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Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pranburi

February 2017

Transforming Thailand’s Transport Big Changes Forecast to Travelling Around Thailand and Hua Hin

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It’s often said that every cloud has a silver lining. There has been too many clouds above the world recently but also over Thailand and our region, but the silver lining is now shining brightly as 2017 progresses.

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The biggest cloud in Thailand followed the death of King Rama IX. However as the first 100 days of the 12 month mourning period has passed, so spirits rise as arrangements for the coronation King Rama X are on the horizon. The tragic circumstances of the New Year floods for southern provinces have also been a very stormy commencement to the year. However despite the hardships that many have suffered, one bright silver lining has been the level of support to those affected. However for some ‘prospectors’, the deluge in Bang Saphan has revealed deposits of alluvial gold; a very welcome and valuable gold, rather than silver lining. Travel features prominently in this issue of Hua Hin Today. Not only a trip to visit the amazing 4,000 island of Si Phan Don in Laos but also news about changes to transport across Thailand with big infrastructure developments promising major improvements to rail and road transport. By the time we go to print the ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin will enter the commercial phase as the free trial period concludes. More effective marketing of the service with website information and online booking are essential and promised after our visit to the ferry company General Manager. Hua Hin Today prides itself on providing accurate information based on facts rather than speculative stories circulated by other sources. Our ferry story in this edition follows that ethos, however some uncertainty remains ………….. to be continued!

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4 Transforming Thailand’s Transportation Across the Kingdom & Within the Region

With the current Thailand government committed to calling the general election sometime in 2017, big-ticket infrastructure development is expected to speed up. But major changes in local transport, including mini buses and the cross-gulf ferry are also big news. The service was free until January 31st, extended from 15th of the month due to untimely stormy weather in the gulf. Some of the trial trips were cancelled and reports were received of the ferry returning to the port of origin when conditions at sea did not allow a trip to be safely completed. Preecha Tantipura, CEO of Royal Passenger Liner, the ferry operator, said the company plans to formally open the service in February when the weather is expected to improve. The company is required to strictly comply with regulations to ensure passenger safety which means suspending services during bad weather. We visited the Kho Takiab Pier and met with Royal Passenger Liner General Manager Ratiporn Suklung (Khun Yo) and Hua Hin Manager Papon Opasjamkajorn (Khun Mong) at their temporary ‘office’ at a small restaurant near the pier. A permanent office as well passenger shelter with luggage screening equipment was then under construction on the pier.

According to the Transport Ministry’s action plan approved by the cabinet in December 2016, 36 infrastructure projects worth 896 billion THB are scheduled for investment in 2017. The Provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi are under consideration for these developments in road, rail and across-gulf ferry services and infrastructure. Of the total investment, rail system development will account for 73.3%, expressways and motorways will take up 18.7%, with the remainder going toward marine transport and the expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport.

Hua Hin Airport; is international status possible? The Hua Hin Airport is also considered by many to be in need of an upgrade, including to international status. The Thai Hotels Association has urged the development of Hua Hin Airport to link with neighboring countries, especially Singapore and Malaysia, as well as other provinces in Thailand.

At the time of our visit the website was also a work in progress (no online bookings), the company Facebook page (เรือเฟอร์รี่ข้ามอ่าว ไทย พัทยา-หัวหิน - Thai only) was far from falang friendly and a contact number (038488999) often unanswered. Clearly there was a lot of work to do! Khun Yo was very aware of these shortcomings but this was only the workup to the real thing. We anticipate that by the time this edition of Hua Hin Today is in print things will be very different!

A snack & mini bar, free water and luggage storage (including for golf gear) is on offer as well as on board seasickness remedies for the vulnerable. Transport from the pier to the central areas of both Hua Hin and Pattaya will be operating.

Arriving at Kho Takiab

About the Kho Takiab Pier

Drive along the Kho Takiab Road south until reaching the fork near to the end. Instead of heading left towards the temple, take the more inland fork road further south. Immediately after the Air Space Restaurant, turn left at Soi Ao Hua Don 3, finishing at the beach under the shadow of the headland. It’s a narrow road with parking issues being addressed, although ongoing traffic congestion seems inevitable. With commercial operations commencing this month, we wait to see how the infrastructure, promotion, communication and consumer demand will be managed. Understandably travel tour companies are also adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach. Let’s hope for much calmer waters in the future for this much-anticipated link between Pattaya and Hua Hin.

Maxi Changes to Mini Buses?

The Cross Gulf Ferry A Stormy Launch The State Railway’s first new locomotives arrived in January. Many 2016 projects were subject to delays thanks to lengthy negotiations, including the high-speed rail network linking Bangkok and Hua Hin. There’s bidding, proposals and construction underway across the country with various provinces and cities doing their best to be at the forefront of these developments. Authorities anticipate 34 million foreigntourist arrivals and 150 million domestic air travelers in 2017. Major airports including Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang International, U-tapao Rayong-Pattaya International, Krabi International, Phuket International and Chiang Rai Mae Fah Luang International are all in line for renovation or expansion.

At Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha visited sites of its second-phase expansion in September and was reassured that annual passenger capacity would be increased from the current 45 million to 60 million by 2019.

Is this the beginning of the end of mini bus transport from Bangkok to Hua Hin?

‘Royal One’ has set sail The Hua Hin to Pattaya ferry service continues to be a hot topic of conversation with many conflicting reports received over recent months, including the operating hours, booking arrangements, costs and landing points. The navy frigate HTMS Kraburi escorted the ferry’s first trip on 5th January after rough seas delayed the unofficial launch from January 1st. Two hundred passengers, who included Thai and foreign tourists, boarded ‘Royal One’ at the Bali Hai pier in Pattaya to Hua Hin. The trip took two and a half hours.

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A member of the National Legislative Assembly has proposed a set of measures to resolve the problem of road accidents caused by passenger vans in light of a fatal accident in Chonburi in which 25 people were killed when a packed van crashed with a pickup truck. GM Khun Yo (far right) and staff managing a high level of interest during the ferry January free trial period The basic ticket cost is 1,250 THB for a one way trip per seat. The ferry was operating in Hong Kong and is 38 metres long. Royal 1 is capable of carrying 339 passengers (no vehicles) with 286 seats on the first deck and business class seats on the upper deck and two VIP rooms. With a crew of eight, she travels at up to 27 knots to potentially complete the journey in one hour and forty minutes, according to the company.  The end of January trial voyages have been departing Pattaya at 10.30 AM and then returning from Hua Hin at 1.30 PM. The February schedule had not been released at the time of publication and some changes to a daily service may be anticipated. A second ferry is planned to be introduced in March, however providing vehicle transport is not imminent.

Making his proposal, assembly member Somchai Sawaengkarn said the maximum speed of all passenger vans must be set at 80-90 km/hour. Any driver found to have tampered with the speedometer of his van to increase the maximum speed will have his operating license and driver’s license suspended with the owner of the van fined. Each van would be fitted with a device which will automatically record the speed of the van, the time the ignition system is started and a GPS, said the assemblyman. He also proposed that all the existing concessions granted to passenger van operators to operate inter-provincial services be scrapped. He said all passenger vans can operate within a radius of 100 kilometres and, for longer distance services, the responsibility should be with buses and mini buses. The last measure, he said, is a complete overhaul of the system of issuance of driving licenses for public transport drivers. Continue reading on...Page 8


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6 A ‘Colonial’ Appointment to the Centara Hua Hin

Thailand is proudly without a colonial history, but the Centara Hua Hin has been inspired by the colonial era experienced by many countries. Australians are sometimes (much to their chagrin) referred to as ‘colonials’. Accordingly the appointment of a ‘colonial’ as GM at the Centara seems to fit! David says his introduction to hospitality was accidental. After employment in banking he found himself dissatisfied with the uninspiring and then very conservative approach of that industry. Travel was also on his mind and hospitality offered that opportunity. He was initially willing to take on somewhat menial roles because he could see the possibilities of both travel and career advancement. In a typical Australian manner, he pays little heed to hierarchy or status, so working initially as a waiter or a laundry hand did not imply any sort of ‘fall from grace’, just a means to an end. It seems that along the way higher management recognised his potential and progression to management roles followed.

World Masters Golf Championships in June each year with Australian golfers is an obvious example of how this can work. One challenge of David’s new role is to give travellers (and locals) a better understanding of the history and unique ambience that the Centara offers. He wants casual visitors to feel welcomed, although not to some kind of museum. He just the resort to be more accessible, so that the next generation of visitors to Hua Hin can get to know this real Hua Hin and Thailand treasure.

The Raffles Singapore; inspiring the Centara?

He’s now best described as a world citizen; leaving his homeland in the early 90’s and living in around 9 different countries since then. David describes his management style being akin to a coach or a captain. Because he has worked in so many different roles, he can empathise with staff and really understands their trials and tribulations but also the lurks and perks of their jobs. He recognises that the first 90 days of a new post is when staff are at their most receptive to change; that’s not to suggest that changes will be too dramatic, but the early days are when there is the best opportunity for improvements to be accepted. David Martens was been appointed as the General Manager of the flagship of the Centara group of hotels and resorts, the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin, in early December 2016. We met David during a very pleasant hour or so at the Centara’s Elephant Bar. This was not long after his arrival following a period of some 5 years as General Manager of the Centara’s Krabi resort. He says he was enjoying making a difference to the progress of that resort. However being offered the opportunity to take the lead role at the Centara Hua Hin was really irresistible.

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At the time of our conversation there had been only a few weeks for David to get to know Hua Hin. He likes to keep fit, so he had found some of the market places during strolls around town, but there’s still a lot to discover. His early impressions are that Hua Hin is underrated by many potential visitors. He believes that many have not ‘pre-discovered’ what’s on offer in an age when internet exploration before arrival is so prevalent. David is aware that countries with a winter season coinciding with Hua Hin’s quieter months offer an opportunity with the right sort of marketing. The popularity of Centara

The Raffles Hotel (left) and the Centara Hua Hin (right); comparisons are inevitable. The Raffles Hotel in Singapore has long recognised as one of Asia’s iconic destinations with a colonial heritage and grand style reflected in the architecture which reflects its 1915 heyday. The Raffles presents the grandeur and elegance of Singapore’s colonial history and recognises the founder of modern Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. It’s easy to see the same classic style and elegance at the Centara, perhaps best enjoyed taking afternoon tea, an experiences one must have in Singapore but also in Hua Hin in an equally grand setting. A harpist to enhance the ambiance is always present at the Raffles but also at the Centara; a superb ‘colonial’ experience at both locations. The timeless Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin has won honours as Asia’s top heritage hotel; it’s easy to see why. www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/


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Apart from Christmas gifts, we received many complimentary messages during 2016 in response to stories published during the year. Here are just a few samples; it’s always nice to be recognised! “Thank you for article you wrote, and the picture. I even had a smile; usually I am not good in front of a camera.  I read your article and just smiled.” “Wow really good ka I like it so much thank you, I am so happy, everything is so good.”

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8 For Hua Hin access, head north and pass through the airport tunnel before completing a U turn and returning towards Hua Hin. The terminal is on the ocean side of Phetchakasim Road next to Koncept Furniture. This may seem a little inconvenient to some however avoiding the need for the bus to transit through the central Hua Hin traffic may reduce travel time. Transportation is available for hotel or city transits. See www.belltravelservice.com or www.airporthuahinbus.com for more information and online booking.

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The Transport Ministry To Phase Out Mini-Buses All the existing passenger vans operating from Bangkok to upcountry provinces must be phased out in six months and replaced with 20-seat micro buses, says Mr Chidchai Sanansrisakorn, Deputy Director-general of the Land Transport Department. Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krue-Ngam said as many as 40,000 interprovincial passenger vans could be taken off Thailand’s roads by 2019 because they are not appropriate for public transportation. Wisanu said that the Transport Ministry’s proposal to use Article 44 of the interim charter to immediately tackle the problem with passenger vans did not solely stem from the horrific crash in Chonburi. He said the Royal Thai Police had earlier proposed an amendment to the Land Traffic Act for the Cabinet’s approval, while another road safety committee chaired by General Prawit Wongsuwan presented road safety measures to the Cabinet last October. He said Deputy Transport Minister Pichit Akarathit had wanted the Land Transport Department to move forward the timetable to phase out all passenger vans to six months from now instead of between 20192021. The minister’s phase-out plan is divided into two stages with the first stage for some 5,000 passenger vans operating between Bangkok and upcountry provinces to be phased out and replaced with 20-seat micro buses.

There are private cars offering transport from the beach, but many visitors wanting to just move around town or along the beach road only have a motorbike taxi option. Two or even three passengers can be seen on motorcycle taxis without a helmet in sight. Safe multiple passenger taxis are described by the locals and visitors as an essential service, especially for mum, dad and the kids.

Hua Hin and Cha-Am Taxi Issues

It seems that many commuters in these two locations have a lot to say about the adequacy of local taxi services. Will a new style micro bus (Top) mean an end to the horrendous mini-bus road toll? Passenger vans operating between provinces, excluding Bangkok, will be the next to be phased out, said Mr Chidchai. However, he pointed out that since micro buses are more expensive and they are not locally assembled, he would raise the issue with the transport minister. Meanwhile the VIP bus from Hua Hin to Suvanabhumi Airport has change the terminal location from Hua Hin Soi 96/1 to a new location called “Roong Reuang Coach Bus Station”, just north of the Hua Hin Airport.

Recently reports were received that Hua Hin motorbike taxi fares would be more regulated around Hua Hin City but current dissatisfaction with tuk-tuk operators overcharging and even charging per passenger rather than per journey, suggest this this service may also need more regulation. Another issue relates to Hua Hin songthaews being overcrowded and not frequent enough. It would seem that this transport may be unable to cope in peak periods and need to have numbers boosted.

An overcrowded Songthaew in Hua Hin

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Meanwhile in Cha-Am there are no complaints about the tuk-tuks or songthaews – there aren’t any!

The only taxi options for around Cha-Am Cha-Am is an obvious location for songthaews to circulate along the beach road, to the central market and railway station. Travellers arriving by train or bus are often seen confused, wondering how they can get to the beach or to accommodation. They don’t want to hire a car, just a simple and safe way to move around town.


9 Commemorative Ceremonies Mark The 100th Day Since Rama IX’s Passing

Merit making and commemorative ceremonies have taken place across Thailand on January 20th to mark the 100th day after the passing of much-loved HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX). The late monarch passed away at the age of 89 on October 13th last year. His passing has thrown the country into deep mourning. Thai people have continued to wear black and white to mourn his departure.At the time of his passing, King Rama IX was the world’s longest-reigning monarch with his reign spanning over seven decades.

In Hua Hin, crowds gathered outside the Royal Palace to recognise this significant day which is an importantstage of the grieving process for Thai people leading up to the cremation later in the year. In Bangkok, royal ceremonies took place inside the Grand Palace.

HM King MahaVajiralongkorn attended a royal merit-making ceremony at the DusitMahaPrasat Throne Hall, the Grand Palace. The Royal Thai Navy staged a barge procession along the Chao Phraya River. Because of the ceremonies, members of the public were not able to pay their respects over two days before the body of the late monarch inside the Dusit MahaPrasat Throne Hall, in the Grand Palace. Since the body of the late King was transferred to the throne hall, thousands of people have gathered at nearby SanamLuang every day for an opportunity to go inside the royal compound and pay homage to Rama IX. Free transport has been arranged for mourners to travel to Bangkok to pay their respects from many regional centres including Hua Hin and Cha-Am. There are now plans to develop a new way of serving food and water to mourners who queue up for many hours to bid farewell to the late King. Construction of the elaborate Royal crematorium is also due to start in SanamLuang soon.

Phra Nakorn Khiri Festival Phetchaburi

The 31st Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival is a major event in the city of Phetchaburi from 1th – 19th February. Demonstrations of local handicrafts and folk wisdom, plays and many other activities will be accompanied by beautiful fireworks at night. In the town of Phetchaburi the Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park has a dominant presence in the area. On top of an almost 100 metre high hill, Phra Nakhon Khiri overlooks the city area and can be seen from far away approaching the city.

King Mongkut (Rama IV) loved this area so much; he decided to build a summer palace here to be used as a Royal retreat when visiting the area. The Palace was named Phra Nakhon Khiri, which is also known as Khao Wang meaning mountain with the Palace and completed in 1860. In 1979 the Palace was declared a historical park, where the Fine Arts Department has an exhibition of personal items of King Rama IV and King Rama V on display, including ceramics from a number of foreign countries. Phra Nakhon Khiri palace was built with a palace temple, Wat Phra Keo Noi, a stupa, to contain the relics of Lord Buddha, and many temple trees on both sides connecting the three hills and the group of the throne halls. One of the highlights is the star observing activity in honour of King Mongkut, who pioneered astronomy in Thailand.

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10 Hua Hin Artist To Work on Royal Funeral Preparations

Hua Hin will honour a local engraver who was selected by the Fine Art Department of Thailand to embellish the royal funeral pyre of the deceased King Bhumibol. Mr. Thanadet Bunnumphong, 56, the Hua Hin born artistic engraver, said that he was so proud to work with other Thai artists from the Fine Art Department to carve and engrave the royal funeral pyre and items to honour the late King.

The Jesada Technic Museum, in cooperation with the Hua Hin Municipality and Khao Tao Municipal School, has launched a project on money saving for students of the school. The project, aiming to follow the idea on money saving initiated by the late King Bhumibol, provides the students with 249 savings accounts worth a total of 124,500 THB. According to the Deputy Director of the Jesada Technic Museum Dr. Phakphum

Mr. Thanadet was selected by the Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre from over 1,000 Thai artists after the group was reduced to 500, 100 and then 20 participants including the Hua Hin native artist. Called by his peers as Kru Chang or the Art Maestro, Mr. Thenadet has already completed the registration process with the other 19 candidates. They will be responsible for carving and beautifying

Detsakulrit, the Foundation discussed with the mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul and the Director of Khao Tao Muncipal School Dr. Wirat Maneepruek the possibility of giving individual students savings accounts so that they learn how to manage their daily expenses and keep some extra money for future education. Two hundred and forty nine savings accounts, each of which has an initial deposit of 500 THB, will be given to the students.

sandalwood imported from Kui Buri National Park in Prachuab Khirikhan. The sandalwood will be used as a raw material to make the royal funeral pyre, the royal urn and other items dedicated to the late King.

A former bank staff member, Mr. Thanadet left his full-time job to follow his artistist interestes, engraving small items to sell to foreigners as a souvenir. His skills were learnt from his grandparents, also the Hua Hin natives.

Mr. Thanadet said that he has been told by the Office of the Royal Affairs that the artists need to complete around 10,000 items. They also have to follow the traditional royal norms in carving, engraving and enbellishing the items. The traditions have been passed on from one generation to another since the reign of King Rama I.

Mr. Thanadet will start working at the beginning of February. He said that he would finish all the work over the next six months. The Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul is planning to present Mr. Thanadet a plaque and certificate of honour once the artist completes the work.

After receiving the passbook, the students need to save extra money every day. At the end of the month, they will deposit the money at the school’s bank to encourage the students to manage their expenses. they enter secondary education, the students will see how much money they have saved. This activity is also a tribute to the principle of self-sufficiency economy initiated by King Bhumibol. Dr. Phakphum said that this project originated from the idea, ‘Young Millionaire’, named by the school’s Director. Dr. Phakphum hopes that the students will become aware of the value of money how important saving money is for future living. The money saved will assist students to further their education at the university level. The project will also enable parents to help their children to save money. If successful, the project will be extended to other local schools in Hua Hin. Located in Nakhon Chaisri District of Nakhon Pathom, the Jesada Technic Museum houses vintage cars from Europe and America for Thai and foreign visitors to admire.

New Parking Spaces Coming The Hua Hin Municipality is constructing a building for car parking on the south side of its headquarters to be completed in time for the high season at the end of this year.

square metres. This will be a 7 story building with complete infrastructure and 2 elevators. The project started in December 2016 and is expected to be complete in July this year.

Aiming to reduce parking problems in central Hua Hin, the new building will serve as a parking lot for those coming to the municipal office for administrative purposes and well as other visitors to the town centre.

Work on preparing the area to allow for the construction to commence is now underway.

There will be parking spaces for more than 200 cars in an area of around 10,000 HUA HIN TODAY, February 2017

More information on the project can be directed to the technical division of the Hua Hin Municipality tel. 032511047 ext. 301, 302 or 303.

The Museum also provides limousines for those who would like to pay respect to the deceased King at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. On Thai Children’s Day this year, the Museum also provided free transport and lunch for students from Khao Tao to see these vintage cars.


11 Bang Saphan Recovers from the ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Naam Tuam

The death toll from the 2017 New Year floods (Thai: naam tuam) in southern Thailand reached 36 with at least one major hospital, an airport and many highways forced to close.

Bang Saphan, within Prachuap Khiri Khan Province and around 170 kilometres south of Hua Hin was one of the hardest hit Districts. Hua Hin avoided substantial damage with only local flooding with some temporary road closures reported.

The Thai Red Cross Society has been seeking donations to help with its relief efforts in the South. Speaking after an inspection of the affected areas, 4th Army chief Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich said he had ordered all 22 branches of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Centre to quickly provide help to victims. 

The severe flooding came after “the worst rainfall in more than 30 years”, according to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Residents of Bang Saphan have told reporters that they have never experienced these conditions over their 60 year lifetime. The flooding ravaged Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Ranong, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan from January 1st. According to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, floods have affected more than 1.2 million people. Prachuab Khiri Khan was hit by the unseasonal heavy rain, causing flash flood to submerge the southern rail line and the major Phetkasem highway at the Bang Saphan district. Vehicles could not pass the submerged section of the highway due to deep water and strong currents. Flood water spilled from three reservoirs in the Bang Saphan district, flowing down to submerge a section of Phetkasem highway. The strong current washed away the bridge approach slab of the Ban Wang Yao Bridge, paralyzing traffic on this major highway from Bangkok to the South. A police officer identified as Pol Lt Dusit Sonthanakorn, 47, was washed away by flash flood as he was directing traffic on the flooded Phetkasem highway.

The United States donated 3.5 million THB to help flood victims in the South. “On behalf of the American people, I offer my sincere condolences and sympathy to the people of Thailand for the loss of life and damage caused by the flooding in southern Thailand,” US Ambassador Glyn Davies said. Rail and Road wash-aways caused major north-south travel problems The Thai Government estimates that 43,000 businesses have been affected, while 19 highways were impassable. Sections of the north-south rail line buckled under the pressure of floodwater. With the rainfall easing and the water receding, a major clean-up was then undertaken and transport arteries gradually restored. A Swamped Bang Saphan Hospital The Bang Saphan hospital had to close and relocate patients after being by swamped by water a metre deep, destroying an x-ray machine and dental equipment. “It is the worst flood in [the] hospital’s history, a 60-year-old patient told us she’s never seen it this bad,” said Cherdchai Chayawatto, doctor at Bang Saphan Hospital.

While some foreign tourists have been inconvenienced, the real damage is to infrastructure and businesses. Travellers to our region who were affected by this ‘once in a lifetime’ rainfall and flooding event chose to visit the driest region in Thailand during the driest month in Thailand; just not this year! Just for the record some historical rainfall statistics: Thailand most rainfall per year – Phuket – 2237.5mm, Thailand least rainfall per year – Hua Hin – 988.9mm Hua Hin Monthly Averages

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has provided  relief bags for residents in flood-ravaged southern provinces. 

Flooded Bang Saphan Residents Strike GOLD! A waterway that has long attracted gold panners in Prauchaup Khiri Khan’s Bang Saphan district is drawing new fortune seekers after the recent floods exposed fresh deposits of gold – which local residents see as a fitting return for the misery they suffered. Klong Thong in tambon Ron Thong has been a good source of income for local people, who have panned for gold there

for generations. The gold found along this 5-kilometer-long canal is known for its purity, and rated the best quality in the country. Unfortunately, it has become very hard to find in recent years, and many gold miners have had to seek other work. But panners suddenly discovered more gold in the bed of Klong Thong after

the floodwaters receded recently. Many people are panning gold worth 3,00040,000 baht a day. They believe it was uncovered by runoff from the Tanaosri Range following the torrential rain. The water widened sections of the waterway, exposing gold long hidden from sight. The news spread quickly and the place is now full of villagers trying to turn their fortunes around. Curious tourists also join them, learning how to pan for gold and hoping finding some will be a bonus. Gold traders can now be seen waiting to buy the flakes and nuggets of gold from lucky people. Prayong Netsangsri, 43, a Ron Thong resident, said that a couple of days ago he had spent a whole day panning for gold, but found just a little of it. Then he found some nuggets on the canal bank, and gathered up 35 hoon, which could be sold for 35,000 baht. “At first I wasn’t sure, but after I washed them they turned to be real gold. This is the most Bang Saphan gold I’ve ever found. I’m very happy,” Prayong said. A hoon is a Chinese unit of weight. Each

hoon of small gold nuggets can fetch 1,000 baht, while each hoon of gold flakes is worth 800 baht and a hoon of gold dust is 600 baht. Prayong’s good fortune followed a 39-year-old Ron Thong woman’s discovery of more than two baht weight of gold nuggets in the canal on Dec 15. A goldshop owner offered her 100,000 baht, but the woman decided to keep it for now and sell it later, when she plans to build an extension to her house. The news of her lucky find quickly spread, attracting fortune hunters and setting off a gold rush . Thanakorn Montha, a visitor from Bangkok in her twenties, said she came with friends to try her hand at panning for gold after she saw news of the Bang Saphan finds on social media. “Gold panning is not difficult, but it’s not easy either. It requires a lot of patience,” she said. “The local way of gold panning at Bang Saphan is a good thing and it should be preserved properly.” – Bangkok Post Photo:

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12 Makha Bucha Day – February 11th

This important day on the Thailand calendar commemorates two separate events that occurred on the same date 45 years apart, during the Buddha’s lifetime 2,500 years ago. On February 11th this year, Buddhists across Thailand celebrate Makha Bucha Day, one of the most important Buddhist holidays in the kingdom. Many private and public organisations have plans to mark this holy holiday. The first event was the coming together of 1,250 monks from all locations and directions, to meet and be ordained by the Buddha. This event occurred seven months after the Buddha began his teaching. The second event, which occurred 45 years later, was the Buddha delivering his teachings shortly before his death. Both of these events occurred on the day of the full moon of the third lunar month, a month known in the Buddhist Pali language as ‘Makha’. The ‘Bucha’, also a Pali word, means to venerate or to honour.

Makha Bucha Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Makha Bucha Day represents a great deal in terms of the development of Buddhism in Thailand. It is a highly ceremonial event and in Thailand it’s an event that was only recently revived as part of Thai Buddhist tradition. The Supreme Patriarch of the Marble Temple in Bangkok, Kittsobhana Mahathera, did this in 1957. GROUP ORDINATIONS Numerous temples and religious centres nationwide will organise a group ordination to celebrate Makha Bucha Day. Male Buddhists may take part in a group ordination at various temples or religious centres.

MASS MEDIATION Apart from making merit and listening to sermons at temples during Makha Bucha Day, Buddhists are also encouraged to mediate and pray in commemoration of the Lord Buddha’s Buddhist teachings. In the morning many Thai people wake up early to give alms to monks. In the evening, temples are full of people listening to sermons. They often perform a ritual known as the candle ceremony where they walk clockwise three times around the temple holding flowers, incense and a lighted candle. As part of the observance, Thai Buddhists are encouraged to do their best to observe the “Five Precepts (Rub Sil’),” even for just the next couple of days. The “Five Precepts,” which is the basic Buddhism code of

ethics and is a practice of renunciation, tells Buddhists to abstain from harming any living thing; from stealing; from taking intoxicants; from backbiting, gossiping and telling lies; and from engaging in immoral sex. Devout Buddhists may also observe additional precepts during the period. They will abstain from eating after midday; from using a soft chair or a high bed and from wearing ornaments or perfume, and from public entertainment, dancing, or singing. Those who observe these precepts strictly, practice meditation and mental discipline, stay in the temple, wear white robes, and eat only vegetarian food for a number of days. For visitors to Thailand, “Makha Bucha Day” presents a great opportunity to observe first-hand the Thais’ religious practices and the local lifestyle.

The Enchanting Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand Buddhism is widely spread across and practiced in Thailand.  It has a deeper symbolism to everything that is followed by the Thais. There are many different kinds of Buddha and each of them has a symbolism of its own.

Here are some of the enchanting symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand  and what they mean. Each of the Buddha’s pose has a significance related to an important event in the life of the Buddha.

The Serene Buddha

The Reclining/Sleeping Buddha

Protection Buddha

With the index and the thumb finger sealed this Buddha symbolises ultimate wisdom, knowledge and understanding the self in the journey of life. The teaching Buddha signifies the true enlightenment of the self without attachments to the material world. If you know what to look for, you can tell the meaning of a Buddha Statue by looking at the pose / posture, and the accompanying hand gestures. Each traditional pose has a significance related to an important event in the life - or past lives - of the Historical Buddha.

This statue depicts the Buddha in his final journey of life. It symbolises the liberation of oneself from the vicious cycle of life and death.

Teaching Buddha

This is a depiction of a Buddha who is calmly seated with the right hand raised and facing outwards. The raised right hand symbolises protection. The second meaning would come by as an attempt to overcome fears and face the realities  with  courage and conviction. 

Buddha thy name is meditation. The ever so calm and composed self of Buddha signifies peace and liberation within. You can find this kind of Buddha in most of the homes to invoke peace and stillness in their lives.  The Buddha in this pose symbolises concentration and stability. This pose is also known as the  Amithabha  Buddha, which means “Boundless Light.”

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Also referred to as an asana or an Attitude, there are over 100 poses illustrating the life of the Buddha. Each posture will have a specific hand gesture, called a  Mudra, associated with the posture.


13 Bright Tourism Predictions

The tourism boom is expected to continue in 2017 and remain a major growth driver for the economy, even as the industry sees falling Chinese arrivals in the first few months. The Tourism and Sports Ministry projects tourism revenue in 2017 will reach 2.71 trillion THB, of which 1.78 trillion will come from foreign tourists, growing 8.5% from 2016, and 930 billion will stem from domestic tourists, up 7.5%. This target has been increased from 2.6 trillion THB forecast earlier, and is 8.2% higher than the 2.5 trillion THB expected in 2016.

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn says the Chinese tourist market has a lot of potential to grow in the future because the Chinese normally make 120 million outbound trips a year. Some 60% of Chinese tourist arrivals are free independent travelers and 40% come in tour groups. Among the tour group visitors, 50% are lured to Thailand with zero-dollar tour packages. Even if tour packages to Thailand are priced higher, Yuthasak says Chinese tourists will still pay to visit here because they love Thai food and culture, as well as its beautiful nature. The number of Chinese arrivals fell sharply in October and November, by 16% and 30%, respectively. Travel agents report Chinese tourists are concerned about the unclear situation after the crackdown, with travel agents there suspended from selling packages here.

The number of international tourists to Thailand is expected to reach 35 million in 2017, up from 32.5 million in 2016. The country’s economic recovery, which has been backed by stimulus measures and massive infrastructure investment, is expected to help drive the growth in Thai tourism. The Fiscal Policy Office predicts the Thai economy will expand by 4% in 2017. Another supporting factor is more ASEAN tourists will visit Thailand, as the country is an aviation hub in this region, having good connections to both main and secondary cities. “The expansions at major airports including Don Mueang, Phuket and U-tapao, as well as better transportation networks for rail and road, will benefit the tourism sector and make tourism more convenient,” says Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. China remains a very important source market for Thai tourism as it represents about 30% of international arrivals. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) projects Chinese tourist arrivals in 2017 will grow to 9.8 million despite the zero-dollar tour crackdown, up from 8.8 million in 2016. An earlier TAT target was for 10 million Chinese arrivals before the crackdown.

The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) predicts Chinese tourist arrivals will fall by 20%, or 2.1 million, in the first quarter of 2017. But Kobkarn insists the decline in Chinese arrivals is over now, and their numbers will soon return to normal in 2017. TAT has joined hands with many airlines to promote Thailand. The government also announced measures to boost sentiment by waiving visa fees and reducing visaon-arrival fees from 2,000 baht to 1,000 THB for many countries, including China. Thai tour agents report travel companies in China started selling tour packages to Thailand again in December. Typically, travel companies in China sell packages three months in advance, so Chinese tourists are expected to return to Thailand in pre-crackdown numbers from the second quarter of 2017. TAT predicts Russian tourists will come back in 2017. It plans to negotiate with some airlines to open new routes to more cities in Russia from Thailand. TAT plans to increase arrivals from India by 7.73% in 2017 to 1.24 million, generating 60 billion THB, up 11.96%. It will target couples and those who want to have wedding parties here. For the Middle East, the focus will remain on medical tourism. – Bangkok Post

Ride with a Tour de France Champ For most of us, competing in the Tour de France, the world’s most esteemed cycling race, is simply an impossible dream. Even riding alongside a champ of the grand tour also seems like pure fantasy. But not anymore – it’s a dream that could actually come true. 2010 Tour de France winner Andy Schleck is set to come to the Land of Smiles and lead in activities open to Thai and foreign cyclists who happen to be in the famous resort town of Hua Hin during his brief stay there. On March 5, the former pro racer will take part in the “Big Bike Ride For Charity” to raise funds for the Young Cyclists Development Project, which aims to provide proper bikes and coaching to talented young Thai riders. He will head the mass ride on a 70km route that begins from True Arena Hua Hin sport complex to Pran Buri Dam and back to Hua Hin. For those with a competitive spirit, there will also be a 1.8km sprint contest at the dam site, which includes a 250m climb of 15% gradient. The mass ride, at the same time, will also be part of a training camp that Schleck has planned to conduct for serious riders who wish to improve their skills and learn from his racing and training experience. Spanning from March 4-8, the program will put attending cyclists on daily rides with Schleck on different routes in and around Hua Hin. During the five-day/ four-night camp, participants will learn from the pro crucial techniques that will make them better riders. For details about applications to both the charity ride and the training camp, contact Thailand Cycle Tours, the main organiser, at 064-050-6114 or visit www.thailandcycletours. com. The fee for the charity ride is 590 THB per rider. Those who also wish to compete in the sprint race are required to pay an additional 100 THB. For the training camp, the fee is 22,999 THB per person. Packages inclusive of accommodation are also available. The prices vary in accordance to the choice of hotel, which range from the luxury InterContinental Hua Hin Resort to the less expensive G Hua Hin Resort & Mall.   Bangkok Post

Baan Sillapin – Revealing Artistic Passions in Hua Hin

Thawee Kesa-Ngam and Wanwimol Kesa-Ngam (Khun Nang) are passionate about art. Not only passionate about creating and displaying the art of Thailand in Hua Hin, but also exhibiting internationally. They are at the forefront of Thailand’s emerging ‘artistic culture’. Baan Sillapin offers a fascinating insight into the world of Thai art by providing a complex of multiple artist’s studios, art workshops and displays of paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, jewelry and other unique artistic creations. It’s an intriguing maze where visitor are free to wander and savour. Khun Thawee has a high profile as the President of the Thailand International Watercolor Society, you may have seen his recently completed gigantic portrait of King Rama IX displayed outside the Market Village Shopping Mall.

Khun Nang’s latest creation, inspired by her Indian jewelry.

The couple has been developing Baan Sillapin since 1997 as a welcoming environment that foster’s the artistic talents of many resident and visiting artists and well as a learning centre for the young and old to commence a career or hobby. It’s an authentic and memorable Thailand art experience for everyone.

About Baan Sillapin (Artist’s Village) The best of Thailand art on display to admire or to purchase (commission your own unique artwork) from 20 THB postcards to major works which can be delivered worldwide. Coffee shops and other venues to relax and contemplate. Workshops to inspire your own artistic talents or to admire artists at work. Sunday jazz sessions during colorful evenings featuring local and visiting international talent. Exhibitions of local and international artists.

Khun Thawee’s Work in Progress

You’re free to wander through the maze of studios and displays

We met Khun Nang at Baan Sillipin busy preparing for the next exhibition to open on February 14th displaying the works of Malaysian artist Jansen Chow. Her own creations are due to be on display in Italy and Albania a little later in the year.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Closes Every Monday); Free Entry Location: Take Soi 70 west from Phetakasim Road towards Hin Lek Fai and Pala-U. You’ll climb the hill then over the brow around 5 kilometres from town. It’s easy to see the entrance on the right hand side. Contact: www.huahinartistsvillage.com Tel./Fax: 032 – 534830, Mobile: 087 – 1673895 Email: baansillapinhuahin@gmail.com

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14 A Capsicum A Day Helps Keep The Doctor Away As studies show, capsicum is beneficial as a daily health supplement Capsicum is enjoyed by many as a daily food additive in many types of cooking.

Culinary preparation of the capsicum peppers may provide enough protection when eaten daily to have beneficial effects on certain chronic and potentially degenerative health conditions. The bioactive components of capsicum work together improving blood flow, as a cancer preventive, an analgesic, protecting the gastric mucosa, and providing necessary nutrients beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.

Capsicum comes in dried form as a spice as chili pepper and paprika. The dried spice is used in many sauces, or added to beverages such as tea.   Dried capsicum may be found in whole dried peppers, as a single spice or in dried spice blends. As a more concentrated medicinal, capsicum may be placed in capsule for oral ingestion as a nutraceutical or applied topically to the skin as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory cream.   With capsicum chili’s readily available for sale in many markets; it should be considered that though the dried spice is convenient and effective in its health benefits, eating the fresh capsicum chili provides for higher concentration of vitamin C and vitamin A.  Since these vitamins are essential for a healthy body. Eating the fresh chili may improve the health benefits gained from capsicum’s bioactive components and is highly recommended. All capsicum chilis contain beneficial vitamins and bioactive components. However, another consideration to make, when purchasing capsicum chili is “what benefits are you are seeking?”

All chili peppers contain both vitamins and other beneficial bioactive components. Yet, the colour of the pepper is which is determinative of stage of growth when harvested is also determinative of concentration of vitamins and other beneficial phyto chemicals. Overall, is can be said that whether used dried or fresh, capsicum chili is food as medicine and beneficial to use in everyday diet as both a natural preventive and treatment of many chronic conditions.

Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet  Potatoes, also known as yams, are tuberous crops with the scientific name Ipomoea Batatas. Its plant is a creeper with  heart-shaped or lobed leaves. The tubers color vary from purple or red to pale yellow or white, depending upon the variety, soil type, climate and available minerals.

The red variety has drier and harder flesh while the white and yellow types have juicier flesh. The red variety has a characteristic aroma which becomes more prominent on boiling. The more reddish or orange the color of the flesh of the sweet potatoes, the stronger this aroma will be. Perhaps this is due to the presence of beta carotene, whose  concentration  also increases with the color.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes Let’s explore a bit more about the health benefits of sweet potatoes. Immune System:  Being very rich in beta carotene, which is a major antioxidant, along with  vitamin-C  and B-complex vitamins, iron and phosphorus, sweet potatoes are excellent immune system boosters that can defend your body from a wide variety of conditions and afflictions. Inflammation:  Like the common potato, sweet potatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties, although they do not belong to the same family as common potato. This is primarily due to the presence of betacarotene, vitamin-C and  magnesium. It is equally effective in curing internal and external inflammation.

stomach and intestines, so you will avoid any difficulties of passing or digesting them.

Asthma:  Sweet potatoes are effective for curing congestion of the nose, bronchi and lungs, thereby giving relief from asthma. Its typical aroma helps in this property. Bronchitis: The concentration of vitamin-C, iron and other nutrients help to cure bronchitis. Sweet potatoes are believed to be capable of warming up the body, possibly due to the sweetness and other nutrients that impact body temperature. This property is also beneficial for people suffering from bronchitis, along with its powerful effect on congestion. Arthritis:  Beta-carotene, magnesium,  zinc, and  vitamin-B  complex make sweet potatoes a hugely important  food  source for managing arthritis. The water where sweet potatoes are boiled can also be applied externally on joints to ease the associated pain of arthritis. Digestion:  The  fiber  content of sweet potatoes is higher than that of common potatoes and they taste good too! When these two factors are combined with other minerals like magnesium, which is present in sweet potatoes, it makes an excellent facilitator for digestion. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest as well, since they mainly contain starch. They are soothing for the

Cancer:  Beta-carotene, the champion antioxidant and anticarcinogenic substance, is the pigment responsible for the color of the peel of the sweet potatoes. The beta carotene and vitamin-C contained in sweet potatoes are very beneficial for curing various types of cancer, mainly those of the colon, intestines, prostrate, kidneys and other internal organs. Stomach Ulcers:  Sweet potatoes have a soothing effect on the stomach and the intestines.  B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, beta carotene,  potassium  and  calcium  are all very effective in curing stomach ulcers. Moreover, the roughage in sweet potatoes prevents constipation and the resultant acid formation, thereby reducing the chance of ulcers. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of sweet potatoes also reduce the pain and inflammation of the ulcers. Diabetes: Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes are cbeneficial for  diabetics. Amazingly, they are very effective in regulating blood  sugar  levels by helping the proper secretion and function of insulin. Of course, that does not mean that  diabetics  should eat them

indiscriminately. The idea is that sweet potatoes can replace rice or carbohydrate intake as a healthier option. Water Balance:  The fiber or roughage present in sweet potatoes helps the body retain water. This maintains water balance in the body, keeping your hydrated and your cells functioning efficiently. Weight Gain: This benefit is quite easy to understand. Sweet potatoes are sweet, and they contain very good amounts of complex starch, along with healthy vitamins, minerals and some proteins. Moreover, they are very easy to digest.Thus, they provide a lot of energy and are excellent bulk builders for people looking to gain weight. People who have recently suffered from illnesses, or are self-conscious about being frail or abnormally thin should welcome this news about sweet potatoes, since there are no associated side effects, which most of the synthetic bulk building dietary supplements have. Other Benefits They are effective for helping people quit addictions like  smoking, drinking and taking certain narcotics. They are good for the health of the arteries and veins, as they protect their walls against hardening. The high concentration of beta carotene (an alternative form of  vitamin-A) and phosphorus are excellent for both ocular and cardiac health. So, go out and grab a sweet potato for your next meal; they are delicious and nutritious. Yum! Yum! Yam!

ZZZZZZ’ing the Night Away At first glance, most of the tips for a good night’s sleep may be familiar to you. They’re straightforward, simple ways to get better sleep. It’s okay if you’ve seen them before. The question is, have you actually put them into practice since the last time you saw them? Learn your sleep position Your “sleep position” is the position you always move into right before falling asleep. If I’m not very tired I’ll spend some time on my back, stomach, or other scenario until I feel like sleeping. Then, as soon as I feel like sleeping, I move onto my side and get down to sleeping business. Once you know your sleep position you can move into it immediately once you get into bed. Take a few deep breaths, relax, and your body will assume that it’s time to sleep and you’ll be drooling on your pillow in no time. HUA HIN TODAY, February 2017

Create a sleep ritual Not unlike your morning ritual, a sleep ritual is a few things you always do before going to sleep. Figure out what helps you relax and make a habit of doing those things every time before you plan to sleep. You’ll soon find it’s easier to rest, even in circumstances that otherwise might have kept you awake, because the rhythm of your sleep ritual has lulled you into a relaxed state. Build a sleep cocoon What you should try is creating a “cocoon” of silence and cool darkness that makes it easier for you to sleep. Experiment a bit with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to counteract the loud neighbors, air conditioning or a fan, and a blackout curtain to keep the street lights from keeping you awake at night.

Experiment with naps I’d recommend something more along the lines of a quick cat nap in the afternoon when you’re feeling tired. Napping doesn’t work for everybody. In fact, it might make it harder for you to sleep at night! The easiest way to find out if an afternoon nap will work to help you get the best rest is to try napping over a weekend and see how you feel afterward. Keep it under 30 minutes long and you should be able to avoid the bewildering effects of longer naps. Maintain a sleep schedule “Get up at the same time every morning and go to sleep at the same time every night” says the Mayo Clinic. If you’re not one of the few who can arrange their schedule around sleep, do your best by keeping your sleep and wake times within an hour at each end. For example, if you can get to bed between

11pm-midnight and wake up between 7am8am, a few minutes given or taken each day shouldn’t be a problem in the long run. Go to directly to bed when you’re tired If you’re within an hour of your normal bed time and you’re feeling tired, go to bed and try to sleep. Anything else is a waste of your time and future productivity. Exercise early, don’t eat late Consider exercising when you get up in the morning as a healthy way to get your day off to a running start. Exercise, amazingly enough, can also work well to fight off the fatigue you feel after sitting in an office chair all day. Turn away from the coffee and get moving! You might associate eating with feeling sleepy because of the “carb coma” you get after a big meal. Take a break from the late-night stuffing and focus on relaxing instead.


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Welcome to George Gracia

Our thanks to George Grecia, the Director of Sport Development at True Arena Hua Hin for sharing his insights about the future of sports development in Hua Hin. been in his current position since October 2016, although he has previously been a consultant with True Arena since December 2015. This means that he has had the time to understand the demographics of the True Area Members as well as to consider the development path for this very significant Hua Hin sports facility. He’s seen a move towards a higher percentage of Thai members, an increase from around 30% to 50% of the membership. Not a decrease in foreigner participation, rather a greater acceptance, particularly in the 30+ age group of Thai people.

He’s also had the chance to be at the forefront of the recent and the very successful “Run For Hua Hin’ marathon and fun run event in October last year. However ambitious comparisons with the Boston marathon may be premature; George knows as a witness to that world famous event.

George has a vision for True Arena to become a national and international hub for sports training. There have already been visiting sports teams using the facility as a base for off-season preparations and tour companies are becoming more active in arranging group tours with a sporting emphasis at various levels of intensity.

George has a background in sports science with extensive management and sales experience. Prior to Thailand, his previous postings have taken him to Hawaii, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Phuket before heading to Hua Hin. He has helped a number of resorts in Thailand and in the region to develop their fitness and sporting options.

The gymnasium at True Arena is already Hua Hin’s premiere venue for indoor sporting activities with the obvious sports of basketball, badminton and volleyball but the lesser known sports such as pickle ball are making their mark and George is on the lookout for more. For example Muay Thai and MMA or mixed martial arts are on the horizon. There’s an opportunity for even more variety if you have an idea, George is the man to consult. On the outdoor scene, rugby, rather than American football is being considered. Every year the Hong Kong Seven’s is an internationally recognised major sporting event happening in April, although Thailand’s track record has been without success to date. Maybe rugby development at True Arena can change that. There’s also the Bangkok Rugby Sevens which has attracted over 24 Countries from Oceania to Scotland, from the USA to Dubai and South Africa. We left George to resume hosting a group of 60 international ladies wining and dining on the True Arena upper deck; “it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.” George is a

thoughtful an engaging sports management expert with an eye on more innovative approaches in this rapidly developing field. Sport activities development in Hua Hin has clearly reached a new level.

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16 Tennis at True Arena Hua Hin

Hua Hin is becoming the hottest tennis destination to train, play and compete in Asia This year True Arena Hua Hin will be hosting a variety of ITF (International Tennis Federation), WTA (Women’s Tennis Association), ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), Junior, Senior, recreational and PRO-AM tournaments. Many players competing at these events will go to play at Grand Slams and become stars. For instance, Angelique Kerber played the World Tennis Thailand Championship 2016 before winning the Australian Open Title and becoming world #1. In addition to these tournaments, Peter Burwash International will be hosting two World Tennis Camps for adults (in April 11-14 and October 12-15), summer camps for children (March, April), pro exhibitions, and monthly events. The tennis programs include junior programs, personalised group training, group classes, high performance training programs, and private lessons. Please send an email for more info.

High Performance Players have a unique opportunity to train at World Class Facilities with highly trained professionals and play many tournaments at the same venue. Another great benefit is that practice/matches can be organised with other professional players. All these factors will help them getting confidence when playing on tour. It does not matter what age or level you play; being surrounded by great players, watching them train and compete will improve your game instantly and will keep you motivated. “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all; surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” Edmund Lee. You are welcomed to train, watch great tennis matches and enjoy the atmosphere at True Arena. You can also visit the HawkEye Rooftop Bar, open every Friday night from 5 p.m. starting on February 3rd.

Hasta la vista, Arturo Navarro Director of Tennis and Tournament Director True Arena Hua Hin arturo.n@truearenahuahin.com

Examinations For Infertility

If you are one of those people who are worried or wondering why your couple still do not have children no matter how hard you try and do not know what else to do or where to start, this article should be able to help you.

In the case of women, it should not be too hard to evaluate the cause as women already have a menstrual period as a base measurement for fertility. In the case of men, they may need to go through several different examinations for this evaluation. The choice of which examination you should take depends on your medical record/history and your checkup record. Nevertheless, the examination that all men go through is the Sperm/Semen Analysis, which is a very easy examination. Sperm/Semen Analysis is the examination used to determine the amount, movement and the abnormality of sperm. The sperm/semen analysis can be divided into 2 types as follows: Macroscopic Examination The volume of normal semen is usually equal or greater than 1.5 ml. The pH of normal semen should be mild alkaline with a value equal to or more than 7.2 The Viscosity of normal semen, when dropped through the pipette, should not be longer than 2 cm. Higher viscosity will affect its movement. Liquefaction of normal semen should not take longer than 1 hour Microscopic Examination Viability of a live sperm should be at least 58% of living cells or more . Sperm concentration should be at least 15 million cells per millimetre or more Motility of the inspected semen should mean at least 40% of the semen are able to move. Morphology of the inspected semen should show a normal shape for more than 4%. WBC should be found in semen, but not exceeding 1 million cells per millimetre. If there are more than 1 million

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WBC cells in semen, it would be an indication of an infection. RBC should be found in semen with less than 1 million cells per millimetre. A higher amount of RBC might indicate that there is an infection or injury after ejaculation. In addition, it should be noted that the accuracy of the examination depends substantially on how well you prepare yourself for the examination and how you collect your specimen. Men should know the following procedures and precautions: It is suggested that you abstain yourself from having sex or from any kind of ejaculation for at least 2-3 days, but no longer than 7 days The specimen collection is usually obtained by masturbation. Put the specimen in a clean and dry wide mouth container, then pass it on for examination within 1 hour There should be no use of a condom in the specimen collection because condoms contains certain substances that will cause abnormality in the semen’s movement. It is strictly prohibited to store the specimen in the refrigerator or ice. The doctor will be able to suggest an appropriate examination, diagnosis and treatment after the patient has finished his early-stage test. This means that a checkup is well advised if you are wondering whether you have an infertility problem. If you are one of the many couples experiencing infertility problem, we encourage you to take the examination or at least consult the doctor. Provided by Health Lab Hua Hin


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19 19 First Aid For Bang Saphan Flood Victims First aids for flood people in Bang Saphan Dr. Pongsak B o o n Ya L i p a n , assistant director of Bangkok hospital Hua Hin and Khun Sasiphen Piyasuit the Mangage of Bangkok hospital Hua Hin with doctor doctors, nursing staff team has participated in first aid to victims flood by Mr. Shuyo Pordphai Chief Executive of Refuge on the floating bridge is given at. Sala Subdistrict Bang Saphan district of Bang Saphan Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Children’s Day at Dhammikawittaya School

Putahracsa Hua Hin Celebrates New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner

New Chief Concierge for InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

It was an evening that had everyone buzzing before the countdown to 2017 with a Canapé Reception followed by Gala Buffet Dinner at Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant. Thai classical dance with various musical shows was performed live with Honorary Host, Khun Kru Lek Patravadi, the National Artist of Thailand. Certainly a night to remember.

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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has donated 7,500 THB and hosted lunch to 50 students on Children’s Day. The donation aims to provide educational materials and basic necessities for the blind students at Dhammikawittaya School under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the King in Petchaburi.

True Arena Hua Hin Football Activity

for 2017 Children’s Day True Arena Hua Hin joined with 2 Touch Soccer School Hua Hin in hosting an activity for Children’s Day at the football field of True Arena Hua Hin. The football tournament at juvenile and youth levels was for those aged between 9 to 13 years. Four youth football academies attended this tournament; 2 Touch Soccer School Hua Hin Academy, Hua-Hin Seahorse Academy, Hua Hin Junior Academy and Fish Village Ratchaburi Academy. The activity aimed to give young children, who love playing football, the opportunity to compete and building unity together. The tournament had over 150 children in 4 age groups not over 7 years, 9 years, 11 years and 13 years. The vigorous competition was attended by approximately 100 parents. The winners of the group age not over 7 year and the group age not over 9 year was Fish Village Ratchaburi Academy, the champions of the group age not over 11 year and the group age not over 13 year was the Hua-Hin Seahorse Academy.

Sansara Swedish Open 2017 Event Opening: M r . H a n s V a n Steertegem (the second person from the right) General Manager together with Mr. Thammarat Phadungsuntraruk (the first person from the right) Sales & Marketing Director of Sansara Development Ltd. attended for the event opening as the company was a sponsorship for the Sansara Swedish Open 2017 which was recently held at the Palm Hill Golf Course and Majestic Golf Course in Hua Hin Prachuapkirikan.

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Hua Hin, 31 December 2016 – Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and THE BARAI led by Mr. Christian Wu r m , G e n e r a l Manager (the second from the right) organised New Year ’s Eve 2016 gala dinner under the theme of the Pirates of the Caribbean at The Wave Beach Club, one of the best outdoor venue in town and farewell 2016 & welcoming 2017 in style with fire waterfall and live music from a famous band, Jaker.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is delighted to announce the appointment of Khun Sarawut Somphan or Yo as the hotel’s Chief Concierge with effect from 4th January 2017. Before coming to Hua Hin, he held the position of Assistant Chief Concierge at Metropole The Crest Collection Bangkok since July 2016. Prior to joining there, Khun Yo was assigned as the Chief Concierge at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort Koh Samui between December 2015 to July 2016. His other work experience in hospitality industry includes Somerset Lake Point Bangkok where he worked as the Assistant Chief Concierge for 9 years since May 2006 and a tour guide for 3 years from 2003. Also, he is the committee of Les Clefs D’Or Thailand which is the only national organization of hotel lobby concierges. Khun Yo is a hospitality and concierge management expert and brings almost 14 years of experience in the industry to his new role at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort.

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa Italian Boutique Wine Dining Experience

Dusit Thani Congratulates Lucky Winners

Chonlaniti Racharit, Hotel Manager of Dusit Thani Hua Hin, presented a pair of return flight tickets Bangkok-London-Bangkok, courtesy of British Airways, to Mr. Mike Roman Nedelko and family. The family was the lucky winners of the sensational draw prize on offer to any diner joining selected festive events at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Also pictured is the hotel’s Customer Service Manager, Jonathan Malet.

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa and Cafe’ Buongiorno, a centuries-old Italian boutique wine producer in Italy since 1899, introduced a journey through Italian traditions, lifestyle and passion to Hua Hin town at the extraordinary evening “Italian Boutique Wine Dinner in White Christmas”. The Marrakesh Chef’s 6-course culinary creations perfectly accompanied the Italian Arrigoni and Trappolini wineries’ boutique vintages from Tuscany, Veneto, Lombardy and Lazio. The refined wine and food pairing were accompanied by the sounds of a fabulous international duo making the White Christmas Eve truly memorable with many prominent local dignitaries and identities joining Ms. ThidaratChansiri (the first from left), General Manager of Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa.The rare Italian boutique wine and food pairing experience will be on offer for wine lovers and epicureans throughout the year at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s Al Hamra restaurant and Al Bahr Beach Bar.

Children’s Day At Blúport

Rest Detail Hotel Host Party at BanwangbostSchool for Children’s Day.

On January management and staffof Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin arranged special activities and fun game for the students at BanwangbostSchool for Children’s Day.The kids enjoyed special events, gifts, food and refreshment.

Children’s Day Festival at Blúport Resort Mall Hua Hin involved a contest with a fancy dress theme – Under The Sea for children aged 3-15 years old. In total 24 children worked to create fun with a cat walk fashion show and answered questions to find the winner. The winner received vouchers for the whole family to use at Whaley Port throughout the year.

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20 Some Offbeat Days To Celebrate in February

February is the month of romance with Valentine’s Day on February 14th, but here are some more unusual days to celebrate. 4th February Thank a Mailman Day

15th February Single Awareness 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. Even if you have real connection to the country in question it’s worth dropping by and saying hullo. Chances are you will be even more welcome than usual and win some points by mentioning their celebrations. In February there are three prominent National Days.

Ever sick of scrolling down your feed flooded by loveydovey posts, red hearts decorations, couples on dates, like the whole world is rubbing in your face and people assuming you are unhappy, just because you are single. Drop the bad mood single ladies because you can get back to them the very next day with your singlehood charms. Celebrate in such a way that people in relationship secretly wish If they had your lifestyle. Cupid wouldn’t like it very much though! The Internet has made it easier for mail to flow, but it should not stop us from thanking our Mailmen because it’s a Thank a Mailman Day! The next time the mailman is at your doorstep, don’t forget to thank them.

17th February Random Act of Kindness Day

9th February Read in the Bathtub Day

In New Zealand, Waitangi Day commemorates the day representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed of New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty at Waitangi in 1840. It is a public holiday in New Zealand on February 6th each year. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974. This is a day of Māori cultural performances, speeches from Māori and Pakeha (European) dignitaries, and a naval salute are all part of the official Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi, New Zealand. It’s a day that bubbles with ceremonies, music, sports and fun.

It’s perfectly fine to spend a little more time in the bathtub to read a chapter or two. Read in the Bathtub Day celebrates just that. Poetess Sylvia Plath happens to agree by saying “There are quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” This can apply in Thailand as well, enjoy the good read in the hot bath and ignore the fact that its tropical country. Lighting some scented candles wouldn’t hurt the experience! 10th February Umbrella Day

Kindness has become rare over time because of pop culture’s influence which often views being kind as a weakness, so Random Act of Kindness Day is must to go with humanity. Simple random act of kindness can change the world, optimists say. Opening door to strangers, offering your seat on the bus, helping old lady cross the road can be it. And give even if you only have a smile to offer because smiling is contagious or a kind note! 18th February Pluto Day Sri Lanka’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948. The day is a national holiday in  Sri Lanka. It is celebrated all over the country through flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances. Usually, the main celebration takes place in Colombo, where the President raises the national flag. The National Day of Serbia 

Just as much as it is saddening for Pluto not being a planet anymore, it is equally joyous that there is a Pluto Day, celebrated on the day Pluto was first discovered. Febuary 18th is the day to relive the days when the solar system was a perfect circle of nine and we were so sure about it before NASA ruined it. Forget the rest; Earth misses you just the same! Dust your Umbrellas because Umbrella Day is always a good reason to put some shades on, even from the wind, hopefully not strong of a wind, then you will just embarrass yourself.

22nd February Be Humble Day Perhaps we could use a little humility on this Be Humble Day but the paradoxes are that acting humble itself can be prideful.

Many streets will be filled with vibrant shades of umbrellas! God bless the umbrellas! Get sun-kissed or rain-drenched or wind-blown!

To make the day go silently, be humble and step outside of the self-centred world we live in. Encourage others around us in the humblest way possible.

Serbia celebrates its National Day on 15th February. It is also known as Dan državnosti Srbije. This date has two historical significances. It marks the date of the First Serbian uprising in 1804. The Serbian constitution was officially adopted on this date in 1835.

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Job Fair 2017 – Looking For Internships The Hua Hin Business Network (HHBN) organised and presented the HHBN Job Fair 2017 last month at the G Hua Hin Resort and Mall. The Job Fair aimed to provide Hua Hin companies with the opportunity to link and arrange student internships commencing in May and to help recruit future staff.

Businesses were able to set up their information desks with students circulating and becoming involved in question and answer sessions so that the best match of student and business could be achieved.

About Student Internships A significant part of university education is to be ‘job ready’, that is for graduating students to understand what is required in the work place. Being on the job is very different to being in the classroom.

This  event was  free  for Hua Hin Business Network Members. Students were from the fields of Hotel & Tourism, Marketing, Business Administration, Business English, Information & Communication Technology, Public  Administration and Community Development. Students were from Webster University, Rajamangala Institute of Technology Klai Kangwon, Suan Dusit Rajabhat University,  Phetchaburi Rajabhat University, Phetchaburi Vocational College, Wangklaikangwon Technology and Management College and Wangklaikangwon Industrial and Community Education College. Around twenty businesses attending included: Homeless Furniture, Intercontinental Hua Hin  Resort, The Cabinet, Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, Hua Hin Property Agent, La Bua Vista, First Choice Lease Back (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Marriott, INFINITY, Rescue Paws, Laksasubha Hua Hin, Hua Hin Bike Tours / Tour de Asia Bicycle Touring, Anantasila By The Sea, G Hua Hin.

A typical internship is over a three month period; almost the same work conditions as for an employee although some time away to attend university may be negotiated beforehand. Payments to the student are not made although expenses incurred are met with prior agreement. Internships offer students a real workplace experience, so that they can be ready to put in to action the skills and theoretical knowledge with the minimum of stress for future employment. An internship involves obligations and responsibilities on both the intern and the business concerned. It requires clarity, planning and communication. It’s a great opportunity for those involved to learn about their future as employees or employers with confidence. The Hua Hin Business Network organises many events to foster business relationships in Hua Hin and to and help their members. Annual membership fees are 1,500 THB.

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24 Tips for an Enjoyable (and polite) Drive Driving can cause more than road rage – it can wreak havoc on relationships. Whether stuck in traffic or riding for hours with the in-laws, spending time on the road has serious potential to turn family fun into family feud. So why not start the New Year off with a resolution to become the ultimate chauffeur and impeccably polite passenger? To help ease the stress of driving, here are some tips to usher in the New Year as a more gracious driver and helpful, patient passenger. As the great-great-grandson of one of the world’s foremost etiquette experts, Emily Post, Daniel Post Senning shares how simple car courtesies can make travel more enjoyable for everyone.

Top Ten Holiday Travel Etiquette Tips First and foremost, drivers are hosts. You wouldn’t invite family and friends to your home without planning for their comfort and entertainment, so why get behind the wheel without thinking through the drive? With these tips in mind, modern-day drivers are sure to experience comfortable and enjoyable travel. 1. Chivalry’s not dead… it just looks different nowadays. Holding the door for someone will never go out of style, but with automated keyless entry and remote start, modern protocol can prove puzzling. Today, driver chivalry means unlocking the door before your guest even tries to open it, or getting the ideal temperature (and even the heated or cooled seats) in the car ready before Grandma buckles up for a the trip. 2. Let the grand tour begin. Just like you would show a guest at your home where the restroom and kitchen are located, let passengers know about the controls they have for entertainment systems, seats and windows. Make sure all of your passengers have what they need before your trip begins.

3. Content beats boredom. When stuck in dreaded traffic, a little preparation goesa long way toward preventing boredom. With in-car entertainment and communication systemsit’s easier than ever to bring a world of content along for the ride. 4. If the driver is host, the passenger is honored guest. You wouldn’t show up to your host’s home empty-handed, so don’t forget the same courtesy for your driver. Offer to help pay for gas, fetch snacks and drinks, and pack the car with suitcases and holiday gifts. 5. Traveling with family? Avoid the stress of incessant “Are we there yet?” conversations by building an itinerary and communicating your plans. Talk about stops for food and restroom breaks so everyone knows what to expect. Kids can follow along, track progress, anticipate their favorite spots – even figure out arrival times on their own.

6. Don’t play the passive passenger. If you’re lucky enough to be sitting in the front passenger seat on a long journey, assist your driver through helpful communication. Be sure to stay alert and keep an eye out for road signs. Above all, avoid all comments on how your chauffeur is driving – no one likes a back seat driver, 7. Control distractions. A distracted driver is a safety hazard. As a polite passenger, defer to your chauffeur and offer to play DJ or navigate the control screen to make the job easier.In today’s technology landscape, cars come with growing app libraries of their own – and just like smartphones, nearly everyone can use a reminder on their polite use. Make sure in-car innovations serve to enhance, not hinder, your enjoyment of holiday travel. 8. Diffuse tension in a tight space. We’re all familiar with the drama that can ensue when hitting the road for the holidays. From arguments over the middle seat to debates over the radio station, tight quarters can lead to curt conversation. To diffuse tension, call on in-car features to lighten the mood. 9. Support existing safety systems. Battling that sleepy feeling after a big dinner? Remember, the temptation to fall asleep on the way home affects both driver and passenger. If you’ve been spared the role of designated driver and are riding comfortably in the passenger seat, don’t begin to snooze as soon as the heated seats kick in – stay alert and talk with your driver. 10. Be kind, respect the lines. We all know not to fight over precious parking spaces, but it goes further than that. In a crowded parking lot on the holidays, no one likes the driver who straddles two spots. Selfish behaviour is never in style, but careless parking is especially frowned upon during the season of giving. ......Photo1 credit : web pantip

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26 LTD Key Fashion Trends of the season

Colour-blocking is the trend, which has been around for a few seasons and it looks like it is not leaving anytime soon. Speaking of colours, it means summer. LTD is preparing for the long-standing menswear trend of colour-blocking by offering newly designed pieces, including shirts, poloshirts and tee-shirts. After months of the country’s situation, some of us are looking for alternatives to replace dark toned colour outfits. From block-colour separates to pieces with multicoloured sections and details, segmented colour is a way to boost up freshness and excitement into your look this coming season.

Colour segmentation can be seen almost everywhere on major runways, a display of block-hues is enough to make any man with enough confidence to want to give it a try. Although, you shouldn’t miss the fact that runway fashions are made to be exaggerating. However, when similar pieces are available in the market they have often toned down to make it more wearable for everyone and this is what LTD has done; it has been designed to be wearable for everyday strictly done under a concept “Make everyday Twist”. In order to wear this trend, you will need to have some confidence. Most of the times, we tend to fill our wardrobes with monochrome hues and grey colour rather

than bright red or bright blue. Forget the traditions and remember that a man can look masculine in bright colours too, a question depends on how he wears it. If you do not dare leaving the house with bright colours, you can try to tone it down bold block-coloured with darker shades and more textured materials, which gives a mattifying result. LTD Egyptian cotton shirt by is made essentially from one of the finest cotton fabrics in the world; the silky smooth and fine feel of the fabric is second to one. Often we spend time talking about fit and construction of our dress shirts, but the materials used are just as important.

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Egyptian cotton is grown only a few places in the world, renowned as some of the best due to its extra long staple, which means it has longer fibers, resulting in silkier, more durable fabric. Why don’t you add a bit of luxury to your wardrobe with our LTD men’s dress shirts? Some other advantages come with this fine fabric is that it is easy to iron but hard to wrinkle and it gives a total look/feel of such luxury. You will know the difference as soon as you touch it. Each of our essential shirts is expertly tailored from the finest quality fabrics, which makes them extraordinarily soft and easy to wear. Make some changes to your total look b adding some luxury to your outfits today and make your everday twist.


27 Flood Victims Relief

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort together with Vana Nava Hua Hin Waterpark, True Arena Hua Hin Sport Complex, BluPort Hua Hin Resort Mall and Hua Hin Today provided donations of food, medicine, other necessities and cash to help people in southern province affected by severe flooding during 11-15 January 2017. On 16th January,  Khun Proudputh Liptapanlop, CEO and the management team  of Proud Real Estate Co., Ltd.  went to hand out donations to flood victims at Bang Sapan, Prachub Khirikhan.  She was joined by Mrs Visa Chimdee, the General Manager of Hua Hin Today.

Visiting a Bang Saphan patient

As well as being able to have direct contact with many of the victims, they were able to visit the Bang Saphan hospital which was also in need and suffered serious loss from the devastating floods.

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28 New Year at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin 2016 has been a year like no other with the Nation unified in their grief for King Bhumibol, so it was with some apprehension and I might add intrepidation as to the appropriateness of attending a party that is famed for its wonderfully extravagant buffet and flamboyant six and a half hours of nonstop entertainments. The entertainments featured not only the Royal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thailand’s leading Maestro, Khun Kitikhun Sodprasert, but also many leading celebrity entertainers from Thailand’s stage and television, so at least the talent count was sure to be at the top, plus the staff and trainees at the hotel join with the professionals for a song and dance show that is always full of energy and fun. I had been told that due to the circumstances and period of national mourning, the programme had been changed completely from a ‘Party’ theme to a ‘Homage to a Magnificent Reign’, so my inquisitiveness as to how this famed year-end event at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin would manage to be both respectful and entertaining at the same time meant that if I did not go I would not know. This event was surely going to be a challenge for the organisers and performers, especially while endeavouring to live up to the many return guests expectations based on the big ‘wow factor’ theatrical productions of previous year-end parties. However, from the moment I arrived, my apprehensions quickly evaporated and I was immediately impressed by the elegance of the tastefully dressed marbled reception and assembling guests. The homage had been billed not as a New Year Party, but as ‘A GLORIOUS BLACK WHITE GOLD SILVER BANQUET’. Champagne cocktails were sipped and reunions of return guests created an ambience that one might expect at a sophisticated diplomatic reception, or by royal command performance. The ambience was polite and cordial with a gracious air of poised expectance. It seems that Khun Victor Sukseree may have captured the sentiments of the nation after all and my reservations as to whether I should attend or not had been unfounded. Centre stage of the large reception area, illuminated in iridescent splendour and on its premiere public viewing, was an outstanding crystal image of His Majesty by famed Glass Master, Khun Jirawatn and his team, drawing great interest and paying of respects. The Homage had begun and was truly impressive. At the appointed time the guests made their way to the Banqueting lawn along a red carpet flanked by stunning ice carvings adorned with white orchids to be welcomed with beaming smiles and courteous wais from lines either side of white livered staff of the F&B Department, headed by their charismatic Chef who many of the guests greeted as a fond friend. The banqueting lawn looked absolutely stunning with the glass and silverware twinkling like diamonds before a huge stage decorated with a magnificent backdrop, all of which added to the anticipation of what the evening would reveal. Here again the ‘Wow factor’ set the expectations high for what was to follow.

The food as always was fabulous both in array and display. The music, mostly compositions by His Majesty, was of a world class standard and as mentioned by Khun Victor, it was not an evening to be sad, but an evening to celebrate a magnificent reign and the guests sang, danced and shared the national silent observance for his Majesty, with no less sense of enjoyment of celebration than in previous years – what had seemed to be an impossible balance had not only been achieved, but surpassed brilliantly. One non-scheduled event occurred during the playing and singing of His Majesty’s composition of ‘Falling Rain’, an unexpected short shower of rain interrupted proceedings, followed by an impromptu announcement was that we have all been blessed by holy waters from heaven. Coincidence or divine intervention, it made His Majesty’s song even more apposite and memorable. As in previous years, the guests were invited to the Lake of Fantasy for a spectacular show on the water that leads into the countdown. The haunting sounds of chanting that accompanies the rare Royal Barges Procession on the Chao Phraya River of Kings grew steadily louder in the darkness, making the hairs on the back of my neck tingle. Then as if by some kind of celestial magic, gracefully emerging from the swirling white mist that shrouded the lake, shimmering royal barges, their serene oarsmen regally paddling to the rhythm of the chants

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glided into view, with the otherworldly Suphannahong, or ‘the Golden Swan’ as principal dancer in a breathtaking ballet of majestic symbolism that is so dear to the hearts and pride of the Thai nation. It was the icing on the cake, fitting, dramatic, poignant and once again the Lake of Fantasy had brought a heavenly magical setting fit to pay homage to a king and relevant for the occasion. The fantasy, concluded with the chimes of BIG Ben and a flourish of silver reign firework curtains and a heart shape with the Thai number nine at its centre. Hugs were exchanged and the Thai New Year song filled the cool night air. Spirits lifted and sentiments exchanged, the homage was also a celebration and guests returned to the lawn dancing with renewed optimism for the year ahead into the small hours. We had paid homage to the 9th king of the Chakri Dynasty with celebratory respect and welcomed in the new 10th King of the Chakri Dynasty with optimism and high spirits. Can you combine homage with a party, maintain the ‘wow factor’ and entertain with class and appropriateness in a way that ensures everyone has a wonderful and happy time? Seems that once again Khun Victor Sukseree proves that you certainly can.

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30 The Impressive 4,000 Islands of Laos

Continuing with our travels in Laos, we describe journeying to the splendid the Si Phan Don or the 4000 islands. Emerging from the mighty Mekong in the south of the country, half of the islands are submerged when the river is in flood. The Mekong is the longest river in South East Asia, at some 4350 kms. From modest beginnings on the Tibetan Plateau, it flows through Yunnan Province China, then Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and finally to a delta in Vietnam. At the Si Phan Don area, the majestic Mekong encounters hard rock and there is an archipelago of sandbars and rocky isles. There are swirling cataracts with dangerous rapids, currents, and plunging waterfalls, including South East Asia’s largest, the Khone waterfall. Many of the 4000 islands are mere clumps in the river, make a stunning vista, dazzling in the sunlight or glistening under a full moon. There are opportunities to spot Irrawaddy Dolphins and history in the form of relics left from a French Expeditionary Force. Pakse is the nearest large town to these islands and restful settlements offer accommodation for different budgets, all the while providing that very laid back dreamy experience to while away a few days. The large Don Khong is the first island you will encounter travelling South from Pakse. Don Khong is accessed by a bridge with the main settlement of Muang Khong, which hugs a road overlooking the river. Further south there is the smaller but slightly more hip island Don Det with more plentiful budget accommodation and restaurants. The third main island is Don Kong not to be confused with Don Khong, a small peaceful island with tranquil surroundings. You can organise trips via boats, motorcycles or bikes at any of the islands. Hiring a motorcycle is a good idea to visit modest ancient temples and see water buffalo by the score basking in the cooler water of the Mekong. You will witness activity in the rice fields, dependent on the season, people making rice paper wraps for spring rolls and fishing boats bobbing in the river. At the southern tip of the island boatmen take people to spot a pod of Irrawaddy Dolphins. From 1866-1868 a French Expeditionary Force, aimed to find a trading route along the Mekong from Vietnam through to China. The expedition left Saigon in two miniscule steam gunboats but thwarted by the waterfalls at the Khone Falls. However later in the 1890s, it was decided to build a railway line along the length of the

Travelling to The Si Phan Don from Thailand

islands and circumnavigate the falls. Steamer boats would be loaded on to carriages and transported via rail. Sadly this ambitious enterprise eventually ended in abject failure. A typical guided cycle tour will include a route of the old narrow gauge railway line, some excellent displays explaining the venture and old locos from the 1890s. There will be stop offs at a smattering of old colonial French buildings, a beach area and waterfall to cool off.

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Infrequent Indirect flights from Bangkok to Pakse with Laos Air then 2.5hours by bus Pakse to Don Khong. Alternatively fly Bangkok to Ubon Rathchathani , Frequent Nok Air, Thai Smile Air Asia Thai Lion. A/C Bus to Khon Phapfeng waterfalls. Operates Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 0730, return bus departs 1400. Independent intrepid traveller, Cross border bus, Ubon Ratchathani to Pakse, and use local bus to Pakse. Visa on arrival available at Chong Mek - Vangtao (Ubon Rathchathani), UK, USA $35, Australia $30. Not Required for Asean Member citizens (Thais).


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Push for Foreign Investment In 2017 Investment  remained a Thailand government priority in 2016, mostly through strong promotion by the Board of Investment (BoI). The government plans stronger investment promotion in 2017, plus legal amendments and new regulations to promote foreign investment. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak increased the 2016 target for foreign  investment  value from 450 billion THB to 550 billion, forcing the BoI to work harder and hold more overseas roadshows. The target appears to be within the BoI’s reach. In the first 11 months of 2016, total investment value of applications to the BoI reached 500 billion baht, with an additional 24.5 billion expected in December. Investment approved by the BoI included steel cord manufacturing, petrochemicals, aviation, logistics and land development in  industrial estates. Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suvit Maesincee says Thailand is on track to change from a middle-income to a high-income country by promoting new investment in 10 targeted industries under the heading of Thailand 4.0. The targeted industries comprise: automotive and auto parts, including electric vehicles; smart electronics; affluent, medical and wellness tourism; agriculture and biotechnology; food; robotics for industry; logistics and aviation; biofuels and biochemicals; digital; and medical services. All of the targeted industries will focus on added valued to products through advanced technology and innovations, which means Thailand needs investment in those areas. The government has insisted it will continue to support new investment in the 10 targeted industries, such as robotics, logistics and aviation, and the digital sector. Apart from investment promotion in the targeted industries, the government is also promoting small and medium-sized enterprises, focusing on SMEs that use innovation to help cut costs and new startups.

The plan to promote new SMEs and startups is aimed at encouraging young entrepreneurs to start innovative businesses that create added value and use online marketing to help cut labour costs. The government will also continue to push new investment in huge infrastructure projects, especially along the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), its new flagship initiative that is expected to play a major role in supporting the economy. As a result, the plan to develop the EEC and promote special economic zones (SEZs) are the top agenda items for the Industry Ministry in 2017.

New privileges include a tax exemption period expanded from eight to 13 years.

“All these projects will be major engines to transform Thailand through Industry 4.0, helping raise new investment to reach the target of 600 billion baht next year,” Mr Suvit says.

New laws are expected to be issued in the coming years to promote investment, including one increasing competitiveness, another developing SEZs and another promoting the EEC.

The EEC will link with aviation business firms at U-tapao airport in Chon Buri, which the government wants to set up for industrial expansion.

The BoI projects  investment  value in 2017 of 600 billion THB, beating its target of 550 billion in 2016 and well above 480 billion in 2015. Some 200 billion in investment value is projected to come from petrochemicals and targeted hightech industries that align with Thailand 4.0, says the BoI

To achieve its investment value goal, the government plans to issue three new laws known as BoI Plus that would grant greater investment privileges to new investors.

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353 Did You Know This?

A Foreigner can lease land and house but not for longer than 30 years according to Thai Law. Yes; and everyone knows that the Lease Contract will be terminated under a Time Condition. Four years later, while the foreign tenant is still working in the landlord’s company, the landlord wants to terminate the Lease to get the land and house back, claiming that the Lease was not registered at the Land Office, therefore, it is not effective for longer than 3 years. Can the Lease be terminated and the foreign tenant need to leave the land and house? Or In the case where the foreign tenant is an employee within the Landlord’s Company and they make an agreement that the foreign tenant can lease the land and house for an Unlimited Condition of Time, the Lease will last as long as the foreign tenant remains employed within the Landlord’s Company. Is this Agreement legal? The answer is “Yes”, it is legal and effective for both parties.

Thirty two years later, the Landlord wants to terminate the Lease to get the land and house back, claiming that the Lease lasted beyond the limitation of time (30 years) as provided by law; such termination is made to the foreign tenant while he is still working in the Landlord’s Company. Can the Landlord terminate the Lease and the foreign tenant needs to leave the land and house?

The answer to the two examples above is “No”, the Landlord cannot terminate the Lease because the termination of the Lease was made on the Condition of Employment of the Foreign Tenant and not on a Time Condition. This means that the Lease can be made for longer than 30 years, if the termination is agreed to be made on a condition other than time limitation. Actually the Landlord can easily terminate the Lease by terminating the employment then the Condition of Termination. You can see the above Lease is not registered with the Land Office, because it is not required by law, the registration of a Lease is enforceable for a Time Condition only.

The above is to show that the Lease can possibly be made legally longer than 30 years if its termination is not based on time but on another condition. Conditions to end the Lease can be made in many different ways, for example: Lease under Club Membership / Lease under Employment and others. There are housing projects in Hua Hin, such as Black Mountain and Black Lotus that use this idea, to give the customers the right the Lease property as long as they are Members of the Club with Club Membership extremely long lasting and difficult to terminate. ACTA Hua Hin Law Firm : 80/9 Moo 15, La Vallee, Tambon Hin Lek Fai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110, Thailand

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375 Thailand THB Likely to Fluctuate in 2017 Due to Uncertain US Politics Executives of commercial banks have forecast that the Thailand currency is likely to fluctuate more than last year, mainly due to the uncertainty about the policies of the new US president.

Executive of Kasikornbank Kiit Charornkitchaichana said the US politics was the key factor affecting the Thai currency during this period. This year, THB will have a tendency to fluctuate either by depreciating and appreciating quickly. The bank forecast the THB’s value this year will stay around 35-37 THB to the USD, said the executive. TMB Analytics of TMB Bank has predicted that this year’s currency will be on the depreciation side, although it appreciated against the USD in the last two weeks. This the THB baht appreciation was the result of USD currency speculation, said the bank. TBM added that the Thai economy and other economies in the Asian region will rebound this year, leading to capital inflows. The THB is likely to move between 35.50 – 36.80 THB to the USD. – NNT

Thai Economy Set to Hold Steady The economy is gaining traction. From a meager 0.7% growth in 2014, when the country was in a political mess, expansion is expected to have reached 3% or even a bit higher in 2016. The pace of recovery, however, is still uneven. The Thai economy looks poised for modest growth in 2017 as domestic strengths are expected to cushion larger downside risks from external headwinds, the central bank and economists say.  The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has maintained its economic growth forecasts of 3.2% for 2016 and 2017, noting that downside risks to the Thai economy largely come from external  factors. External risks include potentially weaker-than-expected growth of Thailand’s trade counterparts -- China in particular -- uncertainties over the soon-to-be US president’s protectionist campaign  promises and the recovery pace of Chinese tourist arrivals. The coming general elections in a number of European countries, which could shift their policy directions and wild swings in the financial markets resulting from the divergence of monetary polices for advanced economies, will contribute to greater downside risks in 2017.  The Bank of Thailand has estimated that the government’s harsh measures to curb illegal tour operators will knock off 1.2 million and 2.2 million foreign tourist arrivals, most of them Chinese, to Thailand  in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The tourism sector, accounting for 10% of the country’s GDP, has played an important role in driving Thai economic growth over the past several years in light of anaemic exports, private investment and domestic consumption. Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob has been sanguine that Thai economic growth will continue in 2017, although that growth will be trammeled  as some sectors, including farming, continue to struggle. The possibility of protectionist US trade policies being

imposed on China by President-elect Donald Trump has fanned fears among economists that it could lower the Chinese export value to the US and, in turn, put pressure on Thailand’s shipments of raw materials to China for reexport.  “Even though the US has no plans to directly impose trade protection measures on Thailand, its stance towards China could lower Thailand’s and other Asean members’ exports of raw materials to China in 2017,” says Amornthep Chawla, head of research at CIMB Thai Bank. Whether the protectionist US trade measures will be implemented remains uncertain and this will compel importers to reduce their merchandise orders from Thailand in the first half of 2017, he says.  “While risks of a drop in Thai merchandise exports in both 2016 and 2017 still loom, that contraction will be smaller than Thailand’s exports to the fast-growing CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar Vietnam) countries, which will provide a buffer,” Mr Amornthep says. Bangkok Post

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38 Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pranburi

February 2017

“Golf Is a Good Walk Spoiled” (Mark Twain); Or Is That a Good Ride?

Golf Carts began in the USA with Merle Williams in World War II. During the gasoline rationing, his “Marketeer Company” started as a company that built grocery shop carts; they evolved and in 1951 they produced the first electric golf cart. The first E-Z-Go cart ran on a 36-volt battery originally designed to power wing flaps on B-17 bombers. Most golf carts had three wheels and tiller steering throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s.

It’s a Golf Cart NOT a Go Cart! Golf cart safety can be summarised with this very simple piece of advice: Don’t act stupid! A restored 1955 Cushman Golf Cart

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Into the present and the Mercedes-Benz ‘Vision Golf Cart’ is on the market. There are also proto-types of strap-in jet packs and hovercraft which you can buy if you’re willing to spend the requisite US$58,000. In Thailand the modern golf cart is available at even the most standard course, a luxury that many overseas golfers may rarely enjoy or expect. But do you really want to relinquish your exercise and leisurely stroll in the countryside? Shania Twain offered one comment: “Many a golfer prefers a golf cart because the cart cannot count, criticise or laugh.” Mickey Mantle offered a further observation: “He who has the fastest golf cart never has a bad lie.” Some golf courses here make hiring a cart compulsory; a policy which those in the know say cannot be justified by any notions of speeding up play. They say it’s just a cash-cow; a comment that could also apply when shared carts are disallowed. Hiring a cart makes a significant difference to the cost of playing, from around 300 THB (shared) up to 800 THB each. If you can choose between walking and riding; what is your choice based on?

Apart from your exercise and pocket, it’s really about what suits your style. Think about the last time you last really enjoyed (or not) your golf round; were you walking or riding?

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Most on-course accidents involving golf carts and there are more of them than you might think - stem from golfers acting stupidly: the equivalent of golf-cart joyriding. Standing rather than sitting inside the cart; hanging legs or arms out of the cart; the driver not paying attention to where he or she is going; taking sharp turns at too high speeds; or operating a cart when impaired by alcohol. Here are our top ten safety tips so that you can get back to the club house in one piece! Keep your arms and legs inside the cart when the cart is in motion. Hanging a foot outside the cart while traveling can easily lead to a broken ankle or foot. Then there are obstacles tree branches, for example - that arms or legs extended from the cab of the cart can impact. Carts are not equipped with safety belts. Don’t go flying around corners or attempt sharp curves at top speed - this can result in someone being thrown from the cart (yes, people have been killed as a result of being thrown from a golf cart). If you are the driver, don’t press on the accelerator until your partner is seated. No matter how much fun it might seem like. Watch the cart path. Sounds simple, but just as a driver on a highway can be distracted by something and lose sight of the road, so can golfers get distracted and drive right off the designated cart path. Be extra vigilant on cart paths around the clubhouse, at any road cross-overs or bottlenecks on the course.  Don’t speed into a stop behind a parked cart. Your partners are already up at the green and parked, you race ahead to catch up and slam on the brakes just as your cart is about to rear-end theirs. Don’t take the cart to places on the golf course where it is not intended to go: Through thickets of trees, over rough terrain, down through gullies or ravines, through water. If the designated driver is away and you feel the need to move the cart, move into the driver’s seat. Many an accident has resulted from confusion between the brake and accelerator pedal because a passenger has tried to drive with one hand and using the wrong foot. Many cart tracks were designed for travelling in one direction. If you are driving the opposite way, for example returning to the clubhouse after a shot gun start, slow down. Carts in reverse cause many accidents despite the warning sounds. It’s up to the driver to take extra care but golfers near to carts should always think about potential movements.

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840 La Grappa Annual Charity Golf

Peter Kirketerp, the owner of La Grappa has invited amateur golfers to join the 2017 Annual Charity Golf Event.

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; this month all about golf Carts.

The will be another fun day of Golf Texas Scramble, a lot of laughter and a great opportunity to mingle with friends and friends to be and to demonstrate your generosity towards the charity objective.

TRUE or FALSE? Question 1: In the Rules, a golf cart used by a player is part of their equipment. True or False? Answer: True. Definition of Equipment.

Prosecco, an Italian sparkling white wine will be flowing on course as perhaps an additional ‘handicap’! Officially the closing date for registrations was 31st January and in the past the event has been more than fully booked. However if you have a team of four, it may still be worthwhile contacting Peter just in case. Of course sponsorships are always sought. If you have an idea about how you can participate in any way then there are opportunities. Here are the details: La Grappa Charity Golf Tournament Format: Texas Scramble, Teams of Four, shotgun start – amateur golfers only Where & When: Banyan Golf Course, Saturday 25th February, tee-off 11.am. After The Game: W i n e D i n n e r a n d presentations from 17.30.

‘Rhodes Rules School’ Questions & Answers

Costs: 3.850 THB per player. This includes green and caddie fees, cart, golf shirt, wine dinner and prizes. Prosecco Gold is also provided on course! Contact: email – peter@mondovino.co.th, Phone: 0818447308.

Question 2: A ball comes to rest on the floor of a golf cart, which can easily be moved. Which of the following statements is correct? a) The ball may be dropped within one clublength of the nearest point of relief from the cart, without penalty. b) The player must mark the position of the ball before moving the cart. c) The ball may be dropped at a point below where it lay in the cart. d) The ball must not be cleaned before it is put back into play? Answer: c) The ball may be dropped at a point below where it lay in the cart. As the cart is easily removable it should be moved and the ball then dropped below where it was at rest. Rule 24-12b. Question 3: Everything that is in a golf cart is the equipment of the player(s) using the cart. True or False? Answer: True. Definition of Equipment.

Question 4: A player has asked a fellow competitor to move their golf cart to the back of the putting green while they play their ball from a bunker. They thin their ball and it hits the cart in motion. They incur a penalty of one stroke and the ball must be played as it lies. True or False? Answer: True. Decision 19-2/6. Question 5: A player’s friend is driving a golf cart containing the player’s bag of clubs when they accidentally run over and move an opponent’s ball lying on the cart path. There is no penalty. True or False? Answer: False: By driving the cart the friend is acting as a caddie and in match play the player does incur the penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-3b.  The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA.  Check out www.barryrhodes.com

Use a coin for better tempo Golf tip Febuary 2017

Watch any professional golfer practising their putting and you will no doubt be impressed by the smooth, controlled action they use. Often amateur golfers struggle with this, gripping too tight and hitting the ball rather than stroking it towards the hole. Coin drill Place a coin in the cavity on the back of your putter head (note, not all putter models have an area like this). Place your putter behind the ball and try and hit a few putts keeping the coin, in place, on the back of your putter. What you find with this drill is that bad, or quick, strokes will cause the coin to fall out of your putter between your back stroke and forward stroke. If this is the case, try using a longer, smoother putting stroke. If you do this correctly, you should be able to hole putts whilst keeping the coin on your putter. John Wither, PGA Golf Professional, Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, www.huahingolfacademy.com, Tel +66 (0) 811426216

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42 10 2016, A Year of Great Success for Banyan Ambassador, Danthai Boonma

In 2016, Banyan Golf Club had the chance to sign-up one of the brightest young star Thai golfers in Thailand, Danthai Boonma.

PACE The Title sponsor for the “WCGC Thailand” With MahaSamutr Country Club, Hua Hin Fore Management Group  is delighted to announce PACE Development Corporation Plc.  as the title sponsor for the “World Corporate Golf Challenge Thailand” in partnership with  MahaSamutr Country Club, Hua Hin. The World Corporate Golf Challenge is the biggest corporate golf event in the world. In collaboration with Times Newspaper, the WCGC first began in the UK in 1993 as a platform for ‘bringing the world of business together’ in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere using golf as the mean. Currently, WCGC is represented in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Dan, as he is usually called, is an Asian Tour Professional, aged just 21 years but is already s number 3 in the Thai rankings (World Ranking No.213). Turning Pro in November 2014, Dan had already achieved success in China Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea and Brunei, apart from in his home country. As a Banyan Golf Club Ambassador, Dan’s successes in 2016 have been absolutely incredible; he’s a real young tiger! Memorable achievements have included being champion of the World Classic Championship 2015 at Laguna National Golf course in Singapore and in December 2016 he won the Boonchu Reuangkit Championship at Rancho Charnvee Resort & Country Club. When he free from Tournament commitments, Dan practices golf every day at Banyan Golf Club. Golfers can see him around Banyan Golf Club and regulars know how friendly he is. We hope that the year 2017, will be the another successful year for Danthai Boonma and all Banyan Ambassadors. We are expecting them to bring more back more trophies to celebrate with Hua Hin people and make us all proud. For more information email: prgolf@banyanthailand.com

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As Thailand’s leader in luxury property development and hospitality. PACE Development Corporation Plc. provides a full range of lifestyle properties and services. The company’s flagship awardwinning projects are such as the renown MahaNakhon, mixed-use development and Thailand’s tallest tower, MahaSamutr, Hua Hin’s first and only private country club and luxury villas along with the super-luxury residential development. Khun Sorapoj  Techakraisri, CEO of PACE Development Corporation Plc.  and an avid golfer himself commented, “We at PACE are happy to connect top business professionals through the first-ever PACE World Corporate Golf Challenge Thailand. WCGC is recognised as the world’s most

accepted corporate golf tournament on an international level. Not only will the participants experience professional competition alike, but get the opportunity to represent their company and country at the World Finals.”  Chris Watson (MD Fore Management Group)  WCGC  Thailand Licence holder  commented, “We are delighted a company of PACE’s reputation and magnitude have signed as the title sponsor for WCGC Thailand inaugural year. We look forward to bringing Thailand their best ever golf event.” PACE WCGC Thailand will start the first qualifier rounds in February 2017, final round will take place at Banyan Golf Club on April 1, 2017. The World Final will be held during Jun 21-26, 2017 at Oitavos Dunes in Cascais, Portugal. Entry registration is available via  thailand. worldcorporategolfchallenge.com


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‘Suan Bua’ – The Centara’s Secret Lotus Garden Restaurant

The Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin has a secret. A secret that is, unless you’ve been a guest at one of the Centara’s villas when the delights of the Suan Bua Restaurant are more visible. Minced Prawn with Green Mango and Spicy Sweet Lime Dressing (Yam Goong fu) and Salmon Fillet topped with Red Curry and Sweet Cocoanut Sauce (Chu Chee Pla Salmon).

Presenting delectable Thai home-style cuisine and regional specialties, the restaurant is located within the Resort’s Villa setting and generally out of sight to many Centara visitors. It’s not generally found accidentally, word of mouth has been the way many have discovered this hidden gem. Translated, Suan Bua means ‘Lotus Garden.’ From the main Centara entrance, you need to stroll through the magnificent topiary gardens before crossing Soi 61 or just drive down this Soi from the traffic lights past Naresdamri Road until reaching the separate Villa entrance (with parking) to the left.

Following the water lotus, pool side and nearby beach frontage lead, there is a laidback nautical feel. Perhaps that’s because of the blue and white minimalist décor but the feature wall display of wooden oars certainly adds to that feel.

Once you’ve found the Villa entrance you’ll quickly come across the restaurant with the options of pool-side or indoor dining in a setting with a relaxed, peaceful ambience.

The Suan Bua’s Sous Chef Khun Thirithat proudly presented three signature dishes for our lunchtime enjoyment. Suan Bua’s a la carte menu showcases the best of Thai local dishes with the tangy and spicy flavours of north-eastern Thailand cuisine to rich and smooth curries. These offerings were Deep Fried River Prawns with Tamarind Sauce (Goong Maenam Tod Sauce Makham), Deep Fried

Working off the three T’s – ‘taste, texture and temperature’, our assessment was at the very top of the scale. When it comes to temperature; or strength of spicy hot (‘phet’ in Thai) you have a choice. Just check out the number of chilies pictured alongside the menu item; you may also choose to modify the level by consulting the very service-oriented staff. The flavours are surprising; combinations of spices and added flavours within each dish to match the main ingredient, subtle but always adding another tasty element. After a recent visit and review by ‘Thailand Tattler’, the news will soon be out this restaurant. After a ‘wink and a nod’, the Suan Bua is set to be promoted in this organisation’s presentation of Thailand’s best dining establishments. The secret will soon be revealed and the Suan Bua will be recognised and take its rightful place amongst Hua Hin’s finest. Our suggestion: Try out the Thai Temple Fair as a Wednesday evening Suan Bua special; an amazing Thai cultural event with cuisine and indigenous music to savour.

About Suan Bua Thai Restaurant Location: Part of the Grand Beach Resort and Villa complex but with a separate entrance to the Villa setting off Soi 61 Hua Hin. Type of Cuisine: Home-style Thai cuisine Seating Capacity: 100 (including a private room for more intimate special occasions) Opening Hours: 6:30 hrs.- 22:30 hrs. Contact: Phone: +66 (0) 3251 2021-38 Email: chbr@chr.co.th www.centarahotelsresorts

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2 46 She Sells Seafood by the Seashore

One of the features of the southern part of the Cha-Am Beach Road (Ruamchit Road) is very fresh seafood for sale, but also seafood restaurants of the ‘street-food’ variety. the ocean or any fresher seafood. If the quality of the cuisine and maybe the cost is more important than the number of ‘stars’, seafood at this real street food stall in Cha-Am won’t disappoint. Where: Take a stroll south along the Cha-Am beach road past soi 4 south for about 200 metres until you see Khun Daeng with her distinctive and ever-present hat. The external sign is only in Thai.

What this means is that you can enjoy seafood prepared by the locals in the most authentic way. There’s no need to be shy, foreigners are very welcome and the prices are amazing. For example 500 grams of cooked prawns are 250 THB, but there are many choices with a price tag of less than 150 THB and a large bottle of Leo beer will only set you back 60 THB.

that the dishes are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Highly recommended by Gillis from the Netherlands

Here’s one comment left by a recent American diner: “Rick said that he had the best seafood dishes ever at your restaurant last night. That’s big – since we come from the Pacific NW of the U.S., an area known for great seafood. Please tell the chef! Thanks for a wonderful visit as well – Susan & Rick.�

There’s room for up to 30 diners if you want to take over the premises to book for a special occasion with a difference and show off your local knowledge. Apart from the large menu (Thai and English) you will see a backdrop picturing many of the choices with an English language description to make the order easier to manage; just point! Takeaways are also on offer for a dinner party at home.

There’s no wine list but no problems if you want to bring your own drinks of any description. Maybe also bring a wine glass as the glasses (clean and cold) won’t have a stem. You can even organise an ice bucket; we used one for a large beer. Ice in a glass of beer is available, but that’s a mortal sin where I come from! We followed a recommendation to dine across the road from the beach where Khun Daeng has been providing her customers with varieties of mussels, prawns, scallops, crab and fish for over eight years. Prior to deciding to be her own boss, she cooked similar offerings at a nearby resort where she leant the art of food presentation. This means

Cha-Am has plenty of more sophisticated restaurants, but you won’t get any closer to

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Khun Daeng and her supply of fresh seafood

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The premises open at 8 AM until around 9 – 10 PM but closes on Wednesdays.


473 The Doi Chaang Caffè

Coffee to Hua Hin from the Villagers of the Elephant Mountain Hidden deep within the Golden Triangle of Northern Thailand, nestled in the foothills of Elephant Mountain under a canopy of rain forest foliage, the indigenous Akha Hill Tribe cultivate and process organically grown single estate premium Arabica coffee Chaang Coffee. After first hearing about the indigenous Akha villagers in 2005, Darch set up the overseas marketing and then gifted the growers co-operative 50% of the company.

The infamous ‘Golden Triangle’ is well known for a history of poppies for opium production because of the proximity to the countries of Burma and Laos and the extremely fertile soil in the rainforest. But that history changed after The King of Thailand, Rama IX decided about 40 years ago to stop the opium trade in Thailand and travelled personally to many villages handing out agricultural alternatives and making sure that the area was safe for the growers to farm. The Akha tribe on Doi Chaang Mountain was the unsuspecting recipients of fine Arabica coffee plants and just happened to be in one of the best locations for coffee-growing in the world. The only problem was that they became victims of the international coffee dealers and traders. Again, fate stepped in and Wicha Promyong guided and oversaw the operations of the growers who in turn met a West Vancouver native John Darch and together they founded

Doi Chaang Coffee In Hua Hin It’s taken almost 10 years for Doi Chaang Coffee to reach Hua Hin but Doi Chaang Caffè opened around 2 years ago. This is where Hua Hin coffee lovers can experience the delights of Doi Chaang coffee in a relaxed café setting with breakfast, light snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats also on offer.

The Doi Chaang Co-founders This amazing story continued as the coffee company has grown and the villagers have achieved a measure of fame in Thailand. Coffee shops slowly appeared all over the country, and overseas, particularly in Canada. Doi Chaang Coffee was picked as one of Food in Canada Magazine’s top ten innovative and entrepreneurial companies of 2013. The company owns and operates its own facilities, covering all aspects of production and processing which ensures that only the best product is produced.

It’s also where you can find this top quality coffee in 250 gram packages to take home and brew your own. If coffee and a European breakfast is your morning thing, a 7 AM opening may be the best way to start your day. A wise man once said “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a good cup of coffee and that’s pretty close.” Doi Chaang Caffè is arguably where you can get the best coffee in Thailand and just maybe you’re on the way to happiness! Where: Open: Contact:

Take Soi 55 away from Phetchakasim Road (the road towards Huay Mongkol), alongside the Big C market on the left. 7 AM to 5 PM everyday 081 774 4669

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448 “A Dog’s Purpose”

The dog continues to come back, living many lives as many different breeds. With each new human he -- or she -- lives with, the dog learns a little more about his purpose, until, years later, he returns to a familiar home and a familiar friend (Dennis HYPERLINK “https://www. commonsensemedia.org/search/dennis%20 quaid”Quaid). Although this movie will likely have  emotional moments that might be too intense for sensitive younger kids -- including the recurring death of a pet -- for the most part it looks like a heartfelt family dram for all dog lovers. Rating: PG (for thematic elements and some peril) Genre: Comedy, Drama Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom Written By:Cathryn Michon In Theaters: Jan 27, 2017 Runtime: 120minutes Cast: Dennis Quaid as Ethan Britt Robertson as Hannah Josh Gad as Dog (Voice) Peggy Lipton

“A Dog’s Purpose” shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. Parents need to know that  A Dog’s Purpose  provides a bit of a twist on the standard talking-animal movie. The story is narrated by a dog (voiced by Josh Gad), who begins his life as a golden retriever named Bailey whose best friend is a young boy named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). Bailey remains loyally by Ethan’s side through his teenage years, even through Ethan’s first love (so expect some kissing and romance), until Bailey dies of old age ... only to be reincarnated as a (female) German shepherd police dog.

FOOD & Entertainment, February 2017

“Moonlight”

him up. Little is found there by Juan (Mahershala Ali, doing career-best work), a local drug dealer. Juan takes the kid out to eat, even bringing him back to his place, where he meets his partner Teresa (Janelle Monáe)(. Little could use this makeshift family. His dad is gone and his mother Paula (Naomie Harris) happens to be one of Juan’s best clients. Juan becomes something of a father figure, but that might make this relationship sound more predictable than it is. Juan sees something good in Chiron and wants to help this quiet boy, even as he provides the product that’s ruining his home life. Rating:R (for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout) Genre:Drama In Theaters: Feb 09, 2017 Runtime:110 minutes Director : Barry Jenkins Writers : Barry Jenkins (screenplay), Trell Alvin McCraney (story) Stars : Mahershala Ali, Alex R. Hibbert,

The protagonist of “Moonlight” reflects the conflicted and fluid masculinity of young African-American men in the United States, even in just the way he’s presented. The film is divided into three chapters—“Little,” “Chiron” and “Black”—the three names used to refer to the same person that we follow from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. He’s a boy and then a man who has trouble figuring out his place in the world, which is also articulated by the character being played by three separate, all-remarkable actors. The film starts with Chiron as a boy, referred to by his bullies as “Little” (Alex R. We meet this youngster running, trying to hide in a boarded up apartment from the kids who want to beat


495 Blúport Shopping Complex Glorious Chinese New Year 2017 To organise grand festivities for the Chinese New Year and to celebrate the auspicious Year of The Rooster, Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall has joined with Citibank, Hainan Airlines and stores of the shopping complex to present the “BLÚPORT SHOPPING COMPLEX GLORIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017”.

The event will be under the concept of the “Radiant Rooster that brings Great Fortune and Virtuous Prominence” and held until 28th February at Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall.

Special Promotions! Shop, Dine, Travel, and Win Prizes Worth Over 1.5 Million THB For every 1,000 THB spent, shoppers will receive one lucky draw coupon for a chance to win a round trip travel package for two, BangkokBeijing, with Hainan Airlines, limited to 10 prizes, worth 50,000 THB each. Citi M and Citibank credit cardholders, receive triple the coupons for the lucky draw. For 1,000 - 3,000 THB purchese during 26-29 January receive “Red Envelope” cash vouchers worth up to 400 THB. Special! For Citi M and Citibank credit cardholders, shop 3,000 THB and receive “Red Envelope” cash vouchers worth up to 600 THB Today - 31th January.

Citi M and Citibank Credit Cardholders will also receive dining privileges. For every 1,000THB spent on dining in the shopping centre, receive up to 200 THB cash back. Special for M CARD Members, for 2,000 THB purchases or more, receive ten times the M points at Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall and every branch of The Mall.

Witness the Extravagant GLORIOUS BLÚ DRAGON and Receive Rooster Year Medallions To bring out the colourful celebrations of the Chinese New Year, there will be an extravagant show of THE GLORIOUS BLÚ DRAGON, which will be an elaborate dance of the navy blue dragon. (27th - 29th January) There is a CHINESE FOOD FEST, a grand Chinese market that offers a variety of Chinese menu items. As well as the food and sweets in the market,

there will be jewelry, fine china, many Chinese souvenirs, and lifestyle merchandise. The delicious selections and variety of shopping opportunities in this market from 1st February at the Event Port, G Floor, Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall. Everyone is invited, especially the ThaiChinese community to join “BLÚPORT SHOPPING COMPLEX GLORIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017” Today - 28th February at Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall.

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TUESDAYS

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DusitThani Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Every Monday at the restaurant Carvery Night 1,350 THB ++ from 18:30 to 22:00.

THURSDAYS Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Afternoon Tea Monday – Saturday from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Sunday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 399 THB net per person, 599 THB net per couple. Da Mario

Lobster Extravaganza every Tuesday, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.at COAST Beach Club & Bistro Experience “Lobster Extravaganza”, char grilled, poached with butter and mornay style by our Executive Chef Steffen Hoffer. Price: 990++ THB per lobster.

The Taste of Thailand at Pirom. Choose as you like of the most popular Thai and original specialties prepared by our Thai Chef Lek, 890 THB net per person including soft drinks and fresh juices available from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Mexican Fiesta @ Coast Beach Club & Bistro every Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm. Enjoy Mexican Nachos, Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Enchiladas plus a pitcher of Margarita, Mojito or Caipirinha cocktail. Price: 1,250++ THB per couple.

DusitThani Hua Hin

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Gusto etCosy Beach Restaurant Everyday, every pasta 199 THB from 12.00 to 17.00

Pasta Factory at San Marco; 1,450 THB ++, from 18:30 to 22:00.

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Hello; buy one get on free from 4 pm – 7 pm.More information each day, ask at the restaurant.

Hua Hin

La Botte

Culinary Treasures of Japan every Monday, from 7:00 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 more. Price: 1,300++ THB per person

Hyatt Regency

Everyday Buy 1 pizza and get 1 beer free from 12 noon to 1700 hours

Sparkling Wine & Seafood Platterfrom 6:30PM –10:30 PM. Enjoy a selection of seafood specialties and a glass of sparkling wine at a special price of 999 THB net per person.

Spa Promotion: “Light Up Love” Couple Massage Package Discover the healing benefits of candles of myth and legend in Indian treatments going back centuries at Noora Spa.This Noora Spa’s signature treatment, also known as Signature Radiant Massage, uses candles infused by beautiful fragrances and natural, pure gold powder slowly melted to create a healing softness and shine for skin. To celebrate the romantic month, the 90 minute massage is from 9a.m. to 9p.m. daily at only 2,600 THB net per couple only this February.

FRIDAY

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SUNDAYS

Rest Detail Hua Hin

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Putahracsa Hua Hin

Beachcomber BBQ on the beach with international dishes by Executive Chef Riccardo, live cooking stations as well as tempting desserts to the sounds of a pulsing reggae band..

Bubbly seaside brunch every Sunday Seafood Bar with oyster, Alaska king crab, prawns, sushi, foie gras live station, caviar canapé upon arrival, prime roasts and much more. 1,699 THB NET per person including free flow wine, sparkling wine and classic cocktails 2,999 THB net per person including free flow Champagne; Sunday 12:00-15:00 HRS Live Band: “The Voice” Pamela D.

Soak up the night with live jazz music every Friday; Meat Me @ Rest Scene from 6.30 -10 .00 pm. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Reef & Beef every Friday, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Discover the enormous variety of side dishes, tempting appetisers, fresh fish, seafood and prime quality meats, live cooking, beachside atmosphere with live entertainment, price: 1,350++ THB per person

Valentine’s Day 14th February 2017 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. , premium grilled meat and seafood three-course menu including 2 glasses of Prosecco 2,950++ THB per couple or a dinner for two on the beach, including a bottle of Prosecco 9,000++ THB per couple.

Under the moonlight at Azure Bar and enjoy free flow cocktails, beers and wines along with canapés and the cool turns spun by our resident DJ, “DJ Nine”; 899 THB net per person on Friday, 10th February from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Drink Promotion: “Daily Cocktail & Mocktail Happy Hours” Seize the perfect time with sunset ahead of you during daily Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cocktail & Mocktail Happy Hours from 5p.m. – 7p.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) by the fabulous Filipino duo. Open daily from 11AM – 2AM.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Valentine’s Day dinner by the beach. Two delightful settings: on the beach or fireside. Five-course set dinner under a cosy floral cabana includes one bottle of Chandon Rosé with a live violin serenade; 7,999 THB net per couple including one bottle of Chandon Rosé. Available on Tuesday, 14th February from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Putahracsa Hua Hin

Valentines Beach BBQ including Thai Seafood BBQ, Prime Roasts, Oyster on Ice, Ob Oon Desert Selections and live music “The Tiny Band” Tuesday 14th February, 18.30 hrs onwards. 1,599 THB net per person at Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant. PHONE NUMBERS

Rest Detail Hua Hin

: 032 547 733

Gusto et Cosy Beach Restaurant : 096 015 0500

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort :032 616 999

Da Mario Restaurant

: 032 530 170

La Botte

Dusit Thani Hua Hin

:032 520 009

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Baansillapin Huahin Artist Village : 087 047 7125

Putahracsa Hua Hin

:032 531 470

Amari Hua Hin

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa : 032 616 777

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Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

At McFarland House from 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Brunch on a laid-back Sunday; 1,950 THB net per person, free flow house wines, beers and soft drinks. 1,800 THB net per person including a bottle of sparkling wine per two persons, homemade lemonade and iced tea, 1,500 THB net per person including home-made lemonade and iced tea, 750 THB net per child aged 6-12.

Specail Day

PHONE NUMBERS Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Specail Day

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

1,599 THB net per person including soft drinks and fresh juices. Available on Saturday, 25th February from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

: 032 616 600

: 032 655 078

Amari Hua Hin

A romantic candlelit beach set- dinner at Shoreline Beach Club priced at 2,999 THB++ per couple. (Available only on 14 February 2017)


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Sansara Black Mountain For residents of Sansara, the idea that life can get better as they get older is more than just a welcome thought, it’s a distinct possibility. Address: 565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua10% Hin Tel: 02 683 0088 VIP Email: info@sansara.asia Web: www.sansara.asia

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Natee International Law Office

The 160 spacious guest rooms and suites are tastefully furnished, offering spectacular sea views and are thoughtfully designed to ensure guests maximum satisfaction. Address: 222/2 Petchkasem Road , Hua Hin Tel: 032 511 499 Email: info@huahingrand.co.th Web: www.huahingrand.co.th

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Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin

NILO is a full-service law firm providing bi-lingual (Thai and English) legal and paralegal services to clients throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. Address: 788/58 Sea Sand Ville, Petkasem Rd, KM 211, Cha-Am Tel: 032 772 647, 032 772 648 Email: nilo@ksc.th.com Web: www.nateelaw.com

Hua Hin Grand and Plaza Hotel

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...

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RCIM

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

10% VIP

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MahaSamutr Country Club

เปิดสอนหลักสูตรบริหารธุรกิจดุษฎีบณ ั ฑิต และหลักสูตรรัฐประศาสนศาสตรดุษฎีบณ ั ฑิต วิทยาลัยนวัตกรรมการจัดการ มหาวิทยาลัยเทคโนโลยีราชมงคล รัตนโกสินทร์

MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villa will be the first private country club for the town of Hua Hin. Providing a focal point for the community, with a wide-range of sporting, recreational, social and entertainment components.

Tel: 02 441 6067, 088 255 0847 Email: rcim@rmutr.ac.th Web: rcim.rmutr.ac.th

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Address: 70/152-153 Soi 112, Hua Hin Tel: 032 510 314 Email: info@mahasamutr.com Web: www.mahasamutr.com

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True Arena

Saga Tailor Custom Tailor Saga Tailor has been Hua Hin’s favorite custom tailor ร้านตัดชุด ซากา เป็นทีช ่ น ่ื ชอบของผูร้ ก ั การตัดเย็บ 西服裙,西服,外套,礼服均出自华欣最受欢迎的裁缝之手。

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.

Address: 82/1 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 515 373 and 081 831 6267 Email: info@sagatailor.com Web: www.sagatailor.com

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

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My Style Condo Hua Hin

Water Jungle Vana Nava Hua Hin

Beautifully located at the heart of Hua Hin คอนโดสสวยใจกลางเมืองหัวหิน

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...

Address: Huahin 102, 800 meters from Phetkasem Road Tel: 098 891 6551, 099 425 9645, 099 692 5242, 099 441 4152 Email: mystylecondohuahin102@gmail.com Web: www.mystylehuahin.com

65 Slimher Hua Hin

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Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin

Fitness Center, Gym, Weight Loss for Women ... ฟิตเนสเซ็นเตอร์, ห้องออกกำาลังกาย ลดน้าำ หนักสำาหรับผูห ้ ญิง 健身中心,健身房,女性减肥 Address: G Hua Hin Resort & Mall - Shop A205, Hua Hin Tel: 032 900 529 Email: slimherhuahin@gmail.com Web: www.slimherhuahin.com

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

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

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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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Yamsaard Hua Hin School

Black Mountain Golf Club

The Yamsaard Hua Hin School is dedicated to the happiness of all of its students.

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: Soi Hua Hin 94 Bongai 4 Hua Hin Tel: 087 694 6420-1 Email: yamsaard@hotmail.com Web: www.yamsaard.ac.th

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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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Baan Sillapin Artists Village

Springfield Royal Country Club

Art works include woodcarving, clay sculpture, jewelry and costume designing, antique art decorations, photography, watercolour and oil paintings. 艺术作品包括木雕,泥塑,珠宝和服装设计

The golf course designed by a master, Jack Nicklaus. We guaratee the enjoyment on this impressive 27 holes course (Mountain Lake and Valley)

Address: Moo 14 Hinlekfai Subdistrict, Hua Hin Tel: 032 534 830 Email: wanwimol@yahoo.com Web: huahinartistvillage.wordpress.com

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Address: 208 Moo 2, Sampraya, Cha-am, Petchburi 76120 Tel: 032-709-222 Ext.4 Fax: 032 709 233 20% Email: proshop@springfieldresort.com Web: www.springfieldresort.com VIP

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Black Mountain Water Park

Hua Hin Golf Tours

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

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

สไลเดอ, สระว่ายน้าำ , สิง่ อำานวยความสะดวก, อาหารและเครือ ่ งดืม ่ ร้านของทีร่ ะลึก

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

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Hua Hin Carpets

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

Address: 2/136 Naebkehardt Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 530 476 and 032 530 477 Email: info@huahingolf.com Web: www.huahingolf.com

Expert for New fringing, stretching, fixing Strapes behind carpets for hanging purpose, removing stain spoilt by coffee, wine, Rain water, Dog Urine and alsoi Fixing new color on silk & Woolen Carpets & kilims

10% VIP

Address: 760/7 Soi Borkam, Petkasem 212 Km. Rd., Cha-am Tel: 081 893 3938 Email: info@cha-amatvpark.net Web: www.cha-amatvpark.net

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Address: #A7 Villa Market 218/1-4 Petchkasem Road Tel: 032 533 608 Mobile: 081 373 4602 (David) Email: orctl@yahoo.com Web: www.orientalcarpetsthailand.com

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Al Bahr at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Coco 51 Restaurant & Bar

Cuisine: Mediterranean Seafood, Pizza & Pasta, Burger, Party Food, Desserts ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารทะเล, พิซซ่า, พาสต้า, เบอร์เกอร์, ปาร์ตฟ ้ี ู ด ้ , ของหวาน 15% 招牌菜肴&鸡尾酒

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

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

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Address: Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, Soi 51 Tel: 032 515 597 Web: www.coco51.com

Air Space Khao Takiap Hua Hin

Cool Breeze Cafe Bar Hua Hin

Cuisine: Thai, Seafood, Coffee, Drinks, Comfort Food, AllDay Breakfast ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย, อาหารทะเล, กาแฟ, เครือ ่ งดืม ่ , อาหาร เช้า

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

Address: 12/399 Hua Dorn, Nong Kae, Hua Hin, Prachuabkhirikhan 77110 Tel: 063-916-0999 Email: team@airspacehuahin.com Web: www.fb.com/airspacehuahin.com 2

Address: 62 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 062 and 083 317 3152 Email: info@coolbreezecafebar.com Web: www.coolbreezecafebar.com

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

Coral Restaurant & Bar

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

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

20% VIP

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Address: Banyan The Resort, 68/223 Hua Na, Hua Hin Tel: 032 538 888 Web: www.banyanthailand.com

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

Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road (between Soi Hua Hin 83/1-85), Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 15% Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com Facebook: facebook.com/MarrakeshResortandSpa VIP Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 4

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Cuisine: Italian ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น 菜肴: 意大利菜 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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Doi Chaang Coffee

Bakery Terrace Hua-Hin

Pride of Thailand, World Class Speciality Coffee 100% SHB Arabica, open from 8.00 to 21.00 10% 100% 世界顶尖级阿拉伯咖啡, 营业时间: VIP 8:00 -- 21:00

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

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Address: Soi 55, Hua Hin (next to Big C Hua Hin) Tel: 081 774 4669 Web: facebook.com/pages/Doi-Chaang-Caffe-at-Hua-Hin

Cuisine: European, Thai, À la carte Saturday Night Entertainment on the beach front ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 欧洲菜 , 泰国菜

15% VIP

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

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Blu Port Hua Hin Resort Mall

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

Address: 858 Jumnong Poomivej Rd., Cha-Am Tel: 032 709 300 Web: www.springfieldresort.com

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EAST Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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

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

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Cafe Mekong

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

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Greek Taverna Hua Hin

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

Cuisine: Greek, Thai, Vegetarian ประเภทอาหาร: อาห���รกรีซ, อาหารไทย, อาหารมังสวิรต ั ิ 菜肴: 希腊菜, 泰国菜, 斋菜

Address: Petchkasem Road, Soi 94, Hua Hin Tel: 032 532 833, 081 857 5301 Email: coco51bythesea@gmail.com Web: www.mekongcafehuahin.com

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

ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารเม็กซิกน ั , พิชซ่า, อาหารไทย, อาหารเวียดนาม

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COAST Beach Club & Bistro

20% VIP

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Gusto Et Cosy Beach Restaurant

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

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

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

10% VIP

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Hua Hin Hills Bisto and Wine Cellar

Coca Restaurant Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai, Comfort Food ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารเอเชีย, อาหารจีน, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 亚洲菜, 中国菜, 泰国菜

Cuisine: Italian, European, Wine Bar ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น, อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 意大利菜, 欧洲菜, 红酒馆

Address: G Floor, BlúPort Hua Hin Resort Mall, Petchkasem Rd. Tel: 032 908 369 Web: www.coca.com

Address: Khomphat Building, 2 floors, Hua Hin Tel: 032 511 496 Email: info@huahinhills.com Web: www.huahinhills.com

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Emotion at Springfield @ Sea Resort & Spa

Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

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

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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Bakery Shop at Marrakesh Resort & Spa

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

On The Rocks Bar at Cape Nidhra

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

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

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

Address: 97/2 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 600 Email: reservations@capenidhra.com Web: www.capenidhra.com/rocks_bar.php

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La Birra Hua Hin

Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

Address: 155/7 Moo Baan Takieb Road, Hua Hin Tel: 084 567 6989 Email: labirra_huahin@hotmail.co.th Web: www.facebook.com/Labirra2012

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

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

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

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Le Bar Hua Hin We’re just right across the way from Burger King on Poonsuk Road. Great for couples, romance, a calm and refined spot to relax in a beautiful atmosphere with wine in mind. Address: 12/3 Poonsuk Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 318 Email: lebar.wine@gmail.com Web: www.lebarhuahin.com

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Rest Scene at Rest Detail Hotel Cuisine: Thai, Mediterranean ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน 菜肴: 泰国菜, 地中海菜

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Address: 174/16 Soi 80, Amphoe Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 733 Email: rest@restdetailhotel.com Web: restdetailhotel.com/restscene.html

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Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 泰国菜 Address: 43/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 520 250 Email: huahin@anantara.com Web: www.anantara.com

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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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Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜 Address: Hyatt Hotel 91 Hua Hin - Khao Takiap Road Hua Hin Tel: 03 252 1234 Email: huahin.regency@hyatt.com Web: huahin.regency.hyatt.com

Mozza Mia

The Garden Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Cuisine: Burrata, Cold cuts, Fresh and hard cheese, Wine, Italian coffee and Croissants no Service Charge ประเภทอาหาร: ชีส บูราโต้ทข ่ี น ้ึ ชือ ่ และเป็นแห่งแรกในเมืองไทย 菜肴: 红酒, 意大利咖啡, 羊角面包 Address: G Mall, Shop A106, Soi 94 Phetkasem Tel: 032 900 250 Email: mozzamiabkk@gmail.com Web: facebook.com/MozzaMiaHuaHin/

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Ocean Front Restaurant Baan Laksasubha Resort Hua Hin

Address: 53/7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 514 525-3 Email: bk@baanlaksasubha.com Web: www.laksasubhahuahin.com

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Talay Thai Restaurant & Bar, Hyatt Regency

Address: 8/4 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin 5% Tel: 032 512 250 and 081 852 2136 VIP Email: claudio.mammamia@gmail.com Web: facebook.com/pages/Mamma-Mia-Cucina-Italiana-Pizza27

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

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

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

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Shoreline Beach Club

Lotus Villas Restaurant

Address: Tab Tai, Soi 112, Hua Hin Tel: 032 510 106 & 081 943 1732 Email: reception@blacklotus.asia Web: lotushuahin.com

Address: 264/2 Ruamchit Road, Cha-Am South Soi 5 Tel: 032 472 641-2 Email: info@rayaresortchaam.com Web: www.rayaresortchaam.com

Rim Nam at Anantara Hua Hin

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Address: 245/11-12 Narathyip Road Cha-Am Tel: 032 470 205 Email: aunsbaguettes@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/LoveBreadChaam/ (Love Bread Chaam)

Cuisine: International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 国际菜

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Raya Restaurant

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

Love Bread

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Cuisine: Pizza, European, Thai, Pasta ประเภทอาหาร: พิชซ่า, อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 菜肴: 披萨, 西餐, 泰国菜, 意大利面 Address: 174/16 Soi 80, Amphoe Hua Hin Tel: 032 908 680 Email: thegarden.resto.lounge@gmail.com Web: www.thegardenrestolounge.com

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Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin

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Cuisine: Thai, International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย, อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 泰国菜, 国际菜 Address: 63/39 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 039 Email: info@vvillashuahin.com Web: www.vvillashuahin.com

Oceanside Beach Club Restaurant

White Lotus Restaurant at Hilton Hua Hin

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

Cuisine: Chinese ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารจีน 菜肴: 中国菜

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

Address: 33 Naresdamri Road, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Tel: 032 538 999 Email: hua-hin@hilton.com Web: www.huahin.hilton.com

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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

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

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

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Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani

Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Massage Oil, Body Treatments, Water Treatments ... นวดน้าำ มัน, นวดบำาบัดร่างกาย, กายภาพบำาบัดในน้าำ ... 按摩油,全身护理,水疗

A total of 43 hospitals throughout Thailand & Cambodia รวม 43 โรงพยาบาลทัว ่ ประเทศไทยและประเทศกัมพูชา 43家医院遍布泰国和柬埔寨 Address: 888 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 800 or 1719 (local calls only) Email: huahin@bangkokhospital.com Web: www.bangkokhospital.com/huahin/en/

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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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Boonthavorn Hua Hin

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

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

Open Daily: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Tel: 032 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: novotelhuahin.com/inbalance-by-novotel/inbalance-spa/

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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

Noora Spa at Marrakesh Resort & Spa

Camp Palapon

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

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

VIP Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Email: nooraspa@marrakeshresortandspa.com Tel: 032 616 777 Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 44

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Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Fit Station

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

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

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

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Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

Health Lab Hua Hin

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

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

Plants, from tranquil massages to luxurious facials.

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

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am · Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.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

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

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Bliss Bakery & Coffee House

Beautiful World

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

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

Address: 178/221 Soi Hua Hin 82, Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 098 712 8368 Web: www.facebook.com/blisshuahin82

Address: Showroom & Office, 17/63-64 Baan Bor Fai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 520 639 Email: info@beautifulworldhuahin.com Web: www.beautifulworldthailand.com

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Hua Hin Bakery

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 63/15-16 Chomsin Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 503 Email: sales@huahinbakery.com Web: www.huahinbakery.com

Address: 91 Hua Hin Takiap Road Nong Kae, Hua Thanon 3 Tel: 032 521 234 Email: huahin.regency@hyatt.com Web: www.huahin.regency.hyatt.com

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Ford Jor. Charoen Prachuabkirikhan

HH Home Living

Ford Car Service Center Hua Hin

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

Address: 6/143 Soi MooBaan Borphai, Petchkasem Rd, Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 367 Email: info.fordjorcharoen@gmail.com Web: www.ford.co.th/en/

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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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11 55 Street Food Shines in Hua Hin

The term ‘street food’ is synonymous with Thailand. In Hua Hin, renowned for its fresh seafood and laid back lifestyle, there lies a hidden world of sensory street food delights tucked in and around the city streets. When Chinese immigrants came to Thailand, they brought with them a wide variety of cooking techniques and ingredients. There were many new flavours to experience, flavours which the Thais have now adopted. These Chinese immigrants also brought with them hawkers, people who could walk and sell food anywhere. Eventually these sellers moved from baskets that swung off a bamboo poles to mobile carts. The mobile food cart is the Thai version of the current food craze sweeping the world; food trucks. It is nothing new here and goes a long way to explaining why Thai street food has been rated some of the best in the world! In Hua Hin, the early morning vendors start preparing for the breakfast crowd before dawn. Hungry customers are after everything from Jok, a Chinese-style rice congee, to fried doughnuts, Pa Thong Go, or steamed coconut cakes, Kanom Krok. You can queue up for these on the corner of Naebkhehardt & Dechanuchit Roads, grab a traditional Thai coffee - Café Boran and watch the sunrise. Sizzling pork skewers Moo Bing with sticky rice can also awaken the taste buds to start the day. Throughout the day you will find vendors selling everything from Som Dtam, the now famous green papaya salad, to fabulous deep fried chicken, Gai Tod or Thai sausages, Sai Ua and Sai Grok. These vendors will come and go around the town. If they sell out, their day is over. Around the Chat Chai Market there is always something to be found. From freshly cooked meats, a sour and spicy salad of Yam Naem, or taste a Royal Thai snack in Khao Chae.

But at night, the street food transforms into mobile kitchens where cooks fire up their woks. More commonly called Dtam Sang in Thai, this is Thailand’s version of À la Carte. These cooks can cook anything to your taste, having repertoires of 100+ dishes. No À la Carte restaurant around the world would be able to do this, but on the streets in Thailand, it is entirely possible. Small vendors pop up on the curbside, vendors make noodles or oyster omelets, or you could take that all in at Baan Khun Por, where permanent vendors compete for the hungry hoards. Someone who is constantly seeking out new or visiting trusted street food vendors is Leigh Higgins, General Manager of Feast

Thailand Food Tours. “Hua Hin represents what is good about Thai Street Food. The vendors here take pride in their food. It’s the reason why we started our food our company here in Hua Hin. It’s a taste sensation. I love seeing street cooks tasting their food to ensure it is the authentic, 5 star flavours of the streets. We also love showing travelers how to navigate street food on our Food Tours- we have insider knowledge from our local Thai Tour Guides” “There is always the fear of getting sick or not knowing how or what to order. These open air kitchens allow you to see how food is prepared, which is an advantage if you are concerned about food hygiene” Leigh says.

So when you are next hungry or wanting to experience Hua Hin street food, follow Leigh’s 5 tips for choosing a great street food vendor: 1. Look for the crowds of Thai people either queuing or eating – the ‘locals’ know! 2. Follow local meal times – when the food is cooked fresh 3. Look at how the vendor is handling the food 4. Look for clean and tidy food stations 5. Trust your instincts Feast Thailand Food Tours Contact +66 32 510 207 or info@feastthailand.com www.feastthailand.com

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56 12 Four Hua Hin Restaurants Much Favored by King Bhumibol The Klai Kangwon Royal Residence was a place where His Majesty King Bhumibol frequently visited and had long stays. If special occasions took place while His Majesty was staying there, he usually asked local restaurateurs in Hua Hin to cook for distinguished guests. Surprisingly, these are not as luxurious as we may think. They are locally known for savory and well prepared dishes. All the restaurants’ owners said that, if His Majesty did not asked them to cook at the Royal Residence, their places would be unknown toh Thai and foreign visitors.

The first restaurant is well known for traditionally made coconut jelly in a banana cup. Its name is Benjaphong and is located in an old house almost 100 years old next to Jek Pia Restaurant. Owned by a 74-year-old woman named Jariya Benjaphong, the restaurant does not sell much now. However, visitors still go there to taste coconut jelly, the dish once liked so much that Majesty King Bhumibol asked the owner to make up to 3,000 pieces of for the Royal Residence in one day. Mrs. Jariya said that she was very glad that His Majesty wanted to have her dessert at the dinner table. Her restaurant is very small and locally known but Mrs. Jariya still feels that His Majesty is with her every day.

The second restaurant provided Chinese styled buns. Known as Joy Salapao, the restaurant is located on Chom Sin Road at the corner of the intersection to the Hua Hin fishing pier. This restaurant is famous thanks to its good quality and savory food. Formerly a bakery, the restaurant was asked to provide Chinese buns to the King for a long time. According to the owner of the restaurant, most of the food prepared by local Hua Hin people was served to officials and very important people who work or pay a visit to the King. FOOD & Entertainment, February 2017 FOOD & Entertainment, February 2017

The third favoured restaurant is Je Din Boat Noodle, formerly named, Kuay Khuang Seng. The restaurant has been open for over a hundred year. Now managed by the third generation of the owner, the restaurant is situated on Soi 55/2 oppositeChatchai Market. According to the present owners Mr. Wirat Choksuchart and Mrs. Phakawan Nuamphanied, the restaurant initially provided drinks and ice to the Royal Residence 40 years ago. In 1996, the officers of the Royal Residence asked for noodles with meatball from the restaurant. The restaurant has provided noodles to the Royal Residence until 2013. When His Majesty visited Had Sai Yai and Khao Tao, the restaurant was often asked to cook for the King. Because the restaurant carefully prepares dishes to the King and the officers at the Royal Palace, it is one of the King’s favorite restaurants. When His Majesty stayed in Hua Hin, the restaurant once provided him a specially prepared noodle. The King then asked the officers to receive the noodle personally on his behalf. The noodle was put in a silver box provided by the King himself.

The last restaurant belongs to Police Sub Lt. Suphot Sanguanphong, the son of Mr. Dam who sells Thai styled green jelly in coconut milk. Located on Chom Sin Road, the restaurant provided its specialty to the King in 1965. Very excited but happy, the owner and his family members spent all day making the jelly for the King. PoliceSub Lt. Suphot said that his father told him about His Majesty. When he saw the ice grinding machine his father made himself, the King was surprised because the machine is not electronic. That was the first time His Majesty had conversation with the family.


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58 14 Vegemite Safely Back in Australian Hands! Vegemite, the salty, brown spread beloved in Australia, is going home, purchased by an Australian dairy company from the maker of Oreos. Great news for Australians on the eve of Australia Day; January 26th.

Vegemite’s homecoming was applauded by Australians on social media too amid a climate of renewed vigour for Australian assets to be in local hands. A byproduct of brewing beer, Vegemite was introduced in the 1920s and is an Australian household staple. While the British favourite Marmite has a presence in the yeast-based spreads market in Australia, it is Vegemite that dominates it, with over 300,000 jars produced each day. During World War II the Armed Forces were buying Vegemite spread in bulk, due to the product’s nutritional value. The company had to ration the spread on a per capita basis across Australia in order to meet the demand. 

Mondelez International Inc said was selling   Vegemite and other Australian and New Zealand grocery products to Bega Cheese in a deal worth about US $345.3 million (A$460 million). The sale was welcomed by many Australians who complain that iconic Down Under brands, including Foster’s beer and Speedo swimwear, have been sold to foreign companies.  Vegemite is and Australian household staple. Those who haven’t been brought up on the spread, long marketed as a rich source of Vitamin B and ideal for healthy children, often find it a difficult taste to acquire. Past President Obama once said: “It’s horrible.’’ Australians abroad commonly bemoan how difficult Vegemite is to find outside their country. The wonderful heritage and values that Vegemite represents and its importance to Australian culture makes its combination with Bega Cheese truly exciting,’’ Bega CEO Irvin said. “This is the best news I’ve heard for a long time,” Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “To bring Vegemite back into Australian hands after over 60 years of it being in American hands.”

For non-Australians, the mention of “a Vegemite sandwich’’ in the Australian band Men at Work’s 1983 hit song “Down Under” may be their only exposure to the stuff. Not so back home, where it can be found in 90% of Australian households. Australians overseas may find it hard to get their customary Vegemite supplies. It’s carried in the suitcases and backpacks of Australian travellers, as a small reminder, and a small taste, of home. An Australian Prime Minister once said more Australians know the lyrics of a Vegemite advertising jingle written in 1954, than the words to the Australian national anthem.

“We’re Happy Little Vegemites As bright as bright can be We all enjoy our Vegemite For breakfast, lunch, and tea Our mummies say we’re growing stronger Every single week Because we love our Vegemite We all adore our Vegemite It puts a rose in every cheek”

Some Valentines

Kids’ Snacks

Valentine Robot Snacks for Kids to

Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means its time to start bringing in snacks for kids classroom parties! H e re a re s o m e awesome robots that you can make out of a juice box and other goodies! You can even make these for other occasions too such as birthday parties! For a healthier alternative use little raisin boxes for the feet, organic juice boxes and applesauce for the head!

Valentines Day Apples

Valentines Day is coming up!  Last year I showed you a cute way to make use of your heart shaped cookie cutter in this Valentines Day Snack.  This year, I have more cute little treats coming up for you soon, but first I’d like to show you a healthy Valentines Day snack.

Valentine Snack Mix

We love a good snack mix!  This Valentine Snack Mix is a sweet treat that is just healthy enough that you can feel good about giving it to your kids.  A little chocolate never hurt anyone, right?

Sweet & Salty Popcorn

You love sweet. He loves salty. If only there were  an easy  Valentine’s snack recipe to please you both. Oh wait there is ;)! It’s called a delicious  Melt Your  Heart Valentine’s Popcorn  recipe that combines both sweet and salty flavors for a romantically delicious treat you can both enjoy while you snuggle up to view your favorite movie.

Valentine’s Day Movie Memories

Most of us love to watch romantic movies with our loved ones. When it deeply touched our hearts, we usually end up remembering those sweet lines said by the characters of the story. Here’s a collection of romantic catchphrases and quotes about love that might inspire you on Valentine’s Day this year.

Titanic “You must do me this honour, Rose. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.”

Sleepless in Seattle “Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.”

West Side Story “I love him, I’m his and everything he is…I am, too. I love him, we’re one. There’s nothing to be done. Not a thing I can do but hold him, hold him forever. Be with him now, tomorrow, and all my life…”

Forget Paris

When Harry Met Sally “I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” FOOD & Entertainment, February 2017

“ W h e n yo u l ove someone, and you’ve done all you can do, you set them free. And if that love was true… when you love someone, it will all come back to you.”

The Phantom Of The Opera “Say you’ll share with me one love, one lifetime. Lead me, save me from my solitude. Say you want me with you, here beside you. Anywhere you go, let me go, too. Love me, that’s all I ask of you.”


15 59 Bakery Terrace Hua Hin; Where Family & Friends Get Together

Hua Hin’s Bakery Terrace is renowned for home baked sweet delights, Khun Dang (Unchalee Wongkhalaung) takes care of that part of the business. She’s the real baker with more than 20 years’ experience. But there’s much more to then Bakery Terrace than that! Khun Lek (Apivan Wongkhalaung) is Khun Dang’s sister and she is in charge of the kitchen. That means breakfasts, lunches and especially Thai food is on offer from eight AM every day. But there’s also much more to the Bakery Terrace than that. I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was heading to the Bakery Terrace and the reaction was immediate. “That’s my favourite place for dinner” she said. They really need to let people know that this is a great place to head for a casual meal. It’s not just a bakery, the food is so good and the prices are so reasonable.” That sort of recommendation is always the best way to discover new places to eat. The extensive menu certainly offers all the Thai favourites you would expect with seafood specialties but casual and simple European items are also there to ensure that no one will be disappointed.

surrounded by quirky artwork and colorful displays courtesy of Khun Dang’s daughter who is now studying graphic art at UCLA in the USA. The surrounds are bound to be a conversation starter, adding a unique character and style to any gathering. Families can relax knowing kids don’t have to sit still if they become restless. There are outside grassed areas to explore as well as games to play. The young ones will enjoy the experience as much as the rest of the family. Entertaining the family away from home can be an expensive exercise but not at Bakery Terrace. A catered occasion with a selection of five different dishes can be arranged for a more than reasonable 250 - 300 THB per person. You can expand the range or just choose finger food; it’s always up to you. But don’t forget the sweet options to allow Khun Dang the opportunity to demonstrate her particular skills. If the occasion calls for a special cake (or cakes), Bakery Terrace can custom make all shapes and sizes for your design to grace celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries and the like. There’s a culinary artist in the family who creates decorative cake ‘portraits’ to order; unique 3 D presentations. Your own cupcake design can also be made to order for either in-house or to take away and surprise guests at home.

However one of the most popular ways that diners get to know the delights of the Bakery Terrace is when they are a part of a group, maybe at a family gathering or corporate occasion. This is because apart from the cuisine, a private area can be booked, either indoors or on the external terrace within a restful garden setting. The surrounds are unlike a resort or five star restaurant; so much more relaxed. You’ll be

Bakery Terrace Family Restaurant combines the best ingredients of atmosphere, visual attractions and individuality as an alternative to the mainstream. This is the place for your family and friends to adopt as a ‘home away from home.’ Where: Soi 37 is alongside Golden Place. Bakery Terrace is 100 metres down the soi away from Phetchakasim Road. It has easy access with door front parking. Open: Everyday 8 AM to 9 PM, or later by arrangement. Contact: Phone 09 9251 1312 Website: www.bakeryterrace.com.

Muay Thai in Cha-Am the ‘Battle at the Beach’ The Cha-Am Viewpoint is an ideal venue for Muay Thai boxing but it’s rarely on show. On Saturday 4th February the first Cha-Am Muay Thai ‘Battle at the Beach’ will feature 9 great fights under the stars and only metres from the beach.

Combatants include Dutch, Belgians and Italians and other foreign nationalities battling Thai fighters, both local and from other Provinces with a large Pattaya contingent. A special VIP guest will be Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee a current World Champion; he’s an international legend of Muay Thai. This will be a charity event with regional mentally disabled children as the beneficiaries.

The event guarantees to produce plenty of fierce action. The spectacle of Muay Thai is a combination of Thai culture, sporting prowess and live combat, a must see experience for visitors to Thailand. Battle on the Beach Cha-Am Viewpoint: Narathip Road junction with the Beach Road, Cha-Am. Saturday 4th February, from 8.30 PM VIP Seats available: For more information and reservations, phone 086 3188440 (English) or 08 33114473 (Thai) FOOD & Entertainment, February 2017


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