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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Celebration for the Queens 84th Birthday: Trash Hero Ban Krut won an award

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With a parade from the train station to the tessaban celebrated Ban Krut Thailand's Mothers Day on the 12th August 2016.  































On this occasion, Trash Hero Ban won an award :
"Ban Krut Municipality proudly presents to Trash Hero Ban Krut our recognition for conducting good deeds example an setting a good example for our society. Granted on the 12th day of August 2016 by Thongchai Petchsakulthong, Mayor of Ban Krut"
Proud to be honored, 12 Heroes, representing all Trash Heroes of Ban Krut, joined the parade from the train station to the tessaban.










Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Earth Hour 2016 on Saturday 19 March - celebrate at Kasama's

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Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday 19 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone. The event is held worldwide towards the end of March annually, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

Earth Hout 2016: #ChangeClimateChange

What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

Celebrate the earth hour at Kasama's at at candle light dinner!
What is Earth Hour Blue?
Earth Hour Blue is an all-new digital crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for the planet launched in 2014 to capture the power of the crowd and engage people around the world beyond the lights out event. The crowdfunding section of the platform allows participants to financially support and deliver positive, tangible changes to the environment and communities all over the world. Individuals can also use Earth Hour Blue’s crowdsourcing platform, which will call for people to add their voice to some of the biggest environmental campaigns across the world.

What does Earth Hour aim to achieve?
Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

What does Earth Hour ask people to do?
The first thing anyone can do to get involved is to turn off their lights on Saturday. But there is much, much more. Our full ambition is for people to take action beyond the hour. Whether it’s supporting a crowdfunding or crowdsourcing campaign or getting involved in Earth Hour campaigns in their own country, or starting the movement in their own community. The vision is always to do more, so make the light switch the beginning of your journey.

How long has Earth Hour been going for?
The first Earth Hour event was on March 31 2007. WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action. More than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour in the first Earth Hour event.

Earth Hour 2016 will mark the tenth year of the campaign!

Is Earth Hour an annual event?
Earth Hour is more than an annual event – it is a movement that culminates in an hour of inspiration across the world held towards the end of March each year. 

What exactly has Earth Hour achieved before launching Earth Hour Blue?
WWF Uganda started the world’s first Earth Hour Forest
More than 250,000 Russians voiced support for better protection of their country’s seas and forests
Argentina used its 2013 Earth Hour campaign to help pass a Senate bill for a 3.4 million hectare Marine Protected Area in the country
Thousands of wood-saving stoves were distributed to families in Madagascar
Solar-powered lights were installed in three villages without electricity in India
In Paraguay, WWF used the Earth Hour platform to build public support to gain an extension of the logging moratorium, helping to reduce deforestation

Education programs for schools were launched in Thailand and Taiwan
Hundreds of thousands of LED lights were installed by girl scouts in the USA
More than 2123 mitigation actions submitted by Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 participating cities
But this is just the start, there are so many more Earth Hour stories out there we’re still discovering, and of course much more to do.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

News from Ban Krut

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Only a few days left until the new year, the expat community Ban Krut's is growing. Many familiar faces are back again. For all others an overview of what has changed since last April from a tourist point of view, or still is the same.


Ban Krut Thailand


Travel to and from Ban Krut

Train


Timetable State Railway of Thailand


Ban Krut train station: 2 trains daily to Bangkok. 

Bus

Blue Buses starting every hour Downtown Ban Krut at the T-junction or at the Phetkasem Road.

Buses from Bangkok to Ban Krut start at the Southern Bus Terminal.


Minibus

Minibus service from Ban Krut: Tickets and departure in front of the train station.
New connection to Prachuap Khiri Khan and further to Bangkok. 


From and to Suvarnbhumi Airport

Alternative: take the Airport Bus to or from Hua Hin. From or to Hua Hin take bus, minibus, train or even a taxi.

However you travel, book always in advance.

Tourist Office

The office is now located in Downtown Ban Krut, on the drive from the 7-Eleven on the left of the T-junction next to Nan's Salon Station. Later will be a counter in the not yet opened new hotel Nanicha, the 3-storey block next door, where the office was earlier.


Ban Krut Beach
Ban Krut Beach towards Bor Thong Lang early morning.


Western Food

Kasama's Pizza & Pasta

Since September there's the best pizza and pasta, the largest selection of wine and beer Ban Kruts at the new location 200 meters from the 7-Eleven towards Wat Thong Chai.


Baan Itim



Baan Itim serves Western Food. 
Right next to the Coffee Next Door and owned by the same Baan Itim doesn’t just offer ice cream, but also very nice and good-tasting steaks, salads and pizzas from the wood oven at very reasonable prices. Ice cream there’s also, even homemade.


Steak Nonggal

New small restaurant between 7-Eleven and Downtown Ban Krut, right next to the bridge over the Klong. Nonggal offers steaks, salads and pizzas at a low price.


La Lune Moonshine Bar & Bistro

Unfortunately, the La Lune is closed forever, the operator in Bangkok and the building together with 800m2 land is for sale (information, visit at O in Coffee Next Door).


Seafood

Recommended from our perspective still are Platoo, Tam Mai and Ruam Pol, all located on the main Beach Road.

New and highly recommended is the Khun Rak, from 7-Eleven at the beginning of Beach Road with Salas on the beach.

Well again after re-change of ownership is The Beach, one kilometer from the T-junction to the south.


Coffee Shops

Everything is individual, but in our view you still get the best coffee in Coffee Next Door. Recommended are further the Café de Wa of Arcadia, the Coffee Shop of Greenview Resort also at the Beach Road and the small cafe bar of Ban Krut Resort.

New Bon Café is right next to the steak Nonggal on the road between 7-11 and Downtown Ban Krut.


Bars

As mentioned the La Lune Moonshine Bar doesn’t exist anymore. For a sundowner, Grimlund's Bar and the Hotspot Ban Krut's, the Gecko Bar of Siripong are the places to go.


The infamous Gecko Bar at night.
For an enjoyable evening also invite restaurants like JJ's Hamburgers and Tam Mai Restaurant, but there's not much more than beer.

For a selection of wines and drinks visit Kasama's. In these places are also those welcome who only come for a drink.

Most of the other Thai restaurants look at least surprising, if nothing is ordered to eat.


Shopping

Please take account of the small shops and markets, to avoid plastic waste bring your own shopping bag.

The Saturday market is since last spring behind the railway tracks by the railway crossing.

Since the beginning of December there's next to the „Government Palace“ a Friday market. Opening time as the Saturday market from later afternoon until dark.

In addition, the daily morning market at the train station as well as the Thursday market next to Wat Thong Chai are the places to buy fresh products.


Resorts

Newly opened the Prayook Resort, a resort with several smaller bungalows, on the beach next to Suan Waree in direction towards Bang Saphan

The Kereewaree is under new ownership and is now called D'varan. To date has not yet been determined whether therefore also the quality of service and maintenance has improved.

Also changed hands has the Lieb Nati Resort. It is now called Seascape and belongs Livinghouse. The same company that sells newly built Condominiums outskirts of Ban Krut.

In our view, less advisable for those seeking a peaceful atmosphere, are the resorts on the main stretch of beach, as they often accommodate Thai coach tours, during their short stay each night loud karaoke evenings are given.

The price level is more or less the previous year.


Cycling

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular, even with Thais. There’s now, close to the Wat Chang Sai, even a bike shop.

Unfortunately, the rental bikes are still as ever, and most do have a backpedal brake. Nevertheless, it's fun at the seaside or to cycle through coconut trees.

Do not forget to always take a stick against attacking dogs. The same goes for walks on the beach.


Trash Hero Ban Krut

Since the end of April volunteers clean every Monday the beaches outside of the sections, which are maintained by the municipality and the resorts, of non organic waste such as plastic, styrofoam, bottles, etc.


Trash Hero volunteers after the clean up on 14 Dezember 2015.
Donate also two hours of your holiday to safe your paradise. Meeting point is every Monday at 8 clock at the T-junction just off the beach. Transport, gloves and drinking water is provided.


If something hurts

Is it not so bad, stop by at the pharmacy Downtown Ban Krut. The owner speaks English and has good medical knowledge.

Otherwise, the only way, except the small infirmary in the district behind the railway tracks, is to go to a clinic or the hospital in Bang Saphan.

In more serious things, the trip to Hua Hin in one of the well-known hospitals is recommended.

In case of emergency call 1669, here all emergency services:

Emergency in Thailand: Telephone numbers.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Another Trash Hero Day in Ban Krut

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A lucky day for the todays thirteen Trash Heroes of Ban Krut. Sakra, the Buddhist god of weather was in good mood: no sun, no rain - perfect for Trash Heroes. But was it Neptun or Mazu who, with lot's of strong waves, let wash ashore all the trash in the last days? Flip-flops, styrofoam, lighters, from all dozens. But "Mai mi pan ha". 

Thanks to: It, Ingo, Kasama, Ben, Ann, Wolfgang, Fon, Karin, Wolfgang, Rolf, Byron, Rainer and Simon.
Two hours later, the stretch of beach between Suanwaree and Rajavadee Resort was clean, all the not organic rubbish packed in bags. Thanks, Trash Heroes!


Trash Heroes at work. 
Barbecue tongs makes good tools for picking trash.
Trash Heroes at work.
She deserved a break!
That's dedication!
It's gonna make you sweat, but happy!
Instead of gloves: use your shopping bags, 555!
Separating the waste's important: it's all about recycling.