About Baktrax

Baktrax small group tours has the best of both worlds as a joint Australian-Thai operation.  Alan C. Foster is an ex pat Aussie and as  the founder, owner and operator  has spent most of the last fourteen years  on the ground in S.E. asia planning and coordinating  all the ground operations. Not many people would have better knowledge of travel at a local level in the region than Alan.

 IN AUSTRALIA:  Baktrax is  represented by David Vuong  travel in Syndey. David has been in the travel industry for thirteen years and with his own buisness for the last nine years as a tour operator in the region in  his own right. He is a licenced Australian travel agent (Lic.  2TA 5524). David is responsible for all payments for Baktrax tour bookings. He can also provide the entire travel package from Australia  with competative international airfares and travel insurance. He is  a member of the Australian Travel Compensation Fund. (TCF). 

 IN THAILAND:  May World Travel, Pai, (TAT license 23/1585) is our  long time partner. May World Travel has been a trusted organisation in the travel industry for almost 17 years. May provides  many of our transport needs from air and train reservations among other things  that are included on any of the itineraries.

 So as you can see we have everything covered by experts  for your safety, security and enjoyment at every step of the way.

Baktrax small group tours came into being as a result of Alans  travel experiences over a number of years.

I’m lucky and feel privledged to now be able to say, “I hate airports”. Not flying, just airports. Once in the air with a glass of red and a movie all is well. But the excitement of airports as such wears thin after  dozens of  flights. Although i still always get a bit excited when i step on the airport bus and so should you.

Four adventure tours and one non adventure tour plus more than two years of independant back packing led me to the conclusion that only an overland truck tour across Africa was entitled to come under the banner of adventure travel.

I soon realised that we, the travelling public had been hoodwinked for far too long. Only because I travelled independantly after my tours did I find this out. Just for starters the word Adventure is usually a misnomer. Many use the term but very few actually are. Taking a local bus, let alone a private one along a modern Thai freeway is hardly adventurous. Sitting on a tourist beach with your fellow countrymen, likewise.


Our itineraries focus on the local people and their cultures amid spectacular scenery. At the same time you can walk in the mountains, lay on a beach or even do a bit of partying. Baktrax combines it all.

So the Baktrax idea came to fruition as we try to correct all the dinosaur travel perceptions of yesteryear.


  • Pay as little up front as possible. ( Great marketing ploy perhaps). Then continually going into your pocket when on tour because you didn’t realise very little was included in that little up front price. Preying on your gullibility.
  • The bigger the group size the better. (Profit wise only).
  • The perception that you must see everything a country has to offer in fourteen days. GO, GO, GO.
  • You must travel hard and fast in uncomfortable vehicles and sleep in uncomfortable places just so you can call it an adventure.
  • All of the above come under the banner of adventure travel in S. E. Asia.

Under the BAKTRAX banner:

We didn’t invent organised travel but we are trying to perfect it.

  • You pay for everything in your up front  tour price and that’s the finish of it.
  • Maximum group size of eight means personalised service for all.
  • You see less places, but more in depth so that you can remember all of them in the years to come.
  • You will travel as slowly and as easily as possible while the emphasis will still always be on ” When in Rome”.

BAKTRAX: Trying to help perfect the way you see the world

Hope to see you soon.  Alan, David and May.