• Halong Bay Vietnam

    10 Best Experiences To Have While Traveling in Indochina

    Most tourists never see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Halong Bay</a> in the morning. They miss the fishing junks sliding past limestone spires that thrust from the turquoise water. They can&#39;t imagine how the scent of fresh coffee hangs in the air as eagles float overhead. While in Indochina,  don&#39;t just visit the great cities... stop at the simple homestead of a rice farmer; meet the enormous residents of a Laotian elephant preserve; wander the temples of Angkor; stay in Indochina’s finest hotels and resorts. Along the way, wend your way through exotic markets, eat truly remarkable local specialties, and experience the traditional cultures you only find if you approach the region like a traveler, rather than a tourist.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#1 Bike Through Mekong Delta</b></a><br>Enjoy an ultra-leisurely bike ride along flat and empty roads into the heart of the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Mekong Delta</a>. Follow narrow country roads that curve over tiny canals and past fruit gardens and sleepy villages all while taking in the lush, tropical landscape, carpeted with rice fields.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Women on a bike in Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7UG" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#2 Visit Saigon by Rickshaw</b></a><br>A rickshaw is a great way to see, hear and soak up the action, and it’s an efficient way to get to key sites like City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Dong Khoi Street, the city’s premier shopping district for custom-made silk garments, embroidery and more.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Vegetable Vendor in Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Uu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#3 Visit the scenic Rice Fields outside Danang</b></a><br>Depending on the season you can see the fields being plowed by buffalo, rice planted by women, or harvested by the men. Visit a mill to see how the rice is dried and husked. This unique glimpse into the rural lives of the villagers is a sight very few visitors see and will be one of the highlights of our time in Vietnam<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Rice Farmers in Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7VE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#4 Hindu Monuments at My Son (Danang)</b></a><br>This beautiful region is known for its cluster of Hindu temples, some of which date back to the 7th Century. Get a haunting look into the region’s rich cultural past.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Hindu Monuments at My Son (Danang), Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7UL" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#5 Hanoi and Northern Vietnam Countryside</b></a><br>Beginning at <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Phuong Pagoda</a>, famous for its vast display of finely carved wooden statues of 18th-century monks, take a scenic walk among rice fields and through bamboo groves to a local village.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Phuong Pagoda, Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7V9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">#6 See Halong Bay from a Luxury Junk Boat</a></b><br>After boarding our luxury Junk Boat,cruise on the emerald green waters of the bay which offers a chance to visit and explore many islands and caves<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Halong Bay, Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7UQ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">#7 Laos</a></b><br>Explore <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Luang Prabang’s</a> night market, known especially for fine handicrafts from ethnic villagers.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Luang Prabang&#39;s night market, Laos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Uz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#8 Elephant Sanctuary in Luang Prabang</b></a><br>Enjoy a visit to a 2,000-acre elephant sanctuary in the beautiful and unspoiled Nam Khan River valley. Meet the mahouts that train and care for the elephants and get a chance to play and bathe them firsthand.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Women feeding Elephant" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Ua" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#9 Guided tour of Angkor Thom </b></a><br>Taking time to visit Ta Prohm is an incredible experience. Unlike many of the region’s temples, this one still looks much as it did when it was discovered – surrounded by jungle with great trees growing from the ruins.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="Interior of Angkor Thom" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Uk" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><b>#10 Angkor Wat</b></a><br>It&#39;s well worth it to get up early to be able to see <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Angkor Wat</a> at sunrise. Its the largest temple in the world, and worth every bit of exploration. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002ATJm&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f7Uf" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Culture + Walking or Family trip to Vietnam, Laos, &amp; Cambodia</a>. You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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  • Rooftop Pool at Ohla Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

    Best Hotel Pools Around the Globe

    <h2>7 Best Hotel Pools for Whiling Away an Afternoon</h2>   <p>It’s no secret that we love walking tours. Every one of our Classic Journeys trips includes walking trips that get us out into the countryside of Provence or immersed in the culture of Cuba or rambling along the cobblestone streets of Tuscany. And while we enjoy this type of travel so much, we also enjoy some downtime. And what better way to while away an afternoon than lounging by an amazing pool with picturesque views. Here are some of our favorites:<br><br><img alt="Desert Pearl Inn" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ox9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah</b><br> </p> <p>After a day <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">exploring Zion</a>, there’s no better place to watch the sun set over the amazing rock formations than relaxing in the pool at the Desert Pearl Inn. The large, free-form pool is surrounded by a flagstone pool deck dotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Soak tired muscles in the hot tub while enjoying the trickle of the nearby waterfall. Lush, green vegetation encases the entire area — a beautiful contrast to the red rock cliffs surrounding the inn.<br><br><img alt="Ohla Barcelona" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Ohla Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain</b><br> </p> <p>Situated <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona-tours/" target="_blank">right in the heart of Barcelona</a>, the Ohla Barcelona is a modern marvel masked behind a grand and exquisite neoclassical façade. The “chill-out” terrace, as they call it, offers stunning views of the city with a glass-sided pool perched between an upper sunning deck and lower seating area filled with two-tops — perfect for watching a sunset, cocktail in hand.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Lone" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia</b><br> </p> <p>At Hotel Lone, you can choose your pool — indoors or out. Indoors you can still enjoy the view of the gardens thanks to the glass wall enclosure. If you opt for al fresco, which we highly recommend, you’ll <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">enjoy views of the protected Zlatni rt forest park.</a> The area includes a sun bathing terraces (six levels!), a restaurant, a pool bar and a summer stage. The pool complex itself includes the relax pool, aqua-fun pool and a children’s pool with whirlpools, waterfalls, geysers and a swimming track — all filled with seawater. Be sure to enjoy the hydro-massage chairs available in both pools. If you’re lucky enough to stay in a Jazz Room, you’ll enjoy your own private infinity pool massage bathtub on the outside edge of you room’s patio — spectacular!<br><br><img alt="Jasper Park Lodge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta, Canada</b><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is a jaw-dropping experience.</a> With the opportunity to see grizzly bears, moose, caribou and more, combined with the awe-inspiring vistas, your senses will be overwhelmed. What better way than to relax and reflect on everything you’ve experienced than poolside under the star-filled night sky. On the shores of Lac Beauvert, you’re in the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Sahrai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Sahrai, Fez, Morocco</b><br> </p> <p>Enjoy <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">majestic views of Fez and the surrounding</a> area while soaking in the infinity pool at Hotel Sahrai on its magical hillside location. Stretch out in the afternoon sun on a daybed atop the teak pool deck. Hungry after a long day exploring the city? Grab a snack and refreshing drink from the poolside Arcades restaurant.<br><br><img alt="La Vista Boutique" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>La Vista Boutique Hotel &amp; Spa, Kusadasi, Turkey</b><br> </p> <p>It’s an endless blue vista from this luxury <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank">infinity pool perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea</a> at the La Vista Hotel. Pick your lounge chair or sit at one of the many tables below the waterfall edge of the pool — both maximize this spectacular view. Be sure to catch a sunset and watch the cruise ships sail out to sea knowing you’ve got the best seat in the house.<br><br><img alt="Furama Resort" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Furama Resort Danang, Da Nang City, Vietnam</b><br> </p> <p>You might be mingling with royalty, presidents and movie starts when you stay at Furama Resort Danang, a five-star favorite of the jetsetters. But all of this will fade away as you relax in the huge pool area bedecked with palm trees. The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">infinity edge overlooks China Beach and out onto the East Vietnam Sea</a>. Even more enticing — check out the swimming lagoon. It’s like taking a swim through the jungle — overgrown with palms and other jungle plants — all with a nice tile blue bottom and clean, refreshing water.</p>

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  • Trinidad Countryside, Cuba

    Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2017

    <p>From trend-busting Iceland to eternally amazing Amalfi, our hand-picked Top 10 travel destinations for 2017 comes from the best crowd-source of all: our daily chats with avid travelers like you. Launch your 2017 vacation here. And let us know which of our 85 destinations deserves a spot on next year’s list.</p> <h3><b>#10 INDOCHINA</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia tug at travelers</a> who crave the exotic and love to immerse themselves in culture and history. Add in some of the world’s best hotels and remarkable food, and it is no wonder Indochina makes the list.</p> <p><img alt="Indochina" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#9 BRYCE, GRAND CANYON &amp; ZION</b></h3> <p>How swell is it that these three <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">amazing National Park</a>s are practically neighbors? You don’t have to cross an ocean to feel your jaw drop at the red rock beauty, walk in slot canyons, go river tubing, and soak up a Grand Canyon sunset.<br><br><img alt="slot canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#8 IRELAND</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Blarney plus beauty equals Irish charm.</a> Even if so many Americans didn’t have close family ties to Ireland, it would make the list. We love its people, its luxe country hotels, and its peat-cutters and shepherds. (The pubs don’t hurt either!)<br><br><img alt="Sheep grazing in Ireland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#7 NOVA SCOTIA</b></h3> <p>Under the radar and over the top, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia is happening this year </a>because it’s near but feels very far away. Spectacular maritime scenery. Some of North America’s oldest towns. Awesome tides, huge whales and the very definition of quaint.<br><br><img alt="Whale fin" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#6 PORTUGAL</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">The buzz about Portugal</a> is how easy it is to have a unique and complete cultural experience in Europe’s sunniest country. There are the port vineyards of the Douro Valley. Dramatic Atlantic beaches. The fab cities of Lisbon and Porto.<br><br><img alt="Duoro River" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rB3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#5 PERU</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu is Peru’s marquee site.</a> (Our cultural and multisport family trips all spend part of three days there.) But other stars shine bright too: world-class cuisine, South America’s best hotels, and the cordial Quechua people.<br><br><img alt="Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rB8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#4 CUBA</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba is still the most talked-about, brag-worthy place </a>we know; from Havana to the Viñales Valley and the Bay of Pigs. To see Cuban life, to meet cigar rollers, farmers, classic car fanatics and others is unforgettable. Trips sell out fast. Reserve early!<br><br><img alt="Cuban with horse" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#3 AMALFI</b></h3> <p>Since Augustus built a palace on Capri, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Italy’s Amalfi Coast has been a magnet</a> for lovers of matchless scenery and sweet weather. Sip some limoncello, waken to a view of Positano, wander Pompeii, and you’ll see why its popularity never wanes.<br><br><img alt="Positano" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBI" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p> </p> <h3><b>#2 ICELAND</b></h3> <p>Closer than you think…more other-worldly than you can imagine, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland is having it’s moment</a>. Blame it on the mix of glaciers and lava flows, puffins and whales, ancient history and hip culture. Iceland is the island of the year.<br><br><img alt="Iceland glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBN" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#1 THE GALAPAGOS</b></h3> <p>Baby sea lions. Giant tortoises. Snow-white beaches. Volcanoes. All of the above are <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">the lure of the Galápagos.</a> Guests on our island-based trips stay in luxury boutique hotels instead of cramped cruise ship cabins. Even better, you can add a visit to the Andean highlands in mainland Ecuador.<br><br><img alt="Sea lions in the Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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