FAQ For Guests

FAQ for guests on thailand yoga holidays

As guests on our yoga retreats, we want you to be as informed as possible about your trip with us, including everything before and after your retreat.

We’ve done our best to cover common questions regarding our holiday and yoga retreat offerings here in Thailand, which we've categorised into the following topics.

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Are yoga holidays the same as yoga retreats?

Contrary to regular yoga retreats, our yoga holidays are designed to help you experience all that Thailand has to offer. We believe in combining yoga with unique cultural activities because if you simply stay in a retreat center the whole time, you’re missing out on the best parts! Combining rejuvenation and exploration, Thailand Yoga Holidays are meant to be fun and healthy, with just the right amount of indulgence thrown in.

What makes Thailand Yoga Holidays special or unique?

Firstly, we are unique in Thailand and have been doing these trips since 2010. TYH is fully committed to giving real value to our clients. We don’t scrimp on food and beverages. We don’t ask you to pay extra for drinks, or fresh seafood. We are committed to keeping the service accessible to folks on any budget. It’s not about trying to be the cheapest or “best deal”, it’s about being committed to value and sharing an experience you won’t find anywhere else. And yes, there is a significant difference.

I’m a single traveler, any problems with going on a trip solo?

Absolutely not. We get single guests all the time. You will feel completely at home, no worries.

Who will be my guide while in Thailand?

Christophe, the founder of Thailand Yoga Holidays, is your guide and instructor throughout the entire trip for both participants and guest yoga teachers. Additionally, Christophe also works with various local specialists to provide activities such as Thai cooking courses, Vipassana meditation, mountain trekking and Thai massage courses.

Are pregnant women allowed on the holidays?

We’re happy to accommodate pregnant women on the trips, but request that you notify us ahead of time and have your doctor’s approval for participating. Keep in mind that you should consult your doctor before flying and be aware of any restrictions.

Are children under 18 allowed on the holidays?

While we plan classes and activities around our guests’ interests and abilities, our group Yoga Holidays are not designed for younger children. While older teens who are interested in yoga may fit in well with our group holidays, families with younger kids may want to consider a Private Yoga Holiday, designed exclusively for you and your friends and family. Contact us to learn more.

What kind of yoga do you do during the trip?

Our yoga teachers are passionate, qualified and come from around the world. In every case, the teachers will adapt the sessions based on your level. To find out more about the teacher on your upcoming retreat, check out their bio at the bottom of the event page. If you still have questions, feel free to Contact us.

I’ve just started practicing yoga, will the classes be too advanced for me?

That’s great that you want to continue focusing on your practice during your holiday – and you’ve come to the right place! In fact, our sessions aren’t for hardcore yogis but rather for people looking for a balanced fusion of yoga and other cultural experiences. We lead a range of relaxing, dynamic, restorative and interactive yoga sessions that are designed to incorporate and meet different students’ levels and needs.

My partner doesn’t do yoga, can they join?

Of course! You always have the option of participating in the planned activities, or not. If your partner isn’t interested in the yoga sessions that’s just fine. On the other hand, we also often work with new students and strive to create a welcoming environment where all students, regardless of ability or training, can thrive and grow. Keep in mind that yoga is contagious!

We have a group and would like to do a custom trip. Is it possible?

Of course! Just let me know what you have in mind, and how many people in your group. Give as much detail as possible. Custom trips are what we do best. Please see our Private Yoga Holidays section or contact us for more details.

Can we call you by phone?

The best way to communicate with us at the present time is via our website and email. You will almost always get a rapid response from us, usually within 12 hours. But, once you’ve paid your deposit we’ll give you our 24-hour Thailand emergency contact number to call anytime.

Can we give referrals?

We love referrals and reward them accordingly. We do hope that our past guests are happy enough with their trips that they will recommend us to their friends and colleagues with passion and enthusiasm. Furthermore, for every referral you and the person you refer will receive $100 off your next trip – no questions asked!

What itinerary does Thailand Yoga Holidays typically follow on these trips?

Over the course of a standard trip we usually hit up 2-4 locations all situated within a couple hours of each other. Our goal in creating a holiday is to put together the right dose of naughty and nice, effort and surrender as well as freedom and support. You can see examples of our upcoming itineraries here.

How many people are on the group trips?

To ensure an intimate personalized setting, the group holidays are limited to a maximum of 16 people.

Can I do my own thing?

Yes. There will be ample free time for your own options or to skip out on the group activities as necessary. Activities include Thai massages, Spa treatments, Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations, Ayurvedic treatments and exploring the city on bicycle. Check out wikitravel.org/en/Chiang_Mai for more information.

How are the beds laid out on Thailand Yoga Holidays? Can we expect a private room if we’re a couple? Are linens and towels included?

Because we travel through a range of different places, accommodations vary from luxurious suites to floating bamboo dorms set under the stars. In every case, we guarantee a unique and memorable experience. Linens are always provided. Towels are often provided but it’s a good idea to a have a travel towel handy. While all our trips offer a shared room option (share a room with another solo traveller), private rooms options depend on the trip and are subject to a surcharge. 

Can I see a complete itinerary?

You sure can – click here to see a sample itinerary of a typical 10-night holiday through Northern Thailand.

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How do payments work?

Each trip has slightly different payment terms, so check your event page specific details. For all holidays you will receive a PayPal invoice soon after submitting your booking. Once you receive the invoice, a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit must be made within 48 hours to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is usually due 90 days prior to the yoga holiday start date. 

What happens if I book a holiday then can’t go? Is there a refund?

Our cancellation and refund policy varies for each retreat. When registering online, the specific terms and conditions of your retreat will be listed in the registration/waiver form. If you have any questions regarding our cancellation policy, please get in touch. 

Why are holiday fees listed in Thai baht? How much is one baht worth?

Since global exchange rates always fluctuate, we’ve chosen to list holiday prices in the country where we are based.

$1 USD is usually equal to about 35 THB. For current exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

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Travel Information

What if we want to spend more time in our hotel before or after the trip? Can you help us arrange it?

Absolutely! It’s part of what we do – just let us know the dates you want to extend and we’ll help get you set up.

How do I get there?

Most people take an international flight to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport then a quick direct flight up to Chiang Mai International Airport, where most of our trips begin. For the adventurous, you can consider taking the train or even a night bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Once you land in Chiang Mai, you’ll be greeted at the airport and taken right to your hotel. Keep in mind that we only arrange transfers to/from the airport on the first and last day of the retreat. For all other situations we suggest you use Uber – a trip across town will cost about 3$. 


What if I arrive early?

There is so much to see and do in Thailand that you won’t have a problem filling your time before your Thailand Yoga Holiday starts! There is also a range of accommodation options and levels to suit your needs and budget. Check out www.tripadvisor.com for tips and www.agoda.com for hotel bookings.

How do you suggest I plan our onward travel plans after the holiday? Is it okay to book a flight out the same day the Thailand Yoga Holiday ends?

We’ve found that most people want to do a little exploring on their own. For this reason, it’s not a good idea to plot your travel plans too closely together. However, if you’re catching a night flight, no problem. We always tell people that it’s best you give yourself at least one day of flexibility after your ‘business’ is done in Chiang Mai. Do any traveling you’re planning on doing the next day. That way, you don’t have to panic if things don’t happen as efficiently as they’re supposed to. 90% of the time, everything works out fine but remember, this is Thailand and sometimes things run (a little slower) on Thai time!

What should we take with us? What should we NOT take?

You don’t need to bring much with you, but here’s a quick list:

  • Comfortable clothes that are loose and light
  • Your yoga wear (mats and props are provided)
  • Bathing suit
  • Ear plugs
  • Sandals and comfortable walking shoes
  • A warm upper and lower body layering (it can drop to 10 degrees in the north in winter)
  • A light rain jacket or windbreaker
  • A travel towel for each person
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal toiletries
  • Any special medications, foods or supplements you may require or wish to have on the trip.
  • Insect repellent (recommended containing DEET)
  • Your passport

Pack light – in many cases, you will be taking your luggage with you throughout the trip, so please pack only what you need. Store any other baggage with your hotel or hostel. Keep in mind that just about anything can be purchased cheaply in the markets.

Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

A visa is not required for most nationalities visiting Thailand for up to 30 days. However, you must be in possession of a passport with a 6-month validity as well as a round-trip airline ticket. Should you intend to stay longer than 30 days, you should obtain an extended visa from your nearest Royal Thai Consulate. As regulations often change, for the most accurate information check out http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/123

What is the weather like?

The short answer: hot and sunny. The long answer: Thailand has three seasons which vary in heat, humidity and rainfall. The best time to visit Thailand weather-wise is between November and February when it rains the least and it is not too hot. Although the rainy season (roughly July to October) gets a bad reputation, there are some bonuses to visiting during this time: temperatures tend to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. It also rarely rains all day everyday, so don’t worry!

Are there stores and/or supermarkets in Thailand? How about ATM’s?

Yes, yes and yes. Thailand has everything you need.

Do I need a phone? Will there be Internet?

We’ll give you a prepaid SIM card for your phone upon request so that when you step off the plane, you’ll be in contact. If your current phone is locked to a plan, or uses a non-compatible operating system, another option is to purchase a cheap $20 phone here in Chiang Mai. As for internet, most locations have 3G signals and free Wi-Fi.

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Food & Accommodation

How are the beds laid out on Thailand Yoga Holidays? Are linens and towels included?

Because we travel through a range of different places, accommodations vary from luxurious private suites to floating bamboo dorms set under the stars. In every case, we guarantee a unique and memorable experience. Linens are always provided. Towels are often provided but it’s a good idea to a have a travel towel handy.

Can we expect a private room if we’re a couple?

When signing up for a holiday make sure to mark that you’re a couple and we’ll make sure we pair you up in a king size bed. Keep in mind that room types are available on a first come, first serve basis and are not necessarily available at all accommodation spots throughout the tours. Check your event page for specifics. 

What if I’m traveling by myself but book a shared room?

When individuals book shared rooms we pair women with women and men with men in a room with two twin beds. You can make a new friend while paying the lower holiday rate!

What type of food is available during the holiday?

While we don’t stick to a strict eating or food style, we try offer a bit of everything with a healthy spin. Normally when we eat out we’ll order a wide range of dishes for everyone to share, but you can also request anything else you may want. Thai food is packed with herbs and vegetables and easy to make vegetarian or vegan versions of popular dishes. Since most meals are based around rice or rice noodles, there are also many gluten-free options.

If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions please mark them down on your registration form.

What meals are included in the holiday?

One of the greatest things about Thailand is its cuisine. While all group meals are included, meals taken during free-time are not, giving you the opportunity to discover delicious eats on your own. Chiang Mai has some of the tastiest (and cheapest) food in the world and we’ll always point you in the right direction with recommendations!

How much does food cost in Chiang Mai?

You’ll be shocked how low food prices are here – you can buy full plates of fresh, delicious street food for as low as 30 baht, or less that $1. A young coconut will cost you between 30-45 baht and you’ll find fresh sliced fruit and fruit shakes on just about every corner.  That said, you can also find meals similar to Western prices in comfortable, air conditioned restaurants, it just depends on what you’re looking for,

Is the water safe to drink in Thailand?

While the tap water is fine to shower or brush your teeth with, clean, bottled drinking water will be available throughout the holiday. When eating out at restaurants or at street stalls you can buy bottled water or drink the free water provided (it’s distilled).

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