Vietnam & Cambodia

Get ready to travel Vietnam and Cambodia yoga adventure style. We are rolling our mats and heading east to lands of immense and gravity defying natural beauty and warm, welcoming, smiles.

Our moveable feast through these two countries will take in the best of culture and nature as we bike through the ancient town of Hue, sail the clear waters of Ha Long Bay, explore floating villages and ancient caves, motor on Vespas through Hoi An and, of course, journey into the past at Angkor Wat.

With yoga as our wellness staple, we’ll spend a morning joining the locals in Ha Noi for a morning Tai Chi class, swim and kayak in Ha Long Bay and bike through the countryside to seldom touristed villages. Our tastebuds will be treated to street food ‘must-haves’ and local delicacies while our hearts and minds journey through three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, thousands of years of culture and the yoga retreat of a lifetime.

Retreat Details

Retreat Adventure Duration: 11 days / 10 nights • Starting at $4495 per person

November 18- 28, 2017Debbi Murphy

Accommodations

Hanoi

Centrally situated in the heart of Hanoi, we begin our yoga retreat in comfortable luxury. Each room has en suite bathroom facilities with all of the amenities, including AC. Wi-Fi is available in each room. Double occupancy rooms will always feature two beds and all rooms will have balconies overlooking the city streets below.

Ha Long Bay

Cruise Ha Long Bay in style.  Our onboard amenities include a large top deck for yoga and Tai Chi classes, private dining under the stars and boats or individual kayaks for inlet excursions and exploring.  All rooms will have en suite bathroom facilities and amenities (please note wifi will not be available on Ha Long Bay).

Hue

Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, our boutique eco-resort in Hue invites comfort luxury in a natural setting.  All rooms will look out over the gardens to the river and will have en suite bathroom facilities and AC.  Enjoy the calm of the greens and river around you and the views of the Van Thanh Temple just across the water.

Hoi An

Just outside of the ancient town of Hoi An we will find our quiet oasis on the banks of the Song Do River.  Our accommodations will have beautiful balconies with views down to the river below as well as en suite bathroom facilities.  We’ll take in the best of beautiful Hoi An and enjoy the tranquility of nature in the evening.

Siem Reap

While our days will be spent exploring the mysteries and beauty of Cambodia’s past, our Cambodian home will be an oasis of green and tranquility.  Each room will have its own private veranda and en suite bathroom.  Wifi and AC are available in each room.

Itinerary

 

Each of our amazing Vietnam and Cambodia yoga retreat itineraries will be unique, with slight changes based on local holidays and/or events. Below is a sample of what can be expected as you explore these two amazing countries with The Travel Yogi:

Day One
  • Fly into Hanoi and get ready for adventure…
    • Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to our first hotel
  • Opening airplane-twist-move-it-out yoga class
  • Welcome dinner and a taste of the ‘local’ at a neighborhood restaurant
    • Hoan nghênh to Vietnam!
Day Two
  • Wake up like a local and head out to Hoan Kiem lake
    • Join a local group in a tai chi session as they wake up mind and body before a busy day
  • Journey to the middle of a lake to Ngoc Son Temple
  • Head into Hanoi’s Old Quarter
    • Tour the crazy mix of Vietnamese and French influence and sample cà phê su’a dá
    • Sample some street food báhn mì
  • Truck to the Hanoi railway tracks and walk the rails for some of the most beautiful pictures in the city
  • Back at the hotel unwind with the evening yoga class before dinner at a local restaurant
Day Three
  • Morning yoga centered on balance so that you can get your sea legs on!
  • After breakfast we head out to the beautiful, amazing, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay
    • Cruise through the limestone karsts landscape
    • Visit Vung Vieng floating village by bamboo rowboat or kayak
    • Chill with the kids at their floating school and experience a-day-in-the-floating-life
  • Sail to Drum Cave to ooh and ahh at the stalagtites and folklore of this ancient site
  • Spend the mid-afternoon swimming in the bay or chilling on deck
  • As the sun goes down head to the top deck for a sunset-360-ocean-view yoga extravaganza
  • Enjoy dinner on deck under the stars
Day Four
  • Rise and shine with the sun for either yoga or Tai Chi on top deck
  • After a light breakfast we set sail for Sung Sot Cave
    • A once-in-a-lifetime 100ft high cave experience
    • Water filled grottos, stalagtites and stalagmites in a wonderland setting
  • Disembark and transfer back to our hotel
  • Last afternoon in Hanoi is yours to explore and wander
  • Early evening yoga
  • Head out for a farewell Hanoi dinner on the town
Day Five
  • No yoga this morning as we’re up early for our flight from Hanoi to Hue
  • Check in and drop off at our new hotel and head out for lunch
  • Get your bearings in Hue with a walking tour
    • Head to the royal tomb of Tu Duk King
    • Take in the fusion architecture and the “is he/isn’t he” buried here mystery…
  • Head back for early evening yoga at our riverside hotel
  • Enjoy the tastes of Hue with a local flavorful dinner in town
Day Six
  • Morning yoga will focus on hamstring and hip stretches as we get ready to bike through our day
  • Mount up and cycle through green orchards and shady lanes as we peddle along the Perfume River
    • Our bike breaks will be at local villages for some hands-on helping and engagement
    • Dig in and make a local sesame cake delicacy or wander with the locals and collect the evening’s veggies
  • Stop in the ancient village of Thuy Bieu – long know as a symbol of transition and harmony
    • Wander through the communal houses and the nostalgic beauty of the garden-houses
    • The architectural mix of wooden structures and Fengshui-based gardens highlight a rustic life and the mingling of the countryside’s royal legacy
    • Get historical as we explore some of the Nguyen Dynasty’s ruins such as the Roman Colosseum-styled Tiger Arena
    • Learn about the ancient tiger and elephant duels that the arena used to host and discover the temple-cemetery dedicated to the King’s loyal elephants
  • We trade our bikes for a boat as we cruise down the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Forbidden Purple City
    • Although badly damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Forbidden Purple City, the cultural, political and religious center, of a unified Vietnam in 1802
  • Evening outdoor yoga (weather dependent) at the hotel
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant
Day Seven
  • Early morning yoga and packing before breakfast
  • Today we drive to Hoi An via Da Nang
    • Take a ride on Vietnam Highway 1 over the soaring Hai Van Pass (Sea and Cloud Pass)
  • Stop in Da Nang for lunch and exploring
    • Head to the stone carving villages in the Marble Mountains that peak just south of Da Nang
    • Explore the caves and Buddhist sanctuaries dotting the mountains
  • Arrive in Hoi An and spend the afternoon strolling the centuries-old lanes
    • Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An reflects the centuries of cultures that have sailed through its port
    • Walk the streets enjoying the mix of Chinese, Dutch, French and Japanese influence
    • Stroll the 400 year old Japanese Bridge that used to divide the Japanese settlement from the locals
  • Walk or taxi back to the hotel for the evening yoga class
  • Dinner at a local Hoi An restaurant
Day Eight
  • Rise and shine yoga and breakfast
  • Time to get your Vespa on!
    • Hop a local bike ferry to the island fishing port of Cam Kim
    • Zigzag on your Vespa through gorgeous farmland and scenic rice paddies with stops at the local villages for a crash course in: mat weaving, laughing, making (and eating) the perfect banh dap/rice cracker
    • Another Vespa ride to a village for some drip coffee in preparation for our 300 meter dash across the local bamboo bridge to the seaside
    • Cruise our way over to the Duy Hai market and local harbor
  • From the harbor we’ll ferry to the coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and beyond to beautiful Ha My beach
  • Zooming back to our hotel we’ll pack up and prepare for our flight to Cambodia
  • Our early evening flight takes the place of yoga today but your adrenaline will still be pumping as you catch your first glimpse of Siem Reap
  • Head to our final hotel and relax
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant
Day Nine
  • Early morning yoga and breakfast
  • Head out on a remork (tuk tuk) for a temple journey day
    • Begin your journey to ancient Cambodia at the South Gate of Angkor Thom
    • We will leave the tourist path as we take a 1km walk into the jungle to the hidden temple
    • Walk on to Khmer King Jayavarman VII’s official state temple of Bayon in the heart of Angkor Thom
  • Take a break to absorb this astounding morning with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Dive back in to ancient times at the jungle temple of Ta Prohm
    • Originally build in the 12th or 13th century as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, little has been touched at Ta Prohm since it’s discovery; prepare your cameras for jungle/temple amazement
  • The afternoon is for the splendor that is Angkor Wat
    • As the largest religious monument in the world, you will have hours to explore the complex and absorb the artistry, emotion and history of this ancient site
  • We will head back for a calm, restorative, absorb-it-all evening yoga class
  • Head to a local restaurant for dinner followed by a traditional Cambodian dance performance
Day Ten
  • This morning we’ll get up with the sun and head to a local pagoda
    • Our morning will be a blessing of sounds as we sit and listen to the chanting of the pagoda’s monks
    • After the chants we will each by blessed by a monk with holy water flicked from a jasmine flower for wishes of happiness and good health
  • We’ll return to the hotel for breakfast and a quick relax before more ancient exploration
  • Heading out we’ll journey to Banteay Srei temple, or, “Citadel of the Women”
    • Off limits for many years due to it’s remote location and Khmer Rouge activity, we’ll spend the morning investigating this Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva
    • Diminutive in its size, especially when compared to other Angkorian wonders, this temple is also known as the “precious gem” or the “jewel of Khmer art”
  • Coming out of the deeper jungle we’ll take a break for lunch at a local restaurant
  • Heading to the Old Market in town, this final afternoon is yours to wander and bargain the stalls and town-life
  • Closing yoga class in the early evening back at the hotel
  • Final group dinner at a local restaurant – email, phone number, photo exchanges and goodbyes!
Day Eleven
  • Morning packing and breakfast prior to your flight home or onward
  • A final “Choum reap lear” as you say goodbye to Cambodia and your amazing travels
Vietnam & Cambodia

What's Included

What’s included:
  • Eleven days location specific English-speaking expert guides
  • Flight from Hanoi to Hue
  • Flight from Da Nang to Siem Reap
  • Breakfast each morning at our hotels
  • All lunches including local eateries and restaurants
  • All dinners in a local restaurant or at our hotels
  • Vietnam visa approval letter (traveler passport required)
  • Morning and evening yoga on most days (please see the full itinerary for yoga schedule)
  • Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Hanoi
  • One night onboard our Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Two nights luxury boutique hotel in Hue
  • One night luxury boutique hotel in Hoi An
  • Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Siem Reap

 

  • Full day tours of cultural, historical and religious significance in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Siem Reap
  • Private sailing, swimming, cave exploring and floating village visit in Ha Long Bay
  • Half day bike tour through Hue along the Perfume River
  • Cultural visits with locals in Ha Long Bay, Hue & Hanoi
  • Sunrise chanting with Buddhist monks and individual blessing (if desired) in Cambodia
  • Vespa tour through Hoi An countryside
  • Exploration, with guide, of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm & Banteay Srei
  • Up close and personal with the world’s largest religious monument – Angkor Wat
  • All entry fees for the above sights and additional activities as listed on the itinerary
What’s not included:
  • International flights into Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) and out of Siem Reap, Cambodia (REP)
  • Any video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest
  • Cost of Vietnam & Cambodia visa-on-arrival
  • Alcohol and drinks at meals
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (required)

FAQs

For U.S. travelers both a passport and visa will be required in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after your date of entry in Vietnam and will require at least one blank page per entry stamp.  Visas will be required and will cost anywhere from $60 to $100US.  Processing will take at least 3 weeks and we urge you to begin this process as soon as possible.  The Travel Yogi is not responsible for obtaining your visa or for official delays in processing.

Many nationalities can process their visa faster online.  You can attempt an evisa by clicking here.  You will need a clear electronic copy of the data page of your passport, payment and a passport photo.  Please print your evisa and carry it with you.

Cambodia visas can be obtained before travel or upon arrival.  Getting a visa at the airport will require two passport photos and a passport that is valid for 6 months past your date of entry.  A blank page is required for each entry stamp.  At this time, the visa on demand for Cambodia is $30US.

Entry information can change so for up to date information please visit the State Department’s page for Vietnam and Cambodia.

Nationals of all other countries should check entry requirements with their government.

No shots are required at this time for either country.  Of course we recommend that you be up to date on all of your vaccinations.  Any specific inoculation or health questions should be directed to your personal physician.

In general, yes!  Vegetarians will have no difficulty in either country and all other requests should be able to be accommodated as long as we have sufficient notice of at least four weeks prior to departure.  Please contact The Travel Yogi with any dietary questions.

Yes, travel insurance is required for this trip.  Please make sure you have a policy purchased before departure and, ideally, once you book.  While we recommend Travel Guard, you may purchase your insurance through any reputable company.

On this adventure, yes, you will need to bring your own mat.  Your mat and luggage will be transported for you once on the trip, but you will need to bring a mat from home.  The Travel Yogi teachers that embark on this adventure will be designing classes that do not require props, so no need to bring a strap or a block.

Absolutely.  All of our lux locations will have wifi available.

Vietnam and Cambodia both use the same plug styles so we’re all in luck there.  In each country you can find a mix of the standard, non-grounded North American plug (type A), the European two-prong (type C) and the UK three-prong (type G).  The voltage is 220-230V but we recommend that you take a surge protector along with any adaptors and converters and fluctuations happen and can damage your electronics.

As this trip is a moveable feast, so is the weather.  In northern Vietnam you can expect a cool to cold season from November thru March and a warm to hot season April thru October.  The wettest months in the Hanoi area are July and August.  In central Vietnam you can expect rain, light to heavy, September through December.  April to December can still be rainy, but a good deal less, generally, than other parts of the country.

For Cambodia, November thru February is the best time to visit as there is little to no rain and it’s not super hot.  October will see a bit more rain but fewer crowds and March/April will be a bit hotter, but again, fewer visitors.  The strong wet season is from May to October.

Remember to take this with a grain of salt and an intrepid spirit because Mother Nature will do whatever Mother Nature wants to do.