Chet Samien Arts Festival

Ordinarily, we restrict our beat to Hua Hin, Cha-am, and the surrounding communities. But in this case, we’re going to make an exception.

The Chet Samien Arts Festival promises to be an exceptional event and all the more notable for its location in a small community in Ratchaburi Province. Tambon Chet Samien is located on the Mae Klong River, just a couple of kilometers off of Route 4 (Petkasem Road) in Photaram District.  According to Google Maps, it’s about a 2-hour drive from Hua Hin, straight up Route 4/Petkasem. The turnoff is Route 3238/Chet Samien. Chet Samien lies on the train line to Bangkok from Hua Hin, making travel by train another option. (Ask at the station, as not all trains stop at this small station). More


Art Exhibition: ‘Thai Spiritual Image’ at Galerie Boonchuay

Followers of this blog will be aware that we have quite a lot of art galleries in Hua Hin, and many fine local artists. However, it’s unusual for us to have a focused gallery exhibition featuring significant contemporary Thai artists from outside our own community.

That’s what Galerie Boonchuay have given us in their present exhibition titled ‘Thai Spiritual Image‘, running through 31 December at their gallery right on the centralNight Market.

11 artists from all regions of Thailand are represented, each with contemporary interpretations of spiritual themes. Most of the works combine traditional symbolism and graphic elements with distinct contemporary interpretations. All are impressive.

Galerie Boonchuay is located at number 70/6-7 on Soi 72 (aka Night Market Street, just a few doors from Petchkasem Road. It may appear a little bit low-key from outside, but you’ll be surprised to find 3 full floors of galleries inside. Go and have a look. More

Holiday Festival at the “19 Rai”

According to posters that have recently appeared all over town, there will be a 9 day festival of food, drink, and entertainment at the ‘fairgrounds‘ across from the Imperial Hotel on the beach between Sois 19 and 35, just to the north of the King’s palace.

This area has formerly been known as the “19 Rai”. For some reason, posters for the current event refer to it only by it’s location in front of the Imperial. We’ll try to find out what this is about.

Festivities will begin on the King’s Birthday, Sunday 5 December, and continue through Tuesday 14 December, with free admission. There’s entertainment scheduled every night, but just now we can’t make out the listings, which are given in Thai only. We’ll flesh out the schedule as we get help with translation.

Attendees should expect lots of options for food, as well as ample supplies of beer. It’s not know whether beer will be served on the King’s Birthday, though. Normally, this is a no-no.  There will almost certainly be a merchandise mart with bargains available on various goods and a ‘fair’ section with carnival rides and games.

It’s all good fun. Head down there with your mates on at least one of the nights. With a run of more than a week, you don’t have many excuses!

Reservations for ‘The Siege of Paris’

A follow-up on Tuesday’s post about the puppet opera “The Siege of Paris“, to be performed by the Teatroarte – Cuticchio at Vic Hua Hin on Thursday 25 November at 6pm.

The performance is completely free. However, seating is limited and reservations are required. You can reserve your seats by phoning ‘Sunny’ Sitapan at 081 345 9360, by email to, or by fax at 032-827817.

This promises to be a highly remarkable show. As noted in the previous post, the Sicialian puppet theatre has been declared a treasure of the shared cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, and the Teatroarte – Cuticchio are among a mere handful of artists sustaining this ancient dramatic art form.

Sicilian Puppet Masters at Vic Hua Hin

“The Siege of Paris” lands in Hua Hin

 The “Italian Festival 2010”, organized by the Embassy of Italy in conjunction with the Italian Trade Commission,  is proud to present  “The Siege of Paris” by award winning puppetry company Teatroarte – Cuticchio  The performance will be held on Thursday the 25th of November, at 6 pm at Vic Hua Hin.

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Puppet opera”  has been documented in Sicily since the first decades of the 9th century, and may date back as far as the 5th century B.C. More

Breaking News! Preservation Hall Jazz Band @Evason

We just got word that the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans will perform tomorrow, 9 November at the Six Senses and Evason Resort at 8 pm. There is no admission charge. Food and beverage will be served from a special menu of New Orleans cuisine.

Lately, we’re getting a lot of surprising and high quality entertainments. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band represents the very best of traditional jazz in New Orleans. Everyone is cordially encouraged to attend.

The Six Senses and Evason Resort is located in Paknam Pran, about 20 minutes South from Hua Hin. Here’s map (Click it to make it bigger):


The Hua Hin Food Festival, previously listed for this week, has been cancelled. We’re sorry. You’ll have to eat elsewhere 🙂

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