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well what a journey we had this time to Thailand my planned holiday in April was changed to the day after tomorrow owing to my farther in laws illness ok i shouldn't complain only i was lazy in getting myself sorted for this trip all the things you need like insurance bags packed bills paid then to top it of a couple of ruddy forms to fill in but finally where on the way i just downloaded Microsoft live writer for blogger which can be used on the move then uploaded later great little piece of kit but anyways  here we are in Abu dabi airport

the halfway point the secudeled stop was 90 minutes but we have a small delay to 150 minutes the airport is a circular design on 2 levels with duty free shopping downstairs and  seating upstairs the place is always full with very little seating available not the best place to relax in between flights but we just moved quickly to the small restaurant downstairs to eat a very overpriced chicken curry the wife and son are chomping on a apple each roll on Bangkok and some decent Thai food

the next 6 hours pass without any hassle etihad airlines aircraft are very modern aircraft with video on demand movies and a pretty good bar service emirates service seems to have slowed down over the last few years while prices have gone up but i like stopping halfway to Bangkok so either one will do for me

ok we made it to Bangkok and the long walk to emigration but the saving grace is if your with your Thai partner then go to the right side for Thais only queue up there together and within a few minutes you are throw no long queues and direct to collect your bags which again as improved as we arrived the bags where already on there way around happy days

as we get outside my wife's friend is waiting we cram 4 adults 1 child and 90 kilo of luggage into a Honda jazz and where of to udon thani issan i wake up a couple of hours later and spend the next 5 minutes having a shoulder massage as my neck is crock why did i let the wife talk me into this well to be honest i take care of getting here and she takes care of me when iam over here seems to work sometimes

there are lots of places to stop of on route and get a bight to eat and drink outside of korat you can stop at the made made lake as we pulled up there where at least 60 Thai police officers having a picnic as we pulled out and waved my heart melted until 30 minutes our so up the road they pulled us over for 200 baht but as our driver was well prepared with all documents we where waved on after the officer explained they needed to do this as they where broke

anyway here we are in udon thani province safe and sound after a extra long journey caused buy snow and ice on the Pennines i don't think we will get much of that in issan for the next six weeks 

Udon Thani issan Expat blog
A personnel prospective on life in udon thani issan and Thailand the ups and downs of expat life
The blog was opened up to to give a voice to those of us who are fed up with the local forums who censor any story that does not make them money this includes removing links to other stories you will find many links on expat udon thani and feel free to comment and join in the banter

Udon Thani website
this udon thani website ofers free adverts to all reputable udon thani places of interest when you visit you find really usefull links about udon thani the reader you get the no b/s stories made up buy some locals to promote there own interests which other local websites seem to be doing
anyway udon thani needs a real voice so what the hack

Thai expat info
Thai expat info is a large collection of local information from dozens of websites from all over issan and Thailand bookmark this site drop back and keep up with whats really going on for expats around Thailand these stories you wont find on the bbc our cnn enjoy the site i do

Issan Guides
issan guides is a random collection of posts about places hotels transport in issan north east Thailand its a new blog which is getting constantly updated and excepts reviews and stories from anybody so if you have a story review a photo with a story submit to Issan Guides and have your say they welcome it

Ban Dung blog
ban dung issan blog focus on a beutifull corner of issan 1 hour outside of Udon Thani
a small town with a super chilled out bunch of local expats some say village life is boreing but scarth the surface and who knows what you will find

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this blog on udon thani was built to try to provide readers like myself honest unbiased info on general life in udon thani and the province of issan i have also placed links to other blogs which is something that i feel is very important i can not hold a monopoly on udon thani as some websites try to i hope you find this blog usefull if you do link back to me and forward onto your friends
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expat udon thani is and always will support all other issan Thailand based blogs in providing usefull content to all of you out there regards john

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