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Phuket tunnel project to begin in 2013: Patong Mayor

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Phuket tunnel project to begin in 2013: Patong Mayor | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Patong Mayor Pian Keesin told a crowd of supporters recently that he expects work on the Patong Tunnel Project to begin in 2013.

Speaking at a “Patong Future Plan” public rally at Patong Sports Field on the beach road earlier this month, Mayor Pian presented his plans for easing problems that have arisen from the fast pace of development in recent years.

Joining Mayor Pian on stage were several well-known Patong businesspeople and association heads: Patong Hotels Association President Dr Jirachai Amornpairoj, also General Manager of The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa; Patong Taxi Association President Setthasak Buason; Patong Motorcycle Service Association President Somchai Niewnan; Patong Entertainment Business Association President Weerawit Kurasombat; and Patong Retail Business Association President Kobchai Truktrongkit.

Mayor Pian said the tunnel was necessary to support tourism development.

“Patong people rely on tourism. Sustainable tourism development for me means ensuring the safety of both tourists and investors. The tunnel will help prevent accidents, save fuel costs, and save lives from car accidents. Kathu Police recently told me seven people have died this year while coming over Patong Hill,” he said.

Strong opposition to the project developed in the Ban Mon area of Patong after it was announced that an elevated roadway would need to be built in that area and that some villagers would have their land expropriated.

That Ban Mon villagers filed a formal complaint over the tunnel project with former Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop last month was “good for Patong” in that it would increase government interest in issues affecting the town, he said.

In Mayor Pian’s opinion, the villagers did it because they misunderstood the the land expropriation process.

“About 10 landowners, of which six are local Patong residents, will be affected. They will get a very fair rate.”

According to the latest Royal Decree on expropriation, effective from June 10, they will even be paid for the trees on their land, he said.

About 300 of the 400-strong crowd who turned up for the rally were members of the Patong Entertainment Business Association and Patong Taxi Federation. There were no Ban Mon villagers in evidence.

During the event, Mayor Pian also announced that a decision would be made within the next two months on whether to change the controversial one-way traffic system that has been in effect in Patong since January 2007.

Upon taking over as Kathu Police chief in March, Col Arayapan Pukbuakao said the current system not only confuses people, but also violates Thai traffic law.

At the rally, Mayor Pian also called for the Patong Taxi Federation to help set up a central depot where all taxi service vehicles would remain until tourists asked for one at any of the taxi ranks located throughout the town.

This would help solve the parking problem along the beach road, he said.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan

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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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