Accommodations for Thailand Courses
Koh Phangan, Thailand is considered to be a treasure destination off the beaten path. While preserving its abundant jungle, fauna and flora many of its secluded beaches offer an escape from stress and the high-paced modern lifestyle. Accessible primarily by boat year round, the tri-bay area of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien, and Haad Why Nam offer a serene getaway with a wide range of accommodation options for all budget types. From simple, rustic bungalows to mid-range comfortable living, and from funky upscale cottages to exclusive villa resort living, these 3 beautiful bays provide for all. The Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio is situated upon a jungle hilltop, overlooking the crystal blue ocean waters, in between Haad Yuan & Haad Tien Bays and easily accessible by foot from Why Nam Bay. Students joining us at Blooming Lotus Yoga will need to secure accommodations on one of these 3 bays. The Yoga Teacher Training tuition does not include accommodation & food. You can budget between $12- 40 USD/day for food…and anywhere from $3-120 USD/night for accommodation. Realistically, for those on a budget, you can plan to spend from $20-35 USD/day on accommodations & food.
- Reserving accommodations is typically done on arrival, with the exception of the more upscale resorts that offer on-line booking. All resorts secure their livelihood through their adjoining restaurants and as such require that all guests eat at least one meal a day at their respective resort.
- We encourage all of our students to arrive a few days prior to the Yoga Teacher Training to secure their own accommodations. This allows students a wider variety of accommodations options as well as the freedom to choose which resort suits them best.
- For our Yoga Teacher Training students we also have the unique privilege to reserve up to 12 rooms at Bamboo Huts resort in Haad Yuan Bay, based upon availability. For us to make these special reservations on your behalf the resorts require a minimum of 1-2 months notice & a commitment to stay for 2-4 weeks. If you would like us to try to book a bungalow at Bamboo Huts on your behalf please contact us as soon as possible after you’ve been accepted into the course.
Bamboo Huts Bungalows & Restaurant Lounge is just below the Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio, only a few footsteps away, and is the closest option. The cuisine and service at Bamboo Huts Restaurant & Lounge is considered some of the best in the area. Bamboo Huts Restaurant & Lounge over looks the majestic ocean, and an outside platform deck offers some of the most amazing star gazing opportunities. Budget Bungalows: $12 USD/night These simple, rustic wooden bungalows have a double bed with a fan and mosquito net, a hammock on the deck which over looks a central garden and asian style bathrooms with a bucket flush system.
Accommodations Upon Arrival
Haad Yuan Bay – Blissful Tropical Waters
Haad Yuan Beach is 7 minutes away from The Blooming Lotus Yoga Shala. Haad Yuan Bay has the most beautiful white sand beach of all the three bays with turquoise blue warm water. There is an assortment of resorts & restaurants to suit all budget needs, and there is both WIFI and internet access on Haad Yuan, as well as a small convenience store for basic amenities. There is a weekly dance party each Tuesday & Saturday night at the Eden Bar and we suggest to students whom are light sleepers, to bring earplugs for those nights when the music can be loud.
Big Blue Resort
Big Blue Resort is right on Haad Yuan Beach- footsteps from the crystal blue ocean waters & a 7 minute walk to the Blooming Lotus. The Big Blue Resort offers internet access & wifi for laptops, a small convenience store, kayak rentals & other entertainment options. The open air restaurant offers Thai & western food and a weekly movie night. There are a number of small bungalows at Big Blue Resort as well as a couple of bigger Houses that can accommodate a small family. There are also a few bigger bungalows that rest along side the hill at Big Blue that provide for a very quiet and peaceful stay, allowing even the very light sleepers to make it through the night with the weekly dance parties in the bay. Budget Bungalows: $14- $16 USD/night These simple, wooden bungalows have a nice western style bathroom with a double bed & a hammock on the deck. Basic Bungalows : $20 USD/night Perched upon a hill, with the gorgeous Haad Yuan Beach footsteps away, these larger and quiet bungalows offer a peaceful and private stay
Centara Luxury Resort
This is a four star resort that is air-conditioned, has a pool, and hot water showers/bath in each room. You can look online at www.agoda.com to see if they are offering any specials. Upscale Luxury Room : $100-140 USD/night These comfortable an luxurious rooms can accommodate 2 people and as such are an ideal option for those students that wish to share this room with another student for half the price. Rooms are cleaned daily, the Thai staff is very hospitable, and all the modern comforts and amenities are provided.
Other Accommodation Options on Haad Yuan:
For those who are arriving on Haad Yuan Beach to source out their own accommodation, there is also Ocean Rock & Haad Yuan Resort on the opposite boardwalk to Bamboo Huts ($12 – $20 USD/night).
Haad Thien – A Conscious Community in Paradise
Haad Tien Bay is just a 10 min. walk away from the Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio along the front ocean side path, and a 5 min. walk from the Blooming Lotus Yoga studio when taking the back jungle path. Haad Tien Bay has a beautiful sand & coral beach with a strong community feeling with many workshops, healing and group sharing opportunities throughout the year. Alternative & unique, it attracts international travelers looking for something different and out of the box. An eclectic community of meditators, healers and spiritual seekers all gather here to experience & experiment with altered states of consciousness. The weekly dance party can be loud but offers an opportunity for the community to come together and bond through music, dance & movement. Earplugs may be necessary for light sleepers on these Saturday party nights.
Beam Bungalows is located on a jungle hill above the coconut groove and ocean. It has a large restaurant, nice tropical gardens, beautiful views & easy access to the beach with a 12 minute walk to the Blooming Lotus. Dormitory: $5 USD/night Ideal for backpackers and young budget travelers this dormitory is spacious, clean & provides the most affordable option of all the 3 bays. A double mattress, pillow and mosquito net is provided amongst an open spaced room that accommodates up to 20 people. A shared toilet and shower room is located just outside in the garden. Budget Bungalows: $15 USD/night These rustic bungalows have a double bed, nice garden and ocean views, a porch with a hammock and asian style squat toilets. Mid Range Bungalows: $20-$30 USD/night These newer and more spacious bungalows have a big double beds, a western style bathroom, a big deck with hammock and built in closets.
An internationally renowned alternative resort, The Sanctuary is a peaceful haven that provides spiritual seekers a wide variety of opportunities to find peace within. From their ongoing workshops at the “Tea Temple”, their detox, cleansing & fasting programs at the “Wellness Center,” and their adjoining Spa that offers healing massages and a sauna The Sanctuary is great place to connect with yourself and the eclectic community of Haad Tien. It’s health food restaurant offers some of the best vegetarian food around and is located right on Haad Tien Beach only a 5 minute walk to the Blooming Lotus Yoga Shala. Dormitory: $11 USD/night The simplest and most basic option that The Sanctuary offers is an open dormitory space that fits up to 14 people, situated at the top of a jungle hill overlooking the ocean. A mattress, pillow, and mosquito net is included with the bathroom being shared between dorm members. Bungalows: $22-$50 USD/night A wide variety of private bungalows are scattered amongst the tropical gardens and jungle hillsides of The Sanctuary. The rustic bungalows have comfortable beds, great views and easy access to the beach. Some have their own attached bathrooms while others are shared. You can visit the Sanctuary website (www.thesanctuarythailand.com) to learn more.
Family Bungalows is a quaint, family run bungalow resort nestled at the bottom of the jungle hills with a garden view. A quiet and peaceful option with the Sanctuary “Tea Temple” right next door. Only 3 minutes walk to the ocean and a 5 minute walk to the Blooming Lotus Yoga Shala. It has no restaurant attached, leaving each guest the freedom to choose where to dine. Spice restaurant next door is a popular evening dining option, specializing in seafood platters and fine dining. Budget Bungalows: $17- $27 USD/night These simple, rustic bungalows have double beds, asian style toilets with a hammock on the deck overlooking a garden. One room also has two double beds for any students wishing to share a bungalow.
Why Nam Resort
Quiet and laid back, this small tropical bay is enclosed by lush jungle hills on 3 sides and opens to the east with spectacular sunrises over the horizon. Small bungalows dot the hill and its secluded location provides for a private and silent getaway. Located right on the beach it is a 15 minute walk to the Blooming Lotus Yoga Shala. This is the only bungalow and restaurant resort on Why Nam Bay, offering simple and rustic bungalows. Yoga Teacher Training students who stay here will need to eat their lunch at Why Nam Restaurant as the kitchen closes early for dinner, as well as be willing to walk to the Yoga Shala and back twice daily. Budget Bungalows: $ 20 USD/night These simple bungalows face the beautiful eastern horizon, with amazing sunrise views. Bungalows have a double bed, porch with hammock, and western style toilets. This is an excellent choice for those who love silence and don’t mind the 15 hike to the Blooming Lotus Yoga Shala and back a few times a day. >>>Go to the Why Nam Huts website: www.whynamhuts.com
Thailand hosts some of the world’s most tantalizing cuisine, and Koh Phangan is no exception. From healthy & raw food Vegetarian dishes to exotic Thai delights, from scrumptious seafood fare to gourmet Western favorites the tri- Bay area of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien & Haad Why Nam Bays offer an incredible culinary symphony of tastes & aromas to satiate all appetites. Bamboo Huts Restaurant & Lounge in Haad Yuan Bay is in particular renowned for its restauant at affordable prices and its outstanding ambiance & view of the ocean and stars at night. Haad Thien Bay hosts the Sanctuary Spa & Health Resort that specializes in a fasting, raw food & health conscious choices. The Sanctuary’s in house Wellness Center offers colonics, fasting programs, & health consultations with the Spiral Life Center providing a medley of Health & Healing practitioners: Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, to name but a few. You can eat & drink simply or extravagantly anywhere from $12- 40 USD/day.
Accommodations for Bali Courses
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