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Phuket’s international boat show comes of age

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PHUKET: The 10th Anniversary Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) opened today to a large gathering of island dignitaries, VIPs, exhibitors, visitors and media.

While the traditional boating markets of Europe and the USA continue to struggle in the current economic climate, Phuket is driving Asia’s growth and continues to attract top international boat brands and marine products to exhibit.

Pivotal to Asia’s marine industry, Phuket is the region’s yachting playground and has often been referred to as the ‘Monaco of the East’. The island’s well developed marine infrastructure and surrounding cruising grounds make it the destination of choice to berth, maintain and enjoy a marine leisure lifestyle.

The marine industry in Thailand continues strong, with 15% year-on-year growth in marine leisure and related tourism. PIMEX remains the key marketing platform for businesses in the region to market to international visitors from as far afield as Russia, Australia, China and beyond, and helps to generate over 7 billion baht a year for the industry.

“PIMEX celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this year, and over the years we have been proud of the role the show has played in helping to develop and promote Phuket and Asia’s marine industry,” commented Andy Dowden, the show’s director.

“Together with marine and lifestyle businesses in Phuket and the region, PIMEX helps to position Phuket at the center of Asia’s booming marine industry, and Asia as the key growth area in the global industry.”

This year’s exhibition showcases the best of marine and lifestyle in the region, with a packed indoor exhibition hall and in-water displays expecting to attract over 4,000 visitors and interested buyers.

Boats on display range from Blosson Uno, an Astonda 102GLX being shown by Princess Yachts, the show’s largest exhibitor, to trailer boats, with every model, size and type in between. All the major boat brands from around the world are on display.

PIMEX is, however, more than boats. The show includes a wide offering of marine products and services, engines, hardware, widgets, gadgets and marine toys, together with charter operators, boat builders, marinas and luxury properties.

“There is something for everyone. The in-water displays make up one of the best yet. All in all, we’re offering four days of entertainment, making for a great family outing,” said Dowden.

The Phuket International Boat Show is open from today through Sunday, from 11:00am to 7:00pm, with the exception of Sunday when closing time is 6:00pm. Entry is free.

The show is sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, PGTV, and the Gazette‘s weekly ‘Phuket Today’ show, broadcast eight times a week on True Visions to 1.9 million subscribers nationwide.

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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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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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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