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What is the weather like?
Thailand can best be described as tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. The area of Thailand north of Bangkok has a climate determined by three seasons whilst the southern peninsular region of Thailand has only two.
The southern region of Thailand really has only two seasons — the wet and the dry. These seasons do not run at the same time on both the east and west side of the peninsular. On the west coast the southwest monsoon brings rain and often heavy storms from April through to October, whilst on the east coast the most rain falls between September and December.
Overall the southern parts of Thailand get by far the most rain with around 2,400 millimetres every year, compared with the central and northern regions of Thailand, both of which get around 1,400 millimetres.
The summer period, or hot and dry season, is from March to June. At this time temperatures in Bangkok average around 34 degrees centigrade, but can often reach 40 degrees centigrade with the humidity levels of 75%.
Try and avoid April, unless you plan to be permanently submerged in the ocean, because this is the hottest month across the country.
From July to October is the monsoonal season when most of Thailand’s annual rainfall is accumulated. The humidity averages just under 90%, with temperatures averaging around 29 degrees centigrade in Bangkok.
What to bring?
- Yoga textbooks and asana manual
- A sticky, non-slip yoga mat
- Yoga Belt
- Water bottle
- Travel mug for hot drinks
- Toiletries (feminine hygiene products) and towels (hand towel too)
- Writing materials: lined paper, pens, etc.
- Flashlight or headlamp (necessary)
- Battery operated alarm clock and watch (You will need to carry a watch at all times as there are no bells)
- Extra batteries
- Layers of comfortable clothing (including WARM & COOL clothes regardless of season)
- Comfortable clothes for daily yoga practice and meditation
- Fleece jacket, down vest, sweaters (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- Long underwear, warm socks (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- A winter hat (toque) (except the months of July or October or in Bali)
- Shorts, tank tops, swimsuit
- A fun, out on the town, outfit
- Personal comfort items i.e. supplements
- Comfortable shoes for walking, and sandals
- Sun hat
- Light weight long sleeve shirt for protection from sun
- During the last week of training each student will be presenting a half hour class. At that class you might want to have some music to play and a reading as part of the class set up. If you have some inspiring readings and music that you feel would be appropriate, please bring them. We have CD player or you can use your IPOD or MP3 player.
What kind of food is available?
As a Buddhist country its not hard to fine vegetarian cuisine, and there is meat place to eat in all communities. It is cheaper to eat out than to buy groceries locally. Meals are low as $3 per meal.
What are the accommodations like at the training?
Please visit each training page to view photos of the accommodations. They can be found at the bottom of each page.
How do I get to the training?
By Bus and Boat
From Bangkok : the cheapest way is take one of the overnight buses leaves Khaosan Road evening about 18.00 and in the next morning arrives Surathani, then take a boat.Bus and boat combo ticket can be arrange by travel agencies on Khaosan Road for about 700-900 Baht all the way to Koh Phangan.
By Train and Boat
Taking overnight train from Bangkok with proper bed is also comfortable way to get Koh Phangan. Trains stop early morning at Surathani,than buy bus and boat ticket to Phangan Island. Train tickets from Surathani back to Bangkok should be reserved in advance specially in high season.
Is Thailand safe?
Overall, Thailand is a safe nation in which to travel. Physical attacks and other crimes against “the person” are far less likely than in many other “developed” nations.
Are there any laundry facilities?
There are many locals to take in laundry for less than $5 a load.