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Phuket braces for “ice’ storm

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Phuket braces for “ice’ storm | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Ya ice is replacing ya bah as the drug of choice for Phuket’s teenagers, according to the island’s top police officer.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong’s comments came after police seized 100,000 baht’s worth of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) in a sting operation over the weekend.

Six were arrested on drug charges.

Maj Gen Pekad and Phuket City Police Superintendent Wanchai Ekpornpit announced the arrests and seizures at a press conference at Phuket City Police Station at 11am yesterday morning.

“Right now it seems ya ice is spreading in Phuket, and ya bah [methamphetamine] is looking out of date. We’re not sure why,” said Gen Pekad.

Gen Pekad said it was mostly young Thais who were taking the drug.

“They’re encouraged into doing it by their friends,” he said.

“Alien workers much prefer drinking to taking drugs,” he added.

The six suspects were paraded in front of the press at the conference. All were arrested on Saturday evening at the Twin Inn Hotel in Phuket Town after police were tipped-off that a gang of four drug dealers were staying at the hotel.

An undercover officer arranged to buy drugs from Prasert ‘Lek’ Kaewsuwan, 30. After Mr Lek attempted to sell the officer some ya ice in front of the hotel, he was arrested.

Mr Lek’s 22-year-old girlfriend Gingarn ‘Yui’ Sungkha was picked up in the hotel room. Two more 22-year-olds, Sitthipong ‘Em’ Pradab and Surin ‘Tu’ Suwannoe, were arrested 15 minutes later when they returned to the room.

Searches of the suspects and the hotel room yielded 25 small bags of the drug weighing a total of 20.69 grams.

A Nissan Cefiro registered in Bangkok was also seized as evidence in the case.

Two more suspects were arrested earlier in front of the Twin Inn after buying ya ice from the gang.

Athit ‘Jack’ Pimsamut, 30, and Rangsan ‘Joe’ Bunklieng, 32, were caught with 0.75g and 0.65g of the drug, respectively.

A small bag of ya ice, typically weighing one gram or less, currently sells for around 3,000 baht, police say.

— Atchaa Khamlo

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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