Picture yourself riding in a long tail boat across a pristine lake into the heart of the Thai jungle. You wind your way past towering limestone cliffs and miles of meandering coastline until you reach a remote corner of the lake. There, a top the deep blue water and nestled below a ring of ancient trees, floats a bamboo village – your home and classroom for the next week!
Each morning you wake up just as the first rays of sun start dancing on the water. You wander over to the floating sala for meditation and yoga practice, then glide back to the main deck for a delicious and healthy breakfast. After a quick dip in the silky, cool water, you return to the sala for Thai Yoga Massage class. As you relax on the mat and let one of your new friends practice the day’s lessons on your tired feet, you notice the sounds of gibbons and hornbills wafting down from the treetops, and inhale a breeze rich with garlic, ginger and lemongrass coming from the kitchen. Yum! Pad Thai for lunch!
After lunch you jump in one of the kayaks and set off to explore another corner of the lake. A patch of swaying bamboo catches your eye, so you paddle in for a closer look. Now just a few feet from the shoreline, you spot a whole family of monkeys peering out at you from the trees.
Eventually you paddle back to the village and climb into the hammock that hangs on the porch of your private ‘jungalow’. Soon you are fast asleep, swinging to the rhythm of a thousand gentle waves.
After a peaceful nap you rise deeply rested and dive into the lake to enliven your mind and body in preparation for the afternoon Thai Yoga Massage class. As you practice a new sequence, a lone Macaque wanders over to the edge of the sala. He sits and watches the class with interest before he goes back to hunting for snails.
Soon the cicadas start to sing, signaling that it is almost dinner time. You join the group on the main deck and enjoy sampling every Thai delicacy on the buffet – chile fried fish, panang curry with tofu, jungle greens, fresh pineapple and mango…
After dinner you decide to stretch out on the deck cushions and watch the stars, which are as bright as you have ever seen them thanks to the new moon…
Can you picture IT? Then join us for a truly magical and unforgettable week!
February 23: ARRIVE IN SURAT THANI
Meeting place: Surat Thani Airport, 12 PM pick up.
February 23-March 2: KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation: Jungle Yoga
Floating bamboo huts surrounded by stunning views and the sounds of gibbons and cicadas, but NO mosquitoes! – Fabulous Thai cuisine – store with yoga apparel.
Activities: Receive daily Thai Yoga Massage – participate in yoga, meditation, kayaking, swimming, hiking, spelunking, star-gazing, and relaxing in the hammocks.
This journey is limited to 14 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment! This is an adventure, not a tour, therefore, the itinerary is subject to change.
Please bring an open mind, an open heart and a good sense of humor!
This journey will begin at 12:00 PM on February 23rd at the Surat Thani Airport, and will end at 12:00 PM on March 2nd at the Surat Thani Airport.
It is wise to plan on arriving in Surat Thani a day before our journey together begins so that you have time to adjust to the time difference, but it is not necessary. If you choose to do so, you will be responsible for your own accommodations the night of February 22nd.
Returning to Bangkok: Experience has shown that by the end of our journey together, participants have come to LOVE Thailand and feel quite comfortable navigating it on their own; so not surprisingly, they don’t want to leave. We recommend that if you have the opportunity to build a few extra days or weeks into your itinerary, DO IT! But if you must return to Bangkok right away, flights from Surat Thani to Bangkok run very regularly and one-way fares are reasonably priced. The flight takes about one hour.
Please bring: yoga mat, meditation shall, journal, pens, head-lamp, thin sleeping-bag liner, pack-towel, alarm clock, watch, comfortable clothing to practice yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, a warm layer for occasional cool night and morning, sun-hat, sunglasses, day-pack or shoulder bag, bathing suit, sleepwear, sandals or flip-flops, walking shoes, toiletries, medications, camera. Please pack as light as possible!
Don’t bring: anything fancy or valuable – you won’t need it!
Will I have Internet and cell phone access?
Internet connection: There is no internet access at Jungle Yoga. Please let loved ones know that you will be unplugged and tell them not to worry. Turn on your vacation response and enjoy the freedom!
Mobile Phones: There is no cell phone reception at Jungle Yoga. If there is an emergency you will be able to use the satellite phone, or we can help you arrange a ride to a spot on the lake that gets reception.
Should I exchange money?
Money: The exchange rate is approximately 35 baht to 1 US dollar. ATM’s are conveniently located everywhere in Bangkok and Surat Thani and tend to offer a very good exchange rate. Most small shops, local markets and restaurants only take cash, but occasionally Visa and MasterCard are accepted at higher-end hotels and boutiques. PLEASE tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Thailand to avoid having your accounts frozen due to “unexpected activity”. There is no ATM at the lake. Bring cash if you plan on shopping or getting a massage.
How much money should I bring?
Budget: This journey includes all of your accommodation, transportation, course fees, entrance fees and most meals from the time you leave the Surat Thani Airport on February 23rd through 12 PM on March 2nd. We suggest that you budget about $100 to pay for gifts and souvenirs from the store.
Do I need a visa?
Passports: You must have a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure from Thailand to enter the country. If you are an EU, Australian or American citizen you will receive a visa on arrival good for 30 days. If you are from another country or plan on staying in Thailand longer than 30-days please read about visa requirements and other important details at http://thailand.visahq.com
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