Mr. Jermsak got back to us fairly promptly and politely, but he was booked up.
We went on the walk last weekend and it was wonderful (thank you Bruce, sorry we didn't get to meet you). The weather stayed good and the whole thing was over before it got too hot. It was really good to make new friends and gain the perspective of the people who have upped-sticks and made Chiang Rai their home. Almost all of them seem to be Caucasian men with Thai wives, but not all.
We were made very welcome, so much so that we joined the picnic the next day and have made some wonderful new friends.
We didn't make it to the Indian Curry evening because we were out at the night bazaar followed by more swigging away with our new friends on Jet Yod Road, I felt a bit like a student again!
This has been a bit of a game-changer for us. We are now thinking about retiring early to Chiang Rai and getting out the rat race. We have a few sums to do when we get home to see if it's a go-er.
We have been to Chiang Rai a couple of times before but the friendliness of the retirees here has completely overwhelmed us.