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“A Great Time”
Review of Khaosok Discovery

Khaosok Discovery
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$87.38*
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Full-Day Natural Tours in Khao Sok from Phuket Including Lunch and Canoeing
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Wasilla, Alaska
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“A Great Time”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

My wife and I had a great time on this tour. Charlie was our guide and he did a wonderful job with explaining everything. We fed monkeys, toured a cave, rode down a stream on a bamboo raft, ate a wonderful lunch, rode elephants and played with a baby elephant. I would recommend the private tour with Back to Basics.

Visited April 2014
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“A full day, but ticked all the boxes for my family”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

We booked through asiawebdirect.com and Mr Yew appeared to work for Khao Sok Discovery Ltd. If you book direct you might get a small discount, but if you don't add the discount back on to the tip you give at the end, shame on you! We paid 2500 THB or about £50 per head times the four of us. There's a discount rate for kids under 10 but I honestly wouldn't recommend that unless the kid is particularly good with two hours in a mini coach on fairly rough roads.

We left our hotel at 8:15 to pick up the third party from the Marriott Renaissance near the North of Phuket. Then over the Salacin bridge to a hillside cafe in Khao Lak - bendy mountain - from which the 2004 tsunami was filmed in safety. This starts the dark side of the tour with a stop at a tsunami memorial site in Khao Lak town. The site is dominated by the police boat which now stands wjhere the wave left it, a kilometre inland from the sea. Most of the crew were on the boat when the wave hit and survived, the crew ashore did not.

From the bottom to the top, next stop was Khao Sok elephant camp. An introduction to their one year old followed, including a kiss on the cheek for those prepared to pay a few pennies to feed it.

Then a one hour ride on an adult elephant - actually the point of our whole trip.

The elephant my daughter and myself had the honour to ride was clearly respected by its mahout. It wanted to eat a lot of the time and was allowed to carry on, while the rest of the elephants walked into the river. Our elephant got a good splashing in the river too, something the animals clearly liked. The mahout had a stick but half the time it hung on the elephant's ear, the rest on his shoulder, clearly it was only for emergencies.

For those interested in animal welfare, these creatures would no doubt prefer to live free in the forest/jungle but that's probably not possible for too many animals in this least of the world. Having now been trained in captivity I assume they could not survive well in the wild even if released and I'd be willing to bet they would chase after their mahouts till they dropped if such a thing ever happened. They're as well cared for as possible, so far as we could see, with animals who'd completed a trek set aside with their lunch for a break.

Then the monkey temple. The monkeys are wild, choosing to come down under the mango trees during the day for a bite of fruit. Didn't matter to them whether the fruit had fallen from a tree,

Visited April 2014
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“Amazing Experience!”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

First of all, our tour guide was Annie - She was nothing short of amazing! She was extremely knowledgable, and so helpful no matter what! The food served for lunch was delicious, and each activity was planned to perfection, right down to the time spent at each destination. The elephants were extremely well treated and well kept. Our Trek guide was hilarious! He didn't speak english, but entertained us the whole time, even taking photos with my camera the whole time. Our elephant was gorgeous.
The Monkey Temple was fantastic, Annie helped us attract the monkey's down from the cliffs and they were wonderful for such wild animals.
The Bamboo Raft was probably the most amazing part of the day, the rower worked hard to ensure we had a great time. It was so relaxing as well as breathtaking, heading downstream surrounded by Limestone cliff faces. The whole tour was worth every cent, Highly recommended!

Visited March 2014
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