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Our Cover Story this month is about the possibility of AirAsia commencing international flights to and from the Hua Hin Airport. This news has very significant implications for the tourism future and community life of Hua Hin.

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By attending a meeting last month at the Hu Hin Airport along with representatives of the relevant official agencies, we were privy to a presentation by the airline management. However this edition of Hua Hin Today presents only general information and does include specifics such as proposed routes, projected passenger numbers and details of the concessions being sought. Our aim is to inform the community without breaching the confidentiality and privilege of attending the presentation meeting. We hope to have achieved this aim. If you have a point of view about international flights coming to Hua Hin, we’d be pleased to receive comments for publication. ‘Letters to the Editor’ gives you the chance to have your say on any subject, as long as you are not defamatory, abusive or ranting too much. Feel free to have your say either by visiting our active Facebook page (www. or by email to! Our classified advertising section is growing rapidly as a well-tested and inexpensive way to buy, sell or rent goods, services or accommodation. Classified Ads are a free service for the first 60 words


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In July this year Hua Hin Today reported on plans for the upgrading of Thailand’s airports, but Hua Hin was then off the map as far as any government initiated international air travel was concerned. What can this mean to Hua Hin?

Enter AirAsia and all that has changed. At a meeting between AirAsia management, government and airport authority officials together with tourism and hospitality representatives an AirAsia Five Year Network Plan & AirAsia Partnership Proposal was revealed to participants. Hua Hin Today was able to attend that meeting to hear the proposal details. However this information has yet to be made public. This is much more than a plan for flights between Hua Hin and Kuala Lumpur. This is a plan to link Hua Hin to many more cities and unique routes to other countries.

The Ministry of Transport needs to approve a proposed package of incentives before flights can commence, says Darun Saengchai, director general of the Department of Airports.

AirAsia’s Dilhan Haradasa, Group Head Network & Regulatory Affairs (right) gave a presentation of the airline’s proposal.

Hua Hin Airport has a runway 35 metres wide and 2,100 metres long that can support an Airbus A320 aircraft runway length of around 1,400 metres. HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

Hua Hin Airport has all the essential requisites During the airports rather chequered history there have been a number of attempts to manage regular flights; both domestic and international which have been shortlived.

Attendees of the aiport meeting with a model of an Airbus A320

AirAsia – Tony’s Dream Really Took Off AirAsia was established in 1993 and began operations on 18 November 1996. In 2001, the indebted airline was bought by Tony Fernandes’ company Tune Air Sdn Bhd. Fernandes turned the company around, producing a profit in 2002 and launching new routes from its original hub in Kuala Lumpur. In 2003, AirAsia opened a second hub at  Senai International Airport near Singapore and launched its first international flight to Bangkok. From 2 aircraft in 2001 to 233 in 2017, this growth is projected to reach 525 aircraft by 2028. “The A320 has played a key role in our success, enabling us to offer our passengers the lowest fares possible and completely redefine short haul travel in Asia.” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO. AirAsia is well known for venturing into uncharted destinations and unique routes. Hua Hin is considered to be a ‘readymade product’, well in advance of previous successful new destinations such as Langkawi (Malaysia) or Badung in Indonesia where there was little infrastructure, including hotels or tourism services prior to the start-up. The clear message is that aviation is a key component in tourism development. Details of the AirAsia proposal have not been officially made available for publication although we can say that concessions are significant and will need to be carefully assessed as reasonable and the relevant budgets to be affected manageable. AirAsia supports the acceptance of concessions by stati ng that one of the fundamental considerations is that rebates increase passenger numbers as low cost carrier passengers are very price sensitive.

“Allow us to bring people to Hua Hin” pleads AirAsia’s Dilhan Haradasa; and this means lots of people; tourism numbers could increase dramatically. With about 30,000 hotel rooms and extensive new amenities to serve growing numbers of tourists and residents, the Hua Hin community has long yearned for both domestic and international air connections. “This is great news for Hua Hin”, says Black Mountain Managing Director Harald Elisson. “The convenience of having an international airport just 20 minutes away from Black Mountain gives visitors and residents a greater choice of easy travel options, and will give even more people the opportunity to come here”. But this is not just about big numbers. One of the projected benefits is for tourist numbers to be spread out during the year and an end to the low season blues. Huge economic benefits may be in reach for the biggest enterprises to the smallest home business.

Darun Saengchai, director general of the Department of Airports has not disclosed when the approval is expected, saying only that it should not take too long if the airline is to meet the planned December launch date. However this influx of visitors requires careful management if the character of the city is to remain. AirAsia flights may be the catalyst for growth however retaining the family-friendly and relaxed charm of the community is for local planners to carefully consider. Progress for Hua Hin is inevitable. The opening of Hua Hin Airport to international traffic presents an opportunity to leap forward towards that future as a real ‘game-changer’ for the local tourism industry.


6 Warren Shaw’s Legacy to Education in Hua Hin Following removal of a cancerous mole (malignant melanoma) in 2011, Warren continued an active life as a teacher/trainer in the Cha-Am/Hua Hin communities. Sadly, in July 2016 the cancer returned to his lymph system with widespread lesions of cancer detected. Warren and his wife Teresa decided to return to family in the UK in November, and in December he was admitted to Nottingham City Hospital where he died peacefully with his wife by his side on December 26th. Teresa told Hua Hin Today: “Warren had always been a selfless giver in life, and when he found he could not be an organ donor due to the cancer spreading in his body, he wondered what else he could do. Following some research on the internet, he decided to donate his body for medical education and research to help other people and train future medical professionals”. Warren donated his body to the UK National Repository in Nottingham (www.nuh.nhs. uk/bodydonation), however, this option is becoming more widely available in Thailand through university medical schools. Both Warren and Teresa had worked in NHS Cancer Care in the UK which helped them to recognize changes in a mole that he had for many years on his upper arm. Teresa urged people to have any skin issues checked in case they are symptoms of cancer saying: “I think a lot of people may have ignored that changing of the mole but because he worked in cancer care and had the awareness, he got it checked out. If he had left it longer, it could have spread five years earlier. Warren had five more happy years in Thailand because he picked it up early.”

Pictures of Warren and Teresa Shaw at Sam Roi Yot and Warren with past students from 2014 Warren Shaw (AKA Waz) was a highly respected and fondly remembered university lecturer in Hua Hin. Warren was the Lead Lecturer of the Laureate English Program at Stamford International University. After succumbing to cancer in 2016, the Warren Shaw Memorial Scholarship was set-up to provide Hua Hin students with the chance of a university education.

Teresa Shaw is now back in Thailand and working to create an ongoing legacy in memory of her husband. She is raising money to establish the Warren Shaw Memorial Scholarship to enable students at the Hua Hin School to pursue a university education. The aim of the Scholarship is to continue Warren’s legacy of supporting education in Thailand. Teresa said: “The support has been fantastic. Friends and family around the world have been sending in donations. A fund raising event in Hua Hin earlier this year raised 40,000 THB.

Events have been held in the UK and Thailand celebrating Warren’s life and fund-raising for the scholarship The next fund raising venture will be with friends and family to run the River Kwai Half Marathon (21 km) or 10km on 10th September. Warren was planning to run the River Kwai Half Marathon in 2016, however, due to his illness he had to withdraw from the race. Warren Shaw’s dedication to education in Hua Hin has been honoured through the establishment of the memorial scholarship. Teresa has set up a page for the scholarship to update people about fundraising and student selection for the initial scholarship. More information, including the way to make donations can be seen at: warrenshawmemorialscholarship

ASEAN Summer School Held in Hua Hin

The Deputy Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Montree Chuphu has opened The Enhanced Networking on Sustainable Urban Development in ASEAN: Summer School (SUD ASEAN) in Hua Hin. Taking place at Hua Hin Municipality, the event featured a special lecture by Dr. Awasda Phongphiphat for Thai students and other ASEAN member countries; that is Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It was organised by the Centre for Excellence on Energy Technology and Environment, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). The major objective of the SUD ASEAN Summer School is to promote knowledge exchange on biodegradable energy production from garbage. Hua Hin

was selected as the event’s venue because it is considered to be city of low carbon dioxide emissions as a model city for ASEAN countries. The event also enabled the participants to understand current urban issues and think about ways of sustainable urban improvement for further development.

Donating Used Cellphones

The Department of Pollution Control is launching a campaign to encourage people to donate used cellphones, aiming to manage at least 9,000,000 unused mobile devices by the end of the year.

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This activity involved the Department of Pollution Control, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission. Income and benefits from the campaign will be donated to various Thai charity organizations.

As the cellphone system is being transformed to the digital technology old mobile devices are becoming obsolete and the number of old and unused cellphones is increasing. Some people discard cellphones inappropriately with other garbage. Unused cellphones require a proper form of disposal to prevent potential effects on the environment. Data from 2016 shows that the sale of cellphones in Thailand increased 47% or 22 million cellphones had been purchased. This means that 1,721 tons of old cellphones are discarded, and more mobile devices tend be unused every year. Unless correct and proper management of discarded cellphones is introduced, environmental problems follow. The Department of Pollution Control is campaigning for correct, effective and systematic disposal of unwanted cellphones to avoid environmental problems and to encourage social responsibility.


8 The Rotary Club of Hua Hin’s New President Continues to ‘Make a Difference’ In 1930 a visiting Canadian to Bangkok established the first Rotary International Club in Thailand. Since then over 300 clubs have sprung up all over the Kingdom. Today, it is a rare town in Thailand that does not boast at least one Rotary club. Rotary has two Clubs based in Hua Hin. The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin is the English language Rotary Club formed in 2009 with Swedish national, Dr Birger Rexed, as the current President. However this year the Rotary Club of Hua Hin, the Thai language Rotary Club, celebrates its 30th birthday with Mrs Wadsana Rai as the President from July 1st.

Mrs Wadsana has been a Member of the Club for 12 of those 30 years after leaving her home town of Kanchanaburi and then with her husband Udai Rai establishing the Picasso Tailor Co. in Hua Hin in 1993. The business can now proudly boast that it is Hua Hin’s longest established tailoring business. Rotary Clubs bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services and to encourage high ethical standards. As President, Mrs Wadsana’s primary role is to be the public face of that community involvement. This means being an active participant in the Club’s many community projects such as blood donation drives, mangrove restoration projects and the

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royally sponsored ‘brain-based learning’ education model to a local school. Apart from the advantages of being part of a local network of community leaders, Rotary offers a welcome to visitors from like-minded Rotary Members worldwide. That welcome suits Mrs Wadsana as a frequent traveller (17 countries so far), especially to investigate fashion trends around the world to ensure that her family business is up to date with the latest fashion trends. The bad news is being President has necessitated cancelling such a trip

to Australia later this year where she had hoped to meet up with Rotary International President Ian Riseley, a Member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham (Melbourne). Being the President requires dedication with major time commitments. The 2017-18 Rotary International presidential theme; Rotary: Making a Difference, does not signal any big changes for the Rotary Club of Hua Hin. This has been the real mission since the Club’s formation 30 years ago and a mission that Mrs Wadsana as the President is dedicated to do her best to continue.


Flood Economic Damages Estimated at Over 15.7 Billion THB

The Kasikorn Research Centre says damage to the national economy caused by the flood crisis could amount to more than 15.7 billion THB or 0.1% of GDP in total.

This figure does not include damages to property and basic infrastructure such as roads and bridges among others, it said. The centre also estimated that the damage to the agricultural sector alone will exceed 12 billion THB. The worst-hit provinces are Sakon Nakhon, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, Nakhon Ratchasima and Kalasin. Thailand’s cabinet has approved 1.6 billion THB in relief for farmers hit by floods in the north and northeast. Twenty-nine people have been killed and some 700,000 hectares of farmland damaged by flooding in 36 of Thailand’s 77 provinces. Some of the areas hit by flooding are used for growing rice and the floods could impact rice production during the off-season production cycle starting mid-August.

Treasury Department has announced that it will be helping flood victims in their recovery by allowing rent payments to be deferred for up to 2 years. Treasury Department deputy director-general Amornrat Klumplob said that treasury officials have been ordered to carry out an immediate survey of damages to properties currently being leased that have been flooded. For properties leased as dwellings or residences that have suffered partial flooding, she said, the Treasury Department will grant a one year exemption on rent collection. For homes that have suffered total damage and conditions are unlivable, rent payments could be postponed for two-years. This does not apply to homes that have been completely inundated but not suffered a total loss and can still be lived in after the flooding.

The survey by the Treasury Department thus far showed that in 11 provinces which were flooded, there are more than 3,000 afflicted tenants, half of them are in Sakon Nakhon. With regards to properties leased for agricultural purposes, she said if crops have been lost to the floods, the department will allow one year exemption on rent collection to help recovery. King Maha Vajiralongkorn had urged the government to work out long-term water management plans, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters. Thai PBS

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10 CJ Express Plans 4 Billion THB Investment

CJ Express Co, the operator of CJ Express convenience stores and CJ supermarkets, plans to invest 4 billion THB as part of a plan to double the size of the business to fetch 20 billion THB in sales by 2020. “If we are in a consumer product business, we will never be successful if we don’t have our own distribution. Convenience stores fit in with consumers’ lifestyles. People like shopping at outlets... near their homes due to busy traffic these days.” 

Phittaya Kanama, chief livestock officer for the Hua Hin district has announced an area in Hua Hin will be closely monitored for a month due to rabies concerns.

Free vaccinations for all pet cats and dogs until 7th September at the Hua Hin municipal offices.

Managing director Sathien Setthasit Managing director Sathien Setthasit said about 3.7 billion baht will be used to open 370 new CJ Express convenience stores and supermarkets this year through 2020. The remaining 300 million baht will be spent on renovating existing stores and upgrading other facilities. Mr Sathien expressed confidence that the investment would help boost sales to 10 billion baht this year, up from 7.4 billion last year, and ensure that the company reaches its target of 20 billion baht. in sales in 2020. The company this year made an effort to add new stores in the central region and in a 250km radius from Ratchaburi province where its distribution centre is located. CJ Express is owned by the same stakeholders as Carabao Group, an energy drink maker, but it has separated the operations and management teams of the two units. Mr Sathien, who is also one of the founders of Carabao Group, acquired CJ Express from its former owner in Ratchaburi about four years ago after he perceived a low business opportunity in expanding energy drink production in the Thai market. Thailand’s energy drink market is 32 billion THB a year, but it has shown only slight growth over the past several years. Operating retail businesses helps the firm to manage product distribution efficiently, Mr Sathien said.

Hua Hin Health Authorities Move Quickly After Rabies Report

Many more CJ Express convenience stores and supermarkets are planned Mr Sathien said CJ Express is quite strong in the central region and helps support sales of Carabao Dang energy drinks. The market share of the drink in this region outpaces that of other competitors. Besides in the central provinces, CJ Express will expand outlets to the Northeast, which supports about 30% of Thailand’s energy drink market. The company plans to set up its own distribution centre and add new stores in the northeastern provinces next year. “We are also interested in acquiring local convenience store businesses there,” Mr Sathien.said. Competition in Thai convenience stores is intense, with strong players such as 7-Eleven and its nearly 10,000 outlets nationwide. “CJ Express does not compete directly with 7-Eleven stores,” Mr Sathien said. “Our outlets are a combination of a supermarket and convenience store.” He said CJ Express will also join forces with Topvalue, a wholly owned e-shopping site. This function will be added in the fourth quarter.

The centre of the zone is considered a three kilometre radius from the Poolsuk community. Phittaya said he took the measure after a black dog bit local residents and foreigners. The dog died during quarantine and a laboratory test found it had rabies. Hua Hin Hospital reported that 15 people were bitten by dogs and received rabies vaccine. Phittaya said livestock officials have provided vaccinations to 18 dogs and cats that were attacked by the dog. He said livestock officials and officials from the Hua Hin stray dog shelter have vaccinated stray dogs in the area. Article 20 of the Plague Act of Thailand in B.E. 2558 (2015) allows temporary zones to be declared to address the spread of rabies and is now in place until 7th September: From the northern part of the city to Wang Klai Kangwon Buddhist Temple; From the southern part of the city to Khao Phithak Community; From the eastern part of the city to the Gulf of Thailand; and From the western part of the city to Tan Diew Community. The centre of the zone is within a three kilometre radius from the Poolsuk community.

The declaration requires pet owners to follow measures to ensure public safety: Moving and/or transferring pet cats and dogs into and out of the above-mentioned areas is strictly prohibited unless there is a written statement from veterinarians or relevant authorities. If a dog or cats is found dead due to the infection or unknown causes; local authorities, police inspectors or veterinarians have to be immediately informed; and the owners are responsible for taking care of the animals’ body until the authorities reach the area. Moving the body is strictly prohibited. Owners of pet cats and dogs must follow all rules made by veterinarians. In addition, the Hua Hin Municipality is providing free vaccinations for all pet cats and dogs until 7th September at the municipal offices.

Health experts always recommend early medical attention after a dog bite has been suffered regardless of any suspicion of a rabies infection. The disease is preventable through timely vaccination. Rabies has a low prevalence in Thailand compared with many other southeast Asian countries. In the SEA Region, Thailand has registered a sharp decline in the number of human rabies deaths through mass dog vaccination campaigns, improved accessibility to human postexposure prophylaxis and an effective vaccine delivery system. (World Health Organisation) For further information, please contact the Division of Public Health at tel. 032 511 047 ext. 107.

Authentic Products Highlighting Thai Culture Sought By Chinese Tourists An increase in the number of Chinese tourists in recent years has benefited Thai retailers, especially those offering uniquely Thai products.

Chinese are the largest group of tourists, accounting for about 30% each year. Chinese spending on Thai products, ranging from fashion to electronics, has been an important part of the Thai economy.

Chinese Tourists Looking for products that highlight Thai culture According to a Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) survey, Chinese tourists allocate 41% of their traveling budget to shopping and 4% to food. The rest goes to transportation, entertainment, tour-guide fees and accommodations. Of the budget allocated to shopping, 63% of Chinese shoppers intend to spend on food and HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

snacks, 62% on gifts and souvenirs, 51% on clothing, and 49% on cosmetics and personal-care items. Buying souvenirs and gifts for friends and families when traveling overseas is a Chinese tradition. Many Chinese tourists buy souvenirs and gifts inside supermarkets in shopping malls, as they usually offer more varieties. Mid-range fashion brands have also become increasingly popular among Chinese tourists, especially Thai fashion brands with a presence in the mainland. For example, the Thai bag retailer Naraya is popular among Chinese tourists. The handmade products’ emphasis on affordability is a unique selling point. Genuine luxury products are also benefiting from the trend as Chinese tourists can get value-added tax refunds, which make it more attractive to tourists. As well, Thai cosmetic products are popular among the Chinese. Beauty Buffet, a leading Thai cosmetic company, said aside from its administration strategy, the reason for its significant growth over the years was growing interest and positive feedback

from foreigners, particularly those from China, Hong Kong, and the Middle East. An important part of a tourist’s cultural experience in Thailand is food and beverages, with seafood and traditional Thai restaurants being the most popular. Although Chinese tourists currently spend 4% of their budget on food, it is a growing sector, as the government is trying to promote Thailand as a food destination. Many restaurants have added Chinese-language menus, while some have gone so far as hiring Chinese-speaking staff to take care of Chinese customers. King Power, the leading duty-free chain and majority share owner of AirAsia, has especially reaped the benefits from the boom in Chinese tourists over the past few years. The number of Chinese tourists has grown to become a large portion of its customer base, so much so that it is renovating retail space to offer uniquely Thai-branded products and herbal goods in response to the high demand. With TAT projecting the number of Chinese tourists will reach 9.5 million in 2017, an increase of 9% year-on-year; there

is still much room for growth for retailers in Thailand seeking to take advantage of the expanding customer demographics.

King Power at Phuket Airport, could Hua Hin Airport be next? Notably, the products or services of retailers who benefit the most from Chinese spending share certain attributes. They typically are niche products that highlight Thai culture. They offer good quality at affordable prices, giving tourists a sense of increased value for money. Lastly, the availability of such products or services is usually limited in China. These types of products create unique touristoriented products as they comprise a level of Thai authenticity that cannot be easily found in their home country. – Bangkok Post

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70 Travel Awards to Thailand as People and Personalities Shine

Thailand earned nearly 70 awards in ‘Best in Travel Poll’ 2017 edition with Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui and Hua Hin all being named among the ‘Top 10 Holiday Destinations’ for Asia

Mr.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the TAT said, “We couldn’t be more pleased” It’s people who make the brands - not glitzy corporate logos. Younger voters in 2017 showed less brand loyalty but spent more time on research, while luxury trippers stayed with classic, legacy brands. This year (2017) saw the emergence of younger millennial voters  with a high amount of smart phone usage and a discernible shift away from brand loyalty to fun new brands and independents and more time spent on research. Older readers stayed with classic choices and less experimentation. Respondents said it can be challenging to pick winners - or even to book - as authentic brand personality is hard to find in the  online sales clutter dominated by booking engines. Thailand has performed exceptionally well in the 2017 edition of the Best in Travel Poll, with Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Samui and Hua Hin all being named among the ‘Top 10 Holiday Destinations’ for Asia.

On the accommodation scene, Thailand’s Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin was named among the ‘Top 10 Hotel Brands’ for Asia. Listings for the ‘Top 10 Boutique Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Business Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Conference Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Spa Hotels’ Asia, ‘Top 25 Leisure Hotels’ Asia and ‘Top 25 Family Hotels’ Asia all featured one or more hotel or resort from around Thailand. Mr.Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, “We couldn’t be more pleased with the awards for Thailand  achieved in the Smart Travel Asia Best in Travel Poll 2017.

Yet another award for the Centara Hua Hin Collectively, the various tourismrelated businesses from Thailand that were named in this year’s poll rankings accounted for nearly 70 of the over 200 places up for grabs across the various poll categories. And that is great recognition and exposure for Thailand as a leading tourism destination.” The Best in Travel Poll is a survey voted by the online magazine’s readers of which there are over 1.2 million worldwide. HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

12 Major Cyber-attacks Give Users Good Reason to Upgrade to Windows 10

The effect of ransomware attacks on Microsoft’s older versions of Windows is starting to impact on Windows 10 with attacks such as WannaCry and Petrwrap being the most high profile.

Cybercriminals find older versions such as XP and Vista easy targets and have exploited vulnerabilities. A study by Spiceworks revealed that two thirds of businesses had now moved over to Windows 10 to reduce the threat. Speaking to ITPro, Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, said: “In recent months, widespread ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petrwrap have put businesses under pressure to upgrade unsupported operating systems, such as Windows XP and Vista, and move to more secure systems like Windows 10. “And while Windows XP is still running in some businesses, it’s evident that more companies are beginning to recognise the security risks and prioritise upgrades in order to better secure their networks.”

The cyber-attacks that took place earlier this year affected users in more than 150 countries and highlighted the risk, especially with the much-loved Windows XP. After the attacks, Microsoft warned all users to update their OS immediately to the latest version of the software. A statement from Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said: “As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems.” Mr Smith added: “We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. “An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. “The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call.”

Land Windfall Tax Rate to be Determined

A draft bill on the land windfall tax is expected to go before Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong for approval this month. The applicable tax rate, which is flat, could be lower than the 5% ceiling, says the Fiscal Policy Office’s chief. Some people have proposed that a portion of revenue generated from the land windfall tax be directed to local administrative organisations, while the draft bill stated that the tax will be entirely contributed to the fund for basic transport infrastructure project development.

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong Even though the draft bill will set the ceiling tax rate at 5%, the Finance Ministry can fix the applicable rate lower than the maximum, said Krisada Chinavicharana, director-general of the Finance Ministry’s think tank. He said the tax will not take a toll on property developers and those who reap a windfall from the inflated price from transport infrastructure development. A one-time tax will be applied to cases in which land ownership is transferred after a transport infrastructure project starts. Britain, France, Poland and Colombia have all imposed land windfall taxes.

Authorities to Crack Down on Red License Plates

The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has instructed owners of new vehicles with red license plates to register their vehicles within 30 days, in anticipation of a new law abolishing red license plates.

Thai Health Wants Thais to Eat More Vegetables The Thai Health Promotion Foundation has launched a project to encourage Thai people to eat more vegetables with an aim to make each Thai eats at least 400 grams of vegetables a day as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Dr. Pairote Saonuam, Director of Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Office of Thai Health, said that the foundation had set a target for Thai people to increase vegetable intake from 25.9 percent to 50 percent in the next four years. He said Thai Health would support the private sector to hold activities to increase public understanding and knowledge about the merits of vegetable consumption and to create environment that will encourage people in the offices to eat more vegetables and fruits.

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The Council of the State has approved a new bill abolishing red license plates. The bill is now undergoing deliberation in the National Legislative Assembly. DLT Director-General Sanit Promwong confirmed that under the new law, all street-legal vehicles must be registered and red license plates will no longer be issued. Starting January 1st, 2018, new car owners must register their vehicles within 30 days. During a period of grace from October 1st to December 31st, 2017, vehicle registrations must be carried out within 60 days and owners are required to carry vehicle handbooks. All vehicles with red license plates must have their handbooks issued by the DLT.  The DLT has coordinated with the Royal Thai Police in enforcing the new measure, as unregistered vehicles are subject to criminal charges of fraud.

People will also be taught how to grow their own vegetables and to prepare healthy food menu in offices, he added. Chanchida Ngarm-urairat, chief of a program to promote health among office workers through vegetable consumption, said that 777 employees of six private companies had joined the program. The participants were taught how to weigh vegetables, how much they should eat each day, the safety of vegetables and fruits, how to get rid of chemical residue in vegetables and fruits and how to check for chemical content in their blood. The program had opened a 21day course for volunteers among office workers to change their vegetable-eating lifestyle. A training course in chemical-free vegetable cultivation, vegetable cooking as well as fruit and vegetable preservation was organised for 33 model volunteers.

Violators will be subject to jail terms from six months to five years and a fine of up to 10,000 THB. Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Lt Gen Wittaya Prayongpan revealed today that red license plates were never meant for street-legal vehicles, although some people have continued to drive with red license plates. NNT

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13 Foreign Victim of Hua Hin Bomb Revisiting City An Italian tourist who was injured in the bombing in Hua Hin last year has returned to remember the generosity of local residents and medical staff who helped him

Andrea Tazzioli is welcomed by, from left, Hua Hin Mayor Nopporn Wuthikul, Hua Hin-Cha-am tourism association head Wasana Srikanjana, and Prachuap Khiri Khan tourism director Orasa Awuthkhom. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invited Andrea Tazzioli to revisit Thailand and paid for his accommodation and first-class air fares. He received a warm welcome from local tourism and administration officials as one of the eight foreign tourists wounded in the bombings in Hua Hin in August last year.

According to TAT’s local office, Mr Tazzioli chose to return to Hua Hin because he was impressed with the kind help and treatment he had received there. In addition to celebrating his birthday during the visit, he wanted to meet the medical staff at San Paulo Hospital, where he was treated for shrapnel wounds to his back. Hua Hin was among the targets bombed in several provinces in the lower part of the country on August 11th and 12th last year. Three people were killed and 31 others injured. The bombers have still not been caught. – Bangkok Post

Banks Taking Orders for King Rama IX Commemorative Coins

The Treasury Department has produced King Rama IX commemorative coins on the occasion of the royal cremation of the late king.

Those interested can now place their orders at 19 banks and their branches throughout the country, Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong said. Those placing their orders can pick up the coins from January 29th, 2018. The coins are produced in four denominations — 50,000 THB gold coin (99,999 coins available); 2,000 THB silver coin (399,999 available); 3,000 THB bronze coin (39,999 available); and, 100 THB cupronickel coin (39,999,999 available). The front side of each coin of all denominations features the image of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The other side of the coin features the royal crematorium with the cremation date October 26th, 2017.

Patchara Anuntasilpa, directorgeneral of the Treasury Department, said that the orders for the coins, except the bronze, can be placed at 19 banks and their branches from Aug 22 to Sept 30. Those who want to place orders for all four denominations of the coins can do so at the Treasury Department, the Monetary Management Office in Pathum Thani, and Coin Museum on Chakrapongse road in Bangkok and treasury offices in 76 provinces. For more information call Treasury Department 0 2278 5446; or Coin Museum 0 2282 0818.

Dual Track Train Project Linking Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan Ready to Roll

Ambitious plans to develop a new railway line that will run along existing tracks between Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan have been finalised.

Following a bidding exercise that was entered by 11 companies, the State Railway said that Italian-Thai Development Company has won the contract after their proposal of 5.8 billion THB was  accepted. After final checks are made of the proposals, contracts are now expected to  be signed that will mean the line can begin construction without further delays.

Italian-Thai Development is the country’s biggest construction firm, controlled by Nijaporn Charanachitta and her brother Premchai Karnasuta (pictured).

The work involves a track following the existing route for 84 kilometres. Two new railway bridges and 12 stations will be constructed. Yards for storage and commercial use will be constructed at Sam Roi Yot station and Thung Mamao station. Drainage work, pedestrian overpasses, a flyover and U-turn work also form part of the proposed construction. The track will be one metre gauge. The Ministry of Transport previously said the dual track railway linking Hua Hin district and Chumphon province will be completed in 2 years. According to Transport Permanent Secretary, Soitip Traisut, the planned construction of the railway has already been approved by EIA, which indicates that it will have little impact on the environment.

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14 Miss Universe Thailand 2017 Crowned

25-year-old Mareeya Poonlertlarp, a half-Thai, half-Swedish model, has been crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2017 at Siam Paragon Hall.

183cm tall, a postgraduate in marketing from the Stockholm Business School, is said to be fluent in four languages - Thai, Swedish, English and Mandarin. She won 1 million THB,  a diamond tiara and a car, as well as the trophy. She is now set to represent Thailand at the international Miss Universe 2017 pageant in Las Vegas this coming November.  First runner-up Supaporn Litiphruek received half a million THB, and joint second runners-up Suraphuen Artkongharn, Ratchanok Nawaset and Paweensuda Duuen each pocketed 150,000 THB.  Chalita Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016, was also on stage.  Chalita finished in the top six in the global Miss Universe competition - Thailand’s greatest

success since Porntip Nakhirankanok won in 1988.

Tourism & Sports Ministry Reveals Elephant Mascot to Promote Sports Reforms

Bank of Thailand to Launch Commemorative Banknotes

Mr. Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor of the Bank of Thailand (BOT), has announced that His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has granted royal permission for the bank to print and issue commemorative banknotes in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Bank of Thailand will issue the 20 THB, 50 THB, 100 THB, 500 THB, and 1000 THB banknotes this month in gratitude to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The colours, sizes, and the portrait on the front side of commemorative banknotes are identical to the 16th series banknotes. The main element on the reverse side of each denomination depicts portraits of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with images reflecting the stories over his lifetime as follows: 20 THB: The early life of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 50 THB: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal ceremonies and duties during the early time.. 100 THB: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s kindness through royal duties in rural areas.

Aussie Embassy in Bangkok on the Move

Farewell to the old Australian Embassy building at Sathorn Road Bangkok. From Monday 31st July there is a new chancery at 181 Wireless Road not far from Lumphini Park

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has revealed “Chaiyo” elephant mascot in bid to promote sports reforms.

Moving out of the Sathorn Road Embassy building The iconic yellow 70s-style edifice has served its country well. The Ambassador is now at new digs in up-scale Thanon Wittayu which is becoming home for quite a few of the embassies.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, along with Yuthasak Sasiprapha, chief of a reform commission on sports, art, culture, religion, and morality, witnessed the reception of Chaiyo, the elephant mascot for the promotion of sports reforms. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the reform commission have been working together to integrate the study of religion and history as well as the pride of HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

500 THB: H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s wisdom and talents reflected through royal projects. 1,000 THB: The reign of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the beloved King of Thai people. The security features are identical to the 16th series banknotes; nevertheless a special feature is located on the reverse side. The area around the portrait of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej will illuminate when viewing under ultraviolet light. The commemorative banknotes will be issued into circulation on 20th September 2017. The notes can be exchanged at any commercial banks, the Government Savings Bank, the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, the Government Housing Bank and the Islamic Bank of Thailand. Bank of Thailand Press Release

Thai heritage to promote the strength of the society. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is yet to promote the Sports for All 4.0 policy encouraging exearcise among people of all ages and genders, in compliance with the Prime Minister’s initiation to see Thai people exercise more often. (NNT) The new Aussie Embassy, destined to be known as Bangkok’s ‘Uluru’!

As Australia’s fourth largest diplomatic mission in the world, the new embassy complex at wireless road will include a five-storey Chancery and an Ambassador’s residence. Designed by prominent Australian architect Mr James Grose, the new building will be as iconic as that on South Sathorn. Inspired by features of the Australian landscape, its striking red exterior is reminiscent of the rocks of Australia’s central desert and the traditional ‘itt mon daeng’ Thai brick, used extensively in Thai temples.


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True Arena Hua Hin offers incredible world-class facilities, state-of-the-art fitness equipment with personal trainers and activities. The flexibility of True Arena Hua Hin accommodates fun and fitness as well as competitive sports such as tennis, football, basketball, volleyball, badminton and squash. A five storey clubhouse provides banqueting, wedding and conference spaces of all sizes, a scrumptious all day restaurant as well as a rooftop swimming pool with gorgeous

views of Hua Hin. All of this puts True Arena firmly on the map as the leading recreation and sports destination in Hua Hin with year-long activities and events. A sunken court with the same surface as the venue of the Australian Open has a capacity of over 5,000 seats and is unique to Southeast Asian as the main tennis venue for world-class tournaments. Ten more Plexicushion tennis courts make tennis an exciting highlight.

Two FIFA regulation soccer pitches maintained to a Premier League standard are designed to host international teams to round out the True Arena experience.

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Five storey clubhouse Two FIFA regulation soccer pitches Multifunctional indoor gymnasium Premium squash court The first sunken tennis court in Southeast Asia Ten Plexicushion prestige tennis courts Multiple recreation activities, concerts and events

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Supplementing Your Diet

Supplements or supplementary food has a name that describes its use. This is to supplement nutrition for your body when that nutrition or does not include all five food groups. However this does not mean it should be as a substitute for food. Some people take supplements instead of a proper meal. That is a misuse of supplements. If you already eat enough good food with all five groups of them, exercise adequately and are getting enough sleep, there is no need to pay for supplements. We are quite sure that finding all five groups of food to eat will cost less than those supplements you take each day. Nowadays whenever we open social media, we will see advertisements about supplements. It’s curious to see how many of those supplement users know before they use them. Some bought it because the reviews said they were good and some because they were encouraged by others. The benefits and qualities of supplements are stated on the label (only those who passed the manufacturing standard and legally certified, of course) as long as you use them correctly. Misuse or use as a substitute for food can be quite harmful. Many supplement users only take it because they feel like it. Some may want to take supplements to slow their aging or to lose weight. Many people like to use herbal medicines as they claim

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to help with diabetes and fat levels but the risk of hepatitis or kidney disease The following remarks about supplements should be considered. Fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K and Beta-carotene: if you take too much can accumulate and eventually be toxic to your body. Liver and kidney are the organs that would be hit first. Those with diseases to these organs should be extra careful. Supplements that may cause cancer if taken too much are vitamin C, calcium and iron. Taking too much vitamin B6 may cause loss of feeling in hands and feet. Zinc interferes with copper absorption. Too much calcium may cause gallstones. Spirulina can give you the risk of gout. Supplements that contain fructose may cause the liver to ‘work more’, which can lead to hepatitis. Those who have the congenital disease should be extra careful in taking supplements and should consult with the doctor before taking any supplements. We suggest that before taking any supplements you should know which vitamins and nutrition you actually lack with regular checkups of your health including all organs, especially the liver and kidney which are most effected by supplements. Provided by Health Lab Hua Hin


18 Amari Hua Hin Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Amari Hua Hin, led by General Manager, Phanuphan Buasuang (centre), together with executives and team members, recently organised a ceremony for the Hotel’s fifth anniversary. “I am grateful to our customers for putting their trust in Amari Hua Hin for their special moments and family vacations, as well as grateful to all team members for their dedication to giving the most humble and genuine hospitality to make the Hotel a home away from home for the guests,” said General Manager, Phanuphan Buasuang.

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 the COAST Beach Club & Bistro team recently received the Award of Excellence 2017 from “Wine Spectator”, an international wine magazine. This award is presented to outstanding restaurants with at least 90 varieties of wine, featuring e 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.

Celebrating a 50th Birthday

Will Robinson, music producer originally from the U.K. celebrated his 50th Birthday in style at The Hilton Hotel Hua Hin. Will is song writer and producer, with past work including the Thai album, ‘The Isan Project’ which included the popular “Amazing Thailand” song. Will was also responsible for the 2008 version of Glory Glory Man United which you hear every time Manchester United play at Old Trafford. Will has collaborated with many artists from across the globe including Bee Gee “Robin Gibb” and has produced shows and events worldwide since 1993. Guests at Will’s 50th birthday included Hua Hin Deputy Mayor khun Montri Chopu , Hua Hin Women Club’s, Star Property Owner Khun Sumalee and “Erik Hargrove” of the James Brown Band. Attendees were treated to performances by Drag Queen “Dolly Diamond” from Melbourne and soul star “Dougie James” from Manchester, plus enjoyed a Tribute to Miss World show and Ladyboy cabaret.

New Director of Human Resources at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin David Martens, General Manager of Centara Grand Hua Hin is pleased to announce the appointment of Khun Annop Petcharoen to the position of Director of Human Resources, effective on 9th August, 2017. Annop has a strong Human Resources background with over 13 years of extensive experience. During his career he has worked in numerous resorts and international brands. Prior to joining Centara Grand Hua Hin, he worked at Pattana Golf & Sports Club, where he held the position of Director of Human Resources. “I am delighted to welcome Annop back to the Centara family and to Centara Grand Hua Hin where his added perspective will bring new energy to the Executive Team. I am confident through his actions he will contribute to the ongoing success of this iconic resort”, says Mr. Martens.

All Renovated Executive Room and Lounge at Novotel Hua Hin Cha-Am Beach Resort and Spa

True Arena Hua Hin “Do Good For Mom Project”

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

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Novotel Hua Hin offers executive rooms exclusively designed for the business or leisure traveller. The executive rooms have been renovated and are on the top floor of the building. Executive rooms offer comfort and space with large balcony and stunning ocean view room. First class comfort includes deluxe amenities, free internet, flat screen TV and rainfall shower. Executive room guests also exclusive benefits throughout their stay at the new Executive lounge next to the beach. This includes personalised priority check in and out, complimentary local phone calls, complimentary laundry and complimentary access to the Burirom meeting room. Guest can enjoy the executive lounge breakfast, evening cocktails and canapés with all day refreshments including soft drinks and snacks. For more information please call 032-708-300 or email

Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Receive Five Leaves 2016 Certificate from the Green Leaf Foundation

David Martens (5th from right), General Manager and the management of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin have received the Certificate of Five Leaves 2016 from the Green Leaf Foundation. This award is in recognition of the hotel’s excellent management of its green practices and initiatives. “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious certificate of Five Leaves which is the highest recognition that signifies outstanding performance of our green team and all associates. This reflects the hotels’ environmental sustainability efforts in the past eleven years”, says Mr. Martens.

Dusit Thani Hua Hin Welcomes TCEB International Media Familiarisation Trip

Victor Sukseree, General Manager of Dusit Thani Hua Hin has welcomed a large number of delegates on the International Media Familiarisation Trip 2017. This was organised by Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) as an amazing showcase of the endless surprises and possibilities offered for events staged at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, not the least being a mini re-enactment of the Royal Barge Procession and a selfcooking theme. The ‘Thailand the Kingdom of Bleisure’ campaign gave an opportunity to present the balance between Business and Leisure to key International media and help promote the destination of Hua Hin.

19 Some Offbeat Days Celebrate in September After a long, slow, quiet season, we dug deep to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you emerge from the low season blues. September 3rd - National Skyscraper Day

September 13th – Peanut Day

Your Country’s National Day If you are not Thai then you will probably want to acknowledge your home country’s National Day in one way or another. Try to find a restaurant featuring the cuisine and traditional activities familiar to you. In September here are three prominent National Days. September 2nd People’s Socialist Republic of Vietnam National Day

After Labor Day, you can honor the construction workers and engineers who built the world’s modern architectural wonders. One European real estate data company defines a skyscraper as at least 330 feet, while in the United States a building starts to qualify around 500 feet. But, really, any building that towers above its skyline can count if you’re looking to do some gazing in your hometown. Maybe the new Hua Hin Holiday Inn?

Peanuts, which grow underground, are rich in nutrients, providing over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are a good source of niacin, folate, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus. They also are naturally free of trans-fats and sodium, and contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut). Crack open some peanuts and enjoy.

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National Day (Vietnamese:  Ngày Quốc Khánh) is a national holiday in Vietnam observed on September 2, commemorating the  Vietnam Declaration of Independence from France on September 2, 1945. On this day at Ba Đình Square, Ho Chi Minh, leader of the communist Viet Minh organization, declared Vietnam’s independence under the new name of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) in a speech that invoked the United States Declaration of Independence  and the  French Revolution’s  Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. September 7th Brazil Independence Day

September 9th – Teddy Bear Day

There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”.   During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger. To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, gather some friends together, start up your barbecue grills, grill some hamburger patties, add your favorite cheese, then enjoy!

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We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood.  Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!

September 10 – National Hot Dog Day

The table is set, the batter is mixed, the griddle is hot, the butter and syrup are ready and so is everyone, ready to celebrate Pancake Day.

The first words Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse ever uttered in a cartoon were “hot dogs” in “The Karnival Kid” in 1929. The average American is believed to eat approximately 60 hot dogs every year.

In Brasília, the celebration takes place at the Ministries Esplanade  with a military parade in the presence of the  President of Brazil. Around 30,000 people attend the event each year, which costs about one million reais.[6][7] Similar military parades are held in all the state capitals, and in many cities throughout the country. September 16th Mexico Independence Day


The term “hot dog” is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. At a baseball game in New York in 1901, vendors began selling hot dachsund sausages in rolls. The most popular condiment for adults is mustard, while children prefer ketchup.

The Independence Day of Brazil  (Portuguese:  Dia da Independência), commonly called  Sete de Setembro (September 7), is a national holiday. The date celebrates Brazil’s  Declaration of Independence  from the  United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarveson September 7, 1822.

You may not have time to make a pancake breakfast but that is okay, pancakes make a great dinner as well. Pancakes can actually be served at any time and with a variety of toppings or fillings some of which are jam, fruit, syrup, chocolate chips or meat.

The Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) was uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato in Mexico, on September 16, 1810. It is the event that marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. The “grito” was the pronunciamiento of the Mexican War of Independence the event is celebrated as  Mexican Independence Day. At around eleven in the evening, the  President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. After the ringing of the bell, he repeats a shout of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores”, with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence, ending with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México!  HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

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Hua Hin Borfai Soi 6: Pool-Villa for sale

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22 A Catholic Monument in Cha-Am: The St Theresa Prayer Hall

It’s one of the most unusual sights you are likely to come across in your local travels, presumably the legacy of a mission to spread the message of the Catholic Church in rural Thailand. But what of the history? We organised an English translation of a stone proclamation in Thai, to see if there were any clues. Here’s what we found: The land was purchased by the Very Reverend Father Surachai Chumsriphan and his wife on St Theresa Day (1st October) 1991. “On that day, Father Manas Chuabsamai baptized my wife and summoned Saint Theresa to be her guardian angel. In honour of God and Saint Theresa who always give us blessing, we had this prayer hall built with great belief in them. Here, people are allowed to practice meditation, pray to God by themselves or convene a seminar or meeting.” This is a quote from the opening day, though no date was described.

Today this religious building is a relic; a magnificent monument slowly decaying. However the symbols and religious murals of Catholicism remain as a glorious affirmation of the founders’ Christian faith.

One fresco shows the ‘garden of Eden’, complete with Adam and Eve, dinosaurs and elephants! Vibrant stained glass windows are intact, beaming with reds, golds and blues. The domed high ceilings are also resplendent with gold and red religious symbolism. This is would be an amazing sight in many parts of the world, but in Thailand, absolutely astounding.

On 1st May 2005, the building was handed over to the Diocese in Ratchaburi (with responsibility for Petchaburi Province), with a message from Father Manas Chuabsamai (John Bosco). It had then been administered for 11 years (1994). He is quoted as saying “All I wish is to see is that the Saint Theresa Prayer Hall will continue to serve as a spiritual sanctuary for anyone in search of God. Here, people can pray, meditate and improve their mind more profoundly. That’s all we know so far about this accidental ‘discovery’; we’d like to know more. If you can tell us about this monument to Christianity in Thailand, please let us know. Where?

The Prayer Hall is clearly unused with birds flying through the open areas, a broken tiled floor and ruined vestiges of religious worship, including a fallen alter and crumbling statues. However all is not lost. Many multilevel frescoes on the walls show painted scenes of the Christian message in remarkably good condition.

There is evidence that the Prayer Hall still gets a little care and attention with gardens and pathways being maintained. Your visit will be noted, please leave it the way you found it!

If you know the entrance to the Springfield Royal Country Club, it’s easy to find. Travelling on the bypass (Pranburi – Cha-Am) Highway North, about 10 kilometres before reaching Cha-Am, Route 101 is a main intersection with traffic lights and signs to the Golf Course heading west. The Course entrance is another 5 kilometres; then after a further 500 metres you’ll see the entrance on the left. A word of caution! On the balcony at the side of the building we were attacked by a swarm of wasps, which left some very painful memories; please be careful!

The Fishermen of Bang Sai Yoi

Bang Sai Yoi is a small community wedged between government land and the Mrigadayavan Palace to the south, condo and resort developments to the north around 10 kilometres south of Cha-Am. Fishing is the lifeblood of this community. This is recognised by a string of five man-made stone islands just off-shore providing shelter to the flotilla of small fishing boats. The central of these islands has a pier linking it to the foreshore to enable transport of the night’s catch back to shore. Last month the 200 metre long pier was given a concreted surface around 6 metres wide. This was a community project with the combined support of the Cha-Am municipality, a local cement company and two nearby resorts.

Nukul Pornsobroranasiri, the Mayor of Cha-Am was on hand to supervise community members working on the project

Mr. Nukul Pornsobroranasiri, the Mayor of Cha-Am was on hand during the concrete pour with community members providing the labour to level and smooth the surface as a road for vehicle access. The total budget to complete this project was described as 150,000 THB. The Ban Bang Sai Yoi community is not sophisticated or developed although the Buddhist temple, surrounds and local school are an obvious source of pride. Beachside homes and other buildings remain simple and the fishing industry is the only sign of commercial activity without the usual scattering of seafood restaurants. Apart from providing benefits to the fishing industry with the more efficient management of the catch, this project was also described as the forefront of the development of the area for more public use as a tourist attraction so that visitors can see the local fishermen’s lifestyle and buy fresh fish, crabs and other seafood from the local fishing boats to increase the income of local people. It would seem that the simple life of the fishermen of Ban Sai Yoi is about to change so that foreign visitors are no longer a rarity and the implications of tourism will soon be realised.

The pier with a new concrete surface protects and services fishing boats HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

A large flotilla of fishing boats grace the shore-line

Wat Sai Yoi and other Buddhist structures are a significant part of community life


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

Transport Bus Station Railway Station

032 514 477 032 512 770

032 471 159

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

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24 Enhancing Your Beauty - in the House

It’s been 15 years since Khun Dedy arrived in Hua Hin from her native Ubon Ratchathani knowing no one and facing an uncertain future. But she felt safe being close to the royal presence and confident that she had found her new home.

From the humble market stall, The House of Beauty premises are now elegant and sophisticated salons where fashion conscious ladies (and some men) give their hands, feet (pedicures) and face a special brand of pampering. Where: Market Village Basement and 3rd Floor phone 032 510 616 Blúport Resort Mall Basement and 3rd Floor phone 032 804 288 And still at the Hua Hin Night Market! Phone Dedy 086 338 179

Starting from a small stall near the night markets and establishing a reputation for client-care and for being able to meet the beauty needs of a rapidly growing clientele, that modest start blossomed into a business with five outlets and employing around 50 staff. Khun Dedy has also blossomed personally from being self-taught to being trained at the Nail Pro-Acadie in Bangkok. She has also taken on university studies and can boast a Master’s Degree in business and marketing from Stamford University. The business has been re-branded as ‘The House of Beauty’ and specialises in permanent make-up, typically eyebrows or eyeliner, but can provide cosmetic beautification in all areas of nail care, pedicure and facial treatments. These days Khun Dedy’s key role is in teaching staff the skills of the trade as something of a “maître d’ salon”; whilst her daughter Khun Eye is the hand-on manager. Khun Eye has been a helper from a tender age at the market stall days. Both ladies are eager to keep up with modern practices and fashion trends so they often travel to ensure they are up with the latest in treatments,

products and design. Khun Eye’s last overseas venture was to South Korea as a fashion hot spot and she was showing the results on her own hands with an elaborate and flamboyant nail design.

Singapore National Day

Traditionally newspapers around the world have published letters received by readers as their opinions about a variety of subjects. In recent years social media may have overshadowed this outlet as a quick and easy way to make comments however Hua Hin Today often receives emails from our readers or comments posted on our Facebook page. Thanks for your contributions! Our readers are always encouraged to provide a point of view, however we will ignore aggressive, abusive or defamatory comments. Critical comment seems to be the most prevalent mode, but we also receive positive feedback, that’s always a pleasant surprise! About Soi 102 Pasi T writes: “Could you please run a story on a dangerous road - Soi 102 Hua Hin. From Blúport Soi 102 is sealed for 2 kms and after that is a dirt road where there are many homes and resorts. The dirt road is difficult when dry as in parts half the road is gone and very dangerous and impassable when wet/floods. We were lucky to survive when we tried to get back to our accommodation and had to be rescued by a large truck. Someone may get seriously hurt unless something is done.” Note – this is an abbreviation of a much longer letter.

John W B writes: “On page 17 for August you mentioned National Days for Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, but ignored your close neighbour Singapore! National Day on 9th August!” Editor’s comments: My apologies to all in Singapore! Not a deliberate omission; we promise this won’t happen again next year! AirAsia The introduction to AirAsia considering flying to Hua Hin received different responses received from readers. Most of the comments received welcomed the economic growth prospects and like Bjorn P say that Hua Hin has been waiting for years for international air transport options. However there are clearly some concerns about Hua Hin becoming less family friendly with readers eager to avoid the less wholesome image of other tourist destinations. Residents living near to the runway are also concerned that their peace and quiet will be affected. Editor’s Comment: AirAsia can only offer the means for international air travel but managing the impact of traveller numbers on the community is up to others to address.

Everyone sees our Classified Ads! Photos forwarded by our reader Editor’s comments: We haven’t had the opportunity to take a close look at Soi 102 since receiving this letter, however Pasi’s photos tell the story. Perhaps another case of improved infrastructure not keeping pace with developers who may not plan or contribute towards these needs. HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

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28 2. Get some rest Driving while tired can be stressful – and dangerous. Getting a good night’s sleep before hitting the road is a good step towards staying calm and in charge on the road. It’s just as important to rest regularly along the way of your trip. Consider changing drivers if you are feeling tired or stressed.

Traffic jams, inconsiderate drivers, even driving in bad weather. Traveling in a variety of road and congestion situations can make you feel stressed. So how can you use emotional intelligence to respond to emotional incidents on the road or elsewhere? Here are some suggestions:

Driving in Bangkok – you know what to expect We’ve all experienced it. You’re enjoying a nice, peaceful drive on a sunny day. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, another car begins to tailgate you. Then, the driver flashes his lights and begins honking his horn. At the first opportunity, he overtakes you. How do you feel now? More important, what action will you take next? Unfortunately, most of us will handle situations like this the wrong way.

Pause. It’s easy to get caught up in emotion if someone cuts us off or does something impolite. Before you react, force yourself to stop for a few minutes (or even seconds). Think things through. Once you’ve paused, ask yourself the following questions: If I retaliate, what might the other person do in response? Is it worth it? How would those potential results affect me (or my family) in the future? How does this incident fit into the big picture? Will I really care about it next week, or next year? Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Once we’ve slowed things down, it’s often easier to relate to another person. Could it be that this person is simply having a bad day? Or maybe there are extenuating circumstances: Imagine the guy that just cut you off is actually trying to rush his pregnant wife to the hospital.

Angry and aggressive behaviours include purposefully tailgating, yelling  or honking at another driver to show anger, and making “angry gestures.” But researchers further estimate that about 8 million U.S. drivers engaged in “extreme road rage,” which included purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver. Fortunately leaning on the horn is uncommon in Thailand but there are still too many examples when road rage has resulted in ugly incidents.

Putting it into practice. Knowing how to handle these situations is important to managing your stress levels and helps ensure you arrive safely at your destination. Getting emotionally worked up rarely leaves us feeling any better off – it just passes on the frustration to another driver and spreads the road rage.

3. Sound mind, sound ride Make your vehicle a setting that reminds you of one of the reasons why it’s awesome to drive – playing and hearing what you want. The right playlist or the right talk radio station can help fend off stress and frustration in a traffic jam. At a reasonable volume, this can help make the drive more pleasant and help you stay calm.

As You’re Driving 1. Drive smoothly

If burning fuel (and your money) is stressing you out as you sit idle in traffic, remember that smooth driving can help decrease fuel consumption. There’s no reason to rush five metres forward only to stop again. Accelerate and brake smoothly to in stop-start traffic help make your tank go further. 2. Give yourself some space

Tailgating is dangerous for everyone involved and a recipe for potential accidents. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead. If you find yourself being tailgated, you might want to find a safe space to pull over and let the driver pass. Bad drivers are not worth your precious energy! 3. Drive and Let Drive

Decide in advance that today you will allow those we are anxiously trying to move into your lane to do so, rather than being competitive. It will cost you almost no time and it feels good when you receive a friendly wave rather than feeling stressed because of some sort of pointless duel.

Don’t honk or stare, or use rude hand gestures. Take a few deep breaths. Though you can’t control traffic or other drivers, you can control your own behavior. Getting into a conflict is ultimately self-defeating, as it will not get you out of the traffic faster. 4. Entertain the kids

Before You Drive

How emotional intelligence can help. Emotional intelligence includes the ability to understand and manage our emotions, as well as our responses to those emotions. Like any skill, you can train and sharpen it to produce desirable outcomes.

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1. Allow time for delays This may seem like a no-brainer, but failing to give yourself a bit of breathing room when traveling to work or social engagements can create unnecessary stress, so allow time for unexpected delays. If you do get stuck in traffic find alternative, less crowded routes – less traffic makes for a less stressful drive.

Maybe you’re stuck in traffic and the kids are getting restless and bored. Having agitated kids aboard is another sure way of increasing your stress levels so plan ahead and be prepared with a few ways to keep them entertained and you smiling:



30 Tackling the Big Mango

Krungthep (city of angels), the ‘Big Mango’ or Bangkok, is by any standard a formidable metropolis. Its cultural events, shopping, glittering sights in the old city and the new and the busy life on the Chao Phraya River beckon to residents of Hua Hin. has gentrified to include a few boutique choices, and is now a colourful and vibrant part of Bangkok, where Thais come to join travellers at some of the best bars and clubs in town, as well as to take advantage of all the various shopping bargains.

The fact that the angels often have to wear gas masks as they fly through the daily pall of pollution seems an inescapable fact of life in cities of the world these days. But how is it best to tackle that city’s horrendous knotty traffic that ranks among the worse in the world? Public transport is one effective answer and we suggest here a couple of good ways to tackle Bangkok’s continual snarl.

Rising above the traffic

Sprinting into the city Crossing the Chao Phraya, the train is soon at the Bangsue station, where you can get off to better access the southern half of the sprawling city. Bus number 70 for example will take you from there to Sanam Luang, the central park near the river in the old city, where ceremonial buildings are nearly completed for the approaching royal cremation.

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) comes to the rescue, offering a daily express train link from Hua Hin right to the heart of the big city. The three-carriage air-conditioned Sprinter, starting in Surat Thani in the south, comes past our railway station with its beautiful Thai wooden architecture at 4 pm each day. It delivers you to Bangkok’s central station at around 7.45 pm. While the SRT is at last replacing some of its ancient trains with new Chinamade carriages and engines, the trusty old Sprinters are still, well, old. But it’s cool and comfortable inside, and the fare remains a friendly 410 THB for the three and a half hour speedy trip to Hua Lumphong central station.

Famed Khaosan Road backpacker village, the home of cheap accommodation, is nearby. A taxi ride (all metered) to there from the Bangsue station should cost you less than 100 THB. Khao San Road

Sombat undercuts the train fare, offering the trip on its VIP luxury coach for 241 THB. These coaches are very comfortable and take only 24 passengers at a time who are seated three across, with the single line of comfortable sofa seats on one side and the double seats on the other.

Nightlife at Khaosan Road From the Sprinter, just walk down to Bang Sue underground (MRT) station. This is one stop before to the end of the excellent Toa Pun-Hoa Lumpong MRT service that saves you much time by tunnelling under the city’s congestion. It’s best to buy reusable MRT and Rabbit BTS cards, that can be topped up when needed, to bypass the ticketing queues.

Chao Phraya River welcomes you on the bus

the Hua Hin bus station on Phetchakasim Road to its own convenient Vibhavadi station near Morchit and Jatujak market in Bangkok, and not far from the Bangsue rail station.

In just over a half hour, the MRT reaches Hua Lumpong, letting you off at Sukhumvit and Sathorn stations as needed, where you can surface to connect with the BTS sky train to reach your hotel in those parts of town. Some four months ago a new transport service has also become available. The Sombat Tour coach service started its welcomed VIP bus service from

The VIP way You are in for a cool trip in more ways than one, as the air-con tends to be arctic. The bus drives at a sedate 80-90 kilometres per hour all the way, and it takes 3-4 hours to reach Bangkok, depending on the city traffic. It’s like cruising along in a comfortable armchair, and you can enjoy views of provincial centres without the worry of driving through them. Conveniently, before arriving at Sombat’s own dedicated coach terminal, the bus can drop you off at the Morchit BTS Skytrain station and nearby Jatujak MRT station, from where you can zoom freely either above or below the congestion.

Riding Green to Khao Tao

There is a shining new bicycle standing in your garage, ready for that much-needed exercise that you have been postponing. So where might you use it? The current Royal preference for healthy bike-riding has created many welcomed new and safer cycling tracks, including around the big moated Dusit Royal Palace in Bangkok. Locally, you can now ride south from Hua Hin Township all the way to the turn-off to Ban Khao Tao, some 7 kilometres on.

running freely in opposite directions. Take care though of the occasional motorcycle trying to masquerade as a bicycle.

First take Phetchakasim Road (National Highway 4) after the railway overpass past Tesco Lotus on the left, Patravadi School, and the office of Hua Hin Today and Soi 116 on your right to where a dedicated bicycle track branches off from the highway.

Take your time and cruise past the Kasetsart Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the left. A kilometre or two further up the road, on the right-hand side of highway, is the new Rajabhakti Park, where the dominating statues of 7 previous Kings stand.

Ahead, a real treat for bike-riders that has been nicely prepared for you. The new super cycle way is paved in bitumen with a dividing line in the centre and wide enough for bicycles to pass each other

Cross the busy highway carefully and cycle in to admire the colossal bronze sculptures, each towering around 14 metres high against forested hills in the background.

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The new track takes you alongside the busy major Highway 4 to Pranburi and further south, all with a very pleasant green growing border on your left side to enjoy.

Back on the cycle superhighway, the Suan Son Pradipat military recreation beach comes up next, where you may wish to break your energetic journey for lunch by turning left and riding down to the shady sand. Cars pay a 20 THB entry fee to the army guard at the gate but bikers are free.

is not far from the current end of this cycle track and one would expect the town to be a future destination.

Refreshed now, you pedal on south to the turn-off to Ban Khao Tao some 7 kilometres from the start of Soi 116. Follow the cycling track left until it lets you back on the road heading to the beach-side village.

Here you can park the bike and stroll on the waterside cement track that circles the big lake. Or else find a shady place to sit to rest and enjoy the view of the green turtle hump of Khao Tao rising from the sea in the distance.

The cycle express way actually goes further south some 3 kilometres. Pranburi

There is of course the pleasant return trip, yet to be cycled.

About a kilometre from the turnoff from Highway 4 is the big Khao Tao waterworks reservoir that can be called your destination for this first valiant exercise effort.




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Wooden Shutters in Hua Hin; Fashionable Then & Fashionable Now

Wood shutters are not new innovations for window treatments in Thailand or internationally. They became a feature of royal palaces which have stood the test of time and remain to the present date. For a hot Asian climate, moveable shutters evolved in place of walls, to create ‘breezeways’ for cooling air. Unlike wood shutters, curtains are really temporary fashion items which are not intended for the long term as a valueadding retro-fitted fixture. Sangsarn Ansavananda from the Fine Wood Shutter Company is a US trained interior designer who discovered wood shutters in that country. Combine those experiences with a love of wood and the establishment of this specialist wood shutter company followed more than ten years ago.

Each stage of the process takes place ‘within house’ to ensure attention to detail and the quality of the final and fully installed product. No short cuts or sub-contracting at any stage for complete quality control. The company manufactures wooden blades and other components from the rough sawn timber into custom made shutters at their Bangkok facilities.

There are also the issues of dust, cleaning and deterioration from the elements that effect curtains.

The owners of Hua Hin’s more elegant and stylish homes and commercial premises are very fortunate to have direct access to a professional design, manufacturing and installation service which can provide all the benefits of this time-honoured product. Khun Sangsarn spends time in both Bangkok and Hua Hin so we would suggest making an appointment if you really want to discuss wood shutters with an expert. He can show you complete displays and examples of the company’s impressive record of customer projects.

Khun Sangsarn can demonstrate all the benefits of wood shutters at the Hua Hin showroom After a ‘fashion recess’, wood shutters have again emerged to compliment the expansive windows and doors that are also in favour. Although a heavy curtain can block out the world when it’s fully closed, there’s little control of the light, air and vision for any uncovered section of window. These are major features that adjustable shutter blades offer.

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353 Urban Living: Investment Assets in the Heart of Bangkok

Urban living has been getting more and more popular among the young, successful, and rising generations of adults around the world. They want to live in city centres where everything they need is within easy reach.

They also want the convenience of having good restaurants, bars, coffee shops, tea houses, upscale shopping malls, hospitals, and schools for their kids to be within walking distance from their homes. The popularity of city life has created a new trend in housing developments for an urban villa in the heart of city, where available land plots for new developments are limited. In some cases they are unable to meet the requirements of high-end homebuyers, who need homes with utmost privacy and all-inclusive functions in prime locations which allow them to appreciate urban life. In the world’s major cities like Singapore, one of the most luxurious residential developments – “The Ladyhill”, has 55 freehold units on seven blocks of four-storey buildings, located in the heart of the city, just a few steps to Orchard Road.

Severn Road Hong Kong The urban villa development, which is a popular concept in international markets, has been brought to Bangkok at prime residential locations where land available for new property developments is very scarce and most residential developments are condominiums. According to CBRE Thailand, prices of prime land in the central business district of Bangkok have shown no signs of easing

and are continuing to rise. While there are only a handful of prime transactions in a given year, scarcity is the key factor that keeps pushing prices up. As land prices will continue to increase, new condo prices will keep rising as well. During 2010-2016, asking price of new condo supply increased 10.9% per year on average. The highest average condo price per sq metre was in central Lumpini, at 250,363 THB, followed by Sukhumvit at 239,946 THB, and Silom-Sathorn at 220,395 THB. Average prices overall were 247,613 THB. With the attractive increases in residential prices for properties in prime locations, it is a good opportunity for those looking to acquire prime property investment assets in central Bangkok, as they have very limited supply, particularly in the most sought-after locations.

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375 Hyatt Open Golf Tournament 2017 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Thailand will host the eighth annual “Hyatt Open 2017 Golf Tournament” on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September at the Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin. The two-day tournament will allow golfers to enjoy the challenge of playing 36 holes tournament and to enjoy the spectacular views of the highly awarded Banyan Golf Club. The Hyatt Open 2017 Champion will be awarded with the Hyatt Open trophy; a traditional silver Claret Jug.

There will also be a variety of prizes for lucky draw and charity auctions from Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world as well as return air tickets from THAI Airways. The special golf package starts from 21,800 THB net for one player and 30,800 THB net for two players based on twin sharing room basis. The package includes: • A two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin with breakfast (or at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok or Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, or one night stay at Park Hyatt Bangkok, terms and conditions apply). • Two rounds of golf, including the awards lunch • Gala dinner at Hyatt Regency Hua Hin • Transfers between Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and Banyan Golf Club

Showcases Thailand’s Golfing Experience

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has hosted the Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2017 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand where golf tour operators and buyers from key international markets met with suppliers and golf course owners from across Thailand. More than 150 buyers from 32 countries signed up to attend the TGTM 2017 with the majority being from Asia (65 buyers) and the ASEAN region (48 buyers). In addition, 31 buyers attended from Europe and three from the USA. There were around 95 local sellers representing Thai golf courses, tour operators, hotels and travel agents attending to sell their services. The Thailand Golf Paradise seminar, hosted by TAT and the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), was joined by Thai and foreign experts to share their valuable experiences in the golf industry including ‘Wake Up Call for the Golf Industry‘ by Mr.  Mark Siegel; ‘Best Practice: Olympic 2016‘ by Mr.  Neil Clevery; ‘Understand Your Course‘ by Dr.  Micah Woods, and ‘Sustainable Golf in Thailand‘ by Mr.  Pirapon Namart. The session had about 135 people attending. TGTM 2017 showcased Thailand as a world-class golf destination, with its amazing courses that show beautiful scenery while

offering world-class amenities and famously friendly Thai caddies. The event helped to create new opportunities for Thai golf business operators allowing them to promote their services to vital foreign markets. To ensure the best exposure for sellers and give them the chance to meet a wide array of buyers, the TGTM 2017 hosted pre-scheduled appointment matching program and speeddating. Soraya Homchuen, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai commented, “Golf is big business in Thailand as the country has some of the best class golf courses. TGTM 2017 was a great opportunity for Thailand’s golf industry to show the world why Thailand is such an amazing golf destination while attracting new golfers to play and enjoy the legendary Thai hospitality and unique local experiences. We hope that evolved Indian travelers will come to Thailand to enjoy the Amazing Golfing experience.”

At this year’s event, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Thailand will host a welcome dinner followed by a charity fundraising auction. Mark your calendar and book now. Please call Hyatt Regency Hua Hin on +66 3252 1234 or email reservations.hrhuahin@ for more details and reservations.

Buyers meeting and sellers of golfing services at TGTM 2017 087-113-8566, 085-631-4488 Soi 112, past Mahasamutr then 300 metres after the traffic lights on the left.

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40 Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Pranburi

September 2017

2017 Golf Festival Tees-Off In Style

‘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 61-65.


Assembled dignitaries on stage at the official opening Play is now well underway in the 16th Hua Hin - Cha-Am Golf Festival after a colourful opening ceremony heralding the first weekly tournament day at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course on 30th July. The opening ceremony featured representatives of the nine participating golf courses, a traditional Thai dance performance and a ceremonial tee-off by Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand. In attendance was the Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khirikhan Golf Course Association Chairman Khun Suwit Reanrogruang and Board Members. The Tourism Authority of Thailand was also represented by the regional Directors.

Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Director, TAT tees-off in style However very few non-Thai golfers were in attendance; testament to the lack of promotion both locally and abroad. Timely marketing of this important event is well overdue to achieve the Festival’s promotional aims and to become a focus for low season golfing tourists. During the two months of the festival (August & September), the 9 participating golf courses are offering special promotions at 1,000 and 1,800 THB green fees per person per round (not tournaments). The remaining weekly golf tournament days with fees of between 1,600 and 2,400 THB are as follows:

‘Golf caddies’ as you’ve never seen them before The Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Festival has been held successfully for the past 15 years to promote golf and other sports that tourists can enjoy in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. The event aims to boost the number of visitors during what has traditionally been the provinces’ low season.

September 2017 Sun 3rd Palm Hills Golf Course    Sun 10th Suanson Pradit / Sea Pines Golf Course Sun 17th Majestic Creek Golf Course Sun 24th Banyan Golf Course

Question 61 Ryan marks his ball on the green with a small coin placed in front of the ball. He is penalised one stroke. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 20-1. Note: The Rule states that the position of a ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ballmarker, a small coin or other similar object immediately behind the ball. The player may place their marker at the side or in front of the ball, but it is not recommended. Question 62 The maximum number of clubs a player may carry is 14 and a putter. True or False? Answer: False. Rule 4-4a. Note: The player must not start a round with more than 14 clubs, which includes a putter. Question 63 A player’s ball is deflected to a point farther away from the green than where he played it from when it hits a movable sign that the Committee has put on the course to direct players to the next teeing ground. The player may replay his ball without penalty. True or False? Answer: False. Decision 19-1/1. Note: The deflection is a rub of the green and the ball must be played as it lies, without penalty. Question 64 A player who carries 14 clubs in his bag breaks a club in anger. He may replace the broken club with any other club during the round, providing he does not unduly delay play. True or False?

The Upcoming Tennis Competition at True Arena Hua Hin

October 2017 Sun 1st Springfield Royal Golf Course Final round and closing ceremony (the winner of each previous tournament) For more information about the Golf Festival visit:

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 HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

Answer: False. Rule 4-3b. Note: If, during a stipulated round, a player’s club is damaged other than in the normal course of play, rendering it nonconforming or changing its playing characteristics, the club must not subsequently be used or replaced during the round. Question 65 An outside agency includes any person who is not part of the match or, in stroke play, not part of the competitor’s side, including their caddies. True or False? Answer: True. Definition of Outside Agency. 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

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

419 The Most Celebrated Football Competition in Town! The 23rd Confederation Cup

Teams from nineteen Hua Hin and Cha-Am resorts and hotels have put their best foot forward at the 23rd annual Football Federation Cup kick-off commencing last month as a very festive sporting occasion.

The ‘Hot’ Team No. 31; Sheraton’s GM Bruce Dupuis, would have preferred a cold ice hockey arena

Nopporn Wutthikul, Hua Hin Mayor, wishing celebrity players well

A large gathering of VIPs, celebrities and hotel staff team members at the 2017 Federation Cup Opening

Phetchaburi Governor Mrs.Chatraporn Rat Dussadee fires the starting gun before a nervous group of VIPs

The opening match of the competition featured a mixed celebrity team which included show business stars as well as a number of Resort General Managers. No one seemed to know the final score but it was widely accepted that is would be most unwise for the celebs to claim victory over a team with the name ‘Gov’ on their playing strip, especially at an Army base! We recognised the GMs from the Amari (Phanuphan Buasuang), the Veranda (Jamnong Bootsong) and the Sheraton (Bruce Dupuis) amongst the celebrity team players. Vason Kittikul also took his place in the team as the keeper. He is the President of the Thai Hotels Association Western Chapter as well as the Long Beach Hotel ChaAm GM and host of the event. The Amari’s GM, Khun Ton limbering up before a big performance

It’s always wise not to challenge anyone with ‘Gov’ on his shirt! Canadian national Bruce Dupouis commented that he felt much more comfortable on ice due to ice hockey experience. However the Sheraton supporters who gave him credit for a goal-assist. Our apologies to others who we have not named but it was difficult to identify some of the celebrities in their unfamiliar mode of dress. We can also name Everson Pranburi (Alan Thomas) and Hilton Hua Hin (Denis Richter) GMs who were providing vocal support to their respective teams from the VIP box after successfully feigning injury; perhaps to avoid potential humiliation on the field. The more serious matches between the hotel teams now continue until the 7th September at the King Rama VI Army Camp Stadium with the closing ceremony, trophy presentations and charity donations at the Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Winning the Federation Cup is certainly a matter of pride with some bragging rights to the winning hotel. They may also have to undergo some scrutiny just in case any recent ‘casual’ employees also play for the Hua Hin City Football Club! However this is another example of the friendly spirit between the region’s hotels as an elaborate and spectacular good old-fashioned team building exercise.

Opportunities Abound for Young Footballers at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Soccer Academy

From playing on the manicured grounds of the Dusit Thani to the less than elegant fields of Pala U Noi village. From playing against other football academies to taking up European Football Scholarships; the youth of Hua Hin have many opportunities to be involved in the ‘world game’ at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Soccer Academy.

Head Coach Steve Barbé (front left) and his coaching staff provide all the benefits of their footballing experience The Academy is based at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Hua Hin and offers football coaching for children of all ages and abilities. The Academy is extremely fortunate to be the only club to have access to the immaculate grass football pitches in front of this prestigious hotel.

All ages and levels of expertise can enjoy the Dusi Thani grass pitches from pre-schoolers to under 18.

Some students have gone on to earn trials with major European clubs such as RSC Anderlecht. After a year training with the Academy, Larrs Hinrichs returned to Germany where he was immediately signed by OSC Bremerhaven and will soon be playing for one of their academy’s youth teams. The Academy has a long standing partnership with J&S International Football Management which represents some of the best international players in the modern game. Founder Patrick de Kloster has visited on numerous occasions. He has also arranged for prospects from the academy to have trials with Belgian Premier League champions RSC Anderlecht. Steve Barbé is the Director / Head Coach who has retired after a career which included over 100 appearances in the Belgian top division and playing in major international competitions such as the UEFA Cup. He also had a brief spell at Charlton Athletic and is a licensed, qualified coach under the Belgian FA. In July a group of parents and coaches from the travelled to Pala U Noi with the community organisation Jungle Aid to conduct a coaching clinic for the children and hand out some kits. A group of between almost 20 kids took part in a coaching session followed by a match and some shooting practice. Head Coach Steve said, “These children play on one of the worst pitches you will ever see but it hasn’t diminished their enthusiasm for the game. I hope this will be the first of many coaching clinics we put on in this community.” Other projects include a scholarship program which allows less fortunate local children to join the Academy. The 2017/18 MOL League season starts this month with the Academy competing alongside some of the top

academies in the wider region. Teams are entered at Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15 levels with every player having an opportunity to compete in the league.

The facilities at Pala-U Noi are a bit ‘scratchy’

Some mums having a good read before their 4.30 pm training session Academy coaching sessions are from 3.30 PM on Saturday and Sunday catering for under 6 year olds, under 10, under 12 and under 18 year olds. From this month girls and mums also have their opportunity from 4:30 to 6:30. For more information HUA HIN TODAY, September 2017

42 10 ‘Gimme Golf’ – The Putt You Will Never Miss Succinctly, a ‘gimme’ is a putt so short golfers consider it unmissable, so if conceded by another player, it can be picked up and counted as a holed putt. The word means “give me,” as in “give me this one?” “The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows.” P.G. Wodehouse The unofficial rule for the length of a gimme is “inside the leather” - that is, if a ball is closer to the hole than the distance from your putter head to putter grip when laid flat on the green. However the reality is that formal measurements are rarely made as this removes one of the main aims; that is to speed-up play. Some golfers abuse the practice by imagining longer and longer putts as unmissable. It’s another one of those golfing ‘rules’ which can be sabotaged and must rely on individual integrity.

But very importantly this is an unofficial agreement by recreational golfers. In STROKE PLAY (including Stableford), a gimme has no place within the Rules of Golf. There are no circumstances, when a gimme can be used in a competition played under the official Rules of Golf or a round posted for handicap.

This begs the question; what length of putt is unmissable? The real answer is none; we’ve all seen a player casually ‘waving’ a putter at a ball inches from the hole with the ball being almost or completely missed and an extra stroke incurred.

“A ball is holed when it is at rest within the circumference of the hole and all of it is below the level of the lip of the hole.” – maybe not this one but a likely gimme!

“A tap-in is a putt that is short enough to be missed one-handed”

“Will you give me this one?”

In MATCH PLAY, either player may formally concede  a stroke, a hole, or the entire match at any time, and this may not be refused or withdrawn. This is the only ‘gimme’ available in the Rules.

That is usually recognised as a concession signal but was ruled otherwise with no verbal exchange. The lesson is that words such as “that’s a give”, “take it” or “that’s in” must be heard before the ball is picked up.

Henry Beard

‘Inside the leather’ is the usual gimme length If your recreational group decides to accept gimmes, you might still choose to take the putts so that a handicap adjustment can be made and you can boast about real pars, real birdies or better. Many golf instructors consider gimmes counterproductive to good putting, suggesting that you need to see and hear that ball drop into the cup to build confidence and learn how to avoid the putting ‘yips’!

Golf in Thailand adds another twist. It’s common to find a white circular line marked around the hole about the usual gimme length. This does not suggest that the Rules of Golf have been overruled, that’s not possible. Caddies may also urge players to take a gimme, or in the local parlance “Give, Give, Give!” However it’s only your playing partner, not the caddie that can make the offer. In concept, the gimme putt is supposed to add to golf’s sportsmanship. Often it’s anything but, as evidenced at international match play level when Norway’s Suzann Pettersen refused to concede a putt after walking off the green in the 2015 Solheim Cup.

Tears after ‘gimme confusion’ at the 2015 Solheim Cup If using the gimme formula is causing disharmony in your social group it may be better to go back to the ‘real rules’ to stay friends. Some other etiquette considerations are: DON’T: Endlessly fumble in your pocket praying your opponent will cave-in and give it to you. DON’T: Apologise for making your opponent putt. It comes off as insincere, especially if they miss. DON’T: Take it personally when an opponent makes you putt, just go ahead and sink it! DO: Be liberal with gimmes on the front 9, conservative on the back. This sets an affable tone for the round, but increases the pressure in a tight finish. Some golfers think about how their generosity may affect an important relationship with their playing partner. Being kind-hearted to your father-in-law is one thing; however nothing screams ‘brown-nosing’ like conceding seven-foot downhill putts to the boss!

Golf Tip September

Playing a Plugged Ball from the Bunker

We have all encountered the dreaded plugged ball in the bunker. Here is a simple way of getting the ball back in play. The setup is similar to a normal bunker shot – shoulder-width stance, feet dug in for balance, ball played ahead of centre in the stance. The club head will enter the sand at a point that corresponds to the dead centre of your stance - picture 1. Keep the club face square; not open like standard bunker shots. Remember to align your feet and hips only slightly left of target, shoulders square to the target and shift your weight more to your left side ( for a right handed golfer) – picture 2. Grip down the club for control and grip really tightly (grip pressure of 9 out of 10). This will help prevent the club from twisting and decelerating quickly as goes deeply into the sand. Now make a full swing and make sure that the club is traveling in a downward motion through the sand, there will be little or no follow through. Remember, there will be very little spin on the golf ball and you might have to accept the ball will roll past the pin. Don’t get too cute trying to finish pin high as you need to be very aggressive to get the ball out. John Wither PGA Golf Professional, Banyan Golf Club,, Phone +66(6) 81142616

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45 September 2017

La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria – “That’s Amore!”

The word “pizza” was first documented in 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. While pizza has been eaten in Italy for centuries, the introduction of tomatoes to Italian cuisine in the 18th and early 19th centuries finally gave us the true modern Italian pizza.  “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”.

The tastes of Italy include 19 varieties of pasta, 10 secondi piatti (main courses), 6 contorni (side dishes) alongside the 26 items on the pizza page of the menu. There are some Thai food items available, although Roberto says that Thai diners are usually more interested in the Italian offerings.

Roberto’s family and a friend visiting from Bergamo near Milan to his slice of Italy in Hua Hin

The orange coloured wood-fired oven is recognisable from the street

Roberto Zanchi is the guardian of La Botte or The Barrel It was not until after World War II when pizza became popular in America, that it became really popular in Italy. It is said that the song by Italian-American Dean Martin (born Dino Crocetti) set the scene;

Alongside pasta & spaghetti, pasta, polenta and minestrone, pizza could be regarded as Italy’s national dish. There is no going back once you try a real Italian pizza, no delivery or frozen product will ever stimulate your taste buds the way a real pizza from a real pizzeria will. This means the recognised round shape, made to order and always cooked in a wood fired oven. Roberto is the Pizzaiolo (pizza maker) at La Botte, perhaps the most authentic pizzeria in Hua Hin. His wood fired oven is fired up daily and stands out at the front of the restaurant overlooking the street so that you know that this is a real pizzeria.

shredded variety which often features at less authentic outlets.

Your selection of a real Italian pizza can be enhanced with a drizzle of infused olive oil. The pizza crust is thin with a crispy edge which your choice of toppings can be enhanced by a homemade dressing of Italian olive oil infused with dried chilli, not really hot but subtly spiced with a captivating flavour. The cheeses are all imported by Roberto from Italy; you won’t find the dry over-processed

During our visit to La Botte there were some very special Italian visitors present. Roberto’s mother, father, brother and another friend were in town and sitting together under the leafy shade of the outside terrace. The family gathering made our tasting session even more special; our thanks to the Zanchi family for their Italian hospitality and ‘pizza deliziosa! Address: 123/56 Nongkae Close to Cicada Market, Hua Hin Phone:  032-655078 Open: 12 Noon 10 10.30 PM everyday (A free beer is available with every pizza ordered by 5 PM!)

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2 46 A Beginners Guide to the Secrets of Thai Street Kitchens

As a traveller to Thailand, you are often confronted with a multitude of food options when you are in markets or around the streets; often it is quite challenging. We have asked Feast Thailand’s General Manager, Leigh Higgins, to explain about one integral part of Thai Street Food culture. One of the most popular street kitchens or vendors is the Dtam Sang vendor. These guys can whip you up a fantastic meal in an instant, from a repertoire often exceeding 100 dishes. The name Dtam Sang (sounds like dum sung) means ‘made to order’.

resembling something coming out of the tail of a jet. There is almost always the heady smell of garlic streaming out into the atmosphere.

The modern mobile Dtam Sang vendor Fresh ingredients at a traditional Dtam Sang vendor This is the Thai version of à la carte, where these cooks push out amazing dishes at an astonishing pace. In many restaurants around the world the thought of customers picking and choosing what goes into any dish is frowned upon, yet in Thailand, this is totally acceptable at one of these street food vendors. Their main aim is to make you something you are going to love. You can recognise a Dtam Sang vendor very easily, as they have all of their ingredients on show. Proteins like shellfish, meat, seafood or tofu are normally on ice to keep them fresh, with a huge variety of vegetables also on display. There are usually one or two large woks, with burners

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The flaming wok is a common sight at a Dtam Sang kitchen A Dtam Sang vendor will normally have a menu, possibly with lots pictures with Thai and/or English descriptions of popular Thai dishes. This certainly helps however sometimes the pictures may have something that you don’t like, or you see

too much red, which may mean it’s spicy; perhaps the English translation does not sound appetizing. Just remember that these cooks can cook much, much more than what is on their menu; whatever you desire. Next time you are at a Dtam Sang vendor, ask yourself the following five questions: What do I feel like? A stir fry or curry, a salad, a soup or something deep fried What protein do I want? Fish, beef, squid, prawns, tofu, pork, shellfish or chicken Do I want vegetables or herbs? Onion, tomato, cabbage, morning glory, coriander, Chinese celery Do I want carbs with the dish? Rice or noodles What sauce do I want, if any? Oyster sauce, fish sauce, chicken stock, coconut milk or cream What about the language barrier, I hear you ask; how do I order? Don’t let this stop you. These cooks are ready to please, so pointing to what you want is definitely OK. What if I don’t want it hot, is your next question? Commit these two words to memory - Mai Phet; not spicy! The best tip for eating street food is to order it freshly cooked, making Dtam Sang one of the best options on the streets. Often people worry about the protein and vegetables on ice; is it fresh? The answer is, yes it is. These vendors set up just before meal times and the food immediately goes on display on ice, with only a small amount of protein displayed.

This means it is kept cool and fresh. Popular proteins sell out quickly, so they will not be on display long enough to go bad.

Here are my top dishes that I order to taste

Pad Prik Gaeng • a dry-fried red curry with protein & vegetables, Pad Pak Boong Moo Grop • stir-fried morning glory with crispy, deep fried pork belly and extra garlic – delicious!

Tom Yum • a hot ‘n’ sour soup; just add a protein Pad Graphrao • a spicy stir fry with holy basil, Pad Thai • the world-famous Thai noodle dish. Try adding crispy pork belly, Khao Pat • fried rice, again with crispy pork belly or the protein of your choice

473 Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa Wins Two Awards at Exotiq Thailand Awards 2017 Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa has won a pair of prestigious honours at the 2017 Exotiq Thailand Awards.

Mrs Noble Queen Thailand 2017

Last month the Blúport Resort Mall was crowded with many people and honorary guests attending the “Mrs. Noble Queen Thailand 2017” contest.

Many beautiful women, media, sponsors, local organisations and municipality staff joined to cheer on the contestants.

The upscale beachfront resort, which opened in 2016, was named as the Gold Award winner in the “Best International Hotel” category for Hua Hin, beating competition from many well established hotels in Hua Hin. And in the “Best Hotel Restaurant” category, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa’s ocean facing Big Fish restaurant won the Bronze Award in Hua Hin, demonstrating the impact this seafood restaurant and grill has had since it arrived on the local scene last year. What makes these two awards even more impressive is the fact that they were decided by the readers of Exotiq Thailand, the luxury lifestyle magazine, over the course of an 18-week voting period.

“We are delighted and honored to have received these two Exotiq Thailand awards,” said Goetz Bauer, General Manager, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. “To be selected by our guests and members of the public is showing a strong and positive impact of our resort in the Hua Hin market. To be named as Hua Hin’s Best International Hotel is very gratifying - especially as it comes less than 18 months since we opened. The Bronze Award for Big Fish, our signature seafront restaurant, demonstrates the quality of our culinary experience,” he added. The 2017 Exotiq Thailand Awards honored the best hotels, restaurants, rooftop venues, beach clubs, shopping malls, spas, golf courses and other attractions all across Thailand.

Khun Nachapat Hormkajorn as the contest manager together with the Hua Hin municipality and Hua Hin Women’s Club arranged the beauty contest for family women to find the representative for Thailand at an international contest in Myanmar. The event started with a fashion show led by Dr. Kanthicha Chimsiri, Miss International 2016. Then 15 beauty contestants wore Thai costume traditional followed by evening gowns. The judges then chose the three finalists followed by the winner, Mrs. Trakranta Noppawong, as the first Mrs Noble of Thailand. Mrs. Trakranta is a business woman and the mother of two cute sons. As Mrs Noble Queen Thailand, she will represent Thailand at the Mrs Noble International 2017 contest in Myanmar this September. She is now preparing to perform Thai traditional dancing for the Myanmar contest with no language issues as she can communicate in English.

FOOD & Entertainment, September 2017

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

SUNDOWNER AT AZURE BAR Enjoy the perfect ocean breeze with our happy hour promotion from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at Azure Bar and purchase any one of our cocktail, beers and wines to receive another one complimentary from us. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

Every Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Choose your fresh fish fillet of tuna, salmon, seabass or snapper along with your favorite sauce and our fillet includes a selection from the chef’s salad buffet. Price: Baht 450++(200g portion) Celebrating the Pah La U Durian Tea Set at the Amari 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. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Daily Happy Hour from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Buy one get one free on selected items.


Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Novotel Hua Hin

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 “Kiss The Rain Mocktails” low-fat ingredients to keep your body fit while A glass of mocktail in pleasing your taste your hand, slowly sip it buds with a mixture of until the last raindrop. flavors and spices. 5 What else you want must-try dishes include more in a rainy day on Egg Rolls Salad, Sushi vacay? A refreshing Salad, BBQ Salmon with selection of healthy mocktails offering mixed herb, Mushroom Soba and Tuna Fried Rice. taste and benefits from Available daily from fruits, vegetables or 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the herbs like Marrakesh Al Hamra Restaurant Delight, Marrakesh and Al Bahr Beach Bar, Surprise, Marrakesh prices start from 280++ Thirsty and Marrakesh THB per dish. Al Hamra Home available daily Restaurant and Al Bahr from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. at Beach Bar at Marrakesh Al Hamra restaurant Hua Hin Resort & Spa is and Al Bahr Beach Bar open daily from 11 a.m. – with special price at 2 a.m. THB 120++ per glass. Al Hamra restaurant Centara Grand Beach and Al Bahr Beach Bar Resort & Villas Hua Hin at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa is open daily from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin

The Beachfront Restaurant, Shoreline Beach Club, of Amari Hua Hin is revealing the unique taste of the Pah La U durian in the Pah La U Durian Tea Set—a delicious afternoon set served with imported fine TWG teas. Guests can enjoy a delightful afternoon with the Pah La U Durian Tea Set accompanied by an assortment of sumptuous confectionary fresh from the kitchen. This valuable set is available until 30th September every day from 11:00 to 23:00 hours. For advance booking, please contact Khun Juthamart Seesod at 03261 6600,


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.

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

Reef & Beef, Friday – 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 Steak Out. Every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. entertainment. Price: Baht 1,100++ per person. - 10:30 pm. at COAST Beach Club & Bistro. Sheraton Hua Hin Select your preferred Resort & Spa 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 SALAS RESTAURANT lovers delight! Price: The passionate chefs at Baht 990++ (200g the poolside restaurant portion). present a lip-smacking menu of five full-flavor Da Mario Hua Hin dishes starring various homemade versions of one of the timeless classics of Italian cuisine, all dishes raise the dining experience at Salas Restaurant to another Everyday buy one pizza level of indulgence get 1 beer free from throughout August. 12.00 to 17.00.

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SIGNATURE BBQ AT AZURE Azure Restaurant offers an elegant culinary journey along with the soothing sounds of live jazz beautifully performed by the famous singer of Thailand named Pa - Nobpa Trukchonlatit, and the cool sea breeze under the stars from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. THB 1,599 net per person including soft drinks and fresh juices. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

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

InAzia SIGNATURE RESTAURANT Muchloved for its mustardlike pungency and horseradish-like vapors, subtle plays of wasabi make four dishes all the more delicious. The uniquely green ingredient enriches modern Japanese dishes and Indian dishes to please your palates. Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Afternoon Tea Selections Monday Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Museum Coffee & Tea Corner. We have now introduced 3 different types of High Tea set for you to select and choose between Hua Hin set, Heritage set or Colonial set along with premium selected coffee and TWG tea Price: Starting from Baht 450++ per set.

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

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

Klin Mali Spa Ritual Centara Grand Beach Resort 50% Off “Magnolia Butter Scrub” Spa Package Experience the delicate scent Relieve stress from your of hypnotic Thai Jasmine in long day and bring back our spa ritual designed to youthfulness to your skin with uplift the mind, boost inner scented Magnolia. Butter Scrub radiance and moisturize your high in vitamin A & E skin. SIMPLY RELAX PACKAGE, 90 minutes at THB Centara Grand Beach Package Included: 1,999 net from THB 3,998 net, inclusive of Organic Resort and Villas Hua Hin • Foot Ritual • Aloe & Jasmine Body Gel Mask Mini Facial & Magnolia Butter Scrub. Or SKIN PRETTY AS A PEACH • Aroma Relaxing with Jasmine Massage Oil RADIANT PACKAGE, 120 min at THB 2,599 net SPA PACKAGE • Refreshments “Take home an Exclusive Jasmine from THB 5,198 net with Magnolia Butter Scrub and Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 Gift Set of Jasmine Massage Oil and Jasmine Body Magnolia Butter Massage. Noora Spa is open daily p.m. A complimentary Lotion” 120 minutes : Baht 2,950++ per person from 9am – 9pm. For reservations, please contact Luscious Peach Body This promotion is not valid in conjunction with Baht Noora Spa at Marrakesh via Tel. 032 616 777 or Lotion 250g, 120 minutes Bonanza, discount coupons and gift vouchers. Baht 2,590++ per person Refreshing Traditional Thai Massage at Breeze Spa, Amari Hua Hin Breeze Spa recommends Kaya Thai REAL-EASE and Energised: Thai the Knot; two Thai-inspired treatments to eliminate toxins and relax tight muscles, as well as excite your senses and revitalise both body and mind. Enjoy 90 minutes of either massage with a free 30 minutes of Jasmine N’ Melon Scrubbing Mask or Mini-facial Treatment. (terms and conditions apply.) Price per treatment starts at 2,600 THB nett per person and 5,000 THB nett per couple. This promotion is available until 30th September. For more details or to make an appointment, please contact at Breeze Spa, Amari Hua Hin email to natchanok.t@omyx-hospitalitycom 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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Monsoon Valley Vineyard

Camp Palapon

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: Web: 61

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

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



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: Web:

Address: 180 Moo 7, T. Taptai A. Hua Hin J.Prachuap Khiri Khan Tel: 093 175 3566 Email: Web: 73


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: Web:


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

Black Mountain Golf Club

Lotus Sports Club (Muay Thai)

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

Shadow boxing, bag work, Muay Thai techiniques, sparing, stretching, swimming, running, rope jump, pad work, bags, clinch, kness or low kick ...

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


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

Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin

Fine Wood Shutter

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

Fine Wood Shutter Company is the leading shutters specialist in Thailand—crafting professional quality natural wood shutters is our expertise.

Address: 68/34 Mooban Hua Na, Nong Gae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 200 Email:


Address: 4/1 Sukhumvit 47 Klongton, Klongtoey Tel: 02-662-4476 Email: Web:



Star Property Hua Hin

Mason Appetite

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

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

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

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



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HH Home Living

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

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

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

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



Asian Secure Hua Hin-Vaults

Kiteboarding Asia Hua Hin

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.

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: 59/118 Soi 116 Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 086-3547352, 086-5046405 Email:


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

Boonthavorn Hua Hin

Nadpob Dental Clinic

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

ตกแต่งทันตกรรมรากเทียม และอืน ่ ๆ 牙科美容,植入手术等

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


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Da Mario Italian Restaurant

Azure at InterContinental Hua Hin

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

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

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


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

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Luna Lanai Seafront Restaurant

InAzia Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

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COAST Beach Club & Bistro

Luna La Pran Restaurant, Sheraton Hua Hin

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

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

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



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


The Restaurant Dusit Thani Hua Hin

Ban Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

Our all-day dining restaurant serves an array of international and local favourites in elegant surroundings with stunning views.

Cuisine: Thai ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารไทย 菜肴: 泰国菜

Address: 1349 Petchkasem Road Cha-am, Petchburi Tel: 032 520 009 Email: Web: 4

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

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Le Bar Hua Hin

Cuisine: Thai, Mediterranean ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารยุโรบ, ทะเลเมดิเตอร์เรเนียน 菜肴: 泰国菜, 地中海菜

We’re just right across the way from Burger King on Poonsuk Road. Great for couples, romance, a calm and refined spot to relax in a beautiful atmosphere with wine in mind.

Address: 174/16 Soi 80, Amphoe Hua Hin Tel: 032 547 733 Email: Web:

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Address: 12/3 Poonsuk Road Hua Hin Tel: 032 516 318 Email: Web:

Elephant Bar at Centara Hua Hin

Railway Restaurant Centara Hua Hin

Conveniently set adjacent to the lobby, the Elephant Bar serves vintage and classic concoctions like the “Heritage Fizz”, innovative cocktails and a choice of prime whiskies from an extensive drink list.

Taking its design inspiration from Hua Hin railway station


originally erected in the early 1920s, The Railway restaurant offers a worldly selection of cuisines for breakfast and dinner.

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

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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: Web:

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


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

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La Botte Ristorante & Pizzeria

On The Rocks Bar at Cape Nidhra

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

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

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

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




Shoreline Beach Club Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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

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


Aqua Pool Bar Amari Hua Hin

Lotus Villas Restaurant

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.

Cuisine: International ประเภทอาหาร: อาหารนานาชาติ 菜肴: 国际菜

Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: Web: 10

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


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Al Bahr at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

Bakery Shop at Marrakesh 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

Home for Creative Bakery, Pastries, Coffee, Drinks by the Sea อร่อยเพลินริมชายหาดกับเบเกอรีม ่ ด ี ไ ี ซน์แห่งใหม่ลา่ สุดของหัวหิน

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


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


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

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

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Ocean Terrace Restaurant Novotel Hua Hin

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

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23 Coral Restaurant & Bar at Banyan The Resort

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

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:


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


Spa & Wellness at InterContinental Hua Hin

Shine Spa at Sheraton 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.

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

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

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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: Web: 26

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

SPA Cenvaree Centara Grand at Beach Resort & Villas

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Quan Spa Marriott Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

Cape Spa Cape Nidhra Hua Hin

Breeze Spa at Amari Hua Hin

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

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

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


Noora Spa at Marrakesh Resort & Spa

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


Dayspa at Putahracsa Hua Hin

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

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

นวดร่างกาย, แพคเกจสปามือและการดูแลเท้า ... 全身按摩,水疗套餐,手部和脚部护理 Address:Tel:Email: Web:

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Spa at Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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.

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

Address: Tap Tai, Soi 112, Hua Hin, 77110 Prachuap Khiri Khan Tel: 032 510 106 Email: Web:


Open Daily: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Address: 854/2 Burirom Road Cha Am Beachfront Tel: 032 708 300 Email: Web:

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Amari Hua Hin

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

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

Address: 117/74 Takiab Rd, Nongkae, Hua Hin Tel: 032 616 600 Email: Web: 51


Dusit Thani Hua Hin

Blue Sky Resort

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

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

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

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



Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa

Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa

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

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

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

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



InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin

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

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

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

Address: 112 Soi 102 Tambon Thap Tai, Hua Hin, Chang Wat Tel: 032 510 106 Email: Web: 54


Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Resort & Spa

Banyan The Resort, Hua Hin

This Hua Hin Resort offers recreation and entertainment options for singles, couples and families.

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


Putahracsa Hua Hin


MahaSamutr Country Club & Luxury Villas Hua Hin

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

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

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


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


Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa

The 88 Condo Hua Hin

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

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

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


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


Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas

Hin Nam Sai Suay Hotel

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

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

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


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


Cape Nidhra Hotel, Hua Hin

Sansara Black Mountain, Hua Hin

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

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

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

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



Rest Detail Hotel

The Park Hua Hin

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

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

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

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

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

Name: Fish À la carte Description: A simple salad and garnish buffet with a choices of whole fish, freshly chosen at the market with herbs and seafood sauce. Ingredients: Fresh handpicked fish of the day from the fish market. For the sauce; garlic, parsley, chives and coriander. Method: Cook as you like it, BBQ, steamed or fried.

Name: Richard Grandis (Director of Culinary Services) Nationality & Home Town Alsace, France Restaurant: Ocean Terrace Restaurant, Novotel Hua Hin / Cha-Am Previous important positions: Centara Hua Hin Preferred cuisine: Mediterranean

For the sauce, add garlic, fresh parsley, chives and coriander to a basic white wine sauce. If you don’t have these herbs, use whatever herbs you prefer as long as they’re fresh, not dried A tip to make the dish special: Wake up early and go with the Novatel Sous Chef or Journey Ambassador and up to ten guests every Friday at 7 AM to the local seafood market to pick the seafood fresh for that evening.

FOOD & Entertainment, September 2017

54 10 “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

‘The Foreigner’

Rating: NR Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy Directed By: Matthew Vaughn Written By: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn In Theaters: Sep 21, 2017   Studio: 20th Century Fox

Rating: NR Genre: Action Directed By: Martin Campbell Written By: David Marconi In Theaters: Sep 28, 2017   Stars: Jackie Chan : as Quan   Pierce Brosnan : as Liam Hennessy Ray Fearon : as Bromley Rory Fleck-Byrne : as Sean Morrison Michael McElhatton : as Jim Kavanagh

Stars: Colin Firth: as Harry Hart Julianne Moor: as Poppy Taron Egerton : as Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin Mark Strong(II) : as Merlin Halle Berry: as: Ginger

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman--an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...

THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of “Casino Royale.” The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politicallymotivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a catand-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

‘The Promise’

‘Victoria and Abdul’ Rating: PG-13 Genre: Drama Directed By: Stephen Written By: Lee Hall In Theaters: Sep 28, 2017   Studio: Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Drama, Romance Directed By:Terry George Written By: Terry George, Robin In Theaters: September 07, 2017  Runtime: 134 minutes Studio: Open Road Films Stars : OscarIsaac: asMichaelBoghosian Daniel Gim’enez Cacho : as Father Andreasian Christian Bale: as Chris Myers Shohreh Aghdashloo : as Marta Charlotte Le Bon : as Ana

Brilliant medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac) meets beautiful dance instructor Ana (Charlotte Le Bon) in late 1914. Their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who’s dedicated to exposing the truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred as they join forces to get themselves and their people to safety. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.

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Stars: Judi Dench : as Queen Victoria Ali Fazal: as Abdul Karim Tim Pigott-Smith: as King Charles III Eddie Izzard: as Bertie, Prince of Wales Olivia Williams: as Baroness Churchill

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempts to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

11 55 Northern Thailand : A Foodies Guide If you have travelled and eaten Thai food in the northern region of Thailand, you will have experienced how good the flavours of this region are. Outside of this region, it is much more difficult to find authentic northern food so where to find it in Hua Hin? Notable for its lack of extreme spice, northern Thai food is the food of the lush green valleys and cool, forested mountains of the Thai highlands. The former Lanna Kingdom was once the ruler of this northern region. It was also home to the majority of the ethnic groups of Thailand. Its food is often extremely seasonal in nature. Many northern Thai dishes share their origins with the neighbouring Shan State in Burma, northern Laos and also with Yunnan Province in China.

served with 2 types of noodles, fresh and deep fried, a protein, normally chicken; condiments like lime juice, chilli jam, pickled mustard greens and shallots are also added to intensify the flavour. Head for Wanphen Khao Soi, just opposite the Klai Kangwon Palace. There is no English sign out the front and the menu is in Thai. Having said that, the northern flavours are fantastic, authentic and right up there with the best in town. Another delicious dish Khun Wanphen serves is Gaeng Hang Lae. This is a rich jungle curry made without coconut milk. It is not overly spicy, but seriously delicious. There are many other northern dishes on display for you to choose from, so you will not regret seeking this place out.

Sticky Rice (Khao Niaw) is traditionally eaten rather than normal steamed Jasmine Rice (Khao Suay). You will rarely find the addition of coconut milk or cream, with curries and other dishes relying more on dried spices for flavour. The use of chilli is not as prevalent in the north, as compared to the south.

The most well-known northern dish is Khao Soi (Chiang Mai Noodles). This is Thailand’s version of Laksa. Its rich broth is

One of the more popular northern dishes is Sai Ua (Chiang Mai Sausage). It is a wonderful combination or pork mince with red curry paste, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and many herbs and spices. It is a must try for lovers of sausages. During the day, there is a street vendor at the Chat Chai morning market who has Sai Ua grilling fresh; otherwise head to Cicada Market on the weekend where there is a vendor doing excellent northern food.

Does Thai Spaghetti Bolognese sound like something you’d like? Then make sure to ask for Nam Prik Ong. It is usually served with Khanom Jiin, fermented fresh rice noodles, and looks exactly like the Italian version, sans the Parmesan cheese. Across the canal you will find the serene courtyard setting of Khrua Araya. This hidden gem is tucked away, making it difficult to find. It does, however, serve up a really tasty version of Nam Prik Ong. The large earthenware pots lined up in a row also contain other sauces to try with your Khanom Jiin. A northern relish, which is quite a taste sensation, is Nam Prik Noom. It is made from roasted young green chillies and served with either crispy pork skin or vegetables. It may look spicy, but is generally mild, with the sharp tang of green chilli. At evening time, the local markets at either Phae Mai or Dinosaur have a vendor there selling Nam Prik Noom and other northern dishes.

There are a handful of other places serving northern food in Hua Hin; the ones listed above are places that Leigh Higgins from Feast Thailand frequents and it’s based on her personal taste and opinion. Feast Thailand offers unique daily food tours in Hua Hin. Wanphen Khao Soi 2/71 Hua Hin 50, Phetkasem Road (Opposite Klai Kangwon Palace), Open: 09.15 – 16.00 Daily Khrua Araya Liab Khan Khlong Road (Cross Pracha Ruam Jit bridge), Open: 09.00 – 16.00 Daily (except 1st Thurs & Fri of month) Dinosaur Market Soi Chon Pra Than 62 (continuation of Hua Hin Soi 56 – over the railway line and the canal and 100m on the right), Open: 4pm – 8pm Daily. Best days Sunday, Monday and Wednesday Phae Mai Market Chon Pra Than Road (Canal Rd) 200m past Soi Chon Pra Than 41 on the left, Open: 5pm – 10pm Tuesday

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12 56 Lessons from a Mediterranean Sailing Star

After a sailing lifestyle based on the Spanish Mediterranean coast at Valencia, young yachting star Eva Gil Talay has surfaced in Hua Hin to help Club Members at the Sailing Club Hua Hin learn all about Opti and Laser sailing. This is also a chance for her to recharge the batteries and recuperate after being injured when her bicycle was struck by a motor vehicle back home and her sailing career put on hold after suffering a broken arm from that traumatic event in August last year. Although a mere 19 years of age, Eva has an impressive record in Optimist, Laser and 470. She has been on the podium in 12 Spanish championships, and top 15 in two European Championships, as well as competing in five World Cups. After her accident, Eva decided that she was in need of a sabbatical and is now enjoying her ‘bus man’s’ holiday.

Eva can see a future for a sailing culture to emerge locally with our favorable ocean and weather conditions. Eva has a family which has long embraced that culture and commenced sailing almost as soon as she could walk.

She had offers to sail in Thailand but these offers were to become some sort of ‘sailing hostess’, rather than to take on a tutoring role for aspiring sailors, young and old, and that what Richard Vine was offering.

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Family sailing trips around the Mediterranean were a way of life which certainly influenced her adventurous spirit and longing to see the world. This is Eva’s second trip to Thailand and the chances are she will be back to add to the development of a sailing culture here. Eva’s bubbly personality and confident approach, apart from her sailing credentials, make her a great sailing tutor. We heard one young student also talking about how pretty she is; but that’s just a bonus!

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Hua Hin Today September 2017