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  • Svitolina leads charge of tennis stars for next month’s Hua Hin meet

    Svitolina leads charge of tennis stars for next month’s Hua Hin meet

    By THE NATION

     

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    Elena Svitolina (from Elena Svitolina Facebook)

     

    Tennis World No 5 Elena Svitolina of Ukraine will be the centre of attention at the GSB Thailand Open 2020 presented by EA at True Arena Hua Hin from February 10-16.

     

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    The 13-time WTA champion will make her Thai debut at the Kingdom’s biggest tennis event, which offers total prize money of US$275,000 (about Bt8.8 million).

     

    Svitolina, whose career highlights include victory at the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore and semi-finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open last year, will try to become the second Ukrainian to hold a trophy in Hua Hin after teenage rising star Dayana Yastremska won the inaugural edition last year.

     

    The competition will also boast a slew of Chinese players.

     

    World No 41 Zheng Saisai is back after being forced to withdraw from the 2019 edition due to health problem. She’ll be joined next month by No 51 Wang Yafan, 71 Zhu Lin, 104 Peng Shuai and 134 Wang Xiyu.

     

    Other top 100 players flying in will include World No 35 Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan, 43 Magda Linette from Poland, 82 Danka Kovinic from Montenegro, 83 Tatjana Maria from Germany, 95 Paula Badosa from Spain and former Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur of Australia.

     

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    Thailand’s former world No 19 Tamarine Tanasugarn will make her return to the WTA Tour in the doubles competition.

     

    Patcharin Cheapchandej has received a wildcard for the singles main draw and Mananchaya “Mai” Sawangkaew is wildcarded for the qualifiers.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/sport/30380666

     

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    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-01-17
    16 January 16 2020
    1143716
  • Happy New Year....immigration swoop on 83 year old Brit on 4,929 day overstay

    Happy New Year....immigration swoop on 83 year old Brit on 4,929 day overstay

     

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    Image: Naew Na

     

    Immigration police led by Prajuab Khiri Khan commander Pol Col Sutthipong Phutthipong paid a visit to an 83 year old British pensioner on New Year's Day. 

     

    Mr William Ivor Cook was on overstay of more than 13 years - 4,929 days to be precise. 

     

    He was handed over to the Hua Hin police for processing, reported Naew Na. 

     

    Pol Col Sutthipong revealed that he was acting on orders from Thailand immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang to rid Thailand of unwanted criminal elements and foster peace and stability in the kingdom.

     

    The public were urged to keep calling 1178 to help with this initiative.

     

    Source: Naew Na

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-01-04
    4 January 04 2020
    1141662
  • Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy Launches Girl’s Program

    Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy Launches Girl’s Program

     

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    The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy is launching a girl’s program this Wednesday (January 15th). Training will take place every Wednesday at the Hua Hin International School from 5-6pm and is open to girls aged 8-18.

     

    Women’s football is the fastest growing sport on the planet and more than 1 billion viewers tuned in to watch the Women’s World Cup Final last year. However the tournament made headlines in this country for the wrong reasons as Thailand suffered a humiliating 13-0 loss to the U.S.A..

     

    Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy head coach Gary Stevens hopes this new program will give more girls the opportunity to play football at a competitive level.

     

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    “First and foremost we want to offer girls of all abilities the opportunity to learn to play football in a fun and friendly environment. But we also want to set up girl’s teams, put on girl’s tournaments and help the sport to grow from a grass roots level. Maybe one day one of the players will be able to help the national team reach a major tournament and get some results that people in Thailand will be proud of.”

     

    Stevens knows all about major tournaments and during his playing career he represented England in the 1986 World Cup and 1984 European Under 21 Championships, winning the latter competition. He also won the 1984 UEFA Cup with Tottenham and scored for Brighton against Manchester United in the 1983 FA Cup Final.

     

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    Stevens is a UEFA Pro Licenses coach who has managed several teams in T1 (formerly known as the Thai Premier League). Earlier this year he started a new role as the head coach at the Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy (BMHHFA).

     

    The girl’s program will be free for existing BMHHFA members who have paid their monthly training fees. For any girls who only want to play on a Wednesday the fee is 1,000 baht per month, or for unlimited access to sessions on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the fee is 1,500 baht per month.

     

    -- 2020-01-14

    14 January 14 2020
    1143238
  • Hua Hin: Chinese change strategy - creating "Chinatown Hua Hin"

    Hua Hin: Chinese change strategy - creating "Chinatown Hua Hin"

     

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    Image: Ban Muang

     

    Thai media has reported that the Chinese are increasingly buying up Hua Hin. 

     

    In clear strategic move changes Chinese investors are now buying up whole housing estates and turning them into China Towns. 

     

    One is even called "Chinatown Hua Hin" - investors have bought every single one of the 500 units.

     

    They plan to sell them off for 5 million baht each on thirty year leases. 

     

    The move to buy property on 30 year leases marks a change of strategy from buying condos and other units under 49 per cent ownership said business media. 

     

    In total Chinese investors in Hua Hin are spending 4.8 billion baht on property at several developments. 

     

    Ban Muang reported that last week agreement was reached on a 1.2 billion baht project called "Golf Inn Condominium and Resort Hua Hin"

     

    Source: Ban Muang

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-12-29
    28 December 28 2019
    1140858
  • Fed up at New Year! Thai tourists suffer burglary from Prachuap resort

    Fed up at New Year! Thai tourists suffer burglary from Prachuap resort

     

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    Source: Daily News

     

    A group of Thai tourists in Prachuap Khiri Khan returned from a night out to find two resort hotel rooms had been broken into and more than 100,000 baht of valuables stolen. 

     

    Muang district police and forensic staff went to a large resort on the seafront and found doors forced in rooms B8 and B7. 

     

    In one three phones and 55,000 baht in a bag were missing along with a two baht weight gold bracelet. 

     

    In another a civil servant lost 10,000 baht and a teacher was robbed of 60,000. Along with credit cards and ATM cards six bank books and four house registration documents were also missing. 

     

    The party of Thai tourists had gone out on Saturday night and returned at 5am to find their rooms had been broken into. 

     

    Daily News reported lax security at the Koh Lak Resort on the Suan Son - Ao Noi Road. 

     

    There was only CCTV at the restaurant and some of the rooms did not lock properly. 

     

    Daily News said the tourists were fed up at New Year. 

     

    Source: Daily News

     

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-12-30
    30 December 30 2019
    1140989
  • Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists

    Where are the Europeans? Hua Hin/Cha Am tourism officials urged to look elsewhere for next wave of tourists

     

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    A meeting was held in Hua Hin yesterday called a "Market Briefing". The Tourism Authority of Thailand with responsibility for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and the Petchaburi and Prajuab Khiri Khan TAT invited business leaders, hoteliers, golf course people and wellness and spa reps. 

     

    The message was clear: Europeans are not coming as much as in the past. 

     

    The answer to this dilemma was waffle and buzzwords. 

     

    The gathering was told about segments for products, luxury, family, multi generational travellers...the list went on as the assembled gathering nodded in appreciation of the English terms and listened politely. 

     

    They were urged to utilize www.thaitravelmart.com and attend trade shows and road shows. 

     

    But there appeared nothing of substance to address the core issues and the reasons for the downturn. A 77kaoded report left the reader none the wiser. 

     

    At the end of the meeting it was decided to have another meeting. 

     

    That will be on the 14th of January in Krabi. 

     

    Then everyone smiled and had their picture taken. 

     

    And went back home to wonder where all the tourists had gone. 

     

    Source: 77kaoded

     

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2019-12-19
    19 December 19 2019
    1139456
  • Hua Hin: Pervert leaves obscene message for spa employee - in pen on her knickers!

    Hua Hin: Pervert leaves obscene message for spa employee - in pen on her knickers!

     

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    A spa employee in Hua Hin is going to the police after she discovered an obscene message written on her knickers on the washing line. 

     

    She posted pictures of the offending writing on a Hua Hin fan page on Facebook (พลเมืองในนครหัวหินครับ Phonlamuang Nai Nakhon Hua Hin Khrap).

     

    The lady told Thai Rath yesterday that she was concerned for her safety and had asked to view CCTV at her rented room.

     

    The undies had been taken down and will be presented to the police in evidence.

     

    The message suggests among other things that the author had "flown a kite" to completion and after enjoying the aroma of the item would like to engage in sexual activity with the owner. 

     

    However, the language used is a little more down to earth than that, notes Thaivisa. 

     

    The lady in the post said on Facebook: "What should I do about this? It's getting harder to be a woman every day. Take care". 

     

    Source: Thai Rath

     

     

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    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-01-03
    3 January 03 2020
    1141502
  • Spencers Property Services to sponsor ten youth football tournaments in Hua Hin

    Spencers Property Services to sponsor ten youth football tournaments in Hua Hin

     

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    Spencers Property Services has signed on to sponsor ten youth football tournaments in Hua Hin. The deal will see ten competitions for children held over the course of the next 12 months.

     

    The first ever SPS Mini League took place in June and featured ten Under 10 matches between five different local academies. So far there have been six of these tournaments featuring age groups from Under 10 up to Under 15.

     

    Spener Wray, the General Manager of Spencers Property Services, said, "The atmosphere at these tournaments is always fun and friendly and it's great to see local children getting the opportunity to play competitive football in this type of environment. I really enjoyed seeing the first five SPS Mini Leagues and am delighted to be sponsoring another ten."

     

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    Spencers Property Services is a family owned and run business providing first class, high quality construction, renovation and repair services in Hua Hin. The team has over 20 years of experience in the construction and renovation industry in the UK and Thailand.

     

    So far there have been six SPS Mini Leagues featuring ten different academies. In total there were 60 matches in 2019 and with Spencers Property Services committing to sponsor another ten tournaments there will be at least 100 more games to look forward to in 2020.

     

    For more information about the SPS Mini League visit: www.huahinfootball.com

     

    For more information about Spencers Property Services visit: www.spshuahin.com   

     

    -- 2020-01-02

    2 January 02 2020
    1141335
  • Hua Hin shopping village to close its doors on January 31

    Hua Hin shopping village to close its doors on January 31

    By THE NATION

     

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    On Tuesday (December 24) Pattra Sahawat, founder and owner of Plearn Wan Co Ltd, operator of Plearn Wan shopping village in Hua Hin and Plearn Wan Panich shopping centres at multiple locations, posted on her Facebook page that the Hua Hin shopping village will close down on January 31.

     

    She thanked visitors who have supported the establishment over the last 12 year, and invited everyone to visit the place once more to celebrate the good times before it is gone forever.

     

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    A news source from Hua Hin reported that Plearn Wan Co Ltd has issued a notice to all tenants that the company decided to halt operations due to the ailing economy and losses and would therefore end all rental contracts on January 31, while the rent for January woud be exempt.

     

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    Plearn Wan Hua Hin is an antique style shopping village featuring traditional foods, handicrafts, clothes, collectible items and classical architecture that depict the lifestyle of Thai people in the past. It is located on Phetkasem Road in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

     

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    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30379779

     

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    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-12-24
    24 December 24 2019
    1140168
  • Hua Hin: Patcharin seals place in WTA Tour main draw

    Patcharin seals place in WTA Tour main draw

    By THE NATION

     

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    Patcharin Cheapchandej

     

    National SEA Games player Patcharin Cheapchandej will make her debut on the WTA Tour main draw after she beat rising star Mananchaya Sawangkaew in the Road to Thailand Open tennis tournament at the True Arena in Hua Hin on Wednesday.

     

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    The 25-year-old, who has three ITF titles under her belt, ousted her teenage rival 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the qualifying competition, earning her a wild-card entry into the US$275,000 Thailand Open, the country’s biggest tennis event, scheduled at the same venue from February 10-16 next year.

     

    “I’m so happy for the chance to compete in my first WTA level,” said Patcharin, who earned two bronze medals [women’s doubles with Luksika Kumkhum and mixed doubles with Sonchat Ratiwatana] from the SEA Games in the Philippines earlier this month.

     

    Patcharin, however, realises the competitive nature of the WTA Tour and is determined to get into full gear in order to raise her level to match up with top players who will take part in the tournament.

     

    “I will have to work a lot harder to get ready. I’m confident I can play with these top players,” she added.

     

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    Mananchaya Sawangkaew 

     

    Mananchaya, 17, will receive a wild card into the qualifying competition of the Thailand Open.

     

    The 32-field event will feature most of the top 100 players. In February this year, teenage prodigy Dyana Yastremska, now No 22 in the world, won the inaugural edition by beating Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in an epic three-set-final.

     

    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/sport/30379843

     

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    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2019-12-26
    25 December 25 2019
    1140432