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“A Salty Zombies Community Retreat On A Tropical Island”

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  • Thai Massage
  • Thai Food
  • CBBC
  • Muay Thai
  • Songkran
  • Beaches
  • Nightlife
  • Scuba Diving
  • The Markets
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Water Activities
  • 420 Friendly

Hello, Salty Zombies people. A while ago, I used to organize health & fitness retreats. I would put a package together for people looking for a healthy holiday to escape the craziness of their high-pressured work life. I recently came up with the idea of doing the same thing for the Salty Zombies community, bar the fitness/workout side of things.

I want to arrange holiday packages for the Salty Zombies community to visit the beautiful island of Phuket, Thailand. I have lived on this island for 16 years and know all the best places to go, what to see and do and, more importantly, what not to do or see 😉

To get the ball rolling with this, I have made this questionnaire with a few basic questions to see what type of travelling habits or preferences the Salty Zombies community would be interested in. This will help me greatly when planning the schedule and deciding what activities to include in the packages.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)

When will this happen?

Depending on the hype, I could arrange this for this year (2024) or any time next year. (2025)

How can I reserve my spot?

Once I analysed all the feedback from the questionnaire and planned and scheduled the most wanted activities, etc., I will come up with a price that will include everything but you flight tickets. The flights are up to you. To reserve your spot, you will need to send a 50% deposit.

Where will we stay?

Depending on the questionnaire results, I will get some places for you guys to choose from. 

How long is the retreat?

I don’t think 1 week is long enough, especially if you are coming from America, since the Jet Lag might take 2 to 3 days to get over.  So 10 days to 2 weeks would be the ideal time frame.

Do I need a Visa to enter Thailand

Depending on what country you are a citizen from. But Thailand offers a 30 day Visa on entry for most countries.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes, full travel/medical insurance is highly recommended. I might even make it mandatory. 

What do I need to bring?

Whatever you would typically bring to holiday on a tropical island. I wouldn’t pack your bags to the prim. You will buy a lot of things whilst you are here, that is for sure.

What should I not bring?

Besides the obvious, some things are surprisingly illegal in Thailand. One of which is Vapes. Don’t bring vapes with you as you might be fined at the airport if they find it in your luggage. However, if its a must for you. There are places you can get them once you are here.

Thai Massage

Massages in Thailand are known to be amazing and very cheap. It’s also famous for its unique massage called “Thai Massage”, which doesn’t use oil. You are given traditional Thai clothing to change into, and the massage consists of massaging your muscles at particular points whilst they are in a stretched position. It’s excellent for relaxation and fixing/releasing postural problems/pain.

They also have oil massages, foot massages known as reflexology, aromatherapy massages, body scrubs, and many more. All range from 250 to 600 Thai Baht for a full hour. That is $7 to $16 USD.

Foot Massage
Thai Massage
Oil Massage

Thai Food

Thailand’s food is known to be some of the best food in the world. Whether it’s a simple fried chicken or brown rice dish with pineapple that will blow your mind, it only costs $3. Or freshly caught seafood from the local fish market that will elevate your standards of quality food to new heights. 

Even the Western food here is impressive, from professional Italian chiefs cooking an authentic stove oven pizza to gorging down on a foot-tall burger called “The Double Trouble”. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got you covered.

Thai Sea Food
Penang Curry
Pad Thai Chicken

Clean The Beach Boot Camp

The Clean The Beach Boot Camp, or CBBC for short, is a project I invented back in 2012 that got stopped due to the Covid lockdowns. However, I have recently decided to start it up again. As I used to be a Personal Trainer back in the day, I would give a free fitness class on the beach, and in return, all participants would help me clean the trash off the beach.

The concept went global, with CBBCs popping up in different parts of Thailand, like Krabi and Koh Samui. We even had CBBCs in Hong Kong, Kuwait and Angola. From 2012 to 2019, we collected over 1.1 million lbs of trash from the ocean.

We even put on special boat trips to take people to some of the most beautiful islands affected by the world’s single-use plastic pandemic. During your visit here, I will schedule one for you to participate in.

Nams SZ CBBC
CBBC Group Photo
CBBC exercise
Nams Teaching CBBC

Muay Thai Fight Show

Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is Thailand’s national sport. While you visit, I will get you VIP ringside seats at the only Aircondition stadium in the country. With top-quality fights from the best fighters on the island, you are guaranteed a thrilling time.

I can also get you in the ring to take photos with the fighters or present the championship belts to the winner of the match.

Muay Thai Fight
Muay Thai Ring Girl
Girl Muay Thai

Songkran – Thai New Year – 13th April

This is one of my favourite days of the year by far. The Thai New Year is like no other thing you could possibly experience. The entire county stops and has a massive water fight for a whole day. This happens every year on April the 13th. The only issue is that flights to Thailand during this time are more expensive because it’s an insane day of such immense fun you will never want it to end.

But I don’t celebrate Songkran like most people, just like how I run Salty Zombies; I don’t do it by half. 99% of people buy a little water pistol and walk around squirting who they see. However, I rent a truck, not a pickup truck, an industrial truck that used to move metric tons of earth.

Nams Songkran Video

I then get 4x 500 litre industrial bucks, 10x meters tall blocks of ice, fill the buckets with ice and get a firetruck to fill the buckets with water. We will get 3 meter by 1 meter Salty Zombie banners and tie them to each side of the truck so people know who we are and remember us each year. In addition, I have a friend who creates pipe water guns for us that shoot over 50 feet, more if you have the strength. Songkran is a once in a lifetime experience.

Nams Selfie on Songkran Truck
Thai People in Truck for Songkran
Elephant Doing Songkran

Best Beaches 

Ya Nui Beach

Phuket offers some of the best beaches. One of the beaches 5 minutes from where I live is among Asia’s top 10 best beaches. If you like to relax on the beach with a coconut or cocktail, do a bit of snorkelling or even get a massage on the beach. Then this would be something you’d love to do.

Phuket Beaches

Night Life

 

Phuket has various nightlife features, from hardcore clubs where famous DJs play, like Illusion, to cool trendy bars in Phuket Town. to more relaxed beach clubs, like Catch or Cafe Del Mar. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got you covered. Patong is pretty famous for its red-light district vibes. I highly recommend taking a stroll down Bangla Road and grabbing a drink to experience the craziness.

Clubs

Illuzion

Trendy Bars

The Library

Scuba Diving/Snorkelling in Phi Phi

 

The famous Phi Phi Island from the Leonardo Decapro movie, The Beach. It’s a great place to take a 1-day boat tour and swim in its beautiful and clear water filled with life. If you are certified in scuba diving, I can arrange for you to do 1 or 2 dives on the day. If you want to be certified, I can also arrange for you to do your discovery scuba diving certification. 

Nams Free Diving video

Nams Free Diving
Phi Phi Boat Trip
Scuba Diving in Phi Phi

Thailand Markets 

Thailand is also famous for its markets. In Phuket, they have two famous markets. Naka Market is a huge market that sells fake branded clothes, goods unique to the island, and pretty much anything else.

Then there is the Sunday market in Phuket Town. This market is only on Sundays and is much smaller. It sells similar stuff to the Naka market but has some unique features and attractions that make it worth the visit.

Phuket Night Market Horizontal
Naka Market
Phuket Sunday Market

Elephant Sanctuary

I am very much against animal attractions, especially in Thailand, where the animals are mistreated. The elephants you ride are torn away from their mothers not long after birth and beaten into submission. It’s the same as the usual place that allows you to pet Tigers. The Tigers are usually beaten, doped up with a ton of sedatives and kept in small cages most of their lives.

However, the Elephant Sanctuary is where they rescue elephants from these attractions and allow them to roam free. You can’t ride them, but you can feed and wash them. It’s a much more satisfying experience, and you know you are not contributing to the torture of animals. 

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary Lady Hugging Elephant
Elephant Sanctuary Water Fight With Elephants
Girls Stroking Elephant at Sanctuary

Water Activities and Sports

Surf House

Phuket Surf House

Water Park

Phuket Water Park

Wake Boarding

Phuket Wake Park

Weed is legal in Thailand

For those who are interested in this. Weed is legal in Thailand. You can’t smoke it publicly on the streets or in a cafe. But you can buy it anywhere legally and smoke it in your room. There are 100s of dispensaries with all kinds of weed and edibles for you to choose from.

Phuket Weed
Weed In Thailand

Accommodation

The accommodation section is coming soon…

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