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Index of Posts 201 – 250

A real mix of stories as always in this batch of posts 201 – 250. Feb 2016 – Mar 2017

250. A Phuket Holiday – Part 2

  • Published 20 Mar 2017
  • Place: Phuket
  • Topic: PLaces & 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.

249. 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.

248. Two More Local Wats

  • Published 18 Mar 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Wats and Temples
  • 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. Wat Pha/Pa Bandai Sawan and Wat Khao Chong Chat

247. 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.

246. 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 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.

245. 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. After a period of quiet due to the death of the king last year it was nice to see activity on the streets again leading up to the big festivals such as Songkran HERE and Bun Bang Fai HERE.

244. 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 that I hope you find interesting.

243. Si Bun Ruang Businesses

  • Published 26 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE

The purpose of this story is to detail the various business we have discovered and would recommend in our home town of Si Bun Ruang. Finding where to source things can be a real challenge as often the supplier is hidden away and any signage that may be provided is mostly in Thai, not surprisingly. However this is not just a “where is” entry to the blog. The businesses I include have all provided us with consistent service, never tried to extract a “farang price” and are pleasant to deal with. I will provide comments on each one and advise where the owner or staff have some English, although usually at a very basic level. I will add this post to the menu bar of the blog so that it can be used as an ongoing resource as I update it with new finds.

242. Isaan – the Small Stories 28

  • Published 25 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
For those of you who follow these posts on the little happenings in my Isaan life you will be both pleased and surprised that I have finally caught up with 2017 although only the first few days of the year. I know this makes some of these entries out of date but I thought they were still worth including because they were all part of the sequence of our time living here.

241. Isaan – the Small Stories 27

  • Published 7 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
A burst of hotter weather after two months of perfect mildness has me sitting in front of the computer in a burst of blog related activity. I have decided to return my main energies to the blog after dabbling in Facebook, not just my own page but adding entries to several general Thai related groups, which I have since unsubscribed from. What a wilderness of useful information about living in Thailand that was.

240. Isaan – the Small Stories 26

  • Published 7 Feb 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I keep trying to get up to date with these little insights to everyday life in rural Isaan but never seem to make it. Here are a few more events and observations that will never make it to Trip Advisor but are all the more real because of that! Enjoy.

239. Building a Boat in Isaan

  • Published 31 Jan 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
And now for something completely different to make up for an extended absence from writing posts for the blog. We have just finished building a boat and created a docking area to go with it so I thought you might like to join me on this watery journey.

238. Isaan – the Small Stories 25

  • Published 31 jan 2017
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I have got behind in publishing my small stories series as it has been a surprisingly busy time the last couple of months. “Busy” isn’t a word I was expecting to use too much after retiring to the backwaters of Isaan but there you go. I will focus on catching up on these little happenings and then I have a couple of larger single topic posts to write and publish to kick-start the blog again.

237. Isaan – the Small Stories 24

  • Published 1 Dec 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I am getting closer to being up to date with these little living in Isaan stories. I hope you are enjoying reading them as much as I am living them! Period covered 5 Nov – 16 Nov 2016.

236. Isaan – the Small Stories 23

  • Published 30 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
And the hyperactivity on the blog front continues. More everyday stories that makes you part of my Isaan life, like it or not 🙂

235. Isaan – the Small Stories 22

  • Published 30 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
Good things come in threes and this is my third Small Stories post in the last couple of days. I am always amazed at how much can be extracted from everyday living in Isaan if you keep your camera handy and your eyes open.

234. Isaan – the Small Stories 21

  • Published 29 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I am trying to catch up with these small stories after a period non-blogging. Once I get there I might commit to a regular update every couple of weeks, if the material is there to be written about, to make sure these stories are more current to the events happening at the time.

233. Isaan – the Small Stories 20

  • Published 28 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
A post that covers a three weeks of small happenings in and around Isaan August/September 2016.

232. Chiang Khan to Nong Khai

  • Published 2 Nov 2016
  • Place: Chiang Khan
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
This is the second of my posts chatting about a recent “holiday” we had visiting the small town of Chiang Khan situated on the banks of the Mekong River. In this post I will cover the drive from Chiang Khan to Nong Khai following route 211 as it winds its way alongside the Mekong.

231. Isaan – the Small Stories 19

  • Published 1 Nov 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isan
  • LINK: HERE

I thought that I would have a break in covering our trips away from home, the subject of three recent posts, and return to a catch-up on the Small happenings in Isaan.

230. Chiang Khan – a wooden village on the Mekong River

  • Published 1 Nov 2016
  • Place: Chiang Khan
  • Topic: Places and Attractions – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
My stepdaughter Peng recently had her second school holiday of the year (Thai kids only have two breaks a year at Songkran, Thai New Year in April, and October). She has wanted to visit a small town called Chiang Khan on the banks of the Mekong River for some time and this was her holiday treat. I have to confess that I also wanted to see the place as it is one of the big attractions for Thais in the area.

229. Usufruct in Thailand

  • Published 4 Oct 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building in Thailand
  • LINK: HERE
The reason I have added this subject as a stand alone post is that the information contained within it is absolutely vital for any farang in a relationship with a Thai person who wants to gain some security over their investment in some land and a house here.

228. A Day in Udon Thani

  • Published 3 Oct 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
Another day out and about in Isaan story. This one follows in the theme of the last two posts HERE and HERE where I had a destination in mind but we captured lots of other moments making small stops along the way and back as well as our visit to Udon Thani itself.

227. On the Road in Nong Bua Lamphu

  • Published 26 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I must be feeling a bit restless because this is the second outing we have had in the last few days, the last one I reported on HERE. This afternoon’s road trip was another example of setting a destination and then being open to stopping or heading off track to see what else was around. As I have said before the big “wow” sights are few and far between in Thailand but I find the little photo opportunities just as rewarding and a lot more personal in some ways.

226. Wat Pa Thum Pra Phukao

  • Published 24 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
The other day my brother-in-law Tham, who is married to Gaun’s older sister Paed (number four of the seven children – Gaun is number six), told us of a cave wat in his village of Ban Don Han. As this wasn’t far from our home and I don’t need much of an excuse for an explore we hit the road today to check it out.

225. From Isaan to Nan – Day 2

  • Published 18 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Northern
  • LINK: HERE
This is the story of our second day travelling the backroads from Isaan to the small northern city of Nan. A Tuscan vineyard, the biggest teak tree in the world, a road that disappears into the a lake and an extraordinary silver wat in the middle of nowhere are some of the sights you will read about in this post.

224. From Isaan to Nan – Day 1

  • Published 9 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Northern
  • LINK: HERE
This trip to Nan, a small city in the far north, via the back roads of Thailand has been on my to-do list for a while now. I knew that the small roads followed the valleys through this very hilly part of Thailand and also the border with Laos for some distance. I was hoping to see some more interesting scenery than the pretty flat countryside around our home in Si Bun Ruang and I wasn’t disappointed.

223. Isaan – the Small Stories 18

  • Published 9 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
Another batch of small stories that happened in July about living in rural Thailand.

222. Isaan – the Small Stories 17

  • Published 9 Sep 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I am finding it hard to keep up with the small stories of living in Isaan. Good news for me because it means that my life here is more involving than I might have imagined and it also gives me plenty of material to share with you, whether you are planning to live here or not. These stories provide an insight into what life could look like if you were one of the many people who contact me and often visit with a retirement goal of making this part of the world home.

221. Ban Dung and Lots More

  • Published 20 Aug 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
In this post you join us for a day travelling our part of Isaan. We start off at the farm and them deliver flower leis to the local temple. On the road we join some spirits and their dancing girls before exploring the salt mining village of Ban Dung, 80 km south of Udon Thani. Fresh peanuts and a visit to a house being built by a farang and his wife complete a great day out.

220. Isaan – The Small Stories 16

  • Published 3 Aug 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
I have a couple of other topics to publish shortly to break the monotony of Isaan – the Small Stories posts 🙂 but in the meantime here is another in the popular series of little moments in everyday Isaan life. These are extracted from my Facebook timeline and covers a couple of weeks in June.

219. Isaan – The Small Stories 15

  • Published 3 Aug 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
Even more small stories about everyday life in Isaan.

218. Isaan – The Small Stories 14

  • Published 3 Aug 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
These are some more small everyday stories resulting from wandering around locally with a camera always close to hand. Nothing that rates highly on the tourist scale of interest but hopefully these posts continue to give you an insight into what life can look like for a farang living in this part of Thailand. These are a compilation of posts I publish on my Facebook page and cover a period from early May 2016 starting with the oldest and moving on:

217. Wat Kham Chanot and Salt

  • Published 29 July 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Places and Attractions – Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
If you find yourself in Udon Thani in the north east of Thailand, an unlikely possibility I know, but you’ll thank me if you are because this trip will make for an interesting and varied afternoon out. Ancient pots, a temple and a salt village. What more do you need?

216. Bali vs Thailand Part 2

  • Published 23 July 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
This is the second part of a long post based on our recent visit to Ubud in Bali and a comparison of it and my experiences of Thailand. Will I be moving to Bali and starting a Tony in Bali blog? Read on to find out.

215. Bali vs Thailand

  • Published 19 July 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Other
  • LINK: HERE
I thought I would try to take a different angle on reporting back on our recent trip to Ubud in Bali. Rather than just publish a set of photos with comments I am going to include some of my impressions on the variations between Thailand and Bali and also a few sidetracks into my observations about modern tourism. A mix bag, which I hope will be interesting and more than just a travel post. I suspect it will be a long addition to the blog, but I haven’t written anything recently so this is payback.

214. Building a House in Thailand

  • Published 19 July 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building
  • LINK: HERE

This book has really written itself in some ways. Its origins can be traced back to a blog I have been writing since moving to Thailand in June 2013. In it I have tried to capture many of the everyday happenings that take place in my new life both the “touristy” and the more mundane. 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 it was only natural for me to continue recording the daily events of life, which now revolved around construction, and share them on the blog.

213. Bun Bang Fai 2016

  • Published 11 June 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE

Bun Bang Fai is another festival to add to your calendar of Thai events. In this case you will need to travel to the north east of the country to the Isaan region to take part in this period of dancing, music, parties and the firing of rockets. It is also part of the cultural history of Laos but as most Isaan people originated in Laos it naturally followed them here.

212. Isaan – the Small Stories 13

  • Published 8 June 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
Another in the long running series about the small everyday happenings in a Isaan rural village and surrounds. Nothing you will ever read about on Trip Advisor, which makes these stories both authentic and more interesting (in my biased opinion).

211. Wat Pha Sorn Kaew

  • Published 8 June 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Isaan – Places and Attractions
  • LINK: HERE
After a long period of being home based and only writing about the small happenings around the village I thought it was time to head back out into wider Thailand and spend a day being a tourist again. Two friends who had already been to Wat Pha Sorn Kaew recommended it as being pretty spectacular so I decided our first major expedition for a while should head that way.

210. Isaan – the Small Stories 12

  • Published 30 May 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
More small stories based on my everyday life in a Isaan rural village:

209. Isaan – the Small Stories 11

  • Published 30 May 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Living in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
You won’t find any big “must do” in my Isaan stories but a heap of little everyday events that make up my life here. I think they are more involving as a result because they are the sort of events you won’t find in the travel blogs or social media pages, which have a tourist sightseeing focus. Like living at any location in the world it is most likely your everyday revolves around very small local sights and happenings and the big outings only occur when you have visitors!

208. Building a House in Thailand eBook

  • Published 07 May 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang
  • Topic: Building in Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
The blog has been very quiet for a while as far as new posts go but there is a reason for that. I am in the process of writing an ebook on all aspects of building a house in Thailand with its many challenges and pitfalls covered in detail. When I originally wrote the building posts for the blog commencing November 2014 they were published on a weekly basis as the house progressed. They tended to be more a report of what was happening rather than a “how to” guide with more analysis on the process, which is what I am aiming to achieve in this book.

207. Getting “Officially” Married in Bangkok

  • Published 24 Apr 2016
  • Place: Bangkok
  • Topic: General Information
  • LINK: HERE
The process of a farang getting married to a Thai national isn’t all photos in paddy fields like the one on the left but more likely a challenging process of battling the Thai bureaucracy in Bangkok. I thought I would share this detailed story of one couple’s experience in the hope it may help others who are heading down the same bridal path.

206. Chatuchak Weekend Markets

  • Published 31 Mar 2016
  • Place: Bangkok
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Other
  • LINK: HERE
If you find yourself in Bangkok on a weekend and you enjoy shopping then Chatuchak markets are the place for you. Set on 27 acres or 70 rai for Thai farang or 11 hectares for the decimal literate, these markets are huge and you are sure to find something to slip into your bag to take home either for yourself or as a gift from Thailand.

205. Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

  • Published 30 Mar 2016
  • Place: Pattaya
  • Topic: Attractions and Places – Other
  • LINK: HERE
I have been pretty quiet on the blog for various reasons but this post makes up for my absence by being a long one with lots of supplementary sidetracks from topic that longer term readers are used to. Enjoy. Nong Nooch gardens are a strange addition to the nightclub and bar scene we all normally associate with Pattaya, that farang playground on the coast of Thailand East of Bangkok and 600 km from our home in Isaan. How did we end up there…read on.

204. The Red Lotus Sea

  • Published 28 Feb 2016
  • Place: Isaan
  • Topic: Attractions and Places Isaan
  • LINK: HERE
The Red Lotus Sea is an easy drive from Udon Thani, Isaan and a great morning photo opportunity in season. Combine this with a visit to Ban Chiang World Heritage site and you will have an interesting day out.

203. My Favourite Local Temples

  • Published 18 Feb 2016
  • Place: Isaan
  • Topic: Attractions and Places Isaan, Wat/temple
  • LINK: HERE
This is an easy entry to the blog because it just indexes references to other stories I have already written. I ended a recent post about a wat (temple) down the road from our home in Si Bun Ruang called Wat Tham Pha Keong HERE with a list of my favourite wats in Isaan. I thought I would pull those references from that post and put them into a separate entry so that they would be easy to find for any readers visiting my part of Isaan and also so I could update the list as we make new discoveries.

202. A Festival for King Naresuan

  • Published 17 Feb 2016
  • Place: Nong Bua Lamphu, Isaan
  • Topic: Festivals
  • LINK: HERE
Every year on the 18th of January the city of Nong Bua Lamphu, our nearest larger town, celebrates a famous (in Thailand) King called Naresuan and puts on a week of activities. The 18th is significant because on that day in January 1591, King Naresuan the Great killed Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in a single elephant combat, marking the end of Burmese invasion. The battle is one of the epic moments in Thai military history and the day is now commemorated as Royal Thai Armed Forces Day. Find out how a couple of hundred dancing cowgirls met up with a 400 year old king in this post.

201. How to get a Yellow House Book

  • Published 1 Feb 2016
  • Place: Si Bun Ruang, Isaan
  • Topic: General Interest
  • LINK: HERE
This is another brief post which may be useful to expats living or planning to live in Thailand but of limited if any relevance to the general reader. However, as I always say for this type of administrative post, it is also an insight into the non-tourist side of living in Thailand and could be worth a read to just for general interest. The Tabien Baan or Thai house book is the official document that links a person to an address. The house book comes in two varieties and two colours, blue and yellow! The blue book is issued to Thai citizens and along with their ID card forms the basis of individual identification depending on circumstances.