In my recent trip to Thailand, I came across the services of Mr. Joe and the rest of his team: Mr. Tom and Mr. Somchai. They advertise as a private taxi service, but they are much more. Not only did they drive us where we needed to go, they helped plan our itinerary, held our luggage, and became friends that I will always remember.
I get lost driving in my home town, so trying to navigate my way through Bangkok and the rest of Thailand seemed like a nightmare. As soon as I met the trio, I immediately felt at ease. We were able to go straight from the airport to our desired activities without worrying about directions, finding the cheapest deal, or what to do with our humongous backpacks. Mr. Joe was more than happy to recommend popular, but affordable options and stay in the car with our bags until our return.
We also invited our new friends to join us on many of our adventures. They happily answered our never-ending questions and provided interesting facts that we would have never known otherwise. Mr. Somchai recommended that we see the floating market outside of Bangkok, which ended up being one of our favorite places on the trip. He helped us barter with the vendors, order the right food, and even taught us key phrases in Thai!
All three went above and beyond our expectations of a personal driver. We had read in one of our guide books about the roof bar restaurant Sirocco and it’s amazing views of the city, problem was we had no idea how to make a reservation. Mr. Tom quickly took care of our problem by making a call, and was an even bigger help at the end of the meal. Still new to the Thai currency, we underestimated how much money we needed for dinner and were about 2000 baht short when the bill came. Mr. Tom was kind enough to lend us the money until we returned to the hotel. We would have been in quite a bind without his help!
Overall, our guides were and took the stress out of our travels so that we could just enjoy all Thailand has to offer. They relieved our safety concerns by always being where we needed them, when we needed them. Whenever I am fortunate enough to return to the “Land of Smiles” I will definitely use their services again and I recommend them to anyone doing the same. It’s a great way to support their economy and with the exchange rate, it is more than worth your dollar!
Mr Somchai and Mr. Tom (Bangkok area)
Mr. Joe (Chiang Mai area)