Years of Experience
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Graduated from National Economics University in Hanoi, Diep fell in love with traveling when she took her first trip to Quan Lan island of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. She became a tour guide to the route Quan Lan - Ha Long from 2003, and it has been 16 years since that day.
Diep has traveled to most of Southeast Asia countries. She loves to ride a horse cart to visit temples in Bagan, Myanmar; sunbathe on the beautiful beach of Con Dao island, Vietnam; cruises down the Mekong River on a boat in Laos; and immerses herself in the stunning sunset of Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Diep is passionate about history, culture, and food. In her free time, she likes to ride her scooter to explore new places in the country, discover their own culture and try the local food. Diep is a true foodie, especially when it comes to street food. Recently she has created a food map for Hanoi, check it out if you don't want to let your mouth watering for too long.
It’s not hard to understand why the famous chef Anthony Bourdain is her idol. She has been following his work, from his TV debut on No Reservations to his most recent show, Parts Unknown. One day, her dream came true. Diep met her hero in reality when she assisted him on the “Parts Unknown” Episodes about Northern Vietnam food in 2016. That was what she called ‘the experience of a lifetime”. His love for Vietnam inspired her so much that she wants to share his passion other travelers and tell them everything she knows in detail, especially with the unknown parts of this country. Thus, they will get to know more about Vietnam landscapes, culture, people, food, and love them as much as she does.
To says thanks and pay tribute to Bourdain, she has created a Vietnam food tour in which she shares with travelers several restaurants he visited when filming his TV show. This tour was featured on Conde Nast Traveler and Lonely Planet.
I first learned of Exotic Voyages when I happened upon an article about a tour that is inspired by Anthony Bourdain's travels to Vietnam. Being a big fan of Bourdain along with a burning desire to travel to Vietnam, this was the perfect scenario for me to make the trip, so I contacted Exotic and ...
I first learned of Exotic Voyages when I happened upon an article about a tour that is inspired by Anthony Bourdain's travels to Vietnam. Being a big fan of Bourdain along with a burning desire to travel to Vietnam, this was the perfect scenario for me to make the trip, so I contacted Exotic and Diep Nguyen to put together an itinerary to include Cambodia. Having just returned from the trip on March 5, I have to say the results exceeded my expectations. Being an experienced global traveler there are certain characteristics I'm looking for in an organized tour: Planning, Quality of Experience and the Guides/Drivers, and Responsiveness & Flexibility. Exotic Voyages made sure we saw a good representation of the Vietnamese and Cambodian people and lifestyles, and the Vietnam landscape from north to south. The itinerary had us fully immersed in the culture and social fabric, from the rich experiences on the farms, on the boats, in the marketplaces and the restaurants as they "connected the dots" for us on how food is farmed/caught, produced, sold, cooked and eventually delivered to the table. We loved the hands-on experience of a cooking class in Hue and we'll be practicing our new skills back home. Then of course the connections to Anthony Bourdain, meeting the Banh Mi Queen, eating at Lunch Lady and staying in his favorite hotels. The fairly complex logistics of the flights, hotels, guides and drivers were perfect. We especially appreciated seeing our guides/drivers awaiting us at the airports for each flight (there were six flights), handling the visas when necessary, guiding us at the airports for check-ins, handling the luggage, etc. They never missed a beat and constantly made sure we were comfortable and happy throughout the tour. The guides were all very knowledgeable and proud people, but I would especially call out Xuan in Hanoi who was informative and fun to hang with. When traveling in a foreign country, and with many connection points, responsiveness and flexibility are also extremely important. Diep was always there for us both before and during the trip when we either had questions or wanted to make some spontaneous changes to the itinerary. Overall I give high praise to Diep and Exotic Voyages for putting together a fantastic journey through two fascinating countries. It was certainly the most immersive and emotional trip I've taken, partly because of the US war history but mostly for the connection to the Vietnamese and Cambodian people who are the sweetest, most considerate, welcoming and accommodating people one could meet.READ MORE
We had never heard of Exotic Voyages, and were hesitant using an online service over a Kuoni type of tour operator. However, after so many five star reviews on T/A we submitted an enquiry with just the briefest of briefs. Three weeks travelling around Asia to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. ...
We had never heard of Exotic Voyages, and were hesitant using an online service over a Kuoni type of tour operator. However, after so many five star reviews on T/A we submitted an enquiry with just the briefest of briefs. Three weeks travelling around Asia to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. - boutique hotels - a chance to sample real local culture and real cuisine... Within a couple of days we got an email from Diep Nguyen (who is fantastic). She prepared a very detailed itinerary and quotation, with no pressure to commit. After a couple of minor alterations we agreed to go ahead. We booked our own flights from UK to Bangkok, then Diep arranged everything else. All hotels, internal flights, tour guides, private drivers, visas, and entry to temples/areas were all sorted by her. We seemed to get a complimentary room upgrade at every hotel on our 21 night journey - maybe Exotic Voyages has some sway with these places. We had a couple of hotels bump us up to their honeymoon suites for some nights - which is just what a tight-fisted Englishman likes to hear! We seamlessly visited Bangkok, Siem Reap, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Yangon and Bagan. We were very lucky to have the chance to share a beer with Diep in her home city of Hanoi, whereupon she very kindly gave my wife a wonderful gift from a local craft shop. We cannot wait to return to Asia again - definitely using Exotic Voyages. We absolutely loved all of the areas we visited, especially Bagan and Siem Reap.READ MORE
This was the first time we worked with a travel agent overseas. We worked with Diep Nguyen from Exotic Voyages for a seventeen day trip through Vietnam and we were extremely happy. It was completely seamless and on point from the moment we landed to the day our tour ended. All of the drivers and ...
This was the first time we worked with a travel agent overseas. We worked with Diep Nguyen from Exotic Voyages for a seventeen day trip through Vietnam and we were extremely happy. It was completely seamless and on point from the moment we landed to the day our tour ended. All of the drivers and guides were on time and knowledgeable. I can’t even imagine trying to arrange our itinerary on our own now that we’ve been there. Diep arranged everything with a really good balance of planned activities that allowed us to learn so much about the history and culture of such an amazing country and it’s beautiful people. All of our guides were professional and kind, helpful and willing to answer questions and share their stories with us. All of our tours were either only us as a couple with the guide or very small groups with a guide. I noticed other tours along the journey that made me thankful we went with Exotic Voyages. A couple of times we had questions about our itinerary and Diep was immediately accessible to quickly answer them. We traveled south to north through Vietnam and I know there’s a million things more we could of done but I feel like we got to experience everything we wanted to while we were there, and still had plenty of free time to explore on our own . Honestly, the entire trip starting from the guy who quickly got us through the airport (like 5 -10 minutes) to every driver to all of the hotels and home stays way exceeded our expectations. They helped us with the visa process which saved us a lot of time. The home stays were all excellent. The hosts were super helpful with suggestions and the meals were outstanding and just really fun. This was an anniversary trip and I would say Exotic Voyages kind of made it perfect for us. We both would definitely recommend them if you are planning a trip to Vietnam.READ MORE
Exotic Voyages put together a wonderful itinerary for our 3-week tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from which we recently returned. A huge thank you to the staff at Exotic Voyages, particularly Diep, for a very memorable trip. Every detail was executed flawlessly. All rendezvous times and meeting ...
Exotic Voyages put together a wonderful itinerary for our 3-week tour of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from which we recently returned. A huge thank you to the staff at Exotic Voyages, particularly Diep, for a very memorable trip. Every detail was executed flawlessly. All rendezvous times and meeting places were honored and there was just the right amount of communication from Diep throughout our trip. I really appreciated Diep’s understanding of our travel goals and preferences all of which were met perfectly. For example, lodging, special trip selections and the amount of free time were just what we had in mind. I found the provided travel guides, who were all good English speakers, to be very accommodating, informative and pleasant. My husband and I are glad that we decided on Exotic Voyages to put this trip together for us and will certainly work with them on our next Southeast Asia trip.READ MORE