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1. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

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I'm considering Intrepid for a Thailand or Thailand/Malaysia tour next winter, and was wondering if there are any similar companies I can use for comparison? I'm thinking of the Intrepid Original series.

2. Posted by ekay (Full Member 23 posts) 8y

Hi Johnny,

Another alternative is to pick up Lonely Planet Asia, you would have more freedom of making your decision e.g where to stay, what food to eat and at the same time able to meet travelers not tourists, while you are on location. If time is not essential to your travels.

In the midst of your travels, you can always check out Travellerspoint forum, now that Internet cafe are easily found in Asia.

In fact most part of S.E.Asia are very travelers friendly.

Happy travels.

3. Posted by ekay (Full Member 23 posts) 8y

Hi Johnny,

One more thing, you can read my travel blog, "How to behave in Thailand". Perhaps it can help you on a smoother stay in Thailand, if you understand the Thai people.

Tks.

4. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

Hi Daawgon,
I traveled with Intrepid in Thailand a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed the trip. I meet some cool people, saw some great sites and had a great guide. I liked the fact that they use local guides and local transport. The accommodation is fairly basic but comfortable.
A similar tour company is Geckos. They also offer small group tours with local guides and they use local transport.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

I'm considering Intrepid for a Thailand or Thailand/Malaysia tour next winter, and was wondering if there are any similar companies I can use for comparison? I'm thinking of the Intrepid Original series.

You can go with an organized tour from your country but keep in mind that Thailand is very "tourist friendly!" Thailand makes it pretty simple for travelers to do it on their own! Over the past 10 or 11 years I have run into retirees from all over the world visiting Thailand on their own! This includes women and men of all ages. I once met a woman who was over 80 on her own and having a ball!

Once you get your hotel booked for Bangkok all the rest of the pieces of your trip can fall into place. In Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket if you want to go on a tour just find the nearest travel agency to your hotel, travel agencies are the booking agents for local tours. Some expensive hotels also have a tour desk that you can use, usually they are a good source of information but slightly more expensive than a private travel agency. There are lots and lots of travel agencies in Thailand, Bangkok in particular.

If you do choose to get hotels on your own and go it alone, choose a hotel in Bangkok that is close to the Skytrain route (an overhead transit system) that can take you around the city quick and easy. If you need specific recommendations for hotels mention a dollar or baht value to narrow down the recommendations.

Local Bangkok travel agencies also can fix you up with hotels in Malaysia if you still want to make your trip a twofer - two countries on one trip. They can book a hotel for you if you want even a flight. There are lots of travel agencies that openly post the prices of flights to other countries, including Malaysia. You can also take a bus or train to Malaysia too! By land travel it is a long ride. Also, there are discount airlines too that you can use if you want.

Citizens of the US, UK and most European countries visiting Thailand can get a free 30 day entry stamp in your passports at the airport. Malaysia also is a free entry for US and UK citizens.

Additional sources of travel info:
http://forum.virtualtourist.com/forum-1943-1-Travel-Thailand-1-forum.html
http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g293916-i3687-o20-Bangkok.html

Good luck.

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Thanks very much for the replies. I normally just do it all myself, but I must confess that on my recent trip to Vietnam (March '08) it just became somewhat lonely going it all alone! I really enjoy the planning stage of a trip and am no amateur at it (a former Pan Am employee here) - I just think that at my age (65 soon) companions become very important, and people just do not respond to ads for travel buddies when one is this old - just a fact of life! I certainly will research all the good leads shown above - thanks again.