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.
I will be home in less than 1 month time. Managed to get a cheap return ticket 2 days before with Lufthansa. Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways are expensive. Air Asia charges 734oBaht, Malaysia Airlines 7640Baht both for return and Thai Airways 9500+ Baht for only one way. This german national carrier offers the cheapest among all which I only paid 470Baht for ticket price plus 4550Baht for taxes. Lufthansa doesn’t fly directly to Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is their extra destination. They only operate 2 or 3 flights a week between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Other than Malaysia, Lufthansa also do fly to Ho Chih Minh City from Bangkok.
Thaksin’s name in passports issued by Nicaragua, Uganda and Montenegro has been changed to “Takki Shinegra,” he said.
The Thai government has revoked Thaksin’s diplomatic passport issued during his premiership. He was believed to have an ordinary Thai passport. Some African countries have issued him a special passport to facilitate his travels and his visit to the countries.
Panich said Thaksin’s new name may cause problem for Thailand’s attempt to bring him back to face two-year jail term on charge of corruption.
“Problems can happen when we ask foreign countries to extradite him. We name him in our request as Thaksin Shinawatra but when those countries check his presence, they would not find him because he used different name,” Panich said.
Samak Sundaravej, the 25th prime minister of Thailand, died of cancer on Tuesday morning. He was 74. Samak had been treated for cancer in Bamrungrat Hospital in Bangkok for months. He went into coma on Sunday and died on Tuesday.
He was pronounced dead at the Bamrungrad Hospital at 9:33 am Tuesday. He would be remembered as one of the most colourful and controversial figures in Thai politics. He was known for his sharp tongue and short temper.
The veteran politician was also a celebrity cook, a newspaper columnist and owner, a Bangkok governor elected with the highest number of votes, a multiple-term MP, and a Cabinet member serving in many ministerial portfolios, including interior, transport and agriculture.
Thai envoy meets for the first time on Tuesday Thai engineer detained in a Cambodian prison on charge of spying flight information of ex-Thai Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen.
The Cambodian side contacted Thai embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning, confirming that the envoy; Chalotorn Paowiboon, can meet Siwarak Chutipong at the prison. Later the envoy then met Siwarak and contacted his mother; Simaluck Na Nakhon Panom, allowing him to talk to his mother. Simaluck quoted her son as saying that he is ok.
This is the first contact of Siwarak since he was arrested last week in Phnom Penh last week. Cambodian authorities had earlier refused consular visit of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. Simaluck who was a teacher of Nakhon Ratchasima Technical College in Nakhon Ratchasima said she was ready to go to Phnom Penh to visit her son.
A soldier walks past a banner at a market in Pattani’s Muang district which criticised Thaksin Shinawatra of being a traitor and trying to sell Thailand to Cambodia.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Friday that Cambodia’s arrest of a Thai engineer on spying charges is nothing more than intimidation with the intention to defame Thailand. Cambodia has charged Siwarak Chothipong, an engineer of Cambodia Air Traffic Services, for “stealing” the flight information of ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen.
Cambodian prosecutors alleged that Siwarak stole the information and sent it to Thai embassy’s first secretary Kamrob Palawatwichai. Cambodia on Thursday expelled Kamrob following the accusation that he had executed work in contradiction to his position. He was ordered to leave the country within 48 hours. “It is clearly intimidation with intent to defame Thailand by Cambodia,” said Kasit, who cut short his participation in ministerial preparatory meetings for the Apec Summit in Singapore.
He accused Thaksin of being the major cause of all the problems Thailand having with Cambodia. He said he had assigned officials of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh to assist and provide legal advice to Siwarak. Cambodia’s appointment of Thaksin as the adviser to Hun Sen and his government has seen the start of the current diplomatic rows between the neighbouring countries. Both have recalled their ambassadors and the first secretaries. Thailand has downgraded relations and reviewed cooperation with and loans given to Cambodia.
Thai and Cambodian diplomatic flares again Thursday after Cambodia expels a first secretary of Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry ordered one of the Thai Embassy’s the first secretaries to leave the country within 48 hours, starting from 5pm.
Learning of the order, the Thai side countered by expelling the first secretary of the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok and ordering him to leave the country within 48 hours, starting from 5pm, said Thai government spokesman Panithan Wattanayakorn.
Samila Beach is famous among people in deep south of Thailand, mainly from province of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani and Songkhla itself. Samila Beach is located in Muang District of Songkhla Province. Located in the City Municipality, Samila Beach is renowned for its powdery sandy beach, shady pine groves and the statue of a mermaid which is Songkhla’s most famous landmark.
I visited Samila Beach when Noon and I went back for Songkran by train. Our train arrives about 10am in the morning and our bus will depart from Hatyai at about 6pm in the evening. We then rented a guesthouse in Niphat Uthit 2 Road for 150Baht just to put our luggage and shower. We then planned to go to Samila Beach which is 40km from Hatyai.
We took a minivan from Hatyai to Songkhla for 20Baht per person. The minivan was cramped with people who went to Songkhla as well. It took us less then 1 hour to reach Songkhla and we told the driver to stop us at Samila Beach. The Beach was not too crowded the time we went. There were few tour groups including a school trip from Narathiwat. Noon and I bought some food from one of the stalls and they gave us a mat so that we can eat on the beach.
We then took some photos with the Golden Mermaid Statue. Rain started to pour, we quickly stopped a tuk tuk truck and asked the driver to bring us to the minivan station which is quite near. From there, we took a minivan back to Hatyai. And on the journey back to Hatyai, I just remembered that we did not have a look at the Cat and Rat Statue which is also on the beach.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday ordered an review of two road construction projects with Cambodia which involved loans of more than Bt1.4 bn to Phnom Penh.
The review is a further move of his government to protest Cambodia’s appointment of convicted ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser to Khmer PM Hun Sen and his government.
Deputy Finance Minister Pruetichai Damrongrat told reporters that the No 68 road will link Chong Chom checkpoint in Surin province to Cambodia. Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said that the cabinet will not consider an financial assistance of Bt31 million to Cambodia in its meeting next week.
The proposal is put on hold as a measure of Thailand to protest Cambodia. In a separate interview, Abhisit said he was considering further measures against Cambodia, but vowed that his government would not seal off checkpoints on the border and said that the rift with Phnom Penh would not lead to violence.
“I don’t want the situation going out of control,” he said.