Jim Lawrie Passes

Jim Lawrie has been a fixture of Hua Hin for many years but we learned of his passing on Thursday. Jim initially came to Hua Hin during the Canadian winters when the golf club he was associated with, Spruce Needles Golf Course, was closed for the winter months.

Jim was with this golf course from the out-set, one of the original 12 Horsemen, who first met to discuss the possibility of opening a new course in the Porcupine in August of 1958.

Their idea for a new course was apparently spot on as the course opened in the fall of 1960 and is still a popular course in the area today. Continue reading

Odds and Ends for November, 2013

The storm last weekend in Hua Hin was certainly an oddity, flooding parts of Hua Hin, Cha Am, and Pranburi, and roads in between. Trees were down in many areas and power, internet, and water were off for several hours and many schools closed. Cell coverage was intermittent and totally out in some cases. Most is pretty much back to normal now though as streets are cleared of trees and most water. More rain is forecast for this weekend though it shouldn’t be anything like last week, and this should pretty much be the end of the rains until next year. Continue reading

Christmas and New Years in Hua Hin

I see that some folks are already planning for Christmas and New Years in Hua Hin and are looking for places to celebrate.

Almost all the larger hotels and resorts put on Gala Dinners and shows for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and a brunch for New Year’s Day.

Some of these are quite entertaining with music, shows, dancing and fireworks displays. They can also be on the expensive side with many places charging several thousand Baht per head. Continue reading