June 8 Reviews

Gillian’s review

Occupation: International school teacher

1. Tell us what you did in this trip.

I got up very early to go on this trip! 5.25am on a Saturday morning! That was not good – but it was worth it for a truly amazing day! I never thought we would see the whales for so long – 3 hours! 1 ½ hours with one male, 1 ½ hours with mother and calf. And they came so close! I absolutely loved it ! – and took a lot of photos! (Though mine are not so good as the people with very big camera lenses!)

2. What was your highlight of the trip? What was interesting for you?

Highlight – the mother and calf – and getting whale spray blown over my face after one blowhole exhalation!

3. What do you think of the trip?

Amazing trip! …. My only criticism – the very early start. We all met up 6 to 6.30 but did not actually set off til after 7am, even though everyone was there by 6.30 I think?

Some of us have very busy jobs Monday to Friday, and usually catch up on our sleep at weekend! I got up early for it as I wanted to come, and if you’d had to leave at 6.30 it would have been fine.

But if you are not going to leave till after 7, it would be kinder to everyone to say that, and not have everyone sat around for nearly an hour or more when they could have been in bed for an extra 40 mins! The only thing that spoiled my enjoyment a bit was being so very tired all day from the early start – as I say I do very long hours at work Monday to Friday. I would probably still have been tired getting up at 6.15 ish but it would have been my normal time to get up so it would have made a difference to me!

4. Would you recommend people coming to our whale-watching trip again?

 Would absolutely recommend it to others, and thank you so much for organising it :)

 

Siripannee (Noina)’s review


Occupation: Creative marketing manager

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1. Tell us what you did in this trip.

 Erm, took loads of photos? Really, this sets a new record for the highest number of photos taken in one day for me.

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2. What was your highlight of the trip? What was interesting for you?

I’ve got to say that the highlight was that brief moment with the mom and calf pair, the circumstance was perfect; the sun, the boat angle, the moisture in the air… and we saw they blew rainbows. It was mesmerizing.

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3. What do you think of the trip?

I loved it, I think it was great fun and I’ve met lots of cool people. I can see that a lot of thoughts went into arranging this trip. The activities and quiz are great as well; it’s a great way of passing information to participants, and keeping them from being bored :)

4. Would you recommend people coming to our whale-watching trip again?

Absolutely. Actually, I’ve already planned to join you guys again in August with my boyfriend (and possibly a few friends).

About the author

Pairat Temphairojana (Pai) is working as a journalist in Thailand. It was in 2009 when he first saw blue whales in a whale-watching tour in Alaska – and upon hearing that such majestic creatures like the Bryde’s whales is populating in the gulf of Thailand, he did not hesitate to join as a whale-watching guide in Thailand. He believes that having proper standards and regulations for a safer whale watching activities in the gulf of Thailand is necessary and can lead to a more sustainable tourism for the locals living in the region. Pai will be regularly joining us on board as a field observer and a reporter on our frequent visits to the Gulf of Thailand.

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