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10 Days Cultural Yoga Tour in Vietnam and Cambodia

Hanoi - Pu Luong Nature Reserve - Halong, Vietnam; Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rejuvenating Yoga Tour Vietnam and Cambodia

Treat yourself to a much-needed break from your daily grind to immerse yourself in a rejuvenating yoga and holiday combination. You will pamper yourself in a tranquil surrounding among the beauty of nature and relax your mind with the yoga exercises among the fresh and tranquil at Pu Luong Retreat as well as when cruising in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Not only those activities, you will also enjoy visits to historical sites of Hanoi and allow yourself to contemplate the great treasure of the world, Angkor Complex, and historical sites in Siem Reap while practicing the yoga in Cambodia. Rejuvenate yourself among the beauty of nature and relax your mind with the yoga retreat exercises.

Meet the instructors

Alice
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Highlights

  • 4 yoga exercises with a yoga mat
  • Morning Tai Chi and fun cooking class
  • The Quintessence of Tonkin show-watching
  • A trip to Big Angkor and a visit to Angkor Wat Temple
  • Light trek into the beautiful rice terraces and rafting
  • Private transfers by and shuttle bus transfer
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and water
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be staying in various accommodations during your tour in Vietnam and Cambodia including Thang Long Opera Hotel (superior room) in Hanoi, Pu Luong Retreat (valley view bungalow) in Pu Luong, Gray Line Halong Cruise (deluxe sea view cabin) in Halong, and Treasure Oasis (deluxe room) in Siem Reap. The accommodations will be in a double / twin sharing basis with daily breakfast.

Thang Long Opera Hotel

Thang Long Opera Hotel is located right at the center of Hanoi, adjacent to the old quarter, Truc Bach Lake, West Lake (Ho Tay). With only a five-minute walk, you can visit Dong Xuan Market and other tourist attractions in the city.Thang Long Opera Hotel is fully equipped with:

  • Satellite TV, telephone, and Wi-Fi internet
  • Electronic safe, minibar, and complimentary tea, coffee, and drinking water
  • Bathroom with a bathtub, shower with a massage function, telephone, and a hairdryer
  • A system of Asian, European, Japanese restaurants
  • 24-hour services which are always made ready to ensure maximum pleasure and satisfaction of customers

The travel desk of the hotel can assist guests in VISA procedure, purchasing an airplane, train tickets, booking tours, renting cars, motorbikes, bicycles, or tricycle service, and guiding guests’ participation in street festivals as well as entertaining and recreational activities in the old quarter. The hotel also provides service offerings related to the combination of conference and outing, sightseeing, vacation, etc.

Pu Luong Retreat

The bungalows offer spectacular valley views of the rice terrace fields and mountain passes. Not only from the balcony but also from your bed, you can enjoy the panoramic view. The bungalows are set up for two adults and an extra bed is can always be added on request. All bungalows are furnished with an authentic wooden material and contain a balcony with view over the valley and an en-suite marble bathroom. Another unique accommodation setting inside Pu Luong Retreat is its house on stilt, ideally arranged for a group up to 16 people. A traditional and large house on stilts with international standards divided into two wings, each contains four bedding areas, set up as twins or doubles on request.

Gray Line Halong Cruise

Franchised by Gray Line Worldwide, Gray Line Halong has been well known in the four-star segment, by a group of three overnight wooden junks in the Halong Bay. The cruise offers a low guest-to-crew ratio to maintain customer service a top priority as well as provides intimate settings in which all cabins are outfitted with tiled en-suites, windows / private balconies / terrace, sunbathing, and open-air bars throughout the voyage. The cruise also offers daily shuttle bus service between Hanoi and Tuan Chau and private car, speedboat, and helicopter services on request. Gray Line Halong Cruise allows guests to take part in numerous activities. These include onboard and beach activities (like sunbathing on sundeck / soft sandy beaches, beach volleyball, morning Tai Chi demonstration, and cooking class) and other water activities (such as kayaking, visiting fishing village, etc.)

Treasure Oasis

With a prime location in the heart of the city’s central district, Treasure Oasis offers top class accommodation and exceptional dining options for visitors to Siem Reap.The colonial-style design and traditional Khmer ornaments enhance our guests’ experience of the captivating architecture and showcase the refined culture of Cambodia.The 83-key hotel offers a range of comfortable accommodation choices ranging from Superior Rooms to Junior Suites as well as delectable dining options and an inviting pool. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.We welcome you to a secluded paradise – steeped in rich cultural tradition and filled with warm Khmer hospitality.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - city tour

Welcome to Hanoi - the charming capital city of Vietnam. Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), you will be warmly welcomed by the tour guide and transfer to check-in by the standard time at 14:00.

After a short rest, you will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, as well as his private residence from 1954 until 1969. The wooden ethnic minority style house, which was built on stilts, is surrounded by lovely peaceful gardens. In the same complex, you will see the One Pillar Pagoda founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

Your next stop will be the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Later, you will visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, then take a cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

  • Overnight: Hanoi (Thang Long Opera )
  • Meals: -

Day 2: Hanoi - Pu Luong - Walking in the Village

After breakfast and check out hotel, you will be transferred to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via a breathtaking mountain pass. You will enjoy the panoramic view of the whole valley along the way. Then, you will arrive at Pu Luong Retreat in time for a delicious lunch with local dishes. After lunch, you will check in the room and have some free time to explore the beautiful retreat with its captivating views of the surrounding and tranquil setting.

This afternoon, you will drive to a suspension bridge over the Cham River where you will begin the walk passing stunning water wheels to reach a local fisherman’s house. Then, you will arrive at Tan Lap bridge, disembark, and drive back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner.

  • Overnight: Pu Luong Retreat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Pu Luong - Yoga Exercise - Cycling

You will need to wake up early for your first yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master). After breakfast, you will take a light cycling trip into the beautiful rice terraces through small paths to a picturesque village sitting on the foot of a towering mountain. You will cycle through the villages, wild fields, ponds, rivers, mountains, and open land until you will reach your lunch spot.

After a picnic lunch, you may enjoy your free time refreshing at a nearby river. Then, you will walk up to the pickup point and drive back to Pu Luong Retreat. Dinner and overnight will be at Pu Luong Retreat.

  • Overnight: Pu Luong Retreat
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Pu Luong - Yoga - Local Village - Hanoi

Wake up early for the second yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master). After breakfast and check out the Retreat, you will get closer to the village life and interact with locals living upon the hills above the Retreat. You will get to know the daily life of the locals, walk around working farmland and rice fields, and learn to make rice wine and weave colorful textiles. Lunch will be served at a local house with a local family. After lunch, you will return to Hanoi. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

  • Overnight: Hanoi
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Overnight Cruise

After breakfast and check out hotel, you will journey east for four hours through picturesque rice-farming villages of the Red River Delta where you will see everyday Vietnamese village life to reach to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006.

At 12:30, you will get on the boat and enjoy a warm welcome by the crew time along with a welcome drink.

12:00 Arriving and enjoying fresh tea at Gray Line Lobby before check-in.

12:30 Entering Gray Line Cruise via a private pier and being warmly welcomed by the crew. Enjoying welcome drinks when listening to the Briefing of the main Tour guide and check-in

13:30 Having a delicious Lunch while the Cruise goes ahead to the Bay. At your leisure after lunch to enjoy hundreds of limestone islands with various shapes. This is the best time to watch the unparalleled scenery of Halong in slow motion.

15:00 Arriving at Luon Cave by tender boat. We will discover the area’s tranquility by kayaks or rowing boats. Relaxing on the kayaks and boats is a more brilliant way to really experience the special view of this sea.

16:00 Stopping over at Titov Island. We will have various choices to be on your own, having sunbath, swimming or conquering the peak of the Titov to admire the Bay’s panorama (strongly recommended).

17:30 Going back to the boat for relaxation at the dusk. Enjoy FREE seasonal fruits on the sundeck. Other drinks will be subject to special rates or seasonal promotions.

18.30 Joining a cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Try to make it well and check how well you can cook or prepare for Vietnamese foods.

19.30 An elegant dinner with local gourmet will be served.

After dinner: Free choice of evening activities (movie watching, fishing tools, and guitars, cards, etc. are all available). Some activities are to be ordered in advance.

  • Overnight: Cruise (Gray Line Halong Cruise)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transport: Shuttle bus transfer

Day 6: Halong Bay Cruise - Tonkin Show - Taichi - Hanoi

06:00 Waking up at dawn for morning exercise (Tai Chi Quan) or enjoying beautiful moments when a blazing sunrise breaks the clouds of the island on the bay (exercises are upon a desire).

07:00 Light breakfast will be ready with cakes, bread, tea and coffee, noodle soup, etc.

07:45 Tender boat will pick us up to visit the Surprising (Sung Sot) Cave, discovered in 1901, and now being a must-to-see tourist attraction for its extensive space. After the rock formation and millions of years of water erosion, the cave is now featured by hundreds of marvelous stalactites, stalagmites and grandeur stone chambers which are incomparable with any cave in the Gulf of Tonkin.

(Shoes, sandals and convenient clothes are recommended to visit the Cave).

09:15 Coming back to our cruise for freshening check-out. Cabins will be cleaned up soon whilst we can enjoy drink and sunbath on the half-open-air sundeck of the Gray Line.

10:30 Enjoying a tasty farewell buffet lunch while the boat continuously cruises back.

11:30 Time for us to say goodbye with the Crew, and give them feedback about the trip.

We can have some tea or other drinks at Gray Line Lobby and wait for our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi

You will be transferred back to Hanoi.

At around 17:15, you will be picked up from Thang Long Citadel and transferred to watch The Quintessence of Tonkin Show. The Show draws inspiration from the spiritual history of the nearby Thay Pagoda. With years in the making, hundreds of performers, an interactive stage, state-of-the-art technology, and a stunning setting, this live spectacle is an unmissable highlight of any trip to Vietnam. After the show, return to Thang Long citadel with the show shuttle bus.

Please note: The transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Thang Long Citadel and back is at guests' own arrangement.

  • Overnight: Hanoi (Thang Long Opera Hotel)
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Transport: Shuttle bus transfer

Day 7: Hanoi - Yoga Exercise - Fly to Siem Reap

You will need to wake up early for your third yoga exercise following the instruction of the local master (Vietnamese master). After breakfast, you will enjoy a relaxing morning in the capital city. Check out from the hotel will be at noontime then you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Siem Reap - Treasure of Cambodia Kingdom. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by the local tour guide and transferred to check-in at the hotel.

  • Overnight: Siem Reap (Treasure Oasis Hotel)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Siem Reap - Angkor Temples

Breakfast will be at the hotel. You will explore South Gate of Angkor Thom known as Big Angkor, a three-kilometer-square-walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian Empire. The famous Bayon Temple was an architectural muddle in part because it was constructed in a somewhat piecemeal fashion for over a century. Terrace of the Elephants is an impressive, two and a half meter tall, 300-meter-long terrace wall adorned with carved elephants and gradual that spans the heart of Angkor Thom in front of Baphuon - a huge temple mountain in the heart of Angkor Thom, Royal Palace Area and Phimeanakas - impressive rite and sandstone pyramid.

Terrace of the Leper King is at the north end of the Terrace of the Elephants, a double terrace wall with deeply carved nag as demons and other mythological beings. Last, you will visit Ta Prohm Temple which is a wonderful combination of human genius and natural beauty. Giant trees have grown here for centuries. This afternoon, you will visit Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia's ancient temple is one of the wonders of the oriental world. Masterpieces of decorative details as well as of architectural style, its awe-inspiring ruins survive as a testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia's greatest civilization.

It is a replica of the universe according to Hindu mythology. It is composed of the Mount Meru surrounded by the continents and the oceans. Its extraordinary bas-reliefs describe some Khmer epics and myths. Angkor Wat's five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical arrangement of numerous galleries, adorned with beliefs and the stone images of celestial Apsara dancers as well as portals, chambers, and courtyards. Last, you will visit Pre Rup that was built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman and you may enjoy the sunset here. In the evening, you will enjoy a buffet dinner with Apsara dance show - a taste of classical Khmer culture.

  • Overnight: Siem Reap (Treasure Oasis Hotel)
  • Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 9: Siem Reap - Yoga Exercise - Floating Village and City Tour

You will need to wake up early for your four and last yoga exercise at Wat Svay Romeat Pagoda, following the instruction of the local master (Khmer master). After the exercise, you will return to the hotel for breakfast and a short rest. This morning, you will visit Wat Thmei (Killing Field) which contains a unique glass-walled stupa containing the bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge. Some of the bones were recovered from a nearby well while others are the remains of soldiers who died on a nearby battlefield. You will then continue to visit the "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecole" the Finest Authentic Khmer Arts and Crafts.

This afternoon, you will visit Floating Villages located ten kilometers south of Siem Reap. Then, you will take a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap, the "Great Lake" of Cambodia and the largest in Asia. Here, you will see plenty of examples of the Khmer way of life on the Tonle Sap. Then, you will visit Wat Bo, a highly respected pagoda founded in the 18th Century, which contains very unique wall paintings of the Reamker (Ramayana) that are said to be from the late 19th Century. Afterward, you will continue to one of the city’s lively open markets, Psar Chars, which is also called the “Old Market” where anything and everything is for sale.

  • Overnight: Siem Reap (Treasure Oasis Hotel)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Siem Reap - Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will be at leisure until check out from the hotel (the standard check-out time is at 12:00) and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. On the way, if time permits, you will visit Puok, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk, where you will see the full process of silk-producing from the silkworms munch on the Mulberry, leaves to spin their cocoons which used to make silk warp. Then, you will continue to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) for your departure flight. End of services.

  • Overnight: -
  • Meals: Breakfast

Included excursions

  • Big Angkor trip and Angkor Wat Temple visit
  • Cyclo tour around the Old Quarter of Hanoi
  • Floating villages visit in Siem Reap and a ride in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex tour inclusive of Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple visit
  • Light trek into the beautiful rice terraces through small paths to a picturesque village
  • Local village visit
  • Me Cung (Maze) tour
  • Ong Cam floating house tour by kayaking
  • Pre Rup trip
  • Psar Chars tour
  • Puok visit, the real and original place of the Artisans d’Angkor silk (if time permits)
  • The "Les Artisans d'Angkor - Chantiers Ecole" tour
  • The Quintessence of Tonkin show (silver ticket) with a buffet dinner
  • Titop Island tour
  • Walk passing stunning water wheels of Cham River
  • Wat Bo tour, a highly respected pagoda
  • Wat Thmei (Killing Field) visit

Instructors

Alice

Retreat location

Hanoi

The picturesque capital city of Vietnam is a combination of ancient culture, colonial charm, and modern-day luxury. It is situated in northern Vietnam on the western bank of the Red River. As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centers of Vietnam where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.

Nowadays, its streets surge with scooters vying for the right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horn, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation - offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians. Various entertainment opportunities can be found in the city from shopping in local markets and modern shopping malls to visiting numerous local food stalls and restaurants to taste the iconic specialties of the region and a lot more.

Pu Luong

Pu Luong Nature Reserve located roughly 180 South West of Hanoi has a total area of 17,662 hectares and ¾ of the nature reserve is a primary tropical forest. At the same time, this is the living place of ethnic Muong and Thai people. In Thai language, Pu Luong means the highest peak of the village. The place offers tourists many recreation opportunities such as trekking in the forest and along the rice terrace fields, cycling through the reserve, as well as visiting many authentic small villages.

Though Pu Luong region is still not popular among most tourists, this “off the beaten track” destination has the combinations of all the Northern highlights from Sapa’s magnificent mountain ranges to Mu Cang Chai’s stunning rice terrace fields and from Cao Bang’s scenic rivers and waterfalls, Ha Giang’s breathtaking mountain passes to Mai Chau’s authentic villages of ethnic minorities.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay, with an area of 1,500 square kilometers and a coastline of about 120 kilometers, lies about 170 kilometer east of Hanoi. The bay is designated as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO and is famous for scenic ocean karst topography with more than 1,960 limestones jutting out of the sea, varying greatly in shape and size. The majority of tourists coming to Halong Bay prefer a cruising experience through the bay to see the most stunning moments on Ha Long Bay such as the sunset, sunrise. and starry or moonlit night. Swimming, kayaking, visiting floating fishing villages, and spectacular caves belong to the favorite guest activities while cruising through Halong Bay.

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the name of the most well-known province of Cambodia. It is located in the northwest of the country and has less than one million inhabitants. It is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site temples of Angkor which were hidden for centuries in the jungles of Cambodia and belong to the most impressive monuments of human culture. Siem Reap is best known for being the gateway to the Angkor ruins, a sprawling World Heritage-listed complex of more than 400 ancient temples with the magnificent Angkor Wat as its focal point. The city center, despite dominating tourism activities, remains a rural old town with French style houses and shops.

Food

You will get 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, and 2 breakfasts / dinners (local food with no drinks). Also, there will be complimentary seasonal fruits and finger foods on day five as well as a cooking class on the sundeck. resh seafood. Moreover, on day six, coffee and tea will be served along with breakfast.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • English-speaking tour guides (different guides in different places)
  • Transfers by AC vehicles
  • Group from 2-7 persons : shuttle bus transfers Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi and shuttle bus between Thang Long Citadel and the Tonkin Show place
  • Group for 8 persons and up : private car transfer for the rest of the trip
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (local food, no drinks)
  • Dinner with Apsara dance performance in Siem Reap
  • Admission and entrance fees as detailed on program
  • Bamboo river rafting / kayaking in Pu Luong
  • Boat trip to floating village on Tonle Sap
  • Water during transfer (2 mineral water bottles of 500ml/person/full day)
  • Cyclo trip around Hanoi Old Quarters (around 1 hour)
  • The Quintessence of Tonkin Show (Silver ticket)
  • 4 yoga exercises with the local masters (Vietnamese/ Khmer master)
  • 1 yoga mat/person/trip

What's not included

  • Vietnam visa approval letter: 20 USD / guest (single entry within 1 month)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25 USD / guest (single entry within 1 month)
  • International and domestic airfare and airport tax
  • Early check-in and late check-out surcharge
  • Other meals, drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping, etc.)
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, and local services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Noi Bai International Airport Airport transfer included: Noi Bai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.

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Availability

This yoga tour is available all year round except December 24 and 31, 2019; January 1, 23-30, December 24 and 31, 2020. Please select an arrival date below.
 

Low season
  • May 1 to December 31
High season
  • October 1 to April 30

 

Child policy

Child rate is applicable to child from 2 years old to under 12 years old.

  • Sharing twin room with other member, full charge as adult rate.
  • With an extra bed, will be charged 75% of adult rate.
  • Without bed, will be charged 50% of adult rate. (Maximum of 2 kids without bed sharing room with parents)

Child from 12 years old onwards counted as adult.
Infant (under 2 years old): free of charge.

 

Pricing information

If you come with a larger group more than 10 persons, please contact the organizer for the exact price.

In addition, the followings are ticket price information for the flight from Hanoi to Siem Riep. Please note that airfares are subject to change without prior notice.

  • By Vietnam Airlines: 235 USD / ticket including taxes and 20-kilogram baggage
  • By Vietjet Air: 185 USD / ticket including taxes and 20-kilogram baggage 

 

Compulsory tips policy
  • Group from 1 - 5 persons: minimum of 6 USD/guest/day
  • Group from 6 - 10 ppersons: minimum of 4 USD/guest/day
  • Group from 11 persons and up: minimum of 3 USD/guest/day

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