Khao Sok Tours is a division of Paddle Asia and is the result
of over 40 years of kayaking experience and a lifetime of love
for the great outdoors. Founder and General Manager, Dave
Williams invites you to experience the wonderful world of
exploring nature's delights in the comfort and convenience of
a traditional kayak.
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Khun Moo - Owner and Director
Moo was born and raised in Bangkok. Moo originally came from extreme poverty. She taught herself English and over the recent past, she has taught herself to read and write English. Moo is a success story!
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 and Dave have been married since 1993. They live in Phuket Town with daughter Mook ('Pearl' in Thai), and their six rescued dogs and three rescued cats.Moo is our PR person, a guide, tour leader, cooks at times, and helps with trip planning and coordinating. If Moo is on your trip, you'll be taken very good care of.
Paddle Asia is 100% Thai owned. Dave is not even a shareholder.
No experience is necessary for most of our trips. For most trips, all you need is a sense of adventure and a desire to try something new. Most of our guests have either never paddled before or haven't paddled since childhood. You can do it! And, perhaps most importantly, our all-Thai staff will make your tour safe, fun, educational and enjoyable. They are the best of the best when it comes to guides and service.
Dave - Founder and Instructor
So there I was, working at a factory. After thirty-six years, I was still caught up with the same boring dream that most of us share... a dream that some day, a long, long time from now, I'll be able to not work. I decided to risk it all to follow my dream and work at something that matters more to me than anything else - Nature.
Dave Williams is a lifelong naturalist. When not in school, Dave would be outdoors. He has an intense love for nature and all forms of life.
He was born in Roswell, New Mexico. He lived in Florida, Indiana, Hawaii, and Virginia. He moved from Virginia and headed for the tropics in early 1993. Since then he has lived in Thailand in both Phuket and Krabi.
Dave started paddling in 1978 and has paddled more than half his life. Dave lives to paddle. He has paddled some of the most treacherous rivers in North America and has a great deal of kayaking experience. He has, of course, traveled and paddled extensively in Thailand.
Note: All tours, by Thai law, must be run by licensed Thai guides. Dave only goes on a few group trips and school group trips
Certification in CPR & First Aid
Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. View certifications. All of our professional guides are certified in CPR and First Aid through Emergency First Response.
Mr. Run has been in the paddling industry for close to two decades.
He has a wonderful personality with a strong desire to make sure that your valuable vacation time is both safe and extremely fun.
Run was born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay. Run is also our mountain biking guide.
Run is fluent in English and is EFR first aid certified.
Our lead Thai guide for Khao Sok tours is Mr. Man.
Mr. Man was also born and raised on Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.
In addition to having an intimate knowledge of where to find wildlife in the park, Mr. Man also runs most of our jungle survival courses in Khao Sok National Park and Phang Nga Province.
Mr. Man is fluent in English, EFR first aid certified, and he's a genuinely nice guy.
Mr. Nares "Goat" Ruamsakul is another one of our Khao Sok, Survival, & Phang Nga Bay Thai guides.
Mr. Goat is licensed through the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Mr. Goat was also both born and raised on Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay. He is Mr. Run's nephew, so he comes from a very good family.
Mr. Goat is a very nice guy. Mr. Goat speaks English, though he is not fluent. He's working very hard on it.
Mr. Run, Mr. Man, and Mr. Goat are all licensed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Some photos from Dave's watery past.
Dave paddling the New River at very high water.
Sunshine Rapid on the Arkansas River in Colorado.
Class V drop on the Lower Meadow in West Virginia.