What Is Unique About Our Company?
Niche Travel. Travel to just-emerging destinations or to cultures unchanged by westernization or modernization is the hallmark of our company. Our challenge: to find places that haven't been spoiled by mass tourism, where old customs are revered and primitive skills honored. Through our personal contacts in each country, we make every trip a well-balanced program with a wide variety of experiences, all in comfort and safety. We have earned a Trip Advisor® 5 star rating for our unique travel programs.
Research. Every scheduled program we offer has been thoroughly researched, which means we've traveled to that destination and have not relied solely on input from ground operators.
The one exception is that in an effort to expand our geographical frontiers, we offer an annual "Research Trip" to repeat clients at a significantly discounted price. That is a journey we are doing for the first time to a particular destination; for example, Asmat, Indonesia. We invite repeat clients because we know their level of flexibility and how they travel. The trip will be a fine-tuning experience with each traveler giving input on how to improve the program for future trips.
Your funds are fully protected. Financial accountability is one of our strengths. We maintain a Bank Escrow Trust Account. Licensed in the state of California. Far Fung Places is a registered travel company within the state of California; our California Seller of Travel license number is CST 2053195-40. Per the state's requirement all deposits and payments are held in an Escrow Trust Account for client protection.
Protection against tour operator default. Since 1996 we have protected all clients' monies and payments with this type of liability insurance. Knowing that your funds are secure even if an overseas operator files for bankruptcy gives you peace of mind. This is especially important in Bhutan, where there are over 1200 tour operators doing business now, many operating with just an e-mail account.
Value pricing. We strive to offer our clients the best possible travel experience for a price that reflects our expertise and client service, yet still provides a value. Naturally, there are lower priced programs in the marketplace that might appeal to a frugal traveler. However, a lower priced product does not necessarily mean value.
In the case of Bhutan we adhere to the government pricing structures and do not "work under the table" to reduce costs, which would drastically affect your travel experience and be against the policies set forth by the Tourism Council of Bhutan to protect the culture and environment.
Small group size. We aim for a maximum of 10 people on all our Bhutan-only programs and exploratory cruises. A small group size allows for a more intimate and eco-friendly experience in the host country. Other programs like Japan or West Africa have a maximum of 14 people.
Lecturers. Our speaker program is the best in the industry. Every trip is enhanced with special lectures from experts like renowned author Kunzang Choden (Chili and Cheese, Tales of the Yeti), who will increase your understanding of Bhutan. Experts are renowned in their fields and have a deep knowledge of their topics.
We are accessible. Owners Kathleen Fung and Dennis Keser are available to discuss the journeys with you, plus provide a wealth of pre-trip information to assist you in preparing for your trip.