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What Are The Positives Of Living In Isaan?

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I have 3 jobs, 32 and counting chickens, 17 ducks, countless fish, 4 dogs, 2 cows, fields of rice, lotus and chilis, in the middle of building a house with another coming early next year, teaching local kids English, gossiping with the local elders, 1 child with one on the way......finally have a day off (a day to myself) and am bored.

Life here is what you make of it. I have friends who sit in a bar picking up the same girls every night with the same old stories and they are as happy as can be. They think I am crazy for working so hard. I think they are crazy living it up every night.

As for the food. some of the best food in the world is prepared here in Nong Khai region of Isan. Som Tam poo bpa lah, Som Tam Laos, Plaa Hange (dried fish), Khanom Cheen, khao niao and moo ping, plaa dtin, plaa tort, those funny half developed chicken eggs cooked in a steamer (gluak, i think), fried chicken feet, cow intestines steamed in sweet sauce.....yummy!

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I have 3 jobs, 32 and counting chickens, 17 ducks, countless fish, 4 dogs, 2 cows, fields of rice, lotus and chilis, in the middle of building a house with another coming early next year, teaching local kids English, gossiping with the local elders, 1 child with one on the way......finally have a day off (a day to myself) and am bored.

Life here is what you make of it. I have friends who sit in a bar picking up the same girls every night with the same old stories and they are as happy as can be. They think I am crazy for working so hard. I think they are crazy living it up every night.

As for the food. some of the best food in the world is prepared here in Nong Khai region of Isan. Som Tam poo bpa lah, Som Tam Laos, Plaa Hange (dried fish), Khanom Cheen, khao niao and moo ping, plaa dtin, plaa tort, those funny half developed chicken eggs cooked in a steamer (gluak, i think), fried chicken feet, cow intestines steamed in sweet sauce.....yummy!

You have a better stomach than me, can't eat half developed chicken eggs, not big on chicken feet and no way can I eat raw water Buffalo dipped in that red hot chilli. Other things ok, but tend to get the wife to cook with olive oil and garlic, has some flavor then.

Sticky rice is ok, but would rather have potatoes or sweet potatoes, yams etc.

Strange as it may seem, family all love the westernized way of cooking things, they would rather eat a chicken soup with a chicken that has been dead for more than 10 minutes and carved up not hacked to pieces with an axe, no bones.Jim

As a PS people eat mushrooms that are poisonous, they have built up an immunity to them, will make you or me very sick or dead. We had a family of 3 [ Thai ] die here from eating poisonous mushrooms last year, be careful in what you eat.

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As a PS people eat mushrooms that are poisonous, they have built up an immunity to them whistling.gif , will make you or me very sick or dead. We had a family of 3 [ Thai ] die here from eating poisonous mushrooms last year sad.png , be careful in what you eat.

I take it that their immune systems weren't quite ready yet......... sick.gif

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As a PS people eat mushrooms that are poisonous, they have built up an immunity to them whistling.gif , will make you or me very sick or dead. We had a family of 3 [ Thai ] die here from eating poisonous mushrooms last year sad.png , be careful in what you eat.

I take it that their immune systems weren't quite ready yet......... sick.gif

No just didn't know which not to eat, some you can and some will kill, othes will make you sick. Unfortunately for that family they picked some that kill, hard to tell the difference, lots of mushrooms in the jungle at times. Some good others bad, but Thais tend to eat anything and hard to tell the difference, old people know, but younger ones, just see mushrooms. Jim

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I have 3 jobs, 32 and counting chickens, 17 ducks, countless fish, 4 dogs, 2 cows, fields of rice, lotus and chilis, in the middle of building a house with another coming early next year, teaching local kids English, gossiping with the local elders, 1 child with one on the way......finally have a day off (a day to myself) and am bored.

Life here is what you make of it. I have friends who sit in a bar picking up the same girls every night with the same old stories and they are as happy as can be. They think I am crazy for working so hard. I think they are crazy living it up every night.

As for the food. some of the best food in the world is prepared here in Nong Khai region of Isan. Som Tam poo bpa lah, Som Tam Laos, Plaa Hange (dried fish), Khanom Cheen, khao niao and moo ping, plaa dtin, plaa tort, those funny half developed chicken eggs cooked in a steamer (gluak, i think), fried chicken feet, cow intestines steamed in sweet sauce.....yummy!

You have a better stomach than me, can't eat half developed chicken eggs, not big on chicken feet and no way can I eat raw water Buffalo dipped in that red hot chilli. Other things ok, but tend to get the wife to cook with olive oil and garlic, has some flavor then.

Sticky rice is ok, but would rather have potatoes or sweet potatoes, yams etc.

Strange as it may seem, family all love the westernized way of cooking things, they would rather eat a chicken soup with a chicken that has been dead for more than 10 minutes and carved up not hacked to pieces with an axe, no bones.Jim

As a PS people eat mushrooms that are poisonous, they have built up an immunity to them, will make you or me very sick or dead. We had a family of 3 [ Thai ] die here from eating poisonous mushrooms last year, be careful in what you eat.

reminds me of a few years ago on the isle of wight. one woman died and another lady seriously ill. my wife said "stupid english people dont know the difference"..no actualy they were Thai

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Previous post are great, It's all about the simple lifestyle, good food, friendly good natured isaan people, as in previous posts, if you can enjoy above lifestyle within a reasonable distance to a major town so you can indulge in a sunday roast & a few jugs & entertainment all the better.

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Not just Thais though....lived in Canada among other places and people there have become ill or died from eating mushrooms they thought were okay. Tried spaghetti on the old man here many years ago.....did not go over too well. However have got them on the pasta salad. They love it. Mind you it comes with the usual chili's and nam plaa but hey.

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