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SE ASIA FOR OVER 60'S

Posted by Jay7777 on 10/10/2017 at 04:49

Hi,

I am an 63 year old, and would love to back-pack across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
However, accepting the limitations posed, I have decided that it may be easier to join a tour group.
I would like to spend 2 months on tour, mainly cultural, with good amenities, tour guides,
organized, with visas etc

If you have done this type of trip, please recommend, the Tour company and any other advise, will be much appreciated.

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Posted by exacto on 10/10/2017 at 15:23

Hi Jay,

I'm afraid I haven't done a two-month organized tour in Southeast Asia, so can't recommend a specific company for you. I have done several organized tours, however, including a 1-week trip in Far North Queensland, and 2-week tours each in Turkey and Baja California.

Based on those tours and my own experience as an independent traveler in Asia, I think two months would be too long to be on an organized tour. I just think that is too long to be in a situation where someone else sets the pace and the agenda for you.

As an alternative, perhaps you would consider doing shorter tours in the places you mention, and fill in the gaps with some independent travel and day tours. Thailand is a great place to get started and to get your legs under you with a shorter tour, then perhaps move on to another country. Mixing it up will give you a chance to get the best of both worlds, build in some flexibility to revisit places you particularly like, and spare you from being confined with the same people for your entire trip, because, even though I'm sure you'll like and get along with most of the people on tour with you, there is always at least one person in every group that will rub you the wrong way that you'll be glad to escape at the end of the tour.

I hope that helps. Go on you for hitting the road. Have a great trip. Cheers.

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Posted by DerekH on 11/10/2017 at 00:13

Don’t do tours just backpack it is easy. Use travel fish as a guide. I have done Thailand,Laos and Cambodia on a month in each place and enjoyed it and is easy to do in one go. You meet some very friendly people when you backpack and helpfull. I’m 69. Just do it cheers and safe travels.

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Posted by DerekH on 11/10/2017 at 00:14

Don’t do tours just backpack it is easy. Use travel fish as a guide. I have done Thailand,Laos and Cambodia on a month in each place and enjoyed it and is easy to do in one go. You meet some very friendly people when you backpack and helpfull. I’m 69. Just do it cheers and safe travels.

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Posted by Megaworldasia365 on 13/10/2017 at 21:42

Hi Jay,

Something which you may want to consider is tourism v travel. In my experience they are two different entities. Tourism is mainly about packaged, conveyor belt sightseeing with emphasis being on the group. In other words the idea of individualism and a sense of adventure aren't really part of it. Having lived in the S.E. Asian region for the best part of twenty years and traveled extensively through the countries on your target list, I will say categorically the most unsatisfying tourism experiences are in Thailand. However with a little bit of planning and application you can still have a good independent travel experience there without too much difficulty. If you're coming to Thailand first I would say straight off the bat avoid Phuket, Samui, and Chang Mai because those places are about to enter into their respective high seasons and the crowds (particularly from mainland China) will be of nightmare proportions. One of the best off the beaten track places with less crowds and a lot of great things to see is just 300 - 400 km south of Bangkok. Take the train down to Hua Hin and/or Prachuap Khiri Khan . Book into a guesthouse, hire a motor bike to get around or go on day trips with local tour companies. From Hua Hin there is two exceptionally good National Parks just to the south; Khao Sam Roi Yot and Kui Buri National Parks. Kui Buri National Park is the best place in Thailand to see herds of wild elephants in their natural habitat. Day tours can be arranged easily from Hua Hin. Prachuap Khiri Khan is approx 90 km south of Hua Hin and is one of the best coastal scenic spots in Thailand. It's got pristine beaches and lots of inexpensive guesthouses which overlook the ocean.

For more in-depth information on the above mentioned attractions, check out my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com - South East Asia's off the beaten track specialist.

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