G Adventures, Intrepid or Tucan Travel
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 12:43 AM Last Post By: johncina
Feb 20, 2012 3:06 PM
G Adventures, Intrepid or Tucan TravelHey guys looking at a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with the mentioned companies. Pretty identical trips although Tucan is a nice bit cheaper than the other two. Just wondering does anybody have any opinion on which company I should go with or have experience of these companies. Thanks
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Feb 21, 2012 12:56 AM
6Its Easy Mike,
and you can book just about everything you need on the net; accommodation, transport, tours through the hard' places e.g. up the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh or North of Hanoi, after getting minute details from all of these people that gave them to me. You make the odd mistake, but they are rare in countries full of Vietnamese or Cambodian people.
Feb 21, 2012 8:20 AM
Feb 21, 2012 11:21 AM
8Last week of November, 2009.
I did a 2 weeks tour in Vietnam thr' a tour operator based in Hanoi. I paid some advance too from outside Vietnam. Balance amount I paid after reaching Hanoi.
07 December, 2009.
While doing my tour leg of Mekong river cruise in south Vietnam I came across a green eyes girl from Switzerland, less than 30 years old and single. We talked for more than 2-3 hours about travels and I became a backpacker :) I have travelled with numerous people from many parts of world but that Swiss girls will be always in TOP. Sadly I don't know even her name.
After Vietnam I have done backpacking in countries like Armenia, Cambodia, Madagascar, Argentina, Tanzania and I am not sure if I will ever try to book a full tour in life. However I book some accommodations and transports in advance if required.
btw I did Antarctica trip with Gadventures.
Feb 22, 2012 1:48 AM
9I've done a couple of tours with Intrepid in other countries which I've really enjoyed.
If you're not sure, why not do half and half. If you've got 4 weeks to travel, do a 2 week tour and then spend the following two weeks by yourself. You'll certainly have a better idea at the end of it, what you want to do in the future.
I mainly like travelling by myself, but I'll probably do another group tour sometime in the future.
Its just different strokes for different folks I guess and what you feel like at the time.
Mar 1, 2012 11:10 PM
10I agree with Dale164. It needn't be either/or. I have done much travelling independently but I have done group trips too and found good and bad for both. G Adventures, Intrepid and Tucan all offer pretty flexible itineraries (comapred to most tour companies) but what you lack in flexibility is made up for by having access to experiences you may not be able to have independently. The stress and work associated with travelling solo CANNOT be underestimated and sometimes outweighs the extra cost to still have fun and hit the things you wnat but without the hassle.
As I said, I've done both in spades and think both have their advantages. If you're new to travel, definoitely go at least 50/50. PS: Tucan is cheaper for a reason! Intrepid's Vietnam tours are very popular and G Adventures is a pretty good company (but better in South America than Asia).
May 2, 2012 7:15 PM
11Depends what you're looking for, but most of the big agencies offer pretty similar trips these days (they just copy each other):
I've done many tours with all three -- as a general rule Intrepid is slightly stronger in SE Asia (where they started), and G is slightly stronger in South America (where they started). Tucan is generally geared for the younger/student crowd doing GAP years, which may be a good/bad thing depending on what you're looking for.
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