Children’s Day: January 9, 2010

Children’s Day is coming up on Saturday, January 9, 2010–not that the other 364 days wouldn’t be considered pretty much the same, but on Children’s Day there are special activities.

Local schools and the city government usually have a small fair at 19 Rai where local school’s have displays and games to play. There is free ice cream, cakes, balloons and other treats for the kids.

Problem is, some years they hold this in the early morning, and other years, just after lunch. Your child’s school probably has better information than this old Dad.

In addition, there will be activities at the Hua Hin Market Village and many government offices, especially military camps have shows for the children. With as many forts, bases and camps as we have in this area, there’s bound to be something going on.

If anyone knows of any specific activities being held for Children’s Day in Hua Hin, please leave a comment here and FBF will update the post.

Also, Teacher’s Day is the week after so keep your eyes out for a pretty apple…

Long Boat Racing at Khao Tao 24 – 27 December 2009

Long Boat Racing will be held at the Khao Tao Reservoir, about 12km south of Hua Hin from the 24th through the 27th of December.

There hasn’t been much any news about this but FBF has been able to learn that the event will be held with the following schedule:

  • 24 December: Opening ceremony and music
  • 25 December: Judging of boats for beauty and craftsmanship
  • 26 December: Boat Races
  • 27 December: Boat Race Finals

Khao Tao has beaches, restaurants, sea temples and is convenient to Hua Hin. If you’re looking for something to do after too much Christmas stuffing, a trip might be in order.

Hua Hin Countdown & Food Festival 28 December – 5 January

The Hua Hin Countdown & Food Festival will be held at 19 Rai from 28 December 2009  through 5 January 2010.

These events are usually pretty good.  There’s plenty of space and ample parking. The music might not be the Luk Tung headliners like at the music festivals but there’s usually a different band or two each night doing Thai and Western covers. Other entertainment is also provided by various schools featuring dancing and singing by students.

All types of foods are available from the stands surrounding the seating area offering everything from satay to burgers to grilled seafood, somtam and chicken. Portions are small and inexpensive so it’s an ideal opportunity to sample a variety of dishes without breaking the bank. Singh and Leo beer are in abundance and there are plenty of tables and chairs. The facility has improved greatly over the years as it’s now sealed, has a large permanent stage and toilet facilities.

It’s also very family friendly and there are small toys, balloons and other trinkets for sale to keep the children busy while the adults munch out and people watch.

19 Rai is near Queen’s Park, across the road from the beach, roughly behind Klai KangWan Temple or Index, accessible from Phetkasem Road via Soi 19 or Soi 35.