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Asia Odyssey Travel Service Co Ltd has been operating both private & customized tours for over 10 years. Aiming at providing the best service at the most reasonable price, a worry-free, unforgettable and unique trip once in your lifetime in Nepal, Bhutan, Sichuan, Qinghai, The Silk Road, Tibet and other places in China. If you choose to travel with us, there will be more surprises waiting for you to explore. Starting to planning your Tibet trip and we are here to help you anytime in anyway.
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Jan 2024 • Family
We have travelled from/to 8-12 January of this year for 5 days trip with Asia Odyssey Travel in Lhasa, Tibet from Mongolia. It made us a great travel experience and the company offered timely and economically trip package for us. We are so excited for our travel with this company, with its gentle staffs and it arranged all the travel days in details and a good communication. We have seen so many interesting things and fully understood Tibet's customs and culture more clarify with support of its local guides. Finally, we would like to thank to Asia Odyssey Travel, especially many many thanks to a person who chats with us, he/she was informed us by its trip details on time, also millions of thanks to Mr. Luvsandorj (a driver who picked up/dropped up us safety), Mr. Dashdeleg and Mr. Dashnamjil (guides whose followed us in Lhasa and in the Turquoise lake and mountains) and certainly many thanks to Asia Odyssey Travel. You have remained us untouchable memories in our heart forever in our life.
Written January 18, 2024
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Manuela S
Ingolstadt, Germany3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
For a long time I wanted to travel to Nepal and Bhutan.
I looked after a tour from a German Tour Organizer for a while, but it definitely had to be a date in December. However, this date usually never came about with this provider due to the minimum number of participants. Since I was too unsure, as I never knew whether the tour would work, I looked around for alternatives and luckily came across Asia Odyssey Tours. I wanted to travel in December primarily because of the temperatures as I don't like too much heat and I thought December would be a perfect month for me in Nepal and Bhutan. Attending a festival in Bhutan wasn't important to me either, so I wasn't tied to a specific month or time.
Before I came across AOT, I was only interested in Nepal and Bhutan. When I took a closer look at the trips at AOT, I suddenly saw interesting combination options. The one I asked for first, a 20-day group tour with China, Lhasa, Nepal and Bhutan was not possible because the Lhasa-Kathmandu flights had not yet resumed after the Covid-19 pandemic. That's why Isaac, the travel consultant, suggested two options to me, but I immediately decided on the longer option, i.e. a group tour with Beijing, Xian, Chengdu and Lhasa and then afterwards a private tour with Kathmandu and Bhutan. It was the best decision I could have made and I'm so glad the trip didn't happen through the other portal because I was able to spend so much more time in so many more great places and for not that much more money . For me as a polar bear and zoo fan, Chengdu was a particularly great place.
I have never felt as well looked after on a trip as I did through the organization und management from Isaac. From the first contact to the end of the trip, he was always available; questions, whether by email or WhatsApp, were always answered extremely quickly. The whole organization was professional and very efficient. And i first booked the trip in September, so the time until the trip with that many destinations and flights and the special requiremients regarding the visas etc. wasn't that long.
During the trip I was always kept up to date about everything, be it the respective tour guide at the respective location and their telephone number, the sign upon arrival, etc. At Christmas there were Christmas wishes and at New Year's there were New Year's wishes. Especially when you're traveling solo, it's nice to be able to rely on having a contact person at all times and by combining the travel consultant with the guides on site, you always have a good feeling and a lot of security and don't have to worry.

All the guides at the respective locations and the drivers were great. In Beijing, Kitty was our guide. The driver upon arrival had such a nice sign written VIP Manuela Stadler. That was very funny. It was very cold and icy in Beijing and there were fears that the Mutianyu Great Wall would likely be closed on the scheduled day. That's why Kitty was so flexible and, together with the driver, made it possible for us to visit the Wall the day before after visiting the Forbidden City. That was really great. So we were able to experience the wall in the snow and we were so happy! But we couldn't make a long walk at the wall because it was really slippery. But we were there! All the sights in Beijing in snow and ice were so magical. Due to the change of plans, we even had time the following day for the Temple of Heaven, a Hutong tour and an acrobatic Show - here too we were very happy that Kitty made all of this possible.

In Chengdu we also had a great guide, Jack, who took great care of everything. So I urgently needed an ATM and he went with me to a shopping center, where luckily there was an ATM that also accepted VISA cards. A member of our group was injured and Jack got him a heat patch. At the airport before the onward flight, Jack took me to the airport hotel, which I was supposed to get to three days later, so I didn't have to worry about it anymore and I knew straight away where the hotel was.

After Chengdu we continued to Lhasa. Here, too, the good communication between the people from the AOT office and the local agency was evident.
I was called right at the airport and asked if I had landed and that the driver was waiting for me at exit 5. Regarding Lhasa, I was a bit nervous because of the altitude, but other than a slight headache on the second day, I had no problems.
In Lhasa I had two different guides: Lobsang on one day, on this day we saw the Potala Palace and in the afternoon we visited a local craft center where we made incense and tried out block printing and had our names written in Tibetan. On the second day, Lobney was the guide and with him I visited the Sera and Gelug Monastery and the Jokhang Temple. Both guides had such immense knowledge and reported so much about the history and religion and they were very considerate of the different group members and everyone was able to do everything in own pace and time. I was particularly amazed when we took a taxi to the different locations on the second day. The taxi was ordered and arrived shortly afterwards. I don't know anything like that in Germany. Here you have to wait much longer. It all went so smoothly. Both Lobsang and Lobney always dealt with problems and concerns quickly and efficiently. I received an immediate response to messages. So it was cold in the hotel during the day and I asked both of them if they could ask at reception about the heating. The first time, a housekeeper was immediately sent to me to turn on the air conditioning (this was at after 8 p.m. so I didn´t know that the airconditiong works at this time anyway), the second time it was in the afternoon and it really was cold in the room – after Lobney told the reception staff about my problem I was immediately given a portable heater in the room, which helped a lot, as the automatic heating in the rooms was only turned on in the evening at 8 p.m. All questions and concerns were responded to promptly and quickly and remedied.
Then I went back to Chengdu because the onward flight to Kathmandu took place from there. The change of plan from the agency, not to drive back to a city hotel (as it would have been about 1 hour to the city) but to stay overnight at the airport hotel, was perfect. Unfortunately, the stay in this great hotel was only for a few hours - unfortunately, because the hotel was so great, I would have liked to have spent a little more time there. As we were in Chengdu with the group a few days earlier I got an Email from the Airline that my flight from Chengdu to Kathmandu is cancelled. I was very concerned and worried because this could have jeopardized my entire itinerary. Luckily there was a flight from another airline at almost exactly the same time, which I then booked. I booked the flight from Chengdu to Kathmandu by myself because it was the transition from the group tour to the private tour. The travel consulted Isaac had offered to book the flight during the organisation of the trip for me, but it was a little cheaper from Germany, so I booked it myself. In hindsight, I wouldn't do that anymore because I was sweating a lot over the new booking in the evening at 8 p.m. to make sure I got the other flight. I was worried that several people would rebook on the other flight. I didn´t get the confirmation for the new booking immediately, only the next day so there was a long uncertainty. Next time I woould book all flights through the agency. But luckily everything worked out.
Yes and then there were the days in Nepal or rather in Kathmandu. Here too I was greeted very friendly with a scarf, just like in Lhasa, and taken to the hotel. Dipen, who picked me up from the airport, gave me a few suggestions and tips for sightseeing and shopping in my free time. The next morning I met Sandy, my guide and driver Bijay. Sandy was just amazing!! Of all the guides, she was my highlight, simply because we got along really well. In addition to all her knowledge and her humor, I had such a great time with her, which unfortunately went by far too quickly. She asked me on both days what I would like to eat for lunch. So on the second day we went to a restaurant that served Dal Bhat because I really wanted to try it.
There were different variations of Dal Bhat and the special thing there was that you paid once and then they kept going around and you could have more of each individual ingredient. There was a lot going on in the restaurant and the concept is very popular with locals too and it was a great lunch there. Kathmandu was my personal highlight, perhaps that's why Sandy was also my highlight as a guide. I fell in love with this lively, colorful place with the great world heritage sites, even though it is really loud and turbulent in the city. But the places visited, the 3 Durbar Places, the Boudhanath Stupa and the Monkey Temple and the Pashupatinath Temple were all so impressive and magical. But Kathmandu was also my biggest dream place, where I always wanted to be and that has been confirmed. Some places you have a special connection to. Unfortunately i was only there for 3 nights and then i went on to Bhutan.

I think the flight from Kathmandu to Paro in Bhutan is the most beautiful flight in the world and if you ask for a window seat at the counter and it's off-season like December, that's possible without any problems. So you can see the Himalayan ranges and Mount Everest. The airport in Paro is simply a gem and it continues like this in Bhutan. The landscapes, the houses and beautiful dhzongs and monasteries, the roads and lack of traffic signs and the peace - all of this was the complete contrast to Kathmandu and for me a perfect ending. I don't want to do it in reverse order because it allows you to relax after so many flights.
For Bhutan, everything was well organized and prepared; here you had an all-inclusive, worry-free package, as you can only travel to Bhutan with a guide. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) were included here. 2 meals would have been enough, because if you have enough for breakfast dinner would be enough. The food, especially the vegetables and the Ema Datshi, were super tasty at all places. The hotels in which I stayed were particularly great. Before the trip I had read in a November review of one of the hotels that it was very cold in the room and based on my experiences in the other hotels where I always needed help with the heating or had to ask, I was curious as to how it would be in Bhutan. And I was so surprised. In the first hotel it was warm enough in the room, in the second hotel there was already a small additional heater in the room that was turned on as soon as the room was shown, and in the last hotel, the Hotel Tenzinling, the highlight was that the heating had already been turned on beforehand and there was an electric heating mattress in the bed.
That was extremely great! The hospitality in Bhutan was exceptional. The guide Ugyen was also always concerned about my well-being and he took care of everything. I had some concerns about the strenuous hike to the Tiger's Nest because I don't usually hike. I knew that I would be able to do the hike because I had also done a longer hike in New Zealand a few years ago - but I felt sorry for the guide beforehand because I was sure that I would take a lot of breaks. At first I thought that I would rather do the hike alone without having someone constantly waiting for me. I wanted to make it to the top in any case and rather cut out something from the rest of the day's program if necessary. Ugyen was kind enough to carry my backpack and jacket and give me water whenever I needed it. And he said no matter how many breaks I need, as long as I'm happy he's happy too. So nice! And I did it and we were able to carry out the rest of the day's program. The Tiger's Nest was also one of the absolute highlights. Nepal and Bhutan were on my bucket list of travel destinations and thanks to Isaac and AOT I was able to realize a wonderful, extraordinary trip and I am so glad that I chose exactly this combination.
All the places were unique and beautiful in their own way and the timing of the trip in December was ideal for me. I couldn't imagine visiting the Forbidden City or the Great Wall when there were so many crowds and standing in line for ages. And the weather in Kathmandu and Bhutan was ideal, even really warm. And the cold in Chengdu was bearable, but in Beijing it was really very cold. But things got worse as we traveled on to Chendu, so we escaped the cold of Beijing. In addition to the great organization and the great support from Isaac and the guides and drivers, I also made a great friendship with one of the group participants on the trip, which also means a lot to me. After I landed in Munich at the end of the trip, there were tears in my eyes because I can look back on such a magical time with so many great moments, events and people and I'm also happy that everything went so smoothly! A bit of tension was relieved when we landed, because with so many places and flights you can never be sure whether the process will work. Thank you so much for this unique vacation!

Written January 7, 2024
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Haryanto Christian
Jakarta, Indonesia9 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Thank you Asia Odysses travel during our holiday in taipe and taichung.. thank you so much to Vicky, Jacques to assist us. See u nezt time in the next our holiday..
Written January 2, 2024
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Lindsay J
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Mr Leo organised us a private tour Shanghai-Xian-Beijing-Shanghai.
Brilliant knowledgeable English speaking guides and safe professional drivers whom went out of their way to make or trip experience effortless.
Written December 29, 2023
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Nov 2023 • Couples
Our tour began in Chengdu. The agency helped us book a train to Lhasa, and arranged for a driver and English-speaking tour guide in Lhasa and Nyingchi. The hotels chosen were good, and the scenery was simply breathtaking. Thank you to Anthony at the agency for making the planning and booking process so smooth!
Written December 26, 2023
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1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
Absolutely delighted with the tour agent's Anthony service! He went above and beyond to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. From thoughtful itinerary planning to responsive customer service, they truly excel. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour agent for a top-notch travel experience.
Also thank you to our tour guide 萝布和陈司机 both of them. They were the dream team! The guide's passion for local history and culture enriched every moment, while the driver's skill ensured a safe and comfortable journey. Together, they made the trip memorable and stress-free. Highly commendable duo for anyone seeking an extraordinary travel experience!
Written December 23, 2023
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思谕 陈
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Solo
It was a great experience in Tibet, and I was sick the first day I arrived. I contacted the travel agency and changed the travel arrangements in time, although I could not visit many scenic spots for physical reasons. I had a great time in Lhasa. I will choose this company for my next Tibet journey. And a big thanks to Ms. Cici, my travel counselor at AOT, who is responsible and caring for me.
Written December 10, 2023
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Edson Y
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very good experience since 1st contact with agency, supported with great attention and helpful response by Rex until the last tour in Shanghai. All the city tours were conducted by well informed guides with fluent english.
In Beijing guided by Maggie Pan manage all tours with smart way and great attention. Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Heaven Temple, Summer Palace and Olympics games places.
In Xi’an guided by Timo with great explanation and flexibility. Visited Muslim, Terracotta, Pagoda and Ancient Wall.
In Guilin and Yangshuo guided by Chanel with very friendly and kindly way. Visitng Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunck Hill and Li River Cruise.
In Shanghai guided by Qián with great attention and explanation and giving us time for shopping.
Hotels selected were very good and confortable with delicious breakfast. Holiday Inn Express and Lisa’s Hotel (in Yangshuo).
Restaurants were local style with reasonable cost.
As the price focus is in low cost travel pack with nices places to visit, consider also to wakeup early for fligths and trains.
Suggestion for Improvement to Travel Agency: more detailed timing schedule.
Written November 29, 2023
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Aysegul V
Istanbul, Türkiye6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
For my Bhutan trip I chose Asia Odyssey Travel (AOT) because searching in the web, they seemed to offer the best value for money. And now after having realised the trip with them I did not experience any bit of disappointment; on the contrary, my short 4 nights’ trip exceeded my expectations. I would like to thank everybody who contributed to my excellent travel experience, in particular to:
-Ms. Cici, my travel counselor at AOT, who designed my trip and answered all my questions promptly with great kindness and always a positive attitude.
-My local Bhutanese tour guide Mr. Phurba and my driver Mr. Nimado (apologies if I made spelling mistakes in the names), who did their best to not to leave out any elements from my original itinerary although my arrival plane (Drukair) had a delay of almost 5 hours. Mr. Phurba is a very experienced and knowledgeable tour guide, especially about Buddhism, who also knows the best spots for a photo!
-Entire staff of AOT as well as the local Bhutanese tour agency who planned and executed the trip. I was very happy with my hotels and my restaurants, especially those for lunch.

Thanks for everything again 🙏
Written November 29, 2023
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Greece20 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
They say that one main reason to visit Bhutan, is to attend a local Bhutanese festival, so I plan my whole trip to this country around a characteristic local festival, the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival, which consider to be one of the most sacred and unique festivals in Bhutan. This year, 2023, the festival was organized from 28th of October until 1st November.
Having this event as a core of my trip and after discovering Asia Odyssey Travel I started to communicate with a agent, Isaac, to plan my trip. After exchanging many emails we finally settled on a 11 days 10 nights itinerary that included the most highlights of Bhutan, particularly west and center Bhutan. Isaac proved to be a very patient and understanding agent, capable to manage all my needs to this trip. Originally the trip was planned as a two persons trip, but almost last minute my companion friend got ill and I was left alone. Isaac and Asia Odyssey Travel was so understanding about the situation and return all my friends’ money. This alone is very surprising and indeed an act of true understanding.
Since I became a solo traveler, after arriving in Bhutan and met with my tour guide, Kinga, and our driver, Nima, we discussed about some changes that I wanted to make in the itinerary and adding more activities and sightseeing. After a couple of hours of talks we concluded to a final itinerary and activities which they enriched my total experience in Bhutan. The cooperation and the relation with my tour guide and driver was so excellent and constructive.
Although going to Bhutan is a little more complicated than another country, it only can be reached by certain airports and you can only fly with local Bhutanese airlines, the country itself is really beautiful, and is so nice that wasn't so crowded of tourists and I had the opportunity to enjoy it more.
The food was plenty and delicious. I love ethnic food so it was to my taste and didn't have any problem.
Bhutan also is a delight for hikers, so many paths to hike with different levels of difficulty. I really enjoyed all the hikes that we did, and it was quite a lot!
And of course the highlight of my trip was my presence to the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival, especially on the first day, at night, where I had the opportunity to see true traditional customs and a unique bonfire and the famous naked dance of the monks! You have to be there to understand….
I would like to thank Isaac from Asia Odyssey Travel for helping me organize this trip, for being at my disposal even on the weekends, replying almost immediately to my mails and to my tour guide Kinga and our driver Nima in Bhutan for their contribution to my most pleasant trip in Bhutan.
In general, a unique experience, I highly recommend a trip to Bhutan, you will not be disappointed!
Written November 9, 2023
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Hi Dimitrisdimitris, Thank you for sharing your lovely travel story with us. Like you said, Bhutan is a special place, a place that is so special that you just have to be there to understand the uniqueness and happiness that you can hardly find anywhere else in the world. And your vivid description would definitely make more travelers fall in love with Bhutan. Yes, we love Bhutan at AOT too. That’s why we have been focusing on Bhutan travel ever since we started our business more than a decade ago. Introducing Bhutan to more valuable travelers like you has always been our mission because we believe everybody deserves to experience the happiness of Bhutan and the wonders Bhutan offers, both natural and cultural. So we are really glad to hear that our team have pushed through and helped you fulfill your dream of visiting the Jambay Lhakhang Drup festival! Our local team always serves as guides and friends who lead the way to uncover the true essence of Bhutan’s unique culture, making sure you experience the authentic festival events, the masks, the dance, the bonfire. It’s the vibe you resonate with when you are in it. It seems you, Bhutan, and the lovely people in Bhutan have really connected. It is so good to know you have enjoyed the diverse trekking & hiking routes and the Bhutanese food as well! And of course, thank you for acknowledging our cheerful local team, Kingga and Nima. When you are in Bhutan, you just know you will get along with the lovely people, especially with our dedicated team members who are always there for you. In terms of traveling itself, whether it’s making last-minute changes or coming up with a personalized travel itinerary, we are always happy to deliver for our esteemed guests like you. Traveling solo does not mean traveling alone. Thank you for traveling with us. Traveling to Bhutan can be a bit of a process with a unique airline and application process, but that’s why we are here. As the slogan of Bhutan says, “Bhutan Believe”. Bhutan and us at AOT believe in an evolution and a spirit of optimism, destined to inspire pride and spark imaginations. We believe in Bhutan’s promise for Happiness. That’s why Isaac, Kinggga, and Nima always provide and deliver prompt service and in-depth travel experiences. That’s why we go the extra mile for those who seek the experience, the happiness, and the experience we all deserve. Thank you for all the heartwarming words. We hope your friend is well now. Looking forward to traveling again with you soon! Best Regards Asia Odyssey Travel Team
Written December 14, 2023
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