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  1. So, I know the cousin of my gf works from 8am to 5pm at a local grocery store for 260 baht a day. That is less than the previous minimum wage... wonder how that works.
  2. The second part is the real problem. In Maha Sarakham, a 20 year old girl relative works in a grocery store - works 29 out of 30 days a month (she takes 1 day off without pay), works from 7am to 5pm with a short lunch, and makes 280 baht a day. Makes me ill.
  3. Name? Location? - nevermind; found it in another thread.
  4. Thanks! Phu Tok was on the list as a possible thing to do if we get up early enough.
  5. I guess the lack of a handheld bidet that everyone else has in thailand should have been a tip off on what the 2nd thing was for :)
  6. His & Her toilets? You two are very close. Does she only get to flush when you're done (assuming the bigger basin is for the guy). (I'm sure there is something I'm missing and those aren't actually 2 commodes....)
  7. Best Dealership to Buy New Motorcycle?

    Yeah, that's the name of the place I priced for a PCX - Mityon was cheaper by 1,400 baht with the out-the-door price with 2 years theft insurance & TTL. This is why you should call around as any shop can be cheaper or higher on the day, I guess. I even had my thai girlfriend try to haggle (Mityon rounded down the price down 600 baht, Asia didn't do anything and wouldn't even meet Mityon's original price after all was said and done with insurance/tax). The hometown place in MS wasn't even close and didn't even offer 2 year theft.
  8. Best Dealership to Buy New Motorcycle?

    For our PCX, we priced two different Mityon's, the place that used to be cheaper in Sri Racha, and the hometown honda dealership in Maha Sarakham and Mityon was the cheapest by a thousand or two baht.
  9. Bar recommendations in buriram

    http://www.thailandredcat.com/nightlife-and-thai-girls-in-buriram/ http://www.buriramtimes.com/nightlife-in-thani-alley-in-buriram/ Speed for club or Tawan Daeng for bar/show are the two I went to that were fine.
  10. Ended up picking 2 nights in Phetchabun. I'll drive up to Phu Ruea in the morning and stay for a bit, then over to Loei city to spend the night. I'll go to Erawan the next morning, then back to Huai Karthing in the afternoon, then up to Chiang Khan at night to spend 2 nights there... So, crisis averted; no speeding cars or packing too much in those days :)
  11. Yeah, that day seemed tight which is why I thought about either cutting out Phu Ruea entirely, or using up another day in that area - see Phu Ruea, get a hotel in Loei city, then do huai krathing and erawan the next day before driving back and spending the night in Chiang Khan. Erawan is just out of the way from everything but I went to school for mining engineering, so I like rocks and caves :) I'm just going by google map directions which lists 1 hr 6 min... https://imgur.com/a/ssEIU I wonder if I shouldn't be using erawan cave (loei) and instead there is a Erawan cave in Nong Bua Lam Phu that is further south and 1 hr 12 min (both sites show the same pictures)
  12. Amphur Muang Loei - I'll be driving through there and will be sleeping overnight just up the road so I'll check out those places to eat. Thanks!
  13. So, getting much closer to finalizing the February Isaan trip plans. I'm a stickler for having a rough itinerary and booking hotels before I go so this is to help me plan the big visits/days needed/driving distances. After I lock down what days I'll be where, then it's booking hotel time and I'm pretty much done with the planning as I can find short excursions/bars/whatever is close by to fill out any down-time. Route I'm taking in my trusty Avis rental... (underpowered Toyota Vios): https://imgur.com/a/yVekh Day 1: Arrive Khon Kaen Feb 7, 6pm; Hotel - ? Day 2-3 (Feb 8-10) Things to do: 1a. Khon Kaen City – Wat Nong Wang, Ton Tann & Fairy night market, Zoo 1b. Wat Pa Thamma Utthayan (temple, walkway; feed you free breakfast or lunch) (20 minute drive from Khon Kaen) 1c. Ubolratana Dam (sit on boat to eat/drink, Wat Phra Bat Phu Pan Kham (can take car up)) (1 hour drive from Khon Kaen) Day 4 (Feb 10-11): Hotel - ? (stay close to Phu Kradueng for early start up hill) 2. Suan Hin Pha Ngam (walk through rocks; definitely get a guide) & Phu Pa Poh (2 hr 30 min from Khon Kaen) Day 5 (Feb 11-12): Hotel – Rent cabin on top of Phu Kradueng 3. Phu Kradueng (walk up morning, see some stuff, spend the night, look at sunrise then back down hill) Day 6 (Feb 12-13): Hotel - ? somewhere between Wat and Phu Thap Buek 4a. Wat Phathat Phasomkaew (sometimes spelled Wat Pha Sorn Kaew) (2 hr 40 min from Phu Kradueng) (relax day after Phu Kradueng) Day 7 (Feb 13-14): Hotel - ? 4b. Phu Thap Buek (viewpoint to see clouds in morning) (53 min from Wat) 5a. Phu Ruea?? (maybe, not sure it's worth it, but on the way to Huai Krathing Lake) (2 hr 10 min from Phu Thap Buek) 5b. Huai Krathing Reservoir (raft on lake to eat/drink) (1 hr from Phu Ruea/2 hr 30 from Phu Thap Buek) 5c. Erawan Cave (1 hour from Huai Krathing Reservoir) Day 8-9 (Feb 14-16): Hotel - Chiangkhan River Green Hill (some dumb, overpriced Tent camp the lady wants to do) 6. Chiang Khan - Kaeng Khut Khu (1 hr 30 min from Erawan) Day 10 (Feb 16-17): Hotel - 7a. Sangkhom - Wat Pa Tak Suea (glass floor on lookout point) (2hr drive with river view from Chiang Khan) Day 11 (Feb 17-18): Hotel - 7b. Wat Pa Phu Kon (blue roof wat and a 2nd wat nearby) (50 min drive from Sangkhom) 7c. Phu Phra Bat (rocks and stuff) (1 hr 10 min from Wat) 8. Nong Khai City - Aquarium (1 hr 10 min from Phu Phra Bat) Day 12-14 (Feb 18-20): Hotel - 8. Sala Kaeo Ku Temple (crazy temple/statues) 9a. Ban Na Kha Silk Market (30 min from Nong Khai) 9b. Udon Thani City (20 min from Ban Na Kha) 9c. Phu Foi Lom (nature area) (1 hour from Udon) 9d. Red Lotus Lake (nature area, could be pretty with flowers on lake, best to go between 6am-10am as the flowers are open; have to take boat) (45min from Udon) Leave Udon Thani Feb 22 12:15pm So, I have 2 nights still to add anywhere between Khon Kaen and Udon. Maybe stay a night in Phetchabun city to do more things around there, or maybe get a place to wake up early to see Phu Thap Buek sunrise in Phetchabun. Maybe stay a night around Phu Ruea or by Reservoir because that looks like too long of a day (but Phu Reau is getting close to getting scratched off the list to even visit so the drive to lake and cave seems reasonable then)... Any thoughts? Things I missed?
  14. I transfer money from my US bank (credit union) through ACH to the New York Bangkok Bank branch to my actual BB thai account. I did a test 2 months ago to compare it to Transferwise: I got my money a day sooner with Transferwise and also more Thai baht at the end of the day. So, no matter if NY BB changes like the London branch; doesn't affect me - I've already changed. You should do your own test, of course, but I think you'll be in the same boat as me and drop the BB transfer and move to transferwise.
  15. That is a strange looking place. Adding to the list of things to do :)