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4 Cover Story Unless born before June 1946, everyone reading this edition of Hua Hin Today can make the proud statement; “I was born in the reign of King Rama IX of Thailand.” This month sees the conclusion of a year of mourning after the death of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13th October last year with the Royal Cremation ceremonies taking place from 25th to 29th October. This event in the history of Thailand is without modern precedent and dominating the thoughts and emotions of the Thai people with few having any experience of living in the reign of any other Thai monarch. Thailand will witness scenes testament to the amazing impact that King has had upon all levels of Thai society as the beloved and revered ‘Father of the Nation’ who was bestowed with the title; King Bhumibol the Great in 1987. Our readers are urged to respect the occasion and to offer a subdued and reverent approach over this month. Hua Hin Today also recognises and respects this significance both in this edition and with a special feature in November following the Royal Cremation ceremonies taking place in Bangkok and nationwide. The next chapter in the illustrious history of the Chakri Dynasty will be the ordination of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun as King Rama X later in the year. This will be a much more joyous occasion when Thai people will be able to make the traditional worldwide proclamation following the accession  of a new monarch; “The King is dead, long live The King!” David editor@huahintoday.com

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4 Thailand Awaits the Royal Cremation

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej; King Rama IX of Thailand, passed away on October 13th last year at 88 years of age, plunging Thailand into deep mourning. A large number of Thais continue to this day to wear black to grieve over his death. Throughout his seven-decade reign, King Rama IX worked tirelessly to improve the well-being of his people. In return, he won much love and reverence of his subjects. This year-long period between death and cremation has allowed a profound display of love and respect from the Thai people.

Sanam Luang will become the Royal Funeral Grounds during the cremation ceremonies According to Thai Buddhist belief, religious rites and merit-making ceremonies carried out between death and cremation ease the path for the deceased and enables the departed to benefit in the next life. While the body is still present, the spirit can benefit by gifts offered, sermons preached and religious chants uttered in its presence. The cremation ceremony marks the final departure of the spirit from the mortal world. The Royal Cremation Ceremony for the late King of Thailand is scheduled for October 25th – 29th. The actual cremation will be held on October 26th (Thursday) which has also now been declared a public holiday. The ceremony will take place in Bangkok at Sanam Luang, the royal field in front of the  Grand Palace. This has traditionally been the venue for royal cremations and is where the intricate 50 metre funeral pyre has been constructed by specialist workers and skilled artisans. The structure represents Mount Meru, the place where Buddhist and Hindu gods reside. Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn in his capacity as the chairman of the committee in charge of the Royal Funeral has revealed that His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be personally performing a ceremony to install the top of the nine-spired funeral pyre at 5.00 pm on October 18th, marking the official completion of construction. The five-day schedule includes a royal merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace on the first day.  On the second day, the royal cremation will take place at the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.  The royal remains will be collected on the third day.  Another royal merit-making ceremony will be held on the fourth day to bless the remains, which will occur at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. On the fifth day, food will be served to monks at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before the Royal Urn is brought to the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

During the reign of King Rama III, the King wished to demonstrate that Thailand was such a fertile, flourishing country that even the area in front of the Grand Palace could be cultivated. Sanam Luang was then a normal plot of land, used for growing rice. When there was a Royal Funeral, it would be smoothed over to prepare for the event. During the reign of King Rama IV, when the ground was still used for farming, King Rama IV changed its official name from Thong Phra Meru to Thung Sanam Luang. Sanam Luang has been used as the cremation ground for all of Thailand’s kings and Royal Family members except for King Rama VII, who died in England. Mythical creatures, angels and gods are coming to life at Sanam Luang, thanks to the tireless, devout and often volunteer work of artists and craftsmen. They are building a monument for a single moment: the cremation of a beloved king. More than 100 sculptures and statues will be placed inside a crematorium complex. “This event has brought together talented artists from across the country to create the most amazing art pieces for the late king,” said painter Charoen Marboot.

The chariot was first built in 1795 in the time of King Rama I for the cremation of his father. The chariot has been used 25 times, most recently in 2012. Inch by gilded inch, the chariot to take Thailand’s late king on his last journey has been restored by skilled artisans over many months. Built of wood and decorated with gold and mirrors, the 13.7 tonne chariot is 18 metres long, 11.2 metres high and 4.8 metres wide. At the Fine Arts Department, close by the cremation site, the artisans, craftsmen and artists have applied the last layers of paint to an array of deities and creatures from ancient epics as well as statues of former kings of Thailand. Many of the artists provided their skills for free. A total of 441 troops from the army’s Department of Ordnance have rehearsed the hauling of chariots; 79 for the leading chariot, 222 for the greatest chariot or Phra Maha Pichai Ratcharot, and 110 for the Kren Bandai Nak, a structure for placing and moving the royal urn.

Hua Hin to Pay Respect at Wat Huay Mongkol Hundreds of selected artisans have created and restored symbolic Buddhist images for the occasion

“Many (artists) here are loyal and faithful to the late king,” said Surathkij Pheeraphongsil, a director of the Fine Arts Department. “Nobody complains about difficulties or about being tired because the late king endured more than us.” For 23-year-old Waritha Songtua, a recent art graduate. “As a Thai who has ability in art, I can use it to give back to the country, because to conserve art and culture is like protecting the nation,” she said.

The Wat Huay Mongkol temple complex, located some 15 kilometres west of Hua Hin, is famous for its enormous statue of one of Thailand’s most famous monks, Luang Phor Thuad. This complex will become the centre of Hua Hin’s recognition of the Royal Cremation and visited by thousands of local people wishing to pay their last respects.

Wat Huay Mongkol will become the focus for Hua Hin people to respect the occasion of the Royal Cremation

A Focus on the ‘Great Victory’ Chariot The chariot will carry King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s body to the site of the cremation. Known as the “Great Victory” Chariot, the vehicle is believed to take the divine back to heaven. The ritual use of immense chariot, which required 295 men to carry it, dates back to the Ayutthaya period although it was later refurbished to include wheels. It was most recently used in 2011 after the death of the daughter of King Rama VI.

Grand processions will show Thai ceremonial splendors to the world Six grand processions are planned for the ceremonies. During the five days, there will also be performances and exhibitions in honour of the late king. The event will be will be one of the most expensive in history with a budget of 3 billion THB. For the millions of Thais who loved the king, this event is very personal and they are eager to contribute to his final goodbye and ceremonies.

The Story of Sanam Luang Sanam Luang has been a place of central importance for the Thai people for centuries. Sanam Luang is Thai for “royal ground”, and it is a place where the King performs state ceremonies. In the past, Sanam Luang was an open field located adjacent to the Grand Palace. It has been used as a site for the cremation of kings, queens and nobility since the reign of King Rama 1. HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017

Hundreds of soldiers will pull the resplendent ‘Great Victory’ Chariot or Phra Maha Pichai Ratcharot

The complex is set in a park like environment, very well suited for those who wish to reflect on the significance of the occasion. The area has a lake, waterfalls, streams, bridges, a number of pavilions and many shady areas ideal for contemplation. The Royal Cremation Ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late King of Thailand, will be an event unlike any other in the living memory of most Thai People. It will receive international recognition and be beamed to millions across the world, in part, because of the spectacle and splendor of the occasion. However as a monarch wellknown for the longevity of his reign and for the impact his passing has had on the nation, people in many other parts of the world recognise the significance of this moment in Thai history. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will assume the throne as King Rama X later in the year to continue the reign of the Royal House of Chakri.


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6 Looking at the Bigger Picture of Hua Hin Tourism As Hua Hin continues to move forward as a destination in tune with the needs of international travellers, there’s also a need for resort executives to understand the ‘bigger picture’. That means being well educated, having broad experience in the wider world and staying informed about trends and future needs. The InterContinental Hua Hin has recently appointed a new Director of Sales & Marketing, Ms.Chompoonut Suntornpong, who meets that need. First Khun Boom, as she is known to her friends, has a Master’s Degree from the Schiller International University, London, England in International Hotel and Tourism Management. Second she has experience at resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam and most recently Bali, Indonesia apart from Thailand locations in Phuket, Chiang Mai and ‘back home’ in Bangkok. There’s been recognition of her abilities to manage re-branding and start-up projects and she is in demand as a guest speaker and lecturer at universities and at conventions, corporate functions and trade shows. The list of career achievements is impressive with an extensive CV to match Developing Hua Hin’s tourism potential is very much on the mind of Khun Boom. This particularly relates to the ‘MICE’ scene (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events).

This is a competitive business which needs international marketing and the creation of brand awareness. Khun Boom knows that ‘Brand Hua Hin’ needs more development, apart from the InterContinental Brand as a destination which has all the necessary facilities and expertise to meet the needs of MICE travellers. Having a relaxed and delectable lunch at the InterContinental’s Pirom restaurant was an opportunity to learn from a professional in the hospitality industry who really understands the bigger picture. Khun Boom is a modest lady who doesn’t ‘blow her own trumpet’, describing herself as a ‘small potato’. This is an expression learnt whilst staying with a London family during university years. However we expect that Khun Boom can play a ‘big potato’ role as Hua Hin tourism moves forward to add a more strategic approach to the high level of client services and facilities already on offer.

Running For Mental Health The beneficiary of the inaugural ‘Hua Hin Run to Give’ at the Cha-Am Naresuan Army Camp was the Hua Hin Hospital Psychiatric Centre. Another agenda item was to raise awareness about mental health issues and the unfortunate stigma associated with this serious worldwide health concern. ‘Run to Give’ involved around 230 starters completing either a 5 kilometre or 3 kilometre run (or walk for some), for the majority not as a fiercely contested race, but an early morning (6 AM) exercise and a good reason for an outdoor excursion with family or friends. By paying for the privilege of participating and receiving a souvenir’ T-shirts, over 150,000 THB was raised for a cause which is gaining more attention each year worldwide.

The Thailand Department of Mental Health believes that at least three million Thais are known to suffer from some form or other of mental illness. A study has concluded that around 20% of Thais, or about one in every five, suffer from some form of mental illness. The most common diseases were psychosis, anxiety disorders and depression. The World Health Organization is concerned about the rising incidence of depression across the globe. The World Health Organisation has moved depression to number two on its priority list, immediately below heart disease.

Staff from Hua Hin sponsors, the Marriott and Sheraton Resorts, were on hand to take care of the participants with essential food and drink supplies, with their GMs Goertz Bauer and Bruce Dupuis amongst the eager runners. Next year’s ‘Hua Hin Run to Give’ promises to deliver much more support for the Hua Hin Hospital. To contact the Hua Hin Hospital Psychiatric Centre Phone 032 52300, email psychiatry@huahinhospital. go.th, Website: www.psychiatry,huahinhospital.go.th HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017


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8 The Kra Isthmus Canal – A Maritime Silk Road to Rival the Suez and Panama

Mooted throughout Thailand’s history, the Thai Canal project is an infrastructure project that has been at the conceptual development phase for more than three centuries and conceived back in 1677

An Asian equivalent of the Suez or Panama canals, the so-called Kra Canal would slice through the Malay Peninsula some 800km south of Bangkok and about 200km north of Thailand’s border with Malaysia, linking the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea at roughly the same latitude as the island of Phuket. Until the 19th century, technology constraints made it impossible for the project to proceed. Toward the end of the 19th century, it became technically feasible with several proposals made by France and Britain during the reigns of King Rama IV and V. The 20th Century saw several attempts made to bring the project back, but coming to an end every time for one of three main reasons: lack of funding, national

security, and changes of government. The Canal project was reborn in 2001, with the hope of rebuilding the country’s economy and as a platform for sustainability with many rounds of seminars, debates and a “preparatory” feasibility study.

What is The Kra Isthmus Canal? The Kra Isthmus Canal would constitute a mega-project, a passageway that would connect the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand at the Isthmus of Kra, Thailand, the narrow ‘neck’ of Thailand heading south with the provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon featuring. A canal connection somewhere south of Chumphon would save shipping costs and time as the route is shorter by 1,000 km.

The canal’s purpose would be to bypass the narrow, traffic-choked and strategically sensitive Malacca Strait; the world’s busiest trade route with arate of accidents is twice as high as the Suez Canal and four times higher than the Panama Canal. The link would be between China, Japan and other East Asian nations with the oil fields of the Middle East and major markets in Europe, Africa and India. One of big winners could be Sri Lanka, which lies astride the busy sea lanes of the northern Indian Ocean, making it an obvious choice for a new shipping hub As the enterprise of a decade with a cost of at least US $30 billion - around 8% of Thailand’s GDP -, the canal would obviously create jobs in the Kingdom and beyond, but it would also facilitate global trade and stand as a symbol of international cooperation. Although the proposal is projected to provide many economic and trade benefits to Thailand and to the region as a whole, steps toward its development have been problematic. Apart from financing issues, there has been much debate over the costs for trade, the costs for the environment, national and regional security concerns as well as major concerns related to political and economic relationships in the region. Thailand has much to gain from a Kra Canal project at the same time as Singapore has just as much to lose. The Kra Canal, which has the potential of diverting half the shipping tonnage now calling at Singapore ports up north to Thailand, will have an impact on the Republic’s economy which will be huge and permanent.

A ‘Rail Canal’ maybe one innovative alternative

Recent Developments A Chinese company has recently completed a feasibility study, deciding on the best route for the canal. The Thai Canal Association for Study and Development has been set up to survey the proposed route. The Association has set up local committees along the proposed route to sign up supporters, spell out compensation proposals and explain the job opportunities a canal would create. HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017

A book has been prepared promoting the Kra Canal, with 10,000 copies, 1200 copies being distributed to leading institutional figures. According to the book, the waterway alone would cost $28 billion. A surrounding special economic zone would cost another $22 billion, which would fund related industries and infrastructure, including new cities and artificial offshore islands built with excavated earth. The combined project would eventually create some 2.5 million jobs according to the promotional book -- enough to employ one in four of the roughly 10 million inhabitants of southern Thailand. Another high-powered pro-canal group is the Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association of Thailand, headed by former Thai Deputy Prime Minister Bhokin Bhalakula. In recent speeches in China, Bhokin has called for the Kra Canal to be considered for inclusion in Beijing’s BRI initiative. In September this year, the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Thai Canal Association for Study and Development hosted an international conference: TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE PATHS TO THAILAND’S FUTURE, THAI CANAL: Comprehensive Study of New Logistics Systems for the Maritime Silk Road.

Thai labour groups have rallied in support of the project “As the development of the Kra Isthmus Canal (Thai Canal) is of great significance to Thailand, it is recommended that the relevant departments of Thailand start the feasibility study of the canal as soon as possible,” said Prof Zhou Dawei from Peking University. He said, the Thai Canal would open up the most spectacular sea corridors in human history, like the Suez and Panama Canals which would connect international maritime channel network. Another expert Zhao Gang from Beijing’s Scheme of International Cooperation in Renewable Energy said, Thailand could not make the right judgment and decision without conducting a complete scientific feasibility study about the Thai Canal. Chairman of Thai Canal Association of Study and Development General Pongthep Tesprateep in his opening speech at a conference earlier this year, called on the Thai government to create a National Committee to complete a feasibility study. The feasibility study he said, “will provide answers to any doubt that may still exist.” For more information see www.kracanal-maritimesilkroad.com


9 Thailand Committed to Defeating Human Rabies by 2020

Thailand has witnessed a substantial decline in the number of human rabies deaths reported from almost 200 a decade ago to fewer than 8 in 2015 thanks to high-level commitment and the accessibility of life-saving post-bite treatment (post-exposure prophylaxis, PEP) for animal bite victims.

implementing novel disease control strategies such as cost- and dose-saving intradermal vaccines. It is therefore crucial that access to such treatment is made available in endemic regions, particularly among poor and rural populations. “Our most important next step is to get post-exposure prophylaxis out to the village level where it is most needed and where we could save thousands of lives,” said Dr H. Wilde, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. “As the Princess pointed out, our challenge is to figure out how to sustainably vaccinate 70% of all dogs in these settings to break the cycle of dog-to-human rabies transmission.”

Although challenges remain, the personal involvement of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has contributed to promoting the mass vaccination and management of dogs and enhanced awareness of rabies.

after rabies and we are working very hard to put in place the infrastructure needed to eliminate the disease.”

“To eliminate rabies, you have to give people the knowledge they need and also teach them about their responsibilities,” said Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol who visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Monday 28 August. “I have seen so many people die of rabies and at one point, even in my father’s palace, there were cases of rabies. I took the responsibility of looking

Her Royal Highness’ commitment celebrates the progress, innovation and leadership Thailand has shown in accelerating efforts to eliminate human rabies deaths by 2020. Her involvement has helped to engage and motivate the public to prevent rabies, from the village to province to national level. “Villages are far away from operation rooms of cities and Bangkok. We need mobile units so that we can go anywhere to provide care to people and service the dogs as appropriately as possible,” said HRH Princess Chulabhorn. Thailand’s strategy is built on key areas that encompass all aspects of rabies control, elimination and prevention. It includes disease monitoring, prevention

and control in animals and human beings; animal shelter management and integration of human–animal disease control in communities; awareness, data collection, analysis and research through its “Rabies One Data” centre; project monitoring and evaluation; and research, development and transfer of technology. “Her Royal Highness is championing a One Health approach to eliminate rabies in both Thailand and in the SouthEast Asia Region,” said Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Team Leader of WHO’s Neglected Zoonotic Diseases unit. “This will greatly contribute to reaching our global target of zero human rabies deaths by 2030.”

Role model Today, Thailand leads South-East Asia and the world in developing and

WHO looks forward to working with HRH Princess Chulabhorn to further advocate for an end to rabies, as the world unites to achieve its goal of zero human rabies deaths by 2030. Rabies can be used as an indicator of success for the One Health approach as it combines efforts by human and veterinary health sectors. “I care for the health of people as much as I am concerned about the humane treatment of dogs. So if you want me to help you with rabies elimination, I can help you anywhere and in other countries. I am very willing,” said HRH Princess Chulabhorn. Rabies, a fatal but vaccine preventable, predominantly affects poor and rural populations in Africa and Asia. It is transmitted via bites and scratches from infected animals; dogs are responsible for around 99% of human cases.

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10 10 Year Retirement Visa Now in Effect

Are you a retiree wanting to live in Thailand? Did you already retire in Thailand years ago, and are sick of having to deal with retirement visa renewals every year?

Have you been saying for years the Thai government needs to make it easier for people to retire in Thailand? If so, you will be thrilled to know the Thai government has just instituted a new 10-year retirement visa that, if you qualify, could make your life so much easier. So, what is this 10-year visa for retirees in Thailand, where do you go to apply for it and how do you get it? HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE 10YEAR RETIREMENT VISA IN THAILAND? The qualifications you must be able to fulfill to be awarded a 10-year retirement visa are: You must be over the age of 50. You must be from one of 14 countries — Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Finland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada You must have at least 3 million THB in a Thai bank account, or have a provable overseas income of at least 100,000 THB per month. You must have health insurance cover which pays out at least 10,000 US dollars You must not have any pending criminal convictions or charges. It is likely you will probably also have to show your residence yellow book (tibean bahn), or  proof that you are the owner of a condominium or a rental agreement. And, of course, there will be the usual slew

of photographs. If you can meet all these qualifications, however, you can now apply for the 10-year retirement visa in Thailand. Although, technically, it is not a 10year retirement visa at all. Instead it is a 10-year visa that has to be re-applied for every five years, as the government wants to make sure you continue to meet all the stipulations throughout its term. Still, a five-year retirement visa for Thailand that is easily renewable is still much better than the current one-year retirement visa you have to reapply for every year. HOW TO APPLY Although the visa went into effect on 11th August, quite a few people at various Thai Immigration offices have not heard of its existence. It is also not yet listed on Thailand’s Immigration Department website. In fact, even though Lt. Gen. Natthathorn Prohsunthorn the commander of the Thai Immigration police has announced the existence of the new visa and is pushing for people to apply for it, many staff at various Immigration offices around the country have still have not heard of it and do not know how to help any retiree who shows up in their office and asks for it. That being said, Lt. Gen. Natthathorn Prohsunthorn says it can be applied for at any provincial immigration office.

Thailand Ranked Amongst the Cheapest Places to Buy a Beer A new study has ranked Thailand amongst the cheapest countries in the world to buy a beer. The study, carried out by UK based FX comparison site Travelex, produced an International Beer Index for 2017, looked at the average price of half a litre of beer in 32 countries which are popular holiday destinations for British holidaymakers. The study ranked Thailand in 6th place, where the average price of a beer was found to be 62 THB. The cheapest country to buy a beer was found to be Bulgaria, followed by Czech Republic and Hungary which were in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The most expensive country to buy a beer was found to be the United Arab Emirates where the average price of a beer will cost you approximately 378 THB, around 9 times the cost in Bulgaria!

Cost to Buy a Beer (THB based on per 0.5 litre draft) Ten Cheapest Ten Most Expensive 1) Bulgaria 42 1) United Arab Emirates 2) Czech Republic 46 2) Norway 3) Hungary 47 3) Switzerland 4) Mexico 49 4) Sweden 5) Portugal 58 5) Denmark 6) Thailand 62 6) Finland 7) South Africa 66 7) Republic of Ireland 8) Poland 67 8) France 9) Jamaica 69 9) Australia 10) Barbados 71 10) Canada

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Smuggled Pangolin Seized in Pranburi

The Customs Department has seized 136 live pangolin and 450 kilograms of pangolin scales worth 2.5 million THB that had been smuggled from Malaysia into Thailand to be forwarded to China.

Fire Fighting Drill 2017

The Permanent Secretary of Hua Hin Municipality, Mr. Jeerawat Phramanee, has visited an area of Hin Lek Fire Hill and monitored the annual firefighting drill 2017 carried out by the Division of Disaster Prevention and Protection, Hua Hin Municipality. Attended by police officers from the Hua Hin Police Office, the event aims to provide training to solve future fire problems. Effective operations need the integration of police offers and municipal staff.. The firefighting drill was both theoretical and practical. This included understanding how fires start, techniques for extinguishing fires, the use of chemical fire extinguishers and how to extinguish fires caused by gas and oil.

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The “most trafficked mammals in the world” were confiscated following a tip-off that pangolins were being smuggled from Malaysia into Thailand and transported in two pickup trucks that had already passed through Chumphon. Officers at Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Pranburi customs checkpoint searched two suspicious trucks and found pangolins and scales. The endangered pangolin – which fetches high prices in Asia for its scales, which are believed to have medicinal qualities, and meat – is banned in international commercial trade per the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) and from import and export by Thailand’s Wildlife Protection Act 1992. So far this year, the Customs Department has seized pangolins and their products weighing 2.9 tons and worth 29 million THB, and also confiscated 16,730 pieces of elephant tusks and ivory products worth 7.5 THB million. Pangolin scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine and contain keratin, a protein also found in rhino horn. Pangolin meat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam and some parts of China. A U.N. wildlife conference last year approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins. Director-general of Thai Customs Department, Kulit Sombatsiri, said the market value and demand of the animals and their body parts remained high, which drove smuggling. “The smugglers keep doing this because the payment is so high and there are lots of demand for the consumption of these wild animals,” Kulit said. – The Nation


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‘Take Me to School’ Project

Mr. Nopporn Wuttikul, Mayor of Hua Hin, accompanied by Mr. Montree Choophu, Deputy Mayor, Mr. Atichart Chaisri, Secretary to the Mayor and Mr. Sommai Suksai, Director of Education Department haver received 180 pairs of school shoes and sports equipment donated under project named ‘Take me to school’. The donations were received from

Mr. Somchart Tanthian Liang, the Manager of Tesco Lotus in Hua Hin to assist the students of Khao Phitak and Khao Phitak Schools represented by Mrs. Kanchanarat Thaweesak, Deputy Director of the Academic Affairs Office. Teachers and students of the schools have received the donations as an encouragement to attend school activities.

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12 Khao Tao Reservoir Renovations

The Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, along with the Deputy Mayor Mr. Montree Chuphu and municipal staff have been monitoring the progress of renovation work of the Khao Tao Reservoir. The renovation work, with a 35 million THB budget, includes fixing and adding

walking paths along the reservoir, adding handrails and installing new electrical lights along the path. The work began in May and was completed in September. The reservoir is a well-known local tourist attraction with scenic landscapes as a royal initiative of the late King Bhumibol.

Speed Bump to be Installed in Fah Si Khram Community

Members of the Hua Hin Municipal Council and municipal staff have been assessing an area of the Fah Si Khram Community, especially streets where speed humps are required.

The community is located between Soi Hua Hin 94 and 95 where speed humps are considered to be necessary to address safety issues relate to the high number of traffic accidents taking place.

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Floating Merit on the Waves

The bountiful sea is much-appreciated daily by the fishermen of Hua Hin. But these nightly seafarers and hunter-gatherers, who bring back seafood to our tables and markets each morning, also know the toll that has been paid to the changeable sea in the past in the lost lives of their companions. An important event, the Annual Shrine Merit-making by the Sea, was held on the weekend of September 23-24 at the seaside Wat Thapthip Thong Shrine, next to the Hilton Hotel in central Hua Hin, celebrating the maritime history of our prosperous seaside resort town. The Hua Hin Municipality, Tourism Authority of Thailand and the local fishery association organised this annual event. The event remembers the lives of those had been lost to the waves over the years while trying to make a daily living from our sea. This is similar to ceremonies in many other cultures around the world; sometimes known as a ‘Blessing of the Fleet’. In the same way as the Loy Kratong full-moon festival allows both the sinking of bad karma and the floating up of prayers for a better future, this sea merit-making lets friends and relatives of fishermen lost at sea remember their loved ones. In the ceremony, a colourfullydecorated small fishing boat waits at the seaside shine on Saturday September. The craft is loaded with small passengers in the form of little plaster stucco dolls, of the size of a tall glass, to which are attached pieces of paper written with names of those who had died at sea. The dolls are painted with faces and Thai costumes and can be bought with donations to the shrine.

The ceremonial boat is then taken in a joyful procession around the town for participants to add more dolls and money donations for the shrine, before the boat returns for to the Wat for the night. On Sunday morning, there is another quiet ceremony to bless the guardian stones that warns boats of dangerous submerged rocks in their location. There are moments here for further quiet contemplation to remember those who were on the fishing boats that had sunk at sea. At the temple, nine monks chant their blessing on the dolls before lunch is served to the participating crowd. The fishing craft, festooned in bright colours and brim-full with collective memory, is launched onto the waves to be dragged out and left floating on the open sea until eventually sinking by itself to the bottom. With that symbolic sinking go the recollection of past life losses and the hope of protection and good fortune. Today’s fishermen then begin to ready their nets and squid lines once again to gather what the Hua Hin ocean may give back to them tonight.

The 100% helmet wearing campaign Miss Busaba Choksachart, Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin, along with Mr. Jirawat Prammanee, Permanent Secretary of the Municipality, and Mr. Supachai Arlaichitt, Head of the Municipal Undersecretariat arrange meeting with Col. Pol. to organize 100% helmet wearing campaign at Hua Hin municipality Hall. The 100% helmet wearing project that first will start in the schools, shopping centers and various agencies. There will be meetings, appointments, committees and working groups then will arrange the training program with publicity campaign and soon to carry out with matters of law for those who violate not wearing a motorcycle helmet while riding. Mr. Jeerawat Prammanee, Permanent Secretary of Municipality Hua Hin, along with city officials, Colonel Kornkan Navetchawanichakul the Deputy Chief HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017

of Staff and military staff have been busy at the Hua Hin beach organising and regulating beach vendors in preparation for the high season.

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October 23rd every year marks “King Chulalongkorn Day” or known in Thai as “Wan Piyamaharaj Day”. It is the memorial day of the passing away of King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V. King Chulalongkorn led several major reforms in Thailand, for example in the areas of Thai educational system, military affairs, State Railway and Slave Liberation Act without bloodshed in Thailand. King Chulalongkorn is the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri. He is the son of King Mongkut and the grandfather of the late King of Thailand, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He paid state visits to Singapore and Java twice and India once as observationtours to observe the political systems

and administration of the European rulers who governed colonies in South Asia and South-east. Asia. He brought back new knowledge and technology to apply in Thai government. Royal tradition such as uniform, haircut and audience the king were changed to the western style. King Chulalongkorn is considered one of the greatest kings of Thailand. His reign from 1868 to 1910 was characterised by extensive social and economic development, including the abolition of slavery and corvee (state labor service). He is also famed for his ardent Thai nationalism, and for his skill in fending off the threat of European colonialism, despite the fact that large tracts of Siam were ceded to the Europeans during the period.

Conferences Sector Spotlights Hua Hin

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TSEB) is casting a spotlight on the new conferences and events landscapes in Pattaya, Hua Hin and Bangkok, underpinned by upcoming developments under the Thailand 4.0 economic policy.

At the Thailand International Exhibitions & Events Forum 2017 Bearing in mind ongoing improvements in connectivity, mega infrastructures, and incentives to enhance new investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the initiatives are expected to magnify the recognition of each established ‘bleisure’ (blended business and leisure) destination, the bureau said. There is great potential in the growth of the MICE sector (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) and the resulting income distribution as it becomes increasingly important in developing the country, said Supawan Teerarat, vicepresident of the bureau’s strategic and business development. “Thailand is moving forward in all areas of development to steer the national economy to Thailand 4.0 era,” Supawan said. “The government encourages public and private partnerships as part of the transition, along with policies that enhance

a new business environment, innovation, as well as promotion of hard and soft infrastructure.” The exhibition sector generates significant economic impact for Thai society. Based on results of an economic impact study in 2015, the Thai MICE industry helped circulate total expenditure in the country’s economic system of 220 billion THBt, In the exhibition sector specifically, generated more than 53,000 million THB and more than 43,000 jobs were created. Hua Hin is known to have a plethora of upmarket resorts which typically feature conference areas in a setting which provides for all the necessary ‘leisure’ components of ‘bleisure’. Hua Hin is also becoming increasingly accessible to business travellers and a very different destination than either Bangkok or Pattaya. Meanwhile rumours continue to circulate about a purpose-made conference facility near to the almost complete Holliday Inn between Khao Takiab and the Vana Nava Water Park. – The Nation

Besides that, King Chulalongkorn was the first Thai King to send the Royal Princes to be educated in Europe. Throughout Chulalongkorn’s reign, radical writers had their works published for the first time. Works that were previously banned were allowed to be read by the public once again. The most important royal contribution was the announcement of Slave Abolition Act. Slave Abolition made him the Beloved Great King of all people of Siam. In the beginning of his reign, more than 1/3 of the Thai population was slaves. There was an endless continuity of offspring slaves who were slaves for the rest lives. Traditionally children of slaves also became slaves. The King also modernised government and streamlined the administration of the

country by dividing it into provinces and districts. He replaced the traditional lunar calendar with the Western calendar. Siam was a Buddhist country but he made it clear that other religions (including Islam and Christianity) should have the freedom to practice without fear of persecution. Communications in the country were improved greatly with the introduction of postal services, the telegraph and the construction of Thailand’s first railway (from Bangkok to Ayutthaya). King Chulalongkorn ascended the throne in 1868 at the age of only 15. His Majesty then passed away on October 23rd 1910 at the age of 57. He had ruled what was then Siam, for 42 years.

Historic Renovation of the Temple of Dawn Almost Complete Sitting majestically on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the legendary Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. The most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. The world-famous Temple of Dawn pagoda, internationally known as Wat Arun, will officially be reopened at the end of this year after being closed to visitors for three years to undergo repairs and renovation along with other structures in the temple compound. The original tiles covering the 81.85 metre high stupa, which were set aside during 1999 renovations, will be used. The Department of Fine Arts carried out the repairs and renovation. They also carried out an underground exploration of the stupa’s foundation. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor says, “This was the biggest repair and renovation work to take place on the temple in recent memory using the latest restoration technology. The importance of this work, and that of Wat Arun to Thailand’s history, culture and tourism industry cannot be overstated. “It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, and over the years has now become one of the most visited tourism sites in all of Thailand. The competition of the renovation and official reopening celebration in December this year is the source of great pride to all Thai people.” This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the centre of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang

Wat Arum will soon shed the scaffolding and return to being one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Bangkok of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism. It was initially envisioned by King Taksin the Great in 1768 after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, when he arrived at this Buddhist temple just as dawn was breaking. He ordered the temple’s first renovation and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of Dawn. A 10-day long celebration of the completion of Wat Arun’s renovations will take place at the end of this year from 27 December through to 5 January, 2018. The festivities will include a tribute to King Taksin the Great and Thai dance performances. There will also be an exhibition on the temple’s history, showcasing the importance of its role in Thai society, highlighted by a display of award-winning photos of the temple taken over the years with the first images of Wat Arun dating back to 1865. HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017


14 Tourism Research and Development Project

Mr. Nopporn Wuttikul, Mayor of Hua Hin has presided over a research project on creative tourism development to preserve local culture. Ms. Rumpa Chomlongrach the Director of Social Welfare Division and a research team from the School of Tourism and Hospitality of Dusit University attend

the project meeting at Hua Hin municipality Hall. The project was organized to create public participation in developing creativity to meet the needs of tourists and the potential of local communities, to preserve culture and encourage people to consider tourism opportunities for their communities.

UNAIDS Applauds Thai Strategy to End AIDS Epidemic by 2030

New HIV infections in Thailand have dropped 50% in six years – the biggest decline in Asia and the Pacific, according to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

UNAIDS has applauded Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health for its bold new national AIDS strategy, which provides a road map for ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat in Thailand by 2030. The National AIDS Committee has launched the 2017-2030 National AIDS Strategy with a 13-year plan to ensure an effective, cost-efficient and high-impact HIV response. The new strategy commits to a fasttrack phase, where an all-out effort is made to reach the global “90-90-90” treatment targets by 2020.

This refers to a situation where 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIVpositive status are accessing treatment, and 90% of people on treatment have viral suppression. Thailand has already achieved the first 90 and the other two goals are within reach. The country’s epidemic is concentrated among key populations, including men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and sex workers. The strategy includes tailored programs for specific populations in specific locations. It also includes plans to increase the integration of HIV health services with those for Hepatitis C, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Thailand is one of a handful of countries in Asia to almost completely selffund its HIV response, with nearly 90% of total AIDS spending from domestic public sources. – The Nation

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New Cigarette Taxes Imposed

The Excise Department has imposed a cigarette tax based on tiered pricing, with expensive brands charged a higher rate than cheaper ones, with a goal of striking a balance between public health and government revenue. The new excise law was scheduled for enforcement from Saturday, September 16th. Imposing a single rate tax regardless of cigarette prices will take a toll on cheap cigarettes produced by Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, while expensive cigarette brands will benefit, said an informed source at the Finance Ministry. Such a tax structure could encourage people to smoke imported cigarettes, said the source. A single excise tax rate for cigarettes could affect the Excise Department’s revenue if the rate is set too low, but it could hurt low-income smokers if the rate is too high, the source said. A new excise duty on cigarettes is part of the new excise law, in which suggested retail prices will replace the existing exfactory price and cost, insurance and freight (CIF) values as a base for excise tax computation. The change is aimed at creating a fairer system for manufacturers and importers after some businesses were found to have understated their tax bills. The new excise duty rates for alcohol, cigarettes and playing cards have been have been before the cabinet for approval to ward off stockpiling ahead of the effective date. The cabinet recently approved organic laws concerning the new excise tax rates, which will apply to all 21 products subject to excise duties except alcohol, cigarettes and playing cards.

Even though the Excise Department will adopt the tax neutrality concept for the change in tax base calculation, some products, particularly sugar-sweetened ready-to-drink tea and coffee, will lose its excise duty-free privilege, while other soft drinks with added sugar will be subject to a higher tax bill two years after the new law is enforced if they fail to lower sugar content. The sugary drink tax will see one litre bottles and cans of soft drinks with sugar content of 0-6 milligrams as tax exempt, while more than 6 to 8mg will be subject to a 10-satang tax. Those with more than 8 to 10mg will be taxed 30 satang, more than 10 to 14mg 50 satang, and more than 14mg will be hit with a levy of one baht. Malika Bhumivarn, a partner at Bolliger & Co Consulting Ltd and a specialist on trade and customs, disagreed with tiered pricing for alcohol and cigarettes, saying products with equal harm to health should be levied at the same rate. Moreover, alcohol and cigarettes are major excise tax contributors, so their tax structure should be simple to discourage tax evasion and reduce loopholes, she said. The experience of other countries and international organizations suggests a tiered-tax system reduces efficiency in collecting such taxes, said Malika. She said the Excise Department should be more concerned with its key information, the ease of doing business to encourage entrepreneurs, and linking information among tax-collecting agencies. – Bangkok Post


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Uric Acid is produced from the purine in protein, the breakdown of the food that we eat such as meat (especially entrails) and certain kind of vegetables (such as asparagus, peanut, morning glory, cauliflower, and acacia.) Uric is disposed through the kidney. If something goes wrong with the kidney function, the uric level will get higher. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) or Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) is the estimation of how much blood passes through the glomeruli in one minute. It is one of the best tests in checking kidney function. It can also indicate the stage of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)..

Many patients come in for a health checkup find out that they have problems with their kidney function Problems might be discovered from the high functional kidney rate test, some from the low Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) test. Nonetheless, these abnormal results all represent an increasing burden for the kidney. In this article, we will be discussing different test on the kidney function. Blood Urea Nitrogen or BUN is a test that measures the amount of urea in your blood. Urea is produced when protein is digested in your liver then broken down in your kidney. Getting high result from this test may indicate uremic, the state of getting too much protein, dehydration, an effect from certain medications. A high result from this test may even be found in patients with diabetes or high blood pressure. Creatinine is a waste molecule that is produced from muscle metabolism and disposed through the kidney. If a test finds a high level of creatinine, it would indicate that your kidney function is decreasing or you are at risk of uremic. Conducting a test on creatinine is great for screening patients. A high level of creatinine is usually found in patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, dehydration, or as a result of medication that affects the kidney and/or the muscle metabolism. Low levels of creatinine usually indicates weakness or amyotrophy.

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One thing that we would like to share with those who are entering the uremic stage is that food is also important. Be careful with the intake of protein and calories. Try to stay away from food with sodium or a salty taste. Most important of all, try to avoid food with high potassium such as asparagus, mushroom, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, spinach, morning glory, cabbage, kale, canton, chayote leaves, agasta leaves, and celery; or certain fruits such as banana, tomato, potato, pumpkin, and avocado. Last but not least, please take care of your body and your kidney before it is too late. Try to go for a checkup regularly, so you know what kind of precautions you need to take. Information provided by Healthlab


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18 Growing Yellow Marigolds to Honour HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Centara Grand Hua Hin Receives Customer Review Awards 2016 from Agoda.com

Centara Grand Hua Hin recently received the “Customer Review Awards 2016” from Agoda.com, Asia’s leading booking site. Guests rated 8.9 out of 10 score over the services of hotel during their stay. “This award acknowledges the efforts of our dedicated team who value guest feedback as ways to improve and enhance our service so that we may meet and exceed all our guests expectations.” said Mr. David Martens (6th from the left), Hotel General Manager.

Booking.com, the world largest online travel agency workshop at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa Dusit Thani Hua Hin’s Management, staff and their families have joined the nation in honoring the memory of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej by planting yellow marigolds in front of the hotel’s fence. Yellow represents Monday, when King Bhumibol was born. Flowers planted now are expected to bloom by October 20th, in time for the royal cremation from October 25th -29th.

COAST Beach Club & Bistro, Hua Hin Receives Excellence Award 2017 from Wine Spectator

Mr. Jan Weisheit (middle), Executive Assistant Manager at Centara Grand Hua Hin together with COAST Beach Club & Bistro team recently received the Award of Excellence 2017 from “Wine Spectator”, an international wine magazine. This award is presented to astounding restaurants with at least 90 varieties of wine, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style to satisfy discerning wine lovers. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognise restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

True Arena Hua Hin “Do Good For Mom Project”

September 2017 recently, Booking.com is one of the largest online travel agency in the world and part of the Priceline Group has been selected Novotel Hua Hin to organize with the international standard meeting. Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa welcomed Booking.com management team and Hua Hin hotel partners to the resort and attended the workshop at Leelawadee meeting room. Novotel Hua Hin meeting room is newly renovated and fully equipped with meeting facilities. During the workshop booking.com team and hotel partner enjoyed to exchange the market knowledge and extranet training with international standard conference & catering service. For more information at www.novotelhuahin.com or call 032708-300

To celebrate the birthday of her Majesty Queen Sirikit, executives and staff of True Arena Hua Hin, Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Park, Blúport Hua Hin Resort mall and Proud Hill Hua Hin Co., Ltd. planted over 160 trees under the project “Do Good for Mom” through a forestation activity at Soi Hua Hin 122, Tumbon Nongkae, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. For more information, please call 032 909 633 or info@truearenahuahin.com

D-DA Endorphine at the Chandelier Ballroom, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa.

Episode 3 of the Sheraton’s 10th Anniversay was an exclusive concert and party with powerful vocalist Thanida Thamwimon, D-DA, onstage. She was singing some of Thailand’s best known hits from the heyday of the top rock band Endorphine to the delight of her fans.

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19 Fun, Weird and Offbeat October Days

The month of October is full of fun, bizarre and offbeat holidays that you can celebrate, almost one for every day. We’ve selected just a few that you may wish to celebrate this month. 4th October National Vodka Day

17th National Mulligans Day

Your Country’s National Day If you are not Thai then you will probably want to acknowledge your home country’s National Day in one way or another. Try to find a restaurant featuring the cuisine and traditional activities familiar to you. Here are some prominent National Days for October. 1st October China

It is by the distillation of fermented substances such as grains, potatoes or sometimes fruits or sugar that vodka is made. Traditionally prepared vodkas had an alcoholic content of percent by volume. In the United States, products sold as vodka must have an alcoholic content of 30 percent or more. “On the rocks” (over ice) is a popular way vodka is ordered. Cocktails with vodka as a vital ingredient include Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Sex on the Beach, Moscow, Mule, White Russian and Black Russian. 6th October National Noodle Day

In golf, a mulligan happens when a player gets a second chance to play a second shot without penalty. The Mulligan gives golfers a second chance after a terrible shot that may have ruined a good round. According to the United States Golf Association (USGA), one story is that the term derived from the name of a Canadian golfer, David Mulligan, one-time manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, who played golf in the 1920’s. According to the USGA, the term first achieved widespread use in the 1940’s. However don’t try to claim a Mulligan during a serious game of golf; it’s absolutely against the Rules of Golf; even on this National Day. October 28th National Chocolate Day

Noodles come in many varieties and National Noodle Day celebrates them all. The word noodle derives from the German word “nudel”. Noodles are made by some type of unleavened dough being rolled out and cut into a variety of shapes. Long thin strips are likely the most popular, however some of the other shapes such as; tubes, strings, shells, flat, wide and etc., have their fans also.   Boiling, pan-frying or deep-frying them are the common ways of preparing the noodles.  They then can be eaten alone, with butter or with a sauce or used in soups, casseroles, salads or lasagna. It is a question as to where the noodle was first invented but it is known that it has been a staple in many parts of the world, including Thailand for over 1800 years.

While there are many specific chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate. Chocolate is one of the world’s favorite flavours, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration. One way is to go out to your favorite restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert. October 31st National Knock-Knock Joke Day

October 15th National Grouch Day

If you are a grouch today is your special day. According to Sesame Street Magazine, National Grouch Day was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. A grouch is described as a person who complains frequently or constantly or a person who is habitually irritable or complaining. It seems that a grouch may be happy (although they would never admit it)  only when others are unhappy and grouchy.  It is then that they feel most comfortable by having others share in their world with them.

This holiday is for jokesters of all ages to share their knock-knock jokes throughout the day. In 1934 the standard knock-knock joke format was used in a newspaper humour column: Knock Knock!! Who’s There? Rufus Rufus Who? Rufus the most important part of your house. Children often learn to tell knock-knock jokes as one of their first types of jokes, at a very young age. You can easily make up your own knock-knock jokes with just a little imagination.

The National Day of the People’s Republic of China celebrates the nation’s s founding on October 1st, 1949, with a ceremony at Tiananmen Square. But the PRC was not founded on that day, but on September 21st, 1949. The Central People’s Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on December 2nd, 1949, and declared that October 1st is the National Day. The National Day marks the start of one of the Golden Weeks in the PRC celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organised festivities, including fireworks and concerts. Public places, such as Tiananmen Square in Beijing, are decorated in a festive theme. Portraits of revered leaders, such as Mao Zedong, are publicly displayed.[6] 3rd October Germany The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany which commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. The Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, which traditionally runs until the first Sunday in October, now runs until 3rd October. 12th October Spain The Fiesta Nacional de España is the national day of Spain. It is held annually and the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first arrival in the Americas, a day also celebrated in other countries. In October 7th, 1987, the name was changed to Fiesta Nacional. Spain’s “national day” had moved around several times during the 20th century; establishing it on the day of the international Columbus celebration was part of a compromise between conservatives, who wanted to emphasize the status of the monarchy and Spain’s history, and Republicans, who wanted to commemorate Spain’s burgeoning democracy with an official holiday. 28th October Czech Republic The 28th October is an unlikely date for Czechs to be celebrating their national holiday. After all, it commemorates the founding of the state of Czechoslovakia which was established in 1918 which ceased to exist 74 years later, when Czechs and Slovaks went their separate ways at the end of 1992. Czechs went on as if nothing had happened. To this day wreathes are laid, the national anthem is played, and except when the holiday falls on a weekend everybody enjoys a day off work. 29th October Turkey After Turkey’s victory in the War of Independence (1919-1923), the Turkish parliament proclaimed the new Turkish state as a republic. A new constitution, which the parliament adopted on October 29th, 1923, replaced the constitution of the Ottoman Empire. The leader in the Turkish War of Independence, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, became the country’s first president on the same day. According to Atatürk, Republic Day is Turkey’s most important holiday. Many people in Turkey celebrate Republic Day by attending performances and participating in traditional processions with flags and musical bands. Many people also lay wreaths to Atatürk’s monuments or visit Atatürk’s mausoleum in the country’s capital, Ankara. HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017


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HOUSE FOR SALE The Park Oasis 2 pool villa for sale. 187 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom.From 5.4 Million THB. Black Lotus offers great hotel services such as a free shuttle to go to the downtown. It has also a communal swimming pool, fitness center, car park. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Orchid Villa 4 pool villa for sale. 210 Sq.m. 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. From 8 Million THB. Great residence located in the backcountry, close to Black Mountain golf, with friendly atmosphere. Designed pool villas. Possibility of rental management. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Great pool villa On soi 88 for resale. 330 Sq.m. 5 Bedroom 4 Bathroom. Land of 600 Sq.m. 10 395 Million THB. Great location, just 5 minutes from The Market Village. Modern and luminous house with a beautiful terrace. Ideal for a family. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) La Sierra pool villa On soi 102, for resale. 160 Sq.m. 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. Land of 560 Sq.m. 6 420 Million THB. Located just a few minutes from the downtown and the beach. Good opportunity to buy in Hua Hin. To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN) Hua Hin West: luxury Pool Villa, Reduced excellent property in award winning development with Spa, Fitness, Tennis Court, Restaurant, near Black Mountain Golf Course, 200 sqm on 660 sqm plot, 2 bed, 3 huge bath, Euro kitchen, tropical garden, fantastic Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 9,950,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: wonderful Pool Villa in a completed development 150 sqm on 419 sqm plot, Euro kitchen, 2 bed, 2 bath inside, 2 bath/shower outside, beautiful garden, nice Pool, unfurnished, carport, sales price 5,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Hua Hin West, serial/town house at the pool Location: Smart House Village, Perfect holiday home or for a single resident, also good for 2: studio/land area: 50 sqm, fully fitted bathroom, European kitchen, covered terrace 5 x 2 m, jump from your terrace direct into the huge and winding community pool, sales price 2,200,000 TH call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: lovely little home excellent quality house in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 90 sqm on 300 sqm plot, 2 bed, 1 bath, Euro kitchen, close to Community Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 3,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com Hua Hin West: Luxury villa in one of the best developments: Baan Ing Phu living 265 sqm on 1029 sqm plot, 3 bed, 3 en-suite bath,Euro kitchen, beautiful garden, 10 x 4 Pool,carport, sales price 21,500,000 THBTHB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Hua Hin West: Excellent quality house in “Best Residential Development 2015”, 90 sqm on 300 sqm plot, 1 bed, 1 bath, Euro kitchen, close to Community Pool, ready to move in, fully furnished, sales price 3,500,000 THB

Hua Hin, 2 km to city: 2-storey House for sale

call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

living area 330 sqm on 2 floors, land 1200 sqm, huge living area + 1 bath on 150 sqm 3 bed, 3 bath on 2nd floorpool 14 x 5 m, carport for 2 cars, Exclusively fully furnished, built-in cabinets, European kitchen, many store rooms, sales price 12,000,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Hua Hin, 5.5 km to the city: Showhouse for sale

Hua Hin Borfai Soi 6: Pool-Villa for sale

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 8x4m pool, wonderful garden, 95 sqm living on 360 sqm land, great location, nice community, fully furnished, ready to move in, sales price 5,300,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

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

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

please call: 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Beautiful Villa For Sale Hua Hin 88 Beautiful Villa For Sale Hua Hin 88. This fantastic property is located in a complete estate within 7 minutes of the centre of Hua Hin, soi 88. A brand new villa has a nice living room with a kitchen corner. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. With a good swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Beds: 3 Living Area: 160 Sqm 5.5 M. THB: 2 Land Area: 465 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 -Brand new house in New Private Pool Villa Project for sale. Located just 10 minutes south of Hua-Hin City Centre. These modern 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, walk in closet, living room, dining room, kitchen, pool terrace, swimming pool 4x9 meter, car park, roof deck, laundry and storage. This Pool Villa tastefully decorated functional design and layout with attention to details using high quality materials. Price started from 5 Million THB. To views please call @ 086 369 3604. High Quality Villa for Sale A fantastic villa for sale, just to the north of Hua Hin, approx. 5km. Come fully furnished, with European kitchen, 17m x 4m private swimming pool with lush landscaped garden. The swimming pool is surrounded by a tiled terrace, with a Sala to be able to sit and relax in to get some shade from the hot Thailand sun. Beds: 3 Living Area: 295 Sqm 6.25 M. THB: 2 Land Area: 512 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 (HFSS 2006)White Lotus 1 Soi Hua Hin 116 The magnificent beautiful pool villa house for sale, it is located at a very good quality village, only 3 kms from the Market Village and 2 kms to the Beach in Khao Takiab. Also, has a place for relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere beside a long nice swimming pool. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a plenty of space for family. As can be seen the European kitchen. Many of tropical plants and trees around the area. This is a truly stunning home and must be seen to be appreciated. Beds: 3 Living Area: 153 Sqm 10.5 M. THB : 3 Land Area: 691 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118


21 Answer Crosswords 25 ACROSS : 1 Lubricant. 6 Raw. 8 Absurd. 9 Noble. 10 Asthma. 11 Nestles. 13 Anagram. 16 Bolero. 18 Throb. 19 Rotate. 21 Rye. 22 Dishonest. DOWN : 1 Lob. 2 Bough. 3 Indiana. 4 Adonis. 5 Trible. 7 Whetstone. 8 At a canter. 12 Embargo. 14 Air bad. 15 Robots. 17 Lithe. 20 Tot.

Answer Crosswords 26 ACROSS : 1 Orinoco. 5 Hard. 7 Ion. 8 Face-lift. 9 Ulcer. 10 Plod. 13 West. 14 Rend. 18 Toga. 19 Abode. 21 Airtsrip. 22 Ass. 23 Deal. 24 Letters. DOWN : 1 Obituary. 2 Innocent. 3 On fire. 4 Occupy. 5 Hollow. 6 Rife. 11 Decorate. 12 Stresses. 15 Dorsal. 16 Barrel. 17 Carpet. 20 Wife. Modern PoolVilla In Hua Hin Modern 2 Stories Villa New Modern Pool Villa boasts private villas all fitted with a private pool, a garden and a terrace for relaxation. The villa is approximately 2 km from Khao Tao Beach. Fitted with floor-toceiling windows; the air-conditioned villas offer plenty of natural light. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary tools and appliances for indoor cooking. These villas represent excellent value-for-money especially considering that each property has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. opening out to the balcony overlooking pool and garden. Beds: 3 Living Area: 285 Sqm 13.9 M. THB: 3 Land Area: 584 Sqm Phone :+66(0)818593118 Luxurious Pool Villa for Sale A fabulous,luxury Villa for rent, in a very popular area of Hua Hin. Decorated to an exceptionally high standard, this 3 bedroom (plus maids room) villa sits only 1km from the beach and 2km from the centre of town. A fully fitted European kitchen is one of the benefits of this beautiful home, but the crowning feature is the folding doors that stretch the entire length of the living and dining room, opening on to an enormous terrace area making the entire living space open plan for a wonderful outdoor living feel. The swimming pool is 7 x 4 metre with a jacuzzi, which adjoins the master bedroom. Beds: 4 Living Area: 240 Sqm 7.5 M. THB : 2 Land Area: 600 Sqm Phone: +66(0)818593118

CONDO FOR SALE Hin Nam Sai Suay 45 sqm Renovated excellent one bedroom apartment for sale in great location next to Anantara Hua Hin and close to the centre of Hua Hin and short walk to the beach. Offered now at an excellent price 2.2 million THB. Contact Kh Supranee on 0819812997 for viewing Hua Hin Beach Condo, 2 bed/bath Apartm. 133 sqm: Location: opposite Market Village, 24/7 security, Exclusive low-rise apartment resort on the beach, Ground floor, huge terrace, direct pool access, Exclusively fully furnished, European kitchen, 2 bedroom with 2 EnSuite bathroom each, Sales price 13,500,000 THB call 061 525 9646 E-Mail: info@immo-th.com

Nice condo, T2, for resale 120 Sq.m. 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom. 11.5 Million THB. Baan Chai Talay is located 5 minutes from Hua Hin Beach and downtown. Spacious flat with a terrace and sea view. Residence with good services (swimming-pool, fitness, tennis…) To view please call 08 61 70 02 95 (THAI/EN) or 09 22 70 83 38 (FR/EN)” Baan Lonsai high rises condo for sale, With full-front sea view, high ceiling, 2 large bedrooms, 2 large bathrooms, 3 large terraces, 1 large living room, 5 teak doors, and wooden floors, and 3 air cons, not furnished, allowing for your own selfstyled furniture designs, only 5-minute drive from downtown Hua Hin, including shopping centers. If you are looking for a wonderful home and also a far-sighted investment. Please call: 086-369 3604. (CFSRH 3001)Condo Hua Hin Blue Lagoon for sell Price@ 8.5 million THB or negotiable (approx. USD 243 k) or Bt 58 k per sqm. Bathtub and Shower, fully furnished,beautiful view of 1.3km-long lagoon pool, parking space in front of unit ,facilities such as Fitness, swimming pool, Spa and restaurant, discount at Sheraton is available at as lower fee as Bt. 4000 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children or for rental price@ Bt 40 k per month, minimum one year with two months deposit: Call at :+66(0)86 369 3604 Luxury Condo for sale at “Black Mountain Golf Resort” 4th floor corner unit, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 184 sqm. With open terrace 30 sqm with glass sliding windows, builtin wardrobes , aircons and ensuite baths , European Kitchen, covered parking lot, golf cart, incl. 2 life time memberships for “Black Mountain Golf Club “, for quick sell at ONLY 15.9 Mio THB. For personal viewing please call. SPECIAL OFFER on demand: Lifetime Family Membership in the Springfield Golf Club inclusive. Call or LINE 0927148998, K. Pornchanok

(CFSR 3002)Condo for sale at Baan Sansaran.

PROPERTY OF MONTH

This condo is convenient to go everywhere. on Pethkaseam Road, 102 Sqm. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Big Living Room, Swimming Pool View, facilities such as Fitness, For sale @ 9 Million THB or long trem rental price@ Bt 40 k per month, minimum one year with two months deposit :Call at 086 369 3604

Large home 200 sq mtr and 5x10m pool +( kids jacussi ) Call 087-882-4453 availabe for Season or Annual rental As of Nov 1 on...3 br 3 baths ,air cond.,semi furnished ,can house 2 families ,pets O.K (no Maneaters) plenty of parking and security system ..15 minutes to Bluport Mall .. sumvee@gmail.com ..realtors welcome English call 089-911-6536

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

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

* If you want to purchase all rental fees apply to purchase Lands for sale .....1 rai ,1/4 rai and others available ..ready to build.Special “view” lots on mountain road only 2 left 2,500 B per sq meter..call for Info on all properties .. English 089-911-6536 or Thai 087-882-4453

HOUSE FOR SALE/RENT

316 Sqm,3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, kitchen, furnished with small garden at Chookamon Resort, (300 Meters walk to beach), 24 Hour. Security. For sale @ 4.5 Million Baht. or Rent @ 13,000 Baht. To View : Tel 086 – 344 1320 K. Dang. For advertise in Hua Hin Today, started from Octobe1 2017-March 31 2018.

Personal Dutch guy, looking squash and/or badminton players for recreational level, a couple times a week at Hua Hin Ture Arena or elsewhere nearby. Please call Arno at 086 794 4551

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22 Wat Tanodluang – The Cha-Am ‘Boat Temple’

Places of significance to those practicing or appreciating the Buddhist religion should always be treated with respect. This means always behaving in a way which does not offend or disturb those at worship.

Wat Tanodluang known locally as the ‘Boat Temple’ An example of this need applies to a very special place from a Buddhist perspective just north of ChaAm we recently visited, colloquially known as the ‘Boat Temple’ although its real name is Wat Tanodluang. There are 18 resident monks at the temple apart from a novice or two.  However you’ll always find some other Thai people about paying their respects.  Tourists are not really in evidence.  The complex is more likely to be busy when there are Buddhist celebrations such as the ordination of new monks. The temple was built in the Ayutthaya Period and some ruins remain from the original structures.  Abbots dating back to 1869 to the present day are listed. .

Check with someone of authority (a Monk?) first before entering. Communication may need gestures to show your request to enter buildings or taking photographs if there is a language issue.  The ‘guardians’ of the temple will soon let you know what is OK.  Behave in a respectful manner and you will find your hosts most affable and welcoming. About The Boat Temple The main feature of this place is the appearance of the main building called the Mahusot or ordination hall. This building is clearly in the shape of a VERY large boat hull with a more traditional Thai temple as the ‘superstructure’.     The inspiration for this structure is the importance of the local fishing villages nearby, though the design was based on a temple a long way from the ocean. 

The boat’s steering wheel alongside gates protecting the entrance to the building with colourful gilded circular plates leading to stairs onto the ‘deck’.

Wat Tanodluang is ‘steaming’ through the jungle The protocol for visiting this superb example of Thai Buddhist culture is really quite simple. These ‘Rules’ should apply to any temple visits:

Entering the inside of the building from the ‘deck’ of the boat will probably need an escort from a Monk who is assigned as the day’s guardian.

Golden Buddhist images and murals with a nautical theme adorn the interior On our visit we were invited to enter by a Monk who proved to be a very hospitable ‘tour guide’. He pointed out the magnificent marble base of the shrine and mentioned that the cost of this alone was said to be in the vicinity of 100 million THB.  At the rear of the building is a huge mural based on drawings made by His Majesty King Rama IX of Thailand.  Where: Take the road from Cha-Am North past the Cha-Am Hospital and follow the signs towards Puktien Beach.  About 7 kilometres on and you will see the temple on the left hand side of this road.  Very easy to see and find! Luang Phor Thonsuk

Welcome Community Support after a Cha-Am Tragedy A fire has completely overtaken the life of a Ban Bangkao (Cha-Am) fisherman, his wife and son.

A short circuit in their home, led to the fire which destroyed all the family’s household and personal possessions and gutted the house. The fisherman and his wife were at sea at the time and their son was attending school only to discover the destruction upon their return. Left with only the clothes they were wearing, no insurance or savings, community support was the only way to rebuild their lives. However this support was quickly available from both official agencies and companies and from the expat community of Cha-Am. There have been pledges made for various aspects of the materials and work needed. The OKay Supermarket, a local store largely catering to the shopping needs of foreigners in Cha-Am, also began an urgent appeal for financial aid. A sum of 38,000 THB was contributed by owner Paul Graff’s customers and friends literally within days of the tragedy. Paul is very eager to thank all the donors and has been busy supervising the delivery of the building materials purchased. The Ban Bangkao municipal office was able to mobilise practical support within the community and with an adjacent plot of land quickly cleared and ready, army assistance then materialised with a workforce for the re-build. During our visit to the site of the fire, raw emotions were still close to the surface of the family involved; however the very rapid response and practical support provided meant that the family has been brought back from the brink and may soon be smiling again. A great example of community support in action! HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017

Fire destroyed the Ban Bangkao family home

OKay’s Paul Graff keeping an eye on building materials

The new home site; ready for construction

Well-wishers presenting donations


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Hua Hin Features in 20 Year Rail Master Plan

The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning has unveiled a 20-year master plan for rail development, worth more than 2.7 trillion THB, to facilitate special economic zones, tourism and local development. The plan covers double-track rail development stretching 2,777 km; metre gauge rail routes with a total distance of 2,352 km; standard gauge rail routes for high-speed trains, stretching 2,457 km; the establishment of container yards; and the use of electric trains for rail transport. According to OTP sources, the master plan will see around 1.9 trillion THB funded by the state and the rest will come from the private sector. The short-term plan runs from this year to 2021 for double-track rail routes covering three sections — ChachoengsaoKlong Sip Kao-Kaeng Khoi; Jira-Khon Kaen; and Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan. The high-speed train projects carried out between 2022 and 2026 will run between Bangkok and Rayong; from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima; and between Bangkok and Hua Hin. The long-term section will be from 2027 to 2036 running from Phitsanulok to Chiang Mai, from Hua Hin to Surat Thani and from Surat Thani to Padang Besar. Container yards will be built in Wa Ko in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Nong Pladuk in Ratchaburi as part of the shortterm plan. The Hua Hin railway station is clearing up buildings in the railroad area that stand in the way of the construction of the double track rail project. Hua Hin railway station manager Prasong Komuk said the authorities were negotiating with the owners of some 1,000

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 buildings that obstruct the rail project of the State Railway of Thailand to build the Nakhon Pathom – Hua Hin double track railway. The construction requires the relocation of residences in the affected area. Compensation will be paid to the affected persons by 300-800 THB per square metre. The construction will be carried out without affecting the iconic Hua Hin railway station, which is viewed as an important tourist attraction. – Bangkok Post/ NNT

Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

032 471 159

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

032 511 047 1132 032 522 656 090 446 6056 032 511 677 032 477 646 032 511 063 032 477 252 032 512 215 032 472 069 HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017


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26 The Newest Ep Fall 2017 Dresses we love By Ep Character This Fall 2017 doesn’t just come normal. EP is more than excited to present you with so many new must-have items, designed and created to be suitable for each and single one of us. EP characters represent a group of female friends. Here we want to introduce you to Sasha, Gigie and Kate. Each of them dresses differently. Different characters make them even more interesting and unique. The styles are shown on what they wear and how they wear it. For Sasha, her distinct style makes her stand out in the crowed. Her most worn items are blazers with dresses or pants. Cartoon prints are on the pieces to represent her style too. Gigie goes for a slight touch of modern classic. She is known for making outfit look professional with her skills in mixing and matching. Kate gives out a sense of sweetness. With her colour tones and styles, you would expect soft tone colours rather than dark or black. Laces are a part of her style too.

Here you see how each of them can be an inspiration for what you choose to wear on your everyday basis. Create your own character today with EP Fall 2017 collection. Let us turn your days into a wonder. Store location : 1st floor at Ladies’Boutique @Blu’Port HuaHin Follow us on www.facebook.com/Ep Fashion

Editor’s comment: Great to see a positive response from the municipality. We can’t always guarantee publicity works, but it seems to have worked this time! “May I join with millions of Thai and farangs in farewelling our beloved Rama 9, ahead of his state cremation next month. While remembering this great man, one does not seem to need any words to express thoughts. We remember His Majesty, enjoying himself at his palace by the sea in the sea breeze of Hua Hin. We imagine him relaxing but also expect him also to be working away, reading new information and applying it to his many projects in the country, for which he is fondly remembered by the populace. His Majesty, Our Majesty. How fortunate were we to have been led by such a man for so long”. Norachai “Thank you very much for publishing my letter re Dangerous road at Soi 102 Hua Hin. The mayor and other officials have visited the road and met with locals etc with photos and video taken. Apparently the mayor has promised to make the road within a year. Many thanks for your help”; Pasi T

“Having just returned from pleasant overland travel to Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, I am grateful to be back in Hua Hin, my second home from Europe for many good years. I was happily overwhelmed by the simple and effective facilities that Hua Hin residents enjoy daily. What a resort town we have. You don’t ever have to go far for most things you need daily. Blúport and the Market Village are cool and pleasant places that are not crowded. Many of the other places that I just visited require travelling big distances to swim in a pool or dine in a restaurant or walk by the sea. In our little gem of a town you can do all that just on a bicycle!“ Mona And finally international travel from Hua Hin remains a frequent topic of comment by readers; here are a few of the latest comments:

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“Bad for houses around soi 6 area, plane noise will be horrendous.” “Great for Hua Hin businesses” “Come on they need to sort out immigration at their other air ports before they open more.” “hmmmmmm it’s ok to have bright ideas but you need infrastructure in place first I would have thought.” “Good  for some, bad for others.” Editor’s Comment: Along with the rest of the community, we eagerly await for official decisions and announcements to be made about the AirAsia proposals for flights to connect Hua Hin internationally.


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28 Buriram to Host MotoGP in 2018

Thailand has secured rights to host a MotoGP race next year, after years of lobbying to bring top motorcycle racing to the kingdom. The MotoGP 2017 season consisted of races at 18 circuits with the Buriram International Circuit hosting the only new event on the 2018.

MotoGP owner Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has joined Sakon Wannapong, the Governor of Sport Authority of Thailand, for the signing of the contract after giving the green light with recent talks Florence, Italy. The talks took three hours and concluded with Dorna Sports being willing to give Thailand rights for three years beginning in 2018 up to 2020. Inaugurated in 2014, the Chang International Circuit is a 4.5 km long track with 12 turns. Apart from the World Superbike Championship, the circuit has also hosted the World Touring Car Championship, Super GT and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Newin Chidchob and the Chang International Circuit in Buriram

As per 2017, the first official test of ‘18 will be held at Sepang, currently penciled in for January 28-30, before teams head on to Buriram for the second test on February 16-18, replacing Phillip Island on MotoGP’s winter test schedule ahead of the 2018 season,. The first race weekend is likely to be held from 5-7 October 2018 at the Buriram Circuit, just before the championships in Japan, Australia and Malaysia, but there has been no official confirmation of the date from MotoGP or owners Dorna Sports as yet. The SAT said it expected to receive confirmation shortly.

Marc Márquez started the season as defending MotoGP World Champion

A Thai debut for MotoGP is a personal coup for Newin Chidchob, a 58-year-old survivor of Thailand’s bearpit politics who has enticed deep-pocketed contacts into building sports facilities in his hometown of Buriram. In 2014 he unveiled the $58.9 million Formula One-certified circuit in the 30,000 population town. The motorcycling extravaganza could pour millions of dollars into Buriram, a huge sum for a province that was once among Thailand’s poorest. Thailand’s government has earmarked millions of dollars to win the hosting of MotoGP in partnership with private sponsors. The 2018 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season will be the 70th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Thai Women Enter the Male Dominated World of Taxi Motorbike Drivers Thailand’s capital is well-known for its gridlocked roads. During Bangkok’s intense rush hour, only the city’s army of motorcycle taxi drivers keep things moving.

Women, deprived of other economic opportunities and attracted by the freedom the job offers, are pushing into this traditionally male bastion of the national workforce.

Kamokwan Sangngian, motorcycle taxi driver in On Nut, Bangkok Kamokwan Sangngian, a 40-year-old woman, migrated from a factory job in the country’s south to Bangkok three years ago. She now drives commuters from the On Nut sky train station around the city. HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017

“I had a friend who was working at this queue, near my house,” says Sangngian. “So I asked her to get me an interview with the group leader.” She now operates from 7am to 4pm six days a week. This has created good quality of life for the driver. “I like the freedom the driving gives me,” she shares. “I can choose my work hours and spend my free time with my son.”

A usually male dominated taxi rank Perhaps unsurprisingly, women face challenges when attempting to enter this male-centric sector. “When I first started driving, some men in the queue were teasing me,”

Sangngian shared. “Once I had proven to be a good driver, the harassment stopped. Some male colleagues also tried to push me out of the job because of the fear of competition.” Women drivers are popular in Jakarta Tens of thousands of men from Thailand’s rural provinces migrated to Bangkok following the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, and many of them took up the job of motorbike taxi driver. Kyoko Kusakabe, a professor at the Asian Institute of Technology north of Bangkok, sees similarities in this dynamic within other sectors of the Thai economy. “At the beginning, the men make life difficult for their female counterparts because they are scared to lose their social status as hard workers if too many women enter their profession and perform just as well as they do,” she said. While women entering a traditionally male line of work is good for equality, Kusakabe  is concerned that it is a sign of larger economic problems. “There are less and less unskilled job positions,” she suggested. “Low-paid jobs in construction and markets are filled by Cambodian and Burmese migrants.”


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30 Tours of Royal Cremation Structures to be Allowed in November The Ministry of Culture has made preparations for the public to be able to view and tour structures created for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the month of November. Minister of Culture Weera Rojpojanarat, today revealed after a meeting with organizers of the royal cremation ceremonies that the group had decided to allow citizens to view all structures created for the event, between November 1 and 30 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The tour will include all structures built for the proceedings as well as an exhibition on His Majesty the late King’s royal works and life. Replicas of the structures and information will be available during the tour, with visitors to be able to scan AR Codes for further details. The codes will be particularly useful for the blind and the wheel-chair bound. Up to 100,000 people are expected to take the tour each day with sessions to allow 500 visitors at a time. Shuttle buses will be available from locations such as BTS and MRT stations to facilitate travel, with the Royal Thai Navy also planning to offer ferry services from Thonburi district. 

Training Quietly South

A very pleasant trip for Hua Hin railway enthusiasts is to take the State Railway of Thailand’s new train south and spend a couple of nights in the friendly provincial centre of Hat Yai A connecting Thai train runs to the Malaysian border crossing at Padang Besar. If Kuala Lumpur is your destination, a new train travel experience awaits you at that station. The sleek aircraft sloping front of the new Malaysian train warns that this is a new fast electric ETS that streaks along at 140 kilometres an hour to reach the capital in just over four hours from the Thai border.

Waiting at the charming timber Hua Hin railway station, mostly older train still rumble by. Many are clearly hobbling at the end of their long working lives and well past retirement age. But more often now, shiny brandnew Chinese-made trains roll in. For example, at 6.45 pm daily, a comfortable overnight sleeper slips quietly into Hua Hin. There are very reasonable fares of 750 THB for a comfortable lower bunk and 650 THB for the upstairs bunk for the 12-hour overnight trip to Hat Yai. The train is brand new, a picture of sleek shining stainless steel and aluminium. The interior is bright and more spacious and displays Chinese useful no-frill functionality. The door slides open at the mere touch of the flashing button, and convenient small TV screens overhead shows your spot on the train route and which station approaches. of the Thai rail tracks. Seats are already being folded down to become beds when the train is boarded at Hua Hin. Neat curtains hang down in the cool air-conditioning, ready for a good night’s sleep. There also seems to be more space for your luggage. Before bed, stroll along a couple of carriages to the restaurant car, where there is a brightly pleasant dining space for coffee and good hot supper. There is minimal cooking facility but a good choice of pre-packed meals that can be warmed in the microwave. No alcohol is available. Sitting on your comfortably-wide bottom bunk bed, the night countryside can send you drifting nicely to sleep.

The brand-new train to Hat Yai The most surprising initial sensation is the smoothness and the quietness of the ride. Somehow the Chinese suspension levels out the usual bumps and grinds

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As Hat Yai there is no early rush to get ready to leave, as your train comes to a gentle halt at around 7 am in the large provincial city that is just waking up. Take a cheap tuk-tuk to your provincial hotel to get ready to explore this bustling but easy-going town. This is a good place to stop for a couple of nights, if you are travelling further south to Malaysia.

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Sales of Rooftop Solar Power to Begin

The government will end the decade-long restriction on households and commercial buildings selling power generated by their solar rooftops to state utilities in the fourth quarter of the year

Rooftop solar power to be sold Deregulation will open the door for detached houses, warehouses, factories and offices to sell their leftover capacity to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat). The buying rate is being fixed at below 2.6 THB per kilowatt-hour, according to the Energy Ministry. The fossil-based power Egat sells to consumers is about four THB per kilowatt-hour. At present, private actors are allowed to sell power to Egat through auctions under the small power producer (SPP) or very small power producer (VSPP) project. Energy Minister Anantaporn Karnchanarat said the government is considering granting licences to residents and building owners. The total capacity to be allowed,

however, has yet to be finalized. The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency has been appointed to set up details and conditions for granting licenses and the process to buy back power from the residents. Policymakers need to deliberate over details because there are several types of solar rooftop and different technologies — resulting in different sizes of solar rooftop projects at different power costs — before figuring out the regulation and licensing process. The regulations are expected to be approved in October. Thailand has 2,990 megawatts of solar power installed. Some 2,960MW, as of July, is from solar farms, while an additional 130MW is from rooftops. – Bangkok Post

Centara Hua Hin

to Host 2018 World Masters Amateur Golf Championship

The tournament combines a week of golf at some of Thailand’s best courses with social and entertainment activities. Next year’s tournament will feature four outstanding courses. Players will enjoy one round each at Springfield Royal Country Club, Black Mountain, Banyan Golf Club and Imperial Lake View. Centara Hotels & Resorts will again be the main sponsor and host of the Centara World Masters amateur golf tournament in Hua Hin June 10-16. 2018. This will mark the fifth year of the tournament, which attracts golfers from more than 50 countries.

Carts and caddies will be provided at each course, and each player will be assigned a caddie wearing a bib with the player’s name and country flag. The tournament will be open to men and women over 35.

Affordable Elegance In Town

MIL POOL VILLAS

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


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Sri panwa’s Newest Babies, Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin & Phuket For High-end Travellers The internationally acclaimed estate, Sri panwa, is completing two luxury hotels & residences worth 4.7 billion THB,

branded Baba Beach Club Hua Hin and Baba Beach Club, Phuket, The projects are set to be ready for opening in this October.

Mr. Songkran Issara, the Managing Director and C.E.O of Charn Issara Development PLC., says “there are many factors why the business industry is growing rapidly in Phuket and Hua Hin, not just from the increase in the number of tourists but also the increase in properties such as real estate and hotels. Moreover, the increase in transportation on land, sea including air will help encourage the tourism industry to grow further”. Mr. Ditawat Issara, the Managing Director of Issara United Development Co., Ltd., states that the concept of “Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin” and “Baba Beach Club, Phuket” is a Music Lovers Hotel and operating as hotels and residences in the style of a luxury beach club. The highlight is having the Entertainment Pool at the

beach as an exclusive Beach Club with entertainment appearances every month. Guests are encouraged to have fun, relax and chill on the beach with music while staying at the beach clubs. Baba Beach Club, Hua Hin is a joint venture between Charn Issara Development PLC., I.C.C. International PLC, and Saha Pathanapibul PLC. The company invested 1.7 billion THB in developing the beach club hotel and residences on the beach in Hua Hin. Situated on 12 Rai in Thew Talay Estate, the beach club covers 160 metres of beach frontage with different room types available. There are 18 units featuring a private swimming pool and panoramic views of the stunning sea in each unit along with 11 residence pool villas.

Baba Beach Club Hua Hin focuses on capturing middle to high-end travelers while targeting the younger generations by using Baba Beach Club’s music to express its young and energetic vibe. Mr. Vorasit Issara stated that the management of these two projects will be operated by Sri panwa hotels in order achieve world class service including residential rental for guests. “Sri panwa has created the Sri panwa Academy to train employees to improve their skills and

to standardise service. With the training provided, Sri panwa employees will be experts in their fields and can share their knowledge and skills with new employees in preparation for the two projects opening. We are confident that the services of these two new hotels & residences will definitely impress our guests”, said Mr. Vorasit. For reservations, please contact: huahin@bababeachclub.com / phuket@bababeachclub.com www.bababeachclub.com

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375 The Sanctuary Lakes’ Michael Lee ‘Doing What Comes Naturally’

Sitting Lakeside At Sanctuary Lakes Hua Hin With A Glass Of White Wine At Sunset Is A Very Pleasant And Relaxing Experience. The sunset filtering through the trees with a cooling breeze across the waters set the scene and the convivial company of Michael Lee completed the experience. Sanctuary Lakes Hua Hin is the latest Luxury Villa development from the successful Malaysian based and Multi National Sanctuary Lakes Global Group with Michael as the founder and CEO.

Michael Lee as he sees Sanctuary Lakes residents enjoying their lifestyle Michael can rightfully and proudly boast having had great success with similar projects in Australasia, China, Malaysia and the USA. He says his bankers don’t really understand why he welcomes projects that involve a challenge. That’s a part of his motivation; to create something unique which really is in harmony with nature for the benefits of residents but also the wider community. And he has the experience to show how that can be achieved! Michael’s vision for Sanctuary Lakes is for home owners to enjoy the natural surroundings, be able to stroll (or jog) around the waterways and imbibe with friends or family with the occasional lakeside soirée. It’s

an environment with all the advantages of a modern lifestyle but without the stress and confinement of the inner city. He appreciates that a condo-style residence may suit some retirees, but doubts that this environment can ever become a home. Needing to visit another confined area in the building to exercise or drive to a jogging track to experience the outdoors is very different to embracing the natural surrounds of Sanctuary lakes. As a dog owner, Michael expects residents to appreciate that they can also bring along their ‘best friend’. That’s just another part of enjoying being at home that condo owners can’t experience. Unlike many other developments, the property has not been cleared then retrofitted with greenery. This is a low density development established amongst the beauty of the natural surroundings. It’s a peaceful setting close by the Banyan Golf Course within easy reach of all the facilities that Hua Hin has on offer but far from the ‘madding crowd’.

Michael also welcomed visitors to the opening the on-site display home on 29th September, now open as an example of the future with some 50 villas to be built on the 40 Rai property and an additional 15/16 Rai of lake ecosystems. Three villa designs are offered with lake views and access to

strolling paths. Villas are noticeably spacious with wide open spaces, high quality features and attention to detail. Just one example is the installation of a ‘breeze-powered’ cooling system to reduce a dependence on airconditioning systems. Graham Miller is the affable Sanctuary Lakes Manager who will gladly introduce you to a future Sanctuary Lakes lifestyle and answer your questions, including future facilities, your personal security or future health concerns. For more information: Visit the Sales Gallery by following Soi 112 from Phetchakasim Road, turning right towards Banyan Golf Course then taking the right hand fork (left to Banyan) and following the signs for another 2 kilometres. www.sanctuarylakeshuahin.com, phone +66 (0) 32 900 658, email graham@slgg.my

www.huahin-homeart.com huahinhomeart@hotmail.com 087-113-8566, 085-631-4488 Soi 112, past Mahasamutr then 300 metres after the traffic lights on the left.

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Hua Hin’s Year Round Golf Tour for Serious Golfers The Saga Tailor Tour is a program of golf events Hua Hin’s

own Mini tour, the “The SAGA TAILOR TOUR”. Tour organisers Jorgen Persson and Suwit Pahulo are currently presenting the 15th season of the tour which teed off last month. This is a regular program of golf events at many different Hua Hin golf courses open to both to golf professionals and amateurs to play alongside each other. Although though this is a great chance for amateurs to play alongside professional golfers, there’s a catch for the unsuspected. One of the given’s is that every player is off scratch. What this really means is that unless golfers have a single figure handicap, they are most unlikely to feature on the leader board.

‘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 66-70.

The professional play for prize money, the amateurs play for prizes provided by generous sponsors. Order of Merit points are awarded in each event, which add up to decide the season’s winners in the end of year finale. The cost to join the tour is just 600 THB per year which includes a stylish ‘Tour Member’ polo shirt. There are divisions for Professionals and senior Professionals (50 years & older), Amateurs and senior Amateurs as well as lady Professionals and Amateurs. If you think you’ve got what it takes as a serious golfer who wants to mix it with the best golfers in the region, the Saga Tailor Golf Tour will be the best way to for you to ‘test your mettle’. Everyone is welcome to join the tour, just turn up on the day and introduce yourself at ‘the table’. Next Events Tuesday October 10th Banyan Invitational Tuesday October 24th EVASON Masters Tuesday November 14th EVASON OPEN Tuesday November 28th EVASON Invitational

Banyan GC Springfield (A+B Lake View (A+B) Banyan GC

8.00 AM 8.00 AM 11.00 AM 11.00 AM

To stay updated visit the website: www.sagatailortour.com Contact: Jorgen Persson Phone 081 434 6540 Suwit Pahulo Phone 081 856 4509

Jorgen Persson (far left) and Ashu (far right, owner SAGA TAILORS) with the youngest player of the 15 seasons of the SAGA TAILOR TOUR; 10 year old Athipat “Boom” Iamphongsai with the oldest player 75 year young Larry Kit.

TRUE or FALSE?

Question 66 In stroke play, a player may concede a fellow competitor’s putt when it is at rest on the lip of the hole. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 3-2. Note: In stroke play, competitors must hole out at every hole in the stipulated round or they are disqualified. Question 67 Once a player has commenced the forward movement of his club, with the intention of striking the ball, the stroke always counts. True or False? Answer: False. Definition of Stroke. Note: If a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke. Question 68 A player may mark and lift his ball in a bunker for identification purposes. True or False? Answer: True. Rule 12-2. Note: Before marking and lifting the ball, the player must announce his intention to an opponent in match play or a fellow competitor in stroke play. Question 69 One of the options for relief from a ball lost in a water hazard is to drop a ball

anywhere on the line of flight from where the ball was last played to where it crossed the margin of the hazard. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 26-1. Note: A player may not drop a ball on the so-called “line of flight”. The option for which this is commonly mistaken is to drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped. Question 70 In a singles stroke play competition a competitor is not the partner of his fellow competitor. True or False? Answer: True. Definition of Competitor. The above content has been provided to Hua Hin Today by Barry Rhodes ©2016 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions have been referenced to the Rules of Golf 2016 ©2015 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 20162017 ©2015, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. Check out www.barryrhodes.com

It’s Never ‘Par for the Course’ at Black Mountain This has been big year for Black Mountain and the Skagers have plenty of work ahead. April 20th marked the 10th anniversary, although the real celebrations will take place later in the year. There’s also been the ‘soft’ opening of the recently created additional nine holes.

Away from golfing circles, ‘Par for the Course’ means business as usual or no real changes. However everytime we visit the renowned Black Mountain Golf Course, there’s always some pleasant surprises. No matter how many awards are won or accolades are received from golfers from around the world, there remains a culture of constant improvement. Perhaps that’s why the awards and accolades keep coming.

Cart parking around the clubhouse has been improved and has made the chipping area larger.

Caroline & Mikael Skager beneath a golden Black Mountain logo.

A morning sunrise over the extended practice putting green

The couple are not strangers to Black Mountain and previously stayed for five months with their two daughters before making a family life change to become residents at a course side villa and enrolling the kids at the nearby Hua Hin International School.

Ostensibly our most recent visit to Black Mountain was an introduction to Swedish husband and wife Mikael and Caroline Skager, very recent additions to the BM management team. Caroline is now a teaching professional at the course and Mikael has been appointed as Operations Manager.

The successful trial period even resulted in Mikael reducing his golfing handicap from ten to a very respectable five. His previous golfing history has included caddying on the European Tour with Johan Edfors, a longtime friend and Black Mountain ambassador; although hospitality has really been his specialist career path.

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The Sansara Villas are taking shape alongside the newest nine holes Other 2017 improvements have included: An extended putting green in front of the clubhouse better replicates greens on course. The third green, reconstructed only two years ago, has had another make-over for a fairer putting test. The driving range has been upgraded with greens, bunkers and a second level to increase capacity. A new 18th hole cart path with other paths changed to improve the pace and playability.

Thongchai Jaidee is Thailand’s most recognised pro golfer and a BM ambassador Next will be an upgrade of the clubhouse restaurant and furnishings in readiness for a big event later in the year. It’s a frantic pace of improvement which means that the coming high season will be greeted by a bigger and better Black Mountain. It’s never ‘par for the course’ for the management of Black Mountain however achieving a par round at Black Mountain is on the bucket list of the better players about to head to Hua Hin’s most recognised golf course this season.


419 The Red Mountain Hua Hin World Cup 2017

The 5th annual Hua Hin World Cup is a two day tournament and is confirmed for the weekend of 10th/11th December at the state of the art football grounds at True Arena. This year’s main sponsor is Red Mountain Hua Hin. The event organisers would like to extend their thanks to Anthony and Chayanisa Kelly for their ongoing support. Due to the success of the previous tournaments and an increase in the number of teams/players, True Arena has been confirmed as the venue. This ultra-modern sporting facility boasts 2 full size FIFA standard grass football pitches. There have been a number of friendly games at the venue and players from countries across the world have stated that it is one of the best pitches they have ever played on. To quote a former Swedish professional, ‘If you can’t play decent football on this pitch you can’t play it anywhere’. The format has changed slightly from previous years most notably the change from 6 a side to 7 a side; therefore a squad of 11 players is perfect. Thailand was the 2015 champions and is ready to defend the title against teams including England, Sweden, Finland, France, Switzerland and Ireland. The tournament is a friendly event with sportsmanship being the key element.

This is a non-profit family event with a nominated charity facilitated and organised by local team the Hua Hin Vikings. It’s also a great spectator opportunity. For more info: https://www.facebook. com/huahinfootballworldcup2016/?fref=ts Email: huahinworldcup@gmail.com

PM Wants Sisaket to Retain his Boxing Title as Long as Possible

The prime minister toys with Sisaket by delivering a direct punch at the champion who narrowly ducked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told WBC super-flyweight champion Sisaket Nakhonluang-Promotion or Visaksilp Wang-ek that he would like the boxing champion to retain his title as long as possible to make Thai people happy and to be their idol. Sisaket who successfully defended his title by a knockout against Roman Gonzales in New York last month paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at the Government House. The prime minister told Sisaket that he had been following his fight enthusiastically and had been cheering him all along. In response, the boxing champion said he didn’t want anything special but only wanted to do something for the country. He attributed his successful boxing career to his hard working and training and also to his girlfriend who has always been his inspiration. He said he would carry on with his boxing career after his marriage with his long-time girlfriend.  However, he added that he would like to join the police force after retiring from boxing.

The MahaSamutr Country Club; Where Exclusive Really Means Exclusive!

To understand what the MahaSamutr Country Club will soon be offering Members, it’s worth considering the granddaddy of Bangkok’s private clubs, the Royal Bangkok Sports Club (RBSC) formed in 1901.

With its vast horse track, golf course and other sports fields in the centre of the capital, it’s easily the most exclusive of all of Bangkok’s private clubs. Some of Thailand’s most rich and powerful have yet to be admitted due to the long waiting list -- it can take as many as 10 years to secure a spot. Unfortunately terms such as ‘exclusive’, ‘private’ and even ‘country club’ have become misused in many modern marketing campaigns with very grandiose but inaccurate claims often made. For example many golf clubs have taken to call themselves ‘country clubs’; however there are typically few restrictions to any visiting golfer looking to play. The model of a country club being followed at MahaSamutr has many similarities to the aforementioned RBSC. This means providing a playground where only Members and their families have the rights to enjoy a variety of sporting, social and recreational facilities. It means there is a membership quota and access to the public really is restricted. Unless you are a Member, enjoying regular activities just isn’t possible. Activities on and around the sparkling lagoon waters have already commenced on weekends but won’t be continuing this month in recognition of the Royal cremation ceremonies in Bangkok. However Loy Krathom in November promises to be a big celebration with candles floating on the waters as a memorable new start. Anyone travelling along Soi 112 can’t help but notice

the diagonal roofing façade structure of the Sports and Country Club which has now reaching its highest point. Meanwhile, the landscape areas between each Villa have started development to prepare for ownership transfer in commencing in November. In the Sports Field building is being completed prior with specialist sports floor installations and the Olympic sized undercover swimming pool has been filled and being tested, with completion expected to be in February next year. The Country Club construction work is on schedule with a July completion projected. Construction of the main Villa entrance is underway to provide a private wayin separate from the Country Club entrance. Membership numbers have now reached around 900 of the 3,000 projected capacity and around 50% of the final 80 Villas have been sold. Being able to see the

reality of the Member’s facilities and the villas on the water’s edge and surrounding the vast lagoon now provides prospective Members with a real taste of the completed development rather than impressions from an artist’s drawing. The MahaSamutr Country Club is rapidly taking shape as a unique development in Hua Hin as the only real country club outside Bangkok. We would suggest that the next time you see any development being described as ‘exclusive’, ‘private’ or ‘unique’; take the time to consider what these words really mean. The chances are that cannot match the really exclusive, private and unique MahaSamutr Country Club! For more information: www.mahasamutr.com info@mahasamutr.com, Phone +66 32 907 900 HUA HIN TODAY, October 2017


42 10 The upcoming tennis competition at True Arena Hua Hin

Cal-Comp & XYZ printing ITF Pro Circuit 2017, a professional tennis competition that offered the highest prize money in all 9 tournaments at True Arena Hua Hin has been completed. However, there are another 6 tournaments that run until the end of the year. The September competition kicks off with Cal-Comp & XYZ printing ITF Pro Circuit 2017 #W5 and #W6, with 15,000 USD prize money, and the female Cal-Comp & XYZ printing ITF Pro Circuit 2017 #3, with 25,000 USD prize money. These tournaments proceed on 11th – 30th September. Additionally the “True Arena Hua Hin Senior Tennis Tours Series 2017 will be held on 16th – 17th September 2017.

For more information, please call 032 909 633 or info@truearenahuahin.com

Asia FLOW Tour 2017

Grand Final at Vana Nava Hua Hin

Asia Flow Tour 2017’s final round took place at the Vana Nava water park in Hua Hin. This was the 7th installation of the Asia Flow Tour, with the winners getting the chance to participate in the 2017 World Flowboarding Championships in Aquaworld, Cancun, Mexico. Over the months of August-September, competitors from around Asia have journeyed to their nearest contest venues and battle for top spots with the top riders from the participating venues congregating at Vana Nava on 22-23 September 2017 to earn the title of Asian FLOW Champions. The champions will then take on a bigger challenge as the will be flown to the 2017 FlowRider World Flowboarding Championships at Aqua World Cancun in Mexico.

Flowboarding is a late 20th Century alternative board sport incorporating elements of surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, skimboarding and wakeboarding. Flowriders ride on artificial waves or “sheet waves”. Powerful pumps project a three-inch layer of water at speeds ranging from 20 MPH to 30 MPH. The water flows up and over surfaces engineered to replicate the shape of ocean waves. Sheet waves are stationary waves, in that the wave does not move forward, and the movement is derived from water flowing over a stationary surface. Flowriders get their speed from the energy of the water flowing at them, and can perform basic to sophisticated turns and tricks within a relatively small area. Vana Nava Water Park features the ultimate in surf simulators; the Double Flow Rider provides fast moving waters on a doublewide width. There is also a team on site to guide you as you try maneuvers on Body Boards and Surf Boards.

Golf Tip October Perfect your posture

You might never hit it like tour pros do, but there’s a part of their technique you can mimic: the address position. When your body is angled properly at the start, you have the foundation for a repeating swing. It allows you to coil around a constant axis and swing the club up and down on the proper track. A good thought is that you are standing “proud” to the ball. The key to a good setup is to tilt toward the ball from your hip joints, not your waist. The difference is subtle, but bending from the waist causes the back to get rounded (Pic 1). It’s tough to make a good swing from this unathletic position. For better posture, try this, tuck your fingertips into the joints at the front of your hips, and tip your upper body forward as you push your hips and backside out behind you. Keep your shoulder blades flat, and add a little flex to your knees (above, left). You should feel athletic and relaxed. Try to re-create this hip-hinged position when you play. You’ll look like a pro, and hit it more like one. (Pic2)

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45 October 2017 Name: Lemon Rock Salt Description: This signature dessert Lemon Rock Salt is a flavour fusion of Thai herb biscuit, muskmelon sorbet, fresh fruit compote in orange brandy, blue chocolate magic lamp and served with Thai ice tea smoothie. Ingredients: White chocolate, Avocado, Lemon, Butter salt, Macadamia, Red chili, Assorted fresh fruits, Thai tea, Muskmelon, Orange flavored brandy, Honey

Hua Hin has many fine dining venues with chefs-inresidence 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: Sa-it Pidtafai, Executive Chef Nationality & Home Town Thailand Restaurant: Al Hamra Restaurant, Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa Previous important positions: Numerous positions and work experiences as well as a pastry coach for international 5-star hotel brands and restaurants across Thailand and Cambodia. A writer of 4 bakery cookbooks The Chocolate, The Bread Book, The Sweet Bun and The Doughnut, a guest writer for food and bakery columns of a leading food magazine in Thailand and a guest speaker in many pastry classes. Preferred cuisine: Pastry The chef’s favorite menu item to impress your dinner guests

Method: 1. Melt white chocolate in a heat proof container and pour white chocolate into 3D kettle molds, freeze in the refrigerator until set. 2. Bake a macadamia with red chili until brown. 3. Mix avocado, butter, lemon and honey together at room temperature. 4. Chop macadamia for decoration on top the lemon. 5. Prepare assorted fresh fruits salad in the kettle made of white chocolate. 6. Prepare Thai iced tea smoothie and pour it into the kettle made of white chocolate. A tip to make the dish special: Ensure you get the best quality of avocados and perfectly mix it with lemonade and honey.

All Pizza 220 baht

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2 46 Stepping out of your comfort zone and into… Southern Thai Food!

With Hua Hin being at the apex of the southern region of Thailand, you will find some great southern food to try here. Many travellers to Thailand, however, do not venture to try it, as the dishes are not as well known as those of its northern culinary cousins. We have asked Feast Thailand’s Leigh Higgins to sift through this region and share where she goes to get her Southern Thai food fix. More often than not, Southern cuisine tends to be heavier, more intensely spiced, richer and more pungent than any offerings from further north. With most of the inhabitants of the southern regions being ethnically Malay and many being Muslim, the food bears those influences. There is bread in the form of Roti, a pan-fried flat bread. It is often stuffed with a meat and vegetable curry - Roti Mataba, or accompanied by a curry sauce for dipping - Roti Gaeng. Every market all over Thailand also serves the sweeter version, sprinkled with sugar and condensed milk - Roti Nom Kon Wan; it can also have crushed banana as a filling - Roti Gluay. A personal favourite is Roti Tissue, which is a very thin, crispy style roti.

Southern Thai food is a spice sensation, though many travellers never try it, as it often looks precooked, too spicy, or they are simply not familiar with it, as their Thai restaurants at home town do not usually serve southern dishes. Southern Thai Food is the food of the Isthmus of Kra, the small finger of land bordered on both sides by tropical seas and having many islands. Thai food from this area shares much in common with Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisine, as there are often liberal amounts of coconut milk (Kathi), coconut oil (Nam Man Maphrao), fresh turmeric (Khamin), galangal (Kha) , garlic (Gratiem) , lemongrass (Takrai) and kaffir lime leaves (Bai Makrut) . Southern food is the some of the spiciest in Thailand, with little of the refinement of the Central region. Red, yellow and orange curries make generous use of coconut milk and coconut oil and are often boiled with sour pineapple and tamarind to balance the richness of the coconut milk.

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Some notable dishes of the region are:• Khua Kling - a spicy dry curry of minced pork, • Gaeng Som - a sour yellow to orange curry, • Pad Sator - a spicy stir-fry featuring ‘stink beans’, • Gaeng Tai Pla - a very popular southern curry made with fish stomach, • Moo Wan - a delicious, sweet pork dish – great to offset the intense spice of other dishes

My tip for anyone choosing southern food is to balance the meal with a variety of dishes, including a soup, generally clear and mild and a sweeter dish like a Moo Wan to balance the meal; the sweetness will reduce the effect of chilli and spice in the mouth. Add fresh vegetables and a Nam Prik to add texture and freshness to the meal, then a curry or a stir fry to round it off, giving you a truly balanced southern Thai meal; and yes, plenty of plain rice. Also, try not to drink too much water when eating spicy food, as it will only make your mouth feel hotter, as it spreads the volatile oils in the mouth. Plain rice or vegetables are a better alternative, or better yet, a sweet drink will help to bring your mouth back to where it started. Here are some of my favourite places to try southern food around Hua Hin: Baan Khun Por Food Centre Soi 88 (just to the right side of the stage) Nightly from 5pm Khun Goong Neabkehardt Rd (next to Velo coffee) 6.30am to 1pm Daily Krua Ton Khoi Hua Hin 94 Alley (Next to Hua Hin Wittayakom School) Weekdays 8am to 2pm The venues and dishes expressed are purely the opinion and personal preference of Leigh Higgins based on her experience in and around the Hua Hin area.


473 Dusit Thani Hua Hin Achieves Two Awards by

leading Online Travel Agents

The management of Dusit Thani Hua Hin has been presented with two awards by leading online travel agents.

Experience the Manohar Wonders

The Dusit Thani Hua Hin invites you to discover and experience the Vegetarian & Indian specialties of Chef Manohar Lal, the Chef de Cuisine at The Restaurant. This includes new menu items starting this month. Not to be missed is the opportunity to experience “The Manohar Wonders” at J-Festival (Vegetarian Festival) from 18th October. For more information and table reservations please contact Dusit Thani Hua Hin Food & Beverage Team. Tel: +66 (0) 3252 0009 Ext.2013 or email dthhfb@dusit.com.

The prestigious awards placed the hotel as one of the top-performing businesses worldwide by agoda.com and booking.com. The awards are given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from online travellers. The agoda.com rating was excellent at 8.6, with 93% of guests saying they would recommend the Dusit to a friend. Comments made to Booking.com included “Great service, great food and great location! One of the best places ever!” and “Dusit has always been my favourite hotel in Hua-Hin, the hotel has never failed

to impress me. Every hotel staff member was very well-mannered and welcoming. I look forward to visiting again and again when there is opportunity.” Dusit Thani Hua Hin provides the ultimate resort experience in a historic destination steeped in Thai royal heritage, combining classic Thai design with modern amenities, offering guests a serene and lavish getaway that echoes Hua Hin’s past as a summer retreat for the Thai royal family. For more information see www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin

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4 48 WEEKLY MONDAYS Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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

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Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Amari Hua Hin

Hua Hin 4 MoreThailand expats enjoy one freebie at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Spend your mystic Arabian night-like holidays at Hua Hin’s most beautiful Moroccan style resort with its best ‘Hua Hin 4 More’ offer especially for expats in Thailand. Book any room types direct with us and enjoy selecting 1 complimentary privilege including breakfast for 1 extra adult, afternoon tea set for 2 persons, 30-minute back and shoulder massage for 1 person, or romantic Jacuzzi bath in room. Book and stay now until November 30, 2017.

Amari Hua Hin has launched its new extensive quarterly promotion October 2017 – January 2018, showcasing all that is fresh, local and simple; the wide selection of restaurants and lounges will indulge every tastebud, whilst also offering the opportunity for families and friends to share a culinary experience, whether that’s enjoying the new traditional Thai taste menus at Reef Deli or THAI-MEXICAN snack promotion at Aqua Pool Bar and many more… Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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FRIDAYS

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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Select your favorite seafood, freshly hand pick from the market, cook to your liking and all served with a free flow Thai Salad Bar at Ocean Terrance Restaurant Every Friday from 18.00-21.30. Price per serving including salad bar: Thai Snapper THB 399 Squid THB 350, Prawns THB 599 NET, Blue Crab THB 599 NET, Mackerel THB 380, River Prawns THB 599, Scallops THB 290, Salad Bar Only THB 250, Prices are NET.

Aqua pool bar presents a perfect combination flavour of THAI-MEXICAN snack promotions: Quesadillas, Spicy chicken, garlic, chilli, holy basil, mozzarella cheese Avocado Salsa Verde, Burrito Seafood curry, capsicum, onion, cheddar cheese, tortilla flour, Avocado Salsa Verde, Nachos Spiced ground beef, jalapeño peppers, sour cream, chilli, Melted cheese, tortilla corn chips and Avocado Salsa Verde.

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Price per menu starts from 290 +++

Healthy Kitchen. You are what you eat! This September, Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa promotes healthy eating by offering a selection of healthy cuisine with low-fat ingredients to keep your body fit while pleasing your taste buds with a mixture of flavors and spices. 5 must-try dishes include Egg Rolls Salad, Sushi Salad, BBQ Salmon with herb, Mushroom Soba and Tuna Fried Rice. Available daily from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Al Hamra Restaurant and Al Bahr Beach Bar, prices start from 280++ THB per dish. Al Hamra Restaurant and Al Bahr Beach Bar at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa is open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

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

Every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Choose your fresh fish fillet of tuna, salmon, seabass or snapper along with your favorite sauce and our fillet includes a selection from the chef’s salad buffet. Price: Baht 450++(200g portion)

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Wednesday – 6th, 20th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. Submerge yourself into a genuine Thai cultural event and experience culinary delights from all over the Kingdom whilst listening to indigenous music from throughout Thailand. Price: Baht 850++ per person.

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

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SUNDAYS Amari Hua Hin

Indulging in some sweets for a delight afternoon tea menu which served in two small and large. The afternoon tea set menu includes Brie and bacon, spinach panini, Chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, Ratatouille, mozzarella cheese quiche, Mixed green wrapped, lemon honey, Chocolate brownies and raspberry cheese cake and Fruits scones with cream and berry sauce. The price is at thb 550 net for small and Thb 950 net for Large. Amari Hua Hin

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Enjoy delicious traditional Thai menus that would please all spice and herb lovers; Gaeng Som Goong, Sweet and sour curry, sea prawns, fried egg with cowslip flowers, Yum Moo Yang - Spicy pork neck salad, grilled long eggplant, Goong Horapa - Stir-fried king sea prawns with chilli, chilli and pesto and Poo Nim Tom Yum, deepfried soft shell crab, lemongrass, chilli paste and coriander. Price per menu starts from 290++ Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Reef & Beef, Friday – 1st, 15th, 29th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Discover the variety of coast side dishes and a wide assortment of tempting appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, prime quality meats and live entertainment. Price: Baht 1,100++ per person.

Don’t miss choices of cocktails of the month, Amari Hua Hin invite all guests to discover the exotic flavor of Mekhong Thai liquor in the popular Hua Hin Sabai - Mekhong, lemon juice, syrup and mints topped with soda, Amari Delight -Mekhong, lemon honey tea and lemon juice Full Moon - Mekhong, lemon honey tea, Sprite, Red Bull and lemon juice. Price per menu starts from 260++ Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin Sunday Roast @ Afternoon Tea Selections COAST. Every Sunday, Monday - Saturday exclusive for Dinner from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 at COAST Beach Club p.m. at The Museum & Bistro. Choose your Coffee & Tea Corner. We own favourite portion of have now introduced 3 ROAST - Tender Pork, different types of High Juicy Beef or Tasteful Tea set for you to select Lamb, served right at and choose between your table with freshly Hua Hin set, Heritage cooked root vegetables set or Colonial set along and assorted home with premium selected made sauces. Price: coffee and TWG tea Starts from Baht 690++ Price: Starting from Baht per couple. 450++ per set.

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

FAMILY POOL FUN DAY Centara Grand Beach 50% Off “Magnolia Butter Scrub” Spa Package 7thOctober, 3:00 p.m. (Every Relieve stress from your first Saturday of the Month) long day and bring back FREE admission! Head down youthfulness to your skin with to the Railway Pool at the scented Magnolia. Butter Scrub Centara for a fun-filled day for high in vitamin A & E the whole family. SIMPLY RELAX PACKAGE, 90 minutes at THB Centara Grand Beach Kid’s will be entertained by our Sports & Activity 1,999 net from THB 3,998 net, inclusive of Organic Resort and Villas Hua Hin team while the parents can join-in or sit back Mini Facial & Magnolia Butter Scrub. Or SKIN PRETTY AS A PEACH and enjoy the tunes played by DJ Steve of Surf RADIANT PACKAGE, 120 min at THB 2,599 net SPA PACKAGE 102.5FM. Splash in and join the Mermaid Races, from THB 5,198 net with Magnolia Butter Scrub and Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 Invisible Bottle, Chicken Fight, Ping Pong, Magnolia Butter Massage. Noora Spa is open daily p.m. A complimentary Scavenger Hunt and many more water and from 9am – 9pm. For reservations, please contact Luscious Peach Body underwater games. Special kids buffet from 6:00 Noora Spa at Marrakesh via Tel. 032 616 777 or Lotion 250g, 120 minutes p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for only 350 Baht net. nooraspa@marrakeshresortandspa.com. Baht 2,590++ per person 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++/ person PHONE NUMBERS

Amari Hua Hin: 032 616 600 Anantara Hua Hin Resort: 032 520 250 Cape Nidhra Hotel Hua Hin: 032 516 600 Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin 032 512 021

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Da Mario Restaurant: 032 530 170 Dusit Thani Hua Hin: 032 520 009 Hyatt Regency Hua Hin: 032 521 234 Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort: 032 616 999 Marrakesh HuaHin Resort & Spa: 032 616 777

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Novotel Hua Hin Beach Resort & Spa: 032 708300 Putahracsa Hua Hin Resort: 032 531 470 Rest Detail Hua Hin: 032 547 733 Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa: 032 708 000 Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas: 032 909 900

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Camp Palapon

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

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

Address: 1 Moo 9 Baankhok Chang Patana, Nong Plup,10% Hua Hin Tel: 081 701 0444 VIP Email: info@monsoonvalley.com Web: www.monsoonvalley.com 61

Address: Between the famous Thai resorts of Hua Hin and the fabulous Takiab Beach Tel: 086 803 9085 Email: info@palapon.net Web: www.palapon.net 71

Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

Health Lab Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 888 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 800 or 1719 (local calls only)

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

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True Arena

Hua Hin Home Art

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

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

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

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Water Jungle Vana Nava Hua Hin

Sivana Gardens Pool Villas

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: info@vananava.com Web: www.vananavahuahin.com

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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: info@bmghuahin.com Web: www.blackmountainhuahin.com

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

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Address: Soi 126 Hua Hin, Phetkasem Rd Tel: 082 840 8080 Email: info@sivanagardens.com 74 Web: www.sivanagardens.com

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: info@lotushuahin.com Web: www.lotushuahin.com

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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: info@finewoodshutter.com Web: www.finewoodshutter.com

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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: starpropertybysumalee@gmail.com Web: www.star-property-huahin.com/

Address: Baan Mai, Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, 11120 Tel: 029 841 155, 083-0969099 Email: mason.appetite@gmail.com Web: www.masonappetite.com

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Hua Hin Today Translation Services

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: visa@huahintoday.com Web: www.huahintoday.com

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

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Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin

Asian Secure Hua Hin-Vaults 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: asiansecure01@gmail.com

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

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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: www.boonthavorn.com

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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: nadpobdental@hotmail.com Web: facebook.com/pages/Nadpob-Dental-Clinic

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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: www.da-mario-huahin.com

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

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Luna Lanai Seafront Restaurant

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 1573 Phet Kasem Rd, Tambon Cha-am, Phetchaburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: reservations.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com/dining 2

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

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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: chbr@chr.co.th Web: facebook.com/COASTHuaHin/

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

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

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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: dthhrsvn@dusit.com Web: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin/dining/the-restaurant/ 4

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

Rest Scene at Rest Detail Hotel

Coffee Bar At Cha Am

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Elephant Bar at Centara Hua Hin

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

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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: chbr@chr.co.th Web: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/restaurant/

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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.

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

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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.

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Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021 Email: chbr@chr.co.th Web: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/ restaurant/

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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: bell@regalthailand.com Web: www.facebook.com/greektavernahuahin

Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Email: bookhuahin@marriott.com Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhqmr-hua-hinmarriott-resort-and-spa/

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: www.la-botte-huahin.com

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

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Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

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

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

Address: Khao Tao, Hua Hin Tel: 093 887 7688 and 032 900 500 Email: sales@theblueskyresort.com Web: www.theblueskyresort.com/HuaHin/

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

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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: reservations.huahin@amari.com Web: www.amari.com/huahin/restaurants.aspx 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: reception@blacklotus.asia Web: lotushuahin.com

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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: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com

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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: www.putahracsa.com/sala-monsoon-restaurant

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

Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road (between Soi Hua Hin 83/185), Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com 15% Facebook: facebook.com/MarrakeshResortandSpa VIP Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 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: booking@putahracsa.com Web: www.oceansidebeachclub.com

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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: fbm@putahracsa.com Web: www.oboonhuahin.com

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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: www.banyanthailand.com

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

Address: 854/2 Burirom Road, Cha Am Beachfront, Petchaburi Tel: 032 708 300 Email: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: novotelhuahin.com/hua-hin-restaurants/ocean-terrace33

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Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road, Cha-am Tel: 032 520 009 Email: info@devaranaspa.com Web: www.devaranaspa.com/en/huahin.html

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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: spa.huahin@sheraton.com VIP Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com 35

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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: spa.huahin@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahin.com/shine-spa-essentials 26

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

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. Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 512 021-38 Email: spacenvareechbr@chr.co.th Web: www.spacenvaree.com/spa-cenvaree-at-centara-grandat-beach-resort-and-villas-hua-hin 27

Quan Spa, located here within the resort, offers a wide range of soothing massage therapies and beauty treatments. Pamper yourself during your Hua Hin visit, and be sure to explore our excellent spa packages. Address: 107/1 Phetkasem Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 904 666 Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spaservices/hhqmr-hua-hin-marriott-resort-and-spa/ 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: reservations@capenidhra.com Web: www.capenidhra.com/spa.php

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

VIP Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin Email: nooraspa@marrakeshresortandspa.com Tel: 032 616 777 Web: www.marrakeshresortandspa.com 29 Spa at Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

Address: 117/74 Takiab Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 61 6600 #7801 Web: www.breeze-spa.com/amari-huahin/

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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: booking@putahracsa.com Web: www.putahracsa.com

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In Balance Spa Novotel Hua Hin Resort

Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin Massage & Spa offers various treatments in our spa. You can also enjoy a massage in the privacy of your villa. Address: Tap Tai, Soi 112, Hua Hin, 77110 Prachuap Khiri Khan Tel: 032 510 106 Email: info@lotushuahin.com Web: http://www.lotushuahin.com/en/facilities/#facilities

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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: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: www.novotelhuahin.com

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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: chbr@chr.co.th Web: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centaragrand/chbr/

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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: reservations.huahin@amari.com Web: www.amari.com/huahin/ 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: dthhrsvn@dusit.com Web: www.dusit.com/dusitthani/huahin/

Address: Hua-Hin 101, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 02 247 7310-11 Email: sales@theblueskyresort.com Web: www.theblueskyresort.com/HuaHin/

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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: bookhuahin@marriott.com Web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhqmr-hua-hinmarriott-resort-and-spa/

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Address: 63/411 Petchkasem Road, Nong Kae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 777 Email: reservations@marrakeshresortandspa.com

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Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: info@lotushuahin.com Web: www.lotushuahin.com

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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: rsvn@novotelhuahin.com Web: www.novotelhuahin.com

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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: booking@banyanthailand.com Web: www.banyanthailand.com/en/resort/the-resort

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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: info@putahracsa.com Web: www.putahracsa.com

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

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

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Address: 70/152-153 Soi 112 Huana Tuptai Road, Hua Hin Tel: 032 907 900 Email: info@mahasamutr.com Web: www.mahasamutr.com

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

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Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Hin Nam Sai Suay Hotel

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

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

Address: 9/22 Moo 5 Paknampran, Pranburi Tel: 032 708 000 Email: sheraton.huahinpranburi@sheraton.com Web: www.sheratonhuahinpranburi.com

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Address: 41/48 PhetKasem Road, Soi hua-hin 7, Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 461 Web: www.hinnamclub.com

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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: reservations@capenidhra.com Web: www.capenidhra.com

Address: 565 Moo 7, Nong Hieng Road, Hin LekFai, Hua Hin Tel: 02 683 0088 Email: customercare@sansara.asia Web: www.sansara.asia

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The Park Hua Hin

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

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

Address: Soi Hua Hin 19 Tambon Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 547 733 Email: rest@restdetailhotel.com Web: www.restdetailhotel.com

Address: 244 Moo 9, Tab Tai, Hua Hin Tel: 098 398 9831 Email: sales@lotusvillashuahin.com Web: www.lotusvillashuahin.com/en/the-park/

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539 The Best Trattoria in Town The Dorigo Café & Bistro Hua Hin promotes itself as a Trattoria; an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante.

That means Italian cuisine which includes perhaps the tastiest pizza in town but also delicacies such as beef tagliato with rocket and parmison, grilled Norwegian crispy skin salmon with spinach and potatoes and sweet treats such as the best homemade tiramisu in Hua Hin or strawberry toast with icecream. This month you’ll be able to enjoy a free glass of house wine just for mentioning this promotion in Hua Hin Today when you order. That’s an offer that’s too good to refuse and another for to dine at this highly recommended restaurant.

Dorigo Café & Bistro, Soi 70, opposite the Hua Hin School, phone 032 905 924 to book your table.

Anantara Hua Hin Unveils Stunning Enhancements

Anantara Hua Hin has invited visitors to admire the changes at its’ beachside resort with a fresh, modern lobby and families can take advantage of spacious new rooms and a well-equipped Kid’s Club, situated by the sea. The renovations, completed in August, offer a more luxurious experience in the iconic property that began the Anantara journey over 16 years ago. Hardwood floors complement the elegant décor with new additions bringing the total rooms and suites in the hotel up to 190. The new Lobby is inspired by the white elephant with elegant ivory finishes and Thai silk reflect the long tradition of silk-making in the Kingdom. The Baan Pla Noi Kid’s Club is beachside, where are supervised and kept entertained by well-trained Kid’s Club attendants who have endless energy and dedication to a safe, fun environment at Baan Pla Noi Kid’s Club. Little ones aged from 4 – 12 years old can experience a range of activities between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm daily with outdoor activities such as fish-feeding or

educational activities alongside bracelet making, jelly candle, baking cookies, traditional T-shirt batik and coconut leaf folding. An outdoor playground is available or kid’s can play with a range of toys in the specially-designed club house. Guests can contact the Experience Guru at the hotel for details on individual activities, daily Program of Activities and prices. For further information please call +66 (0) 32 520 250 or email huahin@ anantara.com

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54 10 Blade Runner 2049 CAST: Ryan Gosling : Robin Wright : Harrison Ford : Sylvia Hoeks : Ana de Armas : Dave Bautista :

Breathe Directed By: Andy Serkis Written By: William Nicholson In Theaters: Oct 19, 2017   Studio: Bleecker Street / Participant Media. CAST: Andrew Garfield: As Robin Cavendish Miranda Raison: As Mary Dawnay Claire Foy: As Diana Blacker Dean-Charles Chapman: As Jonathan Diana Rigg : As Lady Neville

As Officer K As Lt. Joshi As Rick Deckard As Sylvia As Joi As Sapper

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Rating: PG-13 Genre: Drama, Romance

Rating: R (for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language) Genre:Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy Directed By: Danis Villeneuve Written By:Michael Green, Hampton Fancher In Theaters: Oct 05, 2017 Studio: Warner Bros, Pictures

Geostorm

Leatherface

Written By: Dean,Paul Guyot In Theaters: Oct 12, 2017   Studio: Warner CAST: Jeremy Ray Taylor : As Emmett Gerard Butler : AsJake Abbie Cornish : As Sarah Wilson Talitha Eliana Bateman : As Hannah Ed Harris : As Leonard Dekkom Jim Sturgess : As Max

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it. Rating: PG-13 (for destruction, action and violence) Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction &Fantasy Directed By: Dean

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In Theaters: Oct 19, 2017 Runtime: 90 minutes Studio: Lionsgate CAST: Stephen Dorff : As Taxas Ranger Hal Hartman Sam Coleman: As Bud Lilly Taylor: As Verna Sawyer Vanesssa Grasse: As Lizzy Sam Strike: As Jackson James Bloor: As Ike

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface. Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, Genre: Horrr, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo Written By: Seth M.Sherwood


11 55 A Novel New Look for the Novotel

Alexander Eaton was appointed General Manager of the Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa in August 2016. At that time he stated that “my mission is to make this hotel Hua Hin’s top themed meetings and events venue as a top choice for family escapes and getaways by taking our family offerings and activities to the next level.” This also meant travel to other countries and being immersed in the hospitality industry from a very young age. He may well be the most youthful and most experienced GM in town! Study in San Francisco was leading towards a medical career, but a career in hospitality beckoned when a scholarship to head in that direction was on offer. Alex was last the General Manager of Swissotel Resort Phuket Kamala Beach. Alex has been busy introducing a family theme that is now very visible around the Novotel property. There’s a huge inflated ‘bouncy castle’, retro arcade games and other specified ‘Kid Zones’. There’s even massage for kids. Families choosing to enjoy their meal at the Novotel are offered supervision of their children while they enjoy ‘adult time’. This complimentary service provided by staff that have been trained and certified to ensure that kids can spend their time in a very safe environment. Kayaks from the foreshore of the Novotel’s beachside setting is the latest family activity being considered.

GM Alex is dwarfed by ‘Deputy Dawg’ at the entrance to the Novotel’s bouncy castle Alexander is often referred to as ‘Alex’; Australians have a habit of being best known by a short version of either their first or family name. However he has spent many years living, studying and working in the USA, so the Australian accent has been largely replaced by an American version. Alex was born in Queensland Australia, however raised internationally, as his father was a General Manager throughout Asia, the Pacific and Europe.

Other aspect of achieving Alex’s stated mission is to enhance guests’ experiences of the local cultural. One example is a weekly excursion available to guests to a local fish market where they select their own ‘catch of the day’ for an evening meal that evening. A newly appointed ‘Journey Ambassador’ is busy arranging many more opportunities for cultural experiences. Alex understands that experiencing authentic Thai culture is high on the agenda of many travellers to the region and that Hua Hin has so much to offer. The Novotel is also well positioned to take advantage in Hua Hin’s future as a ‘BLeisure’ destination with newly refurbished meeting and conference areas available. Alex is well on the way to achieving his stated mission. He is an innovator, constantly adding to the Novotel’s novel repertoire of guest experiences and ways to ‘stand out’ from the crowd. Or as one recent referee commented: “Alex is a rock star! He’s a hotelier through and through.” For more information: visit www. novotelhuahin.com or www.accorhotels.com Tel.032-708300

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12 56 Sweet Treats: Navigating the Maze of these Thai Delights When visiting night markets or food areas around Thailand, you will often see vendors with a myriad of colourful sweet treats on display. Common questions from international guests to Thailand are along the lines of “what are they all” or “how and what do I order”

We asked our ‘foodie on the streets’, Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand, to strip away the veil on these Thai sweet favourites. In Thailand, sweets are a major part of the food culture. From the morning to the evening, you will find different textures, flavours and types of sweets to tempt you. Sweets are eaten for breakfast, as a snack, or anytime during the day. They are also a great way to ease the sting of chilli in the mouth, as the sugar counters the chili and the coconut milk acts as a soothing agent.

At night, you will find street vendors all across the kingdom serving up Nam Khaeng Sai – a shaved ice dessert, or Khanom Wan Ruam Mit – a dessert of mixed sweets. At these vendors, you will see a vast number of bowls with different colours, shapes and textures of sweets. For many, this is where it ends for them, as the choice looks too daunting: What are all these bits? Is it all really sweet? How do I order? How do I eat it? There are so many different sweets on offer and, contrary to what you would think, not everything is overly

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sweet. Sometimes Thai sweets can be quite deceptive, as some may look sickly sweet, but are not; hence why sugar syrup is added on request. Anything that looks candied is probably sweeter than say a jelly. There are usually two types of coconut milk on offer; the slightly sweeter one is for the multi-coloured sweets and jellies, whereas the other one is slightly saltier and added to things like black sticky rice or yellow beans. This adds a different flavour balance to the sweets. Most vendors normally have three zones of sweets on display. One zone is of fruits or jellies already mixed with coconut milk. One such dish is the very popular Gluay Buad Chee – Bananas in Coconut Milk. The second zone features the thick, sticky looking concoctions like black sticky rice or yellow beans in syrup. These are quite textural dishes and are usually served with the slightly saltier coconut milk. The last zone has the vast array of bowls displaying the multi-coloured sweets; selections like black jelly, pomegranate seeds and others or candied morsels like Chinese dates, pineapple and tomatoes.

There are also other selections that are flavoured with pandanus along with things like sweetcorn kernels or jackfruit. There is so much to choose from; just ask for a little of whatever you are attracted to, as nothing is offensive to taste, with some being sweeter than others. You will usually see locals ordering their sweets to take away in bags, though the vendors will also have some small bowls and nearby tables, allowing you to sit and eat. You may be asked whether you want it served with Nam Khaeng - crushed ice, which is great on a hot night. They may also ask if you want Kathi - coconut milk and/or sugar syrup; it’s up to you, as these desserts are about personalising. If you are close to a 7/11, buy a small tub of your favourite ice cream to accompany, or just eat it as is. All selections are delicious and it’s a really inexpensive and refreshing way to eat sweets in Thailand. Eat like a local and try out the street vendors serving these sweets between Hua Hin Soi 56 & 58 on Phetkhasem Road and also on Naebherkardt Road at the corner of Soi 55/1.

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