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Daily Stories – 2 February

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. 

This page was updated on 4 February

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Building in Thailand eBook

When my wife and I bought some land in Isaan, which is a region in the north east of Thailand, and then started to build our house I wanted to record the daily events of construction life. For twenty six weeks I wrote a weekly blog update about all the aspects of the build and included as much detail as possible for others who might be thinking of going down the same path. I was surprised by the number of readers I attracted as a result of writing on this subject, many of whom followed the entire build from beginning to end. 

Based on this continued interest I thought I would revisit my original words and bring them all together under the one heading in the form of an eBook. Included in this process has been some extensive updating and expansion of many of the original posts and the addition of the many COMMENTS, which are designed to expand your knowledge and save you time or money or both!

Read more HERE and find out how to obtain the eBook.

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.

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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My stories of the day – 4 February 2020

My life in rural Isaan revolves around three main topics of interest. Firstly there is the family farm situated about 1 km from where we live. I love learning about and sharing aspects of farming in a different country. Read my stories and you’ll become a virtual Isaan farmer in time! Click HERE

Secondly is our enjoyment in developing the best private tropical garden in Isaan. We also have a small but still beautiful garden at the farm. In this section I write about any aspects related to gardening in Thailand, illustrated with photos taken in our gardens and locally. Click HERE

And finally I share everyday stories as I see them relating to life in a small rural village. This could cover anything from personal events to festivals and local attractions. Anything that doesn’t fit into the other two headings ends up here. Click HERE 

Or of course read them all in which case just scroll down!

I am a keen photographer and all my photos are shot professionally and edited. The end result is far better than most blogs and social media and I will publish my favourite shots from time to time, which will almost be a fourth topic.

The stories I share here are reflected in my very active social media exposure and you will find me on Facebook as follows:

Tony Eastmead HERE 

Thailand Tropical Gardens HERE

Rural Isaan, Thailand HERE and;

Isaan Photography HERE.

Farm News:

The Blessing of Water:

Heading back home this afternoon we passed an area that had planted a second crop of rice (supposedly banned by the government because of the drought but hey…burning sugar was banned too!) Gaun had spotted that these paddies were being fed with water supplied by a flowing irrigation trench, so we stopped for a closer look. Walking a little way off the road and it was like stepping into a green wonderland. This is just like tourists think Thailand is like everywhere and all of the time. I wish.

Just to show you the contrast. 30 minutes previously we were on a friend’s plot of land with Greg Ledder and this is the view, which is typical of the area this time of year. Bone dry, brown, dusty with not much going for it scenically.

A few kilometres away is this landscape. The difference? Water. This irrigation trench was supplying the water. Where it originated from is a mystery as there’s no large supply in the area I am aware of. Access is via small sluice gates and Gaun tells me that farmers will have to pay an amount of money per hour to access the water.

The slight of running water in Isaan this time of year is almost unique. You could charge admission for this view.

A small farm growing a mixture of crops.

How nice to have a break from drought brown fields.

Compare this to my first photo.

Yuan would love this access to water.

A totally different world from the one we see every day.

Sorry. I had to replace the sky. I am so bored of smoky grey we get so much of the time.

Tropical Gardens News:

When will it end?:

I keep saying that our garden is complete and how could we possibly add yet more plants but Gaun keeps doing exactly that  Four more pots of cuttings scattered around the house garden this morning.

The long green and yellow plants added to the koi pond surround. Sansevieria trifasciata is commonly called “mother-in-law’s tongue”, “Saint George’s sword” or “snake plant”, because of the shape and sharp margins of its leaves. It is also known as the “viper’s bowstring hemp”, because it is one of the sources for plant fibres used to make bowstrings.

Impossible to kill. If green fingers aren’t your thing stick to growing these plants.

One more in the new shower area.

Thanks Gaun. Very tropical.

These make a beautiful backdrop to shorter plants like in this display.

Village News:

No news today.

Thailand Photography

Showcasing some of my favourite photos taken around Thailand during my time here. Last updated 2 February:

Both photos taken at sunset on the Mekong. The first at Nong Khai and the second and Chiang Khan.

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February 2020 – new stories


  1. Chris Boyes

    G’day Tony

    Great to see your back writing more stories, they are always informative and your photography is brilliant :-).

    Sending my best wishes to you, Gaun, Peng and all your extended Thai family.


    • Tony in Thailand

      And nice to hear from you Chris. Thank you for the thumbs up and the wishes to self and family. Much appreciated.


  2. Greg Carroll

    A great way to finish the day Tony.
    Your comments on Thai women are spot on. It is a real pleasure to have an assertive partner who has the self assuredness and clarity of vision to set clear directions, while at the same time they will spoil you rotten and make you feel very, very special.

    • Tony in Thailand

      Spot on Greg. It is a delightful mix when it works.


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