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

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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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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin | News by The Thaiger

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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