After paying 1950 baht each to drive quad bikes through the jungle, we were pretty excited! As we'd never ridden quadbikes before, we opted for the beginners course as the other courses were specifically not for unexperienced drivers. Upon arriving, we were given a quick tutorial on what was where and then told to drive around a tiny track twice 'to practice'
When we set off, we were specifically told that we'd be driving five minutes down the road and then getting onto the off-road tracks. How wrong that was! We spent the first 45 minutes travelling on the road and then when we stopped at a viewpoint where we were told to walk through the village. We wondered around aimlessly as we couldn't speak to the villagers, not knowing any thai, even though the brochure hinted at a visit to local villages would provide more than a walk down a road and back.. We spent around 15 - 20 minutes off road altogether in our 3 hour trip, and despite there only being three of us in the group, the guide seemed disinterested and more excited about taking photos of himself than saying more than two sentences to us. Worst still, our bikes were not in the greatest condition, I suffered from two flat tires and my girlfriends bike would constantly stall whenever going down hill. Where is all that money going I wonder...
If this trip had cost us below 500 baht, we wouldn't have minded, but the fact that we spent nearly £40 each was completely ridiculous for the experience we got. Unless you're experienced in quad biking, I would never recommend one of these trips, as its just such a let down.
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