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28 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 – 28 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:

A Farm Update:

I haven’t updated this page recently because there’s not much happening at the farm. That’s partly because Yuan and Lud are in-between planting and partly that Yuan has been involved in helping out at a couple of village funerals, which always puts everyday life on hold.

This is the only planted area still. Watered by and every day it is making good progress.

Lud working alone today as Yuan is village based. 

A reminder for those who don’t live here at just how bleak the landscape gets this time of year. As a tourist I wouldn’t be visiting Isaan. The sugar crop on the left has been harvested, there are few new crops growing and everything is dry and brown. Very often cloudy or smoky skies.

That doesn’t dampen Gaun’s enthusiasm for finding things to eat for free. Foraging is part of an Isaan person’s DNA.

Tropical Gardens News:

Yet another cleanup of leaves and cuttings getting the garden ready for ‘spring’. The quantity of material we transport to the farm is amazing. I have said it before but you really need to enjoy this level of commitment to a garden otherwise it is much better for your sanity to plant grass and have some shrubs around the edge.

This is a small lime tree that had been overwhelmed with bougainvillea. Gaun has freed it and it has responded by putting on masses of flowers promising a good lime season ahead.

Village News:

Another surprise wat today. I was in a shop and noticed a poster on the wall with three abbots, two of whom I knew. When I (via Gaun) asked about the third we were given the directions to his wat, which luckily is close to Si Bun Ruang. I have driven down this road many times but the only reference to a temple is a small sign in Thai. A terrific discovery.

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Thailand Photography

Showcasing some of my favourite photos taken around Thailand during my time here. Last updated 27 January:

Two photos from my first visit to Thailand 2012 when I was holidaying in Phuket. Little did I know….

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January 2020 – new stories


  1. Mark

    G’day Tony

    I have a question, not picking, I see you loaded up the Chang with the garden waste then next pic it offloaded on the ground. What happens to it then? Is it burn’t? It will be something to consider when we get there. Simple things like getting rid of rubbish will be something to adjust to. Coming from a place where we just throw everything in a wheelie bin.


    • Tony in Thailand

      Yup – burnt! In Australia I’d drop greenery off at the recycling place at the tip and they’d turn it into mulch and sell it back. There is no such system here and with the amount of waste the garden generates it is impossible to manage it other than burn. Garden mulch is not used here. They tend to use rice straw or rice husks if they use anything at all. Our household rubbish is burnt too. We don’t have a collection service so that ends up at the farm as well. We do recycle all the usual’s – glass, plastic, tins and paper.


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