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You will find many expats writing blogs about life in the coastal centres and places like Chiang Mai. For the many westerners with a connection via their Thai partner to Isan, a large region in the northeast, this is not very helpful. There are some excellent resources that focus on Isan life in the bigger urban centres but almost none that describe life outside the cities. I give you a unique glimpse into what village living for an expat actually looks like day to day.

None of my stories are spectacular and will never be found in the search results of tourists looking for adventure. However, most of the readers who follow this blog, and there are some who have become ‘virtual’ friends over the years, are people who have a much more committed and personal connection to Thailand and have moved well beyond elephant riding, zip-lining and bar hopping. If you are one of those you have come to the right place.

.….these little stories will give you a connection to village life and broaden your understanding what a life in rural Thailand might look like if that ever happens for you. Even if you are not planning on moving here this blog will give you an insider’s view of Isan like no other. Dive in for a insider’s view of Thai life.

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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  1. Rob Heenan

    Hi Tony,

    I also am an Aussie who has been with my partner for 15 years. We have been living in Nongprue outside Pattaya for that period of time, (yes, sin city but we never venture past the Big C)

    We are planning to build on 1 Rai of land in her village near Kumphawapi, 45 klms from Udon Thani on the main Highway. Your pages & experience will be invaluable, thank you for your insight to all things building & Issan.

    Just 1 additional comment, there is always one whinger…….

    Does anyone else have trouble reading your pages with the grey type on a grey background? Maybe it is my failing eyesight but I have great trouble with this.

    My 40+ years in advertising, print & marketing taught me that it must be easy to read to capture your target audience. The one big positive is, you used a plain sans serif typeface, it is much easier to read than many fancy typefaces available today.

    Thanks again for your efforts in these pages, wish me luck when we start the building process…555

    • Tony in Thailand

      Hi Rob. Thanks for your comment. I am pleased you have found the building side of the blog useful. I don’t know if you are a Facebook guy, but if you are then you might find it helpful to join my Building in Thailand group, which is becoming increasingly active. A very useful place to ask questions. Have you bought my eBook? It gets lots of positive feedback as to its helpfulness in negotiating the building process.

      Thanks also for your comment on the colours. I will look into that and make changes. The blog itself will have a limited ongoing life. I find that I have a lot more involvement from over 5,000 members of my various Facebook groups, that respond more readily to the daily posts I make, than the blog, which was mostly all my input and very little response. Comments like yours were always the exception and so much appreciated as a result.

      Good luck with the build and thanks again.

  2. Harold Croston

    We notice your latest utube blogs on reteraunts. Can you do one on food hall over tescoe lotus. We found this the cheapest food hall in phuket. We spent a month in kamala visited tescoe four times spent 50dollars australian on food vouchers in the food hall 5 people all adults. And the vouchers paid for all the meals over the four visits. Top food very few holiday makers 90 per cent locals


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