Tony in Thailand
Everyday stories about an
expat’s life in Isaan, Thailand
In this unique blog You will find hundreds of stories about my life in Thailand, the good and bad. Not just a list of tourist destinations but stories 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.
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Farming in Isaan
Isaan Life and Culture
Thailand Tropical Gardens
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I have several very active Facebook groups that cover some of my favourite subjects and below you will find the last five posts from each group, updated hourly. Some readers don’t want to engage with Facebook, so this is a way to still receive the many stories that appear each day in that forum without having to access the groups themselves. To see the photos and the words that go with them just click on the images on the left-hand side.
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I have not added new content to my blog for a number of months focussing instead on my very active social media groups, where I get a lot more feedback and many more comments than I ever did in this forum. It becomes discouraging when people visit the blog and then move on without any engagement or thank you. I have several groups on Facebook that reflect my passions and these have replaced the stories I used to publish here. I post new material every day and you’ll find the same high quality photos (better actually) and descriptive words. The topics with Facebook links are as follows:
The most comprehensive reference manual on building a house in Thailand. An e-book of 120,000 words arranged in a number of sections including the initial planning stages, a daily report on the construction process, later updates after we move in, a few summaries and a section on more general background topics such as land titles, Usufruct contracts, utility expenses and the daily cost of my building project.
What are readers saying?
I’ve just about finished reading your E-book .It was compelling and inspirational, and I have taken much guidance from it. The photos in particular brought alive and gave a more thorough explanation, than you would normally find online. I’m sure the connection to the FB group will also be invaluable going forward.
While we are beyond the design stage, the knowledge gained from your experience will be extremely helpful as we proceed with the construction phase.
A big takeaway from me is how you have managed the tropical weather, so you can enjoy spending time outside, while maintaining a cooler environment inside. I do see a number of challenges ahead, more apparent after reading your book. The front of the property is unavoidably facing due south. While the eaves will provide some protection from the mid-day sun, it will be some time before we can provide some tree cover.The outdoor living area is at the rear, courtyard style.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for making the monumental effort to document and share the journey of your project build and then subsequently updating it. My wife and I started a coffee wholesale business in Bangkok four years ago to keep me busy in my ‘retirement’ and I noted that you are a coffee lover. As a small token of our sincere appreciation, I would like to pass on some of our coffee beans, if you could send me your address and mobile number for delivery. If this interests you, please visit our website https://en.orientalcoffeeandtea.com and let me know your roast preference
I am loving your book – just on my second read at the moment, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything first time around (which actually it turns out I did!).
Just a note of thanks at this point ……. I am a fairly methodical sort of bloke, but there are many issues which your book highlights which I just wouldn’t have thought about – or if I had, I may well have assumed they were “standard” building practice [U-bends, drain positioning, barge-board alignment] – if it hadn’t been for your excellent descriptions!! I will probably still “miss” something – that’s the nature of building/design – but thanks to you, it shouldn’t be anything too mission-critical. Mike
Undoubtedly, we would not have the quality home we now have without the book, we had no idea even where to start until we found Building in Thailand eBook. We did manage to avoid most of the traps that we could have fallen into, we are extremally thankful for the authors attention to detail and common-sense approach. Chris
I have had the good fortune to have used the first edition as part of Yuri and my plans to build our home here in Surin. To say it is a good reference book is an understatement. The practical advice and your self deprecating style make it a great read. The anecdotes and asides all add to its appeal as both a “how to manual” and a fascinating insight into what lies ahead for people like me who have only just commenced a similar journey. Far better armed for what’s to be encountered. Greg
The income from my eBook pays for the upkeep of this blog, which is otherwise commercially free unlike so many others.
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