If you are headed for Peach Hill, or just looking around town Kata or Karon for a great tour, look up Bao at the Peach Hill lobby taxi desk. He is a Phuket native who is an extremely professional and knowledgable chauffeur and guide of the island. He is also very fluent in English and in tourism. We initially met him while he was taking us to a neighboring town, and he asked us if we were interested in a tour of the island. In less than 5 minutes of discussing our interests, Bao had listened carefully to us and presented us with an interesting 6 hour tour of still some key sites at a pace that sounded good to us. Importantly, he presented us with the price upfront - which was fair to us (and we hope to him) - and there was no need to discuss this again during the tour - again, very relaxing that this was not a concern. We confirmed later in the day.
The tour (mostly religious sites, city center, and overlooks (viewpoints)) was just what we had hoped for. We really liked that Bao gave us as much time as we wanted at each site, and just waited for us back in a designated meeting spot. We felt like we could enjoy the day by ourselves, but also learn from Bao about the sites and the island as we were driving around. Bao was very warm in his conversations with us, and put a lot of energy into answering all of our questions. He gave us just the right amount of space - which is a rare quality in tourism.
Since Kata, Karon, and the surrounding towns are full of dozens of guides, it is hard to know how to find someone trustworthy, fair, fun, and kind. Bao is a family man, and he treats his guests in that manner. We hope Peach Hill values his presence at the hotel as much as we do, so we will say that Bao is a gem at Peach Hill instead of saying a hidden gem. But just in case, we wanted to let the hotel know that our tour with him was a highlight of our stay on Phuket, and we wanted to recognize Bao for his professionalism, and we hope the hotel will do the same.
We also had great service from his colleague, Niki, and want to thank him, too.
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- Also Known As:
- Peach Hill Hotel And Resort
- Peach Hill Hotel Kata Beach
- Peach Hill Resort
- Peach Hill Hotel & Resort Phuket/Kata Beach