Ancient Orient Journeys
Ancient Orient Journeys
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As experts in South-East Asia travel, Ancient Orient Journeys specializes in tailored tours. Our company mission is for clients to have the best travel experience possible
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Lisa G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Working with AOJ was the best decision we made when planning our honeymoon. They planned our three-week trip to Laos and Vietnam, including activities, hotels, internal flights, transfers, guides, drivers, visas, etc. and it was so incredible. The guides were knowledgeable, passionate, and spoke great English. The drivers were safe and professional. The activities were fun and authentic, and really helped us see the countries. The excursions were also well-suited for our personalities and what we wanted to do our on honeymoon.

The balance of cities, countryside, and beach. Each day brought something different, and we got to see new things, eat new things, and experience new and exciting parts of Laos and Vietnam.

AOJ was easy to work with from the beginning, flexible to make as many iterations of our itinerary as possible until it suited our desires, and so responsive. Even on the trip, if we had any questions or concerns, our AOJ sales rep (Vinh) was easy to reach and quickly responsive. Couldn't recommend working with AOJ more highly—they'll plan you a trip of a lifetime and you won't have to worry about a single thing!
Written January 6, 2020
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Robert F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the most relaxing and satisfying tours I've ever taken.

My children escorted me back to southern Vietnam with a stop in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay enroute. We didn't have lots of time, as the kids needed to get back to their day jobs. So we squeezed it all into 8 days, and Vinh at AOJ made it happen. He proposed an itinerary, listened to our ideas, understood what we wanted to see and do, and provided a wonderfully customized vacation. A terrific guy to work with, he took all the stress out of planning such a trip. He took care of visas, transportation in country, drivers, guides, accommodations, meals, activities, you name it. All we had to do was show up!

What's more, the people he selected as guides and drivers were amazing. They were very knowledgeable, competent, and accommodating, of course, but even more, they made us feel truly welcome and took care of us like family would do watching out for our safety and welfare throughout the tour. Our driver, Hung, maneuvered us through all sorts of insane traffic situations without blinking an eye and provided security for all our belongings when we were away from our van. We never had to worry about them.

Our guide, Thanh, was a walking encyclopedia. He knew everything about everything, or if he didn't, he knew someone who did, and he'd get the answer to whatever ridiculous question we'd come up with. He was constantly handing us water bottles to keep us hydrated, reminding me to keep my waist pack zipped closed, checking to see we put on sunscreen and insect repellant when needed, and ensuring we didn't get any questionable food or water. Even when the tour was over and he had left us at our hotel to get ready to depart for home the next morning, he went across town to get banh mi sandwiches from his favorite vendor to bring back for us. We had really liked them, and it was a beautiful parting gesture on his part.

Ancient Orient Journeys epitomize the kindness of the Vietnamese people, and I would certainly recommend them to anyone planning to visit Vietnam.
Written April 16, 2024
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RajeevNagpal
Chicago, Illinois121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Wow is the word to describe this vacation arranged by Vinh from our travel agency.
From airport pick up to departure back home, was extremely well organized, in a timely fashion, with guides that educated us in detail and also made sure we were comfortable.

our trip was extensive as we traveled 4 cities, that involved 3 domestic flights. Once again guides walked us thru check in and made sure we had no issues with security. one guide had tears in his eyes as we left, such was the connection between the guides and the members of our group.
Transportation in the cities was roomy and comfortable, with safe drivers
Most of all, guides were very flexible and did not mind changing the day excursions here and there.
Hotels were chosen by us and the room categories were as promised
i give 10 out of 10 to this travel company.
Mr Vinh was always available in the planning stage of the trip to advise the preferred route and daily excursions.
Written February 26, 2023
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huyenchau v
Asbury Park, NJ28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is our 2nd visit to Vietnam, and on both occasions, we worked with Vinh at AOJ. We could not be any happier with Vinh and his team.

Throughout the planning process, Vinh listened to our preferences and concerns and helped us plan our itinerary accordingly. We had to make changes to our itinerary a few times, and Vinh patiently worked with us without any hesitation. At times when Vinh felt there might be better options to what we requested, he clearly explained the alternatives for us to consider.

Regarding the tour guides provided by AOJ, everyone that accompanied us on the various tours was exemplary. Straight away, their overall knowledge shines through. We learned so much from them while having great conversations and laughs. No details were too small to ensure our comfort and safety.

Some may think all the above is part of a paid service. True…but our experience with Vinh is that he goes above and beyond the expectations. On our long journey back to the States, our flight was cancelled due to mechanical issues. We were stuck at the airport in HCM City while scrambling to find available next flights. We reached out to Vinh asking for help. Although his responsibilities with us have completed, Vinh did not hesitate. He helped us find a hotel near the airport and transportation to pick us up from the airport. Vinh stayed connected with us until we safely settled back at the hotel. This spoke volume of Vinh’s dedication to his clients and genuine concerns. We were so grateful for Vinh’s support.

To anyone that is still deciding on a travel agency for their trip to Vietnam, AOJ is the one. We will return to Vietnam and most likely do our first trip to Thailand. And without a doubt, we will work with AOJ again.
Written May 29, 2024
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Mahmood E
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We booked our tour with Mr Vinh and had an absolutely Great experience.
We have travelled extensively with different tour groups all over the world and i can say without hesitation that this was one of our best experiences.
We had asked for a laid back cultural and off the beaten track experience and got exactly what we wanted.
His tour guides were excellent, english speaking and very responsive to our concerns and needs. we had a great experience touring the mekong delta region, Sapa and Ha long bay area which has become very busy with tourists. We enjoyed the former two areas the most.
Written December 15, 2022
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Andrea K
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My husband and I had the best time in Vietnam, it was truly an adventure of a lifetime. I'd highly recommend AOJ to anyone looking to make such a trip. We planned Vietnam as our belated honeymoon and we very much felt like newly weds on this trip despite being married already for a year. AOJ was very thorough in the planning process, thoughtful in the execution and extremely prompt in all communication to ensure the whole trip went smoothly. We were so incredibly touched by all the detail in our trip from hotel stays to the guides picked to tour us around. We will never forget this trip.
Written September 30, 2022
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Justin F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My sisters and I took our father back to Vietnam this spring and I can't express how great it was working with Vinh at AOJ.  We had an aggressive itinerary (as one does when you want to see everything!) and Vinh was somehow able to make it all work.  Having someone there to plan all the logistics (in-county flights, hotels, drive times, etc.) made the trip much less stressful than it would otherwise have been. 

However, what really makes Vinh and AOJ stand out was the attention to detail and the guides.  Vinh met us at our hotel one day and had a gift for my dad...a small Vietnamese cyclo.  It was something my dad had been mentioning as being very memorable and Vinh went out of his way to buy a small one as a gift.  Very cool gesture. 

The guides Vinh hired (Mr. Thang and Mr. Thanh) were also very knowledgeable and paid attention to every little detail.  They had no problem getting away from the itinerary and exploring something we had expressed an interest in exploring or doing as we went along.  We spent time at the post office sending our loved ones post cards and driving down lots of tiny roads searching for areas of the delta that looked familiar to my dad.  Even after our trip was officially over, and we were relaxing at our hotel on the last night, Mr. Thanh showed up with the ingredients to make banh mi sandwiches because we had mentioned wanting that for dinner.  His favorite place was too far for us to get to from our hotel so he drove there himself and delivered it to us as a final surprise.  He perfectly embodies the entire Vietnamese people and how warm and inviting they are.

Would highly recommend Ancient Orient Journeys and wouldn't hesitate to use them again on our next trip to Vietnam!
Written April 10, 2024
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Mick K
Vancouver, Canada125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We went to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia on a private tour for 2 people, organized by Ancient Orient Journeys out of Vietnam. Vihn put together a fantastic agenda and hit our bucket list places and adventures, and there were more that we didn't expect that were over the top! Accommodations, logistics, drivers and guides were wonderful and very professional. We loved our vacation and highly recommend AOJ!!
Written November 8, 2023
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Nivin T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was excellently planned and took all our wishes into account. Mr Vinh was always in touch prior to our journey and gave us valuable information about our destinations. Once we arrived we felt extremely taken care of. Starting from the knowledgeable and extremely friendly guides to the wonderful hotels, meals and of course tours.we were not able to do some of the program due to health issues but they always found an alternative so wenever felt we missed out on anything. I would highly recommend Ancient tours if you plan on traveling to this part of the world. Thank you to our Vietnam guide Mr Thang who went out of his way and far beyond his duty! Our thanks goes also to Mr Nara, our guide in Siem Reap, who beside showing us the must sees, took us to markets so we could interact with the extremely friendly people of Cambodia. Thank you all at Ancient tours, Mr Vinh, guides and drivers for making this an exceptional journey!
Written June 1, 2023
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Judith L
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Two weeks in Vietnam was the trip of a lifetime. AOJ's logistics were smooth and without a hitch, making us all feel well taken care of and totally relaxed. Hotel accommodations were excellent. Activities well tailored to our small group. What made this trip extra special and was our truly exceptional guide, Khuong. Highly recommend AOJ, especially if you are lucky enough to score Khuong as your guide. AOJ made efforts throughout the planning process to tailor this trip to our group members' wishes. Very good communication and planning on the part of AOJ.
Written March 11, 2024
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