Leonard T USA
Wonderful! The boat ride has beautiful scenery! The mountains! The visit to the tribes is interesting, but I guess I was expecting more. I don't know why I was expecting the elephant ride to take to the hilltribes. But it's separate. The ride is long and do take sunscreen and a hat. If its sunny, you will bake. The waterfalls were wonderful, specially after the elephant ride. But overall, it was a great experience. Lunch was really good..
Overall our stay was pleasant. I believe at one time this was a 4star hotel. It is tired looking and needs updating. The staff is very pleasant. Beware hidden charges-water in room is free- 10 steps to restaurant and you're charged three dollarafor same item. Same is true about asking for an additional bed. Took two days to straighten out that mischarge.
This tour was a waste of money because the tour guide was terrible. The elephant ride was the only good thing, but could have been done much cheaper by going there by taxi and hiring the elephant ourselves. The rest of the tour was a waste of time and money, the tour guide didn't know anything. We were supposed to visit 5 hill villages and the tour guide didn't know the difference, he said things like, "there is a building". When we asked the significance, he didn't know. He seemed to be some sort of Christian missionary and only talked about Christianity and pointed out churches. This might be acceptable in some places, but Thailand is not a Christian country (less than half a percent according to the guide).
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