For reservations, please call The Peninsula Bangkok at +66 2020 2888 or e-mail conciergePBK@peninsula.com
What you’ll experience:
• The holistic benefits of a meditative sunrise yoga session
• Moments of contemplative reflection at the historic Gong Wu Shrine
• A chance to commune with nature in the leafy Princess Mother Memorial Park
Why it’s unmissable:
• Place your mat beside the Gong Wu Shrine, the oldest in Thailand and located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, for 60 minutes of chakra-rebalancing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga
• Pay your respects to the Gong Wu god, who represents victory and courage, elevating your spirit with each blessing
• Observe as three rare Gong Wu statues are revealed, the smallest of which arrived with Hokkien pilgrims in 1736 during the reign of China’s Emperor Chen Long
• Complete your journey with a short walk to the tree-filled Princess Mother Memorial Park where local Thai residents balance modern living with their daily outdoor exercise
Who should go?
• Tailored for all skill levels from yoga novices to advanced practitioners, this is the perfect opportunity to start the day feeling energised and harmonised
• Families wanting to share the city’s spiritual side as dawn breaks over Bangkok
• Early weekend risers - the Saturday session commences at 5:50 am
This meditative experience begins early in the morning, as you depart from the hotel for a 10-minute riverboat journey (weather permitting) to the Gong Wu Shrine. The transcendent beauty of the Bangkok daybreak is embraced with an exhilarating yoga session led by the hotel’s yoga instructor overlooking the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok’s majestic River of Kings.
Be guided through a sequence of Hatha and Vinyasa poses tailored for yoga practitioners of all skill levels. Each stretching and breathing technique and Namaste pose towards the rising sun helps improve physical flexibility, boosts blood circulation and eases tensions in the body. Having rebalanced the chakras, it’s time to replenish with a vitamin-rich health drink blending freshly squeezed carrot, red apple, celery and chia.
After spiritual reflection at the Gong Wu Shrine, a short walk brings you to Princess Mother Memorial Park. Opened in 1997 by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in remembrance of his mother Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother, the tranquil tropical gardens are perfect for reconnecting with nature. Guests can observe local people balancing modern living with healthy outdoor exercises, and visit a reproduction of the Princess Mother’s childhood home to view rare royal memorabilia.
• Saturdays only from 5:50 am, returning at 7:30 am
• This holistic experience is offered with the hotel’s compliments