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BANGKOK 20 April 2019 13:49
Jonathan Fairfield

Farang husbands providing massive boost to Isaan economy

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Before we moved back here to live, my wife sent 10,000 baht home as mother's milk every month x 8 years is a tidy sum. Nearly a million baht. And she had done that ever since she left school & started work but in early days the monthly amount was smaller. She never worked in a bar. Got a reasonable education, got a good job in a large reputable Thai company & worked hard.

We have now been here 11 months and let us just say that with housing mods, furniture & farm improvements to get farm yield up, the current figure is um very large also. Look forward to winding that down as we finish upgrading the farm. The Toyota Vigo does not appear in either of those amounts. It came about for totally other reasons 3 years ago I would say my situation is typical. B.T.W. We are not in Isaan!!! We are in North Chonburi & there are a more than a few farang-hubby houses much nicer than ours around.

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Very interesting.

These figures are huge!

I wonder what Isaan would be like without all this funding from Farangs?

I remember what it was like. All the 'cousins' and 'brothers' lived in nipa huts. Now they live in concrete houses with bidets, provided by the nice farang ex-husbands.

and they drink Lao beer now !

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The study also found that on average, the wife and foreign husband will normally return to the wifes family home in the region at least once a year, sometimes staying for as long as one month, which results in a dramatic increase in financial spending in the local area.

especially into the local mum and pop stores...

This is invaluable not only in fiscal terms.It strengthens the bond both between the wife's family with the husband,but also keeps Thai culture available for young children visiting maternal grandparents.

And with 10.000,- you save the culture,

as your childrens will just go to the village school

and later continou to work there were mother worked before;

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roll on the "self entitled thailand owes me something" brigade.

you got a woman you couldnt get anywhere else and you... erm.. support the local economy. that was the deal. if you dont believe me, stop paying and see what happens. you dont get to add on treated like royalty and debt of gratitude to the deal after the fact.

A lot of this thread is a circle jerk of Farangs behaving like Cartman on his tricycle in South Park going, "Respect my Authoritah!"

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When i'm in Thailand I spend nearly 100000 baht each month.Most of it in the korat area.

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So as you have all the figures, Can you advise how much of these trillions are distributed to the Isaan population and by what means. I am sure the 9 billion goes to many of them directly. and a fair bit indirectly

Huh ?

The "trillions" noted in my figures are not distributed to the Isaan population. That is my estimate of how much the Isaan population, as a whole, contributes to the Thai Gross Domestic Product (GDP), based on the information I could glean from the internet.

The "almost 9 billion" (or 8.666 billion in the original article) is what the study estimates foreign husbands (and/or their Thai wives) contribute to the GDP through their spending.

Obviously they don't break down exactly how that money goes from "foreign husband" to individual Isaan resident, just like they don't try to break down which "foreign husbands" spend more than others. Guys buy a house/truck/car/buffalo. Pays internet/electricity/water bills. Gives money to the wife. She buys groceries, goes to the salon, gives to her "brother" or other family members. They buy whatever, spend wherever. Shopkeepers/retailers/vendors get that money and pay salaries, buy stuff, pay their own bills, etc.

I'm sure the Uni gathered whatever information they could from public records and possibly various surveys in the area, extrapolated some numbers based on averages, multiplied by the estimated number of foreigners living in the region and came up with some fairly reasonable figures.

I took the "almost 9 billion" number and divided it by the estimated population of Isaan to see how it would average out, so you could have an idea of just how "massive" the boost is.

As it turns out, it's only the equivalent of about 410 baht per person, per year, so not exactly what I would consider a "massive" boost to the economy, when that number doesn't even equal the equivalent of 2 days of minimum wage.

if you really want know whats the GDP of issan,

discount first the gifts from Thaksins GVT,

as this is earned on othr parts of Thailand and not in Issan;

Maybee you also discounts all money transfers from Pattaya and Nana and Cowboy;

hope you still in the black figures;

Or dit the rice shem-scam made any GDP ??

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as much as i so love thailand just the word thailand now makes my ass pucker up tight and puts me on alert if they not steal all of my money rob me of my health then theres a damm hired hit man waiting to kill me so they can get large insurance payments get me out the way fast so they work on the next dumb ass that comes along and all this is true very very true

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as much as i so love thailand just the word thailand now makes my ass pucker up tight and puts me on alert if they not steal all of my money rob me of my health then theres a damm hired hit man waiting to kill me so they can get large insurance payments get me out the way fast so they work on the next dumb ass that comes along and all this is true very very true

Why would you think that is even remotely on topic?

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If it wasnt for the farangs,i reckon there would be no-one in issan,they would all be begging on the streets of bangkok

For you and for the vast majority of the ex-pats who post here and have such limited understanding of Isaan, or of Thailand in general, may I suggest reading (yes I appreciate the futility) Prof. Charles Keyes most recent book "Finding Their Voice Northeastern Villagers and the Thai State".

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Think this is a good story and for me, I must admit, I feel I making a difference to this world. Helping this country with over 700000 jobs.

This is making a difference and we should be proud

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So the logical assumption would be that since farang are a boon and not a drag on the local economy that marriage and retirement visa requirements should be eased! Do you suppose that will happen?

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Bloke on the cover pic looks like Tommy Mcardle (Gangster out of Brookside) ha ha ha... Eee ARrrr there, Tommy La! Tell ya heviees to stop hitting our Barry with the Hatchet! (in the boot and drives off in his Jag)

It could of been Jimmy Mcardle (I stand to be corrected)

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If it wasnt for the farangs,i reckon there would be no-one in issan,they would all be begging on the streets of bangkok

For you and for the vast majority of the ex-pats who post here and have such limited understanding of Isaan, or of Thailand in general, may I suggest reading (yes I appreciate the futility)

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They did not even mention "bride price" for the wedding. A far far more effective program that the

rice subsidy/scheme. It costs the government nothing. You would think the government would make

it super easy for foreign husbands.

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