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Supi Prach-Umpai

Thailand is an amazing country full of warm hospitality and lots of smiles. This is no doubt why each year, 60% of travelers to Thailand are repeat visitors. I love my job as a product developer and managing director for Royal Silk Holidays, which I established in Bangkok in 1987. My first trip was organized for friends and colleagues from Europe who came to Thailand to work on several projects and wanted to discover Thailand and neighboring countries. I decided to take a guide training course so I could share my knowledge of Thailand's culture, history, and local wisdom.

Royal Silk Holidays is now a family of 20 travel experts who organize services for travelers from around the world. With our slogan "smile more with us" we're passionate about showing travelers the best that our country has to offer, and also bringing visitors closer to the soul, culture, and traditions of our people.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Even though we're based in Bangkok, we cover all of the main tourist destinations in Thailand. We've developed great relationships with reliable local partners.
Our popular products are
1) Multi-day overland tours from Bangkok to the North which we offer for 2 to 20 people. i.e. 6 Days Royal Cities, 6 Days Trails of Thainess, 3 Days off the beaten path Thailand, 6 Days Andaman Discovery, etc.
2) Elephant care and experience in North of Thailand
3) Island Hopping, Diving and Snorkeling Program in the Gulf of Siam and Andaman Sea (Koh Chang/Koh Mak/Koh Kood; Krabi/Phi Phi Island/Lanta Island; Trang/Koh Ngai/Koh Muk/Koh Kradan)
4) Thailand, Laos and Cambodia overland
5) Biking tour in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Uthai Thani
6) National Park tour for bird and wildlife watching, staying on tree-top house or luxury tented camp
7) Village tours in the North, East Coast, Northeast and the South
8) Mountain hiking and walking tour in Loei and Chiang Mai
9) Foodie Tour with Local Taste in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Samui

Some special & exciting trips
* Helicopter tours in and around Bangkok
* Castaway survival trip on Mak Island, Trat (coconut hunting and borne fire cooking)
* One-day sailing trip with beach hopping on Mak Island, Trat
* Organic Farm stay in Central of Thailand
* Whitewater rafting and Zip Lining in the North of Thailand

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How did you get involved in travel?

" I have been involved in travel since my school time, being active in Nature Conservation Club and organizing trips for members to explore natural sites in our country as well as collecting garbage in national parks. This is also a reason why we became an expert for ecotourism with wide networks in Asia. Thailand is not only famous for culture and beaches, but also rich in natural resources which have unfortunately been damaged by logging and wildlife trading. Tourism is considered as a tool to create awareness for nature conservation as well as to increase income for local people in remote areas which helps reduce exploitation of natural resources. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There were several unique trips I have experienced during 31 years in business, especially wildlife watching. At Guiburi National Park (5 hours South of Bangkok) I have seen several wild elephants together with Indian Bison which have been listed as Vulnerable by IUCN since 1986. The recent trip to Libong Island in Trat province, I was very excited having seen Dugong (sea cows) swimming with a school of 9 Dolphins, just a few meters from my boat. These are experiences I will never forget and wish I can share with nature lovers around the world."

Featured trips & expertise

Buddha statue in Sukhothai Historical Park
A Taste of Culture in Northern Thailand - 8 Days

Get ready to spend a lot of time on your bike as you travel to villages in the rolling green hills of the countryside, taste incredible local flavors and home-cooked meals, and immerse yourself in the history of Northern Thailand. You'll explore the impressive temple ruins in the ancient city of Sukhothai, stay with the Karen tribe in their village, and hang out with a herd of wild elephants.

A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days
A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days

Go beyond the stunning islands and emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, and get a taste of the local lifestyle on this 5-day trip to southern Thailand. You'll kayak through the lush jungle, unwind on pristine beaches, and eat authentic Thai food with a local family on your homestay in a small fishing village.

The northern Thai mountains are calling
Highlights of Northern Thailand Trekking: 7 Days

From the third highest peak in Northern Thailand to the authentic night markets of Chiang Rai, this 7-day trek is a great choice for avid hikers who also want a taste of Thai city life before heading home. Enjoy sweeping mountain panoramas, intricate temples, and bustling, colorful night markets.

Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai
Adventures in Thailand: 14 Days

Adventurous travelers rejoice: this 14-day itinerary runs the gamut of Thailand's most iconic scenery and sights. You'll bike, river raft, and trek your way to ancient temples, traditional villages, and vibrant night markets. Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to immerse yourself in all this colorful country has to offer.

Recent trip reviews for Supi

Northern thailand adventure trips, Thailand - Feb 16 - Feb 24, 2019

Traveler: Odysseas B. - Local specialist: Supi Prach-Umpai

Overall our experience in North Thailand was more than amazing. Our moments with my (private) group members were irreplaceable and we highly recommend Kimkim for adventure and extreme destinations. The places we visited were really difficult to reach them without a local guide being comfortable and familiar with the people and the place. Every single day was unique and different. We were able not only to experience for a few hours some villages in the jungle but also to stay for some nights... read more

Overall our experience in North Thailand was more than amazing. Our moments with my (private) group members were irreplaceable and we highly recommend Kimkim for adventure and extreme destinations. The places we visited were really difficult to reach them without a local guide being comfortable and familiar with the people and the place. Every single day was unique and different. We were able not only to experience for a few hours some villages in the jungle but also to stay for some nights and live the local and simple life. Kimkim is a really trustful company with many advantages and will definitely choose them again for our next destinations.

Last minute trip to thailand, Thailand - Oct 15 - Oct 18, 2018

Traveler: Chuo chuin F. - Local specialist: Supi Prach-Umpai

The rep greeting us at the airport was courteous.

Our guide Richard was very knowledgeable. He even bought us some delicious food treats. We had the best experience with him.

The Siam Niramit Show was great. But we wished the audience could be warned ahead of time about the "Hell" scene. Little children could have been scared.

The Food Tour on the last day was not very special, unfortunately.

Supi Prach-Umpai, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Chuo Chuin
Thank you very much for your kind review and your positive feedback for our guide, Richard. As it is a private tour, we can select our best guide to take care of our guests.
Yes, I agree with you that the hell scene is quite scary for young children. Usually we will warn our guests travelling with small children in advance.
Your comment on the Food Tour will be forwarded to our partner who provide this food experience which got usually positive feedback from the past guests. ... read more

Dear Chuo Chuin
Thank you very much for your kind review and your positive feedback for our guide, Richard. As it is a private tour, we can select our best guide to take care of our guests.
Yes, I agree with you that the hell scene is quite scary for young children. Usually we will warn our guests travelling with small children in advance.
Your comment on the Food Tour will be forwarded to our partner who provide this food experience which got usually positive feedback from the past guests. We know from our own experience that Taiwan has one of the best cuisine in Asia and we enjoyed very much Taiwanese food. The tour has been designed for multi-countries including Western visitors who have different gastronomic background. The level of excitement for Asian food is therefore different. The reason I have included this program for you is that it is a half day join tour without temple visit and the historic area of Bangrak is quite interesting.

We hope to welcome you again in the near future.
Kind Regards
Supi