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Esco

Life in Buriram province

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@Thai Spice to the thread please, a subject close to his heart!

 

Yea, I stayed near Bankruat myself about 10 years ago, though not as salubrious as your gaff.

Also went to the border market, got offered all sorts of ganga, must be my face ...

 

Looking forward to reading this, cheers!

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7 minutes ago, ArtyGraph said:

Swap you for mine in Aberdeen?

 

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I'll swop the gaff if you take the inlaws. 

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@Esco, that is a nice looking lil place. You described as way out in the boondocks from Central Buriam when we recently shared a bev. Well for being out there it is a nicely manicured landscape job and lawn and the neighbors across the street look pretty nicely coiffed as well.....just admit it.....you are in a hi so area of the boonies.

Enjoy your time! Look forward to some recaps of life in the boonies😃

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1 hour ago, Esco said:

As some of you know my mrs is from Buriram and we've built a gaff here 2ish years ago, mainly for her old folks to live in and for us to spend our holidays in outside of Bangkok, Samui and Pattaya. 

We built the gaff on their plot of land bang in the middle of a small village, about an hour's drive from Brum city and less than 10 clicks from the Cambo border as well as the nearest town called Bankruat. 

It's quiet, peaceful and what many folks would consider a jungle I suppose, yet I enjoy my time here and my trips seem to get longer with each visit. Mind you, when I first came here 10 odd years ago without a proper bed, shower or shitter I did go native as they say. 

Now, since we're planning to be here for the coming 3 weeks I'll update this thread with pictures and notes provided there's some interest. Any Qs just post then here or PM me if it's personal (eg cost of building).  

First up some pics of our gaff in the boonies, which is a 3 bedroom house with 1 bathroom and we've got decent WiFi, smart TV etc so pretty comfy imo. 

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Cheers. 

Built a house similar in Sa Kaew about 12 years ago. Gave it to the in laws in the end.

Looks like the Khmer Rouge invaded and ransacked the place since then.

Went to a wedding wife's brother married a girl from just near your place. Hope it goes well and enjoy your time there.

Much nicer living in a nice house than going native. Looks lovely ..... 

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1 hour ago, Nickrock said:

Was in ban kraut on friday stopped in to the market on the way to phanom dong rak

Could've stopped by. 

The mods these days... 

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11 minutes ago, Horizondave said:

Yes, remember sinking a few beers on those seats outside at the beginning of the year, nice gaff and close to some great places to visit.

Enjoyed your visit and that of @Thinkingallowed, @Murchie and all your better halves immensely. Felt a bit awkward offering you concrete tables but it looked like you lot felt right at home 🙂

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1 hour ago, STARGAZER said:

@Esco, that is a nice looking lil place. You described as way out in the boondocks from Central Buriam when we recently shared a bev. Well for being out there it is a nicely manicured landscape job and lawn and the neighbors across the street look pretty nicely coiffed as well.....just admit it.....you are in a hi so area of the boonies.

Enjoy your time! Look forward to some recaps of life in the boonies😃

Mate, with all due respect, you have no idea about life in the boonies. 

Here's the local boozer on a rainy day, right next door to ours lol. 

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Much love and happy new year to you and yours. 

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@Esco,

Nice thread mate !

But that aint the boonies ! Elec lines, Internet, ....

Real man live in real jungle !  Hahaha. , nice gaf mate, and good idea to start a thread on another city .

 

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5 hours ago, Esco said:

Mate, with all due respect, you have no idea about life in the boonies. 

Here's the local boozer on a rainy day, right next door to ours lol. 

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Much love and happy new year to you and yours. 

It's got Leo, a thatched roof and somewhere to sit so ........ yep the Thai equivalent of the Dog and Duck.

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Great looking house and the finish looks good, but my eyes were drawn to the grass as my wife’s houses lacks that very external finish, which dies need to be done. 

please continue to update the thread as it should be good. Your next door pub looks intimate !

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10 hours ago, Esco said:

Could've stopped by. 

The mods these days... 

We were going to but the local jungle drums were beating that we had to get to warie ( spelling) or the world was going to stop spinning 

Actually been to that market a few times 

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Just to give folks a better view of where we are, see below a Google maps view of upper half of Thailand.

Our home is where the heart is, which is 400 KMs from both Bangkok and Pattaya. You can get here by car obviously but there are also 4 daily flights from Don Muang to Buriram. When going from Bkk I much prefer flying while from Pattaya it depends on the time of year and associated traffic as you need to add the 2 hr trip to DMK to your travel time. 

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Zooming in on Isaan, we are at the very south end bordering Cambodia. This is why people often speak 3 languages here; Thai, Laos and Khmer. In our village Laos is the main language people converse in.

A trip to the infamous Roi Et would take about 3 hours, around 4 to KK and 5 to Udon Thani. We are heading to Buriram City today for the 2019 countdown which will take us an hour if traffic isnt too bad. 

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Zooming in once more you can see how close we are to the border, which is why bombs were falling in our village when they were fighting over that temple down the road a couple years ago. There's also a small border crossing nearby with a market and a casino called Saitaku resort named after our village. We used to go to the market once in a while but I'm told farangs can no longer go there. I'll check it out for myself next week. 

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To show you how bang in the middle of the village we are, here's the view from my bedroom. 

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Cheers and happy new year. 

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15 hours ago, Esco said:

Mate, with all due respect, you have no idea about life in the boonies. 

Here's the local boozer on a rainy day, right next door to ours lol. 

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Much love and happy new year to you and yours. 

Gotcha!

And to be frank, and I know it might be hard to believe but that looks like a joint I would really like to drink in. No bullshit pretentious stuff, just good banter. Apparently they have access to proper refrigeration, albeit might be an ice chest, but what I see is no condoms needed and hopefully no ice cubes in the beer. That is one of my biggest turnoffs about Pattaya bars....warm beer, need to be served with a condom and ice in the glass.

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Were just up the road from you. I remember the Cambodia/Thailand conflict well, could sit and hear the bombing in the distance. Lot of her family who live close to the border had to move out of their village, many of them came to her village. The way the Thais came together and helped those who had to leave their villages during that time was truly remarkable. 

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So yesterday we drove up to Buriram city for the annual 'countdown', which has become quite a big event in recent years, mainly due to a man called Newin. 

His full name is Newin Chidchob, and he is without a shadow of a doubt the most influential man in Buriram, perhaps even Isaan these days.

It is Newin who bought a small football club outside of Bangkok, moved it to Buriram and morphed it to what everyone now knows as Buriram United. 

It is Newin who, together with his friends from Bangkok, built the massive football stadium named after it's main sponsor Chang arena. 

It is again Newin who managed to convince his friends/investors to built the $ 50 million race track where they are now hosting the GP. 

As a retired politician and once minister in the kabinet of Thaksin, the man has put Buriram on the map and the people here love him for it. The tourism industry of Buriram is booming and everything else with it. It would not suprise me if this man makes it to PM one day. 

Every year since the Chang arena was built they host this 'Countdown' event which starts around 6 pm, has various artists performing on stage followed by massive fireworks and it's all free to the people of Buriram. Just say count down in Thai style and everyone will know what you mean. 

We arrived 7 PM and it was still quiet-is, so found a good spot to sit and got a bucket of 5 Chang which was surprisingly the only beer available :). 

The music was quite good and varied from rock to rap and of course all in Thai but most enjoyable. The only problem was that I was freezing! The wind was strong and temperatures dropped below 20 degrees celcius so off I went to the Brum UTD shop for an extra shirt to the tune of 690 baht, which is in itself cheap for a proper football shirt but I remember when they were 500 baht. 

So off I go with my new Brum UTD shirt on and funny enough some Thais asked to take a picture, which doesn't happen too much anymore these days, but is always nice. 

By that time it already got busy and we were on our 3rd bucket of Chang when my mate Marc arrived. Unfortunately, he had some drama with his missus for some bullshit reason and had to dash again quickly.

It baffles me why Thais always tend to blow up tiny things no matter the occasion then go sit somewhere and visibly sulk, making it awkward for everyone.  

Anyway, they left and we partied on, enjoyed the count down and fireworks before getting some gai yang and Leo as a night cap at the resort we were staying. Had a right hangover this AM but the Leos are doing their job at the moment. 

Happy new year from Buriram. 

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