The ultimate introduction to Indochina
For many first-time visitors to the region, the challenge is to combine all the celebrated must-see destinations without feeling like you're following the bog-standard tourist trail. Our aim with this collection of classic journeys is to allow you to experience the highlights of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in a manner that is more personal, and that combines the popular sights with insightful cultural experiences. Enjoy the best of all worlds on an IVT classic cultural journey!
Recommended Classic Cultural Journeys Experiences
Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
A two-week tour visiting the many glorious cultural and scenic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
This itinerary provides an introduction to Vietnam's French colonial heritage, from beautiful Victorian-era hotels to lush, green hill stations.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
The Alba Spa Hotel (Hue)
The Alba Sap Hotel is a wonderfully centrally located hotel in Hue, a few minutes away from the riverfront and a choice of bars and restaurants. The hotel has a boutique feel and has a clean and crisp spa inspired design. It also offers mineral Jacuzzis for a relaxing break from your city sightseeing.
La Villa (Battambang)
Built in the 1930's by the French this historic building has recently been restored into a charming, seven bedroom boutique hotel. Boasting a great location on the banks on the river, it takes less than five minutes to walk into the heart of Battambang. The building has been beautifully restored and celebrates its colonial features which are found in the lovely tiled floors, the high and ornate ceilings and art-deco furniture. There is a swimming pool to relax beside and a good restaurant on site.
Moonlight Hotel (Hue)
The centrally located Moonlight Hotel is a great base for exploration of the city. The rooms are well presented and the hotel benefits from an indoor swimming pool and in house restaurant. The rooftop bar with views of the river is a good place for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing!
Almanity Hoi An (Hoi An)
Relax and unwind at this spa themed hotel, with daily relaxation and massage sessions included
The Almanity provides a relaxing retreat that goes hand-in-hand with Hoi An's laid-back atmosphere. Included in your stay is a daily "spa journey" at the My Chi Spa, which will include a combination of steam/sauna, massage treatments, and movement practice – all designed to appeal to spa treatment connoisseurs and first timers alike. There are also introductory yoga sessions each morning to complement the spa journeys.
The Almanity prides itself on introducing local culture to its guests, so the breakfast menu combines local delicacies purchased at Hoi An's market with the hotel's own menu. In the evening, the restaurant takes you on a culinary journey across the world with Vietnamese, French, Japanese and grill kitchens. The light and airy guest rooms are simply designed, with dark woods and tiled floors providing touches of local tradition. Rooms come with either a bath tub or a shower so be sure to put in a request for your preference in advance. Although not the most central of Hoi An's hotels, the old quarter is just a 15-minute walk away or a very short taxi journey.
Villa Song Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
Head out of the city and down the river to this classical waterfront property
Situated away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, the Villa Song Saigon can be found on the banks of the river in District 2. This stunning boutique hotel has lots to offer, including complimentary speedboat transfers into town. Relax in the riverside restaurant and enjoy views out towards the city centre.