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If you know nothing of Isaan, then one place to start is the Wikipedia article on Isan.
Any Farang who has become smitten with Thailand probably has recurring imaginings of what it would be like to live there, and how to bring this to pass. There are certainly no shortage of websites to visit to gain some perspective — often very opinionated perspective.
Here are some suggestions for that sort of information. I am not trying to be exhaustive, so there will be very good sources that I will not have listed in this relatively brief post on the topic of Isaan living. But regardless, let’s lead off with Expat blog:
Living in Isaan
Are you considering moving to Isaan? Are you needing information about living in Isaan? Or would you like to share your life experience in Isaan?
Discover real life in Isaan through blogs by expats. Genuine experiences are always better than travel brochures!
Expats are sharing their experience in the participative living in Isaan guide. You are welcome to participate!
Discover the expat community in Isaan through the friendly expat network Isaan.
Do you have specific questions about life in Isaan? Do not hesitate to visit the Isaan forum and add a new thread!
There is a relatively new website — or at least it seems new to me — called Isaan Expats that may become of value in this same context.
Maybe check out Orient Expat‘s article Isaan Happiness.
There are various Isaan forums that have varying levels of activity — some are virtually impossible to keep up with, they are so active.
One forum is at KhonKaen.com — and one post in particular from September 22, 2009, titled Living in Isaan is quite engrossing. The same post appears at The AWOL Forum, but dated there as July 26, 2010.
The Thai Visa Forum has an Isaan Forum section that covers a lot of topics.
The first forum I ever became involved with was UdonMap, which has a strong focus on Udon Thani. A set of disgruntled UdonMap forum members broke away and started up a forum at UdonTalk.com that can also be very informative about life in Udon Thani.
Yet another more regional forum is that at Buriram Expats.
And although the blogger at THE ISAAN – Life in a Thai-Lao Village posts rather infrequently, he tends to write very engagingly.
A blog called engagingthailandtips Blog has a May 31, 2011, post that is really an interview by the blog owner with a Thai woman living in the U.K. who gives her view on the juxtaposition of life there and in Isaan: From Living In The North-East Of Thailand (Isaan) To Living In The UK (Part 1).
A website catering to teaching English abroad is that of Ajarn Michael. He offers a good overview of Isaan in Isaan: Northeast Thailand. And if you explore the website, you can read the experiences of various teachers who have traveled to Isaan to teach English.
The WorldTeach Blog has an August 25, 2010, post titled Living, Breathing, and Eating Isaan that briefly speaks of the author’s experiences.
Another of those opinionated writers I spoke of apparently owns the blog Living Thai — here is his post from June 15 (2012) titled Stay away from Isaan Girls.
You can find a broad spread of negativity at the well-known Stickman’s Guide to Bangkok website. One example is this “reader’s submission” titled You Married A Woman From Where? A more balanced piece could actually prove of some benefit: Reflections From Suburban Isaan: Why You Should Never Live In Her village. I know I would appreciate living where I would have the privacy to go outside and not have to contend with neighbours everywhere. It would be nice to be able to go for walks, for example, and not be concerned about property after property with loose dogs. I also suggest that you read the short article A Visit To Isaan. It almost calls to mind the impression I have of my own wife’s home. I saw no evidence in her home of the sort of privation that my brother and I experienced in the late 1950s and early 1960s growing up in Surrey, British Columbia (Canada). Her two sons are both extremely spoiled and wasteful in comparison to the children we were.
But that’s a whole new subject that I had better steer clear of for now.
Some of the earlier links I suggested led to websites where you could find out information on Visas and related matters. In the context of that, have a look at Udon Lawyers in Thailand.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I have no intention of trying to list every helpful related website that I know of that discusses life in Isaan — that would take far more time than I would care to devote to a mere blog post. But I think I have offered enough for most people to be able to extend their own information search.
Here are some further related references that I am adding in a September 8 (2012) edit to this post:
Flood warnings for at-risk areas in North and Isaan. Residents in 20 provinces in areas at possible risk of disaster in the North and Northeast were warned yesterday that heavy rain could cause flash…
Publish Date: 09/04/2012 15:39
While Sriracha is more or less a scaled-down version of the fast track city life of Bangkok, Isaan natives live their lives with a far different mentality and pace. Peope here are not in a rush. There actually isn’t much concept of …
Publish Date: 08/27/2012 7:54
TeakDoor.com – The Thailand Forum > Living And Legal Affairs In Thailand > Construction in Thailand · Reload this Page House … They were happy to do it as they were from a nearby Isaan village. Make sure I had the time …
Publish Date: 09/02/2012 21:32
I currently live and teach in Khon Kaen. I hear the going rate for a decent apartment in KK and in Isaan is about 4000 baht per month (my place has air con, a fridge, TV, but no maid service and I pay 4200 Baht per month).
Publish Date: 08/25/2012 2:39
The Wealth of Isaan. There’s wealth in the Isaan. Yep. I’ve seen it. The wealth is the people. Like Raem and Sanan. They live in a tiny village in the middle of the Isaan, the kind of village where most of the families are related, …
Publish Date: 06/05/2012 22:16
Pity he arrived a bit late- might have made a good companion for old ‘Lonesome George’ in the Galapagos. Anyway, live turtle is much more interesting than the Isaan version, served in a soup with lashings of chilli & Pla Raa.
Publish Date: 08/20/2012 0:02
All part of the fun of living In Isaan! A lot of customers to our bar in Udon Thani, THE BOY ZONE, ask what it’s like to own and run a gay bar. While it’s really my boyfriend Jack’s gig, I do find myself wrapped up in it and lending …
Publish Date: 06/29/2012 20:50
Data are based on their lifestyle, financial situation and the way their accompanying family socialize on. The most cost effective place to live in Thailand is the North East part of the country, called Isaan, and the modern city of Ubon Ratchathani …
Publish Date: 08/21/2012 18:38
Are there any members on this forum that live in the country with their Thai bf? In a couple years when I retire from my …
Publish Date: 02/21/2012 6:52
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Publish Date: 08/18/2012 22:33
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