Guide Jean greatly enhanced our visit. We had two days in Bangkok, arriving at 11am on the first day and leaving at 4.30 the next, so we wanted to see as much as we could in a limited time.
Jean, of Your Thai Guide, organised our days so that we saw all that we wanted. We listed in advance all the places of historical interest that we wanted to visit, making final decisions on the day once we had met Jean, who was waiting for us on our arrival at the hotel.
Jean was very knowledgeable about all of the sights and his English was very good. We traveled using local transport: canal boats, tuk-tuks, and taxis. In our research for this trip, we did read advice from some companies that it was wise to hire a private car as well as a guide.
Traffic is extremely congested in Bangkok and we would have wasted a lot time if we had only traveled by car. We are very pleased that we hired our own guide. We were able to see just what interested us; the best order for visits was suggested; we didn’t waste any unnecessary time in traffic and didn’t have to be concerned about being overcharged by drivers and being taken to places we didn’t want to see.
At the Royal Palace, that was busy even as it opened, Jean was able to buy us tickets very quickly as he is an authorized guide, so we didn’t have to queue. Jean took us to very cheap, clean places for lunch and helped us with our choices.
There is no doubt that Jean enabled us to have a much richer experience in Bangkok than we would have had on our own. We visited four major sites on each day. We were on a cruise ship that spent two nights in Laem chang Port, which is 2-3 hours from Bangkok.
We didn’t use Your Thai Guides to provide our transfer as we didn’t know that the company provided this service, but other travelers might like to investigate this option.