Although usually known for their partying, Thailand, a southeast Asian country is also known for their beautiful tropical beaches, ruins that bring back the importance of history, and the breathtaking temples decorated in Buddha figures. Besides being a privilege to the observant eye, the Land of Smiles is one of the most popular destinations when it comes to health and wellness. 

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Yoga, a practice of physical, mental and spiritual discipline originated in ancient India with schools based in the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It is said that Thailand is one of the best places to explore the art of Yoga in a setting that is picture perfect. Among the many places that are deemed yoga heaven, here are 3 destinations that happytrips recommend all yogis to check out on their next visit!

1. The Yoga Garden, Koh Samui

It is Thailand’s second largest island and is a popular vacation spot as the size of the island offers activities and attractions that can’t be missed. The Yogagarden is in Bo Phut, a fisherman’s village and is run by an American-English couple who have lived on the island a long time. They offer a wide range of classes including ‘vinyasa flow, yin yoga, restorative yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and even prenatal and kids yoga.’

Among these inspiring offers, they also offer other popular forms of exercise such as Pilates, Zumba, high-intensity interval training and so much more. We’re sure once you get there, the island of Koh Samui will probably keep you much longer with the number of activities it offers. There are training and workshops that are offered through the year as well, while the studio in itself offers holidays around the practice of yoga at ranges you can afford. If this isn’t enough, the studio has a cafe that serves not only your tummy but your ‘mind, body and soul’, with ingredients from mother earth available for purchase.

2. The Yoga Tree, Chiang Mai

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Located in the southwest corner of the city of Chiang Mai, the Yoga Tree is a studio with a serene setting that will bring you a peaceful mind. Among the number of yoga services offered in the country, this one is unique as it offers a ‘calendar of classes and workshops.’ Bringing to light the connection of mind and body with your inner self, the studio not only focuses on yoga but other innovative classes such as ‘yin yoga, yoga flow, gentle and restorative yoga and yoga foundations.’

To be more specific in what you’ll be getting yourself into, the studio also offers popular events such as ‘DANCEmandala, a moving meditation, biodanza and Qi Gong are all popular weekly events along with laughter yoga and a Thursday night meditation community gathering.’ Along with the different trainings and workshops, you can also enjoy small festivals and celebrations throughout the seasons.

3. Chiva-Som, Thailand

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If you recently decided that you were going to start getting serious about your health and the practice of yoga, the Chiva-Som resort is the way to go! Located in the beach town of Hua Hin, it is a few hours away from Bangkok, so going from one island to another won’t be much of a hassle. To deliver a ‘one-of-a-kind’ experience, the resort mixes ‘international wellness practices and treatments,’ resulting in a unique experience.

The resort uses a ‘holistic approach’ that focuses on the three main ingredients of solace: your mind, body and soul. They even offer consultations to guests that arrive so a decision can be made on what the guest needs, so the goal of their experience can be acquired.

When you get here, the environment itself will bring your mind to a place of peace. Just in case you need a little more TLC, their team of doctors, yoga and fitness instructors, naturopaths, spa therapists, nutritionists among many others are there to attend to all your needs.

They also have retreats that are organised in advance, along with a program called “Yoga for Life” that allows attendees to participate for three days or more. The retreat has classes in ‘hatha and ashtanga yoga and vinyasa flow along with relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments.’

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