I’m interested in a trip to SE Asia and want to do it with an organized tour. My husband and I are experienced independent tourists to Europe (33 trips over the past two decades) and the US (too many to count) but for this trip to Asia I want a tour. Normally I hate tours (have done a few day tours when where I wanted to go was difficult by public transportation and didn’t want to drive). The Rick Steves type tours would be the one’s I’d likely take except I don’t need/want a tour to Europe and he doesn’t go to Asia.
From the research I’ve done so far I’m interested in Vietnam, Cambodia and maybe Thailand. I’d actually like to see ALL of the region but I only want to be gone a month or less so that’s not gonna happen.
In terms of price, we are generally on the low side of ‘moderate’ travelers. Not bare bones budget but don’t need or want luxury. For example I saw a Tauck tour that covers the places I want to go but at almost $9000 per person that’s about 3 times what many of the others I’ve seen are and I think that’s a waste. I’ve considered Road’s Scholar but I think there is too much time spent on lectures, etc. I’ll do extensive research about the places I’m going, I don’t need a lecture and if I’m going that far I want to see stuff, not sit in a classroom. I also looked at an Overseas Adventures tour but can only find one for Vietnam only and I’d really like to do at least two (preferably three) countries.
So – suggestions.