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I've never been to the Isaan.

How does life in a village in Isaan differ from say a life in a village in other rural areas of Thailand?

I have no idea probably not much different small place living is small place living, the only thing I'm missing right now is the cool weather for bike touring but it will be back and I will be ready.

Here in Udon I have absoultely nothing to do and not enough time to get it done. It is rare that I stay home during the day. I always have errands to run, people to see and if time allows a little bowkling. Befoer my marriage I was out chasing women every night not much of chase but I would tell myself it was. LOL

I belong to a Issan bike riding club and I could be on an overnight campout tonight, with some farrangs and lot of Thai guys. I want to fish there are lots of lakes all around here, I don't so I don't.

I spend a lot of time exploring and learning how to live here even after three years. If you have nothing to do here it is because you don't want to do anything.

Pattaya and Bangkok are to much to do for my liking, if I'm up for a bit craziness I'm not land locked I can be in Pattaya in a matter of a few hours and be as silly as I care to be, knowing that in just couple of hours I can be back to the speed of life I like.

Several of the guys that I know who live hrer travel a lot, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam or the Philippines. They can afford to that becasue it inexpensive to live here. If you want to party hardy you can do that right in Udon, I know I did for about the first year I was here. A slower pace but it's here.

So I guess it really is what you want for a constant life, a vacation is a vacation, not a way of life for me. But to each his own.

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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.

That's where I met my wife in 1998. I really liked Khon Kaen. I used to stay in Kasinkorntungsang Road - not far from the museum. I remember places like Ubon Rat dam, Fairy Plaza complex, the old cinema and some decent shops. Had a great time.

I also like Udon Thani. Bit busier now than back then. Shame they got rid of the beer garden next to Charoensi - I liked the live music in there. Good atmosphere. A very good DIY store in Udon now.

I too like Isaan mak-mak!

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Issarn, great place, pretty girls, good life, great people always happy, and greet you with a great big smile, most of them have not got a lot, i respect the Issarn people, if they are ever in trouble, (my Family) i do my utmost to help, we are lucky guys to be in such a great place.

With myself i am from a rural background in the UK, so maybe thats why i like it so much.

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QUOTE(Neeranam @ 2005-05-28 14:23:19)

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).  I know you don't drink (alcohol), but maybe 2 six packs of your favorite beverage would be the same. 

That's pretty funny, Ken. I used to finish off a six pack in about 1 hour. Not quite the same with Coke. 1 large bottle lasts about 3 hours. That would be about 200km. Maybe Bronco can give me a lift one day if I supply the beverages.

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QUOTE(Neeranam @ 2005-05-28 14:23:19)

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).  I know you don't drink (alcohol), but maybe 2 six packs of your favorite beverage would be the same. 

That's pretty funny, Ken. I used to finish off a six pack in about 1 hour. Not quite the same with Coke. 1 large bottle lasts about 3 hours. That would be about 200km. Maybe Bronco can give me a lift one day if I supply the beverages.

You're all welcome, whatever the length of the jouney. A single chang,a six pack or a whole case. :o

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My better half is from Issan, Nakhon Phanom. Although we live in the central area due to work, when we go visit the "Out" laws it's always a pleasant experience. Great climate (hot days, cool nights), VERY spicy som tum, friendly people, although I can't get the hang of this Issan lingo..."Khao Jai U Bot...?"

I'm proud of my abilities to speak "normal" Thai, but this local dialect just drives me bonkers!

Example: If asking someone's name in Thai, "cheu ary kup?"

Issan linog has them all pronouncing "ch" as an "s", "seu ary kup" - to me that means "what have you bought/are buying?"

Mar bpen ding-dong layo!

LOVE IT!

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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.

Couldnt agree with you more derekley.

I have just recently returned (to the UK :D ) from a trip 'home' to Tha Bo (near Nong Khai), with the wife and 3 kids (6,5 and 2 yrs).

All I can say is, our kids had the best time ever and to see their faces every day was such a joy. The freedom they enjoyed in the village, even though they speak no Thai at all, was absolutely amazing. It didnt matter where they went or who they went with, they were always accepted as being one of the family.

The funny thing about this visit was that it was more difficult to drag the kids away from the village this time round than it usually is for me and the wife :o .

It's been 4 years since we was last able to visit, but we was plesantly surprised at the fact that very little had changed since the last time in town, except the amount of building work that seems to be happening as of late.

Anyway, back to the topic, OK so I have never done a 'serious' amount of time living in Issan in one , but I have stayed there for long enough over the years to say that I would never have a problem with keeping myself occupied.

As others have stated, there is plenty to do as long as you can be arsed to get up and do it :D

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For me, when I am in my home in Nonsa-at, that’s between Unornthani & Nongkai

goes like this

Morning

7am Up make some bread (my home made bread is superb)

8am 2 slices of toast & fresh Orange juice on my balcony :D

9am watch the school children going to school all happy (all clean and pressed

in their school uniforms, the kids in the UK could take lessons)

9.15 Watch the Buffalos going out to the fields

9.30 Time for a swim in my pool (the water is nice and warm by then)

11am Shower dress watch TV just to make sure that World War 3 has not started.

12am Time for lunch :D

1pm Go for a drive into Udorn or Nongkai to do some retail therapy

5pm Back home watch the buffalos return & the ducks (funny really I never see

the Ducks leave in a morning)

6.30 Teatime with the family this takes hours

8pm TV or a video

10.30 Bed

GOD THE STRESS IS AWFUL :o

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So there you have it Rigger. 53 replies and not one single ' Isaan Knocker' Answered a few questions hasit? Changed your mind a bit? I would think you are pleasently surprised about what REAL people of Isaan. Give us a visit mate.

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For me, when I am in my home in Nonsa-at, that’s between Unornthani & Nongkai

goes like this

Morning 

7am  Up    make some bread (my home made bread is superb)

8am    2 slices of toast & fresh Orange juice on my balcony :D

9am  watch the school children going to school all happy (all clean and pressed   

          in their school uniforms, the kids in the UK could take lessons)

9.15  Watch the Buffalos going out to the fields

9.30  Time for a swim in my pool (the water is nice and warm by then)

11am Shower dress watch TV just to make sure that World War 3 has not started.

12am Time for lunch  :D

1pm  Go for a drive into Udorn or Nongkai to do some retail therapy

5pm  Back home watch the buffalos return & the ducks (funny really I never see 

        the Ducks leave in a morning)

6.30  Teatime with the family this takes hours 

8pm  TV or a video

10.30  Bed

                                      GOD THE STRESS IS AWFUL  :o

Hey edd, I don't know how you cope with it all my friend...!

Livin' the dream baby, livin' the dream!

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So there you have it Rigger. 53 replies and not one single ' Isaan Knocker' Answered a few questions hasit? Changed your mind a bit? I would think you are pleasently surprised about what REAL people of Isaan. Give us a visit mate.

SHHH!!!!! don't tell anyone Issan is the best kept secret in Thailand I wished LOL

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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.

There is a saying 'Farangs building thier own prison' Meaning building a house especially in rural thailand. Be careful not for everyone. I love it. I have spent 6+ years living in the sticks. Takes a little getting used to, but you can always run to the smoke for a few days R&R when it all gets on top of you.

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when did I say it was a six pack to surin??? at least 2 for sure.

villiage life is about fitting in, admittedly I only do it part time but that's the way it is for me and this is in the wrong section so will move to the issarn section.

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So there you have it Rigger. 53 replies and not one single ' Isaan Knocker' Answered a few questions hasit? Changed your mind a bit? I would think you are pleasently surprised about what REAL people of Isaan. Give us a visit mate.

I have been living in Isaan 40km out of nongbualampoo for a bit over 2 years. Most the posts are from people living in isaan all ready so off course they love it other wise we wouldn,t live here. So not one Isaan knocker hey I think that they are too scared to post as they will get flamed. So no one has had a bad experience while living or visting out back Isaan. I find that hard to belive :o

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So no one has had a bad experience while living or visting out back Isaan. I find that hard to believe.

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Well yes I had a bad experience tn Isan.

I had the lethal sh**s & had to go to the hospital in Amphur Phen, while the service was great and they were very helpful BUT being a falang I was over charged

Consultation with the doctor

Injections

Medicine for 2 weeks

Letter for my doctor in the UK

And you know they had the nerve to charge me 120 Bhat that’s £ 1.70p :D

Now how can they justify that sort of money. :o

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