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14 Days Yoga Adventure in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Culture and Yoga Holiday in Vietnam

Immerse yourself in one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Ha Long Bay, renowned for its thousands of rocky mountains and freshwater swamp forests. Travel through this UNESCO World Heritage site on a dragon boat. Practice your daily yoga / Taichi on calm waters, while the lush green surroundings permeate your senses. Marvel in the simplicity of life as you enjoy eating fresh fruit, vegetarian meals and the local catch of the day - truly authentic Vietnamese food. Experience a Vietnamese culinary journey and adventure - a unique opportunity to rejuvenate the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yourself.

Retreat highlights

  • 2-3 yoga / taichi classes per day
  • City tour on cyclo or tram, Camp-fire in Sa Pa
  • Ha Long Bay cruise with private boat, exploring ancient cave
  • Visit floating village, kayaking on one of the 7 Wonders of Nature
  • 1 night homestay with local Vietnamese indigenous villager in Sapa
  • Water puppet tickets and sightseeing points
  • All daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights luxury accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During yoga retreat in Vietnam with World Karma Project, you will stay in some different hotels. The World Karma Project will make sure that you will have western standard accommodation. The hotels you will be staying in are 4-5 star hotels. On some nights, you will stay on the boat.

World Karma Project Vietnam Yoga Holiday Schedule

Week 1: Yoga and rejuvenation

Day 1 (Sunday): Hanoi

  • Welcoming (arrive anytime during the day)
  • Morning free to leisure
  • Check in hotel / Hanoi city
  • Lunch at restaurant
  • Old city tour by cyclo at 14:00
  • Free time at 15:00
  • Welcoming dinner at restaurant at 18:30
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi City

Day 2 (Monday): Hanoi - Halong Bay

  • Breakfast at restaurant at 07:00
  • Hanoi to Hon Gai (Halong Bay) at 08:00 with around 4-hour drive
  • Boarding boat at 12:00
  • Free time and relax
  • Dinner on boat at 18:00
  • Restorative yoga and meditation with Adam on boat sundeck at 20:00
  • Overnight on Boat

Day 3 (Tuesday): Halong Bay and yoga silent day

  • Yoga flow with Adam / boat sundeck (No speaking) at 06:00
  • Breakfast on boat (No speaking) at 07:30
  • Free time, relax (No speaking) at 08:00
  • Yoga with Adam (No speaking) at 11:00
  • Lunch / free time (kayaking and swimming if weather permitted) at 12:00
  • Dinner 18:00
  • Restorative yoga and meditation with Adam on boat sundeck at 20:00
  • Overnight on boat
  • Day 4 (Wednesday): Halong Bay and yoga
  • Early morning yoga in Halong bay
  • Yoga flow with Adam on boat sundeck at 06:00
  • Breakfast on boat at 08:30
  • Visit Cat Ba Island by boat and private car at 09:00
  • Lunch at 11:00
  • Cat Ba Island National Park by private car at 12:00 hour hike, wear comfortable shoe (difficult level: medium)
  • Dinner at 18:00
  • Restorative yoga and meditation with Adam on boat sundeck at 20:00
  • Overnight on boat

Day 5 (Thursday): Halong Bay and yoga

  • Yoga flow with Adam on boat sundeck at 06:00
  • Breakfast on boat at 07:30
  • Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot) for 2 hours starting at 08:00 - wear comfortable shoe for hike (difficulty level: light to medium)
  • Lunch on boat at 12:00
  • Free time on boat at 13:30
  • Dinner on boat at 18:00
  • Restorative yoga and meditation with Adam on boat sundeck at 20:00
  • Overnight on boat

Day 6 (Friday): Halong Bay and yoga

  • Yoga flow with Adam on boat sundeck at 06:00
  • Visit Cong Dam at 08:00
  • Yoga with Adam on boat sundeck at 11:00
  • Lunch on boat at 12:00
  • The boat will go through Cua Van village, visit museum and floating school at 13:30
  • Dinner on boat at 18:00
  • Restorative yoga and meditation with Adam on boat sundeck at 20:00
  • Overnight on boat

Week 2: Culture and Adventure

Day 7 (Saturday): Halong Bay - returning to Hanoi

  • Yoga flow with Adam on boat sundeck at 06:00
  • Boat cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc. starting from 07:00
  • Brunch is served onboard -boat leisurely back to harbor at 09:00
  • Check out boat at 11:00
  • Arrival in Hanoi at 16:30
  • Check-in hotel / free at leisure
  • Farewell dinner at 18:00
  • Free at leisure (night market) at 19:00
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi city

Day 8 (Sunday): Ha Noi - Bai Dinh Pagoda Temple

  • Breakfast at restaurant at 08:00
  • Day trip to one of the biggest temples in South East Asia, Ninh Binh / Bai Dinh Pagoda at 09:00 (difficulty level: light to medium) - 2-hour drive (each way)
  • Lunch at restaurant at 11:00
  • Return to Hanoi at 16:00
  • Dinner / Hanoi
  • Water puppet show at 20:00
  • Free time to leisure
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi city
  • Day 9 (Monday): Hanoi City
  • Check out hotel (you can leave part of your luggage at the hotel) at 08:00
  • Breakfast at restaurant at 08:30
  • Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (Vietnam founding father) at 09:30 (difficulty level: easy)
  • Lunch at restaurant at 12:00
  • Temple of Literature (vn miu quc t gim) at 14:00
  • Dinner at 18:00
  • Overnight on Train

Day 10 (Tuesday): Sapa-Cat Cat Village

  • Arrival in Lao Cai railway station at 05:30
  • 2-hour drive to Sapa start from 05:30
  • Breakfast at restaurant at 08:00
  • Drop off baggage at hotel in Sapa 09:00
  • Relax at hotel spa / free time
  • Prepare a personal overnight bag (toiletry and change of clothes) for overnight stay with the villagers
  • Free to leisure or enjoy pampering massage at hotel (Optional additional cost)
  • Lunch at restaurant at 12:00
  • Drive to Homestay 14:00
  • Free time (meet the local ethnic minority people: Red Zao, Hmong and Tay)
  • Dinner enjoy the local cuisine at 18:00
  • Camp-fire program at 20:00

Day 11 (Wednesday): Sapa - Ham Rong Mountain

  • Breakfast at homestay 07.00 a.m.
  • Ham Rong mountain -the garden of Sapa (wear comfortable shoe) 08.00 a.m. (difficulty level: medium)
  • Lunch at restaurant 01.00 p.m.
  • afternoon free at leisure / visit Sapa market
  • Dinner at restaurant 06.00 p.m.
  • Overnight at hotel in Sapa City

Day 12 (Thursday): Sa Pa - Lao Cai - Ha Noi

  • Breakfast at hotel at 06:30
  • Check out hotel (leave your baggage at hotel) at 08:00
  • Visit Silver Waterfall, about 100-meter step high hike at 09:00 (difficulty level: medium) - wear comfortable shoe
  • Lunch at restaurant at 12:00
  • Free to leisure in Sa Pa at 13:00
  • Freshen up at hotel spa before departing Sa Pa at 15:00
  • Drive back to Lao Cai city (2 hours) at 16:00
  • Dinner at restaurant at 18:00
  • Overnight train to Hanoi at 20:30 (soft sleeper in air-conditioned compartment with 4 bed/ cabin)
  • Overnight on train

Day 13 (Friday): Hanoi

  • Pick up at Hanoi Railway Station at 06:00
  • Drop of luggage at hotel and freshen up at hotel at 07:00
  • Breakfast at restaurant at 08:00
  • Museum of fine art at 09:00
  • Lunch at 11:30
  • Check-in Hotel at 13:00
  • Free time / shopping at 14:00
  • Dinner at 18:00
  • Free time (night market) at 19:00
  • Overnight at hotel

Day 14 (Saturday) Hanoi City

  • Free leisure
  • Breakfast at hotel from 06:00 - 10:00
  • Checkout of hotel at 11.00
  • Tour end
  • Free leisure until departure
  • If your flight leaves in the evening or later in the day, you can leave your baggage at the hotel

Included excursions

Day 1

  • City tour by Cyclo

Cyclo (pronounced see-clo) is a Vietnamese version of a cycle rickshaw, originally used as the main form of transportation in Vietnam, it has now been overtaken by motorbikes, but still very much remains at the heart of Vietnamese culture. Sit back and relax as you witness the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese life from the comfort of your armchair!

The Old Quarter, also known as the 36 streets, is a bustling area of narrow streets home to literally thousands of small businesses, shopkeepers and street vendors, selling everything from bananas to books. Originally, each of the 36 streets names were related to the products being sold there. Hence you can walk from Fish Street to Tin Street to Bamboo Street. Its a great place to explore and the slow pace of a cyclo will enable numerous photo opportunities.

  • Visit Ngoc Son Temple

The Ngoc Son Temple is set on a tiny island on the Hoan Kiem Lake, with history dating back to the 13th century. The temple is reached by crossing the Huc Bridge which literally means the Place Touched by Morning Sunbeams. The Hoan Kiem Lake is the local point of the city and the source of many legends.

One legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword. Whilst rowing on the lake an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had returned and the sword had been given back to its guardian spirit. In honor of the event he renamed the lake Ho Hoan Kiem - Lake of the Restored Sword.

Day 2

  • Travel to Halong Bay

Travel to Halong Bay, a staggering seascape of some 1,600 limestone islands and islets in the Gulf of Tonkin, formed over millions of years; theres never been a better time to visit. The boat will pass by: Bai Tu Long Bay / Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.

Day 4

  • Visit Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba is the largest island (surface area of 285 square kilometers) in the Bay and approximately half of its area is covered by a National Park, which is home to the highly endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of biodiversity.

Types of natural habitats found on Cat Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow swamp forests. Cat Ba Island is one of the only populated islands in Ha Long Bay, with roughly 13,000 inhabitants living in six different communes, and 4,000 more inhabitants living on floating fishing villages off the coast.

The large majority of the population can be found in Cat Ba Town which is located at the southern tip of the Island (15 kilometers south of the national park) and is the commercial center on the Island. Since 1997, Cat Ba Town has grown rapidly and has become a tourist hub for both the Island and greater Ha Long Bay.

Day 5

  • Visit Surprise Cave (Sung Sot)

Surprise Cave (Sung Sot) Discovered by the French, in 1901, Hang Sung Sot (Cave of the Surprises) rests 25 m above sea level and is immense. The caves ceiling is approximately 30m high and the paved passage inside is 500-meters in length. The uniqueness of this cave is that it holds many different shapes of stalagmites and stalactites which hang from the high ceiling. The formations inside seemingly come alive when light is reflected from several water pools inside the cave.

Day 8

  • Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda

The Pagoda is the largest Buddhist architecture in Vietnam with area of 107 hectares (1,070,000 square meters) - the Tam The and Thap Chu with an area of 1,000 square meters. There lies the largest bronze Buddha statue in Southeast Asia: weighs 100 tons. Three statues of the Tam The weigh 50 tons each. There are also two of the biggest bells in Southeast Asia, weigh 36 and 27 tons. Vietnam has the largest La Han statues: 500 tons, 2-meter high. There are as well, 100 Bodhi trees were transplanted from India. Buddha became enlightened under these Bodhi trees. (A record was set in Vietnam for the most Bodhi Trees)

Day 9

  • Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

You will visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (Vietnam founding father) which is a former stilt-house residence, the Presidential Palace, and the Ho Chi Minh museum.

Visit Temple of Literature

Originally built as a temple to Confucius, this is the site of Vietnams first university dating back to 1070. Inside are the stone steles mounted on the backs of turtles, inscribed with the names of the universitys graduates. The complex is divided into five courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. The temple highlights the important influence that Vietnamese society has placed on education.

Day 10

  • Camp Fire Program

You will sleep in a hut in village and socialize with Vietnamese local indigenous people. Toilet and water facilities are westernized. No outdoor footprint toilet (overnight bag / bring warm layer of clothes to wear and sleep in in case is cold).

Day 11

  • Visit Ham Rong Mountain

Ham Rong Mountain is right in Sapa Town. The mountain is home to some stunning orchid gardens and rock gardens. From Ham Rong Mountain, we can have the best view of Sapa and the surrounding fresh nature including Mount Fansipan.

Retreat location

The yoga retreat in Vietnam takes place in three locations; Halong Bay, Hanoi, and Sapa. The first meeting point will be in Hanoi. Hanoi will be the base city. If you come over from North America, the two popular air gates to Asia are Hong Kong or Bangkok. Other gates are Korea or Japan but the prices are a bit more expensive for air, hotel or spending, if you want additional time in Asia before or after our retreat.

Things to do (optional)

This is an all-inclusive retreat. Hence, besides daily yoga classes, you will also have two adventurous weeks visiting Hanoi and Sapa. Never worry about the risk of doing nothing during the retreat. Expect two great weeks, instead!

What's included

  • 1 night Homestay, at a home of local Vietnamese indigenous villager in Sapa
  • 2 nights onboard the train (soft sleeper in air-conditioned compartment with 4 bed/ cabin)
  • 13 nights luxury accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary (3 meals per day)
  • All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Camp-fire fees in Sapa
  • Cyclo or tram to take a city tour
  • English and Vietnamese speaking guide throughout tour program
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Private boat visiting Ha Long Bay
  • Stay in Hanoi and Sa Pa
  • Water Puppet tickets and sightseeing points

What's not included

  • Travel insurance (compulsory), visas, meals, drinks, alcohol and all services not clearly mentioned, laundry, telephone calls and expenditures of a personal nature, tips and gratuities (tour guide; boat staff; driver), all international and domestic flight and airport taxes, and airport pick up / drop off.
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