Monthly Archives: February 2013

Koh Phangan Wipeout

Koh Phangan Wipeout

A new company has set up called Koh Phangan Wipeout that offers visitors a lot of fun for a few hours on Laem Son Lake. It is the largest lake on the island and is located just a few kilometers south of Haad Yao on the coastal road.

The lake used to be home to a small tin mine. When the mine was closed the area held little attraction for tourists. A few would venture out to use rope swings and explore the pine woods around the lake, but generally the place was deserted by tourists.

That has all changed with Koh Phangan Wipeout. They have set up a series of inflatable obstacle courses and other attractions on the lake.

There are giant red balls that you can try and cross. It is virtually impossible. There is a giant white pyramid that you can climb to the top and dive off. And then there are monkey bars in the water.

The best fun is a giant inflatable by the side of the lake. There is a high platform next to the inflatable. One person lies on the inflatable and two others jump from the platform onto the inflatable. This causes the person on the inflatable to fly through the air and into the lake. The catapulted person can get quite a lot of height and perform somersaults in the air.

Koh Phangan Wipeout doesn’t currently have a website. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page.

Haad Yao Lounge

Haad Yao Lounge

Haad Yao Lounge is a restaurant, a bar, a spa and a gym. It seems unlikely that a place that purports to fulfill so many different service needs can be any good; but it is. Trip Advisor rates Haad Yao Lounge as the 19th best restaurant on the island. As of February 2013, Haad Yao Lounge had 36 reviews, most of which were very positive.

Haad Yao Lounge, Fitness and Sauna is located at the southern end of Haad Yao, just off the main road. It is on elevated land in the jungle. There are great views, especially in the early evening when the sun dips below the horizon.

The fitness area takes in the great view. It is an open area that benefits from sea breezes. There are 17 machines to use including the only treadmill on the island. The machines and weights are spread over 3 different areas. This means you can choose your type of exercise as well as location for your work out. It is an impressive gym for Koh Phangan. For those really keen on exercise there is a 10% discount for becoming a member. The membership card also entitles the holder to a 10% discount on food and drink.

The Lounge is a beautiful area with wooden floors, large balcony and comfortable sofas. They serve Thai and Western food. For those not concerned about the calories there are delicious burgers. For those wanting to keep their body as a temple there are healthy juices and shakes on offer as well as vegan food and protein shakes.

Between 5pm and 7 pm there is the ‘Sunset Happy Hour’ when you can get Chang and Leo beer for 50 Thai Baht and cocktails for 99 Thai Baht. For those looking to party or share a drink the drinks menu includes Sangsom (200 THB), Vodka (250 THB) and Mai Tai (400 THB) buckets to enjoy. The Lounge is a great place to hang out after exercise as well as a good spot to include on the itinerary of a big night out in Haad Yao. To help with the fun there is a great pool table in the bar as well as cable TV.

The spa is also impressive. They offer 2 herbal saunas. They are in private rooms with showers. The herbal saunas use 15 different herbs. Between Tuesday and Sunday there are yoga classes. These are on the balcony using soft mats. The instructors practice Ashtanga Yoga. The only thing the spa section of the business doesn’t provide is Thai massage. I am sure this absence will be addressed in the future.

The real success of Haad Yao Lounge is not its exercise machines or saunas but the care and thought put into the business by the owners Pete and Nang. If you are in Haad Yao you should definitely check out Haad Yao Lounge.