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I have heard a lot of people say negative things about rural Isaan not so much on this site but on other sites and in public. I was talking to one guy in Big C Khon Khen when out of the blue he comes out with all people that live in villages are stupid and anyone that listen to them are the same. I told him i live in a small village and he shut up real quick. I find rural Isaan great fresh food, nice people, no polution, no whining expats, except my mate John but he is a old pommy barsted so you got to expect that. I have lived in many places Phuket, Bangkok, Khon khen, and have to say Isaan is the best for me. If you go to rural Isaan and dont have a good time it proberly because of one of the following. Your not man anough for Isaan. Not orgnized. You wife is not looking after you and is no good. Your wifes faimly is no good

ISAAN I LOVE IT :o

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Have to agree with you on that one. I also live in a small village and will be moving to an even smaller one when I finish the house. I really enjoy it. I get to the big smoke every now and then but I really enjoy being back in the sticks where life is a bit slower and quieter.

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Have to agree with you on that one.  I also live in  a small village and will be moving to an even smaller one when I finish the house.  I really enjoy it.  I get to the big smoke every now and then but I really enjoy being back in the sticks where life is a bit slower and quieter.

I think enjoying living in rural Isaan is "Up To You".

Before committing yourself to it longterm I think you must make several visits at different times of year to make sure it's what you like. Don't be forced by your GFs demands of it's here or nowhere.

I for one love it!!! :D

For me the two greatest things are....

the freedom that the kids have to just wander off and play. I'm from England where sadly that is just not possible anymore.

and the fact that my wife is surrounded by her family and with her mum. And of course we all know that a Thai girl and her mum should never be parted!!! :D

Mind you if your wife's/GF's family are not good people you may have BIG BIG problems. Luckily for me my in-laws are great and want nothing from me other than I keep my wife happy! :o

I think it's a wonderful place to live.

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Yeah, Isaan is great....alot better than the north. Isaan people are friendlier, the food is better, the weather is better, even the foreigners who live there are better. All in all I'd say all you foreigners coming to Thaland should go see Isaan and forget the north...definitely not the north...definitely.....

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I live in a small village but not in Issan, althought I dont really think it makes any differance, small village life is much the same all over Thailand. I love it here but its the sort of thing you either love or hate. A lot of people would find it difficult to adjust to the lack of amenities, shops, public transport ect

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Just to add my tuppence, I have lived all over Thailand and think Isaan is the best, I love it. I live in central Khon Kaen, I don't like the village life, too isolated.

Why would anyone want to live in a village, unless their wife/gf was from one?

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I have never visited the Issan myself but I plan to someday. I would like for my wife and I to spend some time traveling around the Mekong River area and some of the rural provinces. I have heard mixed stories regarding life in the Issan but that's to be expected anywhere. There are some advantages to life in those quieter areas as opposed to big, smoky Bangkok but there are also some disadvantages: lack of jobs and lack of good schools

Being a teacher, I would need to to find a decent school to work for if my wife and I lived up there. In addition to this I would want our kids to attend good schools (especially primary school). Big C, Makro and other stores like that are becomming more common so it's probably not too difficult to stock up on supplies here and there.

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Hi Ho to Isaan and away......unicornrearmdclrd8ep.gif

I live in a small Isaan village and love it. And for "Neeranam", indeed if my wife wasn't from there, it definitely would not be the same and I wouldn't like it. No wife, I would probably live in Korat. :o

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I have heard a lot of people say negative things about rural Isaan not so much on this site but on other sites and in public. I was talking to one guy in Big C Khon Khen when out of the blue he comes out with all people that live in villages are stupid and anyone that listen to them are the same. I told him i live in a small village and he shut up real quick. I find rural Isaan great fresh food, nice people, no polution, no whining expats, except my mate John but he is a old pommy barsted so you got to expect that. I have lived in many places Phuket, Bangkok, Khon khen, and have to say Isaan is the best for me. If you go to rural Isaan and dont have a good time it proberly because of one of the following. Your not man anough for Isaan. Not orgnized. You wife is not looking after you and is no good. Your wifes faimly is no good

ISAAN I LOVE IT :o

I honestly think you have been listening to people that have never been to Isaan. 90%+ of posters that live in Isaan, love Isaan. Basically I would say Isaan is for people that have done everything there is to do, and want something completely different. Somewhere nice and quiet with hoards of friendly people to retire to, or if you live in the big city, a coutry retreat an hours flying time, but a million miles away. Of course you're going to get Isaan knockers,but not very many of them. Of course the people are a little bit on the ' not so intelligent side' in Western terms of thinking,but if you went to the African equivelent, a mud hut in the middle of the jungle,how would you get on trying to start a conversation about computor science. Or in a little hick town in the backwoods of Kentucky where the only chance a young man has to have sex is with his sister or cousin,and talk about the politics of Europe. Even in America a lot of them have never heard of Europe. As the old adage goes 'You pays yer money,and take yer chances'

Well I've paid my money,took my chances and have never been happier in my life. ISAAN I love you.

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I went to Khon Kaen about 7 years ago (the first girlfriend was from there) and I thought it was a great place to be. The people were very friendly, the food cheap and I felt very safe.

I have also contemplated the rural life, but cannot get over the fact that I would be living completely Thai, with no farangs around me to have a chat. Obviously many places rural have farangs living there, but the place where my wife comes from is completely Thai and I have never seen a foreigner.

Anyway hats off to you guys who can do it.

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Been here 11 years, visited nearly everytown in LOS.

My best memories are in Isaan.

If ever you go to Sisaket, try and find the Sugar Brazil Bar.

Its a live music bar not a girlie bar. One of the best nights I have ever had in my life.

Nothing like it up north.

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I have also contemplated the rural life, but cannot get over the fact that I would be living completely Thai, with no farangs around me to have a chat. Obviously many places rural have farangs living there, but the place where my wife comes from is completely Thai and I have never seen a foreigner.

Anyway hats off to you guys who can do it.

I can handle staying in my wife's village (outside of Korat) in small doses but I would have a hard time living there permanently. That's why I opted for resort property that's still within reasonable driving distance for building a house. But I don't mind crashing there after chugging Chang with the in-laws! :o

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I went to Khon Kaen about 7 years ago (the first girlfriend was from there) and I thought it was a great place to be. The people were very friendly, the food cheap and I felt very safe.

I have also contemplated the rural life, but cannot get over the fact that I would be living completely Thai, with no farangs around me to have a chat. Obviously many places rural have farangs living there, but the place where my wife comes from is completely Thai and I have never seen a foreigner.

Anyway hats off to you guys who can do it.

You would be very surprised to know the amount of Farangs that do live/visit more than 3 months a year, in Isaan. Surin province has about 3,000, the same estimate as Buriram. I would say on past experiences,talking to people and knowing Khon kaen a bit that there are between 8,000-10,000 Farangs residing part of the year in KK province. It has been said, that, in every village in every remote corner of Isaan,somone knows or has contact with a Farang.

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I am glad to hear that from all of you guys :o. I didn't live there but I visited my friends around. Almost all my thai friends are from Issan. :D

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