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Any decent organised travel tours for Thailand?

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1. Posted by nicola26 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi, ive travelled NZ on my own and would love to go to Thailand. However, im a bit scared to go alone. Does anyone know any decent backpacker companies that do organised tours for approx 4 weeks? Ive found realgap.co.uk and letus-go.com. Has any1 travelled with these before?

2. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 10y

Hi Nicola,

Sorry but i haven't heard of these companies before and don't know of any other organised tours for thailnd however i did meet a few people on organised tours when in thailand last year and i don't think i'd recommend any. i think you end up paying more for the trip and may find it difficult to change your plans when there. i'd suggest just turning up and travelling around at your own pace when you get there. thailand is a very very easy place to travel around and you will end up meeting other travellers when you're over there that you'll probably end up hanging out with and travelling with. i went with my boyfriend but we met loads of solo travellers that we still keep in touch with and who had a great time on their own over there. you'll have all the freedom you want and will make friends easily.

hope you have a great time either way! good luck with the tour hunting!

3. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting nicola26

Hi, ive travelled NZ on my own and would love to go to Thailand. However, im a bit scared to go alone. Does anyone know any decent backpacker companies that do organised tours for approx 4 weeks? Ive found realgap.co.uk and letus-go.com. Has any1 travelled with these before?

Thailand thrives on tourists! It's easy to get a tour while you are in Bangkok - and it's cheaper too! Plan your first few days in Bangkok, you can get used to the heat and time changes - clean up too! Bangkok is easy to navigate, there even is an Airport Bus that takes you into town for 100 baht. A taxi kiosk is also available to sign up for too! Make sure you have some small bills for paying taxi cabs or street vendors.

If you select a hotel in the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area you will have use of the Skytrain (like a subway that is overhead) to take you to many parts of Bangkok. Younger travellers head for Khao San Road - but there are no Skytrain stops there.

There are travel agencies all over Bangkok, many of these travel agencies have a selection of available tours, many of the tours are common to most of the travel agencies. Find a tour that you like and depending on the time you pay for your tour you can leave that afternoon/evening or the following day. They pick up at your hotel and drop you back there when the tour is over.

Usually if you sign up for a whole bunch of tours before you come to Thailand they are more expensive and then you are stuck with that tour company or lose your money. When you pick and choose a tour, while in Bangkok, you have more options.

Besides Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiangmai and Phuket also have travel agencies that can set you up from those cities. Many hotels can set you up with tours too, sometimes they are more expensive than the travel agencies and you are often on the van or bus with the tourists who paid the cheaper price.

Read up on Thailand before you leave and have a good Idea where you want to go and see!

Frosty

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

I agree with the others. THere is no need to take a tour in Thailand. It has to be one of the easiest countries in the world to travel in and I think within a day or two of being there you will wonder why you were ever nervous about it. There are thousands of solo traveller in Thailand on any given day. It's really not a scary place so don't worry about it. When you arrive in Bangkok head to Kao San Road, pick one of the hundreds of cheap hotels, check out some travel agents to help arrange your onward travel, and start chatting with your fellow travellers, which will be easier to find than locals.

5. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

As the other posts have said, Thailand is very easy for solo travelers. It's also quite safe and easy for single women. Nevertheless it's understandable that some travelers will prefer a more organized tour that's set up for them upon arrival. I've heard good things about Diethelm Travel and Exotissimo (not sure about the spelling on that one). Both companies have offices in Thailand and in other Southeast Asian countries. They've been around a long time and are very reputable, although they probably don't offer the cheapest prices that you will find.