12th to the 20th October 2019
Duration
18 +
Age
Early Bird 31 July 2019
Period

The journey begins

Style Hosted
Intent Spiritual

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Start your journey to the mysterious heart of Angkor by focusing inward on your own heart.

Have you ever traveled to an exotic place far from home, hoping to escape from your daily worries, only to find that you carried your burdens with you halfway across the world?

It is a common occurrence. In fact, we all do it and who can blame us?

Trying to take in some of the world’s greatest heritage treasures, while adjusting to a new culture and a new climate in a limited time frame is challenging even for the very well-traveled. That is why, in addition to your incredible Cambodian tour experience, we offer you daily gentle yoga and meditation classes to help you to de-stress, refresh and refocus.

Each morning and evening of your time in Siem Reap, our yoga teacher will guide you through feeling into your body and dropping your busy thoughts, so you can relax and open, release tensions and connect. These practices, suitable for even beginners, will allow you to fully enjoy your discovery of the stunning stone metropolis of a mysterious civilization and of contemporary Cambodian culture.

Including 3 days to explore the Angkor temple site, where you will visit Angkor Wat and the other main structures of the Angkor complex with one expert guide, who will explain the significance and history of the sites. Highlights of this tour will be the famous sunrise at Angkor Wat followed by meditation, as well as an adventure to Ta Phrom (the “Tomb Raider” temple) to see the astonishing intersection of nature and culture. We will also journey to the remote sections of the site to take in lesser-known treasures of Angkor.

In addition, we will visit a floating village by boat, meditate with a monk in a traditional pagoda, learn about traditional arts and take in a fabulous Apsara dance and dinner show. Each day is carefully planned so you can enjoy a rich experience of culture, history and arts during your time in Cambodia, while practicing yoga and meditation at the start and end of each day will allow you to get the most out of your time here.

Sometimes you have to go far from home in order to come back to yourself. Amidst the lush backdrop of Cambodia we invite you to to find your inner home, your peaceful place within from which you can open to experience joy, wonder and magic.

 

Is this package for me?

Travel Style Yoga Retreat perfect for couples, friends or the solo practioner
Service Level Hosted by your teacher Jessica Baker at the luxurious Angkor Palace Resort and Spa and inclusive of guided exploration of Angkor Wat and other unique experiences.
Physical Rating Yoga style is a mix of restorative and gentle flow and suitable for beginners wishing to start their yoga journey and for those already on the path.
Trip Type Small group Retreat (maximum 15 people)

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accomodation in twin shared room (or elect the single room supplement)
  • Daily Breakfast at the Resort
  • 14 Yoga classes
  • All transfers in private A/C vehicle
  • Apsara dance performance and dinner
  • 3 Day Angkor Wat pass
  • Private boat for visit to floating village
  • Pagoda visit and meditation with monk
  • Traditional Khmer massage
  • 6 lunches
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour
  • Morning tea on all private tours
  • Chilled water during your transfers
  • All government taxes excluding Visa.

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Day 1: Becoming Grounded

Arrival Siem Reap > Introduction > Afternoon Yoga Class > Welcome Dinner (D)

Welcome to Siem Reap- the Kingdom of Wonder. You will be warmly greeted by your Green Cultural Travel representative who will ensure your Resort transfer and check in goes smoothly. Depending on the time of arrival you will be free to explore the facilities of the resort before gathering to meet with your teacher Jessica Baker and fellow participants for an introduction to the programme. After a short break you will enjoy the first Yoga class and then you will have a chance to rest before enjoying a welcome dinner at the Resort.

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Day 2: Sinking In

Yoga Class > Breakfast > Angkor Wat Exploration > Traditional Lunch > Continued Angkor Wat Exploration > Afternoon Yoga Class (B,L)

After morning Yoga class and breakfast your guide will take you on the start of a magical journey for your first glimpse of the kingdom of Angkor at the legendary Angkor Wat Temple Complex. Moving on to Kravan Temple and Ta Phrom Temple, an ancient temple with trees growing out of the ruins against the jungle backdrop.  Along the way we will enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch. After returning to the Resort in time to relax your Yoga journey continues and then guests can choose to relax at the hotel or join with your Green Cultural Host and fellow guests to discover Siem Reap by night with its many fine restaurants, bars and markets.

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Day 3: Letting Go

Yoga Class > Breakfast > Angkor Wat Exploration > Traditional Lunch > Continued Angkor Wat Exploration > Afternoon Yoga Class (B,L)

The day again begins with a morning yoga class and breakfast. Then your guide will today take you on the start of what is known as the grand circuit of Angkor Wat including the main temples of  Pre Rup, East Mebon, Neak Pean and Preah Khan Temples.  The group will enjoy another traditional lunch along the way. Following on from the afternoon Yoga class guests are again free to enjoy the facilities of Resort or head out to Siem Reap and enjoy more time as a group at one of the great restaurants.

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Day 4: Contentment

Breakfast > Tonle Sap Yoga > Traditional Lunch > Floating Village Visit > Afternoon Yoga Class (B,L,)

Today begins with an early breakfast and then we head to the majestic Tonle Sap and enjoy a morning yoga class on the edge of this vast body of water. We then board a boat to discover the mighty UNESCO listed Tonle Sap. This mighty lake supports many communities and we will visit a floating village. Enjoying a traditional lunch you will discover a unique way of life and we will be providing vital financial support through this visit. Returning to the resort you will have time to relax before afternoon Yoga and then you are free to join your Green Cultural Travel host exploring Siem Reap or enjoy dinner at the resort restaurant.

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Day 5: Giving

Yoga Class > Breakfast > Siem Reap Exploration > Traditional Lunch > Pagoda visit and guided meditation > Afternoon Yoga Class  (B,L)

We slow down today and following on from your Yoga class and breakfast explore the city of Siem Reap including the amazing Artisan D’Angkor working with youth of the region to preserve the traditional arts and Rehash Trash an NGO working with local women to tackle the plastic problem. We again enjoy a traditional lunch and then head to a local Pagoda to explore the majestic art and be led in a guided meditation by a senior monk. Again take time in the afternoon to enjoy the Resort before afternoon yoga and joining the group and Host and head into Siem Reap.

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Day 6: Awareness

Breakfast > Kulen Mountain > Yoga > Temple Exploration > Traditional Lunch >  Afternoon Yoga Class (B,L)

Today we again have an early breakfast and then travel to beautiful Kulen Mountain and enjoy our Yoga practise in this stunning location. We explore the holly temple sites known as the Valley of a 1000 Lingas or The River of a 1000 Lingas which consists of a series of stone rock relief carvings in sandstone formations along the river bed and banks. Returning to the Resort you will have time to relax before your late afternoon Yoga class. As usual you can join your Green Cultural Travel Host and head into Siem Reap of relax and dine at the resort.

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Day 7: Connection

Angkor Wat Sunrise and Meditation> Picnic Breakfast > Yoga > Lunch at the Resort > Khmer Massage > Afternoon Yoga Class, Apsara Dance and Farewell Dinner (B,L,D)

The day begins with the group rising early to take in the legendary sunrise over Angkor Wat. Jessica will lead a short guided mediation in this stunning location and then we enjoy a picnic breakfast. Returning to the resort we have a later than normal yoga session before time to relax a late lunch together. We then pamper ourselves with a traditional Khmer massage before afternoon Yoga class. Then as a group we discover the beauty of an Aspara dance performance and enjoy a buffet dinner together.

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Day 8: Reflection

Yoga Class > Breakfast > Group reflections

We take our final class together and breakfast. Then we gather together and Jessica will lead a group discussion on the Retreat and reflections or what can be taken away into your daily lives. Then depending on the time of your flight you can relax before we transfer you to the airport for departure.

Jessica is a yoga teacher and owner of Vientiane Yoga Studio named after and located in the capital of Laos.

She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, ever since she discovered Indian philosophy while attending Hunter College in New York City. That initial inspiration drove her to practice at top NYC Yoga studios in her search for an embodied experience of the sublime.

Eventually she followed her flow to India and began intensive training with an Indian Yoga guru. The following year, she pursued her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Surinder Singh of Rishikesh, graduating in January 2015. She has been teaching yoga ever since. Her teaching style is highly accessible for beginners, focused on body & breath awareness, strength building, graceful coordination and intuitive alignment.

She guides her students in using the physical practice of yoga to build the openness and focus necessary for seated meditation, so that they can access their innate inner silence, stillness and power.”

Angkor Palace Resort and Spa
Angkor Palace Resort and Spa
Deluxe Double or Twin Room
Experience the ultimate luxury and elegance of this Resort. The only international 5-star resort designed and built by a Cambodian architect, its décor and furnishing reflect the finest in Cambodian architecture. Nestled within a 11-hectare estate, the lush resort offers you the serenity of a secluded retreat.

Exclusions

    • Visa fee
    • Flights & airport taxes
    • Other personal expenses
    • Beverages
    • Other activities
    • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
    • Travel Insurance which is required

Remarks

• Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
• Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
• No refund for any un-utilized Package

CANCELLATION:
FIT (Individual) Travel Arrangement
• Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
• More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
• More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
• Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
• Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
• Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

GIT (Group – 7 guests or more) – Travel Arrangement
• Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
• More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
• More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
• Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
• Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
• Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Local Culture
The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.

Local Flights
There are no flights on this Package

Arrival Complications
We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact
If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers
Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia
During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791
After hours emergency number
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791

What to Take
We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.
Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.
You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Visas
Please note that visas for entry into Cambodia are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.
CAMBODIA – Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate OR on arrival for $30 USD. Please bring at least two passport photos.
You will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.

Spending Money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on holiday.

Money Exchange
During your holiday, you will use both the Cambodian Riel and US Dollar as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com
The best way to access local currency in Cambodia is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
USD Cash is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible such as a number of islands and remote provinces. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.
If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.
Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.
Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Tipping
Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.

Health
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.
For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.
When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.
During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.
Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form
As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

A Word of Warning
When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Please do not buy gems in Cambodia unless you know what you are doing. Even if they are genuine, you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.
Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs
Green Cultural Travel is owned by the Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited and through ongoing dividends we are able to support our and other community projects. If you book flights through our affiliated partner we will ensure that the carbon footprint is offset through direct investment in the planting of tree’s.

Local Dress
In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.

Green Cultural Travel Hub
When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This connects you to us and like-minded travellers. Our bi-monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programmes.

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