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The tour was great our guide was full of local knowledge and knew the history of the sites we visited. He helped us with our attempts to learn Thai and waited while we took endless photos.
We loved every bit of it. Special thanks to our guide for introducing us to the yummy drink at the temple. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. From now on khao soi will be a regular feature on our menu!
It was a relaxed day, but we were disappointed that the train ride only lasted 30 minutes. The scenery wasn't anything special. Our guide Narong was good and informative. We enjoyed a traditional lunch with him. Be prepared to see a lot of temples. However, all far less crowded than in Chiang Mai. We thought the election of wines on offer at the wine tasting were almost unpalatable, although the wine makers were very hospitable. It was interesting to see a provincial town.
Not bad. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative about the temples and culture. I enjoyed helping to give an offering at one of the temples.We enjoyed the lunch in the noodle shop and the visit to the markets. Unfortunately, the guide and the driver did not seem as knowledgeable about how to get to places. We were constantly driving around in circles, with them asking the way all the time. We were looking forward to the visit to the longan wine making co-op which was an inclusion in this tour, only to find when we got there that it was closed. We received an apology, but in my humble opinion, if it is a tour inclusion and we are paying for it, they should at least be making arrangements and checking ahead of time to make sure there are no glitches. That is called professionalism.
The tour was a useless tour. Nothing worth writing about. The main attraction, ( Longan winery, plantation, and processing factory ) was closed. And the company and the guide was supposed to check beforehand, and NOT the same moment that we were supposed to make the visit. They did not even offer an alternative visit. Something that we had already paid for and did not recieve.
Beeing a PRIVATE TOUR, the guide rushed us through the temples and the markets in a flash, not beeing able to take photos comfortably. However, the guide was very knowledgable and fun, thus making this horrible waste of a tour bearable.
Lunch was horrible. In a restaurant which was NOT even a restaurant ( it was a grocery store that served some kind of food) and gave us upset stomach for the rest of the tour. The bottled water was another joke. We had to buy bottled water from stores, because they were kept in a closed car with almost 35 degrees, and the bottled water was HOT water.
The textile museum was a joke, with only 1 woman at the textile machine and the rest on a lunch break. Again, the guide and the company were supposed to find out when they are on or off to take us there. It is NOT that difficult to organize something for only 2 pax ( especially when the tour was booked and paid for 3 months in advance ).
I would definitely NOT recommend this tour to anyone. It was a waste of money and time.
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