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!
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Classic Cultural Journeys itineraries
From the magnificent temples of Angkor to the idyllic white sands of Koh Rong, this itinerary takes you on a lavish adventure through Cambodia.
Explore the highlights of Cambodia's ancient and colonial heritage on a short introductory trip to this beautiful and welcoming country.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
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.
Almanity Hoi An (Hoi An)
Relax and unwind at this spa themed hotel, with daily relaxation and massage sessions included
The Almanity provides a relaxing retreat that goes hand-in-hand with Hoi An's laid-back atmosphere. Included in your stay is a daily "spa journey" at the My Chi Spa, which will include a combination of steam/sauna, massage treatments, and movement practice – all designed to appeal to spa treatment connoisseurs and first timers alike. There are also introductory yoga sessions each morning to complement the spa journeys.
The Almanity prides itself on introducing local culture to its guests, so the breakfast menu combines local delicacies purchased at Hoi An's market with the hotel's own menu. In the evening, the restaurant takes you on a culinary journey across the world with Vietnamese, French, Japanese and grill kitchens. The light and airy guest rooms are simply designed, with dark woods and tiled floors providing touches of local tradition. Rooms come with either a bath tub or a shower so be sure to put in a request for your preference in advance. Although not the most central of Hoi An's hotels, the old quarter is just a 15-minute walk away or a very short taxi journey.
La Villa (Battambang)
Built in the 1930's by the French this historic building has recently been restored into a charming, seven bedroom boutique hotel. Boasting a great location on the banks on the river, it takes less than five minutes to walk into the heart of Battambang. The building has been beautifully restored and celebrates its colonial features which are found in the lovely tiled floors, the high and ornate ceilings and art-deco furniture. There is a swimming pool to relax beside and a good restaurant on site.
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.
Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa (Siem Reap)
A fantastically located luxury option, with beautiful views of the manicured Royal Gardens
The delightful colonial-style Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa sits in one of Siem Reap's finest location, overlooking the Royal Gardens and just a short walk from the markets, restaurants and cafes in the centre of town. The property is constructed around a large, attractive pool, with two spacious restaurants serving both French and Cambodian cuisine opening out onto the leafy central courtyard. Rooms are spacious and attractively furnished, many with small private balconies overlooking the pool. For its combination of style, service and location the Victoria is one of the best in Siem Reap.
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.