As Susan Sontag said, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” Andrea has been wanting to visit Thailand and Cambodia for years now, and is thrilled to finally be heading there! Join us for 8 days of exploration of all the many facets that incredible Thailand has to offer. We’ll begin in the south at a highly-acclaimed, luxurious 5-star resort situated on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park on the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. Nestled discreetly amidst tropical gardens and coconut groves, against a backdrop of sheer cliffs and lush jungle foliage, the resort can only be reached by boat. We will enjoy beautifully designed private bungalows, excellent cuisine, warm service, and one of the most unique relaxation spas in Thailand. Each day will provide ample free time to relax by the gorgeous pool, snorkel in the stunning sea, and explore on your own. Andrea will be leading the group in two yoga classes a day.
We will continue our journey by flying north to the foothills for a stay in Chiang Mai, the cultural capital. Unique custom-designed excursions will include exploring ancient temples by rickshaw, participating in a traditional offering at a Buddhist temple, enjoying a private walking and shopping tour of local artisans and their handicrafts, cooking classes, an unforgettable traditional paper-lantern ceremony, and a visit to a nearby elephant sanctuary. Accommodation will be at a lovely property located in the historic heart of the city. The charming boutique hotel takes its name from a majestic 200-year-old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel. The rooms reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Enjoy yoga with Andrea one to two times a day in a nearby local studio, rich cultural interactions, and delicious food. As Andrea says, “Our yoga practices are part of the fabric of our journey and extend beyond the confines of a studio as we stretch out into the ‘everywhere’ of travel adventure together."
After the retreat concludes, journey home or adventure on with us to Cambodia!
(South) Rayavadee Bed Setup:
2 Double beds on a shared headboard with about 1 ft distance in between or 1 King. Note: If you and your roommate would prefer to have more separate space, there is a comfortable Daybed downstairs which converts to a full bed.
Each two-story Deluxe Pavilion offers fully-equipped, spacious accommodation and stylish, tropical decor with polished wood, richly colored fabrics and hand-crafted details throughout as well as an outdoor terrace with seating. The circular design of the pavilions blends perfectly with the resort’s natural surroundings, echoing the rounded cliffs of the rock formations that
characterize the area’s unique landscape.
(North) Tamarind Village Bed Setup:
2 Double beds or 1 King
Lanna Deluxe Rooms boast the same appealing features as the Lanna Rooms but are more spacious and feature a small balcony or terrace for sitting out and enjoying the courtyard. Cozy yet stylish, Lanna Deluxe rooms offer attractive accommodation and added comfort with views onto the garden greenery.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by ... September 1, 2017, in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing, and all payments are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before September 1, 2017. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.expand
20 + years
Week 1 (South) - Each two-story Deluxe Pavilion offers fully-equipped, spacious accommodation and stylish, tropical decor with polished wood, richly colored fabrics, and hand-crafted details throughout as well as an outdoor terrace with seating. The circular design of the pavilions blends perfectly with the resort's natural surroundings, echoing the rounded cliffs of the rock formations that characterize the area's unique landscape.
Week 2 (North) - Lanna Rooms offer first- and second-floor garden courtyard views and are decorated in a style that blends perfectly with the hotel’s theme and setting. Decorative elements such as hand-made lacquer boxes and embroidered tribal caps add to the charm and reflect the attention to detail found throughout the hotel.
International flight schedules have not yet been released for November 2017. As soon as they become available we will be providing suggested itineraries for booking international travel both to Thailand and Cambodia. International and domestic flights within Thailand/Cambodia are not included in the price of your trip. We will be offering extensive pre-trip assistance in booking these flights once they are available for booking.
As a part of your Thailand journey you will get to experience both the beauty of the South as well as the majesty of Northern Thailand. In order to visit both parts of the country, there will be a one way domestic flight associated with this itinerary in the middle of the week. The cost will be approximately $100 to $200 (exact prices vary until booked). We will be providing you with the details of this domestic flight, which you will be able to easily book along with all of your other flights.
Travel to Thailand does not require a visa. You do need a valid passport, good for 6 months from date of arrival, and proof of your return/departing flight. Upon arrival, you will receive a 30-day visa.
There are no required vaccinations for travel to Thaliand. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended please visit the CDC Website and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.
If you are traveling alone, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to find a roommate for you, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
There are no group airfares however, we will be providing suggested itineraries in early 2017.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip whenever you arrive, day or night. Note: if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 12 to 25 attendees is a general average.
Yes, all levels are welcome. You will find that wherever you are in your practice, you will get just what you need out of the yoga classes on this retreat. International Yoga works only with experienced and extremely qualified teachers, which ensures that everyone’s yoga needs will be met.
Weather in South and North Thailand in September is quite warm, with average daytime temperatures in the upper 80s during the day and upper 70s at night.