Anusara Yoga in Cambodia and Vietnam with John Levis
featuring a 5-Day Immersion at an Award Winning Beachfront Spa
Jan. 7-21, 2013
Cambodia, located in Southeast Asia covers an area of 69,900 SQ. miles, and is bordered by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, with a population of about 111 million. During the mid to late 20th century the lush rice fields and hamlets of this beautiful and gentle land were ravaged first by B-52 bombers, and later converted into the Killing Fields of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. Now Cambodians are slowly rebuilding their country and the ancients monuments of Angkor have been declared safe and open to international tourism. Roads are being resurfaced and upgraded, international hotel facilities operating and international airports functioning, inviting the curious traveler to explore the magnificence of Angkor Wat--the largest temple complex in Asia. Now is time to explore this magnificent site--truly one of the wonders of the ancient world.
Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Hindu Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to 15th centuries. Our mornings will be spent exploring some of the fabuous temples that make up the Angkor temple complex including the most famous, Angkor Wat. In the afternoon we will extend our Yoga practice at our hotel, Karavansara Retreat & Residences.
Vietnam, a fascinating sliver of a nation enjoys a rich and varied history, stunning art and architecture, a justly famed cuisine and a wide-range of high-quality fabrics and crafts. Our trip is designed to expose you to the best of these elements in the comfort of elegantly designed boutique hotels and with a pace that is never harried.
Begin your trip in the bustling city of Hanoi--a hodgepodge of wide tree-lined boulevards, expansive lakes, remodeled French colonial palaces and villas, tranquil Buddhist temples and traditional Chinese-inspired architecture. We will explore the Old Quarter of Hanoi with local architectural experts. Each street in this area is named after the crafts that were practiced there, and to this day, still are. You will visit streets where the artisans both sell and make shoes, silk, lacquer, headstones, tin products, towels, fragrant herbs, lanterns, Buddhist statues and alters, and more. You will see a performance of the famed water puppets, visit the most important sites and museums, and be informed about what you are seeing by the best guide in Vietnam. You will also experience the essence of Northern Vietnamese cuisine in lovely settings.
From Hanoi we travel to tranquil and placid HaLong Bay, and take off for 48 hours on the gorgeous bay of granite outcrops. We travel with one of the best quality boats on the Bay, a wooden ship modeled on the old Vietnamese court sailing vessels. Your cabin is equipped with private shower, twin beds, fans and air conditioning (which will not be needed). All our meals, usually based on fresh sea food are provided. You will motor around unbelievable land and seascapes, and hop into motor boats to see it up close. You dock for the night in a lagoon completely ringed by sheer mountains with trees eking out a living on hanker chief-sized ledges. It is a Magical place to enjoy your yoga practice, surrounded by unimaginable natural beauty.
Quy Nhon From here we transfer to Quy Nhon, home to the Indian Champa dynasty that ruled a total of 1,740 years, and controled what is now southern and central Vietnam from approximately the 7th century through to 1832. There are still many relics from the ancient period that we can explore during our stay. Our residence for our Yoga immersion is the stunning Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon (www.life-resorts.com). The Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon is a 63 room, hide-away style spa and beach destination set in 13.5 hectares of private mountainous land and beach. The tranquility, splendid views, Cham-inspired architecture and surroundings are so far unmatched in Vietnam. Awarded Best Wellness Resort in Vietnam in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Vietnam Economic Times. Nominated for Best Destination Spa in 2006 by SpaAsia Crystal Awards and Best Spa Retreat of the Year in 2007 by Asia Spa. From here we indulge in our Yoga intensive.
Day 1 : Jan. 7 Transit BLD Arrive at the airport to check in for your midnight flight (officially the day/date before) to check in for your flight to Siem Reape Cambodia aboard regularly scheduled Singapore Airways. Cross International dateline and lose one day, which is made up on your return.
Trip Package Includes:
Day 2: Jan. 8 Siem Reape BL Arrive in Siem Reap Cambodia, where you are met by your local guide and driver and transported to Karavansara Retreat & Residences.
Day 3: Jan. 9 Siem Reape-Angkor Wat B After breakfast, a brief orientation on the history of the area. Then we depart hotel for a morning exploration of several ancient temples in the Ancient Angkor complex (Ta Prohm) with our local Cambodian guide and experience the beauty of Angkor Wat at sunrise. Back to the hotel with a stop at the new Antiquities Museum (ANM).
Lunch and downtime. Afternoon restorative Yoga workshop with John.
Day 4: Jan. 10 Siem Reap Angkor Wat. B A morning visit to the second largest temple in Cambodia (Angkor Thom). Back to town for lunch, a city tour and a visit to a school for arts and crafts. Late afternoon Yoga workshop.
Day 5: Jan. 11 Siem Reap-Angkor Wat BD Today is your last day to explore this vast complex of ancient Khmer’s temple, followed by a last minute shopping before you depart Cambodia. Visit to the countryside, including a village stone carver and shadow puppet maker. Return to the hotel and late afternoon Yoga session. Evening buffet dinner and performance of Cambodian dance.
Day 6: Jan. 11 Hanoi B Morning Yoga, then free time until noon. Depart hotel for the Siem Reape airport, transferring to Hanoi Vietnam, arriving at 6:30 PM. We'll be met and driven to our hotel with time to relax after your journey. Group dinner near our hotel.
Day 7: Jan. 12 Hanoi BD We'll have the entire day to explore Vietnam's capital city. You'll begin our day with the visit to Ho Chi Minh's impressive Mausoleum and the creative and adventurous museum next door which documents his life. After lunch we visit a local Buddhist temple. You'll also visit the Temple of Literature, dating to the 11th century, and fine piece of architecture itself. You'll also explore the excellent Ethnology Museum for an overview of Vietnam's 54 distinct ethnic groups. You'll have tickets for a performance of traditional Water Puppetry, an art form unique to northern Vietnam, and a good, light-hearted introduction to its rural culture, followed by Dinner at a restaurant in a restored French colonial building.Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 8: Jan. 13 Hanoi/Ha Long BLD After an early breakfast, you'll leave for Ha Long Bay, one of the most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas and the world's largest marine limestone 'karst' landscape. There you'll board our private boat, an elegant wooden junk built from the model of the old Vietnamese court vessels with sails, a wide transom and rectangular superstructure, that will take you first to the busy World Heritage area and then to some of the less well-known grottoes and a spectacular Sung Sot cave. Weather permitting, you'll be able to swim, fish, and climb a hill for an overview of the Bay's remarkable seascape. All your meals will be provided on board. Ha Long Bay is remarkably tranquil, and we will have Yoga sessions on the spacious, wooden upper deck, surrounded by remarkable scenery.
Day 09: Jan. 14 Ha Long Bay BLD We spend the day enjoying yoga classes on the upper deck as well as the fantastic sights and beauty of Ha Long Bay, including a visit to a fishing village, the small museum, and kayaking on the f lacid surface..
Day 10: Jan. 15 Ha Long/Hanoi/: BL Morning Yoga on the top deck. You'll spend the remainder of the morning cruising Ha Long Bay, and venture into some of the sea level caves in a small sampan or kayaks. Enjoy lunch just before docking around noon. Back to hotel in Hanoi for free time in the late afternoon and overnight.
Day 11-Jan 16: Hanoi/Qui Nhon Depart early from Hanoi city for the airport, for HN-QUY NHON: 06h50 08h30 VN 1621) accompanied by a Breakfast box. Arrive at the Nha Trang airport where we are picked up by our driver, and transported to the award winning Life Resort Quy Nhon. Settle in and afternoon Yoga with John. In the evening the first of 5 wonderful dinners.
Day 12: Jan. 17-20, 4 Nights: Quy Nhon B After breakfast, begin our 3
hour morning Yoga Immersions with John. In your free time you can book
treatments at the fully equipped spa, enjoy the ocean or swimming pool,
book a boat trip to Hon Dat island (hotel's islands).Water sport facilities such as kayak, body board, local basket boats are also available. The hotel also offers several day trips and excursions to local places of natural beauty as well as to the Cham Towers - awe-inspiring structures that are living monuments of the Hindu Cham Dynasty. You can visit handicraft villages and learn how to make rice paper, conical hats and view how local pottery is produced. Or be inspired by our location and create your own art masterpieces using our paints and water colors, pencils, charcoals and pastels. Enjoy a Tai Chi session with the sand between your toes. Panoramic ocean views help you to focus on this ancient discipline of deliberate breathing and mental focus, in combination with slow, sustained physical movements. The food at the Resort is wonderful--light and healthy.
Day 16: Jan. 21 B Transfer BD Depart Quy Nhon for Saigon, making connections for our Afternoon flight: QUY NHON- SAI GON: VN 1393 departing 14:55, and arriving in Saigon at 16:15, making connections for our evening flight back to the USA..
Other situations may arise that we can take advantage of--. In case any activity must be canceled, another similar activity will be substituted. There will be no refunds for any activities participants do not attend, and anyone who leaves the tour itinerary at any time FOR ANY REASON is on their own.
- RT Air from NYC or SFO on Singapore Airlines, rated number 1 for safety and service. Ground Only deduct $1,600.00
- 3 one way domestic flight tickets in Vietnam: Hanoi/ /Nha Trang/Saigon
Saigon and OW International Air NYC/Siem Reape/Hanoi/NYC
- 2 night private Boat cruise on Ha Long Bay including all meals.
- Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program.
- Private transportation by mini bus, long boat, taxis.
- Accommodation in twin share room, with full buffet breakfast at all star hotels.
- 2 performances of music,dance and puppetry.
- All programs mentioned in the itineraries, and all entrance fees and village donations.
- Local English speaking guide in both Cambodia and Vietnam, with Judy Slattum supplementing
- Pre-departure information
- Yoga classes most days with John.
- Domestic Airport Tax and visa fees for Cambodia and Vietnam
- Meals except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
Cost:$4550.00 based on two people sharing a twin or double-bedded room
in three, four, & five star hotels. Single supplement : $594.00. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure. A rise in fuel costs may cause airfare price to increase. Maximum 16 participants, minimum 8.
Deposits/ Penalties: A $350.00 refundable deposit reserves trip space. A penalty fee of $75.00 will be charged for all cancellations received in writing. After tickets have been issued airline penalties will occur. 50% cancellation fee 60 days prior to departure. No refunds will be made for cancellations received one week before departure. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
Yoga Instructor: John Levis is a Certified Anusara® Yoga Instructor and began teaching in 2003. He grew up playing ice-hockey and later found an interest in weight training. After discovering Anusara Yoga in 2000, he left the gym for good. The therapeutic benefits of the practice have cultivated a safe way to play the edge, expand the limitations of mind and body awakening a greater perspective of seeing the good in all of life. Discovering The Universal Principles of Alignment™, he no longer suffers from chronic back pain and has actually grown over one inch since the age of 30. Encouraging others to tap into their intrinsic greatness and their ardent desire to be happy and healthy has been the greatest gift to share. John also offers Thai Yoga Bodywork and teaches privately and publicly throughout northern NJ.
Trip Organizer/Leader: Judy Slattum MFA organized and led the first Yoga in Bali study tour and workshop in 1984, and has been organizing educational travel to Bali and SE Asia since 1979. She is considered a cultural authority on SE Asia, has lectured on Asian culture at many Universities and museums, and has written numerous published articles—her book, Masks of Bali is an international Best Seller.
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