We invite you to explore Vietnam and Cambodia from a cultural and social lens, a spiritual and unique experience, and at the same time we invite you to enjoy it, cultivating body, mind and soul through the practice of yoga and meditation. We offer you more than just a tour ... A conscious journey on a Social, Environmental and Spiritual level! Travel while at the same time nurture body and soul through the ancient practice of Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation.
We chose our hotels with love and we specifically work with locals to support Vietnamese economy. Our hotels are all heritage or traditional hotels, one that share stories and history; selected conveniently due to the location and based on the itinerary. They include a restaurant, lobby area, offer wifi, laundry services, money exchange.
If you are a couple or a solo traveler, you may have one double or queen bed for you. In the case of shared rooms, each room features two full beds, all with comfortable mattresses and bedspreads.
Depending on the city visited, the hotels we chose vary, reflecting the arquitectural influences and traditions of the area. To best support our customers we always rotate the biggest rooms and balcony rooms throughout the trip cities so all guest feel included and equally happy.
Our homestay in Sapa provides you with a true Vietnamese experience sharing with local village families! We you will be able to share space, food and stories with traditional local families!
Each homestay hosts several people one same space, in sharing very simple living and shared bathroom. An amazing opportunity to experience rural and cultural tourism in Vietnam!
We will also be spending one beautiful evening in a cruise ship in Halong bay. - Single or double rooms will be available for you as per your booking request option. The cruise offers restaurant services, amazing deck for stunning views and fun times!
An overnight in a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is also included in your package! The cabins host four people each one.
The Vietnames gastronomy known for its widespread use of fish sauce, soy sauce and Hoisin sauce (its smell provides a unique character to the kitchen). The recipes of dishes from Vietnam employ many types of vegetables, herbs and spices, some of them like lemon grass, good grass and coriander. Throughout all regions, the emphasis is always on serving fresh foods.
Cambodian or Khmer gastronomy has a strong influence from centuries of Chinese and Indian food customs, as well as the food subsistence of the most primitive inhabitants of Southeast Asia. The Cambodian palate is open to everything that can be considered food and therefore many dishes that in the West are not considered for the table, the Khmers instead have made them part of their diet.Many foreigners who still do not know the country think that the millennial influence of Hinduism and Buddhism would result in a largely vegetarian population, but it is not so. The Buddhist monks certainly are, but in Cambodia the people of the village consume meat normally: chicken, duck, fish, beef, snake, ape, shellfish and others. Although the pure Cambodian does not eat dog and cat meat, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean origin does.
Our chosen hotels offer buffet breakfast continental style and during traveling time, we usually stop for coffee, teas, juices and water is always provided for sale in the tourist bus. Most hotels will offer restaurant services in case you prefer to eat at the hotel and feel like resting. Drinking plenty of water during your trip is an excellent tip to keep hydrated and cope with the jet lag and long traveling days, as well as having some snacks for the day in case you get hungry between meals and stops to visit tourist sites in our travel itinerary.
E-RYT 500 - Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hours
Ana Lu is native of Costa Rica, a musician and a yoga and meditation instructor graduated since 2009. She is the founder of Pranaluz: Conscious Living- offering classes, workshops, coaching, retreats and conscious yoga travel vacations in diverse parts of the world like Bali, Vietnam, Camboya, India, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Guatemala and other exotic and sacred destinations.
She has spent the lats ten year studying in India and the west with diverse teachers focusing mainly on Iyengar and Hatha. She currently teaches YTT 200 and 300 hour YTT programs in Bali. Analu has an MBA from Costa Rica and a Masters in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University (a Buddhist inspired university) located in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.; where she also had the opportunity to deepen her spiritual practice in meditation, mindfulness and Tibetan Buddhism.
Why don't you include the airplane tickets?
Our trips are multicultural. We have clients from all different countries, sometimes even English and Spanish. We want to allow our clients freedom to arrive and depart, stop along and the way and plan their travel and budget to their convenience.
About the Yoga and Meditation
* I have no Yoga nor Meditation experience can I come? - Of course! Our classes are focused towards beginners and we adapt to meet everyone needs and capabilities!
* Do I have to bring a yoga mat? No problem! We supply you with one and all props you may need.
* Do I have participate in all the yoga and meditation sessions? You are free to participate and come to the activities and sessions you prefer. They are not mandatory yet very recommended for your wellbeing!
Can I get a refund?
Your deposit is Non refundable. However we are happy to refund the remaining balance of this tour in accordance to our terms and conditions form. ( sent to you upon confirmation of your booking). Please inquiry more about the amount reimbursed by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens next?
As you book your vacation you will receive a confirmation and 2 detailed booklets:
#1 General Info on Vietnam & Camboya ( about the weather, currency, history, etiquette, food, hygiene, cultural tips, etc).
#2 Preparing your trip (with all info on visa, tickets, how to get there and how to prepare your packing list to bring).
We will also recommend you travel agencies and sites to book your ticket and advise you on visa procedures.
How often do you do this trip?
Due to weather in South east Asia and the monzones specifically, we only ran it once a year. This time is the best to travel to Vietnam, enjoy the rice field views and hiking in Sapa in order to get a nice weather and a time where is not too touristy!
What are my visa requirements?
PRANALUZ does not offer visa services, you need to check in your nearest local Indian Embassy for your nationality specific requirements. Usually for both countries, visa on arrival is allowed for less than 30 day travel. It is very easy to get it once you arrive and for Vietnam we provide you with an invitation letter which you will require. A valid passport as of six months after the departure time is required and two photo pictures. All this information details are included in your welcome general info package.
Why travel with Pranaluz?
***Unlike other travel tours or vacations, Pranaluz offers you a unique spiritual cultural and social experience. We offer a holistic and integral perspective on traveling. We are passionate about traveling but we want to share with you off the books places, to allow you to have a true cultural experience and we add our yoga and meditation so you not only travel yet explore deeper inside your soul!
***We limit our trips to 16 people maximum, we really want to provide a personalized approach; small groups - great adventures!
*** We are up to supporting a sustainable travel, by not only visiting the places, but leaving as less impact as possible, and on the other hand, support the local communities and local business with our presence. Always encourage traveling with respect and honoring the place you are visiting.
*** We are inclusive, we want everyone to participate, no matter their background, age or preferences. We suit everyones needs and budgets. We offer an amazing payment plan and opportunities for discounts as well. May money not be an impediment for your life experiences and dreams!
About Vietameese and Cambodian Food, Diets, Allergies or Restrictions.
We try our best to accommodate your dietary restrictions, food budget and preferences. Once you register please let us know your specific requirements so we can better assist you during your trip to make in safe and enjoyable! Vegetarian and non vegetarian meals are always available *