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Back To The Past Long-tail Boat Tour

Pattaya, Thailand
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About Back To The Past Long-tail Boat Tour
Yearning for a day of escape from the bustling city streets of Pattaya? Hop on our minibus and after just a one hour drive you will find yourself in paradise! We present to you our amazing Back To The Past long-tail boat day tour that will bring you back in time and will show you the original Thailand. A truly unique holiday-experience! After the minibus ride from Pattaya / Jomtien you will enter the long-tail boat that will cruise you through the countless numbers of canals, locally known as klongs, that are found here. Breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the calm waters as you pass through the rice fields, remote old Thai villages and see how the locals live here surrounded by the water. Many of the local people have their own frog farms in front of their houses and you will see the people swimming in the water searching for all kinds of food that the canals have to offer. Nature lovers and birdwatchers can indulge themselves in these surroundings. Monitor lizards and snakes are very common in this area as well as some smaller animals. The diversity in (water) plants and flowers is enormous and you will see many different species of birds, from colorful songbirds to groups of storks. Another thing to look forward to is a visit to a several hundred years old market built right on the water where you will be provided with a local Thai lunch and where you can wander around and soak up the atmosphere; you will not see any other tourists here!
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Mick C wrote a review Mar 2018
Kettering, United Kingdom35 contributions37 helpful votes
This was a very disappointing trip in a long-tail down a concrete canal way with the odd house on the bank. Once we got to the 'Floating Market' to discover it is fixed shops on the banks & you are the 'Floating Customer' who they hook in and try to get you to buy & it is nothing but a crowded boat shoving exercise.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Stringerbean49 wrote a review Feb 2018
Muscat Governorate, Oman64 contributions61 helpful votes
Pick up by Joy from our hotel for a longish drive to the meeting point to get on the boat......just over an hour. Not a problem, as the vehicle was New and comfortable. The longboat was an experience. Along canals straight and twisty, with clear water, and sometimes covered with plants......it was very noisy, and where possible, very fast. Always felt safe. It was an exhilarating experience.......we arrived after 40 minutes at a market, and it was quiet.....not the weekend.....walked around for a while, and had a very nice lunch......before the return trip on the boat......back to the car, and back to Pattaya. Joy was very knowledgeable about all the areas we travelled through, and took us to a site close to Pattaya where carved into a large mountain was a stunning representation of Buddha. We then went back to the hotel and were dropped of mid afternoon. Great day out.....something different, and would recommend this company. Disappointed not to see James Bond.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Response from Willem L, Support at Back To The Past Long-tail Boat Tour
Responded Feb 26, 2018
Thank you for your nice review.
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ahluk wrote a review Feb 2017
Flushing, New York7 contributions4 helpful votes
The long tail boat ride in the canal was different, glad we did it, had the best lunch, Pad Thai or rice, everyone in our group loved the lunch. We visited the guide Malee's house. The only draw back was hard to get on and off the boat, it will be helpful to have a railing on the steps.
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Date of experience: February 2017
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Fannie24 wrote a review Jan 2017
Vancouver Canada32 contributions11 helpful votes
Back to the Past Long-Tail Boat Trip Dealing with Back to the Past was the best! Carolien was prompt, helpful, and amenable. They were very aware of returning us to the ship in plenty of time, and everything worked like a well-oiled machine from start to finish. Because our Princess Cruise port of Laem Chabang was a three hour drive from Bangkok, we preferred to spend our time exploring the countryside instead of driving. We found two other like-minded couples on our Cruise Critic Roll Call, who then dealt directly with Carolien. Our 9-passenger van was waiting at the terminal, and our kind, competent driver, Tik , who spoke little English, drove us to the Sanctuary of Truth where we were greeted by Carolien who had added the stop as per our request. After explaining plans for the rest of the day, answering questions, and taking care of tickets, we were on our own to wander at leisure for 1 ½ hours. Besides viewing the amazingly intricate wooden temple which is being built continuously, there are workers everywhere, creating sculptures and furniture, and demonstrating techniques in workshops; animals to feed; horse and elephant rides; lovely grounds, seaside views, and a concession stand to enjoy a cold drink or snack. Off again in our air conditioned van, we were surprised that, due to the Sanctuary side-trip, our drive to the boats was around 1½ hours toward Bangkok, and would be even farther in the dry season (we had assumed it was near Pattaya). It was a long, silent trip as there was no commentary or information until we finally picked up our English-speaking guide, Malee near our destination. Once there we were out of the van and into the boats, and WHAM, we exploded away from the dock at tremendous speed and noise for a 25 min. trip through beautiful waterways lined with fields, trees, huts, small homes, a temple or two, and finally, an olde, wooden, truly Thai market built out over the waterway, where our group of 6 were the only tourists in sight. It was hot, but occasional coolish breezes and fans made it bearable. Malee took us to a 'breezy' area, got us cold drinks, offered us a choice of rice (with chicken or shrimp) or the most delicious Pad Thai I've ever had - all fresh-cooked while we sat watching and chatting. After that we wandered through the market enjoying the a 'real' Thai market experience, tasting different foods, asking questions, and purchasing the reasonably-priced goods such as quilted zippered cases, local soaps, snacks, wooden-ware, etc. Then it was back into the surprisingly comfortable boats for the crazy fun LOUD fast return trip - where we even saw a water buffalo tethered to the side of the waterway. For some reason we did not get our requested visit with a local family, which would have added to our insight and enjoyment. We've also suggested that slowing near interesting areas, or having information stops along the way would have been appreciated, but that would just enhance the fun trip it is already! All 6 of us recommend this experience which was a highlight of our trip - we just hope you're prepared for the speed, noise, and long drive - and that you'll be ready for immediate takeoff with ear plugs, sunscreen on, and sunglasses! Have fun!
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Date of experience: November 2016
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CatrionaMcC12 wrote a review Jan 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom33 contributions8 helpful votes
We had just completed our tour of the temples when our tour guide suggested we try the canal tour. Really glad we did! Saw an unexpected and beautiful side to Bangkok and thoroughly enjoyed it! The feeding of the catfish was a bonus & would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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