Ko Pha Ngan is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Pha Ngan as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Pha Ngan’s different areas.
Ko Pha Ngan’s spiritual pull draws yogis from all corners of the world to its pristine shores. Where are the best classes on the island, and what’s involved? Here’s our pick of the island’s top yoga schools, so that you can easily choose which one is best for you and your schedule.
The Yoga Retreat
Perched on a hillside overlooking thick jungle and set back about one kilometre from Haad Salad, The Yoga Retreat is a wonderful place to relax and focus on your well being. Students here are often on week- or month-long retreats, and some of the classes are limited to a minimum one-week daily commitment. Participants can breathe the fresh air deeply — classes are held in a hardwood studio without walls, exposing them to the natural elements. Three classes allow drop-ins, for a cost of 300 baht:
*Ashtanga, 09:00-10:30, Saturday and Sunday
* Pilates Mat Work, 12:00-13:00, Tuesday and Wednesday
* Hatha Flow, 16:00-17:30, daily.
(65/4 Moo 8, Haad Salad; T: (077) 374 310; www.yogaretreat-kohphangan.com)
Orion Healing Centre
Nestled into a hillside in the lovely Seethanu area, Orion Healing Centre is ideally located for mindful yoga sessions. The centre offers three classes per day: Vinyasa Flow, 07:30-09:00 and 16:00-17:30, and Hatha Flow 09:30-11:00. The classes are held in an open-air structure with palm roof and hardwood floors. Drop-in classes cost 300 baht, and package deals are available. (15/2 Moo 8, Seethanu; T: (089) 048 0020; www.orionhealing.com)
The Yoga Studio
The only yoga studio located in the northeast corner of the island, The Yoga Studio has made a name for itself among both locals and frequent visitors to Thong Nai Pan. There are hatha yoga classes daily except Sunday, 10:00-12:00, and Pilates classes run 16:00-17:00 on Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes start at 300 baht per session, with discounts available for bulk purchases. There is also a cafe on-site that serves up delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. Yoga students get a 10% discount if they eat lunch after class. (T: (077) 445 192; www.yogakohphangan.com)
Monte Vista Retreat Centre
Overlooking the picturesque Ao Nai Wok bay, Monte Vista Retreat Centre has a stunning beach view that participants can admire from their various poses. The centre teaches hatha yoga 08:00-10:00, Monday to Saturday. Classes start at 250 baht per session, but the bulk discounts are not as significant as at the other centres. Those looking to teach yoga themselves can undergo yoga instructor training here too. Personalised Ayurvedic yoga classes are also available, at 2,000 baht for a 90-minute session. (162/1 Ao Nai Wok; T: (089) 402 7727; www.montevistathailand.com)
By Kaila Krayewski
Last updated on 25th December, 2013.