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About us at Khao Sok Tours

Khoa Sok Tours is a division of Paddle Asia and is the result of over 40 years of kayaking experience and a lifetime of love for the great outdoors. Founder and General Manager, Dave Williams invites you to experience the wonderful world of exploring nature's delights in the comfort and convenience of a traditional kayak.

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Khun Moo - Owner and DirectorKhun Moo Thai tour operator

Moo was born and raised in Bangkok. Moo originally came from extreme poverty. She taught herself English and over the recent past, she has taught herself to read and write English. Moo is a success story!

She moved to Phuket over a decade ago. She has a love for life that is beyond words. For some strange reason, she's always happy...

Moo and Dave have been married since 1993. They live in Phuket Town with daughter Mook ('Pearl' in Thai), and their six rescued dogs and three rescued cats.

Moo is our PR person, a guide, tour leader, cooks at times, and helps with trip planning and coordinating. If Moo is on your trip, you'll be taken very good care of.

Paddle Asia is 100% Thai owned. Dave is not even a shareholder.

No experience is necessary for most of our trips. For most trips, all you need is a sense of adventure and a desire to try something new. Most of our guests have either never paddled before or haven't paddled since childhood. You can do it! And, perhaps most importantly, our all-Thai staff will make your tour safe, fun, educational and enjoyable. They are the best of the best when it comes to guides and service.

Dave WilliamsDave - Founder and Instructor

So there I was, working at a factory. After thirty-six years, I was still caught up with the same boring dream that most of us share... a dream that some day, a long, long time from now, I'll be able to not work. I decided to risk it all to follow my dream and work at something that matters more to me than anything else - Nature.

Dave Williams is a lifelong naturalist. When not in school, Dave would be outdoors. He has an intense love for nature and all forms of life.

He was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He lived in Florida, Indiana, Hawaii, and Virginia. He moved from Virginia and headed for the tropics in early 1993. Since then he has lived in Thailand in both Phuket and Krabi.

Dave squirting in an early Ocoee River RodeoDave started paddling in 1978 and has paddled more than half his life. Dave lives to paddle. He has paddled some of the most treacherous rivers in North America and has a great deal of kayaking experience. He has, of course, traveled and paddled extensively in Thailand.

Note: All tours, by Thai law, must be run by licensed Thai guides. Dave only goes on a few group trips and school group trips

Certification in CPR & First Aid

Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. View certifications. All of our professional guides are certified in CPR and First Aid through Emergency First Response.

Guest Comment: Daniel Loiterton - Khao Sok December

Just wanted to drop you a quick email to tell how much we enjoyed our week in Khao Sok with PaddleAsia. Everything was really smooth, organised well, but flexible enough to tweak the schedule whenever we liked. The family at the floating bungalows were lovely, made us feel very welcome, and cooked us some great food. Please pass on our thanks to our excellent guide and helped us spot tonnes of wildlife.

Click on the links to see some of Daniel's wonderful gibbon photos and impressive animal photos.

See our wonderful Trip Advisor Reviews.

Mr. Run

Mr. Run has been in the paddling industry for close to two decades.

He has a wonderful personality with a strong desire to make sure that your valuable vacation time is both safe and extremely fun.

Run was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay. Run is also our mountain biking guide.

Run is fluent in English and is first aid certified.

Our lead guide for Khao Sok tours is Mr. Sak. Sak was also born and raised on Koh Yao Noi. In addition to having an intimate knowledge of where to find wildlife in the park, Sak also runs most of our jungle survival courses in Khao Sok National Park.

Sak is fluent in English, first aid certified, and he's a genuinely nice guy.

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Some photos from Dave's watery past.

Dave paddling the New River at very high water.

Dave paddling the New River at very high water.

Sunshine Rapid on the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Sunshine Rapid on the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Class V drop on the Lower Meadow in West Virginia.

Class V drop on the Lower Meadow in West Virginia.