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  1. Month to Month Condos - Ubon

    Are month-to-month condos pretty easy to find in Ubon? Is it a situation where I might be able to show up and find something in the city center within a couple of days? Or is it more complicated? I read that looking online usually results in an inflated price. Looking for 8000-10000 baht per month on a month-to-month lease.
  2. Isaan for 2 month “working” holiday?

    Whoa! Just logged back in and didn't realize I'd get so much great input! Thanks! A few things have changed since my original post. I feel committed to Isan now. I do thank all of the other recommendations, but having been in Bangkok several times, I can honestly say it's one of my least favorite cities on Earth. I was considering it for all of the luxuries, options, and language schools, but I now feel it's a no-go. Also, I had not mentioned it in the original post, but the thesis has a lot to do with Isan and it would be cool to understand what the region is all about. I do understand it can be boring for a farang, but that's fine. I may just rent for a month and then decide if I need to relocate. The communication barrier still concerns me, but I'm gonna give it a go anyway. I have done some research, and I see almost every major Isan city (Ubon, Korat, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Surin, Buriram) has some nightclubs..some with molam (like Tawan Daeng)...which is all I really need. I don't really need (or want) hi-so nightclubs or go-go bars. I've backed off on needing a gym or a pool at my residence. It'd be nice to find a local gym though...trying to get back into it since I have some time. I think if I can just find a nice condo, I'm solid. For the language thing, I did find an affordable and well reputed Thai language instructor in Ubon. I haven't started looking in the other cities yet and will check it out this week. I do want to have regular lessons. Although I know the dialects shift greatly, it looks like there are still some good Thai teachers out there. I'm alright if they call me a "redneck" in Bangkok...LOL. jmor - thanks for the recommendation about the journal access. I've been assured by my uni I'll have access. The tough thing is to make sure I've already notated from any non-electronic sources before I get out there! But your idea of visiting the Thai unis is great. Thanks. I see a lot of recommendations for Buriram and Surin, which were not on my radar before so I'll definitely check those out! Do they feel much "smaller" than the "big 4" Isan cities? I don't want to go get TOO remote. I also see some votes for Udon Thani. How does Ubon Ratchathani compare to the others? Thanks again!
  3. Hello all! I’m currently in my final semester of a Masters program in Australia and have decided to head to Thailand and write my thesis there. I’m thinking it’s a good opportunity to save money, try to learn a little bit of the language, and finally enjoy a longer stay than a quick holiday. But now the big question is..where do I go? I was thinking a city in Isaan may be a good idea since I’m not really on holiday and really want to see what the countryside and its people have to offer. I’m interested in trying to engage with locals, work on my language skills (maybe do language exchange), and just reading and writing. I will want some nightlife on occasion, too. I have a few questions regarding this idea: 1) will I get bored and feel isolated? I read Isaan is quite slow paced, which can be both a great thing and a bad thing. Also, since English is less widely spoken will it be a significant challenge to make local friends? 2) I read some local language dialects are closer to Lao than to Thai. Would this make it difficult to learn official Thai? Or are there plenty of classes or tutors that can provide instruction? 3) I’m hoping to find a nice studio apartment or condo with a pool, a gym, and solid internet for under 8,000 baht per month. Is this feasible? If so, any cities better than others in the region for this? 4) If you think Isaan may be a bit too boring or not a good fit for me, what do you think of Hua Hin, Surat Thani, or the Krabi coast in terms of my price range and my interest in interacting with locals, having some nightlife, and having access to language training? Thanks for taking the time!
  4. Any American Chula alumni out there?

    Thanks for the replies, all! I still have a few months to decide. I feel like it's a big gamble, but a gamble that could really be fulfilling. If anyone else can add to the discussion, please let me know.
  5. Howdy folks, I've been entertaining graduate school for quite some time and have just recently started to look into an MA in Southeast Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University. A little background: I did my BA in Political Science at UC Berkeley and focused my studies in Chinese and Southeast Asian politics. I have spent the last few years working in public administration but now want to throw a Hail Mary to an eventual PhD in Comparative Politics focused on the peninsular Southeast Asia region. Last application cycle, I applied and was accepted to several solid MA programs in International Affairs here in the US but had to postpone due to family sickness. Basically, I know that a degree from a Thai university may not be as "favorable" as a US degree, but it seems like if my desire is to study politics of Thailand and Myanmar, I should probably get some experience living in the region and acquiring the language. My experience in the region is limited to a short visit in the military and 30 days traveling with my girlfriend. I guess my concern is really how much of a difference in standards there would be between a US university and a top Thai university like Chula. Also, are there any alumni who can speak to their experience? Anyone who did the Southeast Asian Studies program or know of anyone who did? Thanks for reading! Cheers!