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  • Israel sets up second greenhouse in Cha-am’s arid Hubkapong area

    Israel sets up second greenhouse in Cha-am’s arid Hubkapong area





    Israel has set up a second greenhouse with a special irrigation and sprinkler system in Phetchaburi’s Cha-am district after achieving success with its first facility set up in 2018 as a demonstration unit for farmers in the area.


    The greenhouses are built in cooperation with the Hubkapong Development Project Demonstration Centre, which was established in the 1960s under the vision of King Rama IX. This cooperation included the support of Israeli experts, who helped local farmers overcome difficulties, which resulted in the creation of a demonstration village under the “Thai-Israel Rural Development Project”.


    The demonstration village has been built according to Israel’s community “Moshav” model, in which members collectively own the land and share profits earned from production. This successful project has helped local farmers maintain a stable income and has turned the arid Hubkapong area into fertile land.


    The agency overseeing this project, MASHAV or Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, has been sharing its knowledge in agriculture, education, medicine, science and technology with more than 130 countries, including Thailand. Over the years, MASHAV has trained more than a thousand Thai participants in various fields.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396874?utm_source=category&utm_medium=internal_referral



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-27
    27 October 27 2020
  • Hua Hin prepared for second wave, ready to accept foreign tourists

    Hua Hin prepared for second wave, ready to accept foreign tourists



    Picture: Manager Online


    An upbeat meeting of 100 local health and government officials and business and tourism personnel at Hua Hin hospital heard how the province is ready for a second spike of the virus and ready to accept foreign tourists.


    Though a caveat was put on the latter by business leaders in the tourism industry.


    Dr Suriya Khuhara of the Prachuap Khiri Khan department of public health spoke of the history of the province dealing with the virus and the fact there had not been a case now for 170 days. 


    He suggested that the province was ready for anything after the state and private sector had stocked up on medical equipment and polished their plans for the possibility of a second wave of infection. 


    He outlined the plans announced by the cabinet for the Special Tourist Visa. He conceded there was some skepticism and fear among locals about allowing foreigners back in but he wanted to assure residents of  Hua Hin that everything was in hand and they could feel confident. 


    However, in a throwaway line in the Manager report they stated that local tourism businesses felt that state quarantining should not take place in Hua Hin itself as Bangkok was better prepared for that.


    Thaivisa notes that tourists who successfully obtain an STV need to quarantine at a state or local facility for 14 days before they are allowed to travel further afield in Thailand. 


    Source: Manager Online




    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-09-23
    23 September 23 2020
  • Tourism in Hua Hin/Cha-Am a small success story in challenging times - flight arrivals up to 70%

    Tourism in Hua Hin/Cha-Am a small success story in challenging times - flight arrivals up to 70%



    Picture: Manager Online


    Amid the continuing doom and gloom of the collapse of the Thai tourism industry, officials in Hua Hin and Cha-Am put a positive spin on a rise in recent visitors to the area. 


    Wasana Srikanchana, the chief of the Hua Hin and Cha-Am tourism business association welcomed Soraya Hormcheun, head of the Prachuap Khiri Khan TAT to a monthly meeting of many officials including the tourist police and Air Asia reps at the Holiday Inn hotel.


    Wasana acknowledged that most tourists to the area were Thais coming at weekends and holidays. There were few midweek and foreign tourists were non-existent. This was no different to the rest of Thailand, she noted. 



    Picture: Manager Online


    But promotions to people in Chiang Mai and Udon Thani in particular had resulted in more visitors from there.


    There was also good work going on between the association, local government and the TAT to promote various events up to the end of this year and beyond. She cited the Loy Krathong festival that will be celebrated at the end of the month with various beach side events.



    Picture: Manager Online


    Sawit Wongsawan, the station manager of Air Asia echoed the positivity, as reported by Manager, saying that the "Jangwat Phii Jangwat Nong" (provincial brothers and sisters) project had inspired visitors from several other Thai provinces and that Air Asia arrivals at Hua Hin airport were at 70% of capacity. 


    Requests were coming in from Malaysia for daily flights in January, though he noted that the capacity of Hua Hin airport made this impossible at this time.


    Source: Manager Online



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-10-22
    22 October 22 2020
  • Pala-U Waterfall to remain closed for now

    Pala-U Waterfall to remain closed for now

    By The Nation



    Photo credit: National News Bureau of Thailand


    The Pala-U Waterfall in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin District will remain closed until further notice because of high, fast-flowing water and slippery rocks.


    Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Mana Permpool said the waterfall has been closed since October 10 due to heavy rain in upstream forests.


    “From the latest assessment, the Huai Pa Lao National Park Protection Unit 3 chief has informed us that the water is still high and flowing quickly, while rocks in the area are slippery. Hence, we have to extend the closure of the waterfall until the situation returns to normal,” he added.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30396548



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-21
    21 October 21 2020
  • Hua Hin: Hopefuls flaunt their style in Miss Universe swimsuit competition

    Hopefuls flaunt their style in Miss Universe swimsuit competition

    By The Nation



    Photos by Tanachai Pramarnpanich


    Beauties vying for the Miss Universe Thailand 2020 crown were seen strutting down the catwalk in swimsuits at InterContinental Hua Hin Hotel on Thursday (September 24).




    The swimsuit competition was held under the concept of “Real You, Real Universe”, in which the contestants did not just have to show off their physical beauty but also their persona, attitude and talent.




    The swimsuits were provided by BSC and came from its “Uniquely You” line, which was inspired by traditional Thai textiles.




    The preliminary round to select semi-finalists will be held on October 7 and the final on October 10.










    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30395061



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-24
    24 September 24 2020
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan blocks all natural borders after Myanmar town reports 41 new Covid cases

    Prachuap Khiri Khan blocks all natural borders after Myanmar town reports 41 new Covid cases

    By The Nation




    Officials and community leaders in Prachuap Khiri Khan province got together on Monday to check the barbed wire fences placed in all natural borders to ensure Covid-19 is not brought into the country from Myanmar.


    Myanmar’s Myeik province, which borders eight districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan and is just three hours away, has been hit by 41 new Covid-19 cases.


    Of the 41 patients, 39 are monks, one layman and one nurse. The province has had 66 total cases so far.


    Myanmar’s Covid-19 prevention committee has also set up a screening point in Myeik province’s Tanintharyi district. Travellers, especially those coming from Arakan state or Yangon, will be required to have a passport and certificate of examination.


    Meanwhile, Prachuap Khiri Khan governor Panlop Singhaseni said officials in all districts have been told to work on keeping the borders secure. More than 20 screening checkpoints have been set up and more than 40 natural borders have been closed.


    So far, 400 locals have undergone a Covid-19 test and nobody has come up positive.


    At present, only basic necessities can be brought across the border and the truck driver and companion must both be Thai nationals.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395646



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-05
    5 October 05 2020
  • Fugitive murder suspect hiding in Hua Hin gunned down by police

    Fugitive murder suspect hiding in Hua Hin gunned down by police





    An absconding murder suspect was killed in a shootout with police on Thursday in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.


    Around 8pm, Nong Plub Police Station in Hua Hin district was informed that a group of policemen from Phetchaburi province had killed alleged criminal Chatchai, also known as ‘O Cha-am’, at a rented house in the district.


    Local police, together with a doctor, forensic experts and a lawyer, reached the scene of the shootout.


    The rented house was located near a forest. The fugitive murder suspect, 36, lay in the forest with nine bullet wounds. Officials also found a .38 gun near him and the evidence was confiscated.


    Chatchai was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Phetchaburi Provincial Court on August 3, after he killed Peepitcha Makmul, 47, his aunt, the same day.


    He allegedly murdered her because she refused to testify in his favour in court in a case against him for allegedly attacking her husband. Peepitcha was shot dead with a 0.38 gun at her house.


    The suspect escaped from Phetchaburi where he had allegedly committed the crime, and rented a house in Prachuap Khiri Khan. However, police traced his whereabouts and asked him to surrender. The man reportedly refused and tried to flee. He reportedly shot at the police twice before being killed in retaliatory fire.


    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30395515



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-10-02
    2 October 02 2020
  • KKS Academy wins Orchid Palm Homes Cup II

    KKS Academy wins Orchid Palm Homes Cup II




    The Orchid Palm Homes Cup II took place at Black Mountain on Sunday. Six academies competed in the 7 a side, Under 11 tournament which ended with a dramatic penalty shoot out.


    KKS Academy met SS Academy in the final. The former had travelled from Prajuap Kiri Kan and looked to be in complete control after taking a 2-0 lead.


    But backed by some raucous supporters SS Academy bounced back to make it 2-1 and then score a leveler in the dying seconds of the game. It meant that the final would go to penalties, as had been the case at the inaugural Orchid Palm Homes Cup earlier this year.




    SS Academy had lost on penalties on that occasion and history would repeat itself. KKS Academy’s goalkeeper saved the third spot kick to consign the losers to runner’s up status once again.


    The third and fourth place playoff pitted Raimai, who won the last Orchid Palm Homes Cup, against Black Mountain. The hosts ran out as 2-0 winners, clinching the third place trophy after scoring the second goal with the last kick of the game.


    In the fifth and sixth place playoff Nong Hoi Academy met Panda Academy. The game was close and competitive and finished in a 1-1 draw with both teams sharing honours.


    Stephen Ayling, the owner of Orchid Palm Homes, said,


    “It was great to see so many children enjoying themselves and to see the matches played in such a good spirit. The final was really exciting, I was on the edge of my seat, and we at Orchid Palm Homes are proud to be supporting this event.”


    Former England and Tottenham defender Gary Stevens was also in attendance. The Black Mountain Hua Hin Football Academy head coach was impressed by the standard of football on display,




    “This was a valuable experience for all the children involved and we are grateful to Orchid Palm Homes for their fantastic support. The teams are all improving and the level of football that these young players are at is getting better and better.”


    For more information about Orchid Palm Homes visit: www.orchidpalmhomes.com 

    For more information about football tournaments in Hua Hin visit: www.huahinfootball.com


    --- 2020-09-28

    28 September 28 2020
  • Hua Hin: Two way bridge will be finished mid-2021

    Hua Hin: Two way bridge will be finished mid-2021



    Picture: Ban Muang


    The department of rural roads has announced the progress of work that will connect Routes 2052 and 2057 utilizing an elevated section. 


    DRR chief Pathom Chaloeywaret said that the intersection had caused accidents and traffic build up due to the high usage of the bypass road around Hua Hin.


    The development at a cost of 382.3 million baht will include two bridges comprising four lanes. 



    Picture: Ban Muang


    There will be two u-turns under the bridges. 


    The new section, which is located at the end of Soi 112 at the bypass road, is a little over 2 kilometers in length.

    Work is expected to be complete by the middle of next year.


    Source: Ban Muang



    -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2020-09-23
    23 September 23 2020
  • Miss Universe hopefuls visit Hua Hin for photoshoot

    Miss Universe hopefuls visit Hua Hin for photoshoot

    By The Nation



    Photos By Tanachai Pramarnpanich


    All 30 Miss Universe Thailand contestants graced Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district with their style and beauty on Tuesday (September 22).




    They were at the charming seaside resort town to pose for photographs as well as interact with locals and learn of their way of life.




    The beauties posed for a photoshoot with vintage Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz cars, and attractions like the iconic Hua Hin Railway Station.






    Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30394954



    -- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-22
    22 September 22 2020