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I was in Thailand 40 years ago, I worked for a motion picture company...Now I am getting ready to retire.. My wife is Thai we are both professionals she is a former Acountant and Real Estate Agent.. I am a former Clinical Psychologist, Certified Computer Tech, University Professor and in later years a Karaoke, and Music DJ. My spouse has family in Chiang Mai, an older brother retired police Colonel and younger brother in Bangkok who is also in the Police and bodyguard detail for the Prince.

My question is my spouse has been an American Country Western Line Dance instructor for over 12 years, we both are champion Country Western Dancers. Is there any clubs or places where American Country Music is played (other than bars) and Line Dancing is on th venue.

We will be coming to retire in Chiang Mai at the end of the year, and hope there is some Line Dancing available. Also I am a Country Western and Latino Music DJ.

Any help would be appreciated. If nothing exists can it be started once we arrive. ??

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Sounds like the CM Expats' Club is for you. They support the formation of outside interest groups and you can bet there are plenty of wannabe line dancers lurking in the membership.

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There's a new western-themed bar/pub/restaurant, about 1 km North of the Super-Highway on the Mae-Jo road, they've got a stage but haven't seen any line-dancing there, Western tends to mean waitresses wear cowboy-hats & guns, but that's all IME.

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Thanks for the feedback. This is a big change of scene for us coming from Las Vegas to Chiang Mai, howver my spouse wishes to go home, It's natural after 40 years. If there are any more suggestions please post. Thank you again....

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If line-dancing, or the lack there of, is your biggest concern about relocating to Chiang Mai then you are either very lucky or in for a rude awakening. I wish you the best of luck because it sounds like you might be unaware of what you are getting yourself into. You are in good company, however.

Just take a nice smokey breath of air and relax into it.smile.png

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Thank you Villiagefarange, however I am quite aware of Thai life I lived in ChiangMai before have Thai family there and speak Thai fluentlty enough to be able to sing in Thai. Line dancing is a Hobby I know I can go to Malaysia where it is prevelent but of course perhaps there may be enough interest in Chiang Mai for that venue, after all it is a way to exercise also. I started line dance classes in India and they are still at it. I am just testing the waters to be able to have another thing to do. Thanks again for your opinion, everything is welcomed.

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Thank you Villiagefarange, however I am quite aware of Thai life I lived in ChiangMai before have Thai family there and speak Thai fluentlty enough to be able to sing in Thai. Line dancing is a Hobby I know I can go to Malaysia where it is prevelent but of course perhaps there may be enough interest in Chiang Mai for that venue, after all it is a way to exercise also. I started line dance classes in India and they are still at it. I am just testing the waters to be able to have another thing to do. Thanks again for your opinion, everything is welcomed.

I would love to see you do it here.

I can just imagine the lines of pot bellied Farang gyrating to country music in their locally made stetsons,cowboy boots and spurs for the more adventurous.

Perhaps in the parking areas of the various supermarkets that have aerobic classes,plenty of Thai's I would think would also like to give it try.

That said,I for one would just watch!

Good luck upon return to this lovely country.

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Thank you Villiagefarange, however I am quite aware of Thai life I lived in ChiangMai before have Thai family there and speak Thai fluentlty enough to be able to sing in Thai. Line dancing is a Hobby I know I can go to Malaysia where it is prevelent but of course perhaps there may be enough interest in Chiang Mai for that venue, after all it is a way to exercise also. I started line dance classes in India and they are still at it. I am just testing the waters to be able to have another thing to do. Thanks again for your opinion, everything is welcomed.

You may find things have changed a bit in the last 40 years but you know best. Just a thought, but why not take this relocation as a chance to try new things rather than continue the old. Trying to transplant ones western life to Thailand doesn’t always work out so well. Retirement and relocation can be a wonderful time of exploration and discovery.

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Wecome back after all these years. Hope you really enjoy your retirement and Hope Chiang Mai treats you and your wife very well. You've done your shift now so enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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It is refreshing to hear all your valued opinions. As a Psychologist research has established that doing what you enjoy is of greater benefit. Than just doing things for the sake of living. Please let me clarify the returning. I mentioned that my wife is Thai

and that we have established relatives in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, whom we visit regularly therefore I have seen the changes over the years. We are originally from Hawaii and now Las Vegas. Coming back is to retire, but in my case not vegetate. We have been to Line dance venues, in malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and others. The music has changed from American Country to Latin, bop, and music from the host country. There is even a line dance called Sawadee, that is danced in Malaysia, why not Thailand. If you wish to see the dance look it up on YouTube under Thai line dance.

American country music as well as Hawaiian is my thing. However if I can interest others so be it. The Thai in the US are really good at it so as a group of Thai police officers that we were hosting and experienced it in Las Vegas asked how come we do not find it in Thailand. That is where my idea came from.. Again I appreciate any feedback pro or con and thank you for it.

As it gets closer for us to return, I will hope to gather enough information for an informed decision.

Aloha

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I think that your title is a little misleading. You are not returning after 40 years if you have visited regularly. I think that is why some poster were warning about relocating without trying it at first.

Sorry, but your wife isn't Thai if she lived in the US for 40 years. She will have to re-learn how to live her just as you will.

To be honest, I don't think that I have ever heard any place play western country music here. I am certain that you will create a nice venue. You sound like the determined type. I think that you will be fine overall and will probably enjoy starting something.

You might want to talk with the man that runs Walen language schools. He has started lots of different things besides his language school and he might have some suggestions on how to start up your line dancing. It might just be then next big phenom in Thailand.

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To be honest, I don't think that I have ever heard any place play western country music here.

You obviously have not looked then! Country and Western music is HUGE in Thailand. I have seen C&W bands perform all over Thailand. (I'm not a fan by any means but you can't miss it). There is a large venue on Mae Jo Road packed every night with Thais and there was a C&W band performing right near Pratu Chiang Mai about 2 weeks ago with a huge crowd. This was kind of "hillbilly" music which you often see in Isaan.

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What music do they play at Palaad Tawanron Restaurant now?

Wife is not Thai because of living in US for 40 years? I would disagree with that assessment. And besides, it only takes about 3 years to become a "local" apparently.

(it's just too quiet on this forum)

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I just meant that a lot of the customs and ways of life are so different that living abroad for 40 years would leave someone at a distance. Just like many of the longterm expats here might have some trouble adjusting back to life in their native lands.

Elektrified, do you mean US western music or do you mean Thai country music? Yes Thai country is popular but I have not heard of any famous US country music performances here. At the place in MaeJo is it Thai music?

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I just meant that a lot of the customs and ways of life are so different that living abroad for 40 years would leave someone at a distance. Just like many of the longterm expats here might have some trouble adjusting back to life in their native lands.

Elektrified, do you mean US western music or do you mean Thai country music? Yes Thai country is popular but I have not heard of any famous US country music performances here. At the place in MaeJo is it Thai music?

Yes, Thai C&W music is what I meant.

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