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Happy Birthday H.M. King Bhumibol Rama IX of Thailand The World's Longest Serving Monarch

Happy Birthday H.M. King Bhumibol Rama IX of Thailand During this month of December, on the 5th to be exact, Thailand's revered Monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol, will celebrate his 76th Birthday. It will be a day of national celebration, rejoicing, prayers and thanksgiving for such is the high esteem the Thai people hold for their King. And who is this man -- His Majesty King Bhumibol, Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty of...

Yates swaps Open for skis

NICK RODGER GOLFER Simon Yates walked away from a play-off yesterday with a place in this year’s Open Championship at stake - to catch a flight for a skiing trip. The 34-year-old Glaswegian was competing in international final qualifying at the Saujana club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for one of four places on offer for this summer’s championship at Royal Troon. Having led...

Thai spas going global

By Nirmal Ghosh GETTING high-spending tourists to soak in rose-petal baths and be treated to traditional back-rubs has proven to be a masterstroke for Thailand. It is not only thriving as a hub for lavish spas - the industry helps to pull in more than 10 million tourists a year - its rub-a-dub and hot-tub resorts are also expanding at home and abroad. The top-of-the-line...

Thailand's kite festival not just about fun, but livelihood too

Thailand's annual kite festival is held during the summer months from March to May and usually attracts large crowds. However, for one small group of people, the 700-year old festival is not just about fun but it's also about their livelihood. Bangkok's Royal Plaza, located in front of the Palace, is by far the most popular spot for kite flying in the city. Thais of all...

Hua Hin gets HIP

Hua Hin gets HIP A local hotel operator has invested Bt350 million in a “highly individual place” (HIP) hotel at Hua Hin-Cha-am Beach, which straddles the provinces of Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. The property – Veranda Resort and Spa – consists of 97 guestrooms and villas with modern facilities and is scheduled to open today. It is expected to run an occupancy...

The Thai is the limit for Walker

As a teenage golfer playing for Durham's youth team, Johnnie Walker had to mind his p's and q's around the blazer brigade on the county committee. But now Johnnie and dad Richard are running bars in central Thailand, anything goes. "Thai golf can be a bit different to ours," said Johnnie, a three-handicap member of the Imperial Lake View club in the city of Hua Hin. "I...

KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT

At the Elephant Polo Field, Somdej Phra Suriyothai military camp (the 16th Infantry Division) in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province Spectator entrance is free of charge. At the Elephant Polo Field, Somdej Phra Suriyothai military camp (the 16th Infantry Division) in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province Spectator entrance is free of charge. The King's Cup Elephant Polo...

FISH – FLOCK – SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

A Shellfish-and-Seafood Food Fest with Squid-fishing and Birdwatching excursions At the Viewing Terrace, Cha-am Beach, Phetchaburi Province. The district authorities of Cha-am with the support of the local trader’s society and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will be hosting the annual ‘Fish – Flock – Shellfish Festival’ from September 25 to October 3. The festival...

Anyone for Elephant polo in Thailand?

There are strict rules for elephant polo. For instance, elephants are not allowed to lie down in the goal-mouth or to pick up the ball with their trunks. You may laugh in disbelief, but elephant polo is a serious sport in Southeast Asia. A World Elephant Polo Association was established in Nepal in 1982 and the rules were agreed on then. Well, you'd have to have strict...

SOFITEL CENTRAL HUA HIN

Story by PEERAWAT JARIYASOMBAT After four years of renovation, Sofitel Central Hua Hin Resort in Prachuap Khiri Khan is ready to bring back the nostalgia of good old days. Neatly landscaped gardens on a 13-hectare plot hug colonial style buildings dating back to 1923, but excellent maintenance over the years reinforced by the recent renovation have returned them to their...

Royal recollections

Rama VII - Royal recollections - Hua Hin, Thailand The life, times and vastly different residences of Rama VII are on view in a photo exhibit, ‘At Home with King Prajadhipok’ Royal-watchers have a rare chance now through August to delve into the often grand, often moving lives of Their Majesties King Prajadhipok and Queen Rambai Barni. The King Prajadhipok Museum is exhibiting old and uncommon photos of the seven...

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