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Exotic Voyages

Great travel agent. Cost-effective, thorough, constant, personal service. Cars and guides were top-notch. Arranged private dinners. Great time in Vietnam. Poor country, but some luxury accommodations. Can’t recommend enough. Need them if going to Vietnam. Don’t try to do it on your own. They know the country and will provide you top-notch service. great trip. Great people. We did Vietnam a great dis-service; they don’t hold a grudge. Very cost effective.

Visited April 2018

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conjeelBoston ma

Joanne C

Fantastic trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An

I’m so happy that we chose to work with Exotic Voyages. I’m a firm believer in working with in-country travel agents, and this experience confirmed the advantages. When beset by bad weather in Halong Bay literally 15 minutes prior to departure of our boat, Exotic was able to confirm a room back at our Hanoi hotel of choice within minutes, and extend the driver and guide into the late evening, so that we could still have a quick excursion on the Bay before turning back around to Hanoi.

Their private guide “Ngoc” in Hanoi was extremely punctual, knowledgeable and flexible. He responded to our interests and was able to modify plans. We learned so much from Ngoc about the history of Vietnam and we will never forget him. The same with our guide Andy in Hue and Hoi An. He squeezed in 1.5 days of activities into 1 day, so that we could have an extra half day at the beach. We made several very last minute changes to our itinerary, such as changing the order of activities, changing the restaurant choice for lunch in the morning, and canceling one excursion altogether since we wanted some “down time”. Exotic was able to refund us for one excursion and explained fairly when a refund was not possible.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip, and all three of us had a great time. Andy Carroll, the agent we planned with, was extremely patient and professional. He listened to my feedback and provided revisions to the itinerary in the planning phases, always with ample amount of details. The hotel recommendations were all perfect, and we were especially impressed that Andy got in touch with us one week before the trip to offer a different hotel in Hue, since other travelers had complained about the construction noise from nearby the hotel. We ended up deciding to stay with the original, and were very happy with the lodging–we were out all day anyway, so the construction noise was not a bother. After experiencing the bustle of Hanoi, Hue was quiet!

Excursions we highly recommend are:

– Walk through Old Quarter the first day, so you can learn how to cross the street and get your bearings!
– See the My Village show at the Opera House
– Museum of Ethnology tour

Halong Bay:
– Private luxury junk boat tour with Indochina Sails
– Walk up TiTop Island for the panoramic view

– Citadel tour
– Tu Doc Mausoleum tour

Hoi An:
– walking tour of old town
– Lantern making
– Bike ride through country side
– River boat net fishing
– Bamboo boat paddle through water coconut grove

Visited April 2018

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Joanne CSan Francisco, California

Sacto Bob

Customized tour with excellent guide

We only wanted to be on a tour the first week of our three weeks in Vietnam, just to get the hang of the country. Exotic Voyages customized a tour just for us, and the price was reasonable. Our guide, Hoang, was fun and full of information. We had two nights in Hanoi, two nights in Mai Chau, one night in Ninh Binh, and a two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay. Hoang returned after the cruise to take us back to the Hanoi train station, and got us on the right train southbound to continue our trip. Everything worked out great. From Linh, the first agent we contacted, right through the end of the trip, everyone from Exotic Voyages was helpful, courteous and flexible. Thank you!


Visited Feb 2018

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Sacto BobSacramento, CA

Mack Taylor 2018

Incredible Thailand Vacation

Exotic Voyages was everything we had hoped for and more! Everything went perfectly on our trip, each item on our itinerary was incredible, and we couldn’t have asked for a better-designed trip! They were always there 24/7 to answer any questions we had. Exotic Voyages made this vacation the best one we’ve ever had!


Visited Feb 2018

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Mack Taylor 2018Los Angeles, California


Beautiful Vietnam

Trip to vietnam, Vietnam – Jan 5 – Jan 13, 2018

Traveler: Katie M. – Local specialist: Andy Carroll
Thank you, thank you and thank you again Andy for putting together such an exhilaratingly wonderful itinerary for me in Vietnam !! I loved the way you listened to what I was interested in when we chatted and texted several times beforehand because you really knocked it out of the park for me with everywhere I went !! Each place and all accommodations from the tropical feel of my hotel in the colorful and ancient city of Hoi An, to the gorgeous hotel in the significantly historical city of Hue, then up to Hanoi and my adorable boutique hotel, with an outstanding 2 day side trip out onto HaLong Bay staying overnight on a lovely classy boat, then all the way down to Phu Quoc island only to stay in the magnificent eco friendly resort of Mango Bay and then wrapping it all up in Saigon … well it was simply just superb !! I loved all of my guides and especially have such fond memories of Mr. Troung and his driver who schooled me with emotional sights and many unknown historical facts of the war.

One of my most fun days was deciding to ditch a couple museums and hop on the back of the scooter of my guide in Hanoi and ride with the masses of those who miraculously and artfully flow through the city streets of organized chaos. It was tremendously exhilarating !! \

I do not typically return to places I’ve already traveled to for the sole reason that our world is so big and I want to see it all, but I most definitely would return to Vietnam, travel throughout more of the country and hope for more beautiful encounters with it’s warm and loving people … but only if Andy was in charge of making it happen for me !!!


Visited Feb 2018

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Marla L

20th Anniversary Trip to Thailand

We worked with Exotic Voyages to plan 2 terrific weeks in Thailand. They crafted a terrific itinerary for us and our guides and drivers all did a stellar job.


Visited Feb 2018

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Marla LCharleston, South Carolina

Joe Arena

Exotic Voyages Does It Again !!!!!!

My wife, myself and two good traveling companions just returned from a whirlwind tour of Vietnam, set up by our favorite travel agent Mai Phuong, at Exotic Voyages.

This was the second trip that Mai Phuong put together for us, our first being Myanmar about four years ago. (You can find a review for that trip under my tripadvisor username).

When I tell you that everything went as planned, I mean everything. Every guide, driver, hotel, and tour went as advertised. Our guides were great, especially (sorry for the spelling) ‘Wang’ in HCM City & ‘Hung’ in Hanoi, Sa Pa and Ha Long Bay. Professional, courteous, informative, friendly – you get the idea.

Our itinerary started with 2 nites in HCM City, 3 in Hoi An (one of our favorites), 2 in Hue, and then a mad dash, Hanoi, overnite train to Sa Pa, 2 nites in Sa Pa, overnite train back to Hanoi, incredible evening on a gorgeous boat in Ha Long Bay (also a favorite) and finally one more nite in Hanoi.

If I were to do it again, with the same number of days, I’d probably knock off Hue and add one more day to Hoi An and one more day aboard the boat in Ha Long Bay.

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mai Phuong, in Hanoi, for dinner. It was a great evening with her.

I can’t recommend Mai Phuong and Exotic Voyages enough. We’ll be calling on Mai Phuong next year to put together a short tour of Laos for my wife.

Call Exotic Voyages for your South East Asia custom vacation – you will not be disappointed.


Visited Feb 2018

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Joe ArenaRochester, NY

Steven H

Wonderful tour organizer for personalized tour

We looked into several tour organizers for our visit to Thailand and Myanmar. Exotic Voyages was first and best and most detailed in their response. They asked a few questions and then got to work to put together a wonderful itinerary. Each of their guides and drivers was top notch. Not one took us to a tourist trap and each was professional and warm.
We did ask for rooms with views and this was one failing, but really the only one and only in a couple of cases. They were detailed, professional, and responsive in the same day (given time differences). They listened carefully and planned accordingly. They were up front on all prices and there were no hidden fees. We didn’t pay an extra penny for anything they arranged.

One driver failed to meet us at an airport and they were on it before we emailed them with alternative instructions. It is an amazing world when a travel company based in Hanoi outdoes services from Great Britain or the U.S.,, but they do.

Some highlights were the visit to the elephant sanctuary and the day spent cooking with a Thai family.


Visited Feb 2018

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Steven HChicago, Illinois


Anniversary trip to Thailand

My husband and I just completed an amazing trip to Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Phuket, Thailand.

My husband and I travel 4-5 times per year and have been to many beautiful places, usually arranging our own travel through local travel agencies however, we decided to use Exotic voyages for this trip and we couldn’t have made a better decision.

Upon arrival into the country, we were greeted and fast tracked through customs and our driver was waiting.

Hotel choices, 4 and 5 star accomodations, were excellent as were the excursions the were recommended. We even received a room upgrade in Phuket to a junior suite with the most spectacular 180 degree ocean view and our room was steps from the beach.

Our regional flights were booked for us and we were upgraded to first class on one of the regional flights.

My only suggestion would be that EV book international flights as well. I made an error in booking dates due to overnight travel and plus 1 or plus 2 days which ended up making us lose a day in country and resulted in additional charges to rebook our regional flights. Other travel agencies automatically book all flights, both international and regional, and since they do this all the time, I’m certain they are much better than I am at making sure all the dates and times coincide.

Other than that, I would highly recommend EV as a luxery travel agency. The service I received from hotel transfers, to english speaking guides who offered to take photos for us, to the regional travel, to the accomodations and excursions, they made for us were top notch and perfectly suited and individualized for our particular desires.

Great job Exotic Voyages. We will certainly book again.


Visited Feb 2018

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MoriseSan Antonio, Texas



My husband and I just got back from a trip to Northern Thailand that was especially designed for us. Everything went perfect, we had the best tour guides ever. They were so knowledgeable and friendly. The hotels were great and in good areas. Our drivers were always on time and flexible. We would never have been able to see and do everything that we did if we had done it ourselves. Andy was there for us thru the whole booking process giving us options he knew we would love. Price was great also….we will be booking Exotic Voyages again!!!!!!


Visited Jan 2018

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Sweeti001Santa Fe, New Mexico