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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

Most of what you talk about is stuff I’m sure long-term residents like myself do automatically. The big difference being long –termers need plenty of same. I’m very well stocked with movies, TV shows, books and music. There’s something nice about stretching out in the lounge in front of wide-screen TV or music system and playing all that stuff on big screen and magnificent sound on the permanent system rather than using a laptop and headphones.

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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

Most of what you talk about is stuff I’m sure long-term residents like myself do automatically. The big difference being long –termers need plenty of same. I’m very well stocked with movies, TV shows, books and music. There’s something nice about stretching out in the lounge in front of wide-screen TV or music system and playing all that stuff on big screen and magnificent sound on the permanent system rather than using a laptop and headphones.

True but think about your very first time to the village and probable some of what I mentioned would be missed. As you say I could have listed a 100 plus other ideas.

Mind you thinking back to what I think was the first time in 1994 no internet existed or certainly not in Nongbualamphu !! Mobiles were also something for the future !!

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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

Most of what you talk about is stuff I'm sure long-term residents like myself do automatically. The big difference being long –termers need plenty of same. I'm very well stocked with movies, TV shows, books and music. There's something nice about stretching out in the lounge in front of wide-screen TV or music system and playing all that stuff on big screen and magnificent sound on the permanent system rather than using a laptop and headphones.

True but think about your very first time to the village and probable some of what I mentioned would be missed. As you say I could have listed a 100 plus other ideas.

Mind you thinking back to what I think was the first time in 1994 no internet existed or certainly not in Nongbualamphu !! Mobiles were also something for the future !!

Hi Chivas!

I note your first visit to LOS was 1994, and your comment about visiting Thai girl's homes would appear to be something of a hobby! Well, why not indeed? But I must admit to curiosity about the reasoning behind it - sorry if that's a bit personal - I'm trying to imagine a carefree, grab-it-before-you're-too-old approach, seeking but not yet finding expedition, or just go- for- for- it- while- you-can mode of thinking? Or maybe young and carefree.? On the other hand maybe you have a long-term partner and make regular visits?

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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

Most of what you talk about is stuff I'm sure long-term residents like myself do automatically. The big difference being long –termers need plenty of same. I'm very well stocked with movies, TV shows, books and music. There's something nice about stretching out in the lounge in front of wide-screen TV or music system and playing all that stuff on big screen and magnificent sound on the permanent system rather than using a laptop and headphones.

True but think about your very first time to the village and probable some of what I mentioned would be missed. As you say I could have listed a 100 plus other ideas.

Mind you thinking back to what I think was the first time in 1994 no internet existed or certainly not in Nongbualamphu !! Mobiles were also something for the future !!

Hi Chivas!

I note your first visit to LOS was 1994, and your comment about visiting Thai girl's homes would appear to be something of a hobby! Well, why not indeed? But I must admit to curiosity about the reasoning behind it - sorry if that's a bit personal - I'm trying to imagine a carefree, grab-it-before-you're-too-old approach, seeking but not yet finding expedition, or just go- for- for- it- while- you-can mode of thinking? Or maybe young and carefree.? On the other hand maybe you have a long-term partner and make regular visits?

First visit was 1992.

I wouldn't say it was a hobby as such, but suppose I have been to 8 or 9 girls homes over time.

Certainly have been to some shacks over time !! All were different in their own ways. Probably the one I mentioned re Nongbualamphu was the craziest because it was over 30 kms on dirt tracks after leaving the main drag !! It was so late when we arrived that the moto-cy sidecart style contraption of transport had to stay overnight, as to much danger of dropping into paddy fields on the way back !!

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My fairly extensive experience of visiting Thai girls homes would extend to the following.

Ensure a healthy supply of decent books. If you're going for a couple of months etc plan accordingly. Charity shops abound with cheap paperbacks in farangland.

Take a laptop with dongle-just about everywhere can access Edge these days.

Pretty obvious but I also whack a lot of CD's on to the hard drive for easy listening.

Decent earplugs-you may well struggle without them at night.

Invest in some decent insect repellant and use it at dusk.

If you're staying for an extended time a package from True television will go a long way to keeping sane !!

Likewise if you have a decent internet connection make use of the download sites and use a VPN to watch your own countrys TV.

Last trip I made I stayed 2 months in a village enviroment and never once was interested in going Pattaya etc.

Most of what you talk about is stuff I’m sure long-term residents like myself do automatically. The big difference being long –termers need plenty of same. I’m very well stocked with movies, TV shows, books and music. There’s something nice about stretching out in the lounge in front of wide-screen TV or music system and playing all that stuff on big screen and magnificent sound on the permanent system rather than using a laptop and headphones.

True but think about your very first time to the village and probable some of what I mentioned would be missed. As you say I could have listed a 100 plus other ideas.

Mind you thinking back to what I think was the first time in 1994 no internet existed or certainly not in Nong bua lamphu !! Mobiles were also something for the future !!

You are correct about mobile in Nong Bua Lamphu though at the back end of 1994 I was working with Motorola and DTAC putting in the mobile system for Issan.

In the early stages I was the only guy installing the system from Pak Chong Thai up to Nong Khai across to Loei and Chaiyaphum,and the whole of the east side of Issan.

Me and my driver used to clock something like 2,500 a week and on a good week I could get 7 or 8 sites on the air.

I did that for 4 years and in 1995/96 a Thai guy joined me at Motorola and we doubled our output.

I enjoyed working in Issan but now I live in the central region 65 km southwest of Khampaeng Phet.

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Now you have every thug and his dog in country complete with tattos, shaved polls and fat bellies.....totally destroyed the country as it was.

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I live in a small village of about 800 people and I am the only Ferang. About 300 of these are my wife's relatives in one form or another and live close by. I have an electric gate at the front with a small gate and also a side gate. These were locked from day one. Nobody but nobody comes in without ringing the bell at the front. I did not like too many visitors in the UK so that is just me, I had to deal with people in my working life and to have my own space in my off duty hours was important to me and I have continued the tradition here in Thailand. When I go out I speak to everybody and help wherever I can but only in small ways. We buy ice cream for the school on Childrens day and sponser the village Netball team every two or three years. My wife said they thought I was a bit strange to start with but now they just accept that is the way I am. I think the best advice I can give is to decide what you like and will or wont accept and start off from day one. To change after a few months would cause resentment, like allowing people to come into you house whenever and then when you decide it is too much and stop it. Best not to start it in the beginning. For me village life is good and once or twice a year we go to Pattaya or Bangkok for some "civilisation" and eat in fine restaurants. We also return to the UK for a couple of months each year so we are not fully confined to the village which is probably why I enjoy village life. We do not hear too much noise in our house but yes, on occasions, it does happen, especially so at New Year and Songkran but that is a small price to pay for village life with clean air. Many local dogs always greet me with I am out in the village, I think I must be the only one that strokes them, much different from city Soi dogs who would have your hand off! I think this sums up village life, much slower and friendlier, reminds me a bit like parts of Cornwall where I come from!

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Link please.

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Link please.

What ??

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Link please.

What ??

Don't worry mate, you'll get used to him eventually.

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Link please.

What ??

It's called irony. Considered funny, mostly in the UK

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I know for utter certainty that Thailand was a far better place prior to the general existance of the internet !!

Link please.

What ??

It's called irony. Considered funny, mostly in the UK

I got it..... :D

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Well there sure are a number of different preferences about choices of homes and lifestyles in the villages. A few years back I visited a guy’s new house on the edge of a village – just someone who happened to be going out with my then GF’s best friend. He had cemented jagged broken glass on top of the high perimeter walls, had several vicious-looking dogs keeping guard inside the large hefty gate, and boy, how they snarled, barked and foamed at the mouth to anyone in the vicinity. After a long wait following ringing the bell, the chap fired interrogative questions about who was calling from somewhere unseen before calling the dogs off and unlocking the gate.

Inside, the grounds were barren and dusty. The huge house was immaculately furnished but had a distinct unwelcoming air. The owner obviously didn’t enjoy visitors, but after a while grudgingly asked if we would like a coffee or something. It was a brief visit; even his GF seemed embarrassed by his attitude.

Oh well, each to their own. I prefer sitting at the front of our little house watching the world go by and waving, smiling and chatting at passersby.

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SimonD,

I understand the other posts about village life but consider this as well:

Village life can be Ok, it's up to what you like but I would not want to go living in my GF villlage because:

- privacy

- your life in that village after a divorce which hopefully won't happen, but is does with other people.

I would opt for another village, not to close and not to far from your GF's.You then still can make trips to visit your inlaws and vv.

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