Take some time out from the busy schedule at Pun Pun Organic Farm in Mae Tang, a sustainable living and learning centre well off the main tourist trail. Take some time to learn about the farm’s philosophy, seed saving, adobe building, organic farming techniques and self-reliant sustainable living. Pun Pun also makes its own products, including kaffir-lime shampoo, soaps, nut butters, seasonal jams and dried bananas in collaboration with local villagers.
The Sanctuary is located on Koh Phangan, a beautiful tropical island nestled in the remote jungle of Haad Tien Bay. This all-around centre of goodness is where hundreds of people come each year to check out of the rat race and into rebalancing the mind, body and soul. On offer at the retreat is a selection of accommodation options, delicious health food, detox programmes, yoga teacher training workshops and more.
For the ultimate off the grid adventure, check into a vipassana meditation retreat at Wat Doi Suthep’s International Buddhist Centre in Chiang Mai. The centre caters to both beginner and experienced students and offers a selection of courses varying in length from four to 21 days. The courses are run on a donation basis, and it is advised to book in advance to ensure a spot.
Nestled in the mountains in Chiang Rai Province and close to the border of Myanmar lies Doi Mae Salong. The mountain was home to a Chinese military division settlement and is also home to numerous hilltribe communities. Mae Salong village offers plenty of guest house and homestay options from which to explore the nearby tea plantations and houses, which offer world-famous teas grown in the region, and enjoy the stunning landscape. Mae Salong is especially popular November through February with Thai tourists as they seek out to experience ‘cold weather’.
Mae Salong Nok, Mae Fa Luang, Chiang Rai, Thailand, +66 22 505 500