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“Liveaboard with Gordon and Luck”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of River Rovers

River Rovers
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Private Islands and Eco Tour: Hidden Treasures of Chalong Bay
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Phuket, the pearl of the Andaman, is famous for its white beaches and tropical nature; offering so many off the beaten tracks to explore and experience. If you’re a nature lover, planet lover, or simply just want a holiday to love and always remember then you've come to the right place...River Rovers Eco Cruises!We are an independent Eco-Tour Company, taking small tours to all of the out of the way places, to see the natural beauty and Ecosystems that surround Phuket. We take no more than 6 guests on our Live-a-Board tours and a maximum of 10 guests for our Day tours, taking you away from the crowds of tourists, to show you the real Thailand with all of its treasures on offer.With our shallow draft of only 8 inches, we can pull up just about anywhere, without climbing on dinghies and clambering up the side of boats, perfect for all ages and abilities and wheel chairs are welcome too.You will experience a wonderland of wildlife, unspoiled by tourism.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Liveaboard with Gordon and Luck”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Spent two nights with the fabulous Gordon and Luck. My goodness.... where do I start? Gordon and Luck picked us up from the beach and off we set on our travels. We went to some fabulous deserted beaches and saw the hongs in Phang Nga. We felt very welcome and very at safe. Gordon knows the area like the back of his hand takes you place he thinks you want to see. Boating round James Bond Island and mooring at the Sea Gypsies Village. Luck is an absolute diamond... her cooking skills are up there with the michelin star chefs. I cannot really describe the experience we had with River Rovers. Absolutely fabulous! If you are thinking of a day trip or a liveaboard. do it, you wont be disappointed. If you are lucky, Gordon may share his whisky !!!

Visited April 2013
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hotsoxyPhuket, Owner at River Rovers, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Hi Sheona,
Thanks for your great review, glad you enjoyed your stay, we had a load of fun, you and Howard were great company and look forward to you coming again, we did a one day trip to Phang Nga Bay yesterday but on a long-tail boat, 8 people from Australia also good fun.
I try to get people away from tourism but it is almost impossible on a one day trip, but you guys stayed on the boat so it made it easier, go to the tourist spots early in the morning and evening,
It was wonderful to be tied up for the night on one of The Gypsy Village's jetty's, and watch the lightning brighten up the sky.
Best wishes
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“One our best days ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

We started the cruise by feeding the monkeys. There were probably about 40 monkeys of all different sizes taking fruit from our hands! Then we bought lobsters, which Luck cooked for us. The food was incredible, probably the best we had while in Thailand. We spent a lot of time in the water trying to cool off :) Gordon and Luck are wonderful hosts! I kept saying, I think this is my favorite day ever! This time we booked a private cruise for our 4 family members, 2 adults and 2 teens. Fun was had by all! Next time we are going to try and plan an overnight trip! Feel free to private message me if you would like more insight,

Visited March 2013
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“Wonderful, wonderful & wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

Gordon was great at responding when arranging the trip from UK. Gave me confidence to proceed. We have now had two trips with Gordon & Luck which have been magnificent. They work very hard and make the trip a very enjoyable but above all a wonderful memorable experience. It is amazing to feed the monkeys in their natural habitat in a responsible non intrusive way. Truly incredible. This is a must trip for all nature and animal lovers and by far the best trip you can have in Phuket. The food and drink on board was great. We will certainly go again with Gordon at River Rovers as we enjoy it so much. That you so much Gordon and Luck. I hope this review will encourage any one to take a trip with Gordon as they will be looked after and have a great trip.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

had a fab time when I went out with these guys a few years back and had a fab time, was really spoilt by our hosts who went to the extra mile to make sure we enjoyed ourselves...

Visited April 2012
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Beijing, China
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“If you take one water tour in Phuket - take this one!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

My wife and I had an amazing day with River Rovers! We had already taken a very highly rated cruise out to Phi Phi Island and had come back "sort of happy." As soon as we got on the River Rover - we knew it would be a different kind of cruise. We were taken to quiet spots without any other boats or tourists. If my wife wanted to jump in the water and take a swim - Gordon would stop the boat - even in the middle of the channel! We were fed - constantly - by Gordon and Luk - and they had a wonderful enormous cooler full of softdrinks, water and even beer! Luk's cooking was also amazing.

Gorodon is full of amazing facts and useful information and inspires confidence in both his piloting skills (he sailed from South Africa to Thailand at one point) and mechanical skills.

Don't let the name fool you - you first visit a cople different deserted beaches on various islands - and then he heads up the river.. to see the fish farms and the Monkeys.. and if you are lucky - a giant lizard or three....

The river is fun as you get to see a different sort of Thailand...

When we return to Thailand we plan to do an overnight trip with Gordon.. he is willing to sail the boat a fair distance up the coast and arrange for a dirver to pick you up at the airport and bring you direct to the boat.. you can then see some fantastic coastline not normally frequented by any tourists... we are looking forward to his company in the future...

This was probably our best excursion during our entire two weeks in Thailand!

Visited February 2013
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