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review 1 Apr 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Too many exciting experiences to recount. However we loved the alternative accommodation in the lodges - made a refreshing change from the usual soulless 5 star hotels. The spectacular scenery of the Andaman Sea on the boat trip from Koh Lanta - simply unforgettable! Kayaking down the River Kwai - just amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take as little luggage as possible. Be open to new experiences and try new foods including the infamous 100 year old eggs! Upgrade to first class on the night train!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We spent our money responsibly and this was easy because the local people were so helpful and friendly, the service was second to none. We embraced the local travel enthusiastically - even the night train which was a very relaxing experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Ten out of ten! The most memorable holiday ever! Can't wait to do it all again! The holiday was made especially memorable by our knowledgeable and personable guide - Pascal.

review 28 Oct 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Grand Palace and Wat Pra Keow in Bangkok, Elephant ride in Jungle, boat trip snorkelling in Khoa Sok and getting absolutely soaked in a sudden monsoon downpour in the rain forest!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It's hot, so more shorts, less trousers, plenty of sun screen and mosquito repellent and a lightweight waterproof jacket.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

No holiday where you fly half way around the world can be described as having minimal impact on the environment. We ate in local establishments rather than hotels, so I do feel holiday benefited local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Many activities, ably led by a great guide and overall very good value for money.

review 26 May 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Kayaking down the River Kwai for 22km and getting caught in a torrential tropical downpour and storm - it was so exciting and like nothing we have ever experienced (we did pull over and shelter form the lightning). Also the day spent boating on the Lake in Khao Sok National Park was wonderful; we had sunshine for most of the day and it was simply spectacular. Swimming and snorkelling off Koh Lanta was wonderful. Walking the Death Railway was very moving, a good trek and we learned a lot. Going over the Bridge on the River Kwai in the train was great. Walking in the rainforests was so interesting and swimming in the streams was great. The tour around Bangkok using public transport was excellent. The Bangkok train south overnight made me feel young again, it was very civilised - we made good use of the bar and then slept very well. The Elephant ride was a bit challenging and I would opt out if I did the same trip again!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to spend a lot of time with your fellow travellers and get on with them. We were a group of eight - four pairs who did not know each other, plus our guide; and in the end six of us really gelled (despite the age range of 29 years to us at 65) One couple obviously wanted more time to themselves and took this time on the last few days by the sea, which was fine, but in their effort to get away they did miss out on the snorkelling trip as a result. Travel light - but no need for rucksacks for luggage - soft bags with wheels are fine - not big hard suitcases though. Avoid thick cotton clothing; take light weight cotton or sporty tops and trousers and long sleeves to cover up at night in the forest as you eat outside all the time. Remember Hair gel to not have a constant frizz and a hair drier if you use one.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we used public and locally hired transport for all journeys. We ate in the restaurants either of the locally owned and run accommodation we stayed in, or in local cafes or restaurants and street markets using fresh local food. Local tour guides were local people who we tipped in addition to their pay. Not a hint of foreign ownership of anything we used. We felt people were pleased we were there.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We would rate it at four stars as at our age, as by now we have been on some pretty good trips - but only just off 5 stars!! Jean-Daniel Schrantz our guide was fantastic - he wanted us to know about all things Thai, but managed to do it in a kind of laid back, thoughtful way throughout, so we never felt he was dominating us; he was absolutely right for the job, fun and informative and always got us where we needed to be on time or ahead of time, without rushing us or ever bossing us around.

review 22 Nov 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visit to Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ask who your tour guide would be and avoid Aor who was a great disappointment as she was unable to answer almost everything asked.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, the Thai people are wonderful and we were able to ensure payment for items went to local people

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good, despite the tour guide as our fellow travellers were excellent and the scenery is stunning.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and regret that you did not feel Miss Aor came up to our high standards for tour leaders. She is usually a very enthusiastic and warm person who is delighted to proudly show her country to our guests. We have taken your comments on board and will look into it.

review 27 May 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Many memorable and exciting experiences: The awesome caves, the jungle trekking in Sangklaburi, canoeing down the river Kwai for 3 hours. The scenery was spectacular and the peace and tranquillity amazing. The overnight sleeper train. Elephant riding through the jungle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take a mosquito net - we used it in 2 of the accommodations.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic.

review 28 May 2008

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I have always wanted to visit Thailand and am so glad I did it with this operator because I had such a great guide. The one thing that I will never forget is the three day trek to Nan. Not only was it beautiful scenery with guides that were good fun and introduced us to so much flora and fauna, but a huge feeling of achievement after having completed the three days. I loved the basic accommodation, the lack of electric and the very cold but refreshing Thai showers. It is an amazing trip, where each day there is a new experience, new scenery and new adventure! Absolutely brilliant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Revert to being a child, just do things and don't think about it. Be open minded and just have fun.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Every local Guide was very local; every place we ate was run by local people and completely away from any tourists. We were shocked when we did come across tourists, so I would say that local people rather than big enterprises definitely benefited from us.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The best experience I've ever had. Complete escapism.

review 11 Dec 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Mon bridge at Sangklaburi

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Expect to get dirty: the combination of mosquito repellent, sun cream, sweat and jungle dirt has imprinted itself for ever in 2 of my favourite t-shirts!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, most local guides are really local. Transport was on trains, or the back of trucks and jeeps, the same way than the locals do.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good. Great mixture of activities, very few gimmicks, great guide, superb food.

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