Temples, Elephant Sanctuary, Tropical Beaches, Exotic Cuisine, and more..!

Staying overnight in 4 different locations: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Cheow Lan Lake at Khao Sok National Park.  

Optional add-on to the main trip January 24 - 28, 2023
Island in southeast Thailand: Koh Phangan
 (additional costs apply). 
Also, main trip: Khoa Sok, Cheow Lan Lake, and Surat Thani

  • Also, as of June 17, 2022, incoming travelers, regardless of their country of orgin, are not longer subjected to Covid-19 tests on arrival. However, all travelers entering the country must undergo screening, including body temperature check, and present the required documents to the immigration/Health Control officer. 
  • Unvaccinated travelers need to upload proof of a negative result from an RT-PCR test or professional ATK within 72 hours of travel.    
  • Currently, with most airlines, wearing a mask onboard is optional. You will have to check with and abide by your airlines rules and regulations. 
  • Cash versus credit cards: Thailand is largely as cash-based society. Large cities will accept Visa and Mastercard (Amex and Discover may not be as widely accepted). We will be in areas that are very rural and areas that are cities. Be prepared with cash instead of relying on credit cards.
  • While in Bangkok you will be able to withdraw more cash at ATMs. Check the exchange rate before making your withdrawals. As with other countries, it is more expensive at airports than at local ATMs. 
  • The official currency is Baht for both coin and bills. Check with your bank ahead of time to bring cash with you. They usually ask for 3-7 days to request an exchange distribution.
  • Exchange rate (although it varies): $1 USD is approximately 34 Baht dollars depending on the daily exchange.
    • Baht Symbols & Names | THB, ฿, บาท |
      | 1 THB | Each Baht is subdivided into 100 satang (สตางค์) |
      | THB coins | Though coins issued in satang values do exist, they are rarely used. Most tourist businesses round to the nearest baht. More commonly, you will see coins in 1, 2, 5 and 10 Baht denominations. |
      | THB banknotes | Notes of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Baht denominations are used. |

  • We will send you an email of a list of recommended things to bring with you on this trip. This will also be on your thank you/welcome page, once registering.
  • Please be aware of your health insurance restrictions and options for travel insurance. There are possible hazards in any country you visit. As you can see below, what is required to travel into Thailand and for a minimum amount of coverage.

THAILAND COVID POLICY (current as of April 29, 2022)

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO READ AND AGREE TO ALL PARTS BEFORE PUTTING DOWN YOUR DEPOSIT. THIS IS MANDATORY TO ENTER THEIR COUNTRY. You will be asked to check that you agree, understand AND adhere to their policies. There no refunds based on not following what is listed below:

International travelers will no longer need to take a PCR test before their travel or on arrival. The requirement to book a SHA+ hotel as part of the Test & Go entry scheme is also dropped under the CCSA decision. However you need to check the conditions of your flight to Thailand as some airlines may require a PCR test or proof of vaccination.

The Thailand Pass is still a requirement for everyone, Thais and foreigners. Documentation, including passport, vaccination certificates and proof of insurance, will still need to be uploaded and pre-approved before your arrival in Thailand. This will usually take no more than 3 days to be approved.

International travelers, who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19, will no longer need to take a PCR test (both pre boarding and on arrival). The CCSA still recommends an ATK test on the fifth day and expects travelers to monitor their health whilst in Thailand, but the test is not compulsory.

Insurance coverage requirements will also be dropped from US$20,000 dollar to US$10,000. This is specific Covid insurance, separate from travel insurance.

International travelers are still required to have insurance. You need to have insurance, to the value of US$10,000 which covers hospitalization for any Covid treatments. It used to cover to a value of US$50,000 until the CCSA lowered it in March to US$20,000, and now it’s down to covering a value of US$10,000. (Kimberly has used Travelguard through AIG for her trips https://www.travelguard.com/)

For unvaccinated or under-vaccinated travelers, if they do a pre-travel PCR test, taken within 72 hours before departure, and it’s negative, they will be able to enter Thailand just the SAME as vaccinated travelers, with no pre-paid hotel, on arrival testing or quarantine. If they are unable or don’t want to do a PCR test, they will need to pre-book 5 days of accommodation at an alternative quarantine hotel. And do an ATK test on the fifth day. If it’s negative, you can leave and resume your travel.

It is still possible you will have to apply for the Thai Pass (we'll update this as we get updated information) and is still required to wear a mask in public places.

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Our Itinerary is being finalized and is subject to change slightly. Highlights are:

Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok

Resting at the hotel - Recommend Thai massage or spa to get over the jet lag.

Depending when you arrive we will reserve a space at the hotel to have drinks & appetizers, followed by dinner (each person pays on their own). You are welcome to join us.

Meals are not included for this day in your package price.
Day 2
Temples and Royal Grand Palace Tour and Wat Arun
Morning: Gentle Somatic Yoga® class at the poolside Terrace
Breakfast is included: Hotel usually has breakfast from 6:30am to 10:30am but we will need to check on this at the hotel.

Depart for afternoon adventure at 11am
Important: Please note that you are required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulder, bare knees or strapless-
heel shoes). Shoes must be removed before entering all temple buildings.

Afternoon:  Visit three of the most important sights of Bangkok:
  • The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho (giant lying Buddha, covered in gold leaf).
  • The Grand Palace, built in 1782 close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings). The Grand Palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound is the Temple of The Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), which houses Thailand's most precious image of the Lord Buddha.
  • The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). The majestic shrine has a pagoda of 76 m high. It is decorated with glazed ceramic pieces that reflect the rising sun and gave the temple its name.

Lunch will be served at a Thai restaurant
Dinner not included

Day 3 Morning
Market Day
Depart at 7am after included breakfast
Floating Market

To discover the way Bangkok used to be, travel approximately 100 km outside of Bangkok to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with its many colors, flavors and exotic fragrances. Start with a scenic ride on a narrow longtail - speed boat, passing riverside villages and fruit plantations, before entering the vibrant market. There will be many photo-opportunities along the way and on the colorful market on the water.

Eat lunch at market at your own cost
Dinner not included

Day 3 Afternoon

A culinary experience for beginners and advanced food-lovers: Street Food in Bangkok Chinatown.

We will be picked up from our hotel and transferred to The Old Siam, a traditional shopping- center with a whole floor dedicated to food. We will see the preparation of the food and try several dishes of dumplings, desserts and small snacks. From here, we continue to Chinatown for a walk along the narrow streets filled with vendors and food- stalls.  we will taste various dishes and hear interesting stories about the food, history, culture and religion of Chinatown before returning to our hotel in the evening.
Day 4
Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Morning:  A short flight to Chiang Mai followed by an 11:30am Gentle Somatic Yoga class.

Depart at 1:30pm

Afternoon: The tour will take you around the famous city for an up-close and personal look at some of its most notable temples, as well as stops at its old city walls, gates and moat.

Highlight of this trip include Wat Phra Sing home of the
beautiful Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarving and northern style murals; Wat Chedi Luang and its
enormous Pagoda (which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545).

Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner not included

Day 5
Cooking Class
- Insect repellent
- Camera
- Sunscreen
- Small bottle drinking water
- Hat (Optional)

Morning:  9:30am We will be picked up from the hotel and then begin a new culinary adventure that will end up with a cooking class. But first, a guide give us an introduction to Thai ingredients, pasta making, and vegetable carving. After, we will shop for all of these ingredients and prepare our lunch.

Afternoon: Gentle Somatic Yoga class after we arrive back to the hotel around 3pm.

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner not included.

Day 6 
Wat Doi Suthep Temple
Morning: 9am Gentle Somatic Yoga class

Depart at 11am for a visit famous landmark of Chiang Mai- the mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep, which is situated on a hill, 1050 m high.

On clear days, you will enjoy a fantastic view over the town and the province. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Handicraft village where you will see artisans weaving silk, carving wood and creating celadon, silver and lacquer ware items.

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included.

Day 7 
Depart for Phuket
Depart from your hotel in Chiang Mai city to Chiang Mai Airport for the flight to Phuket.

Your late morning and afternoon are free to explore Phuket. Pick from self-guided audio tours, learn to surf, take an island introduction tour and more!

**Evening Yoga practice at sunset time as this was recommended as BEAUTIFUL experience.

Day 8
Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Morning: 9am Gentle Somatic Yoga Class
Relax on the beach

Daytime: Optional Spa treatments at the hotel or continue to explore Phuket by taking the Phuket City Tour of Karon View Point, Big Buddha and Wat Chalong. Or tour the Old City of Phuket Town.

Rather stay by the water? You can scuba drive or snorkel, kayak or take a speedboat tour. There is no shortage of options!

 Late Afternoon: Enjoy your unforgettable day sailing around the paradise Islands for the Sunset experience on board at Promthep Cape (Laen Promthep). Promthep Cape is the most Southern point of Phuket. The point is one of the most popular areas of Phuket and has an iconic status due to its location and southern facing views, it offers a picturesque view of the Andaman Sea.

Breakfast included, lunch and dinner not included.

Day 9

Morning: 9am Gentle Somatic Yoga class

Depart at 11:00AM, Transfer from hotel in Kata Beach to Khao Sok.

Visiting the elephant camp in Khao Sok: 
The Khao Sok elephant sanctuary and this unique Khao Sok elephant experience are part of an ongoing community based eco tourism program organized and promoted by the owners of Khao Sok Riverside Cottages. This is the best way to enjoy experiential travel and learn more about the places that you visit. You also provide really positive input into the lives and economies of local families. The following is the account of one of the visitors to the Khao Sok elephant sanctuary and retirement park.

Canoeing down the river of Khaosok (Chance to spot a flora & fauna, a limestone cliff and evergreen
mountains along the way).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 10
Khoa Sok National Park

Morning: 9am Gentle Somatic Yoga class

11:00AM Jungle Trekking by foot into the oldest rainforest of southern Thailand. The trek will lead you to a land of diversity of flora and fauna and possibly seeing wild life!

The trek is surrounded by dense jungle, animals, and cooling jungle air.

We will have lunch, followed by a trek to be refreshed at the hot springs.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 
Khoa Sok Rainforest

Morning: Gentle Somatic Yoga class

Daytime11am: Depart to CheowLan Dam to visit Cheow Lan Lake at Khao Sok National Park.

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with over 100 island and towering limestone cliffs that give the lake its fairy-tale scenery.

The lake is also known as Cheow Larn, and gibbons and hornbills are commonly seen in the old-growth jungle trees at the water’s edge. Spend your day taking in the amazing scenery, jungle hiking, exploring a cave, swimming, and relaxing at the floating bungalows.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12
Departure Day

Early morning Canoeing through the spectacular scenery and the early morning calm is hard to beat.

After breakfast, departure from Cheow Larn to Surat Thani Airport for your departure flight back to Bangkok.

If you are continuing on with us to Koh Phagnan, will connect to your departure flight to the next destination.

Breakfast is included.
Somatic Wellness and Adventure Retreats
Thailand | January 4-14, 2023
About Your Facilitator:

James Knight, founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga®, is one of the pioneers to bridge Somatics and yoga. He is a Yoga Teacher, Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, and Integrative Therapist. His passion is to inspire and encourage others to live a fulfilling life of physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.
From his combined experience as a lifelong yogi, intuitive bodyworker, body-oriented psychotherapist, movement educator and author, James created an easy and reliable method that reverses the cause and effects of muscular pain, stiffness, and other tension-based conditions. Often the results are immediate and long-lasting.  



$4210  per person


$3160 per person

Add-on to Ko Pha-Ngan


Accommodation incl. breakfast, ground services, transfers
as per itinerary - End at Koh Samui Airport 745.00 pp

Accommodation incl. breakfast, ground services, transfers
as per itinerary – End at Surat Thani Airport 655.00 pp


Accommodation incl. breakfast, ground services, transfers
as per itinerary - End at Koh Samui Airport 535.00 pp

Accommodation incl. breakfast, ground services, transfers
as per itinerary – End at Surat Thani Airport 445.00 pp

A $600 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reserving your spot (unless it is a personal emergency, or travel restrictions change depending on your country of origin and cancellation fees may occur).

The balance is due on or before November 7, 2022

 Payment plans available and must be completed by November 7, 2022

The cost INCLUDES:
Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner where indicated in itinerary (each day will be different)
Movement Classes
All hotel and VAT taxes
Travel to and from locations in private, air-conditioned vehicle
Also included:
  • Tour guide (English speaking) services provided in the requested languages, unless otherwise mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Drinking water and cold towels during sightseeing.
  • Multi-lingual 24-hour customer support hotline in all destinations.
  • Welcome pack on arrival.
  • Fully licensed and insured to international standard. 
  • All applicable local taxes.
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  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any International Flight
  • Optional Tour
  • Early check in & late check out
A $600 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of reserving your spot (unless it is a personal emergency, or travel restrictions change depending on your country of origin and cancellation fees may occur).

The balance is due on or before November 7, 2022

 Payment plans available and must be completed by November 7, 2022

Please enter your information below to secure your room and spot in the training.

If you are bringing a partner, friends/roommate, please also enter their name, email and phone number as well in the section for them.

They will also be required to pay their deposit and sign the waiver to secure their registration. If you choose to, you can change the quantity of the deposit to (2) to pay theirs with yours. Otherwise, we will be reaching out with the payment link for them.
Our cancellation policy is as follows: All payment plans and balance due payments must be completed by November 7, 2022.

The deposit is non-refundable.

Cancellations: With the remaining balance, if a cancellation happens after making a deposit, the balance may be subject to a cancellation fee. You are responsible for any cancellation fee we incur from the hotel. 

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If you have a partner or roommate, please enter their full name, email address and phone number below where indicated.

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