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- Chiang Mai - Hua Hin Air Asia flight resumes after nearly six months suspension
Manager reported excitement on the tarmac of Hua Hin airport after Air Asia resumed return flights between the holiday resort and Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.
The service had been suspended due to the pandemic almost six months and comes as both destinations prepare to reopen to tourism on November 1st.
Both flights were as full as they were allowed to be under the protocols.
Airline, airport and TAT officials were in the greeting party for the Airbus 320 flight FD 7900 that had departed the north at 8.45 am reaching Hua Hin at 10.05.
The service will run Fridays and Sundays.
75 were on the flight to Hua Hin and 125 made the return journey that represents 80-90% capacity.
Airport authorities are allowing only 130 seats to be used out of the 180 on the aircraft.
-- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2021-10-1616 October 16 20211235654
- ‘Bangkok’s Hamptons’: why Thailand’s elite are buying beach properties in Hua Hin
Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin has increased in popularity as more wealthy Bangkok residents opt out of city life, with a property boom driven largely by Thais. Photo: Handout
● Property prices have soared in the town, about three hours south of Bangkok, which offers sandy beaches and good restaurants without Pattaya’s sleaze
● As with the New York getaway, many Bangkok residents want to escape the traffic and pollution, with the coronavirus pandemic nudging them to make a move
Worn out by coronavirus restrictions, pollution and traffic gridlock, wealthy Bangkok residents are buying up bolt-holes in the southern beach retreat of Hua Hin as the pandemic sparks a lifestyle pivot away from the big city.
Famed for its long white sandy beach and rolling green hills, and without the sleazy reputation of the eastern resort of Pattaya, Hua Hin has been a cool-air retreat for Thailand’s royals since the early 20th century. About three hours’ drive from Bangkok, it has become increasingly popular as an upscale weekend getaway destination.
The old town is known for its seafood restaurants on wooden stilts over the sea, and bars mostly owned by Western retirees. But there are signs of change as slick beach clubs spring up further along the beach for the Bangkok party set, while luxury condos and golf courses dot the surrounding hills.
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- Pranburi and Kaeng Krachan dams in danger of overflowing
Pranburi dam. File photo
Irrigation officials have warned that Pranburi and Kaeng Krachan dams are in danger of overflowing.
The Office of the National Water Command Centre (NWCC) have said that people who live downstream from either of the dams face possible flooding.
Officials said they will try to carefully manage the discharge of water from the dams in order to limit the impact of flooding on property and farm land.-- © Copyright Hua Hin Today 2021-10-1515 October 15 20211235594
- Health officials reveal concerns about illegal migrants bringing delta variant into Prachuap Khiri Khan
Migrants stopped trying to cross the border into Prachuap Khiri Khan illegally on October 6.
Public health officials have revealed their concern about migrant workers entering the province illegally and spreading infections of COVID-19.
On Friday (Oct 15), Mr. Rewat Suk-horm, Muang District Public Health Office, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, revealed how more than 100 migrant workers have been caught entering the province illegally across the border with Myanmar in the the past two weeks alone.
Of those caught, 10 percent were confirmed as being infected with the more dangerous and contagious delta variant of COVID-19.-- © Copyright Hua Hin Today 2021-10-1515 October 15 20211235615
- Hua Hin: Cambodian ministerial team in town to develop tourism ties
Manager reported that a delegation from Cambodia headed by PM minsterial aide Sok Kratthaya met with tourism representatives from the government and private sector in Hua Hin to discuss mutual areas of interest.
In paricular this involved creating a connection between Hua Hin and Kep (Kaep) Province and the town of Krong Kaep in southern Cambodia.
Sok said that Kep was like Hua Hin in many ways in that it was a warm and friendly place.
He said he's visited Hua Hin many times and believes there is potential in the future to link the two places by sea and air.
He said that Cambodian PM Hun Sen had instructed him and others to develop tourism and going to Hua Hin that is more developed and organized would help him and others learn how to progress matters in their own country.
He also saw mutual benefits in establishing links between Hua Hin and Keb Province.
-- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2021-10-1616 October 16 20211235677
- Hua Hin: Chatchai Market to remain closed until next Monday
Picture: Ban Muang
Hua Hin's mayor Noppaporn Wutthikul along with local and health officials visited the well known old Chatchai market in the downtown area after it was ordered shut from Monday to Wednesday.
There was a cluster of 56 Covid-19 infections there that led to the closure.
Hua Hin district health official Jenwit Palisak told Ban Muang that the cluster started with a foreign migrant who was delivering ice.
Picture: Ban Muang
People in the fish and fruit retail trade soon became infected.
Test and trace measures were still ongoing at the market as well as deep cleaning.
All shops there must have gel and 100% mask wearing will continue to be mandatory.
It would remain closed until Sunday ahead of its expected reopening on Monday October 18th.
-- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2021-10-1414 October 14 20211235380
- Hua Hin restaurants can now open until 10pm but alcohol is still off the menu
Downtown Hua Hin, file photo.
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has announced that Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi provinces have now been downgraded to ‘red’ zones from ‘dark red’ zones.
The announcement made on Thursday (Oct 14) follows an easing of a number of restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
The most notable of the restrictions to be eased is the announcement that the nighttime curfew will now shortened to 11pm to 3am.-- © Copyright Hua Hin Today 2021-10-1414 October 14 20211235452
- Vaccinated foreign tourists free to visit anywhere in Hua Hin from Nov 1
Fully vaccinated foreign tourists visiting Hua Hin and Cha Am will be able to visit both destinations without restriction from November 1.
It was previously announced that tourists visiting Hua Hin would only be allowed to travel around Hua Hin and Nong Khae districts.
However, this requirement was problematic given that it would be difficult for the authorities to enforce and that many major attractions, such as several golf courses, national parks and other cultural attractions are located outside both Hua Hin and Nong Khae district.
On Wednesday, the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Yutthasak Suphasorn was at the Sheraton in Cha Am to meet with the deputy governors of both Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces and other local leaders regarding the opening of Hua Hin and Cha Am to foreign tourists come November 1st.
Main items of interest at the meeting were comments from the TAT governor that tourists would be free to travel anywhere they chose in the areas and not just Hua Hin and Nong Khae districts.
Yutthasak said there would be no restrictions and that both the private and government sectors were ready with all Covid-19 protocols in place and mitigation plans should things take a turn for the worse.
Other requirements tourists need to meet to visit Hua Hin from Nov 1 were also discussed.
All tourists must have an official certificate of vaccination, with the last vaccine dose being at least 14 days before arrival in Thailand.
They must also take a RT-PCR test no more than 72 hours before taking their flight to Thailand.
Tourists are required to book at a SHA+ hotel and have insurance which provides cover for COVID-19 up to $100,000.
Once the tourist arrives at the hotel they must remain in their hotel room while they await the results of a COVID-19 test. This could take up to 12 hours.
If the test result is negative they will then be given a release form by the SHA+ Manager confirming they are free to travel.
Hotels can provide transportation from the airport but no stops are allowed before arrival at the hotel.
A source who was present at the meeting told ASEAN NOW that it is expected that 20 countries' citizens could be allowed entry into Thailand under the latest no quarantine, double test, double vax plan.
Whether that will apply to November 1st or January 1st or some other date remains to be seen but clarification will hopefully come at today's meeting of the CCSA central committee in Bangkok.
It was also revealed that 70% of the populations of both Hua Hin and Cha Am will have been fully vaccinated by the end of this month.
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*Article updated to clarify 14 day vaccination period.
-- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2021-10-1414 October 14 20211235367
- Cha Am Sunshine project targets 1,000 foreign tourists per month after reopening
Cha Am beach, file photo
By Paul Andrews
Tourists officials in Cha Am say they expect approximately 1,000 international arrivals per month, once the resort reopens from November 1.
According to Karun Suttharomn, acting president of the Phetchaburi Tourism Council, any significant numbers of international tourists will not be seen until mid-2022.
Similar to the Hua Hin Recharge project, Cha Am has its own plan for reopening dubbed “Cha Am Sunshine”.-- © Copyright Hua Hin Today 2021-10-1313 October 13 20211235267
- Sept 19: Prachuap reports 76 new COVID-19 cases, 19 cases in Hua Hin
By Paul Andrews
Health officials on Sunday (Sept 19) reported 76 new COVID-19 cases, 19 were found in Hua Hin, of those infected in Hua Hin 15 were detected at clusters.
Elsewhere in the province, 27 cases were found in Pranburi, 14 cases in Sam Roi Yot, 9 cases in Kuiburi, zero cases in Thap Sakae, 4 cases in Bang Saphan, 1 case in Bang Saphan Noi, and 2 cases in Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Health officials said they were dealing clusters at the following locations:-- © Copyright Hua Hin Today 2021-09-2020 September 20 20211232178