Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia -feedback on draft itinerary please!
  2. 2 Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
  3. 3 Questions re use of Japan Rail Pass and Kyoto itinerary
  4. 4 Fukuoka: Tenjin vs Hakata
  5. 5 Trip Report The Not-All-Golden Road to Samarkand
  6. 6 Itinerary help - Thailand 9D8N in Nov'16
  7. 7 Cambodia weather
  8. 8 Trip Report Trichy to Ooty Trip with My Family
  9. 9 Many Questions for 1st Japan Trip
  10. 10 Weekend Breaks from Singapore
  11. 11 Sad News: The Thai King has died
  12. 12 Vietnam Itinerary Input, The country is so LONG!
  13. 13 Month long SE Asia trip
  14. 14 Real Experiences and Travel Agency in Southeast Asia to choose
  15. 15 5 nights in Kerala or Chennai?
  16. 16 Is 1 hr 10 min layover in Narita enough?
  17. 17 Vietnam to increase visa cost for Americans
  18. 18 Complete Asia Newbie - Phnom Penh Itinerary Ideas - Two Weeks
  19. 19 I Finally Wrote A Trip Report
  20. 20 Visa Question - Cambodia
  21. 21 first draft for Vietnam trip. Critique please
  22. 22 Amakusa island help
  23. 23 Japan 10 days Hiroshima or Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
  24. 24 Rishikesh, India
  25. 25 a month in india
View next 25 » Back to the top

Independent travel vs. Private tour--which would suit us?

Jump to last reply

Okay, I've been asking questions here about SE Asia, and have settled on an approximate itinerary.

Some background--I am 65, my husband is 70. We want to do about 16 days or so Bangkok - Siem Reap - Luang Prabang - Chiang Rai in February. We are pretty adventurous travellers, but like a fairly relaxed pace (old bones), and realize the heat will also slow us down. Aside from a business trip I made to Mumbai 10 years ago, and my husband's business trip to Singapore last winter, we have never been to Asia!!

We like to wander around town making our own discoveries, love local food, bars, markets, whatever's going, but we also want to see major sights like Angkor Wat/Thom, Ayuttaya, and whatever else is suggested (I have loads of suggestions.)

I've been working with a couple of tailor-made specialists (Exotissimo and IOT), and they are doing proposals for us for private itineraries, private drivers, many meals, hotels, airfares, transfers included. No final prices yet because they haven't quite given me what I want yet, in terms of free time versus planned time with excursions, although I do have one quote for about $2700 per person. In both cases they have suggested various interesting-sounding excursions, plus the overnight boat trip up the Meking, Luang Say.

I realize we could do this a lot cheaper if we planned it out ourselves. I like planning travel--sussing out hotels, etc. but there's something attractive about being taken care of in this case.

So, what do you think?

56 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.