An Insider Experience to Thai Culture
Banyan Tree Wellbeing Sanctuary also offers opportunities to connect with the local community and discover the joys of giving and receiving through meaningful activities. Learn about the local culture through temple visits or the delicate art of jasmine garland making. A plethora of unique activities awaits your discovery.
For the full calendar of wellbeing and unique activities, please click here.
Recreate popular local dishes
Get a taste of the intricacies of local Thai style cooking with Banyan Tree Phuket's culinary team. Guests will learn how to create local favourites with a healthy twist. The activity rounds off with a hearty lunch where guests try the dishes they prepared.
Experience the joy of giving
Witness and be a part of the transcending art of alms giving -- "Tak Bard". This culturally unique activity is performed every morning where local monks receive food and basic necessities from the community. This activity, steeped in Thai culture is believed to bring happiness and peace to those who present alms to the monks.
Mindful practice in the art of Jasmine garland making
Ubiquitous with Thai culture, Jasmine garlands are widely used and often presented as a form of respect, well wishes and blessings to the recepient. The fine art of making these garlands requires a good dose of patience, mindfulness and a sense of calm. Join in for a rewarding experience of creating your own Jasmine garland and get a taste of local artistry that goes behind a time-honoured tradition.
Witness the local way of life
Take a leisurely cycle through a local village and for an authentic taste of the Thai way of life. See the locals go about their livelihood for a fresh perspective on Thailand's culture and an authentic Sense of Place.
PAY IT FORWARD
Learn about the local way of life through an interactive cooking class with graduates of Seedlings, Banyan Tree's social enterprise programme. Guests will learn how to recreate two traditional Thai dishes and taste their creations over lunch with the young adults. This unique activity is insightful as it allows for connection with the local community and learning about the joys of giving and receiving.
THAI BOXING BASICS
A taste of ancient Thai martial art
Get your heartbeat up and adrenalin pumping with a high energy Thai Boxing practice. Our trainers will impart techniques of the Thai ancient cultural art and share insights of the country's national sport. An excellent opportunity to pick up new skills and connect with locals and its community.
Learn the teachings behind Buddhism
Buddhism dates back to about 2,500 years and teaches a philosophy or 'way of life'. To many, Buddhism goes beyond mere religion and it provides a way of living that leads to true happiness. It is the cornerstone of what shapes the nation and its culture. Visit a local temple and learn about these teachings from a monk. An inspirational experience for an insider's look into the local Thai culture.