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PHUKET (The Nation): Cash-strapped tourism businesses in Phuket are seeking debt relief in order to deal with the current downturn in tourist arrivals at a time when hotel occupancy rates are normally at their highest.

Somchai Pathamakantin, founder of the Phuket Seashell Museum and representative of tourist business groups on Kata and Karon beaches, today proposed to Phuket Governor Preecha Ruangjan that the government announce a debt moratorium for business operators in light of the current crisis.

The moratorium is the best solution, as it would require no legal amendments to take effect and would keep business operators financially strong enough to avoid staff layoffs, he said. A similar moratorium, which covered only interest on the principle, was instituted with government help after the 2004 tsunami disaster, he added.

The business sector’s problems could be more severe this time, as the global crisis is plunging the world into recession, Mr Somchai said.

If there were measures to maintain liquidity, other problems would be less severe. This is the best solution, as others, including the reduction of value-added tax, could take time to show results,” he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the Andaman Tourism Association, Phang Nga Tourism Association President Krit Srifa said there had been a meeting among representatives of tourism operators, state agencies and banks in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi on the effects of the political turmoil.

All parties had agreed to ask for financial help from the government by extending debt moratorium periods and offering them soft loans to enable both operators and workers to survive. Tourism entrepreneurs in the three provinces would also ask the government to reduce taxes to help them, he added.

After the tsunami disaster, most tourism entrepreneurs had to borrow money from financial institutions to save their businesses. Since then, tourist numbers had gradually improved – until the current political conflict erupted.

Thai Hotels Association President Prakit Chinamourpong said on Tuesday that many hotels in Phuket have also cut staff working days to four or five days per week.

Some luxury hotels are running with a single-digit occupancy rate, sharply down from the average 70% rate recorded in the same period last year… For the overall hotel industry, the average occupancy rate this month alone has declined 19.1%,” he said.

The nationwide impact of the Bangkok airports’ shutdown was greater than the 2004 tsunami, he said.



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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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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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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 krixluther.com

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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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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