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
Feast your way through Laos uncovering its history and culture on a culinary adventure. From street food to Michelin Star experiences, discover the true flavours of Laotian cuisine.
From the magnificent temples of Angkor to the idyllic white sands of Koh Rong, this itinerary takes you on a lavish adventure through Cambodia.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
La Rose Suites (Phnom Penh)
This peaceful boutique hotel not only lends itself to exploring but also helps out the locals
This delightful boutique hotel benefits from a clean, warm design with Khmer influences and boasts a spa on site with massage services available. Situated within walking distance of some of the key sights, this hotel provides a peaceful oasis in the middle of a busy city. The hospitality at this hotel is second to none and they also run hospitality training for disadvantaged children.
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.
Sol Bungalows (Mai Chau)
Use these elegant bungalows as your base for exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau
Sol Bungalows offers visitors a unique stay here in Mai Chau consisting of well appointed low rise semi-detached bungalows overlooking the rice paddies, mountains and impressive herb garden. Each bungalow has a private balcony, en-suite facilities and Air Conditioning. The rooms are simply styled, and are all bright and airy. The Sol Bungalows offers a wonderful spot to base yourself whilst exploring the surrounding area.
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.
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.
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!