2 independent reviews for Cultural immersion holiday in Thailand

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review 15 Aug 2007

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

Where do I begin?! The traditional Thai dancing was absolutely stunning - we had a taste of four different types of dance by the elegant dancers, as well as a charming routine by a young girl. It was also wonderful to visit a local temple with Tim, who was a delightfully warm & friendly guide - it was great to meet her husband and sweet little granddaughter too! Our guide at Ayutthaya was a wonderfully characterful person - he was very sensitive when taking us round the various temples, giving us just enough information to take in and just enough time to wander on our own. We even had a ride on an elephant too, while he was happy to wait for us. He also found the time to take us round a local market & point out various produce, as well as taking us to a great roadside café for lunch. We arranged to see the White Buddha as well as the Magic cave & Bat cave from the eco lodge, all of which were great experiences. Leo, our guide, also took us to a local fruit market and told us a bit about some of the local tropical fruits. We had a great time in the evening, as the manager of the eco lodge invited us out to her local pub to hear the local Country & Western band! This was really surreal hearing American C&W played so authentically in Thailand, but it was great to meet the band, as well as hear about life in Thailand from an expat's perspective - we were even tempted to move out there ourselves! Bonsai, our guide at the national park was great at leading us to see all sorts of monkeys & gibbons, and pointed out lots of jungle fruit, bugs and spiders, as well as being a great character. Nung and Jiab were quite exceptional in the amount of things they showed us and taught us! On the first day, we went to the local organic mushroom farm, which was fascinating, as well as visiting a local market and stopping to look at a field of rubber trees. The local lady who gave us each a traditional Thai massage was amazing! Quite possibly the best massage I've ever experienced! In the evening, we had a wonderful meal at a local restaurant - really delicious. The next day was jam-packed with activities - breakfast at the local market, then another breakfast back at the house; then a trip to the local waterfall; home for a swim in the lake; then a fabulous cooking lesson, the delectable results we ate for lunch. After this, we went to a local silk-weaving factory and yet another market, in which both our hosts were keen to introduce us to as many local delicacies as possible. All these experiences gave us innumerable insights into life in Thailand that we couldn't have got otherwise. While everything was wonderful, but there were some days that really stood out. The visit to the national parkwas one of the highlights - Bonsai was a great guide and very informative and entertaining. We really felt like we'd got away from it all in the jungle and even had a go at swinging from the trees like Tarzan! Watching the bats come out of the cave was also incredible - if we hadn't taken so many photos it'd be hard to believe that we actually saw so many! Our time at with Nung and Jiab was also absolutely wonderful - what a wonderful place - so peaceful and tranquil and with such charming hosts. We'd definitely like to go back there if we ever visit Thailand again.

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

Book it as soon as possible! You won't be disappointed.

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

Definitely - it really felt like all the hosts guides and drivers were really happy with their jobs & that it was a pleasure for them to do their jobs well and professionally.

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

Simply the best honeymoon anyone could wish for - we'll remember it forever. Thank you to this operator!

review 30 Oct 2006

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

The exciting part of the trip was dealing with the floods in the central plains, as this is something you never have to deal with in the UK. The most memorable part of the trip was all the great views and just meeting the local people.

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

Make sure you take a Thailand Dictionary and lots and lots of mosquito spray.

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

We benefited the local people because we spent money in the communities, and we did not cause any negative impact on the environment due to us living with locals.

4. Any other comments?

It was a little disappointing in parts, but the rest of it most enjoyable.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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