Riding an airboat through the Everglades was the highlight of this tour, but that part wasn't long enough. Seeing the alligators trapped in small zoo-type enclosures was not something I ever want to support, but it was a part of all programs I researched for seeing the Everglades, so there it was; perhaps visiting on one's own would be a better choice. Half of the total time was spent on the bus, picking up and letting off passengers, unavoidable for this type of tour, but time consuming. Our driver was full of good information about the city of Miami on the way to the Everglades, but offered nothing but loud music on our way back, an unfortunate situation.
What I will remember most about this trip is how COLD it was in the van, and how, even though I asked repeatedly for the AC to be turned off, they did not. Kuhn talked the whole way with the driver, offering no information during the ride. I was so cold, that I got very sick upon returning to Bangkok. There was too much just sitting and riding in the freezing van, not enough exploration of the park. The elephant ride was wonderful, but please get another tour guide who is willing to offer information to people on the trip, and warn people to bring a thick blanket, or many layers of clothes. Also, Kuhn should be told to listen to passenger's requests when they are so cold! I cannot say I enjoyed this expensive trip, and am still recovering from being in that freezing van for so many hours. This is no exaggeration: I thought I might die, I was so cold!
This trip with Kuhn Pon was excellent. He is the best tour guide I have ever had, offering information all along the ride to Ayutthaya, in addition to at the site, and also on the cruise back to Bangkok. I can't say enough about Kuhn Pon's excellence! He should get a bonus for being so willing to offer extra information, answer questions, and make the tour an incredible experience. Thank you!
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