It was fantastic
My husband and I recently did an Insider Journeys 7 day tour of Cambodia. We were so pleased we did it. Our 2 guides, one in Phnom Penh and the other in Siem Reap were excellent. Both spoke great english and their knowledge of the areas was amazing. My husband pulled a calf muscle in Phnom Penh and Sok our guide was so caring of him, helping him up and down steps and walking of rough ground, he treated my husband as if he would his own father. Our accommodation was excellent , they were always on time and telling us where to go when we had spare time. Would recommend to anyone. An excellent company.
We booked a private tour for 3 people through our travel agent and she used Insider Journeys as the provider in Vietnam. We had 20 days all up in Vietnam and found Insider Journeys guides and drivers to be excellent. We were always picked up on time from our hotels or airports. The guides were very knowledgeable and their English was very good. All our hotels were excellent, the only change we would probably have made was to fly from Ho Chi Min City to Dalat, rather than going by road. I would highly recommend them for private tours.
Cambodia to Vietnam Amazing
Who's what can we say, from start to finish we had the best of the best with all our tour guides. Just loved every moment. Thank you Nancy you are worth more than you think. My husband and I will never forget our 25th Anniversary spent with insider journeys. We are now looking at doing Japan.
We did 14 days in Vietnam & Cambodia from our pick up from the airport to the finish of our tour it was exceptional. Our tour guide was Dara and nothing was a bother to her she made everything go smoothly and was always interesting and informative. Hotels were always 4 star as well as the meals. I would definitely be traveling with them again.
Efficient and personal service
From pick up in Chiang Mai Thailand to drop off at the Siem Reap airport everything went according to plan due to the efficient service of Insider Journeys. We covered Northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia over a period of 25 days and booked our trip through Peregrine in Perth WA. We travelled with another couple and we were given personal service by Insider Journeys.
They appear to be a very well run and efficient organisation and the quality of the guides was quite outstanding. We learnt very quickly that we could rely on both our guides and drivers making travel in these countries a pleasure and very relaxing.
I would thoroughly recommend Insider Journeys to anyone wanting to travel in Asia.
This is my second small group tour with Insider Journeys and from the moment of enquiry with Tina to the completion of the tour with Tour Leader Krista, my journey via planes, trains, jeeps, tuk tuks, cycle rickshaws, boats and mini bus was effortless and a joy. The tour commenced in Delhi where I met my six fellow travellers and ended in Udaipur. There were so many highlights, e.g. spending time on safari observing two Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, witnessing fascinating Varanasi ceremonies and cremations from a long boat in th...e Ganges, chuckling at the ornate carvings of the Kama Sutra in Khajuraho, assisting with bread making in a Sikh Temple community kitchen, meeting extremely friendly and welcoming local people whilst walking through rural villages, experiencing a stunning sunset from a boat on Lake Pichola before dinner at a lakeside restaurant with the illuminated City Palace as a backdrop and much more. I have travelled extensively and did not expect India to have the profound effect on me that it did. Yes, there is terrible poverty, bumpy roads and garbage in abundance but the people of India were exceptionally welcoming and have secured a place in my heart forever. I am exceedingly impressed that Insider Journeys is not involved in the use of animals to entertain tourists and that they use local guides as well as excellent tour leaders. Krista was outstanding in her professionalism and caring attitude.
Cambodia and Vietnam Explored
14 days travelling with our superb tour guide, Ian Richards. Ian's extensive knowledge and passion about this country were conveyed to our group in a friendly and informative manner. We couldn't speak high enough of Ian's professionalism. Great accommodation, enthusiastic local guides and many new friendships made. We highly recommend this tour.
The best tour ever
This is a tour we did with a couple who travelled with us around the world.this is the best because of the life experiences offered by the company and the expertise of the tour guide, Ian Richards.
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Cambodia - wonderful unknown treasure
Insider Journeys has opened a new world of Travel for us Mr Bun our guide and Chai our driver have taken us to some of the most exciting and ancient temples in the world. Our guide taught us about a beautiful treasure within this amazing place - 3 temples all wonderfully shown , and a lake and boat journey to come. 3 days is not enough .. We will come back and use them once again . They have taken care of transfers , accommodation and shown us this beautiful part of the world.
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Ten Insider Journeys tours (nee Travel Indochina) done in five years!!!
I have done ten small group tours with this company over the last five years, with group sizes ranging from 17 at the largest (Japan) to just me on one of them (India). Travelling can throw up all sorts of problems and situations but I must say I found all the trips to be well run and fantastic experiences. I have read the other reviews on this website and only once encountered a local guide who was out to make a fast buck. I didn't complain but in retrospect I should have got straight on the phone to Head Office - lesson learned! Once in ten t...rips and numerous guides is a pretty good hit rate! In any case, you have to keep your wits about you when immersed in the local tourist nomenclature - find out what a reasonable tip is, pre-agree tuk-tuk costs, avoid 'only available now' tours you don't want at that moment (they're always available), and haggle prices charged. I booked all trips online with the IJ office in Oxford, UK and have dealt with the same people there for all the trips. (India x3, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos). I can strongly recommend this company - it has been around for quite a while and is well established in each of the destinations I visited. Bon voyage! :)
Great Holiday.Ref 242181
Wife and I have spent 14 days in Vietnam, Hanoi, halong Bay ,Hue , hoi an and Saigon we had a fabulous time good hotels great food and our guides made it a holiday to remember cannot say enough good things about the trip would definitely recommend Insider Journeys.
Wonderful experience in Japan
I travelled to Japan last year on Insider's Secrets of Japan tour. I was travelling with a friend from Sydney, but we joined a group of 14 others, most from Australia. Our tour leader Nikki was amazing! She took us to some lovely restaurants and was a whizz at navigating the Tokyo metro for us. We only got a tour leader last minute but I can't imagine not having one now. We could have done some of the sightseeing on our own but overall it was a very intelligent itinerary.
The group was of a similar age which was a relief. We travelled from ...Tokyo to Kyoto. Some of the days had a little too much walking, especially as Tokyo was a little hot, but the use of the bullet trains was an absolute highlight. I would also include Ueno park in Tokyo. This was not on the itinerary but our guide arranged for a few of us to visit it in the afternoon, compared to the bustle of Tokyo it was wonderfully peaceful. I have been to Vietnam with Insider but Japan was somewhere I had wanted to go for a very long time. Takayama was a the highlight of the trip, small streets, traditional houses and the food was delicious. The tour was very well organised and out guide from Tokyo to Kanazawa (the gardens here were delightful) was very professional and arranged a number of extra trips. The accommodation was rather small but talking to other travellers this is quite normal. An extra day before or after the tour would have been good. There is so much to see in Tokyo. Now knowing more about the city, an extra night going to Shibuya at night would have made the trip. All the guides we had were very professional and their English was really very good. We did not get to see Mt Fuji because of cloud cover, so I may have to revisit. The food was far more diverse than I had thought, some of the dishes in Hiroshima I'd never heard of, but were very good. It was also cheap, each meal being around $10 Australian. All the documents Insider gave use before the tour were of use, but some need updating. I would also recommend Insider try to go further south on this tour and maybe try and add Osaka as many of us had flight leaving from Osaka airport.
India. RV Ganges Voyager 8 days. Private Touring Delhi to Udaipur 10 days.
What a great 18 days. Great food, great guides, great driver and excellent hotels. Never thought of going to India but it is awesome. As with other 7 trips with Insider Journeys (Travel Indochina) everything ran like clockwork. We expect a lot of Insider Journeys and as usual their planning and preparation and delivery was excellent. You have to experience India.
October 5th 2017 Update: Myanmar
Another holiday booked through Tina Nguyen of Insider Journeys Sydney.
And of course it was great..Arrived in Yangon and stayed at the Strand Ho...
We travelled to Myanmar with Insider Journeys and the entire trip was excellent. While we might have been able to organise some of the aspects ourselves it would have taken at least twice as long. The excellent support by the tour leader and the interesting and deep information from the local guides were a large part of the trips quality and enjoyment.
Five of us just did three weeks through Vietnam and Cambodia with Indochina.Everything was so well organised and informative.We had great English speaking guides who were so helpful.Every destination we went Indochina checked in with us.They were so professional. We had only the five of us on our tours which was great as I didnt want to be in a big group. I would go through them again for our next holiday.It was great to know if something went wrong you could call them as you were given a number at every destination.Thanks Indochina for a great holiday.
Treasures of China Tour April 2013
Excellent, thoroughly recommended, great guides, especially [name removed]; wonderful accommodations with all breakfasts included, best locations. Silk Road Markets in Beijing, Climbing Great Wall, through Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Li River cruise, train from Beijing to Guiilin - wonderful, smooth airport connections. Great company, great weather. Love the Country !!! Will go back.
Locations, tour guide, seeing famous attractions, small group
Return to VIetnam 2013
I recently enjoyed a fascinating and well-organized 14-day trip to VIetnam with Travel Indochina. Both our tour leader and local guides were consistently helpful and well-informed. The selection of cities, hotels, and sites visited was excellent; the transfers (domestic flights, boats) went smoothly; the optional times for exploring, shopping, or just resting a plus! I felt throughout that I was in professional hands, from prompt transfers to a consistently positive attitude. I was most curious to re-visit Vietnam after performing with a USO troupe during the War---Travel Indochina was an excellent choice.
Professional, excellent hotels, efficient transfers, well-organized program.
Best travel group I've ever been with
We have been travelling overseas for more than 40 years and during that time have dealt with many agents. Travel Indochina was by far the best. On planning our trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, they were efficient, practical but with loads of ideas, always providing alternatives and that was before we left Australia. Once in Vietnam we were never in doubt as to what was happening and if we wanted to change anything the guide of the moment (we had one in each city) was extremely accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The trip was als...o beautifully planned so that we had a great mix of guided tours, by guides who spoke great English and were extremely knowledgeable and very well prepared, and free time to wander, shop and watch the passing parade of locals. Next time I go to Asia I will be using Travel Indochina.
Great trip / Excellent service
We've just returned from a holiday to Vietnam and Cambodia booked with Travel Indochina and everything was fantastic! The consultant in Sydney booked all of our accommodation, transfers and tours in advance. The hotels were all in great locations and good value for money. The Travel Indochina tour guides and drivers were always punctual and welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The full day tour to Angkor Wat was an amazing experience and the Travel Indochina tour guide made the day even more memorable with his deep knowlegde and passion for...his country. We had a great day on the Mekong Delta and also the Cu Chi tunnels shouldn't be missed when in Saigon. If you go to Hoi An I would recommend the Red Bridge cooking tour....learn to cook some local cuisine and enjoy lunch afterwards. I would recommend anyone travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia to book with Travel Indochina. They are the experts in this region and true professionals. Cant wait to go back! Professional and reliable. A great experience!
loved our experience in china
great holiday accomodation superb,loved The Great Wall,Terracotta Warriors Yangtze River and very informative guides and great tour guide didnt want to come home from holiday.Met some lovely people on trip and will keep in contact with them in the future
Value for money and everything was planned well which made it so easy for us
Wished we went longer didnt want to come home
Questions & Answers
Hi Off to china for 3 weeks with you guys. in your paperwork you have not given any information on accessing the internet while there. What would you recommend for accessing emails and social media while there?
Hello I am planning on using Insider Journeys for China 14 days. Are they a good company??
John and I found them excellent! They look after everything - 15 days through Vietnam and Cambodia and they have been wonderful . We have learnt so much about these beautiful places - with personal drivers and personal tour guides. We will use them again
I've done ten tours with Insider Journeys (nee Travel Indochina) and all were first class. All transfers to and from the airport went to plan, the guides were reliable, and all the destinations were visited as per the itinerary; I have every intention of travelling with them again. The Chinese trip I did was fantastic - I'm sure you will enjoy going there too!!!
Hi, we are traveling to Japan and using insider journeys when we arrive as our travel company. Does anyone have any feedback on this experiences with this company in Japan?
Don't use Insider Journey. You will have too much free time. I just did 16 days of Vietnam with Insider Journey. For the amount I paid $3220, I did not get my money's worth. You will be better of organizing a trip to Japan on your own. Don't waste your money or time with Insider Journey. Hotels are sub-standard, guides barely speak any English and most of your time will be free time with barely 2 hours of guided sight seeing per day. Rest of the time are free time.
I wouldn't recommend them either. We did a trip through Vietnam and got taken from one commission stop to another by guides who could barely speak English.
We are currently in Japan and have used insider Journeys for 3 of our day tours. We have had great guides and no issue with them. We have arranged a 10 day trip and self touring ourselves so only using them for certain tours. We have arrange personal guides for other tours by doing this we have been able to do our own thing at our own pace. You will love Japan, the people are so helpful.
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