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From the Editor Today

“From Sorrow to Strength�

By the time this issue of Hua Hin Today is in print the final curtains will be drawn on a momentous year in the history of Thailand with the concluding days of the Royal Cremation of the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Most of us have been unable to witness the Royal Cremation in Bangkok first hand, but with television coverage providing amazing visual impressions of the ceremonies, the outpouring of emotion and the magnificent spectacle of the occasion; words seem somewhat superfluous. The Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha thanked the Thai people in Thailand and throughout the world for their spontaneous show of respect and loyalty for His Majesty. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), has also expressed deep appreciation to all visitors to Thailand for the respect and understanding shown over the past year. Very few reports have been received about visitors or resident foreigners misunderstanding or failing to show their respects; a pleasing reaction which has been appreciated by all levels of Thai society. Although the memories of the reign of King Rama IX will certainly endure; it is time to turn the pages and enter the next chapter as the portraits of King Rama X become more prevalent on the streets of the nation and Thailand returns to the colours of daily life. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged the Thai people to change their sorrow into strength to perform their duties, to give moral support to one another and to advance the country toward prosperity as wished by the late King. David

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As a tribute to the beloved late Monarch, key executives reflect in their own words on the late King’s contributions to Thai business development.

Suphachai Chearavanont, Chief executive of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group The private sector can learn about how the late King “has guided our nation through countless crises, and has led the nation to peace and prosperity,” said Suphachai. King Bhumibol passed down much useful advice to executives around the country, including being mindful of one’s financial situation, gratitude, innovation and invention. Suphachai said the group has “integrated the King’s philosophy of economic sufficiency into its strategy in order to achieve sustainability in its business conduct. CP’s integration of the King’s teachings goes back to 1971, when the group worked on Hat Sai Yai farm, King Bhumibol’s personal farm.

Chaiwat Kovavisarach, President and chief executive of Bangchak Corp Plc One of King Bhumibol’s initiatives was the cooperative business model, which entails a fair trade system for all parties, particularly farmers, as cooperatives bring together all efforts to run businesses that benefit communities. “This business model is one of the late King’s sustainable development philosophies that allows local people to participate in businesses through benefit-sharing, which we also keep in mind in our company,” said Chaiwat.

Kesara Manchusree, President of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)

Lars Norling, Chief executive of Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC)

King Bhumibol’s sufficiency economy philosophy can be applied not only to people’s daily lives but also to organisations, said Kesara. “At the SET, this philosophy is applied to drive sustainability, promote social and environmental responsibility, and uphold good governance. “I am confident that foreign investors who have studied the concept of the late King will be impressed as well, because the initiatives of the late King are practical and benefit everyone,” said Kesara.

In the wake of the Asian financial crisis in 1997, DTAC learned a lesson that giant corporates could not run themselves independently by striving only for growth and profits. The lesson learned is aligned with the late King’s sufficiency economy philosophy. The theory highlights a balanced way of living – moderation, reasonableness, self-immunity and morality – which is an internationally accepted principle. Norling said sustainability has become a spotlight among businesses to create resiliency and survive shocks in doing business. DTAC adopted the philosophy into the core values of the company under the vision of “empowering society”.

Harald Link, Chairman of B.Grimm Group Suphajee Suthumpun, Group chief executive of Dusit International

TevinVongvanich, President and chief executive of PTT Plc To Tevin Vongvanich, the late King was the father of Thai energy development who lit the flame of sustainable energy and should be the guiding spirit of all his people. In 1985, King Bhumibhol allocated 955,500 baht of his own money for R&D to produce alcohol from molasses. A trial test on vehicles was made at Chitralada Palace in 1994. The King also initiated other research to produce biodiesel from palm oil. Today, gasohol and biodiesel play a major role in Thailand’s energy sector and help sustain not only the energy sector, but also support the country’s agricultural sector. We always respond to all of his initiatives because we know they lead to the happiness of all Thais,” said Tevin. HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and chief executive of Siam Cement Group(SCG) I n d u s t r i a l c o n g l o m e ra t e S CG recognised the late King as an icon who taught the company to learn to rely on itself under the self-sufficiency philosophy. The company applies the self-sufficiency philosophy at every management level to protect itself against risks it may encounter in the future. “The sufficiency [economy] philosophy made us to look at ourselves and also look at others in the community, as well as the environment. [This made us think of] not only our own profit, but about [the benefit] to others” said Roongrote.

Many companies, big and small, have adopted the sufficiency economy philosophy to their organisations. “With many of the country’s largest companies signing a memorandum of understanding to adopt the sufficiency economy philosophy in their organisations, I am sure over the years we will only see more companies come on board and ultimately drive more positive change for Thailand,” said Suphajee. “For a start, we have not spent beyond our means. We are not only focusing on the commercial value, but we genuinely want to create projects that contribute to Bangkok as a whole.”

“B.Grimm has for the last nearly 140 years been very active in promoting social welfare and social projects of all kinds, in line with ideas from the late King and the Royal Family. We think this should be seen as a whole on how the Thai Royal Family has been exemplary in social development activities,” said Link. The company has strongly supported education programs such as the Little Scientists House project of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for kindergarten children, police boxing schools both founded and not founded by B.Grimm, nursing scholarships, dual vocational training, schools and colleges, university education and related charities. – Bangkok Post

Hua Hin Today would also like to express our recognition of the numerous achievements that have taken place during the reign of the late King. We have been privileged to have reported many times after visiting so many Royal Projects inspired by His Royal Highness. from the Editor


6 ‘Krailart Niwate’ – Preserving Hua Hin’s Urban Mangroves In many tropical countries, mangrove forests are a crucial component of a coastal environment. In the past, vast mangrove forests spread out along much of the coasts of Thailand

Welcoming Khun Anand Panyarachun and other senior executives from SCB at the entry portal.

Our guide, Chiva-Som Sustainable Development Manager and Krailart Niwate ‘curator’ Brian Anderson

The original mangrove forests provided nursery grounds for small fish, crabs, shellfish, and shrimp, and feeding grounds for birds and monkeys. In the past half century, however, the mangrove forests have been rapidly diminishing due to the expansion of shrimp and salt farms. From 1961 to 1996, Thailand lost approximately 56 % of its mangrove forests.

Named Krailart Niwate after the adjacent 18 Rai plot of landowners, Wat Khao Krai Lart, the mangrove area was once in a poor state. The project took shape in 2013 when the temple’s abbot agreed to a plan to bring the mangrove ecosystem back to life. In the fourth quarter of 2014, experts from Silpakorn University joined to conduct a scientific survey of the land and produced the design of the now constructed 1,000 metre elevated walkway as a concrete boardwalk with rest shelters en route. Financial backing for Krailart Niwate to date has largely been dependent on Chiva-Som International Health Resorts with the support of Rotaract Clubs at Stamford and Webster universities and the Hua Hin Business Network. The Siam Commercial Bank has now donated one million THB to support Krailart Niwate.

The concrete boardwalk meanders through the urban mangroves

An official survey of the Wat Khao Krai Lart land

Newly planted mangroves are encouraging birds and other wildlife; you may even see a mud skipper! Krailart Niwate is a mangrove preservation and environmental wellness project spearheaded by Krip Rojanastien and the Preserve Hua Hin Group under the Royal patronage of HRH Princess Maha Sirindhorn and driven by Hua Hin’s renowned health resort Chiva-Som. The aim is to preserve the last remaining urban mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin to provide scientific understanding, knowledge and appreciation of nature. This is a reconstructed wetland project which also provides a natural environment for the general public to walk, run, relax and experience the ecosystem.

A recent generous donation by SCB will see stairway access from the boardwalk to the mountaintop of Wat Khao Krai Lart to promote the area as a

destination for eco-spiritual tourism via mangrove tours, meditation therapy and yoga practice open to the general public. There are plans for much more development and with funding and sponsorship Building a Science opportunities. Education Centre for students and other Rooftop solar power for the visitors. Science Education Centre Paved and landscaped parking areas and reception area. Visitors Are Now Welcome! Visiting Krailart Niwate is a relaxing, peaceful escape from the urban bustle into a natural ecosystem with an educational bonus. It’s a place to wander and wonder amongst a flora and fauna environment without the tribulations of negotiating a damp and muddy trail. Planned developments are bound to provide an even better experience but there’s no need to wait to get to know Hua Hin’s only urban mangroves. Where: Take the road to Kho Takiab until reaching the end roundabout with the songthaew terminal. At the beginning of the returning road, go through the iron gates on the left to the car park and entry portal. When: Free entry every day during daylight hours, walkers and bicycle riders welcome. Contact:, Phone +66 (0) 32 356 356 Facebook

SCB executives with Chiva-Som’s CEO, the President of Preserve Hua Hin, Mr.Krip Rojanastien (second from left)

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8 Exercise for the Over 60’s

From this point onwards, try exercising 3 days per week as your strength and endurance improves. The good news to take away from all of this: Fitness training can benefit women and men of all ages.

We hope that this article serves as a stepping stone for you to discover the revitalizing power of exercise, and inspire you to actively seek to become energized and make a change in your life. The aim is to reinvent each and everyone’s outlook on not only their bodies but also their minds. Getting rid of negative outlooks on your age, current health conditions and overall physical capabilities is all part of the journey. It is of utmost importance that you not only desire to change yourself, but enjoy doing it as well. Why is my body so weak? It is common for senior and the elderly to have fallen or have overall mobility issues and trouble standing up or functioning healthily in their daily lives. They ask, “what’s the problem?” The culprit in most cases is simple, Inactivity. Studies have shown that it only takes a few days of lying in bed to start losing your strength, flexibility, and balance. Once you fall in this hole of doing nothing, you enter a downward spiral. The downward spiral is the single largest problem. For example, one day you’re simply feeling under the weather so you decide to take it easy for a few days and sit back on your recliner and watch Television.

Help your strength with weight training in the arms and legs. Expand your bone density in the hips and spine. Access greater energy levels for daily activities. Learn to improve your balance with standing and walking. Have fun and keep your independence and vitality. Start with basic exercises and an exercise program.

After a while the chores start piling up, you finally decide to get up and get to work, until suddenly, you lose your balance and crash to the floor. Even if your hip isn’t broken at this point, it’s bound to have caused a nasty bruise. The pain the fall caused now limits you even further and ties you to your bed for an even longer time, causing you to get weaker day by day. Daily chores become increasingly more difficult to handle. Things like cooking and shopping and even showering can occupy large amounts of time and effort and be a huge strain on your body and even your mind. Perhaps you are the child of an elderly adult, and you constantly worry about their safety when you aren’t around. This is a very common concern amongst family members. Exercising and staying overall active will definitely improve their chances of staying safer throughout their life. Staying active and sensibly exercising, coupled with following a healthy lifestyle can add years of productive and functional living. So the problem is inactivity. What is the solution? Where do i begin? Well, It took a while to get into the shape you are in now. The first thing to remember is to always take small steps, especially in the beginning. Rushing yourself along only invites injuries and ultimately even more regression. Your body needs around 4 to 6 weeks to become accustomed to a new activity or exercise program. This is true especially if you have been inactive for a long time. Try exercising for a few minutes a day at first. Gradually crank it up to a solid 30 minute workout, twice a week.

Posture: It’s very important to learn correct posture before carrying out exercises in order to maximize the benefits as well as minimise the possible dangers of injuries. Breathing: Learn proper breathing techniques to help you improve lung capacity, function and overall energy level. Flexibility: Increase your flexibility to allow more motion to your body and limbs and increase your mobility. Strength: Build up your strength in your arms, legs, and back to greatly enhance your functional independence. Endurance: Improve your endurance over time and gain the ability to walk and participate in social activities like dancing, hiking and nature outings. Balance: Recalibrate your balance and increase your safety at home and in public. For more information on how to get ‘Prime Time Fit’ at Palapon Hua Hin, Call 0868039085, or Contact by email:



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‘Float All Your Troubles Away’ Loy Krathong is a unique Thai festival when you can send your bad luck, guilt, negativity and pretty much everything rotten about your life down the river or out to sea. The festival dates depend on the moon calendar. In 2017 the dates are November 2-4, with the full moon day on Friday November 3rd. The tradition of Loy Krathong has been observed in Thailand for no less than 700 years since the Sukhothai period (1238 - 1438). It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the Water Gods for the waters (Pra Mae Khongkha) or as homage to the legendary footprint the Buddha left on the bank of the River Narmada in India. Oneyear, a beautiful woman called Noppamas, who was the chief royal consort, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The King was impressed and announced that Krathongs would be floated on the water every year. Loy (float) Krathong (container) occurs on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which is November 17th this year. The full moon shining on waterways which are flooded after the rainy season makes this one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand. During the evening, many people will go to their local klong (canal) or river to float their Krathongs.

They believe this will bring them good luck and is a symbolic way of letting go of all grudges, anger, and negative thoughts so they can restart their life fresh on a better foot. Krathongs contain a flower, a candle and three incense sticks which are lit before being placed on the water. In the old days people also trim their nails and put a bit of hair in the Krathong, wishing that it will take the bad luck and illness away. A few added coins may appease the great water gods.  The people usually make a wish at the same time. Some people believe that if the candle remains burning until the Krathong is out of sight then their wish will come true. Alternatively couples release one Krathong each, hoping they will float away together, a sign of everlasting love. By the end of the evening, there are hundreds of flickering lights bobbing up and down on the water. Quite often there are also firework displays as well as shows. Overall it is a really memorable evening. On the beach, a more modern trend is to release flying lanterns and a pretty impressive sky can be seen at night. Around Hua Hin and Cha – Am there will be plenty of eating and partying at local venues. Just head for the beaches and waterways to be involved. The most popular locations for local people is where a waterway flows into the sea. Krathongs then start their journey in the waterway before heading out to the open ocean.

MTS Gives Green Light for Tourist Financial Aid

New Mini Buses on Trial Run to Provinces

The Transport Company has put on show the first batch of 21-seat mini buses that it said will replace the current commuter vans on the route from Bangkok to the provinces. Transport Company’s board chairman Maj Gen Suraphol Tapananond said the 7-metre long mini buses will be first put on service from Bangkok to destinations in the provinces within a distance of no more than 300 kilometres. All these new mini buses have passed all specification requirement test and have been registered by the Transport Company, he said. Bus operators will first put on services the new mini buses from Bangkok to Ratchaburi tomorrow in October. They will

replace the current commuter vans which have been in use for over 10 years, he said. Meanwhile the Transport Company will first rent 55 new mini buses to run on its routes to destinations in the provinces, possibly in November. The renting process is expected to be finished in two months. The mini bus is eight million THB costlier than the commuter van, but operators saw it worthy to invest as it will have longer working service. Operators are asking the ministry for a longer concession of up to 40 years. For operators of commuter vans, they are also seeking permission for extension of service to 14 years from 10 years. Thai PBS

Ban on Smoking Cigarettes

at Cha-Am and Kho Takiab Beaches with 100,000 THB Fine The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will impose a smoking ban at 20 beaches from November. Local beaches include Cha-Am and Kho Takiab.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MTS) has established a fund of 200 million THB a year to help foreign tourists in Thailand

Cigarettes release toxic chemical substances such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and others which are poisonous to the food chain

Mr. Smithichai Hongthong, an academic on financial aid for foreign tourists of the MITS, reported that the ministry was setting up the yearly fund to exclusively help foreign visitors in Thailand who suffer from terrorism, natural disaster, body attack, sexual assault, accident, stealing of property and travel interruption. Any foreign tourists can obtain financial compensation only when the above-mention incidents are proved to take place in Thailand. One million THB will be available for the death or loss of body part(s); 500,000 THB for those who need hospitalisation; 20,000 THB to those who are sexually assaulted or whose travel plans HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

from Thailand is unexpectedly interrupted; 6,000 THB to those who have their property robbed or stolen. Tourists experiencing such incidents should immediately inform tourism authorities working in the area where the incidents occur so that they will work with the local police to investigate the case and report it to the MTS officials within 30 days. The financial aid recently set up by the MTS aims to give more confidence to foreign visitors in Thailand, particularly those carrying a passport with a tourist visa. Foreigners working in Thailand will not be considered.

Jatuporn Burussapat, the directorgeneral of the department, said that in a survey of Patong beach, Phuket, conducted by the department’s research and development centre, an average of 130,000 cigarette butts were found on every 2.5-kilometre stretch of the beach. According to Thai PBS, statistics compiled by countries with beaches, cigarette packages and filters constitute one-third of the entire garbage on a beach.

In Thailand, more than 100 million discarded cigarette butts are littered daily

The cigarette butts block drain pipes. In water, they release toxic chemical substances such as cadmium, lead, arsenic and others which are poisonous to the food chain. As empowered by Section 17 of the Marine and Coastal Resources Administration Act, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, in a pilot move, will impose a smoking ban at 20 beaches, starting in November. They include Mae Phim, Laem Sing, Bang Saen, Cha-am, Khao Takiab, Bo Phut, Sai Ree, PaTong, Pattaya, Jomthien and Simira beaches. The ban will in the future be expanded to cover all beaches, Mr Jatuporn said. Smoking areas, with receptacles for cigarette butts, will be arranged for smokers before they walk down the beaches. Those violating the ban will be liable to one year in jail and/or a fine of not exceeding 100,000 THB. In the near future, throwing of cigarette butts from boats as well as smoking on these boats will also be banned.


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12 Ratchapakdi Park to Close for 15 Days

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has said that the Army will close its Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin for 15 days from November 15th for maintenance.

Orasa Avudhkhom, director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said her office has reached an agreement with the Thanarat Fort, which is in charge of the park, to close it for maintenance of the sculptures of the seven great kings of Thailand. Workers would also use the period to restore landscaping in the park, she added. The park, which features giant statues of the kings, is located at the Army Noncommissioned Officer School and is opposite the Suanson Pradiphat Army recreation site. Ms Orasa said the park had been visited by more than 600,000 people from July 1 to Sept. 25.

A World Class Food Event:

The Hua Hin Food Festival 2017 The Port of Foodies was the theme to this year’s Hua Hin Food Festival held last month at Queens Park 19 Rai, and it more than lived up to expectations.

In this fantastic seaside setting, locals and travelers spent time meandering through the park whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere. The festival, held from 29 September to 1 October, was officially opened by the Mayor of Hua Hin, Mr Nopporn Wutthikul, along with dignitaries from key local organisations; the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hua Hin Women’s Club and Hua Hin / Cha-am Tourism Association are just a few who have supported this fantastic event for some time. The food vendors took centre stage and excelled in bringing of Hua Hin’s tastiest food to one location. There were over 50 vendors serving up everything from tasty street food to the top hotels and their chefs proudly showing off their best menus. It was a chance for travellers, expats and

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Health Chief Urges Contraception for Teens

In a bid to prevent premature pregnancy among Thai teens, Health Department Chief Dr Wachira Pengchan is calling for girls aged 10 to 20 to receive a free contraceptive implant at any of the nationwide medical facilities registered for Universal Coverage (UC) under the National Health Security Office (NHSO).

Wachira said the high number of teenage pregnancies, including serial births, was of great concern to his department, hence the support for contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices. “The contraceptive implant is very effective – even more than birth control pills, which the person could forget to take,” he said. About 100,000 Thai teenagers give birth each year, with about 16 per cent of those from a second or further pregnancy. The department has spent the past three years campaigning for the use of contraceptive implants among teenage mothers and so far, 70 per cent of them have had the implants, he said. Wachira added that the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy

Many Fish Found Death on the Hua Hin Beach

Many tonnes of small fish have been washed up dead along about 10 kilometres of the Hua Hin beach after heavy rain sent freshwater flooding out to the sea.

locals to taste what the hotels have to offer, along with tasting what is fresh and easy to obtain from a local vendor every day of the week. Nightly, local bands entertained the crowds, along with a host of other activities spread throughout the park; a thoroughly well organized, well attended event.

Problem Act 2016 was in place to help reduce the number of pregnant teens. The contraceptive implant is hormonebased and highly effective, approved in more than 60 countries and used by millions of women around the world. The typical implant is a small flexible tube measuring about 40mm in length and is inserted under the skin (typically in the upper arm) by a health care professional. After it is inserted it prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones that prevent ovaries from releasing eggs and thicken cervical mucous. Benefits of the implant include fewer, lighter periods; improved symptoms of premenstrual syndrome; long-lasting, up to three years; smoker- and breastfeedingsafe; and the convenience of not needing to remember to use it every day.

Mr. Nopporn Vuttikul, Mayor of Hua Hin together with department heads of the Hua Hin Municipality and members of a military unit have visited the Hua Hin Beach to follow up reports of thousands of dead fish littering the beach. This phenomenon occurs almost every year during the rainy season (during of October and November of the year) after heavy rain and fresh water run-off to the sea. Many marine creatures then die due to a lack of oxygen. People had been catching live fish just off the beach to eat and to sell. The dead fish soon started giving off an unpleasant smell and were gathered up from the sand and sold to animal feed producers. Military Unit helped to clear the dead fish from the beach as bad smells had begun to affect beach-goers.

13 ‘Walk for Life’ – Hua Hin to Bangkok

To earn money to fund the Nawamin Bophit Building at the Siriraj Hospital, Thai movie star and model Metinee Kingpayoom with Piya Sawetpikul an actor and producer were participating as ‘Team Lukkade’, as promoters of the ‘Walk for Life Project. for treatment of a respiratory condition. The Nawamin Bophit building will become a one-stop specialised medical centre to accommodate and service many patients, particularly those with a low income. The True Group arranged a special means of contributing to the project via an SMS by typing the word “100” and sending to 91219 to donate 100 THB to the project. However well-wishers along the route of over 200 kilometres were enthusiastic and generous donors and a tally of over 8 million THB was achieved. Mission accomplished by Team Lukkade!

They were joined by Professor Doctor Prasit Wattanapa of the Faculty of Medicine at the hospital and Mr. Theerasak Arunruemwattana the Director Communication for Branding and Advertising Media Management of the True Group to promote the project. Siriraj Hospital is the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand, founded in 1888.

Limbering up before the start

En route with Khun Lukkade a drawcard for onlookers

Leon (centre) representing Hua Hin Today with Thai celebrities

Walkers on the start line before the ultra-marathon

This project was a charity walk from Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok from 1st to 7th October to raise money from donations to build the Nawamin Bophit Building. Siriraj was the residence of the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, after the 82 year old monarch was admitted in September 2009,

Dr Prasit from Siriraj Hospital, the benefactor of ‘Walk for Life’

Focus on Gastronomic Tourism

Gastronomy tourism and local food are being highlighted in a new tourism campaign, says Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul “Gastronomy makes up around onethird of tourist expenditures. But food can be a larger portion of their budget as Thailand offers a variety of foods, ranging from local to international dishes,” Mrs Kobkarn said. A national tourism campaign called Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 is set to focus on local experiences including food and gastronomy. This year, CNN awarded Bangkok with the top rating for best street food in the world for the second straight year. Following Bangkok were Tokyo, Honolulu, Durban, New Orleans, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Paris, Mexico City, Cairo, Marrakesh, Cartagena

(Colombia), Portland (Oregon), Dakar, Bali, Mumbai, Ho Chi Minh City, Miami, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Beijing. Last year, gastronomy tourism generated 329 billion THB or 20% of total tourism income in Thailand, following accommodation (29%) and shopping and souvenirs (24%). The Tourism and Sports Ministry reported that the top five markets for gastronomy tourism are China, Russia, Britain, Malaysia and the US. Chinese tourists spent 83.3 billion THB on food last year, a 19% increase from 2015. Russians contributed 20.8 billion THB for food in 2016, up 32% from the previous year, while the British

spent 18.4 billion, a 10% increase. Malaysians contributed 16.1 billion THB, up 7%, while Americans spent 13.9 billion, an 18% increase. A top luxury retail operator, EM District, will organise Dinner in the Sky, an exclusive Bangkok event for food lovers. World-famous chefs will be invited to the event. From Jan 1 to Oct 11 this year, 26.9 million foreigners travelled to Thailand and generated tourism income of 1.37 trillion THB, increases of 5.6%

and 7.6%, respectively, from the same period the previous year. China remained first for international arrivals, with 7.63 million. During China’s Golden Week holiday from Oct 1 to 8, some 227,648 Chinese travelled to Thailand. Ctrip. com International, a Chinese travel company, said more than 6.15 million Chinese ventured abroad during the Golden Week. Bangkok Post HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

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The Theme for 2017 is Women and Diabetes

will held in Blu’port Hua Hin on Saturday, 4th November

The World Diabetes Day 2017 campaign will promote the importance of affordable and equitable access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, selfmanagement education and information they require to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Gender roles and power dynamics influence vulnerability to diabetes, affect access to health services and health seeking behavior for women, and amplify the impact of diabetes on women. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. As a result of socioeconomic conditions, girls and women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective diabetes prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care, particularly in developing countries.

Socioeconomic inequalities expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes, including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes. Without preconception planning, type 1 and type 2 diabetes can result in a significantly higher risk of maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Approximately one in seven births is affected by gestational diabetes (GDM), a severe and neglected threat to maternal and child health. Many women with GDM experience pregnancy related complications including high blood pressure, large birth weight babies and obstructed labour. A significant number of women with GDM also go on to develop type 2 diabetes resulting in further healthcare complications and costs.

Hua Hin Blood Donation Campaign Mr. Nopporn Vuttikul, the Mayor of Hua Hin joined the blood donation project to consummate the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Hua Hin Red Cross Station. A total of 15 teams from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan , Ayutthaya, Chanthaburi, Cha-Am , Hua Hin, and Pranburi will be competing in this championship. The athletes will compete in sparring (Kyorogi) , pattern (Poomsae) , Mr and Miss Taekwondo and Fittest Taekwondo Male and Female. There will also be a

special appearance from the Supreme Horse Taekwondo Demonstration Team to open the tournament displaying a spectacular performance with an exciting fight scene, cool dancing and taekwondo board breaking. There is no entrance fee and it’s open for the public to view starting from 9 AM.

You can participate in this project by donating your blood at the Hua Hin Thai Red Cross which is open everyday from now until the end of the year. Every drop of donated blood will be of great value to those who need blood, whether due to illness or accidental causes. Blood donations are very welcome from both Thais and foreigners.

Municipal Offices Now Open 7 Days a Week A decision of the national government means that municipal office across the country will now be open seven days per week rather than the previous Monday to Friday open days. Most offices, including Amphur Hua Hin, will open daily from 8.30 until 18.00 every day except public holidays to serve and facilitate local people. The government has called this project “Amphur Yim”, yim meaning smile in Thai and commenced on October 1st. For Amphur Hua Hin (Hua Hin District), people can be contact the 3rd Floor, Tourist Service Centre, Hua Hin. For more information, telephone 0 3251 2990.

November Wine Evening

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You are invited to join the monthly Hua Hin Business Network Wine Evening this time held at Siam Handlebar. Details as follows: Date: Thursday 23rd November 2017 (Thursday) Time: 6 pm to 8 pm Venue: Siam Handlebar (across the road from the Hua Hin Airport) Entrance Fee: THB 600 THB for members and 800 THB non-members includes free flow of Wine & Beer and a finger food. Special after 8 pm drink prices apply. Please note RSVP’s are compulsory due to space limit. Please reply with your attendance by 16th November to brigittehomeless@gmail. com or through Facebook.



Vitamin D and its Benefits

If you have to name one vitamin that could strengthen your bones, prevent diabetes; multiple sclerosis; cancer and heart disease, or even help you lose your weight, what would it be? Many researchers put a strong emphasis on Vitamin D, or as known by another adorable nickname of ‘Sunshine Vitamin.’ Vitamin D is synthesised from sunlight or to be more specific is when the sun shines directly on your skin for around 5-10 minutes. Vitamin D can also be found on certain types of food and supplements. It is common knowledge that Vitamin D plays an essential role in building strong bones and helps the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It is also a big support to your immune system. However, many researchers still believe that Vitamin D can do a lot more than that. Vitamin D fights diseases According to resarch, Vitamin D can help decrease the risk of having multiple sclerosis, diabetes and heart diseases. It can also prevent influenza in children. Vitamin D reduces depression research showed that Vitamin D plays a vital role in emotional controls and plays a great role in fighting against depression. Some patients with depression recovered after they received Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with losing weight (!!) One research has given calcium and Vitamin D to a group of participants every day. Its result turns out that this group of participants decreased their weight than the other group that took placebo vitamin. Researchers believe that calcium and Vitamin D can affect your appetite. However, there is still not enough evidence to prove these research

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results which yet to be certified by the Food and Drug Administration. Further studies still need to be conducted. Before you start taking a Vitamin D supplement (or any other type of nutrient), it is very important to make sure that you really need to take such supplements. If you received too much Vitamin D (or any type of nutrients), it may affect your body and cause disease instead of benefiting your body. However the lack of Vitamin D may increase your risk of having bones diseases such as cartilage diseases, brittle bones, and cancerous bone.

Source: Healthlab Medical Laboratory


18 Dusit Thani Hua Hin Offers Alms and Robes for Priests in Nan Province

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Receives TAT Award for Outstanding Performance

Victor Sukseree, General Manager of Dusit Thani Hua Hin, has led members of the hotel staff and management on a traditional and seasonal ‘Pha Pa Samakhi’ offering of forest robes and alms to monks at Wat Phom Temple in Amphoe Mae Charim Nan Province. They also handed over donations, raised by the hotel personnel, to help build the temple’s wall. The merit-making trip is one of Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s annual activities under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn (left), Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the 11th Thailand Tourism Awards 2017 presentation ceremony. He is s h o w n h e r e p r e s e nt i ng the Award of Outst an d i n g P e r f or m a n c e f or Resort Hotel Tourism Accommodation to David Martens  (right), General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. The awards were organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and the ceremony took place at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon

Cape Nidhra Hotel Receives Agoda 2016 Customer Review Awards

Cape Nidhra Hotel, General Manager Christian Roeschli (right) and Sales Coordinator Laphatrada Kerdsuk (left) proudly receive the 2016 Customer Review Awards from This award has been given to Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin based on the review points from customers via www.agoda. com on the hotel’s service, facilities and accommodation. Cape Nidhra Hotel was awarded 8.9 out of 10 from the 2016 guest feedback. This title not only reflects the quality standard of hotel management and services, but also increases hotel’s credibility in the eyes of its prospective guests.

The Dusit Thani Pays a Final tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The management, staff and hotel guests of Dusit Thani Hua Hin, led by Victor Sukseree, General Manager and the Honorar y S wed i s h Consul, have gathered at the hotel’s lobby to express their deepest condolence and to pay a final tribute in the event marking one 1 year since the passing of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In a religious ceremony brimming with emotion, moving and loving tributes were paid to the Father of the Thai nation while all attendees jointly sang a remembrance song “The King of The Nation – Naii Luang Kong Pan Din” together at Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s hotel lobby.

Dusit Thani Hua Hin joins the Communityin the remembrance to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Vauban Company agency in Hua Hin

The Friday 29th September was the cocktail party for the inauguration of the second Vauban Company agency in Hua Hin located on Petchakasem Road just in front of Villa Market. Around 100 guest, partners, customers and friends were present for a successful cocktail party on the roof top. Who is Vauban Company ? Since 2006, Company Vauban has become the leading real estate agency in Thailand. Vauban Real Estate assists you with your investments as well as expatriation and retirement in Thailand.  The group has 8 agencies in the most favorite destinations of the Kingdom (Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Samui,​ ​Hua​ ​Hin​ ​and​ ​Chiang​ ​Mai), and more than 70 employees. In addition to support you in your real estate transactions, the agencies offer a range of comprehensive real​ ​estate​ ​services​ ​from​ ​consulting​ ​to​ ​property​ ​management,​​ through​ ​buying,​ ​selling,​ ​and​ ​renting.  The group also provides services in legal proceeding, through a partnership with Thailand Elite Visa, bank  account​ ​opening​ ​and​ ​legal​ ​advices​​ (visas​ ​and​ ​inheritances). Vauban​ ​multilingual​ ​Team​ ​provides​ ​services​ ​in​ ​French,​​ English,​ ​Chinese,​ ​German​ ​and​ ​Thai. 

Hua Hin, Thailand, Thani Hua Hin’s Management and staff joins the Hua Hin community at the candlelit event in the remembrance to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13th October which commemorated 1 year passed of HM the late King Rama 9 of Thailand. On this occasion Dusit Thani Hua Hin had given away Dusit Drinking water to the local who joined the event and lend our support to clean the area in front of Klai Kang Won palace.

An honoured of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort to be part of ‘Walk for Life’ charity event

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort representative, Mr. Benjamin Schwarz, joined the opening ceremony of ‘Walk for life’ charity event as being the accommodation sponsor for all participants in preparation of the long walk on Sunday, 1st October 2017. Led by a Thailand top model, Khun Lukkade Metinee Kingpayom and a famous actor, Khun Kong Piya Sawetpikul, a group of walkers including many celebrities trekked around 194 kilometres from Hua Hin to Bangkok in order to raise funds for medical supplies for patients of Siriraj Hospital’s Navamindrabopitr 84th Anniversary Building. HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

19 Some Offbeat Days To Celebrate in November It’s a bit unusual to have a designated month for one style of cuisine; November is known as Turkey Month. It might be a great excuse to roast dinners all the trimmings, though in Thailand that may not be all that easy, but there are plenty of unusual holidays to fill your November days with celebration. NOVEMBER 5TH: GUY FAWKES DAY


The e po n ymous man behind the infamous “Gunp ow d er Plot” planned to blow up Britain’s Parliament in 1605, spawning annual bonfire celebrations, effigies, and creepy masks for centuries to come. It was Parli am e nt that declared November 5th as a day of celebration to commemorate their foiling of Fawkes and company’s plot, but it’s Fawkes’ mischievous spirit that pervades the festivities.

Although the advertising industry works terribly hard to convince us that we never quite have enough stuff, many of us probably use way more stuff than we need. Take the day to reflect on exactly which kinds of stuff are excessive in your day-to-day life, and how you might reduce using said stuff. Or at least clear room for all the new stuff you’ll be getting soon for the holidays.



Brass on the outside, woodwind on the inside, the saxophone has created sweet, sweet baby-making jams for more than 150 years. Invented in 1846 by Belgian instr um e nt-maker Adolphe Sax, the saxophone has since become a staple of both modern jazz and classical compositions.

A hol id a y devoted to the John, the Pot, the Latrine, the Porcelain God? Sounds like the brainchild of a group of 5th graders. In fact, it’s an international event dedicated to destigmatizing toilets and address the challenges of global sanitation. Billions of people in the world do not have proper access to toilets, but also that in addition to being vital to life, toilets can be “fun and sexy.”



Found ed in 1998 by an organization called the World Kindness Movement, this international holiday encourages everyone to look deep into their hearts past religion, race, and other differences to do something nice for their neighbors and/or humankind.

You m ay be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes men are internationally underrepresented, but someo ne still deemed the male gender worthy of a worldwide holiday. The theme of this year’s men’s day is health, more specifically “Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier Lives.” We can’t argue with that!

Your Country’s National Day Your Co u ntry’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 famil ia r to you. In November here are four prominent National Days. November 9th Cambodia Independence Day

Cambo di a was a French protectorate for 90 years b e fore it gained independence from France on Novem be r 9th, 1953. The principal celebrations are held in the capital city of Phnom Penh, beginning with a mor ni n g ceremony at Independence Monument, usual ly with the King of Cambodia in attendance. Later in the day, there is a gala parade held in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with colorful floats and marching bands. November 18th Latvia Independence Day

Latvian Independence Day commemorates declaration of in de p endence of the Republic of Latvia from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918 after t h e end of the First World War. The People’s Counc il of Latvia proclaimed independence in the building that today houses the National Theatre in Rīga. Many festive events take place through the country on Latvi a’ s National Day, including a nationally televised address to the people by the President of the Republic of Latvia. In recent years this speech is given before large crowds in the square by the Freedom Monument in Rīga. November 22nd Lebanon Independence Day

Leban on gained independence on 22 November 1943. T h e day is celebrated to commemorate the liber at i on of Lebanon from the French Mandate. Beirut; the capital of Lebanon, is the main hub of activity. Here ce l ebrations are held with pomp and glory. You can also witness a grand parade featuring Lebanese and military dignitaries. November 28th Albania Independence Day Dita e Pavarësisë (“Independence Day” in English) was declared in 1912 by Ismail Qemali, founder of the modern Albanian state and its first head of state and government. After f i ve hundred years of Ottoman domination, an independent Albania was proclaimed on November 28, 1912. The Albanian flag is ceremonially raised in Tirana, Albania’s capital, with the presence of the President, Prime Minister, Tiran a’ s mayor, and other officials. They also visit the national martyrs’ cemetery. HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

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LAND FOR SALE Land for sale: This 1 Rai land super good location on Petchkrasem Road, the idea for Apartment or shop house, for sale @ 36 Milion THB. Please call @ 086 369 3604. Land for sale: This 2.8 Rai is perfect for Condominium or small Hotel in Takeab area, only 5 minutes walk to Takeab beach, for quick sale only 21 Million THB. To views please call @ 086 369 3604.

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22 Comments on the Charming Character of Cha-Am

Cha-Am is a mere 25 kilometres north of Hua Hin; but it’s a very different place. Although development along this coastal strip continues to expand and the boundary between the two towns becomes blurred, Cha-Am retains a character of its own with many foreigners drawn to this charming seaside village When it comes to ways to make Cha-Am a better place to live, three problems were almost always mentioned; stray dogs, rubbish and traffic management. Our respondents suggest that these problems are not unique to Cha-Am, affecting foreigners wherever they live in Thailand. Accidents and injury from roaming stray dogs have long been discussed by the ex-pat population. The good news is that a local organisation ‘Stray Dogs Rescue Cha-Am’ is making inroads on the dog population and there is now an opportunity to support a monthly capture, neuter, vaccinates and release campaign. General cleanliness, but particularly rubbish on the beach was a frequent source of comment. For example “a cleaner beach without all the weekend revelers leaving their rubbish and animals behind; more trash cans on the beach.”

At the end of the fishing pier; twin squids are a Cha-Am landmark To explore this appeal, Hua Hin Today asked local expats two simple questions; not as a definitive survey, but to give an insight to the character of Cha-Am. 1. What are the things that you like the most about living in Cha-Am? 2. What would make Cha-Am a better place to live?

Location was also seen as an important advantage; “centrally located with good transport options”; especially being within easy reach of Bangkok and Hua Hin. Other places may have beaches, but are seen as either too crowded, too expensive or too remote. The location is also blessed with friendly weather and relatively flood and storm free. Golf course access is a bonus but closure of the town driving range has been disappointing.

One novel form of multi-passenger transport; but Songthaews along the beach road and to the railway station would be appreciated

The local seafood is great but there are plenty of alternatives

Traffic management comments were not just about motor vehicles but also bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Apart from driving skills, there were two particular improvements sought when it comes to traffic; parking wasn’t one. Cha-Am is divided into two ‘zones’ by the main highway (Bangkok to Hua Hin). The beach ‘zone’ is about tourism with restaurants, hotels and entertainment. The inland ‘zone’ has businesses, commercial areas and the central markets. Crossing this highway is unavoidable to move between the two ‘zones’. That’s OK in quiet periods at the traffic light controlled intersection, but on busy weekends that changes. Our survey was just after a public holiday weekend when this intersection was blocked (again!) and anyone wanting to move between the two ‘zones’ forced to make a lengthy detour. This is a big issue for locals, including Thai people who may need to make multiple transitions. “A bridge for through traffic at the traffic lights” was suggested.

A beach for everyone with only distant storm clouds and now no smoking! It is very clear that the mix of people who make up the Cha-Am community; both ex-pats and Thai people, is very important. “A good mix of expats and locals”, “friendly local people in a small town environment” and “a great expat community” were typical comments. Being able to mingle with Thai people is valued; for example “weekends with busloads of Thai people make me feel I’m in the heart of Thailand”.

The locals are friendly, including at the renowned Wednesday night market HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

Weekends in Cha-Am are much busier than weekdays, but that’s part of the appeal. “Quiet weekdays, lively weekends” is a desirable combination for many. They enjoy the “relatively quiet, calm, safe and peaceful pace” but also enjoy entertainment options; including music as long as it is live! There is no desire to have ‘Pattaya-style entertainment’; “get rid of the bus station, a breeding ground for trouble” (a bar soi). However some say the nightlife is too quiet and over-policed. More entertainment options for the younger set and couples was generally the preferred way to go.

Live music venues are welcome

Commuter access along the beach road could be improved There were also suggestions for better pedestrian and bicycle traffic paths and the inability for these commuters to safely move along the beach road. Although some recent changes have reduced obstructed footpaths, the locals think there’s still a long way to go. In summary the expats of Cha-Am say that they enjoy the best of both worlds. Quiet but lively, cosmopolitan but the real Thailand and with all the conveniences they need; ………………..….. well almost! Some desirable additions would be a mall or shopping centre and an upgraded hospital. “Cha Am is a fantastic place to stay - it`s not a ‘tourist machine’ like the more well-known places in Thailand - cheap, and you feel that you are living among real Thai people”. Whether the Hua Hin ‘encroachment’ will soon make a difference to this idyllic community remains to be seen. But with just a few basic improvements; local ex-pats say that life’s pretty good in Cha-Am! From the Editor: “Thanks to all those who provided comments; we hope that these views have been faithfully portrayed.”

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

Transport Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

032 471 159

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

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

Foreign Royalty Attending The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Could this be the largest gathering of Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses and other designated royalty in recent times? All attended the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Belgium : HM Queen Mathilde Bhutan : Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck) Denmark : HRH Crown Prince Frederik Japan : HIH Prince Akishino and HIH Princess Akishino Liechtenstein : HRH Princess Margaretha Lesotho : Their Majesties King Letsie III and Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso Luxembourg : Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie Malaysia : HRH the Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah and HRH Tuanku Zara Salim the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Darul Ridzuan Netherlands : HM Queen Maxima Norway : HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus Qatar : HH Prince Thani bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Spain : HM Queen Sofia Sweden : HM Queen Silvia Tonga : Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u United Kingdom : HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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24 Found; the 1st Edition of Hua Hin Today!

It looks a little the worse for wear; but Volume 1, Issue 1 of Hua Hin Today dated 1st November 2003 has been found just in time for our 14th anniversary this month

Dear Editor “Will the Loy Krathom ceremonies in November be going ahead this year as usual; I really enjoy the beautiful lights on and above the waters.” Thanks Marie Editor’s comment: November may see a return to a more festive atmosphere in Thailand and perhaps Loy Krathom could signal this new beginning and the opportunity to ‘float away’ the despairs of the past year. However this is really unknown territory, so we all need to put reverence and respect at the centre of our observances. Khun Dave, “Since I have advertised my travel agency in “Hua Hin Today”, there is a lot of customers coming in with a newspaper in their hand, this gives me a chance to meet new customers every month. I can say that Hua Hin Today is one of the BEST local English newspapers in this area!” Ornusa - Travel Deals Hua Hin,

The current General Manager, Ms Visa Chimdee was behind this first edition and strangely enough her name appears on the first headline, although she is certainly no fake and there’s certainly no fake news! Perhaps the headline should have been “Crackdown on fake visas nets hundreds”? After a long absence taking care of Pattaya Today, Ms Visa returned to assume her position in Hua Hin some 12 months ago and was very excited to retrieve this previously missing premier edition.

Hua Hin Today has continued to promote and serve the community of Hua Hin for fourteen long years, growing and gaining in sophistication in line with changes in our community. The future looks bright for Hua Hin and with the continued support of our advertisers and readers, Hua Hin Today also has a bright future, presenting the most thorough and authentic news in each edition each month. Happy Anniversary Hua Hin Today!

Editor’s comment: Not long before receiving this much appreciated letter, I was in the Travel Deals Hua Hin office talking about travel possibilities. I stood aside when an English gentleman visited to enquire about a trip to London he and his wife were considering. He was asked how he had found about the business and on cue he produced a copy of Hua Hin Today. I had to reassure Ornusa (Khun Beau to her friends) that I had not staged this endorsement for our publication but now her letter confirms he was not the only one who has taken notice. Thanks for your feedback Khun Beau; by the way, we are not just the best, but the only local English language newspaper! Dear Editor “There doesn’t seem to be any more news about Air Asia coming to the Hua Hin airport since your earlier articles; do you know what is happening?” Martin Editor’s comment: No further information has been released with both Air Asia and local officials being very quiet on this subject. Let’s hope that ‘no news is good news’. We can only speculate that the October Royal ceremonies in Bangkok have led to a hold on more announcements for now. Rest assured when we know more so will you! Dear Editor I really enjoyed the Hua Hin Jazz Festival on the beach earlier in the year and I’m hoping to plan my next trip to join this event again. Do you know if there will be a Jazz Festival next year and when that will be? Bruce from the UK Editor’s comment: There’s been no confirmation yet but we have been in discussions with promoters and a bigger and better event next year seems likely; maybe in May. Stay tuned for confirmations soon! Editor’s comment: New Bicycle path on Phet Kasem Rd towards Pran Buri Having only been a part time resident here in Hua Hin my wife and I take great pleasure in riding this route on our bicycles. When the bike lanes were first constructed it was a lovely ride but now unfortunately the path is in need of some drastic maintenance to stop the bicycle lanes falling into disrepair. It does seem a waste of the ministry’s money if this is allowed to occur. James Editor’s Comment: Our last letter about road maintenance resuted in some quick reaction from the authorities. Let’s hope we have the same reaction this time!

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26 E S P A D A “Everyday is a day of Smart & Charming”

Say Hello out loud & Welcome to the month of November with us! Seasons change means an upgrade to the inside of your wardrobe items. It is a question for every single woman what is good to go in? Here’s why ESPADA brand comes in. We are here to provide not just clothing but also an idea of versatility and functional use in womenswear. Adapting to a constant change of fashion trends as well as lifestyle changes of customers is challenging, ESPADA pushes forward in the functionality of women’s apparel by creating clothing to be READY for any occasion.

ESPADA is please to share the latest collection under our core concept of “Everyday is a day of Smart & Charming”. Once again, this new collection focuses on functionality of womenswear. It’s designed to help create a perfect example of smart & charming women. We strongly encourage all women to be confident in choosing what they wear and feel confident in every way. An old English saying “Fine feathers make fine birds”. In ESPADA’s case, the right clothes worn with confidence make you the real women.

Moving on to the idea of versatility and functionality, we come up with 7 days, 7 looks – the looks for every single day of the week. The designs are ranging from office-appropriate outfits to casual weekend looks. For lace lovers, lace dresses come in black or soft pink colour as two options or black lace jumpsuit for more relaxed character. Black colour is featured in many items such as a complete look of black blazer and cropped wide-legged pants to deliver you a professional look, a musthave cardigan you can always carry in your bag whenever needed. For weekend casual, a white shirt can be matched with faded denim pants to create your go-to style. Those mentioned above are just

a part of the whole new collection. Rules don’t apply in ESPADA clothing; we want you to be creative by doing your own mix & match with other clothes to create a new fashion statement. Don’t forget a variety of handbags and purses available to be carried with the look you choose. Reinvent yourself to be Smart & Charming ESPADA women today. You are always welcome to visit our stores & corners nationwide. We are not hard to find. Explore your sense of style and discover the new you today. Make everyday a day of Smart & Charming Store location : 1st floor at Ladies’Boutique @Blu’Port HuaHin Follow us on : ESPADA Thailand

Nik Crystallized by SWAROVSKI

Phanutsarom Khumgit, is usually known as ‘Nikki’ or maybe just ‘Nik’. She has a tale to tell, from beauty queen to Swarovski crystal queen. This is the story of her journey in her own words. “Back in the days when I used to hear from many people that a beauty pageant is not for tanned skin girls like me, if I believed those word, I would not be able to stand here with the title of runner up Miss Thailand World 2006. I represented my proud country Thailand in two international beauty pageants, Miss International 2009 and Miss Globe International 2010. Not a day passes by that I am not thankful for all the experiences that I have been given. Being able to work with so many designers in and out of Thailand built my love of fashion and art. One day I was lucky to be able to work with an amazing talented designer with only one arm who made me such a beautiful evening grown. I remember when he dressed me with his

gorgeous work of art; he looked at me so proudly and said “this make me so happy”. I thought why can’t I create my own happiness as well? I was blessed with the chance to visited so many interesting countries and make so many new incredible friend during my trips. One of them is an official distribution partner of SWAROVSKI, who invited me to visit his office. The place was full of pretty stuff and of course a ton of gorgeous crystal.

My mind was blown away and couldn’t stop myself from playing around with all the jewelry. The place made me so happy and fully alive. Since then I just kept thinking “what if” this is the sign for me to start some new venture of my life. I felt so much joy when I was there, so I decided to take a new fun chance with my first collection of “NIK Crystallized by SWAROVSKI”. Minimalist, simple and classy is my inspiration. I’m so proud to present this with my brand because I think beautiful delicate jewelry is so timeless. Being able to mix and match with all kinds of outfits, both day and night, is such a perfect combo. I want women who purchase my jewelry to feel amazingly great for a very affordable price. I know the road to building a new jewelry brand is quite crazy and hard but I believe that if you think big, you get big.” Contact: Telephone 089 65 69321 Facebook : nikandswarovski Instagram : nikandswarovski Email : Line ID : nikkimesale

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28 Riding a Motorcycle Taxi Safely

In most Thai cities and towns many of the locals travel by motorcycle taxi. All over Hua Hin at the end of small streets and on the corners of intersections you will see groups of Thai men (and a few women) congregated.

They will be wearing a plastic vest (usually orange) with a number on it. These are the Thai motorcycle taxi drivers and they can take you to most places, much quicker than most other forms of transportation due to their ability to weave in and out of traffic. If you are in a car you can wait at a red light while motorcycle taxis have long since gone as they weave in and out of cars to get to the front of the line. When the light changed to green, they were the first away. Many people use motorcycle taxis because of the speed but to do it right (and safely!) you have to know a few rules.

Even though motorcycle taxi drivers probably have the best safety record of any motorcyclists on the road, it’s very unusual to see a driver without a helmet. However they don’t often have spare helmets; if they do and offer it to you, take it and wear it. If you are a frequent user, you may want to find a regular driver that does. Why not take your own helmet? If you are heading for a restaurant, bar or office, it won’t be hard to find a safe place to keep it. 2. Hold Onto The Bar at The Back. It’s not particularly acceptable to hold onto the motorcycle taxi driver when riding behind him on a motorcycle taxi. It’s more polite to hold onto the small bar at the back of the bike seat and not hold the driver around the waist. Even when riding side saddle, most Thai women still hold onto the bar at the back of the bike and not to the motorcycle driver.

knees and elbows tucked into your body, you are likely to get them whacked against a car you are passing. Even if the car is stationary and you are not, a hard knock against it could lead to a broken knee or elbow, or even knock you off the bike. So tuck in any protruding limb. This also goes for any bags or parcels you are carrying. Make sure you hold them close to your body so they’re not in danger of being knocked off when you pass a car. 5. Ask The Driver To Slow Down. It’s completely acceptable to ask a driver to slow down “Bpai Chaa Chaa”, and most of them will. There is no point taking a white-knuckled ride, when a quick request will make them slow down and give you a safer ride. 6. Sit Astride the Motorbike.

1. Wear a Helmet or BYO!

A future option?

Wear a helmet and hold on to the rear bar

3. Make Sure You Look Ahead. Make sure you are constantly aware of what is going on ahead of you. It is much safer to be able to predict an upcoming collision or accident and brace yourself accordingly, than it is to be suddenly catapulted off the bike because you weren’t paying attention to what is happening on the road ahead of you. 4. Keep Your Knees and Elbows In.  All the motorcycle taxi drivers weave in and out of traffic, and they often come very close to the cars they are going past. If you don’t pay attention and don’t keep your

In Thailand, you will see many Thai women riding motorcycle taxis and many of them will be sitting side saddle. While this is a cute and elegant way to travel on a motorbike, especially when you’re in a skirt, it is also one of the most dangerous. If the motorcycle has to maneuver suddenly you are likely to fall off the side of the bike and into the street. Every year, thousands of Thai women are hurt or killed by falling off motorbikes. If you’re not used to it and don’t know what you’re doing, it can be very dangerous. Dress in a way to keep your modest intact while sitting astride the bike. With these few tips, you too can enjoy taking motorcycle taxis around town. And don’t forget; in Thai call them “motosi”. If you need one just ask, “Moto-si, yu tee nigh?

Electric Tuk-Tuks Are Coming! the ‘Bzzt-Bzzt’ for Thailand & the World

Call them tuk tuks, auto rickshaws, mototaxis or any one of several other names, but they’re one of the world’s most ubiquitous vehicles – three wheeled motorised people-movers They’ve been a fixture on roads in Asia, South America, Africa and Italy for decades, and have more recently made their way into other European countries, USA and making their presence felt around the world. The electric motor means that unlike their gasoline counterparts, an electric tuktuk doesn’t make the distinctive “tuk-tuk” noise’; sounding more like ‘Bzzt Bzzt’! Thailand’s energy policymakers have promoted the first commercial launch of electric vehicles (EVs), starting by offering a 106 million THB subsidy to encourage tuk-tuk owners to switch over from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with the Energy ministry wanting to make the Tuk-Tuk a product champion

Thailand’s tuk-tuk may soon be replaced by an EV look-alike The subsidy comes from the Energy Conservation Fund (ECF) and will be granted to the first 100 tuk-tuk owners who switch to EVs. The first 10 owners will be granted a 100% subsidy, while the other 90 owners will be granted an 85% subsidy. HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

The subsidy covers the cost of converting the vehicles’ engines to be EVcompatible. The subsidy is part of a project to promote EVs and EV facilities in Thailand, as the country aims to become a regional EV hub over the next several years. EPPO director Thawarat Suttabutra revealed that the Ministry of Energy plans to convert all 22,000 Tuk-Tuks in the country to run on electricity within 5 years Last year, the ECF allocated more than 120 million THB in project finance for the development of 150 EV charging units in Bangkok and its outskirts, of which 79 are already up and running. The other 71 units are scheduled to be operational by the end of next year. Fuel consumption of LPG-powered Tuk-Tuk is described as 1.50 THB per kilometre while e-Tuk-Tuk is just 40 satang and travelling between 70-100 kilometres when the battery is fully charged.

Chiang Mai’s electric tuk tuks have been approved In June Chiang Mai’s Nakorn Lanna Cooperative announced that their request to

bring 450 electric tuk-tuks to Chiang Mai has been approved by the Department of Land Transport. The new plan will see 450 new three-wheel electric commercial vehicles roll out. A spokesman said that prices would average 80 – 100 THB per trip. The initiative is aimed at helping reduce congestion in the city while also reducing pollution levels. EV Tuk tuks wait for calls from riders in front of Union Station in Denver USA

An electric tuk tuk called Bzzt on the streets in Sweden A startup from Gothenburg Sweden called Bzzt is using Stockholm as its launchpad, using electric mopeds that can travel up to 45 kilometers per hour. The company’s vision is to make taxi services available to everyone in the inner city, by offering prices comparable to public transport. Tokyo based Terra Motors wants to introduce a new electric tuk tuk into the Asian market.

Wellington New Zealand’s first electric tuk-tuks take tourists on a loop of the capital’s major attraction.

A Philippine company has begun production and distribution of some 3,000 all-electric tuk-tuks


30 Chill, Unwind and Take the Slow Boat to Koh Phayam - The Samui of the Seventies

Koh Phayam sits in the Andaman Sea, 35 kms South of Ranong, just 8kms long by 5kms wide and with just 500 residents. This includes a settlement of Sea Gypsies, most of them making their living from prawn, squid and crab fishing or from growing cashew nuts, sator beans, coconut palms and rubber trees. There is also a smattering of expats in residence.

a beautiful wedding cake. Travelers choose Koh Phayam because it’s like

There are fast boats to Koh Phayam from Ranong Pier taking only 40 minutes; however you’re missing the point, FAST!? Take a step back, Koh Phayam has three speeds, slow, very slow, and reverse, this is the place to chill. Hit the deck on the slow boat, listen to the animated local gossip , surveying their purchased supplies for the next few weeks or months, feel the gentle breeze and taste the salty air,- a welcome change from bustling Ranong. Get ready to unwind and chill. As you approach this shimmering gem in the Andaman, a tall green mountain emerges with misty jungle in every direction. Disembark, walk along the long pier into town, all two streets of it! You might like to rent a motorcycle for 200 THB a day, or take a motorcycle taxi to a resort. There are no cars; the concrete roads that crisscross the island aren’t wide enough. Beachcombing, kayaking, snorkeling, bird watching, cooking classes, idle massages, yes they are all on offer. Explore and visit the local Sea Gypsy community of Moken. Scuba diving is better on the nearby Similian Islands; sometimes cloudy seas caused by surf and river run off from the mainland, seas are not always a celestial blue. However you can island hop to nearby Koh Chang for a day or two. There are two main beach areas, Aow Khao Kwai (Buffalo Bay), with blinding white sand, and driftwood bar restaurants; this is the quieter of the two. There is also Long Beach Aoi Yai, facing SW, it has great sunsets over the looming Myanmar islands further out, this is where all the action is - relatively speaking. If you come in February you might like to witness the Cashew Festival. With a rented motorcycle, go for a gentle spin, cut the engine and scan the sky. You might be lucky and spot, monkeys, fruit bats, tree snakes, squirrels, a sea eagle circling, ready to pounce on it’s prey, or gaze upon majestic hornbills, the island has a large population; best seen in low season. With its driftwood bars, and hand painted signs, Koh Phayam is that lost Koh Samui. It also has accommodation and restaurant prices to match a bygone era. Koh Phayam offers a simple getaway, if you can do without 24 hour electricity, 7-11 convenience, Jet Skis, cars, wild parties and superfast Wi-Fi, then this is the place for you. Lie back in a hammock, prize off the cap of a bottle of beer, pop a cashew or two in your mouth, and look towards a tree, and you may gaze upon a Hornbill. Life couldn’t be better! Travel Tips: Shop in Ranong’s Tesco for supplies, pack a couple of captivating novels. With no ATMs and poor money exchange rates; bring your own cash! Getting There: From Rayong Pier 15; to Koh Phayam Pier - Speedboat (November- April - high season); 07.00 to 17.00; 40 minutes, 9 daily 350 THB. Slow boat at 09.30 and 14.30; 2 hours, 150 THB. Aow Khao Kwai (Buffalo Bay) is a secluded beach

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with lagoon-like water and blinding white sand No need to share a sun umbrella even during the Thailand they remember.

peak season, it’s still off the beaten trail The vibe of this bar, made from old driftwood

and other recycled objects, matches its name A very photogenic temple that looks like



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November 2017

Sansara Hua Hin; a Worthy Winner at the 2017 Asia Property Awards

Returning for a landmark 12th year, the annual Property Guru Thailand Property Awards is The longest-running event of the regional Asia Property Awards program established in 2005 With a professionally run awards system the biggest and most prestigious real estate event in the Kingdom, with the top and emerging names in real estate celebrated the best developers, projects and designs in the top tier markets of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as emerging destinations of Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phang Nga/Krabi, the Eastern Seaboard, the North East, and Songkhla.

Sansara Development Ltd., were the winner of “Best Housing Landscape Architectural Design” by the Thailand Property Awards. Highly Commended Awards: “Hua Hin: Best Housing Development” “Hua Hin: Best Housing Interior Design” “Hua Hin: Best Universal Design Development – Complimentary” “Hua Hin: Best Low-Rise Condo Architectural Design (Resort)” “Hua Hin: Best Condo Development”

Now under construction overlooking the renowned Black Mountain Golf Course, Sansara is a mix of luxury living and 5-star service ideal for people looking to spend time with an active community of likeminded people. Mr. Suresh Subramaniam (4th from the left) Chief Executive Officer of Sansara Development Ltd and Mr. Sunchai Nuengsit (3rd from the right) Managing Director of BuilderSmart Public Company Ltd receiving the award. “We are very honoured to receive

this prestigious award which recognises the high standards we have set for our development in Hua Hin. Sales of pool-side villas and 40 luxury apartments are now available at our exclusive haven from city life and we are now building 2 apartment blocks at the same time as the Club House, communal swimming pool and 2 Thai Sala’s for massage treatments”, said CEO Mr Subramaniam. T: +66 63 268 0088 E: F:

Affordable Elegance In Town


Office Address : Mil Pool Villas Address : 158, Hua Hin Soi 102, Nong Gae, HuaHin, Prachuapkhirikhan HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017 77110, Thailand

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Bikerboys Hua Hin – Exploring the Countryside on Two Wheels

There is a group of friends of different nationalities living in Hua Hin that enjoy riding together on small motorbikes (max. 150 cc) exploring around Hua Hin and sharing some good laughs.

Bikerboys is not about biking for the speed but for touring/adventure type of rides to discover new places and share travel experiences. Every 2 weeks there is a one day trip starting from Hua Hin with a distance of around 150-200 km. Each ride takes place on the 1st and the 3rd Sunday of the month. The meeting place is at the parking of the Big C supermarket at 9.00 AM and participation is free of charge.

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Bikerboys also have 2-or 3-day tours, sometimes travelling by car or train to a destination where bikes are rented for a bigger tour. The group started in November last year and has experienced making trips to many beautiful spots around Hua Hin. This is open to all bikers, male and female, with a motorcycle licence. Some experience in motorbike driving is necessary. The priority is safety; therefore riders are given a short briefing on the rules of riding safely in a group before starting a tour. Regular one day trips have been to following destinations: - Dolphin Bay and Sam Roi Yot National Park - Prachuab Khiri Khan and Ao Manao beach - Pala U Waterfalls, Hua Hin Vineyards and Pranburi Dam - Phetchaburi town, Phetchaburi coast and the rice fields. - Chang Hua Man Royal Project and Kaeng Krachaeng Dam. - Kui Buri National Park - Amphawa Floating Market (Samut Songkhran) A few weeks ago two new destinations west of Hua Hin were introduced between Pranburi Dam and the Myanmar border. There is a fascinating forested and mountainous area with some agricultural activities such

as pineapple, coconut and rubber plantations. Some new winding roads have been built recently and riding on a bike there gives the feeling of being in another world. Two new itineraries have been named “little Switzerland” and “little Africa” as some landscapes have similarities with those countries. Check out Facebook Bikerboys Hua Hin or email Robert at



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375 Tips for Successful Rental for Competing Condo Owners Since 2013, some 10,000 units have been introduced to the thailand condominium market every year and now there are around 72,000 of them, of which 35-40 per cent are for rent. Many owners choose cheap furniture that often doesn’t look good and tends to fall apart very easily, which leads to less satisfaction by tenants. Then others overdo the decoration, using furniture and decorations that are overly expensive, making it difficult to recoup the money spent in rental income. Also, the design may not appeal to a particular lessee.

Competition for condo owners to attract quality expat tenants is high and recently, luxury units have begun to enter the market in quantity, giving renters even more high-quality choices. The usual mix of property details such as location, building design, facilities, building management, brand image and rental rates will continue to drive the overall decision-making process, which is mostly out of the control of the owner. What the owner can control are aspects such interior decoration. A condo’s decorations can provide a competitive edge over other units in the same building. Here are a few tips that can help set your unit apart. First is furniture and fixtures. Most new condos today come fully fitted out, which means they have complete bathrooms, basic kitchens with a sink, stovetop, vent hood and cupboards, as well as air-conditioners and built-in wardrobes. The items that need to be added are furniture and appliances.

Presenting a functional and attractive kitchen

adding a large TV in the living area and a smaller one in the master bedroom can help attract renters.

Renovations may be a worthwhile investment

First impressions are important Experience shows that condos need to be attractive to a wide range of people, so taking a neutral approach works best. Neutral and relaxed colour schemes and more traditional and contemporary furniture design have the greatest chance of pleasing the widest audience. The furniture does not need to be expensive imported brands, but should be durable and easy to clean and maintain. For rentals, a full furniture package should be provided including a sofa with coffee table, dining table and chairs, bedframe, mattress and bedside tables with lamps. Some shelves or side tables could be good but should not clutter the unit. The key pieces are the sofa and dining set, which you should invest in. There is no need to decorate the walls. It is important to keep in mind that tenants may want to add their own decorations to match their tastes and style. The windows need blackouts and sheer curtains like hotels. Second is appliances. Some of the most recommended appliances to include to attract expatriates are a washer and dryer, large refrigerator, oven, microwave and dishwasher. Also,

Third is props. To make your apartment look more appealing, you should add props that can be removed after contract signing. These include throw rugs, wall mirrors, bed linen, kitchenware, |paintings, flowers – decorative items like show units have in condo projects. Fourth is renovation and maintenance. On average, hotels will renovate and redecorate their rooms every five to seven years or so. Condo owners should consider a similar schedule for major renovations for such areas as bathrooms, kitchens and flooring. However, minor touch-ups such paint and deep cleaning should be completed for every new tenant. Lastly, when showing the unit, it is good to ensure that their experience upon entering is overwhelmingly pleasant. Using a soothing fragrance creates a positive and more conducive experience. Turning on the A/C to cool down the unit before showing it in a hot climate like Thailand’s can have a significant impact on whether the renter has a positive or negative impression during inspection. Landlords can set themselves apart by paying attention to the details of the condo they are renting out. With no shortage of rental units available, owners must be willing to invest time and money on the interior to lease their property as quickly as possible. 087-113-8566, 085-631-4488 Soi 112, past Mahasamutr then 300 metres after the traffic lights on the left.

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There’s now 27 Holes at Black Mountain; and that’s Official!

Friday October 20th marked the official opening of Black Mountain as a 27 hole golfing resort, with the new 9 holes of the West Course fully integrated into the renowned Black Mountain golfing experience

November 2017

‘Rhodes Rules School’ Questions & Answers

For golfers of all abilities who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Rules of Golf provided by Rules guru and author Barry Rhodes. Each month 5 new Questions & Answers will be shown; here are numbers 71-75.

After an address by Managing Director Harald Elisson resident tour professionals, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and Scottish national Simon Yates spoke at the newly refurbished club house before going out onto the West Course to take ceremonial opening tee shots, play several holes and officially declare the 27 holes open.


Before and after the ceremonial tee-off on the new West course; proprietor Stig Notlöv (left) and Managing Director Harald Ellison (right), with Black Mountain- based professionals Thongthai Jaidee (black cap) and Simon Yates (white cap).

Question 71 Colin was a bag of nerves on the 1st tee and completely missed his ball with his first stroke. There is no stroke or penalty, as he had not yet put a ball into play in the stipulated round. True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Stroke. Note: Colin intended to strike and move his ball and the stroke must be counted. Question 72 Ram is last to play from the teeing ground and thinks that his sliced, blind tee shot may be out of bounds. Without making any comment he tees another ball and plays it. Surprisingly, he does find his original ball, which must have hit a tree and rebounded back onto the course. He may now play his original ball. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 27-2a. Note: As Ram did not declare his second ball from the tee a provisional ball, it becomes his ball in play and the original ball is treated as lost. Ram has now played three strokes as his second ball was played under penalty of stroke and distance. Question 73 A player may remove a loose impediment at any time without incurring a penalty. True or False?

Answer: False. Rule 23-1. Note: Loose impediments may not be removed without penalty when both the loose impediment and the ball lie in or touch the same hazard. Question 74 If a player intentionally distracts another player while he is making his stroke he may be disqualified. True or False? Answer: True. Decision 33-7/8. Note: Although a Committee may disqualify a player under Rule 33-7 for a single act that it considers to be a serious breach of etiquette, in most cases it is recommended that such a penalty should be imposed only in the event of a further serious breach. Question 75 A ball is holed when it is at rest within the circumference of the hole. True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Holed. Note: All of the ball must also be below the level of the lip of the hole. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out

Simultaneous opening drives to officially declare Black Mountain a 27 hole golf course.

As well as the golf course, Khun Panwad (left) had her ten year anniversary this year as a caddie at Black Mountain. She says it was a good move from her previous (unnamed) course duties because “the boss is here is very good and treats all the caddies really well.”

On the West Course 9th green Thongchai Jaidee almost sunk his eagle putt but couldn’t claim the first official birdie after proprietor Stig Notlöv (minding the pin) awarded him a ‘gimme’! HUA HIN TODAY, November 2017

The afternoon featured an opening tournament over 18 holes on the West and East courses before an evening with the restaurant team, led by recently joined Michelin star chef Hans Boren, serving a wonderful buffet dinner at the clubhouse to complete an historic day.

419 Top Tennis Being Served Up This Month at True Arena

The Hua Hin Championships will be a tournament for professional male and female tennis players played on outdoor hard courts. This will be Thailand’s most important professional tennis tournament for the year and feature many world rated tennis professionals.

Top professionals will take to the centre stage at True Arena this month

Starting from 1st – 3rd November there will be play to determine wildcard entrants before the women’s competition gets underway on 4th November with the final on 12th November. Competitors include Vera Zvonareva (Russia), a former world number 2 and US Open finalist; Swiss champion Belinda Bencic, a former world number 7, Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei and Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium. Thailand’s best player Luksika Kumkhum from Chantaburi will be there and many more. From 18th to 26th November the male professionals take to the sunken centre stage at True area. The official open ceremony will be hosted by Mr Suwat Liptapanlop on 6th November.

Vera Zvonareva from Russia will be on the comeback trail this month Special kid’s days are planned for the 5th and 19th November with an opportunity to be on court with the pro’s. There are also be everyday ‘return the serve’ challenges with prizes to be won by spectators who are lucky to return the pro players serve. Arturo Navarro (Director of Tennis at True Arena Hua Hin) and Wasawat Tuntiprapha (General Manager at True Arena Hua Hin) will direct the tournaments. This is a free event with spectators welcome each day; there will be tents offering games, food and drinks. Main draw matches will start at 3 p.m. every day and there will be plenty of shaded seats.

Mr Suwat Liptapanlop will host Thailand’s biggest professional tennis event with the opening on 6th November Updates on player draws, schedules and results can be seen at the tennis at True Arena Hua Hin’ Facebook page; Tournament Details Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) E@ Hua Hin Championship 2017 (125,000 USD) 4 - 12 November 2017; Opening Ceremony: 6 November 2017 Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) E@ Hua Hin Open Challenger 2017 (150,000 USD) Date: 18-26 November 2017

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10 42 The Cha-Am Golf Club “Ten Years of Great Golf and Still Swinging!” President Hans Ewalts says “Cha-Am has a very strong golfing community and the ChaAm Golf Club has been supporting and encouraging our region’s golfers for almost a decade. That’s testament to a friendly, inclusive approach towards individuals, groups and golfing businesses.” The 27th January 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Cha-Am Golf Club with planning well advanced for the Club’s golf season commencing this month with both social and competitive events available for members through to the end of March. This is a very welcoming and progressive golf society with Members of all abilities, ages, genders and nationalities able to enjoy the best experiences at the region’s numerous golf courses. New Members can join anytime to take part in this season’s activities.

The 2017 Cha-Am Management Committee (left to right), Captain Rogeir Heimstad (Norway), Kolbjorn Moe (Norway), President Hans Ewalts (Netherlands), Secretary David Watson (Australia) and Treasurer Paul Graff (Netherlands)

Past Management Committee Members, Lene Rosenstand from Denmark and Stein Guterud from Norway Hua Hin Today has seen a preview of what’s being planned for the Cha-Am Golf Club 2017/18 season of golf, including a big party for the 10th anniversary and 2-day trips on offer. An event pitting Club Members against Norwegian golfers visiting Cha-Am for the annual Wirkola Cup features in the Club calendar. We’ve also seen a preview of the Club’s anniversary Club shirt which will soon allow Members to proudly proclaim the mantra “Ten Years of Great Golf and Still Swinging!” More golfing ‘swingers’ are always welcome. To find out more about the Cha-Am Golf Club; check out Facebook at www.facebook. com/chaamgolfclub, website www. or just email secretary @


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Wirkola Cup Members Making a Splash at Kaeng Krachan

“Warning!, today over 60 Norwegian golfers with guides arrive in Cha-Am to commence the Wirkola Cup. They will put their imprint on the city for the next 3 weeks!”

Warning, the Wikola Cup players are back in town That’s a recent Facebook posting from one of the organisers of this annual gathering of travelling golfers in an event named after and hosted by the previous world champion skier Bjorn Wirkola.

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However the writer, local Cha-Am identity Kolbjorn Moe, wasn’t warning really warning about their driving skills on the golf course or forecasting an incident during a warm-up round at the Kaeng Krachan Golf Course. A golf buggy being used by two Members of the Cha-Am Golf Club, who had joined the travellers, somehow ended up nose-first in a green side lake. The warning message probably should have been directed towards those Members rather than to the Wirkola Cup players. One comment was to mention a wellknown quote by Dean Martin, “if you drink, don’t drive, don’t even putt!” However a reliable witness swears that alcohol was not involved.



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Delicious Italian Dining at Dorigo’s

Amongst European cuisine, it’s fair to say that Italian stands out as a worldwide favourite, arguably eclipsing French, Greek, German or any other country’s offering

When it comes to Thailand, Italian food continues to grow in favour, especially amongst the young who may have first discovered a pizza of the fast food variety. However the owner and chef at Dorigo’s says that after they discover a real pizza, it’s very hard to go back to fast food. Eugenio Dorigo or Khun Jay as he is better known has both Italian (from Venice) and Thai parentage. That’s a heritage which gives him an edge over the competition as a young entrepreneur with his own Italian restaurant in Hua Hin. He proudly displays his Italian grandfather’s artwork around the walls of the simple but immaculate premises situated within easy reach of the town centre. There are assistants on hand, but it’s very clear that Dorigo’s is Jay’s place and his personal touch is what gives the restaurant its identity. The Italian word ‘trattoria’ means a family run, inexpensive dining establishment with an informal atmosphere and that’s a good description of Dorigo’s.

A Dorigo pizza has Chef Jay’s own interpretation of this Italian cuisine staple. The home-made base needs to stand for between 48 and 60 hours before the pizza is cooked with quality ingredients, rather than elaborate preparation being the key. Apart from pizza and pasta dishes it must be said that Italians enjoy going out for a good steak, but a steak in Italy isn’t necessarily an individual slab. Beef Tagliatta is essentially a nice thick piece of beef that is grilled then carved; perfect with Italian house wine. It’s simple and delicious either seasoned only with salt or using lots of coarsely crushed black peppercorns, as well as garlic and rosemary. Other choices include crispy skinned Norwegian salmon with imported fresh fish (not frozen) and to stray further away from the Italian theme, Chef Jay’s experiences at an Irish pub in Bangkok means that he’s open for other suggestions. Irish stew may need prior notice but fish and chips; a favourite across the British Isles is always on the

menu. Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice Cream or homemade Tiramisu are specialty deserts. Dorigo’s is a contemporary restaurant with Chef Jay representing a new generation of Thai restaurateurs with a traditional background but eager to add their own twist to established favourites. This is a great place for dinner with friends with seating for up to 60 and without the parking problems of downtown Hua Hin. You’ll also experience the personal attention to detail directly from Khun Jay as the owner operator. A special Christmas menu is now being planned so an early reservation for this festive occasion will be an easy solution as a venue for your celebrations. Where: Directly across Soi 70 from the front gates of the Hua Hin School before reaching Big C. When: Everyday except Wednesday from 2pm to 10pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am. Contact: Phone 032 905 924; deliveries can be made with in central Hua Hin Facebook:

Khun Jay’s personal take on an Italian pizza

grilled Norwegian salmon

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2 46 Take the Guesswork out of Ordering Guay Tiaw; that’s Noodle Soup!

Thais love eating noodle soup with soup shops and mobile street vendors everywhere, though it can sometimes be quite daunting to the uninitiated. We have some tips about ordering noodles from our ‘foodie on the street’, Leigh Higgins There are many different types of noodle soups sold in Thailand, however many travellers may walk past the queue without ordering because of their uncertainty. Many noodle soups are of Chinese origin, however Thailand has developed her own flavours. Noodle soup is called Guay Tiaw, which can be eaten morning, noon and night, as a quick and versatile meal. Most vendors will specialise in one or two types of Guay Tiaw, so it is as easy as picking your type of noodle and adding a protein. The most common Guay Tiaw soups are:

tofu, slices of water morning glory, rectangles of coagulated blood and a big crispy wonton chip. It may be served dry or with the broth and ingredients together.

Guay Tiaw Tom Yum • A hot ‘n’ sour, spicy soup flavoured with lime juice, dried chilli and ground nuts and often includes liver, pork balls and a crispy wonton for texture. Variations on the broth are Nam Sai • A clear broth or Nam Khon / Nam Deang • A dark broth with a sweetness, enhanced by spices. Yen Ta Fo • A sweet and sour pink soup which gets it colour and flavour from fermented soybean paste. It is often served with pork, fish balls, fish cake, slices of squid, fried

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As you approach the vendor, they will want to know which noodles you want: Ba Mii : Thin, Round Egg Noodles Saen Yai : Thick Rice Noodles Saen Lek : Thick Rice Noodles Saen Mii : Thin Vermicelli Noodles Wun Saen : Glass Noodles Often a vendor will serve only one protein, or they may ask your preference: Moo : Pork Gai : Chicken Neua : Beef Bplaa : Fish Talae : Seafood Many soups will have additional proteins added such as pork or fish balls, as well as bean sprouts, Chinese celery and morning glory. Additional toppings may include deep fried garlic, coriander and spring onions.

It is also possible to order these soups done dry. Most of the soups are not spicy, so it’s great for those averse to chilli. At every soup vendor, a condiment set is on the table so you can flavour it to your taste. The typically Thai flavours of hot, sour, sweet and salty can be adjusted to suit your taste. Taste first, then adjust; everyone does it! Note from Leigh: Writing this was challenging, as for something so seemingly simple as a noodle soup, there are so many variations, however I found my favourite soups all by accident; by pointing, nodding and saying yes; Chai Kha/ Khrap. Most soups range from 20 to 50 THB.

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

Name: Mr. Chumpon Permtieng Nationality & Home Town Chumpon, Thailand Restaurant: Rocks Restaurant, Cape Nidhra Resort Hua Hin. Preferred cuisine: Mediteranean

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

Name: Sea Salt Crusted Sea Bass Description: Whole sea bass baked in a herbed salt crust served with spring vegetables and salsa Ingredients: Whole sea bass, flour, rock sea salt, egg white, fresh thyme, dry oregano, fresh dill, lemon, pepper. Sauce: chopped garlic, diced fresh tomatoes, fresh rosemary, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley, salt Method: Prepare the sea salt crust 24 hours in advance then clean the fish and stuff with fresh dill and lemon with fresh ground black pepper. 

Cover the fish with the sea salt dough and bake for 35 minutes at 220 C. For the sauce just mix all the ingredients together. A tip to make the dish special: Prepare fermented dough made with sea salt and leave at least 1 night so the brine permeates the dough and the salt is absorbed into the meat, making the fish taste better.

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4 48 WEEKLY MONDAYS Sheraton Pranburi Luna La Pran Restaurant

Sea bass – probably Thailand’s favourite special dish fish – takes centre stage at probably Pranburi’s most interesting restaurant, Luna La Pran, this November and December. Culinary Treasures of Japan, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin



Sheraton Hua Hin Salas Restaurant

Sheraton Hua Hin Salas Restaurant

Sheraton Hua Hin Salas Restaurant

The innovative chefs at the vividly colorful restaurant overlooking the resort’s lush gardens have exercised their culinary insights to create compatible flavors that deftly balance the richness of foie gras with aromatic herbs and spices, giving foie gras cuisine a whole new meaning. Prices start at THB 530 net. SPG members enjoy up to 20% on food and beverages. TuesdaySaturday.

Refined tastes of rustic north-eastern cuisine await adventurous diners as Luna Lanai seaside restaurant at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, extends its successful E-sarn Season with an allnew menu featuring an array of delicacies, available in November and December. Prices start at THB 370 net. SPG members enjoy up to 20% on food and beverages. Every day.

It’s pale, it’s tender, it’s rated one of the healthier red meats, and foodies adore it. And now Hua Hin has a chance to taste it to the limit at Salas poolside restaurant at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Prices start at THB 270 net. SPG members enjoy up to 20% on food and beverages. ThursdayMonday.

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at Hagi Japanese Restaurant, Japanese buffet - enjoy a wide variety of Japanese specialties such as Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura, live Teppanyaki and much more ... Price: Baht 1,100++ per person. Hua Hin Home Living Special Oil Paintings for Sale! 50-70%. Available for a short time at a special price. Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.


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Daily happy hour any hour, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin 12pm - 5pm at Suan Bua, 7pm - 11pm at Hagi. Like happy hours but not happy with the hours? We have the perfect solution for you. Create your own 2 happy hours and choose from: standard package: Soft drinks, local beer, house wine. Price: Baht 790 net for two hours. Premium Package: Soft drinks, local beer, house wine,gin, rum, vodka cocktails. Baht 1,190 net for two hours. Special Days

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


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Floral Ritual, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Fresh up your body and mind with variety of flowers starting with “Rainbow Flora Body Scrub” which is not only deep clean, soft and silky your skin but your skin smelling wonderful with the scent of flowers too. After that continue to release your muscle tension with Aromatherapy Massage together with relax your mind by Jasmine Massage Oil. Totally Complete the flower story with Local Refreshment. Duration: 120 minutes Price: 2,750++/

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Sea bass – probably Thailand’s favourite special dish fish – takes centre stage at probably Pranburi’s most interesting restaurant, Luna La Pran, this November and December. Afternoon Tea Selections, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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

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Saturday, 4th November 2017, 3:00 p.m. Head down to the Railway Pool for a fun-filled day for the Saturday 4th November. whole family. Kid’s will be entertained by The annual Loy our Sports & Activity Krathong Festival is team while the parents one of Thailand’s most can join-in or sit back delightful events. Join and enjoy the tunes us for a sumptuous played by DJ Steve of Thai Gala Buffet Dinner Surf 102.5FM. Splash in with enchanting live and join the Mermaid dance performances, Races, Invisible Bottle, Miss Nopamas Beauty Contest, competition of Chicken Fight, Ping Pong, Scavenger Hunt the best Krathong and and many more water live music by Wine N and underwater games. Roses. Price: Baht 1,790 net per person, including Special kids buffet 5pm - 6pm for only 350 baht welcome cocktail Kids net. Free admission. eat free! Siam Vineyard Dinner, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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Saturday, 18th November 7:00 p.m. onwards at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. We are proud to present Monsoon Valley’s two new exclusive labels Signature White Chenin Blanc and their Red Dornfelder personally introduced by the winemaker, Kathrin Puff. Price: Baht 1,790++ per person.

Saturday, 25th November, 6:30pm 10:30pm at Railway Restaurant. Explore the remarkable French cuisine of Provence! From high in the Alps, throughthe lavender hills to the beach side Cote d’Azure, you will enjoy oysters, foiegras, lobster, delicious cheeses and much more.... Price: Baht 1,850++ per person

Every Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. This buffet will show you the extraordinary best of what a High Tea is all about ... Baht 700++ per person. Art with Aartito the music of the Violin with Matthias, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Sunday, 12th & 26th November 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. Integrating mindful healing and holistic well-being through the creative arts. Expressive art session during Afternoon Tea buffet Price: Baht 700++ per person.

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Wednesday – 1st, 15th, 29th 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.

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

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


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


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


Address: Soi 126 Hua Hin, Phetkasem Rd Tel: 082 840 8080 Email: 74 Web:

Lotus Sports Club (Muay Thai) Shadow boxing, bag work, Muay Thai techiniques, sparing, stretching, swimming, running, rope jump, pad work, bags, clinch, kness or low kick ... Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: Web:


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 76

Star Property Hua Hin

Mason Appetite

As a family owned and run Property Specialist, our goal is to find the perfect property to match your individual requirements.

MasonAppetite is an authorized representative for premium home products. We dedicate to source & select only reliable quality with great design & function.

Address: 6/5 Dechanuchit Road Hua Hin Tel: 032-531-145 Email: Web:

Address: Baan Mai, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 11120 Tel: 029 841 155, 083-0969099 Email: Web:



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HH Home Living

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

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

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

Address: 62/69 Soi Moobaan Hua-Na, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 061 815 2680 Email: Web:


Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin

Asian Secure Hua Hin-Vaults

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...

Top security Hi-tech Steel Vault - Protected by 24/7 Monitoring of Alarm & CCTV. Deposit your valuables, documents, jewels in safety. Deposit boxes with dual locks. Address: 59/118 Soi 116 Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 086-3547352, 086-5046405 Email:


Address: 143/8 Soi 75/1, Hua Hin Tel: 081 591 4593 Email: Web:

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Nadpob Dental Clinic

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



Except, Implant, Orthodontics, Treatment ... ตกแต่งทันตกรรมรากเทียม และอืน ่ ๆ 牙科美容,植入手术等 Address: Huahin Market Village, floor 1 st Tel: 089 910 1033 Email: Web:

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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

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Luna Lanai Seafront Restaurant

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 1573 Petchkasem Road, Sheraton Hua Hin Tel: 032 708 000 Email: Web:

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Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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


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


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


Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

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

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

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

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


14 Coffee Bar At Cha Am

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

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Cha-Am’s most charming and relaxing Coffee Bar where you can almost touch the beach while savouring the best selection of coffee in town. The Coffee Bar is located inside Chaamaram on the beach road near the corner of Narathip Road.


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


Elephant Bar at Centara Hua Hin


Railway Restaurant Centara Hua Hin

Conveniently set adjacent to the lobby, the Elephant Bar serves vintage and classic concoctions like the “Heritage Fizz”, innovative cocktails and a choice of prime whiskies from an extensive drink list. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: Web:

Address: 261/30 Chaamaran Project, Ruamjit Road, Cha-am, Phetchaburi, 76120 Tel: 084 432 0548 Web:

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


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


Greek Taverna Hua Hin

Big Fish Marriott Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: Web: 17

signature grill and seafood restaurant, located directly next to the beachfront with indoor and outdoor seating.

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La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria

On The Rocks Bar at Cape Nidhra

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

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

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

Address: 97/2 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 600 Email: Web:



Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Sala Monsoon at Putahracsa Hua Hin A restaurant where the ambience is relaxed and chic. Start the day with a sumptuous buffet breakfast and indulge in simple Thai dishes, fresh salads, creative pasta dishes and innovative sandwiches for lunch. Address: 22/65 Naeb Kaehat Rd. Hua Hin Tel: 0 3253 1470 Email: info@putahracsa Web:


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

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

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

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Putahracsa Oob on bakery shop

Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

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

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

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


Coral Restaurant & Bar at Banyan The Resort


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

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


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

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

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


Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin

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

Spa Essentials at Sheraton Hua Hin

Spa at Rest Detail Hotel Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

SPA Cenvaree Centara Grand at Beach Resort & Villas

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Quan Spa Marriott Hua Hin

Set amongst a tranquil landscaped tropical garden, the spa features 9 treatment rooms and outdoor Thai massage sala.

Quan Spa, located here within the resort, offers a wide range of soothing massage therapies and beauty treatments. Pamper yourself during your Hua Hin visit, and be sure to explore our excellent spa packages.

Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021-38 Email: Web: 27

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Web: 37

Cape Spa Cape Nidhra Hua Hin

Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

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


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

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Amari Hua Hin

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


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

Blue Sky Resort

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

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

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

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



Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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

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

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

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

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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

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

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

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




Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin

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


Putahracsa Hua Hin

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


MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villas Hua Hin

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


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


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


Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

The 88 Condo Hua Hin

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

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

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


Address: 88 Hin Lek Fai, Amphoe Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 099 441 4152 Web:


Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Hin-Namm The Residentail Hotel

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

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

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


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


Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

Sansara Black Mountain, Hua Hin

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

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

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

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


Rest Detail Hotel


The Park Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

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539 ‘Laap’ • A Must Try Salad in Thailand!

Sitting just behind Som Tam for popularity, Laap is one of the most beloved salads in the Thai culinary repertoire. We have asked our ‘foodie around town’, Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand, about Laap and what makes this salad stand out! Laap is an ancient salad, possibly originating in the Yunnan Province of southwest China. The merchants of this part of China, the Chin Haw, may have helped to spread this dish throughout Myanmar, northern and northeastern Thailand along with Laos, where it is the unofficial national dish. The laap you will find more commonly across Thailand as a version from the Northeast, or Isaan region. This cooked salad generally consists of a minced protein gently simmered in a little water or stock. To this, a dressing is added which consists of lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, ground, dry-roasted dried red chillies and, very importantly, Khao Khua, which is ground, dry-roasted sticky rice, which gives this salad its specific nutty flavour and adds a crunchy texture. Coriander and mint leaves and chopped spring onions finish off the dish. Laap is most commonly made with minced pork or chicken, but in Thailand, fish like Pla Duk (Catfish) is also popular. Laap Pla Duk will sometimes have a paste-like texture or the fish may be in slightly bigger pieces and crispy; either way, it is very delicious. It is often served with a side dish of raw green beans, cabbage and Thai basil or other leafy green vegetables.

There are times you will find a laap will be slightly different; meatier in flavour, containing liver or other offal and with more herbs added to the protein. This depends on where in Isaan the cook comes from, as this region is vast, with land borders with both Laos and Cambodia, thus influencing how the dish is prepared. In the north, which borders Myanmar and Laos, they serve a very different version of this salad. Fish sauce is omitted, as is lime juice or any other souring agent. Often animal blood is added to add to flavour. In Chiang Mai an elaborate mix of dried spices are used to season their version of laap, including cumin, cloves, star anise, long pepper, cinnamon and prickly ash seeds. Many of these spices became a part of the Lanna Kingdom’s cuisine. With the addition of roasted aromatic vegetables, this mix is pounded to a smooth paste in a mortar and pestle. Called Nam Phrik Laap, this mix is used to season the laap in the cooking stage. The resultant dish is more rounded in flavour, with a much more slow-acting heat, slight bitter undertones and an almost floral sweetness. Laap is best eaten with sticky rice,(Khao Niaw). If you are someone trying to keep your carbs down, head for a laap and with the addition of the side dishes, it makes a great high protein meal.

It is very simple to find laap, as every Isaan restaurant will have it on the menu. I would love to say my favourite Isaan places, but the list would be far too long. I find that a humble vendor on a side street can make just as awesome a laap as a restaurant; it’s really about giving it a try. Seeking out northern restaurants or vendors around Hua Hin is a little more difficult, but here are two of the best: Khun Wanphen on Phetkhasem Soi Hua Hin 50, or there are two ladies at the very local Dinosaur Market, Soi Chonprathan 62 (near Wat Khao Noi). They sell exclusively northern food, including a spectacular northern rendition of laap. Note from the Editor: You will see laap written in many different ways, just like the word Isaan; they all mean the same thing; a delicious cooked salad from a great region.

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54 10 Daddy’s Home 2

Murder on The Orient Express In Theaters: Nov 23, 2017   Studio: 20th Century Fox CAST: Willem Dafoe: As Gerhard Hardman Kenneth Branagh : As Hercule Poirot Penelope Cruz: As Pilar Estravados Judi Dench: As Princess Dragomiroff Johnny Depp : As Ratchett

CAST: Will Ferrell : As Bread Mark Wahlberg : AS Dusty Linda Cardellini John Cena John Lighgow Mel Gibson

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by bestselling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. Rating: NR Genre: Comedy Directed By: Sean Anders Written By: Sean Anders In Theaters: Nov 30, 2017  

Rating: PG-13 (for violence and thematic elements) Genre: Drama,Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Kennth Branagh Written By: Micheel Green


The Only Living Boy in New York Studio: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions CAST: Callum Turner : As Thomas Webb Kate Beckinsale : As Johanna Pierce Brosnan : As Ethan Webb Kiersey Clemons : As Mimi Pastori Jeff Bridges : As W.F. Gerald

Attractions CAST: Jake Gyllenhaal : As Jeff Bauman Tatiana Maslany : AS Erin HurleyClancy Brown : As Jeff Bauman Sr Miranda Richardson : As Patty Bauman Frankie Shaw : As Gail

STRONGER is the inspirational and heroic true-life story of Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), the man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing captured the hearts of the world. Based on Bauman’s New York Times bestselling book, co-authored with Bret Witter. Rating: R (for language throughout, some graphic injury images, and brief sexuality/nudity) Genre : Drama Directed By: David Gordon Green Written By: John Pollono In Theaters: Nov.30, 2017   Runtime: 119 minutes Studio: Lionsgate and Roadside

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Thomas Webb (Callum Turner), the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents’ Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F. (Jeff Bridges), a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey. Rating: R (for language and some drug material.) Genre: Drama Directed By: Marc Webb Written By: Allan Loeb In Theaters: Nov30, 2017   Runtime: 88 minutes

11 55 Not Your Usual Street Market: Pranburi Old City Market Every Saturday night in Pranburi, the old city transforms its narrow streets into a not-so-typical night market. It’s where local heritage meets the new for a unique market experience

The province of Pranburi is home to an old town with a market aged over 200 years old. One of the first things you notice about this night market is that it is a stroll through yesteryear; with some modern touches thrown in. This market is aimed squarely at the locals rather than international tourists; this helps keeps its ‘old world’ charm. As you meander through the streets you walk past traditional wooden houses, many having been converted to coffee shops or antique stores; it’s rustic, yet very real. There are shopkeepers selling second hand clothes, others household items and even a natural healer selling roots and herbs for soothing ailments traditionally. Some of the vendors put blankets down and spread out their wares for sale, giving the market a sense of community. You will find new things for sale, like the obligatory t-shirt seller, though it’s also mixed with a stand selling locally made honey and another offering paintings by local artists. The market street is an a ‘L’ shape, with the middle being the food hub where the local vendors cook a vast range of Thai street foods, along with a smattering of

international dishes, like pasta and pizza thrown in. Grab some food, take a seat and enjoy the atmosphere. Along the way, there are vendors dotted throughout selling everything from sweets to fried potato sticks, snacks and fairy floss; there really is something for everyone. Two shops you must visit are Prod Pran coffee shop and Baan Ama souvenir shop; both offer great photo opportunities, as they are adorned with many retro items; they are just a short distance from each other. Prod Pran is a coffee shop in an old shop house where you can sit atop the upstairs balcony and watch the world go by. You’ll know the place when you see it, as it’s probably the most photographed shop in the market; and for good reason. Giving the market its character are all the local characters, such as the elderly man spinning records on a corner outside the antique shop; casually sipping whiskey and chatting to passers by. It’s also the stallholders who are willing to have a chat, pose for a photo or talk with the kids that make this such a great family outing. As there is so much to see and you don’t want to miss

out on anything, I suggest you walk up one side, turn around and come back on the other. This allows you a couple of hours exploring as well as photo memories. The best time to arrive is around dusk when the crowds are just starting to build and the vendors are set up and ready to sell. The market starts from around 5pm and finishes at 9.30pm. It is located behind the railway station in the Old City, Pranburi

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12 56 ‘Mamma Mia!’ Italiana Cucina

on the Sea View Terrace

Italiana Cucina, roughly translated means Italian cuisine. There couldn’t be a better a more enchanting location to indulge in authentic home-style Italian cuisine in Hua Hin than the Mamma Mia Restaurant’s Sea View Terrace provides sensational views over the gulf of Thailand. Apart from the view, the restaurant

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prides itself on wood-fired oven pizza, pastas of every style (and shape) with an abundance of fresh seafood (black mussels and razor clams). There are also tender cuts of beef or pork meat or perhaps sautéed portobello mushrooms to enjoy at sunset with a glass of sparkling Italian prosecco Life doesn’t get much better than that!

Hua Hin Today November 2017  

Hua Hin Today November 2017

Hua Hin Today November 2017  

Hua Hin Today November 2017