An experiential deep dive into Vietnamese notions of the Mind, the Body, and the Soul.
The concept of the Mind, Body and Soul tour is to bring greater attention to visitors on local perceptions on life, mortality, the self in physical and mental form, as well as community and how these have changed or shifted over time. The Mind, Body and Soul tour touches on religion, spirituality, medicine and moral code. The tour includes private transport and one meal.
We will meet at an intimate tea hous, snuck away from the city traffic to break the ice and talk about the forthcoming itinerary.
We’ll relieve any ailments and aches with a trip to a traditional practitioner and apothecary. While there, we will discuss the influence of China and France on past and present practices of medicine.
We go through the concept of ancestor worship and understanding its relationship to Vietnamese practices. There after, we visit the Nam Giao esplanade which was a designated space for ceremonies led by the former emperor. We also look at how Daoism affected the urban planning of Hue during the Nguyen Dynasty.
The final part of the tour includes a vegan meal followed by a visit to the pagoda where we will learn more about the strands of religion prominent in Vietnam as well as a specific practice of Buddhism.
All costs for food and transport are covered on this tour. Please bring a water container to reduce plastic usage. Alternatively, we can provide one for each guest.
Unless you have paid for your tour in advance, please prepare for the tour fee to pay at the meeting point. We only accept Vietnamese Dong. If you have any trouble with converting cash or finding an ATM, please let us know in advance and we will give you advice for this.
The food on this tour is strictly vegetarian. Please inform your tour guide if you have any allergies. Vegans can also be catered for.
The walking on this tour is generally short and we take private transport to each location. Be prepared to be able to take off your shoes with relative ease.
Please wear clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. It is also suggested that you wear clothes that are comfortable to sit still in for longer period of time.
Mosquitoes can be an issue at certain times of the year. If you are not wearing clothing that covers your legs and arms, we advise you to use mosquito spray for your own comfort.
There are aspects of this tour that may complicate hygiene standards but there are experiences that parts of the tour. While we have full faith in the people we collaborate with, certain parts of the tour can be substituted for guests that express concern over certain practices. For more details on this, please feel free to email us or enquire during the booking process.
Transport after the tour is included.
Transport to the meeting point of the tour is not included but we can arrange a pick up for an additional fee.
The concept of this tour is to explore environments and activities that you may not be familiar with for a better cultural understanding. For some people, that takes a little courage and maybe a hand to hold. Others don’t raise eyebrows. Everyone is different. We’re here with you to give gentle encouragement!
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