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 north-to-south itinerary showcases the best of Vietnam in a short nine-day tour.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
La Residence Hotel & Spa (Hue)
The elegant, art-deco La Residence, is widely considered the finest accommodation in the historic city of Hue. Originally constructed in 1930 as the official residence of the French regional governor, the property has been thoughtfully extended in recent years and transformed into a sophisticated but relaxed luxury hotel on the banks of the Perfume River. The grounds are tastefully landscaped around an attractive pool; the lobby and public spaces decorated in dark wood and Imperial purple (including a claret-beize pool table in the lounge) with elegant art-deco touches. Rooms are well-appointed, spacious and comfortable with their own private balconies.
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.
Halong Jasmine (Halong Bay)
The Halong Jasmine is one of our favourite boats that cruise the calm waters of Halong Bay. Cabins are compact but attractively finished, many on the upper decks with small private balconies. Bathrooms are private, having walk-in showers and are fully separated from the bedroom area. The public spaces are finished in dark wood, with an open lounge and dining area on the second deck, and a spacious upper sun deck for relaxation between excursions and activities.
Salana Boutique Hotel (Vientiane)
Explore the heart of downtown Vientiane from this stylish and comfortable central hotel
The Salana Boutique Hotel is a lovely hotel in the heart of downtown Vientiane. Rooms are very contemporary with stylish bathrooms, modern furniture, yet beautiful Lao fabrics, as well as traditional lamps and furnishings blended in. The hotel has excellent facilities including a lovely spa, boutique shop and a cosy lounge/library/bar room on the top floor – the perfect spot for sipping a cocktail and watching city life unfold on the street below. The ground floor is also excellent and serves some of Vientiane's very best coffee.