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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.

A kamnan in a small Tambon in NongKhai province can only speak about the color and texture of his buffalo s***.

Enjoi! :o

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I don't/didn't like living in Bangkok but I certainly don't cry about it. Issan isn't for everyone but it suits me just fine. The last thing we need up here is whinging farangs. You can live where you choose and I'll live where I choose.

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Spoken like a true snob. Bash Thais for being stupid, and belittle those with a brain.

Though I know the meaning of the word,don't use it;not my language,you know.

I don't think the Thais are stupid,but that most of them have no,or little education is a fact!

And,if you have a brain,please use it! :o

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People here are certainly not thick -

I stay here for a month every year and I can say in all certaintly it's one of the most uncomfortable places on earth, admittedly I stay with the family 'in village' when I come, but everthing seems to be rock hard. The few seats, eating platforms and even the 'beds' make your arse hurt like flock after a month. Issan - The land of sore arse. (no funny comments about gay karioke or the like please)

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Isaan folk are mostly hardy peasent folk who have learnt form the school of hard knocks. Please don't kid yourself folks, most families of daughters employed in the entertainment sectors of the country will never have a farangs best intentions at heart unless they are speaking with them in the mother tongue. Unless you speak the language fluently and have a frim grasp of the Thai social model you will be seen as a curious white biped with ATM potentials. This is the way it is. And the way it will remain.

Isaaners are fun to be around. In my opinion the nicest people in Thailand. The only problem that you can have in Isaan is the amount of money you have in your wallet. the less you have the better. Pensioners are in the best position as they only have a set amount of cash per month and their sweetheart is aware of it.

Yes, there are Isaan folks that have done well for themselves in business, but they would genrerally not consider settling with farang.

I've lived in Isaan for almost ten years. I like the people a lot. In fact I love Isaan people. The only thing that bothers me is the constant staring I expereince. I used to enjoy the attention at first now I find it a bit obtrusive. Maybe I'm getting paranoid?

But Isaan people are great, especially compared to the people of the south of Thailand where the locals can't even manage a smile when you enter a shop.

But in Isaan I know, as we all most know, that the majority of Isaan folk look down on Farang. Isaan people have been looked down on by the upper classes in thailand for centuries. Now they have a new breed of person to look down on, and manipulate - The Farang.

If you can speak and understand a little bit of Thai it is scary to hear what Thai wives speak about their farang husbands.

I live in Isaan but my girlfriend is from Bangkok. We have lived here for six months and are looking at moving back to the capital. Why? - Boredom. I'm 32 today and my girlfriend is 29 on Thursday. We are not at retirement age yet, and there aint much to do here.

Isaan life can be great, if you just want to go fishing, play golf or drink in expat bars. Apart from that there isn't much to do.

Just my 2 satangs,

GFL.

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Isaan life can be great, if you just want to go fishing, play golf or drink in expat bars. Apart from that there isn't much to do.

Just my 2 satangs,

GFL.

Well said and belated birthday greetings. What are you doing posting at this time on your birthday (or just after).

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Isaan life can be great, if you just want to go fishing, play golf or drink in expat bars. Apart from that there isn't much to do.

Just my 2 satangs,

GFL.

Well said and belated birthday greetings. What are you doing posting at this time on your birthday (or just after).

Thanks very much for the birthday greetings!!!

The reason I'm posting at this time is that there is <deleted> all else to do here in my small part of Isaan, part of the point of my post.

The girlfriend and myself are itching to get back to Bangkok, eat good Japanese food and watch a movie.... Oh, the memories of the city.

Cheers dude,

GFL.

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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.

The people are definitely nicer here but I often wonder why the hel_l I'm here.

I think that most of the guys here are here because their wives make them come here. They then go on about how great it is but really would rather be elsewhere but are under the thumb.

If it was as expensive here as say Phuket, no one would be here.

Edited by Neeranam

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The people are definitely nicer here but I often wonder why the hel_l I'm here.

I think that most of the guys here are here because their wives make them come here. They then go on about how great it is but really would rather be elsewhere but are under the thumb.

If it was as expensive here as say Phuket, no one would be here.

After living 14 years in the Pattaya area, I was grateful to leave and have somewhere else to live. It's true my wife, like most other expats wives and girls in the area, were born and bred here, but I don't believe they MAKE us come here. Like most here, I visited, looked around and It was ME that suggested re-locating. Of course there are probably better places that I could have moved too (I rather like Nong Khai), but I'm sure it is preferable to have one person who belongs here.

Those that are "under the thumb" here would be "under the thumb" anywhere!

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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?

Because in a previous life I lived in New York, Montreal, Atlanta, Miami, Hamburg, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, Lisboa, Dusseldorf. (and Luxemburg for the last 9 working years of my live, that was almost nice, not for the Luxemburgers though :o )

In fact, I lived the 22 first years of my life in the university town of Leuven, Belguim.

What have they done to my town, Ma?

For no money in the world would I like to spend an other day in my native town.

At last at rest in a small Isaan village, far from the madding crowd :D

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I think that most of the guys here are here because their wives make them come here. They then go on about how great it is but really would rather be elsewhere but are under the thumb.

A generalisation, but I think you more or less nailed it with that paragraph.

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Living here is o.k. but I prefer living near a major town to living in the gf's village. If you live more than 50 k from a major shopping area , getting the weekly supplies becomes a bit of a chore. I rent a small room on the edge of KK and this way I always have a bolt hole when I've had enough of cockrels waking me up at the crack of dawn.

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I think that most of the guys here are here because their wives make them come here. They then go on about how great it is but really would rather be elsewhere but are under the thumb.

A generalisation, but I think you more or less nailed it with that paragraph.

At last. Geekfreeklover you, as an individual, has hit the nail on the head. I don't actually think their wives/ girlfriends "make" them come to Isaan. They do it on the basis that they're ignorant and rely on their wives / girlfriends to be guiding them in the right direction, due to their lack of knowledge, as to what they're letting themselves in for. Before coming to Thailand they will announce to all, that will listen, as to their future plans that they're moving to Thailand, thinking that everyone is envious of them. Low and behold, all those so called friends will then ridicule them as to the pitfalls that will become them. Ignoring them, they choose to think they've landed in 'Utopia'. After a few months the bubble bursts. Unfortunately they're too embarrased to admit that they've fcuked up, and accept life that's thrown at them in Isaan as being great. The reasoning behind this is because that we have one thing in common with the Thais in that we don't like to lose face.

Please don't take the above as a dig at all, but in general. I think Geekfreeklover to be correct. The reason why I say that is because what I've written is exactly as told to me by a guy that fits the description in my post.

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