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A Royal Birthday

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‘Long Live the King’ The Management and Staff of Hua Hin Today offer our best wishes for a long and healthy life to His Majesty on behalf of our readers and partners

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has his birthday on Friday 28thJuly. His Majesty King Rama X is 65 years old this year

Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pranburi

July 2017

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July is a month during the so called ‘low season’. This often-used term is certainly not encouraging to those who may be interested in visiting our region during this time of the year.

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The months from June to October are also called the ‘wet season’; again not a welcoming description. In reality we are in the driest region of Thailand; historically rainy days are not a big issue with holiday plans rarely disrupted or ‘rained out’. Apart from the unfortunate ‘low’ or ‘wet’ labels; there are other marketing issues for our region including the absence of a unique identity or ‘brand’. Confusion often follows when Cha-Am locations are described being in Hua Hin. Despite these two Districts being in different Provinces, they enjoy similar attributes; sharing resorts, cultural attractions, beaches and even golf courses. Many businesses say that our region deserves a more coordinated marketing approach to promote the coastal strip between Cha-Am and Pranburi (or further south) as one ‘brand’ with one identity. These businesses also rue the absence of direct air transport to our region. Finally events are often staged without coordination and timely promotion. Prospective overseas visitors have no chance to organise their trips and even the locals may be uninformed. Too many times the media, including Hua Hin Today, is not advised what is happening until it is too late for adequate promotion, if at all. To ‘hide your light under a bushel’ is an expression which means keeping desirable  qualities  (or happenings) a secret  from others. That’s an expression which unfortunately applies to our region. We have all the attractions to be at the forefront of Thailand tourism, but the enthusiasm of local entrepreneurs is not enough. A bigger picture marketing plan is essential to end our region’s seasonal blues.

David editor@huahintoday.com

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Now in its 10th year, Google Street View Covers All 77 Provinces in Thailand It has already been 10 years since Google Street View, a 360-degree map of the world, was first introduced. Google Street View car officially hit the road in 2006 and the first imaginary was published on Google Street View in May 2007.

Gathering Google Street View images in Thailand Look out for the Google Street View mobile cameras Today Google Street View provides panoramic views of every continent in 83 countries, covering about 10 million miles of the world. Google Street View made its official debut in Thailand in September 2011 and has started accumulating images of places around the country since. Six months after the debut, images of the first three provinces - Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai - were published on Google Street View. In August 2016, Google Street View cars and Street View Trekker team completed capturing all corners of Thailand’s 77 provinces. The most recent images around Hua Hin are dated 24th January 2017.

Last year, Google introduced Google Indoor Street View that allows users to explore indoor locations. At first, it could be used at department stores in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Today, users can access Indoor Street View for 15 department stores. Over the past six years of its operation in Thailand, Google Street View team has collaborated with various organizations to photograph roads, streets and tourist attractions around Thailand, enabling people from all over the world to explore and admire amazing places in the country through mobile devices and PCs. Google Street View gives you a taste of the places you will see in person one day, helps you remember the places you have been, and enables you to explore the places you might never get to. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017


4 Thailand International Airports Big Potential Limited by Capacity Phuket airport has a capacity of 8 million per year, but 14.7 million were crammed in the same fiscal year. A total of 34.7 million passengers were squeezed through Don Muang, against the airport’s 30 million designed capacity. Chiang Mai handled 9.2 million passengers in the year compared to its capacity of 8 million a year. Hat Yai is also facing a similar situation, with 3.87 million passengers passing through it in the year, surpassing its capacity of 2.5 million.

Push for Hua Hin Airport Revamp Hotel operators in Hua Hin and Cha-Am have urged the government to speed up a revamp of the existing airport to develop better links to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China and India. The idea was to strengthen tourism competitiveness in the area and facilitate airlines, especially budget carriers wishing to add direct flights from major cities in Southeast Asia, China and South Asia to the Hua Hin Airport. Tourism in Hua Hin and Cha-am has been increasing over the past decade. The region is a family destination for Thai tourists, a wellness destination for folks from Myanmar and a wedding and honeymoon location for the Indian and Middle Eastern markets. “If the Hua Hin Airport gets expanded and promoted as an international airport, more tourists will come to the area,” said Udom Srimahachota, vice-president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) Western chapter.

Phuket Airport is under pressure

Hua Hin remains off the map of international airports Congestion seems destined to increase at Thailand airports as increasing numbers of passengers and flights squeeze into the crowded facilities and the development of new capacities may be falling behind. Thailand’s success in attracting huge numbers of tourists has put some infrastructure for handling the influx under pressure, according to Kiatipong Ariyapruchya, an economist with the World Bank. “Bottlenecks are building up in destinations like Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket, while infrastructure still hasn’t expanded.”

The expansion of the Suvarnabhumi airport, which includes the construction of a third runway and a second passenger terminal, together expects to cost over 110 billion THB will not be entirely completed until four years. When the work is completed in 2021, the annual passenger handling capacity will be raised to 90 million. Don Muang’s next stage of works to increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to 40 million from 30 million is not expected to be operational before 2022.

The Hua Hin Airport is owned and operated by the Civil Aviation Department, with a short runway that can accommodate only small aircraft. The airport is attracting a number of private jets to serve an increasing amount of upmarket resorts nearby.

Meanwhile major airlines in the Middle East are ready to offer attractive deals to draw more tourists to Thailand from October this year after signing agreements with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is teaming up with United Arab Emirates carriers Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai, and Qatar Airways to boost the arrival numbers from the Middle East by 13-15% this year, up from 585,633 last year, which had 10% growth. Additionally Thailand is seeking to take on Singapore’s dominance in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. This would be based at U-Tapao Airport which has seen a continuous growth rate over the past few years. U-Tapao airport, sometimes known locally as Pattaya airport, has some big development plans for the future.

Upgrade the Hua Hin Airport say Hua Hin Hoteliers “The department announced earlier plans to expand the airport, but no action plans were made.” Mr Udom, who runs the Baan Talay Dao Resort in Hua Hin, who saysmajor budget airlines have expressed interest in adding the twin resort towns to their destination roster, but they prefer to operate international routes rather than domestic flights Transport Minister Mr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith ordered a plan to develop the Hua Hin airport to improve capability during an inspection trip in May.

Traveller bottle-necks are a frequent sight at Don Muang (left) and Suvarnabhumi (right) airports Airlines of Thailand data shows that while the six AoToperated airports have a combined capacity to handle 96.6 million passengers a year. A total of 120 million passengers were processed in the fiscal year to Sept 30, 2016, 24.3% over capacity. With a 45-million passenger designed capacity, Suvarnabhumi, Thailand’s main gateway, processed 55.5 million in the 2016 fiscal year.

HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

U-Tapao expansion plans U-Tapao has seen the quadrupling of passenger numbers year on year and the increased frequency of domestic and international flights, which has stretched the airport’s existing capacity to the very limit. At the beginning of 2016, U-Tapao had approximately 800,000 passengers. An expansion plan includes 49 new bays as well as two new aviation bridges. When these alterations are in place it will mean the capacity of the U-Tapao will rise to around 3 million passengers.

“The cost of traveling to Hua Hin and Cha-am is 30% lower than other destinations like Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui,” Mr Udom said. “Tourists are happy with the prices, but the problem is there is no direct connection from their homes.” Christian Wurm, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and the Barai, said an international airport in Hua Hin would give a tremendous boost to the local economy, ranging from hotels, restaurants and golf courses to tourism-related activities. “Tourists from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea will find their journey time to Hua Hin is halved with a new airport,” said Mr Wurm.


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6 Towards a Brighter Future for Karen Villagers

Volunteers during a ‘pit-stop’ en route The Jungle Aid Foundation has been making a difference to communities on the Thai/Myanmar border for over eight years. This organisation is made up of passionate and determined volunteers. They’re problem-solvers, doctors, nurses and creative thinkers who provide aid to those in less fortunate circumstances for a brighter future. Emma Neve is the founder of Jungle Aid and is the Chair of the Board and Jungle Aid’s Chief Executive. Emma is a British nurse, a professional health visitor and the founder and Managing Director of an international school in Hua Hin.

A community needs assessment to enable the providing of essential supplies for village people. Jungle Aid has just announced a project that has taken over a year to develop and to receive the necessary backing of local authorities. The Foundation now has permission to build a well at the Pala U Noi village to provide water for over 200 people. Pala U Noi is just one of the villages supported by Jungle Aid. This community has around 40 houses with 200 people living on about 500 Rai of Thai Government National Forest in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Jungle Aid has been actively supporting Pala U Noi for over 8 years and treated over 450 patients at this location.

Emma with some ‘hands on’ treatment and health promotion for villagers, including young mothers

Completion of this project will be life changing and provide the community with an essential requirement for a better future that we may take for granted; clean water. This will include a survey and well drilling, well construction, installation of solar powered pumps plus the survey and construction of a water pipe network. This is an ambitious plan with a total projected expenditure of almost 1.3 million THB. Support for the venture is a great opportunity for sponsorship, now being actively canvassed. Fund Raising Jungle Aid is always dependent upon many unsung, generous and involved supporters and is without any other source of income. Some of the main fund-raising activities have involved the annual Centara World Masters Golf Championship, Det 5 (a fund-raising venue in Bangkok) and Stenden Rangsit University in Bangkok through the ‘Universities Fighting World Hunger’ movement. Jungle Aid has dedicated sponsors from all over the world who donate private funds when projects need support.

Medical assistance may require these people to walk for one or two days. The elderly or mothers with children make such journeys when they hear that treatment will be available. Additional to emergency healthcare, educational opportunities for children and a regular food supply are also supported. As requests for assistance are received, Jungle Aid endeavours to meet them, albeit with limited resources.

Getting to and from remote villages poses a challenge to both villagers and Jungle Aid volunteers The village communities that are the focus of Jungle Aid’s work are largely made up of displaced people of mixed nationalities. Some are Thai citizens but many have an insecure residency status. Jungle Aid does not discriminate on any grounds; providing support irrespective of race, religion, ethnic background and residency status supporting these communities through regular visits. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Assistance has included the training of a village nurse and health promotion activities about malaria, burn treatment, dental care and intestinal worms. Common illnesses have required various antibiotic, fungal, skin treatment, open wound and anti-diarrhea medications. The open air ‘clinic’ also receives many requests for birth control pills. Village children are supported to attend school and provided with school supplies and sporting equipment. Jungle aid also supports local Thai families with severe sickness or poverty with medical assistance, food or equipment to improve their quality of life even though some may be living with a terminal illness.

There has also been financial assistance or goods such as medical supplies and personal requisites from a wide range of Hua Hin supporters including hotels and resorts, sporting bodies, service clubs and private individuals. How to be involved Jungle Aid is made up entirely of dedicated volunteers. In addition to the core team there is an extended network of volunteers who help out with a whole range of activities. This includes joining jungle treks, helping fundraise, in the medical sphere, sorting donated goods or taking care of administrative requirements. Whatever skills you would like to share can be put to great use; particularly people who are able to volunteer on a long term basis. Committed volunteers have a huge impact and help so many people. Even a single hour a week can make a big difference. Jungle Aid also has a volunteer webmaster ensuring their website provides all the information you may need and informing you about funding events and opportunities; your involvement is easy.

Just visit www.jungleaid.org to learn more and to get involved!


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8 His Name is Bertrand; But Call Him Khun Bee! Putahracsa Hua Hin’s General Manager

When first meeting Bertrand Margerie, the General Manager of the Putahracsa Hua Hin, I looked at his business card and foolishly stated the obvious, “your name sounds very French”. In perfect English with a slight French accent, he affirmed his nationality with a wry smile. Although extensive experiences in many different countries suggest that he’s really a citizen of the world. Before our second meeting, the Putahracsa receptionist referred to Bertrand as ‘Khun Bee’. She was a little embarrassed to admit that she had struggled with a correct pronunciation. This should be with a silent ‘D’; sounding more like ‘Bertron’. Bertrand accepts that he is now ‘Khun Bee’ in Hua Hin but he doesn’t mind.

Bertrand has been the Putahracsa General Manager since March this year. This is his first appointment to an independent ‘boutique’ resort although his résumé (note the French accents!) includes stints with global companies such as the InterContinental and the Mövenpick Groups. His 30 year management career with superior hotels and resorts has included management positions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East as well as South-east Asia. Just prior to joining the Putahracsa, Bertrand took a ‘sabbatical’ from the hospitality industry for almost two years to take on a consultancy role with Green Footprint Solutions in Bangkok, a company specialising in bringing to market green technologies. The green credentials of the Putahracsa are now assured with this GM’s practical experience and knowledge. One of the advantages of a resort with individual Thai owners rather than a broad corporate structure is the ability to get things done and make improvements in a timely manner. One example is Bertrand’s favourite spaces at the Putahracsa; the Ob-Oon Deli which was given a makeover last December. This became an enclosed space but retaining open areas and extensive natural lighting from floor to ceiling windows and translucent roofing. All the benefits of shelter and airconditioning but without feeling enclosed. This is a very pleasant and welcoming place for long conversations as we discovered during our time with Bertrand.

GM ‘Khun Bee’ with Finance & Administration Manager, Khun Pa

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Bertrand’s Thailand experiences included early Hua Hin visits some 20 years ago. At that time he was travelling as a ‘backpacker’. After an early visit he travelling across Thailand but was drawn back to Hua Hin as his favourite location to experience Thai culture but without leaving behind ‘creature comforts’.

The expansive interior of a re-vamped Ob-Ooon Deli It goes without saying that Hua Hin bears little resemblance to the undeveloped town of the past, but Bertrand still believes this is the best place in Thailand for those experiences. However Bertrand is joining the throng of local entrepreneurs, especially those in the hospitality industry, who are concerned that a visible marketing plan for ‘Brand Hua Hin’ may be missing and that infrastructure needs, including direct access for overseas visitors to the airport, pose limitations to the region’s potential tourism growth. ‘Khun Bee’ has now had time to better know the Hua Hin hospitality scene. His next step will be to better know other General Managers and support the push for Hua Hin to be fully recognised as a destination on the world tourism map. Our thanks to Bertrand for his valuable time; we support his vision for tomorrow’s Hua Hin.


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Electrical Car Recharging Stations Now Open in Hua Hin

Resolving Wild Monkeys Problems Due to the problem of monkeys troubling people in Hua Hin, especially in the areas of Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Khao Takiab Buddhist Temple and Hin Lek Fai Hill, the Hua Hin Municipality, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and Department of Livestock Development will provide sterilisation for the monkeys and install containment cages in the areas concerned. According to the Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin Ms. Bussaba Chokesuchart, 2,000 wild monkeys roaming around the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course and Hin Lek Fai Hill are stealing food from tourists and nearby restaurants as well as damaging local houses.

The Governor of Prachuab Khirikhan, the Director General of Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand have officiated at the opening of four new energy recharging stations for electrical cars along the route of BangkokHua Hin. According to the Governor of Prachuab Khirikhan Dr. Thawee Narissirikul, the energy recharging stations are exclusively for electrically powered cars. The stations, located in the premise of PEA offices from Bangkok to Hua Hin, will strictly follow standards formulated in Europe and Japan. New electrical cars, consuming electricity instead of gasoline and can be recharged at any time. Drivers can stop by one of the stations and recharge their vehicle in 20 minutes – the charging period which enables the car to go on for additional one hundred kilometres. Until the end of 2017, the stations will provide free service from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There will be PEA staff available to give visitors assistance.

Opening of the new car recharging stations is one of many Thai government’s projects towards Thailand 4.0 which promotes new technology and innovations, especially alternative energy to replace gasoline. The electrical car exemplify a project expected to be effective in the future when the world needs a new kind of energy to reduce the use of gasoline and solve environmental problems at the same time. Apart from the four car recharging stations from Bangkok to Hua Hin, there are two more from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, three stations available along the BangkokPattaya route, one in Nakhon Pathom and one at the head office of PEA. By the end of this year, more stations will have been established in the north, south and northeast of Thailand.

The Hua Hin municipal office has erected signs in Thai and English with a message asking people not to give any food to the monkeys. However, while some people follow the instruction, others still leave food, fruit and drink for monkeys resulting in them continuing to be a problem. As the Khao Takiab Buddhist Temple does not give anything to the monkeys, the animals are seen at hotels and restaurants nearby. Some of them have been found at the ferry pier.

where visitors will be able to both enjoy seeing the panoramic vista but also give food to the monkeys. The plan for monkey control, including a budget will be proposed by the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department for approval by the Hua Hin Municipality as an urgent project to be carried out this fiscal year. If successful, it will be continued in following years. Municipal officers said that they were confident the plan will be effective as it had already been successful in other areas. In the future, some monkey containment will be installed at the Khao Takiab Buddhist Temple where visitors can also give food to the animals. The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, along with the Deputy Mayor and members of the Hua Hin Municipal Council has visited Khao Takiab to help survey the number of the monkeys troubling people. He said that he would soon report about progress to resolve the problem himself.

After a meeting of the concerned authorities, around 600 monkeys from the golf course and Khao Takiab will be put into containment areas at Hin Lek Fai Hill. Staff of the Department of Livestock Development will sterilise them and provide daily food and drink. Hin Lek Fai Hill is an ideal tourist attraction

Dr. Thawee commented that Hua Hin was the gateway to Prachuab Khirikhan where both Thais and foreigners like to visit and stay. Many visitors come to Hua Hin by car. As electrical cars become popular in the future, drivers will not be worried as they have recharging stations available anywhere in the country. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017


10 Insurance for Drink Driving Ends

Drink-drivers with blood-alcohol concentrations of 50 mg/dL and over will have to pay for any damages they cause as they will no longer be covered by insurance firms, the Office of the Insurance Commission has warned. Gazette, reducing the limit to only 20 mg/ dL for some groups of drivers. Drivers aged 20 and below, and those with only a temporary driving licence or without a valid licence will be regarded as drink-drivers if their blood-alcohol level is measured above 20 mg/dL. – Bangkok Post From Police Traffic Chief, Ekkarat Plaidoung:  “In Thailand, the standard Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit is set at 0.05 per cent, which means you are legal if there is no more than 50 mg/ dl of blood, which can be tested through both blood or breathalizer test. In normal circumstances, 50 mg/dl means about two glasses of beer, so in general, you should try not to go above this.” OIC secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn said the conditions in insurance policies have changed to come in line with the Road Traffic Act, with the alcohol limit coming down to 50 mg/ dL, from 150 mg/dL allowed by insurance companies previously. “Drink-drivers should avoid driving. The insurance will not cover either life or property in the event an accident occurs

and it is found the insured driver has a blood-alcohol concentration of over 50 mg/dL. “The third party damaged by the person will still be covered but the insurance company will collect the money from the drink-driver,” he said. However, the insurance void is only for additional policy, not compulsory insurance according to the Road Accident Victims Protection Act 1992, he said.

OIC secretary-general Suthiphon Thaveechaiyagarn Suthiphon also said 10 insurance companies have launched a new promotion that will give 10% discounts on insurance premiums for drivers who promise they will drive only when they are alcohol-free. In a separate development, new clauses on the permitted blood-alcohol concentration for drivers have been published in the Royal

Thailand Moving at a Slow Pace to Allow Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is a two-sided plant. Despite its medicinal benefits especially for severe pain management, marijuana is known to be one of the most abused drugs in the world, giving a euphoric high, and even delusions and hallucinations if smoked too much. province, said marijuana has been in Thailand for hundreds of years and is even mentioned in ancient Thai literature like Khun Chang Khun Paen. What the country needs when it comes to medical cannabis legalisation is proper management.

The unwanted psychoactive side effects of the drug make it divisive, particularly when it comes to marijuana legalisation, not just here in Thailand but across the globe. Cannabis is prohibited in Thailand under the Narcotics Act of 1979 and classed as a Category 5 narcotic. According the law in Thailand producers, exporters and importers are liable for imprisonment of between two and fifteen years and/or a fine of 200,000 to 1.5 million THB, as are those found in possession of over 10 kg with intent to supply. Possession with intent to supply of 10 kg or less may incur prison sentences of two to ten years and/or a fine of 40,000 to 200,000 THB. Simple possession is punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment and/ or a fine of up to 100,000 THB.

Last year school students participated in the ceremonial burning of police-confiscated marijuana. Hemp Production Thailand exports small quantities of hemp clothing, and is currently one of the world’s leading suppliers of hemp, which is indigenous to the northern parts of the country. The Thai cabinet officially approved cultivation of hemp in 2009, and since then the industry has been rapidly developing. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Cannabis plants for hemp production Earlier this year the cabinet has approved, as proposed by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, farmers to grow industrial hemp, or Cannabis sativa – the herbaceous plant of the same family as marijuana, or Cannabis indica – across 15 districts of six provinces namely Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Tak, Phetchabun and Mae Hong Son.

“Thailand is moving at a very slow pace when it comes to the decriminalisation of medical marijuana,” she said. “Weed has been part of Thai people’s lives since the old days. And we should not have looked at it as a mere narcotic drug. We should instead learn how to handle and properly control the use of it in a way that we can also benefit from it. The world has long awoken to the medicinal benefits of this plant.”

Raw materials processed from hemp can be used for the manufacturing of clothes, bulletproof vests, building materials, food supplements, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Hemp or what is called “Ganjong” looks very much like marijuana or “Ganja” as it technically the same plant.

Hemp Clothing for Thai Fashion Marijuana For Medical Use But as for marijuana, the decriminalisation has been and will still be under long, long discussion. While Thailand still lags behind, many other countries have legalised marijuana at least for medical purposes. Supaporn Pitiporn, a herb expert and chief pharmacist of the Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri

Churanya Onlom, a PhD graduate from Naresuan University’s Faculty of Pharmacy and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Alberta in Canada who studied medical cannabis, reaffirms the medicinal advantages of marijuana. The main chemical compound in cannabis, Churanya explained, is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which has been studied, reported on and used in various countries as an effective relief for severe pain as well as nausea in patients falling prey to the side effects of chemotherapy. “THC has been studied by researchers for quite some time and it is proven to be very effective for pain relief,” said Churanya. Despite the said medicinal benefits of cannabis, the legalisation of it in Thailand still needs a proper debate from various concerned parties, particularly how to

prevent as much unwanted psychoactive results as possible. Niyada KiatyingAngsulee of Chulalongkorn University’s Drug System Monitoring Mechanism Development Centre under the Faculty of Pharmacy commented that for medical marijuana to be decriminalised, people need to first thoroughly understand what the plant really is so that we come to know how to use it to its maximum potential. Given the fact that cannabis is a high-quality plant and that Thailand has an ideal climate for growing it, Churanya strongly hopes that in the not-so-distant future, the country will be able to produce its own cannabis-based medication, for export even, under the authority’s caring yet watchful eyes. “A tropical country like Thailand is definitely able to grow cannabis. So if the medical use of it is finally allowed and encouraged, we will be able to significantly reduce the production cost in the long run. Thailand already has perfect weather and terrain. We only need our own team of researchers and, of course, support from parties involved.” Medical marijuana by country (Bangkok Post) Australia – Australia legalised medical cannabis in August 2014, allowing patients with a prescription to purchase cannabis from authorised sellers. Canada – Canada implemented a national medical cannabis law in 2001, allowing patients to grow their own cannabis at home and caregivers to produce their own cannabis. Israel  – One of the leading countries with medical marijuana research, Israel’s government announced in 2016 plans to make medical cannabis prescriptions available for patients through pharmacies across the nation. Italy – Italy allowed medical marijuana in 2013. Switzerland – Since 2011 cannabis can be sold and consumed legally. The Netherlands  – The country started allowing medical cannabis products to be sold at pharmacies to patients with a doctor’s prescription in 2003. The United States  – There are 30 US state that have legalised medical cannabis.


11 Asaha Bucha & Tourists Asked to Wear ‘Polite Clothing’ and Avoid Bangkok Khao Pansa Important Buddhist Commemorations During the Royal Cremation

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is preparing to ask foreign tourists to wear appropriate clothing during the royal cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, to be held between October 25th-29th.

Foreign tourists are also being advised to travel outside Bangkok during the royal cremation ceremony to avoid traffic congestion. October 26th has been declared a public holiday.

Tourism businesses reportedly want the government to announce its tourism policies for the period in detail so that they can manage their services appropriately. It is feared that a delay in the announcement could make some tourists reluctant to travel to the country. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will release an official travel advisory for foreigners coming to Thailand to inform them about the royal cremation, according to the Thai National News Bureau.

Wan Asaha Bucha and Wan Khao Punsa are very important Thai Buddhist holidays in July. This year Wan Asaha Bucha is on Saturday 8th July and Wan Khao Punsa on Tuesday 11th July. Many businesses, government offices, schools and the like will be closed. There will be restrictions on alcohol sales as well. There will be many activities around the temples, predominantly listening to sermons, making merit and feeding of monks. Wan Asana Bucha Wan Asaha Bucha commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park at Benares (Varanasi) in India. In this sermon, known as Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion, the Buddha first spelled out the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. This day is also regarded as the founding day of the Buddhist sangha (monkhood). Many Thai people will return to their ancestral homes to worship in their local temple and to bring offerings for the monks. In the evening they will often perform a wian tian, where they walk clockwise around the main shrine of the temple carrying a candle, three incense sticks and a lotus bed. During the day, monks chant mantras or repeat the first sermon of the Buddha. Wan Khao Punsa Wan Khao Punsameans the day of entering the rains retreat. This is a three-month

annual retreat usually undertaken from July to October, during which monks must stay at the same temple, and refrain from wandering around the countryside. In India, it is known as Vassa. It begins on the day after Asaha Bucha. The tradition dates from the time of the Buddha, when he forbade monks to travel during the rainy season for fear that they might unintentionally harm crops or insects in the places where they walked. The Rains Retreat in Thailand In Thailand, monks use the retreat to meditate more intensively. Lay people will often use this period to adopt more ascetic practices, abstaining from meat, alcohol or cigarettes, for example. Wan Khao Punsa is often referred to as Buddhist Lent, with an emphasis on reflection and self-denial.It is also a time when many young Thai men ordain and join the monkhood for part or all of the period of the rains retreat. Royal Birthday July 28th is his Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday, it has been announced that 5th December will remain father’s day, and that 28th July will be a national holiday. This year His Majesty turns 65 years of age however few public events have been reported to date.

Hua Hin Launches the ‘3 R’s Waste Management Program The Hua Hin Municipality is responsible for 39 local communities within the Districts of Hua Hin and Nong Kae and over 60,000 people. The amount of waste from these communities averages 150 tons per day with costs of almost 5 million THB per month for waste disposal. With the number of local people and visitors increasing, waste disposal problems are becoming a major concern for municipal authorities as they affect both the environment and the lifestyle of people. The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, the Deputy Mayor and the Permanent Secretary of the Municipality have opened a new waste management program, initiated by the Division of Public Health and Environment, to address these concerns and to establish more effective and sustainable waste management.

The 3R’s needs the cooperation of household, temples and schools in Hua Hin as the main source of waste. The program compliments the Provincial strategy to enhance the effectiveness of environmental management, aiming for a zero waste zone and a better quality of life for everyone.

The waste management program focuses on the ‘3 Rs’ of waste management.

In Hua Hin, the target group is 39 local communities, 25 Buddhist temples and 7 municipal schools. Training about waste management has been planned with the Khao Tao Community being the first to embark on this ambitious program.

R Reusing : everything before throwing away., R Reduction : anything that may increase more waste., R Recycling : things by transforming them into new products.

In addition to the Khao Tao Community, waste screening will be carried out in every local community to ensure a sustainable way to keep the city clean.

Officials will seek their cooperation to wear “polite clothing” to share their condolences with Thai people countrywide, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn. Thirty-six TAT domestic branches and 25 overseas offices have been instructed to plan for tourists to attend the ceremony and inform travelers of the schedule, he said. The royal cremation will be held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok, so tourism in other areas will continue as usual, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said. She says many foreign tourists understand Thai culture and the atmosphere of mourning will not affect their plans to come to Thailand.

Royal Palace staff do not allow vests, sleeveless tops, shorts, see-through clothing, shorts above the knee skirts, slippers, sandals or flip-flops. The Tourism and Sports Minister said that in order to avoid traffic congestion, foreign visitors are advised to stay outside of Bangkok during the cremation period. Information on tourist attractions outside the capital will be included in the advisory, she said. Activities around the cremation site at Sanam Luang will be allowed only prior to the ceremony and must be cleared out when notified. The Nation/ Bangkok Post

Water Tanks in Hua Hin Needed a Big Clean

A professional diver team has removed sediment found in water tanks at Khao Lang, part of the Hua Na Water Plant Mr. Atichart Chaisri, the Secretary to the Mayor of Hua Hin, had asked the professional divers to check the water tanks after complaints about murky and unclear water. Many were found to have sediment of as high as 2 metres. The divers spent 3 days cleaning the water tanks using an underwater vacuum cleaner to suck the sediment out of water.

Water released from the Water Plant to the areas of Bon Kai and Khao Pitak now looks clearer and cleaner. The water problem started in April and authorities then visited all water plants in the city and found sediment in the water tanks. The work was completed at the water plants in Hua Na – Nong Kae and will continue at Rai Nun, Damnern Kasem and other water plants throughout the city. Mr. Atichart added that some water plants had not been cleared of sediment for years. Sediment lies at the bottom of the tanks had caused water to be unclear and look red. He also said that asking professional divers to clean the water tanks was an effective problem solution as previously, staff of the Division of Water Works at Hua Hin Municipality had been unable to solve it properly. The Water Works Division is asking its staff to conduct a survey to ask local people if they are satisfied with the quality of their tap water. The result of the survey will be presented to next meeting of the municipal executive. Owning large fishing boats in Maha Chai, Mr. Atichart said the idea of using professional divers to clean the water tanks had emerged from his business. Mr. Atichart has also proposed using professional divers to clean the water tanks every six months to solve the water problem in Hua Hin for the long term. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017


12 Ministry of Tourism & Sports Providing Tourism Safety Advice in Hua Hin

Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports has described the tourism industry as very important to the Thai economy. In 2016, the tourism industry generated revenue of 2.51 trillion THB.

When the tourism industry expands, one unfortunate consequence may be an increase in crime and safety issues. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has a responsibility to prevent problems that may affect the image of Thailand and decisions by tourists considering travelling here. To counter these problems, the Ministry of Tourism has relaunched a program to offer travel advice guidelines to tourists and to publicise how tourists may seek help or advice. The program has commenced at 11 major tourist provinces countrywide with booklets providing important advice to tourists in Thai, English and Chinese languages and information about the role and functions of the Ministry’s Tourism Safety and Security Standards Division.

Mr Jaturon Phakdeewanit, the Director of Tourism Safety and Security Standards Division was accompanied by Hua Hin Municipality members, Tourism Police and the President of the Hua Hin & ChaAm Business Association last month to promote the program at the Hua-Hin Night Market. The group met with foreign tourists and

Thailand Police Ensure Safety at Embassies

in Thailand in Wake of Iran Terrorist Incident The Deputy Spokesman for the Royal Thai Police (RTP) has confirmed that Thailand is not a target for terrorism, and authorities stand ready to ensure safety for all Thai nationals and international visitors, in response of a violent incident in Iran.

local people to promote the campaign and to distribute a booklet titled: “Do’s & Don’ts: Guidelines for Tourists”. More information may be obtained from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (Tourism Safety and Security Standards Division) Bangkok by email to touristcenter13@ gmail.com or phone +66 (0) 2356 0650.

Laying the Foundation Pillar of the New Municipal Parking Station

RTP Deputy Spokesman Pol. Lt. Krissana Patthanacharoen disclosed the security measures in Thailand, after a terrorist attack on the Iranian parliament killed and injuring several people, insisting that the Kingdom is neutral and is not a political, cultural, economic, social and religious opposition to any country in the world.

Thai police and security personnel guard at the entrance of the Israeli embassy in Bangkok However, Thailand has taken measures to ensure safety according to the country’s legal framework and is ready to provide safety to embassies, officials and all foreign tourists in Thailand, he said. He went on to say that the government already has a policy to fully provide safety to important locations, and the RTP had dispatched security personnel to monitor all embassies in Thailand. No suspicious activity has been reported.

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The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, along with executive members of the municipal office and council have attended a Buddhist ceremony to lay a foundation stone on the 7th floor of a new parking station for the Hua Hin Municipality.

The new parking lot is under construction next to the municipal offices, with 7 floors and an area of around 10,000 square metres for up to 200 cars. The building is equipped with elevators and modern electrical systems.

The ceremony was held according to traditional customs that to ensure that the construction will be trouble free and that future users will have prosperity in life.

Construction of the new parking lot started in December 2016 and is expected to complete by 6 July 2018. It will be available for both municipal officers and the public.


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14 Cape Nidhra Hotel Receives Recommended on HolidayCheck 2017

Cape Nidhra Hotel General Manager Christian Roeschli (right) and Sales Coordinator Laphatrada Kerdsuk (left) proudly received the “Recommended on HolidayCheck 2017” Award. This award has been given to Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin based on the feedback comments on the hotel’s service, facilities and accommodation from guests who booked their stay through the website “HolidayCheck”. Cape Nidhra Hotel has been awarded 5.8 out of 6 from the 2017 guest feedback.

Centara Grand Hua Hin’s Elephant Topiary Garden; One of the Most Historical Gardens in Asia

Continues Giving Under the “Baht for a Better Life Project”

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Awarded as Top 10 Beach Hotels from “2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists”

It’s not the baht we are giving, its heart for another living. It’s not the smile we are giving. but the biggest smile we are receiving in return.” Continuing the giving under the “Baht for a Better life Campaign”; Amari Hua Hin’s team led by Mr. Phanuphan Buasuang, General Manager together with Executives, Team members, CSR volunteirs and former staff hosted a special lunch for the kids at Wat Kaset Kantaram School in Sam Roi Yod, Prachuab Kirikhan province. Wat Kaset Kantaram School is a small school in suburban of Sam Roi Yod with 10 teachers and 105 students, from pre-kindergarten to Grade 6. Prior to the day, the team has been collecting money little by little from selling cocktails during CSR days and garbage collecting throughout the year. This helped create the variety of the food stalls, prizes for games as well as stationery, toys and bags of rice for the school-made lunch. To be part of “Baht for a Better Life” with Amari Hua Hin, please contact Ms. Supinda Rojanawisut at +66 (0) 3261 6600 or visit www.onyx-hospitality.com/socialresponsibility/baht-better-life.aspx for more information.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is recently awarded as the Top 10 Beach Hotels from the “2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists”. The event was organized by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Tencent Holding Limited, the owner of popular online media in China. As the third consecutive year for this accolade, it proves InterContinental Hua Hin Resort continues to improve its hospitality service to offer a perfect beachside leisure experience on world standards to all guests. Photo Caption: Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand presents the certificate to Ms. Aksiporn Kawrasri, a representative of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, as the hotel is ranked in “Top 10 Beach Hotels” at the Awards Presentation of 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand Voted by Chinese Tourists2017 guest feedback.

Hua Hin Dog Care Centre Welcomes Double Donations

Masayo Miyazaki (middle), President of the Japanese Topiary Association recently visited Centara Grand Hua Hin for a garden inspection. The purpose of this visit was to learn the particular tree species such as “Streblus asper Lour” or “Siamese rough bush” and “Bougainvillea” which were made into topiary figures. She presented the book “Topiary for Your New Life &Garden”, published in 2009 which also featured the first elephant topiary dating back to 1923 (when the hotel was formerly known as the Railway Hotel).

Mrs. Universe Thailand 2017 Group stayed at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa Ms. Bussaba Chokasuchart the Deputy of Hua Hin Mayor, Mr. Somsak Karunapitak Senior Veterinary Officer and staff of the Hua Hin Dog Care Center of Hua Hin have welcomed a team from the Perfect Companion Group Co., Ltd.

Ms. Miyazaki selected the Centara Grand Hua Hin topiary garden as one of the most historical topiary gardens in Asia to be included in her new science topiary book. There are over 100 different topiaries in the hotel garden that have been shaped into elephants, birds, geese, peacocks, deer’s, giraffes and other various shapes that have delighted the generations of visitors to the resort. The most colorful time of the topiary garden is during the blooming of the Bougainvillea flowers in January to February each year. The hotel offers botanical garden tours by our chief gardener each week for visitors to learn more about the designs and varieties of the vegetation that makes up the resort landscape. Tours are each Friday from 4 pm.

Led by Miss Chosita Thiensawang and Ms. Nipaporn Waewkha, the Perfect Companion Group visited to donate food store and equipment to the Dog Care Centre. The donation to support the operations and to help abandoned dogs was valued at 132,000 THB.

Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa, Mr. Alexander Eaton, General Manager welcomed all 30 candidates of Mrs. Universe 2017 stayed at Novotel Hua Hin and the hotel proud to hosted cocktail dinner for all 30 candidates in night party.

In meantime, Mr. Eaton has been announced Mrs. Hua Hin popular vote win a 2 nights stay at hotel. The competition was final and announced the winner recently in Bangkok.

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Sansara Sponsors Centara World Masters Golf Championship

Mr. Suresh Subramaniam (second from the left), Chief Executive Officer of Sansara Development Ltd. came for the event as the company was a sponsor of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship Hua Hin. General Manager Hans Van Steertegem is picture far right.


15 Cicada Vs Tamarind - The Market Low Down!

Cicada Market is rated the #1 ‘thing to do’ in Hua Hin by Trip Advisor, so for visitors to Hua Hin, this is a must do. Tamarind Market is just a stone’s throw away, so let’s compare the two to help you decide your preference. Let’s start with Cicada Market, which is divided into four venues: Art A La Mode, Cicada Art Factory, Cicada Cuisine and the Amphitheatre. From buskers as you enter, to a large variety of food and drink options, or step it up and take in a live band or maybe a theatre performance at the Amphitheatre; Cicada has it all. Some of the other attractions here are the vast array of unique art & craft vendors as well as one-off clothing stands that are a joy to wander through at Art La Mode. The two white buildings at the centre of the market are Cicada Art Factory. These serve as a venue for art exhibitions featuring young, original local artists, as well as those from further afield. It regularly features artworks as diverse as illustrations, portraits, paintings, photos and sculptures. Situated in a circle in the middle of the market, Cicada Cuisine guarantees you’re never far from a food vendor preparing something delicious. With seating no issue, finding a table is easy. There is everything from Street Food to sweets and international food options, with everything cooked freshly in front of you. Collect your coupons and away you go. The little brother of Cicada is Tamarind Market, so named due to the Tamarind trees lining the small park. The market is in two distinct parts. At the front along the

main road, you will find a retro, laid-back feel to both the eating and entertainment area and near the middle you can walk into an extremely local version of a market with food and clothing, plus other surprising things to spend your baht on. The first thing you notice about the front part of Tamarind is the layout of the food stalls, before hearing the sounds of the local band playing in the corner. Here you will find traditional Thai fare on offer along with international favourites like pizza and pasta. There is less selection than Cicada, but the ease of discovery is better. Local vendors are upbeat in acknowledging you and enticing you to sample what they are cooking.

If you venture into the super local part of Tamarind, you’ll discover it is primarily about Thai food at extremely cheap prices. Yes, you will have to search out the food you want to sample, but there are tables and seating provided. Though not as glamorous as the front section of Tamarind or Cicada, it is simply good, honest Thai food. Some of the pros of each market: Cicada - set up for everyone, be it the first time visitor to Thailand wanting to experience quality street food, or the experienced traveller after something more adventurous. It is also very family-friendly. Tamarind – the front is for the person wanting a more laid back, intimate dining experience, though also set up for families to enjoy. What is good is that you can enjoy the band from the table where you are eating. At the back of Tamarind is the super local market, which is for the experienced traveller who wants more local flavours and price. It’s no frills, but has a decent selection of local food favourites. Getting There & Away If driving, there is parking either across the main road from the entrance to Cicada or behind Tamarind. The local Green Songthaews run both ways right past both markets and there are always Tuk Tuks waiting to take you away. Cicada and Tamarind are open from 4pm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Bangkok: China Town, Khao San Road to Become Organised Street Food Areas The government is planning to transform Bangkok’s China Town and Khao San Road into well-organised areas for street food vendors.

“We will allow street stalls, as long as they comply with our regulations on zoning, stall designs, green packaging and hygienic standards,” Second Lieutenant Pornchanok Amphan, a spokeswoman for the Defence Ministry, said at a press conference.

should be designed as Thai pavilions. Food vendors in the two streets will also be required to receive training to ensure they conduct their businesses appropriately, she said. Since it came to power, the National Council for Peace and Order has pursued a policy to ban street stalls, describing their presence as a violation of pedestrians’ rights. If authorities get rid of all street stalls in Bangkok, more than 10,000 businesses would be affected. However, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) denied reports that all street food in Bangkok would be wiped out. Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to the Bangkok governor, said that the earlier report that the BMA would remove all street-food vendors was incorrect. Wanlop said that the BMA did not intend to get rid of all street food and the statement was just a misunderstanding. “We just intend to regulate the footpaths in Yaowarat and Khao San Road. We don’t at all intend to clear all street stalls,” Wanlop said.

Kao San Road Bangkok She said the decision had been made by the country’s fifth reform steering committee. For example, she said, stalls in the China Town, or Yaowarat, area should be in the style of Chinese pavilions, while stalls on Khao San Road

The Nation reported this week that Yaowarat and Khao San Road would be the next targets for the pavement management operation and that street vendors would be cleared from the area. Street vendors have always been a debated topic in Thai

society. While many believe the stalls make cheap food and products easily available, others find street stalls an inconvenience and even a threat to their safety. “When street stalls crowded the footpaths between Pratunam area and CentralWorld in the past, I had to walk on the street and risked my life,” a Bangkok resident said.  The Nation

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Have You Ever Felt Like You Didn’t Get Enough Sleep?

How many of you started your day off by saying; “I didn’t get enough sleep. I want to sleep more?” We think many of you are familiar with the feeling. But do you know whether these feelings mean something? What are the possible diseases indicated by such symptoms? Excessive sleepiness is an abnormality. Those with such symptoms find it very hard to get up. When they do wake up, they would constantly feel like going back to sleep and that they never get enough sleep. These people get sleepy during the day and many times may fall asleep at an inappropriate time. In addition, lack of sleep may also cause them to be irritable, anxious, dull and depressed, or even to have memory problems. Excessive sleepiness is usually caused by the following three events, which involve getting poor-quality sleep or insufficient sleep. The first event is the accumulation of insufficient sleep. This is usually the case with people who often sleep late, work until late, are stressed or suffer from insomnia.. The second event is when your body clock or your biological clock stays in sleep mode, giving you an urge to sleep all the time. This is often the case for those who often travel oversea.

The third event is the malfunction of brain mechanisms that control sleep, such as narcolepsy, that give you excessive daytime sleepiness while being awake at night. Aside from these three events, excessive sleepiness may also arise from another physical ailment; such as diabetes, anaemia, stomach ulcers, ulcers in other body parts and even hypersomnia. Getting insufficient or over-sufficient sleep can both affect your health. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is vital in keeping you healthy. How many hours of sleep are considered appropriate? Typically 6-8 hours of sleep is enough, however this varies depending on the age and activities that each person performs during the day. We just like to give you a gentle reminder that sleep problems should not be overlooked and should not remain as a chronic problem. If you cannot solve the problem by yourself, then you need to see the doctor for a proper solution so that restful sleep can be a perfect time for relaxation. Provided by Health Lab Hua Hin

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18 To Bike or Not To Bike; That is the Question

Most readers will have seen or heard about the horrific statistics related to vehicle crashes and particularly motorbike crashes in Thailand. Too many Thai people and foreigners are the daily victims of injury and death. However riding a motorbike is also recognised as the most convenient, inexpensive and pleasurable means of transport. Riding in the rain adds to risks and should be avoided. If you are caught in the rain, pull over and take a real ‘rain check’.

The problem is that very few of us will make the sensible decision to leave the bike behind and find another way home, that’s part of losing common sense. The only way out is to plan and decide to leave the bike at home before heading for the bar or party. 4. Speeding - ‘Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.’ The only place you will get to fast by speeding on Thai roads is to hospital. That includes meandering along narrow lanes, past vehicles with doors destined to open just as you draw level or through intersections where everyone but you has right of way.

‘Wind therapy; only motorbike riders know why a dog puts its head out the car window.’ Eventually many visitors, particularly those who stay for more than a holiday, will decide that riding a motorbike is the ‘way to go’. If it’s not for those romantic notions of freedom on the open road, it’s recognition that a motorbike is probably the easiest and quickest way to get around town. To legally drive a motor bike in Thailand, you need to have either an international licence or a Thai driving licence for that class of vehicle. Needless to say many don’t have this prerequisite and drive illegally for years. However this is likely to jeopardise any insurances apart from risking police attention. So if you’ve decided to join the two-wheeled set, here are some thoughts on how to avoid becoming a statistic.

The early days - ‘well-trained reflexes are better than luck.’

If you are inexperienced get some ‘street time’ near to home before venturing out and joining mainstream traffic.

Riding in the rain is not fun! Some bikes will still start and allow you to drive off with the stand remaining down. With a left side stand, the first time your bike leans in that direction (turning left) the stand will contact the ground. Get into a routine of raising the stand before starting the bike to avoid this ‘whoops’ factor.

Don’t try to keep up with Kamikaze teenagers riding mobile chain saws. Just keep calm, slow and steady on the highway with a maximum of something like 70 - 80 KPH and 40 KPH around town. You’ll arrive 2 minutes later but relaxed and in one piece. 5. Traffic Rules - ‘Expect the unexpected.’

Unlike a car, indicators don’t self-cancel. Frequently check (press the cancel button) as you travel and you will be surprised how often you have forgotten. Know Your Limits. If you don’t feel confident you probably shouldn’t be in a situation where there is heavy traffic or on a main road. Travel slowly! It’s not a race; just a form of transport. Don’t think that being passed by others is an insult or a threat to your ego.

Riding Rules Absolutely No. 1 Crash Hats - ‘Got a 100 THB head? Get a 100 THB helmet.’ It doesn’t matter if a helmet is hot, uncomfortable (it shouldn’t be), unfashionable or just plain ugly; always wear it! Not because it’s a legal requirement but because it’s for your necessary protection.

The rules of the road that you know back in Europe, Australia or the Americas are not the rules of the road in Thailand. Once you accept that as a given and stop trying to apply your driving attitudes to Thai traffic patterns, things get much easier. Motorcycles should stay in the left lane, but of course they don’t. They don’t even stay on the left side of the road and may head towards oncoming traffic. You should keep to the rules but expect others to make their own. Mystery Signalling (or non-signalling) by all sorts of vehicles is at best confusing. You must know that the vehicle is going to turn in the direction of the signal, don’t just trust the signal. Your own signals may be ignored if you are turning off a road. Don’t be surprised if that zooming bike behind passes on the left just as you are about to turn.

Some early ‘trainees’!

You should also be aware that bike indicators don’t selfcancel. Regularly check that you have turned off your indicators so that you are not guilty of being a mystery signaller yourself.

Don’t take passengers until you are at ease with your own abilities, including making sharp turns. A passenger, especially if he/she is not used to ring on a motorbike, may affect the bike’s stability.

WHAT IF? - ‘Accidents hurt - Safety doesn’t.’

We’ve all seen bikes with multiple passengers (mum, dad and the kids) but they’ve grown up riding a bike almost as soon as they could walk, that’s not you!

Don’t join in local bad habits Imagine that your skull is an eggshell, very fragile and very hard to mend. Even very low speed spills can be fatal without this essential shield. This rule is absolute and should never be broken even if it’s a two minute trip to the local 711. A helmet (or two) should be a part of any rental deal.

High visibility protective clothing is vital

2. Be Confident but Wary - ‘Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the controls.’ Stirling Moss Driving safely on Thai roads doesn’t depend on split-second reflexes but on observation and avoidance. A jittery tense driver can focus too much on the obvious and miss the unexpected, or vice versa. The whole point of a roving gaze and a relaxed driving mind set is to avoid getting to the point where split-second decisions are necessary.

Stick to riding in daylight hours. At night hazards are not so apparent and it’s not unusual for vehicles to be without lights as well as pedestrians and dogs wandering across the road. Check that your lights are all working and know that the missing headlights or taillights of others are a frequent reality.

You should be constantly checking rear vision mirrors but also being aware of anything potentially mobile that may suddenly dart out into your path. You need to be constantly aware and vigilant.

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If an accident happens, first of all stay cool, anger doesn’t work in Thailand. If it’s serious enough to involve the Police wait calmly until they arrive. The best thing to do is to remain quiet and explain to the Police Officer what happened. Perhaps get on the phone for some support. However don’t be surprised if the ‘ruling’ about right or wrong doesn’t go in your favour, after all it wouldn’t have happened if you weren’t there! Don’t make any rash decisions or admissions until you’ve had the chance to reflect, get good advice, talked to your insurance provider or visited a lawyer if necessary. Don’t be talked into going anywhere but the nearest government hospital if you don’t have the means to foot a heavy medical bill.

Allowing for the passage of an oncoming motorbike only to collide with an unlit sidecar is one trap for the unprepared.

Night visibility limitations add to the risks

What will you do after a ‘tumble’?

3. Boozin’ for a Bruisin’ - ‘Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.’ Even ‘Blind Freddy’ knows that reflexes, judgement, balance and common sense disappear after a drink or three.

A Final Comment For many the advantages of riding a motor bike outweigh the dangers and risks. That’s a decision that up to you but it’s not compulsory and not for everyone. If that’s the way you want to go, think about how to manage your safety and never be complacent, that’s when problems occur. Like many, you can then enjoy the feeling of ‘two wheeled freedom’ with peace of mind. Disclaimer: This article is written in good faith and with the reader’s interests in mind. However opinions offered should not be considered as legal advice.


19 The Royal Birthday

July 28th is His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday. It has been announced that this year 5th December will remain Father’s Day, and that 28th July will be also be a national holiday. With the passing of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, now known as Rama X became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne at the age of 64. This year His Majesty turns 65 years of age. The king’s coronation will take place after his father’s cremation, set for October 26th. The Thailand Post Company will showcase the first stamp featuring His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his birthday.

One million stamps of ten THB each will be printed and they will be available for bookings as of July 28th at all post offices throughout the country and via online bookings at www.postemart.com. The stamps will be delivered free of charge to the buyers who made advance bookings. Those who are interested can ask for more information by calling 0 2573-5463 or 0 2573-5480 or through Line @stampinlove.

Preparations for the Royal Cremation

The Fine Arts Department has booked some 3,000 performers in preparation for performances to take place as part of the royal cremation ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said the Fine Arts Department was assigned by the government to organise the performances as part of the royal cremation ceremony, according to royal customs. Three performances will take place at the northern part of Sanam Luang Royal Plaza, namely the shadow puppet and traditional Khon performance telling the story of Ramayana epic where 1,420 performers will participate; a puppet show performed by 422 performers telling the story of Phra Mahachanaka, Enau, and Manora; and a musical performance of the late king’s compositions, honoring songs, and songs of condolences to be performed by 942 performers.

Meanwhile construction of the royal funeral pyre and its surrounding pavilions is more than 50% complete, according to Traditional Arts officials. Another set of Khon performance by 300 performers will take place in front of the royal pavilion. All performances will take place from 6.00 p.m. until 6.00 a.m. in the morning.

The team has also finished with painting the statues of eight sitting deities and 12 standing deities and is in the process of attaching clothing and accessories. As for the animal statues, the team has finished sculpting two north-facing elephants, painting the west-facing horses and southfacing cows, and is in the process of printing in silicon the east-facing lions.

Rehearsals for Khon performances will take place on 1620 October 2017 at Salaya Performing Arts School in Nakhon Pathom. National artists and folk artists are given the opportunity to express their loyalty by joining the performances.

The officials have finished building the funeral pyre’s framework on all nine four-post thrones, as well as the flooring, and stairways. They are currently in the process of installing surfaces and architectural elements on the first, second, and third platforms. The architectural team is working to scale up their model of the four-post thrones, before various pieces can enter production. The team in charge of the main ceremonial pavilion is currently installing the roof and applying interior decorations. The walls are approximately 50 percent installed. 

Preparatory drawings for murals depicting royal-projects, to be created on the interior walls of the Royal MeritMaking Pavilion, have now been completed. The sketches will be enlarged to fit the size of the three walls inside the pavilion. Experienced craftsmen from the Department of Fine Arts, Bunditpatanasilpa Institute and Pohchang Academy of Arts will now start painting the walls. The murals will depict the late King Bhumibol’s 46 royal projects undertaken across the country. National News Bureau Thailand

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20 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July July 1st: World UFO Day

July 13th: National French Fries Day

Your Country’s National Day If you are not Thai then you will probably want to acknowledge your home country’s National Day in one way or another. Try to find a restaurant featuring the cuisine and traditional activities familiar to you.In July there are four prominent National Days.

July 1st - Canada Day

Keep your eyes on the sky at night on this day, because they are out there. According to the World UFO Day website, the celebration of all things unidentified, object, and airborne started officially in 2001. That said, most UFOlogoists believe the existence of intelligent beings from outer space dates much further back. If you’re feeling extra conspiratorial, holiday organizers implore you to use this day to “encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history.” July 4 : Sidewalk Egg Frying Day th

Or National Freedom Fries Day, depending on your politics. We can’t make any promises, but last year some McDonald’s restaurants gave away their signature deepfried potato sticks in honor of this special day. Free or not, on this day treat yourself to a full basket of guilt-free, Frenched, and fried goodness! July 14th: National Nude Day

Frequently referred to as “Canada’s birthday”,the occasion marks the joining of the British North American  colonies ofNova Scotia,  New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces (the Province of Canada being divided, in the process, intoOntario and Quebec) on July 1, 1867. Canada became a kingdom in its own right on this date,[

July 4th - United States Independence Day

We’ve all heard the phrase “so hot outside you could fry an egg,” but today is the day we put that expression to the test. Though the origins of this climate-specific holiday are unknown, we imagine heat-inclined states were the earliest adopters. July 6th: International Kissing Day

The day the Tobias Fünkes of the world fear most. Originating in New Zealand, this non-public holiday encourages everyone to publicly celebrate their all-natural form. Note: please be sure to familiarise yourself with current local legislation concerning public nudity, lest you find yourself observing “international delinquent day.” July 27th: Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Independence Day, is afederal holidayin theUnited Statescommemorating the adoption of theDeclaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence fromGreat Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated withfireworks,parades,barbecue s,carnivals,fairs,picnics,concerts,baseball games,family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. July 14th- France Bastille Day

Pucker up for some summer love! Formerly known as National Kissing Day in the United Kingdom, this holiday was invented to remind us all of the simple pleasure a sweet kiss can bring. It is also cited as a direct cause for National Mono Day. July 10th: Teddy Bear Picnic Day Though bagpipes are perhaps most commonly linked to the Scottish, the largest producer in the world of this instrument is Pakistan. Just one of many fun facts you can toss out on Bagpipe Appreciation Day. July 29th: National Lasagna Day

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the  French  National Day, which is celebrated on 14thJuly each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête nationale. The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille  on 14 July 1789,as well as the  Fête de la Fédération  which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. The oldest and largest regularmilitary parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. July 21st - Belgium National Day

In the early 20th century, John Walter Bratton composed an instrumental song entitled “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic.” In the late 1980s, collectible items dealer Royal Selangor decided to turn that into a national holiday. He also had the idea to conveniently release toy boxes and collectible items in conjunction with said event. Regardless of capitalist motives, the day became a national holiday and remains popular throughout Europe, as far away as Australia, and among many reputable stuffed bear circles. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Catch up on some Garfield comics, head to an Italian restaurant, or grab some ricotta, pasta and Bolognese and whip one up yourself—there are many ways to honour National Lasagna Day. The only wrong way is to not honour it at all.

Belgian National Day (Dutch:  Belgische nationale feestdag;  French:  Fête nationale belge;  German:  Belgischer Nationalfeiertag) is the  National DayofBelgium. The festival’s formal establishment dates to a law of 27thMay 1890and commemorates an event on 21 July 1831 in whichLeopold of Saxe-Cobourg swore allegiance to the new Belgian constitution, thus becoming the first King of the Belgians.The king’s vow marked the start of the independent state of Belgium under a constitutional monarchy and parliament.


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Government To Install 40,000 Security Cameras Nationwide Countrywide installations of 40,000 security cameras with a system enabling authorities to watch footage in real time are being prepared as the government seeks to solve the problem of a lack of surveillance capability in many areas. The move follows the inspection of 300,000 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV), owned by government and non-government agencies, across the country in March. The inspections found a significant proportion of the cameras were not working, while there were an insufficient number of cameras in many public areas, defense spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich said yesterday after a meeting of the “CCTV installation committee”, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon. The meeting did not discuss the budget needed for the purchase. Under the plan, security cameras will be connected to national and provincial centers in order to allow police officers and

state officials to monitor what the cameras record in real time. Companies or people who own cameras installed in public places will be also encouraged to join the plan. The bomb that went off at Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok injuring 25 people on May 22nd spurred official interest in the state of security cameras. It was thanks to having security cameras installed at the hospital that led to the alleged bomber being tracked down and arrested. – Bangkok Post

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22 22 HOUSE FOR RENT House for Rent or Sale The Emerald Green Hua Hin is 10 minutes from the city. With furniture, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room , European-style kitchen and nice gardens.Land area: 64 wa or 240 square metres For Sale: 7 Million THB. For rent 30,000 THB per month pleases call: 064-4760-518 Email : kee@live.be Luxurious 3 bedroom pool villa in Red Mountain residence, for rent 950 Sq.m. 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. 65 000 THB/month. Large swimming pool. Only 15 minutes from downtown. Ideal for long stays. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Pool Villa for rent

HOUSE FOR SALE 187 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom.From 5.4 Million THB. Black Lotus offers great hotel services such as a free shuttle to go to the downtown. It has also a communal swimming pool, fitness center, car park. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Orchid Villa 4 pool villa for sale. 210 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. From 8 Million THB. Great residence located in the backcountry, close to Black Mountain golf, with friendly atmosphere. Designed pool villas. Possibility of rental management. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Great pool villa On soi 88 for resale. 330 Sq.m. 5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom. Land of 600 Sq.m. 10 395 Million THB. Great location, just 5 minutes from The Market Village. Modern and luminous house with a beautiful terrace. Ideal for a family.

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La Sierra pool villa On soi 102, for resale. 160 Sq.m. 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. Land of 560 Sq.m. 6 420 Million THB. Located just a few minutes from the downtown and the beach. Good opportunity to buy in Hua Hin.

(HFRH 1002) Luxury Two Storey family home for Rent @ 35,000 THB, Located in Samorprong(58), 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with a large swimming pool, gardens, European kitchen, living area and large covered terrace. It is the perfect home for entertaining family and friends. To View please call: 086-369 3604 (HFRH 1003) Thai Modern house for Rent @ 25,000 THB The villa is located only 15 minutes drive by car to Hua Hin town, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is nestled on a mountain slope with spectacular views, built in European kitchen, fully furnished, having 3 air-cons, a hot water system and water tank. To views please call: 086-369 3604 (HFRH 1004) Thai Modren house for Rent @ 45,000 THB the villa is located in soi 116 only 5 minutes drive by car to Hua Hin town, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 24 hur. security, built in European kitchen, fully furnished, having 3 air-cons, To views please call: 086-369 3604.

To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN)

To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Hua Hin West: luxury Pool Villa, Reduced excellent property in award winning development with Spa, Fitness, Tennis Court, Restaurant, near Black Mountain Golf Course, 200 sqm on 660 sqm plot, 2 bed, 3 huge bath, Euro kitchen, tropical garden, fantastic Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 9,950,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: wonderful Pool Villa In a completed development 150 sqm on 419 sqm plot, Euro kitchen, 2 bed, 2 bath inside, 2 bath/shower outside, beautiful garden, nice Pool, unfurnished, carport, sales price 5,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

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beautiful garden, nice Pool, unfurnished,

Huge villa in a great village with only 36 houses, 185 sqm on 500 sqm plot, Euro kitchen, 3 bed, 2 bath, 12x3m Pool, wooden floor, fully furnished, carport for 2 cars, just 3 km from the city

carport, sales price 5,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

sales price 8,400,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

150 sqm on 419 sqm plot, Euro kitchen, 2 bed, 2 bath inside, 2 bath/shower outside,

Hua Hin Borfai Soi 6: Pool-Villa for sale Living area 120 sqm indoor, land 420 sqm, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, pool 8 x 4 m, partly furnished, walk-in closet, European kitchen, store rooms, beautiful garden with huge covered terrace, plus roof terrace 111 sqm (covered: 57 sqm) offering a wonderful view, sales price 6,950,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin, 2 km to city: 2-storey House for saleLocation: Soi 114, little village, living area 330 sqm, land 1200 sqm, Spacious 2-storey villa, double walls, 2 living rooms, 150 sqm ground floor, 3 bed, 4 bath, Tropical garden with grown-up trees, pool 14 x 5 m, Furnished Sala, carport for 2 cars, Exclusively fully furnished, built-in cabinets, European kitchen, many indoor & outdoor store rooms, huge covered terrace and balconies, on Thai Company, sales price 12,000,000 THB

Hua Hin West, serial/ town house at the pool Location: Smart House Village, Perfect holiday home or for a single resident, also good for 2: studio/land area: 50 sqm, fully fitted bathroom, European kitchen, covered terrace 5 x 2 m, jump from your terrace direct into the huge and winding community pool, sales price 2,200,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin, 5.5 km to the city: Showhouse for sale

Huge villa in a great village with only 36 houses, 185 sqm on 500 sqm plot, Euro kitchen, 3 bed, 2 bath, 12x3m Pool, wooden floor, fully furnished, carport for 2 cars, just 3 km from the city sales price 8,400,000 THB

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 8x4m pool, wonderful garden, 95 sqm living on 360 sqm land, great location, nice community, fully furnished, ready to move in, sales price 5,300,000 THB

call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com (HFS 2001) Bungalow for quick sale@ 3.6 M. THB, In town centre at Hua Hin 58 ( Samorpong)3 bedroom, 3 bathroom,car park and garden. This price very affordable sold below new project price, owner moving back to home town, furnished. Plot size 280 square metre (70.00 Wah2)

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

Hua Hin West: Excellent quality house in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 90 sqm on 300 sqm plot, 1 bed, 1 bath, Euro kitchen, close to Community Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 3,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

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In Soi 88, Hua Hin, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open Lounge/dining/kitchen, 2 covered verandas and pool (4×10)., fully furnished by quality furniture, very modern (built in) good size garden, 24 hrs security on-site, and regular free shuttle bus to beach, market, Blue Port, market Village, city down-town.

(HFRH 1001) Beautiful House for Rent @ 40,000 THB, A high quality development, located in soi Hin lek fai and this house has a land area 312 sq.m and a living area 225 sq.m. With 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 air-cons, carport and landscaped gardens and a private swimming pool (3x6 metres). This house has been fully furnished with European Kitchen. To views please call: 086-369 3604

Hua Hin West: wonderful Pool Villa

call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: smart energy efficient house Top design, top quality Show house, in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 179 sqm on 512 sqm plot, 3 bed, 2 bath, excl. Euro kitchen, 8x4 m Pool, ready to move in, exclusive furnished, sales price 8,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

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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24 Rotary Club of Hua Hin 30th Anniversary and Installation Night

President Ms Wadsan Rai

The installation of the new Rotary Club of Hua Hin for the incoming President was held at the Grand Hotel Hua Hin on 20th of June. Ms Wadsan Rai rang the gong to symbolise taking over position before an assembly of VIP guests.

Art with Aarti to the Music of the Harp with Chiara

Mekhong Cocktails Pairing with Traditional Thai Dishes

Sunday – 9th, 23rd From 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner

Every day, from 12:00 hrs. - 22:30 hrs. at SuanBua Thai Restaurant

Integrating mindful healing and holistic well-being through the creative arts. Ms. Aarti Saikia, atalented artist from India will perform an expressive art session whilst Ms. Chiara Capobianco, a solo resident harpist from Italy will play wonderful sounds on the harp during Afternoon Tea Buffet. Price Bath 700++ per person.

Experience the creative twist of Thai spirits pairing with traditional Thai dishes. Our talented Thai culinary team creates a perfect match of five dishes served with five different Mekhong cocktails. One set of Mekhong cocktail and food pairing include steamed rice. Price start from Bath 420++.

Aude Lhotelais Back in Town Friday, 14th From 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Railway Restaurant. A tribute to the French National Day with Aude. Grand Railway Buffet at Bath 1,100++ per person. Saturday, 22th from 8:00 p.m. onwards. Smooth Jazz with Aude and Rene on the piano at Elephant Bar. Free entrance. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

12 million Tourists Visit Thailand in First 4 Months

Thailand has been visited by 12 million foreign tourists in the first four months of this year, generating more than 800 billion THB. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 2,827 million foreigners visited Thailand in April, 1,877 million of whom were from East Asia, followed by Europe and South Asia. Thailand gained 139.9 billion THB from tourism in April, which represents an increase of 7.64% year on year. Between January and April 2017, the Land of Smiles welcomed 12.02 million people from overseas, creating a 2.91% rise in visitor numbers. The industry generated more than 800 billion THB for the country, an increase of 4.71% compared to the same period last year. The ministry has instructed tourism and security related agencies to keep all tourists safe and keep hospitality standards high, in the hope of increasing the country’s tourism revenue. (NNT)


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26 The Sheraton’s Concert Season is ‘On Song’

Presented as a apart of music series to celebrate Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s 10th Anniversary, fans of former Nuvo heart-throbs Joe and Kong were able to get up close and personal with the duo at an exclusive concert at the Sheraton Chandelier ballroom last month.

Jirayuth “Joe” Wattanasin and Saharat “Kong” Sangkapreecha share a love of music and have been performing together since their secondary-school days, reaching the height of their fame in the 1990’s with the band Nuvo. This concert’s full band included some of the musicians from that era.

This was Episode 2 “Forever Joe & Kong” which kicked off with Sangrawee Band, followed by Joe & Kong with their greatest love songs.

Now regarded as members of Thailand’s pantheon of pop/rock idols, Joe & Kong have managed to remain in the public eye despite the break-up of Nuvo

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Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa next look forward to seeing all Da Endorphine’s fans at the music series celebrations on Saturday, September 16th. One of Thailand’s top ‘soft rock’ bands is led female vocalist ‘Da’, a lady with a unique and powerful voice. (photo right) Endorphins are a chemical substance produced by the brain when we’re happy or in pain,” says percussionist ‘Bomb’. “And we want people to be happy listening to our songs.” Tickets are available now; call 032 708080


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30 What’s the Buzz from Buyers at Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017?

The 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus has seen 388 buyers from 56 countries as well as 421 booths representing tourism products and services have come together to make contacts with local organisations and agents and to enjoy Thai hospitality at Chiang Mai. The TAT Newsroom spoke to buyers from different markets to get insider insights about the tourism sector and to find out their outlook on Thailand travel. From Mr. Lv Junbo, General Manager, Yunnan Huaxia International Travel Service (China) “The biggest appeal of Thailand to visitors from Yunnan is the sea! Thailand also appeals to travellers who want to discover local culture so increasingly we focus on offering temple tours, cooking classes, Muay Thai boxing and Thai Dancing. ”   From Mr. Sinasi Isbir, Managing Director, Munich-based Asian Dreams (Germany) “Thailand offers the best of everything in this part of the world – the best beaches, food, hospitality, golf and attractions. People are seeking personal experiences and they are now asking for bespoke tours.” From Mr. Anant Rastogi, Sales & Customer Service Executive, Al Tayer Travel Dubai (United Arab Emirates) “The flying time from UAE is not long and Emirates offers direct flights to Bangkok and Phuket. Most of our events take place in these destinations but we are now looking at smaller cultural venues for more exclusive groups. This could include towns like Chiang Mai.” From Mr. Sameer Vora, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Mumbai-based Capri Tours (India) “I am looking for tour ideas that are unique and different to those readily available in the marketplace. There’s the potential to promote smaller and culturally charming cities. Our clients are driven by the need to deliver unique experience rather than price.” From Ms. Margie Lee, Director, Melbournebased Island Escapes. (Australia) “We try to inspire our customers with cultural offerings so they take home more than just memories. Things like cooking classes, ceramics, dance and workshops let people feel involved in the country”.

From Ms. April Cole, Vice President, California-based Journeys Within (USA) “Recently there has been a huge interest in the culture of the region. Our customers want to explore the temples, experience the natural wonders and make a connection with the people.”

Delivering ‘Unique Experiences’ The Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017 theme of ‘Delivering Unique Experiences ’ was clearly in sync with flexibility, creativity and custom-made being the preferred way to go according to the visiting travel experts; that is towards ‘bespoke’ tours. Another desirable aspect of being unique is about offering cultural experiences, something Thailand can really deliver. Hua Hin seems to be in the right place at the right time, especially when beaches, cuisine and golf courses are added to the preferred travel menu.

However the more familiar names of Phuket, Pattaya and Chang Mai easily came to mind when overseas travel agencies were talking about Thailand despite a preference for smaller and more ‘boutique’ destinations. Apart from being lesser known, the

It would seem that there is a real need to reveal Hua Hin to the world and to highlight how our region ticks the right travel boxes.

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31 At the conclusion of the evening we are confident that none of the guests were comparing or contemplating which resort provided the most outstanding contribution. This includes the flavours and presentation of the exquisite cuisine, the attentive and friendly service, the ambience of the venues or even the entertainment including acoustic minstrels, disco inspired DJs, fiery dancers and even an unannounced Indian wedding musical ensemble!

First a take on Hua Hin from a world-renowned source of travel information and advice - Lonely Planet: “Thailand’s original beach resort is no palm-fringed castaway island and arguably is the better for it. Instead, it is a delightful mix of city and sea with a cosmopolitan ambience, lively markets, tasty eats, long beaches and a fully functional infrastructure”. Any commentary on Hua Hin will always highlight our long stretches of sandy beaches and choices of amazing cuisine with most visitors taking the time to explore both of these features. However as an innovative ‘first’; Dine Along The Beach combines cuisine prepared by five internationally renowned chefs at five fantastic resorts with a stroll along the sandy stretches of the beach between each course. All this during one evening of amazing fine wining and dining.

The first ‘Dine Along the Beach’ diners ready to get underway The concept may be known as a progressive dinner or safari supper as a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts. This journey starts at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & Barai with an exquisite starter, followed by guests making their way by foot along the sandy beach to the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort for the second starter, the Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa for a first main course before a short stroll to the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin for the second main dish. The five-course feast then concludes at the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa for a delightful desert.

Another sensational course after another relaxing stroll along the beach Five expert chefs being introduced to the diners These resorts could be referred to as the ‘big five’ of internationally acclaimed resorts with a local presence. The naïve may only think of them as competitors for the tourist Baht, but that is much too simplistic.

What will be remembered is a total experience showcasing what makes Hua Hin so special. This unique beach + dining experience could never be offered in Bangkok or even at the seaside resorts of Pattaya, Kho Samui or Phuket. Each resort’s frontage along the uninterrupted stretch of sandy beach provided a backdrop that is unbeatable and unparalleled.

Although presenting their own resort, a much more important agenda was to promote ‘Brand Hua Hin’; a promotion that is vital to their interests and a mission shared by the Hua Hin municipality and the TAT. The brand includes fine wines from the Monsoon Valley Vineyard, to complete the local content of the experience.

Joining ‘Dine Along The Beach’?

Dine Along The Beach was a shining example of goodwill and cooperation to ensure the event’s success. The ease of conversations between all five resort General Managers present and the camaraderie between the five chefs really added to the conviviality of the event.

It’s likely that you’ll meet new friends along the way with changing seating arrangements as you progress. Don’t resist mingling with others; that’s another part of the pleasure.

Wear loose and comfortable clothing without the need to be too formal. You may choose to slip out of your footwear (shoe bags provided) to feel the sand between your toes. High heels or socks are probably not a good idea.

Be prepared for a beach stroll which totals around 3.5 kilometres, although the distance between venues shortens as you progress and there’s no hurry. This does not require a high level of fitness but needs to be considered. Future events are being planned for the first Thursday of each month. Some minor changes may occur and need to be checked when booking. Private group bookings may also be available for up to 50 guests. Our thanks to each and every resort GM and their staff for providing this unique experience. ‘Brand Hua Hin’ has received a major boost with ‘Dine Along the Beach’ destined to become a most desirable attraction for visitors from across Thailand and across the world. But what about the weather? …………….... we experienced a perfect clear balmy evening for a carefree stroll in the moonlight on our fantastic evening of indulgence, even though umbrellas were on hand! Footnote: One GM suggested that the calories burned on the beach walk would be more than those gained from the five courses consumed. If this is true you can be guilt-free; another reason to take this gourmet’s excursion.

Hua Hin Mayor Mr Nopporn (centre) with the five General Managers and other municipal officers

More Information Cost: 2,499 THB net per person (including wine and beverages) Enquiries & bookings: Email: huahin.regency@ hyatt.com or Telephone: 032-521-234

Hua Hin Today was privileged to take part in the inaugural

Dine Along The Beach as very willing ‘guinea-pigs’ along with the Hua Hin Mayor, Deputy Mayor, representatives from the TAT, a contingency of media guests as well as resort and sponsoring company staff.

A perfect seaside setting appreciated by the VIPs and everyone present

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A “DREAM” YOU CAN AFFORD Welcome to The Park Hua Hin where we not only operate in luxury, but deliver some of the most memorable eco-friendly experiences to guests and an outstanding level of care and return on investment to owners. Facts • Price from: 4.700,000 • Location: 5km from city • Include: Fully Furnished • Garden: Landscaped • Walls: Smart Frame • Walls: Magnesium Board • Windows: Double Glazed • Lights: LED & Solar Led • Solar & Electric Heaters • 30,000 litres Water Tank • Finance: Available • Maintenance fees: Low

Facilities • Reception: 24 hours • Security: 24 hours • Club House: Completed • Restaurant: Completed • 2 Bars: Completed • 2 Large Pools: Completed • Fitness & Salon: Completed • Spa & Massage: Completed • Mini Mart: Completed • Reception: Completed • Free Shuttle Bus: Operating • Internet: Free Wi-Fi • Common Area: 10,000 sqm

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The Prachuap Khiri Khan & Phetchaburi Golf Association Hua Hin - Cha-Am Golf Festival

Green fees for non-competition days are 1,000 THB for all course except Banyan and Black Mountain are 1,800 THB

Thailand to Launch New 10-year Multiple Entry Visa for Over 50’s Foreigners in Thailand will soon be able to apply for a 10-year visa. First proposed in November 2016 as a way to promote Thailand as a medical and wellness hub, the 10-year visa has now been formally approved by the Prime Minister. The new Non O X visa will be available to anyone who is over 50 years of age and from one of 14 countries. Applicants will need to have a minimum 3 million THB in a Thai bank account, or a combination of 1.8 million THB in the bank and income not less than 1.2 million THB. The 3 million THB must be kept in the bank as a deposit for a period of one year but can be reduced to 1.5 million under certain conditions. Criminal background checks are required on all applicants, who must also have valid medical insurance from a Thai insurance company for the duration of the visa. Foreigners are not permitted to work while staying in Thailand on the visa and 90-day reports are still required. The visa will cost 10,000 THB and will be valid for 5 years, before being renewed for a further 5 years. The new Non O X visa will be available from August 11th, with an official announcement soon expected. The Non O X visa does not replace the current annual retirement extension.

Thailand 10 year visa in brief: Over 50s only 14 nationalities eligible: Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada and United States. Minimum 3 million THB in Thai bank account, or combination of 1. 8 million in the bank and income not less than 1.2 million 3 million THB must be kept in account for one year, can be reduced to 1.5 million under certain conditions Criminal background check from country you hold passport Health insurance provided by Thai company, Outpatient coverage minimum 40,000 THB, Inpatient coverage not less than 100,000 thousand THB Not permitted to work Unlimited entry valid for 5 years Fee is 10,000 THB 90-day report required. Visa issued in two 5 year periods – thaivisa.com

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353 Janeric’s CABINET; 20 Years OF Home Design and Construction Janeric K Hogane is the Swedish Managing Director who founded The CABINET Interior Design company in 1996 in Bangkok with his wife Apinya. The Thai-Swedish business then expanded to Hua Hin and rapidly grew with an in-house design, installation and construction capacity and a large furniture production facility nearby.

The official ‘chainsaw opening’

Hospitality at The CABINET showrooms

For two days in June, Janeric offered an open house event to the public showcasing a wide variety of Nordic inspired products including home appliances from Electrolux and Siemens.

Many Hua Hin residents, particularly those without a need for home renovation or construction needs may have passed by the CABINET showrooms on Phetchakasim Road many times without a second glance or perhaps assumed that the premises was just another homewares shop.

Husqvana outdoor garden and landscaping equipment (rather than motorbikes or sewing machines) and Gardena gardening tools and equipment. There was even a display of the latest Volvo motor vehicles; however no suggestion that a dealership will become a part of Janeric’s business future!

This is a very significant business with over 5,000 interior design projects successfully completed in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Rayong and elsewhere. “We do about 800 kitchens per year,” says Janeric, “we also design and install many wardrobes and cabinets custom-made to the customer’s wishes.”

Taking a tour through the 1,300 square metre premises with more than 100 staff on hand, demonstrated the design, supply and production capability showing how the promise of a ‘turnkey’ service can be delivered. This means that at the completion of the work householders can open the front door and immediately start living in their completed home.

The grand opening of the CID Construction showroom next door to The CABINET premises was much more than just ribboncutting as chainsaws were brought into play to slice through a timber barrier.

“We used a subcontractor to produce the furniture for us during the first 3 years. Then we started our own factory in Hua Hin,” says Apinya.

The new CDS Construction showrooms

An unplanned safety demonstration ensued as one chainsaw stalled when the VIP operator strayed onto a flag draped across the timber. That’s a deliberate safety feature designed to save life and limb should a chainsaw accidentally move from wood to clothing.

“Everything tailor-made we produce there is ready to install or to assemble on site. This should be compared to many built-in companies who move the whole factory to the customers’ premises”. “What you want you can have, rather than what we have you can have,” adds Janeric.

We asked Janeric; what about tiles? “yes we can”, what about window treatment? “yes we can”, What about a swimming pool? “yes we can” and what about kitchen appliances and utensils? “yes we can.” He was quoted many years ago to describe ‘turnkey’ to mean “from bare shell to beer in the fridge”, referring to bare shell condos and houses. We didn’t ask; but we’re confident that even beer in the fridge can be arranged! Clients are a mix of private home-owners, property developers, general businesses, hotels and restaurants. The Palm Pavilion condominium was a project which provided some early reasons for Janeric’s interest in the growing future of the Hua Hin market.

Left to rght: Eric Hallin President Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Victor Sukseree Swedish Honorary Consul, Janeric K. Hogane, Sutti Manokitjarunman Managing Director Electrolux. Another project in the region has been ongoing work with the Black Mountain Golf Course residential and club house. There is some similarity between Janeric and fellow Swede Stig Notlöv, the founder of Black Mountain. That is the ability to make the seemingly impossible happen. Joining open house and The CABINET’s celebration of 20 years operations was a chance to understand how the reputation for trust, quality and service has developed. If you missed out on these two days of great Swedish hospitality, it’s not too late. Call in any time soon to consider what Janeric’s generic design, installation and construction companies can deliver to your home project. The CABINET Interior Design + CID Construction. Where: 12/16 Phetchakasim Road Hua Hin, near Soi 45 and the Shell Service Station Contact: Phone +66 2322 2202, Website: www.thecabinet.co

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375 West Brom’s Young Football Stars are coming to Town West Bromwich Albion Football Club, also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Throstles,  Albion or simply WBA, is an English professional football club based in the West Midlands of England.

The club was formed in 1878, is one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888 and has spent the majority of its existence in the top tier of English football. Last month the facilities of True Arena Hua Hin were under review by West Brom Youth Development Coach Peter Gilbert as a precursor to the Club’s U 16 squad visit to Hua Hin and to True Arena. Peter’s football credentials are impressive. He retired from a professional playing football career two years ago after playing at the highest levels with Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday. Coincidentally both are clubs with Thai ownership. Peter is a first time visitor to Thailand who had few expectations about what was on offer in Hua Hin. He was joined by Robert Traill, CEO of Traill International School and Traill Sports in Bangkok and Wasawat Tuntiprapha, (Khun Ong) the General Manager of True Arena. The review considered the standard of the football pitches, gymnasium, fitness and other sporting facilities. To say Peter was impressed is really an understatement. “Premier League standard”

was a frequent response when asked his opinion of the True Arena facilities. The visiting U 16 squad represents the future of West Brom football at the highest levels which meant the review was to carefully consider any potential jeopardy for these talented young footballers during their end of season trip. The squad’s visit is intended to help prepare them for a football future on the world stage without a compromise in standards; and that is what the review found is on offer. There’s no doubt that the facilities of True Arena, as well as accommodation at the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort passed the ‘inspection’ with flying colours. This will mean confirmation of the visit by the youthful squad of over 20 to Hua Hin from 14th to 17th July for a series of matches and workshops. There is an opportunity for Hua Hin’s young footballers to be involved and maybe some scouting of the local talent. Coach Peter is eager to involve local youth who may have had limited opportunities in their lives. West Brom is based in a very multi-cultural community and has a reputation for inclusion

West Brom Youth Development Coach Peter Gilbert (above centre) and pictured right checking the pitch and fitness equipment with Robert Traill, CEO of Traill Sports (left) and Wasawat Tuntiprapha (right), GM of True Arena. at all levels of the community. There’s no sense of being elitist, despite their footballers reaching the highest echelon of the sport. True Arena GM Khun Ong is now open to expressions of interest from those who are involved in the junior football scene to make arrangements for an eye-opening experience to inspire the football ambitions of our youth. If that’s you send him an email to wasawat.t@ truearenahuahin.com

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July 2017

IOC Approves Golf

for Inclusion in the 2024 Olympics The big headline out of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board is the approval of awarding the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at the same time, paving the way for both sites in the running for 2024—Paris and Los Angeles—to eventually hold the Games.

Less publicised but no less important to golf fans, however, was the IOC’s announcement that all 28 sports from the 2016 Rio program will remain on in 2024, meaning golf will return beyond its initial two Games guarantee. No doubt helping in the decision-making process was the successful return of the sport to the Games last August, with dramatic finishes on the men’s and women’s side, Justin Rose of England and Inbee Park of South Korea capturing their respective gold medals.

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan will be played on the Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East course, a frequent host of both the Japan Open and the Asian Amateur Championship. If Paris is awarded the 2024 Games, as many IOC observers believe will be the case when a final decision is made in September, Le Golf National, site of next year’s Ryder Cup, would be the course where the men’s and women’s tournaments would be contested. If Los Angeles is host in 2024 (or 2028), the current plan is for Riviera Country Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Open, to be the venue for the golf competition. There was also some good news for those who hope the format of the golf competition in future Olympics might be more dynamic rather than just 72 holes of stroke play. At the 2020 Olympics, the IOC has approved additional events, specifically three-on-three basketball and mixed gender relays in track and in swimming. This suggests that the organisation might be willing to accept alternative formats in golf as well, such as two-person team competitions or even two-person mixed team tournaments, at either stroke or match play.

‘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 51 - 55.

TRUE or FALSE? Question 51 A ball that is lifted because it is assisting or interfering with another player’s ball must be dropped as near as possible to the place from which it was lifted. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 22-1. Note: A ball lifted in these situations must be replaced, not dropped. Question 52 A player may not remove a blade of grass adhering to his ball. True or False? Answer: True. Decision 21/2 and Definition of Loose Impediments. Note: Anything adhering to the ball is not a loose impediment. Question 53 In match play, the penalty for a player testing the condition of a bunker that their ball lies in is loss of hole. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 13-4. Note: The penalty in stroke play is two strokes. Question 54 A player may use standard binoculars in order to see whether there are bunkers surrounding the green. True or False? Answer: True. Decision 14-3/3. Note: Neither

standard spectacles nor field glasses that have no range-finder attachments are artificial devices within the meaning of the term in Rule 14-3. Question 55 A player may wrap a towel around the grip of his club in order to assist him making a stroke. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 14-3c(iii). Note: A player may not use any artificial device or unusual equipment to assist him in gripping his club. However, the Rule permits plain gloves to be worn. Resin, powder and drying or moisturising agents may be used, and a towel or handkerchief may be wrapped around the grip. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out www.barryrhodes.com

Penalty Drama at Football Tournament in Cha-Am The inaugural 10 a side Football Cup organised by the Cha-Am Municipality concluded on the afternoon of 18th June. A field of 32 teams was whittled down to just two with the final throwing up a local derby between Tessaban Cha-Am and Chomlom Cha-Am.

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There was nothing to separate the two sides with the match finishing 1-1 during normal time meaning that a penalty shootout was required to decide the tournament winner. It made for some nail-biting drama at the Cha-Am temple pitch with Tessaban Cha-Am eventually winning 9-8 on spot kicks. As well as the trophy there was also a significant amount of prize money on offer. Tessaban Cha-Am walked away with 50,000 THB as the tournament winners while runners up Chomlom Cha-Am had to settle for a consolation prize of 20,000 THB. Earlier in the afternoon the two beaten semifinalists had gone head to head in the third and fourth place playoff.

Mr. Wasawat Tuntiprapha, General Manager of True Arena Hua Hin, presided over the opening ceremony by cutting the ribbon to officially open True Arena’s new squash court. The squash court was purposely built to facilitate sport lovers and increase diversity in sporting activities. Sprung wooden floors provide absorption during high impact movement with tempered glass for added safety. The temperature controlled environment combats heat and humidity. Hourly court hire is 400 THB (Members) or 600 THB (non Members) with daily hire also available. This will enable True Arena Hua Hin present an even greater variety of international sports in the years to come. Contact: info@truearenahuahin.com, phone (+66) 32 909 633. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Sumkonsangngan ran out the comfortable winners, defeating Wangbanbeun 3-0 to claim 10,000 THB in prize money while their opponents walked away with 7,000 THB.


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42 10 The ‘Masters of Swing’ 2017 This night was a celebration of the Event’s success, with prize presentations, a sumptuous dinner and live entertainment, including several ladies performing in the pool! The mood of the evening was one of exuberance and jubilation. Our conversations with the party-goers were laced with lavish praise of the organisers, the quality of the golf courses, competition and the social scene. The caddies were singled out as one special feature of golfing in Thailand. From all reports tipping was very generous.

Expect the Centara to welcome even more golfers in the future The culmination of the 4th edition of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship was poolside at the Centara Grand Beach Resort for the June evening of the Gala Presentation Dinner. This followed four days of golf competition at regional Golf Courses; Banyan and Black Mountain. Within a short span of time, this event has become the biggest tournament for club golfers in Asia. The tournament is a major boon for tourism in Hua Hin during the low season. The event attracted 400 amateur golfers from around the world aged 35 and over who competed for US$ 30,000 in prizes. The tournament attracted big numbers from Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, New Zealand and China. Myanmar golfers featured prominently amongst the winners.

“By far the best managed event I’ve joined” or “so enjoyable” were common comments. Tournament director, Peter McCarthy, was singled out because of his “good looks, skills and ready wit.” Mr. Tanes Petsawun, Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Executive Director of Europe, Africa, and Middle East Region has said, “The immense interest in this golf tournament once again proves that Thailand is a golf paradise.” The TAT was an official sponsor of the event.

VIP’s from Go Golfing, Golfasian and Centara celebrating the success of the Event

Joint Organisers, Peter McCarthy and Mark Siegel, Managing Directors of Go Golfing and Golfasian, respectively, said, “The support of TAT as a major sponsor is a great endorsement for the tournament.” The most visible (and vocal) party goers were Australians with something like 70% of the golfers hailing from ‘down under’. The only problem for the organisers with a large Australian contingency was to estimate the ‘beer budget’, not only for the opening and closing parties but for the 19th hole festivities every evening.

Golfers didn’t all remain poolside! Next year’s Masters will include an inter-club competition with the best 5 scores from each represented club being combined to determine the winning club. One golfer said he was one of four from his home club at this year’s event but he expects to be one of fourteen next year. The competition for this addition to the usual format is likely to be fierce. Once again the generosity of the visiting golfers will result in a more secure future for the remote village communities assisted by the Hua Hin organisation Jungle Aid. At last count, over 200,000 THB was raised this year to assist Jungle Aid, a very worthy beneficiary attested by Peter McCarthy from Go Golfing who has taken the time to visit a Jungle Aid village project. The Winners? With 11 tournament divisions based on age, gender and handicap; too many golfing winners to list! Playing golf with those of a similar age and standard is one of the event’s great traditions. If you would like to check out more information about this premier event and all the winners visit www. thailandworldmasters.com

Singha Hua Hin Open 2017 at Royal Hua Hin in July

Professional Snooker In Hua Hin

The General Manager of Royal Hua Hin Golf Course Senior Captain Chao Pobtasnapong (Rtn.) as confirmed that the Singha Hua Hin Open 2017, an event in the All Thailand Tour, will be played at Royal Hua Hin from 6th – 9th July with around 200 professional golfers expected to compete. Prize money for the event will be over 2 million THB, with both men and ladies divisions. According to Senior Captain Chao (pictured right), wild monkeys have been causing some trouble for golfers, especially on the 13th to 15th holes by grabbing visitors’ bags or stealing golf balls. Staff have been carrying a slingshot to scare the animals away without hurting them.

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This is a short-term solution to the problem. Long-term solutions are being considered by the Municipality and the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.

The Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin Ms. Phailin Kongphan has presided over the opening ceremony of a professional snooker tournament, True Sang Som Hua Hin Cup 2017, at Hua Hin Grand and Plaza Hotel.

During the low season, the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course has a promotional activity for golfers known as ‘Sports Day’. Each Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays from July green fees will be reduced to 800 THB.

Organized by Hua Hin Grand and Plaza Hotel, the Cha-Am/Hua Hin Tourism Association, the Billiards Association of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, this event took place from 12 to 17 June 2017.

The aim is to encourage Thai youth to play snooker and promote and develop the sport throughout Thailand. The first competition to open the tournament saw Mr. Ratchaphol Phu-obom, or Tong Sitchoi a very well-known professional Thai snooker player ranked the 90th for the world and Mr. Huang Jia Hua from China.


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Michelin-Starred Chef Sylvain Sendra from Paris Returns to V Villas Back by popular demand, Michelin-starred Chef Sylvain Sendra, chef and owner of Itinéraires Restaurant in Paris, returns for four days of sheer culinary pleasure this July.

Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2017 Awarded to Suan Bua Restaurant The management and staff of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin recently received a Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2017 Certificate. The great performance of providing quality food, outstanding hospitality and service brought the restaurant to be honored as one of 150 best restaurants in Thailand. “I am extremely proud that our Suan Bua Restaurant has been selected by Thailand Tatler readers and editors as one of the top restaurants in Thailand. The Best Restaurant Certificate is recognition of our teamwork and the exceptional efforts of our associates. I would like to thank and congratulate them for their dedication, initiative and commitment to our resort” said Mr. David Martens, Centara General Manager.

About the Suan Bua Restaurant Located poolside at the villas area, with an inviting and homey feel, Suan Bua presents delectable Thai home-style cuisine and regional specialties. From the tangy and spicy flavours of north-eastern Thailand cuisine to rich and smooth curries, Suan Bua’s à la carte menu showcases the best of Thai local dishes with signature offerings including salmon fillet topped with red curry and coconut sweet sauce, deep - fried river prawns with tamarind sauce and deep-fried minced prawns with green mango and spicy sweet lime dressing. Open: daily from 06:30 hrs. - 22:30 hrs. For reservation: Phone 032 512021-38 or email chbr@chr.co.th

Chef Sylvain is once again displaying his innovative talent, celebrated skills and precision techniques exclusively at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine and VILLAZZO restaurant at VIE Hotel Bangkok and V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel. Itinéraires achieved its first Michelin star in 2013 after four years of laudatory reviews from gourmets around the world, including a highly respectable mention in The New York Times and recently in Time Out Paris.

Due to his hot profile, and the overwhelming praise and demand from his fans, Chef Sylvain can make only a short visit to Thailand to present four days of a tantalizing 3-course Set Lunch at La VIE – Creative French Cuisine (Bangkok) and a 6-course Set Dinner for both hotels’ restaurants. 26th – 28th July: La VIE – Creative French Cuisine in VIE Hotel (Bangkok). 29th July: VILLAZZO Restaurant in V Villas (Hua Hin). 6-Course Set Dinner 5,500 THB net per person for food only, 7,500 THB net per person for food and wine pairing. Dinner is served at 6.30 pm. (V Villas Hua Hin). For more details and reservations, please contact: Ms. Sudarat (083-820-4224) or Mr. George (081-9100280; E-mail: afbm@ viehotelbangkok.com

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V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel Now Offers Full ‘Handy’ Service!

The 30th Culinary Classics

The Late Viennese Sonatas The Dusit Thani Culinary Classics series continues as the popular double act of Pornphan Bantherghansa and Tasana Nagavajara again pair up, the former tickling the piano ivories and the latter stroking the violin strings on their incomparable styles to bring you a combined evening of magical Mozart music and mouthwatering menus. Enjoy their renditions of two of the Austrian composing maestro’s Sonatas for piano and violin, in E-flat major K.481 and A major K.526 respectively, as the unmissable musical appetizer to the evening’s optional postconcert dining main course V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel, have announced the luxury resort as the first in Hua Hin to start using the full services of Handy smartphones. Much more than just a smartphone, the Handy device is preloaded with destinationspecific features that ensure a superior guest experience and interactive travel solutions for guests. Handy will keep guests connected, informed and entertained at the resort as well as when they are out. The convenient and complimentary “Handy” will be provided to every villa. “Handy’s partnership with V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery by Sofitel marks a tremendous leap forward in establishing our global presence and is testament to the importance of complete mobile connectivity in today’s tourism,” Mr. Kwok added. “The services will be an extremely valuable asset for expanding our hospitality footprint.”

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Furthermore, guests can rest assured that the browsing history of their handy, all personal information as well as any additional apps that may have been installed will be removed when the device is reset upon check-out.

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Market dinner: THB 1,600 net per person Ticket including post-concert Italian 4-course set dinner: HB 1,800 net per person All tickets include one complimentary drink during the pre-concert reception or the intermission. Terms and conditions apply. For reservations please call +66 (0) 3252 0009 Ext. 2013 or email to dthhfb@dusit. com

Dusit Thani Hua Hin Friday, 14th July 2017 18:00 for registration, concert starts at 18:30

Admission: Ticket only: THB 500 net per person Ticket including post-concert Hua Hin Night

Happy Birthyear Promotion…Maybe Getting Older Isn’t So Bad After All! Happy Birthyear to you! Dusit Thani Hua Hin invite you to hold hands with your elders for an unforgettable family trip and get a second-night rate equal to your year of birth. So, the older you are, the less you pay. Just show your ID card to verify your year of birth upon check-in and the rate will be applied, together with a complimentary birthday cake if you visit during your month of birth and other special discounts on Food & Beverage and Devarana Spa’s a-la-carte treatments.

Rate for 2nd night is equal to year of birth in THB++ per room per night Terms & Conditions This offer is valid for stays of two nights or more. Rate discount applies only to the second night. The rates for the second night will be confirmed upon check-in when presenting a valid ID card to verify the year of birth. Rates are room only per room, per night,


473 The Many Flavours of Som Tam!

If there’s one dish every traveller to Thailand must try, it is Som Tam - the wonderful, spicy green papaya salad. This dish is fast becoming the Kingdom’s national dish, if not already. It is listed in the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011 Som Tam is the perfect dish for the heat and humidity of countries in SE Asia. In Thailand, from street food vendors to small family-run restaurants to more upmarket dining establishments, Som Tam is a constant on the menu. If you search online for Som Tam, most websites will show you only the fantastic salad of green papaya, yet there are so many more versions of this national icon. Most travellers to Thailand would have only tried the one style of Som Tam, yet locals know of so many more flavour sensations that travellers miss. Originating in Laos, you will find versions of Som Tam all around SE Asia. This dish epitomizes the flavour profile of Thai food: hot, sour, salty and sweet.

Som Tam Thai - This is the standard version of green papaya that is internationally famous and most popular with travellers. Only this style contains the added crunch and flavour of peanuts.

Tam Khao Pot - This version uses sweet corn kernels instead of green papaya. The corn is sweet, offset by the sourness of the dressing.

In Thailand, Som Tam is flavoured by chili, palm sugar, garlic, lime and fish sauce. Usual additions are dried shrimps, tomatoes and snake beans.

You can add any other protein to a Som Tam to make it your own; crispy pork belly, pork sausage, crispy fish or chicken virtually anything. Remember to always say how many chillies you want. Three chillies will give you a fairly medium spice level.

Below is a short guide to some of the best versions of Som Tam; often simply called ‘Tam’. Som Tam Boo - Boo is crab and in this salad, it’s raw, brined rice paddy crabs that are used. It’s known for its strong, in your face flavour, however for lovers of crab, this is for you. Som Tam Pla Ra - The version has the addition of Pla Ra, which is fish fermented for six months or more. From the NorthEast region, this condiment has a very strong aroma and a rather salty and sour flavour. It is not for the faint-hearted.

Som Tam Plate - This is a platter with Som Tam as the central food hero. Order this when you have a group people who love all different flavours as you can make it your own at the table by choosing from up to 8 different items. It’s also about discovering what makes Thai food so tasty.

As a replacement for green papaya, try green mango, cucumber, carrot or for a really local version, green banana is wonderful. Tam Phonlamai Ruam - This version substitutes mixed fruit like apples, grapes, pineapple and guava. It is like a spicy fruit salad and is a taste sensation. It also matches well to the tropical climate. The natural sweetness of the fruit also helps cut through the chilli heat.

Tam Sua - Vermicelli noodles are mixed with green papaya, brined crab and fermented fish sauce to make this salad. The noodles add a soft, unctuous texture to this strong and pungent dish.

Any of the variations are usually eaten with sticky rice and grilled chicken – Gai Yang, however it is also great with fermented rice noodles - Khanom Jeen, or pork crackling - Khep Moo. So be brave; order your new Som Tam favourite.

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48 4 WEEKLY MONDAYS Putahracsa Hua Hin, Oceanside Beach Club & Restaurant

An open-air restaurant, offering uninterrupted views of the sea and sounds of waves crashing right at the foot of the restaurant providing the ingredients for an ideal dining experience. where you can enjoy its’ Thai & Pacific Rim inspired dishes and authentic BBQs. The Beach club provides the perfect chill out place to lie back & relax sipping on a selection of exotic cocktails. Culinary Treasures of Japan at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Hagi Japanese Restaurant Japanese buffet - enjoy a wide variety of Japanese specialties such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, live Teppanyaki and much more ... Price: Baht 1,100++ per person. Putahracsa Hua Hin

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Luna Lanai Restaurant at Sheraton Hua Hin

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Succulent salmon, skillfully prepared with fresh herbs and spices, proposes tonguetingling pleasures in the rustic-refined seaside setting of Luna Lanai. All dishes are served with steamed jasmine rice. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Grill & chill by the pool Saturday’s melt in the mouth BBQ Buffet Nights Promotion. Enjoy a traditional BBQ buffet with hot dishes and BBQ favorites corner with a fresh seafood featuring Pranburi squids, crabs, rock lobsters and many more BBQ bonanza items. Leave some room for homemade sweet tooth to perfect your evening.

Once again our popular pork ribs menus are brought back to Dalah Restaurant in order to serve you with our scrumptious pork rib taste under relaxing atmosphere right by the lotus pond. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Luna La Pran Restaurant at Sheraton Pranburi Villas

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 our fillet includes a selection from the chef’s salad buffet. Price: Baht 450++(200g portion) Sundara Lounge at Sheraton Hua Hin

Ob-Oon Deli Boulangerie - Pâtisserie. Yet another of Putahracsa’s newest outlets, Ob-Oon Boulangerie et Patisserie brings you the finest selection of fresh baked goods in all of Hua Hin. All products are made daily with no shortage of options to choose from including breads, pastries, custom-made Sandwiches, Frenchinspired bistro fare, Cold cuts and cheese, modern Thai dishes as well as exotic coffee & tea blends.

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Artfully curated dishes of concentrated Thai flavors composed of local ingredients are pampering palates Classic tastes of Thailand presented Spanish-style, as tapas, are equally appropriate ordered as appetizers, combined as a meal, or nibbled with a wine. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Delicious light dishes come in crisp, edible baskets at Sundara Lounge. Subtly seasoned Soft Shell Crab Tempura, Crispy Chicken Wings, Prawn Betel Leaves, Croquette Potatoes and Assorted Seafood are all the better to munch in their crunchy casings. Perfect to pair with a craft beer or original cocktail from the bar.

Wednesday – 12th, 26th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. Submerge yourself into a genuine Thai cultural event and experience culinary delights from all over the Kingdom whilst listening to indigenous music from throughout Thailand. Price: Baht 850++ per person.

Steak Out. 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). Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa Throughout this month, Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa spices up your rainy season with the taste of its Executive Chef’s 5 musttry seasonal seafood dishes including lobster fried with black pepper, crab yellow curry, deep fried shrimps in spring roll sheets with mango salad, crab cakes and friend seabass fillet with green mango salad. Available daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the poolside Al Hamra Restaurant, prices start from 450++ THB per dish. Al Hamra restaurant at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa is open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Select your favorite seafood, freshly hand pick from the market, cook to your liking and all served with a free flow Thai Salad Bar at Ocean Terrance Restaurant Every Friday from 18.00-21.30. Price per serving including salad bar: Thai Snapper THB 399 Squid THB 350, Prawns THB 599 NET, Blue Crab THB 599 NET, Mackerel THB 380, River Prawns THB 599, Scallops THB 290, Salad Bar Only THB 250, Prices are NET. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Reef & Beef, Friday – 28th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Discover the variety of coast side dishes and a wide assortment of tempting appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, prime quality meats and live entertainment. Price: Baht 1,100++ per person. Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

“Chocolate Spell” From the Classic Fairy Tale to Marrakesh’s New Signature Sweets. Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa’s creative dessert house invites chocolate lovers to try our 2 new signature sweets inspired by the magic lamp in the classic fairy tale. Two enchanting lamp-shaped chocolate desserts that will melt in your mouth. Available daily at Al Hamra restaurant, both magical flavors are priced at 450++ THB each.

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Reef & Beef (Full moon day) Saturday - 8th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Discover the variety of coast side dishes and a wide assortment of tempting appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, prime quality meats and live entertainment. Price: Baht 1,100++ per person. Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Seize the perfect time with the like-minded while the changing sky on sunset ahead of you during daily Buy 1 Get 1 Free Cocktail Happy Hours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Al Bahr Beach Bar. Enjoy exotic flavor fusions between East and West with al fresco easy-listening music performed live every night (except Wednesdays) by the fabulous Filipino duo. Al Bahr Beach Bar at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa is open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Da Mario Hua Hin Everyday buy one pizza get 1 beer free from 12.00 to 17.00.

SUNDAYS Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

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

The Heritage Afternoon Tea Buffet. Every Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. This buffet will show you the extraordinary best of what a High Tea is all about... Baht 700++ per person. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Art with Aarti to the music of the Harp with Chiara. Sunday – 9th, 23rd. From 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. Integrating mindful healing and holistic well-being through the creative arts. Ms. Aarti Saikia, atalented artist from India will perform an expressive art session whilst Ms. Chiara Capobianco, a solo resident harpist from Italy will play wonderful sounds on the harp during Afternoon Tea Buffet. Price Bath 700++ per person.

Special Days Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa FLEURS EXOTIQUES. Inspired by the exotic aroma of Thai Floras,. This 120 minutes full body treatment starts with 30 minutes Thai Flora essentials oil infused rice scrub, following with 60 minutes aroma fusion massage, complete the exotic experience with Rare Essence facial treatment. Exotic Aromas can be selected from Ylang Ylang, Champaca, Frangipani, Jasmin and

Putahracsa Hua Hin Day Spa. The Putahracsa Day Spa practices a balance of traditional theories and modern techniques to create treatments that unify the mind, body and soul. These impressions are fused into the heart of the Putahracsa Resort, allowing guests to have the Day Spa experience throughout the facility. The experience includes either in-room or on-site spa treatments and remedies. Using ancient sources of nature and natural products, Putahracsa Day Spa ensures each treatment is sensory experience.

50% Off “Magnolia Butter Scrub” Spa Package Relieve stress from your long day and bring back youthfulness to your skin with scented Magnolia. Butter Scrub high in vitamin A & E SIMPLY RELAX PACKAGE, 90 minutes at THB 1,999 net from THB 3,998 net, inclusive of Organic Mini Facial & Magnolia Butter Scrub. Or SKIN RADIANT PACKAGE, 120 min at THB 2,599 net from THB 5,198 net with Magnolia Butter Scrub and Magnolia Butter Massage. Noora Spa is open daily from 9am – 9pm. For reservations, please contact Noora Spa at Marrakesh via Tel. 032 616 777 or nooraspa@marrakeshresortandspa.com.

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin PRETTY AS A PEACH SPA PACKAGE Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. A complimentary Luscious Peach Body Lotion 250g, 120 minutes Baht 2,590++ per person

Amari Hua Hin Royal Jelly Honey Delight! Let organic honey restore the silkiness to your skin at Breeze Spa A skin renewal treatment from nature, Royal Jelly Honey body scrub perfectly blended with organically derived honey and milk will intensify the moisture and glow of the skin. Special for Hua Hin residence and beach traveller, when booking any 90-minute body massage: guests will receive a COMPLIMENTARY body scrub and a 250 ml. of Royal Jelly Honey Body Scrub skin care product valued at 650 baht to take home for FREE. This special offer is available from 1–30 July 2017. Price starts at THB 2,600 nett. For more details or to make an appointment, please contact at Breeze Spa +66 (0) 32 616 600 ext. 7801 email to huahin@breeze-spa. PHONE NUMBERS Amari Hua Hin: 032 616 600 Anantara Hua Hin Resort: 032 520 250 Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin: 032 516 600 Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin 032 512 021

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Sansara Black Mountain For residents of Sansara, the idea that life can get better as they get older is more than just a welcome thought, it’s a distinct possibility. Address: 565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin 10% Tel: 02 683 0088 VIP Email: info@sansara.asia Web: www.sansara.asia 61

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

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RCIM

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

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Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin Book kitesurfing & SUP lessons, buy kites, kiteboards.. หนังสือ ไคท์บอร์ด และบทเรียน ซับ, ไคท์บอร์ด 预定冲浪活动,SUP课程,风筝以及冲浪板... Address: 143/8 Soi 75/1, Hua Hin Tel: 081 591 4593 Email: huahin@kiteboardingasia.com Web: www.kiteboardingasia.com

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MahaSamutr Country Club

เปิดสอนหลักสูตรบริหารธุรกิจดุษฎีบณ ั ฑิต และหลักสูตรรัฐประศาสนศาสตรดุษฎีบณ ั ฑิต วิทยาลัยนวัตกรรมการจัดการ มหาวิทยาลัยเทคโนโลยีราชมงคล รัตนโกสินทร์ Tel: 02 441 6067, 088 255 0847 Email: rcim@rmutr.ac.th Web: rcim.rmutr.ac.th

Hua Hin Grand and Plaza Hotel

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

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

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True Arena

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

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

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

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

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My Style Condo Hua Hin

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Water Jungle Vana Nava Hua Hin

Beautifully located at the heart of Hua Hin คอนโดสสวยใจกลางเมืองหัวหิน Address: Huahin 102, 800 meters from Phetkasem Road Tel: 098 891 6551, 099 425 9645, 099 692 5242, 099 441 4152 Email: mystylecondohuahin102@gmail.com Web: www.mystylehuahin.com

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

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Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin

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

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

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

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Address: 68/34 Mooban Hua Na, Nong Gae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 200 Email: reservations@banyanthailand.com Web: www.banyanthailand.com

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Yamsaard Hua Hin School

Black Mountain Golf Club

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

It is the only course in Thailand ever named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses Outside the US. Black Mountain高尔夫球场建立于2007年,在4年的营业中获 得“亚洲最好新球场”的美誉

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

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Address: 565, Moo7, Nong Hieng Rd, Hin Lek Fai Tel: 032 618 666 Email: info@bmghuahin.com Web: www.blackmountainhuahin.com

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Springfield Royal Country Club

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

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

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Black Mountain Water Park

Hua Hin Golf Tours

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

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

สไลเดอ, สระว่ายน้าำ , สิง่ อำานวยความสะดวก, อาหารและเครือ ่ งดืม ่ ร้านของทีร่ ะลึก

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

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Hua Hin Carpets

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

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

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

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

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Al Bahr at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Coco 51 Restaurant & Bar

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

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

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

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

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Air Space Khao Takiap Hua Hin

Cool Breeze Cafe Bar Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

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Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

Coral Restaurant & Bar

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

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

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

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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

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 15% Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com Facebook: facebook.com/MarrakeshResortandSpa VIP Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 4

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Cuisine: Italian ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารอิตาเลีย ่ น 菜肴: 意大利菜 Address: Naresdamri Road 20/24 Hua Hin Tel: 085 473 1441 and 032 530 170 Web: www.da-mario-huahin.com

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Doi Chaang Coffee

Bakery Terrace Hua-Hin

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

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

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

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

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

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Blu Port Hua Hin Resort Mall

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

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

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EAST Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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

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

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Cafe Mekong

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

菜肴: 墨西哥菜, 披萨, 泰国菜, 越南菜

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

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

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

ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารเม็กซิกน ั , พิชซ่า, อาหารไทย, อาหารเวียดนาม

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

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Gusto Et Cosy Beach Restaurant Cuisine: European, Thai, Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย, อาหารทะเล 菜肴: 欧洲菜 , 泰国菜, 海鲜 Address: Khao Tao, Hua Hin Tel: 093 887 7688 and 032 900 500 Email: sales@theblueskyresort.com Web: www.theblueskyresort.com/HuaHin/

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Hua Hin Hills Bisto and Wine Cellar

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

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

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

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

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Greek Taverna Hua Hin

Cuisine: Mexican, Pizza, Thai, Vietnamese

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

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Emotion at Springfield @ Sea Resort & Spa

Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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On The Rocks Bar at Cape Nidhra

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

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

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La Birra Hua Hin

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La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria 10% VIP

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

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Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin Cuisine: Thai, Western, Fusion and Fresh Seafood ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, อาหารไทย 20% 菜肴: 海鲜, 欧洲菜, 泰国菜

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

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

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Rest Scene at Rest Detail Hotel

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Cuisine: Thai, Mediterranean ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน 菜肴: 泰国菜, 地中海菜 Address: 174/16 Soi 80, Amphoe Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 733 Email: rest@restdetailhotel.com Web: restdetailhotel.com/restscene.html

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

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Shoreline Beach Club

Lotus Villas Restaurant

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

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

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Talay Thai Restaurant & Bar, Hyatt Regency

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

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

Raya Restaurant

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

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

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

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

Cuisine: International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 国际菜

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

Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

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

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Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

Address: 8/4 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin 5% Tel: 032 512 250 and 081 852 2136 VIP Email: claudio.mammamia@gmail.com Web: facebook.com/pages/Mamma-Mia-Cucina-Italiana-Pizza 27

Address: Hyatt Hotel 91 Hua Hin - Khao Takiap Road Hua Hin Tel: 03 252 1234 Email: huahin.regency@hyatt.com Web: huahin.regency.hyatt.com 37

Mozza Mia

The Garden Restaurant & Lounge Bar

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

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Ocean Front Restaurant Baan Laksasubha Resort Hua Hin Cuisine: Thai, International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย, อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 泰国菜, 国际菜 Address: 53/7 Naresdamri Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 514 525-3 Email: bk@baanlaksasubha.com Web: www.laksasubhahuahin.com

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

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Villazzo Restaurant at V Villas Hua Hin

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

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Oceanside Beach Club Restaurant

White Lotus Restaurant at Hilton Hua Hin

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

Cuisine: Chinese ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารจีน 菜肴: 中国菜

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

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

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

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

10% VIP

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

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Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani

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

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Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Massage Oil, Body Treatments, Water Treatments ... นวดน้าำ มัน, นวดบำาบัดร่างกาย, กายภาพบำาบัดในน้าำ ... 按摩油,全身护理,水疗 Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Email: info@devaranaspa.com Web: www.devaranaspa.com/en/huahin.html

Wilaiwan Hua Hin

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

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

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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Boonthavorn Hua Hin

In Balance Spa by Novotel is designed according to the concept of Hua Hin. Where you can relax and replenish your health health. and “Free babysitting during spa treatment at Novotel Open Daily: Hua 10:00Hin” am – 10:00 pm

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

30% Address: 854/2 Burirom Roadpm Cha Am Beachfront Open Daily: 10:00 am – 10:00 Tel: 032 708 300 VIP Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Email: Tel: 032rsvn@novotelhuahin.com 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com novotelhuahin.com/inbalance-by-novotel/inbalance-spa/ Web: Web: novotelhuahin.com/inbalance-by-novotel/inbalance-spa/ 43 Noora Spa at Marrakesh Resort & Spa Hammam Spa with finest argan oil from Morocco, Hot candle massage with gold powder, Red wine bath. ฮัมมัมสปาตำารับอาร์แกนออยล์จากโมร็อกโก, นวดเทียนร้อนผสมผง ทองคำา, แช่ไวน์แดง 30% SPA套餐包括按摩浴缸和桑拿

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

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

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

Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

Fit Station

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

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

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

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Address: Soi Cholprathan 16, Canal Road Samorprong, Hua Hin Tel: 087 407 3977, 082 564 4564 Email: info@zumbathailand.com Web: www.zumbathailand.com 55

Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

Health Lab Hua Hin

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

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

Plants, from tranquil massages to luxurious facials.

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

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am · Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com 46

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

Spa & Wellness at InterContinental Hua Hin

Nadpob Dental Clinic

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

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

10% VIP

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Bliss Bakery & Coffee House

Beautiful World

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

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

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

Address: Showroom & Office, 17/63-64 Baan Bor Fai, Hua Hin Tel: 032 520 639 Email: info@beautifulworldhuahin.com Web: www.beautifulworldthailand.com 58

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Hua Hin Bakery

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

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Ford Jor. Charoen Prachuabkirikhan

HH Home Living

Ford Car Service Center Hua Hin

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

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

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

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539 Chef of the Month Hua Hin has many fine dining venues with chefs-in-residence to ensure your experiences are memorable with outstanding cuisine on offer.

The chef’s favorite menu item to impress your dinner guests

However there are times when you may wish to dine at home and present a dish with just as much appeal.

The Hua Hin Business Network is a not-forprofit organisation of volunteers from the local business community to promote Hua Hin businesses and to provide information about great charity opportunities & events.

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. Name: Hokkaido scallop tartar with lemongrass, ginger and lime leaf, salmon caviar Description: a combination of the most intense tastes of herbs, citrus and vanilla, combined with the texture of freshly opened mussels and caviar. It gives you a kind of flavour explosion that may be addictive! Ingredients: Scallops (preferably in shell), lime leaf, ginger, lemongrass, chili red, soy sauce, black pepper, Thai fish sauce, sesame oil coriander, salmon caviar

Name: Mario Hofmann Nationality and home town: Germany, Fuerth Restaurant: Big Fish @ Marriott Resort & Spa Hua Hin Previous important positions: Several positions in Malaysia, Thailand and Germany Preferred cuisine: Western with an Asian touch

Method: Open the scallop and clean the meat carefully Chop the raw scallop carefully (0.5 cm) Chop lime leaf, ginger and lemongrass very fine Chop some chili, just the red skin Put everything together in a bowl, mix carefully and add some soy sauce and Thai fish sauce and 1 drop of sesame oil. Season with black pepper Arrange nicely in a round ring mold and add salmon caviar and fresh coriander on top A tip to make the dish special: Use the freshest scallops you can find!

Each month there is an event with wining and dining at one of Hua Hin’s fine restaurants for Members and guests to mingle, learn about other businesses or to introduce your own services to those attending. Details of the July event can be found by visiting www.h-h-b-n.com or the HHBN Facebook page as details had not been completed prior to this edition of Hua Hin Today being finalised. HHBN Membership Membership can be arranged at the monthly event; 1,500 THB per annum. Visit www.h-h-b-n.com for more information or provide your details, company logo and/ or picture to Pisa at pisa.uniqueness@gmail. com.

PLEASE DONATE! Donations of clean secondhand clothing (especially for children), blankets and non-perishable food to support the flood victims of Tak Province would be appreciated before a special delivery in September. Please deliver to Homeless Furniture opposite Big C on Nong Plub Road, Mon-Fri 10 AM. - 6 PM.

FOOD & Entertainment, July 2017


54 10 Rough Night

47 Meters Down

played with a bit too much on-the-nose hambone smarminess by Demi Moore and Ty Burrell, have surveillance cameras that may have recorded their cover-up scheme.

thriller doubles down on its recent predecessor by placing not one but two attractive women in aquatic jeopardy. Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense, peril, bloody images, and brief strong language) Genre: Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Johannes Roberts Written By: Johannes Robert, Ernest Riera In Theaters: July 13, 2017   Runtime: 89 minutes Studio: Entertainment Studios Moyion Pictures

Rating: R (for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use and brief bloody images) Genre: comedy Directed By: Lucia Aniello Written By: Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs In Theaters: July 27, 2017   Runtime: 101 minutes Studio: Columbia Pictures

Mandy Moore : as Lisa Matthew Modine : as Taylor Claire Holt : as Kate Yani Gellman : as Louis Chris J. Johnson : as Javier

In “Rough Night,” four college chums reunite for a weekend trip to Miami, where they’ve borrowed a splendid beach house to hold a bachelorette bash for Jess (Scarlett Johansson).

Two sisters find themselves trapped in a cage at the bottom of the ocean in Johannes Roberts’ shark-infested thriller. Just when you thought it was once again safe to go into the water comes 47 Meters Down, the latest big-screen shark thriller that will make you want to curl up into a fetal position on the beach. Last summer’s surprise hit The Shallows proved that, despite the seemingly monthly arrival of “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel, moviegoers’ appetite for the fearsome creatures remains unabated. Johannes Roberts’ effective

What do these five characters do with a corpse on their hands? They figure out ways to get rid of it. They debate the issue of whether they’re guilty of involuntary manslaughter (as long as the body just lies there, no; as soon as they make the mistake of moving it, maybe yes). And when they learn that the wealthy swingers next door,

Dunkirk

Parents need to know that Dunkirk  is  Christopher Nolan’s latest action epic based on real events from World War II. After being cut off and surrounded by German forces in 1940, the only hope for hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers stranded on the beach of Dunkirk, France, is rescue by sea. But as German planes attack from the sky, survival for the soldiers -- and their rescuers -- seems impossible. Kennrth Brangh, Tom Hardy, and Cillian Murphy co-star in this wartime thriller, which promises plenty of violence and strong language. The  film also looks to have disturbing images like dead bodies floating in the ocean and washing up on the beach, as well as bloody injuries. Rating : PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language) Genre : Action & Adventure, Drama Directed By : Chridtopher Nolan Written By : Christopher Nolan In Theaters : July 20, 2017 Studio : Warner Bros. Pictures

HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Rating : NR Genre : Action & Adventure, Drama,Science Fiction & Fantasy Directed By: Jon Watts Written By:Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jon Watts In Theaters: Jul 6, 2017 Studio: Sony Pictures

Tom Hardy Cillian Murphy Kennth Barnagh Anenrin Barnard A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the webslinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine--distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man--but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Tom Hollan (II) : as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man Michael Keaton : as Adrian Toomes/ The Vulture Jacob Batalon : as Ned Leed Zendaya : as Michelle Laura Harrier : as Liz Allan


11 55 Hua Hin Spartans in Training for Their Big Race Spartan Race Courses are designed to challenge you physically. There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth. Spartan Race is designed to pull you from your comfort zone and challenge you; perhaps something akin to a commando training course. That’s what’s ahead of the Hua Hin Spartans Training Group which is currently preparing for their entry to the first Thailand Spartan Race. Spartan Race is the world’s most challenging obstacle race, with over 240 races in 25 countries around the world this year. Spartan Race is not your everyday running race; contestants run, climb, push, pull, throw and crawl through walls, hills, trees and other diverse obstacles. Spartan Race is coming to Thailand September at the Siam Country Club, Chonburi on September 9th.

About Spartan Race Training in Hua Hin Training happens in Hua Hin in two locations with indoor and outdoor training to prepare for this exhilarating race with its 20 testing obstacles over five kilometres. 1. The Jungle / bush land training area is located up in the hills just past the Elephant Sanctuary 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of town with many of the obstacle events that will be in the race. 2. Indoor training and the core work is at the Palapon fitness centre in Khao Takiab.

Spartan Race obstacles test physical condition, mental strength and perseverance

The group’s Facebook page provides that introduction although you’ll be asked if you’re really serious before joining.

The Hua Hin Team will split into several smaller teams that to help each other out during the race. They are all about team training and team competition. The goal of the Hua Hin Spartans is to spend the weeks leading up to competition working out and getting into the best shape they can.

Training times: Indoor training Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am and @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am.

Aspiring Hua Hin Spartans have July and August to tune-up their physical condition and literally ‘learning the ropes’ by joining the local Spartan Race training group.

Outdoor jungle training Wednesday & Saturday 7:30 – 9:30 and Sunday from 8:00 am. Just find the Facebook page: ‘Hua Hin Spartan Race 2017 Training Group.’ More information can also be found at www.spartanrace.co.th/en, or call Pafi +66 (0) 871428937

FOOD & Entertainment, July 2017


12 56 Which Wines Best Match Thai Food?

A question often asked is about which wines work best with Thai Food, This month, Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand Food Tours gives us her tips. “I love Thai food,” Leigh says, “but I also have a passion for wine, from sparkling to Cabernet Sauvignon. I don’t profess to be a wine connoisseur or to be trained in wine pairing, but I know what works for me. This is my personal guide to match wine with Thai Food.”

only be described as a ‘sweet spot’. This is more like a temperature range, with red around 15 to 20° and white around 8 to 13°. As the wine passes through this range, you will notice the flavour profile change; it will seem more ‘right’. Often a wine may be judged as poor, but was it really the wine being sub-par, or was it just not at the right temperature? A general tip for home is to put your red wine in, or pull your white wine out of the refrigerator 20 minutes prior to drinking.

Choose a wine that can stand up to the spice levels of Thai food, that is lower in alcohol, has some level of residual sugar, as that is what helps it balance the spice level.

In Thailand, where room temperatures can be high, this is an even greater consideration.

An off-dry German Riesling is the perfect choice. As Thai meals comprise many dishes, flavours and heat levels, Riesling is able to cope. Other aromatic whites are Pinot Gris / Grigio, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc. Thai food is quite diverse; southern dishes are very different to those of the north. These white wines have higher acidity to assist in cutting through the flavours from the different regions. For drinkers of red, look for wines with softer tannins and not much oak. Forego a big Australian Shiraz or Cabernet for a subtler Pinot Noir, Rosé or Beaujolais. The lack of oak and subtle palate is perfect. Match heavier dishes with heavier wines, again avoiding oak. Tempranillo and very lightly oaked Sangiovese are two that work. A style not to be forgotten is sparkling wine! There is a reason why beer is great with Thai Food and it’s not just about accessibility; the bubbles do help cleanse the palate of oil and spice. The same can be said of Champagne or other sparking wines. They are very versatile, pairing with stronger meat dishes, yet delicate enough to go with lighter seafood. Italian sparkling wines are particularly superb, as they seem to enhance the flavours of many Thai dishes. Another other tip for wine in Thailand is to drink it at the right temperature. It is commonplace to see red wine being consumed far too warm. The term ‘room temperature’ refers to the temperature of a wine cellar, not the room in which the wine is served.

HUA HIN TODAY, July 2017

Drinking a red wine at 28° can dramatically change the taste of the wine. Wine temperatures need to get to what can

If you haven’t been to Monsoon Valley Vineyard in the Hua Hin hills, you should really give it go. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon grazing on food and sipping pleasant wine. They will also make some recommended wine pairings to complete the experience.

Hua Hin Today July 2017  

Hua Hin Today July 2017

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