On 12 December, the first Jazz Train left Hua Hin Railway Station on its historic run to Baan Krut, 150 kilometers south of Hua Hin
“This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by staff, family, and friends” said Mr. Ray (Rewat Ayutthaya), originator of the Jazz Train. “By and large, we found our passengers very, very happy with the experience, and we are thrilled by the positive feedback.”
“When we conceived the Jazz Train, we wanted to have a fun, social experience. We looked at the options available, and elected to use the 3rd class local rail service, reserving one car for our group. This kind of car is not air-conditioned, but has open windows for great views and lots of air, and a seating arrangement conducive to a party atmosphere.”
“When we surveyed our customers at the end of the trip, we found that the great majority really appreciated and enjoyed our idea of traveling this way. A few seem to have expected something different. All we can say is that we’re very sorry not to have been able to please them in this way. For future, we want our passengers to understand that this is the kind of experience we offer. It may not be suitable for every single person, but very many folks really seem to like it.”
On arrival, guests were greeted with flower garlands and local schoolchildren doing traditional Thai dance. After settling in at Sala Thai resort on Baan Krut’s beautiful beach strip, there was an evening dinner and concert, with more music at breakfast and lunch. The trip finished with a visit to the remarkable Wat Thang Sai, one of Thailand’s hidden treasures, and a return to Hua Hin by air-conditioned coach.
Tickets for the next Jazz Train on December 26 have sold out, and another run has been scheduled for January 9. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 089 181 6328 (English), 081 880 4211 (English or Thai), or 081 772 0986 (English, German, and Swedish), or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jazz Train web site is at www.huahinjazztrain.com.
Tickets are also available during live jams every Monday and Thursday evening at Ray’s Place Restaurant, one block south of the downtown night market. For directions, phone 089 181 6328.
Reported by Khun Tuck Dechapanya
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