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7 Days Yoga and Detox Retreat in Koh Pangan, Thailand

  • The Yoga Retreat, 65/4 Moo 8, Koh Phangan, Surat thani, Thailand 84280


Yoga and Detox Holiday in Thailand

The Yoga Retreat welcomes you to a special package that offers both 5 days of yoga basic elements and 7 days detox. We believe in self-healing and that students are their own best teachers. Our aim is to provide you the tools to deepen your personal awareness, improving your health and your personal development via detox programs, hatha yoga, Mysore style Ashtanga yoga, chakra balancing, and meditation. Whether you are a beginner or professional yoga teacher, the Yoga Retreat is the perfect complement to a relaxing tropical holiday.

The Yoga Retreats mission

We encourage you to listen to your body and will serve as guides to help you through your own individual transformation; we believe you are your own best teacher. You will learn tools to change your life positively: yoga, chakra healing, detox and meditation. Hopefully you will take them home as well.


  • Shakes & elixirs
  • One yoga classes daily
  • Daily lectures on theory and philosophy
  • Use of herbal steam room
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Beach hopping

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Available only for students on courses or retreats, there are six rooms that offer an encouragement towards the simplicity of living in the midst of natural surroundings. Open your windows to the tropical weather of southern Thailand or enjoy the cool breeze from a fan. There are en-suite private rooms.

This special offer of mixing your detox with a 5 day basic elements course means you get two classes of yoga a day and daily lectures on the theory and philosophy of yoga. This unique course also covers the eight limbs of yoga, posture, as well as alignment. Courses start every Monday at 7.30 am. Retreat students should make plans to arrive the weekend before the course starts. You can arrive for this retreat/course every Friday to Sunday, depending on room availability.


This unique course covers the basic elements of yoga, including the eight limbs of yoga, philosophy, postures, and alignment.

Preparing for your detox in Thailand

Prepare your body: pre-cleanse. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods and try to eliminate alcohol, coffee, and other stimulants. Eat fruit and vegetables.

Prepare your mind: set your objective, read about detox, and talk to people who have done it. Also, let people know you are doing it. Support is always great, and the more the support, the least amount of obstacles. At the Yoga Retreat, you can choose whether you do the pre-cleanse with us; in which case wed provide you the healthy nourishing foods you need. The choice is yours.

During your detox

During your detox, no food at all is the best policy. This means no chewing of anything. You should take as much fluids as possible as to not shock your body, and replace essential minerals. During the detox, most people expect to remove and clear all types of buildups and blockages. You will be releasing blockages on a physical, mental, and emotional level. For some people, this emotional stirring up and clearing can sometimes be negative. Please try not to be influenced by other people. Surrender to your emotions and honor them as this is one of the greatest benefits of detox. You should also get plenty of rest/sleep during your detox. Daily exercise is very important for weight loss and release of toxins.

Post detox

As critical as the detox is itself, these are the days when you reintroduce solids into your system. Be patient and be aware. Youll be surprised to know that the first few bites do not feel as good as you imagine. Some people feel a bit of anxiety as well. Stay positive and stay clear. This is the time of reflection and self-discovery. Your body will be more sensitive than ever before and it is the perfect time to start listening seriously and identify what things suit your body and what doesnt suit it so well.

  • Shelley Smith

    Shelley's journey on the path of yoga began in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan in 1999 and she has gained knowledge and experience through many different styles of yoga and meditation along the way. Her experiences teaching and continually learning led her a personal practice of Ashtanga yoga in 2007 and she has maintained a dedicated Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga practice ever since, making annual trips to India to continue her study with Sri K. Pattabhi & R. Sharath Jois, and Saraswathi. Shelley has fully experienced and embraced the power of yoga to positively transform one's body & mind.

  • Sara Ramalho Matos

    Sara trained under the expert wisdom of the Himalayas, with courses certified in the yoga alliance, all focus on Hatha, Asthanga Vinyasa and Sivanada yoga, with qualification in asanas, pranayama, anatomy, meditation and yoga philosophy. At the moment she teaches regular flow classes influenced by Ashtanga, arm balances, inversions, core work all offered in an accessible and playful way with devotion and love.

  • Elise Greenspoon

    Elise first began her inquiry into yoga in 2005 when she was studying for her bachelor's degree in linguistics, English and religion. Initially, Kundalini yoga was the main focus, but after completing a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, she found her true passion for Ashtanga yoga.Her background in sport & rehabilitation and her passion for self-inquiry and healing led her to the study of Ayurveda and body work, and has since become a certified Ayurvedic massage therapist, as well a certified past life regression therapist.

Embraced by the quietness of the jungle, the Yoga Retreat is just ten minutes away from Haad Salad Beach where you will find all the services you need. An ideal location for those who want a balanced holiday, including a tropical-natural paradise, close but not too close to the effervescent nightlife are available in the island.


  • Koh Samui Airport, 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Activities
  • Diving
  • Kayak
  • Night club nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Steam room
  • General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental

There are shakes and elixirs that will be given to you during the retreat. Detox shakes that have Physillum husk and Benonite clay inside which will be taken thrice a day, Spirulina, unlimited water, Vitamin C, fresh coconut water, herbal teas all throughout the day, Thai Noni Juice, sea salt, and soup broth.

There are many other activities that you can do apart from yoga on Koh Phangan. There is kirtan, chanting singing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, elephant rides, a jungle, mountain walking, beach hopping, and waterfalls. And of course there is always a party during the night.

  • Yoga sessions twice a day
  • Daily lectures
  • 7 nights accommodation en-suite
  • Shakes, juices, vitamins, and elixirs
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions are not included in this course. You have to pay an additional 2,000 THB for each if you wish to include it. Any other activity that has not been mentioned above also are at extra cost.

Seasonals information

There are two seasons in southern Thailand: wet and dry. Although there are two different seasons, the temperature on Koh Phangan tends to remain fairly constant year round.

Its best to avoid the wettest months of September and November, but the weather conditions are determined by the monsoons. This can change and December can end up being very wet as well. The dry season tends to be from February to April. There is some rain year-round, but youll find the rain may only last a couple of hours a day which makes it manageable. The island tends to be most crowded between the months of November, December, February, March, and August while January and July can also be busy sometimes. Consider arriving in April, May, and June if you would like to avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices. If you are looking for a cheap beach holiday with lots of sunshine, the months October and September are best to not miss.

Extension options

We charge 500 THB, 400 THB, and 300 THB depending on what type of room you're staying in. Please do tell us in advance.

Passport / visa

To enter Thailand, you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of entry. Most nationalities can obtain a 30 day visa which is given upon entry. If you are anticipating staying longer, then apply for a 60 day visa costing 15 USD before leaving. It is always best to check with the Thai Embassy in your home country before travelling. If you don't want to leave the country and come back, then you can now have your visa extended for 10 or 15 days at the Immigration Office on Koh Samui for a fee of between around 1500 THB. If you overstay the visa you have, then there is a 200 THB daily fee with a 20,000 THB limit. This is not recommended when you have so many other choices.


Courses or boosters usually advised are Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Other vaccines to consider are Cholera, Diphtheria, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies, and Typhoid. Yellow fever vaccination certificate required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Additional information

For more information ask your questions directly to The Yoga Retreat who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.

Arrival by airplane

Getting to Koh Phangan is quite straight forward, with regular rail and air links running daily from Bangkok. Whether you are travelling from Malaysia in the south or Bangkok in the north, you should make your way to the town of Surrathani on the mainland and catch any of the numerous boat services from there. If you decide to fly, you should head for the island of Koh Samui using Bangkok airways. For comprehensive details, the following links will be of great use:,,,

For information about the booking conditions, please send The Yoga Retreat-Koh Phangan an inquiry.
  • Review by Chanel from Dubai

    "I spent 6 days at the Yoga Retreat and it was exactly what I wanted and more. Firstly, the yoga classes and teachers were brilliant, and I have left the retreat with a deeper understanding and connection to the practice. I am relatively new to yoga, but have learnt so much in those few days. The people there were outstanding, especially Claire Yates who made sure everyone was taken care of. The Raw Cafe was delicious and looked forward to every meal there! Words cannot describe how awesome that time at the retreat was, I cannot wait to go back! " Website, edited

  • Review by Kelley and Amber, from Dublin, Ireland

    "We stayed at the yoga retreat for the 5 day course and we loved it. They cater to all yoga levels with ease in their unled ashtanga classes. The classes were more challenging than we expected but so much more rewarding after our stay because we really pushed ourselves and because the classes weren't led, we were able to leave with the confidence to practice yoga by ourselves after. "

    "The accommodation was humble and very comforting. The food was amazing, some of the best food we'd had in Thailand (try the mango pie) but the whole experience was really made by the people there. Everyone was so welcoming and encouraging from the get go, creating a really lovely atmosphere in the place the whole time. Thank you to Teresa and Kes for having such dedication to their practice, and a big thanks to Claire for having a beautiful and open soul and being so easy to talk to, we really appreciate everything you did for us and we might just see you again in the future when we're back for more.", edited

  • Review by Chiara from Florence, Italy

    "I've stayed at the Yoga Retreat for a month with my best friend. We never did yoga before but we were looking to spend some time to take care of ourselves. "

    "At first we thought we would have not been able to go through a whole month of yoga. But in the end we were transformed physically and mentally.. Everyone was amazing, and our teachers, Theresa and Kes were fabulous. "

    "At the Yoga Retreat you have the chance to meet incredible people from all over the world and share experiences, travel tips, emotions and laughter. "

    "The food is really good. The place is super close to the beach (15 mins of walk) and overlooking the beautiful jungle."

    "I do miss every day of my stay and hope to be back very soon!!"

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  • Review by Pemmy85 from London, United Kingdom

    "Perfect in all ways. Good teachers, beautiful setting, relaxed and inclusive atmosphere and just generally amazing people to be around and develop our practice with. Oh and amazing vegan and vegetarian food!"

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  • Review by Austinite516 from Jaisalmer, India

    "I stayed at the yoga retreat for a week in May and had a great time! I have practiced yoga back home but it was my first encounter with Ashtanga. It was such a great experience and definitely a highlight of my trip. The people at the retreat are so welcoming and kind, the place had a really nice family feel to it. The food was also amazing. Thank you :)"

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  • Review by maaike756 from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    "Been there twice now, I love the energy and vibe. There's enough possibilities to connect with others, but if you prefer to unwind by yourself that's just totally fine as well. Totally helped me get back on a loving and healthy path! Love the way the yoga is taught! "

    "If you're extremely focused on luxury fancy resorts with not a single bug to be spotted, you might want to prep yourself before you go. The retreat is really next to the jungle but that's also the beauty of it!"

    "I will definitely be back as soon as possible:)!"

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  • Review by Lasse from Berlin, Germany

    "I was on a 5-day programme at The Yoga Retreat in May 2016 which was an absolutely amazing experience from the beginning to the end. "

    "I had never done Ashtanga Mysore before, but I quickly felt really comfortable going through the postures with all the guidance we got from Kes during the classes. The combination with Ashtanga Mysore in the morning and Hatha in the afternoon, beautifully guided by Sara and Claire, was a great combination that made me feel energised during the day and relaxed at the end of the day after the Hatha class. "

    "I opted for the meditation class with Teresa as well, where she guided us to a number of meditation practised that I could immediately take back home and start to practise on my own. "

    "The whole experience with being in the jungle and staying at a retreat and living closely together with other people (who happened to be amazing human beings) was really quite a transformational experience for me and come Friday, I was not ready to leave. Top that up with amazing vegan food and friendly caring staff and you got The Yoga Retreat on Koh Phangan!"

    "Thank you Teresa, Claire, Steph, Sara, Kes, Wim and the rest of the staff! I'll definitely be back!"

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  • Review by Radarh from Australia

    "My husband and I just finished the month long course and stayed at the shala! It was truly amazing! We both had the best time!"

    "I had very limited yoga exposure prior to attending here and the amount I have been able to come away with…wow! "

    "We are now "Ashtangies"…"

    "Mysore style is amazing and truly wonderfully conveyed by the yoga retreat team! Everyone went out of their way to treat you like a member of the family and not just a paying customer…the rooms were earthy and practical, the food was really amazing and nutritional!"

    "The beach picture is from Mae Head a 15 minute or so walk from the retreat!"

    "Thank you all and hopefully we will be back and you will see me in Lotus!"

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  • Review by Rachel Lewis from Sydney, Australia

    "The Yoga retreat is amazing! The overall yoga experience and accommodation was earthy and relaxing. Well, as relaxing as Mysore style Ashtanga can be. We stayed for the 30 day training, and stayed at the retreat. I now self practice and have one of the best lifestyle tools out there! We had lectures, meditation and pranayama practice, great for a solid introduction without complete overload, rooms were comfortable, although not air-conditioned, but that added to the experience for us, and the owners and staff really made us feel like part of a family. There are 3 beaches within a good walking distance, ranging from 15 to 35 minutes, we walked often." website, edited

  • Review by Larissa

    "The yoga, the philosophy class and the meditation was so great and deep! I really loved it and my body has already a little bit changed in this one week! And I felt that it was really good for my health. And the philosophy lessons and the meditation was great! The food is really healthy and fresh! Stuff is sooo nice and funny! Would go back anytime!"

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  • Review by a traveller from Tokyo, Japan

    "I had a 5 day introduction to Mysore Ashtanga. The class covered the practice in depth in morning asana, philosophy class with a group discussion, and various types of meditation daily. The teachers are very helpful and teaches yoga in traditional approach but also how it could be practiced to modern society to fit individual lifestyles."

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  • Review by Christiane from Hamburg, Germany

    "We stayed 10 days and had an absolutely wonderful time. The yoga classes are great, we both learned a lot, not only postures but also about the philosophy, meditation etc. But everything and everyone is down to earth and very kind. The food was one of the best we had in Thailand - (me as a meat-eater even liked the raw-food dishes...) Location: 10min walk downhill to a very nice beach. We would definitely come back again!"

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  • Review by a traveller

    "Everything was great - Steph welcomed me very warm and we had such much fun. I really enjoyed the Ashtanga Group and found my interest in meditation. The food was awesome! I really miss the breakfast bowl with coconut milk and I definitely will go back again having yoga lessons and my breakfast. Thank you so much!"

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  • Review by a traveller from Bergen, Norway

    "It was so nice to escape my everyday week to come to a place like this. I spent a whole month on the retreat and on the 30 days Ashtanga. I slept at Haad Salad beach, because the jungle was too noisy for me to sleep in, but other than that, the retreat was incredible. The teachers (so great and so kind), the retreat keepers, the students and the food is something I will not forget. It was 30 days with total relaxation. I rented a scooter to cruise around, and it was worth it. You can do a lot more and visit more places on the island with a scooter. Plus, it feel so good to ride in the wind in that warmth in May."

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  • Review by Craig Halpin

    "All of the staff were so welcoming, friendly & helpful."

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  • Review by Stacy Ly

    "I feel the retreat embodied everything yoga should be about- energy, spiritually, peace and growth"

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  • Review by Allison from New York, USA

    "I had a wonderful time at the retreat center. I found the yoga teachers to be extremely knowledgeable, the staff to be incredibly friendly, and helpful, and the environment to be warm and inspiring. I found the 3-day detox and 5-day yoga immersion to be eye opening. I can't wait to integrate the lessons that I learned at your center into my life in NYC. Thank you again for sharing your center with me. I hope that I will have the chance to return with my twin sister."

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  • Review by Carolyn

    " The Yoga Retreat has been the highlight of my 4 month trip in southeast Asia! Upon welcome, I was greeted with friendly and genuine smiles and upon staying, I gained knowledge that will last a lifetime. My teachers at The Yoga Retreat were very experienced and worked to make a personal connection with me both in and outside of class. The small class sizes allowed them to give me lots of personal attention to improve my practice as well. Both in and out of class, the teachers shared their knowledge on the practice of yoga and its rich spiritual traditions. My room at the retreat was cheerful and clean and the food was outstanding! I left The Yoga Retreat glowing. I leave The Yoga Retreat and its wonderful staff glowing recommendations. They will forever be my standard of a genuine, personal, friendly, and spiritual retreat. "

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  • Review by Lizzy from Australia

    " The purpose of my month long stay was to stay grounded and hopefully develop tools to deal with my anxiety and use these in daily life. The retreat, yoga, people, lectures, and teachers gave me these tools and more! Even though I am still a worrier, I feel more calm and relaxed about my future happiness and where I am going. Teachers were gentle, but strong. They gave me inner faith about myself. I loved the adjustments and correct alignment. The room was amazing. I will be dreaming about your hummus salad. "

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  • Review by Heidi

    "After 3 weeks at the retreat, my yoga has improved greatly due to adjustments which I have never received at home."

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  • Review by Sandra

    "I had a big breakthrough during practice and know this is only the beginning of a life long journey of self discovery."

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  • Review by Val

    "My lasting thought of the retreat, and one which I use constantly, is sitting at the end of a practice gazing out into the forest with a feeling of utter joy and calm."

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  • Review by Brady

    "I just want to thank you for a wonderful 5 days of yoga and philosophy. I appreciate your down to earth yet comprehensive approach to all aspects of yoga."

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Surat Thani, 84280, Thailand

The Yoga Retreat-Koh Phangan provides a nurturing environment to develop your practice and cultivate a better life.

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