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    Thai wood houses with ghosts

    I have enjoyed reading many of the excellent posts describing recent efforts to build or rebuild wood houses with deference to Thai tradition. I have lived in and loved three wood houses over the years in Thailand. While I appreciate some of the conveniences of modern life, there is something deeply satisfying about these houses, something that you could never get from the tract houses I later occupied in California or a condo or a car and maybe even a woman. These houses improve with age, take on aspects of the character of the occupants, and I’d like to show a couple of pictures that suggest this. First, in this post, a house that I occupied from 1964 to 1965 in a village in the hills in Korat province, this was the village:



    A young and very inexperienced architect who worked for the Royal Irrigation Department designed the house following and he told me that it was “temporary”, being made of inferior wood that would not last long. My oldest daughter who turned fifty two months ago learned to walk on that patio in front of the house and soon enough was happily off with our cook to market in the early morning. She never had a single childhod illness back in the US, her doctor said she had some strange immunity.




    Today this house still stands, though when I was last there no one was living in it. I did not find a spirit house there, but being on government project land it has a fire extinguisher. Some of the exterior posts and deck had been replaced over the years but remarkably the place was still as liveable as it had once been half century ago. I like to think that when I am gone my ghost will still flit through the evening shadows in the hills above this place.




    This is the first of three "ghost houses". Two more to follow later.

    By the way, would someone please advise how I can increase the size of these photos a bit? I get the link from my teakdoor gallery, but the pix I upload are bigger. Thanks much.

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    Remove the _normal from the link

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    love it Jack! When would you release new chapters to your 'Bu Hua Chang' youtube clips? you have a great story telling talent !

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    I might have experienced ghosts myself, 3 years ago in Udonthani.

    We rented a house and stayed there for a few days to give it a nice paint job. The house had 2 floors, stairs indoors and we always put our shoes nice and tidy next to each other at the bottom of these stairs.

    One evening we went to the cinema and around 22:00 we came back. I unlocked the door, we took off our shoes and put them at the bottom of the stairs as we were used to. We had about 5 pairs of shoes there. I took a shower and my wife (back then girlfriend) dried the clothes outside. I wanted to buy some coke around the corner so I went down and to my surprise I saw that our shoes were placed in a perfect circle in front of the stairs (bottom). My wife went crazy and wanted to leave the house because of '" spirits". A few days later we left, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack swelters
    I did not find a spirit house there, but being on government project land it has a fire extinguisher.
    same same

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    I know 3 or 4 ghost stories, I dont hang it on people who tell thiers.
    I like the early photo with the jeep in it, got any more.

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    Great pics - loved the early photo

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