Lotus Villa Hua Hin

They say give priority to your friends, first. I have a another interesting hotel following me on Instagram. That is the Villa Lotus Hotel Hua Hin @villalotus on IG. It is also known as Lotus Villas & Resort Hua Hin. Before this, I know little of Hua Hin. Like many Malaysians, I only know Bangkok, Chengmai, Phuket, Pattaya and Hat Yai or those places frequently visited by Malaysians. Regular travelers will know you don’t want to go on a holiday to a town full of people from your own country.

Hua Hin seems like a nice, little known destination. So far, I have only seen my FB friend Lingli Tan posting from this resort town.

From Wikipedia: Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand, in the southern Thai province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. Once a quiet fishing village, it grew into a fashionable escape for residents of Bangkok after the 1920s, when the Thai royal family built summer palaces here. Hua Hin Beach, popular for kitesurfing and other water sports, is the main stretch of sand, lined with high-end hotels and seafood shacks.

Lotus Villas & Resort HuaHin features a 40 m long and 1.7 m deep outdoor pool and a fitness centre. It offers guest rooms and private villas with modern facilities with either a spa bath or a private pool. Free WiFi is available throughout the resort. The property provides free scheduled shuttle service to Hua Hin Centre, Hua Hin Beach and the Clock Tower. Hua Hin Night Market is within a 15-minute drive from Lotus Villas & Resort. It is a 20-minute drive from Floating Market and Black Mountain Water Park. Bangkok City is a 3-hours’ ride away.

Book the Villa Lotus here by Agoda or Booking.com.

Or book the Villa Lotus at the special page at MyCen Hotels: http://www.mycen.my/villa-lotus-hua-hin/

Al Meroz- The Halal Certified Bangkok Hotel

There was a news article reporting how Thailand is now targeting Muslim visitors from Muslim countries to diversify its visitor profile. This include setting up so called halal hotels that do not serve alcohol and non-halal food. One of the hotels cited was the Al Meroz Hotel in Bangkok. It is touted as the leading halal hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Not just Muslims. I think I’ll stay here too, if I want a peaceful, quiet night away from noisy and drunkard revelers. The hotel looks lovely inside and outside. Quoting from their website on the Islamic aspects: The leisure facilities at the Al Meroz Hotel include a large open air swimming pool and state-of-the-art gymnasium. Respecting our Muslim guests, the pool and gymnasium are available exclusively for our female guests during the morning hours, and for our male guests after midday. Our shopping arcade offers a wide range of goods, including alcohol-free toiletries and cosmetics. Barakat, our specialty Mediterranean Restaurant and Diwan our all-day family dining restaurant offer Halal-certified cuisine in a non-alcoholic environment. Our menus have been created with our Muslim guests in mind, but we also offer a range of Thai and regional delicacies. A comprehensive menu is offered for room service, available 24 hours a day. All kitchen and waiting staff at the Al Meroz Hotel are trained to observe the Halal traditional lifestyle….” Pictures from Al Meroz and Agoda.

More info here: http://www.mycen.my/al-meroz-the-halal-certified-bangkok-hotel/

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Procession In Jinjang – Part 2

The problem with educating kids is that no college or university graduate wants to make a career out of some horrific bondage practice that makes one become like a slab of meat hooked and hung in a cold room.

Mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with spears is now practised mainly in Thailand Phuket’s Chinese community celebration of the festival. The bizarre ritual attracts a large number of tourists.

It is no gentle hipster piercings such as those on lip, tongue, nose, nipple, navel and genitals. So what do the temple in Jinjang do to keep the practice and tradition alive?

They import a bunch of male and female expatriate mediums or trance specialists from Thailand. They are pierced in front of the public (including children), who strangely applaud each successful painful piercing with shouts of “Huat” (or prosper). Prosperity is a Hokkien thing.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1000, f4, 1/50 sec.