When reading internet flora about Thailand I also read questions or remarks about going to live in Thailand. And I must say after living almost 20 years in Thailand I still love living here. Thailand is giving a lot, but there are some things that Thailand will not be giving. You could call it long term stability. Let's have a look!
Most people who are going to live here will have or end-up with a relation with a Thai. Realise a few things .... the Western and the Thai culture are very different and never the 2 will 100% meet. If you lucky you come to 70% and you both will have to work hard for that. And both will have to accept the other 30%.
Thai is not an easy language to learn for most foreigners (and even some Thai). Not being fluent in the local language will be a barrier in life. Again even if you do not speak / read Thai fluent it will still be OK when living here. But you will have to accept the problems as of result of that. Not only w…
As we were in Chiang Klang anyway I decided to have lunch at Tafang Restaurant, located right along the Nan River and with stunning view as you can see. I love Nan province with mountains and rivers. In the background you see the mountains of Doi Phu Kha where are a few Hmong hill-tribe villages. High in the mountains where they used to grow poppies for opium production are now vegetables growing. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
The first time I came to Thailand was in 1985 but I only visited Bangkok. Since 1992 I came back many times and traveled over many parts of Thailand. In 2000 I moved to Thailand and kept on traveling in Thailand. I have the idea that I have been in all 77 provinces of Thailand. But did I? Well as of December 2018 there are only 4 provinces where I did never go but then again only 47 provinces where I did at least sleep once. So that leaves a few provinces still to explore better. A good plan for 2019! ✅ = Provinces where I stayed at least 1 time overnight🔍 = Provinces where I did travel & visit places but did never stay overnight🚘 = Provinces I went thru by car / motorbike / bus but never visited any place or stayed overnight (10 provinces)❌ = Provinces I never gone to (only 4 provinces)Central ThailandAng Thong 🔍Bangkok ✅ (actually not a province but a administrative region)Chai Nat 🔍Kanchanaburi ✅ Famous for the Bridge over the River KwaiLopburi 🔍 Famous for the monkeys at …
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Here a oversight of road conditions in Nan province, North Thailand as of December 2018. Be aware that road conditions can change very quick, good roads now are no guarantee for good roads tomorrow. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
Basically this all route is in good condition all the way from Phrae, entering Nan and ending at Huai Kon at the Thai - Lao border. But there are a few things you should know In the section between just north of Rong Kwang there is still 1 section of road constructions going on to make the road 4 lanes (about 10 km long). This road constructions will be going on for at least 6 months. The bridge crossing the Nan River just south of Tha Wang Pha is new but in bad condition, do not drive fast there. This is an ongoing status. North of Thung Chang is a section of about 20 km that is being changed into 4 lanes, so there is heavy road construction.Between Pua and …
Well at least 2 out of the 6 people in the last pickup truck are wearing a helmet. Not sure if they are really using it for safety or just protect against the cold wind, as it was about 14℃ the morning I took this photo on route 101 near Phrae. If look good you see that also some people in the first truck are wearing a helmet. The people are probably being transported to their workplace. Mind you to sit in the back of the truck is illegal by law, but as with many things This Is Thailand and there is totally no police enforcement. A year back the police had suddenly the idea to start the law enforcement on this illegal way of transporting people, as there are many deadly accidents with this kind of transport. But there was a loud outcry of people who said "How else are we going somewhere?". So back to the old days of "up to you". For more of This Is Thailand moments click HERE.
A cow happily living at a small farm with 1 other cow, 5 chickens and a dog. The farmer comes for food, water and to make a small fire in the evening to get ride of the flies. I love the simple slow life in Nan province, North Thailand. Many people have a few cows and after the rice harvest they take their cows to the rice fields and have the cows eat the remains of the rice. Much better as burning it. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
During my early morning bicycle trips I always somewhere see some monks going for their alms in the small villages near the Wat Phuket. Most times they are joined by dogs who are hoping for some food. For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 31, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the land in September & November 2017. The construction of the house started 29 October 2018. Welcome back in 2019 at our house building project. After working every day last year since the start our construction crew had 4 days holiday at the end of the year. And the last working day of 2018 we offered them a BBQ with of course food and drinks. The latter we did give them actually every day, some refreshing drinks around lunch time and once & while a small bottle of Lao Khao at the end of the day. Following is a small update & photos.
Status report at 16 January 2019 : All walls are now finishedElectric pipes have been put in the walls (except at 1 place)Most walls have been plasteredAll door frames are installedThe roof frame is fully fi…