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    Another Newbie

    Hi All,

    Just joined the forum today and thought I'd introduce myself.

    I'm Steve, 32 from England where I live with my Thai wife. Been with my wife for 2 years and married for 1 year. My wife moved over to the UK last year and has been here for 6 months.

    I first visited Thailand back in 2008 and have visited around ten times over the past 4 years. I would say the majority of my trips have been spent in Phuket, but I've also visited Samui, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen & Maha Sarakham. More recently we tend to split our trips between Phuket and my wife's home town, Maha Sarakham in Isaan.

    Anyway, thats about it for now. Looking forward to contributing to the forum and helping out wherever I can

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    Hi Steve welcome aboard, look forward to your imput.

    Please make yourself at home will take you no time to get to the next level.

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    Welcome Steve.... how do find staying in Isaan?
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    Welcom Todd,
    Great to have another Farang/Thai couple here.
    We welcome all your input/ideas and are happy to help wherever we can.
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    WTTB Steve, at last.. A UK BM who is not a confirmed bachelor..555
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    Welcome Steve. As a confirmed bachelor I'm sorry to hear about your recent developments... 555.

    How is your wife coping with the never ending English winter? I bet you have said repeatedly... "don't worry, summer is not far away..." only to be foiled by winter once more... I find if you turn the heating up and wear shorts it makes you feel like summer is here anyway.

    I hope you enjoy your time on the forum.
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    Hi Steve welcome here ive not been here long myself great bunch of peeps here im from UK too living in Cumbria at mo
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    Thanks for the welcome guys.

    @PBB - I first visited Isaan with an ex-gf a few years ago (can't rember the exact name of the village but it was about 1hr drive east of Udon Thani around Sawang Daen Din on the way to Sakhon Nakhon). Anyway, at first I found it very intimidating being the only farang in town, being constantly stared at by the locals, but I loved the fact that everyone seemed so genuine and friendly unlike in the touristy area's. Now that I'm with my wife, when we are over in LOS we usually spend a few days in Khon Kaen before driving to Sarakham. I think KK and Sarakham (big University town) are a good compromise between being stuck out in the sticks whilst being quieter than Bangkok (which I can't take for more than a few days at a time). As much as I love isaan, I find having to ask my Mrs to translate everything a bit draining and get bored at times. There's only so much sitting around smiling I can do. I must admit I do love to get back to Phuket where I can get away and have a beer (we both have friends in Patong).

    @Distantpeak - My wife first arrived in the UK at the height of winter last November. I must admit I was worried about how she would settle but it's like she's been here for years. She struggled a little at first with the cold but now anything over 10C she considers "dron mak mak". Thought the heating would be on for 23hrs a day but turns out she's more "kee neaw" than me She's just got herself a little part-time job, only an hour a day but its a start and gives her some pocket money

    @bobless - Hows life in Cumbria, we're in Sunderland

    Thanks again
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    @PatongBeachBoy - I'm a regular to Patong myself. Any favourite haunts? I much prefer the Nanai Road area. Friend of mine has Dirtie Nellies bar on Nanai

    Steve

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    555 I really must change my name.... I'm really not a fan of Patong, I much prefer the non-touristy places and finding new places to visit.... A friend and I were joking one night over a few drinks on what we would do to stay in LOS. I said I would be willing to become a Patong Beach Boy and get drinks for all the Falang as well as massaging all the old wrinkled Eastern European ladies..... She came out and said she was willing to learn Ping Pong!! 555

    The name has stuck!
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    I said I would be willing to become a Patong Beach Boy and get drinks for all the Falang as well as massaging all the old wrinkled Eastern European ladies..... She came out and said she was willing to learn Ping Pong!! 555
    haha, sorry mate.....I think thats on the list of "restricted occupations for foreigners". If not I'd be there myself right now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    555 I really must change my name.... I'm really not a fan of Patong, I much prefer the non-touristy places and finding new places to visit.... A friend and I were joking one night over a few drinks on what we would do to stay in LOS. I said I would be willing to become a Patong Beach Boy and get drinks for all the Falang as well as massaging all the old wrinkled Eastern European ladies..... She came out and said she was willing to learn Ping Pong!! 555

    The name has stuck!
    Change your name to Ping Pong then PBB... 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddmeister View Post
    Thanks for the welcome guys.


    @Distantpeak - My wife first arrived in the UK at the height of winter last November. I must admit I was worried about how she would settle but it's like she's been here for years. She struggled a little at first with the cold but now anything over 10C she considers "dron mak mak". Thought the heating would be on for 23hrs a day but turns out she's more "kee neaw" than me She's just got herself a little part-time job, only an hour a day but its a start and gives her some pocket money

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    Great she has a job already. That will help immensely. Living in Sunderland isn't the warmest place in the world, so good to see she has adapted.

    I must confess I am a little like PBB in that I avoid Patong these days. I much prefer Koh Samui, Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Patong seems to get more like Ibiza every year... 555
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    I must confess I am a little like PBB in that I avoid Patong these days. I much prefer Koh Samui, Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Patong seems to get more like Ibiza every year... 555
    I think it depends where you are based in Patong. If you stay away from the main stretch, for example around Nanai or toward the foot of the mountain its almost like being in another town. I avoid the Bangla Rd scene. Stayed in Patong for a month on one trip and think we only ventured down to Bangla for one or two nights out. Only been to Samui once, stayed in Lamai but couldn't warm to the place. Not sure why as I'm sure its a nice enough place but I just prefer Phuket. Might have had something to do with the fact that it rained non-stop for 7 days and got so bad that a power cut stopped the ferries and we had to spend an extra day on the island.

    Next trip we will be spending more time in Isaan as my wife wants to buy some land with the cash she's saving from her job. Nothing massive, we are talking about maybe looking in Korat rather than her home town as my wife has friends with a lot of land there and she thinks she'll get a good price there (obviously I'll be staying in the background to avoid the farang price). Don't think we'll get back over until next year now but it gives us something to aim for

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    WTTB Steve...looking forward to hearing more about your experiences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddmeister View Post
    I think it depends where you are based in Patong. If you stay away from the main stretch, for example around Nanai or toward the foot of the mountain its almost like being in another town. I avoid the Bangla Rd scene. Stayed in Patong for a month on one trip and think we only ventured down to Bangla for one or two nights out. Only been to Samui once, stayed in Lamai but couldn't warm to the place. Not sure why as I'm sure its a nice enough place but I just prefer Phuket. Might have had something to do with the fact that it rained non-stop for 7 days and got so bad that a power cut stopped the ferries and we had to spend an extra day on the island.

    Next trip we will be spending more time in Isaan as my wife wants to buy some land with the cash she's saving from her job. Nothing massive, we are talking about maybe looking in Korat rather than her home town as my wife has friends with a lot of land there and she thinks she'll get a good price there (obviously I'll be staying in the background to avoid the farang price). Don't think we'll get back over until next year now but it gives us something to aim for

    Steve
    I'm off to Lamai Beach in a few weeks Steve... I love the place... it's how I imagined Patong was maybe like 20 years ago... slow, laid back... and almost a touch of innocence about it...

    Funnily enough I also like Pattaya. It is a great raw, wild town... I don't know why I have gone off Patong. Maybe something too manufactured about it. I liked it in 2006 when I first discovered it... it had a wonderful charm... but it just seemed to deteriorate year on year for me since.
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    I can understand why a lot of people don't like Patong. The beach certainly isn't anywhere close to the best on Phuket, but I think its party/sleazy reputation is made out to be a lot worse than it actually is. When people hear Patong they immediately think Bangla Rd, but the town itself is a great hub for getting to other areas of Phuket.

    As for Pattaya I can't comment because, although I've been, it was literally for one night out and left early the next day so really I don't know the place at all.

    We really should go back to Samui at some point as my view of the place was tainted by our bad luck with the weather which meant we really couldn't do too much or get around to see more of the island. Defo prefer Lamai to Chaweng though.

    For me Phuket was where it all began for me. So although I agree its not the best and I'll probably find new places that are nicer to visit, it will always have a special place in my heart. I know most regulars to LOS would not consider Phuket the "real Thailand" but as we now split our time between isaan & phuket I don't see any reason why we can't enjoy the best of both worlds.

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    ^When I go back to Phuket I'll probably spend more time in Kamala. Karon and Kata I found to be too quiet. Patong is just right in terms of size, but too much commercialism seems to have taken the proper seediness away that I used to like. Kamala still seems to retain a good mixture of innocent charm and entertainment...

    Probably the same way I don't like Chaweng too much compared to Lamai. Too manufactured... too civilised for want of a better word... I like chaos... lawlessness... the unknown... 555
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