Every Day includes FREE TIME
Private transfer to hotel
Welcome Ceremony and workshop with Catherine
Tailor fitting and order placement
Traditional Massage [ 75 minutes ]
Beachside cocktails [ your expense ]
Beachside Seafood Dinner
Cooking School [Full day – includes organic market garden village & local market] Eat all your yummy creations
Optional morning yoga class
Workshop with Catherine
Dinner – Courtyard BBQ
FREE DAY – Let us recommend some great tours or lounge at the beach
Evening workshop with Catherine
Flight transfer to Hanoi
Hanoi street snacks at Bia Hoi & light-hearted “Hanoi Crash Course For Tourists”
Dinner guest Martin will enthrall with stories of Vietnam Cultural Life and People gathered over 30 years
Silk Village – discover silk making, shop for fabric, clothes and furnishings
Luxury massage ( 90 minutes)
Dinner guest Caitlyn from The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation will share their wonderful work rescuing kidnapped children and trafficked young women
Hanoi Old Quarter & City Tour – discover the beauty and cultural icons of this ancient city
Workshop with Catherine
Old Quarter Walking Night Market
Transfer to Ha Long Bay Cruise
Various activities provided by cruise boat that may include: caves, pearl farm, floating village, squid fishing, tai chi etc
Workshop – Full Moon Release Ceremony
More activities provided by cruise boat
Transfer to Hanoi
Closing Ceremony & Celebration Dinner
Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travellers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches.
Many Vietnamese speak English and are eager to practice so initiate conversation. A wry sense of humour is common, and you’ll often find yourself in an exchange of amusing banter. They love to share a joke so don’t always take things too seriously!
Even if they don’t speak English most enjoy communicating in any way possible, whether that’s with hand gestures or drawings.
You’ll certainly have no problems communicating with the locals.
WEATHER IN VIETNAM
We are visiting three very different climates on our retreat. November is autumn and as the country approaches winter the weather begins to cool and humidity to drop.
Hoi An: Temperatures begin to cool a little in early November. They hover around the high-20ºC during the day and evenings are warm with temperatures in the low 20º’s. It is common to get rain in November.
Hanoi: Hanoi is mild during November with high temperatures in the mid-20º’s and lows in the high teens. There is little rain, but it can become cool when it does rain.
Ha Long Bay: With temperate air and lack of rain November is the perfect time to explore Ha Long Bay. Temperatures range from the low 20º’s to the high teens. This is the sunniest time of the year with little rain, and humidity levels are lower.
Learn more about your destination..
Vietnam dresses more conservatively than the western world. On the whole there are few restrictions on tourists but it is respectful to the Vietnamese people to dress with consideration. When visiting temples, pagodas, other places of worship or ‘sacred sites’ dress code is clear and strict – no shorts, sleeveless tops or short dresses.
It is expected that you will remove your shoes on entering a building. Slip-on footwear is easy to manage if you are moving in and out of many different places.
WHAT TO TAKE
You will receive a full list of what you need to have with you for the Retreat along with recommendations regarding clothing and equipment well before departure to give you plenty of time to get organised.
All meals (except one lunch) on the retreat are included and will introduce you to the diversity of modern-day Vietnamese cuisine. From street food vendors, through Bia-Hoi munchies “Vietnam style”, local delicacies, succulent seafood, fresh organic salads, bbq, and so much more, you’ll get to try it all. The Vietnamese love their food and pour their heart into preparations that tantalize your taste buds. You can be sure all meals will be delicious.
Meals normally contain a number of dishes. They include lots of variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, and we can cater for your dietary needs.