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
Classic Vietnam is the perfect introduction to the country, taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of this spectacular destination.
Experience the glorious and contrasting cultural and scenic highlights of Indochina on our two-week journey through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
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.
Nhat Ha 3 Hotel (Ho Chi Minh City)
The Nhat Ha 3 Hotel opened in 2012 and is perfectly situated in Saigon's bustling city centre. Within five minutes walk of both the riverside and the Opera House, the hotel is located alongside the main shopping malls and international hotels. The smart interiors, pleasant and helpfulstaff, and bright, unfussy rooms make this an ideal choice for visitors to Vietnam's most exciting city. The streets around the hotel boast a huge range of fabulous restaurants to choose from.
Maison Vy Hotel (Hoi An)
Maison Vy Hotel is a stylish compact boutique property located close to the old town of Hoi An.
The hotel features a lovely little pool and bar which are perfect for relaxation time. Each room features a stylistic décor, matched with neutral colours and all rooms come with a balcony, terrace or garden. At the front of the hotel is a great little coffee shop and a garden growing morning glory for the excellent restaurant in the old town under the same ownership.
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.
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.