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“Great day on the river”

Siam River Adventures
melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great day on the river”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

We did the white water rafting 7th December and had a brilliant day. Picked up on time and headed up to rafting base. Brief stop in MaeRim and opportunity to go over to local market for snacks or drinks. Delicious lunch on arrival after a 2 hour journey. Safety briefing well done and easily understood.
My son was not able to do the middle section as under 10 so we had to stop and let him out 1/3 of the way down and pick up again after the more challenging rapids. Although disappointing as other reviewers have pointed out safety is paramount and this is no cowboy operation. While on the river we saw other companies transporting rafts on the back of utes - rafts up to 4 piled on top of each other AND then guides on top.
We felt perfectly safe with Siam. Knowledgable rafting guides who really know the river. You certainly work though so be prepared to paddle and paddle hard.
Overall a great day and will definitely be going back probably for the overnighter next time.

Visited December 2012
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Okinawa, Japan
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“Great fun day on the river”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We did the full day whitewater rafting adventure, and had a great time. The website says that it's for kids 10 and older, but our (very small) 10 year old daughter was a concern for the guide who picked us up from the hotel. He said that the boat guide would make the determination whether it was safe for her to go all the way down the river or not, depending on the river condition of the day.

The drive up to the departure point was really interesting, but bumpy. If you get carsick, you might want to take some meds. We saw several other river companies putting boats in the river, but only about halfway as far up as Siam River Adventures. Too bad for their customers, because a lot of the really fun rapids are farther upstream.

We got to the departure point and had a good lunch. Then got gear on and had the safety brief. Given the rains of the day before, the river was running pretty high. The boat guides decided that our daughter could do some, but not all, of the rapids safely. They also decided that it would be best if she didn't have a paddle while she was in the boat. A little sad that she couldn't experience all the rapids, but very grateful that the guides really did have her safety as the most important thing.

Felt very safe, as they had staff on the banks near the rapids, plus a kayak escorting the rafts in case anyone needed assistance. When we got near the higher grade rapids, our guide brought the raft to the shore, where there was another guide waiting for our daughter. After running the higher rapids, we stopped downstream where she and the guide were waiting for us and picked her up again. She said that getting down to the river at the downstream point was challenging...the guides had to lift her up onto the rocks that were as tall as she was.

Great day, fun for all. Grateful that they were very safety oriented for our kids, and very nice to our daughter. Would definitely do it again, and would use this company again. Liked that we got to go so much further up the river than the other tour operators.

Visited November 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Siam River elephant riding and whitewater rafting”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Did the combined elephant riding and white water rafting with Siam Rivers and cannot speak highly enough of the whole experience right from the booking, organisation, safety, and fun. If you are going to do whitewater rafting and/or elephant riding use Siam Rivers for a pleasant well organised super fun time. Siam Rivers also can organise trekking and staying in the mountain areas to canoeing and more. The river guides were lots of fun and safety was paramount which i have heard can be a little slack in Thailand so you can have peace of mind on any activity with Siam Rivers. Go for it and have fun!

Visited October 2012
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Safe, fun and cheap intro to white water rafting”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This was a very well organised company who have safety as a paramount. We visited in November and I think some of the rapids weren't as big as usual but it was a nice taster. I don't think you'd get a huge buzz if you've done loads of rafting. Very affordable, a lot more so than other countries and the food was delicious so overall it was a great day.

On a side note we passed an elephant park on the river and saw an elephant push another one into th river, kinda cool

Visited November 2012
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Gold Coast
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3 reviews
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“Kayaking and Rafting”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

Spent 2 days with Siam River Rafting Adventures learning how to Kayak and also getting some rafting in as a bonus. I am new to white water kayaking so spent several sessions with one of the guides learning the basics in some small rapids then took a couple of runs down the river, jumping into the raft for the larger grade 4 rapids as a safety precaution. I had a bunch of fun and always felt safe in the hands of the guides. Highly recommended!

Visited September 2012
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