Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours

Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours

Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
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Isan Explorer is a family-run, licensed (TAT License # 54/00028) tour company based in Khon Kaen. We fully embrace the idea of slow travel and include stops in villages, temples, and markets as part of our tours so you can experience genuine Isan and Thai culture up close.
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weltravelledofSussex
West Sussex England100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We booked a 3 day tour to visit some of the Khmer temples in Isan and see some of the local traditional crafts and eat some local food. The service we received was exemplary. The tour was focused on what we wanted to do and the depth of knowledge on all things Isan was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and our time with Tim and Gookei.
Written January 15, 2020
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Thank you very much. It was great travelling with you both and we are glad that we were able to show you what you wanted to see; plus a little more. I hope the pat mii phimai you make at home tastes as good as what you ate in town.
Written January 17, 2020
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Chris & Mario
Hattersheim, Germany3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We love Thailand and have visited different areas a few times already. We did some tours with other tour operators, on our own and this time we traveled through beautiful Isan with Isan Explorer. They are the best! Tim and his wife Gukgai are just wonderful kind people. The 7 days we spent with them have been the best we ever had in Thailand. Their tour is really special and authentic, they are prepared perfectly. Both live in and love Isan and know everything about it. And it is not only the things you see, the info you get, the stories you hear but it is that both, Tim and Gukgai, make you feel like you travel with friends. They especially designed and adopted each day of the trip for us. There was not a single thing which could have been better. So, if we come to Isan next time we will definitely book a tour with them again. If you are interested in Isan we are 100% sure, there is nobody else offering better tours than Isan Explorer. Thanks to Tim and Gukgai for this really special time and fantastic holiday!!!!!
Written January 10, 2020
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Thanks so much to both of you from the both of us. It was a genuine pleasure getting to show you new things in Thailand.
Written January 11, 2020
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Nikoletta D
Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen, Thailand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Isan explorer is a private tour company which provides unique trips around NE Thailand. I joined their trip to Phimai and Ban Prasat. It was amazing, the service was professional, programs were flexible and the guide was excellent (for this trip, an american guy was the guide, so I cannot say much about the local guides). We visited a khmer temple,a huge Banyan tree, an ancient buddhist temple, a frog farm, a silk waving lady and historical digging site at Ban Prasat. The sites were interesting, and also quite different from each other, so it was not boring at all! I am sure that the other tours of the company are also great, I can recommend to anyone who wants to see the real Thailand!!
Written December 9, 2014
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Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad we were able to give you the tour you were hoping for. We would like to point out to any other readers here that while Tim went along for the ride, and did talk a lot in the van, our tours always have a Thai tour guide leading the day. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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Steven D
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I simply can not say enough about how fantastic my time with Tim and Gukgai was. While they do have a planned itinerary it is only an outline and they will alter it for you without hesitation. Their extensive knowledge if the Isaan area is amazing and there was no question they could not answer. You can tell they love living in Khon Kaen and Isaan Province and are very happy to share it with you. Yes they are amazing guides but the time spent with them was more like being out with old friends. In fact after I returned to Bangkok Tim remembered I had mentioned going to Petchaburi in a couple of days and sent me an e-mail telling me that he was reading the news and saw there was flooding there and I might want to wait a few days and check if it receded. So thoughtful. I really feel like I have made new friends and hope to see them again. If you are going to Khon Kaen and want to see Isaan book a tour with these wonderful people.
Written August 24, 2018
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Thanks so much, Steven. We really enjoyed showing you around.and are glad you got the sort of Isan experience that you were hoping for.
Written August 25, 2018
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Darren
Hawaii2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
From beginning to end, we thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day tour of the Isan region. Tim learned of our interests and tailored the tour to the last detail. Aui and Poppy were excellent tour guides using their extensive knowledge to teach us about a wide range of subjects from the many beautiful temples to the growing and processing of tapioca. We were able to experience the many interesting foods of Isan at local restaurants. We also loved the chance to feed and interact with the monkeys at multiple sites. The elephant village was a highlight as well as we walked with the elephants down to the river and watched them splash around with their Mahouts. We were able to learn and practice some of the Thai language during the van rides with the assistance of our guides. They even taught us a few Thai tongue twisters! (as if the language is not already challenging enough). We loved the chance to meet and interact with the people in the local villages. It was fascinating to learn about their culture and lifestyles. The flexibility of the tour was also wonderful. We could make modifications as we desired to make if a perfect vacation. We highly recommend the Isan Explorer tours!
Written May 2, 2016
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Thanks for the kind words. Glad you two had a great time and it was nice meeting you. I'm sure you are both speaking good Thai by now. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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Samantha B
Barcelona, Spain45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
We booked a personalised trip as we were a bit tight on our schedule and couldn't buy the suggested length tour. Tim, the owner, was incredibly helpful in all the organisation, all the hotels were arranged, the tickets for the historical parks and we didn't had to worry about a single thing. Aui the driver is also very knowledgeable of the sites we visited and together with Tum, the guide we visited a number of incredible places. We really saw the other Thailand and this was our favourite part of our trip. The company is people oriented and is very different from the other tour companies you may have encountered in your travelling. We will certainly recommend Isan explorer to our friends and we will certainly contacted them back if one day we will be back in Isan!! Top marks!
Written December 14, 2015
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Thanks for the kind words. We are always willing to personalize our tours, so it was no problem working with your schedule. Hope we get to see you guys again someday. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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JohnInFremont
Fremont, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
I took a 5-day tour where they picked us up at our Bangkok hotel and drove us up through the Northeast of Thailand known as Isan. This area is rarely explored by tourists so you get a chance to experience more of the culture and interact with the local people, instead of seeing mostly other tourists as you might in other areas.

This tour company is different from most in they give private tours to individuals or small groups, so you don't have to be in lock-step with a big group of people. Everything is on your schedule, when you start in the morning, how long you spend at each site, etc., and they can totally customize it to your interests. The guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible. Even though you get a guide and driver all to yourself, the cost is very reasonable.

Check out their site at isanexplorer.com to see the many different tours they offer; they also have some cool videos on their YouTube channel.
Written November 8, 2015
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Thanks for the kind words. Travelling with you two was really fun and interesting. And adding extra stops, like the fish farm, as you travel is something we are always happy to do for our guests. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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Bas007
Haarlem, The Netherlands7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
We booked a 5 day tour with Isan Explorer, the Loei loop, and we have enjoyed every minute of it. Before the tour we received an elaborate questionnaire, asking in detail for our preferences for the tour. It was really custom made for us and it included all the things we had said that we would like to do. The guide, Poppy, and the driver, King, both spoke good English and were very informative on the local environment and tried to accommodate every wish we had, even if that meant adjusting the program during the day. The car was kept clean and was stocked with water and local snacks every day. They were very respectful for the local people and helped us to be respectful too if certain local customs required that. Although we have been to Thailand almost 10 times, we have really experienced new and amazing things. They arranged for us to make our own Krathong (sort of boat made of banana with incense and a candle) that you float on the river for the Festival of Light, Loi Krathong. The scenery along the Mekong was great. We felt very safe with our driver. In our case, we needed to adjust the program regularly as one of us developed an infection which required medical treatment. The program was adjusted as needed on a daily basis and even after the tour Tim (the owner of Isan Explorer) and Poppy came to the hospital to see how we were doing and to offer help if needed! Incredible! Tim also offered to show the main temple and the market in Khon Kaen to one of us when the other was in hospital. No extra cost, just so friendly! We recommend Isan Explorer to every traveller, who likes to do something out of the ordinary in Isan. We had a great time and, despite the illness, we keep fond memories of this trip.
Written January 6, 2019
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From Tim, Gukgai, Poppy, and Keng, thanks very much for the compliments. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are glad everything met your expectations. It feels really great to impress people with as much Thailand experience as you have.
Written January 11, 2019
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Piphoop
Palm Cove, Australia119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
We have just completed a 3 day Sangkhom stopover tour with Isan Explorer. The tour was full of with wonderful, unique experiences - many highlights. We were lucky to have Tim as our guide and to be able to share in his fantastic knowledge of and enthusiasm for the area. Our van was extremely comfortable and the driver good.
Some little touches like a snack box and books relevant to our special interests in the van, and a gift of cards painted by Tim' s wife added to an unforgettable experience.
Written January 7, 2016
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Thanks for the kind words. It was a real pleasure meeting and talking with both of you during the trip. Just for the record, for other people reading here, while Tim rode along on the trip, Isan Explorer always has a licensed Thai tour guide leading the tours. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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Lizette V
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
We did a five day trip through Isan with Isan-Explorer. Tim gave us great advice on things to see, distances to travel and places to stay.

During the trip our guide Aui learned us a lot about Buddhism and the Thai temples.
We also really liked the visits to the handicrafts families. We were struck by the sincere friendliness of the people. The monkey parks and the elephant village were a big hit with the children.
The two Khmer temples, Prasad Phanom Rung and Prasad Muang Tam, were the highlight of the trip. Really, really beautiful!

Of course, the trip would not have been the same without Aui. She did a great job. She was friendly, flexible and relaxed. She could tell us (almost) all that we needed to know, not only about the temples, but also about crops, folklore etc.. And if she did not know, she would ask a monk or one of villagers. We were very happy to have her with us.
Written November 6, 2015
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Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the trip. Aui told us that your day walking and swimming with elephants was a big hit with the kids. Sawatdi, Tim and Gukgai
Written January 14, 2017
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