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February 2018

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From the General Manager Everyone knows that the digital age has well and truly arrived, however foreigners who live in Hua Hin remain avid readers of the paper copy. However we know that digital media also works. Hua Hin Today created a Facebook page many years ago as well as an informative website. These online facilities became another way for our advertisers to promote their businesses without additional expense as well for us to publish the latest news and versions of the monthly newspaper online. To maximise this digital presence, we recently completed a review of our website and have made significant improvements. We are confident that is now the most user-friendly and informative website around. Our Facebook page has also had an update with more frequent postings. Being at the forefront of the English language media in Hua Hin for 14 years doesn’t mean ‘resting on our laurels’ or being complacent in any way. Continual improvement is our aim to provide the best way to be of service to the community. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. This month Chinese New Year almost coincides with Valentine’s Day; a time for the many Chinese lovers of the world (and others) to rejoice. A real taste of this festivity will be a traditional Lion Dance in front of the InterContinental Hotel on the morning of Friday 16th February. It’s bound to be a colorful, entertaining and noisy occasion with spectators very welcome. Finally a Valentine’s Day quote from an unknown author: “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon!” Visa GM

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4 The Military Moves to Resolve Hua Hin Garbage Problems The Internal Security Operations Command has become involved in a long-standing administrative dispute over the management of waste which local government officials have been unable to resolve.

The Hua Hin municipality and the Thab Tai administration have been in conflict over dumping at Thab Tai which has resulted in a lawsuit and an order to improve the area with a budget of 33 million THB. Major General Phadung Yingpaiboon, a director of The Internal Security Operations Command has investigated the conflict and has been assisted by Ms. Pailin Kongpun, the deputy mayor of Hua Hin. An inspection was made of the area where there has been a garbage dump used by the Hua Hin Municipality. The Thab Tai sub-district was formed in recent yearas and took over administration of this area. Last year protesters said they had put up with the stench from a gigantic mountain of trash, as well as other problems, since the dump opened 22 years ago. Each year the waste mountain grows taller and putrid liquid seeps into natural water sources, contaminating their crops. The Hua Hin Municipality is responsible for environmental problems in the area, such as the smell of solid waste and waste that comes after the rain when waste flows into canals adjoining farming grounds. The municipality has a budget of 33 million THB from the Pollution Control Department to improve and solve the problem and to transport waste to Pranburi near the Fort Thanarat Thai Army base. The municipality has received the budget to resolve the problem with a duty to provide urgent solutions. However administrators of the Thab Tai Administrative Authority remain dissatisfied and sued the municipality of Hua Hin and a transport company for allegedly using the area without permission. The area is closed with no one allowed to bring any waste into the area. The issue is that waste water from the garbage remains a real problem with the area being unable to be used as well as unauthorised use of land. The provincial governor established a committee to resolve the conflict and manage improvement of the environment. The committee called on both sides to talk and to agree on a compromise. However without a resolution the National Security Agency will now manage the situation and report to the Prime Minister’s office. Major General Phadung says similar problems exist in other regions of Thailand such as Nakhon Si Thammarat,

Chumphon as well as Hua Hin. He believes that a solution involving the private sector is required with the operation of a garbage processing plant producing electricity and fertilizers. This will enable benefits to be shared and the problem resolved. Phupung also said that the construction of a garbage processing plant is required due to the large amount of waste. Many developed countries as well as Phuket in Thailand, have garbage processing plants. “I think it’s time for our country to make an urgent move to build garbage processing plants. We have many waste disposal problems and the use of landfills causes many problems as we already know. Now the problem of garbage is a big problem in every province. The Prime Minister sees this as a big issue and the person who is directly responsible is the Governor of the province.

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6 The Best Curtains & Soft Furnishings in Hua Hin; Not Just a Matter of Luck

A question we often ask when completing a personal profile is ‘where do you like to eat?’ Our delightful lunch with John Micchia, or ‘Lucky’ as most people know him, was at his favourite restaurant just down the road from IC CURTAINS in Soi 112, the Zebwer Restaurant with one of his favorite meals, real Cod and Chips on the menu. Another obvious question for John was about that nickname ‘Lucky’. He blames his daughter who witnessed his first and last attempt at parasailing some years ago in Phuket. “Lucky to be alive”, is what daughter Nichole had to say about that once-only venture; ……………………………… and it stuck! After arriving in Australia at just 14 year of age Lucky has lived most of his life around Melbourne although he remains a frequent visitor to southern Italy, where he was born and where his ancestral home still remains today. To a trained ear there’s a hint of an Italian accent to his English speech as Lucky also still speaks fluent Italian. His first venture into the ‘fabric business’ was very different to the refined and fashionable curtain products of today; supplying the military with sturdy products (tents and the like) manufactured primarily from canvas. After being drawn to the warm weather in Thailand almost 20 years ago (it does get cold in Melbourne!) and before opening IC Curtains Hua Hin in March 2017, Lucky was already well established in the curtain business in Phuket. He started the very successful Island Curtains there over 16 years ago. Th a t b u s i n e ss b o a st s m a ny hotels, villas, resorts, residential homes, restaurants and other commercial outlets amongst its customers. As a ‘sister business’ the well established Island Curtains is now operated by his daughter Nichole and son Shayne who add a fresh and youthful perspective to Lucky’s many years of experience. Over the years Lucky has been a regular visitor to Hua Hin and has made many friends here and this helped prompt his decision to expand his already successful Phuket business into Hua Hin; he’s happy to say he doesn’t miss the

Phuket traffic but admits to missing the fishing. Lucky has over 45 years curtain and fabrics industry experience and over 60 years in service and retail industries so he really understands the level of customer service needed to keep clients happy. IC Curtains also provides Upholstery, Awnings, Carpets, Cushions, Sofas and Feature Rugs for private homes, building projects or commercial premises. So receiving the best advice, products and service shouldn’t be just a matter of luck, just ask Lucky at

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8 Jazz Festival Trumpeter Releases Tributes to the Late King Bhumibol

British jazz musician Stuart Hawkins, an aficionado of the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival, has released musical tributes to H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej ahead of this year’s 18th - 20th May Event.

Proceeds from sales of Stuart Hawkins’ newly released single, “Love at Sundown”, and debut jazz album “And What If I Don’t” will support the Water Foundation of Thailand (Utokapat Foundation) under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the King. Composed in 1946, “Love at Sundown” was the first song in King Bhumibol’s prolific musical repertoire to be released to the public and was an instant hit. This uplifting new tribute rendition brings a foot-tapping New Orleans feel to the song featuring Hawkins on trumpet and flugelhorn. Known for his bluesy, funky sound, Stuart began playing the trumpet at the age of nine. He is Australian born but grew up in Hong Kong and as a teenager became passionate about jazz and blues music. After high school, he moved to England, where he was a soloist with the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and played in groups alongside some of the top young jazz musicians in England.

Stuart has lived in Thailand for the last eleven years. He has played at venues across Thailand and Asia and performed with many leading Thai music artists including the popular jazz saxophonist, educator and producer Koh Mr Saxman and acclaimed pianist, composer and producer Neung Jakkawal. “It’s been a privilege to live in Thailand for over a decade and I join the Thai people in remembering and paying tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyajej,” said Hawkins. “Through this project and with this great band I wanted to celebrate and pay tribute to the extraordinary legacy of Thailand’s beloved ‘Jazz King’ and ‘Development King’. Looking forward to a return to Hua Hin this year, Stuart told Hua Hin Today; “The Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is a highlight of the annual music calendar. I first performed in 2010 with the incredible Thai pianist Neung Jakkawal.

Last year I performed with European jazz diva Malene Mortensen and Koh Saxman’s band. It’s a wonderful festival with a great atmosphere.” Stuart has also provided bank account details of the Utokapat Foundation and hopes our readers can make donations. The Foundation was set up in 2011 with initial endowment capital from H.M. the late King. The Foundation’s vision and approach follows H.M. the late King’s initiatives on community water resource management in order to improve drought and flood resilience and strengthen livelihoods and economic development.

For more information about Stuart Hawkins; visit: stuarthawkinsmusic. The album “And What If I Don’t” can be bought or streamed at: https://umusicth. The single “Love at Sundown” can be bought or streamed at: https:// For more information on the Utokapat Foundation, visit: Bank details for the Utokapat Foundation: Siam Commercial Bank Co. Ltd; a/c number 067-216420-6

The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love but although no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the celebration, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them. From February 13th to 15th the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, and then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile. The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women then be coupled up for the HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

duration of the festival or longer, if the match was right. The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on February 14th of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine’s Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, “It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love.”

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Betong Airport Expected to be Completed Next Year When it is completed next year, Betong international airport in Yala will be the catalyst for change which will turn this southernmost district in the restive Deep South to become a tourism and logistic hub for the border region.

Travelling between Betong and other destinations as well transportation of goods to and out of the district which are hampered by the southern unrest will be more convenient and safer, according to Yala Chamber of Commerce. The airport which was originally designed to have a runway of 1,800 metres long will be extended by another 300-400 metres so it will be able to accommodate larger planes. Construction is now undertaken by Naowarat Pattanakarn Company on 920 rai land plot in Tambon Yarom.  A budget of 1,900 million THB has been allocated for the project. The Yala Chamber of Commerce has also proposed that a tunnel be cut through a mountain in Tambon Normaror which will shorten the distance from Betong to Yala township by about 20 kilometres. Kantapong Limkanchana, president of Yala Chamber of Commerce, said that the international airport would boost the economy in the district while the tunnel

project estimated to cost about one billion THB would facilitate travel between Betong and Yala and beyond. As Yala province is endowed with natural beauty and pristine natural resources, Mr Kantapong said the chamber would propose the government to develop the province’s tourism and to ease some restrictions which discourage investors from investing in the province. About 250,000 tourists visit Betong each year, bringing about 1.5 billion THB in revenue. Border trade through the district is estimated at about 4 billion THB a year. Thai PBS HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

10 Drone Registration Reminder Over 4 Million Visitors Penalties Now Apply to the Royal Crematorium

Over four million people have visited the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang during the two-month-long exhibition on the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The subcommittee in charge of the Royal Cremation exhibition reported that until the last day of the exhibition on December 31st, a total of 4,000,086 people have visited the Royal Crematorium when it opened to the public for 60 days from November 2nd.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the Royal Crematorium of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be relocated to Pathum Thani to become part of a permanent exhibition hall to honour the late monarch. Some of the structures will be relocated from Sanam Luang to Pathum Thani for the construction of a permanent exhibition hall to commemorate the late King which will take about two years to complete. THAI PBS

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has reminded drone owners that their aerial devices needed to be registered by 9th January, as the use of unregistered drones will result in a maximum of five years in prison. The NBTC previously issued a regulation requiring all drone owners to register their device during a 90-day period starting from 11 October 2017. Registration can be made at any NBTC offices or police stations. The use of unregistered drones is now considered a violation of the radio telecommunications law, with a maximum 100,000 THB fine, or a maximum of five years in jail or both. The NBTC secretary-general reassured the new regulation was meant to maintain public order and national security, adding that the general public who have questions can call 1200 or 0 2670 8888 for more information.

Tourists Leave Garbage Behind After New Year Holidays Tourists have left behind more garbage at New Year holiday destinations this year according to the Hua Hin municipality.

Moves Against Tax Liability Avoidance

The Cabinet has approved a draft bill aimed at preventing the transfer of assets and profits for the purpose of avoiding tax liabilities.

Also approved were proposals requiring that juristic persons with interconnected transactions of more than 30 million THB a year send the authorities a clarification report and a tax waiver that will benefit foreign disabled people who earn no more than 190,000 THB a year. Nattaporn Jatusripitak, a spokesman for the Deputy Prime Minister for Economics, said that the Cabinet also agreed on a draft bill for an amendment to the transfer pricing law. The draft bill requires that companies or registered partnerships that have relationships must prepare reports that disclose the details of these relationship as well as the interconnected transactions in each accounting period as determined by the Revenue Department’s director-general.

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The reports must be delivered as scheduled. An authorised appraiser may file a report involving analysis of reported transactions to the companies or registered partnerships within five years. These corporations will be fined no more than 200,000 THB if they do not deliver the reports as scheduled or submit incomplete reports, documentation or other key evidence. Those with interconnected transactions of no more than 30 million THB per year will be exempt from the reporting. “The amendment to this legislation aims to prevent the transfer of assets and profits to an enterprise with less income or the transfer of assets overseas, or so-called transfer pricing for tax avoidance.  Asset transfers for tax avoidance is called the use of tax havens. This move is in line with international principles, as has been done in other countries, does not affect investments in Thailand,” Nattaporn said.  The exemption of personal income tax for foreign disabled people aged no more than 65 on annual income of no more than 190,000 THB had been proposed by the Ministry of Finance (MOF). This move came after a complaint from National Human Rights Commission of Thailand to the MOF.  According to the MOF, this measure applies the same principles of its 1966 ministerial regulation proposing an exemption for Thai disabled persons aged no more than 65 old on annual income of no more than 90,000 THB.

Garbage was left behind in major tourist destinations as tourists returned home after New Year long holidays. The municipality has reported that the amount of garbage left behind by visitors has increased sharply during this year’s festive holidays, causing environmental problems. Hua Hin Municipality reported a 40 tonnes per day increase in the volume of garbage during the holiday period compared to the normal collection. Garbage reached a whopping 200 tonnes per day, up from the average 160 tonnes. The permanent secretary of Hua Hin Municipality, Jirawat

Phrammanee, said that local authorities were trying hard to keep the resort town clean, as Hua Hin is a main attraction for both domestic and international tourists. Jirawat said the local authorities hired a private company to collect the garbage around the city three times per day, every day, to keep the city clean. Collected waste was buried at the landfill in nearby Pranburi District. He said that the amount of garbage in Hua Hin is increasing every year, reflecting the increasing municipal population and the growth of tourism and business.

367,000 CCTV Cameras to be Connected by 2019

The Ministry of Defense is determined to link 367,000 closed circuit cameras across Thailand by 2019 for national security and public safety. Ministry of Defense Spokesperson Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said the government will join hands with private organisations to connect more than 367,000 surveillance cameras, both working on analog and digital systems. He said Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan had asked responsible units to repair all broken cameras and formed two working committees tasked with accelerating the connection of surveillance camera network and managing CCTV data and storage. Kongcheep added that tax incentives will be rolled out to motivate private firms to install more surveillance cameras, whereas the Ministry of Interior has been assigned to add more CCTV cameras at border crossings in 27 provinces.

Software that connects analog and digital cameras has been developed and will be tested in four pilot cities – Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Nakhon Sawan. - NNT


Hua Hin Commemorates Pone Kingpetch

With Special Boxing Events There will be a memorable event to celebrate the great champion Pone Kingpetch from 15th to 18th May at Pone Kingpetch Park featuring Muay Thai boxing.

On May 15th a men’s Muay-Thai boxing contest will be held with eight boxing matches from 19:00 to 22:00. On May 16th a women’s Muay Thai boxing contest will be held with eight boxing matches from 19:00 - 22:00. For May 16-17, 2018 will start at 19.0022.00 with eight Thai boxing matches Who is Pone Kingpetch? Pone Kingpetch, also known as Mana Seedokbuab, was a professional Thai boxer and three time world flyweight champion. He became Thailand’s first world boxing champion on April 16th 1960 when he defeated Pascual Pérez of Argentina at Lumphini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok for the world flyweight championship. He later lost the title to Fighting Harada of Japan on October 10th, 1962. Pone Kingpetch regained the world championship after defeating Harada on January 12th, 1963 before losing it to Hiroyuki Ebihara. He won the title for the last time when he defeated Ebihara on January 23rd, 1964

before losing the flyweight championship to Salvatore Burruni. Kingpetch retired in 1966 and died on March 31st, 1982 at the age of 47. Pone Kingpetch Square is located next to Hua Hin Waterworks Office. HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

12 Flooding Predicted in 2018 as La Niña Heads for Thailand Similar weather conditions to those that occurred during Thailand’s second most severe flooding in 1995 is predicted for this year, according to weather experts.

They are warning that an expected La Niña condition will bring more rain and storms than usual to Thailand, and that increasingly extreme and unpredictable weather should be expected as a result of climate change. Thailand is expected to receive a larger amount of precipitation than usual due to the influence of the La Niña phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which is expected during this year. This year’s water situation is expected to resemble that of 1995. The year 1995 was one of the wettest years in recent Thai history. As a result of various storms during that year’s rainy season, Bangkok and other provinces in

the Central Region suffered from heavy floods for more than two months (August – November). The severity of the 1995 flood was only eclipsed by the major flood of 2011. Thailand Global Warming Academy President Thanawat Jarupongsakul said that this year would be overly wet due to La Niña. The rainy season is also expected to come sooner than usual and with more precipitation, he added. “This year will be a La Niña year, which means our region will receive more rain. As of now, we still expect that this year’s La Niña a will be a mild one, which is good news, because if the La Niña condition is strong, we may face a severe water situation similar to 1995 or even worse, like 2011,” Thanawat said.

Devastating flooding around Bangkok in 2011 According to the official longterm prediction of the Meteorological Department’s Climate Centre, the ENSO condition will be a mild La Niña during the first three months of this year but the condition is predicted to return to a neutral stage by the end of March. He also expressed concern about storms that will approach Thailand during the course of this year, which may directly hit Bangkok and cause major floods. “Bangkok is not safe from a major storm and it is possible for our capital to be hit with a big storm, so we should be prepared for such a worst-case scenario,” he said. “It was widely speculated that many major floods in Bangkok in the past were the result of storms

that hit the area around Bangkok.” He stressed that as a result of climate change, people around the world would face more extreme and unpredictable weather, with more severe droughts and floods both expected. The Utokapat Foundation’s secretary-general, Royol Chitradon, also agreed that this year’s weather condition would resemble that of 1995 and warned that this year’s rainy season would come earlier and last longer than usual. “The weather condition for this year will be wetter than last year due to La Niña, but I am confident of our improved water management system and believe that the new National Water Resources Management Office will be able to handle the water crisis effectively,” Royol said.

Thirteen Thai Beaches with 5 Star Environmental Conditions

Thirteen beaches in six provinces have been found to be of a very good environmental condition in an assessment by the Pollution Control Department of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

The assessment was carried out under the “Beaches with Stars” project for the year 2017. The project has been carried out since 2002 as a tool to know the environmental quality of beaches for better prevention of and solution to environmental problems at all beaches. The assessment is made in four aspects: pollution control; natural conditions; environmental management; and, tourism management. For the year 2017, the following 13 beaches have been assessed to have a very good environmental condition, each with five stars awarded. The first two on the list are located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

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Laem Sala beach, Khao Sam Roy Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Ao Manao beach of the Royal Air Force’s Wing 5, Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Toey Ngam beach, Chon Buri, in an area under the supervision of the navy’s Sattahip Marine Command. Ao Kha, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani. Sam Sao beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani. Tham Rang beach, Ang Thong Islands National Park, Surat Thani. Thai Muang beach, Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Muang National Park, Phangnga. Ao Kuak beach, Similan Islands National Park, Phangnga. Mai Ngam beach, Surin Islands National Park, Phangnga. Laem Tanot beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi.

Ko Rok beach, Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi. Pile beach, Than Bokkhorani National Park, Krabi. Ko Lidi beach, Phetra Islands National Park, Satun. Na Thap beach in Ang Thong Islands National Park is rated as being of a high environmental condition, with four stars attached. The Pollution Control Department has suggested that the management of the environment and tourism at these beaches should be improved by bringing garbage from the islands back to the mainland for disposal, improving the wastewater treatment system for better tourism, and setting up the renewable water treatment system.

13 Makha Bucha Day – March 1st

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 March 1st 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.

Welcoming the Year of the (Brown Earth) Dog The Chinese New Year or Trut Chin in Thai was brought into Thailand when the Chinese migrated here late in the Ayutthaya Period (1350-1767 A.D.). The festival means so much to the Chinese and the Thais of Chinese descent the same as Christmas means to the Westerners. The Chinese in Thailand have been harmoniously assimilated with Thais but they have passed on their traditions and customs up to the present time.

Xīnnián kuàilè! (新年快乐) Happy (Chinese) New Year; that’s pronounced “sshin-nyen kwhy-luh”!

Previous celebrations of Chinese New Year in Hua Hin

“I am alert Worldwide violence is why I’m here To listen to complaints and dismiss your fears To guide you to a more peaceful time To protect what’s pure and eliminate crime Defending the underdog is my game My vision fixed on cowardice acts My intent to stop bullies in their tracks I stand for honour, justice and fair play And will stop at nothing to save the day I AM THE DOG.” The Chinese New Year 2018 will start on February 16th; the second new moon after the solstice. This is the year of the of the Brown Earth Dog and those born under this sign tend to show great determination and could attain the highest level of achievement. Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide to mark the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and celebrations can last for about 15 days.

The Chinese zodiac 2018 shows that after the vast challenges of the past two years the following year of the Brown Earth Dog 2018 can be expected to be much less dramatic for all animal symbols.

The sign of the dog is known for loyalty and generosity. Need to spill a secret? Seek out one of these honest souls and bend that expert listening ear. While Dogs themselves may be reluctant to place their trust in just anyone, once they do, members of this sign can make the best business partners and leaders. And while Dogs might enjoy life more by relaxing their exacting standards from time to time, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better or more faithful friend. The Hua Hin Municipality is helping everyone here to join in the celebrations. There will be a grand parade and at the Pone Kingpetch Public Park during the evening of February 16th with a magic show and a battle between the dragon and lion with audience participation, then the dragon and lion procession around the town. Enquiries can be made at the Department of Education Religion and Culture Division of Hua Hin Municipality Tel. 0 32511047 to 403. HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

14 10 year Plan to Increase Thailand’s Air Traffic Capacity The Department of Airports has launched a 10-year plan to increase the capacity of its airports, following anticipation of tourism growth as well as the lifting of restrictions imposed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The tourism industry in 2017 is estimated to have attracted no less than 35 million foreign tourists, bringing in approximately 2.76 trillion THB. Meanwhile, the ICAO has lifted its red flag on Thailand’s civil aviation industry. Various airlines, especially low-cost airlines, have expressed a desire to begin regional services under the supervision of the Department of Airports. As a result, the department is moving forward with a 10-year plan to invest 38 billion THB to increase the annual capacity of 28 airports to 30 million passengers in 2025 and 58 million by 2035. The Department’s goals include expanding air access, accommodating increased traffic, adhering to international standards and effective governance in order to make Thailand an aviation hub for the region.

A second Chiang Mai Airport has been endorsed however no plans for Hua Hin have been revealed.

The Cabinet has given a go-ahead for the construction of the second Chiang Mai international airport, either in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai or in Ban Thi district of Lamphun, said government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd. The Cabinet mobile meeting in Sukhothai endorsed the Transport Ministry’s proposal to expand the current passenger’s terminal at Chiang Mai airport so that it will be able to accommodate up to 20 million passengers a year from the current 10 million passengers. The expanded terminal will also have the capacity to accommodate 34 flights per week from today’s 24 flights a week.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has announced significant airport development for Thailand however the future of Hua Hin Airport remains ‘off the table’ Lt-Gen Sansern said that new passenger’s terminal would also be built at Mae Sod, Phrae and Phetchabun airports whereas their runways would also be extended. Neither the 10 year Plan nor this Cabinet decision makes mention of any plans for the Hua Hin Airport which remains disconnected with the recent suspension of flights to Chiang Mai apart from any international flight approvals; much to the mystification of locals.

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Asia-Pacific will drive demand for air travel over the next two decades, according to the 2018 Air Travel Outlook report produced by Expedia in collaboration with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). Based on the International Air Transport Association’s 20-year air passenger forecast, air travel routes to, from and within Asia-Pacific will see an extra 2.1 billion annual passengers by 2036 - an average growth rate of 4.6%. China is expected to displace the US as the world’s largest aviation market by 2022, while India will overtake Britain, currently ranked fifth, by 2025, with Indonesia catching up by 2030. Thailand is anticipated to enter the

world’s top 10 largest aviation markets during the forecast period. For most air travelers, booking more than 30 days ahead of the departure date results in cheaper airfares. Booking on a Sunday for a departure on a Thursday or Friday is another way of finding good prices, the report said. Thailand is a notable exception to this trend. For Thailand, the lowest air ticket prices can be found when booking an international economy flight on a Saturday for departure on a Thursday. A similar phenomenon occurs in Australia, Sri Lanka and Singapore. In terms of the best months to book international economy travel, the lowest rates have historically been

found at these times: January for international economy travel from Japan; February for international economy travel from Indonesia; March for international economy travel from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore; November for international economy travel from South Korea and Thailand; and December for international economy travel from China. For most premium air travel (first and business class), booking more than 30 days ahead also tends to result in cheaper airfares. On average, the cheapest days to book these more expensive tickets are Saturday or Sunday for travel on a Friday or a Sunday. This is true across regions. The difference in the premiums paid for purchasing airfares on the most expensive day versus the cheapest day of week can range from 15% to 120% for international flights. This is likely driven by corporate travelers’ buying behaviour, as corporate travelers are less likely to book business travel on weekends when they are not at work, according to Expedia and ARC. June saw the highest prices for Australian and New Zealand travelers, while the months between April and September had the highest international travel premiums in most parts of Asia. For economy travel, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei emerged as the top five hubs in Asia, with a majority of passengers originating from airports within the region. - Bangkok Post

Kui Buri Farmers Adjust to Life with Wild Jumbos

It’s a hard life for fruit farmers living close to a wildlife conservation area in Kui Buri district in Prauchap Khiri Khan, where they have to adapt to the frequent raids by wild elephants, which can quickly strip their crop bare. Amnat Permpoon has hastened to hire help harvesting the ripening pineapples at his farm at Ban Yan Sue, tambon Haad Kham, after three wild elephants came out of Kui Buri National Park to feast on the succulent fruit on five consecutive nights. The fruit in his 10 Rai orchard is beginning to ripen and the beasts are attracted by the sweet smell, he said. Pineapples don’t get any sweeter after they are picked so must be left to ripen on the plant, which leaves a very small gate between harvesting them and losing them to elephants. Amnat has 30 Rai close to the park but grows his pineapples on only 10 Rai, which he says produce around 30 tons of fruit annually, leaving the rest of the farm HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

unplanted for good reason. “I am afraid that I cannot take care of anymore and fend off the wild elephants,” he said. Tambon Haad Kham is one of the several areas adjacent to the park frequently raided by the animals. The problem was spotlighted last week when a 20-year-old male elephant was found dead with rifle and shotgun wounds to the body. Police and local residents suspect angry farmers inflicted the wounds, but they are uncertain whether the animal was actually killed in the area, or shot elsewhere and made its way to the tambon before succumbing to the injuries. The investigation continues. - Bangkok Post

15 Everyday is a Dangerous Day on Thailand’s Roads

Referring to the long New Year holidays from December 28th – January 3rd, these ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ are often stated to be the most dangerous period of the year for road traffic deaths in Thailand, In relation to this period during the 2017/2018 holidays, Deputy Interior Minister Sutee Markboon said 423 deaths and 4,005 injuries resulted from 3,841 accidents. Drunk driving and motorbike riders continue to be the leading indicators of road crashes. However crunching these numbers reveals an even darker statistic. The 7 day death toll daily average is 60.4; however this horrific figure is actually lower than the year-round average of 66 deaths daily!

Everyday Deadly Statistics

New Year 2017/18 7 Dangerous Days, 423 deaths 60 daily The Year 2017 365 Dangerous Days 24,000 deaths 66 daily Using data from the Thai government, the World Health Organisation estimated that around 24,000 people die in road accidents annually and that gives you a gruesome daily toll that exceeds the New Year’s carnage, day in and day out, year after year. Of course, this doesn’t diminish the horror and carnage of the New Year, but it would clearly be a mistake to think that road travel during the rest of the year is any safer. Some traffic authorities have claimed success for the most recent New Year figures, saying that deaths were down by 11.5% and the accident count being reduced by 2%. Credit was given for this accomplishment to strict law enforcement with arrests for dangerous driving and traffic-law offences sharply increased. Dr. Thanapong Jinvong of the Road Safety Policy

Foundation said authorities had progressed in the right direction to promote road safety by strictly enforcing traffic laws. However Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha said he isn’t satisfied with the statistics for injuries and deaths from traffic accidents during the New Year holiday, acknowledging figures were still high despite the best efforts of all involved. 1,971,476,467 THB is the estimated economic annual loss to the nation (WHO). Road deaths per 100,000 for other ASEAN countries rates shows Singapore as 3.6, Philippines 10.5, Laos 14.3, Indonesia 15.3, Cambodia 17.4, Myanmar 20.3 and Vietnam 24.5. Thailand languishes with a rate of 36.2 compared with the world average of 17.4. Some New Year 2017/18 7 Day Statistics 423 deaths and 4,005 injuries resulted from 3,841 accidents 43.66% of fatal road accidents involved drink driving 25.23% of fatal road accidents involved speeding. 78.91% of the vehicles involved in accidents were motorcycles

Water Pipeline Extensions to Resolve Water Shortages

The Municipality of Hua Hin and the Provincial Waterworks Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide for major expansions to the water supply service in the Hua Hin municipality. The aim is to prevent future water shortages and to provide clean water to the community.

The current water supply is insufficient for water production and distribution for all areas, especially for outlying and highland areas. The MOU provides for the expansion of water services to areas such as Khao Tao, Khao Takiab, Samorplong, Taptai Khao tao, Nong Plab and Wang Klai Kangwon. In addition, it supports the expansion of pipelines to enable future economic development. Services have already been expanded in the area of Khao-Tao and Soi Hua Hin 112. There are currently two projects now under construction:

- Expansion of supply in Samorplong and Bo Fai Communities with a distance of 23 kilometres and a budget of 21 million THB. - Expansion of supply in Khao Takiab with a distance of 21 kilometres and a budget of 40 million THB. Water pipelines have been installed from Tab-tai area to Hua Hin City and are planned for the Samorplong Community and Boa Fai area. It is expected that the project will be completed by the end of the year. This expansion will then expand to the Khao Takiab area.

Following the Progress of Housing Construction for the Poor A delegation of municipality and other agency staff have been following the progress of a housing project for the poor in Hua Hin The delegation included Ms. Pailin Kongpun, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin and Mr. Jeerawat Pramanee, Permanent Secretary of the Municipality joined Dr. Punlob Singhaseni, the Governor of Prachuap Khirikhan and his wife, Assistant Professor Nisakorn Singhaseni the head of the local Red Cross. They visited an elderly couple who are very poor and earning a living by collecting trash on the streets. The couple also has sick nieces in their care. The Governor inquired about their welfare and provided an assistance package and donated money for family expenses.

730,769 vehicles were checked by authorities. 124,034 drivers were detained and fined; 36,487 out of them for no helmet, 31,721 for no driving licences. 83% of the victims were vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists). 245,356 people were prosecuted for driving dangerously, 1 41,327 on motorcycles. 6,326 vehicles were seized, of which 4,823 were motorcycles. 38,190 driving licences were confiscated. Editor’s Note: Thankfully stricter road safety enforcement has reduced road deaths over the recent 7 day New Year period. However there is an obvious need for this level of enforcement throughout the year, not just New Year and the next ‘7 Dangerous Days’ blitz anticipated during Songkran in April. Apart from reducing deaths on any given day; everyday enforcement is a necessary step to convince drivers that long-term behavioural change is necessary.

400,000 Chinese Visitors to Thailand Predicted for Chinese New Year The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) expects more than 400,000 Chinese tourists to travel to Thailand during next month’s Chinese New Year festival, generating 20 billion THB. ATTA president Vichit Prakobkosol said Thailand remains a top destination for Chinese tourists to celebrate the long national holiday period. He said both the number of Chinese arrivals and their spending during the holiday will increase by 10% from last year. But the association predicts fewer charter flights between the two countries compared with previous years because airlines have introduced more scheduled direct flights between the two. “More Chinese will travel with their families, friends or as couples, so they do not need tour groups or charter flights,” Vichit said. Last year, 9.8 million Chinese tourists traveled to Thailand, generating 480 billion THB in tourism revenue, up 11% and 9% in volume and value from the previous year.

“The total number of Chinese tourists is expected at 10.811 million for this year,” Vichit said. “China will remain the largest source market for international arrivals over the next five years.” The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) predicts that total arrivals from mainland China will continue to increase this year and tourism receipts from the market should grow to 528 billion baht, up 10% from last year. In order to cope with the growing Chinese market, ATTA and its members are considering bringing Chinese tourists to secondary provinces being promoted by the government. Many travel companies have been working with bus companies to prepare smaller buses accommodating 30-40 passengers to visit small villages. – Bangkok Post 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018


People with Type 2 Diabetes Underestimate their Cardiovascular Risk Globally, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death in people with type 2 diabetes.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has presented the interim results of the first ever multi-country online survey on CVD risk awareness and knowledge among people living with type 2 diabetes, indicating low levels of awareness and limited dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals. The global survey – ‘Taking Diabetes to Heart’ runs until March 2018 and is open to all people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes currently affects 425 million adults worldwide, with most cases being type 2 diabetes. Cardiovascular disease, which includes stroke, coronary heart disease and peripheral artery disease, is the leading cause of disability and death in people with type 2 diabetes. To date, 943 responses to the survey have been received from 32 countries and interim findings show that: 1 in 3 respondents living with type 2 diabetes consider their risk of CVD to be low. 26% of respondents had either never learned about CVD or received information on CVD several years following their type 2 diabetes diagnosis. 1 in 6 respondents had never discussed their type 2 diabetes and CVD risk with a healthcare professional. “The interim results of Taking Diabetes to Heart reiterate the importance of raising awareness of the association between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to promote prevention, timely diagnosis and appropriate

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treatment to help reduce the current burden that the two conditions represent,” said Dr Shaukat Sadikot, outgoing IDF President. “With the world facing an increase in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, better understanding the link between these conditions is needed more than ever.” “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of disability and death among people living with type 2 diabetes. Too few individuals with diabetes are being informed by healthcare professionals of their cardiovascular risk and the impact that risk may have on their longevity and quality of life,” said Alan Moses, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Novo Nordisk. “We encourage more people in the diabetes community to complete the Taking Diabetes to Heart survey to strengthen the global findings that will inform future efforts to help improve outcomes.”

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18 Interior Styling and Design Adds to New Vehicle ‘APEAL’ Vehicle interior is the greatest contributor towards customer satisfaction with vehicle appeal among 10 overall vehicle components, according to a Thailand Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

Across all vehicle segments, the relative importance of interior design and comfort elements in overall owner satisfaction with their new vehicle has increased this year from 2016. Vehicle interior — as a part of overall vehicle appeal — has the highest relative importance of all 10 vehicle components measured in the study.

Designers are considering the interior design for a driverless future Vehicle interior includes the evaluation of a range of design elements, such as the instrument cluster and ambient lighting; comfort aspects such as cabin quietness, smell; and soft-touch interior parts, such as arm rests and door panels. Perceived quality and color coordination of interior materials are also essential elements. “As new-vehicle buyers increasingly spend longer periods of time in their vehicle due to lengthier commutes, customer expectations with regard to interior design, specifically comfort, grow,” said Siros Satrabhaya, Country Manager at J.D. Power. “For example, interior quietness is of utmost importance, as it is one of the lowest-rated attributes across vehicle segments. Additionally, passenger car owners complain about the lack of comfort in resting their arms while driving. Brands that address these customer requirements will likely see an increase in satisfaction.” Overall satisfaction averages 908 points (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2017, up from 901 in 2016, with scores in all vehicle segments except compact SUV improving year over year. Satisfaction also improved across all vehicle components, particularly in seats (+11 points) and driving dynamics (+10 points). The study also finds that customers who experienced fewer initial vehicle quality problems than expected are most satisfied with overall vehicle appeal (919) than those who experienced the same or more problems than expected (897 and 885, respectively).

Key findings of the study: Exterior styling remains a key purchase driver: Nearly one in four customers (24%) cite exterior styling as the main reason for purchasing their new vehicle, followed by vehicle performance (19%), previous experience with the brand (10%) and good fuel efficiency (10%). Audio/ Entertainment/ Navigation system design requires improvement: Navigation and audio system-related attributes are among the lowest rated, notably the ability of the navigation system to provide a desirable route and its ease of operation, as well as quality of bass and sound clarity at high volumes. Driving pleasure boosts satisfaction: Among customers who are highly satisfied (providing a satisfaction rating of 10 on a 10-point scale) with overall vehicle appeal, 51% say they find their new vehicle fun to drive, as compared with only 24% of pleased customers (rating of 8 to 9 points) who say the same. Furthermore, only 11% of customers who are disappointed or indifferent (ratings of 1 to 7 points) say their vehicle is fun to drive. Study Rankings: Toyota receives four APEAL awards: the Vios (900 points) in the entry midsize car segment; the Fortuner (927) in the large SUV segment; the Hilux Revo Prerunner Smart Cab (914) in the extended cab pickup segment; and the Hilux Revo Prerunner D-Cab (923) in the double cab pickup segment.

Fortuner interior Suzuki receives the award in the compact car segment for the Ciaz (897).

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Honda receives the award in the midsize car segment for the Civic (926).

Civic interior Mazda receives the award for the CX-3 (915) in the compact SUV segment.

CX – 3 interior The 2017 Thailand APEAL Study is based on responses from 4,866 new-vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle from November 2016 through July 2017. The study covers 12 brands that include 76 passenger car, pickup truck and utility vehicle models. The study was fielded from May through September 2017. The study is an owner-reported measure of what satisfies owners in Thailand regarding their new vehicle’s performance and design during the first two to six months of ownership. The study examines nearly 100 attributes in 10 vehicle categories: exterior; interior; storage and space; audio/ entertainment/ navigation; seats; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); driving dynamics; engine/ transmission; visibility and driving safety; and fuel economy.

19 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.

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. 9th February Read in the Bathtub Day

Ever sick of scrolling down your feed flooded by lovey-dovey 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! 17th February Random Act of Kindness Day

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

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.

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 

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

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! 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. 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. h

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Modern PoolVilla In Hua Hin

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Modern 2 Stories Villa New Modern Pool Villa boasts private villas all fitted with a private pool, a garden and a terrace for relaxation. The villa is approximately 2 km from Khao Tao Beach. Fitted with floor-toceiling windows; the air-conditioned villas offer plenty of natural light. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary tools and appliances for indoor cooking. These villas represent excellent value-for-money especially considering that each property has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. opening out to the balcony overlooking pool and garden. Beds: 3 Living Area: 285 Sqm 13.9 M. THB: 3 Land Area: 584 Sqm

For Rent: 117.30 Sq.m. 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. 55,000 THB. Baan Chai Talay is located 5 minutes from Hua Hin Beach and downtown.

Phone :+66(0)818593118

Luxurious Pool Villa for Sale A fabulous,luxury Villa for rent, in a very popular area of Hua Hin. Decorated to an exceptionally high standard, this 3 bedroom (plus maids room) villa sits only 1km from the beach and 2km from the centre of town. A fully fitted European kitchen is one of the benefits of this beautiful home, but the crowning feature is the folding doors that stretch the entire length of the living and dining room, opening on to an enormous terrace area making the entire living space open plan for a wonderful outdoor living feel. The swimming pool is 7 x 4 metre with a jacuzzi, which adjoins the master bedroom. Beds: 4 Living Area: 240 Sqm 7.5 M. THB : 2 Land Area: 600 Sqm Phone: +66(0)818593118

Spacious flat with a terrace and sea view. Residence with good services (swimmingpool, fitness, tennis…)

To view please call @ 086-369 3604

Baan Lonsai high rise condo for sale,

With full-front sea view, high ceiling, 2 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms, 3 large terraces, 1 large living room, 5 teak doors, and wooden floors, and 3 air cons, not furnished, allowing for your own selfstyled furniture designs, only 5-minute drive from downtown Hua Hin, including shopping centers. If you are looking for a wonderful home and also a far-sighted investment. Please call: 086-369 3604.

NICE CONDO PALM PAVILLIAN HUAHIN FOR SALE/RENT READY TO MOVE 68 Sqm. excellent one suite room with front lake view and sea view, a private short walk to the beach, modernfully furnished.with master bed, sofa bed, luxurious pantry, in great location opposite to Macro, nearby Anantara, ensuring happiness and peaceful with impressive climate and professional facilitation and services.

Please Call +66 (0)95-8962888,

Condo For Rent 85 qm, 2 bed, 2 bath, 4 aircons, kitchen, w/ balcony, 8th floor, pool side with sea view, perfectly European style furnished at Hua Hin Soi 7. 18,000 BHT per month tel. 0819-812-997 or email..

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

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

For quick sale only 4.5 Million and for long term rent @ 13,000 Baht. To views: 086 344 1320

LAND FOR SALE Land for sale: This 1 Rai land super good location on Petchkrasem Road, the idea for Apartment or shop house, for sale @ 36 Milion THB. Please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: This 2.8 Rai is perfect for Condominium or small Hotel in Takeab area, only 5 minutes walk to Takeab beach, for quick sale only 21 Million THB. To views please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: This 10 rai of land in good location, only 600 Metters from Petchkrasem Road and the railway track, the idea for small housing project or Condominium, for sale @ 20 Milliuon THB per Rai. views please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: nearby True Arena 326 Tarang wha, idea for Apartment for sale @ 17 Million THB. call @ 086 369 3604. Amost 4 Ria land for sale nearby True Arena for quick sale @ 22 Million THB, perfect for small hotel, Apartment, Please call 086 369 3604 for more detail.

Single Two Storey Pool Villa for Sale


Single Two Storey Pool Villa, Built on March 2017, Land area: 91 Sq.W. (Chanote) Building area: 246 Pool: mt. 3x9 (Jacuzzi and shower), Large Car park , Water stock tank 4,000 lt. , CC Camera – 200 mb fiber internet Ground floor: Large living/dining room Built-in kitchen (electric oven, hood, ceramic cooker, microwave, water heater, ceramic sink, dishwasher, fridge/freezer), Utility room with shelves and washing machine, Toilette, Bed room with private bathroom (shower stall), wardrobe, Home theater with 65” smart 3D TV, Equipped Thai kitchen, Air conditioners Upper floor: Equipped fitness room with 50” smart TV, Large panoramic terrace with built-in “L” sofa, Large Master Bedroom with walkin ...

New townhouse, furnished with quality furniture, 90 Sqm, Living are, 2 Bedrooms with on suite, Private B.B.Q., Area front terrace looking at nice garden and Olympic size swimming pool, front and back awning.

Please call to view : 061 665 6262 Khun Ya


Price@ Million THB or O.N.O. For more information call 087-276-0529 or E-mail: 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

22 ‘1,000 Sook’; 1,000 Thai Pleasures

Cha-Am’s ‘Amusement Alley’ stretches some 10 kilometres from the junction of the bypass road just north of Cha-Am along the main highway to Bangkok

This is where you’ll find Santorini, The Swiss Sheep Farm and Camel Republic. There are more entertainment and shopping venues including factory outlets for designer label clothing. Travellers heading south from Bangkok (or vice versa) have many tempting reasons to stop en route. Our latest visit was to check out ‘1,000 Sook’ or ‘1,000 Happiness Food and Farm’; perhaps a better translation would be 1,000 Pleasures. 1,000 Sook is a combination of an urban farm, souvenir and Thai delicacies outlet, coffee and dessert station and a steak (and more) restaurant.

If you look around the shopping areas first, chances are you’ll qualify for a free entry pass to the farm with just a few purchases. It’s a bit like an OTOP, handicraft store and Thai specialty food outlet all wrapped into one to find a special item or a real Thai gift. Instead of the usual bottle of wine, perhaps a bottle of mangosteen fruit wine as the ‘red’ for a birthday present. Thai delicacies include fish sausage, fried bamboo caterpillar, pineapple/banana coffee and every form of chilli known to man. There are some sampling stations if you are brave enough to try on the tongue! Thai desserts you will not see anywhere else could be a challenge as most labels are only in Thai language.

Plenty of animals to feed or ride

We’ve yet to have a meal at the restaurant although one reason for the visit was an unsolicited recommendation from a friend who was very impressed with the quality and prices of the meals. If your visit coincides with mealtime, we would be confident that eating on-site would be a great finale to the day. 1,000 Sook – Some Information Where: About 10 kilometres north of Cha-Am on the left at the 182 KM mark from Bangkok. When: Open every day from 8.00 AM to 9.30 PM Cost: 50 THB adults, 30 THB children (farm entry) – no extra foreigner charges. Tips: You may qualify for free farm entry by shopping first. Take a Thai ‘translator’ if you really want to know what is in the package. Recommended For: Families with young children, romantic couples and souvenir hunters.

For ladies there are fashion items, hand crafted and unique and for kids the most colourful selection of lollypops and other sweet tempters. They are not expensive but the chances are you will have spent enough for that free farm pass. The ‘urban farm’ is quaint, it’s not huge but you can take a horse-drawn buggy ride as an alternative to a gentle stroll through the carefully maintained and planned gardens. Animals to get the kids excited include sheep to bottle feed, rabbits, ducks and Shetland ponies to ride. Photography opportunities are a-plenty amongst the scarecrows, hay bales or Western styled out- buildings.

Maybe the artificial animals are scarier than the real ones

Beach Front House for Rent For Business or Private Use. Ideal for holiday vacation as well as long-term stay. Situated on 250 square wah of land (approx. 1,000 square metres) right by a tranquil beach near to the airport.

There are 2 separate buildings in a true Hua Hin style. Each building has a bedroom, sea-view balcony and a bathroom. The large building also has a kitchen. A beach-side pavilion and a custodian house are also included in the premise.

Houses are partly furnished and some renovations may be needed. 1-3 years contract is preferred. Contact Owner: Khun Wanwadee (Took) 081 8322970 HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

For Business or Private Use. Ideal for holiday vacation as well as long-term stay. Property for sale on Samui Island, Total property size 2,772 Sqm, front connected to the main road ,back connected to the beach, Swimming pool, sea view residence, Size 204 sqm,2 rooms,1 multipurpose room,2 shower room, 2 toilet room, Jacuzzi, garden, parking lot, kitchen, cocktail bar

For sale @ 120 Million Baht. Please call: 086 398 3902


Students in Thailand Offered English Summer Courses in Australia

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission, in cooperation with Qantas Airways, Thai International Education Consultants Association (TIECA), Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations (FELCA) and AIS, is offering English summer courses to students in Thailand ages 9-18 years old to study English in a Native-English speaking environment between March and May 2018, as well as explore various Australia destinations. Six Australian educational institutions are participating in the program, including South Australia Government School (Adelaide), Canterbury College (Brisbane), Imagine Education Australia (Gold Coast), Holmes Institute (Melbourne), NSW Government Schools (Sydney), and Sydney College of English (Sydney). Tuition fee ranges from 148,000185,000 THB per student, inclusive of the Qantas economy return air ticket,

shared accommodation, airport transfer, transportation between schools, excursion costs, meals, certificates, group accident & medical health insurance, visa processing, the hosting of Thai officers escorting the students and the orientation seminar prior to their departure. The tuition fees do not cover passport processing and personal expenses such as telephones calls, internet, Australia SIM cards, excess baggage fees and others. Participating students are provided with additional 10kg excess baggage allowance on top of the existing 30kg limits when flying economy fare Bangkok-Australia return. Students and parents can obtain additional information at www.studyin, or contact the Australian Trade and Investment Commission at 02 696 4835 or email or contact Qantas office at 02 632 6611.

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

Transport Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

032 471 159

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

032 511 047 1132 032 522 656 090 446 6056 032 511 677 032 477 646 032 511 063 032 477 252 032 512 215 032 472 069 HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018


Traditionally newspapers around the world have published letters received from readers as their opinions about a variety of subjects. In recent years social media may have overshadowed this way of making comment; however Hua Hin Today often receives emails from our readers or comments posted on our Facebook page. Thanks for your contributions! Our readers are always encouraged to provide a point of view, however we will ignore aggressive, abusive or defamatory comments. Critical comment is the most prevalent, but we also receive positive feedback, that’s always a pleasant surprise! Dear Editor I have just returned to Hua Hin and see that the new immigration office is the same as when we left and unfinished! Is there any news on what’s happening? From the Editor No official comment has been made, however unconfirmed reports suggest that there has been a dispute over the building contract and the halt of construction. My last ‘recce’ showed that the buildings are not far off completion but no sign of any activity to make it operational. As one humorist posted “I heard the builders only did 90 day check in’s !”

Dear Editor We’ve seen some markings alongside the main beach road in Cha-Am which look like a footpath next to the road is being surveyed. That would be great news. At the moment pedestrians are often terrorised by crazy young motorbike riders with a death wish racing at frightening speeds. Thanks Magnus

From the Editor Yes; we’ve seen the marked line alongside the road which suggests a long awaited pathway is coming. The locals are both enthusiastic and skeptical that this will happen soon or stop vehicles from parking on the path to defeat the good intentions. Let’s be optimistic that along with other recent improvements, the local authorities have been listening to the frequent complaints of commuters in this location.

Your comments about speeding motorbike riders will be forwarded to the relevant authorities with a visible police presence clearly long overdue. Last but not least here’s welcome mail and a photo from one of our friendly partners, Travel Deals Hua Hin. Hi David I had a new customer come into the office today with our advertisement in his hand, so no doubt how he found us! Just wanted to give some feedback about how advertising in Hua Hin Today really works! I just had to take this photo which I hope you like. Bo – Travel Deals Hua Hin

Dear Khun Bo Thanks for taking the time to send this picture to us; he certainly looks like a happy customer. I hope there are plenty more to come; they certainly won’t be disappointed! David

A Successful Year for the Hua Hin Consumer Protection Centre According to Hua Hin municipality The Consumer Protection Centre of Hua Hin has been performing in a successful manner over the past year

The Centre receives complaints from consumers who have suffered damage after buying goods or services and the conduct of traders who exploit and are unfair. The Centre negotiates in disputes between buyers and sellers and monitors the behaviour of business operators who act in a manner that violates the rights of consumers. The Centre also provides knowledge and answers to people who have questions about legitimate consumer rights and creates a strong network of people to prevent the violation of consumer rights. The Consumer Protection Centre of Hua Hin has been recognised with an award for outstanding consumer protection in 2016 and was the only awarded local government authority in the country. The municipality of Hua Hin would like to inform Thai and foreigners with problems with fair trade issues that complaints can be HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

made to The Hua Hin Consumer Protection Centre or ask for more information at Tel: 0-3251-1047 ext. 213 or contact at the Technical and Planning Division of the Legal Department (New Building, 4th Floor).

Foreign Tourist Numbers in December 2017 a Record High

The number of foreign tourists in Thailand in December 2017 made a new record high of 3.5 million which contributed to more than 190 billion THB in tourism revenue. In 2018, the government will promote tourism in minor provinces to equally distribute income to communities. Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Phongpanu Savetrun said in 2017 most of the foreign tourists who visited Thailand were from East Asian countries, followed by Europe, South Asia and the U.S. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the number increased by 15.51%, generating more than 190 billion THB with an increase of 21.03%. A survey of Thai tourism found that 57% of foreign tourist respondents repeated their travel to Thailand and 53% planned their trip to Thailand only. In 2018, the government has set plans to promote tourism connection between main and minor cities in collaboration with many units such as the Ministry of Transport. More immigration officers have been sent to various border checkpoints in order to expedite the immigration entrance process. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has stepped up efforts to promote tourism in second-tier tourist destinations of Thailand. The Tourism and Sport Minister, Weerasak Kowsurat, said the government wants tourists to discover new experiences in 55

lesser known destinations across the country. To proceed with the plan, his ministry has been working with other ministries and agencies to promote these places. Mr. Weerasak said his ministry and the Ministry of Transport will sign a joint statement with a commitment to develop transport services to support tourism in less popular destinations. He said measures have been taken to ensure safety for tourists, with the support from local administrative organizations, and the Tourist Police Bureau is ready to provide security and convenience in second-tier tourist spots nationwide. NNT

Rotavirus Warning Issued

The Diseases Control Department has warned people to eat well-cooked food, clean their hands with soap before and after preparing food to prevent contracting Rotavirus.

The department reported that during its monitoring of diarrhea cases, it was discovered that more adults were infected with Rotavirus which is the common cause of diarrhea disease. Out of 32 patients who suffered from diarrhea, 30 of them were caused by Rotavirus. Information from the department for 2015-17 showed that there were altogether 1,510 cases of diarrhea from Rotavirus, but there were no fatalities. However, the department predicted more diarrhea cases due to the cold weather which enable Rotavirus to multiply and persist longer in the environment. Also, the change of weather has made people more susceptible to falling sick.

Rotavirus-induced diarrhea stems from eating food which was not well cooked or not clean or dirty drinking water or from using things which were stained with the virus. The symptoms include fever, vomiting, stomach pain and watery diarrhoea. There is no specific treatment for rotavirus. For people with healthy immune systems, rotavirus infection of the bowel (gastroenteritis) is a self-limited illness, lasting for only a few days. The treatment consists of increased fluid intake (oral rehydration) to prevent dehydration. About one in 40 children with rotavirus infection of the bowel requires hospitalisation for intravenous fluid.


26 Bio-Resonance Clinic Opens in Hua Hin The Bio-resonance Clinic has been created as only the second clinic of its kind in Thailand. 

The company will be active in providing services in the field of alternative medicine, including bio-resonance therapy, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  cell (disharmonic), or between a healthy or sick organ or any healthy or sick living object. In therapy, disharmonic oscillations are returned to the body in a therapeutically effective way.  The returned oscillations correct the distorted ones and stimulate the cells to oscillate in the original mode.

Medical competence will be guaranteed by a partner, Professor Doctor Bhasakit Wannawibool, a clinical doctor and professor of the Oriental Medicine Faculty at Rangsit University, Bangkok. A Thai TCM doctor, Doctor Sorng will be responsible for medical supervision, bio-resonance therapy, acupuncture and TCM.  The clinic is in Soi 102, Hua Hin. About Bio-resonance Bio-resonance is the field of medicine that works with electromagnetic frequency information generated by your own body  for the diagnosis, therapy and prevention of diseases. Harold Saxton Burr (1889 – 1973) was a Professor of Anatomy at  Yale University School of Medicine and researcher into bio-electrics. He discovered that disease is preceded by a change in electromagnetic impulses. Body cells generate electrical impulses that interact with neighboring cells.  These signals are in the form of oscillations and the oscillation pattern has been found to differ between a healthy cell (harmonic)  and a sick

Bio-resonance is scientifically controversial and does not replace traditional medical treatment! Diagnostic and therapeutic sessions typically last for one hour and a complete treatment may take up to two weeks with therapy every second day. Disorders treated could be digestive disorders, sleeping problems, hay fever & allergies, parasites, smoking & drug addiction, weight gain, depression, Lyme disease, migraine, pain, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, skin problems, digestive problems and asthma. There is an emphasis on chronic problems. About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) Traditional Chinese medicine  (TCM)  is a style of traditional medicine built on a foundation of more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice that includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy.  Over the last years it has also been influenced by modern Western medicine.  TCM is widely used in China, where it has long been the standard system of medicine, and is becoming increasingly available in Europe and North America, where it is primarily used as  a  complementary alternative approach to medicine.  TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices such as acupuncture, moxibustion (burning herbs above the skin) and Chinese herbal medicine.

About acupuncture Acupuncture is a form of complementary and alternative medicine with thin needles inserted into the skin. It improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites, commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine  (TCM).  TCM theory and practice are

based upon oriental medical knowledge. There are a diverse range of acupuncture theories based on different philosophies and techniques.  Acupuncture is often used for acute pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.  Acupuncture is commonly combined with other forms of treatment and will cure many forms of pain, rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder, nerve syndromes, abdominal syndromes and high blood pressure. Bio-resonance Clinic will direct its activities towards the 6,000 foreigners living full-time or part-time in the Hua Hin district and towards Thai people from Bangkok who are frequent visitors.   Information provided by Bio-resonance Clinic, Soi 102 Hua Hin, email

Exclusive Lounge Benefits at Amari Hua Hin Exclusive Lounge Benefits include: Complimentary daily chef’s selection of canapés and refreshments from 18:00 to 19:30 Complimentary house red/white wine, local beer and selected cocktails from 18:00 to 19:30 Complimentary buffet breakfast Complimentary late checkout until 15:00 (subject to availability) Complimentary Wi-Fi internet through-out stay Complimentary local newspapers upon request

15% discount off any of body treatments of up to 60 minutes at Breeze Spa 15% discount off Food & Beverage in the hotel At Amari Hua Hin, we believe that our guests should enjoy special benefits and privilege to make their stay comfortable and memorable,” said Mr. Phanuphan Buasuang, General Manager. For more information Phone +66 (0) 32 616 600 Email or visit

The Amari Hua Hin has added Exclusive Lounge Benefits to their three popular room types, the One Bedroom Suite, Family Suite and Deluxe Ocean Facing View. Guests booking these rooms will enjoy complimentary daily benefits featuring an array of delicious delights including deli-style foods, home-made breads and baked goods, chef’s selection of canapés, cheeses and cold cuts alongside a wide selection of wine, beer, soft drinks, cocktails and mocktails.

Start the Party with Joey Boy & the Gang at the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Getaway to the tropical paradise that is the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa for an upbeat escape starring on stage the headlining rap act, Joey Boy & The Gang. Buy 5 tickets get 1 free before February 5, 2018. Check into a Garden Room, Lagoon View or Lagoon Access room ahead of an evening of energising entertainment. Or swing by on the night (concert doors open 8:00PM, performance starts 9:30PM). Make it a date with your significant other or tag your own gang and party hearty together. The Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa proudly presents the first in a series of concert performances and special room packages coming up throughout 2018. Garden Room: 7,100 THB room/night Lagoon View: 8,100 THB room/night Lagoon Access: 8,800 THB room/night All rates are inclusive of lavish international breakfast buffet, concert tickets for 2 persons, free-flow selected HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

beverages during the concert and free entrance to the warm up party by the sea. An extra person in the same room is 2,300 THB, including an extra bed, breakfast and concert ticket. Concert tickets are 1,200 THB each, inclusive of freeflow selected beverages during the concert. Build up to the concert with dinner. Show your concert ticket at the Thai Dinner Buffet for 15% discount on food. Special for early birds: buy 5 tickets by 5th February and get 1 ticket free! Call 032 708080, Line: @Sheratonhuahin or e-mail: to book your space with a gang now. Terms & Conditions apply


28 27th Anniversary Celebrations for Dusit Thani Hua Hin

The Dusit Thani Hua Hin entered its 27th year of operation on 14th December 2017 with staff holding a morning merit-making ceremony at Napailai Ballroom, before receiving blessings from and offering alms to 28 Abbots from renowned temples in Cha-am, Hua Hin and Pranburi.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Celebrates a “Fabulous 50’s” New Year’s Eve Party

90+ Years of Seasons Greetings from Centara Grand Hua Hin

Some regular guests with Khun Pranee Villa Manager Over the past 90+ years of the hotel’s history guests have been welcomed back year after year. This year was no exception with many of the families up to the third generation. The hotel was honored to once again host a Festive Season cocktail reception to thank and acknowledge these loyal supporters before they enjoyed a lavish festive buffet and entertainment by the “Big to the Future” band. Over 300 guests enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing in the magnificent topiary garden

Happiness Delivery on Children’s Day 2018

David Martens, General Manager (8th right) and management of the Centara Grand Resort & Villas Hua Hin welcomed the year 2018 with a rock and roll “Fabulous 50’s” party at the Colonial poolside. The guests enjoyed the wonderful evening and a grand buffet dinner featuring gourmet delicacies, complemented by a seductive dessert spread. The rhythm and blues and swing night continued with entertainment with well-known Grease tunes, John Travolta, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and other 50’s impersonators. The highlight of the night was the countdown to midnight with the guests enjoying fireworks and dancing to the early hours.

Happy New Year to Hua Hin Today From the Chiva-Som Representative from management and staff of Dusit Thani Hua Hin extended the happiness on Children’s Day by given out gifts to Ban Huai Sai Nuea Municipal School, Ban Huai Sai Tai Municipal School and Cha-Am Municipality. The gifts has been handed to children during the “Children’s Day Activities 2018” organized by these parties.

Christmas Donations from the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin The staff of Hua Hin Today was very pleased to be the recipients of a basket full of Chiva-Som healthy lifestyle products. This most appreciated gift was presented during a visit by Brain Anderson, Sustainable Development Coordinator and Chalinee Potipraisiri, Communications Executive. The renowned health resort has a commitment to health and wellbeing for guests which was demonstrated by the goodies to be enjoyed by staff over many morning teas to come.

Welcome to the ‘King of Muay Thai’

A brand new Muay Thai boxing gym, training and exercise facility has opened in Hua Hin under the supervision of Head Trainer Khun Wanchana. Wanchana has been an active fighter at Max Muay Thai Stadium in Pattaya, one of the most impressive Muay Thai events in Thailand with a TV audience in excess of 5 million people weekly. He has also fought Muay Thai and Boxing internationally in countries such as Japan, China, The Philippines, Myanmar, and Australia. He is well known for his action packed hard hitting fighting style, incorporating deadly low kicks and fast punches. King of Muay Thai offers a Group Training and one on one Muay Thai Training in a 7 x7 metre boxing ring with bag work, clinching, pads, sparring and cardio programs. The facilities include heated power showers, an open air Jacuzzi, on-site massage and a natural Health Spa, Juice/ Coffee Bar and Eatery. There is a separate children’s play area with a 15ft trampoline and educational toys and classes such as yoga, zumba, belly dancing and karate. For more information visit : HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

The Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin tradition of supporting underprivileged children through donations made by the hotel guests has resulted in the presentation of gifts to the value of over 108,000 THB. This year 50 students from three schools in the local area and two from Phetchaburi were the beneficiaries with Mr Montree Choopoo Deputy Major of Hua Hin Municipality and Mr David Martens, General Manager of the Centara presiding over the presentations. After a hushed silence with eagerly awaiting children on their best behaviour, gifts ranging from musical keyboards to play kitchens were presented, with a brand new bicycle being the clear favourite for the children who had previously pinned their gift of choice to the Centara Christmas Tree. It may have been almost a month after Christmas Day, but these very grateful recipients showed with their smiling faces what a gift from a stranger can mean to kids in need.


30 Meandering Down the Mekong A River Cruise in Laos

From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau, the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through Asia, providing a lifeline for millions of people.

The first stop at a Kamu Village

Custom built luxury river boats offer a unique opportunity to learn more about life and nature along the river. Our contributor, Khun Bo from Travel Deals Hua Hin is the local expert with her insights providing a glimpse of what could be expected during an overnight river cruise on the Mekong. “A Mekong river cruise is a perfect trip away from Hua Hin for a few days. Experiencing this iconic river and Lao culture during a safe, comfortable and leisurely cruise suits couples of all ages or small groups looking for a taste of adventure. This is a holiday without hassles but with a touch of luxury and romance.”

Each seat has an open air vista. with coffee tables, magazines and booklets to read. The central section is perfect a game of cards, to share your travel stories and for lunch. Each cruise has an English speaking guide to answer your questions and point out the many sights of interest along the way. Apart from the experienced captain, a qualified mechanic and a boat boy are on board. There are western style toilets, life jackets for all passengers and safety rails around the sides of the boat. Luggage can be stored and locked securely overnight in a large compartment underneath the deck.

Lunch on board Around noon a buffet lunch is served as an introduction to Laotian cuisine and its typical flavours. Water, tea and coffee are complimentary but there is also a bar serving wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks which can be purchased.

A Travel Deals Hua Hin Mekong Cruise Itinerary From Hua Hin to Houei Xai From Hua Hin, travel to the border of Laos known as the Chiang Khong/Huay Xai crossing as the two towns face each other across the Mekong. The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge 4 located 10 kilometres from town as the official border. Many people choose to stay overnight in Chiang Khong on the Thai side, but Huay Xai is a good enough spot for a night and makes catching the slow boat in the morning very easy. Laos allows travelers a 30-day visa on arrival from the immigration office which is situated very close to the ferry. It costs around 1,500 THB and you need a passportsized photograph to acquire this temporary tourist visa; however, the cost can vary depending on which country you come from. The cruise boat staff will welcome you to Laos and help with Laos immigration formalities. They will also manage the transfer to the cruise boat, which is parked at the slow boat pier about 1 kilometre out of the town centre, with huge Chinese cargo boats, small cross-river ferries, long low-slung Lao passenger boats and many more.

Your comfortable and safe river cruiser

The Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge About Your River Boat The cruise boat is 34 metres long with a 420 HP engine and a steel hull for strength and safety. The boats have a capacity for 40 people seated in comfortable chairs and benches. HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

Day 1 - Houei Xai to Pakbeng After one-hour journeying along the river, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. Ban Houy Phalam is a small traditional Kamu village built early this century and is now home to more than 85 families. Kamu houses are traditionally built on stilts. The space underneath the houses is used as a storage place for tools, firewood and animals. The interior layout consists of one large room that welcomes the whole family and a corner for cooking. The most elaborate houses also have a large balcony.

Lao cuisine served each day for lunch on board Overnight at Pakbeng The river cruise arrives at the overnight Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature. A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River. The Lodge is on the riverbank backed by mountainous jungle. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.

31 On days with passengers exceeding 20 people, a traditional dance performance may be enjoyed with performers from the Lodge staff, local villagers and school children.From travellers - “Would love to stay longer in this enchanting place; peace and tranquility in Laos!” and “A magical time out, beautiful, idyllic setting, a dream come true.” Mornings are special times with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace.

over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals. Twenty five kilometres away from Luang Prabang, there two caves Tham Thing (the lower cave) and Tham Phoum (the upper cave) containing thousands of Buddha images of great religious importance to the Theravada Buddhists in Laos. These caves were converted into Buddhist temples in the 15th century.

the old French Indo-Chinese architecture. This move has also helped preserve the ancient traditions and trades which make Laos unique. You may choose to stay for a few days to explore Luang Prabang before returning to Hua Hin via Bangkok.

Your riverbank lodge for a restful overnight stop Day 2 – Pakbeng to Luang Prabang The cruise departs for another day of discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned on the way to Luang Prabang. A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. For over 600 years the Baw village has been home to three different ethnicities: Lao Loum (the ethnic majority in Laos), Tai Lue and Shan, but these days the majority are Lao Loum. The population of around 450 live in 45 households. Shan people came to Ban Baw as refugees from Burma to integrate with the Lao and their customs. The three tribes live together in harmony wearing indistinguishable clothing and celebrating events such as weddings in the same fashion. Lunch is served on board with different choices of fish and meat dishes than on the first day for a further culinary experience. Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing

Over 2,500 Buddha statues at Tam Thing cave Luang Prabang Following a day along the wide Mekong River, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Luang Prabang is the cultural and religious capital of Laos, and was also the Royal capital until 1975. During the time of the Lan Xang kingdom, between 13-16th centuries, Luang Prabang was also the administrative capital of Laos instead of Vientiane. Luang Prabang is now the only city in Laos where ethnic Lao people make up the majority rather than Chinese, Vietnamese or Thai. In 1995, UNESCO made Luang Prabang a world heritage city to try and preserve

Arranging Your Cruise Travel Deals Hua Hin can provide a complete package, just the river cruise or sections of the itinerary as you choose. Khun Bo is ready to discuss these options and answer any questions to ensure that your Mekong cruise is hassle free and meets your expectations.

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Hua Hin’s Biggest Lighting Centre Ready to Brighten Your Home

The Boonthavorn Lighting Centre in Hua Hin is huge. There are three levels of showrooms with every shape, size and lighting style imaginable and an eager compliment of staff on hand to demonstrate how your home can be transformed by installing the latest designs in lighting.

GM Khun Mon is ready to welcome you to the Boonthavorn Lighting Centre and to the clearance stand For those who haven’t considered home lighting for some time, it’s apparent that the era of incandescent lighting is over and that LED rules. LED or light emitting diodes provide so many more options, from changing colours and intensity to automatic responses to ambient light and security needs, LED rules. That’s apart from their longevity and energy efficiency. LED bulbs consume one-sixth the energy of incandescents and last up to 25 times longer.

LED lights also rule at the Boonthavorn Lighting Centre. Opened in December 2017, the Centre covers around 500 square metres of floor area with a huge display from the most basic bulbs and accessories through to high-tech smart speaker lights, colour switch lights, mosquito protection, motion or light detection and elaborate chandeliers. Lighting can be floor or table stands or installed as a wall, floor or downlight of every shape and size, indoor or outdoor. Today’s lighting is no longer restricted to lighting bulbs but can be integrated with sculptured shapes or even wallpaper. Our host at Boonthavorn was the General Manager, Mr.Sahaphat Phokaboorannakulchai or Khun Mon. He has been a Boonthavorn employee for around ten years and took up his current position from the opening on the main Hua Hin premises 6 years ago. About 50% of his customers are Thais and another 50% foreigners. The company has found that customers in Hua Hin prefer to purchase imported products, including European tiles and kitchenware. These products are at the higher end of the price range. Delivery is provided and lighting installers are on hand and ready to brighten your home in the most innovative way possible.

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2 34 Quality Windows for Quality Home Owners

A new breed of small and medium sized specialist businesses is emerging in Hua Hin. These businesses have typically opened their operations here after first establishing themselves in Bangkok or Phuket. The ‘new breed’ understand that Hua Hin is a market where housing developers and home owners are no longer satisfied with a ‘near enough is good enough’ approach or ‘back-yard operators’, but are looking for the best products, workmanship and service. SSS Windows is one example of this new breed. Around 5 years ago Chris Anderson, a British expat, with 18 years residency in Thailand, moved with his family from Phuket where his business has been operating for around 12 years. One reason for the move was a desire to join a community with a more family friendly focus and expats with a more discerning but down to earth approach. Chris and his family have found that community and established their home in Hua Hin.

SSS Windows design, supply and install high quality UPVC windows and door systems. Quality windows and doors can make a dramatic difference to any home, not only from a cosmetic point of view but also energy saving and noise reduction. Modern UPVC window frames installed with double insulated glass are so energy efficient home owners can expect to save up to 40% of cooling energy costs. For noise reduction 60% on sliding units and up to 90% on casement systems can be achieved. UPVC is extremely low maintenance, free from periodic painting or the other maintenance requirements of many inferior materials and products. The company provides systems for both new homes and older properties looking to upgrade especially where the

inadequacies of wooden or aluminum framed products no longer meet the owner’s needs.

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SSS Windows is on site at many high quality Hua Hin homes SSS provide a 10 year warrantee on all aspects of work including the materials,

hardware, seals and function. The finished product is guaranteed to be “as good as new” for the length of the guarantee. In addition, for the 10 year period, SSS Windows will visit each property for general maintenance to adjust/replace any component, including the hardware and multi-point locking systems if necessary. The resident of the dwelling simply needs to call or email the service team for a convenient appointment. SSS Windows offers Chris’s personal consultation with onsite concept quotations followed by a detailed specification assessment to enable manufacture before installation. He’ll also ensure there’s no need for you to manage any cleaning. At the completion of the installation; your house will be ready to be your home. Chris and his team at SSS Windows provide the quality of service and product to match the growing expectations of discerning Hua Hin home owners. He will call by without delay, arrange a site visit to a current project if you wish and answer any questions with a confidence based on product knowledge and personal experience. Contact: phone 0819686 051 (English), 08737 1881 (Thai) email: Website:

Posh + Hostel = Poshtel

The idea of staying at a hostel brings to mind cramped wire-frame bunk beds, shared bathrooms, and a general lack of amenities. But a new kind of hostel is on the rise and it’s far from a no-frills backpacker haven. It’s called a poshtel — a combination of posh and hostel — and it’s bringing together two concepts that most travelers wouldn’t likely use together: luxury and hostel. Most poshtels offer guests the option of staying in shared rooms or private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Some even have penthouse suites. Amenities range from free wi-fi to complimentary breakfast, as well as pools, restaurants and bars, gyms, and rooftops with a view. The poshtel has been referred to by many as one of the defining travel trends of this year, partly because the accommodations are starting to spread from Europe to America. Call them ‘poshtels’, hostels or hybrid hotels, but one of the most exciting travel

spaces across Asia is the emergence of socially-focused accommodation. Not only have millennials embraced the shift, but a rising number of older explorers are jumping the ship and abandoning traditional properties. What is a notable in this changing landscape is that with mounting demand in the sector, there are no signs of deceleration, as investment is being embraced by an increasing number of hospitality groups and institutional investors. Within Southeast Asia, the tourism tigers of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam are key players. Analysing the state of play, C9’s MD Bill Barnett says, “in days past hostels typically sat in the sub-budget accommodation tier but with the recent evolution of properties now becoming hybrid hotels with a mix of private rooms, it’s an entirely new ballgame. “Our metric for hostels is average-daily-

rate-per-bed (ADRB) versus the traditional hotel focus on average-daily-rate (ADR) per room. What is clear in our research is that in a growing number of cases the investment returns of these hybrid properties are superior to budget hotels in the same market. This is of particular interest to developers who are motivated by real estate return efficiencies.” While there is movement afoot for consolidation and mainstream players either acquiring or developing their own brands, C9’s research shows that 87% of current supply remains independent. This is amplified by the reliance on external online travel agencies (OTA’s) to drive bookings, with the leading player being U.K.-based Hostelworld. Reflecting on changes in Southeast HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

Asia’s hostel scene over the past twelve months, C9 Hotelworks’ Bill Barnett says “growth in resort destinations is far exceeding urban locations. Rising real estate values are clearly at play here but on a broader basis many investors view the strong recurring cash flow position, with lower investment than hotels as tempting. “What will be interesting is how effective budget and economy hotel chains adapt to the competition, and will they eventually have a moment of clarity on how hybrids reflect a marked departure in consumer travel patterns. Based on hotel groups stunningly slow reaction to OTA’s and Airbnb, I’d say hybrids look to be one of the more interesting accommodation tiers in the next few years.”


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375 Bjorn Guides Europe to Victory at Eurasia Cup

Team Europe, captained by Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, dominated the Singles matches to earn a hard-fought win over Team Asia with a 14-10 victory to retain the EurAsia Cup last month.

After trailing Team Asia over the last two days, Europe surmounted a gallant fightback to win eight out of 12 matches in the Singles format at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club. “It was a great performance today from every single one of them, they came off the golf course yesterday and there was a determination and a will of wanting to win this,” said Bjorn.  

“From there, to then go out and do the job the way they did today shows a lot about the character of these 12 guys and it shows a lot about the character of European golf and it shows a lot about what we are,” added the Dane. The winning moment for Europe came on the 18th  hole when Belgium’s Thomas Pieters beat Korea’s Byeonghun An by one hole. “It always nice to get the winning point.

Team Europe’s winning combination We all have to do our own part today. We knew that and we knew what we had to do.  You can see early on that we wanted it badly because the board was pretty blue,” said Pieters. “These kind of events always become closer than you think sometimes, and that’s always good to know. When you go out there as a team, you’ve got to play. You play for very few points the first two

days and then you play for a lot of points on Sunday, and that’s the way these events are. “It can swing very much on the last day and we showed today that if you are good and strong on Sundays, you can win these things,” said Bjorn. The EurAsia Cup featured 24 matches, with day one showcasing six Fourball matches, followed by six Foursomes matches and 12 Singles matches on the third day.

FootGolf; Playing Football When You Really WantTo Play Golf Golf and football are two of the most popular sports around. But to play both sports at the same time, you need to play FootGolf.

FootGolf follows the same objective as golf; that is to take as few strokes (or kicks) as possible to get the ball from a starting point into the hole. A FootGolf course follows the same 18 hole format with par thee, four and five holes. The rules also generally follow golf with penalties for out of bounds, hazards and the like. Basically the standard sized football is placed behind the tee markers (not on a raised tee) then kicked as near as possible to a purpose made green and then kicked again from where it comes to rest until being holed. The hole has a large diameter, 50 - 53 cm and a depth of 30-40 cm. This is a relatively new sport with the first FootGolf World Cup was played in Budapest, Hungary in June 2012. In the UK

last year there were an estimated 30,000 FootGolf players a week spread out over 200 courses. There’s also an official rule book produced by the Federation for International FootGolf (see If you want to get serious, the next FootGolf World Cup is in Marrakesh in December this year. Originating in the Netherland, member countries of the FootGolf Federation now include Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Holland, Norway, Panama, Puerto Rico, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and the USA. In Thailand we’ve seen evidence of FootGolf being played in Phuket and Koh Samui but generally as a novelty in amusement parks.

From tee to green by foot at the Sawang FootGolf Club

With his interest in football, Khun Park Maneepairoj, the Club Manager at Sawang Resort Golf Club, decided to bring upgrade footgolf to Thailand and the Sawang FootGolf Club was established in September 2017. While golf is still the main attraction at Sawang, footgolf has emerged as an extremely fun activity on course. Sawang is

often a favourite of golfers from Cha-Am, around an hour’s drive north from that location. FootGolf is a great way to get some fun exercise (although you can take a cart) in a scenic family-friendly environment away from amusement parks. It’s a great activity for footballers to practice kicking skills or for social, family or corporate groups looking for an activity that everyone can enjoy. See more information about FootGolf at Sawang by visiting

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Black Mountain to Host Thailand Long Drive Championship Finals

How Far Do Average Golfers Really Hit it? What constitutes a long drive? Many golfers turn to the TV for context. Sadly, the bombs produced by Dustin Johnson and Jason Day aren’t realistic standards; even for most pros.

Despite the advances in technology and fitness, 300 yards remains a desired and hallowed target; most golfers can’t come close to sniffing that distance. Conversely, we continue to hear that escalating distance is becoming a problem, to the point where the USGA is starting to take steps to curb this supposed issue. So, how far do average golfers really hit it? ‘Game Golf Live’, a wearable real-time shottracking system provided data regarding the average driving distance from rounds played in 2016 (April to September). Breaking it down in two divisions -- age and handicap -- here are the median driving distances from male golfers from across the world:

Thailand will be staging its hunt to discover the kingdom’s most powerful and longest hitter of the golf ball. Tagged as the “Thailand Long Drive Championship 2018”, the event will be open to all Thai male nationals above the age of 18 years. A total of 4 qualifying rounds will be staged at these venues, followed by the final at Black Mountain: • Northern Region: 2-3 February (Chiangmai Stardome) • Northeast Region: 9–10 February (Mountain Creek - Nakhon Ratchasima) • Southern Region: 16–17 February (Blue Canyon - Phuket) • Central Region: 23–24 February (Suvarnabhumi - Bangkok)

Final – 3rd March (Black Mountain - Hua Hin) Commenting on the tournament, Harald Elisson, Managing Director of Black Mountain said, “This is a major tournament that will provide a very unique opportunity for big hitting Thai golfers to put their skills on display. Our ultimate objective is to discover the longest hitter in the Kingdom, who will then go onto the United States to compete for top honours at the World Long Drive Championship 2018”. “Black Mountain is proud to be the host of the final of the Thailand tournament and we know that it will be a highly competitive event, and thrilling for the many spectators we anticipate welcoming” Elisson added.

‘Rhodes Rules School’ Questions & Answers

For golfers of all abilities who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Rules of Golf provided by Rules guru and author Barry Rhodes. Each month 5 new Questions & Answers will be shown; here are numbers 86 - 90.


Question 86 Sand spilling over the margin of a bunker is still part of the bunker. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 13/1. Note: A bunker is a prepared area of ground from which turf or soil has been removed and replaced with sand or the like. When sand spills over the prepared area it does not extend the margin of the bunker. Question 87 In stroke play, a player who takes his stance within the teeing ground but plays his ball from just outside it is penalised two strokes and must play his ball from where it comes to rest. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 11-4. Note: The player does incur a penalty of two strokes for playing a ball from outside the teeing ground but his next stroke must be to play a ball from within the teeing ground. Question 88 In stroke play, a player touches her ball with her putter as she grounds it in front of her ball as part of her pre-putt routine. She incurs a penalty of one stroke even if the ball did not move. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 18-2. Note: However, if the ball leaves its position and comes to rest in any other place HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

then the player is penalised one stroke and the ball must be replaced. Question 89 When identifying his ball in the rough a player does not have to mark his ball, providing he rotates it on its spot without lifting it. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 12-2. Note: Before touching his ball to identify it the player must announce his intention to his opponent or fellow competitor and mark the position of the ball. He incurs a penalty of one stroke if he fails to do so. Question 90 A player is always entitled to see his ball when playing a stroke. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 12-1. Note: A player is not necessarily entitled to see his ball when making a stroke. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2016-2017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out

Golf Digest At its core, the median driving distance is 219.55 yards. Other club distances of note: the median 3-wood goes 186.89 yards, 7-iron clocks in at 133.48 yards and pitching wedge at a 73.97 mark. For what it’s worth, golfers find the fairway 46.46 percent of the time. Sure, the biggest yardage number (250) may seem puny -- especially when Henrik Stenson is outdriving that figure by 40 yards with his 3-wood. However, it does illustrate that, while average golfers are getting it out there, worries about rising distances ruining the game are overblown (at least at the amateur level). Distance depends on many factors: the clubs you are using, the balls you are using, the conditions under which you play (hard fairway or soft fairway? windy or calm? humid or dry? etc.), your gender and age, your physical fitness, coordination and athleticism and your swing speed. There is no wrong golf club distance; there is only your distance. And knowing your distances (also known as “knowing your yardages”) is much more important than knowing how far each club is “supposed” to go. The moral of that story? Don’t compare yourself with the world’s best players. Although some recreational players do outhit the pros, they are rare and you probably aren’t one of them. You’ll quickly get an idea of whether you are a “long” hitter or “short” hitter by simply playing golf and comparing yourself to those you play with. There’s no shame in being a short hitter, and being a long hitter doesn’t guarantee anything, including a lower score. Hitting the ball far doesn’t matter at all if you can’t also hit it straight or then get the ball on the green.

Men V’s Women? The average women golfer is said to hit the ball about 75% the distance of the average man. Ideally the difference in the length of the tee boxes should mean that scores are evened out; but that’s not even close. With a typical 10% difference in course length, not the 25% that would make up for this disparity, men should think again before complaining about this supposed ‘advantage’. There is a greater gap between the longer and shorter women than there is between the longer and shorter men. Better women players tend to be significantly longer than weaker women players. A male player who shoots 110 might be just as long as a guy who shoots 80. That is very unlikely with female golfers.

A Final Caveat You can find distance charts on many websites around the Web. One thing you’ll notice is that the numbers provided rarely, if ever, match up. These figures are just for show; the only number that really matters is on your scorecard.


10 42 Black Mountain & Banyan Go Head to Head

On 18th & 19th January, members from two of Asia’s top award winning golf clubs came together at Black Mountain and Banyan in friendly battle, in the first Interclub Championship Hua Hin has seen. Although the air was full of the spirit of true competition, rivalry quickly turned to comradery as the tournament quickly revealed the friendliness between members of both sides and the cementing of social bonds between the two clubs and their members is now permanent. One team had to emerge as the winner though and that team was the Banyan Golf Club which edged home triumphantly in the closing stages with a score of 21 against 19; a very close contest indeed.

“The goal was to bring our two clubs together and to get our members together socially. The event was a tremendous success, thoroughly enjoyed by all, both on and off the course. Plans are already being made for a return match”, said Harald Elisson, Managing Director at Black Mountain. This sentiment was echoed by Stacey Walton, General Manager of Banyan who said, “This event has been a long time coming but it was well worth the wait; we all had a great time and this first tournament will go down in our respective histories as a major milestone in the advancement of inter-club relationships. We can expect many more of these inter-club social events to come”.

Football Fans in Thailand Can See FIFA World Cup Matches Live : Prawit

Children’s Day at True Arena Football for Small Kids and Big Kids

Later in the day the match between Bangkok United and PT Prachuap Football Clubs remained friendly but also very competitive as both teams are in focused on a season which is only weeks away from commencing. The results don’t really matter too much but for the record; PT Prachuap FC 3 - Bangkok United 2. Children’s Day at True Arena was a great way to celebrate sport but also a great way for Mums, Dads and others to enjoy seeing both their kids and two big football teams in action.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has guaranteed live broadcast of World Cup matches for Thai football fans.

Bangkok United players and local kids enjoying Children’s Day

General Prawit said that everyone will have a chance to watch the competition live from Russia, although the broadcast rights, worth about 1.3 billion THB, have not been settled. The deputy prime minister, who is also Chairman of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), said the costly rights posed no problems for Thailand. He declined to give details. Potential broadcast partners  have been put off  by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission’s regulation stipulating that live major sporting events such as the World Cup and Olympics. General Prawit held talks with Gen Yutthasak Sasiprabha, the advisor to the President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, on the sidelines of the SAT board meeting at Government House. Russia will host the World Cup’s final rounds from June 14th to July 15th. The hosts join 31 other teams in the competition, including defending champions Germany. Thai fans have enjoyed watching all World Cup live since 1990. Bangkok Post HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018

Children’s Day at True Arena featured sport and more specifically football, for boys and girls with free clinics, and games attended by their heroes from Bangkok United and PT Prachuap Football Clubs. Around 50 children from far and wide took part in a fun day with coaches on hand to show them how the ‘great game’ is played and with an opportunity to play on the best playing surface anywhere. They also had the chance to welcome professional players ‘up close and personal’.

An enthusiastic crowd watching the ‘big boys’ match



45 February 2018

‘Eccezionale Cucina Italiana’ @ Mozza Mia

Three prerequisites for a special restaurant to claim as your own: 1) The setting & ambience, 2) A welcoming host & service staff, 3) last but not least; Fine cuisine & wine.

Burrata with Palma Ham and warm crusty bread

Some Thai restaurants may provide all these requirements (well maybe not the wine!) but if ‘eccezionale cucina Italiana’ or fine Italian dining is what suits your palate, then Mozza Mia in central Hua Hin is the place. Couples or even single diners who initially called in for a brief Italian-style sandwich with expresso or fresh orange juice often return with a larger group to share their ‘discovery’ after adopting Mozza Mia as their own. The initial impression is the understated, intimate setting where and you will be personally welcomed by the host Lyna Narin or Khun Kam. During our last visit she was wearing a top which proudly proclaimed “I Love Italy” and of course that includes loving Italian cuisine.

Burrata is made with an outer shell or ‘case’ of mozzarella. The inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual soft silky smooth texture. When contrasted with crusty warm bread, it’s a light, though fulfilling delight. Host Khun Kam reveals the contents of her specialty Seafood Clay Pot Thinking about Italian cuisine may typically conjure images of pizza, pasta, risotto, minestrone; maybe tomato laden or with parmesan. However that’s a very limited view of Italian food, with mozzarella and burrata delights also Italian favourites and a specialty of Mozza Mia. If you take Mozza to be the short form of Mozzarella, then ‘Mozza Mia’ could be ‘my mozzarella’. Mozzarella is a southern Italian semi-soft cheese, generally white, but may vary seasonally to slightly yellow.

Pizza Mozza Mia Since our last visit to Mozza Mia there have been many additions to the menu based on diner’s requests with pizza being amongst their favourites, especially Thai people.

For example Pizza Mozza Mia includes parma ham and rocket with lashings of mozzarella. Two specialty spaghetti dishes that took our attention were a delightful cure for our hunger; prompted by the aromas wafting from the nearby open kitchen. Spaghetti Olio Bacon and Spaghetti Truffle Sauce were presented steamy hot and with a hint of spicy heat to soon address our hunger pangs. Khun Kam then introduced an intriguing Clay Pot. This was a small pot enclosed with oven crusted pastry ‘lid’ which opened, reveals a variety of seafood cooked to perfection in a chilli and garlic sauce. Another Mozza Mia specialty to tantalise both the eyes and taste buds. Dining can be inside, alongside a wine selection with shelves stocked with fine wines, especially of the Italian variety, but also from Australia, New Zealand the Americas. Alternatively the outdoor terrace provides an alternative space for a dinner party of groups of friends or family. Mozza Mia provides Hua Hin with an opportunity to savour Italian cuisine at its finest. Not only for an evening dinner, but also for those looking for breakfast or a casual lunch. This culinary venue is the perfect place to soon become your own special ‘home away from home’ or ‘casa lontano da casa’. Where: Soi 94 at G Mall Hua Hin (alongside the G Mall Resort), onsite parking available. When: 9 AM to 11 PM everyday Phone: 032 900 250 Facebook: www.

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2 46 A Dinner That’s Out of This World

By Vanniya Sriangura- Bangkok Post No, it wasn’t terrifying. No, the dining station didn’t sway. No, there’s no glass shell nor safety bar between you and the space around you. And yes, the food was good. I’ve repeated those statements countless times since my Dinner in the Sky flight landed on Sukhumvit Road. My subject of review was a pop-up restaurant basically consisting a rectangular table and 22 chairs that encircle a chef’s platform underneath a glass roof. Yet, instead of operating on solid ground, the whole structure is suspended by slings from a crane that lifts it 50 metres above the Earth’s surface, allowing guests the freedom of eating in the air. While a great number of onlookers wonder whether the height (equivalent to a 12-floor building) affects your taste buds, others prefer to leave it as an extravagance

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reserved only for the super audacious, rich and perhaps stupid. Putting all the criticisms aside, I, as an invited food writer to observe it first-hand, found Dinner in the Sky nothing but a fun and price-worthy dining experience. The concept was developed in Belgium 10 years ago and has operated in 45 countries, including Denmark, France, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the US. This inaugural pop-up in Thailand was launched in Bangkok and will run daily until February 28th with a total of 2,500 seats available during the seven-week operation, two thirds have already been booked. Culinary-wise, Dinner in the Sky offers a 4-course fine-dining meal prepared by executive chef Gaetano Palumbo from Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, the project’s official partner. Guests get to choose their choice of beef, chicken, seafood, lamb or vegetarian prior to the flight.

My 21 dining companions and I were gleefully attended to by chef Palumbo and his two kitchen crew members. And just like at an upscale restaurant, each dish was presented proudly with a brief explanation of the produce and preparation, while our drink glasses were always kept full. Safety-wise, the whole system was designed and produced in Belgium according to strict German specifications and has surpassed world-leading TUVaccredited standards. So far, it enjoys a zero accident record. The 200 ton telescopic crane used in suspending the restaurant in the air was also imported from Europe and is regularly inspected and tested by professionals. It operated so smoothly that without looking away from my food I didn’t know I was moving. The dining platform also spins slowly so that diners can enjoy different vistas. During the flight, guests are securely strapped to the bucket-seat chairs by a

multi-point safety harness. The chairs can, however, lean forwards and backwards, as well as making a 180 degree turn. That added a lot more comfort and a pleasant thrill to the experience. Helping to ensure our safety were two uncompromising security technicians at each end of the table. Though looking tough and determined, they were helpful and friendly. Reservations are made only online at Editor’s Note: I did wonder whether the Holiday Inn Van Nava had considered a similar idea for a dinner experience on the Sky Deck, a unique glass floor that sees right through to ground level from the dizzy heights of the 27th floor. I’ve yet to take a step onto that glass platform but I’m guessing the experience will elicit some interesting reactions from anyone with a fear of heights. ‘Sky Dining’ is a question for me to ask the management on my next visit!

473 New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin by Sri Panwa

Baba Beach Club Hua Hin, hosted their very first New Year’s Eve Gala and Beach Party ringing in the New Year in signature Baba Beach Club style.

The newly opened music lovers’ hotel welcomed over 150 guests to celebrate the New Year and their first major event at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin. An uninterrupted beach view, courtyard gardens, and entertainment pool creating the perfect backdrop to end the eventful year 2017, paired with entertainment set the scene for the night.

Starting off the night was the Have a Good Time Band with powerful vocals, guitar, bass and drummer, later joined by our resident saxophonist Burin the Sax Man complimenting the already soulful Thai and English songs. With two fire shows on the beach by the local talents Wanorn on Fire just before the countdown, the last few hours of 2017 was filled with disco and funky beats by Bangkok based DJ Cello. Ringing in the New Year and counting down the seconds together featured a grand finale of majestic fireworks on the beach. The vibrant and energetic vibe made a great start to 2018, with great music, the sounds of the ocean waves, and guests dancing late into the night. Follow Facebook@Baba Beach Club for upcoming event and promotions. Please call 032-899-130 or visit for booking or more information.

Exciting Young Head Chef Xavier Charest-Réhel Launches Modern Menu at Big Fish & Bar

Big Fish & Bar, the stunning seafront restaurant at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa, has unveiled a contemporary new menu created by its exciting young Head Chef, Xavier Charest-Réhel. A Canadian national, Chef Xavier is only 25 but has developed a reputation as being one of the most compelling young talents in the industry. Chef Xavier’s classic beef tartare features parmesan, old balsamic and fried Thai basil, while his scallops are accompanied by exotic lychee salsa, salmon eggs and mango puree. Main dishes such as lamb rack with Thai herbs; fresh cavatelli pasta with tiger prawns and Thai pesto; and French duck breast with chestnut purée, fried Thai potatoes and strawberry vinegar also demonstrate the chef’s international flair, while prime Australian Wagyu rib-eye or tenderloin steaks showcase high-quality ingredients, perfectly cooked.

The dessert menu reflects a similar combination of classic and contemporary creations, including a Thai fruit salad with banana cake and Chantilly cream; “Omelet Norwegian” with mango ice cream, puffed rice, Italian meringue and Kirsch liquor; and classic Italian tiramisu. Alongside the à la carte menu, Chef Xavier has also created a tapas menu including a Thai cheese platter, charcuterie and, harnessing the fresh bounty of the ocean, a Seafood Tower that features an indulgent assortment of oysters, scallops, shrimps, rock lobster and squid. With Chef Xavier at the helm, Big Fish & Bar is strengthening its reputation as Hua Hin’s most exciting dining venue and a “must-eat” destination for foodies from Bangkok, and all across the world. To book your place at this spectacular seafront restaurant and to sample Chef Xavier’s culinary creations, please email at huahinrestaurants@marriott. com or call +66 (0) 32 904 666.

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48 4 WEEKLY MONDAYS Salas Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Featuring the best of imported natural and wholesome beef prepared in exciting ways. Salas celebrates its natural, healthy and deliciousness attributes. Our skilled and creative chefs have crafted these exquisite dishes, featuring ingredients sourced daily, with your satisfaction in mind.



OH-FISH-CIALLY Best Fish in Town! Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Valentine’s Day Special Every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Choose your fresh fish fillet of tuna, salmon, seabass or snapper along with your favorite sauce and side order then we will pan sear it and deliver to your table. Your fillet includes a selection from the chef’s salad buffet Price: Baht 450++ (200g portion).

Culinary Treasures of Japan, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas BBQ International Hua Hin Buffet At Cape Nidhra Hotel

Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Hagi Japanese Restaurant Japanese buffet enjoy a wide variety of Japanese specialties such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, live Teppanyaki and much more... Price: Baht 1,100++ per person.

Hua Hin has revamped its buffet dining specials at the Rocks Restaurant on Tuesdays. From 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m., “BBQ International Buffet” savours flavours from across the globe with our tantalizing line Daily Strawberry Bliss, up of superb dishes Centara Grand Beach in our International Resort and Villas Hua buffet spread! From Hin international food to fresh Seafood and assorted pastries, this buffet is the one for food lovers. Serving now at 1,300 Baht net per person. Children At The Museum Coffee under 12 receive a 50% & Tea Corner from 10:00 discount. am. - 18.00 pm. It’s that WEDNESDAYS time of year again when Chocolate Indiugence, the beloved bright Centara Grand Beach red berries are back in Resort and Villas Hua season to tempt our Hin taste budswith their succulent fragrant tang full of sweetness and flavour. Celebrate with our indulgent strawberry creations while the season lasts. Baba Dining, Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin

Baan Chok Café & Eatery. The epitome of luxury, style and elegance, the colonial style house, Baan Chok provides a charming a la carte menu and specialises in serving classic teas, stylish coffee and traditional Hua Hin desserts Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 11 am – 6 pm Sat to Sun 7 am – 6 pm.

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14th February 2018 at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner from 3:00 pm. onwards. Using some of the finest chocolate from Belgium, Switzerland and others, the Pastry Chef has created a delicate array of rich chocolate and dessert creations for you to indulge in a four stage plated afternoon of indulgence. Complemented with a choice of white or dark chocolate beverages, the afternoon is sure to please the hearts and souls of both the young and old. There will be a guest speaker explaining the differences in chocolates you are savouring!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day 14th February 2018 at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa 1. Love to Share ! Buy One Get One Free of drink menu for couple joining lunch or dinner all day at Champions sports Bar 2. Romantic set up by the sea, celebrate romantic dinner at Ocean Terrace Restaurant including a bottle of prosecco only THB 990 Net per table (price included special appetizer exclude main course food).



Valentine’s Special @ Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin

Dalah Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Valentine’s Special exclusive 3-course romantic dinner and one bottle of sparkling wine for THB 2,200++. Available between 6pm - 10pm on 14th of February. Advance bookings are preferred.

Chefs at Dalah Restaurant bring their expertise to town and pick all time favortie Thai dish “Tom Yum Goong” to craft into a modern style. Try this Thai-inspired twist with Dalah’s secret pizza dough recipe topped with a delicious combination of chilli paste and shrimps, together with mozzarella cheese. This will just melt into your mouth.

SATURDAYS Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Every Saturday, enjoy a fantastic BBQ feast at Luna La Pran by the sea. Featuring a large array of local seafood and premium imported meats grilled before your eyes. Healthy salads, sushi, Asian THURSDAYS dishes and mouthSundara Sports Lounge, watering homemade Sheraton Hua Hin desserts are also Resort & Spa available. Savor the refreshing sea breeze and panoramic view of the Gulf as you dine Reef & Beef, Centara Grand Beach Resort and from 6:30-10:00 PM. Villas Hua Hin Afternoon Tea Selections, Centara Thai Temple Fair, Taste the juicy perfection Grand Beach Resort and Centara Grand Beach of Ribs ‘N Wings every Villas Hua Hin Resort and Villas Hua Thursday nights at Hin Sundara Sports Lounge. Enjoy the finger licking good crisp fried chicken Friday – 2nd from wings, fresh grilled pork 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. ribs and french fries all at COAST Beach Club you can eat. Experience & Bistro. Discover the tender marinated the variety of coast spare ribs and chicken side dishes and a wings slow cooked for wide assortment of the good to the bone tempting appetizers, by our chefs. Have it fresh fish, seafood, Monday - Saturday with a glass of draught prime quality meats from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 beer at THB. 599 net per and live entertainment. p.m. at The Museum person. Price: Baht 1,200++ per Coffee & Tea Corner. We person. Steak Out, Centara have now introduced 3 Grand Beach Resort and Happy Chinese New different types of High Villas Hua Hin Tea set for you to select Wednesday – 7th , 21th Year, Centara Grand from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 Beach Resort and Villas and choose between Hua Hin set, Heritage p.m. at Suan Bua Thai Hua Hin set or Colonial set along Restaurant. Submerge with premium selected yourself into a genuine coffee and TWG tea Thai cultural event and Price: Starting from Baht experience culinary 450++ per set. delights from all over Every Thursday from the Kingdom whilst Biggles Big Band 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 pm. listening to indigenous Amsterdam, Centara at COAST Beach 16th February 2018 music from throughout Grand Beach Resort and Club & Bistro. Select at Colonial pool from Thailand. Price: Baht Villas Hua Hin your preferred steak 7:00 pm.- 10:30 pm. 850++ per person. from Australia or New Welcome the year of the Zealand. Cooked to your Dog with a sumptuous A Night of Delicious order and accompanied Asian buffet dinner Romance, Centara Grand Beach Resort and by the chef’s salad accompanied by live buffet of fresh cut Villas Hua Hin music and spectacular vegetables and greens performance. Price: Baht - truly a meat lovers 2,100++ per person. 10th February 2018 at delight! Price: Baht COAST Beach Club & Luna Lanai Restaurant, 990++ (200g portion). Bistro. Join our concert Sheraton Hua Hin Fresh Fish Feast! at of the year “Biggles Resort & Spa Railway Restaurant, Big Band”an amazing Centara Grand Beach 23-piece orchestra Resort & Villas Hua Hin from Amsterdam. Be entertained by songs from the great swing 14 February 2018 at era, while enjoying our COAST Beach Club extensive Surf & Turf & Bistro. Want to add Buffet Dinner. Buffet Friday Nights at Luna some passion to your opens at 7:00 pm. Lanai, enjoy a fresh romance, some spice to Performance starts at cooked Canadian your life, make her tingle From 6:00 pm. - 10.30 7:.30 pm. Price: Baht Lobster to your liking, all over or just please pm. The Railway 2,100++ per person. the one you love… Then Restaurant is pleased to choose from Grilled Canadian Lobster, Curry try our all-consuming, launch a seasonal fresh Lobster, Chinese Black sensual and provocative fish feast.Throughout Pepper Lobster, Cheese Valentines menu at the month of February Baked Lobster, each Coast. A menu that is you can enjoy Scottish served with 2 delicious sure to endear you to salmon, Sea bass and sides. Lobsters are your sweetheart… Price: much more... Especially flown in live weekly and Baht 2,950++ per couple created using fresh cooked to perfection by 5 course menu. fillets. our master chefs. PHONE NUMBERS

Amari Hua Hin: 032 616 600 BaBa Beach Club Hua Hin: 032 899 130 Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin: 032 516 600 Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin 032 512 021

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Corner 112 Grill Restaurant: 083 006 1300 Dusit Thani Hua Hin: 032 520 009 Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort: 032 616 999

SUNDAYS Sunday Roast @ COAST, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Every Sunday exclusive for Dinner at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Choose your own favourite portion of ROAST - Tender Pork, Juicy Beef or Tasteful Lamb, served right at your table with freshly cooked root vegetables and assorted home made sauces. Price: Starts from Baht 690++ per couple. AQUA at Amari Hua Hin

Aqua pool bar presents a perfect combination flavour of THAI-MEXICAN snack promotions: Quesadillas, Spicy chicken, garlic, chilli, holy basil, mozzarella cheese Avocado Salsa Verde, Burrito Seafood curry, capsicum, onion, cheddar cheese, tortilla flour, Avocado Salsa Verde, Nachos Spiced ground beef, jalapeño peppers, sour cream, chilli, Price per menu starts from 290 +++ Cool Spa, Baba Beach Club by Sri Panwa

The award-winning spa experience created by Sri panwa, voted Top 10 Luxury spa destinations, has now opened at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin. Enjoy an extraordinary sensory experience fully immersing your mind, body and spirit. Open Daily 10 am – 7 pm. Reef Deli and Wine Lounge at Amari Hua Hin

Enjoy delicious traditional Thai menus that would please all spice and herb lovers; Gaeng Som Goong, Sweet and sour curry, sea prawns, Yum Moo Yang - Spicy pork neck salad, grilled long eggplant, Goong Horapa - Stir-fried king sea prawns with chilli, chilli and pesto and Poo Nim Tom Yum, deep-fried soft shell crab, Price per menu starts from 290++ Advertise with

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

Address: Between the famous Thai resorts of Hua Hin and the fabulous Takiab Beach Tel: 086 803 9085 Email: Web: 71

Health Lab Hua Hin บริการเจาะเลือดและสารคัดหลัง่ 放血、刺穿及试样处理

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Hua Hin Home Art

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

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True Arena

Sivana Gardens Pool Villas

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.

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

Address: 52/52 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 909 633 Email: Web:


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Water Jungle Vana Nava Hua Hin

Lotus Sports Club (Muay Thai)

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Shadow boxing, bag work, Muay Thai techiniques, sparing, stretching, swimming, running, rope jump, pad work, bags, clinch, kness or low kick ...

Address: 129/99 Soi Moo Baan Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 909 606 Email: Web:

Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: Web:


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


Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin The Banyan is set in a valley basin with some spectacular views and Golf East, the Thai design company 自 2008 年俱乐部开业以来,Banyan 高尔夫已经连续三年被《 亚洲高尔夫月刊》评选为最佳三大球场之一 Address: 68/34 Mooban Hua Na, Nong Gae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 200 Email:



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


Mason Appetite MasonAppetite is an authorized representative for premium home products. We dedicate to source & select only reliable quality with great design & function. Address: Baan Mai, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 11120 Tel: 029 841 155, 083-0969099 Email: Web:


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

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Address: 62/69 Soi Moobaan Hua-Na, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 086 3693 604 Email: Web:

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Asian Secure Hua Hin-Vaults

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Top security Hi-tech Steel Vault - Protected by 24/7 Monitoring of Alarm & CCTV. Deposit your valuables, documents, jewels in safety. Deposit boxes with dual locks.

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79 Nadpob Dental Clinic

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

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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

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Luna Lanai Seafront Restaurant

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 1573 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web: 2

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Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

COAST Beach Club & Bistro Cuisine: International Cuisine & Authentic fresh-made Pizza, Grilled meats and Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ, พิชซ่า, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 国际菜, 披萨, 各类烧烤, 海鲜 Address: 1 Damnerkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web:


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


Address: 9/22 Moo 5, Pak Nam Pran, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220 Tel: 032 909 900 Email: Web:


Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

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

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

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There are a variety of booths to select Issan food, noodles, grilled pork, grilled chicken, grilled ribs as well as the Korean BBQ Buffet.


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

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Dorigo Cafe’ & Bistro Hua-Hin New Italian Restaurant in Hua-Hin Town with Daily Fresh Pizza and Best Qulity Product from Italy. Fresh Seafood Steak Salad and Pasta. Address: Hua-Hin Soi 70 Opposites Hua-Hin School Tel: 032 905 924 Web:


15 Railway Restaurant Centara Hua Hin Taking its design inspiration from Hua Hin railway station originally erected in the early 1920s, The Railway restaurant offers a worldly selection of cuisines for breakfast and dinner. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web: restaurant/


Big Fish Marriott Hua Hin

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


Corner 112 Grill & Thai Restaurant

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

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Taste the ocean with the fresh catch of the day at Big Fish, our signature grill and seafood restaurant, located directly next to the beachfront with indoor and outdoor seating.

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Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: Web:


Mozza Mia Hua Hin

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

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

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Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Sala Monsoon at Putahracsa Hua Hin A restaurant where the ambience is relaxed and chic. Start the day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and indulge in simple Thai dishes, fresh salads, creative pasta dishes and innovative sandwiches for lunch.

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

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

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Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

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

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

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


Coral Restaurant & Bar at Banyan The Resort

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

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


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: Web:

Address: 854/2 Burirom Road, Cha Am Beachfront, Petchaburi Tel: 032 708 300 Email: Web:

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


Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

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

Spa Essentials at Sheraton Hua Hin

Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am, Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 ext. 6201 Email: Web: 26

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

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Quan Spa Marriott Hua Hin

Set amongst a tranquil landscaped tropical garden, the spa features 9 treatment rooms and outdoor Thai massage sala. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021-38 Email: Web: 27

Quan Spa, located here within the resort, offers a wide range of soothing massage therapies and beauty treatments. Pamper yourself during your Hua Hin visit, and be sure to explore our excellent spa packages. Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Web: 37

Cape Spa Cape Nidhra Hua Hin

Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

VIP Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Email: Tel: 032 616 777 Web: 29 Orchid Massage

Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 61 6600 #7801 Web:


Dayspa at Putahracsa Hua Hin Body Massages, Spa Packages, Hand and Foot Care ... นวดร่างกาย, แพคเกจสปามือและการดูแลเท้า ... 全身按摩,水疗套餐,手部和脚部护理 Address: 22/65 Nahb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 032 531 470 Email: Web:

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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Thai Massage, Foot Massage, Oil Massage นวดแผนไทย, นวดฝ่าเท้า, นวดน้าำ มัน Address: Soi Samorpong, Tippawan Village, Krong Road, Hua Hin Tel: 087 366 8829 Web:


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

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Amari Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web:


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

Blue Sky Resort

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

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

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

Address: Hua-Hin 101, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 02 247 7310-11 Email: Web:


Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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

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

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: Web:



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


Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: Web:


Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin

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


Putahracsa Hua Hin

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


BaBa Beach Club Hua Hin Luxury Hotel by Sri Panwa

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


Experience the unique Baba Beach Club style, limitless luxury, live acts and performances, and gastronomical ventures.


Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is situated on Cha-am beach north of Hua Hin where memories are made at every turn. Address: 1573 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web:


Address: 758, Thewtalay Estate, Phetkasem Rd., Tambon Cha Am, Amphur Cha Am, Phetchaburi 76120 Tel: 032 899 130 Email: Web: 56

The 88 Condo Hua Hin Comfortable condo with kitchen, near Khao Hin Lek Fai View Point, with one 7 storey and two 8 storey buildings and a total of 251 units, located on Soi 88 and easy access to the beach. Address: 88 Hin Lek Fai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 099 441 4152 Web:


Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Hin Nam Sai Suay Hotel

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

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

Address: 9/22 Moo 5 Paknampran, Pranburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web:


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


Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

Sansara Black Mountain, Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin Tel: 02 683 0088 Email: Web:


The Park Hua Hin

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

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

Address: Soi Hua Hin 19 Tambon Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 547 733 Email: Web:

Address: 244 Moo 9, Tab Tai, Hua Hin Tel: 098 398 9831 Email: Web:

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Taking a Tipple with Thai Snacks

Now is the festive season for many travellers, which means drinks with friends. But whether now or anytime of the year, Thailand has some fantastic food that is designed to be consumed when having a drink. We have asked our resident ‘foodie on the street’, Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand, for her ‘go to’ drinking snacks. There is nothing better than sitting somewhere cool, enjoying the beautiful weather of Hua Hin, sipping a cold drink and eating some great Thai food. The criteria for this type of food is easy to pick up, effortless to eat, but more importantly, goes with a number of different drinks; oh, and be delicious! These foods have a name; Aa-haan Gap Glaem • Drinking Food.

Everyone loves food on a stick, be it grilled octopus or the ever-present Moo Ping, marinated pork skewers, but one of the all time favourites is Pork Satay. The thinly sliced pork is marinated in turmeric to give it its yellow colour before being grilled over coals. It’s served with a peanut sauce, a sweet ‘n’ sour vinegar and cucumber dipper and chilli; in Thailand, they also serve some thin slices of white bread. Meat rissoles are so easy to eat and the best in Thailand are named Laap Thawt. These balls are a deep fried version of Laap, the popular spicy Isaan salad. They are crunchy and normally served with some cabbage or green beans, plus some roasted red chilli for lovers of spice. There is nothing better than some nuts or cashews alongside a cold beer, but in Thailand, the dish to look out for is Thua Thawt Samun Phrai. This plate of fried peanuts is combined with deep fried kaffir lime leaf, garlic, salt and

chilies. There are many different versions and it is an utterly addictive snack. One easy-to-eat option that’s great for people who are not into chilli is Daet Diaow. Originally meat that had been marinated, sun dried for a day and then deep fried, it is now more often than not only marinated and deep fried; it is served with a Nam Jim Jaew dipping sauce. Beef or Pork (Neua and Moo respectively) are the most popular choices. Sometimes you will see street vendors pulling up with their grills smoking; dried squid lined up in rows. This squid has been dried in the sun and already flattened before being reheated, pressed once again and sliced right before eating; it goes great with a cold beer or a whisky. Last but not least is anything chicken….Gai. Gai Thawt • Deep Fried Chicken, leads the brigade. Forget KFC this is TFC; it’s easy to eat and utterly delicious in Thailand. Of deep fried chicken, though, my choice for the best drinking food option is Nang Gai Thawt • Deep Fried Chicken Skin; not for people who with high cholesterol issues, but it’s utterly delicious. Or for the more adventurous diners, there is Naem Em Kor Gia Thawt • Deep Fried Fermented Chicken Knuckles. These morsels are slightly sour from being fermented, then flash fried and served with sliced, pickled ginger and peanuts; go on, give them a go.

Tip from Leigh: If you love your Thai Food, I suggest you should follow Andy Ricker of PokPok restaurants and Whiskey Soda Lounge fame. He not only loves Thai Food, has written many cookbooks and is now Thailand’s first Culinary Ambassador. He has released a new cookbook called Pok Pok: The Drinking Food of Thailand, which any Thai foodie would be proud to own. HUA HIN TODAY, February 2018



Written By: David Scarpa In Theaters: Feb 22, 2018   Studio: TriStar Pictures STARS : Michelle Williams : As Abigail Harris Romain Duris : As Cinguanta Christopher Plummer: As Jean Getty Charlie Plummer : As John Paul Getty III Mark Wahlberg : As Fletcher Chase Timothy Hutton

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. Rating: R (for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content) Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Ridley Scott

Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Rating: R (for pervasive language, violence, and some sexual content/nudity) Genre: Drama Directed By: Craig Gillespie Written By: Steven Rogers In Theaters: Jan 08, 2018


Directed By: Aaron Sorkin Written By: Aaron Sorkin In Theaters: Feb 22, 2018 Runtime: 140 minutes Studio: SIXfilms STARS: Jessica Chastain: As Molly Bloom Michael Cera, Idris Elba, Jeremy Strong, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd

MOVIE INFO: MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. Rating: R (for language, drug content and some violence) Genre: Drama

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Runtime: 119 minutes Studio: NEON STARS: Margot Robbie: As Tonya Harding Paul Walter Hauser: As Shawn Eckhardt Allison Janney: As LaYona Golden Julianne Nicholson Sebastian Stan: As Jeff Gilooly Bobby Cannavale: As Diane Rawlinson


Runtime: 93 minutes Studio: A24 STARS: Saoirse Ronan: As Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, Lucas Hedges: AS Danny Laurie Metcalf: As Marion McPherson Timothee Chalamet: As Kyle Tracy Letts : As Larry McPherson Beanie Feldstein; As Julie Steffans

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Rating: R (for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying) Genre: Comedy, Drama Directed By: Greta Gerwig Written By: Greta Gerwig In Theaters: Jan 22, 2018

11 55 A Bug’s Life! Would you try eating Bugs & Insects in Thailand? Food journalists or bloggers often intimate that if you haven’t eaten bugs in SE Asia, you really haven’t eaten the local food. The burning question remains; who actually eats bugs in Thailand in this day and age, or is it just something to make tourists squirm? Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand is giving us the lowdown on bugs!

In countries all over the world, there are people who believe that if it moves, it can be eaten. This may certainly be the case in countries where Tesco or 7 Eleven is not on every corner; is this also true in Thailand?

In local markets all over Thailand, you still find vendors selling all manner of bugs and insects. These local markets usually cater to local customers, though often international travelers want to get an experience of the ‘real’ Thailand. Locals will buy them as a snack, or to eat when with a whiskey or beer. The burning questions are: What exactly am I eating? What do they taste like? Crickets or Grasshoppers: The whole body of both of these insects can be eaten as they become quite crispy and crunchy

once fried. Sometimes grasshoppers are a little tastier, as they are potentially bigger, with more body; the seasoning also gets into all the nooks and crannies of the insect. Silk or Bamboo Worms: These are small and oblong in shape; just pop into your mouth and munch away. The silk worm has a softer mouth-feel, not unlike gnocchi or soft-cooked potato. The bamboo worm which doesn’t have too much flavour and may be good to ‘cut your teeth on’; a first step towards eating bugs. You may find other types like Giant Water Bugs or larger Crickets, especially if you are in very regional areas of Thailand. To eat the giant water bugs, you must first remove the wings and legs, as the body is what is eaten. Locals will gently squeeze the body to ascertain whether they will be good for eating. Normally the bugs are flash-fried and heavily salted; served with a spray of soy sauce and dash of white pepper or chilli;

possible a squeeze of lime juice can give them a different flavour, hence why they are a great late night drinking snack. For 20 or 30 THB you can buy a mixed bag, just like the mixed bag of sweets when you were a kid, though I seriously doubt many local kids are eating mixed bugs after school as their snack of choice. In Hua Hin, you will find bugs sold at local markets like Dinosaur, Phae Mai or Hua Na. They will have at least two or

three different types displayed on small plates. There are sometimes mobile vendors cruising around late at night selling their crunchy delights. The other place for bugs in Hua Hin is the night market near the Grand Hotel. Here you will find a wider selection and a mix of curious international tourists and locals, buying the insects. You will also see vendors set up at any local festival that is held across Thailand.

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12 56 Navigating the Local Markets of Hua Hin

Some of the most interesting places to visit in Hua Hin are the locals’ local evening food markets, however many that are not familiar with these markets may find them too daunting to navigate. Our ‘foodie on the street’, Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand, is at these markets most evenings; she gives us her tips and explains why she loves them so much. At times it can be quite intimidating when faced with a huge fresh food and produce market in Thailand; hoards of locals parking their bikes eager to get in and get their nightly food fix. In Hua Hin, there are many of these markets, both small and large, opening up around 5pm, ready to serve the locals for dinner. These markets are certainly geared towards the locals, however with a few tips, expats and travellers can find these markets a rewarding experience. They can seem quite overwhelming and somewhat chaotic; however, there is an order. Not all vendors are there everyday; they all have their own routines, which allows you to try new or different dishes. The fresh produce is displayed to its full potential and you’ll often find unique or regional ingredients on offer. Vendors may not be fluent in English, but they are proud of what they have on offer and will try their best to help you. Proteins are all on display as well and are extremely fresh; everything from live prawns or frogs, to eels and barn yard chickens. This may not be for those with weaker stomachs, as every part of the animal is for sale.

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The locals like to buy fresh, hence why they come to these markets. Leigh says “At night, I often see vendors that we use on our food tours, buying their ingredients for the next day, which tells me that they are focused on having the best quality produce.” Many of these market vendors are also setup to sell freshly cooked meals for people to take home. You will see some vendors cooking on site in huge woks over enormous jet burners; this is as fresh as you can get. Big tubs of curries, stir fries, soups and salads, along with fried or grilled chicken and Thai sausages and satays. There are also vendors who cook at home and bring their food to market for sale. Whatever Thai dish you desire will normally be available. The other great thing about these markets is the price. Should you pick something and find you don’t like it, the cost has only been 30 or 40 baht. I would advise anyone to follow your gut instinct and try what you think looks good, even if you buy a little too much; leftovers can all be eaten the next day.

General rule of thumb when buying at these markets is look to see who is popular; this is a great sign that the vendor is doing something right. Look who is cooking fresh and how the vendors present both their food and themselves, as this normally indicates they are proud of what they do. You will find these types of markets scattered around every Thai town; locally, whether you are in Cha-am, Pranburi or in Hua Hin, there are many. Dinosaur Market on Soi Chonprathan 62 and Hua Na Market between Sois Hua Hin 112 & 114 are both open nightly. Phae Mai Market, on Thanon Chonprathan (Canal Road), opens Tuesdays only. These markets are often rustic with uneven walkways and rickety roofs over your heads, but give them a try.

Hua Hin Today February 2018  

Hua Hin Today February 2018

Hua Hin Today February 2018  

Hua Hin Today February 2018