visiting udonthani province?
anybody know what to see and do there.
i am flying to udon then going to my wifes town bandung any one have suggestion on what to do in the area.
Bring some books and DVDs. I spent 2 weeks last year and 3 weeks this year in a small farming village in nearby Nong Bualumphu and there was not much to do. We did not have a car which limited our options some. Family members occasionally drove us around to some temples and parks.
The men enjoy fishing and drinking and you will probably be welcome. There are some temples and nice state and national parks worth visiting. Picking bamboo and mushrooms, family picnics, just go along and learn.
You will probably have the opportunity to try new and different Isaan food. I ate beetles, crickets, ants, frogs, several mystery vegetables and some recognizable food prepared quite differently. I passed on the raw pork, the live fresh water shrimp and the grilled toads.
It surprised me to find that although I am a well educated professional, I know almost nothing that is useful in that environment.
Be adaptable, considerate and enjoy.
Wikipedia has the best concise description of the state of farming in Isaan in their entry Economy of Isan. I could have simply quoted it — I have come across at least two sites already that have; but I think I can make do with the reference link. Besides, Wikipedia regularly gets updated.
A more basic view of farming is presented at ThaiWorldView in its Thailand section Isan area. I believe that the section was probably published back in 2008.
You might also refer to the Buriram Expats forum — members have created an entire section on Farming in Isaan. The Thai Visa Forum has done similarly with their Farming in Thailand Forum. Even the TeakDoor forum has a Farming & Gardening In Thailand section.
If those do not provide sufficient occupation of your time, you are welcome to visit any of these other websites that have touched up farming in Isaan:
In the Northeast, farmers everywhere are beginning to clean up destroyed crops and prepare for the next harvest season. But while millions of rice farmers await their flood insurance from the government, 2200 baht per rai of …
Publish Date: 12/15/2011 16:00
by The Isaan Record. KHON KAEN – In Non Reuang, an unassuming Northeastern village located just 15 kilometers north of Khon Kaen city, fallow rice fields line pothole-ridden roads made dusty with windswept topsoil. Here, most residents are … While Pheu Thai’s most fervent supporters come out of the Red Shirt movement, the party’s populist platforms also attract many votes from rural farmers who do not directly identify with the Red Shirt movement. Despite Non …
Publish Date: 01/10/2012 16:01
Yingluck’s Rice Policy Discourages Local Corruption, Farmers Say. 2011 October 7. by The Isaan Record. KHON KAEN – As the Pheu Thai government launches its rice mortgage scheme today in 31 provinces, experts fear that the new policy …
Publish Date: 10/06/2011 17:01
Khon Kaen Farmers Protest Price Disparities. 2011 May 3. by The Isaan Record. KHON KAEN – As youth partook in a football match in the background, rice farmers from three Khon Kaen districts gathered on the lawn of the provincial hall to …
Publish Date: 05/02/2011 10:26
The Alternative Agriculture Network (Isaan) hosted our annual seed exchange festival in Khon Kaen from March 13-14. The festival was an engaging gathering of farmers, NGOs and activists from all 4 of Thailand’s regions. …
Publish Date: 03/26/2009 22:35
Skip to content. The Isaan Record … the gold mine in their backyard. After years of organizing and petitioning for health tests, these bean and rice farmers had prepared their case against Tungkum Limited mining company. …
Publish Date: 09/29/2011 18:36
On Wednesday the 15th, the Federation hosted a seminar titled “A History of Isaan Farmers‘ Fight Since ‘Puu Mee Boon’ to the Present Time.” Students from Ubon Ratchatani and Khon Kaen University were also involved. …
Publish Date: 07/22/2009 16:25
Most people I know in Phana have farms that are some distance away from their homes. This is unavoidable, I suppose, when people have built their houses somewhat huddled together,…
Publish Date: 05/06/2010 4:35
Isaan Thailand Tobacco Harvest – March 2011. posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011. Isaan, Nakhon Phanom province, Thailand tobacco farming. A small plot of tobacco. Click the above image to view the entire slide show. My last visit to …
Publish Date: 04/14/2011 10:26
Because irrigation water is readily available in this area, rice farmers can get three or four crops per year. At any time of year you can observe rice fields at every stage of growth. Typical Isaan home built up on stilts to avoid …
Publish Date: 11/28/2011 14:20
by The Isaan Record. KHON KAEN – From sunup until sundown Phongsak Chonchee rides a boat across an unfamiliar landscape. As a subdistrict officer in Khon Kaen’s flooded Chonnabot district, Mr. Phongsak and his assistant have taken … Students from KKU’s engineering, agriculture, and medical faculties have volunteered to assist in rebuilding damaged farming equipment, to advise villagers about paddy reclamation, and to perform medical checkups. …
Publish Date: 10/26/2011 17:01
It grows well in the region (henceforth referred to as “Isaan”) and is typically consumed by rolling the rice into a ball with the hands and using it to pick up other foods in the meal. Unlike jasmine rice—a “standard” variety known …
Publish Date: 11/24/2011 22:16
by The Isaan Record. UDON THANI – As Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is losing popular support, facing fierce criticism for her management of the massive floods plaguing Bangkok, her strongest supporters, the Red Shirts, are finding new ways to strengthen their movement and … At the request of the rice farmers and agricultural workers that make up the majority of these Red villagers, further meetings, he explained, will be postponed until after the rice harvest. …
Publish Date: 11/19/2011 0:18
I’ve heard many storeis from Isaan farm girls who come from the same or worse conditions. My GF recently showed me pictures of her family’s village home. It has a thatched roof, dusty ground floor and no electricity. She was …
Publish Date: 03/11/2011 5:27
Rice Farming In Isaan Thailand
Uploaded by budlamont on Jul 15, 2011
Bud and Phai bought two farms in Thailand during our visit in 2011. Our family will farm them until we move there.