We always book our own travel using creative & talented agencies based in our chosen destination, these are people we’ve known for years. There’s something special in the connection you set up by planning your holiday with locals who are passionate about their country and it’s wonderful to have the choice of alternatives such as: fishing and eating piranha in the Amazon, sharing a traditional water blessing with Buddhist monks in Cambodia, climbing Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio on foot or whatever will make your memories.

It seemed clear that if we could make communication easier, pull together a trusted team of the very best local agents and provide recognised travel guarantees, then you also could benefit from the improved experience and great savings from booking directly.

It doesn’t stop there. We strive to wrap these benefits up with some of the service that seems to have been lost in this DIY world. We are not a platform that auto-connects customers with suppliers. We take time to listen to your exact requirements, match you with the most suitable agent on the ground, and then make sure the holiday you get fits your brief. In addition, we’re easily contactable in the UK if you need us.

Welcome to Insider Places! A new way to travel.

Call us now on 020 3006 2210 or use our holiday planner

Chris Fraser

Chris Fraser

Co-founder & Managing Director

Throughout Chris’s 30 years in the travel business, his focus has always been on provision of the best possible quality and service at negotiated prices. He was a pioneer in online accommodation booking and at the forefront of the new movement enabling customers to book directly with hotels. Past experience and contacts are vital for choosing the right local agents and at Insider Places Chris is the chief overseer of service and delivery according to your holiday brief.

Very well organised and people lovely

Super trip, leopards, sloth bear and blue whale, video available, seen close up etc – very pleased. Very well organised and people lovely. The cycle tour was absolutely superb, very gentle, anyone could do it, guide lovely and he showed us there herb garden en route much better than the one in Kandy – Would … Read more “Very well organised and people lovely”

Martin R.
September, 2016

Wonderful trip

We have had a wonderful trip. Thank you so much for the great recommendation. The smooth car journey, the interesting information and above all for making it so easy and relaxing for us! We will have many happy memories of this trip and will definitely be recommending it (your services) to our friends. Thank you … Read more “Wonderful trip”

Naomi A.
November, 2016

You tailored the perfect trip for us!

We travelled to Siem Reap, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City. At each stop our guide was there to meet us and each one was very knowledgeable about the area, culture and history, able to provide very personal perspective on the areas. The hotels we stayed at were boutique style hotels … Read more “You tailored the perfect trip for us!”

Jann Maree
January, 2017


One of our best family holidays, great place, great food, great people. The service while we were there was excellent, all the guides had good knowledge and good language skills. Our guide to the longhouse, who also spent the night with us there, spoke perfect english, malay, and several of the local dialects, which helped … Read more “AMAZING!”

july 2017

Fantastic family holiday

Thank you to Insider Places for tailor-making our ideal family holiday. Great organisation and suggestions with the Malaysian agent through many iterations of questions and changes to get to the perfect schedule. Our guides were super knowledgeable, and as locals, knew all the tricks to try and see some elusive species when in the rainforest. … Read more “Fantastic family holiday”

July 2017

Brilliant country

Brilliant country, Chile, and nice people. We also hit it during a very good weather window, except for Atacama.

Keith M
February 2019

We had an amazing adventure

I have already emailed Herman telling him what a wonderful time we had in Borneo. But wanted to thank you too. Everything went like clockwork. All the transfers etc went smoothly and the guides were fabulous…even starting tours early to ensure we saw the pigmy elephants which were a real highlight! We had an amazing … Read more “We had an amazing adventure”

Jill H
June 2019

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ChildHopeWe donate £15 for every booking to ChildHope.
An international charity working with local partner organisations in Africa, Asia and South America to protect children living in some of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

“ChildHope is delighted to have been chosen as Insider Places’ charity partner. £15 buys a child in Bangladesh new toys, colouring and story books in one of our day care centres for young children forced to work on rubbish dumps with their families. We look forward to working together”.
Jill Healey, Executive Director