We will provide yoga mats and blocks for the practice. If you prefer to use straps we recommend that you bring your own.
There will be two yoga sessions per day. Once in the morning before breakfast and then a second yoga instruction in the late afternoon. Days 1 and 7, arrival and departure days respectively, there will not be a formal yoga instruction.
Of course! The experience is open to all levels and our instructor will adapt the levels of each participant. We believe in yoga’s ability to transform one’s health and well-being and want to share the practice of yoga with all people.
Activities that are included in the itinerary are:
-Visit to Wat Phra Yai and Plai Laem temples to learn about Buddhism
-A one hour traditional Thai massage
-Morning excursion to Hin Lad waterfall
-Transportation to a night market
-Participation in a sound therapy class
Yes. Ice is produced in the same factories where the water is filtered. Ice is then shipped to restaurants, shops and local vendors. A common rule is to only drink ice that has a hole in the center.
Yes, however please be respectful and not overly aggressive. Bargaining for lower prices with the shop vendors can be exhilarating and lots of fun, plus a whole new style of shopping for many of us.
Brunches and Dinners will be eaten buffet style at the Vikasa Life Cafe, an on-site restaurant serving healthy and delicious meal options of tropical fruits, organic foods, and fresh local products.
Sample Brunch Menu:
-Freshly squeezed juice, tea, and coffee
-A sunny side up egg or a vegetable omelet
-Whole grain toasts, oatmeal/ muesli with yogurt, or chia seeds pudding
-Superfoods, boiled veggies with specialty in-house organic dips
-Vegetarian sandwiches or pancakes
-A variety of fresh-cut tropical fruits
Sample Dinner Menu:
-A hot soup, typical local dishes with tofu, brown rice
-Two or three vegetarian dishes
-Fresh salad, dahl
-One seafood dish is always an option
Yes, there will be options for travelers to select cuisine other than Asian food when visiting cafes for lunch. Koh Samui island offers multiple best options for international cuisines.
We generally recommend $250-300 USD. Below is a basic breakdown:
-6 brunches and 6 dinners are included.
-A basic Thai dish for lunch can be anywhere from $4-6 (alcohol excluded).
-Optional activities range from $15 for additional massages to $60 for kayaking tours.
-Clothing at markets range from $3-10 depending on your style.
-Iced coffees and teas typically cost $2.
-We suggest tipping vendors for certain activities an average of $3 per activity.
Tipping is not expected though it is greatly appreciated, especially since tourism and hospitality is one of the leading industries in Thailand. 7-10% gratuity at restaurants is a suitable tip. Also if a hotel staff brings your luggage to your room feel free to offer a 20 thb tip for their service. If you want to tip the cleaning team at the hotel is best to leave money with the front desk and they can distribute the tip to the team.
Everyday purchases in Thailand are cash transactions. Credit cards are not accepted at most restaurants unless the bill is more than $10-15 USD. Additionally it is common for a 3% surcharge to be added for credit card transactions. A majority of commerce takes place in open markets and small street vendors where cash rules the world.
Thailand distinct regions have varying climates making all year round a good time to visit. However, the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season from late October through February. The hottest months of the year are March and April.
Travelers are often wary of the wet season which is at its peak during July and August. However, rain showers do not last long, usually occurring during early afternoon and then the sun comes out and dries everything off. What’s great about the wet season is all the landscapes turn green and all those delicious fruits are in season!
A rolling suitcase is perfect for this trip as we only stay in one accommodation the entire time. We do suggest that you bring a small backpack to use on day excursions and to carry your personal gear.
Yes, if you plan to eat meals outside of Vikasa Yoga Retreat. These dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated because most food is made with peanut oil. However, at Vikasa, the on-site chefs can accommodate for peanut allergies.