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Private tour guide vs organised group

Interested to hear people's views on the above.

We are a family of 4 spending 4 days in Bangkok in July and want to do the Palace, River Kwai and Floating Market tours - but are unsure whether to take the group organised tours - or hire our own tour guide via our hotel (Rembrandt)

Any views or t thoughts on the plusses and minusses of both would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Private tour guide vs organised group

Private guide gives you complete control over how long or short a time you spend at any particular place so you are not either hanging around for others or being rushed as others are impatient to move on.

With a private guide should you wish you can change your itinary on the day at any time.

Private tour guides are generaly much more sensitive to your needs than a larger group guide.

I suspect with 4 people a private tour in many cases will not work out hugely more expensive if at all.

Private tour guides are a door to door service (no travelling around half the hotels in Bangkok dropping or picking up other people)

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2. Re: Private tour guide vs organised group

Definitely a private guide for all the reasons stated. We did a couple of day trips out of BK with a private guide on our first trip to Bangkok and it was the best thing we did. We have used the same guide on subsequent trips and are now good friends!

You can do the Grand Palace on your own but it's worth getting a guide to take you to River Kwai and Floating Markets - they will likely take you to railway market as well which is worth seeing.

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We are heading to Bangkok in July also looking for guide. Do you have contact details or name you could recommend?

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4. Re: Private tour guide vs organised group

Hi certainly do support the value of a private guide for all of the above. Join tours are fine but there is often hanging around for a straggler. Unless you want to there will not be any " shopping ". One to one contact is great as you can ask as many questions as you please and get some very useful local knowledge. Pre booking just saves so much valuable holiday time you know where and when it all happens. There are a number of guides recommended on TA which are listed in the FAQs. We have hired Wandee on a number of occasions over a few years and she is terrific. Last time was in March. Good value good company and does take a genuine interest in her guests. You could try her for a quote she is on wandee@wandeetours.com

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5. Re: Private tour guide vs organised group

I agree with the comments about private tour guides. There are many in the FAQs. We used Tong and were more than happy.

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6. Re: Private tour guide vs organised group

Private tour guides like Tong and Khun Sawawdeeka are the way ahead. Makes more sense than a tour

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