Great day out and the food was worth going for on its own.
This was highlight of our trip. Anand was an excellent guide - spoke well and understood our needs. Vegetarian food was good and satisfying. Excellent value for money. Note: it is very difficult to take pictures of others in party while riding the elephants. The rafting part was more a 'time filler'. I think hats or umbrellas are most appropriate for the rafting part. On return, stopped at tiger camp for photos with tame tigers! Paid about 500 bahts per person for few minutes in a cage with a tiger for a photo opportunity. Air conditioned small bus was suitable and cold water bottles were provided at several stops .
Philip F. M
Thought it was great. Just like you advertized. Riding the elephants was a once in a lifetime experience! This and the sleigh ride I took in Salzburg through Viator has hooked me on your firm for life
Very fun and relaxing. Lunch was good. Lots of good photo opportunities with the elephants. Raft ride was a fun plus.
Very long day but we were the only one's so it became a very personal excusion. We were able to walk through the Karon Long Neck Village for an additional 500 bht each. The Karon Long Neck Village is not out of the way its actually near the other villiages, so if your group is in agreements pay to visit.
The trip could have been done at the half of the price if we booked it at a local guesthouse in Chiang Mai, which was a bit dissappointing us of course. The trip self was very nice, everything mentioned in the planning was covered. I would not recommend it however as you are almost an entire day sitting in a car, 13 hours away of which certainly 8 hours you are driving.
it was terrific, loved every minute
It was well organised and friendly guide.
Man fährt durch schöne Landschaftsabschnitte. Der Ausflug ist mit total fast 13 Stunden ein bisschen lang. Störend empfanden wir, dass man für die Longtail-Bootsfahrt auf dem Mekong nochmals 500 Baht pro Pers. bezahlen musste (ist zwar fakultativ - aber dennoch extrem hoher Preis. Reiseleiterin war wortkarg - könnte besser sein, man musste immer nachfragen wen man etwas wissen wolte.
Too many stops in too many villages inundated with over-zealous locals selling their "handicrafts". Not much actual learning about opium fields or the trade of such in this region. Tour guide didn't make time for a 5-minute walk across the Myanmar border for a souvenir passport stamp. Nice lunch.
Good tour but too long. We spent so much time in the van and the lunch was very late.
The best experience in our Thailand's trip.
It was not only the unique ride on an elephants and ruffling but also professionalism, punctuality and hospitality of our guide Bua.
On the way back we were offered to stop in the tiger farm where you can get into the cage with tigers, pet them and make pictures to show your friends.
Our guide Oin was very informative and pleasant. we were the only ones on the tour, so we ended up customizing it a bit. I would recommend the tour for much more insight into the culture than you could get on your own in a day.
The guide Pong gave us very attractive options are not included in the package:
water trip with landing on a Laos island and visit the place of three
hills tribes (included long neck one). Those parts were for additional
payment but very valuable and were worth to pay. But the offer was
like "do you need to see so and so?". Maybe because of her English
limitation , but we weren't actually guided to the beautiful places. By our experience with other guides in Thailand, we expected some explanations and actual guiding through the tour. In this time we asked to explain us about everything and received very short answers. The guide lady spent 90% of time to talk to her husband (the driver) .
This was outstading!!! Our guide was fantastic! very informative and because we were the only ones on tour he took us to more places then advertised we went to the orchid garden and the tiger Kingdom. This was worth every penny
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