In-water workouts at the Ton Mai Spa in Rawai are providing many people with the right kind of exercise they need. Thailand is also facing alarming increases in obesity and inactivity, particularly among the digitally-obsessed younger generation. However, the possibility of cycling as a way of relaxing and exercising, is for many people a non-starter in places like Phuket because the roads and pathways upon which to try it are dangerous, polluted and often downright scary.
Then there’s the heat of course. Fun if you’re heading to the beach for a swim, but not so much fun when scorching sunshine and cascades of sweat are the accompaniments of a bike ride.
Deep in the heart of Rawai, an innovative Frenchman named Dianda Herve has devised a fascinating answer to the danger and heat problems of cycling in Phuket, through an Aqua-Fitness and Cycling programme which he conducts at his Ton Mai Spa .
Dianda conducts daily aqua classes which combine aqua-cycling, running and a broad range of general aerobic and strength-training moves, all actually in the chest-deep water of the swimming pool at his Spa with the opportunity of a healthy post work-out, sauna, massage and coffee thrown in.
As I am always up for something new, quirky and amusing, I decided to mount my trusty mountain bike at 7am one morning recently and cycle from Chalong over the hill and down into the heart of Rawai to check out this intriguing new piece of island serendipity!
The entrance to the Ton Mai (literally […]