Andrew Forbes

Andrew Forbes, PhD, originally 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 Northern Thailand with his wife and son, and writes travel books and political and cultural articles for the Bangkok Post, Asian Wall Street Journal, and other newspapers. When not trip leading or writing, he travels throughout the region researching for guidebook companies including Insight Guides and National Geographic. He has written guidebooks on Burma and Indochina and is a co-owner of an online image library specializing in historical images of Asia. Andrew’s Scottish charm and great ability to share his of the region gathered over more than three decades add a wonderful dimension to his trips. He reads people well and his enthusiasm is absolutely contagious!

Upcoming Trips:

Indochine, January 8-23, 2015
Burma: Wonders of the Golden Land, November 7-20, 2015
Indochine, December 19, 2015-January 3, 2016

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 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
Andrew is the best. He is the reason we picked this trip. His knowledge of history and culture makes the country come alive. Marty K., Shaker Heights, OH
Burma: Wonders of the Golden Land
Andrew is simply outstanding. He is a wonderful person with an amazing knowledge of Asia and seasoned insights that add a wonderful dimension to the trip. Dennis K., Shaker Heights, OH
Burma: Wonders of the Golden Land