One great thing about being a teacher is the summer holidays. Although, living in Thailand, it seems like every weekend is a bit of a holiday!
Some friends suggested Koh Phangan as I didn’t want to spend too much time travelling. I must say, I absolutely loved the island! Most people think of Phangan as a party destination, but I did not touch a drop of booze for two weeks.
There’s so much more to the island. I stayed in Chaloklum, to the north, and loved how the water level was not affected by the tide. If you tire of looking a the sea, simply turn around and look at the beautiful mountainous landscape. It was also a great place to run, as the main road towards Thong Sala was mostly flat (except for a significant hill about 3kms from town – otherwise it’s about 10km between the two towns). If you’re a bit spiritual, or curious, there are three temples in the north, of which I visited every day for meditation and monk-talks.
After the initial scouting mission, I decided to do a detox program at The Yoga Retreat. I knew that I was extremely burnt out, having finished my first teaching year in Thailand. Not to mention, I was so incredibly sick from all the bloody soy sauce! The owners, Kes & Teresa were lovely and very patient with all of my questions.
The detox entailed a morning shake of watermelon with spirulina, a vitamin C tablet and Thai Noni juice (below).
This was followed by a colonic, then coconut juice. Throughout the day, you have three shakes which are made from either watermelon or papaya with psyllium husks and bentonite clay.
I also did the afternoon Hatha yoga, which was then followed by another colonic. To be honest, the first two days I was so tired and lethargic. I really did not have much energy, but after day five I felt absolutely great! I will definitely do a detox again – perhaps every six months.
The whole experience got me thinking about my health and I have decided to go vegetarian. This, in addition to being gluten free, should improve my quality of life. I must remember that health is a relay, not a sprint!