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Hua Hin: Free legal aid available nationwide - but can it be accessed by foreigners?

Thursday August 15, 2019

Hua Hin: Free legal aid available nationwide - but can it be accessed by foreigners?



Picture: Banmuang


Banmuang reported that the lawyers' association of Hua Hin have set up a legal aid desk at Hua Hin police station to offer free legal advice. 


The free service is available to suspects, victims and any member of the public who needs it, they said.


What they didn't say is if the service is available to foreigners such as expats residing in the city.


The project is part of a nationwide plan called "Quick Win" at police stations after a ministerial directive in June. 



Picture: Banmuang


About 150 stations nationwide - mostly those that deal with many cases - are involved in the scheme that is designed to create greater equality.


People can save money on expensive legal fees and visits to courts. 


Khunnawat Orsuwan, the chairman of the Hua Hin lawyers' association said that the service will be available at the station from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. 


There are 10,000 legal aid volunteers nationwide with 400-500 operating in Bangkok.


Some stations that are especially busy with 2000 plus cases a year will have the legal aid service up until 11.30 pm. 


Hua Hin station chief Pol Col Thanakorn Wongsirilak welcomed the lawyers to the station yesterday as the service began. 


Thaivisa would be interested to hear from any foreign expats who have tried to access the service. 


Source: Picture: Banmuang




-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-08-15
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Goalkeeper Wanted at Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy

Sunday August 18, 2019

Goalkeeper Wanted at Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy

The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy is in need of a 9/10 year old goalkeeper. With tournaments and competitions coming up next month the Under 10 team is desperately trying to find someone capable of playing between the sticks.
Any keepers born in 2009 or 2010 who think they have what it takes are invited to try out on any Saturday/Sunday at 4pm or Tuesday/Thursday at 5pm. If the academy can find a suitable keeper they will provide free training, free transport to training, free kits and free gloves and boots if appropriate. 
The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy is based at the Hua Hin International School in the award winning Black Mountain resort and golf course. It is open to boys and girls aged 3-16 and training takes place four times per week.
For more information visit: www.huahinacademy.com
-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-08-18
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Hua Hin: Four in custody, three sought after slaying of man on bypass

Friday July 26, 2019

Hua Hin: Four in custody, three sought after slaying of man on bypass



Picture: 77kaoded


Police in Pranburi reported that four men are in custody and warrants for a further three have been issued following the shooting of a man on the Pranburi - Hua Hin bypass on Tuesday. 


Watthanasin "Fluke" Poolat, 26, was shot in the chest and died later in Ratchaburi Hospital. 


His pillion passenger Athiwat "Moss" Meunsawat, 28, was injured. 


Prajuab Khirikhan provincial police chief Pol Maj-Gen Surasak Suksawaeng was in Pranburi yesterday to check on progress in the case. 


Police said that a man called Natthacha or "Khuat" was involved in a love triangle over a woman with Moss.


A Facebook challenge was issued and Fluke, from Hua Hin, and Moss from Pranburi went to a pre-arranged spot near a U-turn on the bypass. 


But then they were fired upon. 


Khuat's Isuzu pick-up is part of the evidence and police have a 9 mm gun used in the shooting. 


Source: 77kaoded




-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-07-26
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Prachuap Khiri Khan: Villagers downstream of reservoir advised to relocate to higher ground

Monday August 12, 2019

Villagers downstream of reservoir advised to relocate to higher ground




Villagers living downstream of a small earthen dam, in Bang Saphan district of Thailand’s southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, were yesterday advised to move their belongings to higher ground as a precaution against possible flooding of their communities due an unusual discharge of water from the reservoir.


Officials from the Ratchaburi-based Regional 7 water resources office are using an excavator to enlarge the spillway to allow more water to flow out of the Morasuab Reservoir, to ease pressure on the dam, after three leaks were found in the earthen dam wall.


The provincial governor has already been notified of the need to ease pressure on the dam because the reservoir is at 90% capacity, which is beyond the safety level. More water is now being discharged through the 20-metre gap in the earthen wall and it takes about four hours for the water level in the reservoir to fall to a safe level of 60% capacity.


Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/villagers-downstream-of-reservoir-advised-to-relocate-to-higher-ground/


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Video: Policeman hospitalized after hitting electrical lines in parachute jump

Monday July 29, 2019

Video: Policeman hospitalized after hitting electrical lines in parachute jump



Thai caption: Parachuting accident..... man hits electric cable


A policeman is in serious condition after hitting electrical power lines during a training exercise at a camp in Cha-Am on Friday. 


A video clip widely shared on Thai social media featured a flash as about ten men descended from a plane.


Daily News said that the wind changed direction after the jump at 800 feet. 


The man suffered stomach injuries and was transferred to the Police Hospital. 


A man identified as Sophon Jaikhumkao on the video said that the victim's condition was improving after treatment.


Source: Daily News



-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-07-29
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Thai honesty: Come in Mr Anderson - your money is waiting for you!

Saturday August 10, 2019

Thai honesty: Come in Mr Anderson - your money is waiting for you!



Image: Manager


Police in Cha-Am are looking for a foreign tourist called John Anderson after an honest hotel employee handed in a wallet that was found on the sidewalk outside. 


Chompoonut Mangprasert, 22, a front office staffer at the Talay Hotel and Villa in Cha-Am went to the police after a wallet containing 19,032 baht, three credit cards and ID in the name of Mr Anderson was found early morning on Friday.


Police praised her for her honesty and are now trying to find the rightful owner after efforts to do that at the hotel failed.




Source: Manager



-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-08-10
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"Get a move on with installing more CCTV", provincial governor urges Hua Hin

Tuesday August 06, 2019

"Get a move on with installing more CCTV", provincial governor urges Hua Hin



Thai caption: Governor urges Hua Hin to install more CCTV quickly


The Prajuab Khirikhan provincial governor has ordered the Hua Hin city council and related authorities to get a move on and install more CCTV cameras in the resort. 


A 50 million baht fund was set aside following the bombing outrages in the town in 2016 but there have been delays due to problems in their positioning.


The plan was to install up to 400 cameras to supplement the 90 police cameras and 60 operated by the Hua Hin council. 


But there have been delays in their implementation said Phallop Singhasenee.



Picture: New TV


The delays have been caused by the provincial electricity authority blocking use of certain power poles.


Now it is time to get a move on and sort out security in Hua Hin once and for all, said the governor. 


The move also comes after a motorcycle with plates from one of the troubled southern border provinces was found to have been parked at the Hua Hin railway station for several days. 


It was found to not be connected to any bomb making activities. 


The governor's moves also come after several bombs and fires hit Bangkok last Friday during a ministerial meeting of ASEAN officials. 


Source: New TV


-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-08-06
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The French forward hoping to lead Hua Hin City to promotion

Saturday August 10, 2019

The French forward hoping to lead Hua Hin City to promotion



Images: Vika Timokhina


Anyone who follows Hua Hin City will know that it has been a turbulent few years for the football team. Coaches and owners have come and gone, funds promised have failed to materialize and the squad seems to get a total revamp at the end of every season.


Despite the turmoil results of late have been very encouraging. The team sits second in T4 (Western Region) and only slipped from the top of the table after a disappointing defeat last weekend. Spearheading the charge, quite literally, has been French frontman Remy Platel.


The 29 year old has had a nomadic career that started out with Auxerre and has included stints in Belgium and Brunei. But he is hoping to guide Hua Hin City to T3 of the Thai league and get his own football journey back on track in the process,


“I fractured my foot and that's why I came to a small club like this to recover. I signed in February but didn't play because I was injured. Now I have been playing for nearly two months and have played eight or nine games,” he said.




Hua Hin City need to finish in the top two to earn a spot in the promotional playoffs. They are currently just two points off top team Assumption United but with Chainat United sitting two points behind the position is somewhat precarious.


Next up is a fixture with Chainat Hornbill B on Sunday and Platel believes the next four games will be crucial,


“We have to take three points this weekend because we lost two of our last three. Our next four games are at home and it's good to have support, when you have fans it is better for sure.”


Platel has been leading the line for Hua Hin City this season and has had to adjust to a slightly unfamiliar role,


“I have scored four goals now but have more assists. I am tall so they send long balls but football is not about only doing long balls, they use me as a 'wall player' and I'm not really a wall player but we are near the top so I think it's working.”


Communication is also an issue for the Frenchman who speaks only a smattering of Thai,


“The coach is good, he was a Thai League player before, he knows football.  I speak some words of Thai but not much, there's no translator.”


There is a common misconception that footballers who have played at a good level in Europe will find it easy in Thailand. Platel says the adjustment can actually be far more difficult than people realize,


“It's totally different from Europe. They don't really have any notion of tactics and I know some players who played division one or two in Europe and they come here and they can't play. They need good players around them, also it's hot. You need to adjust and adapt. It's hard.”


The squad’s schedule is packed because they are obliged to play friendly games against sponsors, as well as competing twice a week in the league. Several of the players live in portable buildings set up next to the training field in Samor Prong and have to cross the pitch just to use the public toilet.


Platel has his own place in town and after several injury hit years he’s just happy to be playing regular football,

“The conditions for the players are not really professional but I'm not here for the money I'm here to play football. In this game you need to play to exist when you don't play you don't exist and last year I didn't play at all.”


“I like this city, I like the mountains and the beach. I knew there were French residents and I heard good things about the city and the club.”


It is unlikely Platel will spend more than a season with Hua Hin City. He’s hoping to earn a contract with a team in one of Thailand’s upper tiers but the Frenchman feels that earning his current earn a place in T3 would be the ideal goodbye gift. 





-- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-08-10
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Best in Asia: Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

Tuesday August 06, 2019

Best in Asia: Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort




InterContinental Hua Hin Resort's haven of relaxation and rejuvenation, Spa InterContinental, recently added to its growing list of awards with international recognition by World Luxury Spa Awards.

During a gala ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, the spa was deemed Continent Winner: Asia in the category Luxury Resort Spa. Among several factors impressing voters were Spa InterContinental's staff of highly skilled therapists as well as its use of premium spa products to enhance every treatment.



Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort features six treatment rooms all with private bathroom and changing area. Signature treatments include 'Dance with the Sea' combining the warmth of tiger cowrie shell application with relaxing massage techniques for supreme mind/body balance. The spa's extensive menu of treatments and therapies is further enhanced with products by Aromatherapy Associates, an expert in the field for more than three decades.

Michael Janssen, Cluster General Manager of InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, knows the importance of having a top-notch spa facility on the property. 'This award by World Luxury Spa Awards 2019 confirms our spa as among the very best health and wellness facilities in Asia. In addition, the award also shows how much our entire resort is committed to providing unrivalled levels of comfort and relaxation.'



World Luxury Spa Awards 2019 tallied the votes of a quarter-million international travellers in addition to those of industry professionals. Upwards of 450 spas in 90 countries were assessed to determine the world's most outstanding spa facilities and services.

For more information or reservation of Spa InterContinental at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, please visit: https://huahin.intercontinental.com/spa-intercontinetalor


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UPDATED: Hua Hin Food Festival 2019 to take place 30 Aug to 1 Sept

Wednesday July 31, 2019

Hungry? Hua Hin Food Festival promises a 66 foot long pizza!



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Star of the show at the upcoming Hua Hin Food Festival will be a 66 foot long pizza. 


Visitors to the festival will be able to sample the "longest pizza in Thailand".  


The festival is the fifth annual event and showcases both local delicacies and international cuisine. Chefs from some of the leading hotels in Hua Hin and Cha-Am will be in attendance as well as many vendors selling a wide variety of produce.


It is organised by the Prajuab Khiri Khan Tourism Authority, the municipal council, Hua Hin - Cha Am Chamber of Commerce and the Cha Am and Hua Hin Chefs' Association. 


The Hua Hin Food Festival 2019 will take place at the Queen's Park 19 Rai from 30 Aug to 1 Sept*


*This corrects an earlier report which said the food festival would take place 20-22 Sept


Source: Facebook


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