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Hi there, I have very limited knowledge of Isaan and would be eager to know what peoples opinions are regarding the best/most liveable city in the region. I have only been to Roi et and found the people to be very different from other parts of Thailand - I did not detect the deep rooted resentment of farangs found in other regions. Any comments would be appreciated.

Let me try and put a positive spin on this:

The entire Isaan region is basically the same. Each town has an outdoor market, a wat or two, generally dirty streets and surroundings, possibly some busses to pollute the air and many places to buy beer and whiskey lao along with the drunks to drink it and gamble the days away. You may even get a Farang bar to pass the time away if your lucky.

Well one of the things that I have found about Issan is your description is extremly accurate, if that is what you want to make it, personally I have found many other things to keep me busy. There is golf, there is bowling if your in the right place, some places have farrang theatres. Traveling is inexpensive and there is a lot to see if you get out and do it. There are many places for camping and they are free. There is a lot to learn here, if you want to involve yourself. I do a lot of bike riding and there is a club Thia and Farrang that ride together. There are many resturants in most areas to try, But if your thing is to belly up to the bar, that is a very good description of Issan

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Hi there, I have very limited knowledge of Isaan and would be eager to know what peoples opinions are regarding the best/most liveable city in the region. I have only been to Roi et and found the people to be very different from other parts of Thailand - I did not detect the deep rooted resentment of farangs found in other regions. Any comments would be appreciated.

Let me try and put a positive spin on this:

The entire Isaan region is basically the same. Each town has an outdoor market, a wat or two, generally dirty streets and surroundings, possibly some busses to pollute the air and many places to buy beer and whiskey lao along with the drunks to drink it and gamble the days away. You may even get a Farang bar to pass the time away if your lucky.

Have you been to Isaan lately and did you travel around lately in this polluted and dirty place. Did you not notice any changes in the last years. No? Bankgkok seems to be more polluted than any other city in the world. Bangkok clean ??? Gambling the days away is not only a Isaan custom, put it in the right context. If the farang bar night life is the level to achieve, we are really missing something :o here, sorry. But we enjoy outdoor life more than others and enjoy the clean air. We are also having lots of shady cool places here :D, very friendly service in lots of good restaurants but you can not find them speeding along. Missing something ?

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Sorry but it isnt all the same.Thats the beauty of Issan.From where i am hills,lakes & forest to visit family in Phi mai the land scape is so different.Phi Mai is flat, rice fields Khmer temples.Has its own beauty.I was very close to moving to Phi Mai to start with but the humity & heat can be a bit too much.

Being near Khai Yai & quite high up the humity is alot less & there is a slight chill in the morning.But i do like to visit phi mai very often.

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What about Kaeng Kut Khu? Any Falang live there or know about living there? I really liked the place when visited in 2000. :o

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I'll put the cat amongst the pigeons and say , for me , it's a Thai (sic) between Kalasin , Kohn Kaen and Roi-et ( LA to the locals )

Mainly because I have extended family in each ville , they are a fantastic bunch of people and make wherever they stay, a great place.

Even Larry would agree if he cast the forest out of his eye first!

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Love Korat,but on a day as hot as today i'd like to be on the sandbanks of the Mekong in Nong Khai paddling with the locals. :o

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Khon Kaen is by far the most liveable city in Isaan for me.

It is big enough for decent schools.

It is big enough for taking visiting friends out for a good(interesting) piss up.

There are 2 golf courses.

There is work for me.

There is a good mixture of town/country people.

It is small enough to get around without traffic jams!

Airport.

Good shops/supermarkets.

The right number of farang - I can still be a novelty without everyone staring at me etc.

Not everyone knows me like in smaller towns.

Enough people know me to get work.

My family has a nightclub there (run by nong chai).

My wife has a resraurant.

Good weather.

etc etc.

I don't like Udon, Korat. I like Ubon/Maha Sarakham and Roi-Et.

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Khon Kaen is by far the most liveable city in Isaan for me.

It is big enough for decent schools.

It is big enough for taking visiting friends out for a good(interesting) piss up.

There are 2 golf courses.

There is work for me.

There is a good mixture of town/country people.

It is small enough to get around without traffic jams!

Airport.

Good shops/supermarkets.

The right number of farang - I can still be a novelty without everyone staring at me etc.

Not everyone knows me like in smaller towns.

Enough people know me to get work.

My family has a nightclub there (run by nong chai).

My wife has a resraurant.

Good weather.

etc etc.

Good Report, I have been Udon for three years and am getting the urge to explore, before I settle down and buy. only been I korat once overnight so know nothing of it. You seem to know Udon at least to give it a no vote. Can you please give me the differnce's that you have noticed.

I don't like Udon, Korat. I like Ubon/Maha Sarakham and Roi-Et.

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"Khon Kaen is by far the most liveable city in Isaan for me.

It is big enough for decent schools."

So is Surin.

"It is big enough for taking visiting friends out for a good(interesting) piss up."

So is Surin (believe me).

"There are 2 golf courses."

Only 1 in Surin, however, I've seen better.

"There is work for me."

Please refrain from using profanity.

"There is a good mixture of town/country people."

As in Surin.

"It is small enough to get around without traffic jams!"

As in Surin.

"Airport."

Surin has an airport. Unfortunately, no airlines fly there anymore.

"Good shops/supermarkets."

Surin has these also.

"The right number of farang - I can still be a novelty without everyone staring at me etc."

I don't know what "the right number" amounts to. We've certainly got our quota of weirdos. Ask Paddy. BTW, what else do they do in addition to staring at you?

"Not everyone knows me like in smaller towns."

Mmmmmm. Bit of a problem for me here. I'm 6'4" and white.

"Enough people know me to get work."

Please refrain from using profanity (again).

"My family has a nightclub there (run by nong chai).

My wife has a resraurant.

Good weather."

My family does not have a nightclub or restaurant but the weather isn't half bad (compared with eeeeuuukkk).

All in all, make your bed and lay in it.

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Let me try and put a positive spin on this:

The entire Isaan region is basically the same. Each town has an outdoor market, a wat or two, generally dirty streets and surroundings, possibly some busses to pollute the air and many places to buy beer and whiskey lao along with the drunks to drink it and gamble the days away. You may even get a Farang bar to pass the time away if your lucky.

Well one of the things that I have found about Issan is your description is extremly accurate, if that is what you want to make it, personally I have found many other things to keep me busy. There is golf, there is bowling if your in the right place, some places have farrang theatres. Traveling is inexpensive and there is a lot to see if you get out and do it. There are many places for camping and they are free. There is a lot to learn here, if you want to involve yourself. I do a lot of bike riding and there is a club Thia and Farrang that ride together. There are many resturants in most areas to try, But if your thing is to belly up to the bar, that is a very good description of Issan

Ray

I appreciate your perspective and in some ways envy your ability to eke out enjoyment in a land with so little. I have spent my life in a large city environment and would be unable to enjoy your program for more than a week or two.

Furthermore, from my own experience and observation, I see little chance of a farang fitting into Isaan culture in any significant way. It seems to be an intellectually deprived and lonely existance. I base this on not only the Thais I have met in Isaan but the farangs as well. This leeds me to conclude it is a very trying place to live on a permanent or even long term basis. Nice place to visit but I would not want to live there.

Also, your comment: "But if your thing is to belly up to the bar, that is a very good description of Issan". The comments made about Isaan are common knowkedge, especially about the Farangs there being drunks. They do not require one to be a drinker, just to have open eyes.

Chookdee

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Ray

I appreciate your perspective and in some ways envy your ability to eke out enjoyment in a land with so little.  I have spent my life in a large city environment and would be unable to enjoy your program for more than a week or two.

"To each his own" as they say.

Furthermore, from my own experience and observation, I see little chance of a farang fitting into Isaan culture in any significant way. It seems to be an intellectually deprived and lonely existance. I base this on not only the Thais I have met in Isaan but the farangs as well. This leeds me to conclude it is a very trying place to live on a permanent or even long term basis. Nice place to visit but I would not want to live there.

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Also, your comment:  "But if your thing is to belly up to the bar, that is a very good description of Issan".  The comments  made about Isaan are common knowkedge, especially about the Farangs there being drunks. They do not require one to be a drinker, just to have open eyes.

Ok, you got a point there. keg_pounding_sm_clr.gif

Chookdee

Cheers to you also. :o

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And you all forgot the most wonderful attribute of Isaan. It has scores of the most beautiful women in the world,doing their own thing in their own evoiroment. :o

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And you all forgot the most wonderful attribute of Isaan. It has scores of the most beautiful women in the world,doing their own thing in their own evoiroment. :D

Amen to that lampard10. :o

:D

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And you all forgot the most wonderful attribute of Isaan. It has scores of the most beautiful women in the world,doing their own thing in their own evoiroment. 

Strangely, I don't agree with this. Most guys I know say this, but I prefer the girls from the North, or Central.

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