There’s a real ’sports vibe’ around Hua Hin

There’s a real ’sports vibe’ around Hua Hin

There’s a real ’sports vibe’ around Hua Hin with opening of the True Arena and a much higher profile for our city with more international events destined to come. Football fans are also getting ready to support our local team now that the UHT Vana Nava Hua Hin City Stadium is ready to go. Last month we briefly introduced Hua Hin Today’s new Manager, Ornusha Pinvanorasam, but now as a follow up we have put together a profile about Khun Ornusha, so our readers can get to know her better. I would like to encourage more feedback and your views about our publication. Your positive and encouraging remarks are always pleasing however constructive criticisms and ideas for improvement are also welcome and I will respond. Here’s an example of the sort of unsolicited feedback we enjoy the most ………..“Dear David, thank you for the nice write up and great positioning in HHT, much appreciated. Hope to see you again soon. Manuel”.

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David
Managing Editor

Our Hua Hin office had a very pleasant surprise

Our Hua Hin office had a very pleasant surprise

Our Hua Hin office had a very pleasant surprise a couple of weeks ago with a visit by the Sheraton public relations staff followed up with a visit by the Amari Marketing Communications Manager calling by to wish all our staff best wishes to begin 2016. This was a really nice touch by Khun Tararat and Khub Kwan (Sheraton) and Khun Jeab (Amari) that we all appreciated; and that wasn’t just because of the delicious sweet treats they provided. Our visit to Bakery Terrace continued the ‘sweet treats’ theme, just one of the hazards of the job. Personal contact is always the best form of communication to strengthen relationships and understanding.

Last our month our ‘personal contacts’ included the opportunity to meet with Hua Hin’s Lord Mayor, Khun Nopporn Vuttikul, also known by his nickname as Khun Nui. He’s a man with a really positive vision for the future of Hua Hin Driving into Black Mountain Golf Course will never be the same again. The ‘baby’ of the course is now growing-up from being a par three to become a ‘fully grown’ third championship nine holes. This is another major investment for the future of regional golf and by the end of the year another great golfing experience will arrive. Hot on the heels of ‘Merry Christmas’ and ’Happy New Year’, February celebrates Valentines and Chinese New Year’s Day. I guess if you happen to have a Chinese spouse or lover the days could be combined though I’m not sure what that would look like.

David Watson
Managing Editor

The most significant day this month in Thailand

The most significant day this month in Thailand

The most significant day this month in Thailand is Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand’s birthday on August 12th. There are events being held throughout Thailand to mark the 83rd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. Perhaps unique in the world, the day is also celebrated as Mother’s Day because the Queen has become known as the Mother of the Land, thanks to her numerous royal projects and initiatives. If you have any doubts about the importance of the day; tune into the ‘Bicycle For Mom’ event, just watch a Thai TV station and you are bound to see the light blue event shirts being worn by the presenters.

There are also posters all around Thailand showing the Queen along with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiral who will be bike riding in Bangkok in honour of the Royal Birthday on August 16th. Last year the USA lost its crown as the world’s biggest economy to China, an economic change that is having ramifications worldwide. Just take a look at our story about China’s Megaregions to see how the huge Chinese population is being managed. On the local front Chinese tourism is big business.

Forget about the ‘bad press’ portraying these visitors as lacking in social or cultural sensitivities, the younger millennials and affluent travellers now fuel 20 percent growth in Chinese travellers. These are online savvy, high ap users which really calls for our local service industry to alert to the needs of these high-spending travellers, including online and in the Chinese language.

We hope that you can really celebrate the Queen of Thailand’s birthday, even if bike riding is not your thing. Just remember the appropriate colour of the day is Blue. HM Queen Sirikit’s personal royal standard is blue, representing the day of her birth, Friday. Wear it with respect..

Eleni Mastronikoli
Managing Editor

Hua Hin Today July Fly

For a Brighter Future

Last month we had the pleasure of accompanying Jungle Aid, a local charity providing Karen villagers with much needed assistance. The Jungle Aid motto; ‘For a Brighter Future’ really sums up what is being achieved through the hands on practical approach of this fantastic organisation. After reading this month’s feature, you may be prompted towards volunteering with mission.

However the head of the Jungle Aid Board of Management, Emma Neve, is also the founder of the BECC School so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to spend some time with her to find out what is behind her drive and enthusiasm; she is one of those people who really make a difference in the Hua Hin community. Jungle Aid was a recent beneficiary of the Centara World Masters Golf Championship with the 700 golfers contributing over 100,000 THB to the cause; we’d like to pass on Emma’s thanks to those generous golfers. We know it will go to those who need it the most!

Emma is also busy preparing for the next Queen’s Cup Triathlon, check out the details on Page 7; then you can register and see her in action on 16th August. We’ve already seen some precipitation as the wet season approaches and relief from the heat is at hand. Maybe that’s not always good news for golfers however there are ways to manage rain on the golf course, check out our golfing page to find out how. For the US citizens out there we hope the big day on 4th July gives you the opportunity to renew your patriotic sentiments, but let’s not forget near neighbours in Canada as July 1st is Canada Day.

Eleni Mastronikoli
Managing Editor

It’s the low season in Hua Hin

It’s the low season in Hua Hin

 

It’s the low season in Hua Hin. For some that means it’s a little too quiet and for business operators it means fewer customers and some belt-tightening. But really life remains good and Hua Hin is still the best place on the planet to enjoy the lifestyle you’ve been looking for. Our June edition of Hua Hin Today shows why this is the case; but let’s put this into perspective. Maybe it’s a good time to look at what a low season really means.

For those in Nepal, it’s not a low season it’s a season of despair and misery, they urgently need your help! Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 16,000. It has also driven tens of thousands of people into open spaces and temporary camps in the Kathmandu valley and the rest of the worst-affected districts. “The lives of so many children have been torn apart and they are in desperate need of lifesaving support, including clean water, shelter and sanitation,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Nepal Representative.

To date UNICEF’s response has included:
– Reaching 305,109 people with water solutions.
– 45,201 people have been provided with access to adequate sanitation and hand washing facilities.
– 225,585 people have benefited from hygiene, education and materials.
– 65 Child Friendly Spaces are now set up for displaced communities, benefiting almost 10,000 affected children.

The children of Nepal need your help today more than ever. You can donate to UNICEF online or see the details of local banks who will accept even the smallest cash donations.

Eleni Mastronikoli
Managing Editor