After an exhausting but exciting year of producing and touring new circus shows a quick trip was very much needed to my favourite Thai island Kho Yao Noi, to train and rest before production starts in the UK for our new Christmas Cirque Shows.
I have had a love affair with Thailand for many years, and this is one of my favourite Winter circus training locations. It is one of the last remaining Thai islands to retain its culture and character, and not succumb to mass tourism.
It has managed to avoid the large package tours and hedonistic, scantily clad, drunken gap year students. It is not strewn with neon signs, late-night bars and dodgy massage parlours.
In short, a piece of heaven!
As the temperature drops in the UK, I can normally be found here swinging from silks on a deserted beach, dangling off a rope from a cliff, or crawling out of the KYN Muay Thai Gym on my hands and knees with a face the colour of a beetroot.
For me, it’s yoga at sunrise, afternoon monsoon swimming, and evening aerial training sessions. This is followed by fabulous noodle soup and fresh homemade Som Tom. The day is finished off with a visit to my friends at Thanakha spa to keep this acrobat’s body well maintained.
Thai massage (or as I like to put it ‘Yoga for lazy people’) is an amazing form of massage where you are stretched, manhandled, folded and kneaded like dough into different shapes. It is an invigorating experience, and one not to be missed on a trip to Thailand.
My 10-day trip is drawing to an end and it’s time to figure out how the mountain of stuff in the corner of my room ever fitted into by bag. Finally, a last round of goodbyes before heading off to the pier.
Big thanks to Moh who has knitted me a beautiful woollen hat and scarf, so I won’t be too cold when I arrive back at Heathrow in flip flops! Thank you Kho Yao Noi, and to all my wonderful friends who live on this magical island. See you next year love Satya xx