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  • Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa hosts 21st Bangkok Chess Club Open 2024

    21st Bangkok Chess Club Open 2024: A Global Gathering of Chess Enthusiasts Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, in partnership with the Bangkok Chess Club, is pleased to announce the commencement of the 21st Bangkok Chess Club Open 2024, welcoming over 300 chess enthusiasts from about 50 countries. Taking place from April 13th to 21st, […]

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    21st Bangkok Chess Club Open 2024: A Global Gathering of Chess Enthusiasts

    Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, in partnership with the Bangkok Chess Club, is pleased to announce the commencement of the 21st Bangkok Chess Club Open 2024, welcoming over 300 chess enthusiasts from about 50 countries.

    Taking place from April 13th to 21st, 2024 this highly anticipated event promises to be an engaging showcase of strategic prowess as participants of all ages gather to test their skills against Grandmasters.

    The Deputy Governor of Phetchaburi playing chess with a Grandmaster

    We cordially invite spectators to witness the thrilling matches as they unfold over nine days of intense gameplay.

    Additionally, attendees will marvel at the diverse array of Makruk boards, crafted in various styles including intricately carved wood and stunning depictions of Ramayana characters, providing a visual feast that is truly worth experiencing.

    A notable feature of the event is the captivating exhibition, offering insight into the rich history of chess, its significance in Thailand, and the legacy of the Bangkok Chess Club Open championship.

    Nicolai Mitchell, General Manager at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa is honored to extend a warm welcome to all Chess players participating in the event, embodying Sheraton’s ethos as the world’s gathering place. This presents a wonderful opportunity for our resort to foster community connections, hosting players from 41 countries amidst the vibrant backdrop of the Songkran Festival. It underscores our commitment to uniting people from around the globe, showcasing our ability to host diverse events with our perfect venue and professional team.

    Games from the top boards will be broadcast live on the international chess website www.chess.com, allowing chess enthusiasts worldwide to follow the action in real-time.

    For further information and inquiries, please contact us at +6632 708 000 or via email at reservations.huahin@sheraton.com. You can also visit our website at www.sheratonhuahin.com.

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    18 April 18 2024
    Hua Hin News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65880
  • “Lung Cancer” Early Detection for Effective Treatment

    Lung cancer ranks among the top causes of mortality in Thailand. A significant portion of patients diagnosed with this disease are in stage 4, where the cancerous mass is either large or has spread to various parts of the body, resulting in a high mortality rate. However, with advancements in technology, early detection and diagnosis […]

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    Lung cancer ranks among the top causes of mortality in Thailand. A significant portion of patients diagnosed with this disease are in stage 4, where the cancerous mass is either large or has spread to various parts of the body, resulting in a high mortality rate.

    However, with advancements in technology, early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer are now possible, allowing patients to receive treatment promptly and have a chance of complete recovery.

    Dr. Sirichai Saengngammongkhol, our specialist in pulmonary medicine and pulmonary critical care medicine at Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin, shares that the causes of lung cancer are influenced by several factors, such as smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, contact with chemicals and toxins, and a family history of lung cancer, as the disease can be hereditary.

    The signs and symptoms of lung cancer involve abnormal cell division that can spread from one point to other parts of the body. Lung cancer occurs in the respiratory system, and its frightening aspect is the lack of clear symptoms in the early stages. For those who have larger mass will start to show symptoms which include chronic cough lasting more than 2 weeks, coughing up blood or bloody sputum, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hoarseness, chest and back pain, weakness, rapid and unexplained weight loss.

    Due to the often vague symptoms of lung cancer in its early stages, detecting the disease early before significant symptoms arise and promptly seeking treatment is crucial to improving the chances of survival or achieving a cure.

    There are several methods for screening lung cancer. Some may misunderstand that a chest x-ray is a lung cancer screening method, but it is actually used for tuberculosis screening. For lung cancer screening, a Low-Dose CT Scan is a modern and effective method that provides detailed 3D images of the lungs with low radiation exposure.

    This method is superior to traditional X-rays for lung cancer screening, leading to more appropriate treatment options.

    Doctors may recommend diagnostic tests such as CT-guided biopsy, bronchoscopy, or PET Scan (Positron Emission Tomography) to increase the chances of detecting and diagnosing lung cancer at stages 1 or 2, where patients can receive curative treatment.

    The treatment for lung cancer depends on the stage of the disease and can include procedures such as minimally invasive surgery, open-chest surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy, or palliative care. The choice of treatment method depends on factors such as the size and characteristics of the cancer, the patient’s age, and the overall health condition. Physicians will assess each case individually and make treatment decisions in consultation with the patient and their family.

    Preventing lung cancer completely is not yet possible, but the risk of developing lung cancer can be reduced by avoiding carcinogens that can cause cancer. This includes quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, pollution, various fumes, heavy metals, and taking care of overall physical health through regular exercise and a healthy diet. Additionally, taking care of mental health and reducing stress are also important factors in reducing the risk of lung cancer.

    Dr. Sirichai Saengngammongkhol

    “Regular health check-ups are crucial, whether it’s for lung cancer screening or annual check-ups, to ensure strong physical health. It’s important to avoid risk factors that can lead to lung cancer, both for yourself and those around you. With modern technology, lung cancer diagnosis has become faster and more accurate. If you are at risk, I recommend consulting a doctor for appropriate lung cancer screening. Detecting abnormalities early increases the chances of receiving treatment early, improving the chances of recovery and enhancing the quality of life for patients.” Dr. Sirichai concluded.

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    17 April 17 2024
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    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65871
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan fails to meet road safety targets during Songkran

    Prachuap Khiri Khan Province did not achieve its road safety goals for the Songkran festival, exceeding the set targets for accidents, injuries, and fatalities, officials reported Monday. In a meeting at the provincial hall, chaired by Governor Somkid Jantamarek and attended by key national and local officials including Education Minister Lt. Gen. Permpoon Chidchob and […]

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    Prachuap Khiri Khan Province did not achieve its road safety goals for the Songkran festival, exceeding the set targets for accidents, injuries, and fatalities, officials reported Monday.

    In a meeting at the provincial hall, chaired by Governor Somkid Jantamarek and attended by key national and local officials including Education Minister Lt. Gen. Permpoon Chidchob and Director-General of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chaiyavat Juntirapong, the Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Operation Center detailed the outcomes from the festive period spanning April 11 to April 16.

    The province saw a total of 47 road accidents resulting in 46 injuries and five deaths, surpassing the target limits of fewer than 35 accidents, 36 injuries, and three deaths. On April 16 alone, four new accidents were reported, although none were fatal.

    Governor Somkid Jantamarek

    The Songkran festival, a time traditionally marked by an exodus of workers returning to their hometowns, saw significant nationwide impacts.

    Across Thailand, 243 lives were lost and 1,837 individuals were injured over the six-day period. The Education Minister noted a troubling statistic: 84.9% of the accidents involved motorcycles.

    Chiang Rai, in the north, recorded the highest number of incidents with 71 accidents and 15 fatalities.

    The Probation Department’s Director-General Ruangsak Suwaree highlighted a related issue, stating that from April 11 to April 16, there were 5,786 traffic violations, with a staggering 96.6% related to drink-driving.

    The capital, Bangkok, led with the highest number of drink-driving cases, followed by Samut Prakan and Chiang Mai.

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    17 April 17 2024
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    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65867
  • Incident reporting point for tourists set up at 7-ELEVEN at Hua Hin Night Market

    The Tourist Police Bureau has joined forces with CP All Public Company Limited, inaugurating new incident reporting stations for tourists within 7-ELEVEN stores across Thailand. In Hua Hin, a reporting point will be established at the 7-ELEVEN at Hua Hin night market, offering assistance to visitors in need. The project initially rolls out across 20 […]

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    The Tourist Police Bureau has joined forces with CP All Public Company Limited, inaugurating new incident reporting stations for tourists within 7-ELEVEN stores across Thailand.

    In Hua Hin, a reporting point will be established at the 7-ELEVEN at Hua Hin night market, offering assistance to visitors in need.

    The project initially rolls out across 20 major tourist destinations nationwide, marking a strategic response to the increasing influx of international tourists following Thailand’s reopening under the Visa Free policy.

    Data from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, as of March 17, 2024, reveals a tally of over 8 million foreign tourists since the start of the year, contributing significantly to the national economy with earnings of approximately 390.9 billion baht.

    Police Lieutenant General Saksira Pueakam, leading the Tourist Police, said the initiative is a key component of the government’s agenda to stimulate economic growth through tourism.

    A screen grab from Google Maps.

    The “Strong Tourism Community (ST.C.)” project employs the “Smart Safety Zone” principle across 18 provinces, leveraging partnerships with the private sector, community leaders, and entrepreneurs to identify and mitigate risks at popular tourist spots.

    The choice of 7-ELEVEN stores as reporting points is strategic, owing to the chain’s widespread presence and popularity. The initial phase has trained over 1,500 volunteers, including local and foreign individuals, security personnel, and 7-ELEVEN employees, ready to assist tourists.

    Yutthasak Poomsurakul, CEO of CP ALL, highlighted the collaboration between the Tourist Police, the tourist community, and 7-ELEVEN. With over 14,000 branches nationwide, 7-ELEVEN’s round-the-clock operations provide an accessible platform for tourists to seek help. The trained staff and volunteers at these reporting points are equipped to report incidents and coordinate with the local tourist police for prompt assistance.

    The introduction of tourist incident reporting points in 7-ELEVEN stores is expected to boost tourists’ confidence in their safety and support the state’s policy to grow Thailand’s tourism industry, generating income for the country.

    The 20 tourist areas where 7-ELEVEN stores are participating in the first phase of the project include:

    1. Khao San Road, Bangkok
    2. Soi Cowboy, Bangkok
    3. Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (Temple of Dawn), Bangkok
    4. Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya Province
    5. Narai Ratchaniwet Palace, Lopburi Province
    6. Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, Samut Prakan Province
    7. The Bridge over the River Kwai Community, Kanchanaburi Province
    8. Hua Hin Night Market, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
    9. Bangla Road, Phuket Province
    10. Fisherman’s Village, Koh Samui
    11. Ao Nang Landmark, Krabi Province
    12. Sanehanusorn Road, Songkhla Province
    13. Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat, Phitsanulok Province
    14. Tha Pae Gate Walking Street, Chiang Mai Province
    15. Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, Chiang Rai Province
    16. Sticky Rice Road, Khon Kaen Province
    17. Chiang Khan Walking Street, Loei Province
    18. Khao Yai Community, Nakhon Ratchasima Province
    19. Nakhon Phanom Walking Street, Nakhon Phanom Province
    20. Pattaya Walking Street, Chonburi Province

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    17 April 17 2024
    Hua Hin News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65863
  • Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa Powers Up Sustainable Travel with New EV Charging Station

    Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is powering up for a sustainable future with the installation of a new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in its parking area, which can now be used by hotel guests and local residents alike. Commencing operations on April 5, 2024, this cutting-edge facility has been installed in partnership with […]

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    Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa is powering up for a sustainable future with the installation of a new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in its parking area, which can now be used by hotel guests and local residents alike.

    Commencing operations on April 5, 2024, this cutting-edge facility has been installed in partnership with PTT Oil and Retail Business PCL (OR), and becomes the first quick EV charging station outside a PTT fuel station located in the heart of Hua Hin city. Equipped with three charging connectors – two DC CCS COMBOs (120 kW) and one AC Type 1 (22 kW) – this station can accommodate various EV models. For compatible models, the charging duration can be as quick as 40 minutes. Each charging plug comes with a generous five-meter-long cable, ensuring ease-of-use for all drivers.

    This milestone marks a significant step forward in Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Through a partnership with OR, the hotel is striving to promote renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint. This initiative complements a series of eco-conscious measures already in place, including the elimination of plastic bottles and straws, a transition to LED lighting, water recycling for the resort’s gardens and the installation of solar panels.

    “We are thrilled to introduce this state-of-the-art EV charging station to our guests and the local community,” said Martin Wuethrich, General Manager at Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. “As part of Marriott International’s ‘Serve 360’ campaign, sustainability lies at the core of our operations. Our collaboration with OR is a testament to our shared dedication to making a positive impact on the environment and supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

    In 2022, Marriott International signed an agreement with OR to roll EV charging stations at its hotels and resorts all across Thailand, as part of its 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. By embracing innovative solutions and fostering partnerships, Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa remains steadfast in its mission to create lasting, positive change within the community and beyond.

    For more information about Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa and its sustainability initiatives, please visit www.huahinmarriott.com or call +66 (0) 32 904 666 or email huahin.reservations@marriott.com

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    17 April 17 2024
    Hua Hin News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65860
  • Rainmaking operations start in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, including Hua Hin

    The Department of Royal Rainmaking announced the start of cloud-seeding operations aimed at mitigating severe dry conditions affecting Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, including the Hua Hin area. The operations, which started this week, are designed to enhance rainfall to support agricultural activities and replenish local dams and reservoirs. On April 16, the first operation was […]

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    The Department of Royal Rainmaking announced the start of cloud-seeding operations aimed at mitigating severe dry conditions affecting Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, including the Hua Hin area.

    The operations, which started this week, are designed to enhance rainfall to support agricultural activities and replenish local dams and reservoirs.

    On April 16, the first operation was launched, with aircraft traveling from Sam Roi Yot District to Hua Hin District.

    A follow-up operation took place this morning featuring a Cessna Caravan aircraft covering the same areas. These operations target critical agricultural and water catchment zones across the province, which are currently experiencing water shortages.

    According to a post-operation report from the Cloud Seeding Unit, the recent activities on April 17 have led to more dense cloud formations in the skies above Hua Hin, extending towards Kaeng Krachan District in Phetchaburi Province.

    These clouds have developed significantly higher tops, an indication of potential rainfall from the seeding efforts.

    A photo from cloud seeding operations over Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi on April 16. Images: DRR

    Thailand’s engagement with cloud seeding dates back to the late-1950s, initiated under the auspices of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Recognizing the chronic water shortages that affected his people, especially farmers, the King developed the rainmaking concept, which has evolved into what is known today as the Royal Rainmaking Project.

    The primary reason Thailand resorts to cloud seeding is to combat the frequent drought conditions that threaten water security and agriculture, the backbone of its rural economy. By artificially inducing rainfall, Thailand aims to stabilize these sectors and ensure water availability throughout the year.

    As these operations continue, local authorities and the Department of Royal Rainmaking are monitoring the effects closely. They aim to ensure that the efforts not only alleviate the immediate dry conditions but also support sustainable water management practices in the region.

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    17 April 17 2024
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    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65856
  • Hua Hin celebrates legacy of Boxing champion Pone Kingpetch with annual event

    The Hua Hin Municipality commemorated the legendary Thai boxer Pone Kingpetch on the 64th anniversary of his historic world title win with a series of events on April 16, 2024, honoring his contributions to the sport and his enduring legacy in the community. The celebration took place at Pone Kingpetch Public Park, named after the […]

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    The Hua Hin Municipality commemorated the legendary Thai boxer Pone Kingpetch on the 64th anniversary of his historic world title win with a series of events on April 16, 2024, honoring his contributions to the sport and his enduring legacy in the community.

    The celebration took place at Pone Kingpetch Public Park, named after the celebrated athlete who was the first Thai to claim a world boxing championship. The event saw the participation of Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul, Police Major General Damrongsak Thongngamtrakul, President of the Hua Hin Sports Association, and other municipal officials. A ceremony was held at the statue of Kingpetch, commemorating his victory over Argentine flyweight world champion Pascal Perez April 16, 1960.

    On Tuesday evening, the park hosted a Muay Thai competition featuring nine exciting matches between competitors from Prachuap Khiri Khan and neighboring Phetchaburi. The day was rounded off with an exhibition detailing Kingpetch’s life and achievements, aimed at educating tourists and locals alike about the boxer’s significant impact on Thai sports and culture.

    Born Mana Seedokbuab on February 12, 1935, in Hua Hin, “Pone” Kingpetch developed a passion for boxing early in his life. His career took a significant turn when he joined the “Kingpetch” boxing camp and soon made a name for himself by defeating several more experienced fighters. His crowning achievement came when he defeated Danny Kid from the Philippines for the OPBF title, setting the stage for his world championship bout against Perez at Lumpini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, witnessed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

    Known for his ferocious jab, Kingpetch’s victory not only marked him as Thailand’s first flyweight world champion but also established him as a three-time world champion, elevating Thailand’s status in the international boxing arena.

    Despite retiring in 1966 at the age of 31 due to health issues exacerbated by alcohol, Kingpetch’s legacy continued to grow. He passed away on May 31, 1982, at age 47, after battling diabetes and lung disease. In recognition of his contributions, a 2.20-meter tall statue was erected in his honor. Sculpted by National Artist Nonthiwat Jantanapalin and initially unveiled in 1992 at Hua Hin beach, the statue now stands prominently in front of the Pone Kingpetch Public Park.

    The Sports Journalists Association of Thailand has further recognised his contributions by designating April 16 as “Outstanding Athlete Day.”

    In June 2023, Pone Kingpetch was posthumously inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF).

    The induction ceremony took place during an event held from June 8th to 11th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, United States.

    He was recognized by the IBHOF for his outstanding contributions and achievements to the sport and was inducted into the Old Timer Category.

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    17 April 17 2024
    Hua Hin News
    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65844
  • Prachuap Khiri Khan sees significant tourism revenue boost during Songkran

    The Songkran festival, celebrated this year with great enthusiasm across Thailand, brought an economic boost to Prachuap Khiri Khan. This year’s tourism revenue soared to over 435 million baht, marking a 38% increase from the previous year, according to the latest data. The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan office reported that the festive […]

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    The Songkran festival, celebrated this year with great enthusiasm across Thailand, brought an economic boost to Prachuap Khiri Khan.

    This year’s tourism revenue soared to over 435 million baht, marking a 38% increase from the previous year, according to the latest data.

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan office reported that the festive period saw heightened activity and an influx of tourists throughout the province, not just in its popular beachside district of Hua Hin.

    According to Mr. Archawan Kongkanant, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Prachuap Khiri Khan, this year’s Songkran festival was characterized by vibrant celebrations and an increased number of visitors across the region. “Every district saw a dense influx of tourists, with hotel occupancy rates peaking at an average of 80% during the festival days, notably on April 13 and 14,” Mr. Archawan said.

    Crowds at Long Lay Market in Sam Roi Yot on April 14, 2024. Image: ตลาดลงเล “วันสบาย สบาย สไตล์สามร้อยยอด”

    This year’s significant rise in tourist numbers is attributed in part to enhanced promotional efforts by the government, which sponsored nationwide events that revitalized the festive spirit, benefiting local economies and small businesses.

    The festive period was marked by crowded beaches stretching nearly 10 kilometers from Centara Grand Beach Resort to Hua Don Beach. Both domestic and international visitors visited these areas, engaging in various recreational activities and enjoying the coastal scenery.

    Hoteliers also noted an improvement over last year’s figures. Mr. Rungroj Luengsawat, an advisor to the Chairman of the Tourism Industry Council of Thailand and the General Manager of Hua Hin Grand Hotel and Plaza, highlighted the robust booking rates during the festival.

    “Our hotel was fully booked from April 12 to 15. The increase in guests this year was further buoyed by the visit to Hua Hin of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who brought a large entourage, including numerous journalists, thus boosting local hotel stays,” Mr. Rungroj explained.

    Mr. Archawan Kongkanant, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan office. File photo

    Additional popular tourist areas in Prachuap Khiri Khan, such as Sam Roi Yot, Thap Sakae, Muang district, and Bang Saphan, also experienced high visitor numbers. The comprehensive festive activities managed by the Hua Hin-Cha Am Tourism Business Association were noted for their optimal organization and contributed to the overall positive atmosphere.

    Tourism officials and local business leaders expressed satisfaction with the management and outcomes of this year’s festival.

    The effort to promote Songkran nationwide in Thailand not only enhanced the tourist experience but also significantly contributed to the local economy through increased spending in the hospitality sector, dining, and retail.

    This resurgence of tourism is a welcome change from previous years, reflecting a strong recovery and a hopeful outlook for the rest of 2024 in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

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    15 April 15 2024
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    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65839
  • Belgian tourist brutally attacked in Hua Hin, friend seeks justice

    A Belgian retiree was gravely injured in an unprovoked attack in Hua Hin over a week ago, according to officials and witnesses. The victim, identified as 63-year-old Jan from Riemst, in the province of Limburg, remains in a coma following the assault, Belgian news site VRT NWS reported. The incident has not been reported in […]

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    A Belgian retiree was gravely injured in an unprovoked attack in Hua Hin over a week ago, according to officials and witnesses.

    The victim, identified as 63-year-old Jan from Riemst, in the province of Limburg, remains in a coma following the assault, Belgian news site VRT NWS reported.

    The incident has not been reported in Thai or English language news until now.

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    The victim, identified as Jan, was attacked from behind while sitting on a sidewalk by a German national who is known to have been living in Hua Hin for some time and is associated with a local martial arts club.

    The incident, captured on CCTV, shows the assailant approaching Jan unsuspectedly before violently assaulting him, resulting in severe head injuries.

    According to medical professionals in Thailand, Jan underwent a 13-hour surgery to address multiple skull fractures and is currently in a coma with an uncertain prognosis. Doctors have placed numerous plates in his face, and while the surgery was successful, they estimate it could be three to eight months before he might regain consciousness. His condition is being carefully monitored, with treatments aimed at reducing brain swelling.

    Jan’s close friend, Danny Lemmens, who also from Riemst and helped him plan his trip, has traveled to Thailand to assist with his care.

    Speaking to VRT Lemmens explained how Jan had recently retired and was exploring the possibility of spending his retirement years in Hua Hin, which he found appealing for its affordability and lifestyle.

    He added how he has taken on the responsibility of contacting Jan’s family and managing his medical and legal affairs, with the inability to directly contact Jan’s family adding to the challenges.

    In response to the attack, Lemmens has filed a police report for attempted murder and is handling necessary hospital paperwork. He shared his harrowing experience of spending long hours at the hospital and the emotional toll of managing this crisis far from home. “It was a long day, waiting for 13 hours during his surgery, and the following days were sleepless ones as I stayed in his hotel room, surrounded by his belongings while he fought for his life in the hospital,” Lemmens said.

    Jan wasn’t the only victim of the German attacker.

    Lemmens told VRT that he spoke with an Englishman who had suffered a similar attack and was also prepared to press charges and possibly testify in court.

    The German assailant, described by witnesses as confused and aggressive, reportedly continued to roam the area for hours after attacking Jan before eventually being apprehended by police.

    The local police are investigating the case, and the Belgian embassy in Bangkok along with the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs are monitoring the situation and providing consular support to Jan’s family.

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    15 April 15 2024
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  • Prachuap Khiri Khan records two fatalities during start of Songkran holiday

    The Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Operations Center, during its meeting on April 13, 2023, reported on the accident statistics for the province during the Songkran festival. The meeting was held at the Singkhon Conference Room in the Provincial Hall, with Deputy Governor Mr. Komkrit Charoenphatthanasombat presiding. On the second day of the “Drive Safely, […]

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    The Road Accident Prevention and Reduction Operations Center, during its meeting on April 13, 2023, reported on the accident statistics for the province during the Songkran festival.

    The meeting was held at the Singkhon Conference Room in the Provincial Hall, with Deputy Governor Mr. Komkrit Charoenphatthanasombat presiding.

    On the second day of the “Drive Safely, Thailand Without Accidents” campaign, which spans from April 11-17, Prachuap Khiri Khan experienced 14 accidents resulting in 14 injuries and one fatality. The cumulative data for the two-day period shows 21 accidents, 21 injuries, and two deaths.

    The deceased, Mr. Supoj Intasem, 30, lost his life in an incident where his pickup truck veered off the road and crashed into a tree after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel. The accident occurred in Yang Kha village, Chai Kasem subdistrict, Bang Saphan district.

    This year, the local authorities have set a goal to keep the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities below the three-year average during the Songkran festival. The targets are fewer than 35 accidents, fewer than 36 injuries, and fewer than three deaths.

    The festival, which marks the Thai New Year, is known for its spirited celebrations, which unfortunately often result in an uptick in road accidents. The authorities continue to urge caution and adherence to safety measures as the holiday period continues.

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    13 April 13 2024
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    https://www.huahintoday.com/?p=65832