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Custom - Private Boat Tour | Dec 2019
When we arrived in Phuket, we had paid for a "private" boat tour. Our taxi picked us up and drove us to the dock- in about 10 minutes we came to the realization that our "private tour" was going to include about 50 other people, not the "maximum 12" we had paid for.
We refused to get on that boat and were able to get a refund! WHAT?!!
The challenge then became that our time was short on the island and we really wanted to get some time on a boat. When we finally got back to wifi, we started looking for private tours and ended up finding this tour right here. I booked- hesitantly, if I'm being honest. Within 5 minutes, Shaun, the owner reached out and asked us where we wanted to go (another neat perk of this trip is you get to pick the itinerary, if you don't know, the crew has insights!) After some back and forth with Shaun, we put our plan together. We let him know what our original plans had been that didn't quite pan out- and he tailor created our day based on what we wanted to do. It was pretty neat, actually.
We were picked up on time the next morning. The evening prior, after we booked, we were robbed. Yes, you read that right- robbed! When we told Shaun he immediately jumped into action to make sure a local was helping us. He was so concerned with our failed boat trip and now robbing that we was determined to make sure our day was AWESOME!
When we got to the dock, we met Tony. Tony is from Scotland and runs a pretty great crew! He had been told by Shaun what had happened-everyone was so concerned, it was really nice. We got onto a gorgeous speed boat that was stocked with water, pineapple, soda. We met the whole crew and we were off. I really liked how on the the crew, our "tour guide", was a student studying tourism. He had learned English and working on this boat was part of his internship to graduate.
The trip was the highlight of our ENTIRE trip to Thailand. We snorkeled, we canoed, we swam, we ate in floating cities, we went to James Bond Island, saw amazing landscapes and watched the sunset from our boat in the middle of the bay.
The boat was clean, the bathroom worked.
Seriously, we would book this trip again in a heartbeat.
Shaun and Tony seriously saved our trip!
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