Since 1994—as the first American tour operator in Vietnam—we've planned one-of-a-kind, custom private tours for hundreds of travelers while organizing the first arts, photography, outdoors, culinary and other unique tours in Vietnam. Toss the outdated guidebook—no museums, sites, or pagodas are really worth your time, rather, the prize is it its people—famously friendly, warm and humorous. Vietnam is a country of stunning contrasts, Travel with an experienced boutique, private-only tour operator, that is nimble enough to change as quickly as Vietnam does, steering you away from the crowds and guidebook sites, crafting a trip that showcases only the finest and most authentic of Vietnam.
Japan, Vietnam & Thailand
Discover why Bourdain waxed poetic about what we've saying since 1994—Vietnam is one of the world's top culinary destinations. Our culinary trips have been organized for over 20 years, featuring fabulous street eats, markets, farms, formal dining, with hands-on cooking in Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand.
ASIA IN FOCUS
Private Photography Trips
Few destinations in the world are more visually compelling than those of Asia. Let us arrange a local professional to accompny you in Vietnam, Angkor, Myanmar and in Japan, enjoying optimal times and places for the pefect shot, including all important personal images.
ARTS IN ASIA
The Ultimate Art experiences in Vietnam
Meet premier artists up close and personal, in their home galleries, working in a variety of mediums from traditional "thread art" to contemporary lacquer. Canvas architectural highlights of Kyoto, modern art spaces in Tokyo, Vietnam's flourishing northern arts scene, and Chiang Mai's up and coming arts community up close and personal.
LUXURY JAPAN TOUR
The Very Best of Japan
Explore the very best of the unique and striking destinations in Japan, from Tokyo, Naosima, Kyoto to sublime remote mountain escapes. Along the way, enjoy sights, legendary ryokan, places, activities, world-class restaurants and sushi bars, and private personal encounters few travelers experience.
FAMILY TRIPS IN ASIA
Thrilling family adventure across Asia
Elephant encounters, Manga, jungle hikes, Tombraider stone temples, snorkeling tropical island paradise, cycling through hilltribe villages—no other places in the world are as fascinating or as thrilling as Asia. We've planned family adventures for over 20 years with unique activities, places and local people encounters.
Vietnam North to South
Experience the very best of Vietnam from Hanoi, picturesque Halong Bay, Imperial Hue, amazing Hoi An, buzzing Saigon, and emerald-green Mekong Delta, enjoying personal encounters, magnificent cuisine, vibrant arts, and unique sights.
HONEYMOON IN ASIA
Romance in Vietnam
Experience romantic Asia, from a private junk on sublime Halong Bay, island escape in Thailand, tented jungle camp, with planned dining, special private encounters and activities, all curated especially for couples.
THE SHOGUN TRAIL
Fuedal Japan from Samurai to Sumo
In ancient cities, where history lingers like a gentle fragrance, step back into the Edo era, a time when shoguns ruled and art and culture flourished with a quiet but intense passion. Explore feudal castles, samurai lanes, and imperial palaces from this fascinating time.
THAILAND LUXURY TOURS
Vietnam, Laos & Angkor Wat
Experience the very best luxury travel in Thailand. A trip that not only canvases the best of Siam, but fill in all the special touches-including visas, expedited arrival, concierge and guides on call, the very best dining, and exclusive, insider personal encounters and activities.
ASIA GRAND TOUR
The Very Best of Southeast Asia
Extend your Vietnam luxury tour with the ultimate private luxury travel experience in Southeast Asia. Over three to four weeks, journey from Hanoi, to Angkor Wat, Bangkok, and Mandalay, experiencing the very finest properties, dining, sightseeing and shopping. Our curated adventures, personal encounters, activities, have been finely tuned over our two decades in the region.
Vietnam, Laos & Angkor with Thailand
Explore tranquil Laos, magnificent Angkor, thrilling Vietnam, Bangkok and Thailand's sublime islands. Stay at the Metropole in Hanoi, the Nam Hai, Hoi An's premier resort, and legendary Mandarin Oriental on the Chao Praya River. Pre-arranged visas, VIP immigration, unique encounters, world-class dining, dedicated tour managers in each country, and premier escorts, let you relax and enjoy your trip to the absolute fullest.
OCEAN & RIVER CRUISES
Angkor, Phnom Penh and the Mekong
Enjoy an exotic cruise embarking from historic Saigon deep into the Mekong Delta to Cambodia's busy capital, Phnom Penh, across Southeast Asia's largest lake, Tonle Sap, and culimating with the magnificent temples of Angkor. Smaller luxury ships plying the Mekong ensure an intimate and comfortable experience, witnessing scenic landscapes, villages, plantations, islands and floating markets up close.
Sumo & Sushi in Japan
Nowhere is the mantra "food is culture" truer than in Japan. Indeed, over the last decade Japan has quietly become one of the top culinary destinations in the world and even, arguably, the best of all. Unlock and master the secrets of Japanese cuisine.
ASIA WORLD HERITAGE
UNESCO Sites Across Asia
Explore the very best of the unique and striking collection of Japan, China, Vietnam, Angkor, and Thailand's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Along the way, enjoy sights, places, activities, eating, and private personal encounters few travelers experience. In addition, if you've the time we recommend extending for 2-3 days in "prize of Southeast Asia" —the magnificent temples at Angkor.
TOKYO & KYOTO
Hill Tribes and Mountains
The traditional tribes and mountain landscapes of Northwest of Vietnam are among the most picturesque and fascinating in all of Asia. Colorful tribes remain in small villages in farms, living a way of life that has existed for hundreds of years.
The Cultural Triangle
With a shorter time in Vietnam, then Hanoi, Halong Bay, and the northwest hill tribe region are the country's not-to-miss. Our unique take on these places captures the very best of each, customized to your preferences.
Finish you Indochina trip with a stopover in cosmopolitan bangkok and Thai island paradise.
We only recommend the Mekong cruises if you a longer trip, one that also explores the North and Central Vietnam which has far more beautiful landscapes and waterways, traditional culture, and where all of Indochina's terrific World Heritage sites are located. Halong Bay, for example, is one of the world's most spectacular cruises and should not be missed. We can also arrange short boat rides on scenic river along the way, including the tranquil Perfume River in Hue, busy Thu Bon in Hoi An, and a picturesque dinner cruise along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang. Smaller luxury cruise ships (typically around 20 cabins), such as the Aqua Mekong, are designed for shallow water providing not only a more intimate cruise but also access to the furthest reaches of lake, rivers, and canals, and feature fine wood interiors and comfortable travel.
Mekong cruises are ideal after visiting North Vietnam, and of course, after or before exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor, embarking from a port not far from the temple complex. Enjoy a tranquil 7-night cruise on vast Tonle Sap Lake and the legendary Mekong River, through the Mekong Delta past fishing villages and endless expanse of rice fields. This popular cruise also tours historic Saigon in Vietnam and the busy capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, with stops in rural towns, farms, remote, river islands, plantations, colorful pagodas while vividly taking in the unique cultures along the Mighty Mekong, marveling at the river life, cruising by hundreds of painted junks and sampans in the floating markets and past villages that dot islands and line the shore. On Tonle Sap Lake, Southeast Asia's largest lake, bird watchers will be delighted to spot rare migratory birds.
Our take: Mekong cruises can be a pleasant experience, but only after exploring the far more beautiful landscapes, waterways, and World Heritage Sites of northern Indochina.
Embark on the ultimate personalized adventure through Southeast Asia, divided among five of the region’s most unique and captivating destinations.
Design your own Grand Tour itinerary, choosing where to go and how long you'll explore each location. Explore Hanoi, Asia's most fascinating capital, sublime Halong Bay, bucolic Laos, magnificent highlights of Thailand, and tranquil Myanmar. Discover the landscapes, cuisine, and hill tribes of north Vietnam, explore the ancient treasures of Siem Reap's Angkor temple complex, the heart of serene Luang Prabang, float by balloon over the ancient temple's of Bagan, followed by an escape to the sun-kissed beaches of Koh Samui. Wherever you choose to go, lifelong memories are guaranteed.