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
Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture by taking a trip through the Kingdom of Wonder whilst enjoying some unique cultural experiences along the way.
This architecturally themed tour of Vietnam & Laos showcases the tremendous variety of traditional & French colonial architecture.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat (Siem Reap)
The Navutu Dreams Resort is an unexpected oasis situated just outside of Siem Reap. A short tuk tuk ride will take you away from the bustling streets of the town, down a dirt track to the doors of this wonderful boutique hotel. In amongst lush gardens are a collection of white-washed buildings, set around two deep blue swimming pools and a circular, open-walled restaurant in the centre of the resort. This welcoming property has just 18 rooms, all of which are spacious and simply dressed in light tones and natural elements which creates a wonderful sanctuary for guests who want to combine their sightseeing with a peaceful retreat. The hotel also has a lovely Spa and offers yoga classes. There is a free tuk tuk taxi service into town, and you can make your own way back for around $3.
Sol Bungalows (Mai Chau)
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.
Settha Palace (Vientiane)
The former 1930's family mansion is finest place to stay in the capital.
The Settha Palace is Vientiane's most historic hotel set in a beautiful colonial building constructed in 1932. The hotel exudes classical elegance of a bygone era. Guest rooms are spacious with high ceilings, beautiful rosewood four poster beds, writing desks and sofas. Boasting the largest swimming pool in Vientiane set in an exotic garden, an elegant restaurant and relaxing spa on site, it's the perfect place to base yourself while exploring Laos' sleepy capital.
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.
My Dream Boutique Resort (Luang Prabang)
My Dream Resort is a leafy oasis situated a 10 minute cycle from the old town in Luang Prabang. This wonderful retreat is set in a lush green garden with lovely views across the Khan River. The hotel offers a number of bicycles guests can borrow free of charge and during the winter months, between November and May, there is a bamboo bridge to walk across taking you from one side of the river to the next. There is also a lovely onsite swimming pool and an open aired restaurant offering a selection of western and more authentic Lao dishes.
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.