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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.

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

Total rubbish.

My Wife and I were living in Samui when I came up to a Khon Kaen village to visit a friend of mine. I loved it and the life he led. I returned with my Wife a few weeks later and we found some land for sale in the village.

Luckily we managed to sell the house in Samui and started to build a house up here. I stayed alone in a 800 Baht a month room while the house was being built. My Wife stayed in Samui as she was working there and her daughters were at school.

When the house was finished we moved into it. That was two years ago and I have never regreted it. I visited Samui for a few days before Christmas and could not wait to get back home.

I love the life and the people. Not too keen on the morning speakers though.

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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.

Hi Coventry

I understand you are generalising and I do accept negative things do happen to people coming to Isaan.

Some (& maybe most ) of those people were naive/losers or just plain stupid and that ain't nothing to do with Thailand :o

I see many Ferang/Thai families here, having happy lives that might not be as happy elsewhere. I am a realist without 'rose- tinted glasses' BTW

In the words of Don Henley..... "They call it paradise...... then you can kiss it goodbye."

Dave

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I've nothing agaisnt Isaan or Isaan people. I truly like them. Best people in thailand in my honest opinion. But I fear for the farangs that move here and get isolated. They don't know the language or the culture. There's a guy on another post asking where he can get his hair cut for christ sake !!!

Dave the dude, disagree that all the losers in Isaan were losers in their own country. Most did well in their own country and then become losers as they only listen to what their girlfriends /wives tell them. What their girlfriends and wives tell them often is not to their benefit. And most losers don't realise that they are losers until they lost.

Isaan is great. But don't rely on your other half to tell you how it all works. Jimdee came up with a good metaphor - most farangs are in a wheelchair pushed along by their wives. Meaning that they don't speak the language and take everything their wife tells them as gospal.

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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.

Horses for courses....but I wouldn't limit the appeal of Isaan to the activities you listed as you could have been talking about pattaya or phuket for all I knew. It doesn't matter where you are, any location will either appeal to you or not. The most you will get out of a place is doing stuff locally...if you aren't interested in rural life then why go there? Don't read that to mean the famous words of "Don't like it, then leave", just saying that you have to have an interest in that pace of life and what is done locally. In BKK you might talk about the problems with the MRT or BTS being too crowded...in Isaan the local daily news might be the current rice or cow prices - its all relative to where you are – we are talking pretty basic subculture principles here.

But in saying that, there are those people who jump in with both feet first before getting an idea of whether the life suits them (look at some of the new threads recently). Being accepted by the local community (as much as one can be as a farang) is a big thing, no one wants to live somewhere they are treated as an outcast. To say that Isaan people treat farangs as being lower to them and they enjoy the payback after being treated like that by thais is a bit of a stretch. How you are treated is how you conduct yourself and how you come across....come across as being weak or naive and there will be people there to take advantage of you no matter where you are in this world. There are so many elements in play to decide whether a person has a good experience or not that it’s hard to single out a few and say that’s the reason!! No matter where you are, a foreigner has to walk a tightrope at times and bend to cultural pressures.

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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.

Horses for courses....but I wouldn't limit the appeal of Isaan to the activities you listed as you could have been talking about pattaya or phuket for all I knew. It doesn't matter where you are, any location will either appeal to you or not. The most you will get out of a place is doing stuff locally...if you aren't interested in rural life then why go there? Don't read that to mean the famous words of "Don't like it, then leave", just saying that you have to have an interest in that pace of life and what is done locally. In BKK you might talk about the problems with the MRT or BTS being too crowded...in Isaan the local daily news might be the current rice or cow prices - its all relative to where you are – we are talking pretty basic subculture principles here.

But in saying that, there are those people who jump in with both feet first before getting an idea of whether the life suits them (look at some of the new threads recently). Being accepted by the local community (as much as one can be as a farang) is a big thing, no one wants to live somewhere they are treated as an outcast. To say that Isaan people treat farangs as being lower to them and they enjoy the payback after being treated like that by thais is a bit of a stretch. How you are treated is how you conduct yourself and how you come across....come across as being weak or naive and there will be people there to take advantage of you no matter where you are in this world. There are so many elements in play to decide whether a person has a good experience or not that it's hard to single out a few and say that's the reason!! No matter where you are, a foreigner has to walk a tightrope at times and bend to cultural pressures.

Good post Isee. I agree.

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Not too keen on the morning speakers though.

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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.

Horses for courses....but I wouldn't limit the appeal of Isaan to the activities you listed as you could have been talking about pattaya or phuket for all I knew. It doesn't matter where you are, any location will either appeal to you or not. The most you will get out of a place is doing stuff locally...if you aren't interested in rural life then why go there? Don't read that to mean the famous words of "Don't like it, then leave", just saying that you have to have an interest in that pace of life and what is done locally. In BKK you might talk about the problems with the MRT or BTS being too crowded...in Isaan the local daily news might be the current rice or cow prices - its all relative to where you are – we are talking pretty basic subculture principles here.

But in saying that, there are those people who jump in with both feet first before getting an idea of whether the life suits them (look at some of the new threads recently). Being accepted by the local community (as much as one can be as a farang) is a big thing, no one wants to live somewhere they are treated as an outcast. To say that Isaan people treat farangs as being lower to them and they enjoy the payback after being treated like that by thais is a bit of a stretch. How you are treated is how you conduct yourself and how you come across....come across as being weak or naive and there will be people there to take advantage of you no matter where you are in this world. There are so many elements in play to decide whether a person has a good experience or not that it's hard to single out a few and say that's the reason!! No matter where you are, a foreigner has to walk a tightrope at times and bend to cultural pressures.

Good post Isee. I agree.

Agree! I could not have written it better. 5 star post. :o

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I also love Issan. I was in Khon Kaen village for about 1 week a learnt to ride 3 different kinds of motorbike while i was there. I also got to see the various kinds of farms: rice, sugar and fish farms. I also got to learn to drive a 4 wheeled drive through slow outback roads. I dont think I would live is a village for long time since they dont have reliable internet yet and my work depends on it. I didn't like Khon KAen as much as Udon Thani. I think it's a nicer city with more things closer by.

I dont know what you guys mean by "up north" Chiang Mai?

Udon Thani is fairly north about 1 hours drive from Laos and 1.5 hours drive from Khon Kaen. There are many farang in Udon though. I see them all the time at Big C and the city centre.

My Gfs village is about 80kms away which i haven't visted yet. I did visit another village 30km away from udon where my gf friend lives. I dont think they had seen a farang in quite some time. I had a cold while I was there, my nose was dripping water at a rapid rate and needed some toilet paper. So I rode down the street looking for a shop that sells toilet paper and was open at 10pm. I found a house with an open shop front and they seemed to be having a big get together on the shop floor. They all looked at me as though I'd just stepped off a UFO. As far as they were concerned I was an alien just landed. They all just looked at me as i looked around, located the toilet paper, stepped around people to get it and then go pay for it. It was a whole 8 baht but saved my dignity of having a tap for a nose.

Then off i rode into the darkness again while they were still staring. I slept on the floor of my gf friends house that night with my gf in their 2 bedroom shed. Had a great time learning and seeing how they live out there. Great experience.

I still dont like using the thai toilets and prefer to find a western style one.

Udon Thani in Issan is great and loved riding around on my gf's motorbike everywhere we went. Very friendly people and plenty to do and see. Had more social outings in 3 months than i had the previous 3 years in Australia.

Check out Udon Thani for great location, prices and amenties and farang friendly. I had a new appartment with air con, internet cable TV etc for 4000 baht per month. 500 meters from Big C. Great place to live near my gf's school. Would recommend to anyone wanting to live away from Bangkok.

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some one named Bill had asked a question, 4 to be correct, to which i gave my answer. I now notice his posting as well as my response have been removed??

Am I allowed to ask WHY??

if someone can answer please do so even if by PM.

thanks in advance

RT

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some one named Bill had asked a question, 4 to be correct, to which i gave my answer. I now notice his posting as well as my response have been removed??

Am I allowed to ask WHY??

if someone can answer please do so even if by PM.

thanks in advance

RT

Because it was moved back into its own thread.

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Live-Isaan-Input-t243864.html

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anyone living in khon kaen.it has been 19 years since i have been to isaan and that was to kalison.thats where my exwifes from .coming to khon kaen in july of this year.i have seen some pictures of it ,but i have never been there.can anyone tell me about the 600 acre lake.it looks real clear .any fish there.also what is in khon kaen to do .seems like the future wife has family in mahasarakhom province and roi-et province.soi expect to be traveling a lot to those provinces also.someone talk to this old boy ok .thanks for reading what i have to say.buffaloe

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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.

Horses for courses....but I wouldn't limit the appeal of Isaan to the activities you listed as you could have been talking about pattaya or phuket for all I knew. It doesn't matter where you are, any location will either appeal to you or not. The most you will get out of a place is doing stuff locally...if you aren't interested in rural life then why go there? Don't read that to mean the famous words of "Don't like it, then leave", just saying that you have to have an interest in that pace of life and what is done locally. In BKK you might talk about the problems with the MRT or BTS being too crowded...in Isaan the local daily news might be the current rice or cow prices - its all relative to where you are – we are talking pretty basic subculture principles here.

But in saying that, there are those people who jump in with both feet first before getting an idea of whether the life suits them (look at some of the new threads recently). Being accepted by the local community (as much as one can be as a farang) is a big thing, no one wants to live somewhere they are treated as an outcast. To say that Isaan people treat farangs as being lower to them and they enjoy the payback after being treated like that by thais is a bit of a stretch. How you are treated is how you conduct yourself and how you come across....come across as being weak or naive and there will be people there to take advantage of you no matter where you are in this world. There are so many elements in play to decide whether a person has a good experience or not that it's hard to single out a few and say that's the reason!! No matter where you are, a foreigner has to walk a tightrope at times and bend to cultural pressures.

Good post Isee. I agree.

Agree! I could not have written it better. 5 star post. :o

Well written post, I too agree

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najman you say you visited some fish farms while in khon kaen.do you remember where they are located and did they have a lot of fish in them.

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anyone living in khon kaen.it has been 19 years since i have been to isaan and that was to kalison.thats where my exwifes from .coming to khon kaen in july of this year.i have seen some pictures of it ,but i have never been there.can anyone tell me about the 600 acre lake.it looks real clear .any fish there.also what is in khon kaen to do .seems like the future wife has family in mahasarakhom province and roi-et province.soi expect to be traveling a lot to those provinces also.someone talk to this old boy ok .thanks for reading what i have to say.buffaloe

I was just 2 times in Roi-Et, I found the people there very friendly and helpful.

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