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Review of House People

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House People refers not to people enjoying 4/4 beat dance music but the name of a new restaurant in Haad Yao that has excellent reviews since opening.

House People is located on the main road that runs parallel to the Haad Yao beach. House People is located on the beach side of the road, about half way up the beach. See the location map below.

The owners at this restaurant work very hard to cook tasty Thai fusion food and serve it with a smile. They make their food from fresh ingredients and to order. The team provide excellent service. Sometimes the food can be a little bit long coming out, but this reflects that the food is cooked to order rather than heated up or microwaved.

The menu has Thai favourites such as Penang curry and red curry. Many dishes combine these delicious sauces with fresh seafood. They also do mean burgers for those who need a break from spicy food. There is also a sandwich menu and pasta menu.

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The restaurant is a large open space with a typical Thai style thatch roof. It has plenty of seating for guests. There is also a bar for those who prefer to sit at the bar and chat.

Early evening they often have a 2 for 1 happy hour. They also do mean cocktails. The restaurant has plenty of nice seating areas for relaxing. There is usually some chilled music. For this reason House People is a also a popular spot for evening drinks in Haad Yao.

House People is open 7 days a week from 3 pm to 11.30 pm. As a sample for prices, Rama 5 King Burger costs 140 Thai Baht, Pasta Carbonara 170 Thai Baht and 1 litre bottle of house wine 320 Thai Baht.

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Location

Reviews

House People curate their Trip Advisor listing and look to be pro-active regarding feedback. They have quickly reached number 3 in the best restaurants in Koh Phangan list. Nearly all the reviews are positive. Only 1 review at the time of writing rated the restaurant as ‘poor’.

Telephone: +66 99 330 9582
Facebook: www.facebook.com/phanganhousepeople

Crave Menu

The Scandal

The Scandal

Crave has become one of the leading restaurants on Koh Phangan in terms of popularity. The restaurant in Haad Yao serves large portions, uses the best ingredients and has friendly and efficient staff. If you are in Haad Yao and want some comfort food, check out Crave. They have their own website. And unlike virtually every other restaurant on Koh Phangan they publish their menu and prices.

Hats off to Crave. Here is the menu for those keen to check out in advance what the restaurant has to offer.

Starters

Homemade fries 80 THB
Green salad and balsamic vinaigrette 80 THB
Jalapenos and cheese quesadilla 140 THB
Chicken nuggets and dips120 THB
Hummus 120 THB
Smoked salmon 150 THB
Falafel plate 130 THB
Chicken wings 130 THB
Poutine (French fries, gravy and cheese) 130 THB

Burgers and Sandwiches (add 50 THB for a side of poutine)

The Classic 180 THB
The Cheesy cheddar 200 THB
The Hotty 200 THB
The Vic’s (with blue cheese) 210 THB
The Med (with feta, olives & hummus) 210 THB
The Deluxe (with bacon and blue cheese) 220 THB
The Crave (with onion rings and bacon) 220 THB
The Sweet Pete (with pineapple) 200 THB
The Surf and Turf (with cream cheese & smoked salmon) 250 THB
The Animal (with 2 beef patties, coleslaw, egg & crispy onions) 250 THB
The Fat Betty (with 2 beef patties and cheddar cheese) 260 THB
The Scandal (with 2 beef patties, mozzarella, double bacon & fried onions) 300 THB
Pulled Pork Sandwich (with mozzarella) 200 THB

Kids Meals (served with fries)

Mini burger 140 THB
Mini chicken nuggets 130 THB

Salads

Cesar salad

Cesar salad

Tuna salad 180 THB
Greek salad 170 THB
Caesar salad 180 THB
Mixed salad 180 THB
Med salad (chicken or tuna) 200 THB

Meals

BBQ Sangsom pork ribs 230 THB
White flesh fish fillet 220 THB
Beef tartare 240 THB
Beef kabab wrap or falafel wrap 200 THB

Desserts

Key lime mousse

Key lime mousse

Ice cream 80 THB
Warm apple crumble 100 THB
Key lime mousse 100 THB
Chocolate brownie (with ice cream) 110 THB
Carrot cake 110 THB
New York cheese cake 130 THB

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.