Tim LamerUnited States
My wife and I (from USA) had a full day Phuket tour with Jo. The tour was great and Jo was a fabulous guide. We give her our highest recommendation.
Adam V.Kuala Lumpur, WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN, Malaysia
She is an amazing guide and it felt like I was exploring the island with a long time friend. Jo arrived at the airport on time. The van was in a good condition and the driver was friendly too. Jo was able to answer every question very well besides explaining many things about the island and planning the timing efficiently. She always had the smile on her face. Jo took us to a local restaurant for a good lunch. Thank you Jo for fulfilling my long time wish - Tiger Kingdom - yes I did it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review Adam, really appreciate. Hope you return and complete your work in Phuket. Best regards, Jo
Mark SwoffordUnited States
Jo was an incredible guide, the scenery was beautiful, lunch was a new experience but very good. Would do another tour with Jo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your fast review Mark, really appreciated. Hope you have another opportunity to come back and let me show you more beautiful things in Phuket. Best regards, Jo
David D.St Louis, MO, United States
Patt was tremendous. She's everything you want in a guide - knowledgeable, fun, funny, candid, friendly and caring. I was part of a group of 4 adults and all of us felt the same way. For the cruisers like us, please note that it takes about 90 minutes to get to the long-tail boat from the port, which gives you all kinds of time to pepper Patt with questions, which she enjoys, and to learn so much about her country, people, culture, institutions and traditions. We would hire her again in a nanosecond.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your time to review David, really appreciated. Hope you come back with another cruise ship to Phuket so soon. Best regards, Jo
Nandha RajanUnited States
We had a fantastic experience with Jo. She was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to find us good eats. We are foodies and were a little challenging with the food allergies and two kids in hand. She made our trip in Phuket very memorable and truly showed us what Thai hospitality is all about. She was jovial and energetic and kept the kids in the spirit. We highly recommend her. She was great to work with and we were lucky to have found her for our trip. Thanks Jo!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Nanda, really appreciated. I was enjoyed and fun with you and the family especially your 2 wonderful children. Hope you return and our opportunity to meet again. Best regards, Jo
Sue MenkesUnited States
Fabulous day with Jo (Pattanhant)- competent, caring, professional, thoughtful & honest! Wholeheartedly recommend,as we had a wonderful well planned day! While our ship's tour with 40 persons couldn't get off James Bond Island, we not only toured the island but also arrived by private longtail boat. Jo also arranged a canoe trip into nearby caves & a seeing a local floating village. Although tour included lunch, we had brought our own, so was pleasantly surprised to receive a refund for our prepaid lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Sue, really appreciated. Nice to have 4 of you accompany to Phang Nga bay and good conversation on the way. Hope you come back to visit Phuket and us again. Best regards, Jo
Tina ScottUnited States
Wonderful...wonderful. We did a tour which included local cuisine...which was amazing. Jo is very informative....and a lot of fun. We would not hesitate to use her again....and so happy for the awesome experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your time to review Tina, I enjoyed as much as you and thank you for T-shirt (I wore already during Chinese new year). Till next time. Best regards, Jo
Nga NguyenUnited States
We enjoyed our tour in Phuket, Thailand with Patthanant (JO). We visit Phang Nga bay (James Bond 007 island). Jo is a wonderful person - We recommend Jo for your tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Nga, really appreciated. Hope you enjoyed the rest of the trip and come back to visit Phuket again. Best regards, Jo
Tina ScottUnited States
Wonderful, wonderful. Jo was very professional.....fun....and answered our numerous questions about Thailand culture with great detail. We cant express how thrilled we were with her service. Hiring Jo was an excellent choice , we were happy we chose a private guide as opposed to the group tour excursions. Book a tour...or a few as we did....you wont regret the decision.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, thank you and thank you to both of you :) Best regards, Jo
Gwendolyn WongMandaluyong, METRO MANILA, Philippines
Wonderful fun day with Jo inspite of the changes due to not so good weather conditions! Though we had to forego our boat tour, she asked for our preferences and was able to devise a tour that made everyone (28 pax) teens to seniors happy! She has a great sense of humor, very candid and fun! She brought us to the most fabulous Thai restaurant ..best meal even vs cruise ship meals so we thought that that was her way of making up for the boat tour. Surprise, that she sends us a partial refund. love her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Gwen, really appreciated. Please send me our group photos that we took together to me as I would like to put it on my photos gallery and seems like fun photos. Look forward to see you again. Best regards, Jo
Nadav SharirRaleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Jo - she was our best guide ever! See our review from the day before. She must be your guide if you visit Phuket in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nadav :) Best regards, Jo
Nadav SharirRaleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Jo - she was our best guide among many guides we've hired in the last few years. We spent a full two days with her and there wasn't a dull moment. We saw much more than we expected with includes visiting Phuket during the night time. She did not let us be alone the whole time. We highly recommend that she be your next guide if you plan on visiting Phuket in the near future. You will never find a better one.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your time to review Nadav, really appreciated. You said you will give 6 stars so I thought I will see 6 instead of 5 (hahaha). It was really fun with you, Yaw sang, Jacob and Matsuo sang. Wish you all come back again. Best regards, Jo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Seb!
Karen L.United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Karen.
Thuan BuiUnited States
Tours with Jo was great from the start. She is friendly, funny and understands different cultures. She is also very knowledgeable about the history and culture of Thailand. We've learned many interesting facts along the way with Jo. One thing we loved about the tour is that it was private and we were not rushed from one place to another. Also, our driver was very careful and courteous to others. We will definitely take another tour with Jo next time we are back in Phuket to visit other destinations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Thuan, really appreciated. I wish will have another chance to service you next time :) Best regards, Jo
Chanaka EkanayakeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chanaka.
Chanaka EkanayakeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you.
Kelly RahnUnited States
My family of nine people had a wonderful time on this tour. Patthanant (Jo) was a delightful guide. Her English was excellent and she was very natural with the way she interacted with my family and with the locals and surroundings. Her personality actually blended as if she WERE one of our family. Likewise she was very knowledgeable with our tour. The best part of this tour was when she let us swim in the Indian Ocean around James Bond Island. I would definitely take a tour with Jo again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Kelly, was a nice time with your family. I really felt like a part of the family except I'm not look alike anyone of you, I enjoyed as much as you and hopefully we will have a meal at the same table again one or another part of the world. Till next time. Best regards, Jo
Bernard WorstUnited States
Patthanant (Jo) did a wonderful job leading us and having us experience the unique things, sights, food and culture. Her knowledge of this location was complete, she was articulate has a wonderful and very special personality. She was truly interested in our needs and feelings. Was a complete pleasure to work with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Bernard, was a fun day with 4 of you. Hopefully you will come back again and chose to do different tour together. Best regards, Jo
James FerrisUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your review Jim and Leah, hope you will coming back to visit SE Asia and Phuket then I will take you out more wild....hahaha. I enjoyed the day with both of you too. Till next time...... Best regards, Jo
Raymond ShulmanUnited States
Excellent tour guide. Patthanant (Jo)is a very personable good natured guide with a great sense of humor. Enjoying the sites and learning about them is what you're paying for, the fun and humor is a bonus. I didn't quite care for the elephant ride as the elephants hardly moved, not just for us, but about for everyone else. I would suggest another vendor for Tours by Locals. Overall a great experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your time to review, Raymond. I really appreciated and was really nice day out with both of you. I understand regards to elephant thing, will figure this out in better solution. Best regards, Jo
Raymond ShulmanUnited States
The Phang Nga Bay James Bond Island tour was excellent because of the experience to see how some of the locals work around you. They know tourism is their livelihood and they do what they can to make you feel comfortable. The scenery is outstanding and gives you a chance to get some salt air.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your time to review, Raymond. I really appreciated and was really nice day out with both of you. Best regards, Jo
Nancy L.United States
Jo was a great guide. She gave great information on life of locals. She managed time very well and we were able to avoid crowds. We told her we love seafood and she took us to a great local seafood restaurant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Nancy, really appreciated. To spent time with you and Long was really fun especially when we broke all crab together :) Please let me know if you be back to Phuket again. Best regards, Jo
Felicia SchnebergUnited States
We have used toursbylocals before and Jo ranks at the top. She is not only knowledgeable about the actual tour location, but she shares info about all of Thailand. To put everything into perspective, she uses maps, speaks fluent English, can discuss world affairs and all the while, she is personable, funny and down to earth. She took us to exotic locals via local means of transport, making sure we were safe & secure, yet taken good care of. Love that she didn't push us to purchase souvenirs. Excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Felicia, it was fun with all of you. Funny pics will send to your email, please send me your. Best regards, Jo
Felicia SchnebergUnited States
Jo was an absolutely magnificent tour guide. We actually had her for two separate tours and each was better than the next. She was very knowledgable, accommodating and sweet as pie. We knew we were in good hands. Jo escorted us to places we would not be able to get to, or negotiate, on our own. She even took us to a more local restaurant and ordered lunch for us. She was relaxed and comfortable speaking English. We would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your time to review Felicia, really appreciated. I also had fun with your group too and hopefully will have another opportunity to service you next time. Best regards, Jo
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mel, it was fun yesterday with Teegan and Simon. They ate everything :) Best regards, Jo
Really enjoyed the company of Jo on the tour of the Night Markets in Phuket. Excellent knowledge of Markets with good English. Great personality. Just what I needed to tour the Markets as I was travelling on my own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your tim to comment George, really appreciated. Best regards, Jo
Tim PenczarUnited States
We spent a wonderful day with Jo touring the sites of Phuket. She listened to our special requests and was able to cater to all of them. She picked the perfect place for lunch and brought us to parts of town where we were able to shop for art and special gifts. She went above and beyond in every way. She was the perfect guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment Tim, it was a wonderful day to me too for spent with you and Laura. Sorry about spirit house, maybe we packed too tight :) I wish we will have another opportunity to meet each other in Phuket or another side of the world someday. Best regards, Jo
Lynn BrooksUnited Kingdom
A pleasant young lady,who carried out most of the tour as advertised.Think she is better suited to younger clients who don't want a more in depth tour.
Richard N.United States
Our visit to Phuhet was a shore excursion during a cruise. Our ourstanding guide, Jo, provided us with an excellect overview of the island and we visited all of the highlights that can be seen during a single day. Her knowledge of the island and its people made our visit to Phuket one that we will never forget.
A great tour led by "Jo"--- on time , great personality and knowledgeable! There were 10 of us and we all felt she was exceptional
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Diane for your time to review, really appreciate. It was fun with you and the group which have many different inquiries and match on time. Hope will have opportunity to service you again soon. Best regards, Jo
Michael ComminiSaudi Arabia
I'm sorry it took so long to write this but life has been very busy since my last visit to Thailand. This was my first visit to Phuket and Jo delivered everything she promised! She was an excellent guide and I got some great photos! I enjoyed her wit, her professionalism, and her enthusiasm for photography! She was a great host. I return to Phuket early next month and I'm definitely planning on using her again if time allows!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you :)
Seveena BurgessUnited Kingdom
Jo was brilliant, she picked us up from our hotel in a mini bus and took us on our tour. She spoke very well and has a great personality which helped make up enjoy it more. She provided water and chilled flannels for when it was hot and we have booked another tour with her for the next day. Thanks Jo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Seveena, really enjoy to spent time with you and Earl a lot. Best regards, Jo
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
Jo gave us a great tour and exposed us to the real Phuket not just the tourist sites which is what we prefer to see. Jo was fun to be with, very attentive to us and flexible in where we went. Loved our local food experience especially the coconut crepes from the street vendor. well worth having a private guide in Phuket.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review Jenni, was fun day with you and Grant. Hope you come back to Phuket and enjoy our great time once again :) Best regards, Jo
Donna BrownUnited States
Jo is a delight! We had such a fun day with her in Phuket, from the Big Buddha to the elephant ride, it was a stellar day. Jo's English is outstanding, her knowledge and good humor are charmingly shared. Everything about the tour was first rate and we will certainly recommend her to anyone we know who is traveling in this region. Many thanks, Jo, for a terrific day out and about in Phuket!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Donna, and please accept my apology again regards to my misunderstanding. Best regards, Jo
George OverendUnited States
We had a great day and recommend this guide without hesitation!
David HersteinUnited States
Our group was enthralled by Jo, our guide. She was personable, fun and funny, yet a complete professional. While the tour included the highlights of Phuket, including the REALLY Big Buddha, her choice for lunch may have been the best part for some of our group -- great food overlooking the island. We all enjoyed our time with Jo and wished we could have stayed longer.
Eileen C.United States
Jo was great! We really enjoyed our visit to Phuket from the elephant trekking to visiting the Big Budha, and eating lunch in a local restaurant. We would highly recommend Jo as a local tour guide..
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Eileen, I had a wonderful time with your group also. I wish I will have another opportunity to meet and service you again in Phuket. Best regards, Jo
Temma KanowithUnited States
We had a wonderful tour and enjoyed the elephant ride and Phuket. This is the second time we have used Jo as a guide. She is totally professional and her timing is excellent as are her choices. We had a wonderful lunch at a wonderful outdoor restaurant. Her planning allowed us to see a great deal and not have to put up with the many busses and other tourists.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Temma. I'm very happy that you never be bored to come with me over and over again. It always nice to meet you and Lynn and your friends. I hope you had a nice memory back home about Phuket. Till next time! Best regards, Jo
Although Jo's particular tour was full she did arrange to have her colleague Lee to be our guide for 6 couples. We were not disappointed; Lee was delightful and accommodating. His knowledge of Phuket and his command of English was very good. He explained everything in great detail and was able to answer every question we threw at him. Jo couldn't have selected a better person. All of the five other couples couldn't thank me enough, all had a wonderful day's experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment Bob, he's really appreciated. We always do our best to pleased everyone and I knew he is great at that. Best regards, Jo
Jan R.United States
Jo was warm and friendly. We especially enjoyed the elephant ride. The views were beautiful. She was very informative about the Giant Buddha and cashew nuts.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment Jan, I wish you enjoyed all this trip and had good memorable back to home. Best regards, Jo
Joanne MuellerUnited States
From our first meeting to our last goodbye, our group of five women couldn't have been more thrilled to have Jo as our guide. Jo displayed professionalism and enthusiasm while also maintaining a genuine interest our happiness, comfort and personal requests. Jo quickly learned our names, but more importantly, she immediately adapted to our personalities in order to make the day uniquely ours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Jo, hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation in Phuket. It's very pleasant to meet 5 different character of you together. Now I start to do more sports and go out to the beach more as I told you on tour date :) Best regards, Jo
Stephen CallahanUnited States
Friendly, knowledgeable, excellent command of English. Made the tour fun with her sense of humor. Brought us to a great lunch location. Meal and view were excellent. Helped with menu selection. Would highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review Steve, I hope you enjoyed drive in Phuket as much as home :) Best regards, Jo
Margaret BondUnited Kingdom
An excellent tour...would recommend
Peter WernickiUnited States
Patthanant was a great guide. She showed us all the highlights. She adapted to weather and our preferences. She was fun and personal. She showed us some special places that we will never forget. We would recommend her to anyone coming to this wonderful part of the world!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Peter for your review, to spent time with 4 of you were memorable for me. Look forward to meeting you here...maybe US :) Best regards, Jo
Thomas DelattreUnited States
JO was GREAT! A very very nice person who was fun to be with…. she knew everything about Phuket and made the day a truly pleasurable time. It was like being guided by a patient, kind, good friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Tom for your review.
Jeff BogdanUnited States
We had a great time for the 4 days we were in Phuket. Jo, thank you very much for all the time you took and for arranging everything for us. Everything went accordingly to our schedule, the airport pick up, the tours,etc... We highly recommend Jo's services and cannot imagine going to Phuket without using her services. All we had to do was relax, enjoy the sites, the food...etc... the elephant treking was something the kids will not forget,again thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your review! Hope you arrived home safely. Send my regards to Sue, Jason, Steven and Ryan from me including you. Best regards, Jo
Tricia ReddUnited States
Patthanant (Jo) was terrific! We went elephant riding, saw old town, had the best Thai food we've ever had (the prawns were about 8 inches long) and heard great stories from her. We had this modern van all to ourselves along with a driver, sterile bagged cold cloths, chilled bottled water. This country is so beautiful and Jo just fantastic! I highly recommend her as your guide!
Tammy TenagliaUnited States
Ronald HutchinsonUnited States
What a great tour, my wife will not forget the elephant kiss and ride we had. We will remember this day for a long time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ronald, I'm really appreciated every moment of your group. Hope to have a chance to service you once again :)
Barbara EisenbergUnited States
We had a fantastic day with Jo! She is funny, personable, and knowledgeable. We had a very large comfortable van. Jo was receptive to our needs and took us all around Phuket. We loved the Big Buddha, the elephants, and the shopping! She took lots of photos with our camera and hers. Thanks, Jo!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Barbara and Robert.
David LebowUnited States
Jo was an excellent guide. She was flexible, very knowing and her language skills in English are excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much David, I hope you received photos well
Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Jo was unavailable on the day of our tour but she sent Cha Cha Lee in her place and he was very professional and an excellent guide. He was flexible and well able to change plans on the fly when saving time was a factor. The vehicle and driver were especially good and we appreciated having sufficient room for our party of six. While we wished that Jo had emailed us of the guide change so that it would not have been a surprise, everything worked out well and it was not an issue in the end.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Sondra, Lee's really appreciated your compliment. I always be careful to choose a guide because that's effect my service too so he is one of great tour guide.
Jo is an excellent guide. Everything was arranged perfectly. She was always friendly and helpful. I strongly recommend her as a Phuket Guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Nikos, your family are very nice and so kind to me.
Thereasa BondUnited States
Patthanant- Jo is an outstanding guide. She is so organized and interested in making our tour special. We had a fantastic time seeing wonderful things, but mainly because we spent the time with her. She climbed into the caves and took great photos of us because she was right there. She got to know us quickly and directed the tour accordingly. She immediately became a part of us and we toured as a family, ate as a family and interacted as a family. She is truly WONDERFUL. We want her next time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much
Thereasa BondUnited States
Jo was alot of fun and very accommidating for our needs and wishes. It was the perfect day just as we wished for. Jo was very flexible during our tour including a stop at the pharmacy! She chose wonderful local places to eat that were sensational. We did not do a packaged tour as such, we wanted to personalize it and Jo was really helpful prior to the trip to help us format the tour we wanted and it turned out wonderfully with her help and suggestions-she really enriched our trip getting to know her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Thery, I have wonderful day with you too.
Francis GeracePalmetto, FL, United States
We love Patthanant. What a great personality. She did a great job organizing our visit and tour of Phuket and Phi Phi Island. Phi Phi Island was the absolute highlight of our Thai trip. We will never forget that day's experiences. Patthanant (Jo) is very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. She has great communication skills. I highly recommend her for you visit to Phuket. Don't miss the Thai massage at the spa.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Frank, appreciated all time to spend with 4 of you.
Francis GeracePalmetto, FL, United States
Madelyn JonesUnited States
I had never experienced a tour with Tours by Locals; I must say tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and informative. I will use this tour service again. Thanks you much……
Debra BiloskirkaUnited States
"jo" was very pleasant and fun to be around. She knew the area, culture and people. She gave us a very good tour but a bit overpriced. Her van was first class to travel around in.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Debra, I really appreciate that you take your valuable time to share your experience , It was a real pleasure to share my culture and show you around , I do believe that you have great memorable in Phuket which is my service and my offer. I wish I will have a chance to serve you again for your next trip in Phuket. Sincerely yours, Jo