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  • Woman arrested as Hua Hin launches crackdown on beggars

    Woman arrested as Hua Hin launches crackdown on beggars

     

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    Ban Muang reported that local official Jirawat Phramanee led groups of local government departments to the Chatchai market in Hua Hin after reports that a woman beggar was annoying traders, customers and tourists.

     

    The 40 something woman would persistently ask for 40 baht and if she didn't get it she would display bad behaviour and use bad language.

     

    This was dragging the good name of Hua Hin down, they said. 

     

    The officials spread out and the miscreant was soon caught red handed.

     

    She was taken to Hua Hin police station where she was warned, had her particulars taken down and was told that if she displayed any more poor behavior she would be taken into care. 

     

    Traders and people at the market were asked to call 1300 to report begging, vagrancy and child beggars.

     

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    Though it was not mentioned in the Ban Muang article this appeared to be part of a coordinated campaign to stop begging.

     

    Pictures on the site showed officials carrying a vinyl sign and placards related to stopping begging. 

     

    Source: Ban Muang

     

     

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    4 March 04 2021
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  • Footgolf in Thailand: It’s the greatest sport you’ve never played

    Footgolf in Thailand: It’s the greatest sport you’ve never played

     

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    A combination of two of the world’s most loved sports, footgolf has been growing in popularity around the world in recent years. 

     

    But you could be forgiven for probably having never heard of it, let alone ever playing it before.

     

    It has become particularly popular in the United States and Europe, which is home to professional players and has associations officially governing the sport. 

     

    There is even a footgolf World Cup, which had been due to take place in Japan later this year, only to have succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Aside from the players, the sport has become increasingly popular with golf course operators, who use footgolf to help bring in some much needed additional revenue to their ailing courses. 

     

    For the courses, investment is minimal yet it enables them to bring a new audience to the fairways. 

     

    And with the impact of COVID-19 transcending almost all industries, if a course near you isn’t currently offering footgolf, don’t be surprised if it does at some point in the near future.

     

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    Comparisons have been made to what snowboarding was to the ski industry, footgolf is to the game of golf. Indeed  perhaps a better comparison is what paddle ball is to tennis.

     

    While its exact origins are not clear, the game is believed to have first been played in Holland around 2008 and is said to have been the brainchild of Dutchman Marcel Jansen and former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Willem Korsten.

     

    Footgolf follows many of the same rules as traditional golf with a couple of significant differences, namely golf balls and clubs being replaced with a size 5 football and player’s foot!

     

    But other than that similar rules apply.

     

    The game is typically played over 9 or 18 holes and a single kick equates to a stroke of the  golf club. Each hole and course, just like in traditional golf, has a par.

     

    The player who completes a hole, and consequently, the course in the least amount of shots is declared the winner. 


    Suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels

     

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    The great thing about footgolf is that it is accessible to almost everyone, unlike traditional golf, which is notoriously difficult for beginners to start playing. 

     

    You don’t need any special equipment and while astro-turf football boots are recommended, any type of trainers/sneakers/sports shoes will do - basically any footwear you can kick a football in.

     

    It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere when playing too, with the snootiness and snobbishness that can sometimes be found in the clubhouse, thankfully left in the clubhouse.

     

    If you are a parent of football crazy kids then playing footgolf would be a great way of getting  them away from the tablet or smartphone and improving football skills at the same time.

     

    Likewise, if you perhaps played football in your younger years but had to give it up after age caught up with you, footgolf could be the enjoyable low impact game you have been looking for - enabling you to get you fix of football without fear of getting injured.

     

    And for regular footballers, footgolf is really going to test your accuracy and long and short passing skills. 

     

    Footgolf in Hua Hin

     

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    Springfield Golf Club near Hua Hin recently opened up one of its courses to footgolf.

     

    Each Saturday between 1pm and 5pm, wannabe players can pay just 150 baht for a game of footgolf.

     

    Footballs and score cards are provided, golf carts can be hired at extra cost if required (although not necessary) and you can even take a couple of beers around the course with you for refreshments. And there is no requirement for a caddie as is often the case when playing traditional golf in Thailand.

     

    It's very much an affordable way of getting outdoors, getting some exercise and having fun. 

     

    Since Springfield started hosting footgolf, an increasing number of expats from Hua Hin have been playing every Saturday. 

     

    Games are organised from the popular Father Ted’s Irish pub, with anyone interested in playing advised to follow the Father Ted's Footgolf Society group on Facebook.

     

    Tentative plans are already being put in place for an expat footgolf tournament later this year.

     

    “It’s a great way to get out in the fresh air and is good exercise, said Steve Johnston, radio  DJ on Hua Hin’s Surf FM.  

     

    “I’m not really a fan of normal golf, but footgolf is a lot of fun.

     

    “For anyone who lives near Hua Hin, I’d urge them to give it a go. 

     

    “You’ll definitely want to play it again,” Steve said. 

     

     

     

     

     

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    12 February 12 2021
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  • Two year old who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Hua Hin
    Two year old who tested positive for COVID-19 visited Hua Hin
     
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    Prachuap Khiri Khan health authority's Dr Suriya Khuharat reported that a two year old girl visiting Hua Hin from Samut Sakhon had tested positive for Covid-19.
     
    The child had travelled with her mother and elder brother aged 4 to visit grandparents in Soi Khao Noi mid February.
     
    Seven of her relatives in Samut Sakhon had tested positive but five others close to her in Hua Hin were negative. 
     
    She is under the care of Hua Hin hospital and was asymptomatic. 
     
    Manager also reported that a 25 year old Nonthaburi woman who later was confirmed as positive with Covid-19 visited Hua Hin also staying in Soi Khao Noi.
     
    She had travelled to the area with her father in a private car on 13th February but did not leave the house in Hua Hin and returned to the Bangkok area on the 23rd and tested positive four days later. 
     
    Source: Manager
     
    4 March 04 2021
    1208228
  • TIMELINE: Another foreign man tests positive for COVID-19 in Hua Hin

    TIMELINE: Another foreign man tests positive for COVID-19 in  Hua Hin

     

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    Health officials on Friday reported another positive COVID-19 case involving a foreigner in Hua Hin.

     

    The 49 year old man, who is understood to be a Dutch national, tested positive for the virus after taking a routine test prior to him travelling back to his home country.

     

    Health officials said the man wasn’t displaying any symptoms and described the case as asymptomatic. 

     

    The man is understood to have arrived in Thailand earlier this month and tested negative after leaving mandatory quarantine on Feb 8.

     

    On Feb 11 he travelled to Hua Hin where remained for more than one week, visiting a number of locations in the area including Villa Market, Index Living Mall, Airspace coffee shop in Khao Takiab, Blu Port and Cha Am Outlet. 

     

    Thaivisa understands all the locations visited by the man have undergone intense cleaning.

     

    The case is the second in as many weeks involving an expat in Hua Hin.

     

    Earlier this month, a British man who had spent time in Hua Hin after visiting Phuket,  also  tested positive when taking a test before he was due to return to the UK.

     

    Health officials maintain the risk of infection to others remains small, but anyone who visited the locations at the same time as the infected man and who has developed symptoms such as a fever, running nose, cough or a general feeling of being unwell, is urged to take a COVID-19 test at a local hospital.

     

    Timeline

     

    19th Feb

    8.30: Dropped kids off at school, didn't leave the vehicle, visited car wash near Nong Khon temple

    15.30: Collected kids from school, didn't leave the vehicle

     

    20th Feb

    8.20: Travelled to Bangkok, stopped at PTT station near Lake View Golf Course

    12.00: Went to Yarowat market, wore a mask

    13.00: Arrived at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

    13.30: Visited Siam Paragon, went to a Japanese restaurant and the Prada store.

    19.00: Ate at restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

     

    21st Feb

    7.00: Had breakfast at hotel

    9.00:  Checked out of hotel, stopped at PTT  station in Samut Sakhon

    12.00: Arrived in Hua Hin

     

    22nd Feb

    8.20: Dropped children at school, didn’t leave the car

    10.00-12.00: Visited BluPort food court

    16.00: Collected children from school, didn’t leave the car

     

    23rd Feb

    8.20: Dropped children at school, didn’t leave the car

    9.30: Visited Cha Am Outlet

    14.00: Had COVID-19 test at Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin

    15.30: Collected children from school, didn’t leave the car

    16.00-19.00: Met with friends at bar of Centara Hua Hin

     

    24th Feb

    8.20: Dropped children at school, didn’t leave the car

    10.00-12.00: Visited Market Village,  went to Lee, A2Z

    15.20: Visited Hua Hin hospital

     

    Health officials said a total of 15 people who came into contact with the man have been tested and all returned negative results. 


    Source: ศูนย์บัญชาการ ป้องกัน Covid19 อำเภอหัวหิน

     

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    26 February 26 2021
    1207629
  • SS Academy wins SPS Mini League XI

    SS Academy wins SPS Mini League XI

     

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    The 11th edition of the SPS Mini League took place at Midfield Soccer on Sunday morning. Five Under 12 teams were in action with SS Academy finishing on top.  

     

    The tournament featured a couple of incredible goals with a goalkeeper getting on the scoresheet for the first time in the competition’s history. Hua Hin City ran out as 2-1 winners against Black Mountain in the opening match.

     

    Hua Hin City and SS would both remain undefeated. The former picked up two wins and two draws while the latter won three matches and drew just one.

     

    Black Mountain finished third, losing 1-0 to SS who took an early lead with a wonder goal from the halfway line but rode their luck in the closing stages as the ball twice struck their post. The decisive match between SS and Hua Hin City finished goalless.

     

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    Spencer Wray, of Spencer’s Property Services, said, “It was a fun morning of football with a couple of brilliant goals. It’s great to see children from different parts of Hua Hin enjoying the game and we are proud to support this tournament.”

     

    Also in attendance was former Tottenham and England defender Gary Stevens. He was coaching the Black Mountain Under 12 team and was impressed by the football on offer, “These children are benefiting from being able to play regular tournaments like this and you can see the standard is improving all the time. It was a really enjoyable morning and there were some incredible long range efforts.”

     

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

    For more information about Spencer's Property Services visit: www.spshuahin.com/

     

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    1 March 01 2021
    1207894
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service scrapped indefinitely, uncertainty over future of Hua Hin flights

    EXCLUSIVE: Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry service scrapped indefinitely, uncertainty over future of Hua Hin flights

     

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    The ferry service which had been operating between Pattaya and Hua Hin will not return in its current format, Thaivisa understands.

     

    The service, which was suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19, had been operated by the Royal Passenger Co. Ltd.

     

    At the time of its suspension, the company had indicated the service would resume once the  situation  surrounding COVID-19 had improved. 

     

    However, according to a person familiar with the matter, the company is no longer operating and the ferry service has been cancelled.

     

    At the time of publishing, the firm’s website was also offline and its Facebook page has not been updated since March 2020.

     

    For those wishing to travel between Pattaya and Hua Hin the service offered convenience but passengers often reported the service only ever being about half full.

     

    Thaivisa understands the service will eventually be replaced by the proposed car ferry service Thaivisa first reported on in October 2020 and more recently last month, which will eventually connect Chonburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Songkhla in southern Thailand. 

     

    Reports in Thai media suggest the car ferry service could be operating between Sattahip and Songkhla by April 2021. 

     

    The plans, as of the time of publishing, are for the ferry to be able to accommodate upto 100 vehicles and 586 passengers. The route from Sattahip to Songkhla would take between 18-20 hours, with the ferry also including cabins and dining areas. 

     

    A stop at Prachuap Khiri Khan would be added at a later date. 

     

    Other reports said the route would be operated by the Source Ferry Company, which has already purchased the second hand vessel from a ferry operator in Hokkaido, Japan. 

     

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    The news comes as transportation in and out of Hua Hin appeared to have suffered another blow with Air Asia no longer taking bookings on its website for flights from Hua Hin to Chiang Mai or Udon Thani. 

     

    The airline previously announced it was suspending services from Hua Hin airport due to the new wave of coronavirus infections in Thailand. Air Asia had said flights would be suspended between 15-31 January 2021.

     

    The flights connecting Hua Hin with Chiang Mai and Udon Thani were launched in August 2020, with the airline stating the routes would initially be operational until at least 26 March 2021. 

     

    Passengers had been able to book flights earlier this month, but Thaivisa understands those bookings have now been cancelled with passengers given either refunds or credit vouchers.

     

    At the time of publishing and according to the Air Asia website, it is not currently possible to book flights to or from Hua Hin airport. 

     

     

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    15 February 15 2021
    1206141
  • Thai AirAsia suspends Chiang Mai, Udon Thani flights from Hua Hin

    Thai AirAsia suspends Chiang Mai, Udon Thani flights from Hua Hin

     

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    Thai Air Asia has suspended its services from Hua Hin airport due to the new wave of coronavirus infections in Thailand.

     

    In an announcement made on Sunday, the airline said flights will be suspended from 15-31 January 2021.

     

    The flights connecting Hua Hin with Chiang Mai and Udon Thani were launched in August 2020, with the airline stating the routes would initially be operational until at least 26 March 2021. 

     

    However, Sunday’s announcement is likely to add some uncertainty regarding whether the  flights will fully resume at all. As recently as last week, it was not possible to book flights beyond 26 March 2021.

     

    The temporary suspension of the flights will come as a blow to Hua Hin’s tourism industry, which like many places, has been left decimated by the  COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    It is also a further blow for Hua Hin airport which after January 15th will not be operating a single commercial flight, with its only international flight to Kuala Lumpur unable to resume after Thailand placed restrictions on inbound tourism after the first wave of coronavirus infections last year. 

     

     

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    11 January 11 2021
    1201092
  • Hotel reveals desperate state of tourism industry in Prachuap Khiri Khan

    Hotel reveals desperate state of tourism industry in Prachuap Khiri Khan 

     

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    The Prachuap Post reported that tourism in Prachuap Khiri Khan was still poor despite government stimulus programs like "Let's Travel Together", "Let's Go Halves" and ""We'll Win".

     

    They quoted the general manager of the downtown four star Prachuap Hotel, that has 137 rooms, as saying that things were no better since January.

     

    Tourism was 70% down on last year and many businesses were still temporarily shut after laying off staff.

     

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    Pheerawut Rakkarncharoen said that the only hope for his business at the moment was to organize meetings for local civil servants.

     

    But even this was limited - prior to Covid they could accommodate 500 participants but protocols such as social distancing meant now they could only cater for 300 people at a time. 

     

    Source: Prachuap Post

     

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    23 February 23 2021
    1207185
  • Young Thai woman's crime spree comes to an end - arrested for armed bank heist in Prachuap Khiri Khan

    Young Thai woman's crime spree comes to an end - arrested for armed bank heist in Prachuap Khiri Khan

     

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    Daily News reported an extraordinary spree of crime after the woman charged with attempting an armed bank robbery in Prachuap Khiri Khan was caught.

     

    Kannika Sorajan, just 22, allegedly walked into the Muang district branch of the BAAC dressed in black with a full face helmet and brandished a gun.

     

    After a panic she fled with nothing, stealing a motorcycle some distance from the bank at gunpoint. 

     

    Pol Col Samer Yusamran, clearly suspecting the identity of the robber, obtained a warrant for her arrest catching her at a house in Ban Nong Bua. 

     

    She denied it but her husband told the cops it was her alright. 

     

    A motorcycle taxi rider had told the police that a woman had come up to him at the station and asked for his phone number. She then went with him to the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. 

     

    After the botched robbery she stole a bike and went to a restaurant where she had stashed her own motorcycle - that also appears to have been stolen. 

     

    She fled 30 kms away and did some shopping. 

     

    Her past, especially the recent past, contains many extraordinary incidents for such a young woman and is tied up with owing money for online gambling. 

     

    When she was a student she was an intern at the same branch where she attempted the robbery. After this she worked at a luxury hotel nearby.

     

    She stole 400,000 baht after being entrusted to take the hotel takings to the bank. It was agreed that she would avoid prosecution after she said she would pay back the money in 20,000 baht monthly instalments. 

     

    After the botched robbery she called the hotel to ask for 40,000 baht back that she had already repaid.

     

    On the 20th of February - last Friday - she embezzled 190,000 baht from the leader of a musical band who she swindled over putting the Rao Chana app on a phone. She had been working as a waitress at a special party.

     

    She diverted the money to her own account. 

     

    Earlier, as recently as 18th February or last Thursday, she had been working at a garage that checks vehicles for tax renewal purposes. There she had stolen 28,500 baht from her employer, a motorcycle and a gun believed to be the one used in the BAAC robbery attempt. 

     

    She has now been charged with attempted armed robbery with considerable evidence proving her guilt despite her denials. 

     

    Source: Daily News

     

     

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    24 February 24 2021
    1207338
  • Hunt on for woman after botched bank robbery in Prachuap Khiri Khan

    Hunt on for woman after botched bank robbery in Prachuap Khiri Khan

     

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    Media in Prachuap Khiri Khan reported that a female tomboy held up the BAAC bank in downtown Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday.

     

    She was brandishing a gun after arriving in the branch next to the town hall dressed in black with a black full face helmet.

     

    A picture published by local journalist Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn showed her eyes. 

     

    Bank staffer Janya Jannoi, 40, said that the woman came in at lunchtime while about five people were waiting and waved a gun at her. 

     

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    She shouted: "Don't mess with me if you're not involved".

     

    She demanded money be put in a bag but Janya ran for it.

     

    At that moment someone outside coming to do their "Rao Chana" application shouted that the police were coming.

     

    This spooked the robber who was in the bank less than a minute.

     

    She ran off then stole a Honda bike from a 61 year old woman next to the PTT gas station 100 meters away and rode off along the Suan Son - Ao Noi Road. 

     

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    Muang Prachuap Khiri Khan police found a motorcycle in the area of the Fong Beer Restaurant in Pak Klong Bang Nang Rom.

     

    The robber apparently fled into the woods while station chief Pol Col Samer Yusamran ordered the area surrounded. 

     

    The Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives was shut as forensic teams pored over the evidence.

     

    Nothing was stolen in the attempted heist at 12.30 pm.

     

    UPDATE  - The headline of this post incorrectly said the suspect had been arrested. 

     

    Source: Prachuap Post News

     

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    23 February 23 2021
    1207179