NORTHERN THAILAND & KHAO LAK BEACH
November 11-20, 2017
10 Days / 9 Nights
10 Days / 9 Nights
IT ALL ALIGNS 11/11
Get ready for an adventure that will fill the heart and belly. We pack our bags for the far off South East Asia and jump right into the bustle and history of Chiang Mai to discover the beauty and diversity of the North.
Enjoy sweet, soulful yoga classes with international teacher, spirit-junkie, food-lover, Erica Jung while overlooking the Ping River and its floating markets, navigate the the street markets for culinary heaven and daring street cart finds, and find the ultimate freedom zipping around in the ever popular tuk tuks.
We trek through the North of Thailand experiencing the diversity of the cultures that have decided to made Thailand home, where borders don’t seem to exist, and in some villages, even electricity.
Submerse ourselves in its lush and vast ecology that is home to almost half of Thailands 900+ species of birds. And no one can turn down the chance to take a day of service at the elephant sanctuary loving on these gentle giants by feeding, bathing, and experiencing a day in the life with them.
We embrace the richness of Thailand by heading down to the jaw dropping beaches of Khao Lak that find us away from the crazy that hits more touristic destinations. With a private beach to call home, stretch out, indulge in traditional thai massages, tropical eats, and hit the boats to dive into emerald green crystal clear waters to check out life under the surface. It’ll feel like a dream pulling up to the Surin Islands with their lush lands, pristine beaches, and crystalline waters.
Beachside yoga and meditation will be a must and tranquility and contentment will most defiantly be your state.
Let not only the sun warm your skin, but the heart of this country warm yours and expand your circle of life-long friends with the ever incredible crew of world travelers we call family.
With the perfect mix of action, activity, rest, relaxation, deep connection and loads of laughter, our journey to Thailand will have you seriously consider missing that return flight home.
We don’t blame you.
Day One: Chiang Mai
Fly into Chiang Mai and get ready for adventure…
Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to our first hotel, the gorgeous Ratilanna Riverside Resort, home for the next 5 days.
Leisure time to unwind and hit the spa
Welcome dinner and delicious local fare
“Sawatdee Ka” to Thailand!
Day 2: Chiang Mai
Morning yoga to kick the jet lag and get us energized
Leisurely breakfast and time to explore the grounds
We head out midday to the famous landmark of Chiang Mai – the stunning mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep.
Then local truck it to visit the village of the White Hmong Hill tribe, famous for shamanism and their fierce independence
Explore a primitive village where there is still no electricity and observe and learn about their traditional way of life
Head back to the resort for a flavorful dinner at a local restaurant
Day 3: Chiang Mai
No morning yoga as we head out early to the Elephant Sanctuary!
Enjoy a picturesque drive through rural countryside to our destination.
Elephant Nature Park is a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalo, dogs, cats, birds, and many others.
See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives
Get our hands dirty and hearts full with helping to unload fruits and treats for the animals.
Take the time to feed the elephants delicious snacks from the viewing platform, getting up close and personal.
Next we join the staff in leading the elephants down to the river where we’ll bathe the gentle giants and get to splash around and cool off together.
We are sad to go, but after a full day, we head back to our resort for dinner and story swapping of a day surely filled with unforgettable memories.
Visit Elephant Nature Park: Hope for Elephant
Hope for Elephants is a specialist single day small group visit. Continuing our goal of helping educate elephant tourist camp owners into an understanding of how to treat the animals under their care with love and dignity. We are expanding this theme to many different camps and will be taking visitors to show progress. We vary the camps we visit.
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Rise and shine with the sun for another full day of exploration and fun.
After breakfast we set sail for Doi Inthanon National Park
Take in the spectacular views of the highest peak in Thailand
Explore around Ang-Kha Nature Trail and its lush ecosystem
Ang Ka, which means Crow’s Pond in Thai could be considered as the highest natural water body in Thailand.
Ang Ka is classified as a temperate evergreen forest inhabited by some rare plants and wildlife indigenous to this ecosystem.
Keep your eyes open for some of the 384 out of 930 bird species in all of Thailand that reside here.
Next we visit the Twin Pagodas built by the Thai Airforce in honor of their majestic (late) King and Queen for their 60th Birthday Anniversary.
Sample the local fare with lunch at a local favorite.
We aid digestion with continuing on a scenic hike through rice paddies, pausing to visit waterfalls, and entering the Karen tribe village like locals on foot.
The Karen tribe is famous for their long or “giraffe”necks
Spend time with the locals getting to know them and their ways of living according to nature.
Learn about their organic farming and sip fine coffee amidst the beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.
We say goodbye to the Karen people and head back for early evening yoga and our group dinner.
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Enjoy a longer snooze today as its our day off to explore Chiang Mai.
Morning yoga followed by scrumptious breakfast and the full day to get out and about or stay in and splurge at the spa.
We suggest checking out..
Chiang Mai markets for shopping
Local vendors for street food madness
Bike tour of the old city
Boat tour floating down the Ping River
Zip lining through Mae Takhrai National Park and see the famous tailless Gibbons monkeys
Learn how to cook Thai and impress friends an family back home
We meet up again for evening yoga and our last dinner in Chiang Mai
For our night owls, we suggest checking out the vibrant and lively night life of dancing and socializing topped off with a late night snack at a street vendor for a full feel of Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Chiang Mai – Phuket – Khao Lak
- Rise and Shine! We are up and at-’em with morning yoga, breakfast and saying good by to the lovely Chiang Mai
- Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for our flight down south to Phuket
Its a full day of travel with much to see on our way to Khao Lak Beach
- Arrive at our home for the next 4 days, the luxurious The Sands Resort Khao Lak where you can kick off your shoes and soak in our private beach
- Group dinner at a local restaurant
Day 7: KHAO LAK
Ahhh its the beach life with morning yoga to a serene backdrop
Fill up on tropical fare at breakfast
Its off to Khao Lak National Park for our day of exploration
First stop is the Tsnunami Memorial Park where we’ll learn about the devastating 2004 event that almost wiped Khao Lak off the map, memorializing both locals and tourists that lost their lives that fateful morning.
Journey onto the National Park for a nature walk and some waterfall jumping
-The park boast a collage of sea cliffs, 1000-m-high hills, beaches, estuaries, waterfalls, forested valley, and mangroves.
-Rich in wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for hornbills, tapirs, Bengal monitor lizards, and maybe even Asiatic black bears!
Refuel at a yummy local restaurant before jumping into canoes and cruising to Little Amazon
You’ll experience ancient Banyan trees, exotic animals, cruise under waterfalls, see local villages, and other beauties Thai nature has to offer in this unique and charming area.
Jump off to visit old Takuapa which dates back to the 13th Century and still holds its fascinating charm of ancient Thai culture. A place where you can still see the elders chanting in the door ways and visit traditional tea houses and markets.
The beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture and wealth of the community owe their origins to the tin mining industry, an important era in the town’s, and in fact the county’s history.
Visit two temples and admire the heavy Chinese influence in structure as we walk through the ancient streets to take it all in as a local.
Back to our hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner under the stars ( weather permitting)
Day 8: KHAO LAK
Beat the birds with an early wake up and breakfast
Get your sea legs on as we jump on a speed boat and head out to Surin Islands
Located 90km west of Khao Lak, this is truly unspoiled tropical paradise with healthy forested islands surrounded by crystal clear waters.
Islands being close together make the water appear an eye popping emerald green. Don’t forget your waterproof cameras to capture it all!
Jump in for some snorkeling to explore the beautiful coral reefs, various species of fish and soft sandy beaches.
Its an easy day to relax, enjoy, and work on your tan.
We head back for group dinner, island hair optional.
Day 9: KHAO LAK
Enjoy a slightly later start with a detoxing Morning Yoga flow followed by a leisurely breakfast.
Hit the beach, book a massage, jump in one of the multiple scenic pools, or book a trip out to one of the islands for a day of downloading and recharging. It’s your day off.
Indulge in a therapeutic evening yoga class
Farewell dinner at the resort where we’ll share our favorite memories and laugh the night away.
If you’ve got the energy, soak in Thai nightlife for one last spin on the town!
Day 10: KHAO LAK
Morning breakfast and packing before transfers for the journey home.
We say “Kob Kun Ka” and goodbye to Thailand for our incredible adventure through this gorgeous country!
EARLY SIGN UP BEFORE JULY 31, 2017 $3249
REGULAR RATE $3499
DEPOSIT ($500) To reserve your spot.
The deposit is non-refundable.
EARLY SIGN UP BEFORE JULY 31, 2017 $3679
REGULAR RATE $3879
DEPOSIT ($500) To reserve your spot.
The deposit is non-refundable.
ADVENTURE RETREAT INCLUDES
• 10 days in-country with expert guides
• 5 night accommodation in a 5 star location in Ratilanna Riverside Resort Chiang Mai
• 4 nights accommodation at a stunning 4.5 star luxury hotel and wellness center The Sands Resort Khao Lak Beach
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 8 dinners at local restaurants or our hotels
1- 2 Vinyasa & Therapeutic Yoga Classes With International Teacher, Erica Jung
1/2 Day Excursion to Wat Doi Suthep
Visit to Hmong Hill Tribe Village
Full Day Visit Of The Elephant Nature Park
Greeting and Elephant Feeding
Walking With Elephants
Walking Elephants To Freedom In The Forrest
Full Day Excursion to Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s Highest Peak
Exploration of Ang-Kha Nature Trail
Visit Honorary Twin Pagodas
Scenic Hike Through Pha Dok Siew with Rice Paddies and Waterfalls
Visit Karen Tribe Village
Domestic Flight From Chiang Mai To Phuket
Visit Tsunami Memorial Park
Nature Walk To Waterfall
Canoeing at Little Amazon
Visit Takua Pa Old Town
Walk Through Historical Streets and Temples
Full Day Speed Boat Tour To Surin Islands
Snorkeling and Exploration of the emerald waters of Mu Koh Surin National Park
Includes Coral Reef and Wildlife Stops
Boat or Island Lunch
All entrance fees and tickets for sites
All airport transfers and transport between locations
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to/from Chiang Mai / Phuket (Exit Flight)
Some lunches on excursions
One Dinner in Chiang Mai
Gratuities to staff and guide
IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFO
Paid In Full and Payment Plan Options Available To Meet All Of Your Travel Needs
To reserve your spot on an Trepta Yoga LLC Retreat, please make a $500 deposit via the Book Now link found at the bottom of each retreat page on our site.
The deposit is non-refundable.
FULL PAYMENT (WITHIN 35 DAYS OF RETREAT)
When you reserve, you may either pay in full or pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment, our registrar will send you a Registration Form and an invoice for the balance. Full payment is due 35 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat. You may pay with credit card, check or bank transfer.
LATE PAYMENT FEE ($150)
We must pay our tour operators in advance; therefore we must collect your full payment no later than 35 days in advance of the start of the retreat. If you do not pay in full in 35 days or more from retreat date, we will add $150 late payment fee to your invoice.
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF WE CANCEL THE YOGA RETREAT:
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Trepta Yoga LCC must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Our trip will start in Chiang Mai on November 11 and end in Khao Lak (which is served by Phuket airport) on November 20.
Please note that if coming via The United States, outbound you LOOSE a day, and inbound you GAIN a day.
This means to arrive by November 11th, most people will have to leave November 10th.
There are many possibilities to get a connection through Bangkok for this but Cathay Pacific offers a pretty fast flight combining these two airports with a short layover in Hong Kong each way.
They serve New York (JFK and EWR) as well as SFO and LAX and other airports.
The transfer time in Chiang Mai is only a few minutes.
From Khao Lak to Phuket Airport it is about 1.5 hours.
The flight cost for the domestic flight from Chiang Mai TO Phuket IS included in the retreat price.
**Please note that our END location is Phuket Airport and a return flight BACK to Chiang Mai International is not included or necessary.
This gives you the opportunity to stay on longer in the area if you choose.
Our suggestion, with no additional cost is to ARRIVE in Chiang Mai International and DEPART from Phuket Airport unless you make other plans.
Any airline can assist you with booking an “Open Jaw” Flight. ( Into one city and out via another)
Contact us if you have any questions concerning transportation.
DO I NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA
Definitely for those niffy stamps to show off and look worldly back home.. and well, to get in and out of countries.
**Your passport must be valid for at least six months from date of entry into Thailand.
No, if you are not staying longer than 30 days.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:
• you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
• lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured
We recommend TRAVELGUARD, which offers a variety of travel insurances, including the option for a comprehensive “cancel for any reason” policy. If you cancel your retreat – for any reason – your airfare, hotel, retreat costs, etc. up until 48 hours prior to travel, will be covered. This comprehensive package is called the ” Gold Package Cancel for Any Reason” Policy”. You must contact Travelguard and purchase the policy within 15 days of buying your airline tickets or incurring any costs for any part of your travel. You can also just insure your air tickets. Travelguard can give you quotes for each scenario.
WHAT IS THE ELECTRICAL CURRENCY/OUTLET IN THAILAND?
Thailand’s power supply is 220 volts at 50 hertz.
If your electrical devices can’t accept this then you will need a voltage convertor. You may also need a plug adaptor to cater for the two types of electrical outlet that accept plugs with two round pins or perpendicular flat pins. Most, but not all, outlets will accept both pin formats.
Plug adaptors for most countries are easy to come by in the main tourist towns and are very cheap but it would still be worth buying at least one adaptor before you leave home to keep you going until you find a thai shop that sells them.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS ON THE PROPERTY?
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You shouldn’t drink tap water in Thailand. Bottled water is readily available everywhere.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN YOGA GEAR?
Yes please, bring your own mat and all the props you may need and 3 tennis balls.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
We will be traveling in the dry season but rain might still occur anytime. In the north it can cool off in the evenings so it is essential to bring a sweater to stay cozy.
Example packing list:
- Your travel documents and passport- including a photocopy of your passport in case it is lost
- Credit cards and debit cards
- Main luggage and ‘day pack’ – a smaller bag to carry with you during the day
- Comfortable long pants and shorts (or skirts for women)
- Shirts or tops of light cotton material.
- Comfortable sneakers for hikes and sandals/flipflops
- Breathable light rainjacket
- Light sweaters – great for layering
- Sun protection is essential – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and lip balm
- Bathing suit
- Personal medical kit if needed
- Antibacterial wipes can come in handy
- Some clothing covering the knees and shoulders for visits to religious sites such as a shawl or sarong
- Camera and all the memory cards you may need
- Bug repellent
We made a nifty Pintrest board with loads of Thailand love that will help with packing, and all the need to know of traveling to Thailand!