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I did this tour a couple of days ago with a friend and we both thought it was one of the best value for money tours weve ever done! It cost us about 22 each, so we didnt expect a whole lot beforehand.
The information for the trip said that they pick people up early to avoid the crowds and give a better experience and since most tours we did in Thailand started around the same time we were picked up at 7:25, we thought this was just an marketing technique, however it actually seemed to make a massive difference.
We were picked up in an open backed van, which took us to the Kayaking area, where we were given dry bags for our valuables and tea/coffee before we set off. The whole place was completely deserted when we got there and wondered what we were getting in to, however it turned out we were the only two people to book the early trip, so got the equivalent of a private tour. We were given a two person Kayak and the guides let us practice for a few minutes, however we just headed straight out into the sea. First of all we were show to a sand bank where we got out of the canoes and explored pools on the beach, where they helped us find different types of crab there were literally thousands of them all around us, as well as some small fish and the starfish. We both really enjoyed this and loved looking through the pools, trying to see what we could find. After we had spent some time playing with the crabs we went back out into the water and across to a canyon in between a rock formation in the sea. The river went into the rocks for about a KM through the mangrove trees. Here it was incredibly peaceful, as there was literally nobody else around! The surroundings were incredible and we managed to spot Kingfishers, monkeys, walking fish, blue crabs and Monitor lizards along other things. We actually considered offering to pay extra to stay out for longer, however just headed back when the guides suggested. As we were just leaving the river and getting back onto the ocean, we passed numerous different tour groups probably 40/50 boats in total, which we felt would have given the whole tour a different feel completely had we done it at the same time. On the way back we also passed a small beach where there was a whole family of monkeys feasting on the crabs and also some caves in the rocks, where apparently tribes used to live hundreds of years ago.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and it was one of the best experiences we had in Thailand!