With its Buddhist heritage, South East Asia is a haven for emotional and physical wellness. Spend some time in a wellness resort in Da Nang or Nha Trang on the Vietnamese coast, or participate in yoga classes and guided meditation in Hoi An. For those wishing to cleanse and unwind, a mountain detox resort in Da Lat is a fantastic option, while resorts up in Sa Pa provide an opportunity to disconnect from the stress of the outside world, with no internet available. For a spiritual wellness experience, stay in a Zen House in Hue and let the calmness wash over you.
Unsurprisingly, meditation retreats can be found anywhere in devoutly Buddhist Thailand, but in this respect, Chiang Mai is the clear standout. Here you have a wealth of options to choose from, letting you commit to anything from a day or two to weeks or even months spent in silent meditation. For many the experience is challenging at first, but once you’ve adjusted, the silent contemplation does marvels for your mental well-being.
In Cambodia, rural yoga retreats in Kep or outside Siem Reap allows deep contemplation surrounded by magnificent scenery.
Food all over Asia also greatly promotes wellness, with meals consisting of healthy ingredients freshly acquired. Far from the processed food many are used to, the cuisine will reinvigorate you with its delicious flavours and hearty ingredients.
Whether you’re searching for wellness of the body or the mind, South East Asia is a great place to disconnect from the stresses and hardships of life, and allow yourself some healing and rest.