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“Two exceptional days...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of River Rovers

River Rovers
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US$ 84.00*
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Private Phuket Islands Cruise: In the Steps of Lord Buddha
Ranked #5 of 53 Tours in Chalong
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Phuket, the pearl of the Andaman, is famous for its white beaches and tropical nature; offering so many off the beaten tracks to explore and experience. If you’re a nature lover, planet lover, or simply just want a holiday to love and always remember then you've come to the right place...River Rovers Eco Cruises!We are an independent Eco-Tour Company, taking small tours to all of the out of the way places, to see the natural beauty and Ecosystems that surround Phuket. We take no more than 6 guests on our Live-a-Board tours and a maximum of 10 guests for our Day tours, taking you away from the crowds of tourists, to show you the real Thailand with all of its treasures on offer.With our shallow draft of only 8 inches, we can pull up just about anywhere, without climbing on dinghies and clambering up the side of boats, perfect for all ages and abilities and wheel chairs are welcome too.You will experience a wonderland of wildlife, unspoiled by tourism.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Moscow, Russia
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“Two exceptional days...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

We've spent two excellent days as a family of two adults and three children aboard of River Rovers boat and in a very peasant company of Gordon Williams and his crew.

It is clearly an alternative way to see Phulket! Comfortable, well-equipped boat with the owner who clearly enjoyed the trip as much as we did. As an alternative to the numerous Phuket speed boats this one goes slow, but just enough to see things at the right angle. And it is also made to come close to beaches, and making its way in a shallow rivers, where the other boats cannot..

Our trips were full of excellent food ( I would even say it was a kind of floating restaurant), we had quite some beers and excellent wines ( we ordered wine for our second trip). Children were full of activities, doing kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, jumping out of the boat..

I would also say lots of things are driven by the outstanding personality of Gordon himself, who is treating his customers very much alike his personal guests. He enjoys talking to people, he likes good food, he respect locals, he enjoys life. He doesn't look at his watch al all- both trips we finished much later than scheduled, and saw much more than expected...

We would also highly recommend the other trip around the bay area that we found even more interesting than Monkey Jungle.. We could see one of the local temples, accessible only by vessel, some very nice islands and beaches..

Thank you Gordon for your hospitality! Highly recommended and exceptional experience. A real value for money.

Visited December 2011
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“2 dream days to escape mass tourisme”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

Gordon is carrying, nice and interesting. His boat is fast enough to discover places of different kind, but silent. The food on board is excellent, prepared on board while cruising!!!. we were amazed by the locations, white sand beach on a tiny island (where you are alone!), mangrove and so forth. Whether you are a family or a group of friends, I would not wait or hesitate to book a day or two with Gordon and his nice staff. Thanks again Gordon.

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Columbus, Ohio
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“Amazing tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

Our trip was amazing! There were 10 of us on the boat, along with Gordon and his 2 staff. Very relaxing, fun ride! We were able to go through the mongrove river and use the kayaks Gordon provided. We kayaked along the river and fed the monkeys bananas. We stopped at a fish farm and ate fresh oysters right from the water. We also went snorkeling! It was an all day fun adventure! And the food provided was delicious! Highly recommend river rovers!

Visited December 2011
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Delaware, Ohio, United States
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“Best ride on the river”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

We had the best time on our trip with river rovers. It was very relaxing and ffun. The fish farms was great, eating fresh oysters just from the sea, the food on the boat was great. Captain Gordon was so much fun. I recomend this trip To all who want a fun and relaxing time.

Visited December 2011
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“the best trip i have done”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

We had a total of 7 guests on our day trip and there was plenty of room for all.There is shade and for sun lovers a fantastic deck for soaking up the rays while gently cruising along.Capt Gordon is a great host and so passionate and knowlegeable about the area, he kept us entertained with his great stories and helped us to see some of the real Thailand all the while making sure we were never short of a beer or two.We started the day off visiting a fish farm and bought a lobster which was cooked for us, so fresh and delicious what a great way to start the day off.Next stop was Mudong and we kayaked up the river and into the mangroves feeding the bananas to the monkeys they are not shy and will quite happily take them from your hands before scuttling off to eat.We then travelled off to deserted islands snorkelling and diving off the boat on the way to cool off.We also had a fantastic spread of snacks served by Luck including chicken drumsticks and fries, this was in addition to a superb lunch of many thai dishes which was delicious. This trip was so relaxing we all enjoyed the day Gordon was so easy going he really puts you at ease and will definately book again next time.

Visited December 2011
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