The story of Ann Tours began on April 18, 1975 when Ann Tran became separated
from her sons during the fall of Saigon. She wouldn’t see Tony and Tim for
another sixteen years. She founded this company in 1989 in Vietnam with the
intention of finding them.
With the government’s doi moi, or “open-door” policy that year allowing
privatization, Ann had an idea to open a travel agency in hopes of American
visitors helping to find her sons. She took every opportunity to hand out
pictures and letters. Miraculously, it worked. At 4 a.m. one November morning in
1991, Tony, the eldest son, received a phone call. The person on the other end
said, “This is your mother speaking.” It was the first time he heard his
mother’s voice after sixteen years.
It happened that an American traveler had returned from Vietnam and found her
son’s names in the phone book. Both graduated from U.S. universities with
degrees in business and economics and teamed with mom in the family business.
Ann has recently taken her much deserved retirement, while Tony runs the
business from Ho Chi Minh City and brother in Southern California.
Ann, Tony and Tim have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, in the Washington
Post (04/30/1995), and on a PBS documentary entitled, “Vietnam Passage: Journeys
from War to Peace.” Other articles have been in guidebooks such as Lonely
Planet, Rough Guide, Frommer’s, Insight Guides, “Fodor’s" and "American Express
We look forward to meeting all of you and helping you to experience the warm
hospitality, fascinating cultures, and beautiful landscape of Southeast Asia.