I can’t recommend Asian Plus Travel (also known as BIRD) enough. They operate all over northern Thailand and can apparently even organise trips into Myanmar via their sister company there. We were immensely impressed by: their faultless service; competitive prices; the sheer choice of day and half day trips and tours on offer; their new, clean, spacious vehicles; our knowledgeable guide and excellent drivers; and by Ms Prissna Nattip who was highly accommodating and prompt at answering any queries or questions.
We booked a number of their services online before we left for Thailand and were given special rates. Half an hour before our first tour we were met at our hotel by their booking agent and settled the bill with her (cash was requested because of the special deal). On arriving in Chiang Mai we’d decided to cancel our driver and van for a customised 6 hour shopping spree for the next day and this decision was accepted without questions, fuss or penalties.
Private Chiang Mai Temples & City + Doi Suthep Temple Tour: Polli (apologies for the spelling!) our guide for this half day tour proved knowledgeable, kind and eager and his English was excellent. Tun lacked English but was a careful and defensive driver. Both were once monks and offered up interesting insights into their previous lives. Apart from Doi Suthep (stunning location, but the stalls lining the roads sell goods at inflated prices - the fried insects were 100 Baht and 10 Baht to photograph them, whereas you can get them for 20 Baht downtown and snap pictures to your heart’s content for free), we visited the Wat Phra Singh (don’t miss the old Viharn Lai Kham) and Wat Chedi Luang (my favourite) down in Chiang Mai. A very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Private transfer to and from Pai: their rates for a van (accommodating 10 passengers - way too big for the two of us) and driver were competitive and the drivers we had for both legs drove carefully. Although we’d been warned that a. the road to Pai was long and curvy and that b. the English of drivers couldn’t be assured, Pat’s was particularly good and both drove so well the curves were never an issue. Water was provided and stops were made at various coffee shops. The trip took just over 3.5 hours. Our request to leave Pai early was met and all stops were pulled to ensure this was done. Granted it was low season (at least for this company which apparently deals mostly with Spanish tourists which might explain the lack of reviews), but Asian Plus Travel provides a high level of guest satisfaction and operates efficiently, with good staff and new vehicles.
I would recommend them unconditionally and will look them up again if ever we return to northern Thailand.
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