Phuket Kayaking tour operator
A very important part of any tour is the guides and leaders. It is arguably just as important as the tour destination. Our team creates a mood that's both serene and exciting. We the most highly skilled paddlers in all of southern Thailand and possibly all of Southeast Asia.
Sea Kayaking Thailand/Paddle Asia is a small company dedicated to providing you with a very personal experience with nature.
We are paddlers and nature lovers first and in the adventure business second.
Dave Williams, a lifelong naturalist, is an American expat who has lived in Thailand in both Phuket and Krabi since 1993. Dave is well-traveled and has lived in New Mexico, Florida, Indiana, Hawaii, and Virginia. He left Virginia in early 1993 and headed for the tropics.
He started paddling in 1978. He has a great deal of experience in both very serious whitewater and sea kayaking. He has, of course, paddled extensively in Thailand and in the rivers of Laos.
He is the only person of all of the tour operations in Phuket who was a hardcore recreational paddler well before going into the paddling business.
Dave is a certified British Canoe Union Level 2 Coach and the most experienced paddler in Southern Thailand. Just as important if not more, is the fact that Dave has over 39 years of experience in both hardcore whitewater and sea kayaking.
Dave is also a certified Emergency First Response Instructor, a certified rescue technician through Rescue 3 International, certified by the prestigious ITC Outdoor-specific first aid organization, a certified assessor for the International Award for Young People organization and he is a BCU certified lifeguard.
He is a lifelong student of ornithology, geology, biology, botany, and Eastern Philosophy. He has a very broad knowledge of the birds of Thailand and a very good working knowledge of the mangroves and other plants of Thailand. He’s also interested in all facets of seamanship, oceanography, mountain biking, survival skills, wild edible plants, and responsible tourism.
Dave has been an instructor for many of the guides in other companies as well.
Paddle Asia is a 100% Thai-owned company. Dave Williams is the only foreigner employee in the company and Dave's role is training and marketing. Dave does not go on most trip. By Thai law all guiding is done by Thai nationals. Dave takes the minimum salary allowable by Thai law... yes, there is a minimum allowable salary for foreigners with work permits.
Walaporn "Moo" Jitprathep - Director and Owner
Moo 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...
Moo comes from a dirt-poor family and only had six years of formal education. Her family simply couldn't afford to keep her in school. Still, she made it a point to keep learning. Moo taught herself English! Not only is she fluent in spoken English, but she is very good at reading and writing.
Moo and Dave have been married since 1993.
Moo is the Director of Paddle Asia Co. Ltd. She is also a guide, tour leader, cooks at times, and helps with trip planning and coordinating. If Moo is on your tour, you'll be taken very good care of.
Jumrat 'Run' Rengsamut - Thai Tour Guide
Run has been in the paddling industry for over a decade. He has wonderful personalities with a strong desire to make sure that your valuable vaction is both safe and extremely fun.
Run is completely fluent in English.
Run was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay. Run is also our mountain biking guide.
Run is very safety conscious and is first aid / CPR
certified by Emergency First Response.
You're never too old or too young to start kayaking. It's a gentle sport that suitable for all who have a sense of adventure and who wish to explore the natural wonders of the world in comfort. If you can trek, you can paddle! It's that easy.
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