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“Exactly what we wanted” 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.
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“Exactly what we wanted”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife and I wanted to stay away from the hoards of tourists as much as possible and get off the well-beaten path a bit. River Rovers delivered an amazing experience.

We took a live-aboard tour for 2 days and 1 night cruising around Chalong Bay aboard the Pitta, and another exploring Phang Nga Bay for a day in a longtail boat. The Chalong Bay tour was at a relaxed pace, stopping at several beaches and attractions along the way. We snorkeled, swam, fed monkeys, explored remote beaches, ate Luck's delicious food until we couldn't move, laid about, and left wishing we could have spent our entire vacation on Gordon's boat. On the Phang Nga tour, we cruised around the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay, explored hongs on kayaks, walked through a cave, swam among the enchanting islands, walked on more beautiful beaches, and successfully skirted most of the tourist-packed spots.

If you want to see Chalong Bay or Phang Nga Bay without being packed into speed boats and herded through the typical tourist spots, River Rovers, Gordon, and Luck are the only way to do it. Good people, good food, gorgeous location, no crowds, relaxed pace... exactly what River Rovers delivers.

Visited April 2014
Thank Chad H
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“A lovely day out on the water.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Enjoyable and easy paced day on the water.

Definetly suitable for or families or those wanting to get away from the large tourist groups.

All the food for the day was prepared on board by Luck & was plentiful and delicious.

Do take your own snorkel gear if you have it as the gear on board is not very good quality.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A perfect day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

Thank you Gordon and Luck for a wonderful day , we went with a group of two families and everything was catered for from the time we stepped on board the Pitta. This is our third trip to Phuket and Gordon took us to places we could not envisage seeing without his vision and obvious care of the wonderful natural assets Phuket offers.We went down small tidal rivers where some took the chance to kayak to see monkeys whilst the rest enjoyed the first of the many dishes Luck cooks freshly on board . The next stop was a cute little bay with a gorgeous beach and the whole lot of us took advantage of this location for a swim and another one of Luck's amazing dishes. Gordon's next stop was perhaps the highlight of the trip we went to Coral Island not to where the speedboats go but to the back of the Island right on top of a coral reef where there were hundreds of tropical fish and no one else around besides one other boat. It was also the spot where we all got to taste some of the best Thai Food one could taste prepared by Luck all washed down with Chang beer provided by Gordon in the cost of the trip , this quiet location will live in our memories for a lifetime it was just a special place.
The final part of the day was spent at Turtle Bay another magnificent location where we had our last swim before returning to Chalong Bay fulfilled with great food,drink and memories of a great day.
Thanks again Gordon and Luck

Visited April 2014
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“Wow -Simply Irresistible”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

We hired the Pitta for our group of 11 for the day.
What a day it was, Gordon and Luck were just fabulous host.
Our party was 6 adults and 5 kids and each and everyone of us enjoyed the entire day.
If you are looking for something different to the speedboat tours, this is a day out that you see the part of Chalong Bay and surrounds that others will not.
The boat will have 2 kayaks out the back the we used at our leisure, to see the monkeys, to just use when we stopped.
The snorkelling was fun too and the beaches you are taken to are your own paradise without the hoardes around you.
Finally, the food......superb, we could not eat or drink any more than what we did, it just kept coming and it was cooked on the boat fresh.
It was like we were their guests and they could not do to much for us.
It is by far the best day trip we have done for a number of years.

When you check you emails, Gordon will have sent you photons from the day that he took which was a great touch to top of the day!!!!

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

Thank you Captain Gordon for an amazing day on your boat! We had the most amazing time. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We got to see a side of Phuket that no other tour offered. Phuket is so "touristy" and a lot of the places are very crowded, so it was nice to have a boat all to ourselves. After island hopping, we swam in the middle of the ocean and even fed wild (but very well-behaved) monkeys in the mangroves! It was my first time on a kayak, and snorkeling. For lunch, we had chicken and thai soup and it was so delicious! There were plenty of drinks and food available on the boat. If you ever go to Phuket, River Rovers is definitely the best. I can't thank you enough for this wonderful adventure! I hope to revisit Phuket one day and get on board the Pitta again. Do not miss your chance and call River Rovers now! You won't regret it!

Visited February 2014
Thank Kirstin E
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