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Any Regrets Moving To Isaan ?

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I second the K.S. Pavilion as a nice place to stay. Not a lot of english speaking staff, but very helpful people. I had a suite for 1050bt a night, and the extra room would be nice for a possibly extended stay while house hunting.

Our house is south of Korat about 13 kilometers on A2, in the Land and House development. Nice area, and can't get too developed due to the nearby Army and Air Force bases. Not a lot of farangs at all. The air is clean, but the water isn't potable. So we all drink bottled water from our water coolers, and get refilled bottles from the truck that comes round every afternoon. 25 baht.

The clubhouse has a pool and restaurant. The restaurant is under new ownership since I was there, and the menus are being translated into English as well as Thai. I was forced to learn quite a bit of Thai just to get what I wanted to eat...

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I recommend that you take the time to learn Thai. You will enjoy the experience of living here 1000% more.

Nothing worse than having to rely on the wife to do everything and will encourage you to feel as though you are belonging instead of visiting.

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I recommend that you take the time to learn Thai.  You will enjoy the experience of living here 1000% more.

Nothing worse than having to rely on the wife to do everything and will encourage you to feel as though you are belonging instead of visiting.

Totally true , and I don't even live there yet!

After 7 years plus marriage , In can't imagine not being able to converse with my better half in kind. On my many visits/stays in Ban Nok I love to sit and eavesdrop the chats between in-laws whilst I sit and sup Lao Khao as you do.

:o

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I have lived in Surin (3 km from town) for over 5 years and no regrets.

It was difficult at first as my Thai was almost non-existant (not much better now). Regular ventures outside the area generally consist of shopping trips to Khorat, Bangkok or Pattaya, however these are becoming less frequent as the local superstores (Makro, Tesco Lotus and soon to open Big C) are stocking a wider variety of foreign foods.

I would reckon that the cost of living here is around 60% of that in Bangkok or Pattaya obviously depending upon your life style.

I personnally recommend building a house on land outside of the wife's/gf's village if it is affordable. Unfortunately, some marriages do break up and it is virtually impossible for the farang to remain in the village built house afterwards.

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I can't make up my mind to choose between Nonthaburi and Khorat when I rtn.

Can anyone in the Khorat area tell me about the Siri Hotel and Pimai Hotel?

They look like good, inexpensive, bases to find a 2 B/R house to rent.

I've googled them but cannot find any pix of those 2 hotels

Thanks :o

udon

Actually the Royal Princess in Korat pound for pound (or ฿ for ฿) is one of the best hotels I have ever visisted.I have been to plenty more expensive and elegant but for real value it is great. Fantastic buffet in the evenings and great breakfast to match.

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I can't make up my mind to choose between Nonthaburi and Khorat when I rtn.

Can anyone in the Khorat area tell me about the Siri Hotel and Pimai Hotel?

They look like good, inexpensive, bases to find a 2 B/R house to rent.

I've googled them but cannot find any pix of those 2 hotels

Thanks :o

udon

Actually the Royal Princess in Korat pound for pound (or ฿ for ฿) is one of the best hotels I have ever visisted.I have been to plenty more expensive and elegant but for real value it is great. Fantastic buffet in the evenings and great breakfast to match.

I have to agree with you lampard about the Royal Princess , very nice place .

Expect to pay about 1650 baht a night . The problems with the RP is that you are away from everything and you cant walk anywhere . Good to use it as a base for the first night and look around " downtown " I think the OP was looking for something a little less pricey . I saw some nice looking hotels there but never checked inside . We will stay at the one that someone supplied a link to in this forum , I forget the name ( will check back later ) for a few days in January until the house is finished .

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Hi everone

I to will be a new Isarn resident next year and will start to build a house in Ubon Ratchatani in March. :o

I have been married to wonderful Thai woman for 33 years most of which was spent in Australia and now we are in a position to spend some quality time in retirement there. We have been back and forth to Thailand over the last 6 years and are always drawn back to Isarn. :D

Anyway would love to get some feedback on Ubon,like is there an expat association and meeting place, are there good english speaking doctors around town, where to get the best deals on building materials, how dificult is it to get the phone and town water connected etc.

This is my first posting and I might sound a little green but I do have good understanding of the Thai physcy and language.

Awaiting your informed replys

Thanks guys

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Hello Farfalung ,

Welcome , try doing a search on Udon on this site . Or try reading the posts in this Isaan forum . You will find alot of good information here . Or you could try starting a new thread " Udon questions " Sorry I can't help . Im in Korat and am still learning about this place :o

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G'day farfalung,

have a look at Ray's topic about building in "udon" and www.coolthaihouse.com

Lots of info from both.

good luck in "ubon" mate! :o

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Hello Farfalung ,

Welcome , try doing a search on Udon on this site . Or try reading the posts in this Isaan forum . You will find alot of good information here . Or you could try starting a new thread " Udon questions " Sorry I can't help . Im in Korat and am still learning about this place  :o

you would still have a lot to do looking up Udon. The guys moving to Ubon about 500kms from Udon

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Hello Farfalung ,

Welcome , try doing a search on Udon on this site . Or try reading the posts in this Isaan forum . You will find alot of good information here . Or you could try starting a new thread " Udon questions " Sorry I can't help . Im in Korat and am still learning about this place  :o

you would still have a lot to do looking up Udon. The guys moving to Ubon about 500kms from Udon

My mistake , I got my b backwards

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Thanks to all who found the time to reply and even those who got their B ,s in a knot but yes I am setting up in Ubon Ratchatani as against Udon Thani B,s heaps better than D.

Anyway enough of this nonsense I,m still hanging out for info, contacts etc as explained in original posting on UBON.

Great forum really enjoy reading this stuff

bye

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Thanks to all who found the time to reply and even those who got their B ,s in a knot  but yes I am setting up in Ubon Ratchatani as against Udon Thani      B,s heaps better than D.

Anyway enough of this nonsense I,m still hanging out for info, contacts etc as explained in original posting on UBON.

Great forum really enjoy reading this stuff

bye

Hi Farfarfalung

Im living in Ubon now 7yrs and you could not picked up nicer place to live if you looking for peace and no bar's and no one speak's english.

We have lot of foreigner's in here but as i have been trying to get people together so far all of foreigner's are living out of town and bit hard to get some kind of meeting but im still working on it, you can mail me and if you are here lets have coffee some day.

You can also try to check if im in my shop in SK Shopping park by the clock tower in Ubon town, NEO is my shop(Thais call it as 50,60&70thb, shop)

mail or PM me.

marcohaajanen@hotmail.com

also for other foreigner in Ubon already, in SK there is Nice movie theather, in the 3rd floor but DONT go yeat even it's open, they havent adjust the projector and picture is terrible blure,, was there yeasterday.

See you Ubon guys\girls and let's try to get together some day

-Marco-

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I have built a house about 40 km south of Nongbua Lamphu, although have been visiting the area for over 10 years. There are Westerners here, most are not here full time but they are friendly and drop in from time to time for a beer or two. Khon Kaen is 80 km away and takes an hour to get there, mostly minor roads but good. I seem to be well accepted in the area and my wife's family are fantastic, never ever been hands out for money, often the other way around. You do need a hobby or a past time other than drinking if you intend to settle, life can be very quiet especially in the evening. There is an Expat Association that meets in Khon Kaen once a month and plenty of help and practical advice can be got there.

This is good information for me... I currently live in Santa Barbara, California. I'm 56 and plan to retire partially toward the end of the decade in the Issan, in my wife's village where we have some rice land and one full house and one shell. It is a small village not far from Nong Bua Lampu... Full retirement is planned for sometime around 2014... Anyway, more and more of my thoughts are now going to imagining what it is going to be like living in the Issan, speaking very little Thai at first and kind of expecting to be expected to look after everyone financially (which we already do, to a good degree, but whenever my wife is back home, she always says it is worse. I always thought it would be cheaper for her to vacation with her parents and family, but it's always more expensive -- not even counting the flight)... Any tips or observations from any of you would be appreciated... m :o

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Must say do like living here just outside Korat.In the countryside but civilisation is not to far away if i feel like a pizza or two.

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