Country of residence: United Kingdom
Review date: February 14, 2023
Tour name: Southeast Asia Itinerary 24 Days
Absolute Asia receives our highest recommendation for planning an excellent personalized trip with a great itinerary, customer service, responsiveness, and attention to detail. Mr. Tuan, one of the co-owners and founders, planned a 24 day private tour in Feb and March 2023 throughout Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam for my wife and me. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! What an amazing part of the world to visit! We wanted an overview of Southeast Asia and we definitely got that. The trip planning with Mr. Tuan began roughly 6 months before we traveled. Tuan sent out an initial itinerary and then my wife and I tweaked it over the next couple of weeks until we were satisfied with the plans. We were quoted a price, which was surprisingly reasonable, and Mr. Tuan took care of everything from there–booked all in-country flights (8), hotels (11), guides (7), drivers, tours, etc. We were sent a very detailed multi-page itinerary and knew what to expect each day. Our trip included 3 cooking classes, multiple boat trips (one overnight), bicycle rides, waterfall hikes, several lunches and dinners, temple visits, farm visit, fishing, museums, and more. Mr. Tuan was prompt in answering all of our questions prior to travel and during the trip–he literally answered dozens of emails. One of our flights changed twice before we left and Mr. Tuan promptly notified us. We felt very well prepared prior to leaving and knew what to expect once we arrived. We were greeted at the airport in each new city/region by a guide and driver who took great care of us during our stay and returned us to the airport at the end of our stay. Our guides were all excellent–very friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to share information with us. We had requested 4 star hotels with breakfast–all were more than adequate and exceeded our expectations. Several were smaller boutique-type hotels which we especially liked. Our last stop was Hanoi which is where Absolute Asia is located. Mr. Tuan arranged to meet us for a drink on our last night there to say “thank you” for traveling with them. It was great to finally meet after communicating with him for so many months. We will be referring all of our friends to Absolute Asia and will certainly use them again when we return. There are so many amazing sights to see and experience in Southeast Asia that you can’t do it all in one trip!