The island of Koh Phangan in Thailand has always been one of the best places for relaxation and reflection. In fact, it’s what attracted people to it in the first place. A huge number of backpackers visit each year not just to sample the party scene, but to dabble in yoga, meditation, and healing retreats.
What makes this destination unique is its rich tradition of healing and spiritual arts. Combined with numerous pristine beaches and lush jungles, it’s the perfect backdrop to any sacred journey.
So whether you’re looking for the best yoga destination, or you just want to try a few classes, here are some of the best places in Koh Phangan to check out.
The Yoga Retreat
Not far from the beach of Haad Salad and nestled in the jungle, is this little gem that offers Ashtanga Mysore and Hatha yoga classes. Students can pick from week- or month-long yoga retreats with accommodations. Ashtanga Mysore classes often require at least a 5-day commitment, but some classes allow for drop-ins, too.
Monday to Friday: 7.30 – 9am Ashtanga Mysore Style; 4 – 5.30pm Hatha Flow
Saturday and Sunday: 9-10.30am guided Ashtanga Primary Series
Pricing: Ashtanga Mysore Monday to Friday pass – 1500B; drop-ins – 300B
Orion Healing Center Yoga Studio
Located in Srithanu bay and specializing in detox programs, this ‘home of transformation’ also offers weekly yoga classes for beginners, as well as teachers. The best part is their Orion Cafe that serves up yummy vegetarian food with organic ingredients straight from local markets and their very own gardens!
Monday to Sunday: 8.30 – 10am Detox Yoga; 9.30 – 11am Dynamic Hatha
Pricing: drop-ins – 400B; 10-Class Pass (valid for 1 month) – 3,200B
With its secluded location in the remote jungle of Haad Tien Bay, this is the perfect spot to reconnect with your inner self. Aside from daily yoga classes, it’s also a resort, so expect amenities like rooms, a spa, and restaurant. In fact, you might end up enjoying the place so much you may not want to leave!
Monday to Sunday: 8.00am – Dynamic/Vinyasa; 10.30am – Slow Flow (ideal for Beginners and Fasters); 4.00pm – Restorative Yin Yoga
Pricing: 350B per class; 7 pre-paid tickets – 2,100B
This is for those who want to fully immerse themselves in an inexpensive yoga retreat. Take your pick from all-inclusive packages ranging from 3 to 7 days. Guests get to enjoy a free massage, as well as access to their saltwater pool and herbal steam sauna. Meditation every morning is FREE, and everyone is invited.
Monday to Friday: 7 – 7.45am FREE
Monday to Saturday: Alignment Yoga – 8 – 9.30am; Gentle Hatha – 4.30 – 6pm
Pricing: drop-ins – 300B; 6-Class Pass – 1,500B; 12-Class Pass – 2,800B
Pure Flow Yoga
Yoga can be fun and empowering – even for beginners. Experience it for yourself when you try one of the affordable, life-changing retreats from Pure Flow. Apart from their stunning location in the verdant bay of Haad Yuan, instructors will easily make you feel welcome the minute you step in.
Monday to Friday: 9am and 5pm
Pricing: drop-ins – 350B; 5-Class Pass – 1,500B; 10-Class Pass – 2,500B; Monthly Unlimited Pass – 4,500B
Want to try yoga along with other fun stuff? Then head on over to Samma Karuna – an International School of Awakening and Healing, and Yoga Retreat Centre. Here, you’ll learn not only about yoga and meditation, but also do self-improvement activities such as Qi Gong, Tantra practice, an awakening class, plus dance therapy, to name a few of their offerings.
6 Days, 5 Nights Yoga with Active Meditation (includes accommodation) – $289
If you’ve ever fancied yourself a yoga teacher, then this is the best place to go to. Their program consists of 200 hours over the course of one month, with an emphasis on yoga therapy. But you’ll also learn the basics of Pranayama, Asanas, Ayurveda, and Naturopathy techniques. Note that they don’t have accommodations of their own, but they’d be happy to recommend and/or arrange them for you.
Alignment & Therapy Yoga Teacher Training (with Accommodation) – 2650 US$; Early Bird: 2450 US$
Alignment & Therapy Yoga Teacher Training – 2150 US$; Early Bird: 1950 US$
What do you think? Can’t wait to try yoga? Then don’t delay and start booking tickets to Koh Phangan for a holiday of ultimate relaxation and self-realization.