Koh Samui is known for its palm-fringed beaches, lush jungle and laid-back atmosphere.
It is small and very easy to get around, everything is convenient here.
The Angthong Marine park is nearby, made up of 40 small islands with coral reef under their crystal clear waters.
This reserve is a great place for a day boat trip, to go snorkeling and enjoy the beautiful environment with respect.
If you are interested in seeing the neighbouring islands then a boat over to Koh Phangan or Koh Tao makes a good trip.
Not so built up and smaller you can enjoy their untouched nature. Bay after bay of clear water bordered by lush tropical jungle.
Koh Samui is still cheap and has lots of different options for accommodation. You can still rent a small bungalow right on the beach.
There are busier tourist areas aswell as secluded jungle-shrouded beaches to explore. With the exception of peak season Koh Samui never feels busy.
Maintaining its laid-back, holiday vibe, the island is a popular destination for yoga enthusiasts and those seeking a healthy holiday or therapeutic
detox with a remarkable range of yoga retreat centers and wellness hotels.
Absolute Sanctuary offers a diverse range of wellness holiday programs to help you cleanse, recharge and revitalize. Experience Thailand's premier detox and yoga resort that offers state of the art fitness facilities, exquisite nutritious cuisine and healing body therapies.
On a secluded beach in the south this long established center offers the isolation to focus on your retreat with like-minded people; programs
include yoga, meditation, fitness, detox, spa and more. There is great healthy food here so there is no need to go far.
For most passport holders travelling to Thailand is easy as you can receive a 30 day tourist visa on arrival at the airport.
Please check with your own government travel advisory service for further information.
It is always a good idea to use travel insurance and then you can be comfortable in the knowledge that if
anything does happen you will not end up with large bills yourself.
There are particular times of year when Koh Samui becomes very busy.
The peak seasons are December, January and Chinese New Year.
Plan ahead if you intend to stay here during peak season.
The flights can be full up for days and it is much more expensive to travel and stay at this time of year.
One main attraction of attending a yoga retreat is that everything is organised for you. All you need to do is decide where to go, book and turn up.
Healthy food, classes, facilities, accommodation and a great group of people to join in with.
We explain the retreat inclusions here for you so that you can really understand what is on offer at a retreat.
Every yoga retreat is different and with so many options these days of retreats with different types of combined activities it helps to read up to know exactly what is included in the price.
In fact this is the best place to find out exactly what a retreat includes in the price. We are very specific and clear about this to help you compare between retreats.
All retreat schedules differ.
Some start early with the rest of the day being your own, others have planned activities all through each day.
We describe the retreat schedule in detail so you can get a good understanding of what the program will be like and how the days break down.
Most retreats offer a range of accommodation and pricing.
It can cost more for a single private room than a twin share room for example. Once you have found the retreat that interests you then refer to our review of the retreat accommodation options.
We profile each accommodation type and the bed configuration, with photographs and pricing.
Partners are very responsive here and provide great information to help you make a decision.
So if you are considering attending a retreat this week or next then waste no time in sending an enquiry on the retreat that interests you most.
If you are looking at booking in high season then it is advisable to plan and book in advance to avoid disappointment.
This will also help with the cost as travel and accommodation is often expensive at short notice in high season.