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Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours

Khon Kaen, Thailand
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About Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
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 wrote a review Jan 2020
West Sussex England102 contributions123 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Isan_Explorer, Owner at Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
Responded Jan 17, 2020
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.
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Chris & Mario wrote a review Jan 2020
Hattersheim, Germany3 contributions1 helpful vote
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!!!!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Isan_Explorer, Owner at Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
Responded Jan 11, 2020
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.
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Alberta M wrote a review Mar 2019
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We were with Tim, an American who has lived in Thailand more than 10 years, and his wife Kukkai (Cookkai?), who is Thai, for 4 fully-packed days, and covered ground from Khon Kaen to Ubon Ratchathani. Each day was rich in new experiences, and we learned a lot from this well-informed couple. When they couldn't answer something, smart phones were instantly employed to get the required info. They gave freely of their voluminous knowledge of Thailand and of Isan in particular, and tirelessly worked to make sure our expectations were fully met, which they were. There was one problem for me which turned out to be more important as the days went by: the van we used for the 4-6 hours of driving each day was a karaoke van, with insufficient open window area to enable us to take in the scenery adequately. The driver, who was excellent, completely beyond reproach, really should use a vehicle with more window space. If this is important to you, discuss the issue with the company and see if an alternative is possible.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Isan_Explorer, Owner at Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
Responded Mar 31, 2019
Khawp kun maak-maak for leaving this review. It was really nice meeting the both of you and we're really glad that you enjoyed all the places we picked for you to visit between the Khmer ruins.
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Bas007 wrote a review Jan 2019
Haarlem, The Netherlands7 contributions8 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Isan_Explorer, Owner at Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
Responded Jan 10, 2019
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.
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Steven D wrote a review Aug 2018
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Isan_Explorer, Owner at Isan Explorer - Private Day Tours
Responded Aug 25, 2018
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.
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