If you’re looking for your next yoga vacation, you’ve probably noticed that there are two types you can choose from: yoga holidays and yoga retreats. But, how are they different?
You’ve fallen in love with yoga, you’ve spent some time on the mat and now you really want to become a yoga teacher. But how to choose between 200, 300 or 500 hours of training? What’s the difference between all these courses? Which one is right for you?
You’ve decided to go to Thailand for a yoga retreat; great choice! You’re bound to live an unforgettable experience in one of the top destinations. There’s still one question you may still have, though – where in Thailand will I spend my vacation?
Thailand and Bali are undoubtedly two of the top destinations for a yoga retreat. Both locations are a paradise for yogis with plenty of beach and jungle retreats and a variety of styles. So, which destination should you choose for your next (and possibly first) yoga holiday?
Thailand is probably only second to Bali when it comes to famous yoga destinations in Southeast Asia. This comes to no surprise, as Thailand is blessed with temperate climate and pristine beaches. One of its many pulls is also its hospitality. The Thai people are known to be friendly and welcoming, courteous and kind. Yoga retreats in Thailand are also very affordable, making it a favorite among budget travelers.
Thailand offers a wide range of yoga retreats ranging from the more traditional Hatha yoga retreats to the more contemporary Bikram yoga retreats. Seaside towns like Koh Samui also offer yoga and meditation retreats by the beach – affording you an opportunity for peace and tranquility.
Experience riding on a tuk tuk in Thailand! This quaint mode of transportation will surely save you time on traveling. Floating markets are a great way to experience the Land of Smiles, and the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Bangkok is a popular Thai destination for this purpose. If the sun and sea is your ideal vacation, visit Koh Lipe, which is our pick for the best island in Thailand!
Like many countries in Asia, Thailand is steep in traditions that are fiercely adhered to by its people. As a traveler, it’s best to be aware of these important do’s and don’ts:
You should know that while the climate is tropical and humid all year round, there are three weather seasons in Thailand: a cool one, a hot one, and a wet one. You will find that the cool one, occurring from November to April, offers the best weather in Thailand.
Sun lovers should know that the wet season in Thailand starts in July and ends in October, and it is during this time that it is less advisable to visit. Unless, of course you have nothing against constant rain. May is usually when the highest temperatures in Thailand occur So, depending on whether you like extreme weather or not, we advise you to also skip this month.
For yogis, some of the most popular destinations in Thailand range from breathtaking islands to vibrant cities. In random order, we would like to mention Bangkok, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, and Phuket amongst our top favorite points of interest in Thailand.
Some of the popular yoga spots we wholeheartedly recommend are The Sanctuary, The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort, Kamalaya, Orion Healing Centre, Crystal Women, and Shambala Yoga Centre.
Thailand Yoga, Art, and Dance Festival takes place in October and is a yoga festival we most certainly recommend you attend.
Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi, The Grand Palace, Pai, Khao Yai National Park are only a few of the Thailand’s sightseeing jewels. Take your time to explore them all and get ready to be mesmerized.
Some of Thailand’s most delicious foods to try include exotic dish names like Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, Som Tum, Gaeng Daeng, and Khao Pad. Try as many as you wish and indulge in a feast of flavors.
Typhoid, hepatitis A and B, polio, and childhood diseases such as tetanus and diphtheria, rubella, or measles are the usual recommended vaccinations for Thailand.
Thailand’s small yet beautiful islands have the best secluded beaches and scenic views. Discover relaxing yoga practices and detox programs, or simply pamper yourself with a spa treatment. Yoga retreats in Thailand are usually about getting away from the crowds. Come to Thailand on your next holiday and allow your body, mind, and spirit to be nourished. Book one of our many yoga retreats in Thailand from our selection below today!
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