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GaryA, I would love to be in your condo in Pattaya right now.3 days of driving rain, can't get out of the house never mind the village.

BKK if you see a big old farang house lying empty just go to the village head, he will tell you who owns it. Round this district there are many and the Thais won't live in them as they are usually to far from the village and family. Second hand houses don't have much value. Jim

One thing I forgot to mention is that I had an eight by eight meter garage/workshop built about six years ago. I am a tinkerer and enjoy it very much. I have a MIG welder and an arc welder as well as a power hack saw, drill press and a couple of air compressors. I'm not much of a wood worker but have a router, planer and a circular saw for the few and far between projects. I have plenty to do but nothing that I HAVE to do. My dog also enjoys helping me but most of the time his help is not needed or wanted.

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GaryA, I would love to be in your condo in Pattaya right now.3 days of driving rain, can't get out of the house never mind the village.

BKK if you see a big old farang house lying empty just go to the village head, he will tell you who owns it. Round this district there are many and the Thais won't live in them as they are usually to far from the village and family. Second hand houses don't have much value. Jim

One thing I forgot to mention is that I had an eight by eight meter garage/workshop built about six years ago. I am a tinkerer and enjoy it very much. I have a MIG welder and an arc welder as well as a power hack saw, drill press and a couple of air compressors. I'm not much of a wood worker but have a router, planer and a circular saw for the few and far between projects. I have plenty to do but nothing that I HAVE to do. My dog also enjoys helping me but most of the time his help is not needed or wanted.

I used to do a fair bit of domestic woodwork when I was in the UK but don't have the space now for a workshop. Also, I don't think the neighbours would appreciate the noise, particularly the circular saws and routers.

Maybe in the next few years, I'll built another house in the middle of the rice paddies, miles away from the closest neighbour :)

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One thing I forgot to mention is that I had an eight by eight meter garage/workshop built about six years ago. I am a tinkerer and enjoy it very much. I have a MIG welder and an arc welder as well as a power hack saw, drill press and a couple of air compressors. I'm not much of a wood worker but have a router, planer and a circular saw for the few and far between projects. I have plenty to do but nothing that I HAVE to do. My dog also enjoys helping me but most of the time his help is not needed or wanted.

me jealous...need power equipment to cut a straight line in wood..no jesus for sure..goodonya mate... :rolleyes:

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I live in a small village with my Thai wife, located between Korat and Non Thai. Do other villages have the local news broadcast over loudspeakers each morning, say about 6AM? I usually wake to this information. This morning we were told how much the community has spent on the water supply system and the upcoming upgrade of the pipes, which will require a mains shutdown. (interesting stuff). When the wet season ends we will enter the monk party season. This involves installing 2 storey speakers at the front of the house, which commence blarring out music at about 5AM and finish at about 8PM and lasts for about 3 days. Plenty of food and beer (or Thai wiskey) before the families son is packed off to the temple to become a monk. Don't think I would want to live any where else.

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I havent read through this entire thread yet but I must say, I am jealous of the lifestyle you guys live. You guys seem to enjoy life in beautiful parts of Thailand. Cant beat that.

You guys have what im striving for. I'd love to just wake up, sit outside and have a coffee while reading a good book or newspaper while enjoying the nature surrounding me.

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I havent read through this entire thread yet but I must say, I am jealous of the lifestyle you guys live. You guys seem to enjoy life in beautiful parts of Thailand. Cant beat that.

You guys have what im striving for. I'd love to just wake up, sit outside and have a coffee while reading a good book or newspaper while enjoying the nature surrounding me.

Yes, that's like saying, "I've arrived". No more rat race and stress of having to kowtow to clients etc.

Shame I can't afford to (or dare not) retire yet.

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I havent read through this entire thread yet but I must say, I am jealous of the lifestyle you guys live. You guys seem to enjoy life in beautiful parts of Thailand. Cant beat that.

You guys have what im striving for. I'd love to just wake up, sit outside and have a coffee while reading a good book or newspaper while enjoying the nature surrounding me.

Yes, that's like saying, "I've arrived". No more rat race and stress of having to kowtow to clients etc.

Shame I can't afford to (or dare not) retire yet.

That's only because you don't have my dam_n chickens cackling around 3 or 4 in the morning demanding to be fed.

Stupid birds, don't they know it is half past dark and they do get fed around 6 am along with the ducks and the cats.

Other than that it's fine.

I usually get up around 5 am, go downstairs and have ss&s, get my sons school clothes ready, boil the kettle and generally wake my wife and son around 6am.

The speakers outside on the lamppost don't work but nobody complains, the food cars are rolling before dawn, each with it own music so you know whose is whose, the tractors and e-tans are out a bit later and my son gets his school bus at 6.30 to go to school 45 km away.

After he has gone I read my emails and the papers, give my mother in law her insulin injection, then eat breakfast of fresh melon and banana, homemade toasted bread with jam or marmelade and tea.

I usually spend a couple of hours 4 or 5 days a week with the brush cutter keeping the grass and scrub down then come back for a coffee and a shower then make my lunch mostly Thai food but very little spice.

Wash up then spend a couple of hours on the internet and have about a 20 or 30 minute power sleep and do any small jobs around the house.

My wife cooks dinner for us ready for when our son gets home.

He eats, does his homework, plays or watches videos etc and goes to bed around 8 pm

I have a couple of Sang Som and sodas during the evening and I am generally in bed not long after them and read for a while.

The same thing Sunday night to Friday night ans there is no school at the weekend.

We take the weekend as it comes.

Cities are definitely not for us.

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I havent read through this entire thread yet but I must say, I am jealous of the lifestyle you guys live. You guys seem to enjoy life in beautiful parts of Thailand. Cant beat that.

You guys have what im striving for. I'd love to just wake up, sit outside and have a coffee while reading a good book or newspaper while enjoying the nature surrounding me.

Yes, that's like saying, "I've arrived". No more rat race and stress of having to kowtow to clients etc.

Shame I can't afford to (or dare not) retire yet.

That's only because you don't have my dam_n chickens cackling around 3 or 4 in the morning demanding to be fed.

Stupid birds, don't they know it is half past dark and they do get fed around 6 am along with the ducks and the cats.

Other than that it's fine.

I usually get up around 5 am, go downstairs and have ss&s, get my sons school clothes ready, boil the kettle and generally wake my wife and son around 6am.

The speakers outside on the lamppost don't work but nobody complains, the food cars are rolling before dawn, each with it own music so you know whose is whose, the tractors and e-tans are out a bit later and my son gets his school bus at 6.30 to go to school 45 km away.

After he has gone I read my emails and the papers, give my mother in law her insulin injection, then eat breakfast of fresh melon and banana, homemade toasted bread with jam or marmelade and tea.

I usually spend a couple of hours 4 or 5 days a week with the brush cutter keeping the grass and scrub down then come back for a coffee and a shower then make my lunch mostly Thai food but very little spice.

Wash up then spend a couple of hours on the internet and have about a 20 or 30 minute power sleep and do any small jobs around the house.

My wife cooks dinner for us ready for when our son gets home.

He eats, does his homework, plays or watches videos etc and goes to bed around 8 pm

I have a couple of Sang Som and sodas during the evening and I am generally in bed not long after them and read for a while.

The same thing Sunday night to Friday night ans there is no school at the weekend.

We take the weekend as it comes.

Cities are definitely not for us.

Boy, do I envy you wai.gif

Slight difference for me will be doing lots of bbq's.

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I havent read through this entire thread yet but I must say, I am jealous of the lifestyle you guys live. You guys seem to enjoy life in beautiful parts of Thailand. Cant beat that.

You guys have what im striving for. I'd love to just wake up, sit outside and have a coffee while reading a good book or newspaper while enjoying the nature surrounding me.

Yes, that's like saying, "I've arrived". No more rat race and stress of having to kowtow to clients etc.

Shame I can't afford to (or dare not) retire yet.

That's only because you don't have my dam_n chickens cackling around 3 or 4 in the morning demanding to be fed.

Stupid birds, don't they know it is half past dark and they do get fed around 6 am along with the ducks and the cats.

Other than that it's fine.

I usually get up around 5 am, go downstairs and have ss&s, get my sons school clothes ready, boil the kettle and generally wake my wife and son around 6am.

The speakers outside on the lamppost don't work but nobody complains, the food cars are rolling before dawn, each with it own music so you know whose is whose, the tractors and e-tans are out a bit later and my son gets his school bus at 6.30 to go to school 45 km away.

After he has gone I read my emails and the papers, give my mother in law her insulin injection, then eat breakfast of fresh melon and banana, homemade toasted bread with jam or marmelade and tea.

I usually spend a couple of hours 4 or 5 days a week with the brush cutter keeping the grass and scrub down then come back for a coffee and a shower then make my lunch mostly Thai food but very little spice.

Wash up then spend a couple of hours on the internet and have about a 20 or 30 minute power sleep and do any small jobs around the house.

My wife cooks dinner for us ready for when our son gets home.

He eats, does his homework, plays or watches videos etc and goes to bed around 8 pm

I have a couple of Sang Som and sodas during the evening and I am generally in bed not long after them and read for a while.

The same thing Sunday night to Friday night ans there is no school at the weekend.

We take the weekend as it comes.

Cities are definitely not for us.

Boy, do I envy you wai.gif

Slight difference for me will be doing lots of bbq's.

I leave them to my wife and generally supervise with a glass of something cold near my hand

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I haven't read all 22 pages of this thread, but one thing keeps occuring to me: Why would anyone want to live like a Thai peasant?

Don't get me wrong, heyseeds can be nice people, but living without meaningful culture -- no access to the arts, concerts, performances, exhibitions, theater, cinema, bookstores, fine dining, clubs of like-minded people, et al -- seems to be a dire regression in the quality of life.

I am not sure how many people in the West would say, "Yes, when I retire I want to live in basic conditions with no intellectual stimulation and feed pigs/watch rice grow/house countless relatives on my nickel, and so on. Oh, and since I can't really speak Thai, I have no idea what anyone is talking about unless my wife chooses to tell me, but even that's iffy since her English language skills are at about the level of a three-year-old English speaker."

Almost everywhere I look, I find educated gentlemen from the West dumbing themselves down to the point where they are a pathetic parody of themselves. What could possibly be the key motivation for this?

Of course I respect the right of the individual to conduct his last years, or his mature years, in any fashion he desires. But the motivation escapes me here. It would be like someone wanting to live in quasi-poverty among the uneducated (or under-educated) and the intellectually incurious....where a "big event" is going to "the city" to shop at Tesco? I mean that's just sad.

And by the way, how many Western women come to Thailand to retire in a backwoods village? What does this tell you about the situation?

A few remarks :

- not everybody likes theaters etc . Concerts are everywhere in Thailand , not the big names but a concert is a concert if you are into that . Art ... well ... modern art as a toilet hanging

on the wall or a shitmachine ( yes both are real modern art , look on internet to see pics of them ) , you can find in the villages ( when you are lucky :rolleyes:) . As of ancient arts , yes it is difficult but i guess you do not visit them every day or every week do you ? You can have a TV and internet in the villages so movies are no problem . Music is also plenty available .

- As far as intellectual things go . What about learning Thai and the local dialects . Or is that below your ranking of intellect ?

- not everybody in the villages is in his last years of his life and if he is what about some getting away from hectic citylife ?

- yes , most people in the village are uneducated , so what . It is not that i want to talk about chemistry , fysics and maths in a city also . I prefer people talking about normal things , which are important in life .

- yes many people are farmers . So what , no farmers = no food , everywhere in the world .

-The advantage of living in the enviroment is the nice green views , instead of concrete as far as you can see .

- For intellecs again ... maybe try to learn about nature itself . The critters and plants are plenty around and i guess you've never seen 80% of it ( or you go to a museum to see them ) . I can cross the street without looking , try that in a city .

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My morn starts like this Kids picked up in a minibus to school at 8am. Quick coffee,and an egg sandwitch then let the goats out and milk a few. collect eggs from the chickens, quail, ducks and Turkeys,feed and water them. relax for an hour or two. back to check on everything about lunch time. Eat some Thai food hotter the better. few jobs round the farm. 4 pm time for the kids to come home. put everything back watered and fed then go fishing for an hour or two while the wife cooks Dinner. Watch a bit of TV with a beer or six a bit of internet lights out at 10-12 pm

Its a hard life but someone has to do it

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Hey this is such a good topic, I thought I would add mine....I came to Kutchum near Yasothon, about 8 months ago just for a short stay and then we was going to go back to Perth, australia, for a few more years, but I just loved living here we decided to stay and clear about 12rai and plant Rubber trees and leave some room on the land for the house to be built. I am officially retired now, a little bit before my time, so I guess I am one of the lucky one's.

Fingures crossed our home should be finished in about another 4 months. At the moment my wife and myself live at the side of the inlaws house, we had a room built for us

in this room it is typical thai house with stuff crammed every where. bed fridge desk, well everything except the sink.

I am kept busy with the build and keeping the weeds away form the trees about 1200, next year we will plant Thai potato along side of the trees.

I am lucky that I have met about 8 farrang that live close by and I get to play golf 2 times a week, my wife does not mind me playing as it gives her an excuse to go off to the

beauty shop. I would like to add that the people in Kutchum are very friendly, which makes life a lot easier, it is not a farrang user friendly village though as not many people can speak English, yes I know I am learning the Thai language but I finding it very difficult. If there is anyone else that lives in the Kutchum area, that would like a chat, or a game od golf

my name Is Ian and my email is isycamore@y7mail.com. Thanks and bye for now.

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Planning on trying out that life myself.....now I'm reconsidering...only joking. All very interesting, Thanks all

Jim.

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I'm over 4 years in small village near Phimai, only farang etc. A bit like Billmont; and I want his wall and gate!

My uk ex wife took half my hard earned, and I didn't have the heart to start again in the open prison.

As I age, I realise my choices my be less, but my alternatives remain the same.

There really aint no paradise, not anywhere.

The best we can hope for is to be left alone to chose our own alternatives, and very few people value/want the same things.

I started this as a five year plan; and I aint got a better alternative today.

When I came here, I had Greece or Spain down as euro bolt holes.

Ha ha, don't think so now !!

Back to the beach for 2012

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