Guests of Belmond La Residence Phou Vao could practice meditation at the next level, with the Laos property offering an exclusive ‘Meditation on the Mekong’ experience, immersing guests in an integral cornerstone of Buddhism during an intimate tour of the country’s spiritual capital.
Local meditation company, Your Mind Retreat will partner with the Laung Prabang based hotel to provide a one-of-a-kind cruise along the mighty Mekong River aboard the hotel’s private boat, and stopping at a series of small temples along the way for meditation sessions.
Former Buddhist monk Ajanh Souk will join tour guests and introduce them to Lao Buddhism and offering them an insight into a monk’s life and practice. A certified meditation instructor will also lead one 45-minute and one 75-minute seated meditation class. The instructor also demonstrates ‘walking meditation’, which is believed to build concentration, invigorate, relax and boost strength and stamina, as well as deepening guests’ understanding by explaining Buddhist practice and symbolism from a western perspective.
The cruise includes visits to the Pak Ou Caves, a revered holy site filled with thousands of Buddha statues, as well as Muang Kham Monastery and the temples of Kok Pha and Hatshiew.
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is situated hillside atop the sacred mountains of the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang which lies below.
Booking details for ‘Meditation on the Mekong’ can be found at http://www.belmond.com/