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Our Story

See Asia Differently launched in the spring of 2008. However, the journey to this point started five years earlier, when co-founders Peter & Eva Jones each travelled independently of each other to Asia for the very first time. Our paths did not cross until four years later, whilst travelling through Central America. It seems natural now that we both met whilst travelling and then made the decision to settle down somewhere completely different.

A lot of people ask us why we choose Cambodia as a base to live, but Cambodia really chose us. We have both been lucky enough to explore most parts of the world, but talking about our experiences on our arrival in Cambodia we instantly fell in love with the beautiful country and its incredible people. Cambodia is also slap bang in the middle of the countries we specialise in.

When we were travelling around Asia getting everything set up, we were amazed at how much there was to see and do, but we soon realised that the vast majority of visitors did not experience the real Asia, and we knew that this was what we had to do. And thus See Asia Differently was born!

Most tour operators only offer you whistle-stop tours to the main sights, meaning that you miss out on the real essence of Asia. Due to this we decided to fill a gap in the Asian travel market that we believe has been neglected – until now!

We also noticed that people’s travelling habits are changing. Holidaymakers are now wanting a more intimate and a truer travelling experience, as well as having free time to explore and time to reflect on their own, rather than being told what to do and where to go all the time. We believe that the perfect holiday needs to have this balance.

Since then we have never looked back and we get to incorporate our love of travelling, our enthusiasm for adventure, and our love of Asia into building unique adventures for all of our guests, enabling us to show you the real Asia.

Founders: Peter and Eva Jones

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The real truth about booking a holiday!

Make sure you know who you are travelling with. This may sound crazy but if you are booking a holiday through a large, established company in your home country, they will almost certainly be working with another company on the ground in Asia.

This means that you are booking and travelling with two completely different entities. So all that trust and rapport that you have built up with your sales agent may be completely lost when you arrive for your holiday in Asia.

It is also very likely that the agent that you are talking to knows very little of the country either. Which means that you end up with the same predictable tours as everyone else.

We live in Asia and so do our staff, meaning we have our finger firmly on the pulse.
So be different, do the right thing and support independent travel companies like us.

We hope you chose to travel the See Asia Differently way!

Our Partners

Go on a short Asia getaway with Asia For Expats.

Asia For Expats

Asia For Expats is a new travel brand that also falls under the travel larger umbrella of the See Asia Differently group. So you get all the expertise and confidence of travelling as part of a larger travel group. The Asia For Expats travel website is more aimed at expats and locals already in Asia. The trips are shorter, so you can get away during regional holidays, to escape the crowds or for long weekends. We are expats too, so we realise that your travel requirements are different from people living outside of Asia.

Get away on a golf holiday with Play golf Asia.

Play Golf Asia

Play Golf Asia is another new travel brand to also fall under the See Asia Differently travel umbrella. As the name suggests we purely concentrates on golf holidays and experiences in Asia. We are able to craft golf itineraries for everyone – from individuals, couples or friends, up to group society trips and corporate golf events. Asian golf courses are some of the very best in the world, but are largely unknown by many. So there is no better time than the present to get in touch and see what a golf holiday to Asia could have in store for you.

Learn about Soulcial Trust and see how we aim to support local communities.

Soulcial Trust / Soulcial Travel

See Asia Differently are extremely proud to have teamed up with the wonderful people at the Soulcial Trust, as we aim to support the local communities as best we can in the places that you will visit. Forming this partnership allows us take you to some fabulous social-minded programs such as Green Clean Cambodia, Naga Earth, Kumae and Rehash Trash, to name just a few. Ask us about the social initiatives we can offer before you travel, as giving back while you’re away will give you such a remarkable feeling.

Travel Ambassadors

If you have travelled with us in the past and simple love Asia and the holiday that you had with us, then we need your help to spread the word. There is nothing better than being recommended to others and as a small boutique and specialist South-East Asian travel company we need your help to spread the word.

By becoming a Travel Ambassador you are able to earn travel credit by telling others and referring potential travellers that are looking to travel to Asia.

So why don’t you contact us at [email protected] and become an Ambassador and help us to promote our fabulous an innovative tours of Asia today!

Travel Small (Travel Independent)

Being a small independent travel company we do not have the budget to compete with the large companies that have thousands to spend on advertising and marketing. We have to follow a more natural growth path by expanding via word of mouth, by you that have experienced our incredible Asian holidays.

Evan though we both know that travelling with an independent travel company is the best way for you to get the most out of your Asian Holiday. There are many people out there that need to be educated in the way that large travel companies work.

If you travel with an independent travel company you book and travel with the same company. This gives you consistency and clarity all the way through form enquiring to booking to travelling. However, if you travel with one of the larger branded travel companies that are more well known. What actually happens is that they work with an entirely different company on the ground in country, who know absolutely nothing about you.

So please be smart and start travelling with independent travel companies like us.

Our Way of Travelling

The See Asia Differently way

‘Our Way’ is the way we believe you should be seeing the wonderful countries of South-East Asia. This is quite a bold statement to make, why is ‘Our Way’ better than any other way?

Life is full of recommendations, go there, do that, eat there, see that, you should experience this. Generally you listen to someone who has been somewhere before you and has the inside knowledge, someone who has similar tastes as you, someone with the same attention to detail, someone with the same values that respects the countries that they visit and someone that knows quality and value for money, this same person is usually the one you ask advise from and the one you trust.

In Asia we are that somebody and we will make your holiday to Asia, your most memorable holiday yet.

We know that your holiday time is extremely valuable to you; we’re here to listen and help you enhance your holiday experience. At ‘See Asia Differently’ we run over all the options with you over the phone or via e-mail. You choose the places you wish to visit and the activities that reflect your interests, we then suggest ideas, experiences and places that you might not have considered. We then work together to maximise your specified budget and assist you in creating your dream holiday to Asia.

We are not a global operator; we specialise in what we know – Asia.
This is ‘Our Way’ and we would love it to be ‘Your Way’ too.

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Our Awards (In the News)

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Best South East-Asia Tour Operator 2017 – Indochina Enterprise Awards 2017

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Cultural Tour Operator of the Year for Siem Reap 2016 – Luxury Travel Guide

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Most Outstanding Asian Tour Operator 2017 – Global Excellence Awards 2017

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Best Tour Operator 2016 – South East Asia APAC Business Awards 2016
Best Eco Tours Provider 2017 – South East Asia APAC Business Awards 2017

Media Mentions

We are very proud to have been mentioned over the years in the following media publications for our wonderful South-East Asia Holidays

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Testimonials

Have a read of what people that have travelled with us have said

We are not huge fans of TripAdvisor as tour operators can’t really be listed properly. Reviews are becoming more biased and easy to manipulate to promote or harm business’s unfairly. However, you can still check out some of our great and 100% honest and genuine TripAdvisor reviews here.

” Having never travelled to Asia before, I was blown away by the friendliness of the Indonesian people. I had such a wonderful holiday, seeing and experiencing so much in such a short period of time.  I am now hooked on Southeast Asia and can’t wait to return again and again. I must also thank our wonderful guide who looked after us for the entire Indonesia trip and made our See Asia Differently holiday even more special. ”

Thomas Clement – New Zealand

” I travelled to Cambodia in May wanting to play golf, but also do some sightseeing. See Asia Differently helped me book tee times at 3 great course around Siem Reap. Along with golf they arranged a day tour at the Angkor Wat Temples with a private guide. The accommodation was great for the price and was in close proximity to local restaurants and bars. Needless to say the golf was superb and our holiday was fantastic thank you See Asia Differently. ”

Andres Jimenez – Hong Kong

“I booked a wildlife trip to Thailand, Laos & Vietnam trip for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday through See Asia Differently who were so helpful. It made for the perfect present and turned out to be the highlight of our 3.5 months Southeast Asian trip. Our nature and wildlife guide was exceptional and we saw Gibbons, Langurs & Macaques, all in their natural habitat. We also saw some crocodiles, snakes and many birds including 3 types of horn-bills. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough if one is a wildlife nut like us, especially if your guide was as great as ours”

Karen O’Sullivan- Ireland

” Peter took the few requirements I had and made magic. He knows every restaurant, tour guide, band, and activity in the city. This isn’t the US…he used his relationships to make things happen that would be impossible otherwise.  My husband and I really appreciate his attention to detail and thanks to Peter and is team, we had the perfect wedding in Cambodia.
*If you are a bride/groom-to-be who needs verbal confirmation or validation of See Asia Daugherty’s services, we would be willing to have them contact us directly. ”

Andy & Jenn La Brunda  – USA & Guam

” From the moment we stepped off the plane in Vientiane we were looked after wonderfully. See Asia Differently really listened to what we wanted and we were delighted with the final itinerary that took us all over Northern Laos. Overall our holiday experience was spot on and we couldn’t fault a thing, from the organisation to the quality of the guides. So much so we are in the process of booking a See Asia Differently trip to Burma next year. We can’t wait! ”

Ree O’Doherty– UK

” Being very independent travellers my husband and I were sceptical of booking such a holiday. But now experiencing how See Asia Differently has crafted their tours we will definitely be returning to experience a different part of the Asia with them. Even though our tour was set before we left we had the flexibility to stop and start when we wanted, which gave us time to interact with the people and stop off when we saw something interesting. I can’t say enough, Myanmar (Burma) and our holiday experience was exceptional. ”

Radka Trava – Czech Republic

“Our little group has travelled the world but our trip to Vietnam has got to rate as one of the best. Our itinerary was perfect giving us the right balance of time to ourselves and organised experiences. But for us, what made the trip so special was the quality of the guides and our wonderful driver who was great fun. We will definitely travel with See Asia Differently again!”

Cooper, Graham and Jones Group Tour – UK

” We were four friends who decided to meet in Siem Reap and explore Cambodia. We had a rough idea of what we wanted to do and see but the knowledgeable friendly staff at See Asia Differently with their in-depth local expertise greatly improved our plan so that we were able to get under the skin of the places we were visiting.  The hotels and guides were excellent and everything was beautifully planned. This was a holiday of a lifetime, full of fabulous memories! ”

Robert, Yoshi, Hei Kan and Jerome  – England, Japan, Hong Kong & Taiwan

” We booked an extension trip to the wild North-East on an Elephant Adventure after our time in Cambodia as volunteer teachers. Even being a group of all girls nothing was a problem and our trip was just perfect. Danny our guide is absolutely amazing and was one of the nicest people we all met in our time in Cambodia. He was so helpful, kind, caring and we just felt so comfortable with him. We all loved this trip and would recommend it to other looking to travel together as a group”

Nicole Sciberras & Friends – Australia