Intrepid Travel vs Insight Asia Travel - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.6
Guide — 4.6
Activities — 4.6
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.6
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Loved camping with Intrepid

5.0 June 2018
LR
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved this trip. Camping in very nice places - usually had hot water and nice showers. Great itinerary - LOVED Namibia and the variety of the tour from the desert to the delta to the parks.

Intrepid did an incredible job

5.0 December 2017
ATFT
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thailand Cambodia Trip. Nov 2017. For my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to take my family of 6 to Thailand and Cambodia. After my initial conversation with the Intrepid office, they pulled together a perfect 24 day custom itinerary for us. My Intrepid coordinator really listened. We set up a incredibly diverse trip, ranging from ocean front resorts to a primitive hillside village trek. From the minute we landed in Bangkok, to the day we flew home, all transfers went off with out a hitch. What really made our trip memorable was our local guides. Every single one of them were warm, professional, humorous but most importantly, had a deep knowledge of the geography, the plant life, dining, the history and government. We felt by the end of the trip, these guides had become a part of our family. The entire trip was amazing and we will definitely use Intrepid for our next adventure travel. Thanks so much.
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great tour

5.0 October 2017
k
Recommends
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0
the guide was very knowledgeable - friendly - great sense of humour - looking out for the safety of the tour members - organised - thoroughly nice guy

Wonderful trip and excellent service !!!

5.0 July 2017
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Me and my hubby went on a trip together for our honey moon and decided to book from Insight Asia Travel as recommendation from our friend. The booking process was easy and simple, the information of the tours are very specific and the tour themselves are very interesting to us. In the end after consulting the sales girl and do a bit of research online, we decided to choose the A Glance of Vietnam culture and by now we are very happy with our decision. Vietnam itself is a wonderful destination with lots of culture, heritage, fascinating festivals and beautiful food. Through the tour we were taken to many beutiful destinations, experienced a lot of interesting things that I would never thought of. The services provided by the tour company is overall execellent, the tour guide is a very friendly and helpful gentleman with sound knowledge of all the places we have been to. He also showed us all of his favourite street food and the proper way to eat them which was fun. My hubby tried using chopsticks to eat noodle for the first time and although it was not a successful atemp but we had a lot of fun. The tour is very flexible and we had a lot of free time for ourselves and I believe it is the right way to explore and experience something new. Transportation was comfortable enough despite the road condition in Vietnam. Overall we were very happy with the trip and would recommend this tour and Insight Asia Travel for our friends. Very good value indeed.
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Tour Insight Asia Travel Company Reviews

Amazing Vietnam 16 days

5.0 June 2017
K
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It's a great value vacations. A multi day adventure tour! Excellent tour guides and services. The food was wonderful. We enjoyed very much. Just loved it and can't wait for our next visit to such a beautiful country.
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A great time of this forever changing amazing country Vietnam

5.0 June 2017
J
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Insight Asia Travel Hanoi is a company I have personally used for many visits over the last several years on previous holidays to Vietnam and Cambodia .
My most recent trip was with my family been my wife and a 6 year old son in August 2016 .
As per usual we were greeted at the airport by our local guide / travel manager to assist with our check in to our centrally located hotel in the centre of town in Saigon HCMC . We had many day tours to the Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels , war remnants museum , Independence Palace and to local market places along with a brief walking tour close to the surrounds of the hotel to see the the old post office and cathederal . The hustle and bustle of this amazing city always amazes me as its forever changing after each visit .

The hydrofoil ride up the Saigon river is also a great way to go for the transfers to the peninsula of Vung Tau which takes approx 1 hour 35 min . It takes 3 hours by car or mini van depending on your group size . This is also great as you can see lots of the local villages and town enroute with a couple of stops along the way .

The hotels and tours are all very well handled along with various restaurants chosen for meals as recommended . There is also plenty of time to search around for your own preferences .
Again many local tours in and around the peninsula are a must see.
Domestic airfares are easily done and can be arranged accordingly .
Saigon to Hanoi is approx 2 hours flight. I would suggest that any internal flights or accommodation be held confirmed especially in peak holiday periods to avoid any dissappointment which can be arranged with your guide or have in place before you leave home .
The beautiful capital city of Hanoi has got to be my most favourable city in all of Asia . The old french quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake is very relaxing as you watch the world go by . The water puppet show is a must see traditional part of Vietnamese culture . Ha Long Bay just beautiful with 1 to 3 night stays onboard the cruise junks which are fully inclusive are just fantastic . The overnight train in the sleeper carriages is a great experience approx 12 hours going north
to highlands of Sapa .
There are so many things to see and do and I would have no hesitation to advise other travellers of my experiences with this company . All the staff along with local guides and various tours always go by the scheduled time frame to allow to fit in others things on a day to day basis . The hotels I've stayed in over the years are in great location along with nice clean rooms and good service . Some with swimming pools and some that don't have which isn't high on my list at times .
Overall the memorable times that I've had are all thanks to the expertise of Insight Asia Travel Hanoi and local travel guides and managers which go out of their way to make sure everything is just perfect for you to have a great time of this forever changing amazing country .

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Tours 1,071 Trips 20 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 187 $ 191
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Asia
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
  • Luxury
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Hanoi, Vietnam
Year Established 1989 2013
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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About Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ Founded back in 1989 following an “intrepid” African adventure trip, Intrepid lives up to its name by offering up some pretty big adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea -- but is broad-based enough to also lead group trips to Hawaii, complete with sipping sunset Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach.

Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts

Founded in 1989

No Single Supplement (rare exceptions)

Small Groups - max 16 on most trips

Typical Age Range - 18 - 45

Travel Style - Cultural immersion, adventure, overland

Accommodation Style - Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels

Average Tour Price - $2,377

Top Regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, South America

Other Brands: Peregrine, Geckos

Commonly compared with G Adventures »

Morocco homestay with Intrepid Travel

What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out?

Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes average just 10 travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion.

Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel?

Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip. Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages.

Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time, “Original” journeys which offer more included activities and more hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles.

The kind of traveler who gravitates to Intrepid Travel is one who has a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates or daring, ahem, encouraging each other to try strange new foods.

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Monk mediating in Myanmar on tour with Intrepid Travel

Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.

Intrepid Travel Style

Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt, on a camel in Morocco, or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy.

There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour:

1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants.

2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used.

3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher end, more discerning, accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own.

Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel?

Sample of many spices in Middle Eastern market

Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind foregoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you.

It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary.

For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you.

Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way.

About Insight Asia Travel

Headquartered in Vietnam, Insight Asia Travel is a premier luxury tour operator, offering trips through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

They operate personalized luxury tours that explore the culture and history of a specific part of southeast Asia. Group sizes are small (10 max) or private groups, and you have a lot of free time. Having such a strong regional focus means that their travel experts know the countries inside and out and each itinerary they offer is carefully planned out.

Who Travels With Them?

Their tours are best suited to families, multi gen groups, and older travelers looking for an easy paced trip and authentic cultural experiences. Trips tend to be in luxury range. They also allow for a good balance of free time for their clients, so if you’re interested in having time to explore on your own this is built into their culture as a company.

Where Do The Operate?

Their tours go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or a combination if you’re traveling multi-country.

Why Travel With Them?

For a slow paced, luxury small group tour experience. This is a great way to see Southeast Asia with knowledgeable local guides in a comfortable and relaxed way. Their tours focus on special interest, culture,history, and authentic travel. You will find less focus on active adventure activities, but some of their tours do offer more of an outdoors focus, which is great for families.

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