Karma Being

22nd - 30th April 2018

Rejuvenation Spa, Hoi An Vietnam

Go back in time when you journey to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Hoi An on Vietnam's central coast. This charming little village weaves along the canals and reflects a time of old. At every turn be delighted by traditional architecture from around Asia to reflect it's history as a bustling port town. The car free streets are lit with lanterns and it buzzes with the atmosphere of markets, restaurants, bars and tailors.

Your visit coincides with the Hoi An lantern festival, this lively gathering of locals is an age old tradition where they honour their ancestors by releasing lanterns on the river, laying flowers & offering performances. Another spectacle is the burning of fake money to bring good luck and prosperity!

Our Retreat takes place in a luxury 5 star Resort on Cua Dai Beach just 10 mins drive from the town. When you're not exploring you'll be indulging in daily Spa treatments, lounging poolside, doing yoga, aqua aerobics, pilates and mediation.

Learn to cook authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the world renowned Ms Vy's Cooking Class, we'll take a boat trip to the colourful central market where we'll watch and be involved in many cooking demonstrations followed by a 2 hour cooking class and lunch.

Come and rejuvenate, explore and unwind in beautiful Hoi An!

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Retreat Notes

  • Side Tour (optional)

    HANOI - HALONG BAY - SAPA - HANOI
    April 14, 2018 - April 21, 2018

    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Transfer:
    HANOI AIRPORT TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer without guide

    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TO HALONG BAY (TUAN CHAU) 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    Return transfer without guide

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Touring:
    HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT INDOCHINA SAILS CRUISE 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT DELUXE JOIN-IN

    Description:
    17 APR HALONG BAY
    At noon, you will board the Indochina Sails and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit an interesting floating fishing village, by bamboo boat, with opportunity to interact with the fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Later enjoy a Fruit and Vegetable carving lesson, or just enjoy the beautiful views of the bay while relaxing on the sundeck. Finally, enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset and later enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Lunch and dinner included

    ACCOMODATION 1 night
    OVERNIGHT ON BOAT

    18 APR HALONG BAY
    Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi class and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Later, take a short trek to the summit of one of the islands for a panoramic view of the bay and enjoy a swim, or sunbathing. After head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay and a buffet brunch while cruising back to the dock. Brunch included



    Inclusions:
    1 nights cruise accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, join-in touring, entrance fees, and local English-speaking guide on cruise

    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied to Insider Journeys at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.

    Important information:
    In light of recent safety reviews local authorities have taken a stronger stance on the closure of Halong Bay to all cruising due to the threat of inclement weather conditions. Closures are typically advised only the day before or sometimes on the actual day of closure. Such closures and the timing of notice are outside the control of any travel company including Insider Journeys. Insider Journeys will do all possible to inform our affected travellers as promptly as possible, but please note that sometimes travel to the Bay has already commenced when we are notified. Insider Journeys will also offer alternative tour arrangements for any affected travelers, but claims for compensation should be taken up with your insurance company.


    Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Transfer:
    HANOI HOTEL TO HANOI TRAIN STATION PRIVATE WITH GUIDE

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Train:
    VICTORIA EXPRESS HANOI TO LAO CAI OVERNIGHT TRAIN 4-BERTH AIR-CONDITIONED SLEEPER RETURN
    Train Number & Time:
    Inclusions:
    Return train ticket
    Booking information:
    Rail tickets must be sold in conjunction with other travel arrangements.
    Important information:
    If you have booked a transfer to the railway station in conjunction with your train journey, your tickets will be delivered to you by your transfer guide or driver on the day of the journey. If you have not booked a transfer service, your tickets will be delivered to your hotel, unless alternative collection arrangements have been pre organised. Train timetable, class and availability are subject to change as tickets can only be purchased in the country at the last moment due to local Rail Authority regulations. Please note this train is Waitlisted until tickets are purchased.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Touring:
    SAPA TOURING 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE TOURING PORTION
    Description:
    19 APR SAPA
    On arrival at Lao Cai train station you will be met for the 35 kilometres drive up to Sapa, passing spectacular mountain scenery to finally reach this charming town, set amongst the highest and most beautiful mountains in Vietnam. On arrival, we drive south towards the Muong Hoa Valley, and then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Hau Thao, home to the Black Hmong minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people before returning to Sapa in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or wander into town to explore the colourful local market.

    20 APR SAPA
    After a leisurely start we drive out of Sapa to the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai. One of the area's best known and most colourful minorities, Red Dzao women shave their heads and eyebrows and wear bright scarlet turbans. The Dzao are also well known for their intricate embroideries and occasional overzealous sales techniques! Return to Sapa for lunch followed by free time to relax at the hotel or further explore the town, its market, and the mountain views. At 5:30pm you will be transferred from your hotel to Lao Cai station for your overnight train to Hanoi.
    Inclusions:
    Transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles, private touring, entrance fees (camera fees not included), local English speaking guide.
    Booking information:
    We strongly recommend booking breakfast on arrival at the hotels in Sapa for packages with touring in Sapa as passengers arrive very early in the morning.
    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.


    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Accommodation:
    VICTORIA SAPA HOTEL, SAPA


    Deluxe Room


    Description:
    The Victoria Sapa Hotel is the premier hotel in Sapa. Perched atop a small hill above Sapa town, the Victoria features stunning views over surrounding mountains and valleys. The hotel is low rise and stylishly built using local stone and timbers. Guest rooms feature private balconies and wooden floorboards with all modern conveniences. The hotel also features excellent recreation facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool and massage. The restaurant serves local specialities, Vietnamese and international cuisine and, like the bar and lobby, features a wonderful fireplace. The Victoria Sapa is for travellers seeking a comfortable resort style hotel that incorporates the local culture and environment.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TRAIN STATION TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITH GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer with guide


    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Twin Share is $1517.00 per person

    Single Traveller is $2445.00 per person

    A non –refundable Deposit of $250.00 is due at the time of booking. The remainder is due by Friday 25th January 2018

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • Accommodation

    Single or Twin share accommodation will be in a Premier Garden View Room at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An http://www.goldensandhoian.com/en/

  • Getting There

    Da Nang International Airport is a 40-minute drive away from the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An. The resort is within easy access to major tourist areas and just 15 minutes to Hoi An Ancient Town.

  • Visas

    Australians Travelling to Vietnam require a Visa. For up to date information go to their government website http://visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx

  • Make an enquiry

    Retreat Notes

  • Side Tour (optional)

    HANOI - HALONG BAY - SAPA - HANOI
    April 14, 2018 - April 21, 2018

    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Transfer:
    HANOI AIRPORT TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer without guide

    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TO HALONG BAY (TUAN CHAU) 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    Return transfer without guide

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Touring:
    HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT INDOCHINA SAILS CRUISE 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT DELUXE JOIN-IN

    Description:
    17 APR HALONG BAY
    At noon, you will board the Indochina Sails and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit an interesting floating fishing village, by bamboo boat, with opportunity to interact with the fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Later enjoy a Fruit and Vegetable carving lesson, or just enjoy the beautiful views of the bay while relaxing on the sundeck. Finally, enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset and later enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Lunch and dinner included

    ACCOMODATION 1 night
    OVERNIGHT ON BOAT

    18 APR HALONG BAY
    Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi class and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Later, take a short trek to the summit of one of the islands for a panoramic view of the bay and enjoy a swim, or sunbathing. After head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay and a buffet brunch while cruising back to the dock. Brunch included



    Inclusions:
    1 nights cruise accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, join-in touring, entrance fees, and local English-speaking guide on cruise

    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied to Insider Journeys at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.

    Important information:
    In light of recent safety reviews local authorities have taken a stronger stance on the closure of Halong Bay to all cruising due to the threat of inclement weather conditions. Closures are typically advised only the day before or sometimes on the actual day of closure. Such closures and the timing of notice are outside the control of any travel company including Insider Journeys. Insider Journeys will do all possible to inform our affected travellers as promptly as possible, but please note that sometimes travel to the Bay has already commenced when we are notified. Insider Journeys will also offer alternative tour arrangements for any affected travelers, but claims for compensation should be taken up with your insurance company.


    Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Transfer:
    HANOI HOTEL TO HANOI TRAIN STATION PRIVATE WITH GUIDE

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Train:
    VICTORIA EXPRESS HANOI TO LAO CAI OVERNIGHT TRAIN 4-BERTH AIR-CONDITIONED SLEEPER RETURN
    Train Number & Time:
    Inclusions:
    Return train ticket
    Booking information:
    Rail tickets must be sold in conjunction with other travel arrangements.
    Important information:
    If you have booked a transfer to the railway station in conjunction with your train journey, your tickets will be delivered to you by your transfer guide or driver on the day of the journey. If you have not booked a transfer service, your tickets will be delivered to your hotel, unless alternative collection arrangements have been pre organised. Train timetable, class and availability are subject to change as tickets can only be purchased in the country at the last moment due to local Rail Authority regulations. Please note this train is Waitlisted until tickets are purchased.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Touring:
    SAPA TOURING 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE TOURING PORTION
    Description:
    19 APR SAPA
    On arrival at Lao Cai train station you will be met for the 35 kilometres drive up to Sapa, passing spectacular mountain scenery to finally reach this charming town, set amongst the highest and most beautiful mountains in Vietnam. On arrival, we drive south towards the Muong Hoa Valley, and then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Hau Thao, home to the Black Hmong minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people before returning to Sapa in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or wander into town to explore the colourful local market.

    20 APR SAPA
    After a leisurely start we drive out of Sapa to the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai. One of the area's best known and most colourful minorities, Red Dzao women shave their heads and eyebrows and wear bright scarlet turbans. The Dzao are also well known for their intricate embroideries and occasional overzealous sales techniques! Return to Sapa for lunch followed by free time to relax at the hotel or further explore the town, its market, and the mountain views. At 5:30pm you will be transferred from your hotel to Lao Cai station for your overnight train to Hanoi.
    Inclusions:
    Transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles, private touring, entrance fees (camera fees not included), local English speaking guide.
    Booking information:
    We strongly recommend booking breakfast on arrival at the hotels in Sapa for packages with touring in Sapa as passengers arrive very early in the morning.
    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.


    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Accommodation:
    VICTORIA SAPA HOTEL, SAPA


    Deluxe Room


    Description:
    The Victoria Sapa Hotel is the premier hotel in Sapa. Perched atop a small hill above Sapa town, the Victoria features stunning views over surrounding mountains and valleys. The hotel is low rise and stylishly built using local stone and timbers. Guest rooms feature private balconies and wooden floorboards with all modern conveniences. The hotel also features excellent recreation facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool and massage. The restaurant serves local specialities, Vietnamese and international cuisine and, like the bar and lobby, features a wonderful fireplace. The Victoria Sapa is for travellers seeking a comfortable resort style hotel that incorporates the local culture and environment.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TRAIN STATION TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITH GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer with guide


    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Twin Share is $1517.00 per person

    Single Traveller is $2445.00 per person

    A non –refundable Deposit of $250.00 is due at the time of booking. The remainder is due by Friday 25th January 2018

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • Accommodation

    Single or Twin share accommodation will be in a Premier Garden View Room at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An http://www.goldensandhoian.com/en/

  • Getting There

    Da Nang International Airport is a 40-minute drive away from the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An. The resort is within easy access to major tourist areas and just 15 minutes to Hoi An Ancient Town.

  • Visas

    Australians Travelling to Vietnam require a Visa. For up to date information go to their government website http://visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx

  • What's Included

    • 8 Nights Accommodation

      5 Star Golden Sands Resort on Cua Dai Beach

    • Daily Spa Treatments

      60 minute body massage

    • Half Day Cooking Class

      Half day tour including boat trip, guided central markets visit, tastings, cooking demos and 2 hour cooking class with lunch

    • Daily Breakfast

    • Welcome Dinner

      A sumptuous feast at the Resort

    • Lantern Festival Dinner

      We take in the atmosphere of the Lantern Festival at a riverside restaurant

    • Daily Movement classes

      Either: Yoga, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics or Qi Gong

    • Airport Transfers

      To and from Danang Airport

    Price

    $2380 ∼ Twin Share

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON NOW

    FAMILY ROOMS AVAILABLE - KIDS STAY / PLAY & EAT FREE!
    $4760 - 2 Adults and 2 Children
    Free Upgrade to larger Grand Deluxe Room
    Free unlimited access to Kids club from 7am - 7pm (babysitter available for about $10 AUD per hour after hours or for younger children
    1 x Extra Bed & 1 x Extra Cot (for a second bed instead of cot add $40AUD per night)
    Kids Eat Free when parents are eating

    or

    $3260 ∼ Single

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON NOW

    Teachers

    Emily Spurling

    Emily is an eternal student of yoga globally and is formally trained in Hatha and Vinyasa flow, she has beautifully combined these styles to create her own much loved yoga experience. This 'fusion' style is the perfect blend of light and shade, one flow will have you generating heat and building lean muscle and the next you will be blissing out in a slow, opening restorative sequence.

    “I love watching the profound effect yoga has on my students, a transformation takes place from the moment they step on to the mat to when their eyes open after Savasana. Yoga has been invaluable in my life as a mum of two young children and also in my previous corporate job. Whatever your situation, yoga can help you navigate the roller coaster that is life. It is my pleasure to share this gift with you.”

    Suzie Rockett

    is full of wisdom across many platforms, including Pilates, Qi Gong and Personal Training. Her knowledge of the anatomy teamed with a sharp intuition can be felt in her classes allowing students to heal themselves from many ailments. Suzie's light and fun approach will have you feeing relaxed and at ease whilst experiencing profound benefits.

    Daily Inclusions

    Retreat Notes

  • Side Tour (optional)

    HANOI - HALONG BAY - SAPA - HANOI
    April 14, 2018 - April 21, 2018

    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Transfer:
    HANOI AIRPORT TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer without guide

    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018


    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TO HALONG BAY (TUAN CHAU) 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE WITHOUT GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    Return transfer without guide

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Touring:
    HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT INDOCHINA SAILS CRUISE 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT DELUXE JOIN-IN

    Description:
    17 APR HALONG BAY
    At noon, you will board the Indochina Sails and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. After lunch, visit an interesting floating fishing village, by bamboo boat, with opportunity to interact with the fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations. Later enjoy a Fruit and Vegetable carving lesson, or just enjoy the beautiful views of the bay while relaxing on the sundeck. Finally, enjoy cocktails while watching the sunset and later enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Lunch and dinner included

    ACCOMODATION 1 night
    OVERNIGHT ON BOAT

    18 APR HALONG BAY
    Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi class and an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. Later, take a short trek to the summit of one of the islands for a panoramic view of the bay and enjoy a swim, or sunbathing. After head back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay and a buffet brunch while cruising back to the dock. Brunch included



    Inclusions:
    1 nights cruise accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, join-in touring, entrance fees, and local English-speaking guide on cruise

    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied to Insider Journeys at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.

    Important information:
    In light of recent safety reviews local authorities have taken a stronger stance on the closure of Halong Bay to all cruising due to the threat of inclement weather conditions. Closures are typically advised only the day before or sometimes on the actual day of closure. Such closures and the timing of notice are outside the control of any travel company including Insider Journeys. Insider Journeys will do all possible to inform our affected travellers as promptly as possible, but please note that sometimes travel to the Bay has already commenced when we are notified. Insider Journeys will also offer alternative tour arrangements for any affected travelers, but claims for compensation should be taken up with your insurance company.


    Wednesday, April 18, 2018


    Transfer:
    HANOI HOTEL TO HANOI TRAIN STATION PRIVATE WITH GUIDE

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Train:
    VICTORIA EXPRESS HANOI TO LAO CAI OVERNIGHT TRAIN 4-BERTH AIR-CONDITIONED SLEEPER RETURN
    Train Number & Time:
    Inclusions:
    Return train ticket
    Booking information:
    Rail tickets must be sold in conjunction with other travel arrangements.
    Important information:
    If you have booked a transfer to the railway station in conjunction with your train journey, your tickets will be delivered to you by your transfer guide or driver on the day of the journey. If you have not booked a transfer service, your tickets will be delivered to your hotel, unless alternative collection arrangements have been pre organised. Train timetable, class and availability are subject to change as tickets can only be purchased in the country at the last moment due to local Rail Authority regulations. Please note this train is Waitlisted until tickets are purchased.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Touring:
    SAPA TOURING 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT PRIVATE TOURING PORTION
    Description:
    19 APR SAPA
    On arrival at Lao Cai train station you will be met for the 35 kilometres drive up to Sapa, passing spectacular mountain scenery to finally reach this charming town, set amongst the highest and most beautiful mountains in Vietnam. On arrival, we drive south towards the Muong Hoa Valley, and then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Hau Thao, home to the Black Hmong minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people before returning to Sapa in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to relax or wander into town to explore the colourful local market.

    20 APR SAPA
    After a leisurely start we drive out of Sapa to the Red Dzao village of Giang Ta Chai. One of the area's best known and most colourful minorities, Red Dzao women shave their heads and eyebrows and wear bright scarlet turbans. The Dzao are also well known for their intricate embroideries and occasional overzealous sales techniques! Return to Sapa for lunch followed by free time to relax at the hotel or further explore the town, its market, and the mountain views. At 5:30pm you will be transferred from your hotel to Lao Cai station for your overnight train to Hanoi.
    Inclusions:
    Transport in modern air-conditioned vehicles, private touring, entrance fees (camera fees not included), local English speaking guide.
    Booking information:
    We strongly recommend booking breakfast on arrival at the hotels in Sapa for packages with touring in Sapa as passengers arrive very early in the morning.
    Booking information:
    Passenger passport number, expiry date and exact name as per passport must be supplied at time of booking. It is essential all bookings are made in the exact full name of the passenger as per passport.


    Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Friday, April 20, 2018

    Accommodation:
    VICTORIA SAPA HOTEL, SAPA


    Deluxe Room


    Description:
    The Victoria Sapa Hotel is the premier hotel in Sapa. Perched atop a small hill above Sapa town, the Victoria features stunning views over surrounding mountains and valleys. The hotel is low rise and stylishly built using local stone and timbers. Guest rooms feature private balconies and wooden floorboards with all modern conveniences. The hotel also features excellent recreation facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool and massage. The restaurant serves local specialities, Vietnamese and international cuisine and, like the bar and lobby, features a wonderful fireplace. The Victoria Sapa is for travellers seeking a comfortable resort style hotel that incorporates the local culture and environment.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Transfer:
    HANOI TRAIN STATION TO HANOI HOTEL PRIVATE WITH GUIDE
    Inclusions:
    One way transfer with guide


    Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018
    Accommodation:
    HILTON HANOI OPERA HOTEL, HANOI

    Deluxe Room
    Description:
    A city landmark, this property is centrally located in the elegant French Quarter, just a short walk from the famous Old Quarter. Indulge in five-star conveniences in your modern room. Swim in the outdoor pool with Opera House views, work out in the fitness centre or unwind in the Jacuzzi and saunas. Dine on contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, sip a cocktail and listen to the live jazz in the Lobby Lounge, or enjoy coffee and pastries at Cafe Opera. This iconic hotel is an excellent deluxe choice.
    Inclusions:
    Breakfast and tax


    Twin Share is $1517.00 per person

    Single Traveller is $2445.00 per person

    A non –refundable Deposit of $250.00 is due at the time of booking. The remainder is due by Friday 25th January 2018

  • Payment Options

    1) Direct Transfer
    Bank: Suncorp
    BSB: 484-799
    Account Number:202315513
    Account Name: Emily Spurling

    **For Guests outside of Australia you may require my bank's address and swift code:

    Address: Suncorp Metway Ltd, 266 George Street Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia

    Swift code: METWAU4BL

    Please copy and paste this link into your web browswer for further details on how to make a Telegraphic Transfer into Australia:

    http://www.suncorpbank.com.au/foreign-currency/foreign-exchange/inbound-telegraphic-transfers


    2) Credit Card (Including Credit/Debit Cards)
    Incurs a 2.9% fee. Please email or phone me your credit card details, expiry date and CCV to process the transaction.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due two months prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled.

    2. We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and inform the retreat leader so that modifications can be given to students with special needs.

    3. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all retreat participants and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of AUD$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. We also strongly recommend your travel insurance covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects

    4. The booking is made in good faith and maybe subject to change. We cannot accept responsibility for action taken by the management of the retreat locations are outside our control. However, reasonable endeavour will be made to offer alternative accommodation, should this occur. The description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misrepresentation will be accepted.

    5. You consent to us using images of you taken during the Retreat for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.

  • Accommodation

    Single or Twin share accommodation will be in a Premier Garden View Room at the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An http://www.goldensandhoian.com/en/

  • Getting There

    Da Nang International Airport is a 40-minute drive away from the Golden Sand Resort & Spa Hoi An. The resort is within easy access to major tourist areas and just 15 minutes to Hoi An Ancient Town.

  • Visas

    Australians Travelling to Vietnam require a Visa. For up to date information go to their government website http://visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx