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Lampard10, Neeranam and lopburi3.

Thanks for your replies. This is good news indeed. Looks like if worst comes to worst, it won't be the worst.

You have piqued my interest with regards to the larger Isaan towns and villages.

Must go to the "Best city to live in Isaan" thread. Maybe even head up that way to have a look myself when I get back from offshore. Again, thanks guys.

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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.

Looks like a good set-up lampard10.

Get a snooker table there and I will surely pay a visit.

There are about 10 snooker clubs in Surin. All my daily regulars play every day between 3 and 6. I am thinking of getting one upstairs when we expand later in the year.

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Looks like a good set-up lampard10.

Get a snooker table there and I will surely pay a visit.

There are about 10 snooker clubs in Surin. All my daily regulars play every day between 3 and 6. I am thinking of getting one upstairs when we expand later in the year.

I'll be there when you do. how far is Surin from Khon Kaen, do you have any idea?

I have never been therefrom here.

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I'll be there when you do. how far is Surin from Khon Kaen, do you have any idea?

I have never been therefrom here.

Ask Bronco how far Surin is from Khon Kaen. I think he said it was a 2 six pack ride (of Heiniken). :o I know you don't drink (alcohol), but maybe 2 six packs of your favorite beverage would be the same. :D

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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.

With the exception of Wind surfing you can do all of that in Khan Kean, Udon or Korat all of which are Issan, there is more then just small villages.

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I live in Korat (well, very near Korat). Here's how I fill my day:

Get up at 6 AM and have a couple of cups of coffee. Run at 7 AM and get back about 7:40. Have a couple of more cups of coffee while having breakfast and watching CNN or BBC.

Log on to the Internet about 8:30 or so. Read e-mail, do correspondence with family and friends, read a bunch of news and computer web pages, read Thai Visa. By the time I'm done with all that it's 11 AM. Time for a snack.

Newspaper arrives about then. Read that for an hour.

Take a shower and shave. This rarely happens before Noon.

Now for the big afternoon: Maybe watch a DVD or something on HBO or some other UBC channel. Maybe read a book. Maybe go The Mall and have a meal, buy something or just walk around enjoying the scenery. Stop at Lotus on the way home. Maybe go into Korat central and walk around, visit the GF's parents. Maybe take a long walk. Maybe take a nap.

Pretty soon it's time for dinner. Maybe go out. Maybe just walk out and get something to bring home.

Soon the sun sets and it's time for a beer or two in the rocker on the front porch.

Maybe watch some more TV.

Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

(I spent 26 years living on a tropical resort island, so I don't really need to do those sorts of things any more. A quiet life is fine with me.)

And, for a real adventure, I can drive over to Surin and have a breakfast, or two....

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I live in Korat (well, very near Korat). Here's how I fill my day:

Get up at 6 AM and have a couple of cups of coffee. Run at 7 AM and get back about 7:40. Have a couple of more cups of coffee while having breakfast and watching CNN or BBC.

Log on to the Internet about 8:30 or so. Read e-mail, do correspondence with family and friends, read a bunch of news and computer web pages, read Thai Visa. By the time I'm done with all that it's 11 AM. Time for a snack.

Newspaper arrives about then. Read that for an hour.

Take a shower and shave. This rarely happens before Noon.

Now for the big afternoon: Maybe watch a DVD or something on HBO or some other UBC channel. Maybe read a book. Maybe go The Mall and have a meal, buy something or just walk around enjoying the scenery. Stop at Lotus on the way home. Maybe go into Korat central and walk around, visit the GF's parents. Maybe take a long walk. Maybe take a nap.

Pretty soon it's time for dinner. Maybe go out. Maybe just walk out and get something to bring home.

Soon the sun sets and it's time for a beer or two in the rocker on the front porch.

Maybe watch some more TV.

Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

(I spent 26 years living on a tropical resort island, so I don't really need to do those sorts of things any more. A quiet life is fine with me.)

And, for a real adventure, I can drive over to Surin and have a breakfast, or two....

That's it................................................................I'm gonna start issuing tickets

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I live in Korat (well, very near Korat). Here's how I fill my day:

Get up at 6 AM and have a couple of cups of coffee. Run at 7 AM and get back about 7:40. Have a couple of more cups of coffee while having breakfast and watching CNN or BBC.

Log on to the Internet about 8:30 or so. Read e-mail, do correspondence with family and friends, read a bunch of news and computer web pages, read Thai Visa. By the time I'm done with all that it's 11 AM. Time for a snack.

Newspaper arrives about then. Read that for an hour.

Take a shower and shave. This rarely happens before Noon.

Now for the big afternoon: Maybe watch a DVD or something on HBO or some other UBC channel. Maybe read a book. Maybe go The Mall and have a meal, buy something or just walk around enjoying the scenery. Stop at Lotus on the way home. Maybe go into Korat central and walk around, visit the GF's parents. Maybe take a long walk. Maybe take a nap.

Pretty soon it's time for dinner. Maybe go out. Maybe just walk out and get something to bring home.

Soon the sun sets and it's time for a beer or two in the rocker on the front porch.

Maybe watch some more TV.

Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

(I spent 26 years living on a tropical resort island, so I don't really need to do those sorts of things any more. A quiet life is fine with me.)

And, for a real adventure, I can drive over to Surin and have a breakfast, or two....

Almost the same lifestyle for me, when living not far from Sukkothai.

Although, having no Internet connection or TV, I substitute reading in the hammock whilst watching the goats for the Internet (for some reason this reminds me of Thaivisa), and burning rubbish (my main job on the farm) for the TV.

Apart from what you have outlined – who needs anything more?

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Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

Know what you mean Mike. And actually, sometimes it seems we are so busy doing "nothing", there isn't time for anything else. :o

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Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

Know what you mean Mike. And actually, sometimes it seems we are so busy doing "nothing", there isn't time for anything else. :o

I know something lads...........we had such a good time on the 19th, with the free beer and thast,I've decided to do it all again...........................................................................

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19th may 2006 alright for you lot?

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Take a shower. Crawl into bed. Read until 9 or 10. Fall asleep.

Start over.

It's lovely. I learned from my Dad. He's been retired for 25 years and pretty much does the same thing. Nothing.

Know what you mean Mike. And actually, sometimes it seems we are so busy doing "nothing", there isn't time for anything else. :D

I know something lads...........we had such a good time on the 19th, with the free beer and thast,I've decided to do it all again...........................................................................

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19th may 2006 alright for you lot?

"19th may 2006"

See that OP. Now there is just one example of how much there is to do....we have to plan a year in advance to fit so much in our busy schedules here in Isaan. :o

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I spend the week days in Bangkok and the weekends in a house we built in a small village in Petchabun province. I know Petchabun's not Isan but it's considered the boundary between the northern and north eastern cultures. Village life however does seem pretty similar. Entertainment is mostly of our own making. Relaxation is pretty important but as i'm thirty i need more activities to fill my time. Apart from Chang, hammocks and gambling we like to get out into the mountains, go mountain biking or spend time landscaping and designing our land. It's a perfect escape from Bangkok. Unfortunately the schools aren't up to scratch for our children otherwise we would be there full time.

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I absolutely love living in my wifes village near Kalasin. I work all the hours for 6 months in the UK so that I can spend 6 months in Thailand. Living in the village is the perfect way to unwind and de-stress.

Some say it's boring, but I disagree. Almost everyday is different. We spend our days wandering around the village, talking and chatting to others, touring around on my mountain bike (wife sits on the seat on the back). About three times a week we get on the motorbike and travel into Kalasin, get the BKK Post, walk around the market, do some shopping, have lunch etc..

In the evening we usually all sit around for the evening meal, usually a lively affair with all the kids, pretty good laugh sometimes... and then sometimes I choose to sit out the back with a couple of beers, just thinking, enjoying the quiet, staring at the stars... fantastic, If I want some company, I can pop down the local store and sit in there and drink, or go to someones house...(never a problem finding someone to drink with :o )

We don't have UBC, but sometimes there is a program in English (with the Dual thingy) and I've always got a supply of rented VCD's mainly for me and my wife to watch in the evening, that's all I need. I also like reading,

What do I miss ? - Well I sometimes miss interaction with fellow farang, you know a good in depth conversation in English, sometimes there is a dutch guy who stays in the village, it's not so bad then... But that's it I miss nothing else.

When I first decided i would like to live (well half the year anyway) in Thailand I thought I would prefer to be by the beach, but after living in Isaan it's not something I miss, I can always pop to the Rimpao Hotel and use the pool if needed... and then there is always the canal... :D

All the people I have met and know in the village have always been nothing but nice to me, always inviting me to drink with them or eat with them, happy smiles and always taking the time to ask if I am ok, and when I'm a bit quiet, worrying for me... it's all these small things that make the difference.

I think everything was made slightly easier because my wife/interpreter is held in high regard in the village, I honestly think this makes a diiference.

Outside the village in Isaan i've always received smiles and "good vibes" from everyone, never really thought "uh-oh.. I don't like this situation", I have elsewhere in Thailand.

Having only really spent any length of time in Isaan, i'm not really qualified to compare it to living elsewhere in Thailand, however in my travels around Thailand I can't think of anywhere else I would rather live.

The village life really appeals to me.... I have always wanted to live simply and out of the way... I've got that and no complaints here, to me living in the city with all the traffic and hustle and bustle is just not what I want.

My life when in Isaan is exactly how I like it.

totster :D

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