life in isaan
what does a typical thailand family eat for lunch and dinner?
It really depends on what region of Thailand the “typical” family lives in since there are many regional variations when it comes to Thai food. For example what a family in Isaan eat will be considerably different to those in the deep south near the border with Malaysia.
Economic factors also affect peoples choice too with street food costing around 20-25 Baht a portion.
I live in Thailand(not Thai) but I eat typical Thai meals. Lunch yesterday was Som Tam(spicy papaya salad) and sticky rice, while my Thai partner ate a noodle dish and steamed rice.
For dinner we often share several small dishes with rice and/or noodles, these might include fish, pork and chicken as base ingredients.
life in isaan
This is not going to be an essay on Isaan life, by any means. I would have to be living there to do justice to anything like that; and unfortunately, life in Isaan to me is still but a dream that has yet to come true.
Thanks to YouTube, anyone who wants a good look at the true Isaan need only search out the relevant videos. As I write this post, “Isaan” yields “about 5,550 results,” and “life in Isaan” yields “about 436 results.”
Generally, anyone seeking information on life in Isaan is doing so because he or she plans to visit the region, or maybe even live there. In these instances, it can be very helpful to visit various websites to see what actual “expats” have to say.
There are — as may be expected — expat bloggers who blog in languages other than English, such as Le blog de Patrick.
A less-expected blog is Kitiyas Thailand — Kitiya is actually a young Isaan woman living in Udon Thani who periodically posts of her experiences, and also about Isaan in general (Life in Isaan – Udon Thani).
As well, there are many general Thailand blogs written by expat bloggers who will post occasionally upon the Isaan Region.
And of course, there are the forums. Two I can think of straight off are UdonMap and UdonTalk — I’m afraid that Udon Thani City is the only Isaan city I have visited, so I tend to centre my attention on it.
Here are various other references to “life in Isaan” that offer perceptions of the region — I am adding these in a post edit of May 12, 2012:
Allen A Hale: I am an American retired in NE Thailand in a region called “Isaan” or “Issan” During my previous career I had the opportunity to visit and work in countries around the world. Overseas experiences have greatly …
Publish Date: 04/25/2012 11:58
When a new dam development project is about to displace over 300 villagers, it is easy to see the frustration and rage in their eyes, standing together in solidarity. But when the dam has already been built on their wetlands, …
Publish Date: 04/24/2012 0:09
The Families of Malcolm Gault-Williams – including Gault, Williams, Suphannaphoowong and Extended Families, primarily in the U.S.A. and The Isaan, Thailand. Home. Friday, April 27, 2012. ISAAN, March 2012. Random scenes from my first …
Publish Date: 04/27/2012 7:20
As an introduction to this next reference for those of you who do not realize, the Thailand government made it policy for a good part of the 20th Century to establish Central Thai as the official language, and thereby all but eradicated Isaan and other Thai variants as written scripts.
The program will develop an Isaan language curriculum implemented in 17 public schools, record and archive Isaan cultural dance and performance, introduce official city signage in Isaan language, and initiate a weekly …
Publish Date: 03/01/2012 17:33
UDON THANI – Earlier this year, the Ministry of Labor announced plans to increase the number of Thais employed overseas by 10% to more than 600000 workers. In addition to maintaining existing markets for Thai labor (in …
Publish Date: 04/30/2012 19:01
Hi guys, my fav TG atm is from Surin (Isaan), was wondering what the quickest option would be to get there from BKK. There is an airport at Buriram.
Publish Date: 04/10/2012 20:06
Isaan Fighters Fight Night. Fight Night at ThaPhae Stadium. 3 Isaan fighters fought viciously and all won their fights. Every summer we have a bunch of Isaan fighters join us during their summer vacation to train and fight.
Publish Date: 04/09/2012 9:02
If you’re traveling to the heart of Thailand’s Isaan (Northeastern) Region, and would like to enjoy some very tasty local grilled chicken and spicy salads along the way from Khon Kaen to Udon Thani, then definitely visit the ‘Gai …
Publish Date: 03/31/2012 21:26
By The Isaan Record UDON THANI – From a stage outside Udon Thani’s Provincial Hall, the Red Village movement grew rapidly Sunday evening as it welcomed 1000 new Isaan villages as official Red Villages for …
Publish Date: 02/22/2012 16:36
by The Isaan Record. KHON KAEN – For the second time in recent weeks, the Campaign Committee to Amend Article 112 (CCAA 112) continued its effort to reform the lèse-majesté law (Article 112) on Khon Kaen University’s …
Publish Date: 02/28/2012 17:31
Street art has yet to make waves in Isaan but this group of artists has made it their goal to bring the movement to the region. Recently, the Isaan Record sat down with Floyd, Baby83, and Wink – three artists from the group (all …
Publish Date: 03/26/2012 18:33
Often accused of having a lavatorial sense of humour, I was intrigued to recently see these toilets in a service station in Isaan. Incredibly privet,
Publish Date: 04/13/2012 10:02
Global Warming Charges in Isaan. While staying with forest communities in Phechaban province, I came to realize that Thailand is facing an epidemic of governmental land grabbing. By establishing national parks, forest …
Publish Date: 03/26/2012 19:39
Any foreigner who spends time in an Isaan village will eventually be invited to a party. The locals use almost any excuse to party, the most common being weddings, funerals, New Year, house blessings, son joining the army …
Publish Date: 03/17/2012 17:39
Well, that’s one way of putting it. Another is to say that for the first time in my life, I was recently colonised by a.
Publish Date: 04/10/2012 10:01
By The Isaan Record When the mobile cabinet meeting rolls into Udon Thani on February 21, Withoon Kamonlnaruemet, the president of the Khon Kaen branch of the Federation of Thai Industries, is prepared to woo cabinet …
Publish Date: 02/19/2012 17:00
Thailand or Malaysia for cheap shopping?
Hi, I have been to both countries so I know Thailand is good for shopping however, I went to Malaysia for a relaxing holiday and I was away from cities etc so I have no idea what Malaysia is like for shopping. I now want to go away again and don’t know which one to go back to!
Both Thailand and Malaysia have quite a number of interesting places for shopping. To be honest with you there are certain things which are cheaper in Malaysia or Thailand. It all depends on what you’d like to find. Most branded goods are best bought in Thailand where they are also one of the major producers in high quality products in the region. Malaysia is known for their electronic goods and parts whereas Thais have been famous for their fine arts and crafts. This is something you use as a weighing in its pros and cons.
Suburban life in Thailand is more convenient with the abundance of public transportation compared to Malaysia (if you are refering to getting away from the hassle and busy life of the metropolis)… whereas, it can be quite dangerous if compared to Malaysia (and inconvenient too).
Many of the Malaysian gifts/souvenirs/handicrafts are from Thailand. MOST of the produces in handicraft are brought in by Thai traders from bordering towns of Sg. Golok and Hatyai. Others include Vietnam and Indonesia. So, you might find them cheaper over there. If you still insist on visiting Malaysia to do the shopping on these kind of products, you may find some good stuff from the Malaysian Borneo side, not in Kuala Lumpur. Over there, you’ll find indegeneous artworks and goods locally made/hand crafted.
As mentioned above, you’ll find the BEST place for shopping handicrafts/souvenirs in the Malaysian Borneo island.
There are certain places in Kuala Lumpur which offers good quality products of branded goods and such in areas like Bukit Bintang, Suria KLCC and Mid Valley Megamall. If you are looking for ‘cheap’ imitation goods, there are sold at abundance in Petaling Street and Sg. Wang. Fabric/clothing products sold in both countries are fairly of good quality.
You might also want to go to Penang island if you are talking about serious shopping. Many goods are sold at cheaper price compared to Kuala Lumpur and you might want to go for food shopping too (dried goods, fruits, etc.) as Penang is known as the ‘food hub’ of the Peninsular. Langkawi on the other hand, has a lot more to offer than Penang. Duty free products are sold at abundance… also a great place to get away from the busy world…
Go to Bangkok, you’ll have a melting pot of cultural arts and crafts plus a mix of good quality branded goods (be wary of imitation, which looks as good as real). Most are locally made.
If you want REAL cheap products and getting away from the busy, city life, get a bus to the Thai-Cambodian border town of Aranyaprathet. You’ll find one of the largest wholesale/bulk good market in the region. Most of the stuff are from Cambodia and Vietnam (I must warn you that this place can be quite hot and dirty).
Chiang Mai has a lot of high quality products (artwork, etc.) and natural gems brought in from the Burmese side. In the Northeastern provinces (Isaan), you’ll find a lot of Lao products. Different provinces have different things to offer in Thailand, so if you’d ask me, it is the REAL place for shopping. This is quite an open subject though… it truly depends on what you are looking for in the end. I’ve known many Malaysians who go to Thailand to shop for the same reason…
Hope this helps and good luck!
The Day That Changed My Life by Isaan
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