What does a Pravassa Wellness vacation look like?

What makes Pravassa's Wellness travel concept different?

Close to our heart, mind, body, and soul, our company wellness principles lay the foundation upon which every Pravassa tour is built.  No matter where in the world we take you, expect these principles to shine through on each of our wellness travel journeys.  

1) Unique Boutique Accommodations - Scouting and vetting hotels is a hallmark of our travel philosophy. Pravassa is proud to have built lasting relationships with locally run boutique hotels, supporting the communities we visit and fostering the concept of Fair Travel. Our handpicked, vetted, deluxe accommodations offer you a quiet, restful setting enabling you to focus on self-care and reconnecting with the world around you.

2) Locally Sourced Food - The best way to learn about a culture is to trace its history through food. Local recipes can tell stories across time and geography. Our wellness food philosophy: eat locally sourced food, mostly vegetables; renews our commitment to sustainability and opens a world for you to nourish your body in the best way possible. 

3) Exclusive Experiences - All Pravassa journeys give you access to expert educators and exclusive travel experiences. We craft relationships that offer insider access to cultural festivals, local's homes, and onsite offerings created just for Pravassa's guests.

4) Stress-Free Travel - By expertly handling every detail of your trip, Pravassa puts you on a path to wellness and a stress-free vacation. From our exclusive travel guides and pre-departure consultations to VIP customs clearance and on-site transportation, you'll never have to sweat the small stuff with us.  

5) Time for Self-Care - In our over scheduled, constantly connected world, self-care often goes by the wayside. Pravassa gives you permission and the time to stop, recharge, and bring joy into your life.

6) Wellness Support, Pre, During, & Post Journey - From jet-lag hacks to advice on how to stay healthy while traveling, Pravassa is here to guide and support your journey from the time you register to after you return home. Joining our connected community enhances your entire vacation experience. 

 

What can i expect on a Pravassa wellness tour?

A Pravassa travel experience is more than just a vacation. We plan a stress-free vacation, which restores your best self.  Our 5-tenet wellness philosophy®: BREATHE. MOVE. MINDFULNESS. NOURISH. EXPERIENCE. ensures you'll have a #changedbytravel experience. Here how:

  • We will limit this group size to a maximum of 20 travelers in order to create a harmonious tribe. 
  • We personally research and scout our itineraries ensuring they are properly vetted for wellness travel.
  • We craft each tour to have a balance between cultural excursions, physical activities, and down time to explore on your own.
  • We never drop you off at a must-see sight in a cattle call. Instead we partner with expert guides who invite you to be immersed in the culture and have an authentic and often exclusive experience. 
  • We eschew large tour buses and instead use vans that seat three-across.
  • We understand the importance of diet & nutrition and work with all our travelers to accommodate their needs.
  • We connect you to our like-minded community made up of solo travelers, couples, friends, and families, all over 18 years of age.
  • We create a Pre-Departure Package, which includes an exclusive travel guide, wellness tips and travel hacks, a wellness consultation, and access to our team who will answer all your questions. 
  • We make sure you are greeted at the airport with a friendly face to whisk you to our first location.
  • We welcome the group in an opening wellness session, which we release the stress of traveling and discuss our upcoming itinerary. 

 

Do i need to book my flights to vietnam?

Pravassa's wellness travel tours do not include international flights therefore travelers are responsible for booking their own flights into and out of the country. For our Vietnam wellness tour, you will fly into/out of Noi Bai Airport (HAN). All flights from the US take approximately 20 hours of travel time including layovers. One-stop round-trip airfare from the US averages around $1300 for an economy-class ticket from New York or Los Angeles. Do not book your flight until the vacation is confirmed to depart. At that time, Pravassa forwards suggested booking routes. 

 

What is the Vietnam arrival & departure info?

Check-in is available from 3pm on August 29th. Our wellness tour does not begin until 7am on the 30th, which will allows for late night arrivals. VIP arrival service and a designated group transfer are included in your package. You will be responsible for your own entry visa.  

Group departure transfers to Noi Bai Airport will be arranged. Return flights should depart after 3pm on September 10th. Departure transfers will be confirmed once travel plans have been submitted from all travelers. 

If you choose to arrive/depart outside of the set transfer times, we will be happy to help arrange your transportation for an additional fee. 

Are there entry & Travel requirements?

All travelers’ passports MUST be valid for 6 months after date of entry into Vietnam (March 2018). Please make sure to check your passport at least three months before your departure so you have time to renew it if necessary.   

Pravassa will supply a Visa Entry Letter on your behalf. You will have to apply for a visa-on-arrival in order to enter the country. We will help you through this process. 

For our trip we suggest packing no more than a 12kg/25lb suitcase - we'll offer tips & tricks on how to do this! A packing list will be sent as part of your pre-departure package, but to get started you'll need: light weight clothing, a yoga mat, yoga/fitness clothes, a bathing suit, ear plugs, and a good pair of walking shoes!

Are there health/medical concerns?

Please consult a travel doctor and the CDC website for up-to-date travel vaccinations. 

Pravassa will be purchasing medical/travel insurance on your behalf for this trip. Even if you're healthy, accidents can happen! The travel insurance covers things such trip delay, lost luggage, accidents, and medical emergencies. 

If you plan on extending your trip or visiting other countries, please let us know as there will be additional insurance fees you'll need to cover.

Stomach problems can be common when traveling. Drinking a lot of water is the best way to stay healthy. We suggest you pack activated charcoal and probiotics to keep your gut healthy and calm should it become upset. 

 

What level are the active excursions?

Vietnam's Activity Level is MODERATE. Our wellness focus will be on sitting for meditation, light stretching, walking, climbing temple stairs, kayaking the bay, bicycling riding, and treks through nature. 

Our #changedbytravel hashtag is most appropriate when you find yourself far away from home in a foreign land. Expect to be taken out of your comfort zone, when your most profound personal change will happen, in a safe way. For active experiences in Vietnam we ask that you wear good walking shoes we ask that you wear good walking shoes and dress to respect the local culture - covering your shoulders and knees in the temples. Fitness levels can be adjusted to accommodate your needs and it's important to remember that you have the freedom to skip any activity that does not resonate with you.

What can I expect in the Wellness Classes?

All wellness classes in Vietnam will be held outdoors. To make the classes as comfortable as possible, we try and schedule them first thing in the morning or just before sunset. Classes will be a mixture of movement, seated meditation, writing, and discussion designed to stretch and stimulate your body and mind. 

Lena Franklin crafts her wellness instruction with consideration to the day's activities. Active beginners are always welcome! You will be required to travel with your own yoga/fitness mat, as they will not be provided onsite.

 

Are there additional fees?

International airfare, alcohol, spa appointments, personal expenses, and any activities such as meals, day tours, or transportation in addition to our set itinerary will have additional fees.

 

Is traveling to Vietnam for me?

Vietnam offers up a welcoming culture unlike anything you've ever experienced. Here are a few local customs to understand that will help you to decide if this tour is a good fit for you. 

  • Religious Adherence and Tradition: The Balinese religion of Hindu Dharma permeates everyday life. Daily you can witness and participate in local festivals, celebrations, or cremations as foreigners are always welcome. Offerings will be placed on the ground outside of hotels, temples, stores, and restaurants, please step around them.
  • Sarong and Sash: When entering temples and participating in festivals, the required dress is a sarong and sash, for both men and women, along with a white shirt that covers your shoulders. If menstruating, it is requested that you not enter the temple. 
  • Remove Your Shoes: Shoes are never worn indoors in Bali. You are expected to take them off at the entrance to a house or temple and remain barefoot. The ground can be hot from the sun so try to walk in the shaded areas.
  • Sitting on the Ground: In all temples and blessing ceremonies you will be required to sit on the ground, sometimes for extended periods of time, while praying and receiving blessings from the priest. It is traditional to sit cross-legged in a sarong that covers your legs.
  • Do Not Touch the Head: Considered the most sacred part of the body, Balinese do not touch or like to be touched on their head unless for religious reasons.  
  • Visiting a Balian: Local folklore and native medicine is practiced in every village in Bali. Healers, or Balians, make up a large part of cultural tapestry. We've seen a different Balian on every trip and they offer everything from fortune telling to physical check-ups to more otherworldly offerings. We believe it is a not to be missed experience and would happily arrange this for you if you are interested.
  • Friendliness and Dinner Invitations: The Balinese are a very social society. Don't be surprised if a local starts up a conversation, wants to talk politics, or extends an invitation for dinner or drinks. As a whole, the culture believes in karma and reincarnation, so a happy vibe is the norm. Nothing more than great company and conversation is expected.

 

What do I need to know about traveling in Vietnam?

  • The national language is Vietnamese. Westerners are not expected to speak the language. Our experts will be there to guide you so no need to worry. If you want to try and communicate, we suggest you learn a few polite phrases. Elders often speak French and many young people will know a little English. 
  • Vietnamese Dong is the currency and cash is king outside of the hotels. No need to get Dong prior to arrival, as ATMs and moneychangers are available and offer the best exchange rates.  
  • Most nationalities require a Visa to enter Vietnam. US, EU, and Canadian nationals will be granted a $25 Visa-on-Arrival. We'll help you coordinate the paperwork before you depart and walk you through the process upon arrival.
  • Temperatures in Vietnam will be in the low 90's with high humidity during the time of our visit.
  • Electricity is 220V and outlets have either US plugs or the 2 -Pin European outlets.
  • WiFi is available in Hanoi, Tam Coc, and Mai Chau. There will be no WiFi during our time at sea in Bai Tu Long. 
  • While pickpocketing is prevalent in every large city across the world, we've never had a problem in Vietnam. You'll receive our guide on how to protect your belongs while traveling, but if you are aware of your surroundings you'll have nothing to worry about.
  • Drinking bottled water is your best bet for a happy gut. It's cheap, available everywhere, and you'll have some in your room to use to brush your teeth. 
  • Vegetarianism is a new concept in Vietnam. Telling someone you don’t eat meat usually translates to "no pork". During our group meals we’ll do our best to accommodate dietary requests and serve local healthy ingredients. If you require a special diet or have a food allergy, please alert us prior to travel so we can make the appropriate requests. 
  • Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia so we recommend modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for your own comfort.
  • Travel stresses your immune system. We'll provide you some wellness ways to stay healthy, but we also suggest taking vitamins and wearing a mask in Hanoi to stay healthy.


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