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4 Cover Story 10 News 18 Last Month After 2017 being a year of mourning; 2018 has dawned with Hua Hin and our region likely to be at the forefront of a year of opportunity and optimism. Gazing across the landscape, cityscape and coastline from atop Hua Hin’s highest structure on the 26th floor of the Holiday Inn is a great way to get a sense of how Hua Hin has grown over the years and to contemplate the future. The rail line stretches away from the city; with the promise of a high speed train no longer just a pipedream. The future of international flights from the airport is also rumored to be still alive; we’re just waiting for the announcement. We also contemplated the prospect of some New Year’s resolutions being made and enacted at an official level to improve the more mundane aspects of our lifestyle. During 2017 by far the most frequently made comments by our readers relate to the issues of traffic and road conditions, rubbish disposal and the perennial stray dogs concerns. Let’s hope that some serious efforts can be made during 2018 to improve the enjoyment and safety of us all. Hua Hin Today wishes all our readers and supporters a bright, prosperous and positive 2018. Please place road safety at the top of your New Year resolution list as you and your friends and family travel around the city, region and countryside. Our own resolution is to continually improve as the most relevant, interesting and resourceful publication and online presence in town. We also promise to continue our past modus operandi into 2018; that is ……………………….….… NO FAKE NEWS! David : Editor

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4 Reducing Carnage on Thailand’s Roads; Lessons from Phuket

New statistics released by the Don’t Drink Drive Foundation have revealed that the number of people killed on Thailand’s roads have soared in 2017. However a dramatic reduction in the number of traffic deaths in Phuket Province shows that identifying and modifying high risk accident locations together with a determined and consistent enforcement of traffic laws can reduce this carnage throughout the country. The Foundation says that almost 2,500 more people were killed on Thailand’s roads in the first 11 months of 2017 compared to 2016. On average, 61 people are killed every day on Thailand’s road, the Foundation said. In 2016, 9,666 people were found dead at the scene of a road accident. However in 2017, this figure jumps to 12,078 people killed. And that figure is likely to be considerably higher, with the latest stats only accounting for people who were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, the Thai News Agency reported. Apart from the human costs these numbers add up to over half a trillion baht of economic loss. In November it was revealed that the total death toll in 2016 was 22,356 - that was 2,877 up from the figure for 2015 which was 19,479. With these latest stats being released in November, not included are figures for the New Year holiday, which along with the Songkran festival normally sees a spike in road accidents and fatalities. The damning statistics come despite government officials introducing numerous measures to try and reduce fatalities on Thailand’s roads. One such measure introduced in early 2017 was to ban people riding in the cargo area of a pickup truck. However even the most casual observer can see that this law, as well as motor cycle helmet requirements, are neither respected nor consistently enforced.

After a brief hiatus following government proclamations, little has changed for pick-up passengers or helmet use by motorcycle riders

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High risk traffic accident zones in Hua Hin need much more than traffic cones Foundation secretary general Dr Taejing Siripanich said Thailand’s traffic laws and the mindset of drivers were to blame. He said that drivers in Thailand regularly drive under the influence of alcohol, use their smartphones behind the wheel and show little consideration for others when driving. He also said that people are not afraid to break traffic laws and called on police and associated agencies to get tough on drivers who break the law.

A focus on high-risk locations is part of the solution Phuket has recently won praise during a Thai Health Promotion Foundation conference held as a part of the WHO program; ‘Accelerating Actions for Implementation of Decade of Action for Road Safety’. Health and safety agencies heard that the number of road accidents in that Province had been halved over the decade ending in 2016. In the previous decade, 1997-2006, Phuket was among Thailand’s five worst provinces in terms of death and injury resulting from road accidents. The dramatic reduction in accidents and casualties was credited to three basic portals of improving road safety. Strict law enforcement using high-tech devices such as speed guns, breathalysers and cameras. A focus on accident-prone locations, installing traffic lights, removing signs blocking vision. An efficient network of multidisciplinary emergency response teams.

Traffic cameras and frequent breathaliser testing form the basis of regular road safety enforcement

Phuket formed a provincial working team which produced accurate and clear analysis that led to more effective solutions that contributed to halving the crash deaths said Thai Health Promotion Foundation Manager Supreeda Adulyanon. In 2015 the non-profit Safer Roads Foundation from the UK handed over 39 breathalysers to the Phuket Police to use for its ‘Duem Laew Kab Thuk Jab Nae‘ or ‘If you drink and drive, you will get arrested’ campaign. The ‘Phuket model’ shows that what works is a determined approach at the local level, rather than waiting for national action. Meanwhile the Prime Minister has ordered that tough action must be dealt with these traffic violations, notably those driving with no licenses. Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said his order came as he was concerned about the safety of the people travelling homes to celebrate the New Year, or visiting tourist spots as fatal road accidents are still on the increase. He ordered that a heavier penalty rather than just fines should be handed down such as seizure of their vehicles, and prohibiting them to drive again so as to scare them and not to repeat the same offence again, to save the life of others. He also urged that the police enforce the law drastically especially his government’s “No drink driving, license seizure” campaign from December 29th to January 4th. However has anything really changed since the following comments were made by government spokesman Weerachon Sukondhapatipak in January 2017? “Unfortunately the number of fatalities has increased despite a campaign from the government and law enforcement to increase safety. Road safety is something we will have to continue working on continuously and not just during the New Year period.” “The year-round enforcement of road safety rules, a staple in the successful reduction of road deaths worldwide, remains unrealised in Thailand to the continuing enormous cost to its citizens and visitors alike.“

Thailand has the deadliest roads in the world, new report claims A new report has using the same fatality figures has ranked Thailand as having the world’s deadliest roads. The report, released by the World Atlas website, says there is more chance of people being killed on Thailand’s roads than on the roads in places like Malawi, Iran, Rwanda and Lesotho.

According to the report, Thailand ranks in first place with an average of 36.2 deaths per 100,000 population, ahead of Malawi in 2nd place (35.0) and Liberia in 3rd (33.7). The other countries that make up the top 10 include Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Republic of Tanzania, Central African Republic and Sao Tome and Principe. The news comes after Thailand’s government vowed to invest in safety measures to help reduce the 20,000 deaths and estimated Bt500 billion in financial losses every year. Under the measures, officials said they would crack down on drink driving and people breaking the speed limit. And children from kindergarten age will be taught about road safety. -


6 Cape Nidhra’s GM Christian Roeschli; Savoring the Lifestyle & Feeling at Home

The Cape Nidhra Hotel General Manager, Swiss national Christian Roeschli, has held his position since the hotel opening seven years ago in January 2011. That’s a long-term commitment compared with many Resort GMs who typically move on after stints of only 3-5 years, either at the whim of higher management or by their own choice Cape Nidhra is a member of the prestigious ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’, and part of the Cape Hotel Collection. Awarded for its excellent service, elegant facilities and enviable location, Cape Nidhra offers easy access to Hua Hin’s street markets, shopping centres, restaurants, pubs and nightlife. Christian was born near Zürich, in the family of a Swiss engineer, but discovered a passion for hospitality after casual work during overseas travel midway through university studies. He then rejected less people-centred career prospects to enroll in the Hospitality Management College in Zürich. His first hospitality position was as the Chef de Service in a fine dining restaurant in Zürich and progressing to manage a very busy Italian restaurant. Remembering his travels as a student, especially the people, food and climate of Thailand, fortuitously a position became available at the Cape Panwa Hotel in Phuket where he assumed the job of Assistant Manager. Management positions followed in Rayong, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai with Christian’s ready adoption of a Thai lifestyle leading to a very different way of life from his native Switzerland. “The Swiss way is very structured, but here it is much more relaxed and easy going. It’s hard to imagine ever returning to the less flexible and uncompromising European lifestyle.” We met GM Christian at the revamped ‘On the Rocks Bar’ during a reopening soirée on a balmy evening on the rooftop overlooking the gulf. Christian was just as laidback as the guests; regular patrons who have discovered this ‘oasis in the city’ and become friends. Although Cape Nidhra is situated in the heart of Hua Hin’s busy Phetchakasem Road, it seems very far away from that hustle and bustle.

Sharing a joke with colleague Khun Ket (left) and a guest at a Thai Fruit tasting ‘Sommelier‘ Christian’s demeanor could best be described as content but not complacent. He’s found a situation that allows him to take pleasure in the role of the host; mingling and ensuring hotel guests have every need met, but also being able to retreat to his on-site quarters when there is a need for some personal space and the simple pleasures of reading a good book or perhaps practising his own cooking skills.

GM Christian is really at home in Thailand “I like the way the Thais live by the motto ‘Carpe Diem’ (seize the day) and these days, I do the same.” Christian is one of those lucky individuals who have been able to match career with a country of choice and to savour the many pleasures of the Cape Nidhra. For more information

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8 Some of us living in Thailand have time on our hands and could really use some brain exercise. The internet has brought great advantages to people living abroad. One exciting burgeoning area is on-line courses. The good news is most of them are completely FREE. Here are some new-found words of wisdom from a Hua Hin Today contributor! Online courses are for anyone and everyone; learn about the people, culture and language of a country you want to visit, listen and broaden your knowledge about jazz or find out about contemporary topics in sport or something more academic. There is a spectrum of courses to suit

anybody with a vague interest and desire to know about virtually any subject. Most courses are provided by top universities and other educational institutions written and presented by experts in their field, with a passion in their delivery and the content material. They may be short in duration, typically 4 to 10 weeks and some might just be for a few hours. Study at your own pace, you can always catch up at the end however there is usually a deadline if you want a certificate. Here are a few websites to get you started -; www.edx. com;; www.coursera. com.

In the last 18 months, I have completed a wide range of short courses. With ‘Future Learn’, I completed a course on Forensic Science and Criminal Justice, just 2 hours a week for 6 weeks produced by Leicester University. Aberdeen University presented a course entitled ‘Football- More Than Just a Game’ including the history origin and myths of football, finance and wealth in the modern game. Currently I am studying a Basic Spanish Conversation course. This course illustrates many of the features of on-line learning including discussing language points, writing and recording short sentences through a free web facility. On-line learning means you can communicate with many of your classmates via the internet, a great line of support. You may ask, what’s in it for the Universities and institutions that present these courses? Some of them are ‘taster’ courses, luring you to a longer, fee based course.

Some Universities wish to evaluate new course material and encourage feedback. Here are my tips for enrolling on a short free on line course. Identify why you want to do a course? Leisure, interests, furthering work opportunities? Take considerable time choosing a course and evaluating whether it suits you. Try to sample a lesson. Find some slots of time and a quiet area in which to study. Communicate with fellow students via discussion and comment sections. You are not on your own. Don’t get discouraged if you fall behind with deadlines, most courses can be extended. Get excited in 2018 about the possibilities of learning new ideas and topics and opening up horizons. I leave you with an adage from Mahatma Gandhi “Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever.”

Hua Hin’s Highest Holiday A ‘soft opening’ has provided a sneak preview of the highest viewpoint in Hua Hin at the 26th floor of the Vana Nava Holiday Inn. Not quite at the summit, with work still proceeding one floor higher, but an opportunity to see the sights and coastline from a height previously only available from some sort of flying machine!

Spectacular views across the infinity pool on the 26th floor The 300-room Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is a 140 metre high property, making it the tallest building in Hua Hin. The hotel has three main target segments comprising families, couples and MICE, with families being the most natural clientele based on the popularity of the adjoining Vana Nava waterpark. According to, a worldwide provider of building data and construction projects, the Hua Hin title-holder in 2017 was the VIP Resort at a height of 98 metres with 26 stories, but that website is now in need of an upgrade.

A leaping Bryde’s whale graces the entrance HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

At 140 metres; Hua Hin’s tallest landmark The Holiday Inn hotel features one of the largest MICE facilities in Hua Hin with over 1,500 square metre meeting spaces, along with a wide range of facilities that includes a 24 hour 300 square metre fitness centre, infinity pools on 26th floor, as well as a lobby bar, spa, well-equipped Kids Club and dedicated Kids Suites. Proudputh Liptapanlop, executive director of Proud Real Estate, said that the launch of Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin is the second phase of the Vana Nava Hua Hin mixed use project at an investment of 1.8 billion THB. Dining options have been available over the festive season with more promotions and an official opening soon. Website: resorts/hotels/us/en/hua-hin/hhqhi/ hoteldetail


Children’s Day May Be Too Late; But Don’t Forget Teacher’s Day!

Children’s Day in Thailand is on January 2nd each year; so it’s probably now a little late to acknowledge this day if you didn’t know. However Teacher’s Day (Wai Kru Day) is celebrated every year on January 16th so there is time to celebrate this day

Wai Kru Day is the day of the year when Thai students show respect to their teachers by participating in school ceremonies. They thank their teachers for the knowledge they have given them, for the gift of learning, and wish them good luck in the future school year and in their future lives. On Wai Kru Day students come to school with flowers and gifts for their teachers. Many of them dress in traditional Thai costumers. At many Thai schools, the students make their own floral arrangements. They use traditional Thai flowers and plants, banana leaves and incense in the larger arrangements, all of which have different meanings (for example, patience, respect and discipline). These are given to the teachers at an elaborate ceremony during which time every child at the school is expected to wai their teachers (hold their hands in the prayer position) and pay them respect. In 1956 Prime Minister Field Marshal P. Pibulsongkram, addressed a gathering of teachers from throughout the country and suggested that as teachers were our

benefactors and persons who gave light to our life they should have a day of their own so that their students would get an opportunity to pay respect to them. He continued, “On other auspicious days such as New Year’s Day and the Songkran Festival we pay a tribute to both our living and dead relatives and make merit in dedication to their souls. Since our teachers play an important role next to our parents, I would like to propose the idea to this gathering and ask you to consider it in principle.” As a result of his remarks, the Teachers’ Council unanimously agreed to set up Teachers’ Day in order to hold a ceremony to pay a tribute to the teachers, to promote unity among teachers and to promote better understanding between teachers and the general public. On November 21, 1956, the Cabinet passed a resolution to announce January 16 of every year as Teachers’ Day and the school holiday was celebrated for the first time on January 16, 1957. The event has been held since then and is held nationwide. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

10 Tasty Thailand Guidebook Released

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, in partnership with Gault & Millau, has released a bilingual ‘Tasty Thailand’ guidebook supplement alongside the new Gault & Millau restaurant guide Belux edition 2018. The launch gala dinner was held in Brussels, Belgium and was attended by more than 600 from the who’s who of the Belux’s fine-dining scene. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor, said the new Gault & Millau restaurant guide Belux edition 2018 included a 70-page supplement entitled Tasty Thailand sponsored by TAT with the aim of presenting the delights of Thai food to an even wider international audience. “The promotion of Thai cuisine is one of TAT’s top-most priorities because it builds bridges with the agriculture sector, which is Thailand’s largest overall industry, and goes hand in hand with the great branding job being done by Thai restaurants the world over. “There is also a focus on health and wellness, with many Thai dishes placing great

importance on high-value herbs and other highly nutritional ingredients. And because we believe a country’s cuisine is a wonderful way in which to experience its culture, heritage and ways of life,” Yuthasak added. The Gault & Millau restaurant guide rates restaurants from 1 to 20 with awards based entirely on the quality of the food. There are now Gault & Millau guides for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany and Poland, as well as France, Canada and Australia. The Gault & Millau restaurant guide Belux edition has a circulation of 35,000 copies. The 70-page bilingual Gault & Millau Belux 2018’s Tasty Thailand guidebook supplement is printed in French and Dutch, and profiles the kingdom’s flourishing fine-dining scene and critically acclaimed restaurants in Thailand and Belgium, famous Bangkok street food, products from the Royal Projects, key tourist destinations, and unique Thai local experiences in Thailand. It is expected to achieve a readership of five million. – TAT NEWS

Alcohol Ban at National Parks to be Strictly Enforced

Preparations Underway to Dismantle the Royal Crematorium

The Fine Arts Department is making preparations to dismantle the Royal Crematorium after its closure for public viewing on December 31st move some of the structures to a new permanent exhibition building in Pathum Thani Province. The Fine Arts Department is making preparations to dismantle the Royal Crematorium after its closure for public viewing on December 31st move some of the structures to a new permanent exhibition building in Pathum Thani Province. The new permanent exhibition venue is set to be located on a 10-rai plot of land behind the National Archives in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Tambon Klong Ha, Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani. The planned permanent exhibition venue is aimed to be a learning centre about the life and activities of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Harbor Office Announces Boat Safety Measures

Visitors to Hua Hin to celebrate the New Year may travel by car, bus or train however others opt for marine transport. As more visitors are coming to Hua Hin by boat, the Prachuab Khirikhan Harbor Office has formulated boat safety measures and regulations for boat owners and drivers, pier controllers, as well as the passengers. It is the responsibility of pier owners, boat owners, drivers and controllers to check whether the pier and boat are equipped to safely serve passengers.

Every pier should be well lit and should have safety guards;

Boat engine, equipment and seats on board should be checked;

There should be emergency rafts, life vests or safety jackets available for all passengers on board; Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation’s Director-General Thanya Netithammakun yesterday has warned tourists to stay alcohol-free inside national parks. “Offenders are liable to one month in jail and/or a maximum fine of 1,000 THB,” he said. Thanya said he had instructed all park officials to strictly enforce the rule. “Those found drinking alcohol will also be immediately expelled from national parks,” he added. He was speaking as he received banners reading “National parks are alcoholfree zones” from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Accident Prevention Network and the Stop Drink Network. These banners will be installed at national parks across the country to ensure all tourists HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

comply with the rule. Rules banning alcohol beverages at national parks were introduced in late 2010 after a fatal stabbing inside the Khao Yai National Park. A brawl between tourists started because some drunk university students hurled a bottle of liquor at the tent of another student. A student was then stabbed to death during the fight. Thanya said his department was worried that drunkenness would cause accidents, further loss of life or property damage at national parks. “People visiting national parks yearn for nature. So, we will make clear no alcohol beverages are allowed,” he said. He urged tourists to alert officials via the hotline, 1362, if they noticed others drinking alcohol. - The Nation

The Fine Arts Department is expected to finalise its preparations plan, as well as design of the new exhibition center to be submitted to the cabinet early this year with a request for funding. The moving of some structures from the Royal Crematorium, including the Songtham royal merit-making pavilion and the Thap Kaset government officials’ pavilion to the new exhibition venue is expected to take about two years to complete. Only the most significant and unique items at the Royal Crematorium will be moved to the new exhibition centre. -

All boats should provide passengers with information about the maximum capacity;

All boats must only use approved electric lights;

All boats must not carry more than the approved maximum capacity;

boat drivers must ensure that nothing obstructs the pier entrance or exit;

When boats overtake, both boats must decrease their speed down;

B o at co n t ro l l e r s s h o u l d wa r n passengers that sitting on the boat bow, stern or roof is strictly prohibited; and

Boat controllers and drivers must not drink any alcohol before or during their voyage.

It is the responsibility of all passengers to observe the following safety measures and regulations: Any passengers who cannot swim must ensure there is a life vest or safety jacket available; All passengers should wear clothes that can be removed easily in case of emergency. It is also recommended not to wear shoes with shoelaces which may be difficult to remove; passengers cannot enter or exit the boat unless it is docked. It is recommended that passengers should have a seat provided; passengers must not drink any alcohol before travelling and when they are on board; and All passengers should be aware of the boat maximum capacity. The above-mentioned measures and regulations are now in effect to ensure boat safety.


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12 Plans to Increase Price of Gasohol 91 to Equate With Gasohol 95

Leatherback Sea Turtles Disappearing from Thai Waters

The Energy Business Department will propose that Energy Minister Siri Jirapongphan increase the retail price of gasohol 91 to the same level as the gasohol 95 so that more motorists will switch to gasohol 95 and gasohol 91 will eventually be phased out

An informed energy source said that two oil trading companies had notified the Energy Business Department that they would stop selling gasohol 91 at their petrol stations, which is in line with the Energy Ministry’s to gradually phase out gasohol 91. The source said that if the price of gasohol 91 is on par with that of gasohol 95, more motorists would switch to gasohol 95 or E20 which has higher content of ethanol. He added that increased use of E20 will help

boost the prices of certain farm products used as raw materials for producing ethanol. Recently the Energy Ministry adjusted the retail prices of gasohol 91 and gasohol 95 to narrow the price differential to 26 satang per litre to encourage motorists to switch to gasohol 95. Daily consumption of gasohol 91 stands at 10.35 million litres compared to 12.01 million litres of gasohol 95. - Thai PBS

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has ordered authorities at marine national parks to tighten crackdown on illegal fishing activities to protect endangered marine species, particularly leatherback sea turtles. The order by the department’s directorgeneral Tunya Netithammakul came as a survey by park authorities during the past four years from 2013-2017 showed  leatherback sea turtles didn’t come ashore on sandy beach to nest and lay eggs. This was very unusual as in the past, dozens of leatherback nests were found on Phuket and Phangnga beaches. Regular nesting grounds for the leatherback turtles are Khao Lampi – Hat Thai Mueang marine national park in Phangnga and Sirinat marine national park in Phuket. The latest sighting of the sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs was in 2013 at Mai Khao beach in Phuket,

he said this week. The disappearance of leatherback turtles indicates that their population in Thai waters is shrinking. Mr Tunya blamed coastal development, the use of destructive fishing gears, and sea turtle eggs poaching as major reasons for the disappearance of the leatherback which is a rare and protected species under Appendix 1 of the 1992 Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. Nattapol Rattanaphan, director of the department’s marine national park division, said a sea turtle egg is sold 150 baht each.

Thailand Leads Regional Fight Against Spread of HIV Thailand is at the forefront of efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the region, as people around the globe marked World AIDS Day last month

“Thailand stands out in the Asia and the pacific region for its achievements in overcoming aids. In just one generation the country has gone from having the fastest growing epidemic in Asia to the slowest. This didn’t just happen; it was because of the commitment, resources and innovation that are a hallmark of Thailand’s efforts on HIV.” Deirdre Boyd United Nations resident coordinator, Thailand The kingdom boasts the steepest decline in new HIV infection rates in the Asia-Pacific region, dropping by 50 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to figures provided by the United Nations. To capitalize on this success, the Ministry of Public Health has launched a long-term “2017-2030 National AIDS Strategy,” with the aim of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in Thailand by 2030.

Ministry of Public Health of Thailand has launched its new 2017–2030 National AIDS Strategy A ministry spokesperson said that the campaign aims to reduce the rate of new infections to 1,000 per year, and to bring the annual death toll down to 4,000 or less. At the forefront of this drive is the Anonymous Clinic in Bangkok, founded by the Thai Red Cross in 1991, the first voluntary counseling and testing clinic in Asia. The centre was also the first of its kind to be exempt from revealing the names of patients with HIV to the government, which encouraged people to seek treatment despite social pressures or taboos. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

Because research into the illness has yet to find a cure, the clinic’s mission, in addition to protecting patients’ identities, is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with the virus. Accordingly, the Thai Red Cross believes that its most effective tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS is raising people’s awareness of the disease and promoting safe sex and selfprotection. The strategy has yielded spectacular results: the number of people with HIV in Thailand has dropped dramatically, from an annual average of 100,000-150,000 to 60,000-80,000. The first case of HIV/AIDS in Thailand was recorded in 1984, and by July 2000, just under 150,000 people were reported to be suffering from full-blown AIDS. Some estimates indicated that as many as 1 million people, or 1 out of 60 Thais, were infected with HIV. Young men aged 20-40 were the worst affected group, with many succumbing to the disease and leaving behind families, which in turn had a significant impact on the country’s economy, according to the Thai Red Cross. As the world paused to consider the epidemic’s effects, Thailand represents a rare success story and a positive example to other countries in the region struggling to contain the spread of the virus.

13 ASEAN Japan Centre: Promoting Tourism Services Trade in ASEAN

The ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) has completed a seminar promoting tourism services in ASEAN at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa. This was the fourth seminar of a series of seminars on promoting services trade. This series of seminars have the following objectives; enhancing domestic capacities in select services through understanding better the issues, difficulties and challenges faced by ASEAN and options for ASEAN to consider how they can overcome them; providing participants with opportunities to learn and gain capacities; and exchanging best practices and policy options among ASEAN Member States. In cooperating with the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, the Centre invited 52 participants including relevant government officials from 10 ASEAN Member States, private sectors both from Japan and Thailand, officials from the ASEAN Secretariat, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Hua Hin / Cha-Am Tourism Association Secretariat.

With the 50th year anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN, the region achieved almost full liberalisation in the goods trade. However, there is slow progress in services trade liberalisation. This seminar aimed at promoting concrete policy recommendation for sustainable tourism development. All members shared and agreed that tourism contributed to world welfare and economic growth as well as promoting peace and stability for the world with the policy objective that all ASEAN Member States shall raise the level of travel expenditures and value adding to the economy while minimising downside effects such as environment downgrading and social devaluation. As the result of a questionnaire evaluation there is room for improvement to raise the number of visitors, per-capita spending and local or domestic procurement. Following a field trip to Hua Hin and Cha-Am for exchanging best practices related to tourism on education and tourism, the activities concluded. PR Section, ASEAN-Japan Centre, Japan

Developing Beach Cleaning Robots

The country’s first domestically built beach cleaning robot has been developed to join in the task of keeping Thailand’s scenic beaches clean and pollution-free PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) has unveiled the robot as part of the company’s collaboration with Prince of Songkla University’s Faculty of Engineering under the “PTTEP Love Sea Love Beach” project. A demonstration at Songkhla’s Samila Beach showed the key advantages of the beach cleaning robot, which has been under development since 2016: Its ability to effectively scoop up and quickly separate rubbish from sand through a vibrating sieve. Its small size, which enables collection of garbage around trees. Its use of a rechargeable battery. The robot can be built locally, saving import costs. PTTEP announced it would continue to support improvements to the robot’s capabilities before it enters full operation.

Prince of Songkla University mechanical engineering lecterer Pruittikorn Smithmaitrie said: “Collaboration with PTTEP gives us the opportunity to develop innovations that address local problems and to augment the skills and practical experience of our students.”

Some improvement, but Thai’s English Proficiency Remains Low

Now in its 7th year, Education First (EF) has released its annual report on English proficiency around the world. The EF English Proficiency Index 2017 ranked Thailand in 53rd place out of 80 non-native, English-speaking countries worldwide and 15th out 20 countries in Asia. Some other key findings from the report: - Asia has the world’s second best proficiency., - Panama, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Thailand showed significant gains from last year., - Women speak English better than men., - Younger people have better English than older people.

Thailand was given an overall score of 49.78, which is classed as low Englishspeaking proficiency. The index, regarded as one of the world’s most comprehensive rankings or adult English skills, is based on the EF Standard English Test results of more than 1 million people from 80 non-Englishspeaking countries and regions around the world. Despite its lowly ranking, Thailand had made some improvements in its English proficiency: 2013: Thailand ranked 55 out of 60 countries.

English proficiency is linked to economic competitiveness, social development, and innovation. Countries with higher English proficiency tend to have higher average incomes, better quality of life, and more investment in research and development.

2014: Thailand ranked 48 out of 63. 2015: Thailand ranked 62 out of 70. 2016: Thailand ranked 56 out of 72. 2017: Thailand ranked 53 out of 80. Overall, the Netherlands was found to have the highest English proficiency with a score of 71.45. In second place was Sweden (70.40), followed by Denmark (69.93), Norway (67.77) and Singapore (66.03). Laos was found to have the lowest English proficiency, with a score with a score of 37.56, followed by Iraq (38.12), Libya (38.61), Cambodia (40.86) and Algeria (42.11). HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

14 Pak Nam Pran Fishermen Facing Problems With Restrictive Regulations The Department of Fisheries has issued regulations and measures about fishing for both commercial fishing companies and local fishermen in Thailand. This was done in response to an order made by the European Union applying to Asian countries. These regulations have been described locally as problematice for fishermen, making it difficult for them to work and earn more income. The Chairman of the Pak Nam Pran Fisherman Group, Mr. Atichart Chaisri organised a meeting with Hua Hin municipal officers and local fishermen aiming to formulate and consider appropriate rules to conform with the royal enactment issued by the government. Mr. Atichart says that fishermen are having a hard time because of the strict requirements of the government. Fishermen are facing arrest and fine payments which may lead to financial hardship. Mr. Atichart said that his company was also affected by the strict measures of the government and he would like to ask the Department of Fisheries to help local fishermen by allowing them to do their job as they have in the past. That is, the government should be lenient on fishing activities that are not illegal and do not violate Thai law.

He believs the royal enactment should be more practical. Mr.Atichart added that he and local fishermen in Hua Hin and Pak Nam Pran had attended a meeting with the Director General of Fisheries Department at Kasetsart University in Bangkok in December. At the meeting, Thai fishermen wre asked to help preserve marine habitats and regulations wre formulated. However, the Thai fishermen considered it a disadvantage because the Gulf of Thailand covers not only Thailand but also

Officials to Evacuate Aggressive Wild Elephants National park officials are considering a plan to evacuate 13 aggressive wild elephants to areas away from a farming community in the Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province after they destroyed the farms and other property of the villagers. The plan was raised after farmers at Huay Satyai farming cooperative project complained to authorities again a herd of wild elephants which came into the area and destroyed their durian plantations, trucks and other property. They then asked for remedies from authorities for the damages incurred by wild elephants. However, park officials told them that they are not entitled for remedies because

they are living outside the Kaeng Krachan National Park. Farmers then asked officials to move these wild elephants further away. Officials considered the proposal an alternative saying this would be considered. But as an immediate action to relieve the farmers’ trouble, they said they could first evacuate two elephants that are known to be most aggressive from the park to a location that is far from the community. The new area is planted with crops that are used to feed elephants and has a pond. They said the evacuation will take two months and needs permission from the Chief of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. - englishnews.

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Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The current regulations may be effective for Thai fishers, but may effect fishermewn from other countries. This means that local fishermen are disadvantaged compared with the fishermen of the neighboring countries. Not being able to sustain their financial status, some local fishermen, especially those in the south of Thailand, reportedly quit their business. Some proposed to sell their boats to Mr. Atichart but he even could not afford

to help them as he is facing the same problems. Apart from meeting with the public officers, Mr.Atichart and local fishers gave an interview on TV to voice their concern as the government had accused him of violating Thai fishing regulations. Mr. Atichart added that he did not want to violate the law, but would like to find solutions with the government. He also claimed that even big fishing companies in Pattani announced intentions to sell a hundred fishing boats because they could not work. Even so, the government still asked the local fishers in Thailand to purchase new GPS and install it at every boat, apart from asking employers to pay salary to their staff via bank transfer instead of cash. Finally, Mr. Atichart wants local fishermen to become members of the Fisherman Group of Pak Nam Pran because it was currently the only way to strengthen their negotiation power and actively solve the problem. This will enable the fishermens to propose recommendations to the government because nobody can solve problems as well as people who were born, raised, work and understand their traditional and native roots.

High-speed Trail to Hua Hin Gathering Steam

The cabinet is likely to stay busy approving key big-ticket infrastructure projects, including the signing of a deal on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of U-tapao airport between Thai Airways International and partners, including Airbus.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the cabinet is scheduled to approve the piling work of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway in Nakhon Ratchasima for the 3.5km Klang Dong-Pang Asok section. The piling work of the 179 billion THB Sino-Thai high-speed rail network kicked off in December. Somkid said the cabinet is due to approve the winning contractors for the first phase of the double-track projects, which comprise five routes spanning 702 km. The five first-phase routes are the 10.2 billion THB Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan section; the 17.2 billion THB Prachuap Khiri Khan-Chumphon section; the 29.4 billion THB Map Kabao-Jira section; the 20 billion THB Nakhon Pathom-Hua Hin section; and the 24.8 billion THB Lop Buri-Pak Nam Pho section. The Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning has also approved the environmental impact assessment for the initial 3.5km stretch of the Thai-Chinese high-speed railway in Nakhon Ratchasima. The next rail project scheduled for construction is the 11km Pak Chong-Nakhon Ratchasima section, followed by the 119.5km

Kaeng Khoi-Nakhon Ratchasima and 119km Kaeng Khoi-Bang Sue sections. The Transport Ministry reported that China will submit a design for each section on a gradual basis over six months, while the ministry is working out the procurement process and terms of reference. - Bangkok Post

15 Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2018 Set to Swing Mr.Vichart Jirathiyut from event promoters Hitman Jazz has confirmed that the Hua Hin International Jazz Festival is set to swing on 18th, 19th and 20th May 2018 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

There is will also be a local focus with musicians of all ages involved in both performances and workshops. Although the main venue will be on the central Hua Hin beach; a variety of additional venues are also being considered. Videos showing highlights of the 2017 event can be seen at: HuaHinJazzFest with more information to be available in the months to come.

Meetings have been held with Hua Hin Lord Mayor Mr Nopporn Vuttikul and many others involved in preparing to make the 2018 event a big success. Although the 2017 event was a welcome return after several years’ absence from the Hua Hin stage, Khun Vichart says there was very little time available for planning last year so this early agreement should ensure a much bigger and better event this year. K h u n Vi c h a r t h a s b e e n b u sy commencing the task of combing the country and making overseas excursions to sign-up some big name performers.

From left; Vichart Jirathiyut, Nopporn Vuttikul and Koh Mr Saxman

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Awarded to Hua Hin Students

More Smoke than Light in E-cigarette Row

Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are back in the public eye following a series of police crackdowns on e-cigarettes, which are illegal under Thai law. The Commerce Ministry law bans the production, import, sale and consequently possession, of e-cigarettes. Users are demanding e-cigarettes be removed from the list of banned items. Public health personnel, however, are adamant the devices should remain prohibited. The debate comes amid some public confusion as to whether the law is being applied evenly. Some traders openly sell the devices and associated paraphernalia, and some users are open about smoking them in public. Meanwhile, at least five police crackdowns on e-cigarettes were mounted last week in Pathum Thani, Pattaya of Chon Buri, and Samut Songkhram. One of the crackdowns in Pattaya involved a net idol who was arrested for possessing a device. Deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen warned those who import e-cigarettes into the country could face maximum jail term of 10 years and fine of five times the import value. Anyone who sells e-cigarettes or is found in possession of them could face a 5-year maximum jail term. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) and anti-tobacco networks insist e-cigarettes are much more hazardous to health than tobacco cigarettes, as previous studies have detected formaldehyde, used to preserve corpses, in the vapor from some e-cigarettes. In addition, no academic research proves the devices can help tobacco smokers quit as advocates claim. But e-cigarette supporters have raised a 2015 report commissioned by the Public Health in Britain to fight for legalization of the device. The report, titled “E-cigarettes: an evidence update”, says best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, help most smokers quit tobacco altogether. It said a high level of formaldehyde was found when e-liquid was overheated to levels unpalatable to e-cigarette users, but there is

no indication e-cigarette users are exposed to dangerous levels of it. Maris Karanyawat, representative of an e-cigarette users network, says putting e-cigarettes in the restricted category rather than banning them outright will do more good than harm. He said the main benefit of e-cigarettes, which he claimed are a better, healthier alternative, is to help smokers who want to quit smoking give up traditional tobacco. He added that legalising e-cigarettes and regulating them to ensure standardisation and quality control of liquids and vaporizers will benefit both users and the government. They would provide a safer alternative for users, which, in turn, will also protect people from being exposed to tobacco fumes, since the device provides little to no fumes compared to traditional cigarettes. Meanwhile, Suthat Rungruanghiranya, Director of the Department of Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine at Srinakharinwirot University and an anti-smoking advocate, said he agrees with the stance by Public Health Ministry, which backs the ban on the device, citing the risk and their potential influence on youth as his main concerns. Th e l o n g - te r m h e a l t h e f fe c t s of e-cigarettes are unknown and the government should wait until there is a definitive body of evidence that shows the device is safe, he said. Suthat also questioned the impartiality of research cited by the network, since some of it is funded by the industry and could represent a conflict of interest. ...Bangkok Post

Providing Local Community Assistance I n D e ce m b e r 2 0 1 6 , S t a m f o rd International University lost one of their much loved and highly respected lecturers, Warren Shaw, to melanoma (skin cancer). During 2017, his widow, Teresa, carried out fundraising with family and friends in the UK, Thailand and around the world to establish the Warren Shaw Memorial Scholarship as a lasting legacy of his commitment to education in Hua Hin. The scholarship aims to provide financial support towards tuition fees for high achieving and motivated students in the Hua Hin area, giving them the opportunity to pursue an international university education. By December, a total of 300,000 THB had been raised and the first three scholarships for 2018 have now been awarded. On 15th and 20th December,the successful students attended Stamford International University to hear about the background to the scholarship from Teresa Shaw and meet members of the Stamford team. Recipients were Titawan Wongpeng (Khun Cream) from Benchamatheputhit Phetchaburi School studying International

Hospitality Management from March 2018, Nuttida Aumpon (Khun Milk) from Wangklaikangwon School studying International Business Management from March 2018 and Karina Seifried (Khun Lina) from Hua Hin School studying Airline Business Management and Finance from July 2018. Teresa is hoping to continue fundraising throughout 2018. For more information and to follow the students’ progress you can like and follow the Facebook group: warrenshawmemorial scholarship The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul has chaired a local community meeting between municipal executives and representatives of Hua Hin communities. The meeting’s main agenda included information for the local community representatives about installing billboards in each community. Two billboards are already installed at Rung Sawang and Army Academy School Community. Exercise equipment has also been provided to twelve Hua Hin communities

and playground equipment for children has been installed at the Boh Fai and Takiab Communities. Another activity will be training community members to produce handicraft items which can become an additional source of income from sales. The training sessions will accept a maximum of 20 people. It was also announced that the period the election of new representatives for local communities is now needed with elections soon to take place. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018


Water and Health

Of the countless challenges we face each day, it’s easy to take drinking enough water for granted. What are the health benefits of drinking the right amount of water? If drinking water is always on hand, we can simply have some when we feel thirsty. However, it isn’t always this easy. Two-thirds of Americans don’t drink enough water. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 GP consultations in the UK are down to tiredness and fatigue. These can be symptoms of dehydration, which drinking enough could help alleviate. How much water do I need? For a healthy intake of water, the British Nutrition Foundation recommends 1.6 litres for women per day. For men, it’s 2 litres of water per day, which is 730 litres per year – more than nine baths! This recommended intake should be increased if you are engaged in strenuous activity.

Why do I need to drink this much water? Water makes up to 60% of an adult’s and 75% of an infant’s bodyweight and performs crucial roles in the maintenance of our bodies. Dehydration can affect mental performance. The percentage of water that makes up many organs and body parts is very high. The brain and heart are 73% water, lungs 83% and muscles 79%.

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Is dehydration a risk for expats? Yes – moving to a country with a hot climate, such as the Thailand, brings its own health risks, especially if you are originally from a colder country. It’s very important to be aware of water loss from your body in a hot climate, particularly if you plan on doing exercise outdoors, as the result can be potentially very serious. You could end up with heat exhaustion, or in more serious circumstances, heatstroke. This is where the body can longer cool itself and your temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke can put a dangerous amount of strain on the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. How do I know if I am dehydrated? Symptoms include: Constipation., Dark yellow or brown urine Dry, sticky mouth., Few or no tears when crying., Headache., Increased thirst., Muscle tiredness., Sleepiness or tiredness., Children may be less active than usual. Tips to stay hydrated 1. Try to drink your recommended amount of fluids throughout the day. As well as water, this includes hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, and other cold drinks, such as juice. However, care should be taken around sugar and caffeine intake with other drinks. Caffeinated hot drinks do not affect hydration, but excessive caffeine intake can affect health. Pregnant women should limit their intake of caffeine, and caffeinated drinks are not suitable for children. Fruit juice, and other sweet drinks, can contain high or very high levels of sugar. As such, there are other health considerations when drinking high-sugar drinks. 2. Include water-heavy foods in your diet wherever possible. 3. Monitor your urine. While there are gadgets available to test urine for dehydration, it is easy to gauge how hydrated you are by the colour of the urine you pass. The ideal urine colour is a pale yellow, which is an indication that you are well hydrated. If your urine is darker yellow then it’s a sign of dehydration.


18 Line Application Line Now Available for Complainants

The municipality of Hua Hin has launched a Line Application for the general public to easily files complaints in the face of trouble and problems.

The Public Health Ministry has warned people not to eat or sell meat from animals died of illness or from unknown causes after a man was admitted to a hospital in Mae Sot district under suspicion that he had contracted Anthrax after eating meat from a dead goat from Myanmar.

The head of the National Peace Corps has instructed the Secretary General of the National Security Council to ensure that all state agencies set up a “complaints center” for people to use as a way to report clues and complaints. This will facilite the investigation of facts to resolve major complaints in accordance with the policy of the Prime Minister and to listen to the opinions of the people. Nowadays, the world is changing so fast and new technologies are emerging. In the past, people’s complaints to the government took a long time to resolve and help the people, because the complaints system was a difficult and multi-step process. In keeping with the digital world, the government has upgraded and improved the service by opening a complaint channel through mobile Line Applications. In response to government policy, the municipality of Hua-Hin has set up a complaint center via mobile Line Applications. The name of the group is “ Municipality of Hua Hin Complaints Center”. Citizens can apply and file a complaint through the mobile application by scanning the barcode or clicking on the link. “” This is another channel that serves to access services quickly and easily. For more information, please contact: Local Information Services Service and Academic Academic and Planning Division Tel. 0 3251 1047 ext. 220

The patient, a Thai man whose identity was withheld, was admitted to the Mae Sot district hospital after he was suspected to having contracting Anthrax, a highly dangerous communicable disease which has not been detected in Thailand for the past decade. Public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk said that specimens taken from the patient had been sent to the Medical Science Centre for examination to determine the disease. While the ministry is awaiting the result of laboratorial tests, he said he had ordered all provincial health officials to coordinate with livestock officials to watch out for diseases which could be transmitted from animals to humans with special focus on areas where such diseases used to be found. People were also warned not to eat or sell meat from animals died of diseases of from unknown causes as they might be infected with Anthrax, said Dr Jesada. He advised people who found grass-grazing animals such as cattle, goat and sheep which were dead from illness or from unknown causes not to touch the dead animals but to immediately report to health or livestock officials.

If it is necessary for them to touch the animals, they must wear gloves and wash their hands with soap after coming in contact with the animals, he said, adding that if they develop fever or muscle pains, they should immediately see a doctor within 48 hours. Anthrax affects mainly livestock and wild games and it can be transmitted to other animals and men through skin contact, inhalation, breathing and eating of their meat. Signs and symptoms of anthrax infection include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, loss of appetite, fever, severe body diarrhea, sore throat and difficult breathing and swollen neck. The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has assured that anthrax does not spread from person to person and that the disease is preventable and curable. DDC Director-General Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai advised the general public not panic over the recent finding of two anthrax patients in Tak province because the disease cannot spread from human to human, and can be treated with medicine taking approximately 60 days for a patient to heal.

A Welcome Funding Boost for ‘Stray Dogs Cha-Am’ Just as in many other Thailand locations, Cha-Am has long had a stray dog problem. Since 2014 ‘Stray Dogs Cha-Am’ with Khun Oranuch Ceeview and a band of volunteers have undertaken a ‘catch- neutervaccinate - release’ program which locals can see is making a difference to the problem

The program involves the capture, neutering, identification and vaccination of stray dogs and eventual release to the same site. The rationale is to replace an uncontrolled, potentially dangerous population with a smaller population of non-breeding and vaccinated dogs. Every month Stray Dogs Cha-Am undertakes the collection of around 40-50 stray dogs from the Cha-Am beach, local temples and town area with the group responding to concerns when a particular area has become over-populated. In central Cha-Am there is a small private ‘animal hospital’ which provides lower cost veterinary services, including sterilisations, vaccination and housing dogs which require longer term treatment. Despite the goodwill and assistance of the veterinarians involved, treatments still costs up to 1,000 THB each time with funding a constant struggle. Enter the Cha-Am Golf Club; a golf society with local expat Members as well as annual foreign visitors. Discussions about stray dogs around Cha-Am have long been a discussion point with many Members able to recount stories about dangerous encounters and motor vehicle accidents caused by stray dogs. The community spirit of the Club resulted in funds being raised for charity purposes and in December last year an agreement was made for the Club to fund up to 10,000 THB each month to support the Stray Dogs Cha-Am program. Later in the month 45 dogs were collected and treated with the ChaAm Golf Club making good with an initial payment. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

Another monthly round-up and treatment of stray dogs in Cha-Am

Khun Oranuch Ceeview from Stray Dogs Cha-Am & Golf Club President Hans Ewalts signing a funding agreement

Golf Club Treasurer Paul Graff handing over some very appreciated funds Although the Club charity funds are finite, help is also be provided funding donation boxes around town. Of course the Cha-Am Golf Club is not the only contributor to the program with many unsung volunteers and other donors.

Further contributions to Stray Dogs Cha-Am are always welcome either via donation boxes or by visiting the organisation’s Facebook page where donation arrangements are described. Phone: 0961 293 424 Facebook:

19 Some Offbeat Days to Celebrate in January January is a month to begin your new year’s resolutions, start afresh and to be more determined than ever to enjoy life. Christmas stress is over, so here are some of the ways you can join in some frivolous days this month! January 4TH Hypnotism Day

There are huge amounts of skepticism and a significant number of misconceptions around hypnotism, yet evidence would suggest that it has definite effects, practical applications and real-world impact. Hypnotism Day aims to tackle misconceptions head-on, explore case studies and educate about modern applications of hypnotism. January 5TH Whipped Cream Day

January 13TH Skeptics 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. Chances are that there will be 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 January the two most prominent National Days happen on the same date – 26th January for India and Australia. Apart from this date, both countries share a national sporting passion for one sport, cricket. INDIA

Skeptics Day encourages you to respect and listen to your inner skeptic, and all of the skeptical people that you know. Not everything can be as good as it sounds, some things are bound to be disappointing, and things can only get worse; right? January 16TH Hot & Spicy Food Day

January 26th is known as India Republic Day, honouring the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. On this day, celebrations are held in all the state capitals, with the state governors reviewing a military parade and taking the salute of the troops. Everywhere are street vendors with all kinds of tasty food, like crispy fried pappadums, sweet pickles, vegetables spiced with curry and peppers and thick sweet puddings. For the kids, there are trinkets, balloons and sticky sweets. It’s all wonderfully gloriously, noisy and colourful. Nothing completes an ice cream sundae, hot chocolate or a piece of pumpkin pie quite like a luxurious dollop of real whipped cream. What a delight to celebrate all that is great about whipped cream with Whipped Cream Day! Whipped cream has been around for ages. But it was in 1946, when the aerosol can was first invented by Aaron Lapin, that sales and popularity of this dessert delight really took off. Whipped cream has continued to transform desserts and hot drinks from the merely ordinary to something truly special.

For one red-hot day a year, a day just made for Thailand, heat-seekers and extreme eaters can take their passion to extremes. International Hot and Spicy Foods Day sparks a wildfire of events, from habaneroeating challenges to fancy-dress contests and cook-offs of popular recipes. Among serious aficionados, it also re-kindles the great debate: which chili pepper tops the official Scoville heat scale?


January 23RD Pie Day

January 9TH Apricot Day

Not many people know that just three apricots will provide a person with a third of your daily beta carotene needs. This is just one of the benefits of this fruit that are celebrated on Apricot Day! Apricots are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and fibre. Apricots have been grown by humans for around 4,000 years. Originally from China, these nutritious stone fruits migrated west and now around 95% of the world’s apricots are grown in California.

Everybody loves pie, arguably one of the greatest and most versatile food structures known to mankind. Sweet, savoury, filled with gravy or sauce, pies come in all shapes, sizes and flavours. Why not celebrate this Pie Day by making a pie from scratch, using your favourite fillings?

As soon as Christmas and New Year’s Eve are out of the way, Australians start looking towards the next holiday and an excuse to party – Australia Day. The nation becomes even more patriotic than usual and celebrates in a big way, with events held, often at the beach or around the barbecue in just about every community to commemorate the arrival of the first fleet on Australian soil in 1788. We should also mention Cuba’s National Day on which is Republic of Cuba Day of Liberation on January 1st.

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Hua Hin Borfai Soi 6: Pool-Villa for sale

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living area 120 sqm indoor, land 420 sqm, ,2 bedroom, 2 bath, pool 8 x 4 m, partly furnished, walk-incloset,European kitchen, store rooms, beautiful garden with huge covered terrace, plus covered roof terrace 111 sqm offering a wonderful view, sales price 5,500,000 THB

Hua Hin West: smart energy efficient house Top design, top quality Show house, in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 179 sqm on 512 sqm plot, 3 bed, 2 bath, excl. Euro kitchen, 8x4 m Pool, ready to move in, exclusive furnished, sales price 8,500,000 THB

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

High Quality Villa for Sale A fantastic villa for sale, just to the north of Hua Hin, approx. 5km. Come fully furnished, with European kitchen, 17m x 4m private swimming pool with lush landscaped garden. The swimming pool is surrounded by a tiled terrace, with a Sala to be able to sit and relax in to get some shade from the hot Thailand sun. Beds: 3 Living Area: 295 Sqm 6.25 M. THB: 2 Land Area: 512 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 (HFSS 2006)White Lotus 1 Soi Hua Hin 116 The magnificent beautiful pool villa house for sale, it is located at a very good quality village, only 3 kms from the Market Village and 2 kms to the Beach in Khao Takiab. Also, has a place for relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere beside a long nice swimming pool. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a plenty of space for family. As can be seen the European kitchen. Many of tropical plants and trees around the area. This is a truly stunning home and must be seen to be appreciated. Beds: 3 Living Area: 153 Sqm 10.5 M. THB : 3 Land Area: 691 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118

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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

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,

Hua Hin Beach Condo, 2 bed/bath Apartm. 133 sqm: Location: opposite Market Village, 24/7 security, Exclusive low-rise apartment resort on the beach, Ground floor, huge terrace, direct pool access, Exclusively fully furnished, European kitchen, 2 bedroom with 2 EnSuite bathroom each,

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

To view please call @ 086-369 3604

Baan Lonsai high rises condo for sale,

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

Merry Christmas This property 1.65 Rai with 200 sq Mtr home 5x10 meter salt/ chlorine pool,, 400sq mtr lake, private Dr ...NorSor Sam Gor... By Owner.... was 7.5 Mil B Now only 5.9 Mil B call 089-9116536.. Land for sale ..1 rai @ 70 x25 mtr ,cleared Your own design..has 6 mtr wide cement entrance road 1.8 Mil B

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.

1/4 rai cleared and ready ..water and power and septic tank in...ready to build 700,000 B Started pool /house project come see 2.8 Mil B English 089-911-6536 or Thai 087-882-4453

Happy New Year 2018

Sales price 13,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

22 Giant Squid Yacht Racing!

Two giant squids guard the entrance of the Cha-Am fishing boat harbour at the end of the pier. The statues pose as a Cha-Am landmark and are visible at a considerable distance off-shore

The half way mark; Cha-Am’s twin squid statues Last month the Sailing Club Hua Hin added the inaugural Giant Squid Race to its racing calendar; using the squid statues as a half way marker for a race from the club premises and return. Club founder Richard Vine, says “The idea came to me a couple of weeks before when I was wondering what we could do for a kind of members’ Christmas get together. Golf Clubs always do their ‘Turkey Trot’, so I thought we should do a sprint followed by a slap-up meal.”

The Giant Squid Race was sailed in ideal conditions, starting from the clubhouse some 5 kilometres south of the giant squid markers at 11 AM. At this time of year the winds are from the North East and so the sailors head off upwind before turning back for a downwind home run. The fleet was made up of seven Lasers, 4 Optimists and 3 catamarans that set off on their mini-marathon with opinions divided about the advantages of tacking out to sea or staying close to the coast.

The fleet heads off upwind

The winner is almost home!

A new face in town, Kiwi Martin La Touché, chose the coastal option which paid huge dividends. His inaugural corrected winning time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 479 seconds was 12 minutes ahead of second place getter Feung with veteran club champion Per Erik in third place. The Sailing Club now has many more competitive sailors following a summer of sailing courses lead by a visiting instructor from Spain, Eva Gil Tatay and with arrival of three new Lasers this month, the Club is going from strength to strength as a base for a very family friendly sailing. The Giant Squid Race trophy is now destined to become a must-sail annual event for Cha-Am. Richard promises us that next year he will let us know in advance so that we can arrange a photographer in place to prove that the yachts really did round the squid statues marker. As he was this year’s club tender driver, Richard says “it was difficult to take pictures and get upturned boats back upright with a camera in hand!”

Un-Trashing Cha-Am Beach; Being a Trash Hero Locally & Worldwide Residents are likely to be aware of the active Members of Trash Hero in Hua Hin and Pranburi who regularly meet to spend their time and efforts in trash collection efforts. More recently a Trash Hero group has also tackled the main Cha-Am beach.

Last month a main stretch of the Cha-Am beach was the location of a big Trash Hero gathering of over 300 volunteers who combed the sands for any rubbish. The gathering was promoted by the municipality Cha-am and the Tourism Association of Phetchaburi Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT). The deputy Governor of Phetchaburi, Mr. Somchai Bumrungsub welcomed volunteers and guests including Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of TAT Thailand. To date we have no information about an ongoing Trash hero presence in Cha-Am but Hua Hin Today would be very pleased to be able to promote such a group. Please let us know if you have information. However that’s not all. This is an organisation which was formed in Thailand but now has chapters worldwide. Trash Hero started in 2013 on Koh Lipe as a group of like-minded individuals eager to do something about Thailand’s trash crisis. Organising weekly beach clean-ups spread to other locations in Thailand, with volunteers educated volunteers about the effect that waste is having on our environment. 

Trash Hero Phuket participating in the first ASEAN meeting on Reducing Marine Debris Today, the organisation consists of 42 official chapters in Thailand (21), Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Czech Republic, the United States, Singapore and Switzerland. Until November 2016, over 21,000 volunteers worldwide have HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

participated and removed hundreds of tons of garbage from beaches and cities. Event participants are sensitised to the global waste problem and are encouraged to return home and take a closer look at what they can do in their day-to-day lives. The principles of the Trash Hero operation are: Action and Awareness. Picking up trash, whether a cigarette butt on the road or from island beaches. Education. Backing up hands-on experience with educational information about the impact of trash. Sustainable Projects. They create long-term projects

that bring communities together to remove and better manage their waste, and strategies that reduce the amount of waste being produced. Inspiration. They motivate people to become Trash Heroes in their everyday lives. Trash Hero believes that every one of us can be a Trash Hero. To learn more about being a Trash Hero; check out the worldwide details at, or visit the Facebook groups for Hua Hin or Pranburi at trashherohuahin/ or


New Bar-Coded Traffic Tickets

Police say violators will still be able to pay on the spot or at police stations without having to wait for two days to pay online

If you get caught without a driving licence, infringing road rules or not wearing a helmet from today, you might be getting one of these. Thailand’s traffic police are now issuing E-traffic tickets for traffic violations from today. You’ll be able to pay the fines online two days after the issue of the ticket. Commander of the Special Branch Police Division 3, Police Maj-Gen Akarak Limsangkas, says the scheme has started and that E-traffic tickets have been sent to police stations in all 77 provinces across the country including Phuket. The new E-traffic tickets come with bar-codes which will allow police to track payments so that they can match infringements with the new points system which starts soon. By linking the new system with the Department of Land Transport

system, annual registration fees won’t be able to be paid if there are outstanding fines from traffic violations. The tickets are in both Thai and English language and allow police to tick off the infringements rather than writing everything out in long-hand. Payments will be able to be made at any Krung Thai bank or via the bank’s ATMs. There’s also an App called “KTB net bank” that can be used. He said payment is possible two days after the violation because it needs the time for the police to load information in the issued e-traffic tickets to the PTM system first. Police say violators will still be able to pay on the spot or at police stations without having to wait for two days to pay online. There will be a fee of 20 baht if people choose to pay online.

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, January 2018

24 Managing Hua Hin’s Snakes Alive!

The irrational, persistent or disabling fear of snakes is called ophidiophobia. This fear affects about a third o­f adult humans, making it the most common reported phobia. Some scientists have theorised that mammals may have an innate fear reaction to snakes Fear of snakes is rarely based on any personal encounter or factual information. Since the biblical Garden of Eden, man has been seen pitted against slithering serpents. With news reports such as “Missing man found dead inside a python” or “Snake latches its jaws onto a Thai man using a squat toilet”; these fears aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. Hollywood often casts snakes as the bad guys. For example “Snakes on a Plane”, is a movie about being menaced on an aircraft and “Boa” features a giant snake discovered in Antarctica; ironically the only continent that is snake-free. We even have a local water park with a scary ‘King Cobra’ ride.

‘Boa’, a movie about a fearsome snake in Antarctica

The facts about snakes in Thailand are not so scary with estimations that less than 1% of tourists ever see a snake, including at those somewhat dubious ‘snake shows’! However there are around 200 species in the country with about 40 reported around Hua Hin. You’ll find a list of Thailand’s snakes at When a snake is discovered by Hua Hin residents feeling threatened, there has been a way to have the snake identified, captured and taken to a remote area to be released. David Frohlich has undertaking these tasks for several years because of a self-confessed obsession with snakes which began in his childhood. The young German national has lived in the US and South Africa before coming with his parents to Thailand and Hua Hin. His love of snakes has resulted in the development of a Facebook page, ‘Snakes of Hua Hin’, which focuses on quickly identifying snakes seen by locals.

Thailand’s king cobra is the world’s longest venomous snakes David’s expertise has some international recognition with a German TV crew recently visiting to film a documentary here about his exploits. However the bad news for Hua Hin residents is that David is about to leave Hua Hin to pursue university studies overseas. Identification of snake species will be continued by other contributors to the ‘Snakes of Hua Hin’ Facebook; however the rescue services will be missing without a replacement volunteer with the departure of Hua Hin’s own snake guru. An obvious question to David: “Have you ever been bitten by a venomous snake?” Answer: “Yes twice. Once without any major consequence and once when I disturbed a snake I had kept at home under a shelter. I’m glad to say that I was treated at a Hua Hin hospital, well prepared with anti-venom, especially as I could identify the species.” The Malayan Pit Viper can be dangerous; often not moving when approached and well camouflaged on the ground. David volunteers his time and expertise to respond to calls for assistance. He receives numerous calls daily and typically makes a weekly trip to a remote location to release 10 or so snakes he has rescued. Many of these snakes are legally protected, although he has seen little evidence of an official response to threats either to, or by, snakes. Fear and ignorance can result in unnecessary attacks on snakes with garden implements, sticks or the like.

Some words of wisdom for sufferers of ophidiophobia!

Thailand Snakes are NOT interested in coming after you. You are not a target if you leave them alone. Thailand Snakes don’t chase you. It’s when they are defending themselves that they move forward. Snakes are mainly nocturnal and more active at night. Snakes are more active after rain when prey (typically frogs or small rodents) is more available. Removing places to shelter such as refuse or crevices is the best way to make you home less appealing.

Dear Editor I often travel from central Hua Hin to my home which is several kilometres along Soi 112. The problem is that there is no straightforward access to Soi 112 after the rail overpass. I need to either make a risky U-turn further along Phetchakasim Road or turn left and loop under the overpass past True Arena before reaching the start of the Soi. Either way I also need to pass a roundabout very close to Phetchakasim Road which few drivers have a clue how to negotiate! As Soi 112 is a main thoroughfare with double lanes in both directions, I wonder if there any plans to provide safer and simpler access. Thanks Greg

Hi there, I live at soi 126 and on my morning jog met a young Finnish tourist lady who had been bitten by a stray dog at the beach down from soi 101 in Kao Tao. I helped her to BKK Hospital ER. She was well taken care of. During the hour I waited for her they had 2 more patients coming for dog bites; one women attacked by one dog and one man attacked by 2 dogs when bicycling. You should contact BKK Hospital and check how many bites /day they take care off and inform your readers about this danger. Best regards Henrik Editor’s comment: Thanks for your letter Henrik and for being a ‘good Samaritan’ to our unfortunate Finnish visitor! Hua Hin Today often highlights this problem; the full page (18) in the last May edition is one example. See online at Maybe it’s time to repeat this advice! Prompt medical attention to injury is always recommended with treatment available from a variety of medical facilities in the region. Calculating how many dog bites are treated would be beyond our resources. There are regional voluntary organisations involved in stray dog reduction programs; one operating in Cha-Am is featured in this issue. In the absence of determined ‘official’ efforts, supporting these organisations may be the best way to make a difference.

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Editor’s comment: The entrance to Soi 112 is a good example of a main road intersection in Hua Hin that bewilders commuters when road design significantly impacts traffic flow and road safety. We’ll pass Greg’s comments on to the relevant authorities to consider. David Editor


26 ESP Men

“Aloha ESP Thailand Sun and fun oasis”

ESP men welcomes a new sunny season with highly vibrant and colourful collection featuring “The Hawaiian Prints”. The Aloha shirt, with its collar, loud print and short sleeves, originated in Hawaii in 1935. This iconic Hawaii print has been popularized by many famous characters: among others, young Leonado DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet, the legendary Elvis Presley in the Blue Hawaii movie and most recently Jared Leto who wore it at Coachella.

ALOAH Hawaii shirts reflected the advent of exotic prints and fabrics depicting tropical themes. This print is springing up as a cool choice among trendsetters looking for something summery with a fun twist. At ESP men, it is the best place to find fun, trendy and tropical. We take this iconic print and make it into a season-less trend, that is not just for summer. It is a piece of timeless culture guaranteed by increasing popularity, which will never ever go out of style. Hawaiian prints are also spotted quite recently in global fashion streetstyle trends. It creates an exotic touch to whomever wear it. The casual collection will put you in the mood for fun-in-the-sun moments. They are meant as a statement of an individual’s outlook on life. It indicates how everyday’s life should be. Although, life can be tough sometimes but it should also be beautiful & fun, just like when you appreciate a walk on the beach. A specific look that works well in a cafe as it does on the beach, and in Bangkok as well as in HuaHin. Interesting enough? Find us at ESP stores. We are ready to take you on an ex p e r i e n ce o f a tropical road trip.

ESP Women

“Fun of Floral and Blue stripes”

There’s no summer without stripes. Stripes have nothing to do with French Riviera nautical style. The blue stripes are resurrected and it’s not going anywhere this season. They are everywhere! On Global trends, you can now find the blue striped shirts with various prints and embroideries on them. Some of you might be into the structure over embellishment, then bows with ruffles are perfect for you.

ESP brands keeps up with the universe trend and really steps it up to the max that there’s something for everyone, in this case, every women. It’s a product of a perfect storm of influences. The collection practically screams summer! A dramatic floral on blue stripes makes a major statement with a more relaxed feel. ESP women this collection has “More than meets The Eye” - Find out why at ESP stores and corners nationwide.

‘In Buddha’s Company’: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago, the first Thai volunteer soldiers, a regiment-size unit called the Queen’s Cobras, were sent off to Bien Hoa in South Vietnam to fight alongside the Americans. Eventually some 40,000 Thai soldiers and sailors would serve. Thai Vietnam War veterans from that original group and its successor, a divisionsize unit known as the Black Panthers, are described by Ruth as repeatedly stressing the experiential and material gains the war had given them. They talk about how their service had successfully blocked the spread of communism to Thailand. While they acknowledged the war’s terrible toll on people throughout Southeast Asia, they mostly talked to Ruth about how the war had helped them and their nation and the pride they took in their self-image as Buddhist soldiers.

Richard A. Ruth’s ‘In Buddha’s Company’ offers an engaging narrative of the experience of Thai soldiers in South Vietnam. Ruth’s account of the volunteers, who ranged from rural poor to educated urbanites and the sons of political and military elites. The book provides some fascinating insights to the motivations, costs and benefits of this engagement. While the Vietnam War is remembered rightly as a tragedy in both the United States and Vietnam, the same cannot be said for Thailand. There the war is described by participants, military histories and official monuments in largely upbeat terms. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

Thai soldiers in South Vietnam

Members of the Royal Thai Army Volunteers in Vietnam The pride was cultural, too, a sign that their country had made it onto the world stage. Thai soldiers recall the Vietnam War as an opportunity to observe the Americanstyle consumerism that would influence Thailand in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. Ruth describes Thailand as a significant beneficiary of American largess during the Vietnam War years after committing its territory, people and resources to the American-led campaign against Hanoi and its allies. In return the United States poured $1.1 billion in economic and military aid into Thailand; the United States Agency for International Development gave an additional $530 million. At the height of the war, some 50,000 American military personnel were stationed throughout Thailand. Ruth writes about Thailand’s official memorials to its Vietnam War veterans, battlefield success, military professionalism and honor. In that same period that Vietnam suffered, Ruth describes how American-

built highways linking rural areas to Bangkok and regional capitals resulted with factories and processing plants in a spate of rapid industrialisation. The R&R infrastructure left over from the war became the basis of a world-famous tourist industry that has grown enormously since the mid-1970s. For all of the downsides in being America’s ally in a losing effort, Ruth claims that command histories and veterans’ memories show that Thailand came out of the Vietnam War a winner. Richard A. Ruth. In Buddha’s Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War.

US R & R in the 1970s Footnote: February 3rd each year is Veteran’s Day (วันทหารผ่านศึก (Wan Thahan Phan Suek) which commemorates the founding of the War Veterans Organisation of Thailand with remembrance ceremonies held at the Victory Monument in Bangkok.



Trucks, Concept Cars and a Vision for a Cleaner Future at the 34th Thai Motor Expo

The 34th edition of the Thailand International Motor Expo highlighted the future of motoring as greener technologies, smarter cars, and concepts point to a future direction of how Thailnd is set to move BMW showed a new Protonic Frozen Yellow version of its i8 sports car. Hyundai showed off their Ioniq EV, while Kia showed the Soul EV. Mercedes-Benz showed off their fleet of EQ plug-in hybrid models.

Models such as the Kia Stinger brought spice to the show

Nissan’s new-generation Leaf EV for sustainable motoring. Motor Expo chairman Kwanchai Paphatpho That similar philosophy is being championed by Motor Expo chairman Kwanchai Paphatphong, who spearheads an organisation called ‘Unpolluted Breath Project’ which is a major beneficiary of the show.

Toyota C-HR


Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept As a glimpse to the future, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept showed what to look forward to as mass market crossovers and SUVs enter the age of electrification. Hyundai meanwhile touts the RN30 concept as high-performance hot hatch for the future.

Volvo V40 HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

Despite all the new technology, we cannot deny that pick-up trucks still play a vital role in the Thai automotive scene. Making sure their presence is felt, major market players Isuzu and Toyota have highlighted their pavilions with updated versions of their pick-up truck models. Mitsubishi Motors is also showcasing a sportier lifestyle side in the form of the Triton Athlete. Chevrolet took the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of its truck heritage with the Colorado Centennial Edition.

Virtually stealing the show was the Toyota Hilux Revo Rocco catching the most attention amongst the pickups.

Mercedes Concept X Class Disel V6 The Motor Expo means that it is buying season for the local market. Auto brands showcase the best deals on their pre-owned inventory as well. The strong custom culture of Thai car enthusiasts also brings in auto accessories, car audio and tuning brands and shops to showcase their latest offerings on the exhibition floor. If December’s Thailand International Motor Expo is an indication of what’s to come for the year ahead, there is certainly a bright future ahead for the Thai market and new vehicle models to come for the ASEAN region.


30 There’s Much More to See in Hat Yai than a Railway Station

If you’re heading far enough south from Hua Hin, your trip will probably involve a stop in Songkhla Province, or more specifically Hat Yai. The name “Hat Yai” is a short version of “mahat yai”, meaning big mahat (Thai: มะหาด)’ a relative of jackfruit. Hat Yai lies on the Southern Line of the State Railway of Thailand with the Railway Station located in the centre of the city. It is the main junction for travel to Malaysia and Singapore and only 50 kilometres from Pedang Besar on the Malaysian border. 

Brand-new shopping malls rub shoulders with colourful markets, excellent Malay and Chinese restaurants can be found alongside curries from hawkers’ stalls. Business-style hotels and friendly Chinese guesthouses all have their fair share of guests arriving in Hat Yai, often from Malaysia.

was an influential businessman, in 1928. The goods in this market are varied and each part of the market is different. The market has many kinds of dry foodstuffs from China and snacks like chocolates and chips from Malaysia. Many of the shops sell batiks from Indonesia and Muslim clothes.

How to spend a day or two around Hat Yai

Bo from TRAVEL DEALS HUA HIN recommends a day trip to the coast and towards Hat Yai’s twin city Songkhla.

The markets really come alive after dark

A shopping haven for many weekend visitors from Malaysia

The railway station and international airport make Hat Yai an easy travelling stopover With a new modern overnight train to Hat Yai, apart from visiting southern Thailand, this is real alternative to heading for Bangkok before travelling overseas from Hua Hin. Instead of a stressful road trip then perhaps staying overnight in Bangkok, the comfortable overnight rail trip south (7 pm to 7 am) can be followed by an international flight (or rail journey) from Hat Yai to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and beyond. For the majority of Western travellers Hat Yai is a just a big transportation hub, including travelling to Koh Lipe (from Hat Yai, a minivan about 2 hours to to get to Pakbara Pier in Satun then by speed boat to Koh Lipe) and to Padang Besar at the Malaysian border. Yet making a stopover for a day or two in Hat Yai will reveal the surprisingly vibrant atmosphere of a thriving city where traditions meet modernity. Hat Yai is a relatively modern invention resulting from the construction of the railway linking Thailand to Malaysia and Singapore in the nineteenth century.

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On the way you will be crossing a huge lake via Tinnasulanond Bridge to Ko Yo. Songkhla Lake is the largest natural lake in Thailand and about 80 km long and 20 to 25 km wide. The main attraction on the island is the Southern Folklore Museum on the northern tip. The museum’s goal is to preserve the unique culture of the south. The exhibits include houses, fabrics, pottery and other traditional arts. The island is popular with shoppers, who like the rich cotton fabric produced there. Despite being called a lake, this water feature is actually a lagoon complex geologically. A small population of Irrawaddy Dolphins is found in the lake although now a threatened species. Further on Samila Beach is where you find the Golden Mermaid Statue on the sandy white beach. Some believe that touching the Golden Mermaid will bring you luck in love. Other well-known symbols of Songkhla are off the shore of Samila Beach. A legend says that a dog, a cat, and a mouse on a Chinese sampan stole the merchant’s magic crystal and tried to swim ashore, but drowned. The mouse and cat became the islands in Songkhla Lake while the dog died on shore and became the hill called Hin Khao Tang Kuan near the bay. The crystal was destroyed and became the white sandy beach. This is a peaceful beach with not a wave to be seen. The long stretch of sandy beach is smooth, clean and clear with few people and a very peaceful place. This trip requires transport from Hat Yai with a wide variety of options, either via frequently running public transport or you may wish to hire your own transport for the day. If you don’t feel like that sort of journey, covering around 60 kilometres, there are other local attractions, including a vibrant night scene. Kim Yong Market is a famous market located in the center of Hat Yai, Songkhla. It was established by Xi Gim Yong, a Chinese man who

Hat Yai Municipal Park is located 4 kilometres outside of Hat Yai, this park boasts a gold standing Buddha at the top of a mountain. A delightful island in the lake is accessible by a suspended bridge.

Exploring the Hat Yai Municipal Park can be a full day’s adventure Most people wishing to see the standing Buddha take advantage of a cable car on the way up and choose to walk back down to enjoy the sights. TRAVEL DEALS HUA HIN can be found on Soi 80 although the location is in a smaller parallel soi which you’ll find by turning left 50 metres past the entry off Phetchakasem Road.

31 Vintage Cars and Classic Party Goers at the Sheraton

The 15th Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade’s Gala Dinner was a celebration of the Vintage Car Club of Thailand’s Annual Hua Hin Parade at The Sheraton Resort and Spa Chandelier Ballroom on December 16th. In the days preceding the dinner Hua Hin residents and visitors had the opportunity to admire a parade of vintage cars around town with displays at local shopping malls and landmarks. Whether the classics were of European or American, convertibles, sedans or early model commercial design, each had been restored to their glory days by doting owners to produce many an ‘ooh & aah’ from bystanders.

A great photographic opportunity outside Blúport However at the Gala Dinner Vintage cars which had been on display around town, took a backseat. Front and centre were resplendent guests wearing black and ‘vintage costume’ and top hats, recognising the era of their much loved motor vehicles and a clearly preferred mode of dress. However that’s not to suggest that the too many guests qualified for the ‘vintage’ category. ‘Classic’ would be more appropriate, that is ‘models’ from the 50’s, 60’s and beyond.

Our favourite was an immaculate, gleaming MG from the 1930s on display in the Chandelier ballroom Apart from the ‘tasters’ and cocktail reception, a five course dinner set menu was accompanied by subdued jazz classics with audience participation featured as the night progressed. Achieving early prominence in the 1920’s, Hua Hin could be considered a vintage town which has now come of age. Hua Hin continues to the longstanding host of the Vintage Car Club’s expedition. Footnote: Cars that are generally considered Vintage were manufactured between the years of 1919 and 1930.

Christmas Lights at Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Latin Pisco Night at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Pictured (rear right to left) David Martens General Manager Centara Grand Hua Hin, Pranom Choophoo The President of Hua Hin Women’s Club, Rujprateep Dhamarapipat Chief District of Hua Hin, Wassana Srikanjana President of Hua Hin &Cha-Am Tourism Association, Orasa Arwutkom Director of TAT Prachuab Kirikhan, Montree Choopoo Deputy Major of Hua Hin Municipality In doing so the hotel supports underprivileged children from five schools in the local area through donations made by the hotel guests. This year three schools were supported from the Hua Hin Municipality and two from Phetchaburi. During the evening, guests were wished a joyous and prosperous Christmas as well as giving special thanks for the donations made to supports the local children of these schools. The amount collected was considerably higher than previous years. The guests appreciated the glittering Christmas lights of the elephant topiary garden followed by a cocktail reception with Christmas songs by the blind students from Dhammika Wittayaschool, under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the King. The fabulous tree lighting provided a perfect festive backdrop at the Elephant topiary garden of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin which will be illuminated until 7th January, 2018.

David Martens (2nd right), General Manager of Centara Grand Hua Hin recently hosted a “Noche Latina” dinner to launch Peruvian food at Coast Beach Club & Bistro. The hotel was honored to have His Excellency Mr. Fernando Quiros the Peruvian Ambassador to Thailand (3rd right) to launch the promotion and was only too pleased to present to guests a sample of the charm, beauty and taste that Peru has to offer. The event took place at the COAST Beach Club & Bistro with a buffet of traditional Peruvian food served with Peruvian Pisco. The night was complimented by Latin dancers who provided a show of Latin dances along with classes on how to dance the Latin way! Specially created Peruvian dishes & Pisco will be available at the Coast from now until the end of February 2018.

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin has continued a tradition of lighting up the topiary garden with Christmas lights.

The Best Dining: Micha de Best Appointed Executive Chef at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Receives Award from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

David Martens (6th Left), General Manager and management of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin are extremely proud to receive the outstanding award in support of taking care of the employees with special needs from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. The official ceremony was recently presided over by Pol General Anuntaporn Kanjanarat, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security at the Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani. The Centara is striving to continuously support residential projects for people with disability in Hua Hin and Phetchaburi. This is the third consistent year this prestigious award has been received.

When InterContinental Hua Hin Resort began its search for a new executive chef, management had one goal in mind: find the best. They found him – Micha de Best. Dutchman Micha de Best has all the right qualifications. After completing apprentice cook training, he went on to excel as executive sous chef and executive chef for several restaurants in Rotterdam and throughout The Netherlands. Micha has lent his expertise in the role of consulting chef and freelance restaurant maestro for various hotel properties, including the venerable Hotel van Oranje as well as those of Holland’s Bastion Hotel Group. The chef’s international experience includes recent work in Southeast Asia, for the Heritage Line collection of luxury river dining vessels in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar and as pre-opening executive chef for Fusion Resort in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Now with more than three decades of extensive and wide-ranging experience in food and drink operations, Micha de Best brings his considerable skills and talents to the InterContinental; along with the perfect name.

Happy Christmas to Hua Hin Today From the Marriott

As a very pleasant surprise for the staff of Hua Hin Today, a visit was made to the HHT office by PR staff from the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa with a basket full of Christmas goodies. Gina Sansoni, Assistant Marketing Communications & Public Relations Manager says she appreciated the support offered during the year and “It was nice to see you in your environment for a change!” Our thanks to the Marriott management and staff for your best wishes which will be ensure a great start to 2018. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018


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January 2018

Changing Land and Building Tax Laws

Under new Land and Building Tax Law the income-based method previously used in tax calculation will be replaced by an assessment based on a property’s appraised value to improve the clarity of future tax calculations.

The Land and Building Tax Law will introduce two major changes in 2019 to tax calculations. A shift to a cost approach assessment Levying tax based on land use. Firstly, tax calculation using the cost approach under the new law is a transition from the previous income approach that heavily depended on officers’ assessment views. Under the new scheme, tax determination is based on the appraised value of the property, calculated from the sum of standard land and building prices set by the Treasury Department.

Appraised value of property deriving from separate standard prices of land and buildings will also help to minimise officers’ discretion in the assessment process, whilst the different land use purposes will have varying implications on tax treatment for property. The new Land and Building Tax Law came into effect on January 1st 2019, having both negative and positive effects on Thai property developers. Overall, the new law is likely to cause greater disruptions to those are renting property than those involved in selling property.

This approach separates the valuation of land and buildings, whereby the price of the latter varies with the type of construction. The renewal of both land and building costs are adjusted at four year intervals. Land use categories will be considered under the new tax module. Previously, tax rates were considered

based on the annually appraised value of the asset. However, under the new tax law the same building may have different tax rates depending on the functions it serves. A two-story building used as a store on the ground floor and as a residential area on its upper level will be levied with a commercial and residential tax rate per the share of area each occupies.

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Sought After Property; Setting the Standard

As Hua Hin’s benchmark for quality and value; Sivana Gardens Pool Villas were completed in 2016. The 55 villas have long been completely sold-out. With the recent opening of the Show and Sales gallery, Sivana HideAway Pool Villas are now on sale with more plans to come for this burgeoning Hua Hin community

Sivana Gardens Pool Villas We met with the Managing Directors of Bangkok Living Development Co Ltd, brothers Danny and Amith Jhangiani to gain a better understanding of the secret to the success of the ‘Sivana Brand’ in Hua Hin’s competitive property market. After several successful condo developments in Bangkok, the brothers moved the focus of their business to Hua Hin as Thailand’s most desirable residential location.

Success breeds success, but there always lessons to be learnt with subtle improvements on show in the design and features of Stage Two, the Sivana HideAway Pool Villas. Sivana HideAway Pool Villas now feature a Show Villa and Sales gallery open every day, just around the corner from Stage One. Construction of 40 three bedroom villas, with five types; one & two storey design options, is due to be completed by 2020. As the Show Villa demonstrates, they will be luxury residences with many hidden surprises on land areas ranging from 560 to 1,150 square metres. Hidden will be the underground water storage tanks with direct water access from Hua Hin and fibre optic electric cabling. Visually there is an immediate sense of open plan spaces, with elevated ceilings, expansive windows and sliding doors, an indoor/outdoor terrace and restful garden areas. There’s room to move alongside the 4 x 9 metre salt water pool and the Sivana trademark roof terrace.

Danny (left) & Amith Jhangiani, first offering conceptual models and now the Sivana HideAway Show Villa To consider the success of Sivana Gardens Pool Villas, the first criteria must be location. Situated in the Khao Tao area, around 10 kilometres south of central Hua Hin, access is by way of the main four lanes Hua Hin – Pranburi highway, Phetchakasem Road. With continuing infrastructure upgrades, travelling time has been reduced with no need to traverse winding back roads; it’s a very easy 8 - 10 minutes’ drive. The location has a slightly raised elevation with a backdrop of scenic rocky hills but only minutes away from some very desirable beaches and at least two of Hua Hin’s finest golf courses. Next a desire by residents to be part of a vibrant community which ensures safety, convenience and privacy. Not cramping anyone for room to move or being overly restrictive, but individual homes which allow residents to share the welcoming environment. There are dining options and a club house with a fitness centre and a large swimming pool as well as private pools at the villas. Of course design, spaciousness and quality is important in any home with roof-top terraces as one of the special features to enjoy. Attention to detail is very evident with the standard of fixtures and fittings beyond what many developers consider to be acceptable. Value for money and security with financial arrangements and guarantees in place have also provided Sivana Gardens Pool Villas owners with a peace of mind which ensured the project’s success. The Show Villa has been tastefully decorated, functional in design with high quality workmanship and building materials evident. There’s a large open island kitchen with premium brand built-in appliances and the large master bedroom has a walk-in closet. What you can now see displayed on site is what you can expect on completion with the villas now under construction. Sivana HideAway Pool Villas are destined to follow the success of Stage One as very sought after properties. This will become a great place to live and a great way to enjoy the Hua Hin lifestyle. Where: Travel south along Phetchakasim Road past Rajabhakti Park, then turning inland at soi 126 and follow the signs. Contact:, phone (66 32) 909 280 More Information:, Open: Viewing and enquiries everyday from 9.00 AM. Footnote: The future of Sivana includes a resort and apartment style development with restaurants, leisure facilities and much more soon to be revealed! HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018


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375 FIFA World Cup RUSSIA 2018

It has been a long road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with a total of 871 matches played in the qualifiers before the qualifying nations emerged. Four nations made their debut in the competition with Italy as the only previous world champions to fail to make it through. For some it has been a mere stroll in the park; for others an arduous journey full of obstacles. Some 208 teams started out, but only 31 made it to the end, joining hosts Russia in the finals beginning on 14th June. With the dust settled, here’s a look at some of the qualifying competition’s quirkier match statistics and records: 871 The total number of matches played in the Russia 2018 qualifiers is a record.

63 The number of World Cup qualifying matches Spain have now gone without defeat is a record. 22 The number of matches played by Australia on the road to Russia 2018 equaled the record. 4 The number of teams who made their World Cup qualifying debuts: Bhutan, Gibraltar, Kosovo and South Sudan. 7 The number of previous World Cup winners who made it through the qualifiers: Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Uruguay, England and Argentina. 21 The number of World Cup finals Brazil will have contested when they step out at Russia 2018.

What does the year 2018 Hold in store for you? Will you find love, travel or Maybe even your fortune? A good horoscope may enlighten you. Here are some zodiac predictions for your year to come!

2018 for the Aries will be a year to finish pending jobs. Health will be excellent other than some minor stress related issues. Meditation and yoga can prove to be beneficial for the Rams. Love and romance will be more in your control. Relationship issues will be solved amicably. This is a good time to make some sound investments. Team work will give you good rewards. Make the most of this year Aries! 

The Cancer 2018 forecasts suggest that this will be an optimistic year for the crabs. Do not waste your energy on destructive plans. Communication will be important for relationships to last this year for the Cancerians. Professional obligations will keep you busy. But that’s no excuse not to relax. Plan your finances and save well for the future.

The yearly 2018 horoscope for the Libra star sign suggests that this is a year to give in to your hobbies. Make up for all the lost passionate desires in your relationships. Relax and enjoy this year to the fullest. Creativity will be the key to success in your profession. Control your budget when it comes to spending money. Overall this will be an easy and fascinating year for the Librans.

The Taureans  in 2018 will have a peaceful and happy life. You will be calm both mentally and physically. Romantic relationship will be filled with fun and passion. On the work front, you will need to prove your skills single handedly. Money will be good provided you control your spending habits. Bulls, be sure to make some time for yourself in 2018. .

The Lions will have a fast paced life in 2018. The Leo horoscope 2018 foretells that this year will be dynamic on all fronts. Be ready for changes both in your professional as well as personal relationships. Be ready for exciting career opportunities in 2018. And be sure not to splurge on unnecessary luxuries. Overall 2018 is an excellent year for the Leo zodiac sign.

The 2018 Scorpio horoscope forecasts an auspicious year when it comes to your personal relationships and job. You need to be mentally fit in order to be able to face the challenges in your life. Think twice before making a decision as your choices made this year will be extremely important for your future. Scorpion, you will need to have a hold over your spending habit in 2018.

The astrology 2018 predictions for the Gemini forecast a year of excellent vitality and energy. It is essential that you work out and keep your mind and body fresh. There are chances of a new person coming in your life. This will give you a lot of pleasure and mental satisfaction. Do not get into arguments with your co-workers. Do not let material needs cloud your financial judgment.

2018 will be a very busy year for the Virgo zodiac sign. You will be keen to finish old projects and begin new ones. But do not get so busy that you fall sick with too much of work. Problems in martial relations will be solved easily in 2018. You will definitely see immense professional growth both in a job or business. 2018 will be a blissful year for the virgins. 

Sagittarius sun sign will have a favorable 2018. Your lives will be filled with joy and happiness both in your personal and professional lives. Be sure you know what you are eating and concentrate on a healthy diet. Trust and patience with your life partner will make your relationships passionate. The archers can look forward to a bonus this year in their jobs.

Capricorn, 2018 is the right time for you to try new things in your life. This is the year when you can achieve your goals easily. So be sure to focus on your dreams and desires and work hard towards fulfilling them. Always remember, that endings are necessary for new things to begin.

The Aquarius 2018 horoscope forecasts that this the year for you to focus on balancing the different aspects of your life. Exercise and healthy eating habits will prove to be beneficial in the long run. Bring some excitement in your romance and make your love life thrilling. Work related travel is on the cards. Have a great time in exploring new exotic locations with your loved ones.

The 2018 astrology forecasts for the Pisces  zodiac sign predict a year of upheavals and transformations. But this will prove to turn out in your favor. Be wise when it comes to spending money in 2018. New jobs and new business opportunities too are on the cards. New relationships and breakup of old ones too can occur for the Fishes this year. Take the year in your stride and you will come out a winner. HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

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World Tennis Stars Grace True Arena Hua Hin

Many famous identities surface in Hua Hin; sometimes from the world of show business, the business world but also stars of the sporting arena. In December, the world’s most talented sporting stars from the world of women’s tennis surfaced at the InterContinental World Tennis Thailand Championships 2017 at True Arena Hua Hin. Describing these four tennis players as world stars is no overstatement. Romania’s Simona Halep is rated No. 1 in the world with 20 year old Latvian Jelena Ostapenko at No. 7. Britain’s Johanna Konta is rated at No. 9 and Karolina Plíšková from the Czech Republic at No. 4 after previously being rated at No. 1. She is not to be confused with twin sister Kristýna who holds the record for the most aces (31) in a match on the WTA Tour.

Introduced at the press conference; (from the left); Simona Halep, Karolina Plíšková, Johanna Konta & Jelena Ostapenko After having the opportunity to see the sights, try their hand at preparing Thai food with a cooking class and conducting a Kids’ Clinic with professionals from True Arena’s PBI tennis Academy, the players joined Khun Suwat Liptapanlop, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Asian Tennis Federation at a pre-tournament press conference at the InterContinental Hotel. The ladies were very eager to give recognition to True Arena as a premier sporting venue, including training and practice facilities and most importantly the Plexicushion Prestige Tennis Courts which replicate the Australian Open’s Rod Laver Arena. The Australian Open is the first major tennis tournament of 2018, held from the 15th January. Playing on centre court at True Arena is perhaps the best way to get into form before the Open; even the weather is likely to be similar. Hua Hin pundits believe that winning here is the best predictor of becoming the Australian Open champion, a feat achieved by Serena Williams in 2016. Round one of our Championship pitted Simona Halep against Johanna Konta with the former a 6-3, 6-3 winner. Johanna had just returned to competitive tennis after a 3 month break, perhaps not the best preparation for a tough match against the world’s No 1. The second round had a similar result with a 6-1, 6-4 win to the higher ranked Karolina Plíšková over Jelena Ostapenko, although the final score may not reflect the closeness of the fiercely fought battle. In the third place play-off, Johanna Konta beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 6-3. The final was then between Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková. Karolina was unable to repeat her twin sister’s WTA record of aces (achieved at the 2016 Australian Open) with many strong returns by Simona; who really showed her class to become the World Tennis Thailand Championships 2017 winner and champion with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Simona said “I’m happy I could win two matches. Someone told me if you win here you will win the Australian Open. If I don’t win, it’s not my fault OK?” But look out Melbourne; Simona Halep is coming!  

From left; Jelena Ostapenko, runner-up Karolina Plíšková, Mr Suwat Liptapanlop, champion Simona Halep & Johanna Konta The tennis scene In Hua Hin is alive and well with South-East Asia’s only sunken tennis venue boasting the very best surface ready to welcome the world’s very best players. However being amongst the best is not a pre-requisite to enjoying these world class facilities at True Arena. Coaching can be arranged for players of all levels with friendly games available even for those who may describe themselves as ‘tennis tragics’!, Phone: 032 909 633 HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

January 2018

‘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 81 - 85.


Question 81 When a ball touches the course side of a white line defining out of bounds the player must take a stroke and distance penalty. True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Out of Bounds. Note: A ball is not out of bounds when any of it is on, or overhangs the course. Question 82 A player may not clean his ball by rubbing it on the putting green. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 16-1d/5. Note: Though it is to be discouraged, a player may clean his ball by rubbing it on the putting green, providing the act is not for the purpose of testing the surface of the putting green. Question 83 When a side is required to drop a ball in foursomes either partner may drop the ball. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 29/4. Note: The member of the side whose turn it is to play next must drop the ball. Question 84 If a ball, when not in play, is accidentally

knocked off a tee, it may be re-teed without penalty. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 11-3. Note: When a ball is not yet in play on the teeing ground, and it moves without the player intending to make a stroke at it, it may be re-teed, without penalty. This applies even if the player moves it 100 yards down the fairway with a practice swing. Question 85 On every golf course in the world the holes on the putting green must always be the same depth of four inches (101.6 millimetres). True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Hole. Note: The hole must be at least four inches (101.6 millimetres) deep. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out

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10 42 Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Banyan

The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin held it’s 8th Charity Golf Tournament as a fun day with a purpose last month at a beautiful location, perfect weather, great food and liquid refreshment

There was some pretty good golf action also with a full field of golfers at the Banyan Golf Course. Players arriving at Banyan discussed their strategies over a sponsored breakfast. At the end of play, players were again able to wine and dine with over 170 attended a dinner including great food, drink and entertainment as well as opportunities to win great raffle prizes and bid on auctioned items. The Club is grateful to the many generous repeating and new sponsors, even more than in past years. With this help the net gain from this biggest annual Club

fundraiser was over 850,000 THB, all of which will support on-going and new Club community service projects. The real winners are disadvantaged members of our community that benefit from community service projects supported by the funds raised through this event. The Club works with several local schools to improve water and sanitation facilities and provide tools, fun events and education opportunities that some children would otherwise miss. Additional details can be found on the RC Royal Hua Hin web site: www.

Mr. Suresh Subramaniam (2nd from the left) CEO of Sansara Development and Mr. Sunchai Nuengsit (2nd from the right) Managing Director of BuilderSmart Public Company were amongst the contenders.

Back to back Champions 2016 & 2017: Dan Sea; Gross 66, Net 49.4

Golf Championship Odds 2018:

Tiger Woods at 20-1 to Win a Major This Year

January 2018

The EurAsia Cup is a biennial men’s professional team golf tournament between teams representing Europe and Asia. It started in 2014, superseding the Royal Trophy which had been played from 2006 to 2013. It is held at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club, west of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first contest was played in 2014 with 10 man teams played a series of 20 matches involving four-ball, foursomes and singles. The result was a 10–10 tie and the Cup was shared. The second contest was played in 2016 with the team size increased to 12 with a total of 24 matches played. Europe won the match 181/2–51/2. The third contest will be played from 12–14 January. Team Asia will be led by Captain Arjun Atwal of India who will go up against Thomas Bjorn’s Team Europe. Malaysian Richard Green will be joined by compatriot Nicholas Fung, Japan’s Yuta Ikeda, Hideto Tanihara, China’s Li Haotong, India’s Anirban Lahiri, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Poom Saksansin, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Phachara Khongwatmai, with Korea’s Byeonghun An and Sunghoon Kang.

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There is a lot to be excited about with Tiger Woods these days. Woods is returning to golf in late December at the Hero World Challenge, and he’s apparently as healthy as he’s been in a long time (according to his buddy, Jason Day). Rickie Fowler said recently that Woods is hitting drives past Fowler (who averaged 300 yards off the tee on the PGA Tour last year), and there is certainly a lot of hope surrounding Woods. That’s something that could not have been said very often in the last three years. Because of that, and because Woods is maybe the most bet on an athlete in history, with Woods’ odds at 20-1 to win any major in 2018.

US Open winner Dustin Johnson, the highest rated contender

Captaining Team Europe Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn (left) is aiming to hold the trophy against Team Asia’s Captain Arjun Atwal (right) from India Team Europe will feature Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Levy, Alex Noren, Thomas Pieters, Henrik Stenson and Bernd Wiesberger. The EurAsia Cup will feature 24 matches, with day one showcasing six fourball matches, followed by six foursomes matches and 12 singles matches on the third day. For more information see eurasiacup. com

Second rated Jordon Speith is a multiple major winner

Tiger Woods from his past glory days

Here are the top ten 2018 contenders: Dustin Johnson: 3-2, Jordan Spieth: 3-2 Rory McIlroy: 5-2, Rickie Fowler: 7-2 Justin Thomas: 7-2, Jason Day: 7-2 Hideki Matuyama: 7-2, Jon Rahm: 7-2 Justin Rose: 9-2, Brooks Koepka: 5-1



45 January 2018

Cornering the Korean Style BBQ Market in Hua Hin

Eating and sharing food is one of life’s most pleasurable pastimes. It brings people together, not only for nourishment, but also to be social and spend time together. In Hua Hin, Corner 112, an “all you can eat BBQ buffet”, is set up for you to do just that; eat, drink and be merry! The newly opened, Corner 112 has bought to Hua Hin an updated version of the Korean BBQ. These Korean BBQs are designed to cook from the top down, which is an extremely effective way of cooking. There is neither smoke nor any smell; you can adjust the temperature of the cooker, plus it’s extremely healthy, as the fat gets drained away. When you’re resting between each round of cooking, you can turn down the heat until you’re ready to go again.

To the food, and the biggest feature is the selection of proteins to choose from. Thickly cut strips of pork, chicken and beef have been marinated to perfection, enhancing the taste and helping to stop them drying out. This is the key to a great BBQ, as nobody likes their proteins overcooked and dry. Bacon, small sausages and chicken wings are also on offer; just add some hot chips and everyone in your group will be happy. There is a large range of vegetables available to grill, as well as a salad bar to choose your own salad or a lettuce wrap. If you are vegetarian, the staff can setup a different plate for the grill, one specially designed for cooking vegetables. One of the other features of Corner 112 is the other food stations where you can order dishes to compliment your BBQ meal, or order your entire meal from these stations, if you prefer. For lovers of grilled meats, the rotisserie section has grilled chicken, pork and pork ribs, all cooked to perfection. Two other food stations see a choice of sensational noodle soups, or for those who love Isaan food, there is a large selection of Isaan dishes at very reasonable prices; choose a som tam to go with your grilled meats.

Corner 112 is run on a coupon system; whether buying a drink or at any of the food stations. The coupon system is easy to use and you get a refund on what you don’t spend. The all you can eat buffet is 190 THB per person, which is great value. This spacious, open air venue is set up for small or large groups. The high ceiling gives the venue its airy feeling, allowing for ventilation assisted with water spray fans when the days or nights are hot. CORNER 112 : Location: corner of Soi Hua Hin 112 and Soi Hua Na 1 Open: 11 am to 10 pm Facebook: corner112.huahin Phone: 083 006 1300

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2 46 Seven Magnificent Chefs, Seven Famous Songs, Seven Tasty Creations

Each creation has been selected by one of the Dusit’s seven resident Chef’s, but as an additional ‘twist’, each has been inspired by that’s Chef’s favourite song. All dishes are priced at just 277 THB.

The Dusit Thani Hua Hin invites you to discover and experience the irresistible “Magnificent Seven” at all four of their restaurants

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All the chosen songs are classics from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Feel free to reminisce as you sing along whilst relishing your favourite dish! Chef Weng’s Magnificent ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Queen – 1975 A rhapsody of Pacific mussels in a Bohemian green curry infused broth. Chef Sam’s Magnificent ‘Hawaii 5-O’ Morton Stevens TV theme – 1960 Hawaii inspired beefburger on a matcha bun, served with signature roasted potatoes. Chef Nueng’s Magnificent ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ Guns N’ Roses - 1987 Sweet and surprising; come find out for yourself!

Chef Khai’s Magnificent ‘Different Seasons’ Johnny Hates Jazz - 1988 Fish fillets steamed with spicy & sour sauce and crispy fried with a sweet & savoury taste for a different season. Chef Tuu’s Magnificent ‘Come Together’ Beatles – 1969 Charcoal grilled marinated Pacific salmon with squid ink ravioli come together, San Marco style. Chef Guitar’s Magnificent ‘Thriller’ Michael Jackson – 1982 Panko turkey roll fried with a thriller of a stuffing served with infused teriyaki sauce. Chef Dong’s Magnificent ‘Stayin’ Alive’ Bee Gees - 1977 Caledonian shrimp cocktail staying alive in the pond of a signature creamy cocktail sauce. For more information, contact Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Tel: +66 (0) 3252 0009 or Email to

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

Previous important position: Chef Jakub had worked for several high-profile hotels before becoming the Executive Sous Chef at Anantara Riverside Resort. Preferred cuisine: A personal take on local classics with a focus not to ‘dumb-down’ flavors.

The Chef’s Favorite Menu Item to Impress Your Dinner Guests

Name: Fruits of Siam Description: The highlight of the dish is the sweet taste of seafood accompanied by seasonal fruits and a tangy pineapple dressing with a touch of chili. Ingredients: (Serves 4) Poaching liquid: 250 ml light vegetable broth, 15 gm lemongrass, 5 gm kaffir leave Seafood: 300 gm fresh prawns (2 per portion), 100 gm fresh squid head (1 per portion), 300 gm fresh blue crab Fruits (seasonal): 250 gm honeydew melon, 150 gm watermelon red, 150 gm watermelon yellow. 30 gm longan, 50 gm dragon fruit red Mango Coulis: 70 gm mango fresh or puree, 1 ml lime juice, 1 gm birds eye chili, pinch of salt Pineapple dressing: 10 ml pineapple juice, 2-5 ml pineapple vinegar, 5 ml avocado oil, 10 gm Dutch chili (discard seeds), 2 gm coriander leaves fresh, pinch of salt, finely sliced chili and coriander

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Method: 1. Prepare poaching liquid by adding lemongrass and kaffir leaves, pinch of salt and seafood to water. 2. Do not overcook; the crabs will take around 5 minutes, prawns 4 minutes and squid 2 minutes. 3. Once cooked drop in an ice bath to stop the cooking process, after 2 minutes or once cold take out and dry. 4. Cut the fruit to your own design, then brush with the light oil and set aside 5. Mango Coulis: Cut and blend the mango until smooth.

Add fresh seedless chili and blend again with a drop of lime and a pinch of salt. Reduce by slow cooking then cool and put into a squeeze bottle. 6. Pineapple dressing: mix all ingredients together until emulsified. Add finely chopped coriander and seedless Dutch chili cut in brunoise (cubes of 3 mm or less). 7. Plating: Arrange all fruit and seafood, brush the fruits with avocado oil, add mango coulis and sprinkle with sea salt. Finish the plate with edible blossoms and fennel. A tip to make the dish special: All seafood should not be cooked more than medium to retain the moisture and to enjoy the fresh and sweet taste. Brush the fruit with avocado oil and sprinkle with a good quality sea salt to enhance the tangy taste.

All Pizza 220 baht

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48 4 WEEKLY MONDAYS Luna Lanai Restaurant by the Sea, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa


WEDNESDAYS Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

The Deck Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Luna Lanai Restaurant invites you to discover exquisite freshly prepared Ruby Fish in 6 different ways. Chef’s secret is finding the best ingredients and balancing a simple recipe that accentuates the natural flavor for you to truly enjoy this fantastic fare. And be sure to check out our selection of fine wines to complement these delicious dishes.

Entice your taste buds with great flavor of delicious Asian homemade noodles that provide you more imprinted chewy and yummy tastes. Join us and take the opportunity to savor a variety of noodle dishes, each prepared using Culinary Treasures of the finest of spices and Japan, Centara Grand served with the freshest Beach Resort & Villas seasonal ingredients Hua Hin and top gastronomic Every Monday from 6:00 delights, such as wok p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Hagi fried Singapore noodles Japanese Restaurant. with prawns and ThaiJapanese buffet style spicy glass noodle enjoy a wide variety of salad, to name but a few. Japanese specialties OH-FISH-CIALLY Best such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, live Teppanyaki Fish in Town! Centara and much more... Price: Grand Beach Resort & Baht 1,100++ per person. Villas Hua Hin Afternoon Tea Selections, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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 Monday - Saturday pan sear it and deliver from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 to your table. Your fillet p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. We includes a selection from have now introduced 3 the chef’s salad buffet. Price: Baht 450++ (200g different types of High Tea set for you to select portion). and choose between Corner 112 Grill & Thai Hua Hin set, Heritage Restaurant in Soi 112 set or Colonial set along Hua Na, Hua Hin with premium selected coffee and TWG tea Price : Starting from Baht 450++ per set. 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, Melted cheese, tortilla corn chips and Avocado Salsa Verde. Price per menu starts from 290 +++

The newly opened restaurant on Soi 112, has an updated version of the Korean BBQ as an extremely user friendly way to cook with neither smoke nor cooking smells. You can adjust the temperature of the cooker plus its extremely healthy as the fat is drained away. There are a variety of booths to select Issan food, noodles, grilled pork, grilled chicken, grilled ribs as well as the Korean BBQ Buffet. Grilled 1/2 kg Ribs or Grilled 1/2 Chicken 150 THB. Korean BBQ Buffet - 190THB. Noodles 50 - 60 THB. Open 11 am to 10 pm.

Luna La Pran by the sea presents the exotic flavor of fresh scallops, featuring unique ingredients prepared from our chef’s secret recipes. Our passinate kitchen team hasdreamed up a special menu of scallop specialties, such as baked half shell scallops with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese served with garlic bread and wok fried half shell scallops with XO sacue, to name but a few.

THURSDAYS Steak Out, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 pm. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Select your preferred steak from Australia or New Zealand. Cooked to your order and accompanied by the chef’s salad buffet of fresh cut vegetables and greens - truly a meat lovers delight! Price: Baht 990++ (200g portion). Coral Lounge at Amari Hua Hin

Thai Temple Fair, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

FRIDAYS Fish Market Every Friday evening at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach

Pick your favorite seafood fish, squid, prawns and more Choose a cooking styles steamed, grilled or fried. Enjoy all you can eat side dishes. Price start from THB 299. Children under 6 years old dine for free. Children between 6-12 years half price. Exclusive Accor Plus member discount 10%. Every Friday 18.0021.30 hrs.

SATURDAYS Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant at Putahracsa Hua Hin Bringing back your favorite brunch this year. Serving up unlimited seafood-on-ice, fresh sushi, varieties of salad and main course range from authentic Thai dishes, live Thai-style salad, International selections, à-la-minute pasta to BBQ from the grill plus desserts. Including a glass of welcome sparkling wine cocktail. Every Saturday 12:00-15:00 hrs. InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa celebrates our new Executive Chef Jakub Mares and one of France’s most highly distinguished wine collections by Barton & Guestier. Chef Offering a vast selection Jakub boasts a wealth Indulging in some of locally inspired cuisine of culinary knowledge sweets for a delight prepared live and à la afternoon tea menu from numerous Michelin minute, our master chefs star establishments in which served in two have selected premium small and large. The Prague, England and ingredients such as afternoon tea set menu Italy and has created includes Brie and Bacon, fresh caught and sun alongside his culinary dried squid straight Spinach Panini, Chicken team a five course from the fisherman to Wrapped in Pandan masterpiece. This dinner you and sweet Pranburi Leaves, Ratatouille, is limited to 60 seats so pineapple Som Tam Mozzarella Cheese please book in advance Quiche, Curried Chicken and many more of the to avoid disappointment. specialties that Pranburi Sandwich, Smoked has to offer. You haven’t Family Pool Fun Day, Chicken, Pineapple, Centara Grand Beach been to Pranburi if you Wednesday – 10th , 24th Tomato and Lettuce Resort & Villas Hua Hin haven’t eaten at Local Croissant, Chocolate from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 Market La Pran. Brownies, Raspberry SATURDAY, 6th January p.m. at Suan Bua Thai Cheesecake, Fruit 2018, 3:00 p.m. Head Restaurant. Submerge Reef & Beef, Centara Scones with Cream and Grand Beach Resort & down to the Railway yourself into a genuine Berry Sauce. The price Pool for a fun-filled day Thai cultural event and Villas Hua Hin is at thb 550 net for two for the whole family. experience culinary persons and Thb 950 Kid’s will be entertained delights from all over net for four persons. by our Sports & Activity the Kingdom whilst team while the parents listening to indigenous Cocktails of the month can join-in or sit back music from throughout at Amari Hua Hin and enjoy the tunes Thailand. Price: Baht played by DJ Steve of 850++ per person. Surf 102.5FM. Splash in Friday – 5th, 19th Reef Deli and Wine and join the Mermaid from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 Lounge at Amari Hua Races, Invisible Bottle, p.m. at COAST Beach Hin Chicken Fight, Ping Club & Bistro. Discover Pong, Scavenger Hunt the variety of coast and many more water side dishes and a and underwater games. wide assortment of SPECIAL KIDS BUFFET tempting appetizers, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for fresh fish, seafood, only 350 Baht net. Local prime quality meats residents welcome, and live entertainment. Enjoy delicious BYO towel, swimmers Price: Baht 1,200++ per traditional Thai menus and sunscreen! Free person. that would please all admission. Don’t miss choices of spice and herb lovers; Hua Hin Home Living cocktails of the month, French Buffet is Gaeng Som Goong, Amari Hua Hin invite all returning! Centara Sweet and sour curry, guests to discover the Grand Beach Resort & sea prawns, fried egg exotic flavor of Mekhong Villas Hua Hin with cowslip flowers, Thai liquor in the Yum Moo Yang - Spicy popular Hua Hin Sabai SATURDAY, 27th 6:30 pork neck salad, grilled - Mekhong, lemon juice, p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at long eggplant, Goong syrup and mints topped Railway Restaurant. Horapa - Stir-fried king with soda, Amari Delight Explore the remarkable sea prawns with chilli, -Mekhong, lemon honey Special Oil Paintings for French cuisine of chilli and pesto and Poo tea and lemon juice Full Sale! 50-70%. Available Provence! From high Nim Tom Yum, deepMoon - Mekhong, lemon for a short time at a in the Alps, throughthe fried soft shell crab, special price. Open 9am lavender hills to the honey tea, Sprite, Red lemongrass, chilli paste to 5pm, Monday to Bull and lemon juice. beach side Cote and coriander. Price per Price per menu starts Saturday. d’Azure, you will enjoy menu starts from 290++ from 260++ oysters, foiegras, lobster, PHONE NUMBERS

Amari Hua Hin: 032 616 600 Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin: 032 516 600 Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin 032 512 021 Corner 112 Grill Restaurant: 083 006 1300

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SUNDAYS Sunday Roast @ COAST, Centara Grand Beach Resort & 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. The Heritage Afternoon Tea Buffet, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Every Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. This buffet will show you the extraordinary best of what a High Tea is all about... Baht 700++ per person. Greek Taverna Hua Hin

Discount 20% in all food with Hua Hin Today VIP Card. Mussaka, Greek Salad, Mix Grill, Pastitsio, Spinash Pie, Ravani and much more delicious Greek food. The only one Greek restaurant in Hua Hin, in Hilton road. Sakura Spa Secrtes, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Experience the evocative scent of gentle Sakura in our spa ritual designed to delight the senses and treat the body . Your experience includes: - Foot Cleansing Ritual - Sakura Body Scrub - Sakura body Massage - Refreshment Duration: 120 minute. Price: 2,900++/ person. Advertise with

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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.

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

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

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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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Corner 112 Grill & Thai Restaurant

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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.


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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/


Greek Taverna Hua Hin

Big Fish Marriott Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 58 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 098 463 3622 Email: Web:

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

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La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria

Mozza Mia Hua Hin

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

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

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

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


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Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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

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.

Address: 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 0 3253 1470 Email: info@putahracsa Web:


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

Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road (between Soi Hua Hin 83/185), Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: 15% Facebook: VIP Web: 31

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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Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

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

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

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

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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

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

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


MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villas Hua Hin

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


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


Address: 70/152-153 Soi 112 Huana Tuptai Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 907 900 Email: Web:


Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

The 88 Condo Hua Hin

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

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

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


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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539 Cornering the Korean Style BBQ Market in Hua HIn

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Food and Consumer Travel for 2018

Globetrotting gourmands have named Bangkok and Taipei the top destinations for street food, and cities like Rome, Dubai, Paris, and Sao Paulo the top spots for fine dining in a new global survey that found that food will play a bigger role in 2018 travel plans than before. The Hua Hin Street Food scene has what it tourists are looking for in 2018 According to the results of a Booking. com survey, which polled more than 18,500 respondents from 26 countries, 41% of travelers said they plan to seek out new food and drink experiences during their travels in 2018. That compares to 29% in 2017. The biggest food priority? More than two-thirds (64%) said they’ll be seeking out the flavours of a destination’s local cuisine in 2018. Likewise, 22% of travelers said their travel choices next year will be based on the destination’s food offerings alone, while a quarter of respondents agreed that they actively avoid destinations with poor dining options, or ‘foodie scenes.’ The definition of eating well, however, differs among travelers. Half of respondents

said their food priority in 2018 will be to visit street markets and eat like the locals. The top choices for street food? The Thai capital of Bangkok, along with Taipei, Hanoi, Istanbul and George Town, Malaysia. For one in five respondents, however, their definition of eating well is to sit down in a Michelin-starred restaurant. The top destinations endorsed for being fine dining hotspots include Rome, Dubai, Paris, Sao Paulo and London. But taste buds have become more sophisticated over the years, and chefs will do well to up their game, as half of respondents said they plan to be more adventurous when it comes to food. Likewise, a similar percentage indicated they’ll be seeking out more unique dining experiences during their holidays. — AFP

Your Massage Matters

Massage options in Hua Hin come in all shapes and sizes………. perhaps the same as the customers! However there are two real choices when it comes to style and budget. On one hand most upmarket resorts offer massage and spa experiences that can be exotic and luxurious; but there is a price to be paid. On the other hand there are literally 100’s of massage shops on the streets around town. The problem is which ones are ‘real’ and which ones are offering something other than treatment for your stress or discomfort? Our mission was to find a compromise; a great massage at a bargain price, nothing more or less. After asking those ‘in the know’ and visiting a few premises that didn’t meet our criteria, we found the answer at Orchid Massage near the Tippawan Village, just a few kilometres out of town. The owner Khun Ae can discuss your needs in English so you feel relaxed immediately. Attention to detail is apparent, not pretentious, but pleasant and relaxing. My needs were simple, get rid of this aching hip please! Khun Ae was confident that wouldn’t be a problem. Thai or oil? ……. I didn’t really care as long as the problem was solved; up to you. My hour massage was a cross between the two styles; some massage oils but really a more traditional approach, firm and strong as the best of both worlds. One specialty of Khun Ae is a secret homemade recipe for a herbal balm you won’t find anywhere else! An hour later I was walking pain-free again. Khun Ae tactfully mentioned that more exercise was really needed and she didn’t mean just walking around the golf course!

Where: Take Soi 80 from Phetcha kasem Road than after crossing the rail line; swing right to follow the klong road north. Look for the third 711 store (there’s also a large white water tower) across the klong (waterway) then after heading inland veer right towards Tippawan Village. The premises are easy to see after a further 50 metres. Open: 9 am to 9 pm everyday. Phone: 087 3668829 (appointments are advisable) Facebook: HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

10 54 Can’t Eat spicy? - Some Tips to Help You Eat Thai Food Like a Local

Thai food is a taste sensation which is all about the balance between hot, sour, salty and sweet. Sometimes the fear that a dish is going to be too hot is overwhelming when eating in Thailand. This is a common thing that many travellers to Thailand face, so we have some tips for you on how to order and manage the heat in your Thai food When eating, take only a little bit of the dish at a time along with your rice. To sample the curry, pick the protein up with rice first, as it won’t be as hot as the sauce. More rice than sauce or protein on your spoon is also the way to eat. Eat a spoonful of soup, then something less spicy, and so forth; this helps reduce the heat levels. There are many restaurants where you will see condiments on the table; this is so you can make the taste your own. These vendors do dishes like noodles, rice or soups, which are normally not spicy up front. You taste them first, then adjust the seasoning to your taste. Yes, you can order everything Mai Phet • Not Spicy, but you may lose some of the balance of the dish, so by asking to have less chilli or no chilli, the cook needs to adjust the flavourings to try to keep it in balance. Some dishes just do not work without heat. The sweet counteracts the hot and the sour is a foil for the salty. Not all chillies are spicy; in fact, the big red chillies are very mild, as are the dried, roasted red ones you sometimes see on top of dishes; these have a nutty flavour and a mild to medium heat. The ones to look out for are the small, fresh green or red ones that are sometimes left whole or slightly bruised in a dish; they are easily pushed aside.

Tip number one is the best cooling agent for your mouth is rice, so when you get your meal don’t cover the rice with the curry. You need to forget how you learned to eat; where you load your plate and eat everything all at once; learn to eat like a Thai person. When you watch the locals at meal times, they order a number of dishes, so the meal has a mixture of heat levels and textures. There’s normally a soup, a curry, a salad, a stir fry, possibly some grilled meats and a rice; not all of these dishes will be spicy. For example; the soup could be spicy, the curry mild, the salad hot and the protein, like grilled meats or an omelet may have no heat, acting as recovery time for your mouth.

Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman: As Winston Churchill Ronald Picup: As Neville Chamberlain Kristin Scott Thomas: As Clementine Churchill Ben Mendelssohn: As King George VI Stephen Dillane: As Viscount Halifax Lily James: As Elizabeth Nel

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). Rating: PG-13 (for some thematic material) Genre: Drama Directed By: Joe Wright Written By: Anthony McCarten In Theaters: Jan 04, 2018 Studio: Focus Features

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If you do have something too hot, the worst thing you can do is drink water or beer, as this will spread the oils from the chilli throughout your mouth. Rice, a nonspicy protein or something sweet is best. It is often said that Thais love their sweets and this is true, as sweetness reduces the heat in the mouth, either in a dessert or a drink; just remember that sugar acts to reduce spice. Sometimes side dishes of fresh greens are also served, as they are a great heat reducer. The tips here come from Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand who runs Thai Food Tours around Hua Hin. Leigh says “The thing to remember is that not all Thai people love everything hot. They love their food, but it has to be in balance; aroi!”

Maze Runner : The Death Cure CAST : Dylan O’Brien (II) : As Thomas Kaya Scodelario : As Teresa Thomas Sangster : As Newt Rosa Salazar : As Brenda Dexter Darden : As Frypan

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKDcontrolled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. PG-13,1 hr. 54 min. Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy Directed By: Wes Ball In Theaters: Jan 26, 2018 20th Century Fox

11 55 Redesigned ‘On the Rocks’ Bar Is Now Ready at Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin proudly presents the new look of ‘On the Rocks’ Bar. The harmonious blend of its unique and charming character is reflected in both décor and food. There is now a special promotion from Saturday to Thursday with a happy hour.

More details are available from Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin on Tel: 032-516-600 or by visiting the website at: www.

Generous Gift for A Lucky Guest At the Opening Party for ‘On The Rocks’ Bar, Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin During the recent opening party for ‘On The Rocks’ Bar, Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin General Manager Christian Roschli (right) kindly presented a Gift Voucher of a Deluxe Room at Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi, Phang-Nga province to the lucky guest Trinarat Klinkhong who also joined the event. Buy 1 get 1 free! with selected drinks 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Every Friday, get an exclusive free-flow package from 5.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, house wine, Chang beer and cocktails of the day for only 599 THB net while being entertained by musicians in a cool and romantic atmosphere.

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12 56 Shoreline Dining, a Great Day at the Amari

Our great day at the Amari Resort in Hua Hin was to meet Executive Chef Khun Pichit and to enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the Shoreline Beach Club. As it happened our Amari visit was on one of those perfect Hua Hin days. Not too hot, not a cloud in the sky, a calm and unruffled ocean and a clear vista stretching from the shoreline to a distant horizon. That’s a vista that this venue presents to diners with the choice of outdoor table undercover or in the open or with unobstructed views from within.

Executive Chef Khun Pichit and a perfect ocean view

The Shoreline Beach Club is one of five dining venues at the Amari, perhaps the most informal and available for poolside dining from morning to evening. Khun Pichit is a Hua Hin local who returned to his hometown around a year ago after honing his culinary skills at the Hilton, InterContinental and Sheraton in Pattaya and most recently Phuket. He says he’s really happy to be home and doesn’t have any intentions of leaving soon. Apart from the advantages of enjoying a closer family life with a 20 year old daughter beginning her own hospitality career with attendance at the Regent Chaam Hospitality School, his local knowledge gives Khun Pichit a distinct advantage when it comes to sourcing local produce. It often surprises me that many Hua Hin restaurants seem to have a problem sourcing the abundant local seafood, but that’s not a problem for the Amari, where local is always a preference. Local may extend north to Cha-Am or south to Pranburi, but Khun Pichit knows where to it can be found. One example that we were offered was small but succulent white clams. When you see local Thai people hunched over and digging into the sand at the water’s edge, the chances are this is what they are searching for. They dig out the sand then sift away and rinse in the ocean until they are presented with this prize. Khun Pichit’s take on this delicacy is typical of his approach; essentially Thai but with a twist or a fusion element. In this case a touch of curry and steamed open to reveal the flavorsome meat.

Adding pitta bread is an easy way to absorb the favours and you have the perfect seafood entree. Miso glazed snowfish and a seafood grilled platter some enormous prawns, fresh salads and pickled vegetables, all presented with artistic skills and pride by the Amari kitchen then becomes an unforgettable lunch. However with young coconut icecream with coffee crème brûlée to follow, the palate is refreshed and the dining experience complete. Our thanks to Khun Pichit and staff for their hospitality and easy conversations during this perfect day alongside a picturesque ocean shoreline with the best of Hua Hin’s ambience and flavours on offer. Where: Amari Resort Hua Hin, Shoreline Beach Club When: Heading towards Khao Takiab. the Amari is on the left not far along the entrance road. Contact: Phone +66 (0) 32 61 6600, Email

Steamed Curry White Clams before a grilled seafood platter

Miso glazed Snowfish

Young coconut icecream and coffee cream brûlée

Hello Kitty is the New Whiskered Face of United Nations Tourism The United Nations has tapped an ambassador

with universal appeal to spread its message of sustainable and responsible tourism: Hello Kitty

As one of the most recognisable, lovable and least offensive characters in the world, Hello Kitty is a safe choice for the part. As “Special Ambassador,” the feline character will become the whiskered, bow-tied face of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s “International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development.” Part of her role is to educate travellers on how to be a responsible tourist. The UNWTO has also launched a handbook on tourist etiquette entitled HUA HIN TODAY, January 2018

“Travel. Enjoy. Respect”; reminding travellers how to practice respectful, mindful tourism. The campaign was developed amid a tourism crisis in Europe, where disgruntled locals in Spain and Italy took to the streets in anti-tourism marches to protest overcrowding and disrespectful tourist behaviour. “Travelling is a gift,” says a sweetly voiced Hello Kitty in a promotional video. “When you travel, remember to honour our planet. Respect nature, respect culture, and respect your host.

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