Join us on this incredible yoga adventure into the heart of Asia. Expand your yoga practice beyond your yoga mat as we travel through breathtaking landscapes and astounding temples keeping the practice alive and present in the heart and on the mat . We will perform karma yoga to save magnificent Asian Elephants during the day and meditate under stars at night. We will meet each other and incredible local people that will open your heart with their truth and love so much that you will never be the same.
Our activities will include but are not limited to:
*Yoga Classes in most days when is available
*Meditation in most days when is available
*Exploring City Markets
* Exploring Buddhist Temples
* Plane, Bus and/ or canoe rides
Trekking and lots of walking
Swimming and bathing in rivers and/or lakes
Eating amazing local Thai & Cambodian Food (also Vegetarian options)
Thailand and Cambodia
Thailand and Cambodia are backpacking tropical countries.
We will be visiting these countries during the beginning
of the rainy season so we might expect some rain but no one knows
for sure. Last year I was there during the same time and the weather was great all over South East Asia, with the exception of 3 rainy days
during my month and a half visit. These countries are safe to travel, the local people are friendly and honest, there are thousands of young backpackers traveling there every season and almost no problems reported.
Bangkog & Surin Province, Thailand
We will be arriving to the city of Bangkok, which is one of the largest hubs in South East Asia because its central location. This is the best spot to start any trip in South East Asia, mainly because location and the great offers you can get. There are hundreds of great hotels reasonably priced and all the amenities that a large city could offer. Is an incredibly hectic but amazing city and a visit to the old town and its temples is a must, as well as tour on the river or floating market.
Then we will be traveling north to the Surin province, where The Surin Elephant Reserved located. The reserve is a unique and innovative concept aimed at improving the living conditions of captive Asian elephants by providing economic sustainability for their owners through responsible volunteer tourism. We will be helping around the camp doing all types of volunteer work.
Siam Reap, Cambodia
After visiting the Elephant Reserve in Thailand, we will be heading south to Siam Reap, which is the capital of the Siem Reap province in north western Cambodia and a popular tourist destination as the gateway to Ankor region and the Ankor Archeological Park. The town has colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter, and around the Old Market. In the city, there are museums, traditional Apsara dance performances, Cambodian cultural village, souvenir and handicraft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
We will Tuk Tuk our way in the dark to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat. People travel from all over the world to experience this surreal place.
We will spent the rest of the morning wandering Angkor City, visiting the main temples Angkor Thom, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Ta Prohm is also known as the Tomb Raider Temple because scenes with Lara Croft were filmed here. Walking through these magnificent buildings, we will stop and meditate on the energy of this sacred city.
Market. In the city, there are museums, traditional Apsara dance performances, Cambodian cultural village, souvenir and handycraft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and a bird sanctuary near the Tonle Sap Lake.
Cost of the trip $1,700 May 2-13, 2015
12 days / 11 nights
Includes: All transfers and transportation in Asia.
Daily Yoga and Meditation class with Anya Guti & Juliano Echeverri founder of FunkyYoga.com. All meals. Lodging and accommodation. Elephant reserve fees.
A $300 Non-Refundable Deposit for the Elephant Reserve is need it to secure the trip before Feb 28th, 2015
Please donate below. This whole amount will be used to support our Save the Elephant Program in South East Asia.
Travel ScheduleMay 2-13, 2015
12 days / 11 nights
May 1-2 Flight Miami- Bangkok, Thailand
Arrive to Hotel, explore the city by night and the amazing Khaosan Road (Old Rice Market) Now a hectic tourist attraction. Outside Dinner and Thai Massages (Both included) Maybe a drink in a local Pub and more Thai massages before go to sleep.
May 3 Traveling to Surin Province Thailand
We will ride a very comfortable bus for 5.15 min with a stop for lunch in a local place. We can pretty much us flip flops during the whole trip, but its advisable to bring some tennis, tracking or any other warmer shoes for plane and bus rides. As far as clothing we can travel these countries with shorts and t-shirts but a light sweater and a pair of pants are needed as well for rare occasions.
May 4-8 Surin Elephant Reserve Northern, Thailand
For 5 days we will volunteer in the Elephant reserve. We will have the chance to do yoga every morning and and afternoon meditation. The rest of the time we will be spending time with the amazing Asian Elephant. A smaller specie than the African one but as magnificent and powerful as their African cousins. We will be feeding them, helping them to take baths, and taking care of them. The setting is a jungle reserve, so bring lots of organic insect repellent and sunscreen lotions (try wholefoods) and the necessary gear to get wet almost everyday.
May 9 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Arrive to city Siem Reap - visit the amazing Angkor Wat archeological site for Sunset.
May 10 Siem Reap, Cambodia
Depart early morning to explore Anchor Wat for Sunrise and other sites near by like Kbal Spean, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre, Prasat Kravan. Dinner with Khmer Dance show. (Optional)
May 11 Siem Reap, Cambodia - Bangkok, Thailand
Visit to Preh Khan and the Buddhist temple at Neak Pean. Then lunch in a local restaurant and Depart to Bangkok by plane in the afternoon.
May 12 Bangkok, Thailand
We will have time to explore this amazing city or schedule a trip to the Floating Market like Damnoen Saduak located 100 ams from the city. (Optional and takes the whole day.)
May 12-13 The End - Departure
Those who need can flight back May 12th at night or the 13th in the morning back to the U.S.
What to Bring:
We suggest that you travel as lightly as possible. We recommend that you take the following:
Essential items: Flashlight, Earplugs, Alarm clock/watch, Basic First Aid kit, personal medication, Towel, personal toiletries, sunscreen, Insect repellant, flip flops, closed shoes, long sleeved shirts and trousers, extra socks.
Seasonal Gear (poncho/ waterproofs (Rainy season: June - October), warm clothing (Cold season: November - February; can get quite cold at night times).