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Exhibitors in Focus: Insider Journeys

How did your company start out?
For over 22 years Insider Journeys has helped travellers discover the real Asia. The company was co-founded in 1993 by managing director Paul Hole, whose vision was to create small group tours for travellers seeking an authentic journey through Asia. Since those early days, we now operate in 11 countries and have 7 offices in Asia. Our UK office is based in central Oxford and we welcome visitors at any time. 

What tours do you offer?
We are the Asia experts, offering escorted small group tours, tailor-made itineraries and river cruises in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, China, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Japan and Mongolia!

What makes your company unique?
•    Insider experiences: we carefully craft every small group journey to include unique experiences few travellers will get to see, whether that’s sitting down to a traditional dinner in a local home in Laos or receiving a blessing from a Buddhist monk in Cambodia. Our travellers come home with stories to last a lifetime

•    Small group sizes: with an average of 12, and a maximum of only 16 travellers, we can travel at a pace which allows you to explore each destination without feeling rushed. Small group sizes mean less waiting, less hassle and the chance to visit smaller, family-run restaurants which larger groups cannot access   

•    Asia experts: every member of our staff has travelled extensively in Asia, so travellers can talk to somebody who has been there and can provide real insight.  

What new countries and itineraries will you be offering in 2016?
In January 2016 we will be launching some fantastic new tours. Highlights include;   
•    A 16 day Mekong & Beyond tour from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Hanoi, Vietnam including a memorable 7-night cruise up/down the Mekong
•    A 14 day Japan Discovery tour from Tokyo, through the snow-capped Japanese Alps to Osaka with the chance to view Japan’s famous snow monkeys 
•    Our 14 day popular Three Gorges Discovery trip will now include the chance to view rare Giant Pandas in Chengdu 

Finally, can you recommend us an incredible place to stay?

Nestled high in the mountains of Sapa in Northern Vietnam is Topas Eco Lodge, which offers spectacular views of the vivid green rice terraces and sweeping valleys below. From this breath-taking location, travellers can enjoy world-class trekking opportunities, and learn more about Sapa’s unique ethnic minority groups which the lodge helps to support.  

Meet Insider Journeys on stand AP59 and find out more about discovering the best of Asia at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 4 - 7 February 2016. Book your tickets in advance for just £11 and save!