Join our small group of adventure seekers as we explore and practice in Cambodia. The last room could be yours! Book two guests in a shared room and SAVE $200 usd/person. That is a savings of $400! (Applies to new bookings only). Until the end of SEPTEMBER 2019, pay your 50% of your shared room for you and your friend and you will save $200/person.
Practice yoga in Cambodia, a country that will touch you in ways you may not imagine. You will laugh and you will cry. From breathtaking temples to a heart breaking past, come and see for yourself.
Journey with us as we take an in-depth, three day tour of the main temples of Angkor with a guide. Angkor Wat is the largest and one of the best preserved religious monuments in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and later it was transformed into a Buddhist temple around the 12th century. Rising at 4 am, you will be escorted into the quiet temple before daylight to watch the infamous sun rise over the ethereal Angkor Wat. Learn the history of this spectacular monument as you explore this incredible site. Later you will be free to wander on your own, find a quiet spot to meditate and in some of the quieter temples we may even practice yoga! We shall also see the breathtaking temples of Ta Prohm (temple from Tomb Raider), Banteay Srei (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Bayon Temple of the massive smiling faces. Each will leave you speechless. These are sacred temples. You will be asked to keep your shoulders and knees covered as we respect these places of prayer and worship. You too, like me, may feel inclined to sit quietly in meditation.
Other experiences await us in our 7 night stay in Siem Reap. Included in your price is: 7 night accommodations at a westernized luxury wellness resort, a welcome drink, tropical fruit platter on arrival, 2 bottles of water per room daily, breakfast and dinner at the resort (Western and Asian options), nightly turn down service, complimentary toiletries, use of 3 pools and the gym, a week long pass for Angkor Wat, Tuk Tuk rides from 8 am - 8 pm daily into Siem Reap, ground transportation from Siem Reap airport to resort, a guide for 3 days, a unique cooking class starting with an ox cart ride to purchase food at local market, one massage at the resort, and of course daily yoga! Please note lunch is not included as some of you may prefer to try the local cuisine offsite. Others will have the opportunity to go back onsite to eat should you choose (your expense). Off site local meals are inexpensive and delicious. Try their local culinary dish Amok (steam cooked curry often served in banana leaves). Some of you will be happy to know that Siem Reap also has some vegan and vegetarian restaurants (more variety than Chatham!) You can simply ask your Tuk Tuk driver to drop you off until you get oriented to the land!
I was totally surprised and fell in love with Cambodia. Yes it is dusty during the dry season (our period of travel), yes they have obvious reminders of the atrocities that have transpired there during the period of the Kymer Rouge when a mass state-sponsored genocide took place between 1975 - 1979. I was told by a local that no family was left untouched during one of the worst mass killings of the 20th century. Yes they have areas off limits due to landmines, predominately in the rural farming areas. Please follow the signs and DO NOT venture off a path.
We are also hoping to offer you an opportunity to give back to the local people by helping their children. You may have an opportunity to visit and volunteer at a school focused on giving children tools and skills to get them off of the street. There are many NGO's in this country helping, you too may be touched and want to help out in some way. = Karma Yoga.
A few suggestions to honour the Cambodian people: dress respectfully, do not extend a hand to shake but instead bring your hands to your body (like we do in yoga namaste) the higher you raise your hands means more respect, the head is sacred so please do not touch a head of the many children you will see despite how cute they are, women are not to touch monks, displays of affection and loudness is not typically seen. Photography? It is not unusual for Cambodians do not smile as taking a picture is a serious thing! Cambodia is a country with obvious poverty and you will see children begging. There is a serious effort to get the children back to school to learn skills to get them off the streets. If you give them money, their family will keep them on the street. Want to help? Instead of giving them money, support one of the non profit non government programs that provides children life skills. You will see ventures of people just like you that were so touched by this country they created programs to help. Eat at one of their restaurants dedicated to teaching them these skills or a shop that supports their crafts.
I wager that it is impossible to leave Cambodia the same as you arrived. You will be touched, inspired, overwhelmed and have your heart taken over by this country. Come and see for yourself.
Proposed Itinerary (order may change):
Arrive Sat January 11, 2020 - receive tuk tuk transport from the airport to the hotel, welcome dinner.
Sunday Jan 12, 2020 - morning meditation and yoga, breakfast, explore the resort and maybe venture for a Tuk Tuk ride around Siem Reap to get oriented! Maybe venture into their market square - prepare to barter! Look around for a while and get to know prices. The deeper into the stalls you go, the more likely you will find a deal. Check out a local restaurant and try the Amok perhaps. It is delicious! Afternoon yoga, group dinner and discuss plans for tomorrow. Maybe have your massage (one included per guest on this trip)
Monday Jan 13, 2020 - Sunrise at Angkor Wat (rise at 4 am), transport via to temple with guide. Mediate silently at temple. Return for yoga and breakfast. Continue with guide for day until heat requires a rest. Possible afternoon yoga depending upon time. Dinner. Free time.
Tuesday Jan 14, 2020 - morning yoga and meditation. Temple Day number 2 with guide. Return for afternoon practice followed by dinner. Free time. Want some night life? Yes they have a street for that too.
Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 - morning yoga and meditation. Temple Day number 3 with guide. Return for afternoon practice and dinner. Free time - night life, rest, shop, you choose! You will likely be ready for one of the many infamous foot massages that you can get for about 4 USD! We had one every day last time.
Thursday Jan 16, 2020 - Early morning rise (yes again at sunrise) to get to the early morning local market via an oxcart! Then we will participate in a local cooking class. Not like grandmas kitchen! Return in afternoon for yoga and maybe a swim to cool off. Or maybe you are ready to venture out on your own with your Tuk Tuk driver like a local! Dinner.
Friday Jan 17, 2020 - last full day of our adventure. Maybe you want to add your own excursion? Perhaps take a trip to see the floating villages of Tonle Sap? The hotel can help arrange other sites of interest. (Not included)
Saturday Jan 18, 2020 - departure. Ground transportation to airport provided. Airfare excluded.
This 7 night adventure is limited to 8 guests due to the high demand for private rooms .
Before March 2019 1995 USD. After March 29, 2019 the price is $2095 usd. Plus single supplement fee should you choose a private room.
** For the month of September 2019 if you sign up for a shared room with a friend you will both save $200 USD! That is a huge savings for a once in a lifetime holiday to the Land of Wonder. Applies to new bookings only.
Other helpful details:
Each traveler is responsible for determining vaccines and ensuring you meet their travel document requirements and paying the entry fee upon arrival - USD Cash will be needed to enter the country. At the time of writing, Canadians require a tourist Visa which can be purchased upon arrival. Visit visaservicecanada.ca for more information. At the time of writing this amount was 37 USD cash. Please travel with crisp USD (old or damaged USD will often be rejected). You will also need to have a couple of passport sized pictures for your entry into Cambodia.
Once you leave the airport, there are ATM machines in Siem Reap that dispense USD that you can use all over as long as they are in good shape. If you are given a damaged USD you may not be able to use it again in Cambodia but rest assured it has its value when you bring it home. Inspect your money - if it has a line thru it - it is likely counterfeit. As anywhere just be diligent and alert and enjoy the adventure!
People often ask me if I get vaccines. I have received the Hep A and B vacines. Please speak with your doctor and make a decision that is right for you. May I also suggest you obtain a prescription for antibiotics in the event of an unforeseen bacterial infection. This was a recommendation of my doctor and one that came in handy!
Prepare for the adventure of practicing yoga in a country rich with Hindu and Buddhist influence. Dare to take the path less traveled!
Click below and you will be sent an invoice for 50% of trip, payable via credit card (non refundable unless we fill your spot).
The remaining 50% will be due Nov 11, 2019.
The leader for this trip is Flying on China Southern Airlines:
Jan 9 Depart Toronto (YYZ) 12:30 am. Terminal 3.
Arrive Guangzhou China (CAN) 5:10 am Jan 10. 3 hr 30 min layover.
Depart Guangzhou (CAN) 8:40 am
Arrive Siem Reap (REP) 10:20 am Jan 10, 2019 (one day prior to retreat)
Jan 18 Departure Siem Reap (REP) 11:10 am China Southern Air
Arrive Guangzhou (CAN) 2:35 pm. 23 hour, 50 min layover.
Depart Guanzhou (CAN) 2:25 pm Jan 19
Arrive Toronto (YYZ) 4:30 pm. Terminal 3
All guests are welcome to book to arrive early, however you must prebook your own room at Navutu Dreams. Payable directly to the hotel.