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
Journey through this fascinating country, staying at some of the most impressive properties in Laos while taking in some truly unique experiences.
This architecturally themed tour of Vietnam & Laos showcases the tremendous variety of traditional & French colonial architecture.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
Anantara Hoi An Resort (Hoi An)
The charming, well-appointed Anantara Hoi An (formerly the Life Heritage Resort) sits on the edge of Hoi An's famous Old Town in a spacious riverside setting. The Mediterranean-style resort has sun-blushed pink walls and terracotta tiles; a lovely outdoor pool under shady palm trees, a first-class restaurant, cafe and an elegant spa. The rooms are simply but attractively decorated with splashes of vibrant colour. The attention to detail, the charm and welcoming atmosphere, combined with its prime location makes this one of our favourite options for those wanting easy access to Hoi An's historical 'Old Quarter', as well as a sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.