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Northern Vietnam Trail Running + Wellness Retreat 2024

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"The staff was very very helpful, and very responsive, in the months prior to the trip. Viet Nam is still a place a little off the beaten path. There were many questions that staff answered promptly and knowledgeably. If you want to try someplace out of your comfort zone, are reasonably fit, and want to make sure that the experience will be fabulous, Run Wild Retreats, is the place for you. Their signature running trips are amazing (I'm still hoping to get back to serious running), but this gem of a wellness trip was absolutely wonderful."
--Elizabeth T.

It's For You if:

This retreat is rated Level II. This means it’s suitable for you if you: 

  • You have some experience running on trails and have the fitness to run at least 8 miles on the road.
  • You’re OK with running/hiking on trails with loose dirt, rocks, mud
  • You’re OK with getting your shoes wet in small streams.
  • You’re comfortable on high and exposed, and at times narrow, trails.
  • You’re game for running in the rain! (Don’t worry about what to wear; we provide you with a comprehensive packing list).
  • You have (or are willing to acquire before the retreat) trail running shoes for better traction
  • This retreat is not recommended for those who want to only hike or walk 

About the Trails

Our runs are on well-established dirt pathways and doubletrack roads with some moderate elevation gain. Most of the runs will be between 7 and 9 miles. We don't run every day; there are non-running days on the itinerary featuring other activities. The time on trail includes breaks to snack and drink water and take pictures. 

Travel Mindfully to Truly Unwind

This retreat can be the kind of vacation that truly transforms your state of mind and body, if you're open to it. Our retreats are designed to support you as a whole woman, not just a runner. That means you can expect free time to yourself, away from the group. It means that there are wellness experiences included in your retreat package to support your nervous system reset. This is your chance to heal from the effects of stress and focus on doing the things that energize you, inspire you and feed your soul. 

Lower Stress + Find Flow with Mindful Running

Mindful Running is this retreat's defining experience. Your dedicated Retreat Leader will lead you through experiences on and off the trail that are designed to help you discover how to run with more ease and flow. And if you've never run trails before, you'll learn how to adapt your road running technique for this new terrain. And if you're an experienced trail runner, you'll take your running to a whole new level of efficiency and joy. Connect more deeply with nature, yourself and other women through this powerful practice that provides you with skills and insights to maximize the stress-reducing effects of running. 

Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

This well-established and popular hotel located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter features a jacuzzi, sauna, fitness center, and reading lounge. There is a restaurant on site, serving a mix of Mediterranean and Vietnamese cuisine, and just steps outside you will find restaurants, cafes, shopping and art galleries all within walking distance. 


4 Nights at The Avana Retreat

The Avana Retreat is one of Mai Chau's premiere luxury escapes. This expansive property focuses on the connection between humans and nature. You'll spend four nights in a traditionally built villa with woven rattan ceilings and interior decor from local artists and craftsmen. Take a walk down to Avana's private waterfall and then pop over to its hidden spring lagoon for a refreshing dip. Upon arrival, make sure to peruse the offerings at the on-site Orchid Spa, and visit the Hmong Cottage for complimentary workshops on breathwork, meditation, and candle-making. Indulge in the freshest local ingredients (you can visit the chickens that lay your morning eggs!) when dining at Avana's on-site restaurant or end your day with a cocktail at the Cloud Pool Bar.

1-Night Paradise Grand Cruise

Soak up the tranquil seascapes of Ha Long Bay aboard the Paradise Grand, featuring Michelin-star chef designed menus, and indulgent spa, and an expansive sundeck. Your retreat package includes one nights' stay in a Grand Balcony cabin with ensuite bathroom with a shower and a private balcony. There's no better way than this to explore some of the most beautiful bays in the world with hundreds of islands and islets, pristine beaches and limestone mountains towering above the emerald waters.

About Food in Vietnam

Vietnamese cuisine is a tantalizing fusion of flavors, textures, and aromas that will captivate your taste buds. From savory pho soups to fresh spring rolls, it's a delightful explosion of flavors that keeps you craving more. Pho, an iconic dish, features hearty rice noodles in a savory broth with beef or chicken, fresh herbs, and bean sprouts. The simmered broth, infused with spices like star anise and cinnamon, creates a rich soup for any time of day. Another must-try is banh mi, a delicious sandwich with a crispy baguette filled with meats, herbs, pickled vegetables, and a spicy chili sauce. Vietnamese cuisine also offers fresh and healthy spring rolls filled with vegetables, herbs, and proteins, served with a savory peanut sauce.

Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. Price includes shipping.


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