|Member since March 2016
about 3 hours
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Thai salary man who enjoys traveling every weekend and want to share his traveling perspective and willing to help Muslim travelers to get Halal foods and pray while enjoying the tour
This gentlemen, Mr. Raewat, has been the highlight of our trip thus far! We canceled an excursion for which we were hearing bad reviews. It was only about 5-6 hours left in the day to make plans for the following day, so I hit the googles to find a group tour for Wat Pho. I came across many sites, but they were either too expensive or didn't have any availability. I finally got to @takemetour_thailand which is almost like an Uber/Lyft service for private tours. It matches you with a guide who is available to show you around. This service included Mr. Raewat as our private tour guide, entry to 2 locations (we paid for the 3rd), transportation, ferry ride, snacks, water, and a full meal!! Mr. Raewat was so kind! He was knowledgable, patient, and very attentive! His daughter's 15th birthday was yesterday, but he was with us clowns sweating it out at the #grandpalace #watarun and #watpho Once we found out it was his daughter's birthday, whom he had actually planned to take out to dinner, I said we have to hurry up and get back so he can be on his way... but with the #Bangkok gridlock, took us 2 hours to drive back to our hotel and he had another 2 hour drive home! I felt really bad about that, but the overall experience was unparalleled.
I had a great time on this Takemetour local tour! My local expert -- Pitipong -- was very engaging, friendly, and knowledgable on the tour. He was also very easy to communicate with, spoke good English, and was very flexible with me on the timing and duration of the trip. He had such a positive attitude that I loved -- every time he explained something to me, he would smile with such pride and happiness of being a Thailand native, and being able to share this hidden gem with me. Above all, his hospitality and professionalism were great. He brought me to a local Muslim community that I would never know existed in Bangkok without him and Takemetour's access to it. I got to see how Thai locals really live, shop at their local farmer's market, and visit a "date fruit farm" that was started from one man's love for Thailand. What I loved most was being taken on a boat to the rural community and then experiencing the town like a true local -- it was very raw, authentic, and eye-opening for me. I met an old couple who said they were so happy to have tourists come to their community because they're too old to travel outward these days and they want to share local Thai hospitality with guests and new friends. Overall, it was a humbling experience for me and made me appreciate my life and cultural diversity even more. Thank you to Pitipong and Takemetour for the memorable experience!
I highly recommend this tour as it shows another side of Bangkok, the guide us very helpful and friendly and the food is just too delicious to describe! Have fun!