Thank you for visiting us. We've been organizing trips in Indochina since 1993— the first North American company to do so in a newly-opened Vietnam, venturing into almost every unexplored corner of the country (read Escape Magazine's 1994 article on us). It was certainly a far more adventurous time with neighboring Cambodia under United Nations authority and Laos still largely off limits due to rebel activity. I lead many of our trips at that time, logging thousands of miles researching and leading our trips.
Of course, much has changed since then. Travel has become far more comfortable in the region, and is now one of the safest for travelers. Yet, as Kurt Vonnegut once said, "peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God" and these places still excite travelers like no other. I still lead trips regularly (our Iron Chef tour of Vietnam with culinary Impresario Neal Fraser is a favorite) and after two decades in Vietnam, the country and especially the people remain a delight as do certain other places in the region, such as Inle Lake and Luang Prabang.
What's new? Quite a bit, we've been in Myanmar for over a decade now, organizing early adventure bicycle tours and festival trips, photography tours with Mark Tuschman, and a focus on the arts as artists emerge from decades in the shadows into what will certainly evolve into a vigorous scene similar to what is now found in Hanoi. Southeast Asia is no longer a challenging place to travel through, and our luxury tours feature world-class properties and dining we still plan trips with a careful eye to authentic experiences away from the ever increasing crowds.
As my own children have grown up along with the region, we have in recent years begun to focus on family travl hosting families with children of all ages (read about our Vietnam family tours including my 11 year-old's trip diary). I'm also thrilled about our family tours in Myanmar—the welcoming Burmese are gracious, warm, and delighted to see children visiting their country.