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

U forgot me......... :o

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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.

It can be very difficult to settle in in Isarn if you don't know anyone. I have know couples from outside(Bangkok), Thai/farang who were rejected by the locals. Some of the people in Isarn do not regard themselves as Thai. My wife comes from Central Thailand, and if it weren't for her contacts in Isarn, it would be very hard and we probably wouldn't be here. Business would be impossible.

I know many teachers and could easily find you a great job in many places around Isarn. Sounds like you are looking for somewher like Khon Kaen in the heart of Isarn, the best place to live in Thailand, IMO. PM me if you would like more info. I think the best thing to do would be to work for one of the international ot bi-lingual schools and get your kids in there free, would save a fortune.

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

U forgot me......... :o

not like that man :D, co'z we had visited them together. :D remember those days? :D:D

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I have lived in Phuket for 20 years or so, and have been with my Isaan missus for eight years now. Am busy saving for my retirement. You need an aweful lot of money to retire in Phuket, as it is probably the most expensive place to live in the Kingdom. If for any reason my funds look like running out in Phuket, my plan would be to move somewhere cheaper, more than likely, a city in Isaan.

Have been to my wife's village (about an hour and a halfs drive from Khon Kaen) and have always been made to feel welcome. The people are very kind. The missus usually goes back once or twice a year and I am always invited by the family to come along. I find myself making excuses to stay in Phuket because after only a day in the village, I am completely numbed by boredom. There is absolutely nothing to do except read a book, or, get drunk.

I guess my question is (to the people that live in the villages), just how the h3ll do you fill your days? Sitting at a computer, surfing the net all day, is not my idea of having a good time.

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Have been to my wife's village (about an hour and a halfs drive from Khon Kaen) and have always been made to feel welcome. The people are very kind. The missus usually goes back once or twice a year and I am always invited by the family to come along. I find myself making excuses to stay in Phuket because after only a day in the village, I am completely numbed by boredom. There is absolutely nothing to do except read a book, or, get drunk.

I guess my question is (to the people that live in the villages), just how the h3ll do you fill your days? Sitting at a computer, surfing the net all day, is not my idea of having a good time.

Only half an hour to the BIG CITY :o Lots to do in Khon Kaen.

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I have lived in Phuket for 20 years or so, and have been with my Isaan missus for eight years now. Am busy saving for my retirement. You need an aweful lot of money to retire in Phuket, as it is probably the most expensive place to live in the Kingdom. If for any reason my funds look like running out in Phuket, my plan would be to move somewhere cheaper, more than likely, a city in Isaan.

Have been to my wife's village (about an hour and a halfs drive from Khon Kaen) and have always been made to feel welcome. The people are very kind. The missus usually goes back once or twice a year and I am always invited by the family to come along. I find myself making excuses to stay in Phuket because after only a day in the village, I am completely numbed by boredom. There is absolutely nothing to do except read a book, or, get drunk.

I guess my question is (to the people that live in the villages), just how the h3ll do you fill your days? Sitting at a computer, surfing the net all day, is not my idea of having a good time.

How do you pass your time in Phuket then? When I was in Phuket and Pattaya, THAT'S what I did all day. Get drunk. OK that was in my relative youth,but as I said in my previous post,Isaan is a wonderful place to come when you're fed up of everything else. Being with my wife is enough for me,wherever we are.

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How do you pass your time in Phuket then? When I was in Phuket and Pattaya, THAT'S what I did all day. Get drunk. OK that was in my relative youth,but as I said in my previous post,Isaan is a wonderful place to come when you're fed up of everything else. Being with my wife is enough for me,wherever we are.

Fishing, swimming, hanging out on the beach, going to fitness club, cinemas, bowling, golf, bar-hopping, going to BBQs and parties. Having friends round for good conversations, shopping, wind-surfing, sailing, going to a spa, dining at different restaurants etc. etc.

I don't do all of the above, but, at least I have the choice.

So, what are the choices if you live in a village in Isaan?

Am really not trying to say one life-style is better than another. I am truly interested in how you fill your days, because if the money situation goes t1ts-up, I might have to live in the village. So far, nobody has answered the question.

I also like hanging out with the wife, but that is not the type of answer I'm looking for.

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bar-hopping

I would imagine a lot of us on this forum did the bar hopping when we first arrived but it's not an attractive long term life style for me.Love the rural life now and enjoy waking up not feeling like death.

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So, just what does the rural life consist of?

All of the things you mention we can do it all in Isaan. OK the beach is a resovoir, lake or river beach. I too miss the sea,but all I hear about the seas around Thailand is pollution. But the fishing is great. Some of the restaurants are really fantastic,there are plenty of fitness clubs, bowling is confined to the cities,but most Isaanites live within 60-100 km's to a decent size town. Cinema's are not usually in English,but then again how many cinema's in UK or USA are in Thai? There are all the shops. We have in little old Surin, Big C,Tesco & Makro. There are golf courses here. There's wind surfing,paragliding,sailing. There are European bars and eateries scattered all over,maybe just two or three to each town,but they are there.There's also miles and miles of green countryside, splattered with ruins of previous civilisations. There is nearly everything that you get in the city, you just have to look a little harder. I'm afraid that the way you are talking, you imagine Isaan to be akin to the darkest depths of Africa. Too some people it might be,but we very rarely get people moving BACK to the Big Mango or various Fun-Towns or Sin-cities.

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Does this mean that you have to go to the nearest town or city to do most of these things?

I don't know where you live, but, in and around my missus's village, there is absolutely nothing to do. Went fishing once in a small lake close to the village, only caught these horrible cat-fish that weren't very big and put up no fight at all.

It seems to me that living in, or, very close to a city in Isaan is the way to go. Would you agree?

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It seems to me that living in, or, very close to a city in Isaan is the way to go. Would you agree?

I would certainly agree. Don't stay too far from a major city - Udon, Khon Kaen, Korat. Near KK, there is the Ubon Ratana Reservoir, great for golf, the kids swimming, good food, views.

I spend a lot of time golfing, it can be done for 120 baht a round some places.

I like to escape to the farm, just 12 km from my house. There are lots of exciting things to do there like fishing, farming the veggies, watching the rice grow(I love the sound of it), jumping on a cross-country bike and exploring, learning the local language, reaading a book. I have to work and have other voluntary things to do. You need transport, IMO, and I love just touring about. I don't have UBC, but have a computer to stay in touch with the things that I feel are impoortant.

I need trips to bangkok oonce in a while to make me realise that I have got everything that I ever wanted where I am.

Isolation is dangerous for many people I know, and would be for myself. If you are a drinker, you can easily become a sad old drunk. There are plenty of expat bars in the larger towns, but I only go to them about once a month.

If I were retired, I could think of many manny things to occupy my time - museums, temples, meditating, exercise, reading, golf, fishing etc etc.

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We live in Bangkok and the wife is central Thai but last week we had a 24 hour visit to a small city some 90km west of Khon Khen called Chumphae. During that time we had food the wife admits is better than she can cook (and she is a good cook) at about half the Bangkok price. Had breakfast of pork jok, coffee and Thai style donut for four and paid 90 baht (and it also was very good). In about two hours time noticed 6-8 other foreigners in town. Stayed at a very comfortable hotel for 500 baht, good beds, remote control air conditioner and cable TV. Visited medical clinic where sport shirts were worn and customer without enough cash to return home was told to visit some time later to pay. Visited a local shop with almost as much stock as a Foodland but in about 50 sq meters space - and price seemed to be at or below Bangkok for many items. Visited a drug store and bought Tylenol (bottle) for 100 baht rather than the 105-130 most places in Bangkok charge. And this was just on the main highway. Making a U-turn noticed a full size town with bus station, market and many shops and later check on the web find there are a total of eight hotels in this small city. Although a short ride north gets you into national park areas it is not the wild west that many seem to think.

If a person could be happy with a country life anywhere believe they could adjust - even contact with foreigners seems to be rather easy. If it were not for family reasons wife would be ready to move, she liked it that much, that fast.

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wife is central Thai but last week we had a 24 hour visit to a small city some 90km west of Khon Khen called Chumphae. During that time we had food the wife admits is better than she can cook (and she is a good cook) at about half the Bangkok price.

Lopburi, my wife is from Khok Samrong, in central Thailand, and also an excellent cook. One of the only negative things about life around villages is that there is limiited Thai food. I think Isarn food is disgusting.

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Lampard10

Does this mean that you have to go to the nearest town or city to do most of these things?

I don't know where you live, but, in and around my missus's village, there is absolutely nothing to do. Went fishing once in a small lake close to the village, only caught these horrible cat-fish that weren't very big and put up no fight at all.

It seems to me that living in, or, very close to a city in Isaan is the way to go. Would you agree?

You don't know where I live? I thought everyone on Thai Visa knows where I live.

have a look on http://www.farangconnection.awebspace.com and look at the past news section. There's some pictures of Isaan life there.

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