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.
Journey through this fascinating country, staying at some of the most impressive properties in Laos while taking in some truly unique experiences.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
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.
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.
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.
Halong Jasmine (Halong Bay)
The Halong Jasmine is one of our favourite boats that cruise the calm waters of Halong Bay. Cabins are compact but attractively finished, many on the upper decks with small private balconies. Bathrooms are private, having walk-in showers and are fully separated from the bedroom area. The public spaces are finished in dark wood, with an open lounge and dining area on the second deck, and a spacious upper sun deck for relaxation between excursions and activities.
Ancient House Village (Hoi An)
Retreat to this oasis of calm overlooking beautiful farmlands on the outskirts of Hoi An's old town
Situated a five minute drive from the beach and from the centre of town, the Ancient House Village Hoi An offers a warm welcome and a tranquil haven in which to relax. Set within lush tropical grounds, the oriental styled resort hotel features a fabulous central pool with uninterrupted views across marshland and extensive well kept gardens - a great place to retreat to after a days sightseeing. The restaurant in the centre of the complex offers delicious, reasonably priced and beautifully presented food. With a variety of fresh fruits (some of which are grown by the hotel) and a chef on hand to cook up fresh omelettes and pho noodles to order, breakfast is not to be missed. A lounge area with pool table, bar and easy chairs is a great place to escape the midday sun or relax in the evening. All the wood carving and distinctive Hoi An designed tiles are made locally adding to the luxury feel of this newly opened hotel. Wifi is provided throughout the hotel and a free shuttle bus runs between the hotel, the old town & the beach. If you miss the shuttle bus a taxi will be around USD$5.00.