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The downside was:

  1. Villagers just walk in (even when you're trying to make love).

:o

It's when they start to mark you out of 10 that you really need to worry.

Even more worrying is when having finished, the fat old bag in the patung with a red stained mouth says "OK - my turn now!"

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The downside was:

  1. Villagers just walk in (even when you're trying to make love).

:D

It's when they start to mark you out of 10 that you really need to worry.

Even more worrying is when having finished, the fat old bag in the patung with a red stained mouth says "OK - my turn now!"

:o:D:D

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Isaan life can be great.

I loved the time I spent in Isaan, with my GF & her family and have many good memories.

The downside was:

  1. Need to travel many miles to access reasonable retail specialties.
  2. Sitting and eating on the floor played havoc with my back.
  3. Sleeping on a thin floor mattress resulted in sleepless nights.
  4. The burning off of the rice straw after the harvest destroyed my lungs for a number of days.
  5. The smoke from the kitchen fires choked out the whole house.
  6. Every dish was cooked in Plah Rar (homemade fish sauce) and became too much.
  7. The drunken uncles regularly asking for 200b for whiskey.
  8. The dusty pothole riddled dirt roads playing havoc with ones vehicles.
  9. The incessant nightly humidity during the summer.
  10. The need to get used to dishes such as frog, bugs, ant eggs, fish heads and other delicacies.
  11. Local food markets selling unrefrigerated perishables.
  12. Few and limited services.
  13. Villagers just walk in (even when you're trying to make love).

:o

On the positive, most things are cheap, the squat toilets are a treat, and everyone is welcoming.

BTW: What's this about "Isaan is good, but keep away from the North". I thought being North East, Isaan was the North??!

I have lived in Isaan for over a decade, and the downside list was pretty normal of people who stay out in the village. I live in a town and that's about as rural as I can get. One of things I found difficult in dealing with at first, with the locals can be the difference in education, and there attitude that ignorance, bad manners and their insistance that rudeness is Thai custom & culture. We are taught about action and reaction, and are more prepared to deal with the consequence when it arrives. We work in Logic, there work in Magic. I never seem to have the same problems in Bkk. The local inter village youth battles can be a bore, although sometimes I must admit to warming to a Gengis Kahn battle reinactment. Saying that I love it up here and have a great relationship with the locals, mainly because I make an effort to intergrate. I amazes me that alot of long term stayers, never bother to learn the fundamentals of the Thai/Isaan/Khmer language, and spend their hard earned time else where. What I love most about living up here is the freedom, and there's no nanny state health and safety nazi's telling me what I can't do. I think for alot of people, Isaan offers a certain rawness to life, that the sanatised western world can't. Learn to laugh at the idosyncratic way's of those around you(the local expats too), and issan life will become more than palitable.

Here are some answers to the above list.

1. Think of the 100km round trip as being an adventure.

2. Buy a plastic chair and plates, eating off the floor can be unheigenic

3. You really should be drinking more.

4. Try smoking the local tobbaco, and the aromatic wafts of the local ricemill will become pleasant.

5. On the positive side, no mosquito's

6. Add more Chilli

7. Get drunk, then go around the village asking everyone for money Heineken money. You'll soon find that no one will ever bother you again.

8. Buy a dirt bike. A platinuim is only 45k.

9. Take a shower, and half dry yourself, then sit near a fan.

10. You should be more worried about the dog entering and wanting a lick, than granny staring at your redeo performance.

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7. Get drunk, then go around the village asking everyone for money Heineken money. You'll soon find that no one will ever bother you again.

rflmao :o

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" What I love most about living up here is the freedom."

Hmmmmmm.

O.k. some don't get to taste the freedom, but aside from the odd visa problem, I get to live without some bureaucratic jobs worth telling me how to pick my nose.

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Life in Issan grows on you. Five years ago if someone would have told that one day be living in Issan, I'd have told them that they were insane.

My Thai wife and I lived in a condo in Jomtien. She had a house upcountry and it took her about five months to talk me into a visit. She told me that I may not like the house. I had seen upcountry houses before so I was quite surprised to find a two bedroom western style house built on a slab. After about six visits, with each visit longer than the previous one, I decided I liked it. Of course it took some time to westernize the house by adding window screens, a water pump, a hot water shower and a rewire job. I'm quite content now and with some land, a tractor and a workshop/garage I have plenty to keep me busy.

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i must agree,i live in a small village ban phu haung in kalasin a lovely part of the countryside,i have got to know most of the village and find them very friendly.and agree that it is easier if you have no demanding inlaws your wife loves you.

we are 70ks from khom kean 100ks from udon thani so can go and get major supplies when needed.

I LOVE ISSAN TOO!!!

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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

What are you talking about? Not man enough for Isaan? Holly shi......wife's family? you shouldn't wirite about things you don't really know. Respect others and they'll do the same. If you look around you, what do you see?

I totally disagree with you. I came to the lower north east 7 years ago, and quiet happy about the quality of life here. Everything is much cheaper, and my wife's parents call me luk, which means son. I used to stay in a very small village, went out to the rice fields and lived my life as Thais do. Another very important thing for me is that you don't see too many foreigners here. I'm tired to hear stupid stories from foreigners, what they are and what they have. (let's say what they'd like to be). It became my home, and I'll never leave.........chock dee.....

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Great to hear so many people are loving life in Isaan. A very interesting thread to read different peoples views. I don't get to stay as much as I would like in Ubon but the times my wife, our boys and I have visited are always full of genuine locals who have an outlook on life that we have lost in the west. Laid back and peacful for the most part so its as good a place as any to live or retire.

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isaan certainly sounds tempting.

whats 10 rai worth? 20 minutes from city?

any southern province lovers/haters out there got antyhing to say?

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Isaan tempting. How's that ?

Whatever it's worth to you. Sor Por Kor- Chanote ?

I live in Isaan and I can honestly say "it aint paradise". Don't listen to dreamers

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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.

can you blame them for not liking people near or in Bangkok,so racist against skin colour/issaan people,insulting the mentality of them.give me issaan any day from the Bangkok nasty people.

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To the people who post saying the village folks are a bit thick. How much do you know about farming and other things these people do for a living? It could just possibly be the same villagers consider you a bit simple, or your choice of subject for conversation, BORING. I can speak Thai and often hear the men in the village sitting together discussing at length farming matters that are of interest to them. Sure they can't talk about more worldly subjects, but who cares? I'm on holiday, and don't want to bother with that anyway. I can go talk to the Gamnan for that sort of thing, but don't. There's plenty of whiney ferangs you can talk to about financial meltdown ect. on Thai visa if that's you bag.

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