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  • Hua Hin Airport expansion to help transform sleepy resort into a truly international tourist destination

    Hua Hin Airport expansion to help transform sleepy resort into a truly international tourist destination




    Often considered a quieter alternative to the likes of Pattaya, Phuket or Chiang Mai, the days of Hua Hin being known as a more laid back destination may be about to end.


    On Saturday, Thai news site Talk News Online reported the Thai government has approved a huge expansion of Hua Hin Airport that will help to transform the sleepy resort into a genuine international tourist destination to rival other more established destinations in Thailand. 


    The approved 350 million baht expansion consists of two projects, with 250 million baht being spent to extend the runway in order bring it up to the standards required for large scale international air travel, while 100 million baht will be spent on extending the passenger terminal.


    The project should take between 2-3 years to complete and once finished will enable Hua Hin to welcome not only more domestic flights but also international flights from destinations such as mainland China, South Korea, India and Hong Kong, as well as from other locations in ASEAN.


    A fully operational international airport will be a huge boost for the economy in Hua Hin and neighbouring Phetchaburi province, officials said.


    Under the now approved plans, it is understood the runway at Hua Hin Airport will be expanded by up to 45 metres in order to accommodate larger aircraft. 


    The parking area for planes will also be expanded. Currently the airport has capacity for two B737s but when the improvements are done it will have the capacity to park five B 737s at any one time. 


    The airport terminal will also be expanded to handle three times the amount of passengers it can handle currently. The present structure can handle only 300 passengers an hour - this will be trebled to 900 passengers per hour. 


    The expansion of Hua Hin Airport is a key part of measures to develop the whole area from Hat Chao Sam Ran in Phetchaburi down the coast to Chumphon.


    The planned transformation of the coast has been dubbed "Thai Riviera" project - with the aim to the coastline becoming an alternative to more established tourist areas like Phuket in the south and Pattaya on the Eastern Seaboard. 




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-24
    24 February 24 2020
  • Centara Hotels & Resorts to build new hotels in Cha Am and Ao Nang

    Centara Hotels & Resorts to build new hotels in Cha Am and Ao Nang

    Thailand’s leading hotel operator reveals plans to add almost 2,000 new rooms across multiple markets in 2020, as it moves towards its target of becoming a top 100 global hotel group




    Bangkok, Thailand - As the world enters a new decade, Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, is accelerating its global expansion with plans to open new hotels and resorts in some of the world's most dynamic destinations.

    In 2020, Centara expects to open eight new properties, adding four countries to the company's world map and enhancing its leadership position in Thailand. This will increase the group's worldwide inventory by almost 2,000 rooms and suites, in line with a strategic plan to make Centara a top 100 global hotel operator within five years.

    As part of this expansion, Centara's highly anticipated first resort of its new luxury brand will be unveiled at the end of 2020, following the refurbishment and repositioning of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. This popular beachfront retreat closed temporarily in 2019 to facilitate an extensive upgrade. Its grand reopening in late 2020 will mark the launch of Centara's sixth hotel brand, the name of which will be announced shortly.

    Centra by Centara Cha Am Beach Resort Hua Hin is expected to open in April 2020. Located on pristine Cha-Am Beach, this 190-room and suite hotel will be surrounded by attractions, including theme parks, golf courses, retail outlets and a Royal palace. COSI, Centara's affordable lifestyle brand, will also drive Centara's domestic growth in Thailand. After the recent addition of hotels in Pattaya and Koh Samui, this cutting-edge concept will enter another popular beach resort destination in Q4, with the launch of the 142-room COSI Krabi Ao Nang Beach.

    Southeast Asia will be a major focus area for Centara in 2020. The company will plant its flag in two new countries this year; the 95-room Centara KMA Resort Inle Lake will become its first location in Myanmar in Q2, and the 162-room Centara Plumeria Resort Pakse will launch in Q4 to mark Centara's introduction to Laos. Both properties will bring international-standard accommodation to their respective markets, which are rising in popularity with travellers. Moving forward, Centara will enter several exciting new destinations in both countries, including Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed former capital of Laos and the country's capital, Vientiane.

    The Middle East is another key region, with several new hotels and resorts preparing to welcome their first guests this year. In Qatar, The B Premiere Hotel, an 85-room property under the Centara Boutique Collection, will be introduced in Q2. Then in Q4, Centara will enter the UAE with the 607-key Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai - an outstanding family-friendly themed resort that will comprise 607 rooms and suites and a wealth of activities for all ages, including a lazy river, waterslides, cliff jumping, multiple restaurants, a kids' club, SPA Cenvaree and its first kids spa.

    In parallel with the development of its portfolio, Centara will continue to roll out its new guest experiences, including Staying Well, which promotes a healthier way to travel, and Meetings Redesigned, an innovative one-stop service for the MICE sector.

    Finally, Centara will accelerate the implementation of its companywide Sustainability Plan in 2020, which includes the elimination of single-use plastic products, such as straws, bags, bottles and food containers, the reduction of food waste, and the expansion of its support for local farmers, rural communities and small-scale sustainable producers.

    Centara Hotels & Resorts will showcase its entire global portfolio and pipeline of properties at ITB Berlin from 4th to 6th March 2020, at Hall 26B - No.223.

    27 February 27 2020
  • Raimai win inaugural Orchid Palm Homes Cup

    Raimai win inaugural Orchid Palm Homes Cup




    The first ever Orchid Palm Homes Cup took place at the Hua Hin International School last Sunday. Six Under 11 teams were involved and there was high drama with Raimai beating SS in the final after a penalty shout out.


    After the group stages PSG, Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy, Raimai and SS progressed to the semi finals. Both matches were extremely competitive affairs that could have gone either way.


    In the first semi final PSG took an early lead against Raimai. But the team from Sam Roi Yot rallied to score twice and book a spot in the final with a come from behind 2-1 win.


    The second semi final was also extremely close. Black Mountain dominated the early exchanges and hit the post but SS were able to capitalize on a mix up in the penalty area to score a tap in and win the game 1-0.


    There were some weary legs in the third and fourth place play off with Black Mountain playing back to back matches. The game finished 0-0 and PSG won 7-6 on penalties after an epic shoot out that consisted of 20 spot kicks.


    Raimai and SS met for the second time in the final. In the group stages the two teams had drawn 0-0 and there was once again nothing to separate them with the game finishing goalless. 




    In the ensuing shoot out it was SS who blinked first, allowing Raimai to win 3-2 on penalties. The entire tournament was played out in a fun, friendly atmosphere with over 50 children participating.


    Stephen Ayling, the owner of Orchid Palm Homes, said,

    “It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying themselves and to see the matches played in such a good spirit. There were some really entertaining games and lots of drama and we at Orchid Palm Homes are proud to be supporting this event.”


    Former England and Tottenham defender Gary Stevens was also in attendance. The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy head coach was impressed by the standard of football on display, 


    “This was a great experience for all the children involved and we are grateful to Orchid Palm Homes for their support. Players of this age will only benefit from getting to play so many matches against so many different opponents and I can’t wait for the next tournament.”




    For more information about Orchid Palm Homes visit: www.orchidpalmhomes.com 
    For more information about football tournaments in Hua Hin visit: www.huahinfootball.com



    26 February 26 2020
  • Hua Hin drama: Thai wife, 31, helps save "stressed" American, 67 who threatened to jump

    Hua Hin drama: Thai wife, 31, helps save "stressed" American, 67 who threatened to jump



    Thai caption: Stressed farang! He thought about jumping off a building

    Picture: Ban Muang


    Police and rescue services rushed to the Condochain in downtown Hua Hin yesterday lunchtime after they got a 191 call that a foreign man was threatening to jump from a 6th floor balcony.


    Mr G.C. , a 67 year old American, dressed in a pair of shorts had cuts to his neck and wrist.


    Two large airbags were deployed as the tourist police went to room 116 on the 6th floor of the 19 story building.


    Soon the police enlisted the help of Nawaporn, 31, the American's wife.


    In floods of tears she managed to talk her husband round though it took 2 hours, reported Ban Muang.


    In the end the American was safely taken off to Hua Hin Hospital.



    Picture: Ban Muang


    Ban Muang said that he bought the condo years ago and was staying there with his wife.


    They said that stress from living with a medical condition had brought on the suicide attempt in which he had taken a knife to himself before threatening to jump. ,


    Source: Ban Muang


    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-25

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    25 February 25 2020
  • COVID-19: Hua Hin pulls out all the stops in big virus show of confidence press conference

    COVID-19: Hua Hin pulls out all the stops in big virus show of confidence press conference



    Thai caption: Taxi driver has fully recovered

    Picture: Sanook


    Thailand pulled out all the stops at a press conference to show they have the Covid-19 virus well under control.


    At Hua Hin hospital there was the Prajuab Khirikhan governor Pallop Singhaseni, local TAT representative Soraya Homcheun, Region 5 health representative Dr Amporn Benjaphonphitak and a whole host of doctors, nurses, presentation baskets and cash payments.


    They were joined by a taxi driver who had taken a 73 year old Wuhan woman from Suvarnabhumi airport to the resort on January 23rd.


    The lady tested positive for coronavirus first and was taken for treatment to Bangkok.


    As part of the screening processes in place in Thailand the taxi driver was kept under observation. On the 28th of January a sample sent to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok came back positive and he was admitted for 14 days.


    Both the Chinese woman and the Thai taxi driver have now fully recovered.


    He is married father of three Samith, 45, a native of Hua Hin.


    He thanked the medical staff for their brilliant care.


    He told the media that it was a shock when he was informed that he was in a cab with a person who had the virus.


    Thaivisa, notes that the long journey to Hua Hin would have meant he was exposed to infection for several hours.


    He said he was even more shocked when his own test came back positive. He feared for the health of his wife and children and the stigma that was already building up on social media.


    He said that he had a bad fever and high temperature for a couple of days but after the administering of medication he got steadily better.


    He also felt greatly relieved when his wife and children tested negative.


    He advised taxi drivers to wear masks and perform frequent cleaning of their cabs to avoid what happened to him.


    Source: Sanook



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-20
    20 February 20 2020
  • Hua Hin: Khao Tao residents furious - legitimate artwork defaced by "serial graffiti artist"

    Hua Hin: Khao Tao residents furious - legitimate artwork defaced by "serial graffiti artist"



    Image: 77kaoded


    Residents of Khao Tao in the Hua Hin area are furious that one of their well known artworks has had an addition.


    A black figure with one eye has been added to a picture on a wall of a blue shark.


    The original picture is one of many in the area promoting street art and is a source of pride for the locals.


    A Facebook poster called "Ritzy Kriengklai Jangsewang" called it inappropriate and damaging for a great piece of street art.


    Some of the 100,000 people who are members of a Hua Hin Facebook group agreed but some didn't.


    Some felt it was perfectly Ok - just another expression of street art.


    Others called it dirty and impolite and defacing an artist's work.


    77kaoded said that the figure on the shark bore a striking resemblance to similar figures that have been drawn on walls, lampposts and signage all over the Hua Hin area. It appears that a serial graffiti artist is at work.


    Source: 77kaoded



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-22
    22 February 22 2020
  • Thailand carnage: Much respected rescue worker killed at scene of "jellyfish" accident on Hua Hin bypass

    Thailand carnage: Much respected rescue worker killed at scene of "jellyfish" accident on Hua Hin bypass



    Picture: Talk News Online


    A much respected rescue foundation worker has been killed in a multiple series of collisions on the Hua Hin bypass yesterday.


    Tributes have poured in for popular Sawang Phaephaisan Thammasathan Pranburi rescue worker Attawut "Ton" Noobankoh who was 41.


    Initially there were no injuries. A Vigo pick-up being driven towards Bangkok by Wirachon veered off the road and overturned after hitting a tree.


    The driver was uninjured and Attawut and a colleague - on hearing the smash - were soon on the scene on a Honda Wave to render assistance.


    There were jellyfish all over the place as Wirachon was carrying that cargo towards Samut Sakhon.


    Then another Vigo driven by Supharik lost control on the rain affected road surface. It span round and the back collided with the motorcycle and slammed into Attawut who was standing by the first overturned vehicle.


    He was killed instantly.


    Facebook posts from colleagues and a well known personality paid tribute to the selfless dedication and many years of service that Attawut had given the rescue foundation.


    Source: Talk News Online




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-02-19
    19 February 19 2020
  • Thailand Open raises over $50,000 for breast cancer charity

    Thailand Open raises over $50,000 for breast cancer charity



    Photo by GSB Thailand Open


    HUA HIN, Thailand - Thanks to the fundraising activities of the GSB Thailand Open presented by E@ and its associated supporters Proud Group, APG and WTA Charities, over THB 1.6 million (around US$53,000) has been raised for the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation.


    At the closing ceremony Proud Group’s Proudputh Liptapanlop presented the charity with a cheque for THB 1 million raised through ticket sales throughout the week at the WTA International event. Organizing partner APG donated THB 311,224 ($10,000) which was matched by WTA Charities to bring the total raised to over THB 1.6 million, around US $53,000. Invaluable awareness for the disease and early screening was also helped by turning the match courts pink and the #gopink theme that was promoted throughout the week in Hua Hin.


    The money raised will go towards helping fund the Foundation which works with disadvantaged communities in Thailand to educate women about breast cancer awareness and also provides medical and social care for women suffering from the disease. Finola Chatamra, Honorary Advisor to the Foundation explained how the money will help some of the most vulnerable women:

    "Our mission when we started the Foundation was to lift the bar of care for breast cancer in Thailand and make it accessible for anyone in the country, from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to everyone in society. The Foundation funds sending doctors abroad to train, ensuring we have the best state-of-the-art equipment and the right philosophy of care for patients.


    "We reach out to slum communities and do a lot of education and screening work for the very poorest women who have no opportunities for screening or who are too scared. We go into communities and bring all the children in to have food and take part in fun activities while we work with the women."


    As part of their education and outreach programme the Foundation brought a group to enjoy a day out in Hua Hin:


    "We brought 51 women and children, some of whom had never had a day out or seen the sea, to Hua Hin to have fun at the Vana Nava Water Park and the beach and then to watch the tennis and see all the great things that were being done to support them at the tournament.


    "We are so grateful for the donations received today. This will go directly towards funding our Pink Park, a centre of care in Minburi, not far from Bangkok, that we have built that takes in the most vulnerable women, who may have been living under an expressway while undergoing radiotherapy. They can stay and be cared for during their treatment or in the worst case scenarios they have somewhere to die with dignity, which may not have been the case if they were living on the streets."


    For more information on the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation go to: www.qscbcfoundation.org


    Source: https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1612728/thailand-open-raises-over-50-000-for-breast-cancer-charity

    17 February 17 2020
  • Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists

    Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists




    A meeting was held in Hua Hin yesterday called a "Market Briefing". The Tourism Authority of Thailand with responsibility for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the Petchaburi and Prajuab Khiri Khan TAT invited business leaders, hoteliers, golf course people and wellness and spa reps. 


    The message was clear: Europeans are not coming as much as in the past. 


    The answer to this dilemma was waffle and buzzwords. 


    The gathering was told about segments for products, luxury, family, multi generational travellers...the list went on as the assembled gathering nodded in appreciation of the English terms and listened politely. 


    They were urged to utilize www.thaitravelmart.com and attend trade shows and road shows. 


    But there appeared nothing of substance to address the core issues and the reasons for the downturn. A 77kaoded report left the reader none the wiser. 


    At the end of the meeting it was decided to have another meeting. 


    That will be on the 14th of January in Krabi. 


    Then everyone smiled and had their picture taken. 


    And went back home to wonder where all the tourists had gone. 


    Source: 77kaoded




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-12-19
    19 December 19 2019
  • Hua Hin: Linette tames Swiss teenage Kung for Thailand Open trophy

    Linette tames Swiss teenage Kung for Thailand Open trophy



    Magda Linette of Poland


    Hua Hin - Fifth-seeded Magda Linette of Poland lifted up her second WTA trophy following a convincing win over Swiss teenager Lionie Kung of  6-3 6-2 in the Thailand Open final on Sunday.




    The world No 42, with her powerful serves and consistent baseline game, outplayed the 19-year-old qualifier in just 76 minutes in her fourth WTA final. Her previous victory was in the Bronx Open in August 2019.


    “I didn’t expect this at all coming here. I was even wondering how it was going to be because I was coming from indoor Fed Cup. I had a little time to adjust. I started the match really well and managed to continue throughout the match,” said Linette who took the winner’s cheque of US$43,000.


    The first set proceeded with both players holding serves until in the sixth game. Kung doubled faulted and sent a forehand long to drop the first service game of the match as Linette build a 4-2 lead. The Polish, a semi-finalist last year, arrived at her first set point at 40-15 after Kung sprayed a backhand wide. She Linette closed out the 42-minute opening set with a big serve that Kung returned to the net.


    Linette carried her momentum into the second set, breaking right from start with her attacking return and powerful groundstrokes to lead 1-0. She saved a break point in the fourth game and went on convert another break opportunity to widen the gap to 4-1.


    At 5-2, the seeded Polish comfortably held to win the title, blasting a fierce serve to force error from Kung to end the battle. She will break into the top 40 for the first time on Monday while Kung will jump from No 283 to inside the top 180.


    “I’m happy to play my first WTA final. It’s an incredible week. I’m also excited that I will be able to play my first Grand Slam qualifying competition in the French Open,”  said Kung.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/sport/30382238



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-02-17
    16 February 16 2020