Jump to content

New York Times Feature Isaan


Recommended Posts

Whist idly surfing the net I came across this article about Isaan in The New York Times from 2010, so I guess some of the info is out of date. Here are a few snips. I'll post the link at the bottom.

... an expanding population of nearly 11,000 foreign husbands in the region, drawn by the low cost of living, slow pace of life and the exotic reputation of Thai women.

“Thai women are a lot like women in America were 50 years ago.”

It is easy to spot the foreigners’ homes, with their sturdy walls and red-tiled roofs, an archipelago of affluence among the smaller, poorer houses of their new neighbors and in-laws.

“There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies,”

“A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani.

“When you get married in Thailand you are marrying the whole family, the whole village,” Mr. Prayoon said. “Often the lady expects that, but the man doesn’t understand.”

There seems to be less concern about differences in age, with many bridegrooms in their 50s or 60s or even 70s.

Source: http://www.nytimes.c...wanted=all&_r=0

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 36
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

Is this true? "There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies”.

I have lived and worked in northeast Thailand for many years and never seen these villages. Where are these villages?

and is this statement true. "A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani".

Half the marriages? Where I live in Ubon most marriages seem to stay together.

Perhapos I had better get out more.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this true? "There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies”.

I have lived and worked in northeast Thailand for many years and never seen these villages. Where are these villages?

and is this statement true. "A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani".

Half the marriages? Where I live in Ubon most marriages seem to stay together.

Perhapos I had better get out more.

Don't bother about getting out more Michael; you live in the real world of Isaan, the writer was merely writing fiction.

Link to post
Share on other sites

i have to drive through four different villages from mine before finding another house built with sturdy walls and a red-tiled roof.

Ubon is not yet a speck on the retiree's map of places to settle down in Thailand. Udon remains the in-place followed, probably, by Surin. So of course there are going to be fewer out of place dwellings.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Facile and superficial, but what do you expect from an article describing Isan in a few hundred words?

One point which the reporter should have made, and which underlies much of what he says about the farang husbands not fitting in, is that living in Isan without any experience of living in other parts of Thailand is like learning to swim by going in at the deep end. Some survive; quite a lot can't make it.

Again, living in a city, like Udon, is very different from living in a village.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this true? "There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies”.

I have lived and worked in northeast Thailand for many years and never seen these villages. Where are these villages?

and is this statement true. "A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani".

Half the marriages? Where I live in Ubon most marriages seem to stay together.

Perhapos I had better get out more.

There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies.

I have seen these deserted villages, comprising foreign houses. Example: Ban Chan 20km west of Yasothon. More than 40 villas purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies. Falangs gone, Thai men sitting in front of these villas happily drinking beer all day.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
“Age is not a factor here,” said Mr. Davis. “In America if I marry a girl who is 24 years younger than me, all you’re going to get is eyes and bad talk, bad gossip. Here it’s not an issue.”

Here it just happens behind you back, Mr. Davis. :(

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies.

I have seen these deserted villages, comprising foreign houses. Example: Ban Chan 20km west of Yasothon. More than 40 villas purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies. Falangs gone, Thai men sitting in front of these villas happily drinking beer all day.

Maybe the farangs have just gone home to work - all 40 of them. And the Thai men are just looking after the properties until the owners (wives then) return. No? Oh well, just a thought. Edited by Jezz
Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this true? "There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies”.

I have lived and worked in northeast Thailand for many years and never seen these villages. Where are these villages?

and is this statement true. "A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani".

Half the marriages? Where I live in Ubon most marriages seem to stay together.

Perhapos I had better get out more.

There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies.

I have seen these deserted villages, comprising foreign houses. Example: Ban Chan 20km west of Yasothon. More than 40 villas purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies. Falangs gone, Thai men sitting in front of these villas happily drinking beer all day.

I wonder if it's possible to pick up some of these houses on the cheap.

Link to post
Share on other sites

In the village I live in there are quite a few houses built from farang money, but not close to half, and I and a German man are the only ones that live here full time. There seems to be a huge building boom going on in my area, but vfor the life of me I don't know where the money is coming from.

Link to post
Share on other sites

i have to drive through four different villages from mine before finding another house built with sturdy walls and a red-tiled roof.

In my area there's been a surge over the past couple of years of Thais building /buying big new Thai-style homes that line main roads into town. There are also lots of new complete estates/communities, covering many rai, of economical but smart new Thai housing. No doubt there are a few built with sturdy walls and a red-tiled roof by farangs dotted around somewhere.
Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this true? "There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies”.

I have lived and worked in northeast Thailand for many years and never seen these villages. Where are these villages?

and is this statement true. "A clash of expectations strains many marriages, and more than half end in divorce,” said Prayoon Thavon, manager of international services at Panyavejinter Hospital in Udon Thani".

Half the marriages? Where I live in Ubon most marriages seem to stay together.

Perhapos I had better get out more.

There are villages in Isaan that are almost entirely comprising foreign houses, where the whole village is almost entirely houses purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies.

I have seen these deserted villages, comprising foreign houses. Example: Ban Chan 20km west of Yasothon. More than 40 villas purchased by foreigners for their Thai ladies. Falangs gone, Thai men sitting in front of these villas happily drinking beer all day.

I wonder if it's possible to pick up some of these houses on the cheap.

Quite a while ago a TV member located in Ubol mentioned that there were quite a few finished and semi finished "mansions" that were left to decay when relationships went tits up. Locals were not interested in buying them as they were seen as too expensive for their pockets, so perhaps Thai foreign couples could pick them up relatively cheaply.

I have read that there is a property and land boom in the northeast and land prices are rising rapidly, so some of those places not too far from main roads would be good long term investments.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...