While traveling through Thailand in late December, my partner and I had flight delays getting into Phuket. We wanted to see Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island and Similan Island. With the delays, we were forced to make a choice with our two day stay and only booked Phi Phi and Similan (through another company that we pre-booked.)
We were booked to leave to another country on the third day around 1 pm, but after we arrived back from Phi Phi the first night we wanted to see if there was any way possible to get to James Bond Island. If you ask any of the locals, they usually do not recommend going to James Bond Island as it has become a tourist trap and full of people, but since we were traveling from Los Angeles, we decided we had to see it while we were here.
We looked around for the next 24 hours to find a boat to take us, but it was either too expensive (40,000+ bhat) or completely booked as it is peak season. We contacted Woody and after getting our hopes up with a boat, he later called us back and said it didn't work out. We were pretty upset. However, about an hour later, he called us back and he found a privately owned boat that we could use to go to James Bond Island before our flight for a reasonable price.
However, that is not why I'm giving Woody an excellent rating. The reason why his service was so amazing is:
1) He booked a private van with a private driver to pick us up from the hotel, take our bags, take us to the pier and pick us up at the drop off point closest to the airport so we could make our flight.
2) Arranged a private speedboat (faster than the one we were looking to book) with a tour guide to take us from the pier and drop us off at the pier closest to the airport to meet our driver.
3) Arranged the morning tour of James Bond Island so we were the first ones to arrive, essentially have about an hour to have the island to ourselves.
Woody was a complete professional and took care of us. We also loved our tour guide "A"
You should definitely request him if available. "A" has a lot of patience, speaks great English and takes plenty of pictures for you.
Overall, Woody really made our Phuket stay much better than expected.
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