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Booking Day Trips

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Booking Day Trips

Hello everyone,

We are very excited for our upcoming trip to Thailand!

I'd like to hear your opinion about tour guides:

Is it wise to book in advance over the internet or better to try to arrange day tours with the hotel/tour agencies once we get there?

Will we be risking not getting anyone if we dont plan in advance? Is it much cheaper to book on the spot?

I am also hoping to get some recommendations for reliable and reasonably priced tours that people have used.

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1. Re: Booking Day Trips

Hi Klara, you don't have to book any tours before you leave. Most hotels have booking agencies in their lobbies. There are always drivers around the hotels that are willing to take you places. You could have a look at World Travel Service, they have tours to heaps of places. Even if you don't use them , they have a good website just to get some ideas.

Enjoy your holidays!

Charlotte, North...
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I also suggest waiting until you get there. Booking a car/driver/guide is very easy at your hotel or a travel agency. My opinion is that for many sights, you do not need to join a tour, but may be better off to join a sight specific tour, such as at Wat Po and the palace. I recommend a tour to Ayuthaya if you have time, and for that I suggest booking a car and guide from your hotel. Particularly if you have 2-4 people in your group, by booking a car, you can spend time at the places that you like and move at your own pace. I like that system better than getting in a van or bus and having to move at the group pace. In Thailand booking a car and guide is reasonably priced, since in my experience, you pay for the car instead of per person.

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3. Re: Booking Day Trips

hi everyone- beezely and jngdrac- I have booked Tong for a day out to the floating markets and the Tiger Temple- would it have been just as easy to find someone on our arrival? how about the difference in cost pre-booking? I think we're paying something like 4000 bht for the day for two of us - how do you think this would compare to just finding someone say the day before we want to go?

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I think you will be ok either route. I have not used a guide in Bangkok for awhile, but that is about what I paid for an all day trip to Ayuthaya. Arranging travel services such as guides and transportation is fairly easy in Thailand, so I would not worry too much.

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5. Re: Booking Day Trips

Maz1, I think that is an ok price for the two of you. I always look at it like where would we go in Aus for that price. It costs me $70 just to take a taxi to the airport! Have fun.

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Maz - in every report on Tong that I have read, the reviewer raves about his/her time spent touring with Tong. You can book many group tours easily once in Bangkok (but you will not get a tailored trip - you get on and off the coach with the rest of the group at the alloted time and the quality really varies) and, yes, you can easily get a driver, who may or may not have great English and who may want to take you to tailors, gemstores, etc etc.

However, if you left it until you got there to try to book a really reputable guide like Tong, you would be disappointed as she gets very busy. I really don't think you will be disappointed.

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thanks for your input Bella- I know what you mean.

The reason I was asking is because I used a very-well recommended guide from these boards (in China) and he was excellent but much more expensive than we could have found once we arrived. I wondered if the same thing would happen in BKK

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8. Re: Booking Day Trips

Hi klara, we just returned from Bangkok and did two trips outside the city. We spent one day in Kanchanaaburi with tong and it was the highlight of our trip. She books up quickly and we had to work around other days that she was already booked, but it worked wonderfully. I would highly suggest her. Our other trip was to Ayutthaya which be booked on a tour through our hotel and it was also excellent. Hope this helps.

Randy

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Hi Randy,

Do you mind sharing how much you paid for the trips??

Also, could you provide Tong's contact? Do you think it is too late to book for July 26?

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10. Re: Booking Day Trips

pornpitcha@yahoo.com - the first few letters are p o r n - I know a few people have mistyped it p o m.

It is definitely worth emailing Tong to see - we are spending the day with her on the 25th! She has been so busy that she has taken on some carefully vetted other guides so it may be that she suggests one of those if she is already booked.

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