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    Thesis done on Udon Thani

    http://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/bitst...ch_schulte.pdf

    Unless you are into scholary reerach you might want to start on page 103, up to you I scanned it first and that was what I wanted.

    As usual I'm a square peg for a round hole. He definetly saw a part of Udon that it is best known for. But I think he might have missed the aprt I live in. In his defence he asked for participation. But, frankly everyone thought he was a trool. Turns out he wasn't.

    I met him once at the bowling alley, nice young guy.

    Some interesting points he makes is the lack of organized effort by the Thailand to attract a specific range of retirees. The lack of social organaztion beyond the bar scene. Teh failure to allow retirees to help in the community beyond being a tourist police volunteer. That one has been a sore spot for me all along. That is a huge loss of talent that would not take jobs from Thai's a most would just like to have somethign to stay busy.

    Not a real surprise as to the views Thai's have of us. The ones the Thai's see the most of are those involved in the bar scene. A lot of us have other social activities such as in my case motorcycle touring. But we are pretty much a behind the scene activity.

    His coomnets a to Pattaya was intersting again I donlt fit. my first vist w to Pattaya, what I saw was somplace that would not be where I wanted to live. But, I saw something in the Thai people that caused me to search further.

    Why Udon it had a VFW which meant a englsih speaking population. I have long since stopped being active in the organazation. Simply because I found a better way for me. But at first it was a valuluable method to learn.

    Another way I don't fit I was never here in the Military.

    One thing that surprised me was the statement that most expats leave after tow years. Don't doubt it just haven't seen it. I would be the first to admit that the first two years are the hardest and about three years out you start to get he flow of things.

    Marriage, I don't agree that the only way os to become total Thai. First of all that is simply not possible. Secondly I believe a blended marriage of trying combine the best of both cultures works best.

    I respect my wifes family and treat them with respect. But, I'm no door mat, not a walking ATM machine. Yes I help when the need is there. But, thay have helped me in other ways. There have been a few in the family that saw me a thier bank, they e were sadly mistaken.So we donlt have much contact with them. Now here is the kicker wifes idea not mine. I don't really see them to be much different then my home country family.

    The belief system sorry I don't interfer with that. I may no believe it, but that is up my wife. I even go along sometimes without the slightest clue of what is going on. I only know it makes her feel better. Certianly doesn't cost me much to give.

    Competetion from the Super markets. Hey big surprise that is where the wife wants to shop. But the general rule the Mom and pop markets dont stock all that we want to buy. Otherwise I see no problem in shopping the mom and pop markets. Truth is we are lucky here, once you leave the down town area, very little double priciing goes on here.

    Has the farrang population changed Udon yes in certain areas it is not the Udon I knew and came to want as my home city. But for the most part I say to the part that I do love. It's still here but not all over it was before.

    As to nothing to see around here, guess I hould have taken him for a bike ride, lots of lakes within the Province and soem very scenic areas as well. But you won't find them on a Tourist map.

    Marriages centered around finance, yes. But is it really all that different for Thai's? Not the ones I know.

    Is Udon goign to out grow it's infrastructure no it already has.

    For the first tiem someoen actually cam up with some numbers for the farrang population and as usual, nothing Iron Clad. TAT estimates it a 3-5 K

    A survey conduted at the Songkran festival sits at about 2500.

    Nong Khai issues 299 annual visas or renewals, each year. By the way these numbers ae fom two years ago i beleive. So somewhere between 299 and 5K

    It really doesn't paint a very pretty picture of us. But in the end that is our fault. He asked we didn't help.

    Anyway that is what I gleaned from it be interseting to see others views.

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    Thanks for the link Ray, I read through a good part of it but learned nothing new. Most of his "research" seems to have been done in bars or is ripped off Udonforum, hardly Representative. A lot of its just repetitive anecdotal stuff, not a lot of value to anyone to be honest.

    “If you look at typical farangs in Thailand, you are looking at some of the worst kinds of men in the world. I'm not saying everybody but look around see what I mean.......and you know what I mean.” – (SanBorn, 2007) quote from
    Udon Thani thailand maps & detailed udonthani information - udonmap.com - Home forum.
    A quote from some anonymous misfit from the udon forum, is this research and why is this relevant ?

    Some of its just plain crap, reference to Udon Hospitals being world class Jezuz, if you have any care in one you wouldn't agree.

    Blaming Farangs for the rise in popularity for super stores, has he been in one ? 99.9% of the customers are Thai.

    Up to 90% of Thai / farang marriages end in divorce, sort of doubt that one, I don't know of any personally and have only directly heard of one in my local area. Although if you read the udon forum you could be forgiven for thinking its very high.

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    yeah seems like fair thesis, must say ive not read many, seemed like he was qouting a lot of stuff, and most of it im sure everyones heard before about any other town in thailand
    still it kept me out of mischief for 30 mins till i got so bored of hearing stuff ive heard before, damn!! im doing it now! best i go find something else to do
    verdict: dreary
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    "Khon Kaen University study cited in the above article also found that
    90 per cent of the Northeastern inhabitants want their daughters to marry foreigners"




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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    yeah seems like fair thesis, must say ive not read many, seemed like he was qouting a lot of stuff, and most of it im sure everyones heard before about any other town in thailand
    still it kept me out of mischief for 30 mins till i got so bored of hearing stuff ive heard before, damn!! im doing it now! best i go find something else to do
    verdict: dreary
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    ^^ Now thats not fair Spin, I am sure they are totally altruistic in thinking solely of their daughters welfare and the beautiful pale skinned Luk krueng Grand children they will have. I know these people and they are selfless in their desire for their offsprings advancement at the expense of their own. In the 8 years I have known my wife,her parents have never asked for single thing, no sin sot, not a single satang (Mind you it helps the have been dead for 20 yrs)

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    ^ Peter, has she got any hot sisters?

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    Yea, Spin But they are all over 40 yrs and about 120 Kgs each, you wanna date ?

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    If anything, Internet postings may signal a higher level of boredom than other retirees or expats. Page 21.
    Friggin genius this bloke is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spin View Post
    "Khon Kaen University study cited in the above article also found that
    90 per cent of the Northeastern inhabitants want their daughters to marry foreigners"
    When the cash cow has ran out does the 90% vote in favour of divorce !!!

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