Thailand Wellness Retreat November 2022

A 12-night wellness and yoga Thailand retreat visiting the iconic areas of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Thale Noi lotus lake and the outstanding white beaches of Koh Bulone Ley, a tropical paradise. On our wellness retreat we will participate in yoga, meditation, different mindfulness practices and talks while travelling around this beautiful country.

Thailand Wellness Retreat

12 day Thailand wellness retreat. This fully-escorted retreat takes you on a spiritual and meditative journey through different areas of this beautiful, colourful country. On our fully escorted trip in Thailand we will begin in the bustling city of Bangkok, home to some of the most amazing treasures of Thailand. We will head into the northern town of Chiang Mai, with visits to the White Temple and time to practice our mediation. Thale Noi lotus lake is an incredible part of Thailand, and watching the artisanal fishermen at sunrise is a highlight of the trip. Our tour will end on the tropical paradise of Koh Bulon Ley and the beautiful coconut lined tropical beach with ample opportunity for snorkelling. Throughout this wellness journey we will nourish with yoga, quiet experiences, massage, hiking, snorkelling, food, culture and mindfulness. On our fully guided tour our professional teachers and guides will lead us in yoga, travel with mindfulness and wellness activities incorporated throughout the trip.

Prices from £3,300 / $4,420 per person based on 2 sharing. 

Day 1: Bangkok (6th Nov 2022)

Arrival in the capital city of Bangkok to begin our Thailand Wellness Retreat. Please let us know what time (and into which airport) you are arriving. One of our tour leaders will be waiting to pick you up and take you to the hotel. You may arrive in time to enjoy additional activities, which will be coordinated with your group leader. In the evening we will enjoy and orientation chat and dinner together to get to know each other. 


Day 2: The Grand Temple (7th November)

This morning we enjoy our first breakfast in Bangkok. Breakfast is included here at the hotel, and the group will meet in the hotel lobby at an arranged time to depart for the day’s activities.


We will be taking a private tour today to some of the best known and most important sites that Bangkok has to offer. Our private transport and local guide will be waiting for us at the hotel to start our day of exploration of the city. We will be heading first to the Chinatown area, where we will visit the largest solid gold Buddha in the world, located in Wat Traimit temple. This is a Royal temple and famous for the enormous gold Buddha image it houses.

Later, we visit the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city's most famous landmark is one of our stops today. Built in 1782, and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.

Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat PhraKaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

Important Note about the Grand Palace:
A strict dress code applies. The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).

We also visit Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat PhraChetuphon, which is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. As well, Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, as it was the first massage school.

Wat Arun, the most iconic temple of Bangkok is located on Thonburi side of Bangkok, almost opposite to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Built during seventeenth century on the bank of the Chao Phraya river, its full name 'Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan' is rather hard to remember so it is often called 'Temple of Dawn. The distinctive shape of Wat Arun consists of a central 'Prang' (a khmer style tower) surrounded by four smaller towers all incrusted with faience from plates and potteries. The stairs to reach a balcony on the main tower are quite steep, usually easier to climb up than to walk down, but the view from up there is really worth it. Despite its name, the Temple of Dawn looks amazing at sunset.

We take a ride on one of the longtail boats that the country is famous for. The Chao Phraya is a major transportation artery. A vast network of ferries and water taxis, known as long tails, ferry locals and tourists up and down the river, connecting with the city's main sights. For many, these boats are the preferred way of getting around Bangkok, whose streets are often choked with traffic. This is a chance to see life on and alongside the river.

We return to the hotel later this afternoon, where you can enjoy the pool or gardens, or the surrounding area. We will have a short yoga and meditation session tonight before setting you free to enjoy the city. If you would like to explore, please ask your tour leaders for information.


Day 3: Chiang Mai (8th November)

A short flight will take us to Chiang Mai, where our transport will be waiting to transfer us to the hotel and wellness centre. We have a relaxed afternoon to enjoy. A massage is included in your stay here, so this may be a good time to partake of that. We have a guided yoga class in the afternoon and a chat on gratefulness, after which we will explore the local market, where you can take your pick from a full smorgasbord of Thai delights for dinner. Chiang Mai night market is well known and stretches across many blocks of the city with many foodstalls, trinkets, tourist items, clothing and a whole lot more. It's busy, bright and colourful.


Day 4: Exploration and Doi Inthanon (9th November)

This morning we will partake in a guided mindful eating practice while we enjoy our delicious breakfast. Our private guide will then take us out for a day in nature to the Doi Inthanon National Park today, with many highlights such as a visit to the highest point of Thailand 2,585 masl/8,481fasl and also the two holy relics pagodas with their beautiful gardens. Another opportunity for some personal quiet reflection. 

A highlight of the days is an easy 2 hour walk in the countryside, through forests, waterfalls and farmlands. During this hike we will take some time to do a mindful walking exercise. The walk visits the local coffee area where we visit a local farm and coffee producer and try some of their wonderful produce. At the end of the visit you can buy coffee directly from the local farm.

This evening you have free time to enjoy the city of Chiang Mai for dinner or wandering around the market. You might check into one of the many available massage clinics open in the evening. 


Day 5: The White Temple (10th November)

We begin the day with a good breakfast as we have a long day ahead, you can bring in your mindful eating practices. We travel north to the iconic White Temple. Wat Rong Khun is a modern Buddhist Temple with some incredible and intricate art. The building is not expected to be fully finished until 2070.

Among the incredible art look for Hello Kitty and Harry Potter along with Buddha and the Dalai Lama in the main temple. You will also visit the Karen tribe - the ladies known for their long necks. From a young age they are adding the rings to their necks as a long-standing tradition and we are visiting to help preserve those traditions. Later today, when we arrive back to the hotel, it will feel wonderful to have a short yin yoga session to finish our day together. Your then free to go for dinner. 


Day 6: Doi Suthep and Trang (11th November)

We will have to time to get organised and pack before breakfast and our South bound travel.  On our way to the airport, we will visit the beautiful temple of Doi Suthep that looks out over the city. We can take the over 300 beautiful steps stopping to look at the fabulous sculptures before gaining entry to the temple which is known as one of the most sacred and is necessary on any visit to Chiang Mai. We can spend time exploring pagodas, shrines, staties, bells and the museum. 

A short flight from Chiang Mai will take us to the city of Trang, from where we make our way to Phatthalung. Along the route we will visit the Khao Phu Khao Ya National Park which boasts a pristine forest. On arrival at our hotel we have the rest of the afternoon free to relax by the pool or get a massage before meeting in the evening for a meditation or yoga session, you can decide which suits you.


Day 7: Phatthalung (12th November)

Over the next few days we will enjoy some of the temples and natural areas around the city. After an early breakfast, we can head out to the most famous landmark in Phatthalung, Khoa Oak Talu, Punch Cliff Mountain. We will walk up to the huge hole that goes directly through the middle of the mountain. This trail is a good way to burn off some calories as it consists of 1226 man-made steps to the top. Along the trail are breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and the rice paddies below. There is another trail, which leads to an amazing temple and a large Buddha, for those who are up for a bit more walking. We need to do this activity early in the morning, before it gets too hot.

Later, we will head off to Wat Khao Or, which is one of the oldest Wicha temples in all of southern Thailand. Within its compound lies the famous Tham Chatthanbanpot, a sacred cave where Holy rites and ceremonies were once held. Folklore tells that in the past this cave was inhabited by hermit monks who possessed knowledge of an ancient magic. Later, it became the centre for magic gurus. These gurus, intent on preserving their knowledge, taught magic, mantra and herbal medicine to the people. This temple also houses footprints of the Phra Buddha. 

After our visit here, we head back to town to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After enjoying some local delicacies, we will travel to one of the most important temples in the area – Wat Tham Khuha Sawan. This ancient temple was built during the Ayutthaya period and was later upgraded to be the first royal temple in the province. Phatthalung is one of the 12 original royal cities of Thailand. Inside the temple cave is a large reclining Buddha image and another in a sitting posture. The cave walls and entrance are full of initials of many kings and royal family members who once visited the temple grounds. We can also take a short climb to the lookout to have a view of the city.

We will return to the hotel to discuss our gratefulness programme, dinner and some free time. 


Day 8: Temples and Waterfalls (13th November)

Today, after breakfast, we will visit one of the most beautiful temple complexes, Wat Tham Sumano. This temple cave complex is quite new compared to the others – legally appointed in January, 1992. It was founded by Master Monk Dej Sumano in April, 1987. While praying in the Emerald Buddha hall of Wat Phra Keaw in Bangkok, he was asked to find the perfect cave to be the centre for Dharma Buddhism. He was shown the cave in a dream in 1982, but during pilgrimages in the following years did not find it, until in 1986, during meditation, he was told that the cave would be in Phatthalung. In 1987, he finally found the small mountain and cave exactly as he had envisioned it five year earlier. Given the land by people of faith to develop the centre, there have been 18 caves in total found here – some have been developed and others not.

This afternoon we will either visit the dam for a boat ride on the reservoir for a dip in a remote spot, or we will have a trip to see Phraiwan and Ton Pgra Tong waterfalls. During this afternoons activity we will have a meditation in nature session. The decision of where will be weather dependant. 


 

Day 9: Thale Noi (14th November)

This morning we will have an early rise, before sunrise. We head off to Thale Noi and take the longtail boat trip through the lotus lake, arriving just as the sun is rising. The lake is also home to water buffalo and over 260 species of bird and where the Ban Thale Noi fishermen still practice fishing by dipping large nets into the lake.  We enjoy breakfast along the lake after the boat trip and before getting back into our private vehicle to drive approximately 3 hours to the small local pier at Pakbara where we take the boat for an hour to Koh Bulon Ley. 

We will take a boat across the sea to what can only be described as a tropical paradise island. This is where we spend the next 4 nights partaking in yoga classes on the beach, snorkelling, boat trips, meditation, gratefullness and mindfullness. 

Once we are settled we will meet to partake in a chakra cleansing meditation session. Evening free. 


 

Day 10: Personal Exploration (15th November)

A wonderful day for some relaxation. We have the option of yoga and mindfulness activities today with the rest of the day free to enjoy the beach, the crystal-clear waters or even your included massage. It is highly recommended to take some of the included snorkelling equipment and head out to explore the incredible underwater world. Dinner is also included today.  


 

Day 11: Koh Bulon Ley(16th November)

We will kick off the day with a morning meditation session, that will last about 40 mins with time for discussion also. We then head out on our private long boat, one that is typical of the area. We have more time to snorkel further out from our tropical island paradise, we will visit a couple of small islands that are close to Koh Bulon Ley. We will take a small pack of snacks and have an early dinner together in the evening. 


 

Day 12: Free day on the island (17th November)

We will continue with yoga and meditation. The rest of the day is free to explore. If you walk about 15 minutes from the hotel you will come to the village of the Sea Gypsies and a great place to see huge monitor lizards. You can also spend time aroud the hotel, watching hornbills and the small boats that pass by the hotel.  The rest of the day is free.

We will have a late afternoon option of gentle yoga and mindfullness and a farewell dinner to discuss the experiences we have had and the lifelong friendships made. 


 

Day 13: The Return Home (18th November)

Our Thailand Yoga Retreat has its last session this morning before breakfast and a last opportunity to chat and reflect on all that our trip has brought to us. We depart a bit after breakfast for the airport in Trang and your flight home, onwards to your next destination, or return to Bangkok. This trip will take around 3.5 hours in total. Let us know if you would like to extend your plans in other areas of Thailand.

Returning to Bangkok for your international flight home or onwards and need more services, such as a flight from Krabi to Bangkok, hotel night or transfers? Ask us to add these on to your itinerary and pricing to complete your trip without any worries.

 

Thailand

We have a great eye for a hotel having worked in international tourism for over 20 years. In each place we have visited and potentially stayed at the hotels we use. We will always use confortable twin rooms in convenient 3 to 4 star properties. A final list of properties will be given to you in your pre departure information. A selection of what we may use;  

Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai  our home is the beautiful Marnadee Resort. Perched on the river with stunning grounds and a focus on wellness. 

Koh Bulon Ley

We will stay at the beautiful Bulone Resort on the island of the same name. The hotel consists of small bungalows, close to the beach. Most of the bungalows are beachside or with sea view. The rooms are simple, well appointed and come with wifi included. 

Getting there

For our Thailand Wellness Retreat please arrive to Bangkok BKK airport Thailand around midday on the 6th of November 2022 for transfer to the city to begin the yoga retreat. 

Coming back

Arrange departure anytime on the 18th of November 2022 at the end of the yoga and mindfulness retreat. These flights should be from Krabi airport, Thailand. 
There are international flights from all over the world to Thailand. We can help you look at the best schedule for you.

Included

  • Yoga or wellness classes on a daily basis
  • Professional 24 hour a day tour leader
  • Yoga Equipment (bring your own mat)
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 2 massages, one in Chiang Mai and one on Koh Bulon Ley
  • Guided tours
  • Transport from Bangkok airport and to Krabi airport
  • Entrance fees for included day trips

Excluded

  • Flights, insurance, tips and gratuities
  • Extra meals not included in the programme
  • Beverages
  • Other massages and spa treatments

How much yoga will we do?

In general we will have 2 classes a day, one in the morning of 90 minutes and one in the afternoon of 60 to 90 minutes that may also include meditation. You do not need to take both classes every day however, it's up to you.

Do I need to be a yoga expert?

These yoga retreats are for any standard of yogi from absolute beginner to expert. We host two groups separated by experience and confidence, and we will decide what group you are in the first day. If you'd later like to swap between the two just let us know. In addition, if you would like to travel with a non-yogi, ask us about special pricing.

Are all meals vegetarian/vegan?

We cater for all dietary requirements, and while some of our centres will be 100% vegetarian, most will have vegan and non-vegan options. When we have lunch or dinner out however, you can eat whatever you like. Do let us know any preferences.

Do you provide visas?

We do not provide visas, but we can help you if you do require one.

Do you include international air tickets?

We do not include these as our guests come from all over the world, but with our many years experience in this field we can help find the best routing for you.

Can I have a single room?

You can have a guaranteed single room by paying the single supplement.

Can I share a room?

If you would prefer not to pay the single supplement you can share a room with a person of the same sex. We will pair you with a room partner.

What should I bring?

Every guest is required to bring their own yoga mat. Otherwise, ask us about packing lists for each specific destination. We will supply blocks, straps and blankets.

Thailand Wellness Retreat November 2022

12 Night Yoga Retreat with accommodation, meals & tours.

$4,420 usd / £3,300 gbp per person*

*Based on twin sharing.
Please ask for single supplement if you prefer your own room.