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Join this yoga retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Escape from your hectic days, relax, and immerse yourself in a week of yoga to rejuvenate your spirit, discover or deepen a yoga practice, and find inspiration among other yogis in a beautiful tropical paradise. Stay and enjoy comfortable accommodation, healthy yogi food, and lots of yoga at a beautiful location right on the gulf of Thailand.
Ananda Resort offers several forms of accommodation. You can choose to stay in the dorm room, standard fan rooms, air conditioned rooms, or in the bungalows. Ananda Resort has complimentary use of Wi-Fi, a herbal steam sauna, and a chlorine-free salt water swimming pool. Accommodations have two twin beds or one double bed depending on availability and a private bathroom with hot water.
The bungalows are elevated and have a balcony with magnificent views of the Gulf of Thailand and the National Marine Park. They are equipped with hot water, air conditioning, a digital video disc player, a safe box, and a refrigerator. You will enjoy the beautiful sunset extravaganza from your balcony every evening.
The Air conditioned standard rooms have air conditioning and fans, a safe box, a small patio, a refrigerator, and a hammock.
The shared accommodation dorm rooms offer clean, comfortable beds for guests of any budget. The Dorm rooms have private dorm bathroom, hot water, fan and private locker. The Yoga Dorm has 4 bunks and 1 bathroom.
One nature day to spend a whole afternoon exploring the island outside of the yoga studio is included in this retreat. The options include a day at the beach, a jungle hike to a waterfall, and more.
Johnny Nasello is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, certified personal trainer, and expert group fitness instructor. He specializes in alignment based yoga with attention to form and posture, so that his students can deepen their practice in a safe environment. He believes that the challenges faced on a yoga mat should be relatable to the challenges faced in everyday life. Through consistent practice, meditation, and introspection, he believes everyone will be able to empower themselves to live a life with meaning and purpose.
This retreat will take place at Ananda Resort in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Koh Phangan is an island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand located about 100 kilometers from the coast of Southern Thailand in Surat Thani Province and about 15 kilometers from the famous resort island of Koh Samui. Koh Phangan is the largest of Samui's neighboring islands with an area of 168 square kilometers.
Over 70% of its total area are mountains and tropical forest, the lowland is mountains and coconut fields. There are approximately 14000 people living in Koh Phangan, the majority of which are Chinese descent. There are also many Thais from all over Thailand, who moved here to start a tourism related business.
Most inhabitants live in Thong Sala, the main gateway into the island from Samui.
The most important produce of Koh Phangan is coconuts and each month, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan produce more than one million coconut exports to Bangkok. Others prominent island produce is fishing and of course, there is the growing tourism business. Around 95% of the island's population is Buddhists and it plays a very significant role in their daily life.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily buffet-style meals. Ananda’s Love Kitchen caters to yogi preferences with an abundant selection of a sattvic nature, prepared in a clean and wholesome environment with love.
They offer a full selection of fresh vegetarian and vegan items including raw foods with daily specials and a variety of healthy dishes, in addition to brown rice and many international favorites offered at the request of guests.
There is also a full selection of traditional Thai dishes on the menu. The Love Kitchen also has a juice bar and provides fresh fruit and vegetable juices, fresh coconuts, and shakes.
Boat trips around the island or to other islands can be arranged at Ananda Resort. Local people have been fishing these waters for generations and despite the amount of recent changes, Koh Phangan is still full of fishermen who go out on their long tail boats every day.
The bay in front of Ananda is a perfect location to practice Kayak and explore the surrounding beaches.
Motorbikes are available for rent to explore everything the island has to offer at your own pace.
Mountain bikes are available for rent at Ananda Resort. Experience mountain biking through the jungle paths or just as a means of transport.
Snorkeling is a nice way to get a glimpse of the beautiful underwater world around the island. There are many great snorkel spots on the island, especially on the Northwest coast. One of the best spots is located around the little island of Koh Ma (Horse Island), off Mae Haad beach at the Northwestern tip of Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan has three Muay Thai stadiums in Thong Sala, one in Haad Rin and one in Thong Nai gPan, where regularly events are being held. You may go there to experience a night of Thailand’s most popular sport.
Phaeng Waterfall National Park is located in the village of Madua Wan. The Park has a nice waterfall close to the entrance and some trekking routes to mountaintop viewpoints, including a long winding foot trail leading up to Koh Phangan’s highest mountain peak Khao Ra of 630 meters.
A don yang is a huge tropical tree and this gigantic specimen measures 14 meters in diameter, stands to branch off leaves and limbs for hundreds of years.
The Chinese temple is the result of the dream a woman had in 1990 in which the (Chinese) Buddha spoke to her and asked her to build a firelight for the people.
Wat Khao Noi is the oldest temple on Koh Phangan with ancient buildings and Chedis. The Buddha statue inside has been there for more than 300 years now.
During this retreat, you will enjoy a one-hour Thai massage and will have access to the herbal sauna and salt water swimming pool.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). The most direct way to Koh Phangan is to fly from Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Koh Samui Airport (USM).
From there, you can take a minibus to Maenam Beach pier and then take a boat from to Thongsala on Koh Phangan. Lomprayah is one boat service that has a shuttle from the airport to the pier and has three boats leaving daily at 08:00, 12:00, and 17:00 p.m.
Another option is to fly from Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Surat Thani Airport (URT). It takes about five hours to get to Koh Phangan from Surat Thani Airport and costs around 500 THB. This includes bus transfer and boat ticket.
Taking a government bus from Bangkok is a good way to get to Koh Phangan. The government bus will continue on the ferry to Koh Phangan. The bus leaves from the Southern bus terminal in Bangkok, where you must also buy the ticket.
Several boat companies provide a daily service between Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan or the mainland.
There is an efficient train service from Bangkok to the South of Thailand (southern line). The overnight sleeper trains are the best way to go. All trains stop in Chumphon and Suratthani, where you will be provided with a connecting bus to the ferry pier.
The total trip by train and boat takes about nine to 16 hours. A boat ticket to Koh Phangan and transport from the train station to the pier is usually included in the joint ticket. If you do not have a joint ticket you can always buy a ticket for the boat at the pier.
Once you make it to Koh Phangan, there will be taxis waiting for you at the pier. You may tell the driver that you want to go to Ananda Resort on Hin Kong Beach, and they will know where to take you. The price will range from 150 BHT in low season to possibly 300 BHT in high season.