In the previous article, we talked about why Thailand is the perfect place for a peace seeking mission and yoga retreat. We explored Thailand’s main attractions, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. In this article, we will zoom into the map a little closer and discover the islands. These spots with their idealic beaches and turquoise waters are ideal for hosting yoga retreats and contributing to your dynamic sense of zen and adventure. Come discover yoga in Thailand!
Phi Phi Islands
Said to be some of the most beautiful chains of islands in the world, you’ll find it well worth your trip despite the throngs of tourists. Koh Phi Phi is made up of six smaller islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh which are the most well known islands (though aside form tourist day trips Phi Phi Leh is uninhabited), Koh Mai Phai, Koh Yung, Bida Nok and Bida Nai. In Phi Phi Leh, visit the popular Maya Bay for its warm turquoise water and stunning views. On the islands of Koh Phi Phi you’ll enjoy white sand beaches, caves, sheer cliffs and beach front jungles.
Koh Chang is Thailand’s second largest island, smaller than Phuket and larger than Koh Samui. It is quieter than Koh Samui, but still a busy island, heavy with tourism in the high season. Tourists aside, however, white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and stunning waterfalls abound and provide yet another pristine look at Thailand’s beautiful nature culture. On this island you’ll find accessible wildlife including elephant sightings, yoga and a lively nightlife and party scene. Head to the less touristy, eastern side of the island for a quiet day trip of jungle hiking and waterfalls.
Famous for its full moon parties on sunset beach, this spiritually energetic place also features secluded northern beaches and bays, an inland jungle as well as more beautiful waterfalls and exotic wildlife. Be sure to visit Nai Wok Beach in a quiet Bay on a long white sandbar. Nai Wok Beach is said to be perfect for kayaking, sailing and windsurfing and also plays host to the Monte Vista Yoga & Self-Healing Retreat Center.
Koh Yao Noi
If you’re looking for more secluded beaches and less tourist traffic, you’ll find it here among the peaceful rice paddies, mangroves, mountains and rainforests. From Koh Yao Noi, you can kayak out or hire a boat to discover even more remote and smaller islands. You’ll find beach hut accommodations and hang out at laid back bars and cafes. There is less heckling here and only one little village.
Kristin Daemon is a yoga teacher, freelance writer and owner of Seaside Yoga, a new studio in the small town of Seaside, Oregon on the rugged Pacific Northwest coast. You can find and friend her on Facebook or check out and follow her blog, kristindaemon.com.