Information to 10 Alcohol Free Days in Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui

This yr I boldly went the place few folks have been earlier than.

Sober in Thailand. And I’ve by no means had a extra enriching journey expertise.

Whereas the considered Australians in Thailand can carry on visions of questionable tattoos and island hopping powered by Chang, the soothing setting and predominantly Buddhist spiritual influences make it the proper place to leap into the wellness journey development that encourages vacationers to actually reset, unwind . and detox.

So, over the course of 10 days in Thailand, beginning in Phuket, simply an 8-hour direct flight from Melbourne through Jetstar, I made a decision to ditch the normal beer on the airport to mark the beginning of the journey, and swap cocktails for non-alcoholic cocktails by the pool upon arrival.

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93 p.c of the folks of Thailand observe Buddhism.
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4 premium resorts in Thailand have performed a key function within the success: Melia Phuket Mai Khao, Banyan Tree Krabi, Melia Chiang Mai and Banyan Tree Koh Samui. Every of them had their very own distinctive options to supply an all-encompassing expertise of the world with out a trace of drunken FOMO.

And whereas hangovers remained at bay, there was actually no scarcity of indulgence due to the array of culinary delights Thailand has to supply, curated and served by world-class cooks at each resort.

Days 1-3 at Melia Phuket Mai Khao

After a seamless Jetstar flight from Adelaide to Melbourne (1 hour 20 minutes) after which Phuket (8 hours 50 minutes), our group of 6 stepped off the aircraft onto a wall of treacherous tropical humid air that brings an immediate sense of calm from the top. to the toes. Since I hadn’t traveled the world since pre-pandemic occasions, it was surreal to be abroad, to not point out relieved from the winter bites at residence.

Arriving late on the sprawling oasis of Melia Resort, pleasant employees escorted us to our rooms the place we rapidly ate a plate of wholesome treats earlier than mattress.

Geared up with indoor and outside showers, a personal plunge pool, a big freestanding outside bathtub that made me really feel like I used to be in an Natural Essences advert, and an outsized cloud-like mattress, it set the bar excessive for luxurious journey experiences.

Thailand is good for many who are into wellness journey.
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Waking as much as the sound of tropical rain, it is time for breakfast at an especially wealthy buffet that boasts conventional Thai and Western dishes and low robust sufficient to begin a morning of sightseeing, together with a visit to a neighborhood buffalo farm and sandy seashores. Crab fishing at Mai Khao seaside.

Again on the resort, we had been handled to a home made cooking class the place we fried sand crabs (sadly not caught by us) for lunch, earlier than a Thai boxing lesson on the seaside with gifted teacher Aum.

Given my want to imbibe the spirit of Melia’s well being in addition to potential, I…


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