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Jul262013

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One-Hour Elephant Jungle Trek from Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

If I could give this a zero star or negative star I would. First of all the animals were treated poorly, I had to keep myself from crying during the trek. The elephants were obviously tired and if they wanted to take a break or to eat some greenery, the driver/guide would beat him on the head with a bullhorn and yell at them. It was very inhumane and unnecessary. The elephants had cuts on their faces where the bullhorn had been applied. Second, the driver/guide of our elephant and the one next to us talked to each other the entire time in Thai so we couldn't even enjoy the beautiful scenery or get a history about the elephants or the area. One of the drivers even got on his cell phone and chatted away not once, but three times. Third, during the middle of the trek, our guide pulled out a box of jewelry that he wanted us to buy from him. Fourth, during the trek, they had a monkey chained up to a tree by his arm for people to look at....again inhumane. The elephant camp was called Sea View Elephant Camp. I was completely appalled at how the elephants and monkey were treated and that Viator would contract with this camp. Elephants are beautiful creatures and should be treated as such. Again worst experience.

Jul252013

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Phang Nga Bay Day Trip from Phuket by Speedboat

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our favorite day of our trip. The speed boat is very bumpy in the front which adds to the fun, but if you get motion sickness then sit in the back of the boat. The trip started with seeing the monkeys on Koh Phi Phi Don and then snorkeling for 45 min. Next we went to Koh Phi Phi Lei and swam in a lagoon. The sea was too rough to see Maya Bay which was the main reason we booked the trip. We were very disappointed that we couldn't even at least go past it by boat. But the spectacular views made up for it.

Afterwards we went back to the big Phi Phi island for a buffet lunch. Again the views were breathtaking but the lunch was not very good and over crowded with other tourists. After lunch instead off staying at phi phi we went to rang yai island for swimming. Again beautiful but wished we could have stayed at phi phi island.

Jul252013

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Canoe Cave Explorer Phang Nga Bay Tour from Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Exciting and amazing. Long day.

Jul222013

Tour/Activity

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Our guide Victor was very friendly and informative. On the way to the temples we got stuck in traffic due to it being the Buddhist holiday, therefore cutting our time short at each temple. I wish we could have spent less time at the summer palace and more time at Ayutthaya. By the time we got to Ayutthaya, everything felt very rushed. The historical city ruins were amazing to see. It would have been nice for the tour to encompass more time there and get a better history. Lunch was served on the river cruise returning home. The lunch left a lot to be desired, however we enjoyed the cruise back to bangkok and the views.

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