Thailand Yoga Wellness Retreat

  • May 5 – 13, 2020 | 9 days / 8 nights.
  • $2,790.00

TIME TO REFRESH YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Join Jessica on an inspiring healthy yoga retreat to stretch, meditate, and sweat on the beautiful island, Ko Samui.

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Thailand Yoga Wellness Retreat

$2,790.00

TIME TO REFRESH YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Join Jessica on an inspiring healthy yoga retreat to stretch, meditate, and sweat on the beautiful island, Ko Samui.

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Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok
Cooking Class in the evening
2 Bangkok Morning tour to Thonburi Klong (Canals) with Grand Palace
Free at leisure after tour
3 Bangkok
Ko Samui
Transfer to the airport for flight to Ko Samui
Afternoon yoga class at the resort
4 - 8 Ko Samui Daily yoga class with instructor Jessica Leung
A full day elephant tour
A speed boat tour to National Marine Park
9 Ko Samui
Bangkok
Hotel check-out
Head to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok

DAY 1 | MAY 5

ARRIVE IN BANGKOK

Upon arrival at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, you will be met with our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Evening: Cooking Class at Silom Thai Cookery School

The taste of authentic Thai cuisine is so unique that the world has tried to capture it in many ways. Starts off with a trip to the local market with the instructor to get the ingredients you need for the day. You will learn how to cook five delicious Thai courses guided by the chefs. After the class, enjoy the dishes you made. You will also receive recipes of all dishes for your own practice at home!

Accommodation: U Sukhumvit Bangkok or similar (2 nights)
Meal: Dinner

DAY 2 | MAY 6

BANGKOK

Morning: Thonburi Klong (Canals) with Grand Palace

One of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. Cruise along the klongs to see family homes and temples. The city’s network of canals earned Bangkok the title of “Venice of the East”. We stop at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok. There will be ample time for photo opportunities.

Afterwards we will visit the Grand Palace, comprising the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew), carved from a single piece of jade with only 17” tall, is the most revered object in Thailand. After the tour, free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3 | MAY 7

BANGKOK – KO SAMUI

After breakfast and hotel check-out, you will be met by a local representative and transferred to the Airport to board on your flight to Ko Samui. Upon arrival, check-in to Absolute Sanctuary and attend a yoga class in the afternoon with free time after.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - 8 | MAY 8 – 12

YOGA RETREAT

  • Daily yoga instruction where classes will be uniquely tailored and suitable to all levels.
  • Types of yoga may include Core Yoga, Hatha, Yin, Restorative or Thai Yoga Massage. Thai Yoga Massage is the art of gentle massage performed on you while relaxing in restorative yoga postures.
  • Opportunities for sunset yoga on the beach or yoga at exotic locations.
  • A full-day Elephant Tour offers visitors the opportunity to get to know each of the remarkable elephants and gain an understanding of their daily lives and behaviors.
  • Board a speed boat to a National Marine Park to see an alluring emerald lake known as Talay Nai. There will be a chance to snorkel around the beautiful corals and kayaking.

Accommodation: Absolute Sanctuary (6 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 | MAY 13

KO SAMUI – BANGKOK

Following breakfast, head to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok.

Departure Date Sanctuary Superior Room Sanctuary Deluxe Room
May 5 - 13, 2020 Double occupancy: CAD $2,790
Single occupancy: CAD $3,250
Double occupancy: CAD $2,890
Single occupancy: CAD $3,400

*Price per person based on double occupancy at a minimum of 15 passengers.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please click here to contact us for a quotation. All travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms & conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking confirmation.

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT

  • 1st Deposit: CAD $500 per person is due at the time of booking.
  • 2nd Deposit: CAD $1,500 per person is due on December 15, 2019.
  • Final Payment: Remaining balance due February 28, 2020

CANCELLATION TERMS

  • From time of booking to DEcember 14, 2019: CAD $500 per person
  • From December 15, 2019 - February 27, 2020: CAD $1,500 per person
  • From February 28, 2020 to date of departure: 100% of tour cost

ADD A ROUNDTRIP FLIGHT FROM TORONTO TO BANGKOK

  • CAD $1,190 per person including applicable taxes and fees. For other departure city, please contact us for a quotation. Price is subject to change at time of booking.

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Optional travel insurance or expenses of a personal nature

Jessica Leung (RYT 500)

Having been a yogi for 10 years, Jess decided to deepen her practice and became a certified yoga instructor. She has allowed yoga to transform her life in the most beautiful way, and looks forward to sharing this joy with you on the mat. Having been an active gal for her entire life, her love of health and wellness has naturally brought her on this path. Her style ranges from yin to a rigorous core workout, but she is trained to teach Hatha, Restorative, Yin, and Vinyasa. She'll apply hands on adjustments and incorporate aromatherapy into some of her classes. Be ready to stretch, meditate, and sweat in one class! She believes that yoga begins in the mind which naturally manifests in the body, so come with an open attitude and the rest will follow suit.

  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Russia, Mongolia and China.
    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Russia - Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Russia. Visa applications must be submitted electronically at here, or visit the Embassy of Russian Federation here.

    China - Canadians must have a visa. Consult the local visa issuing office and plan accordingly if you are travelling to or residing in China. Visit Chinese Visa Application Service Centre here for more information.

Casual clothing is usually worn on the train, including at mealtimes. Please make sure you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the excursions, and particularly for the city sightseeing tours. The months of May and September can be quite chilly. Most hotels will have turned the heat off by May and won’t start it up again until September. If necessary, we will turn on the train’s radiators. Even if you have booked a summer trip, you should bring warm clothes for cooler days and rainy days, in addition to your summer clothes. During boat rides, especially on Lake Baikal, you may well be exposed to chilly breezes, even in the summer months. A light jacket or sweater is advisable (also for restaurants with strong airconditioning). And those brave enough to take a dip in Lake Baikal shouldn’t forget to bring along their swimsuits. Also, remember to bring headgear – for protection against the sun and to wear in the Orthodox churches.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

In each carriage, you may only smoke in the designated area at the opposite end of the carriage to the conductor’s cabin. Smoking is prohibited in the compartments and corridors and in the restaurant car during meals.

Moscow Siberia Mongolia Beijing
May Sunny or changing weather
Between 12 and 22°C
Mostly sunny, clear view
Between 10 and 30°C
Changing weather or sunny, windy
Between 5 and 25°C
sunny, dry
Between 18 and 28°C
June Sunny, continental dry
Between 15 and 36°C
sunny, dry
Between 12 and 30°C
changing weather
Between 12 and 25°C
hot and humid, rain showers
Between 22 and 32°C
July hot, sunny, rain showers, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 36°C
continental dry, warm, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 34°C
sunny, rain showers
Between 12 and 30°C
hot and humid, rain
Between 22 and 35°C
August warm, dry
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry, rain showers
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry
Between 15 and 26°C
hot, dry
Between 24 and 34°C
September sunny, dry
Between 15 and 24°C
high-pressure weather, sunny, hardly any rain
Between 10 and 22°C
Changing weather, snowfall possible
Between 0 and 25°C
warm, dry
Between 22 and 28°C

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

On board the train we accept roubles, euros and US dollars. The restaurant drinks menus, which can be found around the train, state the cost in each currency. If paying with US dollars, please note that you will receive change in euros.

Otherwise, you can only pay with roubles in RUSSIA. Prices are sometimes indicated in “conditional units” that correspond to US dollars, but you must pay in roubles. The salesperson calculates the cost in roubles based on the day’s exchange rate. The train is almost the only place where it is possible to pay in euros or US dollars.

When you arrive at the hotel, if possible exchange some of your money for roubles. Make sure you are given a good amount of change. We recommend exchanging an initial amount of € 50 to € 100 per person and always taking small euro notes with you (€ 5 and € 10) so that you can exchange more money if necessary or in an emergency. Please take care not to accept damaged or torn notes (or those with stamps, scribbles, etc.).

In MONGOLIA we recommend taking along small US dollar notes. You do not usually need to exchange money. If you wish to do so, we recommend using the hotel reception.

In CHINA you must pay with yuans (renminbi), but in the hotels you can also pay with euros. You can exchange money at banks, at bureaux de change in shops or in hotels.

More detailed information is provided in this on-board book.

Please avoid wearing shorts or miniskirts when visiting churches and mosques, even if the weather is warm. If you do, you may not be allowed to see some churches from the inside. You must remove your shoes before entering mosques. If you do not wish to walk barefoot, you should bring along an extra pair of socks on excursions. Please remember to bring appropriate headgear. Women are required to cover their hair with a headscarf or shawl in Russia’s orthodox churches. In most cases, men may not wear shorts inside churches.

The cuisine served on board the train is fresh, diverse and nutritious. Mineral water and juice are included in meal prices. Please pay for all other drinks in cash. On average, prices are 40 percent lower than those of railway restaurants in Germany. If you require vegetarian food or have any other dietary requirements, please inform us before the journey so that the chef can take your needs into account.

The passengers on board the train come from many different places. You may meet travellers from all over Europe and perhaps beyond. German, English and French are the official on-board languages. Announcements will be made in these languages. If guests from countries with other languages are on board, announcements may also be made in their languages. The service personnel on board the train usually speak very little English or German. Please don’t hesitate to contact your tour guide if you have any communication problems.

A Russian doctor will be travelling on the train on the route from Moscow to Erlian (on the Mongolian/Chinese border). He or she will be on call 24 hours a day. The doctor’s compartment is marked on your carriage overview. The doctor also takes appointments and offers drop-in sessions. If additional, specialist medical treatment is required, the on-board personnel can contact other doctors via radio. Doctor’s fees must be paid in cash after consultation (see Fee Schedule for Medical Services). Should you become seriously ill, you can be taken to a hospital in any of t he larger cities. Beijing and Moscow have hospitals of international standing.

The phone service between Moscow and Beijing is usually good, except for in sparsely populated areas such as around the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia. You will thus be able to use your mobile phone almost everywhere on the route and in all the cities (if, that is, your mobile phone is activated for foreign countries, which it usually won’t be if you have a prepaid card account). If you have any further questions please contact your service provider before the trip. Please remember that roaming costs in Russia, Mongolia and China can be as high as € 6 per minute – both for making and receiving calls. It is much cheaper to send text messages.

No vaccinations are required for the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. We highly recommend a doctor’s check of the status of your immunisation against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. Please get all additional information on vaccinations and other preventative measures well ahead of the trip. You may want to consult your doctor if you are at risk of t hrombosis or other health problems. We also suggest that you consult health offices, doctors experienced in travel medicine, tropical medicine specialists, information services and national health institutes.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the safest railways in the world. No thefts have ever been reported on board our trains. Conductors are on duty 24 hours a day. We are in constant contact with control via the radio in the train manager’s compartment (on regular trains, the only radio set is in the locomotive) and can ask them for help in emergencies (including medical emergencies) or get them to contact the police for us.

When the train stops, only one door per carriage is opened – in each case the door nearest the conductor’s cabin. No one who does not hold a reservation for a sleeping compartment on the train may embark. That means no one can get on board and try to sell you anything. Before leaving Moscow, every one of our trains is cleared by the Russian health authorities. The checks are very thorough, and they demand high standards of hygiene in the restaurant, the toilets and the washrooms. They also make sure the sheets and towels are spotlessly clean. As when travelling anywhere in the world, it is a good idea to avoid wearing valuable jewellery and watches or hanging expensive camera equipment around your neck. Try to carry your cash, credit cards, passport and plane ticket close to your body, e.g. in a money belt around your neck or hips.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

Russia - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/russia

Mongolia - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/mongolia

China - https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china

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ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY

ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY is Asia’s top wellness resort for fitness, health , lifestyle, weight management and more, managed by AUMA Hospitality. It set the benchmark for effective wellness programs that will transform you to the best you.

It prides itself to be the only wellness fitness resort in Asia. ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY is the creators of award winning guest experiences, the benefits of which will last a lifetime. The crafted programs leverage on their expertise in yoga, pilates, core programs and healthy food programs from being part of ABSOLUTE YOU, the largest health & lifestyle brand in Thailand, to produce effective results.


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