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“Fake Tours hard to avoid”

Khao Sok National Park
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$86.30*
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Full-Day Natural Tours in Khao Sok from Phuket Including Lunch and Canoeing
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Surat Thani
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Erftstadt, Germany
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fake Tours hard to avoid”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Unfortunately I have to add to the warning on false National Park Trips to Khao Sok – and more sadly how difficult they are to avoid. We read the postings here before our tour and still ended up with exactly a scam tour as prior warnings described.
As we were a group of 8 we booked upfront through a travel agency – Phuket-trips.com aka Andamanda Travel (the operator turned out to be khaosokdiscovery). If you look up their Website(s) you will get a very clear impression that you are up for the “real thing”. We even went as far as writing to them about our concern to get one of the fake tours. They confirmed in writing to us “Our tour is National Park tour and the itinerary is as suggested.” and “National park fees are included” – I won’t bother to write all the broken promises here but just let’s just say the Rainforest Elephant Tracking turned out to be 45 minutes riding in a Palm Tree Plantation. The “river jungle canoe” turned out as 45 minutes on a river along the road with three street bridges crossing, garbage swimming in the river and plantations and living areas along the way
What would be great for future travelers is someone posting great operators for Khao-Sok day trips – we can unfortunately only add this warning on another set of bad ones.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A great day out.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Do arrange a day trip to Cheow Lan Lake. We joined a group in a minibus to take a one hour journey on a longtail boat to a floating village. Lots of time to swim or use the kayaks supplied at no charge. Fantastic lunch included. Also a 3km jungle walk if you feel up to it. All for 1500 baht each.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful un disturbed jungle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

Always from the crowds with dense forest echoing to the sound of the many monkey species inhabiting the tree tops. Abundance of bird life, fish in the lake and we were told the rangers have seen big cats, as well as their prey. It's wild life heaven!

Visited March 2013
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Los Altos, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Sip-ed-Chun trail poorly maintained and leach infested.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Billed as a 4 km hike, this trail seemed like 12 km. Cannot.move fast due to washed out trail conditions. But the worst part were the leaches that jump onto your shoes from the trail and inch themselves up to socks and skin where they immediately bore in and suck your blood. There were literally millions on the trail itself. Let me repeat. These leaches were on the trail. Into today I thought I could avoid the water to be leach free, but not here. Every few minutes we had to stop and scrape off the wiggling devils as they worked their way up our shoes. We inevitably lost the battle and had multiple wounds including or industrious bigger that worked his way under the tongue of.my shoe where he fattened up on my blood for the day. That hole bleed for about 4 hours after I discovered it due to the anticoagulant from.the leach. After slogging through this for 3 hours we just turned around to cut our losses. There were no views or lookout from the trail either. This was the worst hiking experience I have ever had.

Visited March 2013
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“Clueless Amateurs”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Huge wildlife persecution,they catch,eat, sell, cage and otherwise kill for the fun of it just about everything.There are no large birds or animals to be seen anywhere,they even make Eagles nest tea

Visited March 2013
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