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
Explore the highlights of two fascinating and contrasting neighbours on our popular Classic Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary.
A two-week tour visiting the many glorious cultural and scenic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
Medallion Hanoi Boutique Hotel (Hanoi)
Located conveniently in the heart of the old town, the Medallion Hotel offers good, comfortable accommodation within easy walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel is surrounded by local restaurants and street stalls, popular with foreign visitors, and the friendly hotel staff can recommend some fun, excellent value options to try. Rooms are reasonably sized, clean and smartly decorated, with complementary wifi. The ground floor restaurant provides a decent Western breakfast buffet.
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.
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!
Hoi An Historic Hotel (Hoi An)
Perfectly located just a few minutes' walk from Hoi An's Old Quarter, the Hoi An Historic Hotel is a highly popular choice for those wanting to be close to the action. The well equipped hotel has three restaurants, a large central pool, and friendly staff. The rooms are unfussy and pleasantly decorated with white walls and attractive dark wood furnishings. This decor, together with traditional Hoi An lanterns hanging in the trees in the grounds successfully creates an unpretentious and welcoming Oriental theme throughout.
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 kayak through the bay, 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.