Might avoid Burma...
But I agree with Goedert.
Also, my Lonely Planet Guide to Thailand says that it's worthwhile to drop by Wat Mahathat (), which is an "International Buddhist Meditation Center" and they speak English, so it might be a good place to drop by.
I'm going to Thailand in August, perhaps I'll see your friend!
สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ
sabbe sattā sukhita hontu