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Best 9 Yoga Retreats in Thailand

Need to get away and reset? Imagine a mystical island with glittering waves, sugar-like sands, lively jungles, and majestic waterfalls. Where better to connect with your body and soul than a yoga retreat in Thailand? For those who have been, you will know it’s a place that has a very special kind of magic. With many of the world’s top yoga retreats, it’s no wonder the country comes to mind when you want a rejuvenating yoga experience. Retreats provide an opportunity to truly relax, as well as to connect with other like-minded people. You also get to deepen your yoga practice, expanding your knowledge in an all-around amazing environment.

What’s your vibe? Maybe you want a more serious experience – where you dive deeper into yourself and your understanding of the world than ever before. Your focus could be on cleansing the spirit and opening your heart up to letting new emotions flow more freely. Could be that you just want to relax and have the option of doing yoga after you’re done sunbathing on the sand. Some retreats even have detox programs, providing the food and means necessary to reset your health. Or do you simply want to get prepared for your upcoming yoga teacher training with for example All Yoga Training? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in this absolute paradise! Here are our top choices:

1. Vikasa Yoga Retreat

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Vikasa means spiritual growth and evolution; two things you will go through while staying at this spectacular retreat located in Koh Samui. One of the best yoga retreats in Thailand that nourishes the body with fresh, organic foods, and evolves the soul with daily Hatha practice and mediation. Enjoy a luxurious Thai massage atop the cliffside overlooking the peaceful sea. Stay in one of their bright, airy beach bungalows, an ocean room, or in one of their “yoga caves”. Practice meditation in the morning, yoga in the afternoon and evening, and then wind down with a refreshing dip in their infinity pool. They also have a Sky Gym if you need to get your heart rate up.

With some of the best spaces to practice yoga in Thailand, the resort has three different shalas, all with amazing ocean views. With an understanding that every person is individual, their ethos is to work on personal growth while encouraging interconnectivity with likeminded people. We can contribute to a better world through being compassionately part of it, not against it. There are several different types of retreats throughout the year, head to their website to find out which one works for you.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: From 100$/night.

2. The Sanctuary Thailand

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The Sanctuary is located on one Thailand’s best beaches (in my opinion). After traveling around to several locations, I found Haad Tien to be just the right balance of secluded, and social. The water was calm, the view stunning. The Sanctuary alone can take your breath away. Hammocks hang around the restaurant that’s right on the beach that serves a variety of different healthy eating options. Their desserts are to die for, and they even have a fresh juice bar — definitely one of my favorite places to sit on a pouf and enjoy great food with a view.

One reason they have such deliciously healthy foods is that The Sanctuary also runs Yoga Detox retreats. Detoxers are welcome to stay in their clean, air-conditioned villas (the suites are pure luxury!) or opt for a traditional Thai-styled bungalow. A specific menu is then provided as you undergo an intense, and effective cleanse. The Sanctuary’s various retreats are hosted by an array of teachers from around the world, which differ in length, style, and purpose. It’s never too hard to find one that will suit your needs. If you are staying at the resort, they offer three classes a day- Vinyasa, Slow Flow, and Yin. They also provide Cacao Ceremonies, tarot card readings, and movies every now and then. The Sanctuary is by far one of the most cleansing, relaxing, and entertaining places you can visit.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.thesanctuarythailand.com

3. Absolute Sanctuary

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Absolute. Paradise. Sitting grandly atop a hill overlooking the sea, this award-winning retreat that offers some of the most excellent amenities you can find. There are two yoga studios, five hydrotherapy tanks, steam room, infrared sauna, fitness studio, library, spa treatments with indoor/outdoor massages, and an infinity pool you can swim up to a floating juice bar in. Need I say more? This is the type of place you go to treat yourself, to completely reset and allow yourself to appreciate life. Along with juice, it has an incredible restaurant featuring healthy cuisine that looks like it should be served in a fine-dining establishment.

Unlimited yoga classes range from beginners to advanced, and they also hold several different retreats and challenges that you can choose from, varying in length and price. The rooms they offer are bright but calm, clean and air-conditioned, each one with a terrace and a world-class view. True to its name, it is indeed a magnificent place to unwind.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.absolutesanctuary.com

4. Ananda Pure Yoga Retreat

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Another stunning location on the crystal clear shores of Koh Phangan, this Thailand yoga retreat has all-inclusive packages for those looking to unplug, unwind and reset in paradise. The package includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a delicious vegetarian menu you choose from every day. It also includes Thai massages, WiFi, a saltwater pool, and an herbal steam sauna!

Ananda Pure takes a very practical approach to yoga, recognizing that your body can become stale and uncomfortable which affects your mood and ability to breathe. You will have morning yoga, afternoon meditation, and evening yoga including special themes such as- alignment, chakras, heart openers, detox twists, and backbends. You’re sure to breathe easier after a week at Ananda!

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Starting at $229 USD
Website: www.anandayogadetox.com

5. Pure Flow Yoga

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Pure Flow Yoga provides up to two weeks of relaxation and rejuvenation, meant to heal the body and mind. Connect with your breath in the morning, and wind down in the afternoon with some Hatha, Yin, or Restorative yoga. Koh Phangan has some of Thailand’s best cuisines, so you are encouraged you to go out and try what the island has to offer instead of providing their own restaurant. Located between two of my absolute favorite beaches, Haad Yuan and Haad Tien, this uniquely placed, jungle immersive retreat can truly provide the best of both ocean and jungle.

Here you will embrace YOU – your personal practice, your mental health, your spiritual journey. They want you to leave with the tools to build your own practice and find a yogic flow in your every day life. Pure Flow’s many workshops focus on meditation, yogic philosophy, pranayama, and special events. To relax, enjoy their steam bath, or a Thai massage paid for by Pure Flow. The schedule allows you to lose yourself in the practice, but also have fun exploring the stunning island.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.pureflow.yoga

6. Embrace Energy Yoga

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Need a quick retreat? Maybe you’re in Thailand for a holiday and want to explore the country without staying in one place for too long. This retreat, located conveniently in the center of Bangkok, is only three days long. This is perfect if you are just flying in and want to start your trip off with grounding and revitalization. At Embrace Energy Yoga, it’s all about health and happiness. You are invited to stay on-site in one of their air-conditioned rooms with Free Wifi or choose to stay at the nearby hostel.

With a straightforward curriculum, you will begin with an introduction to yoga, its history and basic yogic etiquette. Next, flow through the asana lessons, learning the benefits and purpose of each type of yoga posture. Most importantly, learn all about the different pranayamas. Breathing is one of the most essential parts of yoga and Embrace Energy breaks it down into an easily understood lesson. Vegetarian food is available, a sightseeing trip provided, and even a Thai massage. This three-day retreat is the perfect stop for those who want to squeeze in an authentic yoga experience in a short amount of time!

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Price: Starting at $299 USD
Website: www.yogaschoolthailand.com

7. Samma Karuna

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Celebrate life at a fun retreat that focuses on mindfulness and healing. At Samma Karuna you will study a combination of Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and Ujjayi Pranayama in daily classes. This retreat also has fun practices such as Dance Meditation, and more profound experiences Samma Karuna call the Angel’s Walk, AUM meditation, Tree of Harmony, and more. You’ll also learn to open up and laugh during dance and celebration meditations! Stay in one of their beautiful air-conditioned seaside bungalows and explore the island’s best restaurants with the many like-minded friends you are sure to make at Samma Karuna.

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.sammakaruna.org

8. Mangosteen Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

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Mangosteen Resort is a world-class, four-star hotel luxury resort. If you are interested in staying in a high-class place for your yoga retreat, this is the place you want to go! The views from the resort are jaw-dropping, situated on lush private green hills overlooking Phuket’s sparkling sea. Stay in a beautiful jacuzzi villa and take a dip in their impressive saltwater pool. Explore Thailand’s culture in world-famous Phuket; the resort is near the Big Buddha, Chalong Temple, Chalong Pier, and more.

Wake up to a morning yoga session focused on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. This retreat is focused on cleansing your body completely, so not only will you be enjoying yoga and meditation, you can also enjoy daily body wraps, massages, herbal steam saunas, body scrubs, and more. A full reset for body and mind. The food at Mangosteen is all clean and healthy to fuel your body and nourish your insides. They also have several life-drinks including wheatgrass shots and ginger shots. A genuinely life-changing detox for the body and mind.

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.mangosteen-phuket.com

9. Samahita Resort

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Samahita is a top-notch yoga, wellness, detox, and fitness resort. When you book a retreat at Samahita it includes all activities, daily yoga classes, food, tea, fresh juice, and more. Participate in Restorative Yoga, Dynamic Vinyasa, Silent Sunrise, and Fun Cycle Classes, all right on the secluded beach. You will also have access to the pool, herbal steam sauna, and beach lounge. The staff are very attentive and experienced according to many of their customers. Stay in their clean, bright, and modern rooms with balconies and jungle views.

You have a variety of different retreats to chose from as well as the option of building your own experience from scratch by choosing your room, dates, detox programs, meditations, classes, and whatever else your heart desires! Their incredible bamboo yoga shala overlooks the ocean and meditation garden, and even the spin room has a front row view to the beach! Samahita is one of Thailand’s top destinations for yoga retreats.

Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Price: Varies
Website: www.samahitaretreat.com

So now what?

If you are still unsure of where to go, I suggest breaking your needs down into categories of what’s most important to you: accommodation, style of yoga, location, or length? Maybe it’s all about how much you can afford. Start with what’s most essential and check all your needs off one by one until you find which yoga retreat works best for you. Visit each of their websites to find out more information and to check out their gorgeous views. With hundreds of retreats throughout Thailand, you are sure to find a perfect place in paradise to relax, reset, and explore.

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About Haley Walrath

Avatar Haley received her 200-hr RYT from All Yoga Thailand in May 2018. She went to college for English and Creative Writing, where she was an editor for the Painted Cave Literary Magazine. She then followed another of her passions and went to Culinary school to pursue a life working with food. After working at several restaurants, she found kitchen life to be an overly competitive and toxic environment. Haley decided to leave professional cooking behind to go after the one thing that had always been there for her when life got dark- yoga. For several years she found inner peace and purpose on her mat. After starting a blog called Struggle With Haley (a self-care blog that aimed to help other women feel less alone on their journeys to health and happiness), she decided to attend yoga training in Thailand. Haley now hopes to combine her loves of writing, cooking, traveling, and yoga into a new blog- eventually teaching yoga online while she travels the world.

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