Our team of luxury travel specialists have spent almost three decades in the travel industry, and our knowledge of the world’s most inspiring places is unrivaled. We are experienced, opinionated, and discerning, and we believe that travel is one of life’s ultimate joys—it never fails to thrill us, expand our perspectives, or fill us with wonder and gratitude. We love exploring the world, and we know it intimately.
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We’ve ridden motorcycles through Bangkok’s storied alleyways, paid our respects to Maasai warriors in Tanzania, danced through sunset and sunrise in Ipanema Beach, and sung as loud as we could as we crossed the Jordanian desert because the only other soul within miles was our camel, and we knew he’d never report just how terrible we sounded. Every person on our staff had their lives altered by travel; we abandoned our original plans—Wall Street, law school, you name it—because we took a life-changing journey, and now all we want to do is create life-changing journeys for other people.

Our diverse staff includes award-winning travel advisers who specialize in areas such as wellness, family travel, and safaris, and in different areas of the world, such as Bhutan and Tunisia. We have offices in New York, Cape Town, and Bangkok to make sure that our global knowledge is current and cutting-edge. We are always on the move, visiting places for the fifth or first time to make sure we can provide you with the most up-to-date and exciting travel recommendations so that you don’t just skim the surface of a country, but explore its depths. We know the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, and Tokyo, and we can actually get you a table at that Michelin-starred hole-in-the-wall. We know the most stunning jungle resorts in Thailand, Brazil, and Madagascar, the hippest galleries in Istanbul, Rio, and Phnom Penh, the best vineyards in New Zealand, the most luxurious yacht in the Galapagos, and even how to find Papua New Guinea’s “lost” tribes.

Seeing the world has enriched our lives in ways we can’t ever measure, and we believe that seeing the world with us will do the same for you. Give us a call and tell us where you want to go—we’ll share our stories, adventures, and expert opinions, and make informed recommendations that you won’t find anywhere else.

We are happy to work with travel agencies and travel companies who want to offer their clients the kind of extraordinary journeys that we specialize in. Additionally, if you are someone who prefers to work with a particular travel agent or travel adviser, we can easily coordinate and consult with them so you can take part in the unparalleled experiences that only we offer.

THE SPECIALIST WHO CREATES YOUR TRIP

Capturing a client’s myriad ideas and unveiling the possibilities, with the ability to craft those concepts into a real experience, is truly enchanting. Witnessing their eagerness for more upon returning fills me with excitement, an indescribable joy that truly energizes me.

– Emily, Vietnam specialist

OUR SPECIALISTS

Ken’s passion for travel revealed itself when he exited his Wall Street career early for an adventure in Australia. He never looked back. Driven by his sense of discovery and fearless spirit, he continues to explore the world while inspiring others to do the same. In 1989, he founded Absolute Travel and under his leadership, the company has grown to be the recognized worldwide leader in private luxury travel, symbolized by Travel + Leisure naming them the 2013 World’s Best Tour Operator. That success stems from the pioneering mentality that he first brought to his early travels and then the company he founded, an approach that is deeply embedded in the DNA of Absolute Travel. They were the first U.S.-based company to sell trips to Vietnam and Cambodia, and have continued to forge an intrepid path by bringing travelers to remote parts of the globe and innovating the luxury travel experience. When he’s not running the world’s best travel company or serving as a spokesperson for the industry, Ken is a member of Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture’s Advisory Board, and unpacks his bags in New York with his wife, Kyoko, his daughter, Kazumi, and son, Keizo. His traveling mantra is “Travel light and with a smile.” Whether at home or traveling, he appreciates wherever he is in the world.

TRAVELING THE RIGHT WAY

‘Responsible travel has always been at the heart of what we do. First and foremost, because it gives you the best experience, but, also because it helps to preserve the communities and landscapes you visit. This isn’t new for us — we collaborate with local communities and outside experts so we can grow to be better ambassadors.’

– Heather, Responsible travel & sustainability manager

What our clients say about us

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Heather

9 May 2024 ★★★★★

Our 2-week trip to Thailand was fantastic! Chiang Mai felt completely magical and Koh Samui was beautiful. We managed to have fun even on the rainy days. Our guides were perfect, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun, with great insights into the local culture. I've been recommending Absolute Asia Tours to all my friends and I can't wait to travel with you guys again! The coordination of everything was very well done.

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Gari

22 May 2024 ★★★★★

Our recent trip to China and Mongolia was a great success. Overall we found Absolute Asia Tours services to be excellent throughout the two weeks we were in Asia. For us, Mongolia was definitely the highlight. We thoroughly enjoyed or local guides and drives and they were unfailingly knowledgeable, helpful and amusing. Their languages skills were excellent and we felt that we recieved real insight into this fascinating country. We were intinially drawn to the idea of this trip by the reports of the world class fihing and we were absolutely not disappointed. The fishing guide was first rate and we caught more fish than we could have hoped for - more than 25 each day - with the added bonus of being the only other people in sight for miles arround. AAT created a private ger camp for us on the Onon River and we enjoyed delicious food prepared by our chef in a beautiful unspoled atmosphere. They alo arranged for us to visit a nomadic family and spend time with them at home and organized a dinner with an anthropologist with expert knowledge of the region. AAT fullfilled their promise to tkae us to us to one of the world's best fishing destinations in comfort and style. We would be happy to travel with AAT again and will definitely recommend them to our friends.

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Cherry

16 May 2024 ★★★★★

We've had two "A+" experience with Absolute Asia Tours. It is a pleasure to work with an organization where I feel confident that what you say will happen, happens. This was true with our complicated China itinerary six years ago, and was true with our recent itinerary in Vietnam. your on the ground guides and logistics were top - notch, and I would recommend you to anyone to visit Asia.

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James

17 January 2024 ★★★★★

Absolute Asia tours gave us a wonderful tour of Southeast Asia (working with sister-agency My Way Travel based in Vietnam). For our Siem Reap/Angkor Wat journey, our party of two had a private driver and guide named Jak, who was a cheerful and knowledgeable companion, explaining the history, culture, architecture and religious significance of the sites while keeping it always fun. We moved efficiently from site to site, and finished with a boat tour of the fishing village on stilts at Kampong Pluk on the Tonle Sap Lake. During most of our trip we stayed at top-notch locally-owned hotels, but in Siem Reap we were at the excellent local Hyatt hotel. Absolute Asia and My Way Travel our outstanding local providers, less expensive than name-brand group tours, and customized to our interests and schedule.

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Hope

2 January 2024 ★★★★★

We had an awesome time on cycling tour with AAT! It was incredible, filled with good vibes, laughs & a fantastic way to explore Vietnam & Cambodia. Tony our guide made it special by introducing us to locals and showing us the real charm of these countries. The whole tour was well-organized & the way they took care of us awesome. It's an unforgettable trip and I'll definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Southeast Asia.

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Nas

1 January 2024 ★★★★★

My group of six completed a 30 day cycling tour in Asia with AAT. We traveled form Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket & Saigon to Siem Reap. Every day we pedaled through stunning countryside views, passing villages, fields & limestone karsts. Our guide Tony was fantastic-interesting, friendly & personable. This experience stood out as the highlight of our Asia trip.

Discover Asia with our multi-day cycling adventures, suitable for riders of any skill level. Count on our quality bikes, knowledgeable guides, and excellent support for an incredible experience.

Tailor-made design

Create cherished memories that will last a lifetime through our exceptional and inspiring travel experiences.

True experiences

Embark on an enriching journey to explore the world, where every sight, sound, and encounter offers valuable insights and learning opportunities.

Connect people

Reconnect with nature, engage with diverse cultures, and rejuvenate your senses through immersive travel experiences.

Connect with a certified specialist to begin planning your trip.

Feel free to call one of our experts or schedule a video appointment for personalized ideas and advice.

    • James
    • Asia Specialist
    • Linh
    • Thailand and Asia Specialist
    • Loc
    • Vietnam Specialist

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