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Traditionally newspapers around the world have published letters received from readers with their opinions about a variety of subjects. In recent years social media may have overshadowed this way of making comment; however Hua Hin Today often receives emails from our readers or comments posted on our Facebook page. Thanks for your contributions!

Value for money would be felt by all players if green fee included caddies fee, not tip, after all the caddies are compulsory. Thailand needs to look at “value for money” especially as the Baht is so strong. The pure beauty of Thailand will start to pale if things don’t start to change......... I can hear surrounding countries rubbing their hands.....

From the Editor

I love living here but continually rises in costs and the ever strengthening Baht; mmmmmmm maybe it’s time to look.

Good morning

This is a familiar intersection to Hua Hin Today staff as it is very close to our office. As someone who has witnessed accidents, I would support this suggestion although I haven’t seen the petition. Temporary plastic ‘witches hats’ that feature at the intersection are not really a solution to the apparent dangers.

Regards; a happy retired person From the Editor The subject of compulsory caddies is a debate worth having. We haven’t received any comment supporting the status quo so far? Dear Editor

Our readers are always encouraged to provide a point of view, however we ignore aggressive, abusive or defamatory comments. Dear Editor

Could you do an article on villa burglaries in Hua Hin? Red Mountain is an easy target for the thieves, already 2 burglaries in Waterside Red Mountain, 3 in Boutique Red Mountain and 1 in Woodlands Red Mountain. I have recently joined many others who have petitioned the Hua Hin government to install traffic signals at the dangerous soi 116 intersection.

I liked the letter about caddies; it is an added cost which mounts quickly especially if a husband and wife play. However the cost of the caddie is small when put against the exorbitant green fees. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

This is a very dangerous intersection with Phetchakasim Road where there have been many accidents at a confusing and busy crossing. Speeding vehicles coming from the direction of Pranburi come across local traffic without any controls and traffic lights would make a big difference. I hope that you can bring this matter to the notice of the local government. (unnamed)

Maybe a press article would be an efficient pressure for the authorities to react and for Red Mountain -and other compounds- to implement more efficient security systems. What do you think? Many thanks (unnamed) From the Editor We’re glad to say that we receive very few comments or concerns about burglaries in Hua Hin although that is no reason to be complacent about home security. Maybe this is timely reminder for all readers to ensure their homes are protected.

3 Content 4 Cover Story This month has become the focus of environmental concerns worldwide and dubbed ‘Plastic-Free July” There’s a global awakening about the devastation that waste, especially single use plastics, is reeking on the environment with disturbing news items on this subject frequently coming across my desk. The oceans are particularly vulnerable with visible evidence of floating ’islands’ of plastic and marine animals suffering after being entangled or ingesting discarded plastic. The problems may seem rather overwhelming, but there’s also an understanding that individual actions can make a difference. It’s a bit like the story of the young boy throwing starfish back into the ocean after a storm had washed them up onto the beach. When asked why he was throwing them back, he replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die unless I throw them back into the water.” The cynical reply suggested, “There must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach; you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he smiled and said, “I made a difference to that one!” The point is that your refusal to take one plastic straw with your iced frappé or one plastic bag at the 7-Eleven means one less item of plastic waste that may end up in the ocean. Everyone can make a difference in reducing plastic pollution. Get into the plastic-free habit this month and spread the word!

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King Rama X; the Royal Birthday

July 28th is His Majesty King Rama X’s birthday. Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born 28thJuly 1952 and has been the King of Thailand since 2016. It has been announced that this year 5th December will remain Father’s Day, and that the birthdate of 28th July will be also be a national holiday. King Vajiralongkorn will turn 66 on July 28. His Majesty the King’s heraldic colour, like his late father, is yellow. Patarut Dardarananda, permanent secretary to the Bangkok governor, has said that the city will decorate major streets with lights and flags bearing the king’s insignia.The City Hall has encouraged Bangkokians to wear the king’s colour – yellow – the entire month of July to mark his birthday. Government leaders and civil servants will hold a candlelit ceremony at Sanam Luang to wish His Majesty well on his birthday, Patarut added. With the passing of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King MahaVajiralongkorn, now known as Rama X, the 10th ruler of the Chakri dynasty, became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne at the age of 64. His Majesty King MahaVajiralongkorntshirts are being sold at the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister Office which is located inside Government House. Printed with pictures drawn by His Majesty the King himself, the shirts can be worn on all occasions and throughout July which is the birthday anniversary month of His Majesty.  The government has planned weeklong celebrations which will run from July 22 to July 28. A parade and a ceremony

to express best wishes to the King would take place on July 28th. There will be an exhibition on the King’s initiative to encourage volunteer activities for good causes. Although he has not been formally crowned – an elaborate coronation is expected to take place next year – King Vajiralongkorn has already made his presence known and reshaped some of Thailand’s institutions. Under King Rama X, palace affairs have also been centralised, with the monarch assuming direct control over state

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agencies related to the palace, including the gigantic Crown Property Bureau, the largest landowner in the country. Political scientist Pitch Pongsawat said King Rama X’s first year has been notable for his interest in solving the bloody insurgency in the three southern provinces, as seen in the number of development initiatives and projects he’s established. In fact, just a week after Rama X assumed kingship in December 2016, he made his first trip outside Bangkok as king to the Deep South region. “I think His Majesty gives more importance to the Deep South than Bangkok society does,” said Pitch, who teaches at Chulalongkorn University. Veera Somkwamkid, a transparency activist who has campaigned politically on a pro-palace platform, said the most apparent change brought about by the new king is increased discipline in the armed forces. “Since he ascended the throne, we can see that discipline in the military has become

more strict,” Veera said. And His Majesty appears to be more prone to intervention than his predecessor. In January, the king ordered the government to change portions of the new constitution regarding royal power, even though there were no existing legal mechanisms for doing so. To solve the dilemma, the interim parliament had to retroactively amend a clause that would allow the king’s wishes to be satisfied. In a sign that his influence will likely extend to the armed forces as well, the king introduced a new form of salute and stricter haircut to the military and police. A new police uniform colour has been implemented per his royal wishes. With an election looming in 2018, political observers are also anticipating what role King Vajiralongkorn will play in shaping the civilian government set to replace the junta after more than four years in power. Khaosod English/The Nation


6 A Higher Level of Service at the Novotel

There’s a new Food and Beverage Manager at the Novotel Hua Hin/ Cha-Am Beach Resort and Spa. Swedish national Mikael Skager is the new appointment to this position. He has an eye for detail, but first and foremost it’s all about the renowned Scandinavian approach to service.

Mikael’s journey to the Novotel followed on from a hospitality position (and some golf) at the Black Mountain Golf Club, where he maintains a convivial relationship with the management and with his family home on course. However his two young daughters would much rather spend time with Dad at his new workplace rather than on the golf course. That’s because the Novotel has a very family friendly approach with a range of activities designed to keep kids happy; not really the focus of any golf course. An emerging trend for local resorts is to promote their hospitality services to

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non-guests.This was one of our discussion points with Mikael as his portfolio includes events, entertainment and other hospitality offerings to locals. During the tenure of Novotel General Manager Alex Eaton, the high level roof-top Gravity Sky Bar has opened as well as changes to other hotel venues to ensure that the Novotel is as user-friendly as possible to visitors as well as to guests. As F & B Manager, Mikael has a lead role in these improvements. He has plans for more convivial occasions with DJ’s and live music entertaining guests alongside afternoon children’s activities.

The 24th floor Gravity Sky Bar, already provided expansive views of the coastline, but now there’s an extended and more sophisticated snacking menu. The Champions Sports Bar & Grill is the perfect venue to see all the action of the continuing FIFA World Cup with Mikael following Sweden and GM Alex an Australian supporter. Even if your country didn’t make the last 16, you are very welcome to be a part of this and many other amazing events to come at the Novotel.


8 Charging Ahead to a Solar Powered Motoring Future

Sion is the electric car of the German start-up Sono Motors. Its battery can be charged using or its own solar cells or the electric grid . The founders have been working on the realisation of the Sion since 2012. In 2016 and 2017, crowd funding campaigns were used to finance the implementation. The drive is a three-phase asynchronous motor with a power of 80 kW (109 Hp). The motor voltage is 400 V. With the rear wheel drive, a top speed of 140 km/h can be achieved. The Sion is to have a range of approximately 250 km under realistic conditions. The owner of the vehicle is able to use his / her mobile phone app to offer other people electric power (power-sharing), ridesharing or car-sharing. The Sion will cost 16,000 euros (600,000 THB) plus the battery in its standard configuration. The battery will be offered either at a monthly amount or for purchase. The one-time purchase price of the battery is projected to be less than 4,000 euros. A natural filter made of moss regulates the humidity and filters fine dust The integrated charger allows you to charge batteries through a charger. With a charging power of 50 kW, the batteries can be charged up to 80 % in 30 minutes. Therefore it is possible to charge the car with an average household plug.

The Sion, powered by a cladding of solar cells

Prototypes have been involved in test drives in 12 European cities. The roof, bonnet and large parts of the outer shell of the body are equipped with highly efficient monocrystalline silicon cells protected by a layer of polycarbonate. Efficiency is guaranteed by the lightweight design.

The Sion is equipped with 330 integrated solar cells, which recharge the battery through the power of the sun. To protect from harmful environmental influences the solar cells are covered with polycarbonate. It is shatterproof, light and particularly weather resistant. In the interior, a natural filter made of moss regulates the humidity and filters fine dust. No worries, you do not have to water it. It requires no special care at all.

Thanks to the function of bidirectional charging, you can also draw energy from the Sion and power your devices wherever you are, you can also charge other electric vehicles. Even a washing machine, dryer and an electric iron can be operated simultaneously. In combination with the solar integration the Sion becomes a mobile power plant at any time!

The Keyless Ignition Trap

It seems like a common convenience in a digital age: a car that can be powered on and off with the push of a button, rather than the mechanical turning of a key. But it is a convenience that can have a deadly effect.

One commuter drove his Toyota RAV4 into the garage attached to his home and went into the house with the wireless key fob, evidently believing the car was shut off. Twenty-nine hours later, he was found dead, overcome with carbon monoxide that flooded his home while he slept. “After 75 years of driving, my father thought that when he took the key with him when he left the car, the car would be off,” said the deceased’s son. The man is among more than two dozen people killed by carbon monoxide in the US since 2006 after a keyless-ignition vehicle was inadvertently left running in a garage. Dozens of others have been injured, some left with brain damage. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, depriving the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen. Victims are sometimes found with a cherry red rash, a symptom of carbon monoxide molecules attaching to red blood cells. Some who survive live with irreversible brain damage. The keyless ignition was introduced as a luxury feature in Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Germany in 1998, a year after DaimlerBenz filed for a German patent, and entered the American market in 2002. Some carmakers called it the “smart key,” a wireless device sending a code to the car’s computer so the driver can start the engine with a button, instead of a mechanical key. It was meant as an

additional selling point for luxury cars: no more fumbling for keys. Keyless ignitions are now standard in over half of new vehicles sold annually, rather than a physical key, drivers carry a fob that transmits a radio signal, and as long as the fob is present, a car can be started with the touch of a button. But weaned from the habit of turning and removing a key to shut off the motor, drivers — particularly older ones — can be lulled by newer, quieter engines into mistakenly thinking that it has stopped running. Safety measures have been a matter of contention among automakers, sometimes even internally. Toyota, for example, has a system of three audible signals outside the car, and one inside, to alert drivers getting out of a vehicle that the motor is still running. But when Toyota engineers determined that more effective warning signals were needed — like flashing lights or a unique tone — the company rejected the recommendation. Toyota says its keyless ignition system “meets or exceeds all relevant federal safety standards.”

At Mazda, keyless ignition is now standard, and some vehicles have an “advanced keyless entry” system that helps alert the driver to a running engine. If the driver gets out, the doors are closed and the engine is running, six repetitions of a double beep sound inside and outside the car, and a warning light activates on the instrument panel. On other Mazda vehicles in the same circumstances, the external warning sounds only if the key fob is still in the vehicle. Some automakers have designed newer models that alert drivers more insistently when the engine is left running — or that shut it off after a certain period. Ford’s keyless vehicles now have a feature that automatically turns off the engine after 30 minutes of idling if the key fob is not in the vehicle. In the meantime, in a society increasing growing older, the hazard is likely to be compounded by demographics.


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We Want our Homes Back, Not Money, Say Kaeng Krachan’s Karen forest Dwellers

Karen Forest dwellers have vowed to fight on for their right to return to their old homes in Phetchaburi’s Kaeng Krachan National Park, despite a June court ruling.

Pinnapa Prueksaphan, the granddaughterin-law of Karen community’s 107-yearold spiritual leader Ko-I, at the Supreme Administrative Court. The right to return means much more than “financial compensation” to the ethnic community’s 107-year-old spiritual leader Ko-I, who lived at Ban Bangkloi Bon long before it fell within the boundaries of the national park created in 1981. Ko-I is one of the six plaintiffs in the case filed with the administrative court after forestry officials burned down more than 100 houses at Ban Bangkloi Bon in 2012 in a bid to evict their Karen owners.  “Actually, we don’t want money. Grandpa Ko-I just wants to go home,” Ko-I’s granddaughter-in-law Pinnapa Prueksaphan said after the Supreme Administrative Court awarded more than 50,000 THB compensation to each of the six plaintiffs.

A Karen shelter goes up in flames after being torched by Kaeng Krachan National Park officials While the court increased their compensation from the 10,000 THB ruled by a lower court, it did not allow them to return to their former home. The court cited the fact that the Karen had no land-rights

documents or permits issued by authorities to occupy any part of Kaeng Krachan National Park. “We will try to prove that these ethnic Karen people had been living there before the park was created,” said Surapong Kongchantuk from the Lawyers Council of Thailand. He said a Cabinet resolution issued on August 3rd, 2010 gave guidance on how to rehabilitate the Karen’s ways of life and protect their communities in the disputed areas. “The Supreme Administrative Court mentioned this Cabinet resolution in its verdict. So this means all relevant authorities should comply with this Cabinet resolution,” Surapong said. He said his team would cite the Cabinet’s resolution to trigger the process and prove that Ko-I and his community had lived inside the area that is now part of the national park.  Ko-I is a leading campaigner for the rights of the Karen people. One of his grandsons, Pholachi “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, disappeared in 2014 after last being seen in the custody of

Activists demanded answers about Billy’s disappearance in April 2014 in Bangkok. forestry officials. His suspected enforced disappearance made international headlines. “Grandpa feels unhappy in Ban Bangkloi Lang because he thinks he has taken a share of resources that had initially belonged to others,” said Pinnapa, the wife of Billy, whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown. Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, then-chief of the Kaeng Krachan National Park has always maintained that he released Billy following a brief interview and doesn’t know what happened to him after that. Now serving as the director of the Conservation Forest Area Management Office 10, Chaiwat was involved in the operation to burn down the Karen forest dweller’s houses. I am not going to apologise for the burning,” Chaiwat said. “Working to the fullest of my abilities during my stint there, I am proud that no one will be able to encroach on the Kaeng Krachan forest any more. The Nation HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

10 Asaha Bucha & Khao Pansa Important Buddhist Commemorations

Wan Asana Bucha and Wan Khao Pansa are very important Thai Buddhist holidays in July. This year Wan Asana Bucha is on Friday 27th July and Wan Khao Pansa on Saturday 28th July. Buddhists throughout Thailand will make merit this month during the morning alms rounds of Buddhist monks and the faithful will attend candle-lit processions at nearby temples in the evening to mark Asana Bucha. Wan Khao Pansa Wan Khao Pansameans 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 Asana 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 Pansa is often referred to as Buddhist Lent, with an emphasis on reflection and selfdenial.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.

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 the monks. Wan Asana Bucha Wan Asana 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.

Global Warming May Have ‘Devastating’ Effects on Rice As carbon dioxide rises due to the burning of fossil fuels, rice will lose some of its protein and vitamin content, putting millions of people at risk of malnutrition, scientists have warned.

The change could be particularly dire in southeast Asia where rice is a major part of the daily diet, said the report in the journal Science Advances. “We are showing that global warming, climate change and particularly greenhouse gases -- carbon dioxide -- can have an impact on the nutrient content of plants we eat,” said co-author Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Global warming may affect the nutrition of rice

“This can have devastating effects on the riceconsuming countries where about 70 percent of the calories and most of the nutrients come from rice.” Protein and vitamin deficiencies can lead to growth-stunting, birth defects, diarrhea, infections and early death. Countries at most risk include those that consume the most rice and have the lowest gross domestic product (GDP), such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, Drewnowksi said. The findings were based on field studies in Japan and China, simulating the amount of CO2 expected in the atmosphere by the second half of this century -- 568 to 590 parts per million. Current levels are just over 400 ppm. For the experiments, 18 different strains of rice were planted in open fields, surrounded in certain areas by 56-foot wide (17-metre) octagons of plastic piping that released extra CO2. According to study co-author Kazuhiko Kobayashi, a professor at the University of Tokyo, the experiment is designed to be more accurate than growing in a greenhouse. “This technique allows us to test the effects of higher carbon dioxide concentrations on plants growing in the same conditions that farmers really will grow them some decades later in this century,” said Kobayashi. Vitamins cut Researchers found that iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins

B1, B2, B5, and B9 -- which help the body convert food to energy -- were all reduced in the rice grown under higher CO2 conditions. “Vitamin B1 (thiamine) levels decreased by 17.1 percent; average Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) by 16.6 percent; average Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) by 12.7 percent; and average Vitamin B9 (folate) by 30.3 percent,” said the report. On average, protein content fell 10.3 percent, iron dropped eight percent and zinc was reduced by 5.1 percent, compared to rice grown today under current CO2 conditions. Vitamin B6 and calcium were unaffected, and vitamin E levels rose for most strains. The reasons for the changes have to do with how higher CO2 affects the plant’s structure and growth, increasing carbohydrate content and reducing protein and minerals, said the study. Higher CO2 means less exposure to nitrogen, which also may affect vitamin content, researchers said. Not all rice varieties saw the same drops in nutritional value, raising hope that future research could help farmers develop strains of rice that would be more resilient to atmospheric changes. A separate study out last year by researchers at Harvard University found that global warming would cut protein in a number of key staples, including rice, wheat, barley and potatoes. The result: an additional 150 million people globally may be at risk of protein deficiency by 2050.

Standard Certification For Bangkok Hospital

Checks on School Lunches in Hua Hun

Dr. Poramaporn Prasatthong Osoth, Chairman of the management team of Bangkok Hospital with Dr. Weerasak Pongpatanapun the Director of Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin Have received certification from HIMSS Analytics for the hospital achieving EMRAM Stage 6. This certification is recognition of a commitment to provide world standard healthcare and the result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

from leadership. Stage 6 institutions have established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and prioritising IT implementation. Government minister Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj believes that the hospital has demonstrated a high standard of technology to upgrade patient care. The hospital standards have met the benchmark for health services technology in the modern era of health care.

Municipality officials have conducted random inspections and sampled the contents of lunch boxes at three schools in Hua Hin. Mr Jeerawat Prammanee, Permanent Secretary of the Municipality with Mr. Sommai Suksai, Director of Education and Mr. Sangkeap Chamjamras, Head of Education Support and other staff participated in the inspections. The inspections followed reports that budget frauds have occurred in this important service for children at government schools.

Mr. Jeerawat is eager to encourage local administrators to follow the government financial audit guidelines to prevent corruption in this area. The contents of lunches need to be fully described, including the cooking methods and carefully monitored to ensure that standards issued by the Ministry of Education are met. The checks conducted found that each school had a healthy nutritious food with a clear schedule of lunch items and that the schools were meeting the required standards.

11 Largest Train Station in Southeast Asia to Open in Bangkok

A new train station in Bangkok, destined to be the largest in Southeast Asia, is set to transform rail travel in Thailand. Construction of Bang Sue Central Station is now more than 50 percent complete and is on schedule to open in 2020. The station, which is located near Bang Sue intersection on Thoet Damri road, will become the hub for Thailand’s high speed rail links, from Bangkok to Nong Khai and Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The station will also be used for the proposed Eastern Economic Corridor highspeed rail line which will link three airports - Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao

in Rayong, and which promises travel from Pattaya to Bangkok in less than one hour. It will also service the Bangkok to Hua Hin line. As well accommodating the high speed trains it will also be used for the new electric trains and the older diesel trains used in Thailand, and help to connect the current Airport Rail Link and numerous MRT lines. The new station will eventually replace the Hua Lamphong station, which has been Bangkok’s primary train station since it opened in 1916. With an area of over 300,000 square metres the Bang Sue Central Station is set to become the largest in Southeast Asia.

Wild elephants block road to get pineapples

SOLDIERS and border patrol police have moved in to help officials at Kaeng Krachan National Park in central Petchaburi province keep a much-used road safe for both motorists and wild elephants which have started blocking it to grab pineapples from trucks going through, the Thailanguage daily Matichon reported today (June 1, 2018). These wild elephants acquired a taste for pineapples after farmers started leaving piles of low-grade variety that cannot be sold to canning factories amid current low prices on the road and in the jungle for them to eat, park official Mana Phermpoon said. He urged pineapple farmers not to do this because it is habit-forming and the elephants will starting waiting on Phu Sai-Sai En road, and the route to Pala-U Waterfall at Hua Hin seaside town, for this fruit rather than hunt in the jungle as they normally do. It is at kilometer 14 of this road that these elephants have started blocking the way, 

Wild elephants block road to get pineapples

Soldiers and border patrol police have moved in to help officials at Kaeng Krachan National Park in central Petchaburi province keep a much-used road safe for both motorists and wild elephants, which have started blocking it to grab pineapples from trucks going through. These wild elephants acquired a taste for pineapples after farmers started leaving piles of a low-grade variety that cannot be sold to canning factories amid current low prices on the road and in the jungle for them to eat, park official Mana Phermpoon said. He urged pineapple farmers not to do this because it is habit-forming and the elephants will start waiting on Phu Sai-Sai En road, and the route to Pala-U Waterfall at Hua Hin, for this fruit rather than hunt in the jungle as they normally do. It is at kilometer 14 of this road that these elephants have started blocking the way, he added. – Matichon

Thailand Pledges to Beat Plastic Pollution

World Environment Day (June 5th) has seen the start of a campaign led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, 20 ministries and the private sector to reduce the use of plastics under the theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.” “All government agencies under 20 ministries will set examples for others to follow. They will reduce their use of plastic bags and foam containers,” Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Surasak Karnjanarat said. He said ministries would pursue tangible results so as to encourage all other sectors to halt their unnecessary use of plastic. The government had declared waste management a national agenda item, Surasak added. The move follows Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s April 17th order for the ministries of the Interior, and Natural Resources and Environment to campaign for reduced use of plastic. Thailand has generated about two million tonnes of plastic waste per year over the past decade. Of that amount, just half a tonne annually has been reused or recycled. “Most of the plastic waste is discarded bags, which will take about a century to decompose,” Surasak said, adding that both the environment and the economy were being damaged as a result.  He also noted that Thailand had been ranked the world’s 6th biggest contributor of plastic pollution to oceans among 192 countries. Thailand’s 23 coastal provinces generate an estimated 11.47 million tonnes of waste daily. Pictures of rafts of plastic garbage in the ocean and its effects on marine life including sea turtles, whales, dolphins and rare sea animals clearly show that the environment problem caused by plastic waste has become more serious, Gen Surasak said. “In 2016 alone, the country had 27 million tonnes of garbage, of them 3.2 million was plastic. The figures coincide with information of the United Nations Environmental Program which says that as many as 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. One half of the plastic products are for one-time use – including spoons, forks and cups. Each year more than 13 million tonnes of plastic garbage were dumped into the sea. . World Environment Day also saw an announcement by the Department of Medical Services (DMS) that 30 state

hospitals are to stop giving plastic bags for take home medicine from October 1st. Those who visit these hospitals are advised to provide their own cloth bags to carry medicines they may be given, DMS directorgeneral Somsak Akkhasilp said. The DMS will also ban cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks, unless these products are made exclusively from more sustainable materials. In an effort to tackle the problem for the next five years, the Plastic Industry Club, the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Thailand Environment Institute Foundation have launched the “Public Private Partnership for Sustainable Plastic and Waste Management”. Its objective is to halve the amount of ocean waste Thailand produces by 2027. U n d e r t h e p ro j e c t , s o m e 2 0 organisations from the public, private, and civil sectors are supporting the implementation of sustainable plastic and waste management via the Circular Economy principle, where resources are kept in use for as long as possible.  An autopsy revealed more than 80 plastic bags were in the stomach of a pilot whale which recently died in southern Thailand To do this, it will: promote the recycling business, support entrepreneurs to develop innovation and technology for sustainable plastic management using the “3Rs” (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) principle, educate consumers about waste management and disposal, encourage behavioural changes, pilot a clean city model in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei and in Rayong province, and develop a Thailand Plastic Material Flow Database to measure the project’s success by international standards. Relevant parties signed a memorandum of understanding on the project yesterday. Supant Mongkolsuthree, Federation of Thai Industries president, said the project was an important step for sustainable plastic and waste management in Thailand, since it was the first time that the public, private and civil sectors had partnered to declare their commitment with support from 177 companies in the industry sector.  “The goal is to achieve tangible results in plastic waste management along the supply chain,” said Supant. Thai PBS/ The Nation HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

12 Durian is in the News – Again!

Last month the ‘King of Fruits’ was in the news following record Chinese sales. Exporting the fruit in huge quantities to China benefits both the Thai economy and boosts the income of local producers; however the export of durian saplings is prohibited. Border checks have now been stepped up to prevent smuggling of durian saplings and the Agriculture Ministry is seeking cooperation from border officials to watch out for durian saplings being taken into Myanmar, according to a senior official.

Suwit Chaikiarttiyos, director general of the ministry’s Agriculture Department, said he has instructed officials from his department to step up their checks at border checkpoints in Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan following a spate of attempts to take durian saplings into Myanmar. In the latest incident, Suwit said many durian saplings were found at a house near the Singkhon border checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan. He said the Agriculture Ministry prohibits the exports of durian saplings for fear that it would affect the durian industry in the country.

A New Record Price

Volcanic Durian; the most expensive around At the grand opening of the “2018 Kantharalak Superior Fruit Festival” in Kantharalak, Sisaket Province an auction took place where the local specialty, “volcanic durian”, was sold for around 150,000 THBB. This price set a new record for most expensive durian auctioned in the northeast of Thailand. The durian was also labelled as “Thailand’s tastiest durian”.

A local farmer stated that the production volume of volcanic durian is extremely small. This year the production volume only reached around 3000 tons.

Fried Durian in Space!

Fried durian will soon be the first Thai food item to be sent into space to see how it is affected by weightlessness. The experiment is part of the “Thai Food to Space” project with advisor Dr Amarin Pimnoo, who heads the National Space Exploration Project of Daily Foods Co. If everything goes as planned, the first batch of fried durian will be sent into space in July. The fried durian will be floating in space around 4-5 minutes before it is sent back home, after which scientists will see how weightlessness affects the packaging and the fried durian.

Too Much of the “King of Fruits” Might Not be Good for You

As durian fever sweeps Thailand, comes a warning from Thai doctors. The department of public health has said that you should not overdo your durian intake. They said that eating the flesh surrounding two kernels each day is more than enough. But that is just for healthy people – for those suffering from chronic

Durian saplings – not for export conditions the advice was stronger. Those with diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure and heart disease should certainly not eat durian every day, said the medical professionals. As decadent as its creamy flesh tastes, durians do possess some health benefits. “Durian contains fibre and antioxidants,” says Natalie Goh, a consultant dietitian. In fact, a study conducted by the Swiss Society of Food Science and Technology found that when a durian is ripe, it contains higher levels of antioxidants than other Asian fruits of a similar  ripeness, such as mangosteen, lychee and mango (in descending order). But here’s why you shouldn’t go wild over the tropical favourite: It’s a fruit with one of the highest fat content. “Apart from avocado, durian is a fruit that contains a significant amount of fat,” says Natalie.  Plus, it can pack up to three times more calories compared to most other fruits. A saving grace; the high-fat content gives it a lower glycaemic index, says Gladys Wong, chief dietician at Alexandra Hospital. Durian also contains some protein, but it’s nothing to shout about – only around 3g per 100g of flesh, says Natalie. What’s more, protein from plant sources is “nutritionally incomplete,” she adds, meaning it lacks a balanced set of amino acids that are critical for muscle building. With the average portion in Thailand costing about 100 baht, it is unlikely that many people will eat it every day, however – even though many agree that it is the most heavenly taste on earth.

Valuable enough to steal!

Police Captain Ronachai Chopkha Prachachai, a Deputy Inspector of the Hua Hin Police has been notified of a fruit shop snatch and grab and rushed to the premises named the King of fruits, Hua Hin. The owner of a shop gave testimony to police officers that, whilst waiting to serve customers, two men riding a Honda motorcycle and wearing full helmets, making it impossible to see their faces, approached the shop then the man on the back seat jumped down from the bike and grabbed two durians. He then and rushed back to the bike and fled the scene/ The culprits only held on to one durian as the second one fell to the ground. As they were in a hurry to escape, it was not retrieved. The durian that has stolen was unripe, weighed about 6 kilograms and is worth about a thousand baht. The owner of the shop said that if you want to eat durian, you do not have to run the risk of prison; just let him know. The police have pictures from CCTV and are urgently pursuing the durian bandits. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018



Foods to Lower Uric Acid

Uric acid is normally created in the body, as a result of the decomposition of purines, found in foods like seafood, beer, sodas, and beans. The body is capable of eliminating uric acid, but in cases of its increased levels, one can develop health issues like kidney stones, and pain in the fingers and toes. Excessively elevated uric acid levels in the body lead to a particular state known as hyperuricemia, which causes various conditions, such as gout, skin issues, metabolic acidosis, lead poisoning, diabetes, leukemia, kidney disease or renal failure, and toxemia in pregnancy. Fortunately, there are foods that will help you remove excess uric acid from the body, and here are some examples:

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Le Couscous Agneau, Poulet, Merguez Lamb, Chicken, Spicy Sausage

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A variety of fruit and vegetables will assist to reduce uric acid removal Carrots : Their regular consumption will enhance overall health and prevent such health issues. Bananas : Bananas effectively lower excess uric acid levels. Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and broccoli These vegetables prevent the formation of uric acid crystals around the joints and excess uric acid in the blood. Celery : It will normalise uric acid levels and prevent related complications. Cherries : The anthocyanins in cherries reduce uric acid levels, and prevent their crystallizing and depositing in the joints. Artichokes : They have powerful diuretic properties, and are loaded with vitamins, fibre and protein, so they prevent the accumulation of uric acid in the body. Onions : Onions prevent issues with excess uric acid in the body. Boil two peeled onions, and mix the water with the juice of one lemon. Consume this remedy daily.

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Water : Water will cleanse the body and eliminate toxins, waste, and excess uric acid from the system. Apples : Apples detoxify the body and eliminate uric acid from the body. Squash : It is high in nutrients and will help the removal of excess uric acid from the body. Berries : Berries are rich in anti-inflammatory foods that prevent the increase of uric acid levels in the blood. Lime : Lime juice contains citric acid that prevents high uric levels in the blood.

Green tea : The regular consumption of green tea controls hyperuricemia and lowers the risk of developing gout.

15 Do You Need A Noise Diet?

A podcast during your morning chores, some classical music to drown out your noisy neighbours and a running playlist to get you through an evening jog. Experts fear our constant exposure to audio played straight into our ears could be creating a prematurely deaf generation. What about kids?

“We are very concerned. Many people working or travelling are now wearing ear buds, but they don’t necessarily know the sound levels they’re exposing themselves to,” Professor David McAlpine says. The World Health Organisation estimates more than 1 billion young people are in danger of hearing loss from portable audio devices, including smart phones. But it’s not just teenagers who are at risk. Anyone who uses headphones for more than 90 minutes each day could be jeopardising their hearing. A 2017 study by National Acoustic Laboratories found one in 10 regularly cranks up the volume on their headphones to more than 85 decibels — the equivalent to standing next to a running lawn mower. “When hearing damage starts, then you’re really on an irreversible journey. If you don’t protect your hearing, you’re going to damage it for life,” Professor McAlpine said. It’s currently estimated one in six will suffer some degree of hearing loss during their lives. That’s expected to rise to one in four by 2050, thanks to an ageing population and regular exposure to dangerously loud noises. The recommended maximum use of headphones is for no more than 90 minutes a day and the volume should never go beyond 80 per cent. A good rule of thumb is that if others can hear the sounds coming out of headphones while you are wearing them, they are too loud. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s heavy metal or classical music — what’s important is the volume and duration of your listening session. The global earphones and headphones market is worth about $12.6 billion, but it’s expected to grow to $20.8 billion by 2025. “The price doesn’t really strongly correlate

with the sound quality or the protection, so you have to be very careful about what you’re actually buying,” Professor McAlpine said.

The standard ear buds that come with your phone are okay — as long as you are disciplined about volume. But Professor McAlpine is not a fan of many of the chunky, overear headphones on the market because they emphasise bass, prompting listeners to crank up the volume. “You should think about getting some noise-cancellation headphones, because they stop you increasing the sound level of your audio to get above background noise,” he said.

Kids today are the first generation to have access to portable audio and headphones from birth. But experts say it’s too early to tell what impact a lifetime of headphone use will have. Parents who are concerned about their child’s exposure to noise can set restrictions to limit the maximum volume on most devices. Apple allows parents to secure volume restrictions on their child’s phone or mp3 player with a special password. If your child likes to watch videos on their computer, you download web apps which let you restrict the volume setting. Professor McAlpine says everyone should approach noise the same way they would junk food, alcohol or sun exposure. “We need to go on a noise diet. We should be protecting ourselves from intense sound. If we don’t, in the future we’ll have big problems.” ABC News

Eating Eggs without Raising the Cholesterol Bar

How many eggs are OK for your health? Is it OK to consume eggs every day? Eggs are highly nutritious and there are many benefits from consuming eggs and the price is also good.. One egg contains as high as 7 grams of protein. In addition to that, it also contains saturated fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, folate, iron, minerals, and several other vitamins. It seems that eggs contain rather grand benefits compared to other food of its size. However, there might be a red flag to these benefits. Some may be concerned about the fat content in an egg since it contains both saturated fat and cholesterol. One egg contains about 213 milligram of cholesterol, which is 2 out of 3 of the suggested consumed amount of cholesterol per day (300 milligrams.) Some consumers opt for egg whites and avoid the as it is the part that contains cholesterol. However, it is important to mention that egg yolks contain more minerals and vitamins than egg whites. Egg whites only contain protein, so by avoiding egg yolks, you are missing all the nutrition you will get from consuming the whole egg. Research shows that consuming food with high cholesterol does not affect the accumulation of cholesterol, which relate to heart disease. Such accumulation results from sugar, saturated fat from milk and meat and due to a lack of exercise.

The American Heart Association, or AHA, recommends those with good health consume one egg every day. However for those with a cholesterol level higher than 300 milligrams, or those with heart disease, diabetes, conditions related to blood pressure or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol; AHA recommends consuming an egg of a smaller size. The AHA also recommends that people with such conditions should not eat more than three egg yolks per week. They can consume egg whites as usual. The amount of consumption varies for each person. Normally we can consume eggs every day. However those with high cholesterol should pay more attention to what they consume. This can be easily determined by a health check covering cholesterol levels. Then you will be able to estimate the appropriate amount of eggs to consume. Consuming raw eggs is not recommended due to the risk of infection. It is also harder for the body to digest raw protein. If you are concerned about high cholesterol levels, it would be more effective to avoid saturated fat and transfat; such as junk food; red meat; or animal skin, rather than avoiding eggs. Provided by Healthlab Hua Hin HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

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

July 14th: National Nude 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

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.” 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 18th National Hot Dog Day

July 6th: International Kissing Day The hot dog is a food that conjures up magical summer days at the ballpark or at an amusement park. There is nothing quite like the firm snap of its casing, it’s delicious meaty smell or its savory taste. So cook up your hot dogs in your favorite manner and celebrate this holiday right.

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

July 27th: Bagpipe Appreciation 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.

Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of theDeclaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies.

July 10th: Teddy Bear Picnic Day

July 14th- France Bastille 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.

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

July 13th: National French Fries Day 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! HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

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.

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 B e l g i a n N a t i o n a l D ay   ( D u tc h :   B e l g i s c h e nationale feestdag; French: Fête nationale belge; German: Belgischer Nationalfeiertag) is the National Day of Belgium. The festival’s formal establishment dates to a law of 27thMay 1890 and 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.

19 Thailand as the Prime Asean Centre for Beauty Pageants Thailand is increasingly becoming the prime centre for the staging of international beauty contests in Asean, a trend that a key industry player says is in line with the government’s Thailand 4.0 model to promote the tourism sector and related businesses.

Pawina Bamrungrot, managing director of Miss Aura International Co (MAI), said that the holding of beauty pageants is a business that falls under the tourism industry. Benefits to the country include money generated from sponsorships, transport, media activities and advertising. “We estimate that more than 500 million THB per year is being generated by Thailand’s hosting of beauty contest activities, working out at between 15 and 20 million THB for each content,” she said. “That can be a starting point for boosting other related businesses, such as business travel, hotels, air and land transport service, as well as advertising and public relations. The move will reinforce the government policy, backed by the private sector, to mobilize the tourism sector in Thailand under the Thailand 4.0 economic model.” “These factors show that we are more than just an organizer of beauty pageant contents,” Pawina said. “If you look at the overall beauty pageant contest industry in Asean, we (Thailand) are at the center of it in the region. “This is not only to seek the most beautiful and talented girls, but also to create a good image of Thailand” and to help strengthen the economy. “We are ready to help promote Thailand’s tourism industry and help the government achieve the target of driving Thailand toward the top 10 of tourism countries,” Pawina said. – The Nation

New Airports Approved for Phuket and Chiang Mai The AoT Board of Directors has approved the construction of second airports for Phuket and Chiang Mai with a combined budget of 120 billion THB.

Each new airport is budgeted at 60 billion THB, said AOT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, with construction beginning in 2019 and completed no later than 2025. After four years of false starts and rumours it looks like Phuket will now get a much-needed second airport to feed the island and the surrounding region. An announcement by AoT (Airports of Thailand) comes after extensive studies to examine the extension of the current Phuket airport runway which is hemmed in by Thepkasattri Road at one end and the Andaman Sea at the other.

The newly announced airport won’t actually be on the island. It will be in Phang Nga, north of Phuket. Bangkok Airways has been discussing the proposal with the Government of a privately run airport for Phang Nga. Bangkok Airways operates the privately owned airport on

Koh Samui. It appears that the Government will build and manage the new airport through the AoT. The second Chiang Mai International Airport would be built in Lamphun’s Ban Thi district.

Defiant Hotels to Feel the Heat in Hua Hin, Governor Promises

Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Panlop Singhaseni said he has formed a committee to find a legal path to close 10 hotels in tHua Hin that continue to operate in defiance of licensing laws. The Online Travel Agent (OTA) system is the root of the problem, said Udom Srimahachota, vice president of the Thai Hotels Association. Only 197 hotels in Hua Hin have proper licenses, while some OTA websites have posted 699 Hua Hin hotels for people to book daily-rented accommodation, said Udom. Authorities should require the OTA post the hotels’ license numbers in their ads, so that consumers could feel confident of the facilities’ safety standards, said Udom. His group has urged Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol MajGeneral Surachate Hakparn to crack down on illegal hotels in Hua Hin to prevent problems for tourists. Following a May 15 complaint from provincial administrators accusing 10 hotels of forging state-issued documents, using the forged papers and illegally operating hotel businesses, the hotels have continued operating. As bureaucratic red tape has posed a challenge in quickly shuttering the hotels, Panlop said he has set up a committee to look for a way to close them. He said the authorities had not issued licenses as the

hotels have claimed and was confident the investigation would bring the truth to light. “Hua Hin Municipality and Tambon Hin Lek Fai Administrative Organisation can order a ban for hotels to use these buildings, if the buildings were modified illegally or used for purposes other than for personal residences as

stated in the building permits,” Panlop said. He conceded that this has been a longstanding issue in the province. Panlop said he instructed all municipalities and tambon administrative organizations to check on buildings in their jurisdictions to discover if any had been turned into a hotel without proper permission, and to suspend such building use pending an investigation. A source said the province’s fact-finding panel had reported to the Interior Ministry about 10 hotels that used fake hotel licenses with forged signature of a deputy provincial governor who had retired in 2015, resulting in a serious disciplinary probe against four accused officials. The four unnamed persons, who served at Hua Hin during 2014-2015, also faced a police complaint over charges related to state-document forgery. Those officials are a former district chief officer who now serves in another province, a district clerk, a former district chief officer in charge of administrative affairs who now serves at the AntiMoney Laundering Office and a district office typist – the latter of whom had implicated the others. – The Nation 086-369-3604 HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

20 Marketing the Culture of Pranburi

Mr. Pongsak Semsun, an advisor to the Ministry of Culture has presided over the redevelopment of the Saturday night market at Pranburi based on the culture of the old city. He was joined by Mr. Pongpan Wichian Samut, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan, heads of government agencies, local people and tourists.

This is a market which showcases the traditional lifestyle of old Pranburi with an emphasis on community activities and home-based market activities. The Pranburi Old Town Cultural Market revitalises a community that is over 200 years old. When government offices and other important community activities moved Phetchakasim Road, the old town was largely ignored; however the market now provides a focus to experience the culture and lifestyle of times gone by. Mr. Vilad Dangket, a community leader recognised that the area adjoining the Pranburi Railway Station provided an opportunity for a community-based market which was initiated in 2010 and

became popular with Thai and foreign tourists. The market now provides an opportunity to experience ‘old Thailand’ with traditional products on sale in with original buildings setting the scene. Not as a contrived attempt to recreate the past but with local people reliving their cultural heritage,

An advisory committee of the Royal Thai Police said it will recommend that fines for drink driving be dramatically increased. Police Major General Ekkarak Limsangkat said that the present rate of 10,000 THB and/or a year in jail is not enough of a deterrent. He wants to see this increased to at least 100,000 THB and possibly even 200,000 THB in more serious cases. Courts can raise the fines in the case of repeat offenses but the police want the power to issue far greater penalties to those who flout the law, even the first time. Ekkarak also said that his committee would like to see fines that are commensurate with the level of alcohol in the blood, punishing the most serious offenders the most. The committee that has members from the top echelons of the national police is going to make recommendations on a list of new measures designed to help improve the situation on the roads in the kingdom. Thailand’s road death statistics suggest it is the most dangerous place in the world to drive and many accidents are caused by drunk drivers. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

The Phetchkasem Hua Hin Foundation has organised ‘Run for Life’ as a fundraising event to purchase an ambulance and rescue equipment. On June 9th, at the Huay Mongkol Temple, Mr.Sahachart Limcharoenpakdi, President of the Hua Hin Foundation and volunteers attended a ceremony to ensure the success of the event before runners embarked on the run of 215 kilometres from Hua Hin to the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. The need to raise funds followed an accident which damaged one of the Foundation’s two ambulances used to transport patients in urgent need of medical care. The event was able to fund over 2 million THB needed for a new ambulance which will be equipped with life-saving equipment and emergency lights. A gratefully received donation from the P & A Interest Company Limited of 20,000 THB commenced the fund raising efforts. Runners started from Hua Hin’s clock tower on June 16th at 6 AM and reached the Dusit Palace on June 25th. Around 25 Kilometres was covered each day with donations being received by people on the roadside along the route.

Employers Warned of Consequences for Illegal Migrant Employment

The Prachuap Khirikhan Provincial Employment Office has informed employers and employees on legal consequences from hiring illegal migrant workers ahead of a province wide inspection to commence on 1st July.

Where: From the traffic lights on Phetchakasim Road turn towards the coast from the corner near to the Tesco Lotus Department Store. After 1 kilometre, turn right just before reaching the railway lines then look for the Pranburi Railway Station 2 kilometres further. The market adjoins this railway station. When: Every Saturday from 1600 hours.

Proposed Changes in Road Traffic Penalties

Drink Driving Penalties

Running For a Lifesaving Ambulance

Traffic Points System to be Introduced Next Year

Police have said that the points system for driving offenses will definitely be introduced in 2019. But the categories of points might raise some eyebrows, especially for foreigners used to more severe penalties. Driving through red lights and going the wrong way are only classified in the “medium” problem bracket. In total drivers and riders have 12 points to play with each year before getting a ban. Category one feature minor offences such as no helmet or non-wearing of seat belts. Category two includes going through red lights and going the wrong way on roads. Category three is described as serious and includes drink driving, driving under the influence of drugs, speeding and fleeing the scene of an accident. For these offences three points will be awarded. Collect 12 points in a year and you will suffer a three-month ban. Get three bans and you will be banned from driving for a year. Get 12 points in a year again after that and you can kiss goodbye to your right to drive for three years The assistant police chief, Pol. Lt. Gen. Natthorn Prohsunthorn, said efforts must be made to amend traffic laws, since the current penalties are considered lenient and do not make traffic offenders’ driving habits better.

Prachuap Khirikhan Provincial E m p l oy m e n t O f f i c i a l , T h a n a k o r n Narawuttipat, said the office is working to communicate to employers and workplaces in the province on legal consequence that follows the employment of illegal migrants according to the Migrant Workers Management Act BE 2560. The communication was made through meeting holding, distributing flyers, putting information on the office’s website, and collaborating with local radio stations and newspaper to help publicise the issue. He said the officials will from 1st July, begin inspections at all workplaces in the province, with any illegal migrant found

working resulting in 5,000-50,000 THB fine, deportation, and a 2-year employment ban in Thailand starting from the arrest date. Employers responsible will face 10,000100,000 THB fine for each illegal immigrant, with up to 1-year imprisonment for repeated offenders, or 50,000-200,000 THB fine, or both, and a 3-year ban from hiring migrant workers. The provincial employment official said the province had so far processed work permit to some 21,000 migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos who have passed through nationality verification and visa registration, allowing them to legally work and stay in Thailand. NNT

Public Health Ministry Warns of Rising Pneumonia Risks

The Public Health Ministry is warning Thais to beware of the rising risk of pneumonia during the rainy season, particularly among both young and elderly family members. Deputy Permanent Secretary and spokesman of the Public Health Ministry Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong said today that unstable weather conditions, which bring both heat and rain, pose a risk to people with health problems or a low immune system, especially those who are younger than five years old as well as older people with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, pneumonitis or diabetes. 

Dr. Opas noted that people with these issues may contract colds or influenza easily and their condition may be further complicated by pneumonia, which is the No.1 cause of fatalities among those suffering from any type of infectious disease. According to Dr. Opas, there are seven groups of at-risk people, including women at least four months pregnant, children aged between six months and two years, people with chronic illnesses, the elderly aged over 65 years, cerebral palsy patients, people with thalassemia, immunodeficiency or HIV, and people who weigh over 100 kilograms.  The Public Health Ministry spokesman is now urging all at-risk people to be vaccinated to prevent the chance of catching influenza or pneumonia as soon as possible. NNT


‘With a mission to provide medical aid, education, support and micro-business opportunities to improve the lives of people living in remote locations in and around Thailand.’

For a Brighter Future There are many fund raising events and other opportunities for Hua Hin residents or visitors to contribute. Charity events have little trouble raising money; the problem is more likely to be who will be the beneficiary? How can donors know that all the monies raised will go to a real charitable cause when the organisers of ‘Charity Event’ can only give a very vague description of what will happen with the proceeds? One answer to this conundrum is to look for foundation status. Potential donors then find it easier to trust and account for their donations through a legally registered organisation. A Foundation setup in Thailand is a legal juristic entity which works for the benefit of society. Foundations are able to collect donations for their work and can issue receipts just like a company. Areas of activity can include charity, religion, art, science, literature, or other purposes for the public benefit and not for profit. Property can only be used in order to obtain the

The Jungle Aid Foundation is overseen by a Board with Emma Neve as the Chair and Jungle Aid’s Chief Executive. The organisation has been working with communities on the Thai/Myanmar border for over five years. She formed Jungle Aid to ensure that the communities continued to receive the attention they needed when the charity she formerly worked with pulled out of Thailand. Jungle Aid’s Emma Neve with the official Foundation

Certificate and using her skills as a health educator

specific targets of the Foundation, and cannot be for the sole interest for one or more individuals. Foundations are only setup for only non-profit purposes and exist independent of government.

Jungle Aid Achieves Foundation Status!

There are currently projects in four communities  with in Thailand; Bang Saphan, Bon Luk, Ba Mak and Pala U being provided with clean water, healthcare and practical poverty relief. The main focus is to provide rural communities with a safe and sustainable way of life.

Some Jungle Aid achievements over 5 years: 2,634 patients treated, 103 village assessments, 114 remote clinics, 179 hospital visits, 15 students sponsored.

Jungle Aid has achieved foundation status and as CEO Emma says; “To all of you amazing supporters, volunteers and sponsors, we have finally received the fantastic news we have been waiting for, for over 5 years!!!!! We have foundation status and we are now a registered charity in Thailand. Thank you to each and every person that has supported, helped behind the scenes or in the field and believed in what we do to make this happen. We are very excited about the future for Jungle Aid and developing our charity.” Our congratulations to Jungle Aid on achieving

foundation status by demonstrating their value to some of the most disadvantaged people in Thailand. Donors and volunteers are always welcome. To make contact or for more information see HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

22 Blood Donations by the PEA At the Hua Hin Provincial Electricity Authority Office, Mr. Narongsak Intarapakdee, Deputy Managing Director and staff have participated in a blood donation project “10 million CC to save life”

The project supports the Thai Red Cross Society and provincial hospitals throughout the country to help those in need of blood donations. The employees and families of the Provincial Electricity

Authority have contributed to the blood donation to the National Blood Centre during more than 10 years. During 2017, the blood donations totaled 15,167,650 CC.

Stingrays and Sawfish Declared Protected Species

Stingrays and Sawfish Declared Protected Species The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has declared eight types of stingray and three types of sawfish as protected species.

As recommended by the National Wildlife Conservation and Protection Committee, Minister of Natural Resources

and Environment Gen Surasak Kanchanarat issued a ministerial announcement to include eight types of stingray and three types of sawfish in the list of protected species. Declared as protected species are curve-fin ghost stingray, short-fin ghost stingray, thorny-tail ghost stingray, Manda stingray, Giant Manda stingray, fresh-water Rahu stingray, Chaophraya stingray, Ronin stingray, green sawfish, sharp-mouth sawfish, small-teeth sawfish and giant sawfish. The ministerial announcement will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Royal Gazette.

Frustrated Local Farmers Give Away Pineapples to Animals

Frustrated by the plunging price of pineapples, two local growers have found a way to ease their desperation by giving the fruit away to animals. Sornkhiri Buajaeng and his wife, Sunaree Meemak put one ton of their produce in a pickup truck and drove from their orchard in Ban Kha district to the Khao Prathab Chang Wildlife Feeding Centre in Chom Bung district to donate the fruit to wild animals. The couple said they decided that donating the fruit would be better than watching it rot at home. Their decision reflects growing unhappiness among growers with the glut of fruit that has sent prices tumbling. “Sales this year are very bad because the price is very low,” said Sunaree, who grows pineapples on 30 rai of land. Pineapple processing plants in the first five months of this year were paying an average of 3.14 baht per kilogram, a 50% drop from 6.29 baht last year, according to the Office of Agricultural Economics. Even worse for those in the business, the average selling price of pineapples for consumption has also averaged 3.14 baht per kg, compared with 12.28 baht a year ago. But in some areas such as Chaiyaphum, pineapples are selling for as little as two baht per kilogram. The Agriculture Ministry has blamed the low prices on an oversupply. It did not give production statistics for this year but last year the country produced 2.5 million tons of pineapples. The plunging prices are affecting 40,000 farmers in 46 provinces. Prachuap Khirikhan is the country’s top

pineapple-growing province, followed by Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Rayong and Chon Buri, according to statistics from the Agricultural Extension Department. In a bid to alleviate the problem, provincial governors and other agencies have been ordered to promote consumption, while the Commerce Ministry has been directed to find new markets. Other promotional activities in recent weeks have been aimed at helping the farmers. Wat Phothiyan in Muang district in Phitsanulok bought five tons of the fruit to give away to visitors to the temple. On June 1, Royal Thai Army officers in Khon Kaen bought seven tons from farmers in Prachuap Khirikhan to give to soldiers on duty in the province. As authorities step up efforts to assist farmers, the ministry says their pain will be eased soon. Prices should improve from now, as more than 60% of the crop came onto the market during the first half of the year. – Bangkok Post

Fire Destroys Souvenir Shops in Hua Hin Last month a large fire destroyed six shops in Hua Hin near the main beach and Centara Grand Hotel Resort & Villas.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Samer U-samran coordinated with the fire station in Hua Hin to send three fire engines to the scene. This are 24 retail shops in the area however a rapid response and firefighters controlled the fire without anyone being injured and minimal damage being reported. Inspectors found that the fire had burned out three shops selling souvenirs with 6 shops being affected and damage estimated to be valued at around 300,000 THB.The fire is likely to have been caused

by an electrical fault however an expert report will now be completed to determine the cause.

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24 Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort Receives Thailand Mice Venue Standard Awards

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is proud to announce its success in being the best mice destination in Hua Hin guaranteed by the ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standard’ (TMVS) awards from the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) for outstanding services in providing meeting rooms of the highest standard. Operating under Proud Real Estate, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort got chosen from Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) to be awarded the ‘Thailand MICE Venue Standard’ (TMVS) in meeting category certifying that venues have their best standard providing perfect services and excellent facilities in the country’s East region. This year, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort got total 2 awards in meeting category for its Tamarind meeting room 1 and Tamarind meeting room 2, each with 156 square metres. These spacious and versatile meeting rooms are able to hold any function or event with maximum 200 people for each and able to combine these 2 rooms to be the massive ballroom for 500 people.

Honorary French Consul Makes Courtesy Call to Prachuap Khiri Khan

Honorary French Consul Anne-Marie Toudic, centre, paid a courtesy call on Panuchat Sawatdichai of the Prachuap Khiri Khan authority last month. Accompanied by interpreter Stephane Rousseau, right, the pair discussed issues of mutual interest, including how to connect with foreigners living in the region, especially French nationals. They also explored environmental issues, the problems associated with IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing), the pineapple industry, tourism and His Late Majesty Rama IX’s sustainable economy initiatives in the region.

Helmet Heros 2018

For the third consecutive year, a combined CSR event by many of Hua Hin’ leading resorts has resulted in the donation of motorbike helmets to local school children.

Helmet Heros 2018 was held at the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa with children from three schools learning the importance of road safety; particularly being encouraged to wear helmets after receiving and decorating their own helmets. Almost 400 children attended the event from the Ban Smor Prong School, Nong Kae School and BoFai School. They were able to enjoy a series of fun activities, including painting their new helmets, while also learning about the critical issue of road safety. This annual CSR event was supported by the local government, led by Khun Bussaba Chokesuchat, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin municipality, Khun Sommai Sooksai, Director of Hua Hin Educational Department, officers from the Hua Hin traffic police and officers from the tourist police, who helped to educate the children. This marks the third consecutive year for this important event, as Hua Hin’s hotel community comes together once again

to improve the safety of its children, many of whom are risking their lives each day simply by travelling to and from school. A spokesman for the resorts involved said “By participating in this helmet event for the third consecutive year we are aiming to educate even more local children about the importance of road safety and wearing a helmet. If the helmets we donate save the life of just one child, this event will have been a tremendous success. I would like to thank everyone for taking part this CSR activity and helping to tackle such an important issue.” Hotels taking part in the helmet initiative included the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, InterContinental Hua Hin, Holiday Inn Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Hyatt Regency Hua Hin & The BARAI, Amari Hua Hin, AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas, Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa, Ibis Hua Hin Hotel, Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Marriott Resort & Spa and G Hua Hin while San Paolo Hospital Hua Hin also contributed to the event.

Centara Hua Hin GM David Martens Appointed as Corporate Director of Operations Operating a diverse portfolio of innovative properties across regions, Centara Hotels & Resorts has reinforced its senior management team with the promotion of Mr. David Martens to Corporate Director of Operations Hin, Krabi and Samui. A highly-skilled and confident hotelier, Australian-born David Martens holds over 30 years of experience in the hotel industry in destinations including the Maldives, Egypt, India, Vanuatu and Fiji. He joined Centara Hotels & Resorts in March 2012 as General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi. In 2014, Mr. Marten was promoted to Area General Manager, overseeing the Centara Anda Dhevi Resort and Spa and the opening of Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort Krabi. In his new role, Mr. Martens will be responsible for the overall performance of multiple hotels and resorts in the chain, and oversee all activities associated with hotel operations. Mr. Martens will continue to be based in Hua Hin, as he has been since December 2016, simultaneously taking on the role of General Manager of the iconic beachfront property Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin alongside his new responsibilities. Speaking on his new appointment, “It is a great honor to be asked to head the multiple teams in Krabi, Samui as well as Hua Hin and to continue to provide support, leadership and direction on the hotels’ financial performances, product quality and guest satisfaction, so we can continue the success and deliver sustainable business value and growth for Centara Hotels & Resorts.” said Mr. Martens.

Award Winning Eyeglasses Let’s congratulations to Mr. Pramote Thanyakuisaja (The owner of TIME OPTIC) for the being awarded the “Best Business For Public Relations Of 2018” from Mr. Nopporn Wuttikool, the Mayor of Hua Hin. TIME OPTIC has donated eyeglasses for the students of seven Hua Hin government schools from 1993 until present (25 years in total). In addition in 2017, TIME OPTIC donated 999 eyeglasses to the Hua Hin’s community to show respect to our beloved King Bhumipol Adulyadej (King Rama IX). Mr Pramote said that he was very proud to recieve the award and he hopes that other business owners will provide opportunities for less advantaged members of the community to advance their circumstances. He hopes that providing eyeglasses will help not only the vision of the beneficaiaries but enabvle them to become better educated. Pictured right, Hua Hin’s Lord Mayor presenting TIME OPTIC’S Pramote Thanyakuisaja with the Award Plaque HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018


26 From HHQ to KLIA2; Forget About BKK or DMK!

Arriving at the Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA 2) less than 4 hours after walking out the front door of home in Hua Hin is now a reality. That’s allowing a generous 30 minutes to commute to the airport to check-in 90 minutes before the flight time and then a 2 hour flight. If you need to transit to KLIA (1) there are free shuttle options but don’t underestimate how long it will take to reach the check in counter at a different airport. Just make sure you know which of the two airports is your departure point to avoid any confusion. However there are plenty of friendly uniformed guides hovering to provide all the assistance needed. My flight time to Perth was another 5 hours 30 minutes, but many other destinations could be considered if you don’t just want to explore Malaysia. Singapore in just over an hour away, 8 hours to Sydney or even Chennai (India) and Manila are only 3 hours and 40 minutes further. Maybe the next time you are considering a trip away, the KL option is the way to go. Two hours on the ferry to Pattaya or two hours on a jet to KL? I know which one I prefer! Flight Schedule: Each Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday Ex Kuala Lumpur 10 AM, arrives at Hua Hin 11 AM (local times) Ex Hua Hin 11.30 AM, arrives Kuala Lumpur 2.30 PM (local times) To book direct at the Air Asia website see: Cost: My return airfare (HHQ / KLIA 2) was booked via Travel Deals Hua Hin and totalled 3,900 THB. The cost will vary according to the travel date with advanced bookings preferable. Air Asia also has an office at the airport open during office hours for bookings and enquiries.

My trip to Perth (Western Australia) was a chance to try out the new Hua Hin to Kuala Lumpur Air Asia flight. After all; “as the crow flies” from Hua Hin to Perth; you’d almost pass over KL en route. Being able to avoid Bangkok on an international journey is a major bonus. There’s many a optimistic website that describes commuting from Hua Hin to Bangkok in just two and a half hours; however if you are catching an international flight, especially from Don Muang Airport (that’s DMK); doubling that time is more realistic. With a flight time of 11.30 AM, I arrived at the Hua HIn Airport (that’s HHQ) around 10 AM for a stress-less checkin. Mind you with only one flight on the schedule, that’s hardly a stressful experience. Perhaps there will be some changes later in the year as unconfirmed reports suggest that flights to Chiang Mai, Phuket and Khon Kaen are under consideration. We’ll wait for an official announcement before speculating any on that possibility. From the check-in counter you’ll be directed up the escalator to the departure lounge via the usual hand luggage scan. There you’ll find a small snack counter and comfortable seating during the mandatory wait. There’s an expansive view from the lounge across the airport tarmac for some plane spotting, including the arrival of your airbus A 320 aircraft which will taxi to a bay below the departure lounge window. The only bad news was a 30 minute delay for the incoming flight. We learnt later that a runway repair in KL was the problem. It would have been nice if an earlier announcement had been made to the waiting passengers. The boarding announcement came as the last few disembarking passengers descended the mobile staircase to be offered sun-screening umbrellas for the 50 metre stroll across the tarmac.

Our flight was around half full, so it wasn’t long before take-off time and the opportunity to see a different view of the countryside and coastline for those (including me) who haven’t flown from Hua Hin before. Flying with a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) doesn’t mean compromising on safety or security but it does mean a few less creature comforts. Those in the over 6 foot bracket may find the leg (and elbow) space a bit limiting and the entertainment options are only what you bring. However a two hour flight is barely time enough to ponder the journey. The destination of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is the world’s largest airport for budget airlines. It is located approximately two kilometres away from KLIA’s Main Terminal Building and has its own runway and air traffic control tower. The airport allows seamless connectivity for both local and international low-cost carriers. It was built to cater for the explosive growth in the low-cost travel industry and capable of servicing 45 million passengers a year and officially opened on May 2nd 2014. After leaving probably one of the world’s smallest international airports, arriving at KLIA2 is a bit overwhelming. With 350,000 square feet of retail space spanning over 4 levels and an airport-within-a-mall concept, if there is time to be wasted in transit, you won’t be hungry or bored.

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27 Increased Tourism: The Pressure of Unrestrained Growth There are more tourists now than ever before, thanks to the explosive growth of the Chinese outbound market and the ever-growing middle class worldwide. International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable 7% in 2017 to reach 1.3 billion, according to UNWTO, and is projected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

But with record visitor numbers, many destinations and communities in Asia are starting to see the toll of tourism, and along with it resentment and backlash to the problems that unrestrained growth brings.

The forced six-month closure of Boracay after Philippine President Duterte labeled it a “cesspool” reflects the pressure Southeast Asia’s once-idyllic islands are now under.

Thailand’s Maya Bay will be temporarily closed for four months each summer to allow for rehabilitation.

The rising tide of plastic rubbish on Bali’s beaches has become a major concern for visitors and residents on the famed Indonesian island. For too long, long-term planning and development was sorely lacking in many destinations, as governments were caught up in the aggressive pursuit of tourism growth and numbers, pointed out Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). “A major trend in tourism has been that every government, every country in the world has been focused on demand and promotion. Tourism worldwide is mostly promotion, promotion, promotion, and in some cases nothing else,” Durband remarked. In the past 18 months, media attention on the problems surrounding mass tourism in such iconic destinations as Venice, Barcelona and Iceland has intensified worldwide, driving a greater awareness of overtourism and prompting calls to action in the global travel community.

American Tourists Now Outnumber Icelandic Residents

“Finally, the world is waking up to the fact that we can’t put money only to promotion but into development and management; we have to measure visitor satisfaction and also community satisfaction,” Durband said.

But when asked how Thailand could cope with the influx of visitors from China, which alone contributed onequarter of Thailand’s inbound arrivals last year and is still a growing market, Tanes is confident the changing preferences of Chinese travelers will soon put such concerns to rest. “Mass tourism will become history in the future,” Tanes stated.

Venice, Italy, saw protests due to overcrowding and over tourism “Governments were asleep, they didn’t see it coming. Governments typically put money into just promotion, anything into development were just small. Suddenly there’s an awareness as it hits them in the face as they realise they need to put resources into planning. And because they are all so late into the game, we’re going to see more pain for a while until they learn to manage better and disperse the visitors,” he added. Masaru Takayama, president of Spirit of Japan Travel and founding chair of Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) is heartened that there is “positive movement on the discussion level” for tourism to be more sustainable but concrete actions and awareness have yet to take root among the government sectors and mainstream tourism industry.

Thailand will likely be the envy of many destination marketing bodies, going by traditional tourism performance markers. With the exception of the coup year in 2014, Thailand’s inbound arrivals have been on an upward trajectory in the last decade, with the Chinese market a major driving force to push its annual tourist numbers to over 35 million in 2017, equivalent to half of the country’s population. But Tanes Petchsuwan, Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) deputy governor for marketing communication, acknowledged that a different game plan is now needed – and it’s no longer about pursuing numbers. “Increasing visitors is not a challenge – we’re already very good at it,” Tanes remarked. “But the challenge now is how to balance 35 million for different markets, segments, etc, to ensure that they’re traveling at the right time, to the right places and delivering true benefits to communities,” he continued, emphasizing that dispersal of tourists is critical. Of the opinion that NTOs should give greater weight to social and environmental responsibility in their destination marketing, Tanes revealed that the TAT takes into account the carrying capacity as well as the market segment that each destination is suited for.

Major infrastructure boost needed says Thailand’s Tourism Sports Ministry permanent secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry permanent secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra says that “Thailand has under-invested in facilities when considering the country’s aggressive growth in tourists,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of the Asean-Korea Tourism Investment Seminar 2018 in Seoul. “If we continue to delay investment to develop the country’s infrastructure – such as investment for the third phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Laem Chabang Port phase three, high-speed trains, etc – the country will not have the capacity to serve the expanded number of tourists visiting the country,” he said. To speed up infrastructure development, the country must open up investment in projects to the private sector under public-private partnerships, and also make it easier for foreign investors to expand their investments in infrastructure or tourist businesses by offering them incentives, Pongpanu said. Thailand also needed to relax some of its rules that limit the opportunity for foreign investment in the country’s service sector, which now limits investment only to local investors, he said. This would help the country to improve services for foreign tourists. The country, meanwhile, needed to improve skills among service sector workers, particularly language skills, Pongpanu said, noting that many local people lack the ability to communicate with foreign tourists visiting Thailand. As well, the expected strong growth of the tourism business called for developing the nation’s innovation-based industries and digital transformation to meet the demand from foreign tourists, he said. “If we speed up improving the country’s capacity to serve a rising number of tourists, we are confident that Thailand will maintain its market leadership for international tourists in the Asean bloc,” he said. “Our Asean strategy is one destination for 10 countries. We try to cooperate to reduce the problems for foreign tourists to visit 10 countries in Asean, especially the process to create one Asean visa for 10 countries that is underway,” said the permanent secretary. The Nation / –

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July 2018

WTA Thailand Open Headed for Hua Hin in 2019

Professional women’s tennis is heading back to Thailand for the first time since 2015 as Hua Hin is set to host the WTA Thailand Open 2019, a new International-level event on January 28 - February 3, 2019. “Thailand has not hosted any major professional tennis tournaments for a long time so it is with great pleasure that we announce this new tournament,” said Former Deputy Prime Minister and tournament Advisory Chairman Suwat Liptapanlop. “It is a wonderful opportunity for young Thai tennis players to compete against top players from around the globe and develop their skills at this tournament. “In the past, the seaside town has welcomed several top tennis stars such as Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters to participate in exhibition matches. During their visits, they have joined many activities to experience the local culture such as Thai cooking classes, making food offerings to Buddhist monks, and participating in a fashion show featuring Thai silk. True Arena Hua Hin - which has not hosted a WTA 125K event since 2015 will play host to the event from 2019 to 2023. Set the week after the Australian Open, the WTA Thailand Open will have a total prize money of $250,000, with 280 ranking points on offer for the winner. “We are excited to see a WTA International event back in Thailand,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “The True Arena Hua Hin has incredible facilities and has already hosted a WTA

125k Series event. I am confident that with the expertise of APG, the Thailand Open will be a very successful event.” Tourism and Sports Minister Mr. WeerasakKowsurat, Executive Director of the tournament venue True Arena Hua Hin Proudputh Liptapanlop, APG President Charles Hsiung, former ATP World No.9 and Co-Tournament Director Paradorn Srichaphan, former WTA Top 20 player

TamarineTanasugarn, and Wendy Jiang, WTA Commercial Vice President for Asia-Pacific were also in attendance at the announcement ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Tournament director Liptapanlop added: “ It is a great honor for us that the WTA has chosen True Arena Hua Hin to host the event in which dozens of rising tennis stars will participate.

Ms. Tamarine Tanasugarn, former WTA Top 20 tennis player with Mr.Paradorn Srichaphan, former Thai national tennis player and Co-Tournament Director of Thailand Open. “This tournament will be a stepping stone for young players from Thailand and other countries to experience what it’s like to compete on an international level. It will also be another step in the development of tennis in Thailand.”

230 A Crowd of Fans of all Colours, Shapes and Sizes; but Not Fans of the World Cup!

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“Driven and inspired by the passion for creativity and imagination, our mission is to provide the ultimate ceiling fan experience, dedicated to deliver excellence in ceiling fan functionality and aesthetics.” (Mr Ken) With regard to function, modern fans are now often driven by DC motors which are smaller, more flexible (multiple speeds) in their output and come with remote controls. AC motors remain available at a lower cost and can also be remote controlled as an option. Ceiling fans can be unobtrusive or decorative in style with 3 to 6 blades in sizes

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4 32 Sansara Hua Hin; a Welcome Member of the Black Mountain Community

For the uninformed, Black Mountain Hua Hin is all about a multi-award winning golf course. The golf course certainly sets the standard, but that was only the beginning.

Black Mountain is a rapidly developing community already offering an international school, water park with construction of a shopping precinct in the pipeline. One of the most significant additions to this community is Sansara Hua Hin, a development of luxury pool villas and apartments under construction overlooking the golf course. Sansara is about providing a vibrant and active lifestyle in a 5 star community setting with round the clock hospitality, security and health care. The display villa and sales office provides tangible evidence of the quality and services available.

Best practice in project development needs an EIA BuilderSmart Directors and Sansara developers (from the left) Sanchai Nueangsi, Suresh Subramaniam, Chris Cartwright and General Manager Hans Van Steertegem with some project awards in the foreground. BuilderSmart PCL is the longstanding Bangkok company providing the construction expertise behind Sansara. Chris Cartwright is one of three Directors of BuilderSmart who sees Sansara as the company’s crowning achievement. Chris is an Australian builder with decades of experience who is the on site builder at Sansara. He says “to construct a development of this scale, you need to be a builder, not just a property speculator.” Chris has a passion for quality and building standards. He understands the problems many building projects experience when taking short cuts, rather than ensuring best practice, becomes the building mantra. “She’ll be right mate” may be the Australian equivalent of the Thai expression “mai ben rai”; but you’ll never hear Chris uttering those words when it comes to his responsibilities at Sansara!

Chris has been instrumental in Sansara completing an Environment Impact Assessment or EIA. The EIA is defined as “an analysis of the potential impacts, both positive and negative, of different types of projects or activities on the environment, conditions or circumstances that may affect those projects or activities, and measures for prevention, control and rectification before commencement of the projects or activities.” The EIA process has been applied in Thailand as a tool for environmental planning and management on development projects since 1981. It establishes appropriate mitigation measures so that Thailand’s natural resources will be used efficiently to the economic benefit and continued development of Thailand.

Topics covered in the EIA include waste-water treatment, energy efficiency, solid waste management, traffic, air quality, soil and groundwater pollution, noise pollution, nature conservation, landscape, public health, visual aspects and social economic factors. It involves an independent environmental consultant to evaluate and draft a report which clearly identifies the environmental impacts related to the project under assessment. Completing this assessment is a major undertaking which may be avoided by developers not prepared to have this external scrutiny. That’s just one of the short cuts they may take. Chris says that if a new development is surrounded by protective fencing for dust management, it’s likely to be subject to the EIA. But as the EIA considers many issues which will later affect home owners such as ground water pollution, EIA completion should be on the radar of any prospective purchaser.

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335 About the Rules The Pros Getting It Wrong

One of the most talked about rulings in professional golf occurred on the 18th hole in Valderramah when Seve Ballesteros needed a par to tie with Bernhard Langer for the Volvo Masters title. But Seve had pushed his tee shot right with his ball coming to rest in loose soil from a hole, behind a large cork tree. After carefully examining the lie of the ball the Spaniard called the Tour Referee, John Paramor, for a ruling. He felt that his ball was lying in earth which had been removed by whatever had dug the hole and that he may be entitled to relief from the condition under Rule 25-1, Abnormal Ground Condition.

Gophers, thanks to Caddyshack, are probably the bestknown burrowing animals to golfers; but not dogs! Paramor explained that relief without penalty would only be available if the hole had been made by a burrowing animal and the cast (loose earth) was deemed to interfere with the lie of the ball or the area of his intended swing. . “Note: A hole made by a non-burrowing animal, such as a dog, is not an abnormal ground condition unless marked or declared as ground under repair.”

After a thorough search of the area around the ball the official came to the conclusion that there was no evidence that the hole had been made by a burrowing animal and ruled that the ball must be played as it lay, or could be deemed unplayable for a penalty stroke. The position of the ball made this a crucial ruling; if Seve had been permitted to drop the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief from the condition he would have had a clear shot to the green. However, despite over 20 minutes of animated discussion, with Seve utilising his renowned expertise in pressure persuasion, Paramor refused to change his original ruling, so that the only possible shot that Seve could make was to chip out sideways, meaning that his chance of victory was gone. Seve’s fellow competitor, Colin Montgomerie, who had to stand aside as the debate raged on, was not so diplomatic when asked for his opinion on the incident. He curtly replied; “He was trying it on.”

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6 34 Nationwide Crackdown on World Cup Gambling Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed police to crack down on football gambling during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

As part of the operation – dubbed “Pitakpai Dulaeprachachon 61” (guarding from harm and taking care of public members in the year 2018) – Police General Chalermkiat had also proposed that some 1,000 websites linked to football betting be shut down and around 1,000 “Net Idol” celebrities in Thai social media, who are based across the country and allegedly appear in football-gambling advertisements, be investigated. The nationwide crackdown has targeted both gambling dens and online betting sites. It has been reported that 3,000 people have been detained after physical raids. Although financial institutions and phone service operators helped shut down some websites, Thai police admit they are

fighting an uphill battle when it comes to the digital realm. “You can catch physical gambling pools or arrest gamblers in the den. But it is almost impossible to track down those masterminds, both Thais and foreigners, behind online football gambling rings as most of them operated betting websites from Cambodia where gambling was legal under the neighboring country’s law,” said Phanurat Lakboon, Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) deputy commissioner. If found guilty, under Article 12 of the Gambling Act, anyone who arranges for or promotes others to gamble can be punished with a one-year jail term and/or a 1,000 THB fine, he added. If children are involved, their parents can face a 10,000 THB fine or three months in jail.

Gambling of any variety is illegal in Thailand

Deputy National Police Chief Chalermkiat Srivorakhan noted that gambling activity was higher than recorded during the 2014 tournament “because people have easy access to football gambling websites via mobile phones.” Hua Hin police have recently investigated a number of local commercial premises which have been offering gambling services on a large scale and arrested over 20 individuals as well as confiscating computors and SIM cards. No reports that bars offering ‘cup sweeps’ or similar gambling activities have been targeted. However as the finals of the FIFA World Cup draw closer, it may be noted that such activities render participants liable to Police attention and prosecution.


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8 36 HHIS is Accredited and Joins The International Schools Elite

The HHIS Board of Directors, wrote to all parents this week to congratulate Hua Hin International School on becoming a formally accredited International School by the Education Development Trust agency from the UK. The accreditation award is the result of a 3-year sustained programme of inspection/advisory visits, followed by a 3-day whole-school inspection by a team of UK Inspectors at the end of May. Standards at the school were compared against UK criteria as well as those applied to established International School across the world. Director Graham Sullivan says: “This is by any standards, a fantastic achievement in so short a time since the school opened in August 2015. Hua Hin now has its first fully licenced and externally accredited K-12 International School and more than that, it has achieved far greater results than anyone should reasonably expect of a school at this early stage of its development. Parents can now feel assured in the knowledge that HHIS is a school where their children can flourish, be extended, be cared for and feel secure. We are all very proud of this achievement and I’m sure the whole Hua Hin community will want to join us as we extend our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Headteacher Julie Way and her staff for the amazingly professional school that they have created.”

Accreditation Report Observations Academic Progress ‘Progress is very good for students who have been in the school the longest, which is indicative of the high-quality teaching they receive. As a result of well-structured teaching and well-targeted support, students of all abilities and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, make good progress across the school.’

Personal Development ‘Students’ personal development is good. In all phases of the school, students demonstrate enthusiasm and are very happy at school. They are confident and ambitious learners who are eager to learn.’ ‘Relationships between staff and students and between the students themselves, are highly respectful. Students feel safe in the school and they are happy. They describe how ‘we are a family’. Friendship and mutual respect are strong features of the school.’

Care for the Students ‘The school’s provision for ensuring the welfare, health and safety of its students is good. Parents and students express strongly their confidence in the school and its staff. They comment about how staff are always keen to listen to their ideas and that the staff know their children very well.’ Arrangements for safeguarding the students are taken seriously by all staff. Staff receive regular training in matters relating to child protection and the school carries out systematic and rigorous procedures to ensure that incoming staff are suitable for their role.’ ‘The school has a range of policies to ensure that there is a consistent approach across the school to ensuring that students are looked after well. Students feel secure and safe in school because leaders and staff ensure there is a very secure environment for learning.’

Headteacher Julie Way said “we were all very pleased that the inspection team commented so strongly on the high degree of care we give to all our students and in particular, the absolute priority we give to ensuring that only the best teachers are employed at the school”.

Leadership and Management ‘The school is run in a highly efficient manner. Leadership and management of the school are good.’ ‘The school has a clear philosophy, and this has been communicated well. This is evident in the school’s vision and the emphasis on its core values. Staff and students enjoy being in the school and the school has quickly established loyalty from students, staff and all others associated with the school.’

Final Comments from the HHIS Management

Ms. Julie Way, Headteacher In recognition of the ground-breaking work undertaken by the school in just 3 years, the accreditation inspection has resulted in the school being awarded Silver Accredited Status. This higher degree of accreditation is awarded when a school is judged to be ‘good’ or higher in: Children’s standards of achievement; The quality of teaching and learning; and The quality of leadership and management. The accreditation team’s report was addressed to the Board and the detail will be discussed within the school. The inspection team’s very positive observations on the school and its work included: HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

Teaching and Learning ‘Teachers have good subject knowledge and teach with confidence. Staff are hard-working, dedicated, passionate and keen to improve.’ ‘A school priority has been to ensure the level of challenge for the most able students. Staff development and ongoing support is ensuring that these students are challenged consistently and make the accelerated progress of which they are capable.’ Accommodation and Resources ‘The school provides a wonderful environment for learning. Classrooms are equipped well and are exciting places in which to learn. High staffing levels lead to small class sizes and much personal attention for students.’ ‘Classrooms are of a good size and equipped well. Teachers have turned them into vibrant centres for learning. Staff are deployed well and work hard.’

From Director Graham Sullivan: “These direct extracts give a wholly accurate summary of the report and I have no doubt that you will agree with me, when I again congratulate the school on an amazingly successful programme of development and achievement.” From Headteacher Julie Way: “Annual follow-up visits will continue for the next 5 years, after which, a return accreditation inspection will take place. By then, the school will have seen its first graduates pass on to their post-school lives in university or work; that will be another huge time for celebration!”

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10 38 The 2018 Centara World Masters Showcasing Hua Hin Golf

The Centara World Masters is a week-long celebration of golf, social and entertainment events in Hua Hin. Over 400 golfers from enjoyed outstanding Hua Hin tournament courses with a round at each Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club and the Imperial Lake View.

Some winners on stage “We look forward to welcoming many more golfers, friends and families not only to Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin, our very own home of golf, for the acclaimed Centara World Masters event next year, but also to our array of city and tropical beachfront locations year round” said Thirayuth Chirativat – Chief Executive Officer, Centara Hotels & Resorts.

For the fifth consecutive year, Centara Hotels & Resorts was the major sponsor and most golfers chose to stay at the ideally located Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas, Hua Hin.

Welcoming golfers on the lawns at the Centara followed by a performance by the ‘Bangkok Beatles’ to close proceedings

The opening night welcome dinner and gala presentation dinners were hosted around the resort pool with the beach and ocean as a stunning backdrop. Golfers gathered each night during the tournament for 19th Hole festivities where tempting Thai cuisine and Chang beer flows and daily golf winners are celebrated.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Pairs Classic 2018 Following the success of the 2017 inaugural event, the year InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, Siam PGA Holidays and Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin were delighted to present the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Pairs Classic 2018.

Guests had the chance to win lucky draw prizes during Saturday’s Beachcomber BBQ dinner and Friday’s lunch at

Michael Janssen, General Manager of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort commented, “We were delighted to host the InterContinental Hua Hin Resort Pairs Classic 2018, this year welcoming golf aficionados coming from Thailand and oversea.” Banyan Golf Club. Prizes include two nights at InterContinental Pattaya Resort, InterContinental Bangkok, InterContinental Samui Baan TalingNgam Resort or Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin, in addition to several other prizes. The event was held at the Banyan Golf course on 23rd and 24th June. HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

Brooks Koepka First to Win Back-to-Back U.S.Opens in 29 Years

US golfer Brooks Koepka battled through two tough final days at Shinnecock Hills to become the first repeat winner at the U.S. Open since Curtis Strange in 1988-89 and just the second since Ben Hogan in 1950-51.

Koepka not only had to battle 54-hole co-leader and playing partner Dustin Johnson, he had to keep his eye on a leaderboard that saw Masters champion Patrick Reed make a run and Tommy Fleetwood shoot the sixth 63 in U.S. Open history earlier in the day. Fleetwood entered the clubhouse at 2-over par, and after both Koepka and Johnson bogeyed the 11th hole, Fleetwood’s score looked strong enough to put him in contention for a playoff.  But when Koepka knocked his approach shot snug on 16 to push the lead to even par with two holes to play, there was no question that he was

going clear every hurdle Shinnecock Hills provided. Round 4 was all about execution. Koepka was all over the pins early in the round, with birdies on three of the first five holes. When the wind picked up in the afternoon, he did as good a job scrambling as anyone on the course. He was lights out on the greens, burying tough putts from 5-10 feet when his playing partner couldn’t buy a birdie putt. Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished in 15th place, finishing with a final round of 75 for 9 over par total to lock his PGA Tour Card for next season.


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The Seniors World Cup is organised by the Seniors Football Association of Thailand and supported by the Thai FA. The inaugural tournament was played in 2006, following the devastating tsunami that had hit the country sixteen months earlier. It was part of the process to re-establish tourism, as well as bring additional football coaching to underprivileged children in the country. It has now been played annually for thirteen years with different provinces in Thailand hosting it on each occasion. Against all odds, the Thailand team won the cup in 2009 in Udon Thani, however as the invitational tournament has gone from strength to strength, the majority of countries now feature exprofessionals and former internationals in their squads. The England squad is comprised mainly of Professional Footballers’ Association members. Eight countries participated in this year’s event; they were Thailand, England, Scotland, Australia, Iran, USA, New Zealand and Taiwan. The youngest players permitted are 38 years old, but squads have seven players 44 - 49 years old and seven aged over 50.

Matches were split between one of Asia’s premier sports complexes, True Arena and the Hua Hin Stadium at Kho Takiab. The atmosphere in the stands was jovial, whereas on the pitch, things were much more competitive.

The final was played between England and Scotland, with the Kiwi team adding plenty of atmosphere in the stands as they sang all match long. The English lads were victorious once more, making it three cups in a row; they comprehensively beat Scotland 4 – 0 in a hard-fought match. Pictures - Patrick Jacobs



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TAT Prachuap and Blúport Hua Hin Resort Mall came together on Friday June 15 to celebrate and showcase the wonders of the eight districts of the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. This thirteen day event was officially opened by local dignities in the Blú Parc area.

After the speeches and the cutting of the ribbon, which heralded the opening of the event, there were performances of cultural dancing and local music, along with the giving out of over a thousand pineapples to visitors. Eighty nine chefs and local identities cooked one of the provinces favourite dishes for the onlookers; a Pineapple Crab Curry.

Throughout Blúport there were three further zones to attract visitors; Blú Hall, on the first floor, had over twenty five travel and tourism providers showcasing hotel and tour packages. The ground floor focused on local food in the Event Port area, with many of Hua Hin’s 5 star hotels setting up stalls. Port Walk, in the basement, focused on activities which appealed to all age groups; there were many sports including

archery, a playground for the younger kids, as well as a BB gun firing range; kids both young and old were entertained for hours. The One Tambon One Product

(OTOP) initiative again proved popular, with their stand inundated; they sold local fruits as well as products specifically from the area.

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2 46 Hua Hin Business Network Donation to Charity Hua Hin Last month the Hua Hin Business Network handed over the first monthly donation of 10,000 THB to Charity Hua Hin.

Charity Hua Hin provides help in the form of financial or medical support for local families who are unable to take care of themselves, due physical handicaps and in some cases old age disabilities. This monthly stipend will allow Charity Hua Hin to take on more families to help. Charity Hua Hin is run 100% by volunteers and all money donated to their organisation goes to their help these families with all administrative costs covered by the volunteers. The Hua Hin Hospital helps to identify families that are not coping financially or need additional help for a better quality of life.

HHBN Board Member Peter Kirketerp handing over the first monthly payment to Charity Hua Hin representative Vincent Kerremas Together with Charity Hua Hin, the Hua Hin Hospital provides translators during visits and treatment and/or physical therapy in the patient’s home. Charity Hua Hin provides a monthly food hamper for those that cannot manage because of medical bills or due to the main breed winner being unable to work. In some cases the Charity provides patients with medical aids. The Hua Hin Business Network feels Charity Hua Hin is very deserving of

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a monthly donation due to their excellent track record in supporting the disabled in Hua Hin. Pisa Cheng, President of Hua Hin Business Network says “We are proud to hand this first stipend to Charity Hua Hin, which will allow them to take on more families in need. We feel it’s our duty to help those in our community that are struggling by providing the funds to customise solutions for their patients”. Vincent Kerremas, a long term volunteer in the care of the disabled and a volunteer of Charity Hua Hin accepted the first payment saying “We are overwhelmed and grateful for this donation; it will allow us to do more good in our home city Hua Hin”. Many disabled people in Thailand struggle to live and buy necessities, as they only receive an 800 THB handout from the government per month, which does not cover food or medical needs. This is where Charity Hua Hin steps in to give a helping hand by finding out what is needed for each specific family and helping them get the items needed. The Hua Hin Business Network is a Non-Profit organisation, made up of volunteers from the local business community that helps other businesses to promote themselves, but also uses their combined efforts to fund raise and donate it to deserving charities. The Hua Hin Business Network hosts monthly events in various locations where people can meet and network. For more information on Hua Hin Business Network go to go to www.h-h-b-n. com, To donate or to find out more about Charity Hua Hin go their Website: www.

Jelly Beans from Hell: The new Thai Snacks Made from World’s Hottest Pepper

Thailand’s Food and Drugs Administration has warned parents not to feed their children “Hell Spicy Jelly” jelly beans; advertised to contain Carolina Reaper, the world’s hottest pepper.

Dr. Poonlap Chantaweejittawong from the FDA warned people not to prank their friends with the jelly beans as eating ultra spicy snacks could cause irritation to the abdomen and could be very dangerous if their friends were allergic. Eating the spicy bear-shaped snacks, which have actually been approved by FDA, has turned into an internet challenge. The product is popular amongst celebrity Thai You Tubers, who may or may not have been paid to do a video on the product. Responding to the social media craze, Dr. Poonlap said the FDA suspects that the firm producing the treats may be guilty of mislabelling the product as it’s hard to imagine a jelly bean billed as 1 percent chilli could be this spicy.

Carolina Reaper – the hottest pepper in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. The candy’s manufacturer, C.M. Gummy, who originally registered the product as “chilli-flavoured gelatine snacks,” could be fined 30,000 THB for that.


The asparagus has a long and storied history. It was mentioned in the myths and the scholarly writings of ancient Greece, and its cultivation was the subject of a detailed lesson in Cato the Elder’s treatise, On Agriculture. But it wasn’t until the turn of the 18th century that discussion of the link between asparagus and odorous urine emerged.

In 1731, John Arbuthnot, physician to Queen Anne, noted in a book about food that asparagus “affects the urine with a

foetid smell ... and therefore have been suspected by some physicians as not friendly to the kidneys.” Benjamin Franklin also noticed that eating asparagus “shall give our urine a disagreeable odor.” Since then, there has been debate over what is responsible for the stinky pee phenomenon. Polish chemist and doctor Marceli Nencki identified a compound called methanethiol as the cause in 1891, after a study that involved four men eating about three and a half pounds of asparagus apiece. In 1975, Robert H. White, a chemist at the University of California at San Diego, used gas chromatography to pin down several compounds known as  S-methyl thioesters as the culprits. Other researchers have blamed various “sulfur-containing compounds” and, simply, “metabolites.” More recently, a study demonstrated that asparagusic acid taken orally by subjects known to produce stinky asparagus pee produced odorous urine, which contained the same volatile compounds found in their asparagus-induced odorous urine. Other subjects, who normally didn’t experience asparagus-induced odorous

urine, likewise were spared stinky pee after taking asparagusic acid. The researchers concluded that asparagusic acid and its derivatives are the precursors of urinary odor. The various compounds that contribute to the distinct smell—and were sometimes blamed as the sole cause in the past—are metabolized from asparagusic acid. Exactly how these compounds are produced as we digest asparagus remains unclear, so let’s turn to an equally compelling, but there is more answerable question. WHY DOESN’T  ASPARAGUS MAKE YOUR PEE SMELL FUNNY? Several studies have shown that only some of us experience stinky pee (ranging from 20 to 40 percent of the subjects taking part in the study, depending on which paper you read), while the majority have never had the pleasure.

For a while, the world was divided into those whose pee stank after eating asparagus and those whose didn’t. Then in 1980, a study complicated matters: Subjects whose pee stank sniffed the urine of subjects whose pee didn’t. It turns out we’re not only divided by the ability to produce odorous asparagus pee, but the ability to smell it. An anosmia—an inability to perceive a smell—keeps certain people from smelling the compounds that make up even the most offensive asparagus pee, and like the stinky pee non-producers, they’re in the majority. Producing and perceiving asparagus pee don’t go hand-in-hand, either. The 1980 study found that some people who don’t produce stinky pee could detect the rotten cabbage smell in another person’s urine. On the flip side, some stink producers aren’t able to pick up the scent in their own urine or the urine of others.

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Monday- 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 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, COME 4 PAY 3 Luna Lanai by the Sea, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

WEDNESDAYS Thai Temple Fair, Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

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

Savor the flavors of summer in a variety of Asian styles with your selections from our chefs’ new seasonal menu starring local Phuket’s recipes. Choose among Crispy Prawn Fritters/Sweet Chili Sauce; Red Crab Curry/ Rice Noodles; Phuket Stir-Fried Seafood Noodles; and last not least, Braised Pork Belly/ Chinese Herbs. Everyday throughout July and August 2018.

Some of the finest scallops in the world await your pleasure. Settle down on the picturesque terrace overlooking the pool garden or inside the chic IndoChinese dining room and satisfy your scallop cravings, WokFried/Asparagus & XO Sauce; Steamed/Shitake Mushroom; Masala Curry, and; Teriyaki-Style with Japanese Rice & Seaweed Salad. Tuesday - Saturday.

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The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 hours. Get ready for a sweet surprise with this tropical fruit “Rambutan”. The new dessert menu “Refreshing. Rambutan Treats”, presents the exotic fruit in many dessert styles that taste even more spectacular. Baht 150++ per piece.

COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Daily from 11:00 to 22:30 hours. Get ready for a new burger experience from Coast Beach Club & Bistro’s latest “Super-filled Burgers”. The new menu features classic burgers with 3 different styles of fillings with your choice of Italian, French, or Mexican style. Starting from Baht 370++.

Wednesday – 4th & 18th 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, COME 4 PAY 3



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Every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 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) Sundara Sports Lounge, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Enjoy chicken wings the way you love them at Salas, Sheraton Hua Hin Sundara Sports Lounge. Our experienced chefs Resort & Spa have created four exceptional recipes to get your gastric juices flowing: Garlic & Parmesan Cheese Wings/Steak Fries; Crispy Fried Thai-Style Wings/Sweet Chili Sauce/Sticky Rice; Spicy Korean Baked Wings/ Kimchi Coleslaw, and Roasted Teriyaki Wings/ Asparagus/Ginger. Or Throughout July and combine any two to suit August Salas invites your mood. Everyday you to savor four throughout July and specialties of the season. August 2018. Sink your teeth into Yummy Yum, Centara Fresh Cow Cheese/ Grand Beach Resort and Basil Pesto. Treat your Villas Hua Hin taste buds to Crispy Fried Mackerel/Tangy Caponata. Feast on Mushroom Pappardelle/ Marsala Wine/Foie Gras Sauce. Or just go for Veal Saltimbocca/Parma Ham/Lemon-Butter Suan Bua Thai Sauce. Everyday. Restaurant. Daily from Surf & Turf Creations, 12:00 to 22:30 hours. Centara Grand Beach Tingle your taste buds Resort and Villas Hua with a refreshing blend Hin of flavours from Suan Bua’s creative addition of Thai salads. The special à la carte menu serves many delicious variations of popular Thai salads!. Starting from Baht 260++. Railway Restaurant, Wednesday to Sunday, Sawasdee Spa Ritual at dinner only. Monday Spa Cenvaree, Centara & Tuesday closed for Grand Beach Resort and dinner. Take your senses Villas Hua Hin into a seaside voyage as Railway introduces “Surf Experience the healing herbs of Thailand with & Turf Creations”. The new dinner menu offers the uplifting scents of lime, lemongrass and a perfect combination plai in our spa package of the best from the designed to rejuvenate land and the freshest and detoxify. Your from the sea with an Experience Includes: • authentic French flair. Foot Ritual • Siamese Starting from Baht Herbal Loofah Body

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

Enjoy breathtaking view of the sunset while Sipping your favorite drink at half price from 5-7 p.m. Buy 1 get 1 free at Gravity Sky Bar and experience the best Rooftop bar in Hua Hin. Gravity Sky Bar is a new 360° rooftop venue located on the 24th floor of Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa.

Every Sunday exclusive for Dinner at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Choose your own favourite portion of ROAST - Tender Pork, A true classic brunch Juicy Beef or Tasteful experience by the sea, Lamb, served right at every Saturday from your table with freshly 11:30 to 15:00. Cocktails, cooked root vegetables sparkling wine, mimosas, and assorted home Pimms cups and bloody made sauces. Price: mary’s. Children under Starting from Baht 6 years old dine for free, 690++ per couple. Reef & Beef, Centara Grand Beach Resort and children from 6-12 years get 50% off. Enjoy kid’s The heritage afternoon Villas Hua Hin tea buffet, Centara carnival from 12:00 to Grand Beach Resort and 16.00 free activities, Villas Hua Hin popcorn and cotton cand. Great discounts of 20% throughout July. THB 990 per person, including free flow. July pay only 792 THB. Friday – 13th & 27th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 Surf & Turf, Centara p.m. at COAST Beach Grand Beach Resort and Every Sunday from Club & Bistro. Discover Villas Hua Hin 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. the variety of coast at The Museum Coffee side dishes and a & Tea Corner. This wide assortment of buffet will show you tempting appetizers, the extraordinary best fresh fish, seafood, of what a High Tea is all prime quality meats about ... Baht 700++ per and live entertainment. person. Price: Baht 1,200++ per person, COME 4 PAY 3 Japanese grilling temptation, Centara Luna La Pran Grand Beach Resort and COAST Beach Club & Restaurant, Sheraton Villas Hua Hin Bistro. Saturday, 21 July Hua Hin Pranburi Villas 19:00 to 22:00 hours. Delight in “Surf & Turf” buffet at Coast featuring a wide assortment of over 30 tempting seafood and meat treats. The extravagant Hagi Japanese buffet spread is wellRestaurant. Daily from accompanied by 17:00 to 22:30 hours delectable live cooking (except Monday). Be stations and mouthThe pick of everything prepared for one of the watering desserts local fishermen are amidst Hua Hin’s famed tastiest evenings in Hua currently catching Hin as Hagi presents a beachside atmosphere inspire the passionate month-long highlight and live entertainment chefs at Luna La Pran of Teppanyaki cuisine. Baht 1,200++ per person. to create special dishes Menu highlights range your taste buds will Cool Spa at Baba Beach from the finest imported delight in. Explore the Club Hua Hin cuts and freshest finest specimens in four seafood cooked in a revitalizing recipes: Blue traditional JapaneseCrab Curry/Pranburi style and served with Pineapple; Steamed classic sauces and Seafood/Curry Paste; condiments. Starting Catch Of The Day/ from Baht 450++. Organic Vegetables, and; Squid & Prawn Tomato Enjoy the newly opened Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa Risotto. Everyday Cool Spa at Baba Your 100-min of “Touch throughout July and Beach Club Hua Hin of Thai” begins with August 2018. with a complimentary body scrub and wrab, 30-minute focus massage when booking followed by the essential Scrub • Aromatherapy any 60 minute full body oil of your choice to Massage • Refreshments. indulge in aromatherapy massages during our Baht 3,350 net per massage. Top up with Morning Treat times person for 120 minutes. 15-min complimentary from 10am - 2pm.This head massage for your promotion is available from now until July 31st. truly relaxing moment at Shine. Touch of Advance bookings are Thai sequences; • 40 preferred. For more minutes of Thai herbal details, call 032-899body scrub and body 130 or email: huahin@ wrap • 60 minutes bababeachclub. of aromatherapy com, visit www. massage • 15 minutes of head massage

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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: Web:


Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

Fans, Light & More Co., Ltd Wide range of modern fans and garden lights for any budget! Welcome to our showroom: 70/164 Soi 112 Huana,Tub Tai Road, Hua Hin.

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


Address: 70/164 Soi 112 Huana Tuptai Road, Hua Hin Open hours: Mon-Fri, 10.00-17.00; Saturday 12.00-17.00 Email:


Tel: +66 (0) 94 252 4879, +66 (0) 32 900 426

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


Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

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

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

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


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


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

Address: Soi 112 Hua Na Tel: 083 006 1300 Web:


Greek Taverna Hua Hin

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

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


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Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: Web: 8

Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

Located directly on the Khao Takiab beachfront, this BBQ beach side lounge offers simple, grill favorites by day and a more extensive barbecue 10% choice in the evening.


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


Cuisine: Burrata, Cold cuts, Fresh and hard cheese, Wine, Italian coffe and Croissants no Service Charge Parking: Street Address: G Mall, Shop A106, Soi 94 Phetkasem, Hua Hin 77110 Tel: 032 900 250 Facebook: Mozza Mia Hua Hin

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TIME OPTIC Good service and high class eyeglasses which are able to see from the first step you walk in and satisfaction guaranteed 100%: Eyes testing/Analysis/Sale/Repair Address: 106/4 Phtchkasem Rd., Hua Hin, Tel: 032 511 360 Facebook: TIMEOPTICHUAHIN


19 Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

Lotus Villas Restaurant

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

Mozza Mia Hua Hin

The menu blends international poolside favourites with “Tastes of Thailand”. Both Thai and foreign guests alike will enjoy snacking noodle soups, satay, 10% fresh fruits and other dishes.

Address: Tab Tai, Soi 112, Hua Hin Tel: 032 510 106 & 081 943 1732 Email: Web:


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

Aqua Pool Bar Amari Hua Hin

Cuisine: International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 国际菜

Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web: restaurant/

Sala Monsoon at Putahracsa Hua Hin

La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria

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

15 Railway Restaurant Centara Hua Hin

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

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

14 Corner 112 Grill & Thai Restaurant

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

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

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


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Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin

In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

With panoramic views of the ocean and the first Holiday Inn water park resort in Asia, located in the popular seaside getaway of Hua Hin.

In Balance Spa by Novotel is designed according to the concept of Hua Hin. Where you can relax and replenish your health and “Free babysitting during spa treatment at Novotel Hua Hin”

Address: 129/129 Petchkasem Rd. Tel: 0 32 809 999 Web:


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

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Spa & Wellness at InterContinental Hua Hin The serene environment of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort is an ideal place for wellness therapy, whether you would like to detox, relax, energize, or simply recharge. Address: 33/33 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 999 Email: Web:

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Amari Hua Hin

Putahracsa Ob-Oon bakery shop

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

Open Daily: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Tel: 032 708 300 Email: Web:

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SPA Cenvaree Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Set amongst a tranquil landscaped tropical garden, the spa features 9 treatment rooms and outdoor Thai massage sala.

Sophisticated comfort and exclusive service await you at Amari Hua Hin. Situated near the glittering Gulf of Thailand, the resort offers thoughtful accommodation in an idyllic garden setting. Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: Web: 32

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa It’s hard to stand out in a sea of selfies these days, but the unparalleled architecture of Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa provides something uniquely outstanding. Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: Web:


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

Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021-38 Email: Web: 24

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

Bistrot Gourmand

Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin

Bistrot Gourmand encapsulates these very French references; French fine dining, a welcoming French host and most importantly, fine imported French wines.

Banyan The Resort is located minutes from the centre of Hua Hin town and is the ideal holiday destination for families, couples and golfers.

Address: Soi Poonsuk (Behind Hua Hin Temple) Tel: +66 98 453-7562, +66 32 900 983 Email:

Address: 68/223 Hua Na, Petchakasem Road, Nong Kae Tel: 032 538 888 Email: Web:

25 Seara International Sports Fitness System Thailand. Hua Hin. Sports Engineering And Recreation Asia Ltd. We provide high quality products and services to many market sectors including private homes,health and fitness facilities hotels and resorts too. Address: 70/129-130 Soi Mooban Huana, Tambon Nongkae, Ampur Hua Hin, Prachuapkhirikhan, 77110, Thailand. Tel: 032-510 866-7 Email: Web: 26

Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani

BaBa Beach Club Hua Hin Luxury Hotel by Sri Panwa Experience the unique Baba Beach Club style, limitless luxury, live acts and performances, and gastronomical ventures. Address: 758, Thewtalay Estate, Phetkasem Rd., Tambon Cha Am, Amphur Cha Am, Phetchaburi 76120 Tel: 032 899 130 Email: Web: 36

Manora Company Limited was established in 1998. We are property developers, a consultancy and property managment agency based in Khao Tao, Hua Hin.


Address: 92/19 Soi Moobaan Khao Tao, Tambon Nongkae Tel: +66(0) 8 1857 8867, +66(0) 32-525 051 or +66 (0) 32 572 060 Email: Web: www.

Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

Sansara Black Mountain, Hua Hin

holistic experience. Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Thambol Cha-Am, Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 ext. 6201 10% Email: VIP Web: 28

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

Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin

The Park Hua Hin

Unwind, relax and rejuvenate at Shine Spa of Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, the perfect place to start your relaxation holiday. For guests seeking the ultimate in relaxation and efficiently, our bi-monthly promotion is designed for a sophisticated and

Discover Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin, where an array of fun and easy treatments awaits you. Let us send you to a peaceful state of body and mind, to help you to rejuvenate from the rigors of everyday life. Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 61 6600 #7801 Web:


Manora Village

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: Web:


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


Choose beauty. Choose quality. A collection of two, three and four bedroom Luxury Pool Villas are available for you to choose. Address: 244 Moo 9, Tab Tai, Hua Hin Tel: 098 398 9831 Email: Web:


Dayspa at Putahracsa Hua Hin

Cape Nidhra Hotel, 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

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

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

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


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

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

Address: Between the famous Thai resorts of Hua Hin and the fabulous Takiab Beach Tel: 086 803 9085 Email: Web: 51

Health Lab Hua Hin Medical Laboratory, Blood Testing บริการเจาะเลือดและสารคัดหลัง่ 放血、刺穿及试样处理

Address: 1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana, Nong Plup, Hua Hin Tel: 081 701 0444 Email: Web: 42

Address: Soi Hua Hin 45 and Soi Hua Hin 45/1 Tel: 032 515 920, 094 494 5649 Email: Web:

Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Sivana Gardens Pool Villas

A total of 45 hospitals throughout Thailand & Cambodia รวม 45 โรงพยาบาลทัว ่ ประเทศไทยและประเทศกัมพูชา 45家医院遍布泰国和柬埔寨 Address: 888 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 800 or 1719 (local calls only) Email: Web:


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



Located in Khao Tao, Sivana Gardens Pool Villa offers an outdoor pool and year-round outdoor pool. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Address: Soi 126 Hua Hin, Phetkasem Rd Tel: 082 840 8080 Email: Web: 53

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


Black Mountain Golf Club

Boonthavorn Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 565, Moo7, Nong Hieng Rd, Hin Lek Fai Tel: 032 618 666 Email: Web:


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


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

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: Web:

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Nadpob Dental Clinic

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Set on the beachfront, with a wide expanse of gardens perfect for strolling and enjoying the sea breezes.

Except, Implant, Orthodontics, Treatment ... ตกแต่งทันตกรรมรากเทียม และอืน ่ ๆ 牙科美容,植入手术等

Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web:

Address: Huahin Market Village, floor 1 st Tel: 089 910 1033 Email: Web:


Dusit Thani Hua Hin Overlooking an idyllic beach on the Gulf of Thailand and surrounded by lush greenery, provides the ultimate resort experience in a historic destination. Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road Cha-am, Petchburi Tel: 032 520 009 Email: Web:



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


InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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

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

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

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


Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

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


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Welcome to Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, where 53 private Pool Villas provide the ultimate in peaceful seclusion. Address: 9/22 Moo 5 Paknampran, Pranburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web:



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

Transport Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

Music, Local and International News for Hua Hin and along the Coast

SURF on AIR The Marriott Breakfast Show Tech Chat with Jonathon Fairfield Asia Pop 40 with Dom Lau Rockin’ with Shane The Relaxing Radio Show The Mellow Show with Gary Ziepe Greatest Hits of Music with James Ross Nonstop Oldies

Monday to Friday 07:00 – 10:00 Half past the hour - weekday evenings, weekends all day Saturday 09:00 – 12.00, Sunday 15:00 – 18:00 Friday 22:00 – 24:00 Saturday and Wednesday 22:00 – 24:00 Sunday 22:00 – 24:00 Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday 20:00 – 22:00 Sunday 09:00 -14:00

Local News BBC International News

Monday to Friday half past every hour every hour Monday to Friday on the hour every hour Weekends 07:00 and 08:00

032 471 159

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

032 511 047 1132 032 522 656 090 446 6056 032 511 677 032 477 646 032 511 063 032 477 252 032 512 215 032 472 069

The next Hua Hin Business Network event is a Wine Evening on July 26th. Venue: Vana Nava Sky Bar, Holiday Inn, Time: 6 PM to 8 PM; Entrance fee: THB 600 THB for members and 1,000 THB non-members, including free flow of wine and beer and canapés with special after 8 PM drink prices. Contact: Phone: 032 521 025, For more info on HHBN go to HUA HIN TODAY, July 2018

10 54 ADRIFT

American Animals

Genre:Drama,Romance Directed By:Baltasar Kormakur Written By: Aaron Kandell, David Branson Smith In Theaters:Jul 26/2018 STARS: Shailene Woodley: As Tami Oldham Elizabeth Hawthore: As Christine Sam Claflin: As Richard Sharp Grace Palmer: As Deb Jeffrey Thomas: As Peter

Written By: Bart Layton In Theaters: Jul 5, 2018 Runtime: 120 Minutes Studio: The Orchard STARS: Barry Keoghan: as Spencer Jared Abrahamson: as Eric Evan Peters: as Warren Ann Dowd: as Librarian Blake Jenner: as Chas Udo Kier: as Fence

Lexington, Kentucky, 2004: Spencer and Warren dream of remarkable lives beyond their middle-class suburban existence. They head off to colleges in the same town, haunted by the fear they may never be special in any way. Spencer is given a tour of his school’s incredibly valuable rare book collection and describes it all to Warren. Suddenly, it hits them—they could pull off one of the most audacious art thefts in recent history, from the university’s special collections library. Convinced they can get away with it, they recruit two other friends. Suddenly, the dance of knowing what happens if they cross the line becomes allconsuming. [Sundance] Rating: R (for language throughout, some drug use and brief crude/sexual material) Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Bart Layton

ADRIFT is based on the inspiring true story of two sailors who set out to journey across the ocean from Tahiti to San Diego. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. Rating: PG-13 (for injury images, peril, language, brief drug use, partial nudity and thematic elements)

Mission Impossible-Fallout


Studio: Skydance Films STARS: Tom Cruise: As Ethan Hunt Rebecca Ferguson: As Ilsa Faust Henry Cavil: As August Walker Ving Rhames: As Luther Stickell Simon Pegg: As Benji Dunn Sean Harris: As Solomon Lane

In theaters: Jul 13, 2018 Studio: Universal Pictures STARS: Dwayne Johnson: As Will Ford Noah Taylor: As Neve Campbell: As Sarah Sawyer Roland Moller Chin Han Ng: As Zhao Ming Zhi Byron Mann : As Inspector Wu

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford (Dwayne Johnson) now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it.

Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm

A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building...above the fire line

Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie Written By: Christopher McQuarrie In Theaters: Jul 26, 2018

Rating: PG-13(for sequences of gun violence and action and for brief strong language)

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Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber

11 55 Foods That Detox the Body

There is no way to completely avoid toxins. There are simply too many sources; contaminants in the food and water, junk food, stress, smog, vehicle emissions, airborne fungal spores, pesticides, pollution and more. Maintaining a diet high in detox foods is one of the best ways to maintain overall health.

Here is a list of 10 detox foods that are a great addition to anyone’s diet. 1. Fruit

Fruit is high in liquid-content which helps the body wash out toxins. Fruit is also easy to digest and is high in antioxidants, nutrients, fibre and important vitamins. 2. Green Foods

4. Garlic

Garlic is one of the best detoxing foods out there. It stimulates the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that filter toxic residues from the digestive system. Add sliced or cooked garlic to a suitable dish, as it will help any detox diet.

7. Mung Beans

9. Seeds and Nuts

The mighty mung bean has been used by Ayurvedic doctors for thousands of years. It is incredibly easy to digest and absorbs toxic residue from the intestinal walls

Incorporate more easily digestible seeds and nuts into your diet. Flax seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, Siberian cedar nuts, and sunflower seeds are all excellent options. While detoxing, avoid nut butter with added sugar.

8. Raw Vegetables

10. Omega 3 Oils

5. Broccoli Sprouts

Fill your refrigerator with blue green algae, barley, wheatgrass, kale, spinach, spirulina, alfalfa, chard, arugula, and other organic leafy greens to give your digestive tract a detoxifying boost of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll rids the body of harmful environmental toxins from  toxic metals, herbicides, cleaning products, and pesticides. They also aid the liver in detoxification. 3. Lemons, Oranges, and Limes

Extremely high in antioxidants, the ability for broccoli sprouts to stimulate detoxification enzymes at the cellular level is unparalleled. The sprouts are actually more effective than the fully-grown vegetable. Broccoli sprouts look and taste similar to alfalfa sprouts, and are easily grown at home, 6. Green Tea

Citrus fruit aids the body by flushing out toxins and jump-starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice supports the liver and kidneys in their cleansing processes. To increase detoxification, start each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

Whether juiced or eaten raw, onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, beet, turmeric, and oregano provide a great foundation for a healthy diet. The combination of these foods will help your liver purge toxins during the cleansing process. They are also high in naturally occurring sulfur and glutathione to help the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.

Omega-3 has all sorts of benefits for your body and brain. Many mainstream health organizations recommend a minimum of 250-500 mg of  omega-3 per day  for healthy adults. You can get high amounts of omega-3 from fatty fish, algae and several high-fat plant foods. Use hemp, avocado, olive, or flaxseed oil while detoxing to help lubricate the intestinal walls. This allows toxins to be absorbed by the oil and eliminated by the body.

Packed with antioxidants, green tea washes toxins from the system via its liquid content. It also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, which are known to increase liver function.

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12 56 Centara Grand Hua Hin to Change its Name?

Central Plaza Hotel Plc (Centel) plans to invest 35 billion THB in hotel and food business over the next five years, aiming to double revenue to 40 billion THB by 2022.

Morning Treats at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin’s Cool Spa

The company has listed 20 new projects in the pipeline for hotels under both its own investment and through management deals. For food, Centel will focus on expansion beyond shopping malls, including online and delivery services. The company attributes the aggressive expansion plan to a continued tourism boom that has lured a huge number of foreign visitors. Among its properties is the Centara Grand in Hua Hin. This year, refurbishment of two flagship hotels, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui and Centara Grand in Hua Hin, is expected to use millions of baht. “The two flagship properties will be operated under

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new luxury brands after renovation,” the company said. Centel also will renovate Centara Grand at Central World in the fourth quarter, with the work expected to conclude within 1824 months. Plans also call for renovating rooms and restaurants at Centara by Centara Government Complex Hotel and Convention Centre by the end of this year. Under the five-year plan, Centel aims to enter non-mall markets such as hospitals, office buildings, train stations and standalone stores. It will also develop a food delivery center to enhance online and delivery services. Bangkok Post

The award-winning Cool Spa by Sri panwa has become known for its extraordinary sensory experiences for both your mind, body, and soul. Voted among the Top 10 Spa destination in the world, Cool Spa has now been replicated at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin expertly designed to leave your worries behind and to sit back, relax, and rejuvenate with modern treatments infused with ancient local healing rituals and techniques for limitless comfort. Enjoy the newly opened Cool Spa at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin with a complimentary 30-minute focus massage when booking any 60 minute full body massages during our Morning Treat times from 10am - 2pm.

Terms & Conditions: · This promotion is available from now until July 31st, 2018 · This promotion cannot be combined with other special promotions & offers. · Advance reservations are required. · The complimentary treatment must take place after or at the same time as the purchased treatment. · All prices are subject to 10%service charge and 7% government tax. Advance bookings are preferred. For more details, please call 032-899-130 or email us at:, visit

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