From Chiang Rai to Phuket, here are six luxury resorts in Thailand that are ideal for forest bathing.
Shirin-yoku, more commonly known as forest bathing, is a Japanese practice where individuals fully immerse themselves in nature. This form of eco-therapy is where individuals bask in the forest atmosphere and observe nature in silence and serenity. Forest therapy is a perfect way to de-stress, unwind, and take a breather from fast-paced reality.
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If you’re looking to experience forest bathing with a touch of wildlife, we recommend booking a stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Here, the green of the jungle is contrasted with the blue of the pool, where travellers can relish in stunning vistas of the Mekong Valley whilst lazing in the water. For the ultimate forest bathing experience, the idyllic property’s ‘Jungle Bubbles’ are designed for unrivalled, unparalleled forest therapy.
Chiang Rai’s Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is truly a destination within itself. Amenities like the stunning balcony, the outdoor wooden bathtub, and the pool overlooking the Ruak River, Myanmar, Laos, and the Golden Triangle, allow guests to be fully submerged in nature. The accommodations exist in the form of glamorous tents adorned with rustic, elegant interior decor, as well as locally-sourced handcrafted furniture. Situated amidst the forest, this picturesque nature-centric property makes for an exquisite forest bathing venue.
We’re traversing down to the south of Thailand for this next one. In terms of accommodation, Keemala’s villas are equipped with an outdoor pool, an outdoor lounging space, a monsoon shower, and boasting wildlife-inspired interiors. From Bird’s Nest Villas to Tent Pool Villas to Tree Pool Houses to Clay Pool Cottages, Keemala offers unique, unsurpassed architecture. During your stay at this Phuket rainforest property, wake up to picturesque vistas of the rainforest and fully immerse yourself in nature with the villa’s nature-centric amenities and beauty.
Anantara Mai Khao Phuket is another property to consider for forest bathing. At this resort, all the pool villas are clustered around a lagoon, providing travellers with a private oasis. The luxury all-villa resort boasts oriental architecture, tropical greenery, and also offers access to the beautiful Mai Khao beach. Guests can fully unwind at the Anantara Spa which is conveniently situated amidst the forest.
Next on our list is another island property inspired by a Thai fishing village, Six Senses Samui. Here, guests have the choice between a villa with a glorious ocean view or a villa offering tropic landscape views. If you’re feeling adventurous, vouch for the jungle drive activity offered at the resort. Tucked away in a secluded location in the natural vegetation, at this resort, you can immerse yourself in the forest atmosphere, as well as delight in the ocean vistas.
If you’re one for an adventure-filled, activity-filled vacation, consider booking a stay at Krabi’s Rayavadee. Situated among tropical foliage in Southern Thailand, the 100-pavilion property is a venue that offers relaxation, as well as soft adventure. For an archetypal forest bathing experience, we recommend discovering a world of green by taking a stroll through Rayavadee’s gardens.