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A musical summer in Hua Hin
Hua Hin News: A number of music concerts and festivals are coming up as Hua Hin takes its place on the stage as a true music venue.

Chill Beach Music Festival Cha-am - March 26
Orchestral Concerts at the Dusit Thani - April 5-8
Hua Hin Summer Music Festival - April 22-24
Hua Hin 15 Band Rock Concert - April 23
Honda Summer Music Fest - May 14
Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2011 - June

Latest updates, news and all events in Hua Hin can be read on the Hua Hin Events Forum.

Hua Hin Pattaya ferry finally floating
Hua Hin News: The long awaited Hua Hin Pattaya ferry is finally motoring across the Gulf and taking passengers to and from the two tourist spots. Pattaya based Thailiving are proud to offer three scheduled trips per week running on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes 3 hours and 15 minutes, a saving of almost two hours on the road trip. One way tickets cost 1,500 with a return costing 2,900, there is also a parcel delivery service. Transportation between the two peirs and respective towns is included in the price. You can book the ferry and make enquiries online here: Hua Hin Pattaya Ferry Online Bookings

Latest updates, schedule changes, information and cancellations can be read on the Hua Hin Forum: Hua Hin Ferry.

Hua Hin motoring forward
Hua Hin News: December is a great month for auto fans with two big events held in Hua Hin. The annual Hua Hin Bike Week returns to town on December 3rd and 4th at 48 rai along the canal road. Bikers from across the Kingdom converge in Hua Hin on their steeds and speedsters for the two day event that includes bike conpetitions, tattoo contests, great music, and a carnival atmosphere. More info and pictures can be found on the Hua Hin Forum [Hua Hin Bike Week 2010].

The annual Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally will be back at the Sofitel this year on December 17 to 19. A parade of classic wagons will make its way from Bangkok to Hua Hin to revel in the atmosphere of days gone by. More info and pictures can be found on the Hua Hin Forum [Hua Hin Vintage Car Rally 2010].

There are also a number of high profile golf tournaments scheduled for the coming months in Hua Hin including the Royal Trophy and Black Mountain Masters. See the Hua Hin Forum for the latest information and updates.

Hua Hin Hot Topics - A new hospital in Hua Hin
This time of the year always generates more discussion on the weather in Hua Hin as we are in the middle of the rainy season and flooding is still common despite numerous efforts to alleviate the problem. Rain has been long overdue around the town following months of very dry weather earlier this year. November will bring the high tides and wind changes and the likelihood of flooding again will increase. Infrastructure development has lagged a long way behind the rampant construction of buildings and houses so it will be interesting to see what happens this year, El Nino may bring unusually higher tides and more rain.

The new Bangkok Hospital is almost ready to open its doors and one of the Doctors has kindly joined the forum to answer questions from Hua Hin’s expats and visitors. The response has been overwhelming with 6 pages of information and over 4,000 views. If you have any health concerns or questions about new services offered join in the discussion direct with hospital representatives.
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Expat newspaper man murdered in Hua Hin
Hua Hin Breaking News: Long term Hua Hin resident and editor in chief of Asia Times Online, Allen George Quicke, has been killed in his home in Hua Hin on the evening of Tuesday August 17. Police have investigated the crime scene following the discovery of his body by a house maid, neighbours have reported that there were sounds of an argument during the night. Quicke, 57, was a South African national who spent many years in Australia before moving to Thailand to head the team at Asia Times, then a print publication. He was well known around the town's many expat bars. Messages of condolence and news updates can be found on the Hua Hin Forum [read more].

The murder in Hua Hin is the second in less than a month following expat Raymond Hind's death at the end of July [read more].

Hua Hin's golfing giveaway
Hua Hin News July: Well not quite a giveaway but for the months of August and September you can enjoy discounted green fees at many of Hua Hin's top class golf courses. The Hua Hin Golf Festival draws golfers from across the region and gives the local expats a chance to get out on some of the town's golf courses without breaking the bank. With green fees at 800 baht and caddy an additional 250 there is no better time to get out on the following courses: Royal Hua Hin, Palm Hills, Springfield, Majestic Creek, Lake View, Kaeng Krachan and Sawang. More information can be read here: Hua Hin Golf Festival 2010.

For those that prefer a little more nautical entertainment the Hua Hin Regatta will be running from August 3 to 10. More information: Hua Hin Regatta 2010.

Low season to no season in Hua Hin
Hua Hin News May 20: With Thailand’s political crisis deepening and tourist numbers plummeting the situation seems to be going from bad to worse for those in business in Hua Hin. Violence on the streets of Bangkok once again cased chaos as anti-government protesters clashed with security forces in deadly shootouts. Foreign countries issued travel advisories warning against coming to Thailand and foreign arrivals dropped by almost half in May.

The western media certainly have not helped the situation by sensationalising reports, publishing biased commentaries, and labeling the country as a war zone. Hua Hin as usual has seen little effect aside from the drastic drop in foreign tourism at an already quiet time of the year. Domestic tourism is on the increase though as Bangkokians flee the city in droves and Hua Hin’s inadequate road system grinds to a halt again.

All of this leaves businesses that cater to foreigners in a quandary, the bills still need paying but there is little coming in. The town’s expats and retirees also seem to be hunkering down as both the Euro and Sterling took a beating recently, the still inexplicably strong Thai Baht only makes life here more expensive by the day for those relying on income from overseas.

The smart business owners are starting to offer more incentives, promotions and price cuts to the ever budget conscious customer. The rest will have a battle just to survive this year. Hua Hin's only active web board, HHAD, has also taken this route with a number of low cost marketing options for small businesses that are seeking a large internet audience. For less than ten baht a day local establishments and businesses can get an advertorial thread in the forum that they can instantly update with news and promotions with the option of interacting with existing and potential customers. With over 80 readers per hour on the forum it is clear that there are plenty of people still out there interested in Hua Hin related venues, businesses and products.

Commentary and opinion from those in Hua Hin on Thailand's political unrest can be read here: Political unrest and rally

Computers for kids from Hua Hin’s web community
Hua Hin News: A project setup by members of Hua Hin’s internet forum, HHAD, has so far resulted in the donation of two computers to the Mercy House Orphanage in Pranburi. The initiative was the brainchild of one of the websites moderators who saw the need to regenerate old e-waste in the form of spare and unwanted computer parts with the dual benefits of recycling and computer experience for needy kids.

Requests were made online and in local print media for donations of any working computer components that could then be used to build reconditioned PCs for donation to worthy causes in and around Hua Hin. Anything is accepted as long as it works; keyboards, monitors, speakers, CDROM drives, memory, hard disks and computer cases – it can all be re-used.

A lot of positive response had already been generated through the forum for the Orphanage so it was decided that they would be the first recipients of any results from the new project. A drop point was setup at the Hua Hin Ham and Bacon shop in Soi 41 where people could leave their bits. So far two fully operational computers with peripherals including printers and a scanner have been delivered to the Orphanage.

The team is currently working on repairing inoperative machines they currently have at the center and are requesting more working components and spare PC parts from any individuals or businesses in Hua Hin that wish to donate to this cause. They would like to thank everyone that has helped so far with deliveries and donations. More information can be found on the Hua Hin web board for those that would like to get involved: [ Computers for kids in Hua Hin ].

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Poll: Do you plan to retire in Hua Hin/Thailand?
Over 75% of couples voted that they still planned on retiring to Thailand - let's hope that immigration don't double the visa requirements. [... read more]

Has Thailand gone from the Land of Smiles to the Land of Snarls?
A recent discussion indicates that rip-offs are becoming more common and that welcoming smile usually associated with Thailand is rapidly dissapearing in these hard economic times. [... read more]

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