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22 January Stories

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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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 – 22 January 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:

No farm updates today.

Tropical Gardens News:


Or something like dork khun/coon in Thai. These trees are super easy to spot this time of year as they are producing masses of long hanging seed pods. These start off a light green colour and then turn black as they mature. They will eventually start to fall and you’ll be picking up heaps of them. They are deciduous over the dry/cool period but some trees lose leaves early and some hang onto theirs.
They produce the wonderful golden showers of flowers leading up to and over the Songkran (Thai New Year) mid-April before the leaves return.
A Thai based explanation of these trees HERE

Stunning displays in March/April.

Village News:

Gaun is on the hunt for sour tamarind to make her delicious chutney, which is so good with cold meats. A village close to us called Ban Din Si On has lots of tamarind trees and we spotted these ladies working preparing the fruit for sale as we drove back from Nong Bua Lamphu today.

Sticky work. This batch will be packed and ready to sell roadside tomorrow after 3:00 pm if you are passing! See you there.

For those of you who don’t follow my Tropical Garden page, this is what a tamarind pod looks like. Fruit inside obviously. These are on a tree in our garden.

Chutney heaven. I will pass on Gaun’s recipe with photos come the time. She makes an absolutely killer (in all ways) chilli paste too.

Gaun’s chilli paste. Not for the fainthearted.

Three of the ladies are in the market for a farang husband (who wouldn’t be after meeting me) as is the massage lady across the road! A friendly chatty bunch. Boring manual labour never overcomes the natural Isaan ability to have a good time.

Beautiful traditional Thai dancing at a ceremony for King Narasuan, a historical Thai king, held at Nong Bua Lamphu last weekend.

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  1. Greg Carroll

    Wonderful post Tony.
    Yuri and I enjoyed the dancing video very much. It would have been pretty special to experience it live.
    We love the photos of Tamarind being processed too. Looking forward to the chili paste recipe, and the Tamarind chutney.
    Both our mouths were watering after reading this. So much so Yuri has told me it’s time to go shopping, now!

    • Tony in Thailand

      Thank you. It was a pretty special event. Those ladies are so graceful and of course the costumes are stunning.

      You may have found it by now but I have published a separate post on the tamarind from tree to chutney, with Gaun’s recipe, and you can find it HERE

      New stories about to make an appearance today.



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