Hua Hin Rock Festival, 19 December 2009

When FBF first saw this, he thought it was just another Honda thing but then he looked a little closer. There are some real Rock ‘n’ Rollers here. Someone once compared Ad Carabao to Willie Nelson.  If that’s permissible, then what many more have said, that Laem Morrison is the Thai version of Jimi Hendrix, is probably actually true.

While Jimi was playing at Woodstock in 1969, Laem was leading the house band at the VIP Hotel* on the banks of the Mekong in Nakhon Phanom. His hot licks were very popular with the GIs and when not playing at the VIP, he toured the American bases throughout Essan in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s.

Laem later toured in Germany and other European countries where he became known as The Guitar King. He has also toured in the US and Australia and for the past several years has called The Blues Factory in Pattaya his home.

Another regular from The Blues Factory, Olarn and The Olarn Project, are also on the bill. Olarn is quite well known as a guitarist and songwriter.

Bong Hin Lek Fai is also listed and, with a name like that, has got to be a local boy made good.

With bands like this already on the card, FBF wouldn’t be surprised if Ad or Sek Loso and others don’t also make the scene.

It should be a good night but traffic will suck big time. No idea where in Khao Takiab it will be held but just follow the cars until you hear the noise and then pray for a parking place.

These guys are very popular with the Jesters MC also so if you see some big Harleys, just go where they go.

* The VIP Hotel still exists in NKP but the heady nights when Laem and the VIP Band were there are just fond memories. If you’re ever in NKP, stop by and have a cold on the (now cracking) patio for the one of the best views of Laos by far. FBF spent many an evening there in the early ’80’s when the owner’s son played him some tapes of Laem and the band.

Odds and Ends

Just a few notes that haven’t been added to the Hua Hin Pages yet:

Plearnwan, the box of corrugated tin near Soi 40 seems to be closed temporarily for expansion. This is probably why we see more Bkk cars wandering around aimlessly.

I’ve heard no more news about the ferry between Hua Hin and Pattaya. That really doesn’t surprise me but if anyone hears anything new, please let us know.

Transport: The VIP bus between Korat and Hua Hin now has 5 trips each day, starting at 0830 through 2200.

The new minivan service between Hua Hin and Victory Monument in Bangkok is run by BKS and has at least one trip each hour between 0400 and 1900.

Moving the location for the music festival proved to be as big a headache as having it near the railway station. Why they don’t do these things at 19 Rai is beyond me.

The ASEAN Summit is coming up in just over a week so make sure you’ve got the correct color shirt on.

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Here We Go Again–Ferry: Hua Hin to Pattaya

UPDATED on 4 February, 2010

Folks, if you’re reading this, there ain’t no ferry. Methinks we’re now talking major Urban Myth (along the same lines as the bar girl with a heart of gold). This myth was first propagated in July of 2009 by Pattaya Today and though there was something a few months ago about the boat being in the water, nothing has been seen in Hua Hin.

In fact, unless they plan on having passengers disembark among baskets of fresh squid, there’s no place for the ferry to tie up–the only pier in Hua Hin is an antiquated pier for the squid boats!

Perhaps the licensing officials are taking these guys for a ride. Perhaps they fell in love and sold the boat to buy a bar. Perhaps there’s another Hua Hin in a parallel universe.

So, book your taxi or buy a bus ticket, as there ain’t no ferry between Hua Hin and Pattaya.

UPDATED on 23 October, 2009

This is a very popular post so in order to save folks the trouble of looking for updates, we’ll just do it here.

Since the original post in July, there has been no further word on this ferry, as was more or less expected by many. If you’ve been around a while, stories like this are about as common,  and believable, as My Mother’s Buffalo Died.

Suffice it to say, should this ferry get off the ground and into the water, we’ll do a new post. In the meantime, don’t hold your breath. Sorry.

Now back to your regularly scheduled pack of lies:

We’ve heard it all before but now Pattaya Today is saying we’re really going to have a ferry from Hua Hin to Pattaya.

Many believed it would never happen, however, the new Pattaya to Hua-Hin ‘High Speed Ferry’, has finally made it into the water after two years of meticulous preparations by the Swedish owners. The new ‘Thai Living Ferry Co’ craft, aptly named ‘Imagine’, will be licensed to carry up to one hundred passengers, after it has passed its sea trials which are now taking place. The new daily service is due to start this month [JULY???], hold onto your hat when making the trip.

Hua Hin is noted for being a lovely place for a holiday, especially for those with families, but the long road or train trip is definitely a big disadvantage. However, this need no longer is a negative aspect of your trip, as the Thai Living Ferry Company will soon be offering a very fast, high speed ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Hin every day. The cost should be around 1,200 baht per passenger, and will only take around 3-hours, which sure beats the hell out of a boring 6-hour land trip.

We’ll certainly see what happens but at that price FBF can’t see many residents lining up to take their families to Pattaya for a leisurely lunch.

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