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Tour Guides at Thailand Ecotourism

Thailand Ecotourism, a Division of Paddle Asia, is a small, intimate tour company that specializes in unique tours with emphasis on being low impact both environmentally and culturally.

Too often traveling is a venture into an industrial business with the focus on profits. Our focus is on showing you the best natural settings and allow you to interact with the local people.

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.

Paddle Asia is 100% Thai owned company. Dave is the only foreigner in the company and he does not own shares. Dave is an employee.

Walaporn "Moo" Jitprathep - Owner, Director, and Tour Guide

Moo was born and raised in Bangkok. She moved to Phuket in 1991. She has a love for life that is beyond words. Moo, Mook and Dave

Moo and Dave have been married since 1993. They live outside of Phuket Town with daughter Mook ('Pearl' in Thai) and their six very pampered dogs and two cats.  All are rescues.

Moo 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 strange reason.

Moo make our trips run smoothly. She makes friends with everyone everywhere we go. Her philosophy is: making friends is the best way to get things done.

On her days off, Moo likes to go fishing for catfish. She's a country girl at heart.

Dave Williams - General Manager

Dave Williams

Dave Williams, a lifelong naturalist, was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1955. He lived in Florida, Indiana, and Hawaii before moving to Virginia. Feeling the life being drained out of him by the daily grind of a typical 9 to 5 job, Dave volunteered to be laid-off from his middle management job at a major US corporation and headed for the tropics in 1993. 

In his youth, Dave dreamed of living a simple healthy life and spending a maximum amount of time in nature. He took up paddling in 1978 and has since paddled more than half his life. 

Thailand Ecotourism (Paddle Asia) is a labor of love for him. Being a nature lover, ecotourism fulfills his desire to work without harming the environment.

Dave is a lifelong fan of outdoor survival skills.  He teaches jungle survival and has been the consultant on two episodes of Dual Survival and was featured once on The Travel Show on the BBC.

Certification in CPR & First AidClass V Lower Meadow River in West Va

Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. View certifications. All of our professional guides are certified in CPR and First Aid through Emergency First Response.

"Dave Williams is a sort of paddling encyclopaedia for Southern Thailand." Action Asia magazine May/June 2009

Thai tour guides - the heart of Thailand EcotourismGuide Run

Khun Run

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.

Run was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.

Run is completely fluent in English and is first aid certified through Emergency First Response.

Khun BaoThai eco tourism guide

Bao runs our guided Khao Sok wildlife trips, kayaking trips, and jungle survival trips. He also runs trips in the bay.

Bao is also from Koh Yao Noi and has been in the adventure business as a guide for more than 20 years.

Bao is fluent in English and is first aid certified through Emergency First Response.

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Guest's comments about Phang Nga Bay from Kathleen Elder:

"I 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."

Daniel Loiterton - Khao Sok

Just wanted to drop you a quick email to tell how much we enjoyed our week in Khao Sok. Everything was really smooth, organized 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.