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
Explore the highlights of two fascinating and contrasting neighbours on our popular Classic Vietnam and Cambodia itinerary.
Experience the glorious and contrasting cultural and scenic highlights of Indochina on our two-week journey through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Classic Cultural Journeys accommodation across Indochina
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hoi An Historic Hotel (Hoi An)
Perfectly located just a few minutes' walk from Hoi An's Old Quarter, the Hoi An Historic Hotel is a highly popular choice for those wanting to be close to the action. The well equipped hotel has three restaurants, a large central pool, and friendly staff. The rooms are unfussy and pleasantly decorated with white walls and attractive dark wood furnishings. This decor, together with traditional Hoi An lanterns hanging in the trees in the grounds successfully creates an unpretentious and welcoming Oriental theme throughout.