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Well tomorrow going to order tt&t ADSL so will be on line in the near future at my residence:

Then once I get organised I will do the same as I did in my Buriram Topic: i.e adding local information supported with pictures around Petchabun prrovince

Good luck macb in covering all 12,668 sq klicks of Petchabun, hope you can afford all that diesel !!!.

Well i decided on UBC instead wow english stuff again after 7 months of looking at thai and only understanding nothing hahaha

will get internet next month:

Who said diesel maybe use local transport (Chang) lol

If they can't do the scoreboard at darts.... Bin em! :o

Get the Dart board set up Mac,

You need some practice.

I sent you an email yesterday mate.

Bryn

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Well tomorrow going to order tt&t ADSL so will be on line in the near future at my residence:

Then once I get organised I will do the same as I did in my Buriram Topic: i.e adding local information supported with pictures around Petchabun prrovince

Good luck macb in covering all 12,668 sq klicks of Petchabun, hope you can afford all that diesel !!!.

Well i decided on UBC instead wow english stuff again after 7 months of looking at thai and only understanding nothing hahaha

will get internet next month:

Who said diesel maybe use local transport (Chang) lol

If they can't do the scoreboard at darts.... Bin em! :o

Get the Dart board set up Mac,

You need some practice.

I sent you an email yesterday mate.

Bryn

Yes mate got your email as soon as the rain eases a bit will get out there and do as requested

take care

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Hi Macb

Been working in Sattahip for a year, just getting the retirement visa(I hope) and moving to Nong Phai where we have had a house built next Thursday. Be good to get together!

Chris

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Hi Macb

Been working in Sattahip for a year, just getting the retirement visa(I hope) and moving to Nong Phai where we have had a house built next Thursday. Be good to get together!

Chris

Do you mean Nong Khai mate if you do its about 4 hours away ?

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Well tomorrow going to order tt&t ADSL so will be on line in the near future at my residence:

Then once I get organised I will do the same as I did in my Buriram Topic: i.e adding local information supported with pictures around Petchabun prrovince

Good luck macb in covering all 12,668 sq klicks of Petchabun, hope you can afford all that diesel !!!.

Well i decided on UBC instead wow english stuff again after 7 months of looking at thai and only understanding nothing hahaha

will get internet next month:

Who said diesel maybe use local transport (Chang) lol

If they can't do the scoreboard at darts.... Bin em! :o

Get the Dart board set up Mac,

You need some practice.

I sent you an email yesterday mate.

Bryn

Yes mate got your email as soon as the rain eases a bit will get out there and do as requested

take care

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No mate Nong Phai about 50 klicks south of PB City

Cheers

Chris

Hi Macb

Been working in Sattahip for a year, just getting the retirement visa(I hope) and moving to Nong Phai where we have had a house built next Thursday. Be good to get together!

Chris

Do you mean Nong Khai mate if you do its about 4 hours away ?

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Hi Macb

I have been visiting Thailand 4-5 times a year for 10 years whilst working in Middle East. Worked in Sattahip for a year building boats but decided to quit for health reasons, dust, fumes, but most of all some peace of mind as it has been pretty stressful.

Thought I would share some of my experiences with you for the benefit of anyone else considering a move to a lovely part of the world. My wife has 3.5 Rai just outside of Nong Phai in a small village, very rural in the middle of the rice paddies. We have had a smallish house built there and are moving up on Thursday, as soon as I have wrapped up some loose ends here in Sattahip. In other threads I have seen people querying the costs of self builds so I will quote the approximate costs here all in Thai Baht:

Landfill 115 dumper truck loads 50K.

Tractor to level 5K.

Elevated house consisting of large balcony, 1 master bedroom with en-suite, guest bedroom, large bathroom/utility room, small reception/office, kitchen at ground level, large lounge/diner with tiled patio area 796K, that figure includes the steel fencing on top of the wall and entrance gates.

Wall 120K (33 metre x 28 metre).

The house measures 12 metres x 8 metres including balcony and was built in the corner of the plot with the least landfill.

The lounge/diner is 8 metres x 5 metres.

We hired 2 building contractors to carry out the work and bought all the materials ourselves, as we could not be on site my sister in law was appointed as foreman and buyer, she did a fantastic job, we were very lucky there. The electrical contractor was highly experienced having worked wiring hotels in Singapore for 3 years and is now doing similar work in Bangkok.

The brickies were the contractors wives, the labour was extended family at 150-300 baht per day in between jobs on the farm.

Build time was just over 2 months for the house during which we made 3 visits at various stages.

Extra costs, Lao Kao, beer and food during our visits a party or two to say thankyou and a surprise completion bonus to every one who helped (200-500 baht in an envelope), the 9 Buddhist monks to come and bless the house etc.

Having worked briefly in the construction industry in the UK, qualified as a plumber and renovated 2 houses in the UK I have some building experience.

Tips: the usual never get angry, there are one or two things that haven't come out as well as expected but I am 99% happy with the standard of work. Due to the landfill we insisted that the posts were bedded in much deeper than usual. Anything I wasn't happy with I asked the Missus to sort out and maintained a smiling and happy relationship with the entire crew.

Was I ripped off at any stage, probably but not by very much, going on the 4000 B per M2 going rate (which in these inflationary times I think is very optomistic anyway) it comes to 544K for the house, but as the house is elevated with deeper footings and we bought higher grade materials, paint, tiles, kitchen, bathrooms, doors, windows, wiring and the fact that we had a lot of work done externally, ie patio areas, security bars, steel fencing then I think we have done OK, but there are bound to be negative remarks and someone who could have done it cheaper.

Will be pleased to answer any queries and hope to catch up with you soon

All the best

Chris

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Macb -

Why not use the Immigration office in Hua Hin?.....about forty five minutes drive and we've been very happy with their service for the two years we've been in Cha Am.

You house looks very nice, especially the view!

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Hi Macb

I have been visiting Thailand 4-5 times a year for 10 years whilst working in Middle East. Worked in Sattahip for a year building boats but decided to quit for health reasons, dust, fumes, but most of all some peace of mind as it has been pretty stressful.

Thought I would share some of my experiences with you for the benefit of anyone else considering a move to a lovely part of the world. My wife has 3.5 Rai just outside of Nong Phai in a small village, very rural in the middle of the rice paddies. We have had a smallish house built there and are moving up on Thursday, as soon as I have wrapped up some loose ends here in Sattahip. In other threads I have seen people querying the costs of self builds so I will quote the approximate costs here all in Thai Baht:

Landfill 115 dumper truck loads 50K.

Tractor to level 5K.

Elevated house consisting of large balcony, 1 master bedroom with en-suite, guest bedroom, large bathroom/utility room, small reception/office, kitchen at ground level, large lounge/diner with tiled patio area 796K, that figure includes the steel fencing on top of the wall and entrance gates.

Wall 120K (33 metre x 28 metre).

The house measures 12 metres x 8 metres including balcony and was built in the corner of the plot with the least landfill.

The lounge/diner is 8 metres x 5 metres.

We hired 2 building contractors to carry out the work and bought all the materials ourselves, as we could not be on site my sister in law was appointed as foreman and buyer, she did a fantastic job, we were very lucky there. The electrical contractor was highly experienced having worked wiring hotels in Singapore for 3 years and is now doing similar work in Bangkok.

The brickies were the contractors wives, the labour was extended family at 150-300 baht per day in between jobs on the farm.

Build time was just over 2 months for the house during which we made 3 visits at various stages.

Extra costs, Lao Kao, beer and food during our visits a party or two to say thankyou and a surprise completion bonus to every one who helped (200-500 baht in an envelope), the 9 Buddhist monks to come and bless the house etc.

Having worked briefly in the construction industry in the UK, qualified as a plumber and renovated 2 houses in the UK I have some building experience.

Tips: the usual never get angry, there are one or two things that haven't come out as well as expected but I am 99% happy with the standard of work. Due to the landfill we insisted that the posts were bedded in much deeper than usual. Anything I wasn't happy with I asked the Missus to sort out and maintained a smiling and happy relationship with the entire crew.

Was I ripped off at any stage, probably but not by very much, going on the 4000 B per M2 going rate (which in these inflationary times I think is very optomistic anyway) it comes to 544K for the house, but as the house is elevated with deeper footings and we bought higher grade materials, paint, tiles, kitchen, bathrooms, doors, windows, wiring and the fact that we had a lot of work done externally, ie patio areas, security bars, steel fencing then I think we have done OK, but there are bound to be negative remarks and someone who could have done it cheaper.

Will be pleased to answer any queries and hope to catch up with you soon

All the best

Chris

Nice write up mate this is all good stuff for those that are thinking of making the move etc

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Hi macb, as a fellow Phetchabon resident, sadly in the UK until later in the year, I can recommend a trip to Khow Khor, which is about twenty km from Phetchabon city. Khow Khor is a memorial to the Thai forces that died during the Vietnam war, fighting communists in Thailand. It's on top of a mountain, with a museum, and beautiful gardens, probably best visited after the monsoon season. On the way up the mountain, there is a weird piece of road (signposted in thai), which, although the road is very steep, when you park the car, it appears to roll uphill! Sorry I can't give directions, I went in my brother in laws pick up, and sat in the back with the kids.

There is also a temple in Wang Chom Phu, with a Buddha statue on the hill, which offers spectacular views of Phetchabon, after a steep walk, up to the statue from the temple.

I'd be grateful if you'd post your experience with whichever ADSL you get, I intend to upgrade from basic modem internet when I return.

Cheers

Wee GB

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Khow Khor

Last year I went up to Khow Khor with some friends: Here are a few pictures, well recommended visit, there is a nice temple and other places to visit.

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Hi MacB

I am also on a retirement visa and read your post on Nong Khai for the renewal of your visa, where do you report for the 90 day check in to immigration? hopefully there is somewhere local that this can be done

Cheers

Chris

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Hi MacB

I am also on a retirement visa and read your post on Nong Khai for the renewal of your visa, where do you report for the 90 day check in to immigration? hopefully there is somewhere local that this can be done

Cheers

Chris

Depending on where you live in the Province I use Tha-li for 90 days and renewal very friendly office 168 k from Petch nice ride over the mountains

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