VIETNAM 2020: IMMERSION-EXPANSION IS FOR…
Vietnam 2020: Immersion-Expansion is for heart and soul focused women, aware their role in the fast-changing new world is calling them to get grounded and real. They know vacation’s can be more than just holiday snaps. They want a cultural immersion that brings deeper connection to others, the environment, the world and themselves. They expect to return home changed in many intangible ways, with deeper clarity, better focus and new understandings to weave into their life and community.
HOW TO GET THERE
Book your inbound flight to Hanoi. Many flights enter the country through Ho Chi Minh City where you can have your visa approved at the airport while you wait for your domestic flight to Hanoi. A private car will meet you at the Noi Bin Airport in Hanoi and transfer you to the hotel.
Please note: While you first arrive at Hanoi, Vietnam 2020 finishes in Da Nang. When you book your flight you will need to adjust your flight arrival and departure locations accordingly. Please schedule flights that arrive in Hanoi by 11.00am on Thursday 29th October 2020. Vietnam 2020 starts at 12 noon with lunch.
If you would prefer to stay a few days longer there are many wonderful side trips available. Contact us for recommendations before you book your flights.
You do not need to book a flight from Hanoi to Hue as it is included in the price and booked for you.
If you prefer more time to relax and refresh after your flight from overseas we recommend you arrive one day earlier. Lots of local accommodation is available from simple clean Homestays, cheap backpackers to 5 star luxury.
Please email us to confirm once you’ve booked your flight.
Rooms are a generous size and private with ensuite. Shared rooms are available at reduced cost. Cabins on the boat on Halong Bay are smaller than in the resort and hotel, and are private or shared.
WHAT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO AN ACTIVITY
The program has been carefully created to provide a well balanced and varied experience and we encourage you to throw yourself into everything. Being on a cultural immersion and personal expansion event is a wonderful opportunity to experience things you may never try on your own and to discover new aspects of yourself. Group cohesion strengthens when everyone takes part.
But all activities are optional. If you really don’t want to take part you don’t have to. That being said, you have invested a lot to attend Vietnam 2020 – in yourself, your family, financially, making time out – and you owe it to yourself to take away as much as possible from the experience.
We have scheduled plenty of Free Time, including one complete day which you can use any way you wish – to do your Bonus Activity, rest, shop, sightsee, journal, read, relax by the pool or the beach, explore the local area by bicycle, or simply discover more about this vibrant culture.
*Bonus Activities are only available to Early Bird registrants
The Vietnamese love food and put much effort into creating fresh, tasty dishes to cater for a wide range of tastes. All meals contain a range of dishes and can be varied to suit tastes and any dietary restrictions. You will be able to provide details of these on your intake form.
Seafood is very popular in this country with extensive coastlines and many waterways. However, if you hate fish or shellfish, don’t despair! There are many different tastes available from the common chicken, beef and pork options, through vegetarian, to exotic offerings. Vegetarian choices are found on every menu. Gluten free options are appearing as the country adapts to western dietary needs.
Food in Hanoi is not as spicy as in the southern regions of the country, relying on subtle blends of flavours and textures. It is greatly influenced by French cuisine which results in a curious mix of the two styles. You’ll find crusty bread, pastries and excellent coffee through Vietnam, thanks to the French influence. Hanoi is the home of pho (breakfast soup) and not to be missed.
Out on Halong Bay it makes sense to avail ourselves of the fresh fish. Catering is provided by the boat and includes a range of varied dishes, not all seafood.
We won’t be in Hue for long so take the opportunity to try the famous Banh Khoai, or Hue pancake. Meat lovers should try the local specialty Bun bo hue (Hue beef noodle soup).
Hoi An’s food offers much choice. The specialty is Cao Lau, a pork, noodle and greens dish. Many Hoi An restaurants are supplied with fresh produce from the local organic farming village.
In Hoi An you’ll have the opportunity to learn to cook (and eat) five delicious traditional Vietnam dishes.
As influences from outside Vietnam grow many new foods from other cultures have become available, such as pizza, burgers, Italian, Japanese, just in case you crave a taste of home.
We have scheduled plenty of Free Time into the program which you can use any way you wish – to rest, shop, sightsee, journal, read, relax by the pool or the beach, explore the local area by bicycle or scooter, or simply discover more about this vibrant culture. You are not required to stay at the hotel during this time, although you are very welcome to stay to relax and make use of the hotel’s facilities.
If you have qualified for Bonus Activities they should be taken during free time. Please contact us to schedule these so we can book you in.