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Buddy Day Tours

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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nessaballard wrote a review Dec 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Half day washing and hugging elephants. It was the most memorable, happy, fun, muddy, dirty experience we have had and we would highly recommend doing this. Ing looked after us, took photos of us and was very informative. Don’t miss this trip.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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George A wrote a review Apr 2017
Deddington, United Kingdom32 contributions3 helpful votes
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I took part in the 3 day 2 night trek and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was travelling alone and took part in the group tour instead of a private tour which was great as I got to meet some awesome people. I was picked up from my hostel and taken to buddy tours where I met the group and our guide jungle Joe. Joe was straight away charismatic and I knew it was going to be a great trip. After a 45 minute drive and stop off at a local market for refreshments we got to an elephant camp. Not all of us wanted to participate in riding which was accommodated for and we could feed some of the other elephants and this was not the main focus of the trip. After 30 minutes to an hour we left, had lunch and began our trek to the waterfall. The trek is easy going and not too strenuous but the waterfall was a welcome sight as it was hot at this time of the year. We then trekked to the local Karen village where we stayed the night. Our guide jungle Joe was great fun and he had many great stories and games. Then next day was when the more serious trekking began. If I'm honest I thought it was going to be easy walking and while we are always walking on a track it does get quite steep in places and can be a good challenge even for the fitter more experienced trekkers. However our guides catered for all paces with a guide at the front and a guide at the back. We trekked to another village for lunch where we were allowed to explore before trekking to another waterfall where we would stay for the night. All accomodation provided had mosquito nets and sleeping bags and was very pleasant camping/glamping in the mountains. At this point jungle Joe had to leave to take people who were on a 2day 1 night trip home so we had pattie and his brother (both local Karen villagers) keeping us entertained for the night. We had a great evening and it was great for everyone as we could help teach them some English. The final day trek was another trek that allowed you to push yourself and we reached a top height of around 1800m. This was before heading back down for the bamboo rafting which was great fun although I feel it would be better in the wet season (July-October). The only downside I had for this trip was that I didn't see a huge array of wildlife but this could be down to the time of year I went, the group making noise while we travel and just missing it as we walk past and beyond buddy tours control. Our guides showed us wildlife and plants when the could and explained the uses in Karen villages. I would definitely do it again and would recommend to anyone who is thinking of trekking.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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robyn h wrote a review Sep 2016
Collaroy Beach, Australia210 contributions99 helpful votes
After the initial booking, every subsequent interaction with this operator was extremely difficult as she cannot be trusted, she lies and pleads innocence due to bad communication. I would never recommend her tours and she needs to be stopped so she cannot ruin her customers holidays. The tour guide we had was equally untrustworthy. A very unbalanced individual wielding his machete at every opportunity to cut down non existent growth. His decisions were very questionable eg leaving a tired 20 year old female on the side of the road to await pick up as she was injured. Please take my advice, do not use this company. We booked in for a two day adventure trek. The bamboo rafting and river rafting were both canceled. No refund. The elephant camp is one of the most inhumane places you can visit. The hike is extremely challenging. The Karen Hill Tribe Village is just a tourist attraction 15 minutes is spent at the Butterly and Orchid Farm There was no interaction with the villagers where we stayed The final night accommodation had bedding for 3, we clearly booked for 5 I could go on, I am sure you get the picture not to use Buddy Tours Adventure and Jungle Trekking, Chiangmai.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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janesimon2 wrote a review Aug 2016
Huddersfield, United Kingdom4 contributions5 helpful votes
Was next door to de chai colonial hotel on soi 4 of tha phae road. The staff recommended excellent tours and nearby cookery classes and NOT the most expensive either. (In fact the cheapest going) They could explain the difference in the choice of cookery schools and zip line tours so you could make an informed choice. Khun Nan even ran his own day tour in a clean safe air conditioned minibus to ride elephants and bamboo raft and swim under a waterfall and took us on a 4km walk via a very poor white Karen village ( you just have to buy something the women are hand weaving as they are so poor) then through the country side where he explained lots of wildlife and stopped to show us the wild plants for cooking and herbal remedies on route as well and also showed us all sorts of trees and their uses. He told us in detail about the local farming methods and how they have changed too . Nice easy walking but take some water rather than wait to get back to the bus . He knew lots of locals on route as well so we got priority access over other arriving groups and it only cost 1000 baht for a full day each including a lovely lunch . The price was much cheaper compared to 2 or 3000 baht pp elsewhere Khun Nan even lent me his flip flops for the bamboo raft as he did not want me to go barefoot to the water. He regaled us with great stories too all day. Five stars for this tour company but especially Khun Nan !
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Date of experience: August 2016
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elizab36 wrote a review May 2016
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions3 helpful votes
The term "trek" is misleading- there was not much walking, maybe 25mins to the small waterfall. Although the tour was not exorbitant and the tour guide was very friendly, the tour felt very touristy with them trying to sell us something (such as photos from each activity) at each point, and the guide had limited English and it seemed also general knowledge about Chiang mai.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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