Aman Jet Expedition by Remote Lands
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Amanoi, VINH HY BAY, VIETNAM
Amantaka, LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
Amankora, THIMPHU, BHUTAN
Amankora, PARO, BHUTAN
Amanbagh, ALWAR, INDIA
Aman-i-Khás, RANTHAMBORE, INDIA
Amangalla, GALLE, SRI LANKA
Amanwella, TANGALLE, SRI LANKA
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A Mindful and Cultural Journey
Aman Jet Expedition 2021

8-24 September 2021
Travel through the spiritual heart of Asia to Vietnam, Laos, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka focusing on wellness,
mindfulness and culture. Hosted by Shantum Seth. All touring and transfers are private with your own car, driver & guide.

Vietnam - Laos - Bhutan - India - Sri Lanka

$78,888

Starting price per person based on double occupancy
Limited to 8-9 couples.

Your Private Jet

Airbus ACJ 318
  • Fitted with 19 seats, instead of 130
  • ‘Cocktail party in the sky’ atmosphere
  • Three spacious lounges & bathrooms
  • Two pilots, two flight attendents, one chef & one engineer
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1
Amanoi, Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam
  • Begin your journey - from Southeast Asia to the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean - at Vietnam, where you will stay at Amanoi.
    Join Shantum Seth, an expert in Buddhism, Hinduism, Asian philosophy and religion, who will lead group discussions and circle meditations, if you wish to join. The goal is to have a deeply meaningful and educational journey, to learn about each country in-depth - as well as to have fun, drink some champagne and meet other interesting people.

  • Perched over Vinh Hy Bay, there are 36 suites and pavilions, most of which have views of the lake or ocean. Great care was taken to ensure harmonious coexistence with the pristine surrounding Nui Chua National Park.

  • Amanoi is a place of profound tranquility.

  • Stroll down to Amanoi’s beach club for water sports including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkelling and sailing. Take a boat to a floating restaurant for a local seafood lunch, before exploring local fishing villages along Vinh Hy Bay.

  • Above: Enjoy a private dinner by the cliff top pool.

  • Walk from Amanoi to Goga Peak for spectacular panoramic views of Vinh Hy Bay, the East Sea, coastal rock formations and the southern city of Phan Rang.

  • Above: The Sacred Cham Experience - a traditional Cham blessing ceremony. The Cham are an ancient ethic minority found across Cambodia and Vietnam; the ruins of the 13th-century towered temple complex of Po Klong Garai lay near Amanoi.

2
Amantaka, Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Your journey moves on to the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, where your second check-in is at Amantaka, a restored colonial gem in a historic garden estate, set between the banks of the Mekong and Khan rivers.

  • Above: The pool suite at Amantaka, featuring a wraparound veranda, library, study, garden and swimming pool.

  • A sense of peace pervades Amantaka’s colonial suites, set between the picturesque banks of the Mekong and Khan rivers in the heart of Luang Prabang. All 24 suites have high wooden ceilings, four-poster beds and private verandahs or courtyards that contribute to an airy colonial feel, some have swimming pools.

  • Rise early to take part in the tradition of offering alms to monks, also known as Tak Bat. At sunrise, your guide will escort you to a location on a nearby street where you can participate in an event of great importance for Lao Buddhists. If you wish, join Shantum during this experience for a walking meditation.

  • Board a small, comfortable boat for a scenic two-hour voyage up the Mekong River. Visit the extraordinary Pak Ou Caves, which contains more than ten thousand statues of the Buddha in a huge cavern overlooking the Mekong.

  • Deep cultural immersion: Gather and enjoy a traditional Baci ceremony with special guest Prince Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith. The ceremony is most often held to celebrate a special event such as a marriage, a homecoming or a birth.

  • Explore the Unesco World Heritage site of Luang Prabang with your private driver and guide. Above: The eastward view from Phu Si hill Nam Khan river.

3
Amankora Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Next, be spirited away to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan where you will stay at two Amankora lodges, the first in Thimphu. Here, you are invited to cocktails with Lhatu Wangchuk, the former UN Ambassador, for a discussion on Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy.

  • Amankora is a series of serene mountain lodges strung across the central and western valleys of Bhutan, with the Thimphu lodge hidden in blue pine forests of the upper valleys of Motithang at nearly 8,000ft altitude. This is a very secluded place, yet close to some of Bhutan’s leading points of interest including the National Library and Thimphu Dzong (Trashi Chhoe Dzong).

  • Above: deep forests envelop this remote mountain hideaway retreat.

  • Amankora Thimphu is built in the style of a traditional dzong fortress with whitewashed stone buildings, seamlessly integrated into the surrounding Himalayan wilds. The lodge is designed by acclaimed architect Kerry Hill.

  • The 16 suites all include Bhutanese wood-burning stoves, terrazzo-clad bathtub and traditional wood panelling. All have views of deep pine forests, which you can explore on foot or by bicycle.

  • You are welcome to join Shantum in Amankora Thimphu’s banquet hall for a talk on the life and teachings of the Buddha while enjoying a glass of champagne. Above: Young Bhutanese Buddhist monks.

  • Bhutan is a land of temples and monasteries, deeply touched by Buddhist thought. Thimphu is yours to explore, with your private car, driver and guide. Guests are given a 'top ten' list of experiences to try in each locality. Just tell your driver what you’d like to see.

4
Amankora, Paro, Bhutan
  • Move on to the atmospheric hideaway of Amankora Paro, tucked away in a remote valley, surrounded by brush-covered hills, pines and steep mountainous inclines, perfect for hiking. Paro has some of Bhutan’s most treasured historical sites including the well-documented Tiger’s Nest.

  • Tucked away among thick pine forests, at an elevation of 2,250 metres, there are 24 spacious suites of natural rammed-earth walls, gently sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors, centered around a large flagstone courtyard.

  • Above: The fire-pit terrace at Amankora Paro, encircled by Himalayan mountains. This contemplative period in Bhutan is a highlight of the journey for many.

  • Each cozy suite has a rustic-chic design and is enclosed by deep pine forests. Features include a terrazzo-clad freestanding bath and traditional warming bukhari (wood-burning stove).

  • Rise early for a half-day hike to the iconic Unesco World Heritage site, Tiger’s Nest. Also known as Taktshang Goemba, Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It hangs on the face of a cliff 2,952 feet above the valley floor.

  • Above: Lighting of 108 Butter Lamps Ceremony at the 7th-century monastery, Kyichu Lhakhang, in Paro.

  • Above: Bhutanese wayfarers with packhorses follow the hiking trails on the way to Tiger's Nest.

5
Amanbagh, Alwar, India
  • After lunch on-board your jet, land in Jaipur - the legendary Pink City - where you can spend some time exploring with your private driver and guide, before heading to Amanbagh. Above: The intricately detailed gateway at the Amber Fort.

  • Stately Amanbagh is set in the starkly beautiful foothills of the Aravalli Range, surrounded by more than 80 temples and close to the ancient ruined city of Bhangarh.

  • Echoing the bygone Murghal era, the Garden Haveli Suites are classic Aman - understated with polished stone and marble contrasting against the lush green surrounds. All have domed ceilings, a daybed and vast bathrooms housing a tub carved from a single slab of green marble from Udaipur.

  • Upgrade to a 2,185-square-foot pool pavilion, featuring a spacious garden courtyard and heated swimming pool.

  • Take part in fire meditation, based on the idea that fire is the most pure of the five elements. Participants sit on cushions around a fire called a hawan, which is made up of natural herbs and fragrant wood from the Himalayas. The session consists of chanting the Gayetri mantra, one of the most powerful mantras in Hindu, intended to energise all of the body’s 24 chakras, or centres of spiritual power.

  • Above: Morning Ayurveda yoga sessions at a nearby temple.

  • Above: ‘Fort yoga’ at Amanbagh. Depart at your leisure for Aman-I-Khas (3 hours 30-minute drive). Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot during the drive across some of Rajasthan’s most ruggedly beautiful terrain.

6
Aman-i-khas, Ranthambore, India
  • Your second Aman in India is Aman-i-Khás, a tented safari camp enclosed by brushwood forest on the fringes of Ranthambore National Park. Aman-i-Khás is only open from October to May each year, the best season for wildlife spotting, which will be the theme of your stay here.

  • Above: The tented camp of Aman-I-Khas, centered around an outdoor fireplace and enclosed by pristine Rajasthani wilderness.

  • Head out into Ranthambore National Park in search of wild tigers, leopards, jungle cats, hyenas and sloth bears. Later, unwind with (optional) quiet moments of reflective meditation, led by Shantum.

  • The ten palatial tents, inspired by Murghal tradition, are positioned to ensure utmost privacy and overlooks the wilds of Ranthambore National Park. Each has fine cotton drapes to separate ‘rooms’ and classic furnishings including a freestanding bathtub and oversized daybed ideal for resting between safari outings.

  • Above: A private picnic amongst the atmospheric ruins of Ranthambore Fort.

  • Above: A wild tiger at Ranthambore National Park. Although sightings cannot be guaranteed, this is one of the best places on the Subcontinent to see wild tigers.

  • Above: The starry-sky at dusk, beneath the Murghal tents of Aman-I-Khas.

7
Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Your next stop is Galle, Sri Lanka. You will stay at the venerable Amangalla, a 17th-century building, which for more than 100 years served as the New Oriental Hotel during the heyday of steamship travel.

  • The Unesco World Heritage site of Galle has a rich legacy of Dutch and British colonial influences. It remains old of Asia’s most atmospheric old towns, exuding old-world charm among its boutique-lined streets, ringed by stone fort walls.

  • All ten chambers in Amangalle’s Church Street Wing face the fort ramparts. An authentic turn-of-the-century ambience is recreated here with a four-poster king-size, planter’s chair, writing desk, dining table, pettagama chest and gleaming teak floorboards.

  • Above: Freestanding baths take the center stage in the classic teak-floor bathrooms.

  • Enjoy a 90-minute complimentary treatment at the Amangalla spa, the Baths. An ayurvedic doctor is on hand to diagnose your dosha (energies found throughout the human body and mind according to Ayurveda), give any lifestyle advice or heal an ailment.

  • Explore Galle Fort on foot accompanied by your well-informed private butler to learn the history of the Unesco World Heritage Site.

  • Above: The lighthouse and ramparts of Galle, from the air.

8
Amanwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
  • Head east from Galle to the secluded tropical beaches of Tangalle, where you will stay at Amanwella, tucked away in a mature coconut grove overlooking a crescent-shaped bay. Idyllic.

  • Renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, created the distinct contemporary design of Amanwella in the Tropical Modernist movement style, for which he was an original proponent. The Sri Lankan architect’s trademark blend of Corbusian minimalism, neat angles and indigenous materials are showcased.

  • Take an early morning or evening stroll along the village paths that wind through the jungle, offering a snapshot of daily village life. Wildlife in the area includes monkeys, migratory birds, monitor lizards, hares and mongeese. Later join Shantum for a final reflection on the journey while enjoying a glass of champagne.

  • Suites have views of the coconut grove and ocean; they are mostly situated along the hillside. Floor-to-ceiling glass and latticed panels form two sides of the dwelling – one opening onto a private walled-in entry courtyard and plunge pool, with the terrace side opposite affording open views.

  • Above: Colorful fishing boats moored off the beach in Tangalle.

  • Above: Pull back the sliding doors in your suite to reveal a freestanding bathtub.

  • Above: The Instagram-famous oceanside pool at Amanwella. At Remote Lands, we often design journeys to conclude at the beach, giving you some quiet time to unwind before heading home.

  • Stay at eight Amans in just one journey.

  • Your tour leader is Shantum Seth, an expert on Asian religions and a spiritual guru who will lead circle talks and meditations throughout the journey.

  • Fly aboard an Airbus 318, fitted with just 19 seats (instead of 130) and furnished with sofas and coffee tables, encouraging a “cocktail party in the sky” atmosphere.

  • Special experiences curated by the Asia travel specialists at Remote Lands.

  • Explore ancient wonders and UNESCO World Heritage sites across Asia.

  • You will have your own private car, driver and guide at your disposal throughout the journey, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to choose your own path.

A Mindful and Cultural Journey

8-24 SEPTEMBER 2021

At a Glance
  • Amanoi Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam
    3 Nights
  • Amantaka Luang Prabang, Laos
    2 Nights
  • Amankora Thimphu, Bhutan
    2 Nights
  • Amankora Paro, Bhutan
    2 Nights
  • Amanbagh Alwar, India
    2 Nights
  • Aman-i-Khás Ranthambore, India
    2 Nights
  • Amangalla Galle, Sri Lanka
    2 Nights
  • Amanwella Tangalle, Sri Lanka
    2 Nights

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Shantum Seth

Tour Leader

Shantum Seth is a Zen Master (Dharmacharya) in the Mindfulness Buddhist lineage (of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh). He has been teaching in India, Asia and across the world, and has been leading pilgrimages ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’ and other multi-faith and transformative journeys since 1988.
He is actively involved in social, environmental and educational programs including work on cultivating mindfulness in society, with educators, the police and paramilitary forces, the corporate sector amongst others.

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“I want to facilitate a journey that can be both an exciting ‘outer journey’ to the places where we visit, and an ‘inner journey’ for the people participating as we create spaces for reflection and sharing. I will endeavour to create a harmonious group energy and a feeling of a community. I also look forward to experiencing the diverse cultures of Buddhism and other spiritual traditions practiced in many of the places we plan to visit.”

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