VIETNAM: RETURN TO THE SOURCE
January 7 - 17, 2021 (11 days)

CAMBODIA: HEAVEN ON EARTH
January 17 - 20, 2021 (4 days)

Journeys with Shantum Seth

For futher information & registration please contact us at info@buddhapath.com

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• ITINERARY

• PLACES TO VISIT

• TEACHER BIOGRAPHY

• COSTS

• REGISTRATION

• IMPORTANT TO DOs after registration

• TRAVEL FACTS

 

ITINERARY JANUARY 2021* 

No.

Date

Day

Travel

Night’s Stay

1

07-Jan-21

Thursday

Pilgrimage begins at 12:00 noon on Thursday January 7, 2021 in Ho Chi Minh City. Orientation

HCM City

2

08-Jan-21

Friday

Ho Chi Minh

HCM City

3

09-Jan-21

Saturday

Fly from HCMC to Danang. Drive to Hoi An. Walking tour of Hoi An city. Sunset at the beach

Hoi An

4

10-Jan-21

Sunday

Ho Chi Ming - Danang by air (about 856 kms). Visit Hoi An. Drive to Hue

Hue 

5

11-Jan-21

Monday

Hue

Hue

6

12-Jan-21

Tuesday

Hue

Hue

7

13-Jan-21

Wednesday

Hue

Hue

8

14-Jan-21

Thursday

Hue - Hanoi by air

Hanoi

9

15-Jan-21

Friday

Halong Bay                           

Cruise

10

16-Jan-21

Saturday

Hanoi. Visit the Caves

Hanoi

11

17-Jan-21

Sunday

Departure from Hanoi. The Pilgrimage Ends on Sunday January 17, 2021 in Hanoi.

You should book your departure for an afternoon or evening flight on January 17th 2021

 

 

For those taking the Cambodia extension, the Cambodia - Heaven on Earth journey will begin in the evening of January 17 2021
and will end in the afternoon of January 20, 2021.
You should book your departure flight from Siem Reap in the afternoon of January 20, 2021

*there could be minor changes in the itinerary

 

Vietnam - Return to the Source

The journey will begin in the 'high octane city of commerce and culture‘, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

We will then fly to Danang and drive to the coastal city of Hội An, We drive to the imperial city and tombs of Hue which is situated on the Perfume river. Next, we will fly to the capital city of Hanoi, We will take an overnight cruise on the emerald waters between the limestone islands of Halong Bay, the beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. On the last day, in Hanoi we shall share our collective insights as we close with a ceremony.

Some of us can continue to Cambodia to explore the ruins of Angkor for 4 days in Siem Reap.
This transformative experience is also a way of celebrating Gitu and my 25th wedding anniversary with family and friends, especially those who have been on previous journeys. I feel it is a time for reflection and returning to the source of what has inspired and guided a lot of my adult life; the Buddha and his teachings, through Thay. Do join us.

You should book your departure flight in the early evening of 17th January 2021

Cambodia - Heaven on Earth
This journey will begin in Siem Reap on 17th January 2021..
We will spend 3 days exploring the Angkor complex which fuses sacred Buddhist and Hindu religious architecture, and is supposed to be an earthly representation of heaven. It was built between the 9th and 15th century CE and is an extensive UNESCO World Heritage site. You should book your departure flight for late evening  of 20th January  2021.

No.

Date

Day

Travel

Night’s Stay

1

17-Jan-21

Sunday

Arrive in Siem Reap for the Cambodia journey

Siem Reap

2

18-Jan-21

Monday

Siem Reap

Siem Reap

3

19-Jan-21

Tuesday

Siem Reap

Siem Reap

4

20-Jan-21

Wednesday

Departure

*there could be minor changes in the itinerary

(Please note that Shantum Seth will only lead the pilgrimage if there is a minimum of 8 registrants. Otherwise it will be led by a person trained by Shantum)

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PLACES TO VISIT

Vietnam - Return to Source
January 7  to 17, 2021 US$ 5850

The journey will begin in the 'high octane city of commerce and culture‘, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), where after taking a walk in the historical quarter, we shall visit the very moving War Remnants  Museum.


The next day we shall make an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, the infamous underground city for the Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. We will then fly to Danang and drive to the coastal city of Hội An, with its beautiful beaches and its well-preserved ancient town with Vietnamese and colonial architecture, that was declared a heritage city by UNESCO. We drive to the imperial city and tombs of Hue which is situated on the Perfume river, taking a river cruise, visiting the palace and the iconic pagoda of the Celestial Lady where Thich Quang Duc left to immolate himself. We shall of course visit the Tu Hieu Pagoda where Thich Nhat Hanh entered as a novice at the age of 16 and was ordained as a Dharma teacher. Thay now resides here and we will hope to get an audience with him. We shall have two half days of retreats there, with the Plum Village community resident there. We shall also visit the Peaceful Bamboo family, which is a living community for young adults with disabilities and a vocational training centre, initiated by dear friends, Tho and Lisi. Next, we will fly to the capital city of Hanoi with its ancient temples and shaded boulevards, take cycle rickshaw rides through the old streets and visit interesting museums. We shall spend a day visiting another UNESCO world heritage site, the historical capital of Hoa Lu and Trang An, one of the most beautiful and charming karst sceneries with its hat-shaped limestone mountains, covered by blooming jungles and golden rice fields that carpet the valleys through which we take a boat ride. The next day we will take an overnight cruise on the emerald waters between the limestone islands of Halong Bay, the beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrealistic scenery here, with its wide range of biodiversity has been featured in many movies. On the way back to Hanoi, we shall visit the famous Yen Tu Mountain, in the midst of the National forest, which has been a center of Buddhist teachings since at least the 13th century. In Hanoi we shall share our collective insights as we close with a ceremony.

Cambodia - Heaven on Earth
January 17 to 20, 2021 US $1400
(beginning and ending in Siem Reap)
Siem Reap, is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. We will visit the magnificent Angkor complex which fuses sacred Buddhist and Hindu religious architecture, and is supposed to be an earthly representation of heaven. It was built between the 9th and 15th century CE and is an extensive UNESCO World Heritage site which includes Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple and many other temples with countless sculptural decorations.

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TEACHER BIOGRAPHY:


Shantum is an ordained teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Zen Buddhist lineage (of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) and has been leading pilgrimages ' In the Footsteps of the Buddha' and other transformative journeys since 1988. He will offer meditations, talks and facilitate discussions along the way. He is also well connected with people in Vietnam, so shall facilitate meetings and discussions with interesting people.

He has co-authored books such as Walking with the Buddha and been a consultant for films like BBC-Discovery’s Life of the Buddha and BBC-PBS’s The Story of India. He is a Senior Advisor to the World Bank/Govt. of India to help promote Buddhist pilgrimage tourism in India and South Asia.

Thich Nhat Hanh officiating at the wedding of Shantum & Gitu

Shantum is actively involved in village development and cultural programmes including bringing mindfulness into Indian education, being pioneered by the non-profit Ahimsa www.ahimsatrust.org He is working on setting up a Meditation centre in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he lives.

 

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COSTS

PILGRIMAGE TITLE

COST (On Double Occupancy)

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

Vietnam - Back to the Source
(7 - 17  Jan 2021)

US $5850

+US $2100

Cambodia ‘Heaven on Earth’
( 17 - 20 Jan  2021)

US $1400

+US $470

The tour price includes the following for the entire duration of the pilgrimage:
Lodging arrangements (based on twin sharing rooms)*
All Meals
Transportation within India from where the tour starts and ends
Guide services
Monument entrance fees
Bottled water
Complimentary airport transfers on arrival in Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap

“For single travelers who do not want to opt for a single room, we will try to room them with someone suitable.
Forced single room supplement (in case we are not able to room you with anyone else) will be 50% of the single supplement

All registration fees are payable in US dollars or the equivalent in Canadian dollars, GBP, Euro etc.

Please note that the cost does not cover:
International airfare
Visas and other international arrangements,
Any extra days spent in Vietnam/ Cambodia beyond the dates of the pilgrimage
Excess baggage fees on the flights
Personal expenses including laundry, drinks, phone calls, faxes etc
Medical and other insurance coverage such as travel insurance.

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REGISTRATION

A non-refundable deposit of $500 U.S. per person is required at the time of booking.  The remainder of the cost of the pilgrimage is due by October 15, 2020 for the Vietnam journey and is due by November 1, 2020 for the Cambodia option..

CANCELLATION
For cancellations received up to eight weeks before the commencement of the journey only the deposit will be forfeited.  The cancellation fee within eight weeks of the beginning of the journey will be 100% of the total cost.

DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
Seth Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (Buddhapath) and Shantum Seth while undertaking tours, transportation, hotel accommodation and other services only act on the clear understanding that they shall not be in any way responsible or liable for any accident, damage, loss, delay or inconvenience caused in connection with travel and other facilities arranged by the company, their employees or agents. All bookings are accepted and executed with utmost care, yet no responsibility is taken for any change or deviation on account of factors beyond their control.

By making a deposit for the tour, participants acknowledge that they have read and understood this document in its entirety, and have consented to all conditions herein, including the Disclaimer and Release of Liability.  For participants under 18 years of age, their parent or legal guardian shall sign on their behalf and the same Disclaimer and Release shall apply.

REGISTRATION FORM
Each pilgrim must complete this form in full, and send with a non-refundable deposit of $500 per pilgrim to:
Ms Bina Aranha
Buddhapath/Eleven Directions
309-B, Sector 15A, Noida 201 301, India
Tel: +91-120-4334284;
Email: info@buddhapath.com

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED 

INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED

Each participant must provide the following details in order to reserve train, air and hotels:  Name, gender, date of birth, passport number, date of issue of passport, date of expiry of passport, place of issue of passport, and emergency contact information.  In addition, registrants must provide the visa number, date of issue, date of expiry and place of issue as soon as the visa for travel to India has been issued.
Please send us the visa details after you have obtained them.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
We encourage people to take travel and health insurance. The range of coverage can vary significantly from policy to policy, and travelers are encouraged to speak with a travel agency to identify a policy that suits their needs.  Things to consider are travel delays, trip cancellation or interruption, medical coverage, and baggage loss or delay.  Before purchasing insurance, you may wish to check with your health insurance carrier to see if your policy includes medical care overseas.  Please note that many insurance carriers require that insurance be purchased at the time a deposit or final payment is made; check with your carrier for details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL
Arrival
Arrival and departure are to and from New Delhi (Delhi), India.  Participants are responsible for making their own round-trip flight arrangements from their point of origin to New Delhi, India and back.  For international flights, tickets should be booked as early as possible.  Flights to and from India are frequently full, and this trip takes place at the height of the tourist season.  Most international flights arrive at night or early morning.  You may check with us before you confirm your flight bookings.
We will arrange a complimentary airport transfer on arrival.
Departure
We will do a complimentary airport transfer for your departure.
You should book your international departure for a late night flight on the day the pilgrimage ends or early morning on the next day.

EXTRA NIGHTS
For those wishing an extra day or two to recover from air travel before the pilgrimage begins, or who wish to stay longer after the pilgrimage ends, we would be happy to provide a list of hotels in Delhi.  Please make your hotel bookings for New Delhi well in advance, as November is a peak travel month.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP
You will need a valid passport and visas for both India and Nepal. Normally the visa is valid for 6 months from date of issue.
The visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival (it costs US$ 25) at the Indo-Nepal border while on the pilgrimage. Please ensure you have an empty page on your passport and one passport-sized photograph.

VIETNAM  VISA INFORMATION
Most visitors to Vietnam require a visa to enter the country and passports should be valid for six months from the date of exit from Vietnam.
Please visit:https://visa.mofa.gov.vn/Homepage.aspx
We recommend you make a photocopy of your passport and keep it somewhere separate, or scan it and keep it in an accessible email account.
Visitors should have a visa before entering Vietnam, or a visa on arrival can be obtained with a letter of approval. We can arrange this letter of approval for you. A visa on arrival, with prior approval is granted to many nationalities for stays of 15 days or less. Some nationalities are eligible for a visa exemption. Please click here to see if you are exempted for a visa to Vietnam.
Alternately, you must apply online or at the embassy for all 30- to 90-day Single/Multiple Entry visa.

Visa for the Kingdom of Cambodia
The Kingdom of Cambodia enables citizens from most countries, who hold a passport that is valid for at least six (6) months, to apply for a visa online. Applicants must apply online at least four (4) days before traveling to the Kingdom of Cambodia. An e-Visa Cambodia once issued is valid for three (3) months from the date of issue. Please also carry one recent photograph (2”x2”)
Please visit:
https://www.evisa.gov.kh/Default.aspx
 Passports should be valid for six months from the date of exit from Cambodia. We recommend you make a photocopy of your passport and keep it somewhere separate, or scan it and keep it in an accessible email account.

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TRAVEL FACTS

WEATHER & CLOTHING NEEDS
In January, North Vietnam is blessed with wonderful weather which brings almost no rain, dry air and temperatures averaging 10 to 15 degrees Celsius (50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit) The dry season has started in Central Vietnam too and is pleasantly warm. Ho Chi Minh City sees much more sun and is warmer averaging between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit).
Cotton clothes are useful at any time of the year but you will need light woollens for the hills and an umbrella or a parasol for light rain and sharp sunshine. Modest dress for women is advisable especially when visiting religious sites (legs and arms have to be covered).
Please bring comfortable sneakers or sandals (which you can wear with socks if it gets cold).  We also visit a number of temples where you will need to remove your shoes, so it is helpful to bring a pair of socks (the airline slip-ons are very convenient).  It is always useful to have a hat or cap to protect you from the sun.  The free baggage allowance is 20 kilos (44 lbs.) check-in baggage. Your cabin baggage limit is 5kgs (11 lbs) so we recommend that you travel light.  Laundry facilities are available at all the places we stay, and laundry is usually returned within 24 hours.
 
Please do bring along your meditation cushion if you are able to sit, or else a folding camp stool is fine.

HEALTH CONCERNS
We stay in great hotels and the food in the places we eat will be clean, fresh and prepared to suit a delicate digestive system.  You will be provided bottled mineral water for drinking.

There is no medical restriction upon your entry into Vietnam or Cambodia.  If you prefer to be more careful, then please speak to your physician.  We do carry a first-aid kit with us, but if you are on any regular medication, please do bring along a supply for the duration of the journey.  We recommend you get an insect/mosquito repellent and also a stomach medicine for both diarrhoea and constipation as one’s stomach has its own way of adjusting to different foods.
If you have any special diet needs or medical needs, please do let us know.
 
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL SERVICES (e.g. shuttle buses, taxis)
We provide all the transport services during the pilgrimage, including having you met on arrival in Hanoi/Siem Reap.  There is no extra charge for meeting people at the airport. 

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