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Tell Tale Travel

At Tell Tale Travel we specialise in holidays with a difference. We guarantee you'll end up with plenty of memories to cherish and tales to tell for years to come.

We are a UK-based company, in London, with local offices and representatives in the countries we offer holidays in. We also have a bookings partner in the USA.

Former colleagues Dee and Chris started the company in 2005 as they could not find this style of travel. We launched at the Destinations Show in London in 2006. Whilst we've evolved since then (and it's been a lot of work!) we still believe there is nothing else quite like it.

We think people who've taken Tell Tale trips describe it in the best way, have a look at their comments And you can see what the papers say below.

We love to chat, so do give us a call freephone 0800 011 2571 or 020 7 060 4571 (UK).
USA toll free 1 866 211 5972 From other countries + 44 20 70 60 4571
We're even here till 9pm (UK), 7 days a week.



What the papers say

Tell Tale Travel in the Telegraph
The Telegraph
Tell Tale Travel's Tamarind and Spice is one of the Telegraph's top 10 best food holidays in Asia. "There are many complexities in Thai cuisine and mastering the range of dishes takes skill and practice. Participants can upgrade their recipe book on this two-week cooking tour of Thailand, stopping at Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Krabi, with time to explore the Andaman Sea on a boat. The colourful food and culture quest includes instruction on a stable of classic Thai dishes such as tom kha gai. There is a mix of fragrant market tours, formal cookery schools and cosy home cooking groups."
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Sunday Times Travel Magazine, February 2017
"Tracking jaguars in the wild..Stay at the camp run by the BBC wildlife crew's favourite guide, Ailton Lara - on a 16-day trip with Tell Tale Travel"


Wanderlust magazine


Wanderlust Magazine
In at number 8 of Wanderlust magazine's top 50 trips for 2017 "Journey to remote parts of the Brazilian wetlands in search of big cats on Tell Tale Travel's Jaguars, the Pantanal and Iguacu Falls".
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Moneywise
TTG
The travel agents' bible, TTG, recommends agents book their clients onto Tell Tale Travel's Tamarind & Spice cookery tour to Thailand in "Straight to the sauce: Top holidays that help clients cook up a storm".
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Moneywise
Moneywise
In Moneywise's feature for families and foreign holidays, Tell Tale director Dee Edwards offered this gem of a top tip: "Start your trip in the first few days in July if you can. On a trip to Thailand, it would save a minimum of 800 on a family of four to start a trip in early July rather than late July." Talk to us for other tips!
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MSN Travel
MSN Travel
"Really get to know the country with Tell Tale Travel." One of our family adventure holidays in Thailand was featured in a roundup of school summer holidays getaways on the MSN travel portal. That's what happens when your family can have your very own private family adventure tour with Tell Tale Travel.
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All About You
The National
The National, Abu Dhabi's English-language newspaper, named our Tamarind & Spice small group cookery tour to Thailand as number 3 in its Delicious destinations 10 tastiest trips feature.
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All About You
All About You
"Experience the best in Sri Lanka," said online women's magazine allaboutyou.com in their Ten Ways to Travel Solo feature. How do they suggest you do that? On Tell Tale's special small group departure to Sri Lanka.
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Woman Magazine Article
Woman Magazine
Elaine Hutchinson of Scotland reflects back on her very first Tell Tale trip, as part of Woman Magazine's "My First Time..." feature. (she's been on a few since then!)
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Wanderlust magazine May 2013 issue


Wanderlust Magazine
Wanderlust magazine features our Tamarind and Spice Thai cooking holiday as one of "the world's most delicious departures." (One of our occasional small group departures).
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bbc travel
BBC Travel
"Gibbons whistle and whoop in the trees all year round; forest elephants leave deep round footprints on the jungle paths; clouded leopards stalk the trails at night; and on the high slopes, where hornbills nest and bear cats loll in the trees, there are dozens of endemic orchids." Links to the BBC Travel website, sadly will not be readable if you live in the UK (should be accessible from all other countries).
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choice magazine
Choice Magazine
We had a nice surprise when we received this magazine in the post. Unbeknown to us, one of our customers, Neil Patrick of Peterborough is a retired magazine editor who keeps his hand in. He wrote all about the Walk on the Wild Side he and his wife Linda took to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
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Featured in the Daily Mail
Daily Mail
One of our occasional small group departures featured in the newspaper "Those once-in-a-lifetime safari-style trips make fantastic honeymoons. But if you don't have the excuse of a wedding, there's no need to miss out. Tell Tale Travel has a trip to Thailand to celebrate the Surin Elephant Festival. You visit two of the country's leading elephant sanctuaries, as well as tracking the creatures in a vast wildlife reserve. Designed as a group trip of solo travellers, it is the perfect chance for wildlife buffs to share their binoculars and get back to nature."
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TLM Magazine
Travel & Leisure Magazine
Rio, Recife and Olinda (our favourite) carnivals in Brazil make the no 1 slot in Travel & Leisure magazine's worldwide carnivals round up - with recommended trips from Tell Tale Travel.
top 10 carnivals
Tell Tale Travel in Food and Travel magazine
Food & Travel
"Tell Tale Travel (020 7060 4571, http://telltaletravel.co.uk) runs a 15-day Real Thailand tour taking in lesser-known areas, including Isan."
Food and Travel magazine
Featured in AOL Travel
AOL's Top Ten Getaways
One of our nature tours (private tour for two) in Thailand makes AOL's Top 10 "Tell Tale Travel's Gardens of Paradise takes in private gardens, world-renowned botanical gardens, a nature walk with an orchid expert and a visit to the Ratchaphruek exhibition."
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Featured in Footprints Travel Guides
Featured in Footprints Travel Guides
Tell Tale Travel recommended in Footprint Travel Guides. Footprint have been publishing travel guidebooks since 1921, all of which are written by genuine experts and aimed at independently-minded travellers looking to get off the beaten track (sound familiar?).
Footprints Travel Guides
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Value for Money Awards
Tell Tale Travel named runner up best tour operator. "Its website alone reveals everything you need to know about Tell Tale's breezy brand of service. There are insider travel tips, a gratis e-newsletter offering exclusive deals and a free advice line (0800 011 2571), 12 hours a day, 7 days a week"
Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Featured in AOL Travel
AOL's Ten Best Cookery Holidays
"Unique cooking holiday that's perfect for couples, Tell Tale Travel offers the Lemongrass Trail in Thailand where you'll have a two-week private tour feasting on local delicacies, learning from local people and picking and catching produce before you cook it. From Bangkok to the Central Plains and Isan to Krabi, you'll travel across Thailand on a real foodie trail."
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Sunday Times Travel
Sunday Times
Tell Tale Travel featured in the Sunday Times's travel guide to Rio de Janeiro.
Sunday Times Travel
More Than Mushrooms
More than Mushrooms (vegetarian food & lifestyle magazine)
"Discover Thailand through its food on a gourmet holiday..this trip takes in four different areas of Thailand, where you'll learn to shop in local markets & pick your own at an organic farm.."
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Wanderlust magazine February 2010 issue
Wanderlust Magazine
"I felt like a guest rather than a customer, a visitor rather than a traveller.."
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ham and high
Ham and High
"This was the first time I'd been on any kind of cooking course, let alone one based in Thailand..a remarkable trip which would be hard to equal for sheer diversity of experience.."
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Wanderlust magazine February 2010 issue
Wanderlust Magazine
Cover story of the February issue of Wanderlust magazine, based on a Tell Tale Travel trip. Southern Thailand, beaches, trains, tiger-haunted jungles and more.
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Tell Tale Travel in Food and Travel magazine
Food & Travel
"It's the wealth of raw materials, their treatment and a passion for eating verging on obsessive that makes Thai food sumptuous. If it's alive and they can catch it, they eat it. If it grows and doesn't poison them, they eat it. 'The saltiness comes from fish sauce, the sweetness from raw palm or coconut sugar, the sourness from tamarind from India, and the hotness from chillies..'"
Food and Travel article
Tell Tale Travel in Avantoure magazine
Avantoure
"Following the 'Lemongrass Trail' on a tour offered by the British company Tell Tale Travel, you can mesh with Thai culture through its cuisine; spending time with local families, learning how to shop at markets, catching seafood and mixing spices on a holiday revelling in the power of food, that respects and supports Thailand's culture and communities.."
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Tell Tale Travel in the Telegraph
The Telegraph
"This is day one of the "lemongrass trail", a tailor-made cooking (and eating) tour of Thailand, and I'm already a fully fledged convert to Thai cuisine..Following a few days in Bangkok I would be driven to a country retreat in the north-eastern region of Isan for open-air cookery classes and massages. From there we would move on to the rice-rich Central Plains to sample gastronomic life in a canal-side village, and I would finish off with a plane hop down to Krabi to feast on fish from the Andaman Sea.."
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Tell Tale Travel in the Times
Times Online
"Picking the right holiday in the first place needs to press all the right buttons and at Tell Tale Travel one of the family holidays is an eco trip including a chance to care for elephants: how could any teenager resist that?..Tell Tale Travel..takes special care with the teen family market.."
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Tell Tale Travel in the Times
The Times
"The Lemon Grass Route is the fragrant title of a new independent two-week cookery tour for Thai food fans. And it's serious stuff - with the first three days spent at the Blue Elephant cookery school in Bangkok before heading off to the provinces to bone up on regional specialities"
Tell Tale Travel in the Times
Times Online
"The holiday was one of the most relaxing and rewarding I've had..We started our trip on an island..where there are no cars, no massage houses and no bars..Between the island villages - collections of flimsy bamboo and brick houses - rich green vegetation is peppered with lurid hibiscus, iris and lotus flowers..As fishing preoccupies most of the island's men, fresh fish is plentiful.."
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Tell Tale Travel in the Times
The Times
"A feast of festivals is guaranteed on Tell Tale Travel's tour to Thailand in November. First visit is to Chiang Mai, with the celebrations for Loy Krathong on a full-moon night when the locals release hot-air paper balloons into the sky and launch a candle-lit boat to bring them luck..Tell Tale Travel will also get you in on events such as the elephant buffet, when bamboo platforms are piled high with elephant treats."
Tell Tale Travel in the Guardian
Guardian Unlimited
"Doors opened into a language and culture I realised I had barely scratched the surface of during a month backpacking in the country seven years ago." Tell Tale Travel holidays "will suit anyone with an open mind (and open palette) who wants to experience travel as enriching for themselves as for those they are visiting."
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Tell Tale Travel in The Times
The Times
"In the province of Nakorn Ratchasima, a foodie couple will take you to pick herbs and mushrooms on an organic plantation. You can meet green-fingered Thais on Gardens of Paradise tours.."
Tell Tale Travel in the Guardian
Guardian Unlimited
"For something completely different, the world's biggest water fight will take place in Bangkok between April 13 and 15 in celebration of the Thai new year (Songkran)..Tell Tale Travel is organising..holidays where you can stay as a guest of local people"
Dee Edwards Revolution Magazine
Revolution Magazine
(Profile of one of our directors, Dee Edwards)

"Tell Tale Travel [offers] tourists authentic and eco-friendly experiences during the space of an average holiday, beginning in Thailand. 'We all love to get the inside track and do things that others haven't done. Travel is not just about the destinations any more - it's the experiences..' says Edwards.."
Dee Edwards Habbo Hotel Revolution
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