Have you traveled to Thailand with OAT?

Old Dec 21st, 2007, 12:28 PM
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I happen to read very well. OAT does not publicize themselves as high-end travel, so anyone traveling with them should not expect it. As far as the hotels, on trips to places like Italy and Turkey, we stayed in what they consider to be "boutique" hotels - small family- run hotels that were delightful and also in excellent locations. On our trip to a country like China (and other Asian countries), we stayed in much larger hotels. While OAT does offer some optionals, every other company we traveled with did the same. That serves the purpose of giving people free time if they chose not to do the optionals, but gives others the opportunity to stay busy if they want to. I've found that companies who include all activities in the base price are charging you for them up front, so I prefer having an option. I've read many very positive reports of OAT's trip to Thailand as well as to other locations and also know people who have enjoyed the trip there. I guess there must be a lot of us out there who are so delusional that we think we're having a wonderful trip because no one was there to tell us that we weren't.
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Old Dec 21st, 2007, 12:45 PM
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Old Dec 21st, 2007, 01:46 PM
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I agree with Kim... book it yourself... that's what I did. Thai Air in Los Angeles directed me to a local Thai travel agent to purchase bargain basement priced tickets to BKK. Some hotels offer better packages directly & you can always compare prices via AsiaRooms.com which will charge you in US$ so you're not paying the 3% credit card markup... finally use the knowledge of board members to contact a good local, licensed guide... and you will have a better trip, learn more & save money.

We could never afford the 3 week trip we are doing of BKK/KhaoLak/SiemReap if we were going through a packager... I interviewed a ton of specialists & they all wanted $7000-$10,000 per person.

If you're concerned, stay in a western-owned hotel in BKK & hire Tong. I did a packaged tour to Thailand when I was single & the guide was bored, rushed us through everything & the restaurants we were taken all had tourist buses in the parking lot. Ugh.
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 06:02 AM
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Thailand is fresh in my mind having just returned from my first tour with OAT a couple days ago. We didn't expect first class accommodations but liked the idea of small group tour and not having a bus full of 25-50 travelers.

We had traveled with Grand Circle and wanted a small group experience.

It was an excellent experience; again we found the tour director to be outstanding - available 24/7 - trying so hard to meet everyone's needs and there were complainers. Aren't there always?

Many on the trip were return OAT travelers and we are booked with them for Egypt and India in 2008/. We had two guys, one who had taken 22 trips and the other 17 trips with Grand Circle or OAT!!!

Some of the hotels could have been nicer but the way we were shuttled around from activity to activity was amazing. We like fast paced tours and avoid itins that have a lot of free time.

It's a lot of bang for the buck!


 
Old Jan 7th, 2008, 06:03 AM
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I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in Thailand.
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Old Mar 30th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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This was our first OAT trip to Thailand earlier this year. Now we are going to Egypt next month and then India later this year. We appreciate SMALL groups and not dealing with 40 or 50 travelers getting on and off the bus. OAT has very knowledgeable tour guides and we like the fast pace. We rest at home and gear up for seeing and doing on holidays.

These websites give you so much information and it's wonderful traveling in third world countries with such a competent tour company. We love Grand Circle too but prefer OAT.

Happy Trails
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