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“Thank you Gordon and Luck for an awesome day!”
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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“Thank you Gordon and Luck for an awesome day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've known Gordon for well on 25 years,so it was awesome to catch up again,as well as being treated to a wonderful trip on his boat.The food,monkeys,swimming and company was great,I highly recommend this as one of your" things to do" when in Thailand.Gordon you and Luck rock.Helen Hardman

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Helen H
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“A great wonder as it not a very typical Phuket!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Get away from the yacht, catamaran as well as speedboat and out on River Rover to experience the riverbank mangrove in Phuket!!!

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent tour with fabulous food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Thank you to Gordon & Luk. Thank you for giving us such a memorable tour.

We have joined the tour on 30 May. I booked it via email after I arrived Phuket and the whole process is very smooth. Gordon did get back very quick and even help us to arrange transportation from hotel to pier (transportation fee at our charge).

Gordon brought us to several islands and we did not see any other tourists around. We swim, walk around and paddle in an environment that with only us. We really enjoy the peaceful environment and it looks like we have chartered those islands/beaches. Gordon knows how to get away from crowded. He gave us sufficient time, food & unlimited beers to enjoy for the whole journey.

To me, feeding monkeys is the worst part as I am afraid of them however my two friends enjoy a lot. Luckily we are then offered a chance to order lobsters directly from the nearby fishermen at a very attractive price (nearly half price compare to restaurants in Patong). Lobsters are steamed and delivered to our boat directly. They are so fresh and the taste is very good. It is worth to pay for and really helps me to forget about those monkeys.

Food are fabulous!!! Luk is a very good chef even better than some of the restaurants. The drumstick, chicken & coconut soup, stir fried pork with ginger, stir fired prawns with beans and fried rice are to die for. (Except the french fries which is a bit hard, I guess they are over-cooked.)

Gordon said as he is already 70 and he wants to enjoy life so he will only run 7 to 8 tours a month. We are so lucky that we can join this tour. I would recommend this tour to everyone who wants to enjoy Sun, Sea & Sand. This tour is not using speedboat so it suits for all people (family even with elderly or children).

If I visit Phuket in future, I will definitely want to join Gordon & Luk again.

Visited May 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“One of the main highlights of our Thailand holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We have just returned to NZ after 10 awesome days in Thailand as a family.
The best excursion that I would recommend is to spend a day with Gordon and enjoy a River Rovers experience. We had a blast.
Nothing was any bother from where we wished to head to enjoying another ice cold beer/soft drink - the lunch that was freshly cooked on the boat was devine. Having a chance to feed the monkeys was a great experience.
If you are looking for a relaxing day where you are cruising, swimming where and when you want, investigating the many islands and going where you want to go (not where the boat is taking you and hundreds of other tourists) then we would recommend a day with River Rovers. It truely was one of the highlights of our holiday.

Visited May 2013
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“Unforgettable day with river rovers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you are looking for an interesting unique informative way to see a part of the "real " Thailand with fantastic hosts, one of which is an amazing cook do not look past Gordon and Luk of river rovers.
We spent the day cruising chalong bay with Gordon and Luk...
We were blessed with beautiful weather, though very warm and it was a fantastic day to spend on the water.
Gordon took us to see the monkeys first, he provided food for us to give them, we all jumped it to Gordon's kayaks and paddled over to the monkeys. The kids loved it though the youngest was a bit weary at first but the monkeys were actually quite well mannered and most waited patiently to receive a bit of food.... We then decided to kayak a bit further up the water, Gordon followed behind in his boat and after passing some friendly locals(no tourists in sight) and a few homes we hopped back on to the boat.....we then had 2 fresh lobster delivered to the boat by a local fisherman for a very reasonable price to have with our lunch.
Gordon then took us to many quiet hidden beaches for plenty of swimming and snorkeling...on the way my daughter and a couple of other guests sat on the kayaks behind the boat, my daughter thought it was great and even stood up on the kayak, Gordon then stopped the boat so we could jump from the roof in to the water...well the guys had an awesome time impressing us with their somersault jumps...a good laugh....
The beaches as I said were the highlight as we did not see another soul in sight...only us, the water temp was beautiful and we were able to take our time exploring the beaches and swimming....there was never any rush from Gordon at all.
I have to mention the food and drinks too...there was an endless supply of both plus Luk cooked up the most amazing lunch even though she was suffering from a very sore injured hand, the food and drinks just kept coming all day....
To sum it up if you are considering river rovers you honestly can't go wrong, Gordon has a wealth of knowledge of the area, he will take you to amazing spots away from the crowds, you will eat and drink like a king and you will have many great memories of a fantastic day with the best hosts

Thank you Gordon & Luk

Visited April 2013
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hotsoxyPhuket, Owner at River Rovers, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Hi Fiona,
Thanks for the wonderful review, yes, the weather was great and you had a great trip, the monkeys have always been well behaved, I have been going to see them for at least seven years and they have never been a problem, well behaved and lovely, even two and three year olds have seen them.
We rarely see any tourists on our trips because the trip is not on the tourist route, so you are more or less guaranteed to have the trip to yourselves, except you will see many locals going about their dally business and the beaches on the islands are all tourist free.
The trip is ideal for kids and anybody who has a bad back or pregnant or any form of injury as we are only in the river and bay were the water is nearly always calm.
The trip to Phang Gna was great as-well, where we hired a long tail boat and took you around the islands, stopping for swimming etc and cooling off, and at the end we took you to the floating restaurants on Coconut Island for a seafood supper, got home a bit late but not bad.
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