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Join Wildland Adventures for an 8-day yoga trip and tours in Thailand. The country’s modern travel infrastructure and accommodations allow you to experience it all: bustling metropolises, majestic mountains, wondrous wildlife, pristine beaches, sleepy river valleys, and mouth-watering cuisine. As you discover Thailand, you'll experience countless opportunities for cultural and personal exploration!
During the retreat, you will stay in the following accommodations:
Situated on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Sand Sea Resort offers unforgettable views across the majestic limestone outcrops, golden sands, and clear water. All 123 rooms feature a private balcony of veranda, satellite TV, mini-bar, air conditioning, and a security box. Guests can enjoy one of the 2 outdoor pools, and the restaurant offers beachfront dining. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
Ananta is Sanskrit and it means limitless, eternal, and infinite. Ananta Meditation Center is a place for recharging your batteries and for personal evolution. It is not a monastery or a temple, and it is not devoted to any particular religious practice, it is simply a friendly place with a holistic approach to health. This 5-room house is modest yet comfortable. Linens are provided but you may want to bring a towel for the beach.
Asadang is located at the corner of an alley called Soi Phraya Si, where the 110 year old historic buildings have been restored keeping the authenticity while creating a meaningful interpretation of architectural and aesthetic cultural value of the heritage. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Rooms are furnished with a flat-screen satellite TV, safety box, and many modern comforts. The property has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout.
99 The Gallery Hotel is a modern boutique hotel with a touch of Chiang Mai contemporary design blended with the elegance of an art gallery. All of the 53 guestrooms are furnished with air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, electronic kettle, fridge, and a safe. The hotel is located just minutes from the Pae Gatea and the Chiang Mai night bazaar. There is a pool where visitors can unwind at, and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) and take private transportation to your hotel. After settling in, meet for a special welcome dinner and a spectacular theatrical performance featuring more than 150 performers, 500 costumes, acrobatics, animals, and dazzling pyrotechnical special effects. Sample the first of many delicious Thai dishes, like Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) and Gaimg Kieow Waan (green curry). Consider arriving a day early for acclimatization to Thailand’s time zone and climate. Overnight: Asadang (Bang Lumphu Room).
Embark on a full-day exploration of diverse, vibrant Bangkok. Travel by public river taxi on the River of Kings for a visit to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the kingdom. Next, explore Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. Inside, discover the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha. After lunch, board a long-tail boat to explore the Klongs, Bangkok’s maze of canals and waterways. From the water, witness parts of Thai traditional life that have disappeared from most of Bangkok. In the afternoon, visit the ancient Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, which is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok.
The tall, elongated, central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers that symbolize Mount Meru, the earthly representation of Hinduism’s thirty-three heavens. At Wat Arun, wander through pavilions that contain statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of his life. Stunning architecture and fine craftsmanship distinguish Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand.
Afterwards, you’ll head to River City for a nighttime biking tour that’ll capture Bangkok in a different light. Gone are the surging crowds and frenetic market activities that dominate the daytime hours; instead, discover a festival of illumination, with streets filled with traditional Chinese street lanterns, multi-colored shop signs, and evening diners wandering through Chinatown’s narrow streets.
Roam Bangkok’s largest flower market, ride alongside the Chao Phraya River, and watch boats traverse the night waters, all while magical views of the Memorial Bridge, the Grand Palace, and Bangkok’s ever-expanding skyline fill the horizon. You will cycle back to the starting point of your bike tour, where your guide will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel. Overnight: Asadang (Bang Lumphu Room).
Transfer to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival in Chiang Mai, you’ll attend a classic Thai cooking class at the home of the Raunkaew-Yanon family. Learn more about this family’s way of life as you explore the architecture of a traditional Thai house and rice barn. Roam the family orchard to admire the banana, mangos, and coconuts that grow there, then explore the herb-filled garden, where you’ll select fresh ingredients to use as you prepare your traditional Northern Thai meal.
Get to know this Thai family, be their houseguest for the day, and share a delicious meal with them! Drive to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a sacred temple that’s Chiang Mai’s most famous landmark. Climb the temple’s 300 steps flanked by nagas, traditional Thai deities, to reach the top of Doi Suthep, where stunning views will take away whatever breath you have.
When skies are clear, the incredible views offer a 360-degree panorama of the northern highlands. After soaking up the views, walk to Wat Srisuphan, the “silver temple,” where locals and visitors alike sit down and chat with the monks that reside there; the temple also offers an introduction to meditation. Afterwards, you will drive back to town and relax at your hotel or explore Chiang Mai’s bustling night market. Overnight: 99 The Gallery Hotel (superior room).
Prepare for another day of active fun with a drive through the charming agricultural Thai countryside north of Chiang Mai. You’ll arrive at Elephant Nature Park for a crash course in being a mahout, an elephant caretaker. At the park, you’ll get an overview of elephant life in Southeast Asia from your guide before learning how to lead and ride your elephant.
After lunch, put your elephant-wrangling skills to the test as you sit on the elephant’s back and use commands to navigate an easy ride through the forest and countryside. You’ll even guide your elephant into the river, where you can help bathe and wash them. Return to the main lodge where you’ll say goodbye to your pachyderm pal and transfer back to Chiang Mai. Overnight: 99 The Gallery Hotel (superior room).
Immerse yourself in the lush, green Thai jungle as you soar by zipline over the rainforest canopy. Zoom across 5 kilometers of ziplines, including 33 different platform stations, 3 hanging sky bridges, 2 rappel descents, and the longest zipline in Asia, clocking in at half a mile! Sky rangers will lead you throughout the journey, pointing out local flora and fauna while keeping a sharp eye out for the wild gibbons that populate the forest. Carefully navigate the “Kung Fu Steps,” an homage to Bruce Lee, where you can hop from one step to the next and traverse the “zigzag walkway” that sways and bounces as you cross.
Descend to the Mae Ram Valley by spiral staircase or, if you’re feeling adventurous, rappel down instead. End your day with a stroll across a 50-meter bamboo bridge past a towering waterfall and head back to the lodge.
Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Krabi. Fly from Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) to Krabi Airport(KBV) on flight (to be announced). You’ll arrive at Krabi, a seaside town on the east side of rock-studded, brilliantly blue Phang Nga Bay! Then, you will transfer to your hotel for a laid-back evening. Overnight: Sand Sea Resort (superior bungalow).
The Krabi area is an international mecca for rock climbing: incredible limestone routes rise straight out of the tropical waters below, offering an exciting challenge for people of all climbing abilities. A full-day introductory course to climbing will teach you the basic techniques you’ll need to safely scale beginner routes.
You’ll be instructed in safety measures, basic knots, top rope climbing, belaying, and equipment use - all while you channel your inner monkey on the spectacular limestone cliffs of Krabi! You’ll also trek through the Khao Luk Chosee cave perched 150 feet above sea level and experience a 50-foot rappel. Overnight: Sand Sea Resort (superior bungalow).
You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the pier at Ao Thalane. Board a long-tail boat and zoom off to Koh Hong, where you’ll hop in a sea kayak and start exploring the fantastically clear water around Hong Island. Here, you’ll have free time for swimming, snorkeling, or feeding the fish that populate the island’s shores.
After lunch, your long-tail boat takes a leisurely sightseeing cruise through the small islands that surround Hong Island. Once you return to Ao Thalane, you’ll jump back into your kayak to explore the area’s dense, wildlife-rich mangrove forests, limestone mountains, lagoons, and canyons.
In the bay of mangroves surrounded by towering karst formations and lovely offshore islands are complex channels, bays, and canyon-like passageways. You’re almost guaranteed to encounter several species of kingfishers, little herons, and crab-eating macaques. After an adventurous, wildlife-filled paddle, return to the pier, get changed, and head back to your hotel. Overnight: Sand Sea Resort (superior bungalow).
Early this morning, you’ll have a transfer from your hotel to the seaside Ananta Meditation Center. Experience the good life at this retreat in a quiet corner of Ao Nang, Krabi. A stay at Ananta is an investment in your body, your health, and your happiness. Your two days here will follow a routine with the center’s resident leaders.
The body program features yoga, tai chi, and massage, while the philosophy of life program features meditation to help you to start the day more centered and turn your attention to your roots in nature. Lunch includes fresh and local Thai cuisine, with vegetarian fare and prawns, fish, and chicken prepared by a professional chef and restaurateur host, Phot.
After lunch, you can have a relaxing massage, rest, or meditate in one of the retreat’s many calming locations, like the garden, the stream, in the jungle, or on one of the beaches nearby. If you’re interested in a massage, the resort offers a wide range of choices: Siam herbal massage, traditional Thai massage, essential oil massage, reflexology, relaxation massage, and massages in water. If you’re looking for a more active afternoon, put your hands to work helping the resident gardener. Dinner is followed by evening activities like yoga, meditation, or stargazing. Overnight: Ananta Meditation Center.
You will begin the day with breakfast, followed by the body program and the philosophy of life program. After lunch, you will bid farewell to the Ananta Center and southern Thailand. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok and your connecting flight home.
When Michael was 19-years-old, he traveled abroad for the first time, visiting Costa Rica for 6 weeks as part of study abroad program through the University of Delaware. Over that month-and-a-half, he managed to get hit (and almost killed) by a car, fall in love for the first time, learn how to communicate in a foreign language, and change his perspectives of the world, himself, and my life.
This retreat will take place in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Krabi.