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An602013

“Cambodia and Vietnam”

Have just returned from probably the best holiday we have ever experienced. We cannot praise the staff at Exotic Voyages enough. Mai Phuong produced a wonderful itinerary. The arrangements went like clockwork. Guides were waiting at each destination and the transport was first class in air conditioned vehicles, cold water and wipes provided to refresh us after every visit. Visa’s were taken care of by the company which made transit through airports quick and efficient. Each Hotel was special in different ways. Nam Bo in Can To was a particular favourite but The Church in Hanoi is great for visiting the old town and buying silk!!!The guides are knowledgable, friendly and enthusiastic. We felt as if we had known them a long time. They tweeked the plans to make sure we saw the important sights. For example the afternoon we should have gone to Angkor Wat the tower was closed for a religious festival so the guide swopped our visits round so we could experience the views the next day. In Saigon a suggestion by our guide to visit the Theatre enabled us to see a fantastic acrobatic show. Highlight of the trip? Too difficult to decide —Halong Bay, Bicycle ride cookery class and foot massage in a Vietnamese house in Hoi An, the beach, the boat trips to the floating markets and villages and the orchard in Can To and Chau Doc not to mention the walk we did around Hanoi coffe with the locals and home brewed beer that our guide treated us to as is the custom. On a more serious note the historical sites we found very interesting and gave us a greater insight into the war. The tunnels and the museums and the school in Phnom Penh that was a prison are powerful sites of interest.
This holiday was a celebration trip for our birthdays and it was a holiday of a lifetime.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Exotic Voyages to anyone who wants to visit Cambodia and Vietnam.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

An602013Manchester, UK

Ddenise903

“We really can’t thank or recommend them high enough.”

My mom and I have just returned from a 3 week trip to Myanmar and Vietnam. We had a wonderful time there. Now really want to say thank you to Exotic Voyages, they helped our trip become so memorable. I had no idea that there were local companies that create such luxury flexible trips in Asia before I worked with Exotic voyages.
My mom is 72 this year and worries about everything, along with a complicated diet, so I decided a private tour is the best choice for us. They really understand our needs, be patient, caring and sensitive as my mom has special demand for accommodations, food, activities. I came across exoticvoyages on an internet search, they seemed meet all our demands and replied so quickly we decided to try them!
We traveled leisurely with the itinerary LA – Yangon – Bagan – Inle Lake – Yangon – Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi – NhaTrang – LA. Mai (our travel expert) suggested us skip Mandalay on this trip due to my mom’s health, we didn’t want to fly much. She gave very exact and frank advice, never “pushed” us to book but offered impartial advice. When we questioned about skipping Mandalay and was worried about my mom’s health, she still explained to me very clearly about pros and cons of Mandalay, allowing us the information to make our own decision but with her local knowledge. This choice was later proved wise as I see many people reviewed Mandalay as touristy, busy and crowded, not what we where looking for.We had a great time in Yangon and Bagan, seeing enough temples and didn’t feel sorry for skipping Mandalay.
All our guides were well informed about my mom’s diet so she always had “decent” food. However we didn’t enjoy the food in Bagan much, just because their strange local flavor, not because lack of preparation just to our tastes. While the dinner at a local house on Inle Lake was fantastic, my mom said she could “survive” a month in Myanmar with this food. JMai suggested us a beach extension in Vietnam, exactly what we wanted. We would travel a lot and need to relax. We had planned to go to Ngapali but as Mai said nice resorts are closed during rainy season, instead she recommended Vietnam beaches and we agreed. As we had to fly through Hanoi on our way to the beach, Mai suggested we consider looking at Halong Bay for an extension again not pushy just her advice, as we may never get to come here together again we took it on board. It was a fantastic suggestion even though it was delayed due too bad weather by one day, Mai was in contact with us and re-arranged everything to be altered to fit our plans. It was well worth the journey such stunning scenery and aboard cruise which was picked specifically to accommodate mom’s requirements, the food was amongst the best we have had anywhere never mind just on this trip!!
The hotel recommended for our beach stay was simply incredible and again just what I was looking for. We wanted some luxury on a quiet beach to reflect on our time away together, Mai suggested to us the An Lam Ninh Van Bay just off NhaTrang although this meant taking a flight and short boat trip. It really fit the bill, allowing us time to rest and enjoy the whole trip again whilst sitting around our own pool, having our own butler tending to our every need. It really was the perfect ending to such an incredible trip that I think was made possible to our choice of exotic voyages in the beginning. We really can’t thank or recommend them high enough.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

Ddenise903Los Angeles, California

cash66

“Fantastic trip”

My husband and I have just returned from 10 days in Vietnam, all arranged by Exotic Voyages.
I would highly recommend them, everything went smoothly and the accommodation was great.
On the one occasion we weren’t entirely happy with our room, our guide spoke to the hotel and they upgraded us.
It was a very no-fuss experience, we especially enjoyed the cooking classes, which are also a wonderful chance to chat with the locals.
Would have no hesitation in using them again and recommending Exotic Voyages.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

cash66

Stuart

“BEAUTIFUL MYANMAR”

My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting Myanmar. Myanmar is a beautiful country and the same can be said for its warm and friendly people. It was surely one of our most memorable sojourns to date. We spent 8 days visiting Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon and no doubt our best trip to Southeast Asia and our first time using Exotic Voyages. We were always met on time and with great reception at the airport and at all of our hotel pickups. Our tour guides made exceptional choices with regard to our cuisine requirements and delights. Moreover they were friendly, courteous, caring, extremely professional and knowledgeable and always respected our needs and requirements throughout our visit. We cannot say enough about the itinerary Mai Phoung provided for us. It covered our requirements and more! Our hotels selected by Exotic Vogages were clean, quiet, and its locations more than appropriate.

Special kudos to our Mandalay guide, Soe, our Bagan guide, Htay Win who provided us two nice photos, our Inle Lake guide, Suhlaing, and our Yangon guide, Kyaw Lwin. You all did an exceptional job helping us make our Myanmar experience one we will never forget! We highly recommend Exotic Voyages for all of your Southeast Asian vacation requirements! We will definitely use their services again.

Aloha,

Stuart and Junjun Wu-Gurney
Honolulu, Hawaii

StuartHonolulu, Hawaii

HurdyGurdeyMan

“Responsive & Customized Service”

From my first email, through the trip planning stage, and finally during our 12-day tour of Myanmar, I have only great things to say about Exotic Voyages. The trip planning was a back and forth process, but my travel planner made excellent suggestions and then had patience as I modified plans, dates, etc. They arranged visa on arrival, which was pretty seamless and saved me time getting a visa prior to the trip. My guides in Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake were all very good, professional and friendly, and accomodating to any changes or suggestions we had. It really made our trip to Myanmar worry free, knowing we would be met at the airport, have transport arranged (both ground and air), etc. The guides were able to get my requested room choices at the various hotels, which I’m not sure I would have been able to obtain by myself. Overall, excellent service, and I will use Exotic Voyages again for other tours/trips in SE Asia.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

HurdyGurdeyManSteamboat Springs, Colorado

Helen N

“Brilliant holiday to Vietnam – largely thanks to Exotic Voyages”

Exotic voyages booked every single part of my trip to Vietnam – internal flights, transfers and private drivers, tours (including tours of Saigon on Vespas and the tunnel tours via speed boat!) with guides and all our hotels to our specific requirements. I wouldn’t normally book through a travel agency but as wanted to see the whole country in just over 2 weeks I wanted to make sure I did it properly and left nothing to chance!

The staff at Exotic Voyages spoke excellent English, they were polite, friendly and extremely patient with me when I lost my itinerary and needed to change arrangements several times at short notice!

The hotels were all fantastic and as advertised. The guides all spoke excellent English and had a wealth of knowledge outside the immediate tour to help fill in the broader social and political history if that’s something you’re interested in. The cars were clean and comfortable and all had water and where we hadn’t ordered a guide the driver knew the stop off points for photos! The drivers we’re where they were supposed to be in plenty of time and we were therefore where we were supposed to be in plenty of time.

Our holiday was fun, exciting, non-stop with a few days of relaxation thrown in for good measure. I can’t thank Exotic Voyages enough for the care and attention they gave to us on our holiday because it meant I could enjoy what was a complicated non-stop tour of the country in 2 weeks without being stressed at all.

I would highly recommend Exotic Voyages for your trip – I thought they were wonderful!

Helen NLondon, UK

IanAnneC

“Fantastic Asian Tour”

We recently booked a holiday with Exotic Voyages on a recommendation from a friend but was unsure what to expect….however our concerns were unfounded!
Exotic Voyages recently arranged our trip to Thailand (Phuket), Cambodia (Siem Reap) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City and Mui Ne). Everything went like clockwork flights,transfers,hotel accommodation, tours and visas all arranged by the wonderful Mai Phuong.
We had a fantastic 3 week holiday and would certainly recommend Exotic Voyages to anyone and we will be definitely using them again in the near future.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

IanAnneCYeovil, UK

Mel B

“Very well organized including the little details”

Despite its title, Exotic Voyages does a lot more than tours in Vietnam. The personal itinerary they organized for four of us in Myanmar was great. They listened to what we wanted and met all our requirements. Even at the last minute, when we made a change to include the normally overbooked balloon trip in Bagan, they came through. We had decided on car transfers between all airports (a good idea as it turned out) and the drivers, Thi Ha in Yangon (who also took us on a day trip to Bago) and Chit in Bagan were knowledgable as guides as well as being good drivers. The vehicles were also good. Unexpectedly, Chit took photos of us in Bagan and we received these from Exotic Voyages by email on our return – a very good touch. Both drivers knew exactly where to take us and were flexible when we wanted a change. They were always happy to do more and indeed offered more when we didn’t want it. They both suggested that their English was not good, but it was good enough that we never had a misunderstanding.
The itinerary and flights were well chosen in association with us and all worked perfectly. When we return to Myanmar we will go upmarket in our choice of hotels, but that minor mistake was ours rather than Exotic Voyages.
Whenever we want a tour in the region in the future for ourselves or friends, we will use Exotic Voyages again.

 

Mel BHanoi, Vietnam

Irwin K

“Excellent, Courteous, Responsible”

I worked with Exotic Voyages and Mai Phuong, one of their staff. She was absolutely amazing. She helped me plan a complete itinerary to Myanmar. She handled every detail with complete organizational skills, , honesty, calm and insight. It was a pleasure working with her. I would engage her for all my Aisian travel. They are affordable. They get the impossible done and make it look like it is easy.

Irwin KNew York

zizette84

“Absolutely fantastic!”

My husband, a friend and I just completed a one-month trip to Vietnam, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang and Myanmar. Ms. NGUYN Hong Yen organized and coordinated a very rich itinerary which included many flights and hotel reservations. Yen is superbly professional and detail-oriented and kind. There was not a glitch throughout and many good surprises along the way. We could not recommend Exotic Voyages more for a varied and fun trip to Southeast Asia. Besides quality, Exotic Voyages is creative and very affordable.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor

zizette84New York

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