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Thailand / Laos Yoga Retreat

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Join Krista Shirley for an Ashtanga Yoga Adventure Retreat in the Thailand and Laos.

​We will spend two weeks exploring parts of the two countries that are often overlooked by tourists. This adventure retreat promises to be the adventure yoga vacation of a lifetime! During our expedition you will practice Ashtanga yoga with Krista, enjoy Thai cuisine, meet the locals, learn about the rich history and culture, visit temples, take riverboat tours, shop in local night markets, explore the capital of Laos and have many more adventures! We will fly and drive and bus and bike and swim and walk and you better believe everyday will start with Yoga practice! You will enjoy Krista’s healing touch and patient mentoring in Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga classes before the days activities begin.

The full two weeks including everything below is $2699. Deposit to hold your spot is $500.

Inclusions:
All Yoga with Krista
Local Living: Meal with Local Family, Luang Prabang
Local Living: Vang Vieng Homestay, Vang Vieng
Bangkok klong trip
Wat Po entrance and guide
Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai)
Pak Ou caves entrance (Luang Prabang)
Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour
Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day)
Water puppets performance (Hanoi)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open)
Internal flight
Border crossing support
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodations: Hotels (11 nights), village homestay (1 night), sleeper train (1 night).
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners Allow USD165-215 for meals not included.
Transportation: Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, songthaew, cyclo, plane.
Staff & experts: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.


14 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Morning Mysore with Krista
Klong Riverboat Tour Bangkok
Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.
Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok’s famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour. Immerse yourself in Thai Buddhist culture and visit the famous giant 46m (151ft) reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf. Relax with a traditional Thai massage at the country’s leading school of massage at Wat Po.
After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Overnight train (beds) Bangkok – Chiang Mai12h-13h
Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Chiang Mai
Morning Mysore with Krista
Enjoy a guided tour of Doi Suthep temple.
Climb the 300-step naga (mystical serpent) staircase to one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, or opt to take a cable car and enjoy the view. Learn all about Doi Suthep’s history from a local guide – built on top of a mountain, the temple sits among pagodas, statues, bells and shrines.
Optional activities include a cooking class or visit to the night market.
Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently.
In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you’re lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

Day 4: Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong
Morning Mysore with Krista
Head to Chiang Khong via Wat Rong Khun and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong.
Visit Wat Rong Khun (better known among foreigners as the White Temple), an unconventional Bud dhist temple designed by prominent Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. Be wowed by the temple’s contemporary exterior made up of a mosaic of mirrors. View the interior walls that have a pop culture and sci-fi influence. Find murals of Batman, Superman, Predator, and the Matrix.
Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River.
En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling ‘White Temple’. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng
No Yoga - Moon Day
Cross the border into Laos then travel by traditional boat down the Mekong River 8h-10h.
Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it’s pretty comfortable and spacious, and there’s a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.
Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat.
Border Crossing (Thailand - Laos) Chiang Khong – Ban Houayxay
Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.
Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly moun tainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

Day 6: Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang
Morning Mysore with Krista
Continue down the Mekong for most of the day.
Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it’s pretty comfortable and spacious, and there’s a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.
Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit out side to the Pak Ou caves. Visit these dramatic caves considered an important spiritual site by many Lao people. See thousands of Buddha statues and images that line the limestone walls.
After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 : Luang Prabang
Morning Mysore with Krista
Enjoy a guided tour of the Ethnology Museum, Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre and Kuang Si water falls. Enjoy dinner with a local family in the evening.
Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then,
take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.
Ethnology Museum Guided Tour Luang Prabang
Take a guided tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) to learn about the traditional arts and cultures of Laos’s many diverse ethnic groups. Shop in the TAEC Boutique for authentic village-made handicrafts and relax with a drink at the museum café.
Visit Ock Pop Tok “East Meets West” Living Crafts Centre
On the banks of the Mekong River to learn from artisans about Laos handicrafts and the importance of woven textiles in Laos culture. Opt to enjoy a drink in the cafe.
Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion Kuang Si Falls
Journey to this magnificent multi-level waterfall, where relaxing is highly recommended. Explore the multiple picture-perfect pools as well as the nearby Asiatic black bear rescue centre (located between the park entrance and waterfall).
Local Living: Meal with Local Family
Enjoy a delicious meal with a local family. Learn about Laotian cuisine and life in Luang Prabang.
Night Market VisitLuang Prabang
Shop until your heart’s content at the night market in Luang Prabang – one of the best in Southeast Asia. Head to the market around dusk. Tour the vendor stalls lining the streets offering food, wooden statues, clothes, trinkets and souvenirs to dozens of people wandering up and down the market. Don’t miss the opportunity to interact with the sellers and gently negotiate a good price.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 : Luang Prabang
Morning Mysore with Krista
Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.
Carte BlancheLuang Prabang Full Day
There’s plenty to see and do in Luang Prabang, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like learning about Laotian cuisine with a cooking class, getting a massage, and cycling around town. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng
Morning Mysore with Krista
Spend the night in a local village enjoying traditional Laotian food. Sleep and eat like a local.
Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village.
Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide in sight into the way of life of village residents.
Private Vehicle Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng7h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Local Living: Vang Vieng Homestay
Learn about life and local culture in Vang Vieng on this memorable homestay. Experience typical
Laotian cuisine; eating (and sleeping) arrangements are shared as a group (usually between two houses). A vegetarian option for the evening meal will be available.
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 : Vang Vieng
Morning Mysore with Krista
Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng.
Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.
Free Time Vang Vieng Full Day
With many options for Vang Vieng, choose what suits you best.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Vang Vieng/Vientiane
Morning Mysore
Explore the capital of Laos.
Opt to visit temples, see the National Museum, or explore highlights of the town.
Head out of the mountains to one of Asia’s sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city’s oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao’s national symbol and one of her most sacred sites.
For those who like to shop, don’t miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!
Private Vehicle Vang Vieng – Vientiane5h-6h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time Vientiane Afternoon
Opt to visit the sights, get a massage or indulge in one last day of Laotian cuisine in Laos’ capital city.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Vientiane/Hanoi
No Yoga Today
Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi.
Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a lei surely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country?
Plane Vientiane – Hanoi2h
After the short flight to Hanoi, a private vehicle will transfer the group 45 mins to the hotel in the city centre.
Free Time Hanoi Afternoon
With a free afternoon in Hanoi, head out and start exploring.
Old Quarter Orientation WalkHanoi
Take an orientation walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry. Each street is named after the trade practiced on that street for
several generations; it’s an interesting glimpse into the life of a Hanoian in one of the oldest parts of town. Need a rest? Stop at Bia Hoi corner and pull up a plastic stool. Drink the local brew with the locals and make new friends.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13 Hanoi
Morning Mysore with Krista
Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, stilt house, and Presidential Palace.
Enjoy an included water puppet show. Opt to visit the Temple of Literature, museums, and Hoa Lo Pris on.
Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president’s house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam’s history.
During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pa goda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam’s famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi’s amazing eating venues.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour Hanoi
Take a guided tour of the mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body is housed in a glass case. Visit the museum and learn about Ho Chi Minh’s life and political history.
Free Time Hanoi Afternoon
Choose what interests you most with some free time in Hanoi.
Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance Hanoi
Watch a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show with beautiful live music and intricate puppets danc ing in a water stage.
Meals included: BreakfastDay

14: Hanoi
Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast

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