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Khon Kaen - the low down

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Been in Issan a year and I like the place it's a polar opposite from the south and BKK and whilst I love the area we have been living just 90km from KK we feel the city of KK has much more to offer our young family.

 

What I'm interested in is areas and farang experiences of living in KK?

 

I note the traffic is awful so maybe 10-15km outside of the city is a more relaxed proposition and when we want to take in the city it's a stones throw away.

 

What about development, schools hospitals and the like? I heard they got Indian food in KK too but what else besides might we discover?

 

Not interested in nightlife myself but I like a quiet drink now and again but by no means a priority.

 

Initially I think we would grab a little apartment/condo and live there 6-12 months but our daily tasks would be identifying houses new or hold where we could lay down some roots fir the families future.

 

Hope you guys in KK can provide some good recommendations area wise and have a lovely rest of your weekend.

 

 

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I don't live there but have visited many times and have a 2 year plan to relocate there from BKK pending work issues/retirement. It is one of my 2 favorite places in Thailand, the  other being Chiang Rai. KK city is small enough to be manageable but big enough so you don't feel like you are out in the sticks. I have found that there seems to be a good level of English likely because KK has a good base of Chinese/Thai and educated citizens with the University. 

 

The area near the lake (in the south part of KK) is a very nice area and many expats live there, A quick less than 10 minutes to city center and Songtaew routes pick up just near the lake. I also hope to hear more experiences as I get ready for KK.

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Khon Kaen city is a very nice place to live. City is in full development and growing fast. Enough shops to buy whatever you need. Also enough good hospitals and schools.
The rapid growth however is putting strain on the infrastructure, some areas are hard to reach. Make sure you get a house with easy access to the Bypass, the ring road around KKC. There are plenty available for very reasonable prices (Google "house rent khon kaen"). Condominiums, not that many, lately a lot of "townhouses" though.
I don't agree with the previous post about English. Shops; government offices; companies; restaurants they hardly speak it. They even don't like to speak Thai, they speak Isaan.


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2 hours ago, Sectional said:

What's the traffic like in Udon what are the main differences between these cities?

Having driven in both places can say there is not much diffrence. Udon has an overly large congregation of expats for some reason. Personaly i dont like the place in genral but i have to say i have only spent limited time there. But my first impressions of the place were not favourable.

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Ive lived in KK for about a year and a half now. I like it here alot. Its growing everyday too. There are numerous good hospitals and the immigration office at least in my experience has been very helpful and easy to deal with. 

I live approx 5 min drive from Central. Traffic sucks during rush hour but Its not really that bad at all. I think the hardest part of living here is finding parking at Central on a Sunday. A problem I think many of us can easily live with. 

There are many different restaurants around catering to different tastes. Not sure about any Indian Food places though. I dont really like Indian food so thats probally why I havent noticed though. 

I get the Fiber internet from 3BB. Its much faster and more reliable than when I was using True. The people are pretty friendly. I dont know too may other expats in the area just yet so cant really comment there.  

Ive been to Udon many times and I much prefer Khon Kaen many times over to Udon. If there is something specific you want to know about send me a message and maybe I can help out answering some question or two for you.

Good luck. 

 

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Living in Khon Kaen for nearly 12 years now, and was surprised by the change from a biggish village to a big town in those years, and still growing.

Big shops, a mall, small shops, restaurants, pubs/bars, hotels, condos for rent, houses for rent, it is all available.

Within the city limits there are many moobhaans, quiet and secluded, town houses and even bigger homes.

Airport a few kilometer away, bus station near the ring road and the main road to Bangkok and Udon, railway station in town, songtaews, new airco buslines in town.

Even bars plus the attached social workers are available.

A not too big expat community.

Schools, private and state.

Hospitals, private and state.

Academic hospital and very good academic heart centre.

Good taxi service, use the phone to order a taxi to be certain of meter.

It is all there!

 

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It's rare when people in Khon Kaen can speak English. I will never tell anyone interested in the area that they. Better not to expect it than to be disappointed and ill prepared.
The occasional exception doesn't make the rule.

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Hi. I have lived in KK for just over 7 yrs in a small village just north of the city. Past 2 large lakes. Lots people fish there. Nice local market there vegies, fruit, meats etc. hospitals good. Nice bar area just into the city lots farangs with their wives, good food places. Huge pratunam type market next to Makro and smaller one further up the road, 2Tesco megas and  BigC. Big shopping mall Robinsons,  big topps supermarket and many BKK name stores. Big Dam 40 mins out of town with bamboo shacks over the water and great food cooking places that serve you in the shacks, kids go swimmng. Goo place in generat. Propertys being built good prices.

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9 hours ago, jeab1980 said:

Having driven in both places can say there is not much diffrence. Udon has an overly large congregation of expats for some reason. Personaly i dont like the place in genral but i have to say i have only spent limited time there. But my first impressions of the place were not favourable.

...I could be wrong but I think many expats like Udon because it is close to Nong Khai  for border runs..  has a reputation for Lao girls too.. ... from what I've seen traffic is not quite as bad as KK..  neither appeals to me.. quiet life in Kalasin suits me... 

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9 minutes ago, Laza 45 said:

...I could be wrong but I think many expats like Udon because it is close to Nong Khai  for border runs..  has a reputation for Lao girls too.. ... from what I've seen traffic is not quite as bad as KK..  neither appeals to me.. quiet life in Kalasin suits me... 

Wouldnt say kalasin is quite lol had some great parties over there. :partytime2:

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