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Escorted Tour of Thailand

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Escorted Tour of Thailand

I am thinking of doing a package tour of Thailand later this year. I am travelling alone so this seems a good option. I have seen several companies with deals out of Australia that include airfares.Can anyone recomend any tour companies for small group tours.

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1. Re: Escorted Tour of Thailand

You really do not need a package tour to Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya

You may require a local tour only for Chiang mai up north basically

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I think you can do the airfare your self and the hotels. As fro tours, most do themselves, but a good one in the country is

www.orientalescapes.com

Reputable, highly recommended, I've personally ised several times for friends, excellent English-speaking guides, iteneraries,prices, and do many destinations in Thailand. great vehicles and drivers. Check them out.

For hotels use:

www.sawadee.com

www.agoda.com

www.hotelscombined.com

to name a few with good prices, reviews, maps, pictures, recommended, safe to use.

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http://www.orientalescape.com is the correct url.

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4. Re: Escorted Tour of Thailand

still suggest do it on your own, its not difficult and english is spoken a fair bit, so no issues there

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on our first trip we did half and half. Booked a 6 night tour of northern thailand with Premier Holidays and it was great! started in bangkok, and included airfares up to chiang mai, then drove to Mae Hong Son for 2 nights, flew back to CM for 2 nights, then drove up to chiang rai for 2 nights, with flights back to bangkok. They will tailor this to suit you, so at the end we did not fly to bangkok, but onwards to samui and booked into a premier holidays hotel there. It worked out well to be on a tour for about a week, and then have some time to ourselves.

I can totally understand wanting to join a group. You also learn so much by having a guide. The local agent/guide was Toureast, who were fab.

Other options: book a private guide and get taken around various places. And book into a group tour for some day trips. we signed up for a 2 night trip to river kwai area with the River Kwai Jungle rafts company, and I wouldn't mind repeating this at the Hintok River Camp. Similarly, we signed up for a day trip to Ayutthaya, bus up, and cruise back to bangkok. In the south (if you are doing some of the beach areas) have a look at elephant hills tented camp- we did a 3 night programme with them one year which was fun and action packed.

And my favourite, the 2 night package at elephant camp (we used Thai elephant conservation centre in lampang but there are lots of others.).

So a few ideas. And any travel agent will be able to book you a transfer from the airport in bangkok to your hotel for not very much money- just don't book directly with your hotel itself.

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7. Re: Escorted Tour of Thailand

Haines915, Yep you certainly do strongly recommend Gate1. In fact all your 3 posts do the same.

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I just finished my first ever escorted tour - but it went through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. Up to now I have always travelled on my own steam. I would say it is worth it if you want to connect with people and definitely worth it to avoid the hassle of transfers, organizing trips to more remote places etc. I would recommend getting a tour that gets you up into the north - homestays and trekking. You might want to look at Inteprepid. They have some tours of Thailand I believe and they are very committed t working with local guides - which supports the local economy.

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9. Re: Escorted Tour of Thailand

I agree with some -

Do it yourself, can sometimes be a bit of a pain but can usually end up more fun, you end up seeing what you want rather then what others hat to see.

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Sam

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I was weighing this exact decision myself last year. It being my first time to Thailand and Asia, I decided to go on a group tour to get a general feel for things, and assuming I had a positive experience, go back on my own to explore the areas I liked in more depth. Based on a TravelZoo special, I ended up going on the Gate1 13 Day Classic tour. https:/…default.aspx

In a word, Thailand, the trip, and our tour guide, named "Oh," were all "AMAZING." (Tip: If you choose Gate1, see if you can get in Oh's group.) As soon as I arrived, I knew I made the right choice for myself. While most all Thais are friendly and many younger Thai's (under 30 y.o.) know some English from school, etc., many older Thais and people outside the major urban and tourist areas don't. With the tour, I feel like I had a much deeper experience, with a guide always nearby to eliminate the language barrier, explain customs, and introduce us to so many things I would have so easily missed or would not have had the courage to access on my own. Having all of the travel logistics taken care of was also huge, but the additional benefit was that our guide gave us continue talks and history lessons when traveling from point to point so I really understood what I was seeing when I got there.

While most of the tour group was a bit older than me, most in their 50's-60's, there were a few of us younger ones, it was kind of neat traveling with multiple generations of people experiencing the same things, and there were plenty of opportunities to go off on our own as desired. On the downside, the tour was a little rushed moving from place to place and trying to cover so much ground, but this is also why I chose doing a tour. For me, Gate1 provided exactly what I was looking for -- a grand tour of the top sites and experiences in Thailand. Some local Thais I met and still keep in touch with on Facebook all commented that my Thailand itinerary was perfect. And I now know the places I'll go back to spend more time, and have some cool Thai friends to hang out with in the future as well.

If you go alone, have a great time. If you're thinking organized tour, I can't recommend Gate1 more highly. Maybe do both? Start with a tour, then leave yourself some time at the end to explore solo. Sawadee kap!

Brian