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Anyone generally unfamiliar with the Isaan Region of Thailand would find a great deal of information in the Wikipedia article Isan; and to a far lesser extent, Wikitravel‘s Isaan. However, there are numerous other websites that can be sought out for additional impressions of that part of Thailand, such as Siamese Style‘s Isaan: Northeast Thailand and the website Visit Isaan.
I suppose one might even gain some understanding of the Isaan way of life by sampling some fiction — for instance, Thai writer Pira Sudham‘s People of Esarn. Amazon.com has it — People of Esarn by Pira Sudham — but there is a 2007 revised edition that I see advertised at DCO Thai that is considerably expanded.
Other websites offering their own glimpses of the Isaan include Ajarn Michael‘s page Isaan: Northeast Thailand. There are so many like this.
Some forums even have an Isaan section, such as Thai Visa Forum‘s Isaan Forum.
The curious might even find a blog such as Isaan Style! illuminating, presenting as it does an Expat’s often vitriolic viewpoint arising from his personal life in Isaan.
And then there is the perspective given by missionaries in the Isaan Region — OMF Isaan. Blog posts are done on specific everyday experiences in Isaan, heavily coloured by the Christian bias of the blogger.
To effectively detail Isaan is a project far beyond the scope of my own post, so as an August 8 (2012) edit, I am simply going to offer some related references you may care to have a look at:
Heading on down a beach-bound lane in Hua Hin, we stop by a road side joint for some Northern Thailand (E-sarn) fare. Top to Bottom: Yum Woon Sen (Glass Noodle Salad with Prawn and Pork) – my acid test for good Thai …
Publish Date: 07/30/2012 19:44
Thai language is derived principally from Mon, Khmer, Chinese, Pali, Sanskrit, and, increasingly, English. Since there are no verb conjugations, verb tense indicators are easily learned, or you can even stick with the present …
Publish Date: 01/18/2011 19:30
The traditional musical accompaniment to every Muay Thai match is a sound recognised as a symbol of deference and respect. This rhythmic music accompanies the Ram Muay ritual dance that precedes every Muay Thai …
Publish Date: 01/22/2011 18:47
When the main rice crop has been harvested, it is time for traditional celebrations in many parts of Thailand. There are temple fairs, with processions and beauty competitions, even buffalo racing, while long-boat racing attracts …
Publish Date: 02/06/2011 16:37
North-eastern Thai food reflects the influence of neighbouring Lao in a number of dishes. Glutinous rice is the staple diet, and all food is highly seasoned. This is supplemented by a heady mixture of strong bitterness and …
Publish Date: 02/06/2011 16:56
Thais from the Northeast section of Thailand, Issan (or Esarn), consider themselves Lao, and historically this part of Thailand and Laos have very close connections reflected in the music, dress and of course the food. E-Sarn’s …
Publish Date: 01/09/2011 19:15
Jinjutha Photisa, director of Jutamat Beauty School and president of the E-sarn Pattaya Association, announced the establishment of E-sarn Day June 28 to allow locals to enjoy E-sarn music and culture and to meet each …
Publish Date: 07/13/2012 20:27
The Thai Meteorological Department announced a warning to all north eastern people that the hot season is approaching with dry conditions and temperatures hitting over 40 degrees Celsius.
Publish Date: 03/01/2012 20:11
Jim Thompson Farm- E-Sarn village ( E-Sarn means northeast). A Cup of Love-On the way drinking spot, it also has a sheep kindergarten room. In pic-feeding milk 20 baht/per bottle. Nera Nara Resort-cool temperatured resort …
Publish Date: 01/02/2012 22:06
Christy Gibson: Sao-Esarn-Ror-Ruk สาวอีสานรอรัก
Uploaded by roengsakcartwright on Jan 29, 2011
Thai Music: Originally from Holland, Christy first moved to Thailand with her parents at the age of six, living in Khorat.
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