Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With its breathtaking white sand beaches and clear blue waters, lush green mountains, bustling cities, rich culture and heritage, never-ending nightlife, warm local people and lip-smacking cuisine, it is rightfully a favorite among tourists and travelers alike. But that is not all Thailand has to offer.
It also has some of the best yoga retreats, which are not only excellent in quality and services, but they are quite pocket-friendly as well. You can enjoy a Thailand yoga retreat vacation or combine your vacation with a retreat stay at one of these amazing destination yoga retreats.
Located in the tranquil fishing village of HuaHin, in the Prachuap Khiri Khan province, the award-winning ChivaSom Yoga for Life is a luxurious ocean-front yoga retreat. There are a number of ocean view rooms and suites available, but their Thai pavilion accommodations, with a private shala for yoga is the most unique. They offer a mix of group as well as individual classes, which helps you enjoy the best of both worlds. Guests are offered excellent professional advice and individual attention to help them reach their goals. They offer holistic experiences such as meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda detox and excellent spa services to help you unwind and relax. Guests can also make use of their well-equipped gym, dance, Pilates, re-functional Studios, Tai Chi Pavillion, Watsu® Pool and more.
Mon Lodge and Yoga Donmuang is a Thailand Bangkok yoga retreat, which offers budget options for travelers and backpackers who want to enjoy the benefits of yoga without spending over the budget. Housed in a modest but beautiful bed & breakfast, not far from the Don Mueang Airport, guests can opt for private or shared accommodation. The property features a lovely meditation garden, terrace with a view, koi pond and rehabilitated cats. You can enjoy rejuvenating yoga and meditation programs here, in the relaxing atmosphere of this place. It offers peace and calm in the bustle of Bangkok. It is located not far from Chatuchak Weekend Market, which is the largest weekend market in the world, with over 15000 stalls selling practically everything under the sky.
This is a unique meditation retreat as it is held inside a royal temple, which is centuries old. Located right in the heart of Bangkok city, near the Grand Palace, this beautiful Buddhist temple hosts regular meditation classes as well as residential programs. It is a highly respected retreat as their sessions are conducted by some of the most revered monks of the country. They offer valuable lessons on life and insight on philosophy, history and self-growth. The program is quite strict, but definitely one of the very best you can find in the entire country. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure that you are going to commit to the schedule before you sign up. Do keep in mind that the temple itself provides for their residential students food and accommodation.
Located in the beautiful island of Koh Samui, the Kamalaya Yoga Synergy retreat is nestled between the lush green mountains and the blue sea, offering their guests the option to choose their accommodation with a preferred view of either or the beachfront villas. They have a number of excellent yoga and Ayurveda programs for personal as well as group sessions. They lay major emphasis on the participant’s individual skills and personal goal to help maximize the benefits of the program. What makes this Thailand KohSamui yoga retreat unique is that every day their sessions are customized according to the skill, health conditions, requirements and interests of the participants, thereby, no two sessions are exactly the same.
The Koh Phangan yoga retreat, The Sanctuary is the real-life inspiration behind Alex Garland’s bestseller book, ‘The Beach’, which was turned into a movie. This is a beautiful hippie resort actually has the secret island feel as the route to reaching it changes depending upon the weather conditions. It can be reached by water when the weather is good or via land but the forest leading to it can be a little risky and treacherous so this route is usually taken only when the waters are rough. Situated in the remote jungles of HaadTien Bay, it offers yoga, meditations, spa, holistic healing, wellness programs and detox. They also host fun parties and have live music. Overall vibe of this place is relaxed, bohemian and fun, which makes it popular among the younger crowd.
The Yoga Tree is a stunning retreat, which has revolutionized the Chiang Mai yoga scenes with its unique approach to building community. It is a spacious compound, which is designed in a very urbane, chic rustic look with relaxed, bohemian vibes. They organize innovative classes on various holistic practices such as yin yoga, yoga flow, Kundalini yoga, and restorative yoga and laughter yoga. Along with that they also offer a number of unique and fun workshops and classes on Tibetan bowl sound meditation, moving meditation, DANCE mandala, SHE dance, biodanza and Qi Gong. They also host a weekly community gathering along with several festivals and celebrations to keep the spirits high. Participants are encouraged to let go of inhibitions and enjoy the sessions.
Located in the pristine island of KoKut, SonevaKiri is a stunning beachfront luxury yoga retreat tucked away in the heart of the lush green rainforest. Guests can choose from a variety of bay view and ocean view accommodations either nestled in the forests or right on the beach. They have amazing facilities including private pools, treetop dining experiences, observatory, outdoor movie theater, and more, that guests can enjoy. They offer excellent yoga and meditation programs for participants of varying expertise. The retreat begins with a yoga consultation from their top professionals who then create a personalized plan, which would be beneficial to the guest. It includes sessions of yoga, pranayama, and meditation, which are suited to the needs and goals of the individual. They have some of the best massage and wellness treatments at their Six Senses spa.
Jungleyoga is a unique Thailand yoga retreat is tucked away far from civilization in the national park, thus offering complete unhindered solitude and tranquility. The accommodation here comprises of beautiful huts in the middle of the lake, surrounded by nothing but the deepest forests. The location has been thus selected to ensure no cellular or Wi-Fi services for a complete tech detox. The focus of this retreat is building connections, with your self, family or other participants. They offer classes on various styles of yoga conducted by some of the top instructors. Guests can enjoy meditation, massage, jungle hiking, kayaking, exploring caves, stargazing, and spotting a number of rare birds. Carrying binoculars is recommended
In a Nutshell…
Whether you want to enjoy a tranquil and enriching Thailand yoga retreat vacation or a few days of calm or combine it with a fun tropical trip, Thailand is the place for it. From green mountains to blue seas, from ancient culture to crazy nightlife, from pocket-friendly street markets to high-end futuristic shopping malls, there is something for everyone in this country. With its affordable accommodations, balmy weather, delectable cuisine and warm people, Thailand is a traveler’s delight, a perfect vacation destination for your next trip.