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Asian Oasis - June Bahtra Cruise
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June Bahtra: Full Day Lunch Cruise Phang Nga Bay by Chinese Junk Boat
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Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the June Bahtra Phuket
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: June Bahtra is a traditional Siamese Junk. All the journeys on board the beautifully-appointed June Bahtra start in Phuket and take you on a magical cruise along one of the world's most spectacular coastlines. A variety of cruises are available to choose from, including full-day cruises with a visit to James Bond Island (with lunch) and sunset cruises (with dinner). Our prices include roundtrip transfers from any hotel on Phuket Island, knowledgeable guides, meals as specified in the program, water and soft drinks as well as tea and coffee and the National Park entrance fee.
Reviewed May 15, 2013

A sunset dinner cruise on an old junk the June Bahtra is a must do when in Phuket. The trip takes between 3 - 3 1/2 hours. It allows you to view a spectacular sunset. The food is thai style buffet, really fresh and prepared on board. All in all a relaxing cruise. Try the following company for good rates on phuket excursions. www.phukettravelbox.com

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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Through years I made some fine "two days / one night" cruises (HALONG BAY for example on VALENTINE junk or MEKONG on BASSAC ship). I made, also, very enjoyable day cruises in PHANG NGA bay (lot of times from 1994 to 2011 and, specialy, on former wonderful MARGARET LEE from LE MERIDIEN).

On last December 2012, I was with family and friends in PHUKET and KHAO LAK. I looked after a sunset cruise as we did not want to be a whole day on PHANG NGA bay. I booked (Internet) the sunset cruise of JUNE BAHTRA which I paid 12 500 Bath (some 435 $) for 5 persons. I wished a non shared van (as we were 5 guests) and I asked for it. I paid (for this "private" van) and extra 800 Bath (some 30 $). So, the total cost was of the sunset cruise was about 465 $ (5 passengers).

Official schedule was : pick up at 3:30 pm at hotel. We were in LE MERIDIEN (south west part of PHUKET island) and we had to go to the pier where was anchored the junk. The JUNE BAHTRA pier is in north east part of PHUKET island. It takes (along with traffic jam) some 45 to 60 minutes. Scheduled was to be by 4:30 / 4:45 at pier of the junk. The sunset cruise was supposed to board at 5:00 pm.

The van was fine (the only thing which appears to be fine in fact). It was on time at hotel (3:30 pm) and the driver was very careful. We arrived at office of the JUNE BATHRA on the pier by 4:30 pm. We were told that cruise will be late from 10 to 15 minutes but in fact it was 35 minutes (waiting for other customers !). In office there was not enough seats for 5 persons and the staff did not offer us even a glass of water during the hour we had to wait. At 5:35 pm (35 minutes late) we board the junk. We were 13 people on board. The first thing we were told was that the junk has to be back by 8:30 pm as the staff live on it (we did not understand very well the purpose of this explanation). The lady (one of the JUNE BAHTRA company) who was the "guide" was nice but she spoke (in english) in a high manner (not very easy to understand).

Weather was not fine and thunderstorms were in sight (very close) on north part of PHANG NGA bay. By 6:15 pm night was coming full and thuderstorm too with winds and rain. Staff changed place trying to anchor twice with some difficulties. Rain began to be more heavy with gusty winds. Plastic curtains were deployed from the roof by the crew of the junk but water was pouring on bankets.

By 6:45 pm, some passengers began to say we should have better to head back to the pier. The young lady answered in a not friendly manner and did not want the Junk return to pier. With plastic curtains closing the small space where we were confined, dark night, and rain showers with gusty winds, we were like in a sauna on the junk. The (Thai) buffet was average but it did not worth the price paid. There were on board soft drinks (free of charge) and beer (70 Bath) but no wine.

We (passengers including some not too young people) were not satisfied according to these unconfortable situation (rain, wind, and so on). Some of us asked again to head back to the pier. The young lady (with her mobile phone) called her boss (I think). She told us that the cruise will not head back to pier because of one or two (sic) passengers ask for it. She explained that there will be a poll (may be she thought that some of us may wish to go on this cruise). 100 % of passengers (13 passengers) raised their hand and wanted to return to the pier.

This was a very unpleasant sunset cruise. Of course the JUNE BAHTRA company is not responsible of the (bad) weather. But, as a former pilot, I do think they should have canceled the cruise (or at least head back more quickly to the pier). It would had be less unpleasant to have dinner on board at pier ! According to a complete dark night (because of late departure and thunderstorms with low clouds), heavy rain, gusts, and plastic curtain closing the junk, there was nothing to see anyway ... But (may be) JUNE BAHTRA company did not want to head back sooner to avoid that some passengers may ask for a payback for the cruise ( ? ).

We took a picture (see attachment) of this sunset cruise while crew let the steering wheel blocked with a bar stool and tried to manage some problems while we had to face winds and rain (thunderstorms).

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Asian-Oasis-Thailand, Manager at Asian Oasis - June Bahtra Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2013

Dear Sir,

We appreciate your comments on the sunset cruise, and were truly sorry to learn about the unfortunate sequence of events that spoiled your outing with us.

The travelling time between hotels in Phuket and the pier is about 45 minutes, and even up to 60 minutes, depending on the traffic and the number of people to be picked up along the way. It does sometimes happen that we have to wait a few minutes for some passengers. We will, however, try harder to keep to schedule, as regards the departure times of our cruises.

Thank you for mentioning the seating at the office, and the lack of service. In fact, we do have a waiting area with seating for more than 15 people. We have instructed our staff to tend properly in future to our guests waiting in the office.

It is regrettable, but the unpredictable weather in Thailand does sometimes influence our cruises. Occasionally, when bad weather sets in, we cancel the cruise ahead of time. In these cases we advise our passengers as soon as possible, and also offer a refund.

In the event of strong wind and rain coming up after the cruise has started, safety is our main concern. If our captain decides that it is not advisable to proceed, he will find the best way possible to secure the safety and well-being of everyone on board. From your account, the staff on board clearly did not communicate with passengers well. We are taking steps to prevent a recurrence of this in future.

Sincerely yours,

June Bahtra

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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Went as part of a Phuket splurge trip while staying for a month in Thailand. Trip was really good. Well mapped and thought about. My only grippe is only getting half an hour to visit J.B Island!!! But considering how far out it actually is, I can understand why. The crew were really nice, our guide Bob was funny. The food, especially the fish, was great. Great relaxing day tour :)

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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

We did the full day cruise and although it's about £78 each it is worth every single penny . Picked up from our hotel in kata beach , transported to the marina , English speaking guide , crew and service on boat outstanding . Transferred to long boat to see James bond island ( and the crew put the sails up so we saw the boat in its full glory ) went to gypsy village , saw real life and went round their school , then their market and saw the mangroves , went through a cave - wow . Meal back on board the boat and time for a swim in the sea before returning back to the marina . Food delicious on board , crew continuously offering us drinks and fruit . Excellent , breathtaking day out , well worth the price and would thoroughly recommend this trip for all ages.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Its only good for people who like to sail on a quite boat and have a buffet. The food was nice and the staff was friendly as well.

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