Baktrax small group tours have 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 Coordinator has spent most of the last 20 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 15 years and with his own business for the last 10 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 competitive 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 longtime partner. May World Travel has been a trusted travel agent in the industry for almost 20 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 privileged 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. Travel is always an adventure in itself.
Four so-called adventure tours and one non-adventure tour plus more than two years of independent backpacking led me to the conclusion that only an overland truck tour across Africa was entitled to come under the banner of true adventure travel.
I soon realised that we, the travelling public had been hoodwinked for far too long. Only because I travelled independently 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 or Malaysian freeway is hardly adventurous. Sitting on a tourist beach with your fellow countrymen, likewise.
BAKTRAX SMALL GROUP TOURS ARE NON-ADVENTURE CULTURAL EXPLORATION. With the occasional soft adventure day or two among the mix
Our itineraries focus primarily on the local people and their cultures often amid spectacular scenery or exciting cities. 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.
SOME OF THESE BEING:
Under the BAKTRAX banner:
We didn't invent organised travel tours but we are trying to perfect it.
BAKTRAX: Trying to help perfect the way you see the world
Hope to see you soon. Alan, David and May.
Damian, the tour coordinator, was great. The tour was exactly what I wanted…it was nice to have someone take care of my travel arrangements, but not give me a guided tour.
As an independent traveller, I didn’t feel like I was being led around, told where to go and being talked at… but as a woman, I felt safer having someone else manage the travel arrangements. I hope in the future to make another trip to the region. Damian and I had talked about the Laos tour. I had wanted to include Laos in my previous trip, but time didn’t permit.
Hopefully, I will get back to the region, and have the opportunity to visit… and I will keep that tour in mind.
We booked purely on the basis of a de-stressing beach holiday. Yes, it was that as well as an insight into a beautiful culture of smiles and epicurean delights. Yes, indeed Baktrax comes with the lot.
At over 70 years of age we were concerned if we could cope. Thanks Alan and Damian for a great time.
We saw all the sites that everyone else goes to but so much more than anybody else offers. These 2 trips we did are really well researched and they have found some ripper spots that are definitely on the Baktrax.
We will never forget this tour. Our tour coordinator has lived in the region for over 6 years. There was no question left unanswered or request that he couldn’t organise. You will never beat an expat leader who knows the places inside out.
I expected to find some hidden costs once the tour started because Baktrax’s prices seemed better than reasonable. I didn’t find any, and I wondered where the extra money goes with other bigger operators.
I was sceptical about travelling on a tour at first, but I was pleasantly surprised to experience a relaxed and informative trip, more like travelling with an experienced friend than a tour leader.
We have travelled with other companies in the past. We learned more with Baktrax in two weeks than we have on all our other world tours combined. Everyone says they do, but these guys really know south-east Asia!