You will find over 290 stories in this blog about my new life in Thailand, the good and bad. Not just a list of tourist destinations but posts about REALLY living here. I hope you enjoy sharing my experiences of settling into a new country and culture as much as I am living it. For the latest posts PLEASE SCROLL DOWN. To see a list and description of all my 290 + stories please go HERE. Thanks for reading. Tony

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Building a House in Thailand eBook

  • Published 6 July 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building in Thailand
  • LINK: HERE

This book follows the challenges, frustrations and successes of building a house in Thailand from the very start of us buying the land through to moving in and beyond. You will be part of our building team for every day of construction and I will share many do’s and don’ts all designed to save you time, money, sleepless nights or all three. This book is a must have as part of your research on the subject of building in Thailand.

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A House Update 2017

  • Published 24 May 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building a House
  • LINK: HERE

Today I thought I would write a warts and all update that summarises my experience of living in the house for over two years. It is a very personal list of pluses and minuses that may have no relevance to any building project you have in mind for Thailand but there may just be some aspects that will get you thinking and may influence some aspects of your final design.

Bun Bang Fai 2017

  • Published 15 May 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Bun Bang Fai (rocket festival) is an event held in the north east of Thailand, a region called Isaan where we live. The origins of this festival can be found in Laos but presumably was imported into Thailand along with the historical movement of population from Laos, some of it made voluntarily and some in the 18th and 19th centuries being forced.

A Birthday in Isaan

  • Published 13 May 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

The 12th of May is my wife’s birthday (Gaun), which in itself isn’t of particular interest to anyone outside our family, but each year I try to organise something different to do that breaks routine and our day yesterday was no different. I hope you’ll enjoy the varied mix of stories in this post.

From Chiang Khan to Nong Khai

  • Published 11 May 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

We recently had a friend from Canberra visit us for a few days and I planned a road trip from Chiang Khan to Nong Khai following the Mekong River to shown him a few of the sights away from our home base. The timing was perfect because we had bought a new pickup the week before and I was dying for a chance to try it out on a trip.

Isaan – the Small Stories 30

  • Published 28 April 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Wow. Who would have thought that I would discover enough new material to keep this series going for its 30th edition. Well I have and here it is 🙂 If you are new to these posts they are extracted from the entries I write almost daily on Facebook, which is why they are in chronological order. Many people are sensible and don’t use Facebook for whatever reason, which is why I duplicate the entries here. Enjoy my February in Isaan

Two Days in Isaan

  • Published 22 April 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

This is a bit of a unplanned post as I was going to make it a Facebook entry only. When I started to collect all the photos for the story I realised that there were a few topics covered and that a small blog post just to remind people I am still in the writing business might be the go. Also it is 38 degrees (100 degrees F) outside so staying inside with a glass of cold Aussie wine (I know – the things I have to put up with to keep the blog alive) looked like an attractive proposition.

A Day in Nong Khai

  • Published 31 Mar 2017
  • Place: Nong Khai
  • Topic: Places and Attractions – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

My stepdaughter Peng has started her long summer holidays and she recently asked if we could spend the day in Nong Khai on the river Mekong as a holiday treat. We have been to Nong Khai many times over the last three years and you will find attractions I share in this post are also in several previous posts in the blog. But for new readers this will be new information and I hope there’s enough fresh material for the oldies.

Buying a Car in Thailand

  • Published 30 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: General Interest
  • LINK: HERE

I am not writing this Buying a Car in Thailand post as a “how to” entry for the blog. In my stories I mostly just pass on my experiences based on actual events and there will be aspects that might apply to others and some that won’t. There were other things happening around the purchase to make it an interesting few days rather than a bland list of do’s and don’ts.

Living with a Thai Lady – Feedback

  • Published 21 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: General Interest
  • LINK: HERE

The story of Living with a Thai Lady HERE has proved to be my most popular post. My words seem to have resonated with a lot of readers and I have received many comments over time, most of them pretty positive about their own situations or asking for further clarification or answers to questions either about relationships or other varied topics. I thought that I would extract some of this feedback and place them in a separate post that made for easier reading than in the format at the bottom of the original.

A Phuket Holiday – Part 2

  • Published 20 Mar 2017
  • Place: Phuket
  • Topic: Places and Attractions – Other
  • LINK: HERE

Reading the heading you don’t need to be a genius to tell that this could well be the second post sharing our recent holiday experience in Phuket and you’d be right:-) This is a long read so get a coffee.

Si Bun Ruang Village Festival

  • Published 19 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

This is a very minor happening and is mostly a photo gallery with comments but I hope you find it interesting. These small but involving events define the passing of the year in the village and provide breaks to the everyday routine however pleasant that is.

Two More Local Wats

  • Published 19 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Wats and Temple
  • LINK: HERE

I am taking a short break from sharing our travels to Phuket to show you through a couple of local temples that we have visited since our return from the beach a week ago.

A Phuket Holiday – Part 1

  • Published 17 Mar 2017
  • Place: Phuket
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Other
  • LINK: HERE

One of the things on my “must do”  list here is to take Gaun’s younger sister and her husband, Yuan and Lud, away from the Isaan life for a holiday on a regular basis. This is because otherwise they never stop working seven days a week 365 days a year and their life is no more than farm, home and market in an endless cycle. Not that it bothers them because they are the happiest couple you could hope to meet.

Isaan – the Small Stories INDEX

  • Published 4 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I have published so many Isaan – the Small Stories posts that I thought it would be useful to have an index so that readers can located specific topics that may be of interest. The headings are pretty vague but do give some clue as to the subject matter. You will find the link for each post at the bottom of the list. Enjoy.

Dancing in Si Bun Ruang

  • Published 2 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

The 1st of March was the start of a six day festival in Si Bun Ruang, our home town in the north east of Thailand, a region called Isaan/Isan. The event kicked off with a display of traditional Thai dancing involving over 500 ladies both young and older from the surrounding villages as well as the town of Si Bun Ruang itself.

Isaan – the Small Stories 29

  • Published 26 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I am almost up to date with these stories as this collection takes us into February. A wide range of topics as always. I hope you enjoy.

Si Bun Ruang

  • Published 25 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

This is a specialised post aimed mainly at locals (the two of us!) but hopefully it will also be of interest to other readers as well because it offers an insight into what living a “real” life here in the slightly backwaters of our bit of Isaan looks like.

Isaan – the Small Stories 28

  • Published 25 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

For those of you who follow these posts on the little happenings in my Isaan life you will be both pleased and surprised that I have finally caught up with 2017 although only the first few days of the year. I know this makes some of these entries out of date but I thought they were still worth including because they were all part of the sequence of our time living here.

Isaan – the Small Stories 27

  • Published 7 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

A burst of hotter weather after two months of perfect mildness has me sitting in front of the computer in a burst of blog related activity. I have decided to return my main energies to the blog after dabbling in Facebook, not just my own page but adding entries to several general Thai related groups, which I have since unsubscribed from. What a wilderness of useful information about living in Thailand that was.

Isaan – the Small Stories 26

  • Published 7 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I keep trying to get up to date with these little insights to everyday life in rural Isaan but never seem to make it. Here are a few more events and observations that will never make it to Trip Advisor but are all the more real because of that! Enjoy.

Building a Boat in Isaan

  • Published 31 Jan 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

And now for something completely different to make up for an extended absence from writing posts for the blog. We have just finished building a boat and created a docking area to go with it so I thought you might like to join me on this watery journey.

Isaan – the Small Stories 25

  • Published 31 Jan 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I have got behind in publishing my small stories series as it has been a surprisingly busy time the last couple of months. “Busy” isn’t a word I was expecting to use too much after retiring to the backwaters of Isaan but there you go. I will focus on catching up on these little happenings and then I have a couple of larger single topic posts to write and publish to kick-start the blog again.

Isaan – the Small Stories 24

  • Published 1 Dec 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I am getting closer to being up to date with these little living in Isaan stories. I hope you are enjoying reading them as much as I am living them! Period covered 5 Nov – 16 Nov 2016.

Isaan – the Small Stories 23

  • Published 30 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

And the hyperactivity on the blog front continues. More everyday stories that makes you part of my Isaan life, like it or not 🙂 Period covered 14 Oct – 4 Nov 2016.

Isaan – the Small Stories 22

  • Published 30 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Good things come in threes and this is my third Small Stories post in the last couple of days. I am always amazed at how much can be extracted from everyday living in Isaan if you keep your camera handy and your eyes open. Period covered 24 Sept – 11 Oct 2016.

Isaan – the Small Stories 21

  • Published 29 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

A post that covers a three weeks of small happenings in and around Isaan 6 Sept – 23 Sept 2016.