How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Our tour leader, Nuwa, was fantastic. He was very likeable, always organised and approachable. The language barrier was sometimes an issue but never one that couldn't be worked out. He coped very well with a couple of members of the group who were never happy, but in our opinion, he was great.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Travel light !! We went to Thailand not really knowing what to expect so took a little too much of home with us, next time we will know better !! Almost everything you need is available (Rural Thailand even has branches of Boots) and things are so cheap to buy !! Definitely work on carrying cash as there are few places that you would use credit cards but we found that pre pay debit cards were simple ways to get cash from ATM's.
Do you have anything else to add?
This was a fantastic holiday and a great way to see Thailand. It was good to move on every couple of day's and the accommodation was great. To end the holiday with 3 day's on a paradise island was the perfect conclusion. However, I think the sleeper train element could be an issue if you're a light sleeper as the air con is fierce & the lights too bright, couple this with the rocking & clanking of the train and not much sleep was to be had !! It's worth the experience on the way south but the novelty was not there on the way back north !!