Hi I just wanted to say a big thank you to Broder for recommending Jermsak to us. What a delightful person, so kind and caring he really is a gem.
The first day he arranged for a driver to collect us in Chiang Mai and drive us through to Chiang Rai. It was a wonderful drive and stopping along the way to visit sights like the white temple made it so interesting. The second day, we had a long tail boat ride, an elephant ride and then went to visit the 5 different hill tribe villages. This was wonderful and not something you would normaly do if you were in a group. The third day we went across the border into Myanmar to visit the markets. On the fourth day he collected us from Chiang Saen and tranfered us to Chiang Rai airport. These 4 days out of our months holiday were a highlight. I can recommend Jersak to anyone heading to this region.
My only negative comment which no way reflects on Jermsak is that I would not recommend travelling to this area (Chiang Mai and worse in Chiang Rai) in March or April. The air was thick with smoke from people burning on their farms in Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. When I say thick on one day you could not see the otherside of the river. It you had any respiratory problems you would have a serious problem. I was advised that this happens every year.
We stayed at the Anaatara which was fabulous and I would recommend to everyone.
Thank you to everyone who posted their stories, it really helped me in planning my holiday.