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Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Are you in search of a relaxing and adventurous getaway? Look no further than the best yoga retreats in Thailand. As an experienced yoga teacher and solo traveler, I can tell you without any doubt that Thailand has some of the best yoga retreats in the world. 

From beachside havens to mountain escapes, there’s a yoga retreat in Thailand for every kind of traveler. 

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my top picks and insider tips for the ultimate yoga retreat experience in Thailand. So, roll out your travel yoga mat and get ready to find your zen in the Land of Smiles.

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

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Why Do Yoga In Thailand?

Thailand is a paradise for yoga enthusiasts, offering a unique blend of tropical landscapes, cultural richness, and spiritual tranquility. The country is home to a wide range of yoga retreats, from rustic eco-lodges to luxurious spa resorts, all of which offer a diverse range of yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin. 

Beyond the physical practice of yoga, Thailand’s spiritual traditions, and natural beauty make it an ideal destination for those seeking to deepen their meditation practice, learn from experienced teachers, and connect with like-minded individuals from around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner looking to learn the basics, Thailand’s yoga scene has something for everyone.

I did my very first yoga retreat in Thailand when I was backpacking in Thailand many moons ago. I can honestly say that it changed my life. But it also really helped me ground and center myself at a time when I was going through some pretty huge life changes (ending a relationship, selling my home, and deciding to become a Digital Nomad). So when I say yoga in Thailand holds a special place in my heart, that’s why!

If you are still not convinced here are a few reasons why yoga in Thailand is always a good idea!

  • Yoga can completely immerse yourself in Thailand’s rich cultural heritage and spirituality while practicing yoga
  • You get to enjoy a tropical paradise with stunning beaches, lush jungles, and breathtaking mountains
  • On any yoga retreat, you will connect with a community of like-minded individuals from around the world who share your passion for yoga and travel. I’m still in touch with 2 women I met on my yoga retreat in Thailand and that was almost 10 years ago now!
  • You get to explore a diverse range of yoga styles and practices, from Hatha and Vinyasa to Yin and more
  • You will learn from some of the most experienced teachers who offer personalized instruction and guidance to help you deepen your practice
  • Thai food is the BEST and so naturally while on your Thailand yoga holidays, you will be indulging in healthy and delicious cuisine, including local Thai dishes and international vegetarian and vegan options
  • Unwind and relax with a variety of wellness treatments, such as massage, sauna, and aromatherapy, available at many yoga retreats
  • You are going to return home feeling recharged, rejuvenated, and maybe even a little bit inspired to continue your yoga journey and do yoga teacher training one day.

How To Choose The Best Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Choosing a yoga retreat in Thailand can be overwhelming, as the country has a plethora of options to choose from. Here are some tips to help you narrow down your search and find the perfect yoga retreat for you:

1. Determine your budget

Thailand offers a range of yoga retreats, from budget-friendly to luxury yoga retreats in Thailand. Decide on how much you want to spend, and then look for retreats within that range.

2. Decide on the location

Thailand has many beautiful areas to visit, each with its own unique charm. Some of the most popular areas for yoga retreats include:

Koh Phangan: An island known for its Full Moon parties, but also for its yoga and wellness scene. It has a range of affordable and luxury yoga retreats, as well as some of the most stunning beaches in Thailand.

Krabi: A southern province is known for its limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, and secluded beaches. It offers a quieter and more secluded experience than some of the more popular areas in Thailand.

Koh Yao Noi: A small, peaceful island located between Phuket and Krabi. It’s known for its unspoiled natural beauty and offers a perfect place to relax and unwind. This is actually where I went to do my yoga retreat. It was an adventure to get there, but totally worth it!

Koh Lanta: A peaceful island located in the Andaman Sea, known for its white sand beaches, clear waters, and laid-back vibe. It has a growing yoga community and offers a variety of yoga styles and retreats.

Hua Hin: A seaside resort town located in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its long sandy beaches and vibrant night markets. It has a growing yoga scene, with many retreats offering a mix of yoga, meditation, and wellness treatments.

Pai: A small town nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand, known for its hippie vibe and stunning natural scenery. It has a growing yoga community, with many retreats offering a back-to-nature experience and a chance to disconnect from the stresses of modern life.

3. Research the retreat’s focus and style

Different yoga retreats in Thailand may have different focuses, such as detox, weight loss, or spiritual growth. Make sure you choose a retreat that aligns with your goals and preferences. Also, research the retreat’s yoga style to ensure that it is a good fit for your practice.

4. Read reviews and do your research

Before booking a yoga retreat in Thailand, make sure to read reviews from past guests and do your own research online. This can help you get a better idea of what to expect and avoid any unpleasant surprises.

What to Wear On Your Yoga Retreat

What to Pack For A Yoga Retreat in Thailand

If you’re planning to attend a yoga retreat in Thailand, it’s important to pack wisely to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are some essential items to consider packing:

Lightweight and comfortable yoga clothes: Opt for breathable and sweat-wicking materials to stay cool and comfortable during your practice. You can read my yoga bra review here and yoga pants review here for some great options.

Sunscreen: Thailand is known for its sunny weather, so don’t forget to pack sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. And it should go without saying to buy reef safe sunscreen if you are planning on going anywhere near the ocean!

Insect repellent: Mosquitoes are prevalent in Thailand, especially in the evenings, so be sure to bring insect repellent to avoid bites.

Water bottle: Staying hydrated is essential in Thailand’s hot and humid climate, so bring a reusable water bottle to refill and minimize plastic waste.

Comfortable footwear: Pack comfortable sandals or shoes for walking around the retreat center and exploring the local area. Flip flops and hiking sandals like these tevas are perfect to Thailand!

Swimwear: Many yoga retreats in Thailand offer access to pools or nearby beaches, so don’t forget to pack swimwear.

Sarong or lightweight scarf: In Thai culture, it’s important to cover up when visiting temples or 

other sacred places. A sarong or lightweight scarf can be used as a cover-up or to wrap around your waist for modesty. Although you can buy them in Thailand so cheap so I really wouldnt worry about bringing them with you. Better to buy out there.

Travel adapter: Thailand uses Type A, B, C, and F plugs, so if you’re coming from a country with different plug types, make sure to bring a travel adapter.

Travel Yoga mat: While many yoga retreats provide yoga mats, it’s always a good idea to bring your own for comfort and hygiene. Check out my list of the best yoga mats for travel here.

Remember to pack light and leave room for any souvenirs or items you may purchase during your trip.

The Best Yoga Retreats In Thailand

8 Day AyurYoga Sandhi Wellness Yoga Holiday in Rawai, Phuket

Price from: $2,039
Number of nights: 7
Yoga Style: Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, Dynamic, Restorative
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

If you’ve considered going on a yoga retreat, Thailand is the perfect setting to deepen your physical, mental, and spiritual practice. This 8-Day AyurYoga Sandhi Wellness Yoga Holiday in Rawai, Phuket takes place in a gorgeous Ayurveda spa resort. You’re in for a real treat with daily yoga sessions, Ayurveda treatments, and consultations with an in-house Ayurveda doctor.

The child-free resort creates an ultra-tranquil environment for participants to turn their focus inwards and use wellness techniques to revitalize the mind, body, and soul. You can also take advantage of herbal remedies and therapeutic treatments that will continue your health and wellness journey even after returning home. 

What’s included: 

  • Healthy, home-cooked welcome drink (Rosella Flower Juice), homemade local sweets, and cold towels upon arrival
  • 7 nights accommodation in the luxurious Mangosteen Villa
  • Ayurveda consultation by in-house Doctor
  • 2 hours of authentic Ayurveda treatments daily
  • Therapeutic treatments and herbal teas
  • Ongoing counseling and discussion with Ayurveda Doctor throughout your stay
  • Daily breakfast buffet, Satvik lunch, and dinner, life drinks, mineral water
  • 2 daily Yoga Sessions
  • Child-free resort for peace and tranquility
  • Drinking water is provided in the villa, and refillable copper bottles
  • Shuttle service to the beach and to local markets during free time
  • Intro diving at the Mangosteen Pool (once per stay per person)
  • Free Ayurveda consultation

4 Day Vegan Wellness Retreat with Yoga, Meditation, and More in Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani

Price from: $181
Number of nights: 3
Yoga Style: Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, Nidra, Therapeutic, Alignment
Location: Ko Pha Ngan

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

A shorter option for a yoga Thailand retreat is this 4-Day Vegan Wellness Retreat with Yoga, Meditation, and More in Ko Pha Ngan, Surat Thani. Prepare to connect with your physical body and inner spirit on a deeper level than ever before and experience a renewed sense of positive energy and harmony with the outside world.

You’ll participate in various meditative activities ranging from yoga and sound healing to dance and breathwork. The healing center where this retreat takes place is also equipped with a swimming pool and herbal steam sauna that aspiring yogis are welcome to use. All the meals served throughout this wellness retreat are vegan so you know you’re physically and mentally nourishing your body.  

What’s included:

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free pass to all scheduled classes
  • Free shuttle service to the ferry port – Private room only
  • Yoga, meditation, dance, sound healing, breathwork, and much more
  • Meditation instruction
  • Personalized yoga program
  • Tropical welcome drink on arrival

8 Day Yoga and Muay Thai Retreat in Thalang, Phuket

Price from: $484
Number of nights: 7
Yoga Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

One of the most unique meditation retreats Thailand has to offer is this 8-Day Yoga and Muay Thai Retreat in Thalang, Phuket. This experience allows participants to combine their yoga practice with the ancient practice of Muay Thai. Every day, you’ll take part in two groups Muay Thai training sessions and one group yoga lesson that will challenge and strengthen your physical body and spiritual practice.

The Phuket resort serves delicious and nourishing meals to keep you fueled throughout the retreat. Also, it offers access to a swimming pool, sun terraces, an aerial yoga studio, and more. Combining the mental focus of yoga with the physical challenges of Muay Thai creates a one-of-a-kind experience that maximizes the benefits of both practices.  

What’s included:

  • 1 group yoga session daily in the Sumalee Yoga Studio (Monday to Saturday)
  • 1 private yoga session per day (Monday to Saturday)
  • 2 Muay Thai group training sessions daily (Monday to Saturday)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Equipment starter pack including use of gloves and hand wraps
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the healthy and nutritious menu (Monday to Saturday)
  • 1 protein shake Monday to Saturday
  • Access to facilities and swimming pool
  • Free Sumalee Boxing Gym t-shirt
  • Daily towel change

Quick Tip: Book your retreat a week or a couple of days before the retreat starts so you can explore Thailand.
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28 Day Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Phuket

Price from: $2,192
Number of nights: 28
Yoga Style: Power, Dynamic, Kriya, Nidra, Ashtanga, Raja, Jnana, Japa, Therapeutic, Alignment
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

If you want to truly immerse yourself in a Thailand meditation retreat, join this 28-Day Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Phuket. For a full month, participants can do daily yoga and meditation sessions and attend workshops and lectures about different components of yoga. Whether you’re a beginner yogi or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to participate in this transformative retreat that will encourage you to fully embrace and honor your mind, body, and soul.

Throughout this meditation retreat in Thailand, you’ll dive into specific aspects of Ashtanga yoga, from breathwork to body alignment and cleansing practices. The 28-Day Yoga Retreat provides the perfect setting to focus on developing your inner self through concentration and meditation techniques that will center your mind and body to work together in complete harmony.

What’s included:

  • Daily accommodation
  • Daily guided meditation
  • Daily meals
  • Daily workshops and lectures
  • Daily yoga sessions

6 Day Level 1 Reiki Healing Course and Yoga Retreat in Ao Nang, Krabi

Price from: $396
Number of nights: 5
Yoga Style: Hatha
Location: Krabi

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

This 6-Day Level 1 Reiki Healing Course and Yoga Retreat in Ao Nang, Krabi is an excellent introduction to the ancient practice of Reiki. As a Level 1 retreat, you’ll be introduced to Reiki’s core principles and tenants to balance your physical body and mind with your inner spirit and heart. The experience of studying healing Reiki energy is incredibly powerful and can be life-changing if you go into it with an open mind.

Not only will you leave this 6-Day Retreat with a renewed sense of inner peace and healing, but you’ll also be equipped to transfer this positive energy to others around you. Every day, participants will join yoga classes and Reiki lessons designed to introduce yogis to the world of healing energy. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a private life coaching session where you can take a deeper dive into your personal yoga and Reiki practices. 

What’s included:

  • All the Reiki lessons in the program
  • Complimentary breakfast every morning
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Develop your Reiki skills with any of their animals or volunteers
  • 5-night accommodation

14 Day Weight Loss and Yoga Retreat in Chalong, Phuket

Price from: $2,540
Number of nights: 14
Yoga Style: Power, Dynamic
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Escape to the serene shores of Phuket, Thailand for a transformative weight loss and yoga retreat. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in a comprehensive program designed to empower you.

During your retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Learn healthy eating habits tailored to your needs.
  • Practice proper breathing techniques to enhance your physical and mental well-being.
  • Deepen your yoga practice through personalized sessions.
  • Explore meditation and relaxation exercises to cultivate inner calm and resilience.

What’s included:

  • 14 nights luxurious accommodation
  • All daily healthy vegetarian meals
  • An extensive range of complex weight loss procedures and treatments
  • Daily yoga classes (Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Yoga Nidra)
  • Daily breathing exercises
  • Mediation and deep purification sessions every day
  • Unique fruit and vegetable juices, cleansing cocktails, herbal brews and alkaline water

15 Day AyurYoga Joints, Bone Wellness, and Yoga Holiday in Rawai, Phuket

Price from: $4,334
Number of nights: 14
Yoga Style: Kundalini, Hatha and Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Stretch, Dynamic Hatha, Yin Yoga, Restorative
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

This 15-Day AyurYoga Joints, Bone Wellness, and Yoga Holiday in Rawai, Phuket is a relaxing option among the best meditation retreats in Thailand. Set in the beautiful Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, this yoga retreat revitalizes bones and joints to support your physical body. This tranquil paradise is the perfect place to turn your focus inwards and channel your energy into healing from the inside out.

After consulting with an Ayurvedic doctor on the first day of the retreat, participants will receive guidance on beneficial herbal remedies and stretching techniques. Breathwork, guided meditation, and yoga are key components of this 15-Day Yoga Holiday. Once equipped with the knowledge of how to care for your joints and bones, you can continue this practice long after you’ve returned home from Thailand.

What’s included:

  • Healthy, home cooked welcome drink (Rosella Flower Juice), homemade local sweets, cold towels upon arrival
  • 14 nights accommodation in luxurious Mangosteen Villa
  • Ayurveda consultation by inhouse Doctor
  • 2 hours authentic Ayurveda treatments daily
  • Therapeutic treatments and herbal teas
  • Ongoing counseling and discussion with Ayurveda Doctor throughout your stay
  • Daily breakfast buffet, Satvik lunch, and dinner, life drinks, mineral water
  • 2 daily Yoga Sessions
  • Child-free resort for peace and tranquility
  • Drinking water provided in the villa, refillable copper bottles
  • Shuttle service to the beach and to local markets during free time
  • Intro diving at the Mangosteen Pool (once per stay per person)
  • Free Ayurveda consultation

9 Day Modified Detox and Yoga Holiday in Koh Samui, Surat Thani

Price from: $3,348
Number of nights: 8
Yoga Style: Thai
Location: Koh Samui

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

For detox beginners who want guidance on naturally cleaning the body of harmful toxins, consider joining this 9-Day Modified Detox and Yoga Holiday in Koh Samui, Surat Thani. You’ll receive instruction on how to safely and effectively detox the body, physically through a unique meal plan and mentally as you participate in yoga and massage therapy. This is an incredible environment to strip away the hustle and bustle of daily life and allow your inner spirit and consciousness to take control.

This Detox and Yoga Holiday is ideal for anyone looking to safely and mindfully lose weight and improve energy levels, and detoxing can also improve digestive health. Other benefits include clearer skin and better blood circulation, all essential to a strong and healthy body.    

What’s included:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Initial In-depth Detox Consultation with Bio Impedance Analysis
  • Unlimited Yoga class & group meditation sessions
  • 1 x Arrival Day Welcome Dinner
  • Unlimited broth soups per day
  • Unlimited access to Group Fitness classes
  • Final Detox consultation with take-home guidelines
  • Pool, Steam Room & Fitness Studio Access
  • Roundtrip Airport transfers
  • 10% Discount on all Spa & Detox a la carte treatments

7 Day Holistic Detox, Stress Relief, and Wellness Retreat in Phuket

Price from: $1,395
Number of nights: 6
Yoga Style: Hatha
Location: Phuket

Get Your Zen On: Exploring the Best Yoga Retreats in Thailand

The last yoga Thailand retreat I recommend is this 7-Day Holistic Detox, Stress Relief, and Wellness Retreat in Phuket. A week is the perfect amount of time to deepen your yoga practice while fueling your body with nutritious and detoxifying meals formulated by a certified nutritionist. Your mind, body, and soul will feel completely rejuvenated after completing this 7-Day Wellness Retreat.

The yoga retreat offers daily yoga and meditation classes and various wellness activities to aid your detox journey. A wellness chef carefully prepares every meal, and holistic detox supplements are also included to ensure your detox is as effective as possible. You’ll leave this retreat with a renewed sense of inner peace, balance, and nutritional knowledge that you can apply in everyday life.  

What’s included:

  • 6 nights accommodation in pool view or ocean view room
  • Roundtrip airport transfers or transfers within Phuket Island
  • Daily beach shuttles
  • Welcome gift set with sustainable refill bottle, exfoliating brush, handmade body detox herbal mix
  • Program and resort orientation, health questionnaire, pH test
  • Daily blood pressure check
  • Initial private nutritional consultation and daily check-in with certified nutritionist to tailor the program to your specific needs and requirements
  • Follow-up nutritional consultation with take-home guidelines
  • Daily set of detox drinks including chlorophyll drink, wheatgrass shot, coconut water, fiber cleanse drink, liver flush drink, detox smoothies and cold-pressed juices
  • All detox meals customized on your health condition, dietary requirements and detox goals. Mostly plant-based menu with optional vegetarian / pescatarian dishes, made with local and organic ingredients
  • Unlimited potassium – rich broth and collagen broth throughout the day
  • Abdominal massage 60-minute (chi-nei-tsang)
  • Traditional Thai massage or Javanese aroma massage 60 min
  • Detox skin brushing with our special handmade body detox herbal mix
  • Mindfulness journal
  • Unlimited group yoga and meditation sessions based on weekly program – minimum available 2 classes per day

What To Pack For Your Yoga Retreat Thailand

Packing for a yoga retreat will depend on a few factors such as the location, duration, and activities planned during the retreat. However, here are some general items to consider bringing:

1. Comfortable yoga clothes: Pack comfortable clothes that you can move freely in. Depending on the weather, you may need layers or lighter clothing.

2. Yoga mat: Bring your own yoga mat if you have one. Some retreats may provide mats, but it’s always a good idea to bring your own.

3. Props: Depending on your yoga practice, you may need props such as blocks, straps, or blankets. Check with the retreat organizer to see if they provide these or if you should bring your own.

4. Water bottle: Staying hydrated is important, so bring a refillable water bottle that you can use throughout the day.

5. Snacks: While most retreats provide meals, you may want to bring some snacks to have between meals or during breaks.

6. Toiletries: Pack toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and sunscreen. If you’re staying in shared accommodation, bring a towel and any other personal hygiene items you need.

7. Comfortable shoes: Pack comfortable shoes for walking or hiking, depending on the activities planned during the retreat.

8. Journal and pen: Many retreats include time for self-reflection, so bring a journal and pen to capture your thoughts and reflections.

9. Books or other reading material: If you have downtime between activities, you may want to bring a book or other reading material to unwind.

10. Travel adapter and charger: If you’re traveling to another country, don’t forget to bring a travel adapter and charger for your electronics.

Remember to check with the retreat organizer for a complete packing list and any specific items they recommend bringing for the retreat.

Quick Tip: View my full Yoga retreat packing list here including a downloadable checklist. And check out my Amazon list here

Final Thoughts

Attending a yoga retreat in Thailand can be a transformative and unforgettable experience for both seasoned and beginner yogis. With its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, and growing yoga scene, Thailand has become a top destination for yoga enthusiasts from around the world. 

When choosing a yoga retreat in Thailand, consider the location, style of yoga, and amenities offered to find the perfect fit for your needs. And don’t forget to pack wisely, keeping in mind the essential items we’ve mentioned. 

Whether you’re looking to deepen your yoga practice, connect with like-minded individuals, or simply unwind and recharge, a yoga retreat in Thailand may be just what you need.

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