Our trip was fantastic. Our guide and driver took very good care of us. After we landed in Bangkok, we immediately new we were lost. Our fears were subsided when the smiling face of our guide was met and we were taken to the hotel to settle in. From that moment until we boarded our plane to Ko Sumoi she was with us. The amount of knowledge and information our guide shared with us was top notch! She had an answer to every question I had and went out of her way to show us even more exiting things. Her professionalism, as well as the driver's was superb. At no point did I feel like we were a hassle to her and I'm pretty sure we made a new friend. Our guide and driver catered to our every request and kept us as her primary focus the entire time. It was in short...AWESOME! She made recommendations for different activities and was flexible. We were worn out each day from seeing so many new things and going to so many attractions. It was the best vacation we have ever taken and a fantastic way to spend our honey moon. Worth every penny!
There were so many memorable experiences that we had visiting Thailand, and we were very pleased.
Unfortunately, the most memorable one is negative however. We took a speed boat ride to the nature park off the coast of Ko Sumoi. I know this is not the tour agencies fault, but you need to be aware of this, as you do business with them. The boat ride stared fine and the captain and crew asked us to sit in the front of the speed boat. I, as a fisherman and boat owner thought nothing of this and was exited. After about 10 minutes our experience went from good to absolutely horrible. The seas were producing 5-6 foot swells when we hit open water and the captain insisted on going somewhere around 25+ knots. The next hour was the worst time I have EVER experienced on a boat and was fearing the safety of myself and my wife. I was holding on for life as the boat was hitting 5 foot waves dead on and slamming us on our bottoms. We were literally launched from our seats 1-2 foot in the air and pile driven back down. To this date my back is sore and I am scheduled with a chiropractor this week. Other guests were freaking out as well. One lady was hysterical and was screaming at the captain and crew. She demanded that they slow down and the response from the captain was "Madame, this is a speed boat. What do you suggest we do?" This torture continued on for another hour and I was left enraged and my hands were blistered from holding on to the storage compartment underneath my seat. It was miserable. It was pretty clear this speed boat company should have canceled the trip that day. It was also pretty clear that they didn't because they just wanted their money and could care less about the safety of their passengers. We had a horrible time and I would recommend to all that inquire about a speed boat NOT to sign up. Dangerous, scary, unprofessional, miserable, life threatening, disregard, indifference, money, and horrible are just a few things that come to mind.
Please do not include this trip for the safety of future visitors.
I would do everything the same....MINUS the boat trip from hell!
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