Photo: Ginger tea at the Wellness Centre.

A 7-day detox on Ko Pha Ngan

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I burst into bitter tears the evening we arrive, a day of eating raw food behind me. I want a hot shower, a pina colada at sunset and white-linen sheets to snooze under – a blissful week of indulgence. But the bathroom door is jammed open to the menacing jungle, a toad hopping by is eyeing me as I douse myself in cold water and I won't be eating solid food for the next seven days.

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My man is to blame. A seven-day fast and detoxification programme – all the rage in the Gulf of Thailand - will make an offbeat holiday, he says. I've relented and so we're here at the Sanctuary, a back-to-nature resort on glorious Ko Pha Ngan. At least he too is now having second thoughts about how great it might be to discover a lost marble from childhood buried in his colon. For this is what we are here for: a week of twice-daily colonic irrigation sessions to help detoxify our bodies after 30 years of not-always pure living.

Listen to your body - says Moon. Photo taken in or around A 7-day detox on Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Listen to your body - says Moon. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Best to eat raw foods for a few days beforehand, explains Moon, the radiant Wellness Centre manager who is his own best advertisement. But after just one day of crunchy vegies we've passed a pH test to show our bodies are up to enduring the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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