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BANGKOK 17 February 2019 07:37
karlb

Tips for living in Chaiyaphum

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I would be really grateful if anyone can give me advice about living in Chaiyaphum. I am a from the UK and am planning on moving to a small village just outside of the main city next year. Having visited on a couple of occasions I know there are really no farang bars or restaurants but ideas on day to day living would be appreciated.

Also is it possible to find work, maybe something part time or working from home as I get the impression I will need something to keep me occupied.

Many thanks

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Good luck mate.

Try to get the internet on there.

Forget Farang Bars or Restaurants, if that's your thing stay in the UK.

Work is difficult, depending on what you can do (or are allowed to do - you would need a work permit to do anything legally).

Try to learn as much Thai as quick as possible, make this your goal as the place and people will open up to you.

Avoid drinking too much on a regular basis.

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I've been living in Chaiyaphum Province for a/b 5 yrs. w/ my Thai wife in a village a/b 60 K North of Chaiyaphum city. It's a very rural area w/ practically NOTHING "to do." However I have many personal interests that "keep me busy." If you don't, you might find it "mind boggling" to live "this life." Our "big adventure" is going to Khonkaen a/b 1x a week. Chaiyaphum is closer, but I think KK has more to offer.

Feel free to IM me. Hold onto your seat buddy.... you're in for one hell of a ride (only my opinion of course)

Cheers,

Keoki

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Re: Keeping yourself occupied: I find that the Internet is of course essential. With it you can learn Thai. You can also become a contributor to Thai Visa, Wikipedia, and Wikivoyage, all worthwhile endeavours.

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When you say in a village outside of Chaiyaphum, which side. If you're lucky it'll be on the Khon Kaen side. If you 'need' farang company, then this is not going to be a good move for you. There tend to be a smattering of us around the area, but, bars full of thronging farangs...better move to Pattaya.

Make sure where you are moving to has some decent internet connection. Remember it's DSL or 3G in general, and fixed line phones unlike in the West are not a given..No phone, No DSL, and a 3G connection can get awful expensive if you want to stream TV etc

Chaiyaphum itself doesn't have a lot there, Big C, Lotus & HomePro are kinda the highlights. I'm close enough to Khon Kaen that I'll go there 3 or 4 times a week to the gym, or shopping in Central Plaza. That plus reading, gardening, cooking and I'm a huge movie fan keep me occupied.

If you don't get a fairly well regimented regime and start pining for some bar buddies, it's pretty easy to resort to drink. We all know a few of those guys and it generally doesn't end well

...Oh and I should add, get a car or truck. If you're planning on relying on a motorbike (some do for cost) it'll feel like a prison

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Guys,

Thanks so much for your responses, really appreciated and some sensible tips. For all intents and purposes it is actually Chaiyaphum I will be living in (about a 5 minute drive from Big C). Sounds like from what is being said the best suggestions are good internet access, learn Thai and don't drink too much :). I will also be looking to get a vehicle as I honestly can't see myself riding aroung on a motorcycle in the rain plus I think it's a must for access to other locations such as Kohnkaen.

I have been living in the Middle East for the past 12 years so I am used to expat living it's just that here there are quite a few Europeans about which is something I will miss.

Again, thanks for all your input and if anyone has any other suggestions, tips etc. it woukd be grateful appreciated.

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Very interesting to see this topic and read the very useful comments made.

I bought some land in Chiyaphum with my wife about 7 years ago and built a house on it. Huge fun for me to design and then build the house - it is something I have always wanted to do and could never afford to do in my home country (UK). We make annual visits there for 3-4 weeks and hope to retire full time there in a couple of years.

I share the same concerns as Karlb and also note that my alcohol consumption goes up a lot when I visit. Interests is a key concern but I do go to play a little golf at Sikhio. I want to do a fair bit of travelling when I live in Thailand both in country and also SE Asia.

I would be very interested to meet other Farang in the area during my next visit to Chiyaphum (first 3 weeks of December). my location is Khao Ya Dee. a bit further on from Tad Ton waterfall about 30 mins north from Chiyaphum.

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There is now a Farang bar in Chaiyaphum, on the road going out towards Khon Khen, I live 60 km west of Chaiyaphum which is my closest town for proper shopping etc.you need to learn to speak Thai as very few people in Chaiyaphum speak any English at all. And as others said, you need interests, hobbies etc. & a good internet connection to stay sane as there is very little for Farangs to do there or in the surrounding area besides drink, which is, obviously a slippery slope to avoid sliding down... I'd forget working, it's very problematic anywhere in Thailand unless it's internet based. There is English teaching but you need the patience of a saint to teach kids that are not interested in learning & dealing with jealous Thai teachers with huge chips on their shoulders & not a lot else. Good luck anyway & feel free to PM me if you want to know more or meet up...

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Thanks Zyphodb, appreciate you taking the time to respond. Interesting to hear that there is a Farang bar in Chaiyaphum, might prove to be very useful to meet other expats assuming I can find the place. If you visit there at some point if you can find out the name of the place it would be appreciated. Thanks for your thoughts about working, I have been looking around for ideas about internet based work but as yet have not found anything but will keep looking. More importantly though and as everyone has suggested learning the Thai language and getting internet sorted will be my first priorities.

To all of you that have posted here, thanks very much, your suggestions have been most helpful.

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The Bar is the No. 1 Bar, & a description of where it is follows: "But let me describe the position like this. There is q huge entrance road going in to Chaiyaphum coming from the junction where 202 and 201 meets. if you are coming from 201 and Khreng Khro or Khon Kae you make a right turn and onto this big road, if you are coming to Chaiyaphum via 202 yopu just pass this junction straight ahead....

When driving on this big road you will have after 2 km at your left hand side a huge sign up the the air saying KTM LIVING MALL... it is there the Index furniture store is situated. Pass this place with some 200 meters and the sign will appear in front of your eyes. It is about 3 meters high so it is hard to miss it on you left hand side" hope this helps...

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Dear Op,

Chaiyaphum is well-known for artificial monks. Not saying now that those on the photo are fake. Free food, drinks and a lot of fun inclusive.

Might be a good way to learn Thai, as well. There's plenty of work to do at temples. You won't get bored....

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There is now a Farang bar in Chaiyaphum, on the road going out towards Khon Khen, I live 60 km west of Chaiyaphum which is my closest town for proper shopping etc.you need to learn to speak Thai as very few people in Chaiyaphum speak any English at all. And as others said, you need interests, hobbies etc. & a good internet connection to stay sane as there is very little for Farangs to do there or in the surrounding area besides drink, which is, obviously a slippery slope to avoid sliding down... I'd forget working, it's very problematic anywhere in Thailand unless it's internet based. There is English teaching but you need the patience of a saint to teach kids that are not interested in learning & dealing with jealous Thai teachers with huge chips on their shoulders & not a lot else. Good luck anyway & feel free to PM me if you want to know more or meet up...

Hi

We may almost be neighbours. I live (most of the time) 1/2 way between Sap Yai and Thep Satheet place called Bang Na.

Occasionally get to Chayapoum city and look forward to checking out the No1 bar.

Good advice above re internet and drinking. Couldn't do without either of them :)

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There is now a Farang bar in Chaiyaphum, on the road going out towards Khon Khen, I live 60 km west of Chaiyaphum which is my closest town for proper shopping etc.you need to learn to speak Thai as very few people in Chaiyaphum speak any English at all. And as others said, you need interests, hobbies etc. & a good internet connection to stay sane as there is very little for Farangs to do there or in the surrounding area besides drink, which is, obviously a slippery slope to avoid sliding down... I'd forget working, it's very problematic anywhere in Thailand unless it's internet based. There is English teaching but you need the patience of a saint to teach kids that are not interested in learning & dealing with jealous Thai teachers with huge chips on their shoulders & not a lot else. Good luck anyway & feel free to PM me if you want to know more or meet up...

I don't know about Chaiyaphum myself, but those comments about working and "teaching" are bang on the money wrt anywhere in Thailand that I do know.

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