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.