FAQ

We’ve done our best to cover all questions you may have regarding any of our holiday offerings. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, email us at [email protected]

General

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.

How many people can join the trip?

To ensure an intimate personalized setting, the Yoga Holiday Escapes are limited to a maximum of 16 people. If you’re looking for a smaller group experience, consider a Private Yoga Holiday. If you’re a yoga teacher bringing in your own group, you decide how many students you’d like to invite.

What kind of yoga do you do during the trip?

Your teacher during the trip is Christophe Cappon, a licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga instructor. We don’t stick to a single type of yoga throughout the trip, but fuse different approaches depending on your needs. Our goal is to not only deepen, but broaden your yoga practice and understanding.

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!

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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Group Yoga Holidays

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.

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

Over the course of a standard trip we usually hit up 3-4 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 recent 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. Private rooms are available at a first come, first serve basis at some of our locations and is subject to an extra fee. Couple receive priority for private rooms. 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.

What if we want to spend more time in the area before or after the trip? Can you help us arrange lodging and transportation?

Absolutely! It’s part of what we do – just let us know you need some guidance figuring out extra travel details and we’ll help get you set up.

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Private Yoga Holidays

Is there a minimum cost, length of holiday or number of people required for a private holiday?

Private holidays are completely designed for your personal interests and needs. This means they can be as long or short as you want and include whomever you want to join you. Because of this flexibility, prices widely vary.

Are private yoga holidays limited to Thailand?

If you’re interested in a personalized yoga holiday or private sessions in a different location please visit christophecappon.com.

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Yoga Retreat Hosting

Is there a limit to how large a group I can bring on a retreat?

The number of students you bring is up to you however all groups must have a minimum of 6 students. Usually teachers aim to organize groups of 12-16 students.

Will we have a guide available throughout the retreat?

Christophe is there for you from beginning to end in order to manage whatever happens to come up. He is also equipped with a reliable team of drivers, doctors, massage therapists, chefs and more to handle any situation.

What type of insurance is needed for my group?

It is essential that each participant purchases their own travel and health insurance prior to registering. More information and instructions are detailed in the waiver forms required of each participant.

What am I, the teacher, responsible for?

After getting an idea of logistics, like how long you want the retreat to run, how many students will be attending and what activities you’re interested in, we’ll take care of all the planning and leave you to what you do best – teach! You’ll be responsible for:

  • Encouraging your students to sign up
  • Organizing your transportation to Thailand
  • Teaching your classes during the retreat
  • Having fun!
What is Thailand Yoga Holidays responsible for?

We’ll take care of all transportation, accommodation and excursion activities while your retreat is running in Thailand. This includes:

  • Handling registrations, deposits, payments and bookings
  • Helping with flyer design and marketing materials
  • Reserving hotel rooms and yoga spaces
  • Organizing group transportation between activities and destinations
  • Providing destination information, recommendations and guidance
  • Organizing meals and extracurricular activities, such as market and temple visits
How far in advance do I need to start planning a retreat and how long does it take to organize?

Though we can usually work with a tight turnaround time, the sooner you can start organizing the holiday and your group, the better. This allows guests plenty of time to sign up, book cheaper airfare and for all reservations to be finalized.

What happens if I have to cancel the retreat?

If the teacher cancels the retreat, Christophe can still host and teach the group and the teacher will forfeit their share of the profits. In any case, all standard cancellation and refund terms apply.

What happens if Thailand Yoga Holidays has to cancel the retreat?

In the rare event that we have to cancel a retreat for reason beyond our control we will notify you at the earliest possible moment and give you a full refund.

How does the profit get divided? What do I stand to make as the teacher?

Your profit depends on the holiday and the number of participants – the more people you bring, the more you make! That said, we’ve managed our costs so teachers cover all their costs including airfare with as little as 6 students. Check out our Yoga Retreat Hosting page for more details. 

How do the students register and pay?

We offer an online platform for students to register, sign liability waivers and pay for the holiday so you don’t have to worry about collecting payments, taxes or accounting.

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Payments

How do payments work?

For all holidays you will receive a PayPal invoice soon after submitting your booking. Once you receive the invoice, a non-refundable, non-transferable 25,000 THB deposit per person must be made within 48 hours. The remaining balance is 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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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.

How do we book a private room? Can we expect a private room if we’re a couple?

When signing up for a holiday make sure to mark that you’re interested in private accommodation. Private rooms are on a first come, first serve basis and are not available at all accommodation spots throughout the tours. Couples receive priority for available private rooms. 

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.

Our cooking course in Pai focuses on fresh and healthy fusion dishes while the food we’ll enjoy at the floating retreat center and permaculture farm features locally grown, organic produce. Of course, we like a bit of indulgence too and offer complementary beer and wine at various meals.

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. Since the holiday is designed for you to experience the best of Northern Thailand, some meals are not included in the program giving you the opportunity to discover delicious eats on your own.

With this in mind, you will be responsible for around 3 lunches and 3 dinners throughout the holiday. 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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Travel Information

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 arrive in Chiang Mai, you’ll be picked up by a taxi which will take you right to your hotel.

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
  • 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.

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Visiting Thailand

What if we want to spend more time in the area before or after the trip? Can you help us arrange lodging and transportation?

Absolutely! It’s part of what we do – just let us know you need some guidance figuring out extra travel details and we’ll help get you set up.

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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