Most know Thailand as the world's tourist Eden yet moving to Thailand can become an expat's paradise. Finding a well paid job can be difficult but for the fortunate expats who manage, a luxurious lifestyle is just part of the reward. A warm and welcoming culture, beautiful landscapes and a chance to experience truly different customs make living in this foreign land both endlessly interesting and settling.
While most expats cluster in the dense and crowded city of Bangkok, others realise there are two Thailand: Bangkok and everywhere else. Although less likely, some expats scatter across the northern regions, such as Chiang Mai, udon thani ,and enjoy a quiet and more traditional Thai lifestyle. More popular are the beach resorts of Krabi and Phuket, where tourism related jobs and popular beaches lure fortunate working expats and retirees.
Although the vast majority of expats live in Bangkok, there are obvious advantages and disadvantages of both rural and urban living. In Thailand these features are exaggerated as rural and urban environments are so dissimilar. Rural communities often lack modern amenities and urban environments are on overdrive, inundating expats with noise pollution and lack of space. It is difficult to find a balance."
but myself i would choose issan ie udon thani as my retirement base yes it as it.s problems without a beach but the sun still shines and prices are far lower then other Thai destinations
but above all the feeling of being more part of the community although a few years ago in udon you where still a novelty doing your shopping these days falangs are as thick as fog
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 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