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First COVID now the cold weather leaves Hua Hin beaches deserted



Picture: Manager Online


Operators on Hua Hin beach have bemoaned the impact the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the current cold weather conditions, are having on business.


On Tuesday, local municipal officials visited the beach to hear the concerns of those running restaurants and offering deck chairs and sun loungers for hire.


While COVID-19 had made business difficult, it was the recent cold weather that was having the biggest impact on trade, with more than 20 beach restaurants and shops forced to close due to strong winds, high tides and adverse weather conditions, which saw red flags put on the beach warning people not to go swimming.



Picture: Manager Online


One operator told Manager that some tourists had ventured onto the beach but quickly left once they felt the cold. 


It’s not only small to medium sized businesses in Hua Hin that are feeling the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.


Earlier this week, Novotel Hua Hin announced that it would be closing until the end of January, while Thai AirAsia also said it was suspending flights from Hua Hin airport to Chiang Mai and Udon Thani.




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Taking the plunge

Posted by Conservators  Jun 27, 2011

Author: Jane
Date: 22nd June 2011
Temperature: -24°C
Wind Speed: 15 knots
Temp with wind chill: -45°C


It’s a tradition here at Scott Base to take a plunge into the ice cold water at Mid-Winter. As with everything else in Antarctica, it takes a huge amount of effort to set up. First, there is the hole. This can take days to dig and often needs to be cleared again the morning before the plunge as ice builds up overnight.

Despite this year’s sea ice break out at the start of Winter, the ice in front of the base was still 1.2m in depth. The snow had to be cleared from the top of the ice and then a chain saw was used to cut a hole big enough for a person to jump in.

The water tends to be warmer than the air temperature so being in the water is quite pleasant; well for about thirty seconds. It was approx -2°C in the water and the air was around -20°C.

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Russell climbing out of the polar plunge hole with Troy manning the safety harness. 
Credit: Petal Cottle


The most difficult part is psyching yourself up to jump into a hole in the ice that is filled with slushy water followed by climbing up the ladder into the cold air as the water freezes on you. Once you get back into the heated wannigan (an insulated container), you then have to wait for the water in your shoes to defrost enough to be able to remove them.

I suppose it doesn’t sound like the most enjoyable experience, but it is exhilarating and the closest thing we will get to a long soak in a bath down here.


Midwinter dinner

Posted by Conservators  Jun 24, 2011

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     Scott Base team at midwinter. Photo: Jane


Midwinter is an important turning point in the life of all Antarctic winter-overs. Greetings and invitations to midwinter dinners are sent out by all the Antarctic stations. It is a time to reflect on the achievement of past explorers, the scientific work that is being done around the continent and to look forward to the coming light and reunions with friends and family.

Last night, on the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s last midwinter dinner, the team at Scott Base commemorated the occasion with a magnificent meal prepared by our chef Lance, and then a great party afterwards. Julie prepared a menu in the style of Edward Wilson’s original watercolour menu. The dining room was festooned with the flags of the Antarctic treaty nations and smaller route flags of red and black.  15 invited guests from McMurdo Station joined us for the festivities.

It was a wonderful evening, shared with great friends, in a very special part of the world.


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     Midwinter dinner menu. Photo: Julie


Posted by: Sarah

Edited by khwaibah
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