The courses will be held in famous Cu Chi, 45 miles NW of Ho Chi Minh city, a one-hour drive from the airport. Cu Chi, with its rice fields and iconic rural South Vietnam landscape, is the most popular tourist attraction in Vietnam due to the proximity of the famous Cu Chi tunnels created during the Vietnam war. The Wellness Center (Ba Thuong) is located in 17 acres (7ha) of a quiet and green landscape. There are shade trees of all varieties (palm, banana, flowering trees) and the land and lawns are manicured. There are many beautiful lotus ponds, Japanese bridges, gazebos and contemplative statues around a large central pond. The yoga and meditation classes will be held in a large, majestic, tiled, covered meeting hall, which seats 500, with nearby dining area. The rooms are comfortable with separate bathrooms, equipped with hot and cold water, sink and WC, to a Western standard. The facility is new, and is equipped with all modern conveniences. There is the choice of dorm rooms, double rooms and single rooms, with fan or with air conditioning. Built as a wellness center, the facility is equipped with massage treatment rooms, sauna, steam bath, as well as a medical building. Laundry service, postal service and security services are provided. There is access to internet in the office. We advise students to equip themselves with cell phones prior to coming, as there will be no phone service provided. There will be 2 vegetarian buffet-style meals provided daily, plus a light tea and snack service for breakfast. The food served will be a combination of typical vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine and international, healthy vegetarian cuisine. Snacks, drinks and fruit are available for purchase in the boutique and gift shop.
There are massage treatments available, sauna (dry and steam), laundry (included in cost), internet service, postal service, medical service, transportation from airport, transportation for field trips and cultural events.
Address: Lang an duong Ba Thuong (Ba Thuong Wellness center)
Ap Rang, Xa Trung Lap Thuong, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Transportation hotline: +84 (0) 972977778 - +84 (0) 909700597
Take any major airline to fly to Tan Son Nhat (SGN) airport located in Hochiminh city.
For pick-up from airport, please call above numbers, or arrange in advance by emailing time of arrival to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, take a taxi and get yourself to the city to get a carpool or vanpool (for TTC's students only, see below).
It is advisable that you change pocket money ahead of time at the airport and for the international students that you bring your receipts of payment of the course with you. Please ask for a tourist visa at the Vietnam Embassy in your country to enter Vietnam, and give the address of the Ba Thuong Wellness center above. Those who want to use cell phones, please bring them with you and buy a sim card locally. You need to cover yourself with a health insurance (most of the travel agencies will offer tickets that include travel health insurance that will have you covered for the period of your stay). Vaccination prior to coming is not required. Please come ready to adapt to new weather and conditions. Best is to be healthy prior to arriving.
The distance from Tan Son Nhat airport to Ba Thuong in Cu Chi is around 40 miles (around 65 kilometers), take 1.30 hours to 2 hours.The cost for the airport pickup is
US$37 per person - arrival time after 7:30am to 18:00pm
US$42 per person - arrival time after 18:30pm to 7:30am
Notes: as you make your way out of the airport, please look for a welcome sign, “SivanandaYoga” held by one of our tour guides
The airport drop-off costs US$32 per person - departure time after 7:30am to 18:00pm US$37 per person - departure time after 18:30pm to 7:30am
Required details: register inadvanced; full name, gender, flight carrier, flight number, arrival time, city of departure, and city of transit. Fail to provide the required details may jeopardize the service commencement!
Notice: Please should not go by taxi yourself, because it will cost a lot more and take more time. Normally the driver will not knowing exactly where is the ashram are, they need to ask local.
Time: Friday, January 27 from 3pm
Saturday, January 28, from 8am
Location: We will depart from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center located at downtown Ho Chi MInh city.
Address: 17 Tran Quy Khoach Street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi MInh City. (Close by Tan Dinh Market)
Or: 098.405.0674 (ask for Ganga)
From Hochiminh city, there are 1 old bus station to go to Ashram.
Get yourself to Ben Thanh Market - Bus station (Big station opposite Ben Thanh Market) . Take Buses number 13 leave every hour or so and go to final stop at Cu Chi. Then take bus number 87 to bus stop Cho Moi - Trung Lap Thuong. Take a motobike taxi in the conner to Ba Thuong. The journey takes two hours and costs 20.000 Dong = $1 (please have small bill ready to pay in Dong) on local bus.
Direction – 2 hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City
Get out of the city by National Road 22 (Quoc Lo 22),
Pass Cu Chi bridge on the way to Tay Ninh, Turn right at corner Phuoc Thanh and take town road #7,
Cross Huong lo 2, then arrive to village’s People Center (UBND) of Trung Lap Thuong. Then turn left to take small road Trung Lap Thuong (if not turn left, then there will be the road that will go to the next village named Xa An Nhon Tay).
Follow the board direction from here, look for the sign "Lang an duong Ba Thuong /Ba Thuong nursing house"
" Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness, Yoga shows the way" - Swami Vishnu-devananda