Moving around in Thailand
Moving around ..... it must be the gypsy blood in me. Medio 2000 I moved from my home country to Thailand. I arrived with 2 big suitcases (that has changed dramatic) an no planning about where to live. Well Bangkok of course as most people like me choose to do. Following is my moving around in Thailand in the past years until now .... begin 2018.
1. Two years BangkokThe first week I did stay in a small hotel at Ploenchit road, I had worked here the year before and I knew the people there. While in my home country I had met via internet a German guy living at that time already about 15 years in Bangkok. And he invited me to come have a look to apartments at his place at a small soi of Sukhumvit Soi 71 (Phra Kanong). Within 10min walking from the then new Skytrain line.
So after 6 days staying in the hotel I moved into my new place and I loved it. I lived there for about 2 years and I still love the area of Phrakanong. It is within easy reach of the Skytrain and with that in easy reach of all Bangkok. But it is still much more Thailand as Silom, Suriwong or upper-Sukhumvit area. On the main street is always a market with food and fruit. Some weeks later I bought some more things like a TV, Stereo and a standing fan. As I was living alone I did put the mattress on the floor in the living room and used the bedroom as clothing-room.
Within the 2 years living in Bangkok I did temporarily live in Tung Sung in South Thailand. After being a bit tired of living in the big dirty city that Bangkok really is, I took the offer of a Dutch friend of mine to rent his house in the south of Thailand to see how I would like small-village-live in the south. I actually rented a room in a villa on the outskirts of Tung Sung. The house had 3 bedrooms and in 1 other room 2 Thai student girls were living. The house had a big garden and nice view from the balcony over the rice-fields and nearby mountains. Without my own transport and without me speaking or understanding Thai this small village life did seem not the right way for me. So after 2 months I moved back to my old place in Bangkok again, the same room was still free).
2. Three years in Pattaya CityAfter a few months back in Bangkok I moved to Pattaya or actually to Naklua which is north of Pattaya. In those days it was almost not connected to Pattaya like it is now. I rented a small one-level town-house for 3000 Thai baht per month. It had a front room as living room, a middle room as bedroom and a back room as kitchen with a bathroom. The house was brand new so I had to buy carpet for the floor and curtains for the window. The front room I used as entrance and parked there the motorbike that I would buy later. The middle room I use as bed- and living room. And the back room I used as clothing room. And I took my hot-water heater from Bangkok and installed it here again.
It was a nice place to live between Thai families and with another Dutch friend of mine in the same street. It was nice until new neighbours had a crying child that was left alone for many hours every day. And another neighbour had about 5 dogs in front and roosters behind. I was bloody tired of all noise and moved to Third Road (Sai Sam) at Pattaya Tai.
|My first real house in Pattaya city|
We bought this house & land, lived here for 6 years and then rented it out for another 5 years. And finally we sold it for a very good price. So we basically lived here for free.
4. Five years living in Khon Kaen city
Did I arrive in Thailand with 2 suitcases, moved from Bangkok to Pattaya in a taxi and moved around in Pattaya with a small truck. Well moving from Pattaya to Khon Kaen we needed a real big truck. People really collect a lot of junk! Or at least I do. We did plan to live in Khon Kaen city 1 or 2 years and be looking around to buy land there. But that all never happend. We did live for 5 years in Khon Kaen city.
5. Almost 2 years living in a small village in Nan province
Although the village is a typically northern Thai mountain village with wooden houses, our house is almost brand new (2 years old). Our house has 2 floors with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 office room, Living room and Kitchen. Rental fee was 8.000 Thai baht per month.
Again we plannend to live here 1 or 2 years and be looking around to buy land or house for our future in Nan province. Well that took almost 2 years. I loved living in this village, I have never felt more home in Thailand as in Nan province and in this village. Friendly neighbours that are always ready to help us, give food & fruit or take care our cat.
6. Now living in Pua in Nan provinceSo after about 15 months living in our small village we did find & bought rice field land in Pua. Developing this into our future home will take some time. And as Pua is again 30km more north of our small village we decided to rent a house in Pua. So our new house 1 floor house has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Living room, Kitchen and a small garden. It is located just on the outskirts of Pua town. Rental fee is 3.000 Thai baht per month.
So while living here we are working on our future home at our Rice Field land, see the my postings about our Rice Field Project.