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!
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Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
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Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
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.
Caravelle Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
The elegant Caravelle Saigon occupies one of the prime spots in central Ho Chi Minh City immediately adjacent to the Opera House, and from the upper floors, overlooking the colonial highlights of the People's Committee Building and Notre Dame Cathedral. The original wing of the hotel, built in 1959, was home to a number of reporters during the Vietnam War, with the new tower being added in 1998. The hotel offers a range of excellent dining options, an outdoor pool, Spa, the famous Saigon Saigon Bar, and spacious, comfortable guest rooms. The recently additions of the Cafe de L'Opera, Tapas Kitchen and Vietnam's fist Champagne corner make this one of Ho Chi Minh City's finest and most celebrated hotels. The Caravelle Saigon is located in the perfect spot to make the most of the fantastic range of restaurants and bars nearby.
Maison Dalabua (Luang Prabang)
Maison Dalabua is located a five minute walk from the night market and the old town in Luang Prabang. Situated on a quiet back road Maison Dalabua is a wonderful oasis in the heart of town. The reception is set beside a huge lily pond and taking a walkway across the water you will arrive to a second building which holds the bedrooms. The rooms are spacious and un-fussy, with plenty of light and splashes of stylish vibrant textiles. This charming hotel offers guests great service, and free bicycles to borrow to go and explore the town and is a great place to stay here in Luang Prabang.
Bhaya Classic Cruise (Halong Bay)
The Bhaya Cruise provides high quality accommodation on the beautiful waters of Halong Bay.
As with many of the boats, the Bhaya offers both one and two night cruising options, with the first day itinerary being the same in both cases. Boarding takes place at around midday, with a seafood lunch immediately following an initial welcome and safety briefing. The boat sets sail through the sublime scenery of the Bai Tu Bay during lunch, and reaches the shore excursion destination mid-afternoon. The itinerary may vary depending on season and weather conditions, but a regular stop is at the remarkable Van Vieng fishing village, a floating community resident in a sheltered bay in the midst of the limestone karst peaks. You will transfer from the main boat to small sampans, and be rowed through the village to the spectacular cave mouth through which the locals access the sea. On return to the boat time is at leisure to swim or sit back and enjoy the wonderful setting. Evening meal is at 7.30, after which you can try your hand at squid fishing if the mood takes you.
Raffles Le Royal (Phnom Penh)
The Raffles Le Royal is a grand colonial property in the heart of the city.
Built in the 1920's, this is one of the most grand and iconic properties in the country. With a long history of hosting celebrities and foreign dignitaries, including Jackie Kennedy, this French colonial heritage hotel offers original elegant architecture, stunning rooms and suites and renowned Raffles levels of service. Ideally located in the centre of the city near to Wat Phnom, the hotel features two swimming pools, three individual fine dining restaurants and its famous elephant bar.