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    Do you have a plan?

    Jonty's thread a simple life prompted me to ask this question.

    Some are contemplating a later life in Bahn, some are there already.

    What is your plan once your there?

    How would entertain yourself?

    Have you spent much time in country?

    How do you deal with the communication barrier that springs up more so in Bahn?
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    Don't think I could ever live in "country" for an extended period. Doing the garden was always a pain in the @#$%, so can't see myself enjoying it. Plan is to spend two or three months in BKK this year, and then more time next year with Hua Hin being likely destination. I need a reasonable proximity to major airport to get to Singapore, Hong Kong and back to Oz for work.
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    I used to plan ahead.... years ahead... as I get older I find planning my next 24 hours hard enough... 555
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    3 months in the baan was ok whilst I had work to do. Couldn't stay more than a few days otherwise. Around rice harvest time, November, is a good time to visit as there's lots happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NamTanMot View Post
    Don't think I could ever live in "country" for an extended period. Doing the garden was always a pain in the @#$%, so can't see myself enjoying it. Plan is to spend two or three months in BKK this year, and then more time next year with Hua Hin being likely destination. I need a reasonable proximity to major airport to get to Singapore, Hong Kong and back to Oz for work.
    Good answer I think there are many who could never do.
    I think I will be apart timer but in saying that I will make sure I have a big workshop for my woodworking and that I can lose myself for days on end.

    That and running my mountain bike trial rides along the Cambodia border!

    Will have a place for the weary wondered to come and stay awhile and be refreshed with cold beer.$$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    3 months in the baan was ok whilst I had work to do. Couldn't stay more than a few days otherwise. Around rice harvest time, November, is a good time to visit as there's lots happening.
    Rob your more qualified than many to comment.
    Hardest part for me is good conversation.
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    Looking forward to sharing a ride with you near Kap Choeng, but I just hope we don't have to dodge any bullets.
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    Will have a few mountain bikes on hand....Can never be sure with the border but we have bunkers in village now.555555
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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    Rob your more qualified than many to comment.
    Hardest part for me is good conversation.
    Being able to communicate easily is one of the key points for me. No matter where.

    For me I would have to be fluent in Thai to even consider. I have started on this. My milestone will be doing maths in my head in Thai not English. IE times tables so it is subconscious. Dao always does simple maths still in Thai and converts the numbers. The other milestone is to dream in Thai. From what I learnt so far it gets easier with script. Yep doing it old school same same.

    I know I am strange. But for me if you are going to live there speak the language or I am a hypocrite of people living here.

    I have to admit though after years of study, I am finding it challenging. But it gives Dao something to laugh at. To top it of my written English is not crash hot. Even looking back at what I have written here I remember my Grade 4 teacher saying do not start a sentence with But.

    I have been reading with much interest, Robs journey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jontymate View Post
    Being able to communicate easily is one of the key points for me. No matter where.

    For me I would have to be fluent in Thai to even consider. I have started on this. My milestone will be doing maths in my head in Thai not English. IE times tables so it is subconscious. Dao always does simple maths still in Thai and converts the numbers. The other milestone is to dream in Thai. From what I learnt so far it gets easier with script. Yep doing it old school same same.

    I know I am strange. But for me if you are going to live there speak the language or I am a hypocrite of people living here.

    I have to admit though after years of study, I am finding it challenging. But it gives Dao something to laugh at. To top it of my written English is not crash hot. Even looking back at what I have written here I remember my Grade 4 teacher saying do not start a sentence with But.

    I have been reading with much interest, Robs journey.
    Two weeks is hard on hols I end up sitting around which Leeds to beer and then mow again...

    For the times there I am learning what I need to make Bahn enjoyable.

    Transport number one.

    Exploring new areas.

    Lucky for where we go there a casino about 4 km away so the bright lights are not far.

    And excellent places to go to eat are close by.

    One thing that needs to be thought about, when I can converse at a good level how much would I have in common with family or just the locals.

    I am accepted by family but would others in the village see me as anymore than just some Farang and do really care.

    I think it will be a place to slow down recharge do the quiet activities like wood working riding bikes then off again.

    Two places city life and Bahn life swapped as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    I am accepted by family but would others in the village see me as anymore than just some Farang and do really care.

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    Same same first part Wabbs, but the second bit, to some was Farang with piss and money, and to the rest did not care from what i could see.

    for whatever reason this has reminded me of this, with drinking and caring

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    It takes many many years of learning the lingo before a farang can sit down and truly have conversation with Thais. I didn't find lack of conversation a problem at all, well maybe a little at first ... but then I got Jo to explain EVERYTHING that went on or was said. Much was immaterial to our daily life yet some provided insight to Thai 'baan' life and politics ... nothing worth reporting.

    I came to enjoy unspoken gestures, innuendo and smiles once I was accepted in the baan. I miss saying "HELLO Buddha" to Jo's cousin Nong, and greeting the kids who live across the soi ... especially Nooknik ... what a honey!
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    To each their own - I've had enough of life in the country for this lifetime.

    Go live in the baan in Nakon Nowhere?

    I'd rather dive head first into a bucket of my own vomit.

    The myth of the simple quiet life and the reality were poles apart for me.

    Remember to leave your shoes outside because they will be covered in ****, dog ****, cow ****, chicken ****, and don't forget buffalo ****. Be sure to check everything you pick up - everything - to make sure some nasty bug has not made a home in it, watch were you walk because there are snakes and don't lie down on the beautiful green grass to watch the clouds unless you want to be covered in ants...

    Mostly I think it is that I associate living in the country with relative poverty - that's what it was for me and that's what I remember most and I don't want to ever go back to it.

    I've done my time in Hell...



    How's the finger Wabbits ... still numb two months later after being bitten in the baan bed by some centipede or scorpion or spider or wasp or ant or other venomous bug... ??

    Yeah, my plan is to kill myself rather than ever go back to that life ...

    Enjoy.
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    Love the post Minder as it is fair to say life in Bahn is not for everyone and it would be fair to say that right now or any time soon it would not be for me.
    Later when the bright lights have no appeal and my home is as i would have it anywhere in the world it may be different.

    Point living in Bahn does not mean living like locals as that really has no appeal.

    Internet TV air con hot showers and all the mod cons will be in place.

    As to the hand sorry for not updating.

    Was a full 5 weeks after returning to OZ that i gain full use of my hand so that was 7 odd weeks of pain and inconvenience.

    The second long term issue from LOS first was from bad food or something worse never did quite work it out that left me buggered for about 8 weeks also.

    Though that was not fault of Bahn but rather be trusting all street food that can get you sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    ...Later when the bright lights have no appeal and my home is as I would have it anywhere in the world it may be different.
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    It is not the home inside that bothers me - it is what is NOT outside my door - one of those bright lights was a first-class medical centre ... another was the airport ... how many hours by road is it to this later life paradise of yours from there?

    Enjoy...
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    I think saying that you want to live in the Baan is like saying you want to move to Meekatharra, or Roebourne, or back of Bidyadanga, because "That's the real Australia".
    No. "The real Thailand" is a fairly modern and progressive place that even has a traffic light. I will look for all the same smart sensible safe options I look for here, when I move to there.

    Does anyone still think Australia will be a paradise for OAP's in 15-20 years time?

    And where the hell was Biggles.....?....when you needed him last Saturday....?

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    So if most BM's are gun shy of living in the Village, what are your preferred place of residence in LOS , that will accomodate where you would like to live, maybe eek some way to raise finances, and also be in a position for Thai family to visit or go see.
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    Khon Kaen city is not too bad. Has the airport 40 Mins to Bkk 3 times a day and all the amenities. It would be like living in a city of say Newcastle here. MIL is 35 km out side. Just far enough away and close enough. But still I would get bored there.

    I will always have somewhere in BKK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minder View Post
    It is not the home inside that bothers me - it is what is NOT outside my door - one of those bright lights was a first-class medical centre ... another was the airport ... how many hours by road is it to this later life paradise of yours from there?

    Enjoy...
    Being unsure where that paradise might be makes it hard to answer...But i am guessing that at this time we both like the idea of being close to Surin about 7 km by road.

    That being said there are large public and private hospitals there Swampy airport is 4 hours away so not such a big deal as i cant see me using it more than 3 times a year later in life.

    Surin is not really deepest darkest Isaan with most things Farang being widly available right down to Yorkshire puddins if you were inclined to want to eat them.555555

    I think if i was to drive from where we are thinking of living to get Farang supplies it would be a quicker process in Surin than from Bang Phree......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changone View Post

    No. "The real Thailand" is a fairly modern and progressive place that even has a traffic light. I will look for all the same smart sensible safe options I look for here, when I move to there.



    Just had to say C1.... the modern side of Thailand is just one aspect of "The real Thailand".....
    But one that I'd probably choose over the Baan.
    If I had a choice of where I lived in Oz it would be in a multi level style apartment smack bang in the middle of Melbourne, the city life is for me!....
    And in LOS I would probably choose something similar but with the beach a major draw card, Bang Saen atm is ticking most of my boxes being close to BKK, right on the beach and a stones throw from Patts.
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