4 Days Weekend Yoga Retreat in Thailand

  • Mala Dhara Eco Resort, 152 Huay Bon Moo 3 Mae Pong, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yoga Retreat Chiang Mai

Mala Dhara Eco Resort in Doi Saket was envisioned first and foremost as a yoga retreat center to support the Chiang Mai yoga community and the increasingly large number of international visitors to Chiang Mai seeking the exploration, study, and practice of yoga. While they primarily host yoga retreats created for those pursuing the benefit of specific schools of knowledge and study, they also offer a weekend yoga retreat every month.


  • 1 cooking class
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation and kriya sessions
  • 1 local cave and monkey forest mountain hike
  • 1 herbal Steam or Hot Springs visit
  • Daily breakast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Morning tea break
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Shared luxurious twin villas will be provided for this retreat.

The Mala Dhara Resort itself is a vision that has only recently manifested, but with deep roots in the flourishing and internationally recognized Chiang Mai yoga community. At Mala Dhara, yoga is not just a service or amenity that they are able to arrange for you, it is a lifestyle. Mala Dhara offers private yoga classes upon request for their guests with either a variety of yoga teachers or with Kru Ploy herself, the owner and your host at Mala Dhara during your stay. Ploy’s yoga training background is in Ashtanga and Anusara and she is known throughout Chiang Mai’s yoga community and northern Thailand to have a vigorous yoga practice but a gentle heart. She is a regular guest yoga teacher at Wild Rose Yoga Studio in the old city of Chiang Mai and you are definitely in for a treat when Ploy is available for private yoga instruction at Mala Dhara. Yoga classes at Mala Dhara are held in one of the two yoga shalas: either next to the saltwater pool with comfortable fans, soft lighting, and cozy atmosphere or in the organic gardens on the edge of the resort with a natural breeze and wide expansive views of the misty mountains and verdant rice fields.

Sample Daily Schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Mala Dhara!

16:30 Opening circle

17:00 Gentle joint or Yin yoga class

18:30 Nourishing dinner

Day 2

06:30 Sunrise meditation

07:10 Cleansing Kriyas (Tea with healthy snack)

08:00 Yoga Asana – modified Ashtanga

10:00 Nourishing breakfast

11.00 Private massages & salt water pool/nap/free time

12:00 Nourishing lunch

14:00 Cave or hot springs visit

16:30 Yin yoga

18:00 Nourishing dinner

19:00 Free time or improvised musical jam

21:00 Sleep well. Sweet dreams

Day 3

06:30 Sunrise meditation

07:10 Cleansing Kriyas (Tea with healthy snack)

08:00 Yoga Asana – modified Ashtanga

10:00 Nourishing breakfast

12.00 Healthy cooking class

13:30 Nourishing lunch

14:30 Private massages & salt water pool/nap/free time

17:00 Flow and glow (Yoga & steam and fire)

18:30 Herbal, steam & body scrubbing, and fire circle

19:00 Nourishing dinner

20:00 Fire circle

21:00 Sleep well. Sweet dreams

Day 4

06:30 Slow walk meditation

07:10 Breathing practice plus tea break

08:00 Yoga Asana – modified Asthanga

10:00 Nourishing breakfast

11:00 Group hugs – closing circle

13:00 Nourishing lunch

Good bye!

A visit to the caves of Mae On - with their monkey lined forested stairways, statue adorned caves and swinging vistas of the surrounding valleys. Includes a moderate to challenging hike.

A trip to the local hot springs in place of Mala Dhara Herbal Steam and Body Scrub

  • Ploy Aissarajun

    Ploy Aissarajun is the creator and founder of Mala Dhara Eco Resort and yoga retreat center. She is a strong Ashtangi, known in Chiang Mai as a hand-stander and lover of all things organic. Her strong practice, skills, and strength are in equal proportion to her gentle nature, warm heart, and propensity for laughter while teaching. Ploy teaches a weekly class at the Wild Rose Yoga Studio in the old city of Chiang Mai and is equally comfortable teaching beginner and advanced level asana classes.

This retreat will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Nine nourishing meals will be served (INCLUSIVE) during this retreat. At the Mala Dhara Eco Resort and yoga retreat center, they like food, they like eating, and they like to share. The Kin Dee Restaurant is the very heart of the Mala Dhara and reflects their attitudes and ethos. They like their food fun, fresh, local, organic, and quality in every way possible. They strive to pour their hearts out, laugh until it hurts, and take the source, quality, and taste of all of their ingredients seriously.

The Mala Dhara yoga retreat offers ample time to rest or enjoy the local surroundings. For some, this means cycling through the plentiful rice fields or taking a 10-minutes scooter ride to the local hot springs. For others, a good read at the poolside or stroll through the countryside may be more their speed.

All participants on a Mala Dhara Yoga Holiday Retreat receive one hour of Thai Massage Or Cooking Class as part of the weekend package. Additional massages are also always available for booking in your free time.

  • 1 Cooking class
  • 1 Massage
  • 1 Steam or hot springs
  • 1 Trip to the local Caves
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 9 nourishing meals
  • Daily meditation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Transportation

Driving directions from Doi Saket

  • Once you reach the town of Doi Saket, about 30 minutes from the city of Chiang Mai, you can easily follow Mala Dhara signs starting on the corner of rural road 4039 and found throughout the next six kilometers directly to Mala Dhara.
  • As you enter the town of Doi Saket, with the temple steps looming large and directly in front of you, you will see the local traffic light.
  • Take a right at this light and proceed approximately one kilometer until you see a large grouping of signs on your left.
  • Take a left here and proceed for approximately 50 meters to take a right on rural road 4039
  • You will see the final Mala Dhara sign just before the resort on your left.
  • Here, you will take a left and then a very quick right down Mala Dhara Eco Resort's frontage road parallel to the rice fields and the venue. Proceed from here directly to the entrance.
  • There are multiple ways to approach Mala Dhara from the town of Doi Saket, so please feel free to use your Google map suggestions and approach them using a different route. Each one is scenic and offers a different experience and views.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. If you are arriving at the Chiang Mai International Airport and you are unsure of how to proceed, let Mala Dhara Eco Resort assist you in arranging your car and driver services directly from the airport to Mala Dhara. Please contact them with as much possible in advance notice for this assistance.

If you would prefer to arrange your own taxi service from the airport, please ask them for a map to print and provide to you before your departure, to be given to your driver. Also, please feel free to give your driver their phone number for personal assistance.

If you are coming from Chiang Mai, they are also more than happy to assist you in arranging your car and driver services to Mala Dhara. For groups holding events at Mala Dhara, please contact Mala Dhara Eco Resort directly regarding transportation options and prices for your group.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Bee Bee Seah from Singapore

    2017-Jul-03 11:56:46

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    Review by Tara Lee from United Kingdom

    Best part of our trip to Thailand

    CONS Cons: The bamboo villa has an outdoor style bathroom, which is nice if you like the rustic experience, but if you aren't the biggest fans of bugs (and a fair amount of mosquitos) I would recommend one of the other villas which have fully indoor bathrooms. The villas are all beautiful otherwise!

    PROS Pros: The food here is absolutely delicious. We couldn't wait until mealtimes and the food was always beautifully presented, healthy and very tasty! The setting is beautiful, with a saltwater pool straight out of a 5* hotel. Everyone who works here is very friendly and goes out of their way to make your time there as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. There are a number of cats and dogs here which are all friendly and if you like animals it's very sweet having them all around. The yoga itself was challenging but good and Ploy is very inspiring. I'd happily come back here again and would recommend it to all of my friends.

    2017-May-02 08:35:54

  • Review by Lene Refsgaard from Denmark
    9 out of 10

    "I enjoyed my stay incredibly much."

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  • Review by Rosalie Wilmot from Washington
    10 out of 10

    "A too good to be true, imaginative, and wondrous space run by a fierce and beautiful woman. The MalaDhara is a truly magical eco resort to spend time unwinding, reflecting and connecting with nature. The food is fresh and delicious and the yoga classes are expertly crafted."

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  • Review by Akhira Thongphat from Phang Nga
    10 out of 10

    "Room is comfortable, cozy and peace. Best escape from city. Try Kindee restaurant they serve a healthy but super delicious food. Love it"

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  • Review by Traveller from Asia
    9 out of 10

    "Mala Dhara Eco Resort was an absolutely wonderful place for my 5 day yoga, meditation, and wellness retreat. I was so delighted with my experience-- beautiful and unique villas; amazing food full of flavors, colors and texture; a heavenly herbal steam & scrub night; going for an outdoor soak at the nearby Sippa Hot Springs; practicing yoga and meditation overlooking the rice fields; and swimming in the saltwater pool. Above all, it was the warmth and energy of the staff that stood out to me. Ploy and her team genuinely care about the guests, and you can feel the love radiating out of their presence. They do so much, yet are so at ease and humble. To embody so many of these qualities is quite rare! Thank you for taking care of me."

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  • Review by a traveler from Taiwan

    "That is a such amazing clam resort when we had comfortably stayed .I looking forward seeing ploy who is very warm and extellgent person ."

    "It is great experience there !"

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  • Review by Lane Utley from Idaho
    9 out of 10

    "The only thing I would have liked was more towels. There was no towels for the pool. Also it would be nice to have bath mats!!"

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  • Review by Tasha Chuang from New York
    10 out of 10

    "Had an amazing time at MalaDhara and met many cool people there - both the visitors and staff. Poly was such a warm and lovely person, a great host and talented yoga teacher and artist. Was impressed with the architecture with attention to detail, the organic food, and the natural environment."

    "I am so very glad I lucked out and found the place to spend my year end retreat to recharge and refresh. Cant wait to be back there. I signed up for my Yoga class and will be in better shape when I return. :)))"

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  • Review by Sam Bloomfield
    10 out of 10

    "Lush, friendly, seriously amazing salads, and the steam room has to be tried to be believed. This place is so romantic, from swallows to water buffalo, cacao and tamarind body scrubs (we are most of ours before we managed to put it on our bodies) and genuine, vibrant staff looking after you. Add in the 'main' attraction of adobe earth ship buildings to stay and luxuriate in, with the feeling of having become family after just one night and a new healthy addiction has just begun!"

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  • Review by Toinette S from Singapore
    9 out of 10

    "My husband and I wanted a quiet weekend getaway and decided to book a two night stay (Friday - Sunday) at Mala Dhara in early December. We learned about Mala Dhara from Wild Rose yoga studio (great studio in Chiang Mai) and were excited to check out this great new place. We were not disappointed. The villa we decided to book was the rain drop villa, it was a hard choice because all the villas look so spectacular but we decided to go with the rain drop room for it's uniqueness. "


    "The villa itself is was very comfortable. There was great wifi in the room and throughout the grounds, which was great because when we arrived on Friday afternoon we had some work to finish so we were super glad to have the strong connection to finish our work with ease. "


    "Inside the room all the furniture and fixtures were elegantly placed and beautiful, you could tell that each this room (probably all the rooms) were meticulously put together to ensure your comfort and happiness. "


    "I really enjoyed the masculine and feminine touches within the room, the strong wooden furniture, mixed with the soft brown romantic lighting, it was great. My favorite part was the bed, so cozy and soft, the blankets were delicious! This time of the year it's quite chilly in Chiang Mai, and at the resort as well, but inside our room we were nice and toasty. "


    "During the day we simply hung out, enjoyed the mountain views, the great organic food, the saltwater pool (yes, we jumped in even though it was cold, we jumped in with our clothes too just cuz we wanted to get a fun couple shot). If you are an animal lover you'll also appreciate the friendly cats and dogs that roam the grounds, so cute! "


    "On this particular weekend there was a yoga workshop that we attended that was based on dance and movement, I can't remember the exact name of it but it was fun and different. There was also a sauna party taking place that we both enjoyed alot. "


    "You get to pick your own scrub based on your skin type. First you enter the igloo looking sauna, let the herbal- eucalyptus steam warm your body and open your pores, then you exit cover your body with your scrub, enter sauna again to allow the scrub to seep into your skin and make it succulent. Then exit rinse and repeat! "


    "For a person like me, who is always working online and needs to truly be pulled out of the city life to reconnect with myself, my partner and the earth around me, this place is heaven. I truly loved my stay, and recommend it for others looking to get away and enjoy some great peace and quiet."

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  • Review by Cada D from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "A perfect getaway not far from Chiang Mai city center. Gorgeous buildings, landscape, view, yoga sala and pool. Kind, friendly and comfortable atmosphere to help you rejuvenate and unwind. Love this place! I went with friends and had a great time swimming in the clean and crisp pool, steaming in the herbal sauna hut, staring off into the green scenery at the restaurant and walking around the rice fields to visit the buffalo. The bed was great (much softer than you usually get in Thailand) and it was soothingly quite for sleeping."

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  • Review by jimjamp from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "This was my second visit here, the first was for a private party a couple of weeks before and I loved it so much we booked to return!"

    "The owner Ploy is amazing and has created the most incredible haven of adobe villas nestled in the rice paddies, complete with water buffalo, ducks, dogs and cats. "

    "This time we stayed in the Raindrop and Hobbit villas and previously in the Mala villas; all of which are wonderful and have their own unique touches. The beds are comfortable and we had great sleep; the bathrooms are finished to a really high standard and have truly hot water (hard to find in Thailand!)"

    "We fired up the steam sauna room - for a small additional cost - and it was totally worth it! Very cleansing and satisfying; and Ploy and her team provided snacks, water and tea alongside, plus sarongs to wear in the sauna or dry with. "

    "The saltwater pool is a great place to just chill out and relax. And the restaurant serves delicious food; the breakfast dishes are my favourite."

    "We had a private yoga lesson with Ploy in the sala by the pool - also at an additional cost and again totally worth it. "

    "A truly magical retreat only 40 minutes away from Chiang Mai city life."

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  • Review by Kee Thanapakeerathithakol
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful countryside scenery resort along with Kin Dee restaurant. Lovely breakfast both Thai and vegan. The second floor of Kin Dee is recommended for the best spot for the sunset dinner. Would love to go back again."

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mala Dhara Eco Resort is a yoga retreat center located in the Doi Saket area of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

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