and the overall look is super-elegant. This creates a very relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful natural fabrics, neutral colour schemes predominate in the main living space, progressing to subtle colour schemes in the bedrooms. The combination of old teak, leather and fabrics used is very successful and quite unique. The dining room has teak panelling, a very simple family dining set which leads out onto the deck, perfectly conceived for relaxed outdoor living. The clients home has a simple, elegant interior with clean lines. It has a timeless elegance, but with style and charm: low-key luxury at its ultimate, this is an intelligent interior without being too clever, and would appeal to families and the super-duper bachelor.

“We provided our client with a beautiful, un-clutterd functioning home, it can be expensive when you get the interior designer in too late” explains Mark “we saved our clients stress, time and lots of money in allowing us to project manage their condo refurbishment, interior design isn’t just for the wealthy, it’s for everyone” Siam Old Teak are recruiting. We are also looking to appoint a sales manager for our new Bangkok showroom. Applicants must speak English and Thai fluently, please email your details before December 4th 2017.


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December 2017

1st Young Thai Taekwondo Cup 2017

The 1st Young Thai Taekwondo Cup 2017 successfully ended on 4th November 2017 at Blúport, Hua Hin A total of 15 teams from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Ayutthaya, Chanthaburi, Cha-Am, Hua Hin, and Pranburi had competed in this championship. The championship included a spectacular Taekwondo demonstration show, ‘Purest Intense’, by the Supreme Horse Taekwondo Demonstration Team.

Rules School’ Questions & Answers

For golfers of all abilities who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Rules of Golf provided by Rules guru and author Barry Rhodes. Each month 5 new Questions & Answers will be shown; here are numbers 76 - 80.

TRUE or FALSE?

Mr Taekwondo 2017 was Punnapat Sirirukthakun (Central Taekwondo Thailand) and Miss Taekwondo 2017 was Natticha Chantaravareelekha (Central Taekwondo Thailand).

Black Mountain Awarded Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand 2017

Question 76 In stroke play, if a player plays out of turn there is no penalty but they may be required to play their stroke again, in turn. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 10-2c. Note: If a competitor plays out of turn, there is no penalty and the ball is played as it lies, unless the Committee determines that competitors have agreed to play out of turn to give one of them an advantage, in which case they are disqualified. Question 77 During a match a playet grounds his club in a bunker. He incurs a penalty of two strokes. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 13-4b. Note: There would have been a penalty of two strokes had the breach of Rule occurred during stroke play, but in match play the penalty is loss of hole. Question 78 A player starting a round with 11 clubs may add up to three clubs during the round. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 4-4a. Note: Players are entitled to carry up to 14 clubs providing they do not unduly delay play in adding clubs during the round and they may not add a club that has been used by any other person playing on the course.

Question 79 If, while taking his normal stance in a bunker, a player digs his feet several inches into the sand he should be penalised for testing the conditions of the hazard. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 13-4/0.5. Note: Digging in with the feet for a normal stance in a hazard does not constitute testing the condition of the hazard. Question 80 A foursome is a match in which two players play their better-ball against the better-ball of two other players. True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Forms of Match Play. Note: A foursome is a match in which two players play against two others, and each side plays one ball. 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 2016-2017 ©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 www.barryrhodes.com

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.

Thumbs up by Black Mountain General Manager Harald Elisson Black Mountain Golf Course has been awarded Best Golf Course in Thailand six straight years. It has also been awarded Best Championship Course in Thailand twice. Earlier this year Black Mountain received accolades as Best Golf Resort in Asia by Golf Digest Magazine. Black Mountain now has another prestigious award: Best Sport Event Venue in Thailand. ”All awards are special” says Black Mountain General Manager Harald HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

Elisson,”this one, Best Sport Event Venue, stands out as recognition of our work trying to make Black Mountain a venue for everybody. Professional golfers, amateurs, juniors, women, men. Everybody is welcome to practice at a high level at our facility”. Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference aims to bring together regional experts, agencies and government bodies to continue to develop and improve the overall sporting landscape in Asia to better compete within the international sporting 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 facility boasts 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’.  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 including England, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and Ireland.

The tournament is a friendly event with sportsmanship being the key element. This is a non-profit family event with a nominated charity facilitated and organised by local team the Hua Hin Vikings. It’s also a great spectator opportunity. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ huahinfootballworldcup2016/?fref=ts Email: huahinworldcup@gmail.com


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14 46 Donald Trump the Golfer; the US President Really Can Play

In his first nine months as president of the United States, Donald Trump unofficially played 60 rounds of golf. Clearly, Trump, who sports a 2.8 Handicap, is not an average golfer. Trump may be controversial politically, but when it comes to golf, many experts agree — the 45th president really can play.

Barack Obama is another President not shy about professing his love for the game. During his eight years in the Oval Office, Obama averaged 38.25 rounds per year. That’s also a lot of golf, although Obama’s overall average is less than half of what Trump has played in his first year as president.

President Dwight W Eisenhower was in office from 1953-61 and managed to spend more than 1,000 days of his presidency playing golf or involved in some other golf-related activity. He had a handicap ranging from 14 to 18.

Obama as a golfer (see here with Bill Clinton) was dismissed by Michael Jordan as a hacker,

“For me, it’s all about the hips, just get them out of the way as fast and as hard as I can and let the arms really swing through. It might look a little crazy, but the more I clear, the straighter I hit it.”

On course with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie

‘Ike’ was once the most famous person as an avid golfer. Trump has most recently in the news in relation to his golfing career when he had a golf round with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe. During the round, Abe hit a shot out of a fairway bunker, but the unconfirmed story goes that the 63-year-old walked up the steep face of the bunker and found himself tumbling back in; head over heels.

Trump is said to sometimes respond to a shot he duffed by simply playing a second ball and carrying on as if the first shot never happened. In the parlance of the game, Trump takes floating mulligans, usually more than one during a round. One of his playing partners confirmed that Trump plays “good,” but that he takes the liberties common among everyday golfers: mulligans, gimmes, improved lies, etc. Gary Player once told CNBC that Trump is by far the best golfer of all the presidents. “He really can play”. And he should know having golfed with around eight past Presidents.

“He’s a very, very good golfer’’ says South Africa’s Gary Player The US President and Japanese Prime Minister started their week of formal talks with a quick trip to the links

About Trump the Golfer One impression of Trump the golfer is that he genuinely likes playing the game. On the course, playing quickly, he projects the contentment of a man in his element. “I think of golf as a very natural game,” he says. “I never really wanted to know a lot about my technique. I really trust instinct a lot, in golf and a lot of things.” HUA HIN TODAY, December 2017

“He’s a much better golfer than you think he’d be because he hits the ball a long way,” says Phil Mickelson. “He has clubhead speed, and there’s no substitute for that.” “He’s not really good around the greens. I could help him if he asked me,” said Tom Watson. Player agrees. He says Trump’s short game could use some work. “The same thing applies to all the presidents I have played with. When they have a 4-foot putt, they just say pick it up – and you aren’t going to argue with them.”


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Καλή όρεξη! (Kalí óreksi!) at Hua Hin’s Greek Taverna

The Greek Taverna Is a small authentic Greek restaurant at the end of Naresdamri road (the Hilton road) decorated in the original colours of Greece; blue and white. This is an oasis in the city offering delicious original Greek dishes in a setting with the ambiance of the iconic Greek tavernas of Santorini. After being greeted by attentive waitresses with their traditional blue and white uniforms, the Manager Khun Thip, a lovely Thai lady with a big smile, offered a glass of traditional ouzo accompanied by pita bread and the famous tzatziki. She commented that this is the best way to start your dinner although an extensive wine menu is also available. When I asked her why a Greek restaurant in Hua Hin, she explained that her son-in- law Giorgos is Greek. He designed and built the restaurant around 4 years ago with a Greek cook who has trained the Thai staff. “All our dishes are homemade”, she said. “Proudly we use original ingredients, including olive oil, Greek feta, Greek yogurt and wine vinegar which are all imported. Fresh produce is collected every morning from the local market.”

The dinner to follow included moussaka (layered eggplant with a spiced meat filling and a topping of bechamel sauce), a hot plate of pikilia (a selection of pork and chicken),

souvlaki with biftek (feta sealed between two seasoned ground beef patties). This was served with homemade potatoes, a real Greek salad with feta and olives. Next a real surprise was whole Canadian lobster stuffed with risotto rice presented by; Executive Chef Sidtiporn. He is a recent arival from a Mediterranean restaurant in Phuket and is adding his personal touch with a number of select menu items. The taste of the food, the Greek atmosphere and the sound of Greek music brought back memories from when I was young and the rows of Greek tavernas along the small colorful streets of Santorini in Greece. If you are ever in Greece and you really want to taste original Greek dishes that is defiantly the place to go. For those who cannot visit Greece, The Greek Taverna in Hua Hin is the place to go so that you can understand why Greek hospitality and food is so famous around the world. Please note; Καλή όρεξη! (Kalí óreksi!) is the Greek version of Bon Appétit!

Location: 58 Naresdamri Road Hua Hin (nearby parking is available for 50 THB, just pull up at the door and you’ll be shown where). Open: 8 am until 10 pm (breakfast is a new inclusion). Contact: 098 463 3622 Facebook: www.facebook.com/greektavernahuahin

All Pizza 220 baht

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2 50 Thinking of Having a Fun BBQ Grilling Party at Home? Where can we shop for a nice barbeque grill in Hua Hin? The shop-in-shop where you can find a wide range of BBQ grills and accessories is Mason Appetite at BluPort, on the 3rd floor in the Living Zone. www.masonappetite.com

They offer a wide range of BBQ products, including gas grills, charcoal grills, accessories, wood chips and chunks. The BBQ grills they carry are well designed and high quality. The ‘Napoleon’ brand is well-known as the world’s top BBQ brand.

Mason Appetite also carries other quality cooking and baking products. They have ‘Lodge’ cast-iron frying pans, ‘Good Cook’ kitchen gadgets, and ‘Ball’ mason jars. Ball Mason Jars are great as drink containers and to use for preserving food.

If you are thinking of your own BBQ grill for a party with your friends and family to enjoy the great aroma of barbequed beef steak, and tasty smoked salmon; this is it!

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Mason Appetite also has ‘FoodSaver’ vacuum machines which we can be used to keep food fresh for up to 5 times longer than other containers. You can also find the ‘Ball Blender’; a lovely chic blending machine that is good for making your own

smoothies. It’s very easy to have our own blen-n-go recipe with fresh, clean fruits and veggies. Very healthy and yummy, indeed! These products can be fantastic Christmas and New Year presents. Take a look; we’re sure you’ll love it.


513 Hua Hin has many fine dining venues with chefs-in-residence to ensure your experiences are memorable with outstanding cuisine on offer However there are times when you may wish to dine at home and present a dish with just as much appeal. Our Chef of the month offers this opportunity with a favourite menu item; but also an insight into what is available at the restaurant concerned should you prefer to dine out.

A tip to make the dish special: Wake up early and go with the Novatel Sous Chef or Journey Ambassador and up to ten guests every Friday at 7 AM to the local seafood market to pick the seafood fresh for that evening.

Chef Profile

Name: Manohar Lal Nationality and home town: Indian from Dehradun, India Restaurant: The Restaurant Previous important positions: Chef de Cuisine Preferred cuisine: Northern Indian

The chef’s favorite menu

Name: Kashmiri Rogan Josh Prep Time: 16-20 minutes Cook time: 26-30 minutes Serve: 4 Level Of Cooking: Moderate Taste: Spicy Description - tender pieces of lamb cooked with onion, tomato, yogurt and Indian herbs, serve with Indian breads or rice

Ingredients

Name: Richard Grandis (Director of Culinary Services) Nationality & Home Town : Alsace, France Restaurant: Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Novotel Hua Hin / Cha-Am Previous important positions: Centara Hua Hin Preferred cuisine: Mediterranean

The chef’s favorite menu item to impress your dinner guests Name: Fish À la carte Description: A simple salad and garnish buffet with a choices of whole fish, freshly chosen at the market with herbs and seafood sauce. Ingredients: Fresh handpicked fish of the day from the fish market. For the sauce; garlic, parsley, chives and coriander. Method: Cook as you like it, BBQ, steamed or fried. For the sauce, add garlic, fresh parsley, chives and coriander to a basic white wine sauce. If you don’t have these herbs, use whatever herbs you prefer as long as they’re fresh, not dried

Lamb leg cut into 1/2 inch pieces on the bone, Oil, Green cardamoms, Cloves, Cinnamon, Onions sliced, Garlic ginger paste, Yogurt, Turmeric powder, Red chili powder, Salt to taste, Tomato puree, Garam masala powder, Meat masala

Method

Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon and sauté for half a minute., Add onions and sauté till golden brown. Add Lamb leg and sauté on high heat for five minutes. Add garlic paste and sauté for two minutes., Add yogurt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and coriander powder and cook for two minutes, stirring continuously Add tomato puree and green chili and stir., Add six to seven cups water and bring to a boil. Close the lid and cook under pressure until the pressure is released five to six times (5-6 whistles)., Open the lid when the pressure is reduced completely. Add garam masala powder, crushed peppercorns, coriander leaves and mint leaves and cook for a few minutes or till most of the water is absorbed. Serve hot with Biryani rice.

About the dish

Rogan Josh is a type of Indian curry distinguished by its thick, flavorful red sauce and tender meat Rogan Josh was introduced to Kashmir by The Mughals, whose cuisine was influenced by Persian cuisine. Generally, Rogan Josh consists of lamb or goat that has been slow-cooked in oil, yogurt and a mix of many different spices. Despite its intense red hue, it is usually not a particularly spicy curry. Rogan Josh remains a common dish in Northern India and is a popular menu item at Indian restaurants in North America and Europe.

The key to a perfect

Rogan Josh is the use of the freshest ingredients. Roasted homemade spices blended that used to pulverize separately for each individual batch.

Vintage Cars Breezin’ to the Sheraton

The Vintage Car Club of Thailand together with Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, t h e C h a - a m M u n i c i p a l i t y, t h e H u a Hin Municipality and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will host the 15th Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade 2017 under the theme concept of ‘Breeze from the 60’s’. The parade will feature a caravan of more than 50 cars vintage and classic cars from Bangkok. The Event will be held from December 15th until 18th. The press conference on 24th November saw the Thamakavithaya School in Phetchaburi visually impaired students as beneficiaries with sports equipment being donated to these students in need. Kwanchai Prapaspong,  President of Vintage Car Club of Thailand, said, ”This

Vintage Car Parade is the 15th 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.” Bruce Dupuis, General Manager of Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas said “The Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is proud to sponsor this year’s event. This year, Sheraton Hua Hin celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade has been famous for over ten years.   It is also one of the annual highlights of Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.”   Please visit http://www.vintagecarclub.or.th for further details

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4 52 WEEKLY MONDAYS Knave of Hearts Christmas Day Lunch Buffet, The Restaurant, Dusit Thani

Like the Knave, we certainly carry the crown when it comes to Christmas lunch, once more prepared in Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s inimitable style. With all the festive fare alongside all the traditional trimmings. You’ll be crackers to miss it! 1,899 THB ++ Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Throughout out this month, Everyday Great Value Meal is on offer at Marrakesh Hua Hin with 3 perfect combination meals. Deep fried sea bass, grilled Hokkaido scallop Marrakesh’s mini pizza served with mixed salad. Available at the Al Hamra Restaurant, prices start from 320++ THB per set pen daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Christmas Day Brunch, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

TUESDAYS

WEDNESDAYS

Christmas Lighting Ceremonies, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

12th December, 6pm - 8pm this time is the most wonderful and magical period of the year when our topiary garden becomes sparkling with lights and welcomes the spirit of the Festive Season. You are cordially invited to join this special cocktail party where there will be special guests and joyous Christmas carols. Participate in donating treats to the less privileged children of Hua Hin where Sharing is Caring. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018! InAzia at Sheraton Hua Hin

InAzia Restaurant invites you to treat your taste buds to our “Sake Salad”. Top quality salmon blends perfectly with specially selected ingredients adding en extra dimension taste. This dish is meticulously prepared by our creative chef to present a full and satisfying combintion of flavors. Dalah Restaurant, Sheraton Pranburi Villas

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Join the Christmas Brunch featuring Smoked Salmon & Sashimi, King Crab, International Cheese Bar while listening to Big to the Future band. Price: Baht 1,610++ per person. Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa

Afternoon tea at Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas is served with a hot pot of premium Dilmah tea and, or a cup to freshly brewed organic coffee in the Dalah Restaurant while watching the world goes by.

FRIDAYS

Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Pranburi Villas

Salas Pool Restaurant at Festive Japanese Buffets, Centara Grand Sheraton Hua Hin Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

A rack of ribs simmered to perfection in tomato based marinade, soft and tender with hints of spice and signature sweet taste of honey. Served with fries or mashed potatoes, best eaten with fingers to enhance the taste of finger licking good dish.

Every Friday, gather the whole family and friends to enjoy our all you can eat Pizza & Pasta at Salas. Freshly prepared in-house, a festival of authentic Italian flavors curated by our creative chefs awaits fresh green salad, homemade pasta and piping hot wood fired pizza. The buffet also features a selection of luscious desserts including fancy mini cakes, seasonal cut fruits and ice-cream.

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cocktail Happy Hours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Al Bahr Beach Bar. Enjoy exotic flavor fusions between East and West with al fresco easy-listening music performed live every night (except Wednesdays). Al Bahr Beach Bar is open daily from 11 a.m. – midnight on Sunday – Thursday and from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday – Saturday. Steak Out, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Reef & Beef, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Friday – 8th, 29th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Discover the variety of coast side dishes and a wide assortment of tempting appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, prime quality meats and live entertainment. Price: Baht 1,200++ per person SATURDAYS Saturday Seaside Brunch, Putahracsa Hua Hin

Every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. Submerge yourself into a genuine Thai cultural event and experience culinary delights from all over the Kingdom whilst listening to indigenous music from throughout Thailand. Price: Baht 850++ per person. THURSDAYS Steak Out, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Serving up unlimited seafood-on-ice, fresh sushi, varieties of salad and main course range from authentic Thai dishes, live Thai-style salad, International selections, à-la-minute pasta to BBQ from the grill plus desserts. Including a glass of welcome sparkling wine cocktail. Every Saturday 12:00-15:00 hrs, Now until March 2018, come 6 Pay 5, THB 1,100 ++ per adult, THB 750 ++ per child 4-11 yrs. Afternoon Tea Selections, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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Christmas Lunch Buffet (12PM-3PM): 25th December: At THB 699 Net/person for adult (excludes drinks). Culinary Treasures of Japan, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Monday – 4th, 11th, 18th from 6pm - 10.30pm at Hagi Japanese Restaurant. Japanese buffet - enjoy a wide variety of Japanese specialties. Price: Baht 1,100++ per person.

Luna Lanai Restaurant by the sea, Sheraton

Authentic Northen dish; Thai noodle with chicken curry soup. Enjoy this delicious touch with this sweet & mild flavors of chef’s secret receipes, served with chili oil, shallots, pickled cabbage and a few drops of lime juice to suit your best taste.

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25th, 31st December 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Hagi Japanese Restaurant. Discover the dining treasures of our Japanese Buffet. Enjoy a wide variety of Japanese specialties such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, live Teppanyaki and many more... Price: Baht 1,600++ per person. Festive Hightea Buffets, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

23rd -24th , 30th -31st December 2017 & 1st January 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. This time of the year is perfect to gather with your loved ones and share an exclusive buffet featuring Christmas favourites and all the specialties at our High Tea. Price: Baht 700++ per person. Christmas Eve Gala Dinner, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

7pm - 10.00pm at Elephant Garden. Join us for an unforgettable Christmas Gala Dinner at our beautiful Elephant Garden. Indulge in a mouthwatering Christmas feast comprising all-time favourites such as Roasted Turkey, Seafood on Ice, Foie Gras, Prime Rib and Christmas Log. We welcome back the Dutch big band “Big to the Future” who will get you in the festive spirit for a wonderful night! Price: Baht 3,454 net per adult. Hua Hin Home Living

Every Thursday from 7pm - 10:30pm. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Select your preferred steak from Australia or New Zealand. Cooked to your order and accompanied by the chef’s salad buffet of fresh cut vegetables and greens - truly a meat lovers delight! Price: 990++ (200g portion).

Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. We have now introduced 3 different types of High Tea set for you to select and choose between Hua Hin set, Heritage set or Colonial set along with premium selected coffee and TWG tea Price : Starting from Baht 450++ per set.

Special Oil Paintings for Sale! 50-70%. Available for a short time at a special price. Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

SUNDAYS Sail into 2018 in Style with “The Seaventure Night New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet” at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Welcome 2018 with a nautical themed night at The Seaventure Night New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet on 31 December. The New Year’s Eve gourmet feast includes seafood, BBQ, Japanese treats, Thai favorites, appetizers, salad bar with choice of soups, breads, dessert factory & ice cream. All to the live sounds of Thai and international music. Prices for food only are THB 4,500 net adult and THB 2,250 net per child aged 5-11 years. Children below 5 years dine for free. Dinner buffet starts from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. New Year Eve Gala Dinner, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

31 Dec, 19.30 - 1.00 hrs. Travel back to the 50s the decade of the hula hoop, roller skates & juke box and welcome in the New Year with rock and roll, doo-wop, swing, rhythm and blues music from our band and DJ. Indulge in a buffet with live cooking stations that would be fit for the King of Rock & Roll or Marilyn Monroe! Family Pool Fun Day, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Head down to the Railway Pool for a fun-filled day for the whole family. Kid’s will be entertained by our Sports & Activity team while the parents can join-in or sit back and enjoy the tunes played by DJ Steve of Surf 102.5FM. Splash in and join the Mermaid Races, Invisible Bottle, Chicken Fight, Ping Pong, Scavenger Hunt and many more water and underwater games. a kids buffet 5pm - 6pm for only 350 baht net. On Saturday 2nd of December 2017 Local residnts welcome, BYO towel, swimmers and sunscreen! Free admission.

PHONE NUMBERS Amari Hua Hin: 032 616 600 Anantara Hua Hin Resort: 032 520 250 Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin: 032 516 600 Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin 032 512 021

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Hua Hin Home Living: 086 369 3604 Dusit Thani Hua Hin: 032 520 009 Hyatt Regency Hua Hin: 032 521 234 Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort: 032 616 999 Marrakesh HuaHin Resort & Spa: 032 616 777

SUNDAYS Alice’s Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner Party, Dusit Thani

The Lagoon Lawn Join Alice and her friends in an al-fresco wonderland of festive goodies and entertainment that will ensure your Christmas Eve in our perfect garden setting goes with a bang. Besides the buffet, there are far too many other surprises to mention, so come along and see for yourself. Baht 2,499++ Queen of Hearts’ Christmas Eve Soiréeby-the-Sea, Rim Talay Bar & Grill, Dusit Thani

Chef Sam and his culinary team have composed a 7-course set fusion menu of delights that can be paired with selected wines from our cellar. Price at 2,999 THB ++ 3,999 THB++ with wine pairings. “White Christmas Dinner Buffet” at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Featuring traditional Christmas delicacies such as turkey, yule log cake and pudding as well as an international buffet and Asian favorites. The white Christmas themed evening starts from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. 24th December at Al Bahr Beach Bar for THB 1,500 net per adult and THB 750 net per child aged 5-11 years, all excluding beverages. Children below 5 years dine for free. Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort And Spa

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet (7PM10.30PM):24th December: 999 THB Net/person (excludes drinks). New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet (8pm1am): 31st December: At THB 3,399 Net/person for adult includes alcohol and soft drinks. Book before 10th December to enjoy early bird offers. Advertise with

Novotel Hua Hin Beach Resort & Spa: 032 708300 Putahracsa Hua Hin Resort: 032 531 470 Rest Detail Hua Hin: 032 547 733 Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa: 032 708 000 Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas: 032 909 900

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Camp Palapon

Monsoon Valley Vineyard Award-winning wines crafted using old world values with new world enthusiasm. A whole new world of wine discovery.

Martial Arts & Holistic Fitness Camp ศิลปะการต่อสูแ ้ ละการออกกำาลังกายแบบองค์รวมค่าย 武术馆&健身训练营

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Address: Between the famous Thai resorts of Hua Hin and the fabulous Takiab Beach Tel: 086 803 9085 Email: info@palapon.net Web: www.palapon.net 71

Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Health Lab 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

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

Address: 888 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 800 or 1719 (local calls only) Email: huahin@bangkokhospital.com Web: www.bangkokhospital.com/huahin/en/

Address: Soi Hua Hin 45 and Soi Hua Hin 45/1 Tel: 032 515 920, 094 494 5649 Email: info.healthlab@gmail.com Web: www.healthlabclinic.com

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True Arena

Hua Hin Home Art

True Arena Hua Hin is Asia’s premier tennis, sports and recreational center, located in the heart of Thailand’s seaside resort town of Hua Hin.

Hua Hin Home Art has the largest collection in Hua Hin of stone and wood art to make your home, business, resort and garden.

Address: 52/52 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 909 633 Email: info@truearenahuahin.com Web: www.truearenahuahin.com

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Water Jungle Vana Nava Hua Hin

Sivana Gardens Pool Villas

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...

Located in Khao Tao, Sivana Gardens Pool Villa offers an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

Address: 129/99 Soi Moo Baan Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 909 606 Email: info@vananava.com Web: www.vananavahuahin.com

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Black Mountain Golf Club 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: info@bmghuahin.com Web: www.blackmountainhuahin.com

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Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin 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: reservations@banyanthailand.com Web: www.banyanthailand.com

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Address: Soi 126 Hua Hin, Phetkasem Rd Tel: 082 840 8080 Email: info@sivanagardens.com 74 Web: www.sivanagardens.com

Lotus Sports Club (Muay Thai) Shadow boxing, bag work, Muay Thai techiniques, sparing, stretching, swimming, running, rope jump, pad work, bags, clinch, kness or low kick ... Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: info@lotushuahin.com Web: www.lotushuahin.com

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Fine Wood Shutter Fine Wood Company is the leading shutters specialist in Thailand-Crafting professional quality natural wood shutters is our expertise. Address: 146/60 Phechkaseam Road, Tambol Nongkhae, HuaHin Tel: 02 662 4476, 086 424 9936 Email: info@finewoodshutter.com Web: www.finewoodshutter.com Line ID: Finewoodcompany 76

Star Property Hua Hin

Mason Appetite

As a family owned and run Property Specialist, our goal is to find the perfect property to match your individual requirements.

MasonAppetite is an authorized representative for premium home products. We dedicate to source & select only reliable quality with great design & function.

Address: 6/5 Dechanuchit Road Hua Hin Tel: 032-531-145 Email: starpropertybysumalee@gmail.com Web: www.star-property-huahin.com/

Address: Baan Mai, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 11120 Tel: 029 841 155, 083-0969099 Email: mason.appetite@gmail.com Web: www.masonappetite.com

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HH Home Living

Certified translation services are available in any language as needed for official purposes. Quick turnaround and competitive rates.

Bathroom, Decking Fencing, Furniture, Hotel & Restaurant Supplies, Jacuzzi, Kitchen, Lighting, Stone, Swimming Pool, Window, Ceramic, Linen & Towels

Address: 62/69 Soi Moobaan Hua-Na, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 086 3693 604 Email: visa@huahintoday.com Web: www.huahintoday.com

Address: 62/69 Soi Moobaan Hua-Na, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 061 815 2680 Email: info@hh-homeliving.com Web: www.hh-homeliving.com

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Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin

Asian Secure Hua Hin-Vaults

Book kitesurfing & SUP lessons, buy kites, kiteboards.. หนังสือ ไคท์บอร์ด และบทเรียน ซับ, ไคท์บอร์ด 预定冲浪活动,SUP课程,风筝以及冲浪板...

Top security Hi-tech Steel Vault - Protected by 24/7 Monitoring of Alarm & CCTV. Deposit your valuables, documents, jewels in safety. Deposit boxes with dual locks. Address: 59/118 Soi 116 Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 086-3547352, 086-5046405 Email: asiansecure01@gmail.com

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Address: 143/8 Soi 75/1, Hua Hin Tel: 081 591 4593 Email: huahin@kiteboardingasia.com Web: www.kiteboardingasia.com

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Nadpob Dental Clinic

Boonthavorn Hua Hin Your centre for tiles, bathroom, kitchen, furniture and living. 200km free delivery. บุญถาวรหัวหิน จุดเริม ่ ต้นของการ สร้างสรรค์อนาคตสะอาดใส และหลากหลายไอเดียแต่งบ้านทีค ่ ณ ุ สรรค์สร้างได้ดง่ั ใจ เปิดให้คณ ุ สัมผัสแล้ววันนี้ Open: 8:00 am. - 20:00 pm. Address: 4/48 Moo Ban Bofai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 522 555 Fax: 032 520 141 Web: www.boonthavorn.com

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Except, Implant, Orthodontics, Treatment ... ตกแต่งทันตกรรมรากเทียม และอืน ่ ๆ 牙科美容,植入手术等 Address: Huahin Market Village, floor 1 st Tel: 089 910 1033 Email: nadpobdental@hotmail.com Web: facebook.com/pages/Nadpob-Dental-Clinic

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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

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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Address: Naresdamri Road 20/24 Hua Hin Tel: 085 473 1441 and 032 530 170 Web: www.da-mario-huahin.com

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Address: 33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 999 Email: ichh.rsvn@ihg.com Web: huahin.intercontinental.com/azure

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Luna Lanai Seafront Restaurant

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

Our seaside bar & restaurant in Hua Hin is the perfect place to chill out, a huge selection of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks as well as delectable Thai and Western dishes.

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

Address: 1573 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com/dining 2

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Sheraton Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com

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Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton 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 Address: 1 Damnerkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: chbr@chr.co.th Web: facebook.com/COASTHuaHin/

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Cuisine: Thai, Western, Fusion and Fresh Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 20% 菜肴: 海鲜, 欧洲菜, 泰国菜

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Address: 9/22 Moo 5, Pak Nam Pran, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220 Tel: 032 909 900 Email: fb.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahinpranburi.com

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Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

The Restaurant Dusit Thani Hua Hin Our all-day dining restaurant serves an array of international and local favourites in elegant surroundings with stunning views.

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road Cha-am, Petchburi Tel: 032 520 009 Email: dthhrsvn@dusit.com Web: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin/dining/the-restaurant/

Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Web: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin/dining/ban-benjarong/

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

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Cha-Am’s most charming and relaxing Coffee Bar where you can almost touch the beach while savouring the best selection of coffee in town. The Coffee Bar is located inside Chaamaram on the beach road near the corner of Narathip Road.

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Address: 8/4 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin VIP Tel: 032 512 250 and 081 852 2136 Email: claudio.mammamia@gmail.com Web: facebook.com/pages/Mamma-Mia-Cucina-Italiana-Pizza

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Dorigo Cafe’ & Bistro Hua-Hin

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Railway Restaurant Centara Hua Hin

New Italian Restaurant in Hua-Hin Town with Daily Fresh Pizza and Best Qulity Product from Italy. Fresh Seafood Steak Salad and Pasta. Address: Hua-Hin Soi 70 Opposites Hua-Hin School Tel: 032 905 924 Web: facebook.com/DorigoCafe

Address: 261/30 Chaamaran Project, Ruamjit Road, Cha-am, Phetchaburi, 76120 Tel: 084 432 0548 Web: www.facebook.com/coffeebaratchaam

Taking its design inspiration from Hua Hin railway station originally erected in the early 1920s, The Railway restaurant offers a worldly selection of cuisines for breakfast and dinner.

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Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: chbr@chr.co.th Web: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/ restaurant/

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Greek Taverna Hua Hin

Big Fish Marriott Hua Hin

Cuisine: Greek, Thai, Vegetarian ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารกรีซ, อาหารไทย, อาหารมังสวิรต ั ิ 菜肴: 希腊菜, 泰国菜, 斋菜

Taste the ocean with the fresh catch of the day at Big Fish, our

Address: 58 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 098 463 3622 Email: bell@regalthailand.com Web: www.facebook.com/greektavernahuahin

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: bookhuahin@marriott.com Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhqmr-hua-hin-marriottresort-and-spa/ 17

signature grill and seafood restaurant, located directly next to the beachfront with indoor and outdoor seating.

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La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria

Mozza Mia Hua Hin

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, พิชซ่า 菜肴: 意大利菜, 披萨

Cuisine: Burrata, Cold cuts, Fresh and hard cheese, Wine, Italian coffe and Croissants no Service Charge Parking: Street

Address: 123/56 Nongkae close to Cicada Market Tel: 032 655 078 Web: www.la-botte-huahin.com

Address: G Mall, Shop A106, Soi 94 Phetkasem, Hua Hin 77110 Tel: 032 900 250 Facebook: Mozza Mia Hua Hin

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Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

Gusto Et Cosy Beach Restaurant Cuisine: European, Thai, Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 欧洲菜 , 泰国菜, 海鲜

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: Khao Tao, Hua Hin Tel: 093 887 7688 and 032 900 500 Email: sales@theblueskyresort.com Web: www.theblueskyresort.com/HuaHin/

Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nongkae Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: reservations.huahin@amari.com Web: www.facebook.com/ShorelineBeachClub/

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Aqua Pool Bar Amari Hua Hin The menu blends international poolside favourites with “Tastes of Thailand”. Both Thai and foreign guests alike will enjoy snacking noodle soups, satay, fresh fruits and other dishes. Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: reservations.huahin@amari.com Web: www.amari.com/huahin/restaurants.aspx 10

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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: reception@blacklotus.asia Web: lotushuahin.com

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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 招牌菜肴&鸡尾酒

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Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com

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Sala Monsoon at Putahracsa Hua Hin A restaurant where the ambience is relaxed and chic. Start the day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and indulge in simple Thai dishes, fresh salads, creative pasta dishes and innovative sandwiches for lunch. Address: 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 0 3253 1470 Email: info@putahracsa Web: www.putahracsa.com/sala-monsoon-restaurant

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Bakery Shop at Marrakesh Resort & Spa Home for Creative Bakery, Pastries, Coffee, Drinks by the Sea อร่อยเพลินริมชายหาดกับเบเกอรีม ่ ด ี ไ ี ซน์แห่งใหม่ลา่ สุดของหัวหิน

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Oceanside Beach Club Restaurant at Putahracsa 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: booking@putahracsa.com Web: www.oceansidebeachclub.com

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Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

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

A popular Hua Hin Restaurant, the Ocean Terrace offers an casual open-air restaurant overlooking the ocean.

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Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: fbm@putahracsa.com Web: www.oboonhuahin.com

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Coral Restaurant & Bar at Banyan The Resort

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Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Massage Oil, Body Treatments, Water Treatments ... นวดน้าำ มัน, นวดบำาบัดร่างกาย, กายภาพบำาบัดในน้าำ ... 按摩油,全身护理,水疗

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜 Address: Banyan The Resort, 68/223 Hua Na, Hua Hin Tel: 032 538 888 Web: www.banyanthailand.com

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Spa & Wellness at InterContinental Hua Hin 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: ichh.rsvn@ihg.com Web: huahin.intercontinental.com/spa-wellness

Address: 854/2 Burirom Road, Cha Am Beachfront, Petchaburi Tel: 032 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: novotelhuahin.com/hua-hin-restaurants/ocean-terracerestaurant/

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Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Email: info@devaranaspa.com Web: www.devaranaspa.com/en/huahin.html

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Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

Unwind, relax and rejuvenate at Shine Spa of Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the perfect place to start your relaxation holiday. For guests seeking the ultimate in relaxation and efficiently, our bi-monthly promotion is designed for a sophisticated and holistic experience. Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am, Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 ext. 6201 10% Email: spa.huahin@sheraton.com VIP Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com 35

Spa Essentials at Sheraton Hua Hin

Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Shine Spa is a place of rest and relaxation. Please respect the privacy of other guests by keeping noise to a minimum.

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

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am, Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 ext. 6201 Email: spa.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com/shine-spa-essentials 26

Address: 19/119 Soi Hua Hin 19, Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 733 Email: rest@restdetailhotel.com Web: www.restdetailhotel.com/spa.html

SPA Cenvaree Centara Grand at Beach Resort & Villas

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Quan Spa Marriott Hua Hin

Set amongst a tranquil landscaped tropical garden, the spa features 9 treatment rooms and outdoor Thai massage sala.

Quan Spa, located here within the resort, offers a wide range of soothing massage therapies and beauty treatments. Pamper yourself during your Hua Hin visit, and be sure to explore our excellent spa packages.

Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021-38 Email: spacenvareechbr@chr.co.th Web: www.spacenvaree.com/spa-cenvaree-at-centara-grandat-beach-resort-and-villas-hua-hin 27

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spaservices/hhqmr-hua-hin-marriott-resort-and-spa/ 37

Cape Spa Cape Nidhra Hua Hin

Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin

Located in the fabulous Cape Nidhra Hotel in Hua Hin, the newest Cape Spa reflects the luxury and style of this new Cape property.

Discover Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin, where an array of fun and easy treatments awaits you. Let us send you to a peaceful state of body and mind, to help you to rejuvenate from the rigors of everyday life.

Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 600 Email: reservations@capenidhra.com Web: www.capenidhra.com/spa.php

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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: nooraspa@marrakeshresortandspa.com Tel: 032 616 777 Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 29 Orchid Massage

Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 61 6600 #7801 Web: www.breeze-spa.com/amari-huahin/

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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 Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: booking@putahracsa.com Web: www.putahracsa.com

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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Thai Massage, Foot Massage, Oil Massage นวดแผนไทย, นวดฝ่าเท้า, นวดน้าำ มัน Address: Soi Samorpong, Tippawan Village, Krong Load, Hua Hin Tel: 087 366 8829 Web: www.facebook.com/Orchid-Massage-687683044722139/

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In Balance Spa by Novotel is designed according to the concept of Hua Hin. Where you can relax and replenish your health and “Free babysitting during spa treatment at Novotel Hua Hin” Open Daily: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Tel: 032 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: www.novotelhuahin.com

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8 Alphabetical list

30% VIP Discount up to 30% for Hua Hin Today VIP Card holders

Amari Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: chbr@chr.co.th Web: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/

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Sophisticated comfort and exclusive service await you at Amari Hua Hin. Situated near the glittering Gulf of Thailand, the resort offers thoughtful accommodation in an idyllic garden setting. Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: reservations.huahin@amari.com Web: www.amari.com/huahin/ 51

Blue Sky Resort

Dusit Thani Hua Hin Overlooking an idyllic beach on the Gulf of Thailand and surrounded by lush greenery, provides the ultimate resort experience in a historic destination.

The concept of The Blue Sky Hua Hin is to combine Modern architecture with nature by the sea with each room type has its own characteristic and design.

Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road Cha-am, Petchburi Tel: 032 520 009 Email: dthhrsvn@dusit.com Web: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin/

Address: Hua-Hin 101, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 02 247 7310-11 Email: sales@theblueskyresort.com Web: www.theblueskyresort.com/HuaHin/

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Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Nestled right on the pristine beach in sunny Hua Hin, Thailand, our hotel offers travelers an unparalleled resort experience.

It’s hard to stand out in a sea of selfies these days, but the unparalleled architecture of Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa provides something uniquely outstanding.

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: bookhuahin@marriott.com Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhqmr-hua-hin-marriottresort-and-spa/

Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

InterContinental® Hua Hin Resort lends to Thailand’s premier seaside community unrivalled style, sophistication and comfort.

This unique Residential Resort offers you luxury, space and privacy. The villas have their own private gardens & feature all standard facilities expected in a 4 star resort.

Address: 33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 999 Email: ichh.rsvn@ihg.com Web: huahin.intercontinental.com

Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: info@lotushuahin.com Web: www.lotushuahin.com

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Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin

Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Resort & Spa This Hua Hin Resort offers recreation and entertainment options for singles, couples and families. Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Petchaburi, Hua Hin, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: www.novotelhuahin.com

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Putahracsa Hua Hin

Banyan The Resort is located minutes from the centre of Hua Hin town and is the ideal holiday destination for families, couples and golfers. Address: 68/223 Hua Na, Petchakasem Road, Nong Kae Tel: 032 538 888 Email: booking@banyanthailand.com Web: www.banyanthailand.com/en/resort/the-resort

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MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villas Hua Hin

Putahracsa Hua Hin allows guests to combine the charms of small town leisure together with a beach hideaway. Address: 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: info@putahracsa.com Web: www.putahracsa.com

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Join Hua Hin’s most exclusive waterside community, with the award-winning MahaSamutr Villas, Hua Hin’s first private country club.

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Address: 70/152-153 Soi 112 Huana Tuptai Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 907 900 Email: info@mahasamutr.com Web: www.mahasamutr.com

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Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

The 88 Condo Hua Hin

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is situated on Cha-am beach north of Hua Hin where memories are made at every turn.

Comfortable condo with kitchen, near Khao Hin Lek Fai View Point, with one 7 storey and two 8 storey buildings and a total of 251 units, located on Soi 88 and easy access to the beach.

Address: 1573 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com

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Address: 88 Hin Lek Fai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 099 441 4152 Web: www.88condohuahin.com

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Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Hin Nam Sai Suay Hotel

Welcome to Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, where 53 private Pool Villas provide the ultimate in peaceful seclusion.

The comfortable relaxing time for spending your holiday which will allow you to feel true happiness, another standardized hotel with a complete range of service, designed in a modern fantasy style

Address: 9/22 Moo 5 Paknampran, Pranburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: sheraton.huahinpranburi@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahinpranburi.com

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Address: 41/48 PhetKasem Road, Soi Hua Hin 7, Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 461 Web: www.hinnamclub.com

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Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

Sansara Black Mountain, Hua Hin

The Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and part of the luxurious Cape Hotel Collection.

Exclusive luxury apartments and golf course pool villas come with round the clock hospitality at an accessible price.

Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 600 Email: reservations@capenidhra.com Web: www.capenidhra.com

Address: 565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin Tel: 02 683 0088 Email: customercare@sansara.asia Web: www.sansara.asia

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The Park Hua Hin

Rest Detail Hotel Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin invites you to discover our exquisitely designed resort set in a peaceful enclave just out of Hua Hin town.

Choose beauty. Choose quality. A collection of two, three and four bedroom Luxury Pool Villas are available for you to choose.

Address: Soi Hua Hin 19 Tambon Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 547 733 Email: rest@restdetailhotel.com Web: www.restdetailhotel.com

Address: 244 Moo 9, Tab Tai, Hua Hin Tel: 098 398 9831 Email: sales@lotusvillashuahin.com Web: www.lotusvillashuahin.com/en/the-park/

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