5 Ideal Destinations For The Ultimate Adventure Holiday

There’s so many beautiful places to visit around the world. But why just relax on holiday. Why not use this time away from your normal life to try something new and exciting on an unforgettable adventure holiday.

5 Ideal Destinations For The Ultimate Adventure Holiday

There’s no shortage of amazing destinations that are perfect for adventure holidays. Here’s our top picks.

The UK

There’s plenty of beautiful and interesting places to visit in the UK, especially if you are interested in an adventure holiday. Luckily the UK has a lot of public transport links, so it’s very likely that you will be able to travel between England to Wales and Scotland. You can also hire a rental car to get you around the country.

Once you have flown into London and have done a little sightseeing around the UK, perhaps visiting Sherwood Forest for pony trekking, Blackwood Forest for the microlight or Thorpe Forest for archery, we would recommend that you move your adventure on to Wales.

Some great adventure holiday ideas in Wales include:

  • Pembrokeshire National Park’s blustery coast for kayaking, coasteering, surfing and hiking
  • The border to coast trail from Wye Valley to Dovey Estuary for a 6 day walk of over 100 miles with a local guide and group of horse riders
  • Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia for coasteering, hiking, canyoning and rafting

If you are thinking about visiting Scotland, be wary of the weather if you plan on going on hikes or any water activities. In most cases, you may want to consider visiting Scotland in the summer. However, if you fancy a winter wonderland, we would recommend visiting the Scottish Highlands with a mountain guide.

With that said, some excellent places to visit in Scotland for an adventure holiday include:

  • Cairngorms National Park for wildlife watching and tracking
  • Highland Perthshire for bungee jumping
  • Isle of Arran for paragliding
  • Glentress Forest for mountain biking
  • Fort William for canyoning


Whether you want the best surf retreat Nicaragua has to offer, or you want to go on a trip to see some of the sites, you will find that Nicaragua is a gorgeous Central American country that has a wide range to offer.

We would recommend that you go North to South for your itinerary and take at least two weeks to fit in as much as possible.

Once you have flown into Managua, we would recommend the following:

  • Granada for a day trip at Volcán Masaya, Mombacho or the Laguna de Apoyo
  • Isla de Ometepe for hikes to San Ramon Waterfall, Volcán Concepción or Volcán Maderas
  • Ojo de Agua for swimming and horse riding


Naturally, if you are after an adventure holiday that is full of activities and ancient sights, the best place to go is Peru. Just keep in mind that you will need to have a high level of fitness to conquer the altitudes, some of which go up to 4,200m.

Some of the best adventure holiday activities include:

  • Andes Mountains to hike, visit the ancient city and to visit the Inca Trail for zip-lining and paddle-boarding
  • Palccoyo for trekking and visiting the river gorge of the Colca Canyon
  • The Andes Mountain Range for the Inca Trail
  • The Amazon Rainforest for wildlife-spotting tours and hikes

Peru is also a deeply spiritual place where you can learn about shamanism, try an ayahuasca ceremony or join a yoga retreat in one of Peru’s sacred places.

The Azores

If you are after an adventure holiday that is full of action, we would highly recommend that you take a look at São Miguel. The Azores are one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal.

The islands are very warm, however keep in mind that you may want to avoid going in the rainy season, November – March, to make sure you can fully enjoy yourself.

Some of the activities you can enjoy for your adventure holiday include:

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Canyoning
  • Rock climbing
  • Cliff-diving
  • Whale watching


Galapagos is famous for its unique foliage and animal life. So, if you fancy an adventure holiday then you should go there!

One of the most exciting adventures you can have is swimming with the sharks just off the island of Marchena. You can not only see hammerhead and Galapagos sharks, but sea lions, turtles, rays, eels and dolphins. It’s certainly worth a visit for a true adventure!

So Are you ready for an adventure?

There are so many places in the world for you to enjoy with your family and friends. Don’t just stop at the places that we have suggested. Instead, go out into the world and see what is waiting there for you. You will have the chance to create memories that you will never forget.


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Surf Yoga Beer, an adventure and fitness travel company who offer adventure trips in some of the most exciting destinations in the world.


My Pick of The Best Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal (2023)

A country of breath taking scenery, majestic mountains, enduring spirituality, and unique culture. Along with India, Nepal is considered to be one of the original homes of yoga which makes it one of the best places for yoga teacher training. Plus, the programs for yoga teacher training in Nepal are some of the most authentic, and affordable, in the world!

Reasons to do yoga teacher training in Nepal

Nepal offers a cooler and more relaxed experience than that of neighbouring India yet is no less than a treasure trove drawing spiritual seekers and adventures to connect with the elements and discover ancient wisdom.

Could there be any better setting for practicing yoga and meditation than in the lap of the mighty Himalayan mountains!?

The energy in Nepal is incredibly powerful and inspiring – perfect for spiritual practices and for yoga teacher training! Plus, it’s one of the cheapest places in the world to get your YTT.

Whether you want to explore the ancient temples in bustling Kathmandu or practice yoga and mediation by the lake shore surrounded by the majestic mountains in Pokhara, there are many unique and life changing YTT experiences in the country.

To help you narrow down the right training for you, I’ve put together my list of the 5 best places to do your yoga teacher training in Nepal.

If you’re considering Nepal yoga teacher training, I always recommend checking out bookyogateachertraining.com and bookyogaretreats.com to read the testimonials and reviews from previous students.

Sadly, not all yoga gurus are the real deal and some yoga schools can have very basic facilities so it’s really worth checking out this site first – it’s like the TripAdvisor or Booking.com for yoga retreats!

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My pick of the 5 Best Programs for Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal

Nepal Yoga Home, Kathmandu

  • 21 Days
  • Hatha and Ashtanga
  • 200 Hours
  • From $1,400

Under the guidance of a Himalayan yogi, this three week yoga teacher training combines yoga teaching skills with an in-depth exploration of yoga’s foundations. The program includes hatha and ashtanga yoga styles, as well as mediation, pranayama, philosophy, and mantra.

There’s also an introduction to Ayurveda, mudra (yogic hand positions), and bandha (energy lock) techniques. Surrounded by jungle and the incredible Himalayan mountains, this retreat gives the sense of complete disconnection from the outside world, while being easily accessible from Kathmandu city.

Fresh and healthy vegan food is prepared for each meal. After the 200-hour training, you’ll be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here! 

For those seeking to take their training to the next level, Nepal Yoga Home also offers a 500-hour yoga and meditation training, set over 29 days. See details here.


Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa, near Kathmandu

  • 20 Days
  • 200 Hours
  • Hatha and Vinyasa
  • From $1,500

Situated 2,200 metres above sea level, a visit to Mandala Studio Yoga and Spa located in the Matatirtha Chandragiri Hills, is worthwhile for the views alone.

At this magical venue just 45 minutes drive from Thamel with panoramas across the Himalayas, a 20-day 200 hour yoga teacher training takes you through the building blocks of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. You’ll cover asana, pranayama, meditation, and – most importantly – how to effectively and safely share yogic practices with your students.

As well as your training, the experience includes singing bowl and reiki healing therapy, and the option of trekking the surrounding mountains. Vegetarian, buffet-style dining is prepared for every meal and accommodation is included.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here! 

The studio also offers a 28 day 300-hour training combining multiple disciplines, for teachers who wish to take their practice to the next level. See details here.

Bodhidham, Pokhara

  • 28 Days
  • 200 Hours
  • Hatha and Ashtanga
  • From $1,800

Steeped in the rich teachings of a long yogic lineage, the instructors at Bodhidham offer a traditional and authentic yoga teacher training. Over the course of four weeks, students cover Hatha and Ashtanga yoga styles – including philosophy, anatomy and adjustments. You will also explore Ayurveda, yoga therapy, meditation, mantra chanting, kriyas, and pranayama.

The lakeside location offers the opportunity to swim and boat between classes. There are also guided explorations of nearby waterfalls, caves, temples, and villages. Twin or private rooms have mountain views for a peaceful rest after an intense itinerary of training. Ayurvedic, organic, vegetarian dishes are prepared for every meal. Yoga teacher training in Nepal doesn’t get much more authentic than at Bodhidham.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here! 


Nepal Yoga Academy and Retreat, Bhaktapur

  • 28 Days
  • 200 Hours
  • Sanatan, Hatha and Ashtanga
  • From $1,400

Set within sacred temple grounds, Nepal Yoga Retreat is a special place to discover Sanatan yoga – the yoga of Eternal Truth or Divine Union. The authenticity and spirituality of this philosophy are reflected throughout the program – from the asana practice to exploration of the chakras.

Students are imparted all the knowledge and skills necessary to become confident teachers of this traditional yoga lineage. Upon successful completion of the training, students can apply for Yoga Alliance registration in US or Australia.

During the 28-day training, you’ll stay in a bamboo cottage with views across the Sanku valley in the grounds of the Panchamahalaxmi Dham temple just below Nagarkot. The academy team lovingly prepare three vegan or vegetarian meals each day and two ayurvedic massages are also included.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here! 


One-year Tantra Yoga Diploma at Shanti Yoga Ashram, Chandragiri

This one-year program is a unique opportunity specifically designed for yoga practitioners looking to become deeply initiated in eastern yogic philosophies. Tantra yoga is a deeply spiritual path, combining approaches from many different yoga styles.

During 12 months, students will stay in the ashram to discover and be immersed in the five systems of Tantra yoga: Hatha, Ashtanga, Mantra, Laya, and Shiva-Shakti yoga. The objective is to live in the world with full consciousness.

Shanti Yoga Ashram doesn’t aim to create yoga teachers, but rather to set people on a path that they will continue for the rest of their lives. The peaceful and sacred ashram setting is dedicated to providing the ideal circumstances for students to fully absorb the rich teachings.

See more details, dates, prices, reviews and book here

I hope this blog has helped to find your ideal Nepal yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article about yoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.

Read more yoga blogs:

  • Yoga and Meditation Retreats in Nepal
  • Yoga Retreats in India
  • Yoga Teacher Training in India
  • Yoga and Surf Retreats in Sri Lanka 

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A New, Unique, Silent, Yoga and Meditation Retreat in the Algarve, Portugal

Portugal has become one of the most popular yoga hotspots in recent years with a huge variety of yoga, wellness and meditation retreats on offer all over this beautiful country. One of the best places to head for a retreat holiday are the sun soaked beaches of the Algarve in Southern Portugal.

The sunshine filled days, beautiful beaches and stunning natural scenery are enticing reasons to visit Southern Portugal, The benefits of joining a yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve and taking a break from our busy lives to reconnect with yourself and nature go much deeper than simply relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous weather and landscapes.

Yoga helps improve physical and mental flexibility, relieves stress and pain, improves breathing, boosts the immune system, circulation and awareness in your body. Meditation and silence help to calm the mind and bring inner peace and radiance. Joining a yoga and meditation retreat, or even better a silent retreat, can be a life changing experience that can make you feel more energetic, alive, calm and focused.

Yoga and Meditation Retreats in the Algarve

There’s quite a variety of yoga and meditation retreats in the Algarve, some also include surfing which complements the practices. But while there are many Algarve yoga retreats, silent retreats are not so common, but are arguably much more powerful and transformative.

Ocean and Yoga Retreats have been running popular Algarve yoga retreats near Aljezur for 10 years and the founder, Jana and her team, have created a brand new, unique, cutting-edge concept for a new way of silent retreats in Portugal located in the beautiful mountains of Monchique.

A New, Unique, Silent Yoga, Meditation and Somatic Movement Retreat in Monchique, Algarve

A somatic meditation retreat is a silence and meditation retreat curated especially to combat the stress of busy modern lives. A silent retreat helps reconnect us back to nature, to our bodies and our natural joy for life.

Jana combines the art of silence and meditation with somatic movement arts, music and yoga. The retreat includes 4 days of silence to refrain from exterior input and constant flow of information which helps us focus on our true essence.

With this new silent somatic meditation retreat you don’t have to sit in meditation for hours, suffer from a hurting back and deal with your active mind and recurring thoughts for days and days until it finally calms down (which is how people who have tried Vipassana meditation retreats often describe their experience).

Instead, you will be guided into joyful morning meditations, followed by a somatic movement and yoga practice with live, relaxing music. This is a really easy way to relax into a space of surrender, getting straight away into your body, moving your joints and muscles to Jana’s soothing guidance and feel your body relax into the sounds created live by some of Portugal’s most up and coming musicians and medicine music artists. Best of all this practice is appropriate for all levels.

With these yoga classes, the healing sounds make you forget about your thoughts, worries and plans and brings all your presence into the here and now leaving your smiling, laughing and releasing physical and emotional tension.

On this unique Algarve silent retreat you’ll start your days with a morning meditation session and breakfast followed by a 2 hour session of yoga, somatics and sound. After lunch, which is enjoyed together in silence, you will have the afternoon free to be with yourself, contemplate, journal, go for beautiful walks and hikes in the mountains of Monchique.

The silent part of the retreat lasts for 4 days, during which you will also receive individual support in the form of one personal somatic body work session with Jana directly, or a family constellation therapy session with an experienced psychologist to support you in working with and transforming topics coming up during the silent retreat.

After 4 days of silence, you will regain the power of your words with a traditional sweat lodge ritual to purify, share your insights and pray for your good intentions or maybe even new life decisions that you have found.

The next part of this unique yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve is called ‘Breaking free into high vibrations!’ This consists of a full day together enjoying life on top of the mountains as the retreat with an ecstatic dance session, voice opening workshop, special celebration dinner and a kirtan concert under the stars to experience the fullness of life.

As what you eat is just as important as the practices, the retreat includes eating plant based-food created by Olga Sadowski that will help you to feel lighter and full of power in your body and activate your energy and life flow.

This yoga, meditation and silent retreat in Monchique is one of the most unique and transformational Algarve yoga retreats that aims to prepare you to thrive in a busy, modern life and to be able to speak and act with integrity and love and create harmonious relationships.

About Jana Toepfer

The retreat has been loving created by Jana, who has been teaching yoga retreats in the Algarve for 10 years and is one of the senior yoga teachers in Portugal. Her background in Anusara Yoga brings in healthy alignment principles into the practice and allows you to safely practice without injuries.

You will find her yoga classes to be more fluid and explorative than your regular yoga class. You will breathe, shake, dance, laugh and understand the yoga practice on a deeper level and be able to surrender and drop into deep states of relaxation.

Jana also implements her studies in Body Mind Centering, Contemporary Dance and Feldenkrais into her sessions to create a good relationship with your body and mind. Jana is also a Transformative Bodywork practitioner and offers these personal sessions during her retreats.

Ocean and Yoga Retreats in Aljezur, Algarve

Portugal is one of the best places in Europe for a yoga and surf retreat and Jana and team also run Ocean & Yoga retreats close to the stunning beaches of the Algarve.

Ocean and Yoga retreats include daily yoga and meditation sessions combined with ocean adventures like surfing, floating and diving and are rated as some of the best Algarve yoga retreats.

Another highlight of these retreats is the opportunity to reconnect with nature on a beautiful organic farm in Alfambras, close to Aljezur, where you will learn about permaculture, plant-based food and how to make conscious choices about your nutrition.

The retreats also include sound journeys under the stars on the beautiful yoga deck, sunset beach picnics, and personal guidance. You can also book additional surfing lessons and massages to enhance your retreat.

When you join a retreat, Jana will support you in feeling more alive and getting your energy back to enable you to move your dreams and projects forward and feel more connected to the world around you. This journey includes personal transformation work as much as aligning our intentions into practical action and is all done with a lot of joy.

Whether you choose the new silent retreat in Monchique or an Ocean and Yoga retreat in Aljezur, taking a yoga and meditation retreat in the Algarve can be a transformative experience that is so much more than just a holiday!


This post was written in collaboration with Ocean and Yoga Retreats. For more information about their yoga retreats in the Algarve, dates, prices and bookings check out their website at www.oceanandyoga.com  


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The Magic of Koh Phangan Beyond the Full Moon Party

Koh Phangan Beyond the Full Moon Party: A paradise island for yogis, digital nomads and party people

I’d seen alot of Thailand but it took me till my 4th visit to visit the island of Koh Phangan.

To be honest, I’d kind of been avoiding it on previous trips as I imagined it just to be an island full of gap year backpackers getting trashed at the Full Moon Party.

But I discovered that there is so, so much more to Koh Phangan than the Full Moon Party and I really feel in love with the magical island and even ended up moving here for a while!

Why I came to Koh Phangan

You might find this a strange thing for a travel blogger to say but it was never really my goal to travel to every country in the world, I travel to be free and to learn more about myself, the world and other people and really all I’ve ever wanted to do is just to find my happy place, and a place that I can call home. (More about why I travel here)

At the moment, home for me is Goa. I love Goa but there’s several things that make living there difficult – my main problem with Goa is that the internet sucks, which is a huge problem when you work online. See more here about the reality of being a digital nomad in Goa )

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I also hate rain, (that’s one of the reasons why I left the UK) and so I don’t like to stay in Goa during monsoon as most things are closed, the power is off a lot and most of my friends leave.

So I need another ‘home’ for monsoon at least. I have been looking for another place like Goa for a while. I went to Bali for a month and although I loved the island it didn’t really feel like home – I missed the party scene and I still missed Goa so when one of my friends from Goa moved to Koh Phangan I thought it was about time I checked it out for myself.

Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach, Koh Phangan

I actually timed my first visit not to coincide with the full moon party as the island is busy and accommodation is more expensive and even though it was low season and sometimes rainy there were still plenty of people to met, yoga classes to attend and parties to go to.

6 months later I returned and rented a house on Koh Phangan and did attend the full moon party but I thought it was overrated, and enjoyed the numerous other parties more.

Why I Loved Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is really a gorgeous island and my photos really don’t do it justice.

The beaches have soft white squeaky clean sand, the ocean is clear, turquoise and teeming with tropical sealife and great diving and snorkeling and the interior of the island is jungly, mountainous, magical and mysterious dotted with mesmerising golden temples and waterfalls.

Driving around the island on a motorbike if fun and a bit like being on a roller coaster with all the ups and downs and curving corners.

Wat Maduea Wan. Steps leaving up to a temple in the jungle. I had the place to myself apart from these 2 dogs.

Something that I look for in a place is a mixture of hedonism and spirituality. It also has to be warm with beautiful nature, affordable, easy to rent a house and have an expat community (it gets so tiring getting to know new people every couple of days who then move on.

Not that there’s anything wrong with traveling but I feel I’m at a stage now where I want to build meaningful, lasting friendships and relationships which is impossible if you are traveling to a new place every few days)

Hanging out at Koh Raham, Secret Beach, Koh Phangan

I just loved Koh Phangan – it was exactly what I was looking for.

Even though Koh Phangan is a beautiful, tropical paradise island there’s still plenty to do and explore. I avoided Haad Rin where the full moon party is held and stayed by the beach in Sri Thanu (a popular place for yogis)

I stayed at Laemson Resort (one of the nicest and cheapest options right on the beach but the beds were a bit hard) so I preferred See Thanu Bungalows. I also stayed near Thong Sala, the island’s main town, which has a great food market and is a good base to explore the island. If you like to party Baan Tai is a good choice.

I also really liked the beaches in the North, especially Secret Beach, Haad Yao and Haad Salad, Malibu, Bottle Beach, Than Sadet and the 2 beaches up at Thong Nai Pan are probably my favourite. Haad Yuan, Just around the corner from Haad Rin, is also lovely and is home to The Sanctuary yoga retreat as well as some of the best parties on the island.

Read More: Where to stay in Koh Phangan (for all areas and all budgets)

Koh Ma Beach, Koh Phangan

The Thai people, other travellers and expats are really friendly, there’s plenty of yoga, meditation and workshops as well as good parties pretty much every night. It’s easy and affordable to rent a nice house and motorbike, most houses come with wifi, it’s easy to get a sim card and the network is consistently strong and the power doesn’t go off all the time.

Wisdom Eye Beach Bungalows, Sri Thanu

There are even co-working spaces,  Beach Hub is right on the beach in Sri Thanu and there’s Koh Space in Baan Tai which offers co working and co living, and 24 hour supermarkets and no creepy men.

Traveling Thailand is so much easier, cleaner and less hassle than India. There are a couple of options to reach Koh Phangan. You can take a flight to the neighbouring island of Koh Samui or a cheaper option is to take a train or bus and ferry combination. (You can book transport through Thailand easily online at Bookaway.)

Of course I still miss the magic of India and of Goa but it’s nice to relax and have an easier life from time to time!

Secret Mountain Bar. Could there be any better place to watch the sunset than in a swimming pool on top of a mountain

Koh Phangan has something for everyone – yogis, digital nomads, backpackers and party people will all feel at home here. Even families and honeymooners would enjoy the island’s serene beaches in the North.

Koh Phangan also has an incredible, magical energy – I can’t really describe it on here so you’ll just have to visit to feel it for yourself. Apparently is has something to do with the island being made from a giant powerful rose quartz crystal.

I spent a month here on my first visit and a couple of months when I returned only 6 months later. The time just flew by and I only left due to visa and as I had a mediation retreat in Nepal booked, I left feeling like Koh Phangan is one of my 2nd homes now. There’s still so much for me to explore on Koh Phangan so it’s not goodbyeI have a feeling I’ll be back!

If you’re considering visiting Koh Phangan as part of a bigger trip around the country check out my ideal 2 week Thailand itinerary!

For the latest entry requirements for Thailand and more info go to Fan Club Thailand 

Have you spent time on Koh Phangan? How was your experience?

More Koh Phangan blog posts:

Pick your pleasure on Koh Phangan- This American Girl

Koh Phangan Party Island – Drifter Planet 

Koh Phangan Guide – Phanganist

How to rent a house on Koh Phangan

My Cost of Living in Koh Phangan

Best Yoga Retreats in Koh Phangan

Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Phangan

Confession – I hated the Full Moon Party

6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Koh Phangan

Exploring the quieter side to the party island of Koh Phangan – Telegraph Travel

The Ultimate Thailand Itinerary and Backpacking Route

Where to stay in Koh Phangan (for all areas and all budgets)


My Pick of The Best Yoga Teacher Training in Spain for 2023

Sunny Spain boasts some of the best weather, scenery and cultural sites in Europe. It’s also the country with the biggest selection of yoga retreats and there are many amazing schools offering yoga teacher training in Spain.

As well as being Europe’s yoga hotspot, Spain is considered to be one of the best places to do yoga teacher training abroad. It’s also one of the most captivating destinations in all of Europe thanks to its rich culture, cuisine, relaxed lifestyle, fun festivals and of course not forgetting the fantastic beaches and diverse landscapes.

Tips for choosing a yoga teacher training in Spain

As yoga has spread across the globe, some yoga schools have even moved over from Asia to Europe so now you don’t have to go far to get your yoga fix!

There is a diverse variety of places to take a yoga teacher training in Spain, from luxury beach villas on the islands to hidden eco retreats in the mountains and even in the buzzing and artistic cities making Spain the best place in Europe to get your YTTC.

Whether you just want to deepen your personal yoga practice or invest in a healthy and rewarding future career doing a yoga teacher training is a challenging but rewarding and transformative experience that could really change your life!

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Doing any YTTC is a big investment of your time and finances and it’s more important than ever to make sure to do your research before you book to make sure that the course and style of yoga taught matches your interests and aspirations.

Always make sure your YTT is Yoga Alliance approved. Most accredited schools have similar curriculums, but quality can vary a lot so it’s useful to get reviews from previous students before you book your yoga teacher training in Spain.

I find sites like www.bookyogaretreats.com and www.bookyogateachertraining.com really useful for reading reviews from previous students as well as seeing information about the style of yoga, instructors and daily schedule. Also see here for more things to look out for when choosing your YTT.

I’d also recommend considering the course with the longest duration you can as you’ll have more time to absorb all the information you’re learning, relax those sore muscles and explore the area.

All these yoga schools have implemented enhanced hygiene, safety and distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Note that the photos in the article were taken before Covid-19) Also be aware that the situation in Europe could change at any time so double check the situation and entry requirements for the country you want to visit and the re-entry requirements for your home country when you return. I find this regularly updated article by Wanderlust Magazine about which countries are open for tourism really useful.  It’s also more important than ever to have good travel insurance that covers coronavirus – mine is with SafteyWing.

To help you find your perfect YTT here’s my recommended top schools for yoga teacher training in Spain.

The 6 Best Schools for Yoga Teacher Training in Spain

Green Yoga International, Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Several of my friends trained at Green Yoga in Goa, India and now you can get the same training in Europe! Held at the Shanti Niketan Yoga Ashram, Green Yoga International is doing what they do in India, but in Spain. If you want to learn a wide range of yoga styles with authentic Indian yogic philosophy from someone who is inspired by some great Indian masters, then this is the best yoga teacher training in Spain for you.

Not only will you learn yoga philosophy, anatomy and alignment but you’ll also learn the basic principals of Ayurveda as well as practicing and learning how to teach different styles of yoga and meditation. Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Sivananda, Restorative, Aerial, Acro, Yin and Yoga Nidra are all taught here and you’ll also have the option of taking a SUP yoga workshop.

This 21 day 200 hour YTTC is held in a Mallorcan village on the eastern side of the stunning Balearic island in a peaceful peaceful, eco friendly ashram surrounded by nature with a saltwater swimming pool while being just a few minutes drive away from beach. Accommodation is provided in stone rooms or a glamping tent, both of which are decorated in a yogic way. Shanti Niketan Yoga Ashram is the perfect setting for finding inner peace, learning more about yourself and Indian yogic philosophy by bridging  East and West.

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Rise & Shine Yoga, Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Even though the island of Ibiza is most famous for it’s vibrant nightlife, there is also a big holistic, wellness side to the island and it’s a magical place for learning yoga. This 22 day 200 hour Yin and Yang yoga teacher training course in Ibiza focuses on a Tantric and mindful Buddhist approach. It’s the best yoga teacher training in Spain for those who want to find healing and balance by learning both dynamic yoga styles and the slower, rejuvenating and deeply healing yin yoga practice.

You will do two daily asana practices, a morning meditation session, and theory and lecture studies in between on yoga philosophy and anatomy. You’ll learn not only the Vinyasa and Yin Yoga poses with correct alignment, adaptations and adjustments but also understand the effects of the poses from physiologic, anatomic, energetic, emotional, mental, and therapeutic perspectives. A highlight of this course is learning about energy, Chinese medicine, fascia, the 5 elements theory and yoga nidra. This course allows you to dive deep into Yin Yoga to release emotional blockages and peace and balance to your body, mind and soul.

This YTTC is held in a peaceful venue near Santa Eularia, just 5 minutes away from the beach, with bright and spacious rooms, a huge garden and roof terrace and a swimming pool. You will also have the chance to enjoy unique healing crystal bowl sessions and participate in sacred ceremonies at magical power spots on the island.

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Read More: The Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Portugal

Gayatri Yoga, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Deepen your own practice while learning how to effectively teach others to deepen theirs during this 22 day 200 hour yoga teacher training in the Canary Islands. The amazing teachers at Gayatri Yoga will teach you traditional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga, philosophy, alignment and the basics of Ayurveda. You will also leave with knowledge on Pranayama, Meditation as well as Kriya, Raja, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma Yoga.

The villa’s location, surrounded by the foothills of the magnificent Anaga Mountains, is the perfect place to go deep into your yoga practice and enjoys pleasant weather all year round. You will be staying in shared double rooms, some of which have attached bathrooms. The house has a swimming pool, gardens, a terrace, and chill out areas that are perfect for taking in all that you learned and connected with the other students. It’s a self-catering retreat but all the basics are provided, from fruits and vegetables to spices and pasta, and they encourage those in the YTTC to cook together.

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Read More: The Best Yoga Retreats in Spain

Nydum, Catalonia

Immerse yourself in the principles of Ashtanga with this 27 day yoga teacher training on the beautiful Costa Brava. 30 minutes from the Catalan city of Girona, Villa Flores has inspiring views over the Mediterranean to enhance your practice.

As one of the best Ashtanga yoga teacher training courses in Spain, your experienced teachers will guide you through a daily program of pranayama, asana, and meditation, to deepen your yogic practices. 

The requirements of this 200 hour teaching certificate will introduce anatomy, philosophy, teaching methods, and hands-on adjustments. Additional workshops include ayurveda, acro yoga, yin yoga, and myofascial release. 

Each room has a private bathroom, and there’s a large garden with a salt water swimming pool to relax in after practice. The included freshly prepared vegetarian meals are designed to nourish your yogic journey.

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Yoga For Life Institute, Marbella

Over 19 days, this amazing Yoga Alliance approved YTT will be instructed by Maribel, who herself was a student of Swami Vishnu Devananda. This is one of the best yoga teacher training courses in Spain as it is rich in tradition and authenticity, introducing a broad spectrum of yogic practices. In addition to Hatha yoga, you will be instructed in the principles of pranayama, mantra, kirtan, qi gong, and tai chi. 

Located near a beautiful Marbella beach, the Yoga for Life Institute has a large garden for outdoor yoga practice. There’s also a pool to release any aching muscles after a day on the mat. All training materials are included. All you need to do is arrive, relax and immerse yourself in ancient knowledge.

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Sun Salute Retreats, Alicante, Valencia

At this yoga teacher training in Spain, not only will you learn different yoga styles like Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative, but also delve deep into the knowledge and philosophy behind the different practices guided by experienced yoga teachers from the US. You will leave after 24 days with a 200 hour certification and in-depth knowledge on asanas, yoga anatomy, adjustments, modifications and creating sequences. You will also learn about pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy and the chakras.

You will be starting your morning with rejuvenating yoga practice, and wind down for the evening with a relaxing yoga practice and/or meditation. In between, you will learn all about yogic philosophy and the art of teaching yoga. There are also a couple of breaks in between where you can head to the beach, relax on your balcony or head to one of the local coffee shops in the peaceful coastal village of  Torre De La Horadada, where this yoga training takes place. The accommodation is right on the beach with views looking out towards the Mediterranean Sea. You can opt for either a self catering or meals included package depending on your budget and preferences.

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I hope this blog has helped to find your perfect Spain yoga teacher training course. If you’re still undecided check out my other posts or this article about yoga teacher training abroad for more tips and recommendations.

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12 of the Absolute Best Things to do in Ubud, Bali

12 of the Absolute Best Things to do in Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the spiritual and cultural heart of Bali and is blessed with stunning nature, amazing food and magical vibes. There are endless things to do in Ubud, whatever your interests are, it’s really hard to see and experience it all in just one visit. Every single visit you’ll find even more reasons to fall deeper in love with Ubud!

Ubud is one place that I feel I will always return to time and time again. There is something magical about this artistic village hidden amongst the thick jungle and rice paddies of central Bali.

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Bali Swing, Ubud. Photo credit: (Shutterstock) & Terrace rice fields in Tegallalang, Ubud. Photo credit: (Shutterstock)


Ubud is a place that many have come to immerse their soul in a sense of adventure and recharge their batteries, and from the moment you arrive, you’ll feel it too.

It’s possible to visit Ubud on a day tour from other parts of Bali, but to feel the spirit of Ubud you should really stay here at least a couple of days.

As Ubud gets more popular and more crowded I’d also recommend against staying in the center of Ubud. Check out my post on where to stay in Ubud.

Here are 12 of the best things to do in Ubud:

Woman on top of Mt Batur. Photo credit: Megan Mack (Shutterstock)

1. Climb Mount Batur

One of the most memorable and soul-refreshing things to do in Ubud hands down would have to be climbing Mount Batur for a sunrise you’ll never forget. Mount Batur (which is actually an active volcano) stands at 1717 meters above sea level and the panoramic views from the top are absolutely breathtaking!

Climbing Mount Batur is best done as an organised day trip from Ubud. Tour guides will normally pick you up from your hotel around 2-2.30am in the morning to set out for the base of the mountain (yes, it’s an early start but I assure you, well worth getting out of bed for!) From there you will begin the trek up to the summit, which takes a couple of hours. The timing is planned so that everyone can reach the top at a moderate pace no matter their fitness level, that way everyone reaches before the sun comes up.

At the top, you’re likely to be served a cute, light, mountain village style breakfast of local coffee, hard boiled egg, and banana steamed in its skin, as you eagerly await this magnificent, unforgettable sunrise with anticipation! Click here to book a Mount Batur hiking tour.


Indonesian Cooking Class. Photo credit: Michal Hlavica (Shutterstock)

2. Indonesian cooking class

Signing yourself up for an Indonesian cooking class is another must-try experience and fun things to do in Ubud and not just for foodies! This is the best way to fully immerse yourself authentically in the Balinese way of life, as food is at the heart of every culture. First up, these excursions will usually take you out to a local village market, where you can hand-select the exotic ingredients for yourself.

Quite often cooking schools are set-up in a traditional Balinese family compound which means you’ll be able to learn about all aspects of family home life. And of course, the best part of doing a cooking class is the opportunity to taste an array of authentic local cuisine that you have helped to prepare yourself. Click here to book yourself in for an Indonesian cooking class.


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3. Visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana (or more popularly known as Monkey Forest) is home to a population of approximately 700 crab-eating macaques (Balinese long-tailed monkeys) who live this forest! This forest is their protected natural habitat, and a sacred sanctuary for them, as the Monkey Forest is also home to three ancient Hindu temples, which were all constructed in the 14th century.

There are also over 186 different tree species in this enchanting forest, many of which have wrapped themselves around the ancient bridges and temples here. Unlike visiting monkeys in a zoo, these monkey’s roam wild and free and are not afraid of those who visit their playground.

Expect monkey’s to approach you, take food from you, and even jump on you! There are even warning signs on entry and within the forest, reminding visitors to keep their valuables safe and hidden, as these monkeys have been known to pinch things that interest them, such as sunglasses, hats and even camera! Click here to book yourself in for a tour.

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Ubud Market

4. Explore the Ubud Art Market

Ubud has long been known as a hub of artistic expats and it’s easy to see why! The Ubud Art Market, or often referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’, is one of the things to do in Ubud that’s just not to be missed! Located opposite the Royal Ubud Palace on the street of Jalan Karna, these markets are the place where you can find a showcase of the most exquisite local handicrafts.

Here you’ll find all kinds of hand made artifacts from wooden carvings to beautiful paintings, woven baskets and bags, silk scarves, and so much more! The best time to go would be early morning before it gets too busy, and it’s also the best time to nap a bargain as the first sale of the day is considered lucky to the Balinese people.

Also, its considered normal practice to negotiate the price of things (within reason) in the markets, so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount!

Ayung River white water rafting. Photo credit: 

5. Ayung River white water rafting

If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, then white water rafting down the Ayung River is one of the things to do in Ubud that you’ll definitely want to experience! The beautiful Ayung River runs from the northern mountain ranges, winding through the center of the island and dispersing out in the ocean at Sanur in the south peninsula, and is the longest river on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The white water rafting starting point is only a short 20 minutes drive from Ubud town center and tour packages will all include a pickup and drop off from your hotel. Because of the sheer size and length of the Ayung River, there are sections of river to suit every level of ability, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rafter. Rafting down the river is also a great way to take in the wondrous, lush scenery of Bali as you pass through rice terraces, thick jungle, and even waterfalls! Click here to book yourself in for an Ayung River rafting experience!

On the Bali swing

6. Bali swing

Picture swinging out over the tropical jungle below, looking out into the horizon as you glide through the air – this is certainly an exhilarating experience you’ll want to try and one of best things to do in Ubud. The Bali Swing is located about 20 minutes drive out of town in a very beautiful and picturesque location. There are actually a few different swings of different heights to try, and it’s actually a lot more safe than it may look initially.

A trip out to Bali Swing Ubud will set you back $35USD, however, this includes transport to and from the location and lunch, so it’s actually really good value for money when you think about it. The best time to go would be in the morning before it gets too hot in the day and you’ll be able to get the best views (and Instagram pics!) Click here to book yourself in for your own private tour.


7. Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are probably one of the most iconic scenic attractions in all of Bali, and they really something that you must see! Tegallalang is traditional rice farming village in the Gianyar Regency and is a leisurely 20-minute drive north of central Ubud and there are many tour group that will take you there.

Other options for getting there are by private taxi, hiring a scooter or by walking (it’s a 2-hour walk for those who are up for that!) The area is famous for its terraced rice paddies, and the traditional Balinese irrigation system is known as ‘subak’ by the local villagers.

The terraces are technically free to enter, however, the villagers who work in the rice paddies will probably ask for a small donation to take photos. This is of course up to you if you wish to pay, however, this is their livelihood and it’s a little disrespectful to enter without at least giving a small donation.

The best time to visit would also be in the morning before it gets too hot, and there are many restaurants and cafes with lovely views where you can relax, soak up and enjoy the rice terraces or if you’re feeling more active the best way to really see the rice terraces is on a downhill biking tour. Click here to look at tours and book.


Ubud Royal Palace By Gabor Kovacs Photography and Shutterstock

8. Royal Ubud Palace

The Royal Ubud Palace (known as Puri Saren Agung by the Balinese people) is historical building complex that dates back to the early 1800s, and one of the most impressive places in Ubud.

It was built during the reign of Ida Tjokorda Putu Kandel and is maintained by the royal families who live there still today. Nowadays, the palace has become a major landmark and tourist attraction of the Ubud region and there are many cultural performances and dances held there daily.

The Royal Palace has been well persevered over the years and really is a great showcase of Balinese architecture and manicured gardens that you really must see. There is an entrance fee to enter the Royal Palace, however, it’s only IDR 100,000 (approx. $7USD). The Royal Ubud Palace definitely should be on your itinerary as it’s one of the most interesting, cultural things to do in Ubud.


Goa Gajah temple entrance. Photo credit: 

9. Elephant Cave

Traditionally known by locals as Goa Gajah, Elephant Cave is an archaeological site with considerable, historical meaning to the Balinese people. It’s estimated to date back to the 11th Century!

The site is located approximately six kilometers from central Ubud, on the edge of Bedulu village and there are many tour guides that will take you there. There are various ancient buildings, structures, and artifacts at the entrance and inside the cave that showcase the influence of Hinduism and even Buddism in Bali.

There several theories as to why this sacred place of meditation was called ‘Elephant Cave’, one of the most popular are a place to worship the Hindu God, Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. This place is very enchanting and intriguing and a trip to see it for yourself is definitely one of the must-see things to do in Ubud! Click here to book yourself in for a tour.


Tegenungan Waterfall

10. Tegenungan Waterfall

This is one for all you nature lovers out there, this scenic waterfall is located about 30 minutes drive south of Ubud, is surrounded by lush Balinese jungle, and has a shallow swimming area at its base. Most popular ways to get to this beautiful spot is by joining a tour, by hiring a private driver to take you there and back or for the more adventurous types you can hire a scooter for about $2-4 USD for the day.

For those who are up to it, there are just over 100 stairs to descend down to the waterfall area (a nice little workout!) otherwise there’s a great view from the cafes at the top for those wanting a more relaxed day out. To enter the waterfall area, there’s a small fee of 20,000 Indonesian rupees (approx. $1.40USD). The Tegenungan Waterfall is very powerful, and it’s quite impressive to see the sheer volume of water falling from the top, this is definitely one of the best things to do in Ubud! Click here to check tours and make a booking.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

11. Campuhan Ridge Walk

The Campuhan Ridge walk is one of my favourite things to do in Ubud and a great way to recharge the batteries with some light exercise, and beautifully lush and scenic views of the surrounding mountain area.

The Campuhan Ridge walking track is about 2kms long and there is a lovely cafe and spa called Karsa where you can stop for a morning coffee before heading back. Also at the end of the track is the Pura Gunung Lebah temple which dates back to the 8th-century.

It’s best to do this walk early in the morning before it gets too hot, or late in the afternoon after cools down! Sunset is very photogenic and remember to take water with you, or you’ll have to wait till you reach the cafe at the end of the track. Click here to book yourself in for a walking tour of Campuhan Ridge.


Balinese Kecak dance ceremony. Photo credit:  (Shutterstock)

12. Kecak Fire Dance Performance

The fascinating Balinese traditional Kecak Dance Performance is one of the most interesting things to do in Ubud and presents a meaningful insight into the unique Balinese culture. The setting is usually quite intimate as you are able to sit quite close and feel part of the story that is expressed through the dance.

You’ll also see men walking on hot coals and fire is used throughout the performance. The ancient Hindu mythology is about the Ramayana, a epic love story about Rama and his beautiful wife Sita, Hamuman and the demon Ravana and a sotry about the trimpuh of good over evil. Also, Kecak means monkey in Balinese, and Hanuman is a Hindu monkey god.


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My Pick of the Top 5 Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh, India

5 Best Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh, India – The Yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh, a spiritual mountain town in northern India, is one of the most popular yoga destinations in the world. India is the birthplace of yoga and Rishikesh was made famous as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ after The Beatles stayed at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960’s to practice transcendental meditation. It was one of the most creative periods in the group’s career. A yoga retreat in Rishikesh can be a life changing experience and, not surprisingly, there are now hundreds of ashrams, yoga teacher training courses and yoga retreats in Rishikesh, all offering different styles of yoga and different experiences. The trick is finding the one that is perfect for you.

Rishikesh is located about 5 hours north from India’s capital Delhi in the Indian state of Uttarakand, a place of myths and mountains known as ‘The Land of God’s’ by Hindus. Rishikesh is a magnet for spiritual seekers so you’ll meet lots of interesting and like minded people here. It’s not just the yoga that brings people to Rishikesh but also the soul stirring scenery with the beautiful holy Ganga River coursing through Rishikesh and the views to the Himalaya mountains beyond.  

As well as yoga, Rishikesh also offers thrilling white water rafting and trekking opportunities and also has many cafes serving healthy western and local food, bookstores, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Don’t miss the nightly ‘Ganga Aarti’ ceremony and exploring the now abandoned ashram that The Beatles stayed at. See here to read my quick Rishikesh Travel Guide. 

Rishikesh’s spiritual energy and atmosphere cannot really be explained in words – you really have to experience it and feel it for yourself.  Rishikesh is always a soul stirring experience and a yoga retreat can have a transformational and positive impact on your body, mind, and soul, and is an experience that you’ll remember forever.

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There are so many different ashrams and yoga retreats in Rishikesh all offering different styles of yoga, meditation and other therapies and all with different standards of teaching, accommodation and food. Ashrams often have basic conditions and many rules to abide by – if you’re looking for the authentic Indian ashram experience then check out these recommended ashrams as well as tips about what to expect.  I’m focusing on yoga retreats in Rishikesh in this post as I prefer that environment more.

Yoga in Rishikesh is big business nowadays. Because yoga retreats in Rishikesh are so popular, there are few ashrams and gurus that are unfortunately not the real deal. So it’s very important to do your research before booking your yoga retreat in Rishikesh. A great site I use for checking reviews and testimonials is www.bookyogaretreats.com. You can also find out more about the classes, instructors, accommodation and food offered as well as booking your place.

The best time to come on a yoga retreat in Rishikesh is in October/ November or March/ April. It can be quite chilly here in the winter (between Dec and Feb) and most budget accommodations generally don’t have heating. In Summer it can be boiling hot and monsoon season runs from July – September. Don’t forget that you’ll need an Indian visa too – read this post on how to get an Indian visa.You also might want to check out my post of the best yoga retreats in India that are especially suitable for beginners.

Here is my pick of the 5 best Yoga Retreats in Rishikesh:


Yoga Vidya Mandiram, Tapovan Bypass, Rishikesh

If you’re a beginner yogi and short on time but still want to experience one of the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh then Yoga Vidya Mandiram is perfect. Embark on one of the most popular yoga retreats in India on this 3 day, 2 night Himalayan meditation and yoga retreat in the mountains of Rishikesh. It’s the perfect place to get introduced to and learn the basic yoga poses and beginner’s mediation, pranayama and philosophy with experienced gurus like Swami Omkarananda and Swami Atma Jnanananda. This is the place to come if you’re wishing to experience healing and deep relaxation, and learn asana and pranayama meditation practices in both traditional and modern form.

Not only that, but they also offer yoga Nidra, contemporary meditation practices, and yogic cleansing processes. This school also offers you the chance to explore the surrounding nature, with plenty of leisurely time to see the local shrines and temples in the Himalayan region. The different yoga styles at this school include hatha, vinyasa, nidra, ashtanga, and karma. They model traditional and ancient teaching practices, making it an excellent place to expand your spiritual roots through yoga and meditation practices, learn Indian philosophy, and explore the ashrams and temples. You can choose between a single private room or a shared double room, both equipped with Wi-Fi and air conditioning. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!


Yoganandham, Tapovan, Rishikesh

For a sacred space to flex your body, expand your mind, yogic skills, and meditation practices, then Yoganandham is one of the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh for you. You’ll take yoga classes in the morning and evenings, and have the daytime for personal meditation, learning, and purification practices. Yoganandham is one of the most popular yoga retreats in Rishkiesh and offers a 7-day yoga retreat to suit yogis of all levels.

You can also enjoy purification rituals, Ayurveda massages, camping, sunrise yoga and trekking, and white water rafting as part of this retreat, making it a wonderful, well rounded experience for every yogi whether you’ve been practicing for just a couple of months or a couple of years. It’s much more than just asanas too – Yoganandham will also teach about Ayurveda and diet, satkarma, yoga philosophy, and pranayama and meditation. The shared or private accommodation offers balconies and outside sitting areas with incredible views of the holy Ganga River.  See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!

Meditating in Rishikesh. Photo by Viktoria Gromova and Shutterstock

Hari Om, Tapovan, Rishikesh

If you’re looking for guided self-improvement of your mind and body, then Hari Om is the perfect yoga and meditation retreat for beginners. This 6-day Hatha yoga retreat takes you through the very basic yoga and meditation poses and breathing exercises. You’ll be under the guidance of teachers like Pramod Sahoo, who has E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 training with the USA Yoga Alliance.

Apart from the yoga practice, one of the best parts of Hari Om is the ability to experience outdoor activities such as rafting, swimming, or cycling as well as yoga. Accommodation is provided in shared or double rooms with Wi-Fi, hot water and river facing views. You’ll also learn how to balance your doshas and Samskaras; your karmic imprints. By the end of the program, you will have developed a personal yogic lifestyle that you can carry with you long after the program ends.

You’ll experience Hatha yoga, ashtanga, pranayama, and relaxation and meditation techniques, as well as embark on a daily excursion in the surrounding area. This is one of the best yoga retreats in Rishikesh for beginners.  See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!


Aym, Upper Tapovan, Rishikesh

Aym is one of the best places in India to experience a yoga retreat because it combines yogic practices with adventure, which helps improve your physical and mental health towards a lifetime of happiness. Aym school offers a 7 day Ashtanga yoga and meditation retreat under the guidance of Dr. Sumit, Yogacharya Mahesh Bhatt, and Jayakumaran Annasamy.

There are daily yoga classes, meditations and lectures, trekking excursions to a nearby waterfall and Ayurveda massages. Accommodation choices include shared room or a private room. A day at Aym includes tea breaks, asana and ashtanga practices, pranayama, karma yoga, lectures, and cultural and self-studies. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!

Indian ladies at Trayambakeshwar Temple. Photo Credit Wade Andrew and Shutterstock

Fusion, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh

Fusion offers great retreats for beginners to experienced yogis who want to focus on their inner awareness and yoga practices. This is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating multi style yoga retreats in Rishikesh, taking place over the course of 7 days. There are two daily yoga classes, evening meditation sessions, asana and pranayama practices, and different yoga styles like Hatha yoga, vinyasa, aerial, and ashtanga offered at this ashram.

Accommodation includes air-conditioned rooms in spacious yoga shalas and free Wi-Fi. The program is flexible with plenty of free time to explore Rishikesh so you can make yourself as busy or as free as you want at Fusion. If you’re feeling an intense vinyasa flow in the morning or a laid back class in the evening, the choice is up to you. This personalized yoga retreat is wonderful for both beginners and more experienced participants. See more details, dates, prices, reviews, and book here!


These five yoga retreats in Rishikesh are some of the best places to calm your mind, work on your yoga and meditation practices and learn about ancient Indian philosophy while also experiencing everything Rishikesh has to offer and meeting like minded people. Yoga has changed my life – how will it change yours!?

See also:

My Rishikesh Travel Guide

5 of the best Yoga Teacher Trainings in Rishikesh (YTTC) 

5 best yoga retreats in India for beginners

Top Yoga and Meditation Retreats in India

Best Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Cairns, Australia

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Cairns, Australia

Cairns, in tropical North Queensland, is somewhere you really can’t miss when backpacking Australia. It’s famous as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef but this tropical town is also one of the most fun party towns for backpackers and is surrounded by loads of amazing day trips like Cape Tribulation and the UNESCO listed Daintree Rainforest. With all these activities being a backpacker in Cairns can really add up so luckily there are so many amazing backpacker hostels in Cairns.

Australia can be a really expensive country to visit so it’s important for backpackers to save money and staying in backpacker hostels is a great way to have a fun, sociable and comfortable stay without breaking the bank.

Cairns Lagoon by Martin Valigursky/Shutterstock


Most backpacker hostels in Australia also have communal kitchens so you can buy food at the supermarket and cook for yourself instead of eating out at expensive restaurants which will save you a lot of money. I ended up in Cairns 3 times (I was working in an outback Queensland pub) so I managed to check out quite a few of the hostels. 

Forget staying in grimy backpacker hostels, most of the Aussie hostels are more like tropical holiday resorts with swimming pools, bars, hammocks, BBQ areas and movie lounges – some even have on site night clubs and gourmet pizza ovens.

Hostels are also great places to meet other travellers and many include awesome freebies like free breakfast and free wifi to help you save even more money and put on evening entertainments like pub crawls, BBQs and movie nights to help backpackers socialise and have fun. See more reasons why its awesome staying in hostels here 

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Not all hostels are equal though, and where to stay can really make or break your trip, especially if you are a solo traveller looking to make friends, so its important to choose your hostel carefully.

To help you plan your trip here’s my list of the 5 very best backpacker hostels in Cairns.

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Cairns

Traveller’s Oasis

Traveller’s Oasis won the title of best backpacker hostel in Cairns in 2018 and was also voted as the best hostel in Australia for 2018 by Hostelworld. The hostel is located next to Cairns Central station which is about a 15 minute walk from the lagoon. It’s a small, cosy, homely, spotlessly clean, relaxed and welcoming hostel with super helpful staff. It’s not one of those big, impersonal hostels – they can only fit 50 guests at a time.

There’s free wifi, free parking, free tea and coffee, free luggage storage, 2 fully equipped communal kitchens and laundry facilities. You’ll never be bored as there is a TV room with LCD TV and DVD player and a hard drive that contains 1500 movies as well as games, magazines and a book exchange. The outdoor area is a great place to meet people. You can chill out in the hammocks underneath the palm trees, take a dip in the open air swimming pool or use the BBQs on the outdoor terrace.

There are dorms and private rooms, one of the best things about this hostel is that there are no bunk beds in the dorms and the private rooms include TVs and a fridge. Check it out and you’ll see why Travellers Oasis is consistently rated one of the best backpacker hostels in Cairns. Click here to book!


The Northern Greenhouse

The Northern Greenhouse is a modern, resort style flashpacker hostel that is conveniently centrally located right in the heart of Cairns meaning all the main attractions are in easy walking distance. The whole hostel is really clean and the staff are super friendly and helpful.

All rooms are air conditioned, there are mixed ensuite dorm rooms, as well as spacious male-only or female-only dorms. The private balconies and courtyard gardens are lovely places to chill out as is the lush, tropical outdoor swimming pool and bar area that serves really affordable drinks. It’s a great place to meet other travellers and make new friends.

There’s also free breakfast and free super fast wifi, a shared kitchen and pool tables. The staff are super friendly and helpful and put on fun events in the hostel every day and night as well as showing guests where the best cheap backpacker bars are. There’s also a free BBQ every Sunday. Stylish, friendly and fun with plenty of freebies – this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Cairns. Click here to book!


Gilligan’s Backpacker Hostel & Resort

Gilligans is one of the most famous and most popular backpacker hostels in Cairns, especially for those who love to party. Gilligans is a massive resort style hostel located in the heart of Cairns that is a hot spot for partiers due to the onsite night club which is one of Cairn’s most popular nightspots.

The hostel has dorms and private rooms, all of which are air-conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms, and theres a communal chill out areas with TVs and a shared kitchen on each of the hostel’s 4 floors so you won’t need to wait to cook. They also offer a free airport pick up from the airport between 8am and 8pm and a job shop on site to help you if you are looking for work.

There’s also a lagoon-style swimming pool, fitness center, internet café, a nightclub and open deck bar with large screen TVs showing all of the current sporting events. Girls will love the powder room that has hair dryers and hair straighteners free to use. The hostel also runs loads of fun themed nights, games and events. This is the best backpacker hostel in Cairns for party people. Click here to book!



Mad Monkey Backpackers

Mad Monkey is a small, new chain of backpacker hostels that is owned and operated by two Australian best friends. This flashpacker style party hostel is clean, stylish, bright, spacious and one of the funnest backpacker hostels in Cairns.

There’s private rooms, mixed and female only dorms. The hostel was fully renovated in 2017 and all rooms brand new top quality mattresses, bed linen, air conditioners, large security lockers and stylish designer bathrooms and kitchens.

Mad Monkey hostels are the perfect places to party and meet other backpackers at the outdoor pool oasis complete with sunbathing cabanas and an outdoor bar with super cheap drinks. There’s even a gourmet pizza restaurant and a movie screen with comfy bean bags to chill out on.

There’s also free super fast wifi and a free hot breakfast and the staff organise events every day and night. They actually have 3 backpacker hostels in Cairns so if ones’s full don’t worry you could also check out the others.  Click here to book!


Globe Trotters International

Globetrotters is a friendly, relaxed, family run resort style hostel located near the esplanade close to the center of Cairns. It’s great value for money as there are loads of freebies, including unlimited superfast Wi-Fi in all rooms, served breakfast, which includes proper coffee!, free evening meal and free luggage storage, which make it one of the best backpacker hostels in Cairns. The hostel runs a BBQ night twice a week and can also arrange discounted reef and rainforest tours.

There’s a communal kitchen that even has fridge lockers so you don’t have to worry about other backpackers stealing your food! There’s also a clear swimming pool, sun deck, hammocks, lawn area and games area which is a great place for meeting other travellers.

Unlike many backpacker hostels in Cairns, Globetrotters is not a party hostel so you can relax and enjoy a good nights sleep. If you want to go out and party then the hostel also has daily nightclub deals so it’s a win win! Click here to book!

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Best Backpacker Hostels in Southeast Asia (Recommended by Travel Bloggers!)

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Southeast Asia

(As Recommended by Travel Bloggers!)

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular, fun and cheap places in the world to go backpacking. All over the region are many great backpacker hostels which are cheap, sociable and fun places to sleep, hang out and most importantly meet other travellers. Not all backpacker hostels are great though so I asked some fellow travel bloggers to share with me their recommendations for the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia.

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Southeast Asia

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Adventure Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand

Having traveled in and out of Bangkok over the past few years, I have stayed in several different hostels and have experienced the best (and worst!) of what Bangkok has to offer. When it comes to location, staff, cleanliness, and overall awesome atmosphere, Adventure Hostel is by far my favorite spot and one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia

On the inside, Adventure Hostel is uniquely decorated and spotlessly clean. Each bed has its own power outlet and reading light, and every dorm room is equipped with ice cold air conditioning. The staff are all welcoming, friendly, and genuinely helpful in assisting to plan your stay. Adventure Hostel is conveniently situated just north of the city center, directly next to the Saphan Kwai BTS stop, making it easy to connect to the rest of Bangkok.

It’s also easily accessible to several of Bangkok’s highways and major roads, making it simple for taxis to bypass heavy traffic and get you to the hotspots around the city much quicker. If you are staying during the weekend, Adventure Hostel is also within short walking distance to Bangkok’s famously known outdoor shopping mecca called Chatuchak Market, home to hundreds of shops and stalls carrying everything under the sun. If you are planning to pass through Bangkok, there simply isn’t a better spot than Adventure Hostel! Click here to book!

Recommended by Craig O’Brien from www.VagabondDisposition.com.

Read more: Where to stay in Bangkok and the best backpacker hostels in Bangkok  

 Stamps Backpackers, Chiang Mai, Thailand

I don’t think I’ve stopped raving about Stamps Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand since I stayed last year. I think it must be one the best backpacker hostel in Southeast Asia Anytime someone asks me for advice regarding where to stay in that city, I’ll always recommend Stamps without hesitation. The hostel staff is seriously lovely and helpful; the guests fun and eager to socialize. While I was traveling with my partner, we were able to connect with others just as easily as solo travelers would be. It’s one of the most social hostels I’ve been too without an extreme party vibe.

There are two options for accommodation at Stamps. The cheaper option is the bunk bed and fan room. Given that it was so hot during our visit, we opted for the air conditioned room which included personal pods which I LOVED. The location is more than ideal as there are markets, fresh juice shops and plenty of bars within walking distance. The hostel organizes activities each day and in the evenings. I can’t recommend it enough! Click here to book!

Recommended by Laura Nalin from willfulandwildhearted.com


Tamada Hostel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

I loved my stay in Tamada Hostel, Chiang Mai so much that I ended up extending from two nights to ten nights! For me, it’s the best backpacker hostel in Southeast Asia because the rooms were basic with shared bathrooms but the hostel is just a minute walk from the night market. What was really special was how much thought the owners put into providing little added extras. When you’re travelling in South East Asia, having things like robes and slippers makes all the difference! They also provide a delicious breakfast and a free snack bar including noodles, toast, tea and coffee. The owners are super friendly, always up for a chat, and they even kindly offered to make a fruit plate for me at times when I was around during the day. I’d highly recommend going there for a cheap yet homely stay in Chiang Mai. Click here to book!

Recommended by Laura Gois from wanderwithlaura.com

Read More: The Best Backpacker Hostels in Thailand

Eighty8 Backpackers Resort, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

I think Eighty8 Backpackers is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia. After arriving in Phnom Penh after a grueling boat ride down the Mekong, pushy touts were the last thing we wanted. Escaping the hoards at the dock, one enthusiastic tuk-tuk driver chased us down and convinced us of the wonders of Eighty8 Backpackers. 8 is a lucky number in Asia and before long we certainly felt lucky that he was the one that chased us.

Reaching the resort on 88 street, we found huge double-beds in an immaculate, spacious air-conditioned dorm, plus friendly, informative staff and an excellent swimming pool, bar and chill-out area which combined to make this place an absolute steal at just $8 per night. (There’s that number again!). It was the perfect remedy to a hard day on the road….or river!

The breakfast the next morning was fantastic and our friendly tuk-tuk driver returned to give us an action-packed full-day tour of the city for an unbelievable rate. If you’re in Phnom Penh, Eighty8 Backpackers will not disappoint, so long as you pay attention to the warning about the monkeys! Click here to book!

Recommended by Chris Haughley from www.thedigitalcrusader.com


Oasis Capsules Hostel, Siem Reap, Cambodia 

Oasis Capsules Hostel is a great place for city travelers and busting backpackers quickly making their way through beautiful Cambodia.

Oasis Capsules gets its name from the private ‘capsule’ sleep style that is becoming popular all over Asia. There are many things to like about Oasis Capsules including the friendly staff who are willing to help you book tours and find your way around the city; a good view from above at the Skylounge work & social space (with a bar!); and the comfortable beds that will allow you to have a good nights’ sleep.

But the number one thing people will love most about Oasis is: location, location, location. Oasis Capsules is literally a hop, skip and a jump away from the hustle and bustle of Pub Street – the popular area known for its array of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Oh, I should mention that this ain’t your average party hostel! You’d think that being so close to Pub Street, Oasis Capsules would attract more of a party crowd. Surprisingly, that’s not the case! Even if you stay in the room closest to the front lobby, you’ll barely hear much because you’re nestled in a capsule-style bunk. I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia! Click here to book!

Recommended by Samantha from www.expatandthecityblog.com


Mad Monkey, Siem Reap, Cambodia 

The Mad Monkey in Siem Reap is the perfect place for a backpacker to party their way through Siem Reap.  Most visitors only stay in Siem Reap a few days which means you’re sure to find a fellow traveler who will join you on a trip to world famous Angkor Wat.  Head there at sunrise to beat the crowds and get the best views!

The hostel itself has a gorgeous pool to cool off in the afternoon sun and a rooftop with a sandy beach bar.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The Mad Monkey rooftop bar has a sand floor so you get a great beach vibe while enjoying a few drinks. Thats why I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia.Head to pub street with the rest of the hostel late at night or head to bed to get up early for the sunrise at Angkor Wat.  Either way you’re sure to love the Mad Monkey in Siem Reap! Click here to book!

Mad Monkey also have an amazing offer with their flexible and great value Golden Tickets! Choose from 30, 60 or 90 days and stay at ANY Mad Monkey Hostel in Cambodia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, or Laos for a super low, fixed, one-time fee. Prices start at only £77 (about USD $108) for 30 days flexible mix and match dorm accommodation. All you need to do is buy your Golden Ticket and that’s your accommodation sorted! Click here for more details and to get your Golden Ticket!

Recommended by Mike Still from www.LiveTravelTeach.com 

Chien Hostel, Hanoi, Vietnam

With a young hip vibe Chien Hostel makes for the perfect stay in the busy city of Hanoi. Located in the heart of the chaos it makes for the perfect retreat. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a delicious welcome drink whether that’s a beer, Vietnamese coffee or something a little stronger.

You can choose to sleep in an eight, twelve or twenty bed dorm room, all which have amazing views of the beautiful church next door. Each bed has its own light, power socket and small locker for personal valuables. Down the corridors and throughout the building are large lockers which can fit a whole suitcase, perfect for out of town trips to Ha Long Bay or Sapa. Also, ideal for traveling couples is the double dorm beds on offer, just email in advance to request one.

One of the best things about Chien Hostel is the social atmosphere. Each night they have free drinks down in the common area, providing a great opportunity to meet people and make drunken friendships, this must be one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia, especially for those travelling solo. They also put on free walking tours with the staff who will show you around the city and all their favourite spots. Click here to book!

Recommended by Tasha Amy from backpackerswanderlust.com


Quynh Trang Hotel, Cat Ba Island, Vietnam. 

The Quynh Trang Hotel on the main strip on Cat Ba island in Vietnam is our top pick. The hotel location is next to all of the shops and restaurants and unlike other places on Cat Ba, they don’t charge extra for AC. The biggest factor that makes this place our top pick is they have their own junk boat you can charter to sail around Ha Long Bay for the super low price of $75 and that is for 2 people for 3 days! Click here to book!

Recommended by Dan Conerd from www.globalgiraffe.com

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Golden Bee Homestay,  Hoi An, Vietnam

Among the incredibly welcoming hostels of South East Asia, this was one of the best I stayed in throughout my four-month travels there. Golden Bee Homestay is located a ten-minute walk from Hoi An Old Town but the brilliant, very clean facilities there make it worth the journey. Don’t want to walk? Grab one of the free bicycle rentals available. The family owning the hostel also run an English-teaching school in the evenings where they encourage guests to mingle with the students – an incredible experience for any traveller! Click here to book!

Recommended by Laura Gois from wanderwithlaura.com


Backpackers Bed & Breakfast, Yangon, Myanmar

In the heart of the busy Downtown Yangon, prime location to all the action, is Backpackers Bed & Breakfast.  On arrival, you will be greeted with a Burmese smile and a cold welcome drink, a great relief from the heat outside. The clean modern design is stark contrast to the aged colonial buildings which line the streets outside.

The rooms there is the option of two beds or four beds, so there is plenty of space to walk around and socialise. Curtains around the bed provide necessary privacy and a staircase to the top bunk provides great relief from those regular hostel metal ladders. Each bed also has its own light and two international plug sockets, perfect if you have forgotten your adapter!

Breakfast is included in the room rate which is held in the communal area with floor to ceiling windows, the perfect place to people watch. A balcony wraps around the building and a rooftop terrace is the providing a good spot to relax. For your breakfast, you can choose from three separate meals which are cooked to perfection. Lastly, there is also a constant free supply of juice and water throughout the day. Click here to book!

Recommended by Tasha Amy from backpackerswanderlust.com

Paper Plane Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the perfect pit stop on your travels through South East Asia for so many reasons. The Malaysian food is mindblowing, there’s so many cultures wonderfully mixed together and their hostel game is increasingly become more and more hip and happening.

My favourite hostel by far is Paper Plane Hostel. They are taking design and architecture to a whole new level. Outside it’s beautifully green and eco-friendly. Nestled in a local neighbourhood away from the hustle and bustle, it’s a generous retreat from the main road. Once you enter inside, the layout is spacious, funky and earthy. The art on the walls is bold and crisp. The showers are certainly unique (!). The beds are wonderfully comfortable and the warm welcome and help from the staff is unforgettable. I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia. Make sure to hang out on the groovy rooftop when the sun is setting!

Highly recommended for a very modern, unique and high-end hostel experience! Click here to book!

Recommended by Alice from www.teacakestravels.com


Nowhere Hostel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nowhere Hostel is a great hostel for the breakfast alone. They provide cereal and peanut butter in addition to the typical Malaysian breakfast of jam on toast. The facilities are well kept, with comfy beds and the rain shower is always a nice surprise in a hostel. The hostel isn’t in the heart of the tourist area but if you want to experience some of the cities best bars and restaurants, Bangsar, the popular expat area is a 15-minute walk away as is Little India. Click here to book!

Recommended by Jub from www.tikitouringkiwi.com 

Read More: 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kuala Lumpur

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel, Penang, Malaysia

In Georgetown’s Unesco Heritage area, in Penang, the hostels on Muntri Street remain quiet and charming, with local Chinese temples, and of course wall art. Which is where I always stay, often in the Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel, which is inspired by the Japanese Ryokan, and shares a wider demographic and mix of travellers, including Asian tourists and even families. Yet it still connects to Love Lane and runs parallel to the slightly chaotic and loud backpacker areas along Chulia Street. But overall it just offers a quieter and more relaxed stay in probably one of the most charming and culturally diverse destinations in Asia.  Click here to book!

Recommended by Allan Wilson from Live Less Ordinary

Soluna Guesthouse, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur

My favourite backpacker hostel in Southeast Asia is Soluna guesthouse, located at the island Langkawi in northwestern Malaysia. The hostel is in less than 10 minutes walking from Cenang Beach. Soluna has a spacious dormotory (10 beds) that is perfect for solo travelers but also provides bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The vibe is super friendly and I met lots of great people at this place. There’s a very nice outdoor lounge with hammocks and and a tv that is perfect to socialize with others. The hostels is located in a quiet area and has great views. If you want you can rent a motorbike and explore the rest of Langkawi. The beatiful beach of Tanjung Rhu and mountain Gunung Raya are definitely worth a visit. Every thursday there’s a night market nearby with amazing food. Definitely visit Soluna when you’re in Malaysia! Click here to book!

Recommended by Chantal Alleen Op Reis from alleenopreis.net


Nomaps Flashpacker Hostel, Malacca, Malaysia

Nomaps is the perfect hostel for when you don’t usually stay in hostels, least of all in South-East Asia where your accommodation dollar stretches further. But this flashpacking hostel offers so many perks, from a wonderful kitchen to washing machine to it’s own street art inside, not to mention private and family rooms. It’s also perfectly located just a block away from the heart of Malacca’s Jonker Street, with all its street food, and the laidback bars along the riverfront. I think Nomaps is the best backpacker hostel in Southeast Asia! Click here to book!

Recommended by Shandos Cleaver from travelnuity  


De’Native, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

I spent several days at this hostel in the Cameron Highlands. It’s one of the most unique places I’ve stayed, the main building is a 100 year old colonial bungalow. It’s located in the forest completely cut off from the surrounding city, with cozy beds and a very homey, mountain cottage vibe. We would all sit around the fire at night and have long chats with a tea in hand to warm us up from the crisp mountain air. Click here to book!

Recommended by Monica from http://globe-trottica.com


Pink Manlia Hostel, Manlia, Philippines 

Pink Manila is like an oasis in the middle of the rush and chaos of this huge metropolis. Located in the penthouse of a big building in the city center, this place offers a nice pool, a gym, a bar, and a great panoramic terrace. I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia!

You could easily spend weeks here, having drinks, talking to fellow travelers, and relaxing on the hammocks at the top of the building. And, of course, there’s no better way to escape the burning heat of Manila than taking a dip in the pool! The rooms are pretty basic but clean and comfortable, and the hostel offers amenities like free breakfast, a book exchange, AC, and free Wi-Fi. If you walk around the neighbourhood, you’ll find lots of good local restaurants, plus the LRT station is only a 10-minute walk away. Click here to book!

Recommended by Miguel from www.travelsauro.com


Spin Hostel, El Nido, Philippines

I stayed at Spin Hostel as part of a wider tour of Palawan, in the Philippines. Spin is located in El Nido, a perfect base for exploring the town and island hopping. The Hostel itself is totally 5 star! Absolutely immaculate, breakfast included, big comfy bunks, air conditioned, relaxing communal areas, entertainment, no massive 8-bed dorms and most importantly good showers!

The staff were so friendly and attentive; they even ensured my breakfast omelette was cooked with no cross-contamination (I’m Coeliac and intolerant to onions) and they remembered each morning! If you visited the Philippines you’ll know that allergies are a little tricky to convey!

4-bed dorms start from about 1000 Peso including breakfast, which considering the quality of the accommodation is very reasonable. There’s nowhere else I would stay if I was visiting El Nido and Palawan again! I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia. Click here to book! 

Recommended by Sarah Ambler from glutenfreetravellers.com


Frendz Resort Hostel, Boracay Island, Philippines

Boracay Island in the Philippines used to only have luxury to mid-range accommodations that cater to tourists. In the past years though, there is a big growth on the number of hostels that welcome foreign and local travelers.

I have to say that my favorite so far is Frendz Hostel. I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia. What I love about this place is that their shared rooms have real beds (not the usual dorm-style bunk beds) and staying in the room gives you that provincial ‘Pinoy style’ of accommodation. Maybe I am also biased because most of the staff members can speak Ilocano and they also serve good food! They usually host special parties every night, where they serve pica-picas (when we were there it was Mexican night so they served nachos). Some even rendered a special song number! Truly, this is the place place in Boracay to make and meet new Frendz! Click here to book!

Recommended by Mica Rodriguez from www.senyorita.net


Gili Meno Eco Hostel, Gili Meno, Indonesia 

An experience in itself, Eco hostel in Gili Meno (Indonesia) was a true discovery for me. I still remember how happy it made me feel to wake up to the smell of Ocean, glimmering in the sunshine.

The Gili Meno Eco hostel is an eco hostel in a true sense. Mostly build out of bamboo and wood, majority hostel dwellers sleep in a hammock. With only a couple of private rooms, almost the entire hostel was dotted with bright and colorful hammocks.

When I reached here, I walked towards the reception. They handed me a green hammock at the reception after check in and I was asked to pick any spot! I glanced around to notice a three level bamboo structure made of wood. I walked up to the roof, hoping to catch a lovely sunrise the next day and tied my hammock. My spot offered me an enchanting ocean view and appeared to be really pleasant. I just had to turn sideways and a shimmering ocean would be smiling at me.

Having setup my hammock, I went and talked to fellow hostel dwellers. In evening, exhausted from all the travel, I returned to my hammock. I stared at the twinkling stars and gave myself a pat on back.

The Gili Meno Eco hostel was all a curious traveler can wish for. During my Indonesia trip, staying here was my best decision!  I think this is one of the best backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia. Click here to book! 

Recommended by Umang Trivedi from www.travelmax.in


Have you stayed in any awesome backpacker hostels in Southeast Asia? Leave and comment below and your recommendations can help out other backpackers! 🙂

10 of The Best Southeast Asia Backpacking Tours

10 of the Best Southeast Asia Backpacking Tours and Trips

Backpacking Southeast Asia is really the adventure of a lifetime. Southeast Asia is not a large region, but it’s and home to some of the best places to visit in Asia. Packed with beauty, diversity and once in a lifetime experiences. Each country has its very own charm, history, culutre and character.

So its not surprising that backpacking Southeast Asia has been almost a rite of passage and a favourite route for decades, with travellers coming from all over the world to lay on the beautiful beaches, eat the fantastic cuisine, see the wondrous sights and scenery and meet the wonderful local people.

There’s so much to see and do in Southeast Asia that a first time traveller can easily be quite overwhelmed, not only on how to see the most with limited time but also with the logistics of getting around multiple countries, especially if its your first time backpacking or you are going alone.

Luckily there are many great Southeast Asia backpacking tours that allow you to see the best this amazing region has to offer while also ensuring you will have a safe, easy, fun and hassle free trip and make new friends.

There are 11 separate countries in SE Asia, with Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam being the most popular spots for backpacking Southeast Asia because they’re very easy to travel between.

I think Thailand is the best country for a first time backpacking Southeast Asia trip. But there’s also Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, as well as the less travelled Brunei, Myanmar and East Timor. Regardless, all countries in the region are fantastic and make backpacking Southeast Asia something that most travellers will never forget.

There are many great companies that offer amazing Southeast Asia tours but the ones I mention here are special tours run by my favourite companies that are specifically aimed at backpackers and young travellers.

My all time favourite tour companies; G Adventures and Intrepid both run award winning, adventurous, fun, socially responsible and affordable small group Southeast Asia backpacking tours.

Contiki also are really well known for their fun backpacker tours specially made for 18 – 35’s. You can also compare itineraries, reviews and prices from loads of different tour companies and find great deals on Tour Radar – check out this page where you can get 60 % off Asia tours.

If you’re just visiting Thailand then check out my favourite Thailand tours here.

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If you are thinking of taking a longer Southeast Asia backpacking trip but are feeling a little daunted its a good idea to take a short Southeast Asia tour first so you can relax into your trip, gain confidence and meet new friends.

I’ve organised my favourite tours by length so you just have to decide how much time you have, where you want to go and which tour is right for you …

10 of the Best Backpacking Southeast Asia Tours

Here are my favourite backpacking Southeast Asia tours, separated into 2 categories; less than 1 month and over 1 month. Because there are so many different destinations to visit when backpacking Southeast Asia it’s best to go on Southeast Asia tours that are over 1 month if you have enough time to spare – you won’t regret spending a month in this amazing region!

However if you don’t have a lot of time for backpacking Southeast Asia and want to see as much as you can there are also some amazing Southeast Asia tours that last less than 1 month but beware that this will only be enough time to explore a couple of countries.

The Best Backpacking Southeast Asia Tours Less Than 1 Month

Intrepid – Cambodia Adventure – 12 Days

This is the best Southeast Asia tour for those in a hurry that want to see the regions top sights. Get a quick taste of Bangkok, visit the amazing temples of Angkor Wat, learn about Khmer history in Phnom Penh and explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City on this 12 day Southeast Asia backpacking tour.

You’ll also visit a small Cambodian village and enjoy a homestay, spend 2 days on the beaches of Sihanoukville and visit the peaceful 11th-century Wat Nokor. Intrepid takes you to some of the best spots in Cambodia, as well as the great cities of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, giving you a taster of what SE Asia is all about. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Contiki – Bangkok to Singapore Adventure – 14 Days

This 14 day backpacking Southeast Asia tour takes you from Bangkok to Singapore, with stops in Thailand and Malaysia along the way.

You’ll get a great tour of Bangkok before taking a train south to explore the magnificent Khao Sok National Park, which is known for its stunning rainforest and Cheow Larn Lake. Contiki then takes you to the beaches of Krabi where you can sip cocktails and work on your tan before taking a ferry over to the idyllic island of Langkawi.

The streets of Penang are the next stop on this 14 day tour, a city that is known for its fantastic architecture and fabulous food. Afterwards you’ll be sipping tea and visiting farms in the Cameron Highlands, followed by a tour around the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur. The tour ends in Singapore, but not before making a stop in historical city of Malacca.  Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Free & Easy Traveler – Experience It All – 20 Days

Indonesia is not so touristy as the rest of Southeast Asia even though it has so many sights and backpacking here is more of an adventure than places like Thailand.

Enjoy island hoping through Indonesia on this amazing 20 day Southeast Asia tour. Free & Easy Traveler ensures that you’ll not only get in loads of beach time, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the cultural aspect of Indonesia.

In fact, each of the islands has a culture all of its own, making this an incredible journey. The tour starts in Jakarta on the island of Java and then takes you to the beach town of Pangandaran, followed by the Javanese cultural city of Yogyakarta, which is famous for its Buddhist and Hindu temples.

Bali is the next island on the tour, where you’ll spend your days in its cultural hub of Ubud. You’ll then take a boat to Lombak to hike up Mount Rinjani and then to the Gili Islands to see the stunning reefs. Kuta on Bali is the final stop on this incredible tour, where you can go surfing, work on your tan or do some shopping. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Free & Easy Traveler – Traveling on Cloud 9 – 20 Days

This is another 20 day Southeast Asia tour offered by Free & Easy Traveler, but this one explores the Philippines – another country that is not so well visited.

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the amazing beaches of this country and its world famous Cloud 9 surf break, this is the tour for you! Hike through the ancient rice terraces of Banaue, live on the beach of Siargao for a week and travel to a mountain oasis.

You’ll also walk around the exciting capital city of Manila, enjoy the surf break on Pururan Beach and swim with whale sharks in Donsol. The 20 day tour ends in the fascinating city of Cebu. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Geckos – Vietnam & Cambodia Odyssey – 22 Days

This 22 day tour backpacking Southeast Asia tour takes you on a boat journey around Halong Bay, to the beaches of Nha Trang, the markets of Ho Chi Minh City,  the ancient temples of Ankhor Wat and the streets of Bangkok.

You’ll get to wander around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, see historic houses in Hoi An, stay with a local Cambodian family in Chambok and visit important sites in Phnom Penh. If you want to see Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all in one go, then this is one of the best value Southeast Asia tours around. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Contiki – Big Indochina Adventure – 27 Days

This backpacking Southeast Asia tour by fun tour company Contiki starts in Bangkok and takes you north to Chiang Mai, followed by a river boat into Laos where you’ll visit Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. From there you’ll fly to Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh to go on a city tour and enjoy traditional Cambodian cuisine.

The next stop on this 27 day adventure is Siem Reap and its famous ancient temples of Ankhor Wat.  Vietnam in the next country on this SE Asian tour, starting in Ho Chi Minh City, followed by a traditional boat cruise through the Mekong Delta.

You’ll even get to stay with a local family and enjoy a home cooked meal! This will fill you up for your journey in the morning to the fascinating Cu Chi Tunnels, which Contiki makes a stop at on the way back to the city.

Let’s not forget your beach time at Nha Trang, followed by a beautiful coastal drive to Hoi An and Hue. Hanoi and the incredible Halong Bay are the last stops on this Indochina adventure. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

The Best Backpacking Southeast Asia Tours Over 1 Month

If you have more time to spare it’s well worth backpacking Southeast Asia for over 1 month. Not only will this give you the time to explore more of the region, but it will also result in an experience of a life time. Here are my favourite backpacking Southeast Asia tours over 1 month

G Adventures – Indochina Discovery – 30 Days

Travel through Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand on this incredible 30 day Southeast Asia tour. G Adventures ensures that you will have an adventure you will never forget as their guide takes you through the Angkor Wat temple complex, the sites in Phnom Penh and to Sihanoukville beach.

Your journey will then continue to Vietnam and the Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City,  the beaches of Nha Trang and Hoi An. Let’s not forget about your tour of Hanoi and your cruise to Halong Bay. You’ll then fly to the capital city of Laos for the next part of your journey, which takes you to the beautiful Vang Vieng and the UNESCO listed city of Luang Prabang.

Enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River into Northern Thailand, followed by an overnight train to Bangkok, where your journey comes to an end. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

The Dragon Trip – Backpacking Southeast Asia Tour – 31 Days

This fab new tour by The Dragon Trip is a specially designed 31-day adventure tour of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for 16 – 30 year olds. It’s an action packed adventure around the region’s major highlights as well as some hidden gems.

The tour starts in Thailand’s buzzing capital Bangkok before exploring the city sights and the countryside around Chiang Mai. You’ll also go to the less visited area of Chiang Dao where you’ll hike through the jungle to a hidden waterfall and stay overnight in a local settlement of tree top houses.

Then enjoy a cruise along the Mekong river to Laos to visit UNESCO world heritage listed Luang Prabnag, swim in the beautiful waterfalls and help local children with their English before stopping at popular backpacker hang out Vang Vieng and then traveling down through Vietnam visiting highlights including Hanoi, Halong Bay, as well as trekking and meeting tribes at a homestay in Sapa.

Then you’ll get off the beaten track again cycling through Bong Lai Valley and have an action packed day in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO site that is famed for its high biodiversity and natural beauty. Then you’ll visit charming Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City before relaxing on the rustic paradise island of Koh Rong in Cambodia and finishing off this amazing Southeast Asia tour by visiting Phomn Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.  Click here for more details, dates and prices and if you want to book use the code GG/TDT18 to get a special 20% discount! 

G Adventures – Bangkok to Bali Adventure – 32 Days

If you’d rather see Southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, then G Adventures Bangkok to Bali Adventure is perfect tour for you. This 32 day Southeast Asia tour  takes you from Bangkok south to the beautiful Khao Sok National Park and then on to the island of Koh Samui.

You’ll then continue south into Malaysia to the incredible city of Georgetown, which is Malaysia’s cultural and food hub. This is followed by sipping tea in the Cameron Highlands and enjoying the views from Kuala Lumpur’s famous Petronas Towers. You’ll then visit the historic port city of Melaka before crossing over into Singapore.

You won’t stay here long because you’ll be jumping on a flight to Jakarta to explore Javanese culture in Indonesia, which includes a homestay in the scenic village of Ngada, a trek to Mt Bromo and surfing lessons at Red Island.

The beautiful island of Bali is the next stop on this adventure, where you’ll get to work on your tan, enjoy Balinese cuisine and go surfing. You’ll even get to see monkeys, rice paddies and temples before continuing to Gili Trawangan. This chilled out island is the last stop on this incredible Southeast Asia tours. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Geckos – Epic South East Asia – 34 Days

If you have time and want to fit Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia into one trip, then this is a great backpacking Southeast Asia tour. You’ll explore Northern Thailand, Laos, the coast of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta and the best of Cambodia, and will love every minute of it.

Geckos gives you the opportunity to visit quiet Thai towns, see magnificent waterfalls around Luang Prabang, cruise around Halong Bay, jump on board a ‘Dragon Boat’ in Hue and explore the temples of Angkor Wat. You’ll also get to tour around big cities like Bangkok, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Plus, you’ll get to relax on a couple of sandy beaches. Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Stray – Hop-on Hop-off Lot Travel Pass – 40+ Days

If you have a lot of time to play with and want the freedom to spend as much time in each spot as you’d like, then this is the ultimate backpacking Southeast Asia tour. Travel through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in as little as 40 days or as long as 12 months!

It’s completely up to you, which is the beauty of this tour. You’re free to get off at any designated stop for as long as you’d like, and then continue on your journey to the next destination. Accommodations are not included, which gives you even more freedom, but all travelling is, as are all attractions that Stray goes to along the way.

You’ll get to visit remote villages along the Mekong River, stay in a rural Cambodian village, visit hidden waterfalls and discover some magnificent caves. The journey starts in Bangkok and ends in Hanoi, but however long it takes is completely up to you. This is the best of the backpacking Southeast Asia tours for independent travelers.  Click here for more info, date, prices and to book! 

Have you been on an incredible Southeast Asia tour that I haven’t mentioned? I’d love to hear your experiences so leave a comment below.