Digital Detox: Unplug and Rejuvenate at The Bush Camp Chiang Mai

Digital Detox

When was the last time you managed to switch off completely? In this fast-paced, tech-heavy world, it can feel like we spend all of our time staring at a screen, so it’s no surprise that so many people are looking to head out on digital detox retreats.

These unique experiences are the perfect way to escape the constant need to be on your phone and instead unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature. For those of you looking for wellness retreats in Thailand, The Bush Camp Chiang Mai offers an idyllic and spectacular location for a digital detox, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Ping River and surrounding forests.

Why do we need digital detox retreats?

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Studies have found that 81% of people keep their phone within an arm’s reach of themselves at all times, while on average, we spend 44% of our waking lives staring at screens. This means that for many of us, it can feel like we’re always on call, endlessly answering messages, responding to emails, and scrolling through social media.

This can have a huge impact on our physical and mental wellbeing, with some of the most notable being:

Increased stress and anxiety

Excessive screen time, especially on social media platforms, can lead to an increase in stress and anxiety. Constantly being exposed to curated images and status updates that do not reflect real life can lead to feelings of inadequacy and the dreaded fear of missing out, of FOMO as it’s often known.


Studies have also found that heavy screen time can also lead to an increased risk of depression, with constant exposure to negative content and the isolating nature of screen time increasing feelings of loneliness and sadness.

Poor sleep quality

The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with our natural sleep-wake cycle, making it harder for us to fall asleep and lowering the overall quality of sleep we enjoy each night.

Decreased attention span

The fast-paced digital world has been shown to shorten attention spans and impair concentration.

Eye strain

Staring at screens for extended periods can lead to eye strain, dryness and discomfort, which is known as Computer Vision Syndrome. Prolonged screen use has also been linked to an increased risk of near-sightedness.

Posture issues

Finally, the sedentary lifestyle that often accompanies extended screen time can lead to prolonged periods of sitting down, leading to weight gain, muscle weakness, cardiovascular problems, and posture issues.

Being able to take a step back from the constant distraction and potentially harmful results of extended screen time can let your body reset, allowing you to reclaim mental clarity and restore your emotional balance. Nature escapes in Chiang Mai will also help you to rediscover the joys of a life spent offline, giving you the confidence and insight to reduce your screen time when you are back home.

What makes The Bush Camp Chiang Mai ideal for a digital detox?

Digital Detox: Unplug and Rejuvenate at The Bush Camp Chiang Mai

If you are feeling burnt out and ready to discover the benefits that wellness retreats in Thailand can bring to your life, then The Bush Camp Chiang Mai is the ideal retreat. Located right on the Ping River, guests get to enjoy truly breathtaking views over the river, with the tranquil waters, lush vegetation, and misty mountains a far cry from the screens of your smartphone or computer.

We have carefully curated our digital detox retreat to ensure you can unwind in complete comfort. With ten tailormade, luxury tents that were inspired by African safari accommodation, you will experience the full glamping holiday, with everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Equipped with a full bed and lavish bedding, alongside hot and cold running water, electricity, and handcrafted furniture, you will find you have no need to check your phone while staying here. Instead, you can step out and take in the awe-inspiring views of your own spacious balcony.

Our mission is to help our guests learn more about the world around them and reconnect with nature. That is why we offer a wide range of incredible experiences every day of your trip. We believe in creating a better future, which is why all of our activities are focused on sustainability, allowing you to embrace eco-tourism while forgetting about your phone.

One of the most exciting trips for guests is the elephant experience at the on-site Elephant Park. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these amazing animals in their natural habitat, safe in the knowledge that the hands-off experience we provide ensures their safety and wellbeing.

Each of the luxurious tents is based in the heart of the natural landscape, meaning the area around our camp is teeming with the animals that call this region home. A true nature escape in Chiang Mai, The Bush Camp will let you see a myriad of creatures, while the backdrop of temples, Chedi and mountains will take you back in time.

After all of that exploring, you can enjoy a truly five-star experience back at camp. Whether that’s having a dip in the stunning affinity pool, relaxing in your room, or enjoying a refreshing drink while you take in the incredible views, you will have everything you need to detox from your digital devices. Guests are also able to partake in various yoga and meditation sessions to help them further ground themselves and connect with the natural world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does a digital detox take?
    Any break from your digital devices can be beneficial, and you can take as little or as long as you like. Our nature escapes in Chiang Mai are based over either two days and one night or three days and two nights, giving you plenty of time to unwind.
  2. What happens to your body and brain during a digital detox?
    As you stop using your phone and digital devices, you will find that your focus and clarity start returning while your stress levels, anxiety and feelings of depression will also ease.
  3. Is a digital detox hard?
    The digital world can provide our brains with rewarding chemicals that make us want to do it again and again. Stopping this can be challenging and requires some willpower; however, our digital detox retreats will keep you busy and enjoying the natural world, making it a wonderful trip where your phone will be the furthest thing from your mind.
  4. What should I expect during a digital detox retreat at The Bush Camp?
    During your stay, you can expect to immerse yourself in nature, engage in mindfulness practices, and disconnect from digital devices to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.
  5. When is the best time to visit The Bush Camp for a digital detox retreat?
    The Bush Camp is open year-round, with each season offering its own unique charm. However, the cooler months of November to February are particularly pleasant, with mild temperatures and clear skies ideal for outdoor activities.

Start your digital detox journey today!

If you are ready to start transforming your wellbeing and want to discover the beauty of The Bush Camp Chiang Mai, then find out more about our tailormade luxury glamping tours today! Our team are always on hand to help, so if you have any questions, get in touch today to learn more about our experience.