Despite its image of party and night life, Thailand is also an excellent destination for relaxation and well-being. In addition to the profusion of Spas and Massage Salons, there is also an intensive tradition of yoga and meditation. No matter where you are in Thailand, be it the pristine beaches, the magical mountains, the ethereal countryside or even the hustle and bustle of the cities, there are always many opportunities to practise yoga, either in a group, individually or on your own.
Depending on your budgets and personal requirements there are a profusion of centres and individual practitioners in addition to the famed yoga retreats. In the cities, most of the fitness centres also offer yoga classes and a little research will find specialised yoga centres that will offer you every level you require. Yoga Elements in the Chidlom area of downtown Bangkok is an urban studio committed to quality and deep connection with local and International teachers. Classes run hourly throughout the day and they also offer a comprehensive range of special workshops and trainings. Yoga Elements, Bangkok www.yogaelements.com
Absolute You is a thriving brand offering a variety of yoga and fitness classes. Known as the first hot yoga studio in the City of Angels, Absolute Yoga have opened centres throughout the city and will cater to most of your requirements. Absolute You, multiple locations www.absoluteyou.com
Around Thailand the opportunities to practise and study yoga are vast. Chiang Mai is a very spiritual environment, surrounded by jungle covered mountains and a gentler climate, the city attracts a number of people who enjoy the chilled atmosphere of a city in the mountains. Among the best know facilities here is The Yoga Tree, a large and spacious facility in a tranquil garden within the Old City. The Yoga Tree offers a varied range of classes and workshops that include; yin yoga, yoga flow, gentle and restorative yoga in addition to yoga foundations. The classes are innovative providing vast scope to connect with your body and mind in a peaceful setting. The Yoga Tree Chiang Mai www.theyogatree.org
The Chiva-Som resort in the beachside resort town of Hua Hin has also made a name for itself worldwide with the advantage that it is just a 2 hour drive from Bangkok. The Chiva -Som, is a luxury health resort that combines international wellness practices and treatments with traditional Thai hospitality in an ethereal location. The resort boasts an impressive team of Doctors, yoga and fitness instructors, naturopaths, spa therapists, nutritionists and more. There are a variety of organised retreats starting from 3 days. The range of yoga opportunities are extensive and combined with the classic beach location, it makes Chiva-Som an enchanting and un-forgettable experience for mind, body and soul. Chiva-Som Resort www.chivasom.com
Naturally the islands of Thailand are extremely popular with yoga enthusiasts from around the world. The range of facilities is extensive and incudes: The Yogarden on Ko Samui, Relax Bay on Koh Lanta or The Sanctuary on Koh Phangan to name just three! www.theyogardensamui.comwww.relaxbay.comwww.thesanctuarythailand.com