The ultimate introduction to Southeast Asia
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 InsideAsia classic cultural journey!
Recommended Classic Cultural Journeys Experiences
Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
From the famous street food stalls and home cooked dinners in Hanoi, to fine dining restaurants and Hue's royal cuisine, feast your way through Vietnam as we take you on a 14 day culinary exploration of Vietnam. Discover the traditional (and not so traditional) gastronomy of this historical nation, uncovering the secrets, flavours and origins of street food dishes and fine dining, and just about everything in between.
This north-to-south itinerary showcases the best of Vietnam in a short nine-day tour.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
Phum Biatang Resort (Siem Reap)
Phum Baitang is a beautiful property exceptional in its design which replicates a traditional Cambodian village.
The luxury resort which opened in September 2015 features 45 traditionally designed stilted villas. Located a short drive from the centre of Siem Reap is set within eight hectares of lush gardens and paddy fields ensuring for a truly peaceful and memorable experience. The spacious wooden villas, with either private terrace or pool, are dotted about the compound. They are finished to a very high standard, inspired by traditional Cambodian design. The resort features a large salt water pool with bar and restaurant overlooking the paddy fields. There is also a beautiful spa designed to look like an ancient Khmer temple with a wide variety of treatments as well as saunas, a steam room and traditional outdoor Japanese bath. A separate bar designed to look like a traditional rural home has amazing sunset views over the rice fields.
The Dalat Palace Hotel (Dalat)
The Dalat Palace Hotel is one of Vietnam's landmark colonial hotels offering the very best of French elegance and style, with charming Vietnamese service. The hotel is in a lovely, serene location overlooking Dalat's Xuan Huong Lake. Each guest room is beautifully decorated with Edwardian furniture and art deco flourishes. We particularly liked the roll-top baths and balcony views. The hotel has a large restaurant serving French cuisine. There are free transfers to the Dalat Palace Golf Club; equipment hire can be arranged on theday so you can enjoy the 18 hole course.
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 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.