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staying overnight at tong's fishing village in bangkok

Jan 31st, 2008, 08:33 PM
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I would also like to know about the school for the poor.

Does anyone else have problems getting responses from Tong? I try to be patient but sometimes I have to send a note 3 or 4 times (over a few-week period) just to get a response.
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Jan 31st, 2008, 08:35 PM
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If you type Moo Ban Dek into google you will find heaps of info about the school. It is a great place and the kids will melt your heart

Do you live in Australia Gloria?
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Jan 31st, 2008, 08:44 PM
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Tong has 2 email addresses that I know of (see below)

[email protected]
[email protected]

Also there is a website for Tong (I'm not sure if it's up and running as yet)

www.tourwithtong.com

Cheers
Todd
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Feb 1st, 2008, 07:31 AM
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Guen: I went to Cotton House on my first day in Bangkok. But when I asked them for the drawings left by their great customer Guen, and they did not know who I meant!!!! I FORGOT that that is not your real name!!! I looked through their heaps of notebooks and finally found the order from the person I think is the famous Guen...but I did not find any drawings left for me. I did not end up having any clothing made; I was in the throes of jet lag and just could not get it together. And the prices seemed high; so I waited until I got to VN to order clothing. But thanks for all of your help on that..I will write a report as soon as I get my head back on..

Kim: I agree about the monkeys. Tong was laughing at me but I was actually kind of scared by them..they all converge around the boat and start swimming toward you; I was convinced they were going to leap on and grab those bananas!! But Tong cares so much about the animals that you have to admire her sentiments; I felt like kind of a scrooge not to be so enthusiastic about the feeding..

I loved the actual time spent at the bamboo house on the water and kept remarking to Tong that I would have loved to stay overnight..but I would advise that only if one is well apprised on the conditions..as described above.. But for someone who has spent lots of time in SE Asia, perhaps it would not be such a novelty... I think the only issue for me would be what to do with the time after sunset if you cannot read...(lack of power). Otherwise it seemed comfortable enough for an overnight..
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Feb 1st, 2008, 08:47 AM
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it would be very rustic....but like the whole 'secret place' experience it would be unique.....

as long as you were not alone, i think it would be nice to sit and talk....maybe drink some wine and then get a very good nites' sleep and get up early to watch the sun rise over the bay....no shower/no tub of course....wonderful private toilet however...western style...
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Feb 1st, 2008, 08:57 AM
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Maybe not Gloria, but I want someone to volunteer and stay overnight at the fishing village. I would like to hear about someone's experience. Be brave.
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Feb 1st, 2008, 09:58 AM
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If I brought my wife there when we return I would be served papers- if you get my drift!
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Feb 1st, 2008, 02:15 PM
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BillT-you have no time for answering posts, you're supposed to be working on your report. The penalty possibilities are too numerous to contemplate.
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Feb 2nd, 2008, 05:59 PM
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Hi Gpanda,

I have stayed overnight at the fishing village and enjoyed every minute.

People need to understand that the beauty of this place is the serenity and to get a feel of a different way of life than what we are used to. If you are looking for 5 star accommodation you best not stay overnight. But as Tong puts it this place is the million star motels. Regarding any downtime that’s totally up to the individual really.

We feed the monkeys like others and that was an experience, it was amazing as you only except to see a few…. Not a hundred odd jumping from trees into the river and coming from all directions. We also went on a night cruise and seen sea snakes skipper fish and fire flies that lit a particular tree up like a Xmas tree, it was amazing.

The food we ate was amazing, Reed’s family cooked up seafood BBQ and it had to be seen and tasted to be believed. If you’re into oysters you will not be disappointed as Reed shucked about 2 dozen oysters for me which I happily devoured to the point where I thought I was going to be sick!

I will say that you don’t have the most comfortable nights sleep as the bedding is something that we westerners are not used to and the bathroom facilities are very basic. In the morning you rise early and head back to Reed’s place for breakfast and if you like your are able to make merit with the monks. It is then off in Reed’s boat to see how the fisherman earn their living out in the ocean farming for cockles, oysters and mussels. I found it amazing to see all these boats anchored in the ocean and scores of people up to their shoulders in water dragging up huge nets of cockles and various other sea life.

Now this whole experience cost about 3000 baht for 2 people which is $50 each AUS.
For this amount of money and for the experience that you will not forget, I think staying at the fishing village is a must to anyone. And to be totally honest I have not wanted to tell anybody about my stay as I maybe a little selfish and just want it as my only little paradise. But out of respect for Reed and his family whom are really keen to have more people stay I think it’s only fair that I share it with you all.

Kind Regards
Todd
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Feb 2nd, 2008, 09:11 PM
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Thanks for posting Todd. I am always amazed at the detailed posts about Tong from first time posters.....she must be amazing!
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Feb 2nd, 2008, 09:42 PM
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HI---she and linda would be quite the pair!!
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Feb 3rd, 2008, 12:56 PM
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Hawaiiantraveller


I sense some sarcasm in your post. I’m sorry that my post was “so detailed”. Tong is amazing (even if she was only mentioned once in the post!)

If you have any concerns or questions about the validity of my post please don’t hesitate to contact me. As I was under the impression that these types of sites were to share information and experiences.

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Feb 3rd, 2008, 10:42 PM
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Todd...I think you are quite wrong in assuming HT is being sarcastic.

HT knows many of us who have traveled with Tong and is simply suprised how everyone seems to love her and her trips.
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Feb 4th, 2008, 08:05 AM
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Escrunchy...I don't know why the photos...at Cotton House... couldn't be found. I handed them to Da and told her to give them to you and explained everything to her. I put them in an envelope and wrote...To: Escrunchy From: Guenmai... in BIG letters on the front of the envelope. Happy Travels!
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Feb 4th, 2008, 08:07 AM
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Escrunchy...Plus they were PHOTOS...not drawings. Happy Travels!
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Feb 4th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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Guen, is it possible that she was not there on a Sunday?
Happy travels!!
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Feb 4th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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this is making me chuckle!

I insisted that a "Guen" had left me some drawings..the woman there had no idea what I was talking about but she suggested that I look through all of the (many) order books (with those think sheets of paper) to see if perhaps the drawings were in the book.. I did that (and there were quite a few books..they do a good business!!) and from the address in Bangkok (Emporium) and the amount of the total, which I remembered from your posts here, I deduced that I had found your order, but of course there were no attached drawings, photos, or anything..

And of course the name on the order was not "Guenmai." So when the woman saw that the name was different, she became kind of confused and probably thought I was a bit deranged....I acted like I knew that you sometimes used another name.. There was a lot of talk back and forth between the two women who were in the store at that time, about 3:30 pm Sunday...



Anyway, I do appreciate all the time you took with me...let's hope those photos will be there when I go back, because I have to go back someday soon, as I was so jet lagged for most of my time there that I did not do the city justice..
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Feb 4th, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Escrunchy...I don't know if Da was there on a Sunday. She's always been there when I've gone there and I've definitely been there on a Sunday. Oh, well, I tried. The photos are sitting there somewhere in a white envelope. Happy Travels!
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Feb 4th, 2008, 10:02 PM
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toddo,

Why are you so defensive? It seems you have something to loose or know something most of us don't. Didn't mean to offend you.
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Feb 4th, 2008, 10:39 PM
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No offence taken. It appears to me that the tour guide industry in Thailand is very political and quite cut throat by the looks of it. I know that people are very wary of ¡§first time posters¡¨ and understand that completely. I have nothing to neither loose nor know nothing that you don¡¦t; all I wanted to do was share my experience that I had in Thailand with people whom were interested. I apologise if I took your response the wrong way Hawaiiantraveller but it appeared to me that you were very cynical towards what I had to share? I have no vested interest in what happens or doesn¡¦t happen re Tong or any other guide within Thailand. I took the chance in booking Tong and would recommend her to anybody¡K..Is she the best? No idea¡K. As I have not used anybody else. So no vested interested, just wanted to share some thoughts
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