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Join SoulFit adventures on a unique 11 day Yoga Retreat and Cycling Holiday in Northern Laos. Our accommodation is beautiful, food delicious and our daily yoga will ensure your body is in top condition for the cycling.
This journey through the quiet world of Northern Laos is not to be missed. Starting in Luang Prabang we stay in some of Laos' most unique hotels and in the company of our private yoga instructor and expert local guide we cycle the back roads and practise yoga along the way. At the same time we travel responsibly and support local communities.
Relax into this journey, soak up a slower pace of life and find a little more of yourself along the way.
This trips is designed for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.
Single rooms are limited and are subject to availability and incur an additional supplement. Most people are happy to share a room and if are travelling alone and booking a shared twin room, we will put you in a room with a same sex person.
7 nights in boutique 4-5 star hotels, 1 night bungalow, 2 nights local hotels.
Full program price includes:
• SoulFit Adventures representative.
• English speaking local country/cycling guide.
• Fully qualified and experience private yoga instructor for daily yoga and meditation.
• 10 nights accommodation in boutique hotels (twin share).
• Complimentary massages
• All sightseeing activities as listed in the itinerary.
• Admission fee to indicated sights as listed in the itinerary.
• Welcome dinner.
• All meals as indicated in the itinerary: B= breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner.
• Airport transfers on day 1 and day 11.
• Transportation in private bus or minivan or boat where indicated.
• Domestic government taxes and service charges.
• Luggage handling and daily drinking water.
• Bike rental on Trek mountain bikes (you are welcome to bring your own bike).
• Air conditioned support vehicle.
• Health and fitness activities including daily stretching prior to morning start and at the end of each days cycling.
14 October to 24 October 2013
30 December 2013 to 9 January 2014
19 May to 29 May 2014
20 October to 30 October 2014
Yoga - all levels welcome, Massage, Cycling - experienced cyclists can be accommodated.
Day 1: Arrival Luang Prabang (D)
Check into our hotel which is the beautiful 9-room boutique property, The Apsara Rive Droite. Running along the
right bank of the Nam Khan River, the Apsara Rive Droite has nine huge, glamorous rooms, all with their own
veranda or terrace, overlooking the river and the heart of Luang Prabang. This afternoon we are fitted for our
bikes before some time to relax in the hotel’s luxurious, tropical gardens or take a dip in the refreshing pool
before a briefing and ‘Welcome to Laos’ dinner at the famous 3 Nagas Restaurant.
Overnight at The Apsara Rive Droite Hotel –
Day 2: Luang Prabang Past, Present and Future (B, L) – 25kms option to extend
Start the morning with yoga and then we take a half day bike trip to settle in that will take you to the secrets of
the town’s wetlands, centuries old temples, a Saa Paper village, a blacksmith village, and an orphanage school. At
the orphanage school, you will visit the small gallery and vegetable gardens that are managed by the children.
Before going back to the town, you will visit a weaving centre, where you get an explanation of the silk weaving
process. Look at silkworm, natural dyes and meet the weavers. Enjoy a local lunch at the weaving centre.
This afternoon it’s easy cycling around town visiting Wat Visun, Wat Aham, the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong,
walking along the street, Wat Mai. Then climb Phusi hill to enjoy the view overlooking the city and watch the
amazing sunset. From here we can see the magic Mekong and the small Nam Khan rivers. This evening you have
to yourselves. Maybe explore the local restaurants or indulge in another massage, the choice is yours.
Overnight at The Apsara Rive Driote
Day 3: Luang Prabang- Nong Kiau 70 km (B,L) - option of extending to 130kms for those interested
After our morning yoga class and breakfast we head off on our first full day cycling. First we transfer by vehicle
and then cycle 70 km to Nong Kiau, a small town on the banks of the Nam Ou River. Nong Kiau boasts a gorgeous
backdrop of imposing limestone mountains, picturesque river views and genuine local colour. If time permits,
explore the several caves in the immediate area, one of which was apparently the site of many deaths when
local villagers sheltered there during the war. Alternatively get a massage, join in a gentle yoga and meditation
class, walk and play in the river with the local children.
Overnight at Nong Kiau Riverside – www.nongkiau.com – standard room
Day 4: Nong Kiau – Muang Khoua by boat on the Nam Ou River (B,L)
Today the Nam Ou, which is one of the most beautiful rivers in the region awaits. We journey slowly upstream.
Here, where there are no roads, life feels completely different from what we are accustomed! And, we want to
share in this peace and tranquility. Let’s stop on the way to visit and discover some remote villages.
Overnight at Senaly – basic room (best hotel in town)
Day 5: Muang Khoua – Muang La 70 km (B,L,D) – additional cycling can be organized
Today we cycle 70 km to reach the village of Muang La. The lush green vegetation and houses made of wood and
bamboo are met by two rushing rivers: the Nam Phak and the smaller Nam La. Aside from its general beauty and
attractive ancient wat, the main reason for foreigners to visit this town is the hot springs. The night is yours to
sample the hot springs or join in a yoga and meditation class.
Overnight at Muang La resort - www.muangla.com
Day 6: Muang La (B, D) – optional cycling around the local area
A free day to do whatever takes your fancy. Cycling around the local area, join in some yoga and meditation,
enjoy a massage, sauna, hot springs bath or simply do nothing!
Overnight at Muang La resort
Day 7: Muang La – Oudomxai 30 km (B,L)
Start the day with a yoga and meditation session and then in the afternoon we cycle to the town of
Oudomxai. Maybe finish the day with a massage with one of our resident masseuses.
Overnight in Charming Lao Hotel - www.charminglaohotel.com - Deluxe Room
Day 8: Oudomxai - Muang Hong – Pak Beng 52 km (B,L,D) – option of extending cycling
After breakfast a transfer by minivan will bring you to Muang Hong (or skip the transfer and cycle), where you
will start cycling for the day. This is probably one of the best roads of Laos. You will finish in the narrow valley of
the Beng River at the northern section. This afternoon participate in a meditation session or enjoy a massage.
Overnight in Pakbeng Lodge
Day 9: Pak Beng – Pak Ou Cave and cycle to Zen Nam Khan Resort 47 km (B,L)
As we make our way down river, we will pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and
perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. We will visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and
perhaps even taste some the infamous beverage known as Lao Rice wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves, where
thousands of Buddha statues are stored. From here we start cycling 47 km with an ending that has a bit of a
‘sting’ in its tail to Zen Nam Khan Resort, a remote and peaceful resort, which we have all to ourselves!
Over night at Zen Nam Khan Resort – www.zennamkhanresort.com
Day 10: Relaxing day and activity optional (B)
Our last day and it’s a free day. Yoga by the pool, have one last massage or simply lie back, do nothing and enjoy
the surroundings! If you are up for it tonight venture back into Luang Prabang and soak up the atmosphere one
Day 11: Transfer to the airport for departure (B)
End of program, transfer for flight to Bangkok for connecting flights or continue on with your travels.
SoulFit Adventures works in collaboration with the best yoga instructors. They are highly experienced and experts in their chosen styles which include Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Hatha and Kundalini. We use a variety of instructors based on the time of the year and who is available. We welcome all levels from beginners to experienced yogi’s to deepen their practice.
A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of AUD$500 is due for each person upon registration and full payment is required 6 weeks prior to the start of the trip/retreat.
Our SoulFit adventures trip was nothing short of fantastic. The local guides, internal travel, transfers and accommodation were all great and perfectly organized. For us to have been on such a diverse trip without having to worry about any of the logistics in these foreign countries was an absolute treat. I highly recommend SoulFit Adventures”. Jeremy Nathan January 2012.
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This trip departs and finishes in the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang International Airport has daily flights between Luang Prabang and Bangkok, Luang Prabang and Hanoi, Luang Prabang and Cambodia (Phnom Phen) along with several daily connections with the capital of Laos Vientiane.
There are international flights in and out of Vientiane from the following ports Cambodia (Phnom Phen), China (Kunming), Burma (Yangoon), Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai), Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City), Taiwan (Taipei) and Singapore. Its also possible to travel overland from various countries. For further information, please contact us directly.
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