What better place to master a headstand than at the base of a sacred mountain with a Buddhist yoga instructor?Despite being quite a keen yogi, I’ve always been nervous about trying the pose. But my teacher, Thuy, patiently demonstrates the steps and calmly guides me through them.The tranquillity of the Yên Tử Mountain must have worked its magic on me, because I’m able to lift my legs for a few moments, while balancing upside down with my hands either side of my head.A modern introduction to an ancient worldMy feat is carried out at the newly-opened Legacy Yên Tử MGallery hotel, in the Quang Ninh Province of northern Vietnam, built on Yên Tử Mountain – a sacred site considered to be the cradle of Buddhism in Vietnam.It’s revered as the place where King Tran Nhan Tong (who reigned from 1279-1293) achieved enlightenment after he renounced his earthly possessions and established Truc Lam, the Vietnamese school of Zen … [Read more...] about Could this be the most spiritual retreat in Vietnam?
Halong bay 1 day cruise
If you can’t wait for spring to come back to Britain after its brief appearance in April, head to southern Europe or the Middle East for some proper heat. If that’s not enough of a warmth guarantee, try South-east Asia or the Caribbean. Go now Puglia It’s hard to resist the romantic lure of staying in a trullo, the Puglian conical stone and whitewashed cottage that’s found in parts of this southern Italian region. Long Travel has two trulli sharing the same land with a pool and a view of olive groves and orchards. One-bedroom Trullo Noce costs £792pp for two people, and two-bedroom Trullo Melograno costs £550pp based on four people sharing. They’re both free 19-26 May, and the price includes flights and car hire. Puglia is beautiful in May (Jack78/Pixabay) Jordan Discover Jordan’s mix of breathtaking landscapes, delicious cuisine and extraordinary cultural heritage before June’s high temperatures kick in. Cox … [Read more...] about Where’s hot in May? From Puglia to Vietnam, here’s where to find the sun