Interesting tour but not one of the best ones I did in Thailand. The guide spoke good english and this was the only tour that told us a bit about Bangkok, the royal family, the food, culture etc. We didn't stay long in any place because we were running behind schedule so it was a bit rushed. The boatride at the end was a bit long however the food supplied on board was very nice.
Koh Samui, Thailand
The guides english was very poor and towards the end of the day he simply decided to join the second jeep of people so we were stuck on a jeep with a driver and no one spoke english at all. This tour isn't as exciting as it sounds. You spend most of the time driving on tar roads and there is only a little off-road but it was a good way to see the island. Lunch was in a little hut high up in the mountains and the food was pretty good.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wasn't sure if we got ripped off on this trip because when we were picked up we were told that it was too far to travel to the border to see the long necked people there and it would make more sense to visit them at the closer village. So instead of a 3 hour drive we would only have to drive for just over an hour which seemed appealing but I'm left wondering if i would have recevied a more authentic experience at the tribe further away. Also we only visited one village not 4 as specified. Then to kill time we were taken to an elephant sanctuary which was pretty cool but we'd seen and ridden elephants the day before, and the day before that so we were a bit over elephants but the venue put on a great show. The tour of the long necked village was pretty good but I state again that we were wondering if we were being ripped off because this village looked very commercial and i was expecting something a little more remote. Then we needed to kill time so I suggested we visit the Monkey Show (we happened to drive past it) which we had to dish out money for. The show lasted for 20 mins and there wasn't much to do there after the show. Then we stopped for lunch which was a nice spread at a place with tigers running around. Afterwards we drove to the boat (which wasn't long tailed as mentioned in the tour) but the boat took us down the river in Chiang Mai which was pretty uneventful. Once back in Chiang Mai we still had more time to kill so she showed us a market then we went home.
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