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guest comments for our Thailand with PaddleAsia
John Owens family - Khao Sok, August 2011
a great trip and enjoyed every minute of it. Tom was extremely professional,
good company and great at passing on his extensive knowledge as well
as having extremely good eyesight! We were really pleased to visit
such a quiet part of Khao Sok and the bungalows are very well placed
with some great bays and inlets to explore. We also really enjoyed
the walks we did and the waterfall climbs."
Robyn Leggatt - Khao Sok and Phang Nga Bay, September 2010
"Just thought I would drop you a note to say how spectacularly wonderful our recent trip to Khao Sok and Phang Nga Bay was. I would like to congratulate Nipon [Tom] on his ability to deliver a quality experience. He is an intelligent and knowledgeable guide who continually provided a commentary that dramatically improved our understandings of the culture, wildlife and locations we traveled to. He also shared with us the most amazing experience of watching 3 elephants play, swim and cavort with one another for over three hours. One of the highlights of my life. This was on top of seeing a wide array of other wildlife.
Nipon was also warm, humorous and willing to go out of his way to ensure everything was as good as it could be, planning the trip to ensure we had a good balance between challenge and relaxation! He is most definitely a wonderful asset and ambassador for your company. The accommodation was excellent, the food beautiful and people at the floating bungalows and Passai Beach were friendly, warm and accommodating. The Thai people also made us feel welcome wherever we went and the whole experience has created a desire to return and adventure further into this beautiful country.
Once again thankyou to Nipon for providing a trip to remember!!!"
Ann Campbell - Khao Sok and Phang Nga Bay, September 2010
I recently returned from a trip with my friend, Robyn Leggatt for three days in Khao Sok and 3 days in Phang Nga Bay. We had an absolutely incredible time. Our guide Tom was unbelievable. He looked after our every need and made sure that everything was perfect for us. I have never been on a trip where a guide does so much to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday and also learn so much about his country. He organised everything and we just had to wait to be told what we would be doing and it happened, and it was always interesting and lots of fun. We loved Khao Sok, saw some amazing wildlife including three elephants!! The bungalows were perfect and the food scrumptious. We also were really impressed with Phang Nga Bay.
Again the accommodation in the beach bungalows was fantastic and the kayaking varied with really spectacular scenery.
I had not been to Thailand before and definitely will return after this trip. I like to be busy on holidays and this trip made each day a different adventure. I returned home refreshed and exhilarated.
Thank you and congratulations
on your organisation of such fantastic trips.
Julie Gieseke, Khao Sok May 2010
"We had an AMAZING adventure and Tom was EXCEPTIONAL!. I can't believe all the wildlife we saw, it far exceeded our expectations and was definitely a highlight of our three weeks in Thailand. Please let Tom know how much we enjoyed his expertise and leadership and hospitality."
Walter Davison, Khao Sok, December 2009
guide, Tom,was an excellent wildlife spotter, and it seemed to me
that he took pride in showing us the environment and
Rodney and Rosemary Bates on Phang Nga Bay
like to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip with Paddleasia. It
was a wonderful experience and certainly very different, everything
seemed to be exceptional but one thing that stood out was
our guide Tom
who helped to make the trip so special. A big thank you to everyone.
Toni Chaplin family on Khao Sok National Park
No doubt you
receive lots of positive feedback about the Khao Sok trip and we can
only add our praise of this fantastic experience. It is an amazing
place -worth the extra time needed to get there which I guess in the
end is what stops it from being overrun. We didn't see another tourist
and there aren't many places in the world where one can enjoy that
So thank you to you and to your team.
Josh Lew on Khao Sok National Park
Just got back from the trip in Khao Sok. Unfortunately, I had one problem with it: on the last morning Tom told me that we'd see elephants at 8:59. However, we did not actually see the elephants until well after 10. Indeed, they didn't even make their presence known to us until some point long after the scheduled time. And then we had to track them in the kayaks as they foraged in the forest before they deigned to appear some time later. Tom blames me for the delay since I was playing with Dik-Duk and Samsee before leaving, but still, you call that service? Even granting that it was a trifle unrealistic to expect to see a Kingfisher riding the elephant, as Tom and I had discussed on an earlier day, a late elephant appearance is still a late elephant appearance.
The trip was absolutely phenomenal. I'll write more singing Tom's praises later, but for now here's a link to photos of the elephants, which we did indeed see on our last morning. Everything was absolutely fantastic during the four days except for the fact that it had to end, though if I had more books with me I might just have taken up permanent residence in bungalow #2...
Thanks for your help, and of course thanks to Moo, and to Tom and everybody at the bungalows who made it such a warm, friendly and tremendous experience.
Stephen Darley (Australian living in Bangkok) on Khao Sok National Park
[Dave's] enthusiasm for thailand and its natural heritage and particularly
your interest in life sciences was enlightening."
professional underwater photographer & author
I can't say
enough about our fantastic trip to Thailand's Khao Sok National Park
with PaddleAsia. It was a great experience from start to finish -
well organized but flexible itinerary, with just the right combination
of paddling adventures and relaxation. The scenery is absolutely spectacular
- we explored miles of pristine shoreline, bordered by towering, limestone
mountains and verdant tropical jungle. The accommodations were a special
treat - floating bamboo bungalows, snuggled into a remote corner of
an immense lake. Food was simple but delicious, and our hosts certainly
lived up to the tradition of Thai hospitality. And, amazing at it
may seem, surrounded as we were by tropical fresh water, there were
no mosquitoes! Starting each day waking up to the sounds of gibbons
and other jungle dwellers was an experience not to be forgotten. What
really made the trip unique, however, was the wildlife viewing. Thanks
to Dave's expertise, we paddled to just the right places to see a
wide range of creatures - primates like dusky langurs, pig-tailed
macaques and white-faced gibbons, and lots of bird life, including
several types of eagles, hawks, and 3 different species of hornbills.
We even saw wild pigs feeding at water's edge. It would have been
enough just to see these creatures, but Dave made it all the more
interesting by identifying each animal and educating us about their
habits. On top of all this, we also spent part of one day doing a
very scenic hike that led to an amazing cave system. Our Thai guide
led us along a subterranean stream bed through an incredible maze
of underground grottos and passages, complete with stalactites, bats
and blind catfish. It was icing on the cake! All in all a thoroughly
enjoyable trip that we would love to do again - keep up the good work
Rolfe and Dr. Moon Kerson (American) on Rivers of Vientiane
Bragg (British) on Khao Sok National Park
Rick Herpel (American from Palm Beach, Fla.) on snorkeling in Tarutao Marine Park
"One of the most outstanding days I've had diving. I've been diving for 20 years and it was as good as anything I've seen."
"It was a great trip. Dave's a fantastic birder. I got 28 new species!"
John Furman (American) on Phang Nga
We had an incredible trip, exceeded our expectations, and are eager to do it again. Dave was always good natured, engaging, and knowledgeable...and didn't put any pressure on us to achieve great paddling feats! This made it a lot more relaxing. Thanks again.
Wolfgang & Hannelore Viertel (BC, Canada) on our Rental program
We were very happy to find paddleasia in South Thailand and could rent sea kayaks from them. The kayaks as well as the additional equipment which paddleasia provided were excellent. We used the kayaks in the Krabi area. It's an area with no transportation and accommodation problems. There are daily ferry service between Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Krabi and Ko Lanta. After the monsoon (December) the ocean was calm and we did day trips and a long distance crossing to Phi Phi Island. We kayaked from island to island and enjoyed the excellent food in the lodges, the warm water from the Andaman Sea, the beautiful islands and we had trouble free holidays.
Line Hansen (Norwegian) on Laos
"We enjoyed ourselves immensely in Laos. Also enjoyed the company. The trip turned out to be everything we hoped it would be and more."
Lisa Priestley (American) on Phang Nga Bay
"We had a GREAT time! Dave was terrific and we really appreciated how he was able to arrange no other tourists or even fishing boats our first day out --- we had the islands completely to ourselves!!!!"
Ralph Stephanelli (American living in Hong Kong) on Laos
"...whenever I look at them [referring to photos] its a great reminder of what a good time we had, you can almost relive being on the river."
"...it was all great fun and extremely interesting - the bird life and the monkeys were amazing. All in all the experience was one I wouldn't have missed for the world. The days were spent paddling gently around this vast (165 sq mile) reservoir in a National Park of 650 sq mls. The scenery was also amazing."
"We both had a great time and just want to learn more."
Peter Bond (British - living in Bangkok)
"Rebecca and Tabitha [Peter's daughters] have just returned to Bkk [Bangkok] full of praises for your outfit. Well done, they are not the easiest people to please so you deserve full marks...."
"My head and my heart are however full of the sounds, smells and images of the Khao Sok National Park. I will always remember sitting back in my kayak and gazing at whole troops of gibbon and monkey sharing a tree and gorging themselves on fruit, of the call of gibbon, all the hornbills, kingfishers and eagles. Thank you both so much for taking so much trouble to ensure this part of our honeymoon was perfect. Thank you particularly for waiting for a whole morning for us to cross from Ko Racha Yai when the sea was rough, your patience in teaching us how to paddle, your humour and genuine knowledge and respect for the flora and fauna of the park."
"Please accept Markku's and my warm thanks for an excellent week of paddling in Thailand. We had a great time - good value for money."
"I truly enjoyed the trip and would go back at any time. Oh, if I just would have the chance to. I learned a lot from you. It was an educational experience to go and look for the animals."
"Thank you very much for teaching us how to kayak. I thought it was a really fun learning experience and I'm sure I'll be trying it sometime again in future, maybe next time I will be able to do the Eskimo roll. Thanks to you, the trip was both fun and educational!"
"Without you I would never find out the side of me that I found out in Khao Sok. I can still remember that initial moment we first that we arrived that traquil, serene, secluded inlet of the rainforest where the bungalows buoyed. Absolutely sensational and tremendous! Since "you guys", I have been really into Kayaking/Paddling, I am starting my own Kayaking Club in ISB, so I will be needing you very soon again! I was truly inspired by the energy and life in your spirit when we paddled, I think that is really what I like about being that one-person, muscle-powered boat."
"We would like to send our regards and to let you know that the Khao Sok trip with you was one of the best experiences in our lives. Especially now that we are back in the States, we are only beginning to realize how truly special that place is. You two do an amazing job of seeing everything the way it ought to be seen. The pictures don't seem to do the place justice, but they will serve to forever remind us of the trip. Thanks for taking us into Khao Sok - what a remarkable journey."
Jennifer and Darren even posted a trip report on dejanews.com. Here is what it says:
"Paddle in Khao Sok: My husband and I recently took a trip to Thailand and the highlight was a four day kayak trip we did in Khao Sok National Park. PaddleAsia is the company we chose to guide us through this gorgeous part of the world. The accomodations were remote and peaceful - the goal of PaddleAsia is to view nature respectfully . We saw Gibbon, Macques, Dusty Langar, wild pigs and many, many birds. The guides are especially knowledgeable about the birds and orchids you will encounter. Because you approach quietly on water, you are able to see so much wildlife. PaddleAsia is the only tour company that I know of that takes you into the park for this amount of time. They are professional, fun and place a high value on retaining the pristine nature of this Park. I would highly recommend visiting Khao Sok during your visit to Thailand and would maintain that in order to really get the full experience, go with PaddleAsia. We plan to go back next year!"
"We had a great time Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay. For a beginner like us you sure have a lot of patience and always on a lookout for wildlife to show us. It was very peaceful to paddle in the 'Hongs' said Rick."[said Rick --, Joycelin's companion] "As a result of this little trip mother nature has taught us a lot about herself now we tend to look and notice birds around us more often than we used to. We appreciate your warm reception, experience and knowledge that make us comfortable throughout the trip."
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