Ashley / Bangkok

A Weekend at the Hua Hin Jazz Fest

Jazz on a beach for the weekend? Who can complain?

Five colleagues and I rented a van and escaped the burbs of Bangkok for the weekend and head to a beach town 2.5 hours south of the city – Hua Hin. Home to the Royal Family’s summer home, Hua Hin is a popular weekend getaway for local and foreign Bangkok residents and once a year it hosts a jazz festival with local and (a few) international artists.

His majesty, honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej is a jazz musician (a saxophone player) himself and the festival, in its tenth year, has been put in place because of his love for jazz. Often the musicians at the festival will play his compositions or arrangements.

The music this year (although we only caught three of the bands) was underwhelming and could only be loosely translated as jazz, but the ambience made up for what the music was lacking.

Hua Hin in itself is pretty beautiful. We sublet a condo owned by friends in the neighboring town of Cha Am and we really enjoyed the sea air and the Thai food. Here are some non-jazz pictures from the weekend:

Prolonged sundowners on the beach the first night

Mango sticky rice to go

My Sunday run

Sausage on a stick – fried until 2 parts crispy bread, 1 part meat


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