Cambodia and Vietnam Tour Fall 2016

JONETTE CROWLEY & JOY TRAVEL PRESENT:

The Spiritual Magic of Cambodia and Vietnam

12-Days, Nov. 2–13, with optional 3-day beach extension, Nov. 13 – 16, 2016

Angkor Wat

First of a three part spiritual odyssey for humanity…

Young Monks

Jonette has been guided to lead a series of 3 journeys with the mission to help lift human consciousness. This triad begins in 2016 with Cambodia and Vietnam. 2017 will be Australia, with an option to New Zealand. This will culminate in Tibet in 2018. We invite any who hear the call to be the core team for all 3 journeys. Of course we invite you to be part of any of the trips. These journeys are always life-changing.

Vietnam and Cambodia…

Our focus will be accessing the Spirit in the ancient temples of Angkor Wat— a power place seemingly out of time that calls us forward to explore the truth of humanity and our destiny. The spiritual jewel of Indochina, Angkor Wat is a breathtaking complex built to harmonize earth and stars. We’ll be immersed in the beauty of waterways and rice fields. We’ll hold healing in our hearts for the gentle people who have endured such war and suffering in this magical land. Even Our spiritual mission is both global and deeply spiritual, seeking our own pathway to enlightenment. PAST TOUR!

  • Ha Long Bay, VietnamExplore Hanoi
  • Overnight cruise on iconic Halong Bay
  • Angkor Wat area in Cambodia 3 days
  • Cruise Tonle Sap lake and stay at a village home
  • Bicycle around the rice fields
  • Experience Phnom Penh
  • Most meals – Breakfast daily and either lunch or a dinner
  • Option 3 days at Sihanoukville Beach
  • Price includes flight between Vietnam and Cambodia, and within Cambodia

 

 

4 in one

SAMPLE ITINERARY – November 2 – 13, 2016

2 in oneDay 1: Nov. 2, Arrive Hanoi, Viet Nam
Enjoy free time to rest or explore. (Because of the travel distances we suggest you arrive in Hanoi a day or two early to rest. Our tour company is happy to book you a room at our hotel.)

Day 2: Nov. 3, Hanoi Half Day Tour
After breakfast, explore Hanoi.  View Vietnam’s colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. Visit the city’s heritage sites and special temples, including the Jade Mountain temple. We’ll get a true feeling of the culture as we take a pedicab ride around “the 36 meandering streets” of Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter, a perfect  combination of the past and the present.  Welcome gathering and dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)Vietnam2

Day 3: Nov. 4, Hanoi to Halong Bay
Depart through the scenic countryside to Ha Long Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights and a Natural UNESCO Heritage site. We board our overnight cruise and explore the picturesque scenery of some 3,000 limestone islands rising from the emerald water. We anchor for a swim and visit hidden grotto beneath towering cliffs. Deluxe dinner on board. (B, L, D)


Day 4: Nov. 5, Halong Bay to Hanoi, Flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia

fter breakfast on board, the cruise continuous to sail through the fairytale-like landscape of the Bay. After lunch we bus to Hanoi Airport for our evening flight to Siem Reap—the area of Angkor Wat. For the next 4 nights we stay  at a 4-star resort. (B, L)

Day 5: Nov. 6, Angkor Wat Temples and Cycling
Vietnam1There are over 100 stone temples in Angkor Wat and today we will explore one of the oldest Temple sites – the Roluos area. Mountain bikes await for you to enjoy an amazing cycle through amazing paddy fields, with Phnom Bok asthe perfect back drop. At the pagoda, a simple picnic lunch is served. Meet with some of the monks.  From Lolei Temple, it is a short cycle to Preah Ko and Bakong. Take your time to climb the 635 steps up the hill where a stunning view awaits.  This is the most serene place for a perfect afternoon or sunset mediation session. Return to Navatu for dinner on your own. (B, L)

Vietnam5Day 6: Nov. 7, Angkor Exploration Continues 
We start with a tuktuk ride to Batchum temple. Walk through the magic of a Khmer village on stilts. At the “Citadel of Monks” a tuktuk waits to take us to Ta Prohm where trees grow out of the ruins giving a mysterious feeling. Lunch in a local cafe. We enter the masterpiece of Angkor Wat at the East Gate. One the largest religious monuments in the world, this magnificent complex consists of five towers representing the peaks of the holy Mount Meru. We marvel at temples overgrown with trees, walk through the forest to the pyramid shaped temples of Phimeanakas and the Baphuon. We contemplate the shrine dedicated to Buddha, with 216 serene stone faces. We explore the Terrace of the Elephants, and the Victory Gate. We find a place for personal and group meditation. Free evening. (B, L)

Day 7: Nov. 8, Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei 
Vietnam6Visit Phnom Kelen a World Heritage National Park called the River of a Thousand Linga’s. Also see figures carved in the sandstone river bed. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Kulen Waterfall. Receive a blessing from the monks at the mountain top pagoda. Enjoy local spiritual customs in this beautiful setting to take learn more about the Cambodian culture. Explore one of the jewels in the Angkor area, Bantaey Srei, an enchanting Temple that is nearly everyone’s’ favorite site. If time allows Sunset at Pre Rup.  Return to our hotel for a gathering with Jonette. (B, L)

Day 8: Nov. 9, Lake Tonle Sap Overnight Adventure vietnam7
Leave Siem Reap for Me Chhrey floating village where our boats await with lunch on deck. We spend the day on this ‘Great Lake,’ enjoying a short boat ride or paddle by kayak through the mangroves. Our adventure then takes us to Prek Toal, a large floating village where we spend the night with local families, getting a glimpse of an unchanged way of life. Dinner at a local handicraft initiative. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Nov. 10, Tonle Sap Adventure Flight to Phnom Penh
Wake up with the birds to cruise into Core Bird Reserve. There is the option to swim in the clear waters here or kayak in the semi-flooded forest. Return to the village for breakfast then back across the Tonle Sap Lake to Siem Reap where we collect our luggage. Enjoy a picnic lunch, Vietnam8transfer to the airport for our short flight to Phnom Penh. Free evening. (B, L)

Day 10: Nov. 11,  Phnom Penh City Tour
With the vibrancy and coffee shops of a capital city, Phnom Penh also has the devastating legacy from the Pol Pot regime after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. We’ll use our spiritual compassion as we visit the place where over 17.000 people were imprisoned; seeing also the Genocide Museum. In the afternoon we visit The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda is comprised of more than 5000 silver tiles. It houses the magnificent Emerald Buddha, and a 90kg gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds. Group meeting with Jonette and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Nov. 12, Free Day or Optional Excursion to Kampong Chhnang 
Today you may have a free day to shop or relax. Or enjoy an optional tour outside of the city. (Vietnam4There is an additional cost of $83.) Travel by bus to the old capital, enjoying a rural experience that includes a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful paddy fields. Visit a modern pagoda and then enjoy a short bicycle ride through the countryside. Visit a pottery making village and a local home where palm wine is made. Bus back to Phnom Penh.  We celebrate our amazing journey at our Farewell dinner at one of Phnom Penh’s lovely restaurants. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Nov. 13, Depart Phnom Penh or begin Beach Option
Transfer to the airport for your flight home from the international airport. (B)

Beach Option, Nov 13 – 16

Vietnam9Day 12: Nov. 13,  Sihanoukville Beach
It is a 4-hour drive to Sihanoukville— Cambodia’s prime beach resort. Check into our comfortable resort hotel to enjoy free time on the private beach. (The hotel is located a bit out of town and it is recommended to arrange tuktuks to town.) Sihanoukville has many off-shore islands with great boat trips to the Koh Rong Archipelago. (B)

Day 13: Nov. 14,  Sihanoukville Beach, free
Enjoy the free day at leisure and take in the calmness of the area. Optional tours to islands and waterfalls are  available but not included. The day is for you to fill in the way you like. (B)

Day 14: Nov. 15,  Sihanoukville Beach, Farewell Dinner
Vietnam sunsetThe day is free for you to relax and enjoy. In the evening, transfer by tuktuks to a local restaurant for our final Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Day 15: Nov. 16, Depart from Phnom Penh
After breakfast 3.5 hour transfer to the Phnom Penh Airport for your international flight home. (B)