5 Reasons to do Yoga in Thailand | Review of Island Yoga Thailand

5 Reasons to do Yoga in Thailand | Review of Island Yoga Thailand

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There are so many reasons to go to Thailand and doing yoga in Thailand is one of them. You will find some of the best yoga retreats in Thailand and many are very affordable. Thailand also has some of the best yoga retreats you will find in the world and I’m not just talking about Yoga Teacher Training. In Thailand, you will find many yoga retreats as well as meditation retreats and yoga workshops.

Visiting the beautiful and tranquil Island of Koh Yao Noi to visit Island Yoga in Thailand part way through our three week trip to Thailand was possibly the best decision we made. I spent 3 days on a yoga retreat with Island Yoga Thailand, here is my review.

Here are 5 reasons why you should do Yoga in Thailand with Island Yoga

1. Doing a yoga retreat will help you feel grounded while traveling

Transitioning from Northern Thailand and the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and Chaing Mai to Southern Thailand and the quieter Island life was jarring. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was still in city mode and hadn’t adjusted to this new slower speed. Spending a few days reconnecting, slowing down and grounding myself at Island Yoga helped me to relax and enjoy my holiday.

All that travel and sitting still on long coach journeys between places shorten your muscles. Doing yoga will stretch and elongate those muscles!

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2. Island Yoga has the best coffee and breakfast

This may not sound like a big deal but if you have backpacked Thailand you will know where I’m coming from with this one. I bounced out of bed at 6 am and ran down to the beach for the pre-sunrise Thai Chi coffee and fresh bread. That’s how good the coffee was. And of course, starting the morning with Thai chi as the sun is rising was pretty epic. Oh, yea and the Thai Chi on the beach every morning, while the sun was rising,g was just incredible.


4. The people you will meet on the retreat

We only booked into Island Yoga for 3 days and if I could have I would have stayed longer. The people we met there were incredible, warm, welcoming and a lot of fun. If you are traveling solo doing an activity based stay like this is the perfect place to meet other solo travelers. Most people there were traveling solo. Doing a yoga retreat while traveling solo is always a good idea.

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5. Island Yoga Thailand is not your average yoga retreat center

Don’t be put off by the idea of a retreat or think that you need any experience at all. Yoga really is for everyone and unless it is advertised as ‘advanced’ then beginners are welcome. There was a mix of people from beginners who had no yoga experience at more advanced practitioners. It was also very relaxed in that you could dip in and out of classes if you wanted to skip one.


Morning Thai Chi

How to get to Island Yoga on Koh Yo Noi

If I have convinced you to go Koh Yao Noi ( I really hope I have) here’s how to get there from Phuket

By Car

Book a car to take you to Bang Rock Pier (about 1 hour away from Karon) to get a boat to Yao Noi.

By Boat

The boats are pretty regular and there are two different types of boats a Long Boat (slower but cheaper) that takes about 1 hour, or a speedboat (faster and more expensive) takes about 30 mins. We paid 200 tbt for the speedboat because that was the next boat when we arrived around lunchtime. You just pay when you get on the boat. Our driver tried to get us to pay some guy he pointed to when we got out at the pier but we told them no and walked off to get a drink and wait. They do that a lot in Thailand and it can be really difficult as you can get quite flustered and end up getting ripped off. I would always advise you to take your time and not be rushed into parting with your money!

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By Tuk Tuk

We arrived on Yao Noi after lunch and there were several Tuks waiting. We jumped in with an American and a German lady who were both heading to the same place. It cost us 100 tbt to get there.


Island Yoga Rooms and Booking

We had booked in for 3 nights in a mixed dorm (all other rooms were taken due to it being so busy over Christmas) at a cost of 4900tbt. That was inclusive of all yoga (2 classes a day 7:30 am and 4:30 pm)  and Thai Chi (6 am) as well as breakfast (best breakfast in Thailand without a doubt).

If you are going there solo, I would recommend staying in the dorm as it was really nice. You still had your own space/ privacy but sharing you get talking to people you are staying with. AND most importantly they help wake you up at 5:55 to get down to the beach for Thai Chi!

My review of Island Yoga Thailand

I would highly recommend Island Yoga if you fancy doing some yoga while you are traveling around Thailand or if you are looking for a chilled out Yoga retreat. This place is perfect for solo travelers, beginners and anyone else! Most people we met there were traveling solo and almost everyone extended their stay. Unfortunately, we couldn’t as we had already decided on Koh Jum for Christmas and booked a beach hut. We were so sad to leave, especially as we had made some great friends there.

For a full list of all Yoga Retreats available visit Book Yoga Retreats. They not only offer retreats in Thailand but all over the world!

So why should you do Yoga in Thailand?

After Bangkok, Chiang Mai, traveling, not sleeping, stressing about getting from one place to another etc I felt totally out of whack. Spending a few days doing yoga in Thailand and grounding myself did me the world of good. When I left the yoga retreat center I felt calmer and more adapted to my surroundings.

The next Thai Island we visited was small and quiet and had I not taken a ‘time out’ on Yao Noi I don’t think we would have been able to relax and enjoy it as much. The teachers were wonderful and we were even sent a PDF full of information about yoga and self-practice when we left. Island Yoga is a special place and I really hope to head back there soon. This time I’ll be sure to stay longer than 3 nights!

Take a read of this guest post “The Insider’s Guide to Travel in Thailand Like a Yogi” for more information about doing yoga in Thailand.


The budget for my yoga retreat in Thailand:

  • Car to Bang Rock Pier 850 tbt
  • Boat to Koh Yao Noi 200 tbt
  • Tuk to Island Yoga 100 tbt
  • 3 nights B&B on Island Yoga (including teas and coffees/ water, 6 yoga classes and 3 Thai Chi classes) 4900 tbt
  • Food and drink 680 tbt
  • Tuk to pier 50 tbt

Total spend 6780 tbt (about £135.00)

If you want to book a yoga retreat anywhere in the world visit Book Yoga Retreats or if you are interested in doing your Yoga Teacher Training visit Book Yoga Teacher Training for a full list of training worldwide. Also, make sure you check out my review of the best travel yoga mats so you can take your yoga mat with you!

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5 reasons to do yoga in thailand

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  1. Kamara
    June 16, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I love yoga these days – it’s actually pretty difficult and I enjoy the challenge! Island yoga sounds like a dream. Sounds like you had a wonderful time – Thai people are so warm and inviting, aren’t they?

  2. Suzanne
    June 17, 2017 / 3:15 am

    I don’t practice yoga but Koh Yao Noi looks like the perfect place to chill. I could definitely see myself finishing a lot of novels there. So peaceful!

  3. June 17, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Even as someone that has never tried yoga this looks like a great idea – getting away from the bustle of the major cities and spending a few days of peace with some like minded people. It must have been a great way to unwind. Also, the Thai Chi coffee would clinch it for me too 🙂

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      I have never been so happy to get out of bed at that time before. You have no idea how happy that fresh bread and coffee made me hahaha

  4. June 17, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    A Thai Chai coffee is such a good way to start a morning with the sunrise! The prices are so cheap for a retreat, we had no idea that there were yoga retreats there. The island looks so remote, what a place to get away from it all!

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:40 pm

      It’s the perfect place to chill for a few days!

  5. June 17, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    Such lovely pictures. It seems so tranquil and quiet. No wonder, you found it a perfect place for yoga. One of my friends from India keeps looking for such places for yoga and meditation. I am sharing this blog with her.
    P.S. Thanks for the bit on budget you shared in the end.

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      My pleasure! Feel free to tell her to message me if she has any questions 🙂

  6. Nicole Anderson
    June 18, 2017 / 12:50 am

    As a person who really hasn’t got into yoga as yet, I can still appreciate the calming and beneficial qualities this brings to the participant. From my experience, Thailand would be a good place to unwind and experience yoga ad especially in the location you enjoyed your three days in. I have always found the Thai people to be very welcoming and hospitable and this combined with the tranquility of the area would make an ideal environment to really relax and enjoy.

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      It really was a wonderful few days. I would recommend this place to anyone, especially if they haven’t ever done yoga before. They keep the classes at a beginner level to be more inclusive.

  7. June 18, 2017 / 7:16 am

    Those long coach journeys really are shocking on your body! Love Thailand and love yoga but haven’t combined the two yet! The quiet island pace of Southern Thailand would be the perfect place to rectify that!

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      This place is amazing. There is also some great yoga on Koh Samui and Koh Panang but it’s a lot more expensive generally on those islands. I much preferred southern Thailand!

  8. June 18, 2017 / 11:45 am

    This sounds fun. I am sure doing a yoga session with travelers would be a great way to bond too

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      I can honestly say the people I met there in that short time have really left a mark on me. Two of them I’m still in contact with. Beautiful place, beautiful people.

  9. June 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    I have been planning to a yoga retreat for such a long time, but never knew where to head. Thanks for recommending Island Yoga. Yoga helps me calm my mind and relax…such a relief from the stressful jobs that we have. Thanks for this post…you have inspired me to go to Thailand!

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      YES! Please do and then tell me all about it!

  10. June 18, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    This sounds like a great way to relax and recoup after the hustle and bustle of bangkok! I love yoga and hope to take some classes when i settle somewhere for a while!

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      Even if you can’t get to a class there are some great videos on YouTube! I have a teacher who I see when I can. The rest of the time I just practice at home now. I travel too much to settle in one studio haha.

  11. June 19, 2017 / 12:40 am

    I had never heard of island yoga before. It is an interesting thing to try. I can imagine though, through your description that yoga in thailand will definitely be far more interesting compared to the concrete jungles that we live in.

    • July 3, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      There is nothing quite like being able to do yoga outdoors in a beautiful setting!

  12. June 19, 2017 / 4:48 am

    Island Yoga is so beautiful place for relaxation and peace even for those who are not doing yoga. As I have always done yoga indoors only, I would like to try for Island yoga as surroundings are so beautiful and peaceful. I would like to go by tuk tuk to Koh Yao Noi. It is very nice of you that you have given the details of all costs and pricings to reach here.

  13. June 19, 2017 / 7:11 am

    Sounds like a perfect getaway! We’ve been to thailand but not in the outskirts of Bangkok yet as we have a very limited time. Also, I’ve never been on a beach in Thailand lol. I’m looking forward to the beaches in Thailand soon and get to experience Yoga as well. If in case, that’s gonna be my first time!

  14. Mihaela
    June 19, 2017 / 7:20 am

    I would love love love to do yoga in Thailand! Now that I read about their amazing coffee, I want it even more haha. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. June 20, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I have visited Thailand a number of times but never for Yoga. With International Yoga Day tomorrow, this is a lovely and inspiring post. Island Yoga can be an added reason for holidaying.

  16. April 3, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    If you like yoga, Koh Pangan is the perfect place for you. To other yogis they consider it as a paradise or heave because there are lots of amazing yoga schools, secluded beaches, vegan restaurants, and magical untouched forest surrounding.

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