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“A Perfect Day!”
Review of River Rovers

River Rovers
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Private Islands and Eco Tour: Hidden Treasures of Chalong Bay
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Private Monkey Jungle Cruise: Phuket Day Eco Tour
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Private Phuket Islands Cruise: In the Steps of Lord Buddha
Ranked #8 of 51 Tours in Chalong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Phuket, the pearl of the Andaman, is famous for its white beaches and tropical nature; offering so many off the beaten tracks to explore and experience. If you’re a nature lover, planet lover, or simply just want a holiday to love and always remember then you've come to the right place...River Rovers Eco Cruises!We are an independent Eco-Tour Company, taking small tours to all of the out of the way places, to see the natural beauty and Ecosystems that surround Phuket. We take no more than 6 guests on our Live-a-Board tours and a maximum of 10 guests for our Day tours, taking you away from the crowds of tourists, to show you the real Thailand with all of its treasures on offer.With our shallow draft of only 8 inches, we can pull up just about anywhere, without climbing on dinghies and clambering up the side of boats, perfect for all ages and abilities and wheel chairs are welcome too.You will experience a wonderland of wildlife, unspoiled by tourism.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 28 March 2014

A big thank you to Captain Gordon and Luck for an amazing day on the water! It was great having such a small group too. I almost felt sorry for the hoards of tourist we passed all lined up waiting to get on speed boats, as we peacefully headed out with our group of 8 (including Captain Gordon and Luck). It felt more like spending a relaxing day with friends… stopping to swim and snorkel on beautiful quiet islands, enjoying delicious snacks and lunch, and even feeding the monkeys by hand! It was amazing how friendly and gentle the monkeys were. I couldn't have imagined a better experience! Don't miss out on this!

Thank Kruu
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

I was looking for something special to do for our anniversary and i definitely found it! Captain Gordon was very helpful via email helping me work out a program and taking my budget into consideration. Going to places where there are no other tourists was a breath of fresh air..and how many people can say they have had dinner on deserted island..wow! And the food was delicious. I regret not watching while Luck was cooking so i could learn some Thai cuisine but i was too busy enjoying the scenery and the beach.
Just a little add on..they have the nicest toilet on a boat we have used:)

Thank Vrtw
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Thanks to Captain Gordon and Luck for showing us a totally different side of Phuket. We've enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and the excellent food on board the "Pitta". If you want to see the less touristic side of Thailand, be sure you contact River Rovers.

Thank Frank V
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

Our day with Gordon and Luck was absolutely Fantastic !! I booked the Pitta for myself husband and four friends We gave Gordon some ideas of how we wanted to spend our day and left it in his capable hands.... WoW !! We couldn't have wished for a more perfect time we travelled around some stunning scenery, we visited some beautiful beaches, went snorkelling, kayaked along the river where we fed wild monkeys (amazing!!!) ... Food !! What can I say as soon as we arrived the food started coming!! We had various fresh fruit and snacks all morning then on a deserted beach we had a banquet ( sending a request for recipes ) a gastronomic delight ....and enough to feed an army. I would highly recommend River Rovers and will certainly be returning for an overnight trip next year Thank you so much for a truly memorable day xxxxxxx

Thank Andrea S
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We enquired with Captain Gordon on the possibility of arranging a custom trip for us, as we will be arriving on a cruise ship and therefore will only be available between 9am and 5pm. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that another party of 6 from the same cruiseliner had arranged for a trip on the same day as well, and we were glad to tag along. Having been to Phuket previously and gone for a Phi Phi island tour (through an operator on Tripadvisor) and John Gray Sea Canoe, we hoped to explore parts of Phuket and the areas that we have not been to before. Captain Gordon arranged for private taxi to pick us up (for a reasonable sum) from where we tendered to Chalong Bay, where he met us. We met Luck and Meek as well, his assistants on the Pitta. As we had tendered late, we had missed the morning high tide and therefore could not make the trip to the river and mangrove swamps. Instead, Captain Gordon brought us to a sand bar which was only visible at low tide, where we felt like we had the island all to ourselves. We then took shelter in a calm bay around the back of Coral Island, where we could snorkel and kayak if we wanted. Being not too fond of fishes, I stayed on the boat, where I fed rice from and could see the fishes at the sea bed (about 3m deep?). After lunch on the boat, our party decided that we wanted to check out the mangrove swamps and the monkeys, which turned out to be really polite monkeys (compared to those on Monkey Beach). By the end of the day, we made it back to the jetty about an hour before the last tender.

This tour is for you if you do not have a list of "must-sees" - itineraries are somewhat flexible, and we were happy to duck into a calm bay for snorkelling and a delicious lunch to wait out a spell of rough waves. We enjoyed our day with Captain Gordon and our travel companions from the same cruise (from Australia), and were never not-hungry (in fact, we were quite stuffed), thanks to Luck and her delicious cooking. Having had my camera broken by a friend prior to the trip, Captain Gordon kindly sent us almost 100 photos from our day trip a few days after. I will definitely return to explore Phuket with River Rovers.

Thank Patricia C
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hotsoxyPhuket, Public Relations Manager at River Rovers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2014

Hi Patrica,
Thank you for your lovely review, so glad you all got back to your cruise liner on time, sorry you were late getting off the boat but you still enjoyed the day, I had to change the whole trip around to make sure you saw the monkeys, the tides were no good for that bit so we did it later.
I hope you come to Phuket again and do another trip with us, we will take you on a different trip next time.
Best wishes

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