Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes, PhD, from Great Britain, taught Asian history at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland until 1990, when he moved to Southeast Asia to make writing a full-time career. He lives in Chiang Mai in north Thailand with his Thai wife and writes travel books and political and cultural articles for the Bangkok Post, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far East Economic Review, and other newspapers. When not writing, he travels throughout the region researching for guidebook companies including Insight Guides and National Geographic. He has written two guidebooks on Burma (the Insight Guide to Burma and Traders of the Golden Triangle) and he and a  business partner operate www.picturesfromhistory.com, an online image library specializing in historical images of Asia. Andrew speaks fluent Thai (his everyday language at home), as well as French, Chinese, and some Arabic.

Upcoming Trips:

Indochine, December 20, 2014-January 4, 2015
Indochine, January 8-23, 2015

Client Testimonials:


It was a pleasure to have guide like Andrew. He not only knew the areas we explored but had also written about them. His extensive knowledge provided a rich context to our adventure. John and Virginia R., Orlando FL Andrew’s knowledge of history and politics made the trip come alive. His passion is contagious! Marty K., Shaker Heights OH Andrew was absolutely charming, brilliant, humble and kind to everyone. I think he reads people well. We felt Andrew made the trip a true treasure. His historical knowledge was so appreciated. He was funny and thoughtful. Bonnie and David R., Indianapolis, IN Andrew was outstanding. His extensive knowledge, charm, patience, and delightful sense of humor made for a memorable trip. Ann W., Riverside CT Is there no rating above excellent? He taught us, he told great stories, he listened to comments, and always responded in a positive manner. We enjoyed him very much. Mary Ellen B., Bloomfield Hill, MI
Indochine
Andrew is extremely personable and eager to share his wealth of information about the history of Indochina. A delightful traveling companion. Steven F., Brooklyn, NY
Indochine
Is there no rating above excellent? He taught us, he told great stories, he listened to comments and always responded in a positive manner. We enjoyed him very much. Mary Ellen B., Bloomfield Hill, MI
Indochine
Andrew is extremely personable and eager to share his wealth of information about the history of Indochina. A delightful traveling companion. Steven F., Brooklyn, NY
Indochine
Andrew was superb. Great knowledge of the people and their history. Victor D., Hudson, OH
Indochine
How lucky we were to get someone who is not only knowledgeable about the area but can put it all together for us historically. Andrew is a joy and such a valuable asset. Wish I'd had him as my teacher when I was in school! Yvonne C., Pacific Palisades, CA
Indochine
JoAnn and I cannot praise Andrew enough. He is a great soul and possesses a depth of knowledge of the area that could serve as the gold standard for other guides. Scott S., Fresno, CA
Indochine
It was a fabulous experience to have Andrew as our leader. His knowledge of the area and sense of humor were terrific. David C., Potomac, MD
Indochine
Learned, humorous, articulate, even handed, and personable, Andrew wove everything together within a context of a broader southeast Asia, including China. His guiding hand and information regarding historical and current issues that form the present-day countries we visited greatly enhanced the tour for us. Richard H., Annandale, VA
Indochine
Andrew was a fantastic guide in every way. He was knowledgeable beyond belief, and we all looked forward to his lectures. He is a huge part of the reason why we enjoyed the trip so much. Cathy B., Ann Arbor, MI
Indochine