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Exotic Voyages

Exotic Voyages are a travel company offering private and tailor-made tours to various destinations in Asia. We have a passion for the extraordinary journeys that are memorable and authentic. Whenever or wherever it is possible taking you along the paths less traveled to avoid areas of mass tourism.

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Limestone outcrops in Halong Bay

Best Of Northern Vietnam - 7-Day Itinerary

Explore the best of northern Vietnam on this week-long tour. You'll go trekking, explore the Hanoi's diverse architecture, visit local ethnic communities, and end it all with a picturesque boat ride in Hanoi Bay.

Ha Long Bay

Highlights of Vietnam - 9 Days

See all the classic highlights on this nine-day trip to magical Vietnam. Roam around the bustling streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise on the azure waters of Ha Long Bay, and hike to villages and terraced rice paddies in the countryside. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors or travelers with limited time who want a well-rounded showcase of Vietnam's history, charm, and natural beauty.

A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days

Go beyond the stunning islands and emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, and get a taste of the local lifestyle on this 5-day trip to southern Thailand. You'll kayak through the lush jungle, unwind on pristine beaches, and eat authentic Thai food with a local family on your homestay in a small fishing village.

Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai

Adventures in Thailand: 14 Days

Adventurous travelers rejoice: this 14-day itinerary runs the gamut of Thailand's most iconic scenery and sights. You'll bike, river raft, and trek your way to ancient temples, traditional villages, and vibrant night markets. Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to immerse yourself in all this colorful country has to offer.

Highlights of Mandalay and Bagan - 5 Days

This 5-day Myanmar introduction showcases the best of the two cities plus ensures you forge a genuine connection with the people and culture. Whether as an introduction to Myanmar or as an add-on to a Yangon stopover, this trip is sure to satisfy the history-loving traveler.

Recent Trip Reviews for Exotic Voyages

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... read more

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 !!!

Vietnam post medical clinic, Vietnam - Jan 5 - Jan 7, 2018

Traveler: Amy J. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

Everything from KimKim was great. I had a large group with a lot of moving parts. Andy was calm, cool, and collected each step of the way. I had some people in the group who extended their stays for private tours - Andy helped them each individually and gave them exactly what they wanted. I couldn't have asked for more. The chat setup made communication easy, payment was a simple link, and when one member of my group had an emergency visa problem, KimKim stepped in and got it done in... read more

Everything from KimKim was great. I had a large group with a lot of moving parts. Andy was calm, cool, and collected each step of the way. I had some people in the group who extended their stays for private tours - Andy helped them each individually and gave them exactly what they wanted. I couldn't have asked for more. The chat setup made communication easy, payment was a simple link, and when one member of my group had an emergency visa problem, KimKim stepped in and got it done in less than 12 hours with concierges service. The entire staff is great at KimKim and they work beautifully together as a team to make everything perfect and more. I will be using KimKim again for groups in the future! Thank you, Andy!!

Andy Carroll, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amy,

It was my and the entire teams pleasure to work with you and make this trip happen, my only disappointment was not getting the chance to meet you in person! Thank you for such a wonderful review, it really does mean a lot to me and all involved.

Thank you as well, for coming to Asia to help others, I am sure those people are even more thankful thank we are.

I hope to get chance to meet you on your next journey Amy, it will be my pleasure to assist you again.

Take care and many thanks,

Andy

First time in vietnam , Vietnam - Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2018

Traveler: M K. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

Had a fantastic trip. Well worth it. I would recommend Kimkim to anyone that would like their trip organised for them. Andy was really easy to communicate with and our guide Dat was very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Andy Carroll, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael,

Thank you for such a positive review, it was really a pleasure to help you discover Vietnam. I hope to welcome you back to the region again one day soon. I will be sure to pass your comments on to Dat as well, he is one of our top guides.

Thanks again Michael and all the very best for the New Year,

Andy

Vietnam, Vietnam - Nov 27 - Dec 13, 2017

Traveler: Mark F. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

The trip was simply amazing. We loved all our hotels as well as our guides. The only area we were disappointed with was communication with Andy. He never checked in with us once during our 17 days in Vietnam and Cambodia. When we emailed him from the states he was slow to respond and sometimes failed to address our questions. When we emailed him from Vietnam he was slow to respond, sometimes inaccurate in his responses and one time failed to respond at all, regarding a timely issue.

North vietnam & laos, Vietnam - Jul 1 - Jul 21, 2017

Traveler: Jennifer C. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

The trip planning was great. Trying to get 7 people organized was like trying to herd cats, but all our requests were handled well.

Andy Carroll, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Jennifer,

It was a real pleasure to assist you all, I am just happy you all enjoyed your time here. If I can ever be of any assistance i'd be more than happy to help you with the herding.

Many thanks,

Andy

Vietnam and thailand, Vietnam - May 29 - Jun 17, 2017

Traveler: Nicola M. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

Andy went through all the details prior to our visit, so when we arrived, the trip was tailored to exactly what we had asked. The organization, once we were in Vietnam, was excellent. Someone was always waiting to meet us, and the guides were all friendly and informative.

No effort was spared to make little tweaks and changes. Correspondence was friendly and made us feel very comfortable about trusting Andy with our trip.

Andy Carroll, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicola,

Thank you for such a lovely review, it was my pleasure to help you arrange such a big and exciting trip. Not to mention with a birthday involved too. Thank you again for joining me for a beer or two here, it was a lovely evening.

My thanks again,
Andy

Northern vietnam, Vietnam - May 10 - May 17, 2017

Traveler: melanie j. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

Really impressive timely response and really appreciated the flexibility to make changes to accommodate different dates. Having now visited Vietnam our only comment would be that it would perhaps have been good to get more and wider suggestions to choose from to tailor the trip e.g. a cooking experience or an interesting stop on the car journey from Sapa to Hanoi. it did feel a bit as if we were on the 'standard' tourist circuit that could have been booked fairly easily locally - although the... read more

Really impressive timely response and really appreciated the flexibility to make changes to accommodate different dates. Having now visited Vietnam our only comment would be that it would perhaps have been good to get more and wider suggestions to choose from to tailor the trip e.g. a cooking experience or an interesting stop on the car journey from Sapa to Hanoi. it did feel a bit as if we were on the 'standard' tourist circuit that could have been booked fairly easily locally - although the service level we got from having booked with you ( guide, driver) was excellent

The guide Ngoc was really excellent. very knowledgeable, helpful, punctual and happy to move things around ( e.g lunch booking when we opted to leave Sapa early because of the rain) . A great guy we'd be happy to recommend to friends.

Myanmar, laos and cambodia, Laos - Mar 15 - Apr 7, 2017

Traveler: Gregory P. - Local specialist: Andy Carroll

Overall, the trip was very good. There could have been a lot more communication about the daily itinerary and I wish that there had been more optionality provided for what was done each day. For example, when visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, there were several tour options that the sanctuary provided, but one of the tour was just selected for me without providing me an option (when I would have preferred to be on another tour). Also, I feel like many of the days ended the activities... read more

Overall, the trip was very good. There could have been a lot more communication about the daily itinerary and I wish that there had been more optionality provided for what was done each day. For example, when visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, there were several tour options that the sanctuary provided, but one of the tour was just selected for me without providing me an option (when I would have preferred to be on another tour). Also, I feel like many of the days ended the activities earlier than expected without any option to visit more sites or deviate from the itinerary. Overall, while the tour was great, I was expecting more for the money that I paid (even despite the fact that I realize I paid a premium for being a solo traveler).

Andy was phenomenal in some respects, especially when I was presented with a health issue. But again, some of my comments about the optionality of the trip and the communication could have applied. I think we could have come up with a more tailed trip for me if I had been provided more options and there had been more communication.