One blog I consistently come across while researching for my own is Isaan Style! The owner is a school teacher, making it possible for such a young man to be living in Thailand.
The Opportunity Blog is only updated irregularly, unfortunately. It is owned by a volunteer for an organization called the Opportunity Foundation, and who sometimes persuades other people involved with the Foundation to make guest posts.
I am hesitant to include the lengthily-named Ban Dung Issan blog Thailand simply because it annoys me that the rare entries have no dates. This is what I consider a devious practice to escape being regarded as a stale blog. The owner is an Englishman who has managed to take up residence in Thailand at a relatively young age — his is not yet 50.
The above blogger also owns expat Udon thani Thailand — and it follows the same course. That is, anytime there is a rare update posted to the blog, it is undated, and thus avoids the stale lable.
An American now living in Thailand owns Life and Times in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. Entries are infrequent, so I suppose the man is busy with life.
Another Englishman managing to live in Thailand owns the blog Making like Caine. Just as does his countryman who owns the two blogs mentioned earlier, the very infrequent posts on this blog are also undated.
Isaan Life is a fairly busy blog. The owner may reveal himself in his posts, but he does not do so in his profile. I certainly do not fault him for that — I am similar. Another blog he has going is isaan bog blog — it’s focus is upon the toilets of Isaan.
The blog isantraveller is the product of another man from the UK. He does not post too often, but his posts tend to be nicely illustrated.
The Christian ministry blog OMF Isaan will not be to everyone’s taste. I think it is being maintained currently, although it is difficult to tell without a year being attached to the posts’ dates.
A blog that seemed to have failed is Fund Isaan Blog — Fund Isaan is a charitable organization devoted to improving the level of English instruction in Isaan through volunteer work. Evidently the blog was started with the hope that volunteers would maintain it, but no one seems to have bothered since 2009.
Not all bloggers in Isaan have English as their first language — witness the French blog Le-fourre-tout-de-jpsiam.Over-blog.Com. The author is about two years older than I am, which means he’s in the neighbourhood of 63.
Another French blog is Le Blog D’Olivier & Noy. From my impression of the owner’s photo, he is a rather young man.
I have come across at least two more blogs like the one I’ve already mentioned which no longer seem to be active, so I will not include any of them.
Another of those blogs I often come across while doing research for my own is Beyond The Mango Juice.
Isara is another of those organizations working to assist Isaan people. The Isara Community seems to be a blog consisting of posts by various members and volunteers; and consequently, the perspectives given are always changing.
Nong Khai Design is a blog all about the projects of N.K.D. Construction.
I have come across other Isaan blogs in the past, but at the moment, their identities escape me. One I vaguely recollected is French, and I have just now done a Google search to locate it: Le blog de Patrick en Thailande. His posts are always richly illustrated.
And I will stop here. I have been up early, and I would like to get a little more sleep while my wife Jack is still in bed. She is involved in two Thai restaurants here in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. So, once she is up and leaves home, I will not have her company again until late into the evening. I need to enjoy her while I am able, and sleeping beside her is one of those deep enjoyments.
“Isaan (Surin)” Thailand_dream’s photos around Surin, Thailand
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Entry from: Surin, Thailand
Entry Title: “Isaan (Surin)”
“If there are 2 things Surin is well known for, it’s elephants and it’s abundance of Khmer ruins. Needless to say i saw both during my time here as well as doing my final VISA run to Cambodia.
After spending the first day doing the usual settling in and exploring the town, i managed to find a place that rented bikes but they were all taken. So i went to (the usually, but not always, fail safe) plan B, which is to go around the Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki bike shops and ask if they have bikes for rent. A few rent bikes but most don’t, (officially) however, in true thai style, there’s always a way to find a solution where everyone is happy. Basically, although they had no bikes for rent as such, they had a small selection of pre-owned bikes for sale. A few 100KM extra on these makes no difference and they make some money at the same time, plus i get a bike, so everyones happy. Although it was late in the day when i got to the Yamaha shop so i didn’t want the bike that day, but they were closed the next day (sunday – though sunday is just another day in Thailand and usually everything’s open as usual) so i decided to do my VISA run sunday and hire the bike monday onwards.
The VISA run was to Cambodia which was only about 70km/50miles south of Surin town. Every VISA run gives me an extra 3months in Thailand and as i now have my flight home booked (sadly) for 2nd December, this’ll be the last one i need to do.
I’d missed quite a few Khmer ruins during that period when i couldn’t get motorbike hire but i more than made up for it here in Surin. The following day after my VISA run i took the bike to 2 Khmer ruins. The first was Ku Si Khoraphum which was a lovely ruin set in beautiful grounds. It had 5 stupas, a large main stupa which was surrounded by 4 smaller ones. The main stupa has an excellently carved lintel which depicts the dances of Shiva, which is the Hindu god the Khmer ruin is dedicated to. The second Khmer ruin i visited was Ku Kamphaeng Yai that’s actually in Si Saket, which is a small province between Surin and Ubon Ratchathani (the last place i stayed) This ruin has 3 pagodas on the same base from north to south and facing west. The middle building is, again, the main pagoda and features a lintel of the god Indra and the god Naria lying on a pedestal over Naga. The pagoda of the south has another lintel of the gods Shiva and Uma seated. There is also a temple at this site which has some “unique” statues outside. Let’s just say i didn’t expect to see this kind of thing at a temple… the pictures will explain all. After here i headed back to Surin and went north to Ta Klang Elephant village. The Ta Klang villagers are decendants of the Suay or Kuay ethenic group who have a long tradition and skill in capturing, training and keeping elephants. Unlike other parts of Thailand where the elephant is kept for labour purposes, in Ta Klang, the elephant is considered a friend and can be seen roaming around freely and sleeping under the “on stilts” houses. During November – December is the elephant round up which is an annual event that began in 1960. The event consists of a series of shows displaying the strength and skill of the elephants, such as football games and tug-of-war. After looking around and seeing the village i asked (in thai – as they speak no or very little english) if i could bathe an elephant. The Mahout (elephant handler) agreed, and took the bamboo seat off the elephants back, asked me to mount it and i rode bareback to the watering hole where the elephant entered the water (with me on it’s back) whilst the mahout took pictures, then afterwards, both …”
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Photos from this trip:
1. “Ku Si Khoraphum”
2. “Ku Si Khoraphum 2”
3. “Ku Si Khoraphum 3”
4. “Ku Si Khoraphum 4”
5. “Ku Si Khoraphum 5”
6. “Ku Si Khoraphum 6”
7. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai”
8. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 2”
9. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 3”
10. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 4”
11. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 5”
12. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 6”
13. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 7”
14. “Ku Si Khamphaeng Yai 8”
15. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng”
16. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng 2”
17. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng 3”
18. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng 4”
19. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng 5”
20. “Statues at wat Khamphaeng 6”
21. “Surin elephant village”
22. “Surin elephant village (Museum)”
23. “Surin elephant village 2”
24. “Surin elephant village 3”
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