Tag Archives: hua hin

Wat Huay Mongkol (วัดห้วยมงคล)

Wat Huay Mongkol is situated in Tambon Huay Mongkol, Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan Province. The temple is located about 15 km from Hua Hin town. All 10 of us (Ta Toy, Yai Noi, Yai Suan, Yai Nuch, P’Ning, P’Nat, Niw, Nik, Pee and me) went in Ta Toy’s truck. Noon didn’t join us as she needs to look after the small kids swimming at the beach.

The weather was very hot and I felt so exhausted. But luckily Ta Toy’s truck aircond was working pretty well. Wat Huay Mongkol is famous for Luang Por Thuad’s statue. Some says that the statue is the biggest statue of Luang Por Thuad in the world.

Luang Phor Thuad was the legendary Southern Thai monk, immensely popular with the Southern Thais and increasingly so elsewhere in the Kingdom for the miracles associated with him. The big statue was commissioned by Queen Sirikit of Thailand at Wat Huay Mongkol.

The huge Luang Phor Thuad statue is seated on a pedestal with four other smaller images in niches where the faithful can paste gold leaf on Luang Phor Thuad. There is a canteen where visitors can have their lunch for free. There is also a big donation box at the entrance for visitors to donate. However, it is up to them whether to donate or not.

After eating, we went over to wash the plates and spoons that we used. There’s a tip for saving. Just go to a temple with canteen. Donate 20 Baht and you can eat the buffet as much as you want. There is one temple in Ayuthaya which has a canteen like this as well. The food in Wat Huay Mongkol wasn’t bad at all.

There are two elephant statues with 3 heads located in front of Luang Por’s statue. Many visitors tried to place coins into the elephant’s mouth. I did after five or six times trying. It was quite difficult. For me, morning is the best time to visit as the weather might be cool and not as hot as in the afternoon. Other than that, there were too many tourists arriving by coaches from other provinces. The place was a little bit crowded the time we went.

Advertisements

4 Comments

Filed under hua hin, Information, thailand, Travel, wat huay mongkol

‘Let South have autonomy’

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday that Thailand should offer a certain degree of autonomy to people in the predominantly Muslim region to allow them to be good Muslims in the predominantly Buddhist kingdom.

Najib, who is to tour the restive South with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in December, said he would tell them that Kuala Lumpur would not support extremists who violate Thai laws.

“Look, you know you just have to be good Thai citizens. Don’t expect Malaysia to back any violation of Thai law. You are on your own and if they [law breakers] come over, we will send you back,” the Malaysian Prime Minister said.

Abhisit invited Najib to tour the deep South after the Thailand-Malaysia’s annual consultative meeting and he said he would love to see people living in the region.

Najib said some form of autonomy could be a solution to end the violence, which has claimed more than 3,800 live since the beginning of 2004.

“You may not want to call it autonomy but there could at least be some form of involvement,” he said. The government could offer self-determination for people in areas that are important to them such as the selection of local leaders, employment, religion and education, he said.

“It is Thailand’s decision to consider how far such autonomy in the deep South should go, and Malaysia, as a neighbour, would not intervene in the matter, he said.

“Our part is to be supportive. We will not negotiate on your behalf. We will do what a good neighbour should do,” he said. Independence from Thailand championed by any organisation is unrealistic for Muslims in the South, he said.

“They have to be loyal to Thailand, the King and the Constitution, but at the same time they should be good Muslims and should be allowed to act as good Muslims,” he said.

However, the major issue affecting bilateral relations between the two countries and the situation in the Malay-speaking South is the question of dual citizenship by people who exploit legal loopholes to criss-cross the border, he said.

Malaysia wanted to resolve the problem with Thailand and tell some 20,000-25,000 people who hold dual nationality to choose either Thai or Malaysian citizenship, he said.

Some times extremists exploit their dual nationality to seek safe haven in Malaysia’s northern states but Najib said he had no solid evidence to prove whether the opposition party, based in the north has harboured them.

Malaysian authorities would arrest and send them back to Thailand if it was learned that any of them had fled from prosecution to Malaysia, he said.

Najib gave an example of 130 people from Narathiwat who were sent back three years ago after fleeing from persecution at home to the northern states of Kelantan and Terengganu to show co-operation from Malaysia. Some of them were accused of involvement in the violence before fleeing.

The Malaysian Prime Minister said he saw no outside elements in causing the violence in the deep South but suggested that if the situation were prolonged, it would open up opportunities for outsiders to become involved.

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, thailand

Vehicle for Laos motorcade overturned

30115048-01

Police inspect a Toyota, one of vehicles for Laos motorcade, which was overturned after a van cut into its lane while it ran on “Asean Lane” in Cha-am district Thursday. Cha-am and Hua Hin are hosting Asean Summit this week.

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, thailand

Four Asean leaders to miss opening

Four Asean leaders would miss the opening ceremony of the 15th Asean Summit in Cha Am/Hua Hin scheduled on Friday because they are busy with internal matters.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be absent.

The opening ceremony would be held at 9.45am on Friday.

HunSen-305

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hun Sen would arrive in Hua Hin on Friday at 4pm. as he would be busy with the official visit of South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. The president was former economic adviser of Hun Sen.

Asean chief Surin Pitsuwan confirmed that Hun Sen’s absence from the opening ceremony was because his busy schedule with the South Korean President.

Hun Sen would then rush to the summit after the visit, Surin said.

Hun Sen would definitely attend the summit and his delay has nothing to do with the border conflict with Thailand, he said.

SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono has to attend the inauguration for the second term of his presidency and would arrive in Thailand 8.30pm Friday.

mh_02_1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib would attend parliament debate on budget before departing for the summit and would arrive in Thailand around the same time as Filipino President Arroyo at about 9pm.

2_61_021408_GloriaArroyo

It is very rare for the Asean to have a number of leaders absentia at the opening ceremony.

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, politic, thailand

ISA may be enforced in Bangkok

xin_332030601090228109561Cabinet will consider today implementing the Internal Security Law in Bangkok between October 15-25 following reports red-shirted protesters were planning a rally in the capital, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

The law is already in force in Hua Hin and Cha-Am, site for the 15th Asean summit until October 27, to prevent red-shirt protests. Hua Hin and Cha-Am are 150 kilometres south of Bangkok. Implementation of the law in the capital would coincide with the Asean summit, Abhisit said.

“We try to minimise the coverage area in Bangkok, but it will be for the period of Asean summit meeting,” the Prime Minister said. Meanwhile, the red shirts plan to call a big rally again in Bangkok on Saturday. The idea to implement the internal security law in the capital was raised after a bomb was found near the office of the anti-graft body, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, over the weekend.

Abhisit said he had instructed caution among officials over bomb threats, notably agencies which are being targeted. Panthep Klanarongran, chairman of NACC, said his agency would step up security measures such as installation of more close circuit TV in the commission’s compound.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaungsabhan said he had confidence in Defence Minister Pravit Wongsuwan’s ability to handle the situation during the Asean summit, and he had insisted on the internal security law being enforced in the capital. Navy chief, Admiral Khamthorn Phumhiran, said the Navy was ready to operate in Cha Am/Hua Hin to protect the Asean summit,with boats and helicopters from the Navy covering the area.

There would be no recurrence of the Pattaya incident in which red-shirted protesters disrupted the summit meeting, he said. Military spokesman Maj. General Wissanu Sriyaphan, said security arrangements would be the same as in Phuket in July when Asean ministers met and the internal security law was implemented. 

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, politic, thailand

Hua Hin Train Accident : Death Toll Rises to 10

train

Death toll of the train derailment in Prachuab Khiri Khan province rises to ten while southern trains to Bangkok were all suspended.

Yutthana Thapcharoen, governor of State Railway of Thailand, said seven of the victims were women while two others were men. There was still one body trapped inside a compartment.He said 65 injured passengers were already sent to hospitals nearby. A train heading to Bangkok derailed near Khao Tao station in the province’s Hua Hin district at about 4.45am reportedly amidst heavy rains. The train left Trang at 5.20pm Sunday and was scheduled to arrive Bangkok at 8.25am Monday.

Yutthana said his office suspended all southern trains to Bangkok for a day and will evaluate the situation later. “But I believe that it would take more than one day,” he said. Rescue trains from Bangsue and Thungsong stations of Bangkok and Thungsong station of Nakhon Si Thammarat province to help lift the derailed trains.

Reports said that the No 84 train was arriving at Khao Tao station amidst heavy rains.

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, thailand, transport

Hua Hin Train Accident

train

Seven killed, 88 injured after 2nd train went by. A preliminary investigation has found a switching error was to blame for the derailment of a crowded passenger train in Hua Hin early yesterday morning.

Seven passengers were killed in the derailment and scores of others injured. All trains from the South to Bangkok had to be suspended. Total damage has been estimated at about Bt100 million.

Eight of the Bangkok-Trang train’s 16 carriages left the tracks about 100 metres from Khao Tao station in heavy rain at about 4.45am. Local officials and rescue workers removed the injured from the wrecked carriages and sent them to hospital.

All seven fatalities were female, including a two-year-old girl. Some 88 passengers, six of them foreigners, were injured. Of these, 22 were taken to Pran Buri, San Paolo, Thanarat Army Camp and Hua Hin hospitals.

Names of passengers on the train are available at www.huahinhospital.go.th or people can call 0 3252 3000 ext 8131, or 08 7110 1335.  The Hua Hin hospital identified five of the dead as: Orapin Jaijit, 42; Kanokluck Thabunrueng, 2; Naruemarn Nayasunthornkul, 50; Wimon Somjing, 43; and Kalayakorn Somjing, 41. Two other women who died were in their 30s and mid-40s. Darawan Butrying, a passenger who got 12 stitches for a head wound, said she was half asleep in the third carriage when she heard a series of banging noises and screams before she was thrown out of her seat. She and fellow passengers tried to find their way out. Many had to smash windows to reach rescue workers.

The State Railways of Thailand (SRT) president Yuthana Thap-charoen, who inspected the scene, said a special committee had been set up to probe the cause of the derailment and the result was expected within five days.

He said trains were frequently checked and maintained, but they would investigate if the crash was caused by human or mechanical error.

An informed source said while the ill-fated train approached the station, another train transporting goods from Hua Hin passed through. It was suspected the Bangkok-bound train went through a rail-switching signal that lead to the derailment.

As rescue trains from Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat helped lift the damaged carriages, Yuthana said it would take at least a day to clear the scene to allow services to resume. Travellers with reserved train tickets could ask for refunds at the stations where they bought the tickets, and get other information on the 1690 hotline.

Deputy Public Health Minister Manit Nopamornbodhi, who visited the injured at Hua Hin hospital, said he had ordered doctors and blood supplies from Phetchaburi and Ratchaburi to be sent to the hospital. He said the ministry would take care of medical expenses for the injured.

PM Abhisit Vejjajiva also went to Hua Hin to visit injured passengers. Wirun Sakaekhum, president of the SRT Labour Union’s Hat Yai branch, said he had issued a statement jointly with the SRT Labour Union to offer condolences to victims.

The statement suggested a related factor was that train officials had been overworked, following a Cabinet resolution in July 1998 that cut nearly 100 SRT officials. It also referred to a lack of funding for train tool maintenance and called for the government and SRT executives, especially the SRT governor, to take responsibility.

Wirun said the accident reflected policy-level problems in SRT administration that needed to be fixed. He said the union wanted the government to solve these problems, especially the staff shortage and rail tools issue.

He said locomotives and carriages used on the southern route often needed attention up to three times a day, meaning officials had to remove and switch parts to keep services running.

The line between Thung Song and Hat Yai was also old and damaged, and train drivers had to slow down when passing through this section, especially during rain, he said.

The Nation

Leave a comment

Filed under Information, thailand