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
Discover the flavours, aromas and incredible variety of Khmer cuisine on a culinary journey through the country from the temples of Siem Reap to its idyllic coast.
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
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.
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.
Medallion Hanoi Boutique Hotel (Hanoi)
Located conveniently in the heart of the old town, the Medallion Hotel offers good, comfortable accommodation within easy walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel is surrounded by local restaurants and street stalls, popular with foreign visitors, and the friendly hotel staff can recommend some fun, excellent value options to try. Rooms are reasonably sized, clean and smartly decorated, with complementary wifi. The ground floor restaurant provides a decent Western breakfast buffet.
La Siesta Trendy (Hanoi)
The new stylish hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Old Quarter.
La Siesta Trendy is the most recent property of the Elegance Hotel group, located to the west of the old town. Contemporary in design and stylishly modern in character, this hotel is a welcome addition.
La Siesta Trendy boasts clean, well presented and spacious rooms from Cozy Deluxe rooms, Trendy suites, to the Grand La Siesta Balcony suites. The hotel features an on-site spa and a fantastic restaurant with panoramic views of the city to enjoy during breakfast. This hotel makes a great base to explore all Hanoi has to offer, or get away from the chaos of the city and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
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.