Yoga Tours Thailand, Laos, Cambodia
Thailand (Andaman Sea), Cambodia (Ankor Wat) and Laos (Luang Prabang)
Thailand ‘the land of the free’ its name was adopted in 1939, to recognize the country as never been colonized. (lets just forget the little incident of the Japanese occupying Thailand during the 2nd world war ok). Thailand is bordered in the north by Myanmar (Burma) and Laos in the east. This is also often called the golden triangle.
Cambodia is in the south east below Laos.
Thailand’s shape on the map has been likened to the head of an elephant with its trunk extending down the Malaysia
peninsula. The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is a city that moves to a frantic pace.
Travelers can ride long tail boast along the myriad canals, visit ornate temples, or shop in one of the many markets.
Thailand has much to interest the traveler, from trekking in the north’s picturesque mountains to chilling out on the one of the many exotic islands in the south.
During the 1970s this country used to suffer from the twin horrors of war and famine – which made the Vietnamese neighbor call it ” A and of blood and tears”.
Their willingness to start anew speaks volumes for the resilience of the human spirit. Here’s a country starting from scratch, rebuilding its traditions, culture, laws, government and economy.
The gruesome past is still around – after Khmer Rouge time, thousands people have still been maimed by landmines.
As a symbol of reconstruction, the country flies the world’s only flag with a building on it – the triple towers visible from the causeway at Angkor Wat.
Angkor is the cornerstone or Khmer culture, symbol of national pride and past greatness, and inspiration for painting, sculpture, and woodcarving. Angkor Wat is also a symbol for hope, because it is Angkor that draws tourists, and foreign exchange generated from tourism can help rebuild the economy. Angkor casts its spell over all who visits.
Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century. After a period as a French colony, it gained independence in 1945. A long civil war ended when the communist Pathet Lao came to power in 1975.
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia and the thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand, whereas the mountains of the Annamite Chain form most of the eastern border with Vietnam.
The capital and largest city of Laos is Vientiane, and other major cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse.
In 1993, the government set aside 21% of the nation’s land area as National Biodiversity Conservation Areas (NBCA), which may be developed into a national park system. If completed, it is expected to be the most comprehensive and one of the finest national park systems in Southeast Asia.
A number of animal species have been discovered or re-discovered in Laos in recent years. These include the striped or Annamite rabbit, the saola, and most recently the Laotian rock rat or kha-nyou.
Welcome to exotic Thailand, adventurous Laos and historical Cambodia yoga tour….
Thailand, Cambodia & Laos ‘Garden Of Eden Tour’
Monday 24th of January – Tuesday 8st of February 2011
US$ 5,800.- for 16 days and 15 nights
Starts in Bangkok – finish in Bangkok
‘Small groups, great guides, superb retreats’
(Included Meals, B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
For bookings Yoga Tours Thailand, Cambodia & Laos please click here
Day 1 – Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos mapYou will arrive in Bangkok and stay at the Eugenia hotel. This hotel is embodied in a late 19th century colonial style house in the heart of down town Bangkok.
A massage awaits you after your long flight. In the evening we will meet up with everybody to meet and discuss the itinerary for the next 2 weeks whilst enjoying your first introduction to the Tuk-Tuk and Thai cuisine. (L,D)
Activity of the day: Massage
Accommodation: Eugenia hotel http://www.theeugenia.com
Day 2 – Bangkok > Seam Reap, Cambodia
Today will be our first yoga session followed by an excellent breakfast. We hope to introduce you to Asia as smooth as possible to avoid any major culture shocks. From here will explore the fun parts of Bangkok prior to checking out and catching a late afternoon flight to Seam Reap, Cambodia, arriving at sunset. We will stay at the most happening and elegant hotel there, The Raffles Grand Ankor Hotel. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Bangkok tour. (floating market, temple and palace)
Accommodation: The Raffles Grand Ankor http://www.raffles.com
Day 3 – Seam Reap, Cambodia
This yoga session will be held at one of the Angkor Wat temples.
Breakfast will be enjoyed back at the hotel.
We will relax at the hotel and go for another trip to Angkor Wat
where we will enjoy a meditation session and a magical sunset.
Activity of the day: Angkor Wat tour
Accommodation: Raffles Grand Angkor Hotel
Photo by Emil & Liliana Schmid
Day 4 – Seam Rep, Cambodia
There is so much to see at Angkor Wat so we will spend one more day here to explore more temples and their mind-boggling beauty starting with Yoga session in the Angkor Wat.
We will enjoy lunch at the temple and have a short sightseeing tour when heading back to the hotel. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Angkor Wat Yoga Session, sightseeing tour
Accommodation: Raffles Grand Ankor Hotel
Day 5 – Seam Reap, Cambodia > Luang Prabang, Laos.
Early morning yoga session, breakfast, check out to go to the airport and fly to Laos.
Our accommodation is a cute boutique resort, nestled in the jungle right on the shores of the magnificent Meakong River.
After lunch we will enjoy a kayaking excursion down the Meakong river. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Kayaking excursion
Accommodation: The Lao Spirit Resort, http://lao-spirit.com/indexen.html
Photograph by: Paolo Vitali
Day 6 – Luang Prabang, Laos
Today is a fun day planned where we will explore the jungles around us. An early yoga session, where we will deepen our practise concentrating on our uppter torso as the bottom bit will receive plenty of practise during the day. After breakfast, we will do a short hike combined with elephant trekking and a river cruise down the Meakong river. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Jungle village hike, elephant trekking, river cruise, yoga tours Thailand
Accommodation: The Lao Spirit Resort. http://lao-spirit.com/indexen.html
Day 7 – Luang Prabang, Laos > Railei Beach Club, Krabi, Thailand
We will have our last yoga session in the “Garden of Eden” of Luang Prabang Laos before we head back to Bangkok to catch our connecting flight to Krabi down south of Thailand.
We will go to The Railei Beach Club which is on Phra Nang Peninsula, accessible only by boat. Railei Beach, an other garden of Eden, was rated the second most beautiful beach in the world by the London Times and more recently, the best beach in Asia by Asia Travel Magazine.
Beachcombing followed by sunset cocktails and dinner at the Railei Beach Club. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Boat trip, beachcombing, sunset cocktails.
Accommodation: The Railei Beach Club. http://raileibeachclub.com
Photo by the Tourist Authority of Thailand
Day 8 – Railei Beach Club, Krabi, Thailand
Sunrise Yoga, with stunning views, followed by breakfast.
Some quality relaxing time we will enjoy on the beach where we will do some snorkeling and becoming creative with making your own driftwood mobile to take home.
After lunch we will do a little hike to the Princess Lagoon for a swim and a private meditation time. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Mobile making, lagoon hike & swim, meditation and yoga
Accommodation: The Railei Beach Club.
Day 9 – Railei Beach Club, Krabi, Thailand
Followed by our usual morning activities of yoga and breakfast, we will go on a mangrove & river exploring cruise.
We will visit some natural hot springs for a healing soak whilst we are in the area.
We will bring lunch with us to do a pick-nick with mother nature in her “Garden of Eden”.
Activity of the day: Mangrove river cruise, hot spring, jungle pick-nick.
Accommodation: The Railei Beach Club. Website: http://raileibeachclub.com
Day 10 – Railei Beach Club, Thailand > Kao Sok National Park, Thailand
We will have our last yoga session at the Railei Beach Garden of Eden before we check out for our short road trip to Kao Sok National Park. This “Garden of Eden” is an other special one, starting of with our accommodation; Thatch roof, hand-woven bamboo walls and split bamboo floors are the way of life at the lake. All the bungalows as well as all other structures are floating on the lake, connected by bridge walkways. A massage awaits us before we will enjoy a sunset kayak cruise on the lake prior to enjoying a simple jungle dinner. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Massage, kayak lake cruise. with Yoga Tours Thailand
Accommodation: Jungle Yoga, http://jungleyoga.com
Day 11 – Kao Sok National Park, Thailand
Wake up and jump straight from your bedroom into the lake for a refreshing swim, prior to joining the morning yoga session.
After breakfast we will do a elephant track in the National Park where protective wildlife is often being seen. (tigers!) (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Elephant jungle track
Accommodation: Jungle Yoga, http://jungleyoga.com
Photo made by http://holidayswithkids.com.au
Day 12 – Kao Sok National Park > James Bond Island > Phuket
We will have our last early morning yoga session in this “Garden of Eden” before we check out to hit the road for Phang Nga Bay.
This bay is sprinkled with hundreds of islands.
One of them became the set for the James Bond movie;”The man with the golden gun”.
Hence it is being baptized ever since as the James Bond Island.
We will have several kayaking excursion of which one is through a cave and of course a trip to the James Bond island.
We will spend the night on one of the island and enjoy a BBQ on the beach while counting millions of stars. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Boat cruise, kayaking.
Accommodation: Secret island
Photo by Michelle
Day 13 – Phan Nga Bay > Phuket
We will have our early morning yoga session overlooking the bay with its many islands.
After breakfast we will wait for our private sailing yacht to pick us up and bring us back to our second last destination where you are able to shop till you drop before heading back to Bangkok and home. A massage awaits you to ease those muscles. In the evening we have planned dinner and a cabaret show organized especially for us at our accommodation. (B,L,D)
Activity of the day: Sailing yacht, massage, show organized by Yoga Tours Thailand
Accommodation: Katathani Hotel, http://www.katathani.com
Day 14 – Phuket
We will enjoy our yoga session overlooking Kata and Karon beach of Phuket. Today is a relaxing day but transportation is at all times available to bring you to the shopping Mecca of Phuket. After all, it is the 2nd most popular tourist destination in the world after Hawaii.
Dinner at Ka Jok See in Phuket town, where the evenings always end up in a big surprise. (B,D)
Activity of the day: Ka Jok See, shop till you drop
Accommodation: Katathani Hotel
Day 15 – Phuket
Our last yoga session of yoga tours Thailand, our last day of shopping, our last sunset cocktails on the cliffs overlooking the Andaman sea. This is the time to exchange addresses with new made friends and say goodbye.
We have discovered many “Gardens of Eden”, have deepened our yoga practice and use muscles we never thought we have. That is what elephant riding does to you! Most flights to Europe and the United States leave very early in the morning which means that our flight from Phuket will leave around 10 pm. We will play it by ear and either have an early goodbye dinner, a last yoga session, it all depends on the schedule of you today.
Some of us will stay at the Eugene hotel in Bangkok again or some of us will stay one more night in here Phuket. It all depends on your departure the next day. In any case, we thank you for joining us on this “Garden of Eden” yoga tour and hope to see you back soon. As we say in Thai “Khop Khun Kaa” for the Yoginis and “Khop Khun Kap” for the Yoganas! (B,L)
Activity of the day: more shopping, last massage, exchange addresses
Accommodation: Katathani Hotel
Day 16 – Phuket – Bangkok
For the ones that are still here in Phuket, a last yoga session we could do combined with some last minute shopping. Bare in mind that check out time is noon. Any one who would like to stay longer, please let us know at the beginning of this tour because it is high season at YOGA TOUR 1 in February and YOGA TOUR 3 in November 2009.
Note – This yoga tour is designed that you can start & finish with airport pick-ups & drop-offs on days 1 & 16. However if your time allows, to acclimatize and for relaxed travel connections we recommend staying a day extra – Just let us know in advance.
Cost: US$ 5,800.-
Included at Yoga Tours Thailand, Cambodia & Laos
- 16 days, 15 nights accommodation
- 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 15 dinners
- Two personal native English speaking tour guides
- All transport and flights. (From Bangkok to Cambodia to Laos & Phuket to Bangkok)
- Visa if applicable
- Yoga lessons from qualified English speaking Yoga Instructor
- All massages
- Tours (temples, floating market)
- Elephant trekking
- Boat cruises
- Hot spring
- Mobile making
- lagoon hike & swim
- Internation fligth to Bangkok, alcohol & travel insurance
For bookings Yoga Tours Thailand, Laos, Cambodia please click here