Due to the protests in Bangkok, His Majesty the King’s birthday celebrations will take place in Hua Hin. Thousands of Thai are expected to attend the event and many of theme already arrived yesterday.
A train for up to 760 passengers will leave Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong station at 4.30am on Thursday morning and arrive in Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province four hours later. The return trip will depart at 9.30pm the same day, getting into Bangkok at 00.30am on Friday.
The service will run in addition to eight regular southern trains which depart daily from Bangkok, State Railway of Thailand governor Prapat Chongsanguan said.
Transport Co managing director Wutthichart Kallayanamit said his firm is also increasing the frequency of public van services from Bangkok to Hua Hin from 390 to 570 trips on Wednesday and Thursday. The vans leave from Victory Monument’s southern bus terminal.
The King and Her Majesty the Queen will grant a royal audience at Klai Kangwon Palace at 10.30am on Thursday.
There will also be a display of 30,000 fireworks from five boats anchored offshore so all people visiting Hua Hin beach can watch the display up close.
Also in Bangkok, political tension has been eased just ahead of the big event. Anti-government protesters at Ratchadamnoen Avenue have jointly helped to clean up their protest site on Wednesday morning. The avenue has been glittering at night with hunderds of thousands of tiny light blubs.