Khoa Sok Tours is a division of Paddle Asia and is the result of over 38 years of kayaking experience and a lifetime of love for the great outdoors. Founder and Director, Dave Williams invites you to experience the wonderful world of exploring nature's delights in the comfort and convenience of a traditional kayak.
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.travel guide thailand
Dave - Director, Instructor and Founder
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 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.
Dave is a lifelong student of natural history, ornithology, biology, and botany. He has a very broad knowledge of the birds of Thailand and a good working knowledge of the mangroves and other plants of Thailand. Wild edible and medicinal plants are of extreme interest to him. He’s also interested in all facets of seamanship, oceanography, and survival skills.
Dave has raced both mountain bikes and road bikes at a highly competitive level in the past. He has also spent a lot of time rock climbing. Fitness and nutrition has been a big part of Dave's life since he was a teenager.
Khun Moo - Co-Director
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.
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.
Run have been in the paddling industry for over a decade. He has a wonderful personality with a strong desire to make sure that your valuable vaction 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. Bao. Bao was also born and raised on Koh Yao Noi. In addition to having an intimate knowledge of where to find wildlife in the park, Bao also runs most of our jungle survival courses in Khao Sok National Park. Bao is fluent in English, first aid certified, and he's a genuinely nice guy.
Some photos from Dave's past.
Dave paddling the New River at very high water.
Sunshine Rapid on the Arkansas River in Colorado.
Class V drop on the Lower Meadow in West Virginia.