News Flash! Annual Art Market begins at Baan Sillapin Art Center

After two full years without posting, we are back! And the big news that’s brought us out of our shell is the opening of the annual Art Marketplace at the vastly expanded Baan Sillapin Art Center (known also as Hua Hin Artist Village) just up the hill from midtown Hua Hin. If you’ve not visited this wonderful public center, or if you haven’t been there in a while, you owe it to yourself to go. The place has changed immensely and is positively humming with life and fun for everyone.


As it has been for many years, the Baan Sillapin Art Center is a leafy oasis on the outskirts of booming Hua Hin where everyone can get away from the hustle and bustle, enjoy cool mountain air and relax with great art and wonderful people. Not to mention the best coffee around.

For many years, the Artist Village has been known as a sleepy, semi-private reserve that didn’t go out of its way in attracting visitors.  A relatively small number of seasonal and full-time residents have always known it as the premier place for training in art and crafts under the wonderful Kru Nang Kesa-Ngam. All of that has changed, and the Baan Sillapin Art Center is ready to take its place among the area’s must-see attractions.

Nangs ArtYard: Art for Everyone!

To start with, Kru Nang’s original small classroom has expanded hugely with new staff and a full art supply shop to serve children and adults of all ages. You can visit it on Facebook as Nangs ArtYard, and you and your family can spend many happy hours when you go there. Even if you’ve never dreamed of it before, you can be making your own original art from the first hour. There’s no schedule, and the costs are beyond reasonable.


Nang and her staff have developed the gift of working with each student exactly where that person is ready to be.  Just come, sit down, and before you know it you’ll be happily on your way! Also, children absolutely love it! You can leave your little ones at the ArtYard in confidence that they are safely occupiedunder adult supervision and having the time of their lives. In other words, fun for children of all ages!

Galleries and Artist Studios

Of course, an Art Center is all about art and artists and Baan Sillapin has a huge variety of art galleries and working studios.

TaweeArt_141213_01The main hall at Baan Sillapin exhibits world-class art from members of the Hua Hin Artist Group and other artists from all over the world.  A rustic building houses the magnificent collection antiques inherited from Khun Chumpon, the original founder and benefactor of the Artist Village.

Besides these principal galleries, Baan Sillaping hosts more than 20 working studios of individual artists. In these facilities, you can meet the artist, often see them at work and of course view and purchase their work.


Besides art of every kind, the Baan Sillapin Art Center now has a number of individual shops selling clothing, jewlery, and souvenir items. During the month-long Art Market, the offerings are expanded further with various ‘gypsy’ vendors putting into the Baan Sillapin port-of-call.


Eating, Drinking, and More!

The opportunities for food and drink  at the Artist Village have expanded greatly. The centerpiece is the Cup By Cup coffee shop in the middle of the ‘main plaza’ . With lots of seating around that area (and elsewhere in the complex), it’s a great way to while away the hours.


Between Nangs ArtYard and the  famous Clay Houses, you will find Jiab’s Kitchen serving well-known Thai dishes lovingly prepared and served. During the Art Market, additional vendors are offering traditional snacks as well as beer and wine. No one needs to go hungry or thirsty!

As if that’s not enough, you can also get a fine massage in an air-conditioned shop. Highly recommended is the 30-minute ‘relaxer’ foot massage at just 100 baht!

Getting to Baan Sillapin

The Baan Sillapin Artist Village is located just 4km from the center of Hua Hin on the main road that leads West from the city. (This road continues on to Wat Huay Mongkol with it’s giant monk statue, Hua Hin Vinyards, Pala U waterfall and other attractions. So you can make a great day of it.)



Dance Theater at Cicada Market, Saturday 05 November

I always wish I could read Thai better than I actually do, but if I’m not mistaken this lot will be the stage show at Cicada Market this Saturday (05 November) starting 7:30. I’ll be there! Kinri Wirasak is the director.

Weekend School EVERY DAY at Vic Hua Hin!

Whoever heard of a Weekend School that happens every day? Well, that is exactly what they are doing at the Vic Hua Hin through 13 November.

With the Bangkok floods enforcing an extended stay in our fair city for many families, not to mention the high-season crowds starting to gather, there’s a shortage of suitable activities particularly during the week.

So ‘Kru Lek’ Patravadi, with her faculty and staff of Vic Hua Hin and Patravadi High School are stepping in with their unique and wonderful workshops that run every weekend throughout the year. Until 13th November  these will run every day from 10 am to 4 pm with:

  • Art classes including clay sculpture, painting, and batik
  • Acrobat training,
  • Singing and instrumental music
  • Dance, including movement, contemporary dance, and social latin dancing for adults

There’s something for everyone. Minimum age is 4 years. No maximum

Daily Class Schedule (through 13 November):

  • Body Control: 10 am – 11 am:
  • Art Classes (Clay sculpting, painting, batik): 10 am – 4 pm:
  • Acrobat for children: 11 am – 12 am:
  • Singing class for children under 10 years of age: 1 pm – 2 pm:
  • Acrobat for children: 2 pm – 3 pm,
  • Singing class for adults: 3 pm – 4 pm:
  • Latin Dance: Friday 5 pm;  Saturday 10 am and 2 pm; Sunday 10 am.

For More Information

Call 032 827 814-5 or visit for information on the school and the many wonderful performances coming up in the theater in the next two months.

Or just drop in. The Vic is located between central Hua Hin and Khao Tao/Pranburi, just 1/2 kilometer South of the railway overpass, on the right -hand side.

Look for the big black building and you can’t miss. But careful turning into the driveway, though. Cars go fast on that stretch, in both directions.

No matter you are thinking about enjoying arts for fun and pleasure, exposing children to nurture their creative minds, catching glimpses of Thai culture during your trip or aspiring to develop yourself professionally as an artist, Vic Hua Hin Weekend School will be an ideal choice.

Vic Hua Hin Weekend School is founded by Patravadi Mejudhon, guru of performing arts in Thailand, to gather artists and professional teachers from various artistic disciplines and give invaluable knowledge to anyone who interested in the arts. Long-term and short-term courses are available. The School can also create custom programs for your specific needs of individuals or groups.

10th Hua Hin International Jazz Festival, 26-27 August

Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2011

Ten years of jazz on the beach in Hua Hin, this year will be the 10th annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival. The dates for the 2011 Hua Hin Jazz Festival are August 26 – 27, 2011. Venue..Hua Hin Beach , Artist .. Ganesha, Infinity,Jirapan and Blue Shapphire, Maew Jirasak,Ford and Friends, orange pekoe (Japan), Kina Grannis (USA) and P.O.P FREE concert… For more info, visit HuaHinJazzFestival on Facebook

เตรียมตัวของคุณให้พร้อม… กับการกลับมาอีกครั้งของมหกรรมด​นตรีแจ๊ส ครั้งยิ่งใหญ่แห่งปี 26 – 27 สิงหาคม นี้ เสียงคลื่นของหาดหัวหินจะจางหาย​ กลายเป็นเสียงดนตรีแจ๊ส Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2011 ณ บริเวณชายหาดหัวหิน จ.ประจวบคีรีขันธ์ รวมพลังเพลงจากศิลปินแจ๊สทั่วไท​ ย พร้อมศิลปินแจ๊สระดับโลก… ที่คุณฝันถึง อาทิเช่น Ganesha, Infinity, จิรพรรณ อังศวานนท์ Blue Shapphire, แมว จิรศักด์ ปานพุ่ม, ฟอร์ด สบชัย ไกรยูรเสน, ตุ๊ก วิยะดา โกมารกุล ณ นคร, เกล ดิล่า, อุ้ย รวิวรรณ จินดา, Orange Pekoe, Kina Grannis และ P.O.P งานนี้บอกได้คำเดียวว่า พลาดไม่ได้ Hua Hin Jazz Festival 2011 26-27 สิงหาคมนี้ (รายชื่อศิลปิน อาจมีการเปลี่ยนแปลง) จัดโดย บริษัท บางกอก ฟาร์นาติกซ์ จำกัด

String Orchestra Charity Concert Saturday 20 August

The Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin is pleased to announce a rare classical music concert by the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music String Orchestra under the baton of M.L. Usni Promoj, on evening of Saturday 20 August at the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.

The program will include works of Haydn and Benjamin Britten as well as original compositions by the conductor.  Proceeds of the concert will go to support specific projects of the Student Development Projects groups of the Rotary Club of Royal Hua Hin.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with complimentary fine wines and hors d’oeuvres, with the concert beginning at 7:00 pm and running approximately 2 hours.

The ticket price is 1,500 baht. For tickets and reservation, you can call any of the number of emails on the poster: Dieter at 080-650-8140, Linlek at 082-097-8880, Brian at 087-146-3258 or guest services at the Hyatt Regency, 032-521-234, email

Big News! Yale Whiffenpoofs to play Vic Hua Hin Sunday 26 June

Each year 14 of the finest male singers in Yale University‘s senior class are chosen to be members of the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known a cappella group. Over 100 years after the group’s founding in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs esteem their proud tradition of outstanding musicianship and exceptional entertainment. Each year, the “Whiffs” perform over 200 concerts worldwide at a wide range of venues including large concert halls, private events, country clubs, schools and churches. The Whiffs and their diverse repertoire which includes everything from Yale songs to contemporary pop and jazz favorites – guarantee a dynamic and exciting performance for any audience.

This performance is supported by the United States Embassy Bangkok.
Tickets for 900, 700 and 500 Baht (students 50 % discount) are available at Vic Hua Hin: 032-827-814 to 815.
ขอเชิญชม การแสดง A capella การร้องเพลงประสานเสียงโดยไม่ ต้องมีดนตรี ที่น่าสนใจ และสนุกสนานโดย14 หนุ่ม จาก มหาวิทยาลัย Yale สหรัฐอเมริกา คณะที่มีชื่อเสียง ไปทั่วโลก …รอบเดียวเท่านั้น ณ วิกหัวหิน วันอาทิตย์ที่ 26 มิถุนายน 2554 เวลา 19.30 น บัตร 500 700 900 บาท นักเรียนนักศึกษา ประชาชนชาวหัวหินลด 50% จองบัตรที่ 032 827 814-5
And looking ahead, there will be a special performance of Phra Lor on Saturday 30 July
More informationsm go to Vic Hua Hin’s web site.

Don’t Forget The Punchline!

This Thursday, 21 April, will be another in the series of international comedy smashups at the Hot Properties office on the ‘Beach Road’ (Damnoenkasem Road).  Food and drink are included (!)  in the 1,500 baht price. Kickoff time is 9 pm. It’s a darn good laugh.

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