You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better guide for a personalized, authentic cultural tour in Thailand than Alex Martin, owner of Off the Path Travel. After years of working, teaching and kicking around in that country and throughout Asia, he said, “I realized so many companies were claiming to run local, cultural, off the beaten path tours. The truth was, they weren’t. I realized there was a need for an authentic tour company that allowed people to get the deep cultural experience that it took me years to develop. I decided to start that company.”
A Cultural Adventure in Thailand
Specializing in small-group, culturally-authentic travel itineraries throughout Asia, Off the Path Travel is this summer offering a 2-week "Thailand Connection Tour.” Among the in-depth adventures:
- stay on organic farms & in picturesque villages
- cook with the locals
- swim in idyllic jungle lagoons
- explore waterfalls never seen in guidebooks
- visit hill tribes in Mae Hong Son province
- talk about spirituality and culture with village leaders
- lounge in hot springs
- experience elephant conservation
- explore Buddhist temples & ancient ruins
An optional third week is focused on secluded beaches in southern Thailand. Tour Dates: June 28 – July 12, 2013 (custom tours are also available)
Feedback from an Off the Path Travel Guest
"I traveled with Alex Martin in Thailand; he took a few others and me to places we could not have dreamed of, such as schools to visit, families to stay with overnight, and numerous temples where he gave us all the information we needed to really appreciate all that Thailand has to offer. He took us on waterfall hikes and scooter rides around town and through the country side. It truly was an experience that you could not get anywhere else.
"His knowledge of Thai culture was astonishing and very comforting. He led us through Northern Thailand as if it were his home. He always had interesting facts about the town we were in, as well as the history, and of course food! I would recommend Alex to anyone as a tour guide as his knowledge and passion for travel is truly inspiring!"
Learn About Thailand
On the company's blog: tips for understanding Thai culture:
Off the Path Travel also offers these and custom tours in Asia:
- Villages of Chiang Mai Motorbike Tours
- Kanchanaburi Home Stay Tours
- Thailand Tonight Tour
Your Trip to Thailand
Even if you have been to Thailand before, The Connection Tour (quite affordable, by the way) will be one of the most rewarding trips of your life.
Can you recommend a company that specializes in cultural tours in Thailand? We’d love to hear about your experience.
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.