Our Guests' Comments
Mark Strickland: professional underwater photographer & author (American living in Thailand) on Khao Sok National Park
I can't say enough about our fantastic trip to Thailand's Khao Sok National Park with PaddleAsia. It was a great experience from start to finish - well organized but flexible itinerary, with just the right combination of paddling adventures and relaxation. The scenery is absolutely spectacular - we explored miles of pristine shoreline, bordered by towering, limestone mountains and verdant tropical jungle. The accommodations were a special treat - floating bamboo bungalows, snuggled into a remote corner of an immense lake. Food was simple but delicious, and our hosts certainly lived up to the tradition of Thai hospitality. And, amazing at it may seem, surrounded as we were by tropical fresh water, there were no mosquitoes! Starting each day waking up to the sounds of gibbons and other jungle dwellers was an experience not to be forgotten. What really made the trip unique, however, was the wildlife viewing. Thanks to Dave's expertise, we paddled to just the right places to see a wide range of creatures - primates like dusky langurs, pig-tailed macaques and white-faced gibbons, and lots of bird life, including several types of eagles, hawks, and 3 different species of hornbills. We even saw wild pigs feeding at water's edge. It would have been enough just to see these creatures, but Dave made it all the more interesting by identifying each animal and educating us about their habits. On top of all this, we also spent part of one day doing a very scenic hike that led to an amazing cave system. Our Thai guide led us along a subterranean stream bed through an incredible maze of underground grottos and passages, complete with stalactites, bats and blind catfish. It was icing on the cake! All in all a thoroughly enjoyable trip that we would love to do again - keep up the good work guys!
Mary Martin and Brenda Palmer on Phang Nga Bay
This was wonderful! The first thing we must tell you is that our guide is FANTASTIC. He is full of knowledge about the area, interested in his clients, friendly, helpful, charming and an absolute professional - he is definitely one of Paddle Asia's best assets! Right from the start he assessed our expectations and personalities and every day ensured that we had a enjoyable and fun time. Over many years, we have taken many organised trips and met many guides and we can absolutely say that our guide is one of the very best.
Steve Bragg (British) on Khao Sok National Park
"Khao Sok, absolutely amazing, I can't think of a nicer or more tranquil way to experience the jungle than by Kayak. It was good for my son [8 years old] as well, although he was a little freaked when he realized he was actually doing it, rather than seeing it on TV, but that soon passed. Kids are quick learners. What a bonus, before we left he was imitating the gibbon calls around the bungalows and it seemed very much that they was replying to him, who knows?"
Bob Brodersen (Californian University Professor) on birding in Khao Sok
"It was a great trip. Dave's a fantastic birder. I got 28 new species!"
John Furman (American) on Phang Nga
We had an incredible trip, exceeded our expectations, and are eager to do it again. Roy was always good natured, engaging, and knowledgeable...and didn't put any pressure on us to achieve great paddling feats! This made it a lot more relaxing. Thanks again.
Lisa Priestley (American) on Phang Nga Bay
"We had a GREAT time! Roy was terrific and we really appreciated how he was able to arrange no other tourists or even fishing boats our first day out --- we had the islands completely to ourselves!!!!"
Jane Betts (British) on Khao Sok National Park
"...it was all great fun and extremely interesting - the bird life and the monkeys were amazing. All in all the experience was one I wouldn't have missed for the world. The days were spent paddling gently around this vast (165 sq mile) reservoir in a National Park of 650 sq mls. The scenery was also amazing."
Tabitha Bond and Rebecca Bond [sisters]--(British - living in Bangkok) on the paddle training
"We both had a great time and just want to learn more."
Peter Bond (British - living in Bangkok)
"Rebecca and Tabitha [Peter's daughters] have just returned to Bkk [Bangkok] full of praises for your outfit. Well done, they are not the easiest people to please so you deserve full marks...."
Edward Persse (British) on Khao Sok National Park
"My head and my heart are however full of the sounds, smells and images of the Khao Sok National Park. I will always remember sitting back in my kayak and gazing at whole troops of gibbon and monkey sharing a tree and gorging themselves on fruit, of the call of gibbon, all the hornbills, kingfishers and eagles. Thank you both so much for taking so much trouble to ensure this part of our honeymoon was perfect. Thank you particularly for waiting for a whole morning for us to cross from Ko Racha Yai when the sea was rough, your patience in teaching us how to paddle, your humour and genuine knowledge and respect for the flora and fauna of the park."
Clas Hagelstam (Finnish - 72 years young!) on Khao Sok National Park
"Please accept Markku's and my warm thanks for an excellent week of paddling in Thailand. We had a great time - good value for money."
Suvimon Kanchanasthira (Finnish/Thai international school student) on Khao Sok National Park
"I truly enjoyed the trip and would go back at any time. Oh, if I just would have the chance to. I learned a lot from you. It was an educational experiance to go and look for the animals."
Sinthu Satawiriya (Thai international school student) on Khao Sok National Park
"Thank you very much for teaching us how to kayak. I thought it was a really fun learning experience and I'm sure I'll be trying it sometime again in future, maybe next time I will be able to do the Eskimo roll. Thanks to you, the trip was both fun and educational!"
Andy You (Japanese/Taiwanese international school student) on Khao Sok National Park
"Without you I would never find out the side of me that I found out in Khao Sok. I can still remember that initial moment we first that we arrived that traquil, serene, secluded inlet of the rainforest where the bungalows buoyed. Absolutely sensational and tremendous! Since "you guys", I have been really into Kayaking/Paddling, I am starting my own Kayaking Club in ISB, so I will be needing you very soon again! I was truly inspired by the energy and life in your spirit when we paddled, I think that is really what I like about being that one-person, muscle-powered boat."
Jennifer & Darren Kraker (Americans) on Khao Sok National Park
"We would like to send our regards and to let you know that the Khao Sok trip with you was one of the best experiences in our lives. Especially now that we are back in the States, we are only beginning to realize how truly special that place is. You two do an amazing job of seeing everything the way it ought to be seen. The pictures don't seem to do the place justice, but they will serve to forever remind us of the trip. Thanks for taking us into Khao Sok - what a remarkable journey."
Jennifer and Darren even posted a trip report on dejanews.com. Here is what it says:
"Paddle in Khao Sok: My husband and I recently took a trip to Thailand and the highlight was a four day kayak trip we did in Khao Sok National Park. PaddleAsia is the company we chose to guide us through this gorgeous part of the world. The accommodations were remote and peaceful - the goal of PaddleAsia is to view nature respectfully . We saw Gibbon, Macaques, Dusty Langar, wild pigs and many, many birds. The guides are especially knowledgeable about the birds and orchids you will encounter. Because you approach quietly on water, you are able to see so much wildlife. PaddleAsia is the only tour company that I know of that takes you into the park for this amount of time. They are professional, fun and place a high value on retaining the pristine nature of this Park. I would highly recommend visiting Khao Sok during your visit to Thailand and would maintain that in order to really get the full experience, go with PaddleAsia. We plan to go back next year!"
Joycelin Cheah (Malaysian living in Hong Kong) on Phang Nga
"We had a great time Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay. For a beginner like us you sure have a lot of patience and always on a lookout for wildlife to show us. It was very peaceful to paddle in the 'Hongs' said Rick. "[said Rick --, Joycelin's companion] "As a result of this little trip mother nature has taught us a lot about herself now we tend to look and notice birds around us more often than we used to. We appreciate your warm reception, experience and knowledge that make us comfortable throughout the trip."
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