Anusara Yoga in
with John Levis featuring a 5-Day Immersion at an Award Winning Beachfront
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.
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.
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. 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
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
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
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
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. Trip Package Includes: •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. Not Included: •Domestic Airport Tax and visa
fees for Cambodia and Vietnam •Meals except as specified above. •Drinks,
gratuities and personal expenses. •Insurance. 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
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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