In 2012 I left Germany and started a new life in Bangkok. I've since realised that I found a new home in Thailand. I have been constantly traveling throughout the region and made many lasting memories and friendships. While maybe less developed in some ways, the region is rich in natural beauty and culture and offers one of the greatest culinary kitchens in the world. Many years have passed and I still think that the people are everything and I'm still surprised at the hospitality and friendliness that I have been searching for all my life.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I am a keen scuba diver, so ask me anything about the best spots to dive in Thailand. Chiang Mai, the "capital" of the North is a place that I visit at least every 2 months. It is surrounded by mountains with great coffee & tea plantations, so it is great to travel the mountains and have a nice cup of coffee or tea in the cloudy hills. During Covid, I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand as I have never before, even the most unusual places that are not your typical destination, like Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat or Chiang Khan in Loei. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"That's an easy one: I just wanted to give to others what I found in Thailand. That's what drives me every day 24/7 since I decided to start a new life in Bangkok. So I find great pleasure in taking people by the hand and pass the magic that is Thailand to everyone with an open mind and heart. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Just recently I have been to the Khao Sok National Park, which is a large National Park in the province of Surat Thani. We visited the Cheow Lan Lake which is a waste artificial lake in the midst of the park. As we were roaming the lake with our boat, we spotted a wild elephant herd of 7 on the tip of the lake. I have seen many elephants in Thailand in all sorts of camps, but never in real wildlife, we were just amazed by that sight."
Featured trips & expertise
This weeklong Thailand itinerary covers everything from wildlife and the outdoors to cuisine and culture. Start in Chiang Mai, where you'll meet gentle giants up close at an elephant sanctuary. Dive into nature at Khao Sok National Park on a night safari, and stay in a private treehouse among the jungle treetops. Explore the tranquil shores of Cheow Lan Lake before heading for Phuket, where you'll have ample time to enjoy the rich history and spectacular beaches of this captivating corner of Thailand.
This seven-day guided tour showcases some of Thailand's top attractions, starting with a visit to the canals of Bangkok's Chao Praya River. You'll see Wat Khun Chan Temple and the Artist Village and have a chance to feed holy catfish! Then it's on to Phuket, where you'll explore the island's endless beaches and kayak into the sea caves and hongs of Phang Nga Bay. Your tour ends with a free day in Phuket, where you can visit the Big Buddha or spend an afternoon in the colorful Old Town.
Escape to the cool mountains of northern Thailand on this five-day introduction to Chiang Mai. Tour historic temples to discover some of the country's most important and sacred sites, then head to the market to sample the flavorful local cuisine. You'll also have time to venture out of the city, where you'll meet local hill tribes as you explore lush rice fields, traditional villages, and orchid farms.
Uncover the diverse highlights of Thailand, from its cities to mountains and beaches, on this immersive 10-day itinerary. Starting in Bangkok, you'll see the top sights with a guide and explore famed temples on a bike tour. In Chiang Mai, visit an elephant sanctuary and learn how to prepare Thai food in a home cooking class. Conclude your journey with beach time and island excursions in the tropical paradise of Phuket.
This best-of-both-worlds itinerary takes you from Thailand's tropical beaches and limestone cliffs to its vibrant capital, Bangkok. Start in the white sands of Phuket—you'll also visit spectacular Phi Phi Island and Maya Bay while there—then head to Krabi in mainland Thailand for more beaches and snorkeling. End your journey with tours of Bangkok's landmark temples and fascinating waterways.
With 10 days in Thailand, it's best to focus on two or three locations. The classic triad of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and an island like Phuket or Koh Samui is certainly doable and an excellent choice for first-timers. However, you can also embark on regional trips that still provide a nice mix of city, beach, and culture while keeping travel time to a minimum.
Recent trip reviews for Martin
Activities/Planning were amazing, Urgent Support and Management while on the trip needs work
Dec 17 - Dec 28, 2022
The activities and planning provided by Martin were fantastic - we couldn't have asked for a better combination of places within the 11 days we were honeymooning in Thailand.
Having KimKim book all of these locally and provide transportation to and from was much easier than us managing it ourselves.
That being said, there were some hiccups that I think Kim Kim can improve on. It should be clear what level of service the local specialist is obligated to provide while on the trip -- as... read more
Two Week Trip to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Kachanaburi - Aug2022
Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2022
Our family of four visited Thailand over the first two weeks of August. It was my fourth visit, my husband's second, and the kids' first time. Thailand is always a great experience period. This trip was rather last minute with about 1.5 months to plan given that the country had just fully relaxed all COVID restrictions in July or so and therefore, I decided to call up on kimkim to assist. and Martin and KimKim came through. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but... read more
Memorable Thailand 11-day trip !
Aug 6 - Aug 16, 2022
I personally want to thank Kimkim and Martin for having organized this wonderful honeymoon trip to Thailand ! We got everything we asked for in the short time span of the trip, and we have great memories of the main places in Thailand. We were active and moving the whole time, local guides and activities were simply amazing, and this really allowed us to go with the flow and discover in a really relaxed way. All the connexions were neatly set up so we didn’t have to worry about anything. Thai... read more
Our family trip to Thailand couldn’t have been better!
Jul 4 - Jul 16, 2022
We had the best trip to Thailand! It couldn’t have been better. Martin planned a trip for our family that was perfectly suited to us and the ages and interests of our 3 kids. It allowed us to experience so many different areas and aspects of Thailand. We toured markets by tuk tuk, temples by boat, had an incredible experience with elephants and heaps of fun in a cooking class. We did a night tour in the jungle and stayed in a unbelievable raft hotel in the middle of an beautiful lake.... read more
We worked with Martin to book our July 2022 t...
Jul 8 - Jul 17, 2022
We worked with Martin to book our July 2022 trip for 7 persons (5 adults and 2 teenagers) to Thailand. We were able to see 4 cities in ~10 days so it was a fast paced trip but we enjoyed all of the different experiences and new places. The highlights of the trip included visiting Happy Elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, staying in a tree house and on the lake in Khao Sak national park, and enjoying a day at the beach in Koh Samui. When we arrived in Bangkok we were grateful to check into our... read more