JUNGLE YOGA, PRAIWAN RAFTHOUSE, KHAO SOK, THAILAND
In March 2020 I will be holding another very special Jungleyoga lake retreat at Praiwan Rafthouse on Khao Sok Lake, Surat Thani, Thailand.
This unique event has been designed to offer you the most exhilarating and effective retreat, bringing you close to the natural world of this unique primary rainforest environment while you explore and nourish your own ‘true nature.'
Khao Sok Lake is one of the most spectacular destinations in Thailand, if not the world. This yoga holiday not only gives you the opportunity to practice yoga and reconnect with your 'inner being' & the natural world of this stunning national park, but allows you to disconnect from all the usual distractions & offerings of modern day living that we so often take for granted. I regard it as a great privilege to be able to experience this situation while enjoying such a beautiful environment, wonderful local food, daily yoga & like-minded company.
PRICE FOR THE RETREAT
7 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS = 43,850 Baht per person
50% deposit to secure booking = 21,925 Baht per person. Payable via bank transfer.
Remaining Balance of 21,925 Baht to be paid in Thai Baht upon arrival, or by bank transfer, PayPal (additional 1000 Baht charge if PayPal is used). Payment must be made at least one week before arrival.
This retreat is priced as a 7-night stay. While you may of course stay for a shorter period, the price remains the same due to minimum requirements at Praiwan Rafthouse.
ALSO AVAILABLE AT ADDITIONAL COST:
PRICE DOE NOT INCLUDE: Flights; travel insurance; airport transfers from other airports, boat transfers if not part of the group; airport transfers on departure from Khao Sok lake if not part of the group; nor, on principal, does it include the National Park entrance fee of 400 baht.
Please send your booking request to firstname.lastname@example.org or click the BOOK NOW button. Your booking is confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.
THE PLACE – Praiwan Rafthouse, Khao Sok Lake, a secret paradise destination deep within the National Park. You will take an awe inspiring boat journey across the lake to its far end. Your destination is a dedicated floating bamboo and wood yoga venue, with separate huts with interconnecting walkways and a floating yet stable yoga sala. The entire venue is made out of wood and bamboo and floats on tree trunk platforms and pontoons securely connected to the lake shores behind.
A typical day will consist of the following:
LOCAL AREA –The lake offers sensational lake and cliff vistas, snorkelling, kayaking, primary rainforest, extraordinary wildlife including endangered species such as hornbills and gibbons. The pristine moist evergreen forest abounds with wildlife and fascinating plants. The park provides an adventure for botanists, environmentalists, naturalists and anyone interested in exploring plant and wildlife in a rainforest. The mountains in the park are intersected by a range of limestone karsts (tall cliff-like formations, some nearly 1000 metres), leftovers of a coral reef system that stretched across the seas of South-East Asia millions of years ago.
ACCOMMODATION – Each hut is simply furnished and contains high quality new mattresses, bed linen and mosquito net. All rooms offer amazing cliff and lake views.
CLASSES – The yoga classes will take place in the beautiful covered yoga sala, also on the water, but firmly set so that the sala is very stable indeed. You will not find a more stunning place to practice your yoga.
CATERING – You will enjoy amazing Thai food featuring freshwater lake fish and rainforest grown vegetables.
ELECTRICITY – This is provided by a small generator for certain times of the evening. There is limited phone signal at the lake, although if you are desperate to make a phone call, a boat or kayak ride would take you to an area of the lake where you would find a signal (boat costs incurred). There is no wifi access ... fortunately.
Most international flights to Thailand come into Bangkok or Phuket, and you would need to take an internal flight to Surat Thani Airport from Bangkok, or road transfer from Phuket (about 2.5 - 3 hours).
Thai Smile, the domestic arm of Thai Airways offers flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Surat Thani (URT).
Air Asia offer flights from Bangkok Don Muang Airport (DMK) to Surat Thani (URT)
We recommend the morning flights to meet with the group transfer
Details of all Thai Smile flights can be found on the Thai Smile website and Thai Airways website and details of Air Asia flights can be found on www.airasia.com
On arrival day , 7th March the transfer bus will leave Surat Thani Airport at about 10:30am. Anybody arriving on different flights must arrange their travel around the group bus transfer times.
The 12.00 noon boat transfer across the lake to Praiwan Rafthouse is approximately 50 minutes. For those travelling separately please be at the pier by this time for the group boat transfer.
All transfers are included in the price if you are there for the group transfer buses at Surat Thani Airport and or boat transfer.
You can of course make your own way to the lake for the transfer boats, or complete the entire journey on your own from the pier at Ratchaprapha Dam.
From Surat Thani, Krabi or Phuket you head for the nearest town called Baan Takun on Highway 401, where you can find the turnoff to the the Ratchaprapha Dam. Find your way to the pier at the Ratchaprapha Dam (spellings vary and it's also known as Chiew Laan by locals) from where you can get a boat to Praiwan Rafthouse.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR YOGA HOLIDAY
Personal & Travel Insurance – Simon does not accept responsibility for your personal property or for personal injury on this yoga retreat. It is a condition of attendance that each student has full & up-to-date travel / health and activity holiday insurance for the period of the yoga holiday & related travel.
Vaccinations – It is each student's personal decision as to whether you undertake vaccination for your visit to Thailand
Although many people choose not to have vaccinations, there are certain recommendations that have been advertised by some travel companies / relevant authorities, which include:
Hepatitis A / malaria / diphtheria, tetanus & polio (usually one vaccination)
Some authorities also suggest typhoid, tuberculosis, rabies, hepatitis B and Japanese B encephalitis.
Cash, Thai Baht – Please ensure you have Thai currency before the journey to the lake. There are no cash machines in the national park. Each student will need to carry Thai baht for massages, non-group transfer bus / boat transfer charges, beverages, and personal expenditure and shopping. There is also wonderful craft and clothing shop at Praiwan Rafthouse.
Weather – March weather is gorgeously hot, while this is also usually a dry period ... my favourite time of year at the lake. Expect warm weather throughout your holiday, with hot periods in the middle of the day, all tempered by lake breezes and the inviting water that surrounds us. There is a possibility of an occasional tropical rain shower. We are in primary rainforest after all.
WHAT TO BRING
Pack light. You will need very little....so no excess baggage charges!
Important items to bring
Please note: While we are in Thailand, please respect the local customs regarding clothing. Absolutely no nudity or topless bathing until you are appropriately distanced from the venue, or any other building where there are Thai nationals. Think long sleeves for extended periods in the sun & lengthy kayaking around the lake.
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TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
"The ten days were wonderful - relaxing and challenging (particularly for my hamstrings). During that time, I feel we built up a lovely atmosphere in the group. I liked the way everyone committed her-and-himself to the yoga practice. I specially liked the way Simon taught: at the same time very sensitive and tender as well as holding the energy of the whole group with assertiveness." Caroline Schilling
"The casual, intimate, remote eco retreat Jungle Yoga is like a place out of this world. The vibrancy of nature sounds contrasted with the stillness of the lake, the gentle lulling of the floating bamboo huts and the solidity of the high-rising cliffs provide a unique place of placidity, serenity and tranquility that touches you deeply. The experience of being connected to nature, to yourself, to the life force within you and everywhere around you that is the key of yogic teachings is ever present here" Eija Tervonen
"I'm going to miss hearing all the rich sounds of the rainforest (though I have the CD of it!); the forest is so alive. I will especially miss hearing the gibbons calling every day. It was a fantastic experience with a great bunch of people. Simon, Dick, Beth and all the Thai staff make you feel so welcome that leaving is a bit like leaving home." Steve Whittam