- Overall the trip was great, with the tour leader, Natt, outstanding. We enjoyed the itinerary, which was varied and included enough flexibility to allow free time to explore outside of the group. Though the accommodation was pre-booked, generally it seemed that day to day activities were on a more ad-hoc basis which allowed for flexibility. However, there were several activities that were within the plan, like swimming through a cave, a kayak safari through a mangrove swamp and down a gorge, and these were very enjoyable. The only downside was the train journey between Bangkok and the south, plus the return. Travelling one-way by train would have been ok, though 1st class would have been better as we would have been in compartments without the noise, and the extra cost is minimal, but the return would have been better had we flown. A flight would have meant an extra night on the islands, but all our group would have been happy to pay the extra. Another result of the return train journey was that you arrive back in Bangkok, in the morning having had minimal sleep, and can't get into your hotel room for some hours, so can't have a shower or change your clothes that you've slept in. As this is the last day of the tour you want to go out and explore Bangkok. In summary: it's a great trip where you see lots of islands, and mainly not the busy tourist ones, you get to see Bangkok and do sightseeing trips there, the accommodation is fine though not luxurious, and you get a local guide to aid you without it being intrusive.
Published on: 20 January 2017