ASEAN Summit Venue Is Thailand’s Hua Hin

It’s deju vu all over again. FBF figured it must be a misprint or a bug in someone’s press release but double checking sees that Hua Hin is hosting yet another ASEAN Summit.

MCOT says here:

BANGKOK, Aug 14 (TNA) – The venue of 15th ASEAN Summit has been changed from the Andaman Sea coastal resort island of Phuket to the seaside resort towns of Cha-am and Hua Hin in the Upper South, Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya announced on Friday.

The 15th ASEAN Summit and related Summits with dialogue partners was previously scheduled to be held in Phuket. The summit will take place October 23-25 as was originally planned.

The new venue is considered appropriate in terms of both accommodations and transportation, Mr Kasit said.

Cha-am is located about 178 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, while Hua Hin is about 100 kilometres further south.

Don’t believe everything Channel 9 tells you though putting Hua Hin 100 kilometers south of Cha Am could very well put us in the Upper South. goes on to add that:

[The date] coincides with a religious Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, where devotees pierce their bodies with skewers.

The original summit (April 11) at the beach resort of Pattaya was canceled after anti-government demonstrators stormed the summit’s hotel venue, where 16 leaders had assembled.

Rescheduled for June 13, it was postponed once again, citing inconvenience of some ASEAN leaders to attend it.

The summit involves 10 ASEAN countries and their allies– Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

So, it’ll soon be time to move the push carts off the streets and hide the stalls selling Man U shirts and Ferrari jackets for a couple of weeks. Don’t know if we’ll be getting another coat of paint or not but the NO PARKING signs will be out for sure.

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