During every three-day holiday throughout the year, Khao Lom Muak, a hill within an air force base in Prachuap Khiri Khan province and a habitat of monkeys and dusky langurs, is open to the general public for hill climbing.
Dusky langur at Khao Lom Muak. Photo: Thanarak Khunton
Visitors must be fit enough to take on a 496-step climb until reaching the middle part of the hill and climbing onto a rope to the peak of the hill.
Registration must be completed and hill climbing must be started between 6-10.30am. All registered visitors must pass blood pressure tests, wear gloves and sneakers, refrain from taking photos of the air base and littering the area. They can bring along drinking water. All trips must be assisted by soldiers on duty.
Contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Prachuap Tourism Office on 032-513-885 or 032-513-871.
Four fests in Hua Hin
Until Sunday, the “Bluport Miracle Flora Fest” takes place at Bluport shopping mall in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, under the theme “Land Of Flowers Under The Sea”.
Visitors can walk through a floral tunnel on the ground floor, play the “Rainbow-coloured Rose” searching game, see a huge model of a mother-of-pearl shell on the first floor and see the art of sand exhibit on B Floor.
Call the shopping mall at 032-905-111.
Every Friday, Saturday and Saturday until Jan 14, the “Hua Hin Lantern Festival” is held at The Cicada Market.
Call the market on 099-669-7161.
Every Sunday until Feb 25, the “Hua Hin Art Jazz @ Artist Village Hua Hin” festival takes place at The Artist House Hua Hin from 7-10pm.
Call Teacher Nang on 087-047-7125.
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Jan 31, the “Twinkling Star Of Happiness” festival is held at Tamarind Market in Hua Hin.
Call the market on 088-611-1644.
Jazz festival in the North
On Feb 2 and 3, the “Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018” will take place at Singha Park in Chiang Rai province.
Brian McKnight, the American jazz singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, will lead a line-up of award-winning and emerging jazz musicians and singers from all over the world together with famous local artists.
Another highlight is Joey Alexander, the 14-year-old Indonesian contemporary jazz pianist and child prodigy, who was the first Indonesian musician to chart on the Billboard 200 when his first studio album My Favorite Things made a debut in 2015.
The festival also presents Susan de Jong, a famous jazz singer from South Australia; Jeremy Monteiro, a Singaporean jazz pianist; Richard Jackson, a gospel and US RB legend; Alemay Fernandez, one of Singapore’s most-loved entertainers; and Japanese trumpeter Aya Takazawa.
Meanwhile, participating Thai artists include saxophonist Koh Mr Saxman, singer Pui Duangporn from The Voice singing contest, jazz band The Sound of Siam, and Infinity, Thailand’s first fusion jazz band.
In addition, there will be a musical skills workshop led by Australian artist Susan De Jong and other jazz professionals. Tickets priced at 2,500 baht for a two-day pass per person are available at all Thai Ticket Major outlets and via ThaiTicketMajor.com.
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Hua Hin beach. Photo: Pichaya Svasti