Life in the country


Purpose of this page is to explain my vision of life in a small developing area in Thailand. I plan to use Blogs to document lifestyle and cost of living in the Issan area of Thailand.  Life is slow and quiet unlike pace in Bangkok. If you are looking for bar girls, this lifestyle is not for you. Most places are closed by 10PM and locals are up with sun – it is hard to avoid hearing soothing Thai music blaring over someone’s music amplifiers by 7 to 8 AM in the morning. If you are in a small town or village you will hear local announcements over public loudspeakers. This is a sample of what I will be covering in future Blogs. Blogs will include pictures and maps with Geo-referencing of local sites. If you want to experience the local culture to see if this type of retirement is in your future, my Thai family will prepare you meals or teach you to cook local style. You want to go fishing, shopping at local market, or tell me what you want to experience? I can get you driver or maybe you want to look at buying land or build a house. I do not provide legal advise, but can get you lawyer.

Here are some typical costs:

Transportation – I walk or ride bicycle – sometimes take Tok Tok to carry heavy articles – for 50b to 100b

Housing – I built house with air for about 300,000b – you can get rentals for 2,000b/month – water 600b/m – elec 2,000b/m (run air 24/7) – Internet 600b/m – Cable TV 2,100b/m (gold package – about 40 english speaking stations with live American sports!)

Food – Have garden but mostly order food – Whole fish/w vegetables and sauce for 2 adults 150b – Whole chicken with sticky rice and sauce 120b – Pad Thai 50b – Just ate some seafood (shrimp, clams, fish, crab, squid) soup for lunch 30b – Ordered a 10 scope ice cream dish with all the fixings in Bangkok for 350b, same dish in Prathai 65b

isaan area mapIssan terrain

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