Discover Asia with Us

Red Lantern Journeys has helped independent travelers and small groups explore this vast and incredibly diverse region of the world since 2005. We’re true Asia experts. We can take you to the iconic sights and beyond on a remarkable trip tailored to your interests and travel style. We’re devoted to excellent customer service, and proudly stand behind our values of responsible travel and authentic experiences. Contact us and work with friendly, knowledgeable experts who are genuinely passionate about Asia.

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Exotic Journeys

Combine the iconic sights with off-the-beaten-path destinations and unique experiences. No matter where your interests lie, we can design itineraries and recommend activities and accommodation. Depending on your interests, we will connect you to local experts, artists, business people, religious figures, government officials, and NGOs to show you a side Asia that most people don’t have access to.


Exceptional Service

Our customers come first. From your initial inquiry until the day you return home, we take care of you by understanding your interests so we can plan the trip you’ve been dreaming of. With our curated activities, responsive representatives, quality guides, and exceptional in-country support staff, you can be confident you’ll get the trip you wanted.

Where Would You Like to Go?

India’s pungent spice markets, Nepal’s snow-covered peaks, Thailand’s white sand beaches? We’ve been helping travelers like you experience the iconic sights and hidden gems of Asia since 2004. Our destinations include favorites like Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, China, and Japan. We also arrange tours to lesser-traveled countries like Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Bhutan, Tibet, Bali, and more. Beyond that, we’ll arrange for you to visit the more remote regions and islands as well–like Ladakh in India, Flores in Indonesia, Yunnan in China, Mustang in Nepal, and Koh Yao in Thailand. Select a destination to explore!

Why Do You Travel?

We design tours to match your interests. What will interest you the most: tasting the culinary diversity of Thai street food, exploring ancient ruins of the Angkor archaeological sites, enjoying time with your family while experiencing new things, photography in some of the most spectacular places on earth, or trekking in the Himalaya? Select an activity and explore a sample of the trips we can arrange.

Uniquely Red

Sometimes we pioneer an experience so rare, so Uniquely Red, that we create an itinerary around it. Uniquely Red trips go beyond the standard tour to explore a destination in-depth, meet world-renowned personalities, track elusive wildlife, stay in truly breathtaking accommodations–sometimes guided by our company founders. These trips could (literally) be once in a lifetime, so book them while you can.

What Our Clients Tell Us

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11 Days in Thailand – Culture, Food and History

Ambrose, We had a great time. Everything went off without any complications. Each of the tour guides was wonderful. The accent was a challenge with Melissa, but she got better as the time went on and I understood her better. The street food night in Bangkok was fun to eat at restaurants with local people. That would have been a good one to do the first or second night so... Read More

Rhea and Dan B.

Texas

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11 Days in Thailand – Culture, Food and History

Rhea and Dan B., Texas

Ambrose,

We had a great time. Everything went off without any complications. Each of the tour guides was wonderful. The accent was a challenge with Melissa, but she got better as the time went on and I understood her better.

The street food night in Bangkok was fun to eat at restaurants with local people. That would have been a good one to do the first or second night so that we knew what to order the following days. The Blackitch in Chiang Mai was a unique dining experience! I would never choose to eat what we had but enjoyed trying all the different dishes. Just wish I had taken pictures of each dish.

We had several Thai messages – so cheap on the street! We also really enjoyed the hike in the jungle, the elephants and the raft ride. It was all good. Each place had its own uniqueness. I didn’t realize how many temples and Buddahs we would see. But I feel we got a good look at Thailand. The cooking class in Chiang Mai was the best.

We didn’t use the phone, but it was a good backup just in case something happened. We would love to take our family if it were so far. Don’t think the children would do well on the 12-14 hr flights.

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2 Women, 2 Weeks in Mongolia

The Mongolia trip was amazing and we loved every minute of it! We had perfect weather until the last day when there was torrential rain that closed the main road to Ulaanbaatar for miles when we were driving back from Karakorum and forced us to make a major detour around the water. But despite the rain we managed to see the famous takhi horses in Hustain Park. So the trip was... Read More

Heather M.

Birmingham, AL

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2 Women, 2 Weeks in Mongolia

Heather M., Birmingham, AL

The Mongolia trip was amazing and we loved every minute of it! We had perfect weather until the last day when there was torrential rain that closed the main road to Ulaanbaatar for miles when we were driving back from Karakorum and forced us to make a major detour around the water. But despite the rain we managed to see the famous takhi horses in Hustain Park. So the trip was epic from start to finish. All the logistics worked out smoothly including the internal flights which were all on time. All the local drivers were excellent and did an outstanding job in difficult terrain, especially the driver who got us to and back from Lake Khovsgol on an extremely muddy road twisting through fields and forests. The lake was still partially frozen so the boat service wasn’t operating and we had to drive instead. When there was problem, with our driver’s vehicle, a backup driver was summoned to make sure we got back for our flight to Ulaanbaatar.

I can’t speak highly enough of our superlative guide, Mr. Batmunkh (Bu Juu). He speaks perfect idiomatic English (and also guides in Russian and Chinese) and was extremely knowledgeable about Mongolian history and culture and able to answer all our questions effortlessly. He was well-organized and efficiently arranged visits to nomadic families, camel rides in the Gobi, and horseback riding outside of Karokorum. He also brought along books on the flora and fauna for us to look at and arranged for us to see a number of outstanding films, “Eagle Huntress” and “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” which gave us further insight into Mongolia and what we were seeing on our trip. And taught us knucklebone games.

To go through the trip chronologically, I loved staying at the Terelj Hotel. It has lovely staff, excellent service, and a beautiful pool. Breakfasts were very good. Terelj National Park was spectacular and I enjoyed visiting the Meditation Temple and the excursion to Jalman Meadows and visiting a local herdsman’s family. In Ulaanbaatar the Gandan Monastery was a highlight as were the very comprehensive National Museum and the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. The Gobi desert was stunning. I very much enjoyed hiking in the Yol Valley and the extraordinary Hongor Sands. June was the perfect time to visit the Gobi which wasn’t hot yet and we had many sites virtually to ourselves including the amazing Flaming Cliffs. The VIP ger in the Gobi Oasis Camp was very comfortable and well appointed. The Gobi Erdene Camp was simpler but adequate and is perfectly located. I loved the rustic charm and the deluxe gers at Three Camel Lodge and the food was outstanding. Climbing up to see the petroglyphs at Havtsgait was a highlight of the trip. Truly unique and spectacular! We also had a lovely visit with a local camel herding family near the Moltsog Sands. Lake Khovsgol was beautiful and I loved staying on the peninsula and hiking to visit the wishing rock. I loved the simple lodge, the excellent food, and especially the friendly staff who made fires for us, fired up the sauna, etc. Karakorum was another highlight of the trip and I would highly recommend that others visit for its historical interest and for the beautiful Erdene Zuu monastery and the Shankh Hiid monastery where we spoke with a monk, which also survived the purge. The Museum is excellent and we also visited a local market. One must see in Ulaanbaatar is the Tumen Ekh national traditional music and dance group which performs near the Bayangol Hotel. They were superb. I would also highly recommend Mary and Martha for high quality Kazakh embroidery, felt products, traditional clothing, etc. On our own we also visited the Bluefin Gallery which had a large and interesting display of contemporary Mongolian art.

The food in the ger camps was mostly very good. The Bayangol Hotel is very well located but a bit quirky. The Shangri-La is lovely and luxurious.

Thank you for arranging such a memorable trip for us! 

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3 Weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia

Irene, We had a fabulous trip! Having your team coordinate everything, allowed us to enjoy our trip, rather than worry about details. Highlights for me was the herb farm in Hoi An, the Sampan river cruise, The White Mansion Hotel and National Museum in Phnom Penh, and everything about Siem Riep, Shinta Mani hotel, temples and cooking demonstration. I’m still trying to take it all in, dreaming about it every... Read More

Sheila Q. and Betsy C.

Wellesley, MA and Seattle, WA

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3 Weeks in Vietnam and Cambodia

Sheila Q. and Betsy C., Wellesley, MA and Seattle, WA

Irene,

We had a fabulous trip! Having your team coordinate everything, allowed us to enjoy our trip, rather than worry about details. Highlights for me was the herb farm in Hoi An, the Sampan river cruise, The White Mansion Hotel and National Museum in Phnom Penh, and everything about Siem Riep, Shinta Mani hotel, temples and cooking demonstration. I’m still trying to take it all in, dreaming about it every night. I’d like to give a shout out to all the guides, whose command of English, and knowledge of their countries history and antiquities, added a whole other dimension to the trip.  I am looking forward to sharing photos with family and friends, and even perhaps attempting some Vietnamese/Cambodian cooking. Thanks Irene for all your help putting this trip together.

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