Escorted Vision Impaired Tour to Vietnam

For over 10 years Travel Tree has designed and escorted a Vision Impaired tour to the most interesting places and through a perceived demand has decided to create a very inclusive experience to Vietnam.

Offering an overload to the senses with sounds of vibrant street life, smells of incense from local offerings, the touch of ethnic textiles or ‘touching the earth’ at a local market stop and tastes of the many culinary delights this 10 day itinerary will be sure to offer something to all.

All the tours have been escorted by George Booth who will once again travel with the group to ensure all needs are met and a good time had by all!

For more information please go to: Vietnam Tour 2018

Escorted Vision Impaired Singapore Tour – 17th July 2016

Escorted Vision Impaired Singapore Tour

6 Nights / 7 Days – Departing Australia Sunday 17th July 2016.

For more than 10 years George Booth has designed and escorted tours for peiple who are blind or vision impaired to many cities in South East Asia, China and New Zealand delivering many exciting experiences, appealing to the senses, with interesting content inclusions to ensure maximum enjoyment on tour.

In 2016 an escorted tour of Singapore has been designed with flights departing from around Australia, as part of the opportunity to meet other like minded persons, whilst holidaying in the multi-cultural garden city of South East Asia.

The activities include morning walks, open top bus tour, the National Orchid Gardens, the Bird Park and even lunch with the parrots. Leisure time mixed with the opportunity to shop, take optional tours and eating out together from our central base of Peninsula/Excelsior Hotel.

Tour Costs Per Person – Twin Share:

  • $2,640 per person Ex Perth
  • $2,840 Ex Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane

Costs Inclusions:

  • Economy class flights Australia to Singapore and return flying Singapore Airlines
  • Current airport taxes and charges
  • 6 Nights accommodation at Peninsula/Excelsior Hotel (share twin)
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Two morning walks (China Town & Singapore River)
  • Open Top Bus tour with Satay Dinner at Lau Pa Sat
  • Afternoon Many Faces tour to Little India/Malay Heritage Centre and National Orchid Gardens
  • Bird Park Tour with lunch included
  • Singapore by Night tour with dinner included
  • Tour Escort on tour (subject to minimum 20 persons on tour)


  • Optional tours will be offered for those wanting to experience more of Singapore
  • It is Necersary to have a sighted companion for the duration of the tour
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory
  • A valid Australian passport with at least 6 months validity is required
  • A deposit of $250.00 per person is required within 7 days of confirmation with the balance due 8 weeks prior to travel
  • Prices are based on minimum tour numbers met

For more information or to make a reservation contact Ms Faye Pafumi on (08) 93825082 or Email:

Travel Tree
First Floor 3 Rosslyn Street
West Leederville Western Australia 6007
PO Box 1094 West Leederville
Western Australia 6901
T: (618) 9382 5011
Travel Tree (Australasia) Pty Ltd
ABN 12 009 028 004 Lic 9TA1041

Next Vision ImpairedTour – New Zealand in 2015

After deliberating on the options for 2015 we have decided on Queenstown New Zealand as an exciting destination for our next adventure.

Like previous tours the content has enough activities to ensure we are out and about, based in one hotel, and lots of shops and restaurants right in the town for the leisure times!

Escorted Vision Impaired Tour To Queenstown, New Zealand

6 Nights/7 Days

Depart Perth Sunday 24th May 2015 and returning Saturday, 30th May 2015

“Travel Tree has been successfully designing and escorting vision impaired tours for a number of years, specifically for Australian vision impaired persons. Traditionally the tours have been to South East Asian destinations, but this year Queenstown New Zealand has been selected to ensure participants from all around Australia have easy access to the tour. There are many activities included in the itinerary to make sure there is plenty to do, but also to allow some downtime for shopping, resting and the opportunity for some optional activities. Start planning, look for your sighted companions, and I invite you to join me on this wonderful journey.”

George Booth: Tour Escort.

Package Pricing
Per Person Share Twin $2,875 Single Room (sole occupancy) $3,380 Land only (no air) $1945 twin share $2450 single room (sole occupancy) Airfares from Adelaide/Brisbane/Darwin/Melbourne & Sydney available on request.

Trip Includes

  • Economy class airfare Perth to Queenstown and return flying QANTAS.
  • Current airline taxes and charges
  • 6 nights’ accommodation Novotel Queenstown
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Roundtrip airport transfers Queenstown
  • Activities: Twin challenge Shotover and rafting on the great Kawarau River- Lunch and wine tasting at Gibbston Valley Winery – Spectacular cruise on the Sprit of Queenstown across Lake Wakatipu to MT. Nicholas Station – 4WD drive tour Discovery tour and lunch at Arrowtown – Queenstown to Cromwell with lunch in Clyde at the Post Office Restaurant – Skyline Gondola & Restaurant dinner .
  • Services of escort in New Zealand (subject to 20 persons participating on the tour from Australia).

Not Included

  • Meals other than stated above
  • Telephone calls and alcohol
  • Travel Insurance (All participants must have travel insurance and policies are available if required)
  • Passport cost


  • Passports must have 6 months’ validity from arrival back into Australia
  • All vision impaired persons should have a sighted companion

(If required, people can register and Travel Tree will endeavour to arrange a sighted companion to share)


A deposit of $350.00 per person is required within 7 days of confirmation of tour and the balance around 6 weeks prior to departure.

Full terms and conditions will be advised at time
of enquiry.

For bookings and information contact Maxiema Lager on (08) 9382 5044 or

Thailand Tour interview with George Booth

On this New Horizons interview, Robyn Gail talks with George Booth from Travel Tree about the upcoming tour to Thailand designed for vision impaired travelers.

VI Thailand Tour interview
Thailand Tour Itinerary

Bangkok – Chiang Mai , Thailand Tour for people who are blind or have low vision

8 Days – 7 Nights
Bangkok – Chiang Mai , Thailand
24th May – 31st May 2014

Prepared for :-

Mr George Booth
Travel Tree (Australasia) Pty. Ltd.

Prepared By :
June Bidin
Tour East (T.E.T.) Ltd.
Tel: +66-2-237 6144 ; Email :
19th June 2013

DAY 1 – 24 MAY 2014 – SATURDAY

17: 25 Arrival with SQ976. Transfer to your hotel in Bangkok
Free and easy upon arrival
Evening Option : Guide to accompany group dining at one of the local restaurant

DAY 2 – 25 MAY 2014 – SUNDAY

AM Old Bangkok in Tuk Tuk
Experience the city like the locals by riding in a Tuk Tuk (15-30 minutes) around Rattanakosin Island (old part of Bangkok). Pass by the historical building, hundred years old temples, garden & parks, and magnificent monuments along the way. A police escort will ensure your group will have a smooth ride in the midst of Bangkok infamous traffic.
After the Tuk Tuk ride, we visit the Grand Palace, once the official home for the Kings of Siam. Dubbed as the “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok, The Grand Palace complex includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow) an unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today with its impressive Buddha image, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today. There are also the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall opened for visitors.

Next we visit The Siam Museum. This fun new museum is not your the ordinary museum that only display ancients artefacts. In fact it uses the modern technology to explore the origins of the Thai people and their culture. Housed in a European-style 19th-century building that was once the Ministry of Commerce, the exhibits are presented in an engaging, interactive fashion not often found in Thailand. They are also refreshingly balanced and entertaining, with galleries dealing with a range of questions about the origins of the nation and its people. Each room has an informative narrated video started by a sensory detector, keeping waiting to a minimum. An Ayuthaya-era battle game, a room full of traditional Thai toys and a street vending cart where you can be photographed pretending to whip up a pan of the local street food which will definitely help keep the younger as well as the matured visitors interested for at least an hour.

After all the visit we board the converted rice barge to cross the Chao Phraya river for Lunch at the Supatra River House – Thai cuisine.

Optional Afternoon Tour – Long Tail Boat Ride (30-45 minutes)
Ride the fast long tail boat along the Chao Phraya River going inside the smaller canal for a glimpse of the life along the river.

Return to the hotel and free & easy upon arrival.
Dining at Local Thai Restaurant
Overnight in Bangkok

DAY 3 – 26 MAY 2014 – MONDAY
AM Early breakfast
06:30 Leave Bangkok for Floating Market and Sampran Riverside
A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market. An exhilarating narrow long-tailed speedboat ride through the marshes and stilt houses prepares you for this unique market.
Thai style canoes laden with colourful fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats gently ply their way through the canal.
We continue our journey to Sampran Riverside – half an hour away from the floating market. Lunch will be at the restaurant by the Riverside.
After lunch you will be treated to a Thai Village show which includes cultural activities, a wedding ceremony, Thai dancing, an elephant show and a whole host of other activities.
• Special half an Hour session with the elephants afterwards can be arranged to feed the elephant or simply play with the elephants.
• Foot Massage / Head & Shoulder Massage at Sampran Riverside

17:00 Estimated arrival in Bangkok
Free and easy evening
Evening Dinner at Dine In The Dark

DAY 4 – 27 MAY 2014 – TUESDAY
AM/ PM Free and easy
17:00 Asiatique Night Market

We board the Sky Train for the fastest way to get to Asiatique . Upon arrival at the Boat pier, we take the public boat transfer to Asiatique. A 10-minutes ride will take you to Asiatique. Recently opened Asiatique is Bangkok latest event venue for a night of fun entertainment.

Modelled after Bangkok’s four major trade districts, ASIATIQUE, The Riverfront weaves together all the essential elements that define what Bangkok was, as well as redefine what it is and what it will become in the near future.

Find both traditional and modern Thai culture through performing arts, Thai puppets by Joe Louis Theatre and Calypso Show as well as more than 1,000 retail shops selling Thai handicrafts, Thai desserts and snacks, souvenirs home décor and spas. Thai and International fine dining establishment and sports bars can be found along the 300 meter promenade overlooking the mighty Chao Phraya river.

Dinner at one of the restaurant at Asiatique – Thai / French / Japanese / Western / Italian

• Joe Louis Puppet Theatre
• Foot Massage / Head & Shoulder Massage

Return to the hotel by coach all the way.

DAY 5 – 28 MAY 2014 – WEDNESDAY

07:30 Leave your hotel for Hua Lumphong Train Station
08:20 Train departs to Chiang Mai
20:30 Estimated arrival in Chiang Mai
Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai

DAY 6 – 29 MAY 2014 – THURSDAY

08:00 Half Day With The Elephant – Life as An Elephant Caretaker (Mahout)

A pleasant morning is spent in the company of these magnificent gentle giants. In present day Thailand, elephants are only used as tremendously powerful beasts of burden. But in the earlier times, they were a vital part of the King’s army and played a very important role in Thai History.
We will drive approximately 60 km. north of Chiang Mai to the Elephant Camp. In an unspoiled setting, marvel at these colossal beasts of burden performing amazing feats of strength and skill, at the command of their ‘mahouts’.
You may try your skills and command the elephant yourself! Shower with the elephant if you wish!
Then follows an exhilarating elephant trek through the neighboring jungle, past bamboo trees and hanging creepers, upwards towards a remote Lisu hilltribe village. The Lisu hilltribe people originated in Tibet and their villages are usually located in the mountains around 1000 metres. Local lunch is provided. Then comes the time for your relaxing bamboo raft trip along the River. On return to Chiang Mai, the journey continues by road to an Orchid Farm at Mae Sa displaying a full variety of some of Thailand’s exquisite blooms.

16:00 Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
19:00 In the evening, we take a short trishaw ride (15 mins) to the Whole Earth restaurant.

DAY 7 – 30 MAY 2014 – FRIDAY

08:30 Chiang Mai Exploration Tour
The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples), and on this tour a visit to the most fascinating Wats is made. Near the summit of Doi Suthep, is the 600 year old temple of WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via an enormous mythological Nagas (Dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps (elevators are available). Inside the cloister is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier gold parasol, which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai from the temple grounds. Other temples visited on this tour include WAT SUAN DOK, whose large central stupa contains Buddha relics which supposedly self-multiplied! , and WAT CHEDI LUANG consists of an impressive chedi, originally built in 1411. It reached a height of over 85 meters before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. It now reaches a height of only 60 meters. The temple also contains the city pillar.

• Handicraft Market

19:00 Khantoke Dinner
Enjoy an evening out by having Khantoke Dinner, the customary northern Thai style of eating with food being served in large platters at low tables while you sit on mats on the floor. As you enjoy your meal, let yourself be entertained by a selection of northern cultural performances. To end the evening, there is a special hilltribe show performed by various members of Yao, Lahu, Meo, Lisu, and Karen hilltribe.

DAY 8 – 31 MAY 2014 –SATURDAY

AM/PM Free & Easy
A day in the embrace of nature! Located south of Chiang Mai is one of the most fertile troves of natural treasure in Thailand, Doi Intanon National Park. The invigorating mountain air, the fresh, cool climate, makes it a rejuvenating break from the city.
Doi Intanon, 8514 feet above sea level – the highest peak in Thailand, is probably the most preserved in Thailand. It is extremely popular among bird watchers, with more than 383 species have been reported. On this tours stops are made at: Wat Phrathad Chom Thong with its holy relic and ancient treasures, Wachiratharn Waterfall, the twin chedi – built by Thai Airforce to honour King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit, and. A A short trek along Michael’s Trail offers a beautiful and unforgettable experience.
Lunch on this tour is served picnic style.

16:00 Transfer to the Airport for your onwards flight