On Wednesday 21 November 2007 Governor of Prachuab Khiri Khan Khun Prasong Pitukkisja and Vice Governor Khun Sanit Boonkoh-Sakul have announced programm of this year Vintage Car Parade and Art Festival which will take on 1-16 December 2007. This event is organized by Hua Hin Hotelier’s Club led by Sofitel Centara Grand Resort, the Vintage Car Association of Thailand, Market Village Center, TAT of Thailand and Hua Hin Municipality.
The aim of this event is to promote tourism in Hua Hin, display the charming vintage cars and various kinds of arts. In addition this year event will mark His Majesty the King's 80th birthday anniversary on December 5th 2007.
There will be a lot of activities during the 16-day event:
80 vintage cars, will join the parade this year setting off on Friday 14th December 2007 at 8.00 a.m. from the Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok and after eight-hour journey will arrive to Sofitel Centara Grand Resort.
After arrival to the hotel, the parade will further move to Hua Hin Market Village. All participants will conduct a blessing ceremony to His Majesty the King in front of the big portrait, followed by joining a welcome dinner at the longest buffet; the 80 metre-long buffet set up featuring a variety of delicious Thai dishes cooked by talented chefs from the five-star member hotels of the Hua Hin Hotelier’s Club. The buffet dinner will be open to the public at only Baht 80 net per person including live music performance and a variety of stage shows until 9.30 p.m.
On Saturday 15th December, the vintage car parade will be moved around Hua Hin city, starting from the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort. On the same day, the public can experience vintage cars riding for charity at a very special prize of Baht 180 and Baht 280 per trip (maximum 2-3 persons per car). This activity will take place at the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort and the Hua Hin Market Village from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
An exclusive gala dinner for charity will be organized in the evening at Sofitel Centara Grand Resort featuring an array of sumptuous international cuisines, auctions, period costume competition, lucky draws, live classical music performance and a variety of stage shows. The tickets are available for the public as well at Baht 2,480 per person.
80 leading artists from Hua Hin and Prachuab Khiri Khan province will jointly create an artwork by taking 80 hours to draw a 5 metre x 10 metre portrait of His Majesty the King. The artists will start drawing the portrait after the event’s official opening ceremony on Friday 1st December 2007 at the Hua Hin Market Village, and the finished artwork will be displayed there until the end of the event. The live chorus singing of the Musical Compositions by a famous chorus singing band, classical dances with the Musical Compositions to His Majesty the King and drawing demonstration along with the live chorus singing.
The Candle lighting ceremony to pay respect to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his birthday which will be held on 5th December at Hua Hin Market Village, followed by traditional Thai blessing dance and live Concert by the Hua Hin’s famous Jazz Band.
During this year event there will be several exhibitions and shows: vintage cars exhibition, art exhibition by Hua Hin Artist Group, art market by the professional artists and students from the art school, display ans sale of postal stamps on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s 80th birthday anniversary, live music performance featuring Jazz, Reggae, Classic, Thai contemporary music.
Organization Committee of this year festival include Vice Governor Khun Sanit Boonkoh-Sakul, Vice Mayor Khun Sombul Chartkis-chareon, Vice Managing Director of TAT Khun Aticha Rojanasuwan, Vice President of Development Division at Sofitel Central Khun Supatraw Jiratiwat, President of Vintage Car Association of Thailand Khun Kwanchai Patpong, Chairman of Hua Hin Art Group Khun Thawee Kesa-ngarm, Managing Director of Sofital Tara Resort Mr. Remko Krocen and Vice General Director of Hua Hin Market village Khun Watanyu Wisuth-koson.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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