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I have just spent a few hours with Lionel at their Brighton office and have come away with a holiday booked and just 2 months to wait until we're off. Service was very good indeed as they all clearly know their stuff (they'd have to with a name like Selective Asia!). They inspect all the hotels and destinations themselves so it's very reassuring booking with them, better than relying on all the moaners on TA anyway! Laos and Cambodia here we come!!!
I have just returned from travelling with Selective Asia in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand and have to agree with Bumpybumb(??!). A great service, the overall experience was everything I had been promised and a lot more. Switching from one local guide to another at each new destination was a real plus, as it meant we always had a real expert on hand. Our guide in Pakse even took us by his own house to meet his wife and young baby girl Naeh!
In Thailand we only really passed through quickly - a couple of nights in Chiang Mai and a one in Bangkok, however we gave Laos and Cambodia 10 days each. This worked perfectly and we came away with a real sense of understanding of each country. Our experienced consultant (Karl), the paperwork and the website had meant we were fully prepared for the holiday and were able to seize every opportunity that came our way with both hands. In summary, Selective Asia were absolutely first class.
I used this company for my holiday to Vietnam, following the recommendation by a friend. They specialise in organising tailor-made holidays for people visiting Asia. Holiday destinations on offer are Vietnam, Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos.
At the start of the booking process you will be allocated a team member who will then see your holiday plans through to the end. This gives the service a nice personal feel. The website is also pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate and has loads of information on there about itineraries, hotels and prices.
You can select one of the pre-designed holiday itineraries (all available to view on the website) or you can tailor-make your own. We decided to pick a pre-designed one and then tweak it in a few places to our own requirements. The staff a Selective Asia are more than happy for you to do this and make all the arrangements for you. Once your itinerary is all confirmed you will then be quoted a price and, if you accept, you have to pay a 20% deposit to confirm the booking and then pay the balance before 10 weeks before your departure date. International flights are not included in the prices however Selective Asia will book them up for you if you ask, and at an additional cost of course. That's the option we plumped for and we had no problems with the flights and didn't think we could've gotten cheaper ourselves.
Part of the attraction of Selective Asia holidays is the English-speaking guides on your holiday. You are always picked up at any airport by a guide, and any travelling is usually also in the company of a guide. This is also a personal service so it will just be your party plus the guide and the driver in an air-conditioned car. This was tremendously helpful throughout the holiday and took away that 'what do we do now?' feeling upon arrival at the airport in an unknown country.
Throughout the holiday I was also telephone twice by Selective Asia to ensure that everything was going as planned on my holiday. What a service! They also asked for feedback when I got home, and I gave them glowing reviews.
All in all I had a 5 star experience with Selective Asia and would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.