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For a great tour of Chiang Rai contact Jermsak!

Charleston, South...
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For a great tour of Chiang Rai contact Jermsak!

Thanks to forum posts by Broder, my wife and I learned of Jermsak. He is an excellent guide and we could have never seen as much in 2 days without him.

We hired Jermsak and a driver for both days and visited Myanmar, Doi Tung, Laos, hilltribes, Golden Triangle, White Palace and much more.

Jermsak's english is excellent, and living in a hilltribe as a child gives him great insight into their varied cultures.

To top it off, my wife and I had seen some Chinese hot air lanterns at a function at our hotel the night before and I commented on how much we enjoyed them. Jermsak stopped on the way to our hotel at the end of our second day and bought a couple lanterns and we launched them once we got to our hotel.

The best way to contact Jermsak is at jermsak_cei@yahoo.co.th

Brisbane, Australia
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for Chiang Mai
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1. Re: For a great tour of Chiang Rai contact Jermsak!

So glad you had a good trip and you managed to see so much. Jermsak does go out of his way to attend to small details and to listen to little comments you make. The lanterns were a nice touch.

Caroline.

Colorado
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2. Re: For a great tour of Chiang Rai contact Jermsak!

scmpsc:

Delighted to know that the advise on the forum was helpful to you and that you enjoyed your time with Jermsak. He does have a talent for really listening to his clients and picking up on their "traveling style." I always appreciate it when a guide realizes what type of experience I want and tailors the trip to meet my needs. We all value different experiences.

If you have time, other forum members might be interested in knowing how you enjoyed your day in Burma and the Laos portion of the Golden Triangle (as well as anything else you want to share in a trip report). I've had several p.m. this past week with people inquiring about going into Burma for a few hours and about the trip to Laos at the Golden Triangle. I've shared my persepective with them and why I valued this portion of several of my trips. But, since we all have different perspectives, I'm sure TA members would love to know more about your experience.

Thanks for coming back and putting a post on TA.

Broder

Charleston, South...
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3. Re: For a great tour of Chiang Rai contact Jermsak!

Thank you Broder for your reply. You had a significant influence on my trip to northern Thailand!

I felt that the visit to Myanmar was a must do. In about 2 hours within the country, Jermsak took us into a market area that was for locals, not tourists. It was located a few blocks beyond the main tourist market. I would have felt uncomfortable there without Jermsak's presence. He also took us to a temple which I would not have visited on my own as no other tourists were there.

Myanmar is an interesting contrast from Thailand. The country has some unuaual quirks. They have their own timezone which is 30 minutes, not 1 hour, different from Thailand! Also, you leave your passport at the border which worked out just fine, but seemed a little risky. Again, i would have felt less comfortable without a guide in this border crossing. Myanmar is less developed than Thailand.

I bought some 200 year old opium weights which are an interesting souvenier. They cost about $7 US.

Our crossing into Laos was via a speedboat (actaully sort of like a real wide hollowed out log and an exciting ride). We left from the Golden Triangle docks and went to an island which is being rapidly developed with a casino/resort. We visited a tourist market and no passport or visa was required. Basically, it's just an opportunity to say you've been to Laos and not nearly as interesting as Myanmar.

Jermsak's language skills with the people in notrthern Thailand(including hill tribes), Burma, and Laos was invaluable!

Colorado
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scmpsc:

It was my pleasure to be of assistance.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

Broder

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