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Video Report: Get sweaty with a clean conscience: Phuket’s Clean the Beach Boot Camp tomorrow

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Video Report: Get sweaty with a clean conscience: Phuket’s Clean the Beach Boot Camp tomorrow | The Thaiger

PHUKET: After their one-year anniversary celebration to Phi Phi, Krix Luther and the Clean The Beach Boot Camp gang will be back on their home turf at Nai Harn Beach in southern Phuket tomorrow.

Last month, over 50 eager boot camp participants, veterans and first-timers, piled onto Blue World Safaris’ speedy catamaran for the anniversary event, banking on a day of dolphin watching, cliff jumping and snorkeling… and let us not forget a solid workout and a beach cleanup.

The anniversary participants scoured the workout area on Phi Phi Don for shards of glass before the warm up.

The warmup tapped into the inner beast of many participants as they scampered across the sands using quadrupedal movements that mimicked animal motor patterns, explained Krix.

Join the fun tomorrow at Nai Harn Beach. Video: PGTV

The real workout, however, was intense body-weight training, with each participant fighting their own battle to finish as many reps as possible in 10 minutes.

Panting and gasping, participants cooled down with a short yoga session, then got physical with a match of tug-of-war.

With the fun and games having come to an end, it was time for the environmental enthusiasts to give back. Tourists stopped and stared as the sweaty mass of people spread out across the beach and began the cleanup. Several Chinese tourists stopped, and momentarily joined in.

On the boardwalk another group of five or six tourists stood and watched.

“One, two, three,” one of them counted… there was a roar of applause, well, at least there was applause. Several others asked bootcampers to pose, rubbish in hand, for the ideal Phi Phi photo-op.

The Clean The Beach Boot Camp team set a new record for the number of bags of rubbish collected, which were quickly swept away by Tero Kenmas, manager of The Adventure Club. Tero promised to have it all properly disposed of.

“It went perfectly,” Krix told the Phuket Gazette. “So many worries of things not happening, like the dolphins not turning up, or there not being any rubbish to clean up or not being able to dispose of the rubbish properly.”

Though the beach was by no means miraculously transformed by the end of the day, it was better.

But perhaps more importantly, the boot camp had brought together a group of strangers, many of them Phuket expats who had never met, despite being nearly neighbors. These strangers had become part of the community Krix and the other loyal Clean The Beach Boot-campers are creating. A community that is helping to tackle the environmental issues that face Phuket with clear eyes, clean minds and strong bodies.

“Tomorrow is going to be good. The weather will be perfect and it gives other people who were put off by the whole ‘boot camp’ to give it a try. It will just be one hour of yoga – nice, easy and very relaxing – then we clean as normal,” Krix said today.

The Clean the Beach Boot Camp, the event and community, is open to everyone: locals, tourists and expats. If you aren’t feeling like working out, you can still visit or live in Phuket with a clean conscience by joining the team on Nai Harn Beach at 10am tomorrow.

— Isaac Stone Simonelli

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The Phoenix rises to the surface

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The Phoenix rises to the surface | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/สุรเชษฐ์ หักพาล

The yacht sank late afternoon on July 5 in a short, sudden storm. Most boats would have quite capable of withstanding the wind squal and waves on the day. But Phoenix capsized and sank, taking with her 47 Chinese tourists. The full reasons are stilll being investigated. Today, the actual yacht rose from the depths of the Andaman Sea, off Koh Hei, providing prosecutors with a key piece of evidence.

The yacht has been stuck at the bottom for three and a half months. One salvage team tried and gave up after two months of amateur operation, resulting in no boat but diver dying.

This week a crane and barge arrived from Singapore, organised by the Thailand police under the supervision of the acting chief of Immigration, Maj Gen Surachete Hakparn. And there he was today, with a collection of local and Bangkok media to capture the moment, happily speaking to the media about the success of the operation.

The boat eventually broke the surface just after 3pm this afternoon, the local sea-life starting to make their home on the Phoenix after its three and a half months submerged.

The Phoenix will be brought back to Phuket for a full examination of its design and safety equipment on the fateful day. Questions have already been raised about the sea-worthiness of the vessel’s design and how it might have been able to satisfy inspectors before its work as a local tour boat.

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New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide

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New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide | The Thaiger

by Khetsirin Pholdhampalit

Thai street food eatery Jay Fai has retained its one Michelin star for the second consecutive year and the legendary Thai restaurant Methavalai Sorndaeng is among the new 10 additions to have been awarded one star, according to the announcement of eateries making it the second edition of Michelin Guide Bangkok.

No restaurant has achieved the coveted highest three-star rating.All three two-starred restaurants in the inaugural edition, namely Gaggan, Le Normandie and Mezzaluna have retained their stars, while Suhring has been upgraded from one to two stars.

The little red guide has been extended to cover the best dining venues in the Southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga for its 2019 edition.

However, Pru restaurant in Phuket is the only restaurant in the two Southern provinces to have been awarded one star.

The other 14 restaurants in both cities, such as the famous venues of Raya and Chomchan received Bib Gourmand awards for being ‘good value for money’.

In addition to Methavalai Sorndaeng and Pru, other new one-starred additions include Le Du, Gaa, Canvas, R.Haan, Saawan, Sorn, Ruen Panya, and Suan Thip.

Dining venues in Bangkok’s neighbouring provinces of Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan are also covered in this new edition.

New additions to the Thailand Michelin foodie guide | News by The Thaiger


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Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident

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Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident | The Thaiger

A Korean man has died after colliding with a six wheeler truck in Kathu yesterday

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Wichit Songkram Road, Kathu around 4.30pm.

The motorbike driver was identified by Kathu Police as 39 year old South Korean male Keewoong Lee. He was taken to Siriroj Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A six wheeler truck, along with the driver identified as 43 year old Soonthee Hemthong, was found nearby.

Kathu Police report that the motorbike and the truck were heading to an intersection near the Prince of Songkhla University Phuket Campus. The motorbike fell onto the road when the truck was overtaking. The left rear wheel of the truck ran over Mr Lee’s body.

Investigations are continuing.

Korean man ran over by truck in Phuket accident | News by The Thaiger

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