money has never been the driving force behind
PaddleAsia. It has always taken the back burner.
Our philosophy has always been to simply run
great trips and let the cards fall as they may.
So far, so good... but we want to do more now.
We want to give back to the communities where
we operate and involve more educational experiences
to our guests and our friends.
Williams is a sort of paddling encyclopaedia
for Southern Thailand."
Action Asia magazine May/June 2009
"Moo" Jitprathep - Tour
Guide, cook and fixer-upper
was born and raised in Bangkok.
She moved to Phuket over a decade ago. She has
a love for life that is beyond words. For some
strange reason, she's always happy...
and Dave have been married since 1993.
They live outside of Phuket Town with daughter
Mook ('Pearl' in Thai), granny and their four
very pampered dogs.
is a guide, tour leader, cooks at times
and helps with trip planning and coordinating.
If Moo is on your trip, you'll be taken very
good care of. Moo is always smiling for some
make our trips run smoothly. She makes friends
with everyone everywhere we go. Her philosphy
is: making friends is the best way to get things
her days off, Moo likes working on our organic
garden or going fishing for catfish. She's a
country girl at heart.
comment from Susan Blake:
"I also want to stress what a "gem"
Moo is for the company. She anticipated any
need and was always cheerful and willing to
help. I really appreciated her energy and sense
of humor-made the trip!"
Guides - a
huge part of the heart of PaddleAsia
Chanapon is native of Nakorn Sri Thammarat in
Southern Thailand he has worked in the Eco tourist
industry all of his working life. Combine
this with his qualifications in CPR and first
aid, kayaking and Nature knowledge, and you
are assured of an educational enjoyable and
runs most of our jungle survival courses in
Khao Sok National Park. Him and Tom share the
Phang Nga Bay kayaking and other trips.
Daniel Loiterton - Khao Sok December 2011
wanted to drop you a quick email to tell how
much we enjoyed our week in Khao Sok with JJ.
Everything was really smooth, organised well,
but flexible enough to tweak the schedule whenever
we liked. The family at the floating bungalows
were lovely, made us feel very welcome, and
cooked us some great food. Please pass on our
thanks to JJ who was an excellent guide and
helped us spot tonnes of wildlife.
on the links to see some of Daniel's wonderful
photos and impressive
Just wanted to send a short note to say that
Jane and I had a fabulous day of kayaking yesterday
with our guide. He was friendly, professional,
and knowledgeable about the area, flora and
fauna. His English was good and he had a good
attitude. Our vegetarian meal was delicious
and abundant. I'll be sure to spread the word
about the excellent service and extraordinary
experience your company offers!
Penny Cousins and Jane Mennie (2 satisfied customers)
Phang Nga Bay day trip Oct 2007
Our guide was brilliant. He was very
attentive but not pushy and just always seemed
to say and do the right thing. Moo was also
fantastic and lots of fun, but she also showed
us by example how to be very still and quiet.
The bungalows were just awesome and so was the
time we spent on water and on land.
Spragg - Khao Sok National Park January 2008
a quick note to let you know how impressed
I was with the recent trip..........I could
not get over how well everything was organised
and I felt very privileged to have one on
one with Tom (Nipon) for the kayaking he was
very knowledgeable and entertaining to say
the least. The accommodation, food and friendly
people all added up to a very memorable time
& I'll be back.
Dave for such a great experience. John Hiscock
- Phang Nga Bay November 2007
read more about our guids and their personalities,
check out this Thai
comments about Phang Nga Bay from Kathleen
spend the day kayaking with [PaddleAsia] around
Phang Nga Bay, north of Phuket. I just wanted
someone at Paddle Asia to know what a wonderful
day we had, due... [our guide] was fantastic:
patient, informative, and very conscience. We
enjoyed hearing about how "hong" rooms
are made, about the birds and flora or the area,
and we mostly appreciated his serene way. He
did not make me feel uncomfortable as a beginner
paddler and even offered techniques to ease
my paddling method. We can't say enough about
[our guide] and what a splendid person he is."
Run is also our mountain
biking guide. Run has been
in the paddling and biking industry for over
a decade. He has a wonderful personality with
a strong desire to make sure that your valuable
vaction time is both safe and extremely fun.
was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga
is completely fluent in English and is first
Hab - Longtail skipper
we run trips in Phang Nga Bay, Bang Hab (Bang
is a polite term for Thai Muslims) is the longtail
Hab was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang
Nga Bay. They don't come any more "local"
Hab used to be a subsistance fisherman, barely
making ends meet. We met him through the Ko
Yao Noi Homestay Project and gave him a job
looking after our company longtail. He does
a great job, he's always smiling and happy.