Buying Gemstones in South East Asia

I have a friend who is going to Burma, Thailand and Cambodia next
month (although recent events make this now uncertain). Anyway, he
has very little knowledge about gemstones but wants to purchase
something for his wife. I am worried that he will get taken, I’ve
tried to give him some basic tips but we all know that won’t be
sufficient. I am calling out to all of you for some suggestions,
connections, places to avoid etc.

My prayers have been with all of you that have been effected by the
recent catastrophe in that region.


Only buy something as a memento of his visit. With the advent of
the internet there are no undiscovered treasures in the market
place, especially true for one who has no expertise.