Health Retreat in Cambodia
We all encounter moments when we just want to disconnect from the world and give ourselves the permission to truly relax and get away. A wellness or yoga retreat just sounds about right as it allows us to unwind and retreat away from all the stresses of everyday life. So if you are planning to go on a health retreat, how do you actually choose where to go? There are plenty of secluded hideaways around the globe that will help you feel recharged and revitalized.
Is Cambodia high on your bucket list? 2017 wellness trends indicate that Cambodia is a rising destination for health and fitness and it is right on the wellness radar.
Here are just five of the many reasons why you should go on a health retreat in Cambodia.
1. The Destination
Why go for a health retreat in Cambodia? One of the predominant reasons is because Cambodia is a magical destination. Known as the Kingdom of Wonder, the place where Gods and Kings built the world, visiting Cambodia will give you this feeling of ‘amazement’. Some people say that the grandeur of the Angkor temples brings upon this kind of awe but there is something about sacred sites all over the world and it can be due to the spiritual energy built over the years. Those who have been drawn here can testify to the existence of the ‘special energy’ of the place. Checking Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia off your bucket list enables you to experience its religious grounds and traverse the stunning scenery of this mighty realm of the Gods. Just being in that awe-inspiring setting will surely help you heal and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
Tips: Reconnect with Mother Nature and experience forest bathing which integrates leisure walks on select paths with guided activities and meditation at the Angkor Archaeological Park or a sunset meditation within the grounds of 9th century temple hill over-looking the Great Tonle Sap Lake.
2. The Food
Visiting a foreign country is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and many individuals take that chance to really soak themselves up in the culture. As they always say, for you to fully take the culture all in, you have to see, feel, experience and taste it. Thankfully, in Cambodia you do not certainly have to deprive yourself of local delicacies and afters while on a health retreat. The Khmer cuisine is considered as one of the most balanced diets on Earth and Cambodia has not taken up on the ‘Fast-food culture’ yet. Therefore, it only means that most of the food served here is home-made, using only fresh local ingredients. Going on a wellness retreat in Cambodia can just be the right opportunity for you to start eating healthily. You may want to opt for a Siem Reap Culinary Tour to see for yourself!
Tips: Visit Vibe Cafe Asia, a cafe and juicery located in Kandal Village in Siem Reap whose philosophy is the ‘earth to table’ approach to food. Indulge in their Amazonian Acai Bowl to keep your energy levels flowing. It is a perfect meal (+ a cold-pressed juice) before your temple exploration. The Siem Reap Food Co-Op on the other hand, offers a wide variety of products including local, organic and chemical-free produce. For vegans, vegetarians and soon-to-become-ones, these are the places to be.
3. The People
Many people who have been to the kingdom would definitely agree that the locals are another great point to visit Cambodia. Generally, Southeast Asia is known for having warm and friendly locals but many people claim that Cambodians are especially lovely. The plastered smiles on their faces, respectful greetings and hospitality are just infectious. There is no doubt that the locals will make your experience more memorable.
Tips: Take one of the cultural tours crafted by Lolei Travel who takes great pride in presenting the Southeast Asian culture in an authentic and educational way. Spiritual tours are also on offer. Learn more here.
4. The Culture
The culture is another reason why you should visit Cambodia for a health retreat. Cambodia is predominantly Buddhist with 90% of the population being Theravada Buddhist and when it comes to practicing mindfulness, yoga and Buddhist traditions have very much in common. Going on a yoga holiday retreat in the Kingdom of Wonder, allows you to explore the spiritual essence of the destination which brings a whole new dimension to your practice and experience. Moreover, since people of Cambodia are at peace most of the time (life is really laid-back here) you will be able to appreciate the value of slowing down and the value of connecting with yourself and with the people around you. The easy-going nature of the locals makes for a great retreat from the hectic city life.
Tips: Opt for a monk blessing to experience the essence of Buddhism.
5. A Wealth of Options
Since Cambodia is emerging as Asia’s newest wellness destination, there are plenty of choices on venues, health programs and activities to begin your journey back to balance, rejuvenation and healthy living. Navutu Dreams, Cambodia’s award-winning wellness resort is a true sanctuary for well-being escapes. It is Siem Reap’s only resort and wellness retreat that has unique dedication to wellness. Navutu Dreams features a spa and a wellness center consisting of a yoga studio, a private room for acupuncture and other holistic healing practices, yoga holiday break programs, detox retreats and destination-centered wellness activities.
Tips: Hop in one of the yoga classes offered at Samadhi Yogashala in Siem Reap. Mats, yoga equipment and use of pools are usually included in the yoga pass.
Opting for a health retreat be it a 3 day or a week long truly brings transformative experiences and individuals who enjoy a healthy and wellness lifestyle can greatly benefit from it. Come visit Cambodia for a health retreat and combine it with authentic cultural experiences to truly own your holiday experience in the Kingdom of Wonder.