Your Thailand Tour Guide should have a 'full quiver' of narratives ( animated, please! ) on Thai society / Thai history / relevance and be able to present appropriate options relevant to any issue at hand. 

A good  tour guide is an entertainer.+ Guides must REALLY enjoy being the center of attention.

A good guide is a wealth of 'constant information' & 'knowledge based suggestions' relevant to common situations.

It is impossible to know everything, but a good guide should be an accomplished student of LANGUAGE, geography, history, local traditions & societal standards.

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Even a Bangkok Taxi with the right driver can make for an excellent short trip.

  • If you find a favored in city driver inquire about day trips.

  • Taxis are not good for a multi day trip .. but for short day trips they are excellent.

  • or take a guide with you on the train & then arrange transportation in Issan.

  • The train ride is 'different' & the roads congested.  I take the train at every opportunity.

  • Another train option is to return to Bangkok via train while the driver returns on his own.

A bilingual guide w/ included transportation should be less than 3500 BT ( $80. + meals & tip ) per day.  Repeat visits to the toured locations sans guide is 'kosher' .. but be sure to get phone numbers + names & directions written in Thai if you intend on 'self guiding'.

  • Realistically, 85% of the tourist clients ask the same basic 25 questions & 99% ask questions from an expanded list of 100 questions.

    • Answer the same question twice a day for 10 years & your SHOULD have the answer down pat.

  • A guide should be a negotiation facilitator & product validity consultant.

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The advantage of 'personal guide' vs 'tour group' is that the big group can only go to places prepared for 'tourist groups'.. locals generally do not frequent 'tour group' locations, due to higher prices & tourist congestion.

Tour Guide Management Tip #1:  A guide returning to a shop after your purchase is returning to receive his commission.  The guide is your representative & should not receive compensation from shops he recommends without prior notice.

  • The 'standard tour group scheduled locations' are generally interesting in their own right.

  • If there are a lots of tourist & few locals, it's probably not a good place to shop for 'special items'.

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  • It may take a couple of short preliminary 'afternoon' outings to sort out the guide that best meets your needs, both personality & knowledge, for day long or multi-day excursions.

    • 'Odds are' the same request / agenda will result in assorted outcomes.

    • An area of particular interest:  antiques, furniture, jewelry, art, temples.  Any interest, could be investigated in more than 1 outing with more than 1 guide.

    • This is an area of great benefit ( guides ) but few guarantees.

  • Ask about day shopping / trip options & fees / prices.  His fee, transportation method & cost, ect.

    • How much more is a new Volvo worth over a raggedy city taxi for a multi hour trip?

    • & Then if the guide / driver does provide a quality & memorable experience. tip 'um~!~!

  • Know that MOST of the guides will receive commission or have a business arrangement with the shops they recommend.

  • Know that a (rich) tourist is viewed as an income / business opportunity, a friendly business opportunity but a necessary income opportunity none the less.  

  • Always remember that you are their "tourist client"  & temper their recommendations with your common sense. 

    •  & the "Thai tourism contractor" is entitled to make a good living   

    • Respect the 'Thai tourism professional' & compensate your guides & amenity providers generously! :-)

    • Do not expect them to work for free, westerners can view the Thai culturally based friendship offered as a sign of non-professionalism.

 

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Probably the easiest & safest way is to tour Issan is to hire a car and driver in BKK.

A third option is to take the train to Korat, Buri Ram City or Surin & hire a 'pick up truck' guide.

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In 'larger shopping center' type stores prices are relatively fixed.  No point is negotiating with a sales person / clerk in a department store, grocery store, restaurant over a 'minor retail buy'.

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