What is traditionally a low season month in Hua Hin has seen the town busier than usual this year with a number of Thai holidays and a slight change in the demographics of the typical Hua Hin tourist. The Ansana Bucha weekend in July saw Petchkasem Road turn into a ten kilometer long car park as Bangkokians fled the big smoke to enjoy a weekend by the sea. Keen observers also noted the increase in Russian visitors to Paradise City, a topic on the forum was created to discuss the recent changes.
All of us at the Hua Hin Forum are happy to see the Observer rolling off the presses once again, it remains to be one of the stalwarts of the town’s publications. Also in this category is the forum which will be celebrating ten years online at the beginning of 2012. From a small website covering the town’s nightlife we have now expanded considerably and currently attract over 2,200 readers per day and have a membership nudging 5,000.
An event packed few months is in store for those living in and visiting Hua Hin. The annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival has experienced a number of false starts and delays and the last official word from TAT was that it will be held on August 26 to 27. Featuring among the lineup is Koh Mr Saxman, Maew Jirasak, Norman Browns and the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay.
Golfers will be glad that the Hua Hin Golf Festival has also returned with 800 baht green fees on most of the major courses in the area during August and September. Caddie fees are typically an additional 250 baht and it pays to book tee times, especially at weekends, as the courses do get busy during the promotion.
The 2011 Hua Hin Regatta running from August 20 to 28 will showcase a number of races and competitions and attracts boaties from across the globe. In previous years it has been held on the beach at the Sofitel but this year sees the venue move north to the Dusit in Cha-am.
Restaurant reviews have been coming in thick and fast and among the ones whetting the appetites of Hua Hin’s diners are Terrace 90, Margaritas and the Palm Bistro. A number of requests have been made for eateries in Hua Hin which include Greek food, kebabs, Sunday roasts and as always a hearty breakfast.
‘Ask the expats‘ has been as popular as ever with requests for all manner of items and services including sandwash repair, loofah sponges, pest control companies, used furniture, solar water heating, garden maintenance and kennels. Whatever you’re seeking you’ll get an answer on the Hua Hin Forum.
A number of groups have also joined us to seek new members including the Hua Hin Hash House Harriers, local 5-a-side football teams, Norwegian and Dutch societies, casual golfers seeking a relaxing round, and those looking for sports partners. The Hua Hin Forum is the easiest way to meet thousands of likeminded people in and around Hua Hin.