Day One — 03.13.19

Fly into Hanoi to meet our guide and travel to our first hotel

Welcome yoga class and local dinner at a neighborhood restaurant


Day Two — 03.14.19

Wake up and head out to Hoan Kiem lake to join a local Tai Chi class 

Journey to the middle of a lake to Ngoc Son Temple

Head into Hanoi’s Old Quarter to experience the mix of Vietnamese and French influence and sample local street food

Truck to the Hanoi railway tracks and walk the rails for some of the most beautiful pictures in the city

Head back to the hotel to unwind with an evening yoga class and dinner at a local restaurant


DAY THREE — 03.15.19

Morning yoga and breakfast

Visit the beautiful 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

Sunset yoga on top deck with 360-degree ocean views

Enjoy dinner on deck under the stars


DAY FOUR — 03.16.19

Morning yoga or Tai Chi on the top deck followed by a light breakfast

Set sail for Sung Sot Cave for a once-in-a-lifetime 10 foot high cave experience

Witness water filled grottos, stalagtites and stalagmites in a wonderland setting

Head back to the hotel to rest then spend the afternoon exploring Hanoi

Early evening yoga followed by a farewell Hanoi dinner


Day Five — 03.17.19

Wake up and head out early for our flight from Hanoi to Hue

Settle into our riverside hotel then enjoy lunch and a walking tour

Visit the royal tomb of Tu Duk King to take in the fusion architecture and the “is he/isn’t he” buried here mystery

Early evening yoga at the hotel followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant


Day Six — 03.18.19

Morning yoga and breakfast

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, known 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 hosted here and discover the temple-cemetery dedicated to the King’s loyal elephants

Trade in our bikes for a boat cruise down the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Forbidden Purple City

Evening outdoor yoga at the hotel (weather dependent) followed by a group dinner at a local restaurant


Day Seven — 03.19.19

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 & 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

Head back to the hotel for an evening yoga class

Enjoy dinner at a local Hoi An restaurant


Day Eight — 03.20.19

Morning yoga and breakfast

Time to get your Vespa on — hop a local bike ferry to the island fishing port of Cam Kim

Zig-zag on your Vespa through gorgeous farmland and scenic rice paddies with stops at the local villages for mat weaving, making (and eating) the perfect banh dap/rice cracker, and more

Ride to a village for some 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, then ferry to the coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and beyond to beautiful Ha My beach

Head back to our hotel to pack and prepare for our early evening flight to Cambodia

Check-in to our last hotel and relax for a bit before dinner at a local restaurant


DAY NINE — 03.21.19

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Head out in a remork (tuk tuk) for a day of temple exploration

Begin your journey to ancient Cambodia at the South Gate of Angkor Thom

Trek 1km into the jungle to visit a 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 built in the 12th or 13th century as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, little has been touched at Ta Prohm since it’s discovery

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

Head back to the hotel for an evening yoga class

Group dinner at a local restaurant followed by a traditional Cambodian dance performance


DAY TEN — 03.22.19

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, we'll each be blessed by a monk with holy water flicked from a jasmine flower for wishes of happiness and good health

Return to the hotel for breakfast and a quick rest before more ancient exploration

Head out to the 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

Coming out of the deeper jungle we’ll take a break for lunch at a local restaurant

Head to the Old Market in town, this final afternoon is yours to wander

Closing early evening yoga class back at the hotel

Final group dinner at a local restaurant


DAY Eleven — 03.23.19

Breakfast and packing prior to your flight home

A final “Choum reap lear” as you say goodbye to Cambodia and your new friends


WHAT'S INCLUDED

Eleven days with 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 local restaurants or at our hotels

Vietnam visa approval letter (traveler passport required)

Morning and evening yoga on most days

Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Hanoi

One night onboard 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, and 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, and 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)

Video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest

Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc.)

Cost of Vietnam & Cambodia visa-on-arrival

Alcohol and beverages at meals

Travel Insurance (required)

Gratuities


Frequently Asked QuestionS

What are the passport and visa requirements? 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. The Travel Yogi can obtain your Letter of Introduction for Vietnam as long as the required information (sent in your welcome email once booked) is received at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Many nationalities can process their visa faster online. You can attempt an e-Visa. You will need a clear electronic copy of the data page of your passport, payment, and a passport photo. Please print your e-Visa 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 $30.00 USD. For up-to-date entry requirements, please visit the U.S. State Department's pages for Vietnam and Cambodia. Nationals of all other countries should check entry requirements with their government.

Are any inoculations required? No shots are required at this time for either country. However, it's recommended that you be up to date on all of your vaccinations. Any specific inoculation or health questions should be directed to your physician.

Can my dietary restrictions/requests be accommodated? In general, yes! Vegetarians will have no difficulty in either country and all other requests can be accommodated with at least four weeks notice prior to departure.

Do I need travel insurance? Yes, travel insurance is required for this trip. Please be sure to purchase a policy before departure, ideally, immediately after booking. Travel Guard is recommended, but you may purchase insurance through any reputable company.

Do I need to bring my own mat? Yes, you will need to bring your own yoga mat. Your mat and luggage will be transported for you once you're on the retreat. There's no need to bring additional yoga props such as a strap or a block.

Will there be Wi-Fi? All of our lux locations have Wi-Fi available with the exception of Ha Long Bay.

What is the electrical currency/outlet situation like in Vietnam and Cambodia? Vietnam and Cambodia use the same plug styles, so we’re in luck there. You will 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 it's recommended that you bring a surge protector along with any adaptors/converters to protect against power fluctuations that can damage your electronics.

What will the weather be like? As this trip is a moveable feast, so is the weather. In northern Vietnam you can expect a cool to cold season 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 light to heavy rain 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 rain and it’s not too hot. October has more rain but fewer crowds. March/April will be hotter, but still with less visitors.

After I book and pay the deposit, can I make payments on my yoga retreat? Yes, of course! Once booked, you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice. You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Please note that deposits are non-refundable.

Please contact The Travel Yogi with questions.