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  • BANYAN THAILAND launches "WE LOVE HUA HIN" campaign
    BANYAN THAILAND launches "WE LOVE HUA HIN" campaign
    Andrew J Wood
    HUA HIN, THAILAND: Banyan Thailand,
    coordinates tourism and leisure partners in the local community to launch "We Love Hua Hin" - a collaborative destination marketing initiative aimed at increasing its domestic market from Bangkok and throughout Thailand for leisure breaks in Thailand's historic resort.
    The campaign was officially unveiled on the 20th October with a launch event attended by key stakeholders and official dignitaries, including Khun Panlop Singhaseni, Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Khun Soraya Homchuen, Director for Hua Hin and Cha Am, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Mr. Tjeert Kwant, CEO of Banyan Thailand. 
    "We Love Hua Hin" aims to pull together tourism and hospitality providers in Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Bringing together luxury hospitality, health & wellness, dining, leisure attractions and sporting activities with the Banyan Privilege Club. Partners include InterContinental, Centara, Anantara, Hyatt Regency, Chiva-Som, V Villas, True Arena, Holiday Inn, Vana Nava Waterpark, and Banyan Golf Club. 
    "We Love Hua Hin" promotes holidays at the Banyan Village in Hua Hin, 2.5 hours drive from Thailand’s capital Bangkok. Holiday breaks that include "Stay and Play" with villa accommodation and golf at the award-winning Banyan Golf Club. Promoted as ideal for Thai nationals and expats seeking a "home-away-from-home" vacation. Each guest receiving one year's free membership of the Banyan Privilege Club. 
    "We Love Hua Hin" encourages visitors to: 
    •Tee-off at Banyan Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course
    •Take professional lessons at The Golf Academy. 
    •Visit the Spa Villa for 20 percent discount on massages, scrubs and wraps 
    •Enjoy Chiva-Som massage services at Banyan Golf Club
    •Receive special promotions at Be Well medical centre, Banyan Thailand's onsite clinic. 
    •For the whole family enjoy 15 percent off day passes at the Vana Nava Water Park
    •Enjoy local water sports 
    •Tennis at the True Arena. 
    •Discounts at Hua Hin restaurants and beach clubs including Hua Hin's leading hotels and resorts.
    •Book a private villa (102sqm 2 bedroom) in the Banyan Village for the promotional rate of just THB 25,000 per month. 
    “We are delighted to launch ‘We Love Hua Hin’, working together with the TAT and our esteemed local partners. It has not been an easy year for the tourism industry, but it is heart-warming to see the community coming together and collaborating in support of our beautiful destination, "said Mr. Tjeert Kwant, CEO of Banyan Group.
    22 October 22 2020
  • Pala-U Waterfall to remain closed for now

    Pala-U Waterfall to remain closed for now

    By The Nation



    Photo credit: National News Bureau of Thailand


    The Pala-U Waterfall in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin District will remain closed until further notice because of high, fast-flowing water and slippery rocks.


    Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Mana Permpool said the waterfall has been closed since October 10 due to heavy rain in upstream forests.


    “From the latest assessment, the Huai Pa Lao National Park Protection Unit 3 chief has informed us that the water is still high and flowing quickly, while rocks in the area are slippery. Hence, we have to extend the closure of the waterfall until the situation returns to normal,” he added.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396548



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-21
    21 October 21 2020
  • Hua Hin prepared for second wave, ready to accept foreign tourists

    Hua Hin prepared for second wave, ready to accept foreign tourists



    Picture: Manager Online


    An upbeat meeting of 100 local health and government officials and business and tourism personnel at Hua Hin hospital heard how the province is ready for a second spike of the virus and ready to accept foreign tourists.


    Though a caveat was put on the latter by business leaders in the tourism industry.


    Dr Suriya Khuhara of the Prachuap Khiri Khan department of public health spoke of the history of the province dealing with the virus and the fact there had not been a case now for 170 days. 


    He suggested that the province was ready for anything after the state and private sector had stocked up on medical equipment and polished their plans for the possibility of a second wave of infection. 


    He outlined the plans announced by the cabinet for the Special Tourist Visa. He conceded there was some skepticism and fear among locals about allowing foreigners back in but he wanted to assure residents of  Hua Hin that everything was in hand and they could feel confident. 


    However, in a throwaway line in the Manager report they stated that local tourism businesses felt that state quarantining should not take place in Hua Hin itself as Bangkok was better prepared for that.


    Thaivisa notes that tourists who successfully obtain an STV need to quarantine at a state or local facility for 14 days before they are allowed to travel further afield in Thailand. 


    Source: Manager Online




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-09-23
    23 September 23 2020
  • Hua Hin: Hopefuls flaunt their style in Miss Universe swimsuit competition

    Hopefuls flaunt their style in Miss Universe swimsuit competition

    By The Nation



    Photos by Tanachai Pramarnpanich


    Beauties vying for the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 crown were seen strutting down the catwalk in swimsuits at InterContinental Hua Hin Hotel on Thursday (September 24).




    The swimsuit competition was held under the concept of “Real You, Real Universe”, in which the contestants did not just have to show off their physical beauty but also their persona, attitude and talent.




    The swimsuits were provided by BSC and came from its “Uniquely You” line, which was inspired by traditional Thai textiles.




    The preliminary round to select semi-finalists will be held on October 7 and the final on October 10.










    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30395061



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-24
    24 September 24 2020
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan blocks all natural borders after Myanmar town reports 41 new Covid cases

    Prachuap Khiri Khan blocks all natural borders after Myanmar town reports 41 new Covid cases

    By The Nation




    Officials and community leaders in Prachuap Khiri Khan province got together on Monday to check the barbed wire fences placed in all natural borders to ensure Covid-19 is not brought into the country from Myanmar.


    Myanmar’s Myeik province, which borders eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan and is just three hours away, has been hit by 41 new Covid-19 cases.


    Of the 41 patients, 39 are monks, one layman and one nurse. The province has had 66 total cases so far.


    Myanmar’s Covid-19 prevention committee has also set up a screening point in Myeik province’s Tanintharyi district. Travellers, especially those coming from Arakan state or Yangon, will be required to have a passport and certificate of examination.


    Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan governor Panlop Singhaseni said officials in all districts have been told to work on keeping the borders secure. More than 20 screening checkpoints have been set up and more than 40 natural borders have been closed.


    So far, 400 locals have undergone a Covid-19 test and nobody has come up positive.


    At present, only basic necessities can be brought across the border and the truck driver and companion must both be Thai nationals.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395646



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-05
    5 October 05 2020
  • Fugitive murder suspect hiding in Hua Hin gunned down by police

    Fugitive murder suspect hiding in Hua Hin gunned down by police





    An absconding murder suspect was killed in a shootout with police on Thursday in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.


    Around 8pm, Nong Plub Police Station in Hua Hin district was informed that a group of policemen from Phetchaburi province had killed alleged criminal Chatchai, also known as ‘O Cha-am’, at a rented house in the district.


    Local police, together with a doctor, forensic experts and a lawyer, reached the scene of the shootout.


    The rented house was located near a forest. The fugitive murder suspect, 36, lay in the forest with nine bullet wounds. Officials also found a .38 gun near him and the evidence was confiscated.


    Chatchai was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Phetchaburi Provincial Court on August 3, after he killed Peepitcha Makmul, 47, his aunt, the same day.


    He allegedly murdered her because she refused to testify in his favour in court in a case against him for allegedly attacking her husband. Peepitcha was shot dead with a 0.38 gun at her house.


    The suspect escaped from Phetchaburi where he had allegedly committed the crime, and rented a house in Prachuap Khiri Khan. However, police traced his whereabouts and asked him to surrender. The man reportedly refused and tried to flee. He reportedly shot at the police twice before being killed in retaliatory fire.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395515



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-02
    2 October 02 2020
  • KKS Academy wins Orchid Palm Homes Cup II

    KKS Academy wins Orchid Palm Homes Cup II




    The Orchid Palm Homes Cup II took place at Black Mountain on Sunday. Six academies competed in the 7 a side, Under 11 tournament which ended with a dramatic penalty shoot out.


    KKS Academy met SS Academy in the final. The former had travelled from Prajuap Kiri Kan and looked to be in complete control after taking a 2-0 lead.


    But backed by some raucous supporters SS Academy bounced back to make it 2-1 and then score a leveler in the dying seconds of the game. It meant that the final would go to penalties, as had been the case at the inaugural Orchid Palm Homes Cup earlier this year.




    SS Academy had lost on penalties on that occasion and history would repeat itself. KKS Academy’s goalkeeper saved the third spot kick to consign the losers to runner’s up status once again.


    The third and fourth place playoff pitted Raimai, who won the last Orchid Palm Homes Cup, against Black Mountain. The hosts ran out as 2-0 winners, clinching the third place trophy after scoring the second goal with the last kick of the game.


    In the fifth and sixth place playoff Nong Hoi Academy met Panda Academy. The game was close and competitive and finished in a 1-1 draw with both teams sharing honours.


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


    “It was great to see so many children enjoying themselves and to see the matches played in such a good spirit. The final was really exciting, I was on the edge of my seat, 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 valuable experience for all the children involved and we are grateful to Orchid Palm Homes for their fantastic support. The teams are all improving and the level of football that these young players are at is getting better and better.”


    For more information about Orchid Palm Homes visit: www.orchidpalmhomes.com 

    For more information about football tournaments in Hua Hin visit: www.huahinfootball.com


    --- 2020-09-28

    28 September 28 2020
  • Hua Hin: Two way bridge will be finished mid-2021

    Hua Hin: Two way bridge will be finished mid-2021



    Picture: Ban Muang


    The department of rural roads has announced the progress of work that will connect Routes 2052 and 2057 utilizing an elevated section. 


    DRR chief Pathom Chaloeywaret said that the intersection had caused accidents and traffic build up due to the high usage of the bypass road around Hua Hin.


    The development at a cost of 382.3 million baht will include two bridges comprising four lanes. 



    Picture: Ban Muang


    There will be two u-turns under the bridges. 


    The new section, which is located at the end of Soi 112 at the bypass road, is a little over 2 kilometers in length.

    Work is expected to be complete by the middle of next year.


    Source: Ban Muang



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-09-23
    23 September 23 2020
  • Miss Universe hopefuls visit Hua Hin for photoshoot

    Miss Universe hopefuls visit Hua Hin for photoshoot

    By The Nation



    Photos By Tanachai Pramarnpanich


    All 30 Miss Universe Thailand contestants graced Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district with their style and beauty on Tuesday (September 22).




    They were at the charming seaside resort town to pose for photographs as well as interact with locals and learn of their way of life.




    The beauties posed for a photoshoot with vintage Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz cars, and attractions like the iconic Hua Hin Railway Station.






    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30394954



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-22
    22 September 22 2020
  • Cha-Am shooting: "Tessaban" Suspect allowed to go home on 400K bail as two victims fight for life

    Cha-Am shooting: "Tessaban" Suspect allowed to go home on 400K bail as two victims fight for life



    Picture: 77kaoded


    The suspect in the shooting of two men at a set of deck chairs on the north end of Cha-Am beach on Tuesday evening gave himself up to police about four hours after the incident. 


    He denied everything. His hands were checked for gunpowder residue. 


    Cha-Am police station chief Pol Col Woradech Suankhlai said he did not bring the gun used in the incident with him. Police are hunting for it.


    Thanaphon, 32, was charged with attempted murder, having a weapon in public and discharging it. 


    Next day (Wednesday at 11am) police allowed him to walk free.


    They granted him bail in the sum of 400,000 baht with one deputy saying they were confident that he would not interfere with witnesses.


    Meanwhile on Wednesday 77kaoded reported that the two victims who were shot multiple times are critically injured in hospital.


    Both are in comas at Phra Jom Klao Hospital in Phetchaburi and both have collapsed lungs. 


    Most seriously hurt is Jurakit, 35, who was hit five times. The other victim is Krissada, aged 25. 


    There was evidence of at least 14 shots having been fired at the scene opposite Soi 4 at the north end of Cha-Am beach, a popular tourist area. 


    It was reported that the alleged shooter is a member of the Cha-Am municipal council or "tessaban".  


    Police said that further charges could follow depending on the condition of the victims and that bail could also be increased.


    Source: 77kaoded



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-08-20
    20 August 20 2020