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Tranquil Retreats: Ideal Destinations for Yoga and Meditation Retreats in Vietnam

Self care comes in many different forms, whether it’s applying a facemask and staying in for a movie, taking a day off from work to recharge, or setting aside time for a yoga or meditation session at the end of the day. Some people prefer longer selfcare sessions, like taking a healing vacation to reconnect with themselves. That is why, in recent years, wellness tourism destinations in Vietnam have been attracting a large number of travelers.

Possessing rich and diverse natural resources, including numerous beaches, pristine forests, temples, hot springs, vast meditation centers with a renowned traditional medicine system, Vietnam has many advantages for developing wellness tourism. Recently, some localities have begun to tap into and leverage their potential and strengths to create various products under the wellness tourism category.

If you’re looking for a getaway spot, here are some notable destinations in Vietnam that are perfect for your yoga and meditation sessions, or just for immersing yourself in nature and disconnecting.

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Best destination for Yoga and Meditation in Vietnam

Lao Cai

Blessed with breath-taking landscapes and an abundant source of medicinal herbs, Lao Cai has become a go-to destination for yoga and meditation in Vietnam chosen by many tourists. Recently, Lao Cai has introduced the product “Healing Tourism in 2023”, where tourists can experience healing tours combined with yoga practice and learn healthcare tips from indigenous people. There are five options: yoga on the scenic Ham Rong mountain; yoga combined with traditional therapeutic methods of the Dao Do ethnic group in Ta Phin commune; yoga and the terraced fields landscape; yoga combined with the “forest bathing” therapy at Vang Spring – Love Waterfall, and yoga combined with exploring the Mong ethnic culture in Hau Chu Ngai.

All healing tourism tours operate based on the principle of relying on nature to take care of health. In the process of seeking health restoration for the body, mind, and soul, tourists can experience herbal steaming, foot soaking in herbal baths, use of medicinal herbs, health check-ups, enjoy the cultural beauty of ethnic groups, and immerse themselves in a life close to nature. 

Where to stay: Sapa Eco-Home – Mountain Retreat Sapa. It’s a hotel about 3 km from the town of Sapa with a view of the pristine mountains and forests, which is the perfect setting for your morning yoga on the balcony.

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Yoga and Meditation retreat in Lao Cai

Yen Tu, Quang Ninh

Nestled in the mountainous region of Northeast Vietnam is the majestic mountain of Yen Tu, known as the cradle of meditation in Vietnam. Possessing scenery straight out of an ink painting and a long-standing religious history, the path to Yen Tu is the way to tranquility and serenity. Visitors can ascend the mountain by cable car or on foot, admiring the spectacular landscape of the Yen Tu National Forest and feeling all worries gradually dissipate. Here, there are many places for tourists to pray and meditate, such as Truc Lam Yen Tu Meditation Center, Hoa Yen Pagoda, Hue Quang Tower, and Dong Pagoda.

Where to stay: the 5-star Legacy Yen Tu – McGallery Hotel. This accommodation offers various yoga and meditation activities, from group classes to individual sessions. They also have a 2.240 square meter wellness center that specializes in herbal medicine, treatments and healthcare.

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Yoga and meditation retreat in Yen Tu, Quang Ninh

Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong

Cat Ba is a large island in Lan Ha Bay, surrounded by lush green mountains. Despite undergoing significant tourism growth in recent years, the island still maintains its innate pristine and peaceful charm, while offering various accommodation options for tourists at different price levels.

Known for its beautiful beaches with smooth white sand and tranquil mountainous landscapes, Cat Ba is an ideal destination for yoga and meditation amidst nature.

Where to stay: Here, tourists can choose from various beautiful resorts and accommodations such as Blue Lagoon Cat Ba, which is just a short walk from Tung Beach; Flamingo Resort, centrally located on the beachfront. These accommodations boast stunning views of the beach or vibrant tropical gardens for guests to take in each morning while having a relaxing yoga session on the terrace.

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Yoga and Meditation retreat in Cat Ba Island

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Mai Chau, a district in Hoa Binh province, is located in the northwest of Vietnam, approximately 139 km from Hanoi, perfect for a weekend getaway. The picturesque Mai Chau valley enchants tourists with its pristine mountainous landscapes, and traditional ethnic villages. Amidst lush green fields and peaceful villages, Mai Chau exudes a rustic simplicity, making it an ideal destination in Vietnam for yoga enthusiasts seeking a retreat and a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Here, you can find accommodations in traditional stilt houses owned by local ethnic minority families. Offering traditional cuisine, rice wine, and impressive Thai dance performances, these accommodations are designed to provide tourists with an authentic experience at affordable prices.

Where to stay: Little Mai Chau Homestay is a health-focused resort where relaxation and comfort are top priorities. Guests can choose from various room types, whether private or shared, but all rooms offer expansive views of fields and majestic mountains, providing an absolute sense of tranquility and peace. The accommodation also provides various services for tourists to explore the local culture, including long meditation walks and cycling tours.

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Yoga and Meditation retreat in Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Thua Thien – Hue

Located in the coastal province of Central Vietnam, Thua Thien Hue is blessed with numerous scenic spots such as Bach Ma National Park, Lang Co Bay, Canh Duong Beach, along with a system of high-end eco-resorts. Particularly, the region also possesses hot mineral water resources, lagoon systems, and beautiful beaches, providing the perfect healing touristic opportunities. This is why Thua Thien Hue is one of the top destinations for yoga and meditation in Vietnam.

Where to stay: In recent years, healing tourism has been implemented more and more in accommodation facilities in Thua Thien Hue. Among them, Kobi Onsen Resort exploits natural hot mineral sources in combination with the characteristic Japanese Omotenashi culture. Visitors to this resort can experience various health care therapies during their stay, which help to relieve stress and regulate heart health, such as the 9-step Onsen bath, Ganban steaming, herbal baths, hot mud baths, and spa with acupuncture and herbal treatments.

In addition, the traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine treatment methods, which have been used since the Nguyen Dynasty, are still preserved and developed at the Dai Nam Traditional Medicine Institute in the city of Hue. This is a unique feature of the Hue Ancient Capital that visitors can experience whenever they set foot in this land.

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Yoga and Meditation retreat in Thua Thien Hue

Tuyen Lam Lake, Da Lat

The city of Dalat has become a renowned retreat, far from the sweltering heat and hustle of urban areas. The beautiful highland town, adorned with pine forests and serene lakes, captivates visitors with its classic hotels, ancient French-style villas, and notably, a tranquil and contemplative ambiance, making it the perfect destination for yoga and meditation in Vietnam.

One of the most iconic tourist spots in Dalat is the Truc Lam Zen Monastery, where visitors can delve into Zen meditation, the path to self-awareness and inner peace. The monastery is located near Tuyen Lam Lake, offering picturesque landscapes and a serene atmosphere, providing a gentle setting for yoga enthusiasts to fully enjoy their practice.

Where to stay: The Lake House Dalat is an ideal choice for yoga and meditation amidst the stunning scenery of Tuyen Lam Lake. The rooms are decorated in a Bohemian style with antique furnishings. Guests can spend hours reading books on hammocks or the veranda while admiring the tranquil lake, but you can always switch things up with other exciting activities such as kayaking, waterfall sliding, or long-distance hiking.

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Yoga and Meditation on Tuyen Lam Lake, Dalat

Ba Ria – Vung Tau

Ba Ria, Vung Tau is also an ideal destination in Vietnam for yoga and meditation, with many stunning beaches and islands, the tropical paradise Con Dao archipelago, and the amazing Binh Chau hot spring.

The Binh Chau hot spring has temperatures ranging from 60 to 82 degrees Celsius and a high mineral content, which is beneficial for skin diseases, respiratory problems, muscle pain, and gynecological conditions. This has attracted tourists from all over to come here for sightseeing, hot spring bathing, and participating in healing activities.

Furthermore, visitors can walk along winding paths to explore the rare flora and fauna of the Binh Chau primeval forest, soak in natural hot water ponds, and enjoy local cuisine. There are also areas for yoga and meditation for tourists to practice in the fresh and tranquil atmosphere of the hot spring area.

Where to stay: Minera Hot Springs Binh Chau. The resort has 3 areas: Minera Springs, Minera Forest and Minera Resort with nearly 150 luxury resort rooms and hot mineral villas. Every early morning, visitors can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy health therapies such as meditation, yoga, and massage to purify the body. Visitors also have the chance to camp, practice meditation or yoga right in the Minera Forest.

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Yoga and Meditation retreat in Ba Ria – Vung Tau

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