The “Hua Hin of Yesterday 2017” event was held from 28th April to 7th May at 19 Rai - Queen's Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The event's aims were to promote tourism and local culture in Hua Hin, but was also to allow every sector to pay homage to their royal highnesses. It's original design was to commemorate the wedding of their royal highnesses King Bhumipol and Queen Sirikit on 28th April, 1950. This year was to have been their 67th wedding anniversary. This is the first time the event has taken place since the untimely passing of HRH King Bhumipol in October last year.
The event, as always, was organised by the Provincial administration of Prachuap Khiri Khan, in co-operation with the Hua Hin Municipality and some of Hua Hin’s tourism operators. Fostering the cultural identity of Hua Hin has always been an aim, with a retro atmosphere for visitors to reminisce about the earlier bygone days of Hua Hin and to experience the charm and classic beauty of Hua Hin.
It encompassed a wide range of activities such as contemporary and traditional music performances, light and sound shows, Thai silk fashion show, Miss Hua Hin Contest, ballroom dancing, parades, cultural shows and folk plays. The event was officially opened on 28th April at 7.30 p.m.
At the event, you could also buy many local products all labelled OTOP (One Tambon, One Product).
The OTOP program encourages village communities to improve the quality of local products and marketing, selecting one superior product from each Tambon to receive formal branding as its "starred OTOP product". It provides both a local and national stage to promote these products.
To keep with the theme of the event, attendees were encouraged to wear period costumes! This added some colour and style to what was already an exceptional event.
With a large focus on food, the 2017 festival was a huge success. Quality street food was on offer as well as activities for the kids. There was also reserved seating for those that wished a set meal and a table.
It was certainly an event not to be missed.