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Martin Jeromin

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."

Martin is part of the following groups: Thailand Travel Agents
Expect temples, tuk-tuks, and incredible nature on a trip to Khao Sok National Park
Nature & Culture in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Khao Sok National Park & Phuket - 7 Days

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.

The marble Big Buddha on Phuket's Nakkerd Hills
Gems of Thailand: Bangkok & Phuket - 7 Days

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.

The temple of Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai
Discover Northern Thailand: Highlights of Chiang Mai - 5 Days

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.

Classical Thai architecture at the Grand Palace, Bangkok
Best of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket - 10 Days

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.

Emerald seas and limestone cliffs at Loh Samah Bay, Phi Phi Islands
Thailand Beaches & City Highlights: Phuket, Krabi & Bangkok - 10 Days

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.

Iconic rock formations at Railay Beach, Krabi
10 Days in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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
Thailand | Dec 17 - Dec 28, 2022

Gaurav
Gaurav H.
San Francisco, CA | Reviewed on Jan 02, 2023

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

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 certain activities got delayed because of transportation issues. One clear example is when we landed in Surat Thani to go on a night safari in Khao Sok, we were severely delayed (1+ hour) because our driver incorrectly took another passenger! When we faced this issue, we tried communicating with Martin to fix things, but ultimately had to call multiple different kimkim lines to get the driver -- and they ultimately called a taxi to get us there. It would probably make it way easier if they just directly connected us with each local transportation driver.

I also think the digital organization of the trip on kimkim.com could benefit from having a mobile app or some place to clearly attach all of the invoices within a singular trip itinerary. Mobile App makes sense given that you are traveling but always have your phone on you. I had to get around that by uploading this all to my iCloud and managing through folders. It could also make it easier to communicate with local service providers (like drivers).

Hotel Reviews
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Bangkok

Amazing hotel - we had a lot of fun here!

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So central to everything!
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Bodhi Serene Hotel
Chiang Mai

Good location, needs some renovation in the rooms.

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Our Jungle Camp - Eco Resort
Tambon Klongsok, Ampur Panom, Suratthani

Staff were amazing and very helpful. Food was great, and I wish we got to stay longer!

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Spend a Day with Elephants in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
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Ancient & Hidden Ayutthaya by Bike
Bangkok

Great for people wanting to learn about Thai history!

Canals of Bangkok & Temple Delight
Bangkok

Loved this to kick off our trip!

Take a Thai Cooking Class
Chiang Mai

Amazing to see that we could make thai dishes ourselves!

Local specialist: Martin Jeromin
Martin
Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hello Gaurav,
thank you for your review and glad you overall had a good time :)
we will take your comments about the missed transfer in Surat seriously and work on improving our service
Thank you again
Martin

Two Week Trip to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Kachanaburi - Aug2022
Thailand | Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2022

Cynthia
Cynthia D.
La Mirada, CA | Reviewed on Sep 18, 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

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 it was great to know the ins and outs from Martin as a local expert. There was plenty of back and forth between us, but it was to ensure the itinerary was tight and things go smoothly from day 1. And Martin was always accessible and responsive. I think the most I appreciated using KimKim was relying on them to arrange all the transportation without lifting a finger. :)

Bangkok was our command central while we would pack light for 2-3day excursions off to Koh Samui and Kanchanaburi to enjoy everything that each place had to offer. We would return to Bangkok between excursions. Koh Samui is captivating where we stayed at Chaweng Garden Hotel and joined a full day tour to Ang Thong Marine Park. In Kanchanaburi, it was amazing to stay at the River Kwai FloatHouse and visit the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls - these two are a must and worthy to be on anyone's bucket list!

Then there is Bangkok - the city that never sleeps. It's all about shopping and eating. We stayed near MBK and the various shopping malls making it easy to get around especially since the National Stadium BTS station was right near us. One of the major highlight and not planned was riding the Chao Praya River Ferry from the Sathorn Taksin Pier all the way to the end where we visited Nonthaburi, a city very much off the beaten path.

So Thailand was a success! We enjoyed a combination of tours arranged by KimKim and our own free time to discover. I would definitely enlist KimKim's help again and definitely when I return to Thailand in the near future. Thanks Martin!

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam

Conveniently located near MBK, BTS, and other malls and therefore, in the heart of where all the traffic bottlenecks. Rooms were clean and staff was helpful. Complimentary breakfast was doable. The hotel offered connecting rooms which is great for a family of four. Will probably stay again for the location.

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Chaweng Garden

Hotel was unique and had a lot of character. It has a pool that starts out like a lazy river and ends with a swim up bar. Complimentary breakfast was good. It is located alongside the Chaweng Beach and the water is just beautiful. It's also located on the main street with all the shopping and eateries you can imagine.

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The FloatHouse River Kwai I Floating Villas
Chang Wat Kanchanaburi

This is a must do if you are visiting Kanchanaburi. The whole experience that comes with Kanchanaburi to stay on the River Kwai and luckily, we were able to grab the FloatHouse for a couple of nights. When you are here, you truly forget the stress of your daily life back home. The complimentary breakfast is okay. We added on dinner with our hotel package and it was alot of food!

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Erawan Waterfalls
Thailand

I discovered Erawan Waterfalls from YouTube. It is amazing and you are truly in awe with Mother Nature! The waters are a beautiful glassy blue. If I had known about Erawan a long time ago, it would have been on my bucket list!

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Local specialist: Martin Jeromin
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Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hello Cynthia,
thank you very much for your super kind words and this amazing review.
Really helps us to continuously improve our service.
It was a joy to work together with you on your trip plan and i am so happy it worked out the best for you and your lovely family :)
Martin

Memorable Thailand 11-day trip !
Thailand | Aug 6 - Aug 16, 2022

Silvio
Silvio G.
Italy | Reviewed on Aug 18, 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

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 culture, cuisine, it’s people, beaches, natural parks, everything was there. Thanks for your service and your great know-how in creating great trips !

Hotel Reviews
Rocky's Boutique Resort Koh Samui - a Veranda Collection
Amphur Koh Samui, Suratthani

Simply beautiful, the best, unforgettable and wonderful staff. Can’t believe this level of service exists but it does at Rocky’s.

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Our Jungle Camp - Eco Resort
Surat Thani

Beautiful

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Banthai Village
Chiang Mai

Wonderful place, the staff is unbelievably kind and the place is wonderful.

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The Grand Sathorn
Bangkok

Nice and great accommodations.

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Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hello Silvio,
thank you for your glowing review and we are glad that you had a perfect honeymoon in Thailand :)
Martin

Our family trip to Thailand couldn’t have been better!
Thailand | Jul 4 - Jul 16, 2022

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Leah I.
Ghana | Reviewed on Jul 23, 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 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. Everything was made easy and the whole trip went smoothly. All of the tours we had planned and all of our transfers happened seamlessly. I couldn’t recommend Martin and Kim Kim and all of the tour operators we encountered highly enough.

Local specialist: Martin Jeromin
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Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hello Leah,
thank you for your great review and it is good to know that you had enjoyed your trip to Thailand and everything went smooth :)
Martin

We worked with Martin to book our July 2022 t...
Thailand | Jul 8 - Jul 17, 2022

Lauryn
Lauryn G.
North Port, FL | Reviewed on Jul 18, 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

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 hotel right away so we could recharge after the long journey and really enjoyed the Tuk Tuk tour to see Bangkok by night and enjoy some local cuisine. We also really enjoyed our night time hike and river cruises in the Khao Sak national park. Martin was our local expert and helped plan our trip and answer all of our questions. All of our transfers and travel went flawlessly and we were very happy with the trip overall.

Hotel Reviews
Bodhi Serene Hotel
Chiang Mai

This hotel is located within walking distance to several temples and the Sunday night market in Chiang Mai. It has a very boutique feel with friendly staff, a wonderful pool, and a great breakfast buffet. Our room was upgraded to include a balcony and was very nicely furnished. Would definitely recommend this hotel and stay here again.

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Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Bangkok

This hotel is exactly what you would expect from a big city 5 star hotel with an exceptional breakfast buffet. The location is good (keeping in mind Bangkok is a very big city) and the hotel is within walking distance to a 7/11 store. The pool was very large and well kept. The rooms are very spacious with every amenity you could need and are well cleaned and updated. I would definitely stay here again.

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Activity Reviews
Cheow Lan Lake Explorer
Khao Sok

Our guide for Cheow Lan Lake was Liam and we loved the two days we spent with him. He was very knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the jungle and helped reassure us when we were nervous on our expeditions and answered all of our questions. We really enjoyed the lake cruises and walking trek we did with him to the Pakarang Cave. Would highly recommend him to other travelers.

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Spend a Day with Elephants in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

We enjoyed our day playing with the elephants at Happy Elephant and learning about them from our friendly and knowledgeable guides. The best part of the day was playing with the elephants in the river and watching them give themselves a mud bath. The lunch provided was Pad Thai and it was very delicious however the down time afterward felt too long, we would have preferred to skip it entirely or just have 30 minutes for resting. The only part we did not enjoy was cutting down the grasses for the elephants, we understood it is a necessary part of the upkeep for elephants however we did not have proper attire (long pants/long sleeves) and those that did participate got many scratches and cuts from the sharp grasses.

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Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hello Lauryn,
thank you for the kind words and it is great to know that you had a great trip in Thailand.
A big thank you from me and the whole team :)
Martin