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  1. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Update: I am still here in Isaan. I am enjoying it a lot and in some respects wish I had left it all behind, I do not want to go back to the UK. I have turned down 2 jobs in the 30-35k baht range because of the working hours and location but have a good interview lined up for next week, for a much more convenient posting. Yes, I am sure all the people who cut me down would love to see me get burned by my employer and end up "living under a bridge", but to be honest my life here is massively more enjoyable than being in the UK. Life is too short to be unhappy and I am very happy here, although I can fully understand why some people might be bored. For me, a day spent walking and then fishing in the sun is as good as life gets. And when I get home it gets even better. Tasty food and fantastic company. People are warm, friendly and VERY trustworthy. I may end up dead in a paddy field somewhere or even worse. But shit happens in the UK too, and at least I will have died happy instead of depressed in a wet grey shithole town in the UK. I still haven't commited but if I spend much more time in the UK I will be very disappointed.
  2. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    We inherited a couple of very young puppies a couple of days ago and some members of the family seem to think it's completely acceptable to whack them around the head or boot them up in the air.
  3. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Just an update. A funny one really. I have been 100km from Ubon fit several weeks and love it. I am staying for 100% free, being taken very good care of. Some things have annoyed me although I have taken a relaxed attitude to such matters as is the Thai way: 1: Proper shops won't sell me a beer between 2 and 5. I knew this before but I just go next door to the mum and dad shop and buy it there. They are happy to sell to me at this time so what the bloody hell is the point? 2. I was physically forced by a lady to turn off my mobile phone because it was raining and she said I would die. I turned it off just because I didn't want to argue. I have a first class masters degree in science from a top university in the UK but she wouldn't listen. 3. I saved the best till last. I have been told by several Thais that I must not UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put plastic in the microwave. Jesus Christ. When I try to explain how these ideas are plain stupid I am looked at as if I am totally and utterly stupid. I was told that only plastic which costs over 100 baht can go in the microwave. Sorry for the rant, otherwise enjoying myself greatly.
  4. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    I'm going back soon for 3-6 months. I will report back. Hopefully I will still be enjoying it, if not I will let you know why not.
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    Thank you very much. This makes very good sense. I have everything here in the UK that I could ever need, but have been visiting Thailand for over 10 years. Factoring everything in, I know that staying here is the more "sensible" option. I like to live quite a simple life, however, getting burned in Thailand and losing everything I have worked for, and then having to return home to the UK (with nowhere to go outside the doors at Heathrow) is too scary an option. I may visit again for fun for a few months, but I think everything that has been said has forced my hand. Thanks for all the advice.
  6. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    This is what scares me. Having to go home with nothing. Thanks for everyone's advice.
  7. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Thanks. I will mull it over for a few months. By the way I saw a few farangs in Big C at Trakan Phuet Phon last week. That wasn't any of you was it?
  8. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Already have done that. A small loan on the truck but nothing else. Under £2500 I believe. There seems to be a huge amount of negativity and people advising to stay in the UK. I find the UK to be very miserable and depressing, which I why I am considering this. Just trying to get a gist of the financials to see if it is even a viable option at the moment. I have spent a lot of time in Thailand so have quite a good understanding of the culture etc and can understand a (very) little bit of Isaan.
  9. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Changing to an interest only mortgage is a good option I hadn't considered. And yes that would give me £800 a month of top of any Thai salary plus a house to go back to. My friend owns a few acres of land, her own house, a brand new Toyota pick up truck and 2 motorbikes. She wants to open another shop, but I doubt I will contribute.
  10. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Hi guys, thanks for your replies. My other, probably more sensible option is to keep everything ticking over in the UK and visit for 3-4 weeks then make a decision. I did love the place but can see how it may become boring. But then the UK is boring too.
  11. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    I'm bored in the UK, my career bores the hell out of me and most of my good friends have moved away anyway. If I keep my house in the UK and rent it, I will not be penniless in the future. If I just go to Isaan with liquid assets, around £30,000, would you consider that to be viable? I would be considering marriage and a work permit.
  12. Thinking of moving to Isaan

    Hi guys, I am considering moving to Ubon Ratchathani province hopefully within the next 6 months. My situation: Have a first class masters degree from a good UK university. Am 36 years old. Own a house worth £369k with £220k left on the mortgage. Have around £25k savings. Also about £8k worth of stuff that I can sell. Pissed off with current job and have left, pissed off with life in the UK in general. Have a reasonable grasp of written and spoken Thai (but not really any Isaan). Have just come back from several weeks staying in Khong Chiam, Pho Sai and Trakan Phuet Phon. My question is, am I in a good enough position to consider the move? I have someone (Thai) who I can stay with for free initially. Income wise I have two options. She has said I can invest in her start-up shop for around 90k Baht which will give me somewhere to stay above the shop and will gets some money for helping out from time to time but obviously I don't think that's legal. Or I can look at teaching English, which shouldn't be a problem, I really enjoy languages, and hold a full clean motorcycle license to save money. With regards to my house in the UK. I don't have family base I can stay at in the UK so if I sell it I am burning my bridges. I could rent it out, and I predict the rental, after deducting agency fees and mortgage will provide another 6k baht per month, with the added benefit that someone is paying my mortgage and I will have somewhere to come back to. But then obviously I won't get the big lump sum from the equity in my house. Does anyone have any advice or questions? Thanks in advance.