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Earth Eco Tour - Day Tours

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Earth Eco Tour - Day Tours
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pdbach1 wrote a review Aug 2019
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Ok. Listen to me. Before the tour i couldn't understand why there was such a discrepancy between the excellent and the poor reviews, but now i understand!! We are a family of 4 who have travelled the world extensively and know a bit about tours. my wife hated most of yesterday because it was raining, muddy (had to wash everything in the evening) and a bit dangerous due to those conditions. But she still gave the tour a 7/10. The children (12 and 15) loved every minute along with myself. I understood before we left the hotel that the Karen hill tribe village would be a con and very unrealistic, but we only wanted the superficial photos anyway (just to tick the box). The next stop was the elephant village and bath. This was an awesome experience and worth the money for this budget trip all by itself. We fed the elephants for 20 minutes and then went to bathe with them in the river. It was unbelievable. My children were even allowed to go on their backs. This did not distress the quiet, gentle animals one bit. Even the mahout was only 13 years old and very chilled out with them. It was as if the elephant and him were best friends. He listened to his every command. No cruelty o brutality here. The next stop was white water rafting. It was a short trip but very enjoyable and tough in places. You could be totally hands off or put in as much effort as you liked. Promptly onto the very uncomfortable bamboo raft which was a welcomed token gesture!! Good fun. Lunch was very simple noodles and chicken (i think) but no drink. This could be bought separately at the counter for 25 baht. The walk to the waterfall was very dangerous in the rain but a lot of fun. Make sure you have a bamboo stick to keep your balance on the slopes. The natural slide at the waterfall is a lot of fun but dangerous if you get it wrong or fall on the slippery rocks. My daughters however had a go many times but with me telling them to be careful every couple go seconds. Some didn't try it as it looked to frightening. The guide was friendly enough but didn't say much and enjoyed singing to himself. He did once look concerned as i almost slipped over the edge of the path and down a ravine. (my stupidity there admittedly) so to recap. If you want a taste of everything in a day for excellent price and do not expect any frills - this trip is for you. If however you expect luxury or are a pit precious go and take the overpriced and pampered tours with all the other 5 star tourists. Thoroughly enjoyed - Earth eco tours.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Danae Valle wrote a review Sep 2018
Meridian, Idaho
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I must clarify ....it all depends on what kind of adventure you are looking for. We are adventurous and this filled all of my wildest dreams. I didn’t want to ride in an air conditioned coach van- I wanted a more “local” kind of experience. They picked us up in one of the little trucks you see around town and there were 10 from all over the world in our group-we all became great friends! Our guide was very fun, funny and concerned we had a great time! We went for a nice short trio to the Orchid farm then headed to see the elephants. The elephants were so happy playful and interactive. We fed them lots of bananas then took a short (not overworked or strenuous for the elephants) bare back ride around the property. Then we got to play with and bath them. We would have been more than thrilled with the value of our trip right then, but that wasn’t all... we went on a great water rafting trip ( remember- I like adventure) it was enough of a challenge I found it fun, but not to much for the beginners in our group. After this we had a delicious Pad Thai lunch (nothing fancy-more of a”local” feel-perfect for us! We ended the day hiking (not a simple walk a medium challenge) It was absolutely the icing on the cake. We slid down the falls and enjoyed the beauty then proceeded home. I wish I could go again today- I highly recommend this adventure but once again...don’t go if you’re looking for a coach air conditioned van- that’s a whole different kind of day! I’ve done all kinds of tours and this was definitely on the top of the funnest ever!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Colm M wrote a review Aug 2018
Dublin, Ireland
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Myself and two friends from Ireland joined this tour. We were collected from our hotel on time and the day included a visit to a butterfly/flower farm, elephant sanctuary, water rafting, hiking, swimming and a visit to a tribe village. We had a lovely lunch after the rafting which everyone enjoyed. We had a great day with a Taiwanese family and Italian couple. Highly recommended! 🐘🏊🏻‍♀️⛰🚣🏾‍♀️⛲️🕺🏻
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Date of experience: August 2018
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David G wrote a review Jul 2018
I don't often write reviews but felt that this company deserved an updated, fair review. I read some of the horror stories about the treatment of the elephants on this trip and almost cancelled our trip but was glad I did not. Was it perfect? No. Was it good value for the money and fun? Yes. Do they allow people to ride the elephants? - unfortunately yes, but there was no evidence of the harsh metal/wooden poles and you do have the option to just feed and care for the elephants. The thing that amazed me is that many of the people who were in our group were scared to hand the elephant some sugar cane or a banana but had no problem climbing up on their back - go figure! It was a really fun day of white-water rafting (we were in rainy season so no problem with too slow), a short hike to the waterfall (not sure what some of the others are talking about here, but if you can't handle this hike, your idea of an adventure trip must be a trip to the cupboard for more chips!). People are correct that the transportation leaves something to be desired - basically a large tuk-tuk with 12 people sitting on a bench that really should not have more than 8 or 10 max. All in all though, a fun day where me, my wife and son met three nice young ladies from Ireland and had an adventurous, fun, day.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Meital H wrote a review Sep 2017
Jaffa, Israel
We book this tour 1 day adventures trek. It was executed on the worst side. They pick you up in a pickup truck and you ride on a stool most day. The stops they make along the way are so so. We enjoyed only the rafting I wouldn't recommend them my advise which I follow every time besides this time is always check the vendor. We originally wanted a well recommend one but it is the low seasons and he didn't have a trek on that day. We wanted to go and not miss the experience and in the end it wasn't nice....
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Date of experience: September 2017
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