You will find over 340 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. Thanks for reading. Tony

5 July 2018: I have recently added a separate section to the blog that has nothing to do with Thailand and everything to do with philosophy! Here you will find a book I have written called Becoming the Truth, which records my thirty-eight year exploration of the concept that there might be an alternative view of the world than the one we accept as reality. For most people this will be of absolutely no interest and this section should be avoided as completely off-topic. However, I hope that there will be a few curious individuals who have the inclination to dip into this book and maybe find it an interesting read and a useful resource on your own journey of personal discovery. The link to an introduction is HERE

For most visitors please ignore this section and scroll to below where you will find links to all of my latest stories on life in Thailand, which are very down to earth and not philosophical in any way 🙂

 

Tony

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.

What’s in the Isaan Story Pipeline?

I am focussing on making this blog more informative and up to date, although you may not think it from the photo, so I thought I would give you some teasers about topics that will make an appearance shortly:

  1. At the suggestion of a regular reader I am in the process of writing a post on ‘The Future of Farming in Isaan’. I really enjoy having a break from ‘just’ sharing my everyday stories and instead get into something a bit meatier. I am not an expert on Isaan farming but having lived alongside my Isaan family as they go through the cycle of seasons and the challenges of small holding farming, I am probably more of an untrained expert than many. As always this won’t be a dry article but I hope full of interesting insights to life here on the farm.
  2. I will continue to try and get my Living in Isaan stories current so that you are able to read regular updates on what is happening in the village and surrounds as they happen, not several months later. Edition 12 has just been published below.
  3. I have written on the pros and cons of living in Thailand before but that was ages ago. I thought I might revisit that topic as I have lived here for over five years now and have more knowledge to make judgements based on my experiences. If this one happens it will be very much from an Isaan perspective, which as many of my regular readers have a connection to this region, is aimed at my audience.
  4. A photo story of the renovation of a traditional wooden house in Phayao, in the northwest of Thailand.

I will keep this section up to date as new ideas are either submitted that I want to work on or I think of topics i would like to share with you. Thanks for your interest as always.

Tony

My latest posts:

Isaan variety – Never Boring

  • Published 9 August 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Another mini-post to help keep you up to date with my life in Isaan. One of the concerns I had about retiring to a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand 600 km plus away from the more farang orientated places like Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Bangkok, was how would I fill my days. Visiting out of the way places like where I live might be interesting as a change in scenery for a few days on holiday but for a lifetime?????? The following small events are an example of why I find most days have enough to keep the interest levels engaged and boredom isn’t part of my everyday.

Living in Isaan – Edition 12

  • Published 1 August 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Another batch of small everyday stories covering a period mid to late March 2018. The main activities for us during this couple of weeks was the emptying of the farm pond ready for its enlargement and the building of a new utilities area in our garden. Also shared is some information about the basic construction methods in Thailand and a small street party. Lots of photos as always so settle down with a drink and join our Isaan life.

Mushrooms and Monks

  • Published 28 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan, Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

This is the second of my blogs to capture some of the events that are happening right now in our part of Thailand, the northeast a region called Isaan. Mushrooms and monks may seem like an odd combination but they are both at the top of the to-do list for many people this time of the year.

Wat Pa Keson Sin Khun Thamma Chedi

  • Published 21 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to join some of the villagers and the abbot of our local forest wat on a trip to a temple that’s being built about an hour and a half drive east from us. The main purpose of the expedition was a monk feeding ceremony, for both resident and visiting monks, and to raise money for yet more construction. As the meal happens very early I gave that a miss and we turned up later to an almost empty wat! I wasn’t too concerned we had missed the ceremony because on the way we stopped off at one of those totally odd and surprising wats being built in the middle of not much, which has now been added to my visitors to-do list.

Living in Isaan – Edition 11

  • Published 19 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I am finally making progress in catching up on my back-issues of small Isaan stories. This edition covers early March 2018. Topics include: A dancing festival in Si Bun Ruang, harvesting ant eggs, a house warming ceremony, the sugar cane harvest and burn, a forest wat update, the way of the future for sugar harvesting, Phuket memories and moving Isaan Grace my farm based “boat”. Heaps to read and of course masses of photos so jump in and enjoy.

Living in Isaan – Edition 10

  • Published 18 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Another of my catchup small stories of Isaan. This series covers a period between mid to late February 2018. A wide range of topics including: feeding the ants – find out why, rice mulch, lots of local photos each with a story, our tropical garden updates, community farming, another Isaan wedding, guttering the local way, a small street party and an update of happenings at the family farm. Enjoy.

Living in Isaan – Edition 9

  • Published 16 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I have got SO behind in these posts I call “Living in Isaan”, which are a series of small stories I have recorded that make up my everyday life in a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand, a region called Isaan/Isan/Esan. It has been a busy year establishing a new tropical garden, writing a book and filling in time with far more than I ever thought would happen day to day as a result of retiring to “boring” Isaan. I am on a mission to catch up so although the timeline is a bit out of date the material is still relevant sharing what life looks like here.

A Thailand Tropical Garden – Update 3

  • Published 16 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Tropical Garden
  • LINK: HERE

I was looking back at the photos I took for A Thailand Tropical Garden – Update 2 HERE, which was written at the third month point after we started this project and things have progressed so much that I thought a further update might be of interest. I know not everyone is as focussed on gardens as we are but from feedback I have received in various forms I also know that a lot of my readers are. We have now just passed the six month anniversary offrom when we started work, so that in itself is a milestone worth sharing.

Wat Pha See Vichi

  • Published 8 July 2018
  • Place: Nong Bua Lamphu
  • Topic: Wats
  • LINK: HERE

As Thai names are spelt phonetically in English this wat maybe or may not be as shown. Anyway as pha/pa is Thai for a group of trees, a forest or grove of trees in English, this makes this wat one of the many forest temples in our area.  Whatever its name this temple is one of the most impressive timber wats I have seen in Thailand and even more extraordinary as it is situated in the backstreet of a small Isaan town, called Nong Bua Lamphu, capital of the province of the same name.

The Dan Sai Ghost Mask Festival

  • Published 8 July 2018
  • Place: Dan Sai
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

Every year in the small town of Dan Sai, in the hills of Loei province, a three-hour drive from us, a unique festival is held called Phi (Spirit) Ta Khon or Ghost Mask festival. It is an event I have been wanting to attend for several years but each time something else was happening that prevented us getting there. Last year was looking good and then my stepdaughter Peng had major surgery scheduled for exactly that period. I fully expected something to come up this year but we actually made it so I thought I would share the vibrant colours of the day.

Renovating an Isaan Rice Hut

  • Published 6 July 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I have always loved the timber rice storage huts you see in the garden of just about every rural house in Isaan. Somehow they are essentially Isaan and each has its own character and history. In the days when everyone grew their own rice this was where it was stored to provide essential food for the family over the course of a year. Part of my plan for the new garden we have been developing this year was the installation of a rice hut, which I wanted to renovate to make it like a mini-example of the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok. This is the story of achieving that vision.

Bun Bang Fai – Si Bun Ruang

  • Published 31 May 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

We had a great Bun Bang Fai in our small part of Isaan this year. Bun Bang Fai is an Isaan rocket festival that happens every May/June with the vague aim of encouraging rains to fall for the upcoming rice season, and just by chance also includes a lot of drinking, dancing, rockets (of course) and generally having a good time (snuk/สนุก).

Udon Thani – A Few Hidden Surprises

  • Published 22 May 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

Many of the real small attractions of Isaan are well hidden and not on Trip Advisor Top Ten. Join us for a day in Udon Thani as we discover a few little treasures mixed in with some of the everyday. Get an update on our beautiful tropical garden as well.

Living in Isaan – Edition 8

  • Published 24 Apr 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

A broad mix of small stories in Edition 8. This is another catch-up post so we head back to Christmas 2017 and my big birthday party on the 26th. Friends visited over this period so some terrific photos of a road trip we took with them. Lots to read and some of my favourite photos in this edition. Enjoy.

Songkran 2018 – Si Bun Ruang Part 2

  • Published 20 Apr 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

I ended up with so many fun photos from this year’s Songkran that I thought I would publish a second post, which is mostly based around day two of the water fights on the main street of Si Bun Ruang. In my photography I try to capture the atmosphere of each occasion with special emphasis on faces and action, rather than just have lots of the same sort of scenes of people throwing water around. I hope that makes the inclusion of so many photos on basically the same topic interesting enough to keep you engaged.

Songkran 2018 – Si Bun Ruang Part 1

  • Published 20 Apr 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

Songkran is the Thai New Year held early April a time of parties and good fun in the same way our New Year is celebrated. It is also a family time so for the many people who have jobs that take them away, especially here in Isaan, a region in the northeast of Thailand, this means travelling back home in a huge twice a year migration (our New Year being the other).

A Thailand Tropical Garden – Update 2

  • Published 10 Apr 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Thailand Tropical Garden
  • LINK: HERE

On the third month anniversary of us starting work on building a new tropical garden extension to our land in the northeast of Thailand, I thought I would give you a photographic update. I find it hard to believe the progress that’s been made in such a short timescale. The garden looks as if it has been established for much longer helped by the beautiful displays of flowers, all grown from seed, that is in bloom after the cool season. I believe this is going to turn into a stunning feature garden in a couple of years and only get better from there.

A Private Hospital Visit in Thailand

  • Published 30 Mar 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

One of the major concerns and topic of interest for us retirees in Thailand is health insurance and the medical cover it provides. There is endless discussion of the benefits of having insurance or not, the costs and exclusions. I share with you a recent stay I had at a private hospital in Udon Thani, in the northeast, for minor surgery and how that experience went for me including the performance of my Pacific Cross Thailand private health insurance.

Living in Isaan – Edition 7

  • Published 26 Mar 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small everyday Isaan stories from early to mid-December 2017. Updates on the farm, freezing in Isaan, buying more land, an evening at the local temple, upgrading our sala, looking for a rice storage hut and so much more.

Living in Isaan – Edition 6

  • Published 9 Mar 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small everyday Isaan stories from early December 2017.

Living in Isaan – Edition 5

  • Published 26 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small everyday stories mostly from  November 2017. More farm based this edition although a good range of other topics too. The rice harvest is covered with a video so you’ll know more about rice than you ever thought you would! Enjoy.

Living in Isaan – Edition 4

  • Published 22 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small everyday stories from October and November 2017. They include yet another Buddhist Lent wat ceremony – very local and good fun, helping out the locals, the start of the rice harvest and the Chinese Cultural Centre and shrine in Udon Thani central.

Three Days in Bangkok

  • Published 22 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Places and Attractions – Other
  • LINK: HERE

Towards the end of last year we spent three days in Bangkok and were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to visit the memorial site for the late king’s cremation ceremony in the Grand palace precinct. We also enjoyed Siam Ancient City and Jim Thompson House – both highly recommended attractions. Lots of great photos so dive in.

Living in Isaan – Edition 3

  • Published 22 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small stories of everyday life in Isaan, Thailand this post covering October 2017:

This post covers a very busy time for Buddhist celebrations to commemorate the end of Lent, a three month period where monks are supposed to commit to one temple and focus on their reflection and study. As such I have a couple of entries covering the same topic but each one has its own flavour so I hope I don’t lose your interest.

Living in Isaan – Edition 2

  • Published 18 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

More small stories of everyday life in Isaan, Thailand this post covering September and some of October 2017:

Sunsets, Driving in Thailand, More flowers, New Forest Wat, Cow on the Road, End of Lent celebrations, Street Party, Road trip Highlights, Farm party and Out in the Isaan Countryside. Heaps to read.

Living in Isaan – Edition 1

  • Published 18 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I thought I would try to catch up with some of the small stories that make up everyday life here. None of them are spectacular and will never be found on the search results of tourists looking for adventure. However, most of the readers who have followed this blog, and there are some who have become “virtual ” friends over the years, are people who have a much more committed and personal connection to Thailand and have moved well beyond elephant riding and ziplining. For them these little insights help maintain that connection to village life, if they are living elsewhere, and for those who are newer to the scene maybe help with understanding what a life in rural Thailand might look like if that ever happens for them.

Australians Moving Overseas – Beware

  • Published 8 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Retirement
  • LINK: HERE

A very different theme to this post from the last two relaxed gardening stories. It is aimed directly at Australians who are thinking of or planning to retire and move overseas to take up permanent residence and has less relevance to other nationalities (skip the first two topics and head to the second half). I have to say that we Australians must rate as one of the most poorly treated citizens of any country in the western world when it comes to becoming a non-resident and I will set out to prove that statement as we go along.

A Thailand Tropical Garden Update

  • Published 7 Feb 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

I am not going to turn the blog into a site for gardeners so this will be the last update for a little while. I know from the comments from the last garden post HERE that there are some readers who enjoy following the development of a new tropical garden so for that reason and the fact there has a lot of progress over the last couple of weeks I decided to publish this latest story. I have a lot of other insights on Isaan life to share with you so you can expect a few posts on other topics shortly.

Buying More Land in Isaan

  • Published 24 Jan 2018
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

The chance became available to purchase the block of land next to ours in Si Bun Ruang and we jumped at it. The job now is to turn it from a wilderness into a beautiful tropical garden. Read about how we are going with that project and where to from here.

Driving in Thailand

  • Published 21 Sep 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Information
  • LINK: HERE

Driving in Thailand is one of those hot topics on expat forums and the sort of thing that is often raised in conversations whenever farang get together. The statistic that Thailand is the second most dangerous country in the world to be on the road is sometimes quoted (not necessarily true as I will prove) and examples of situations seen here that defy the traffic laws in western countries are exchanged. So what is it actually like to drive here?

The Best Wats of Isaan

  • Published 16 Sep 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Isaan Attractions
  • LINK: HERE

That is a bit of a misleading heading because I will only report on those temples that we have personally visited and get my tick of approval. These are mainly in the area close to where we live, which is in the northern part of Isaan, and therefore they obviously only form a small proportion of the choice available in all of Isaan, a region covering the whole northeast of Thailand. Having said that of the thousands of wats on offer, even if I had seen them all, only a very small number would be worth mentioning.

Timber Temples of Nong Bua Lamphu

  • Published 27 Aug 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Isaan Attractions
  • LINK: HERE

I can’t believe that having told you in yesterday’s post that I had run out of new things to write about I am sharing the discovery of two wonderful timber wats just down the road from us a day later. Both of them are hidden away (neither are on Google Maps) and I would never have found them other than through the recommendation of locals. I would rate both temples as a must see if in the area of Nong Bua Lamphu/Si Bun Ruang.

A Day in Nong Bua Lamphu

  • Published 26 Aug 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Isaan Attractions
  • LINK: HERE

A day out in the Nong Bua Lamphu area in the north east of Thailand. A hidden lookout and two unusual wats visited. The motivation for this trip came from my in-laws Yuan and Lud. They told Gaun (my wife) that they were bored of being stuck working on the farm and wanted a holiday. I am always happy to help them see more of their own country and I get great enjoyment from doing so.

Deadly Diet

  • Published 8 July 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Special Interest
  • LINK: HERE

I only add this brief post because I know many of my readers have family in Isaan, the north east region of Thailand, and this article could be of interest to them and their Thai families. Traditions die hard here as anywhere but maybe if the eating of raw fish applies to the people we care about we can have some influence on their behaviour. Thankfully my Isaan family don’t eat raw fish but you might have a different scenario.

Ten Days in a Thai Hospital

  • Published 3 July 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Special Interest
  • LINK: HERE

We recently spent ten days in the huge Srinagarind Hospital, which is the main teaching hospital for the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University in the north east of Thailand. I thought I would share my impressions of the experience, not as a comprehensive guide to the Thai medical system but as a personal insight into one brief involvement (thank goodness). Having said that I am sure there are aspects I will write about that can be applied to living on the wards of most public hospitals here I am sure.

More Hidden Temples in Isaan

  • Published 12 June 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Wats
  • LINK: HERE

Yesterday I had the urge to go for an explore and I picked out two wats (temples) to visit about an hour’s drive from our home in Si Bun Ruang. Having now seen both of them  (and one we didn’t plan on seeing) they stand out a little from “normal” temples and one of them has made its way onto my must do list for visiting friends and family.

Bun Bang Fai Part 2

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

Bun Bang Fai is an exclusively Isaan (a region in the north east of Thailand) rocket festival held in June every year to encourage the rains to come for the rice season. I say exclusive in a Thai sense. The festival originated in Laos, which explains why it now forms part of Isaan culture as the people here came from Laos in one of those historical  movements of population.

Isaan – the Small Stories 31

  • Published 8 June 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

This is a very short edition of “Isaan – the Small Stories” and in fact will be the last edition under this name. In future I will be writing a monthly update of life here in the same format with small stories that give glimpses into the life of a farang living in a rural village in the north east of Thailand.

The Wats of Loei

  • Published 6 June 2017
  • Place: Loei
  • Topic: Attractions & Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

This is the second post relating to a family day out in Loei province close to our home in Si Bun Ruang. The first post titled “A Day with the Thai Army” can be found directly underneath this one. Having farewelled Game (Gaun’s nephew) and seen him back with his army mates we moved into the afternoon with three Buddhist attractions to visit.

A Day with the Thai Army

  • Published 6 June 2017
  • Place: Loei
  • Topic: Special Interest
  • LINK: HERE

Yesterday I enjoyed the slightly odd combination of spending the morning hosted by the Thai army and then the afternoon wandering through some of my favourite wats (temples) close(ish) to the army base. I started out thinking that both topics would fit into the one post but since then I have split it in two with the army experience in this post and the next one called The Wats of Loei to be published shortly.

Fighting Fires in Lampang

  • Published 30 May 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Special Interest
  • LINK: HERE

Peter Ferdinand is an Australian who bought my eBook “Building a House in Thailand” and since then we have exchanged a few emails on various topics. In the last few days Peter has shared one of the most unusual and inspirational stories I have heard of a farang in Thailand and I thought you might be interested to read about his experiences.

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.