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    Friday March 26, 05:13 AM
    Westerners follow Thai brides to live in hard-up northeast

    UDON THANI, Thailand (AFP) - On what the locals jokingly call "Westerners street", Australian Justin Raines is laughing over a beer with his pregnant Thai fiancee Eve -- who at 21 is half his age.

    "It doesn't matter whether you're fat, you're ugly, you've got spew hanging out of your mouth or whatever else, there's some lady here who will want to take care of you," Justin says with a grin.

    Nine years ago he moved from Queensland to this hard-up, northeastern region of Thailand, known as Isaan, to be with his first Thai wife, whom he met on a trip to Bangkok.

    The pair later separated, but Justin said by then he had fallen for "laid-back" Udon Thani, one of Isaan's main towns, where he opened Western bars and went on to meet his new Thai bride-to-be.

    "The ladies here are the most beautiful girls in Thailand, Isaan ladies, and money-wise too -- it's cheaper here to live than it is in other places like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket," Justin said, referring to the capital and two top tourist resorts.

    Holidaymakers in Thailand rarely venture to Isaan, the country's least prosperous region, where downtrodden farms are more commonplace than the glitzy hotels and paradise beaches found further south.

    Yet many foreign men apparently share Justin's enthusiasm.

    He and Eve are one of an estimated 60-70,000 cross-cultural couples now in the region according to Buapan Promphakping, associate professor in social development at the local Khon Kaen University.

    The trend began back in the 1960s when thousands of US soldiers were stationed in the area during the Vietnam War.

    But it has continued apace, particularly as many poor Isaan women have left home to find work in the tourist hubs -- often as bar girls -- where they can meet foreign men and bring them back to settle in the northeast.

    Justin's fiancee, whose full Thai name is Nirruttaya Yapha, said "the way of life is easy" with her Western partner, who even helps with the washing up, and together the pair now run a small clothing business.

    But Justin's socialising with fellow expatriates is a sore point.

    "He's not single anymore and when they go out at night, they stay out until the morning. It's not acceptable, so we fight regularly," she said.

    There can be a darker side for both partners in these unions, in which big age gaps are common and Thai law means Western men often end up buying local properties in their wife's name.

    "I mean, how smart do you have to be to realise that this could be a bit of a trap?" said John Burdett, a British lawyer-turned-novelist who has extensively interviewed Isaan bar girls in Bangkok for his books.

    Burdett said Thai-Western marriages could, however, work "fantastically well" -- and often provide a financial lifeline for the woman's family -- if couples have the right approach.

    "It's a question of both parties, especially the men, understanding that this is a very different culture and if you want a long-term relationship you're going to have to understand the culture," he said.

    Ronnie Behnke, 37, is trying to do just that, after moving from Brisbane in Australia to his wife Parnom's quiet home village in the Isaan province of Khon Kaen, where the couple have set up a fish farm together.

    "I was going into a jungle -- you hear a lot of bad stories about people being ripped off," he said. "I just moved along step-by-step to make sure this is what I wanted to do."

    Ronnie said he "hit it off" with his 26-year-old wife in the southeastern resort of Pattaya seven years ago, where he was on holiday and she worked as a housemaid, but he found his first visit to the northeast something of a shock.

    "They had nothing, her family. The toilet was a disgrace so I fixed the toilet, the shower. They wanted me to stay at the house but I couldn't use it," he said.

    "When I came here and saw people who have nothing to give, but they still give it, I thought: these are people I want to help."

    Ronnie hopes the farm will boost the village's economy, and he also offers advice to Western visitors on Isaan culture in his role as a volunteer with the tourist police -- authorities he reckoned it helps to have on side.

    "Now I have a safety net, now I have a group of people I can trust, I feel safe," he said.

    Although he admitted his Thai language skills are still fairly basic, Ronnie said he is happier hanging out with the locals than the expat community.

    "It's a shame because you see a lot of bar flies who have nothing better to do than drink all day and go back and harass their wives. Sometimes I want to say: well there's the airport, just go if you don't like it," he said.

    As for his wife Parnom, she seemed happy with her choice of partner.

    "I think I've found a good man, you know, and he takes care of me. I think I'm happy with this. Simple!" she said with a laugh.

    Source: Westerners follow Thai brides to live in hard-up northeast - Yahoo!Xtra News

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    I saw some pretty fine new houses and temples that way in Feb2010.

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    Lots of heart warming tales.

    Makes one want to find a good Isaan girl and settle down pronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    I think
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    I think I've found a good man
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    I think I'm happy with this
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    she said with a laugh.
    Oh oh. Better be careful there Ronnie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    "The ladies here are the most beautiful girls in Thailand, Isaan ladies, and money-wise too
    oh my Satan

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    Nine years ago he moved from Queensland to this hard-up, northeastern region of Thailand, known as Isaan, to be with his first Thai wife, whom he met on a trip to Bangkok. The pair later separated, but Justin said by then he had fallen for "laid-back" Udon Thani, one of Isaan's main towns, where he opened Western bars and went on to meet his new Thai bride-to-be.
    I agree Isaan is a forsaken land, but Udon Thani is a developed town with shopping malls , farang restaurants and beerbars , practically another Pattaya, although on a smaller scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    Although he admitted his Thai language skills are still fairly basic, Ronnie said he is happier hanging out with the locals than the expat community.
    oh my Satan !! (yes, again !... reminds me of a guy on the Italian forum saying :"I'm quite happy to spend my time with my Thai friends" ...ended up broke a few months later, lost also car and condo gambled away by wife)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
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    "It doesn't matter whether you're fat, you're ugly, you've got spew hanging out of your mouth or whatever else,
    This man knows what he is talking about because there are few around as fat, ugly and Drunken as Justin, I would add foul mouthed, uncouth, pathological liar and stupid to the list.
    To top off he list of sins he is an Aussie.

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    Issan is great if you don't like mountains, or hills or any features at all.
    No wildlife either which is a bonus if you're not into nature and all that shit.

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    Added a bit of clarification to Ronnies story.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
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    Ronnie Behnke, 37, is trying to do just that, after moving from Brisbane in Australia to his wife Parnom's quiet home village (dump) in the Isaan province of Khon Kaen, where the couple have set up a fish farm together. (best of luck with that Ronnie, not seen one work yet, Good for the locals Tho, Free fish from the gormless farang)

    "I was going into a jungle -- you hear a lot of bad stories about people being ripped off," he said. "I just moved along step-by-step to make sure this is what I wanted to do." ( but not me says Ronnie, I'm a clever fvcker from Queensland)

    Ronnie said he "hit it off" with his ( 3 holer) 26-year-old wife in the southeastern resort of Pattaya seven years ago, where he was on holiday and she worked as a housemaid,(yes Ronnie we believe that ) but he found his first visit to the northeast something of a shock.(WHAT! No McDonalds)

    "They had nothing, her family. The toilet was a disgrace so I fixed the toilet, the shower. They wanted me to stay at the house but I couldn't use it, ( why would you live with Filthy cvnts like that?)" he said.

    "When I came here and saw people who have nothing to give, but they still give it, I thought: these are people I want to help." ( Yea, Ronnie ya mug)

    Ronnie hopes the farm will boost the village's economy, and he also offers advice to Western visitors on Isaan culture ( cant speak Thai but offers cultural advice) in his role as a volunteer with the tourist police -- authorities he reckoned it helps to have on side. ( Like sucking Thai cops cock do ya Ronnie ?)

    "Now I have a safety net, now I have a group of people I can trust, I feel safe," he said. ( Poor deluded facker, you will learn)

    Although he admitted his Thai language skills are still fairly basic, Ronnie said he is happier hanging out with the locals than the expat community. (he has no western freinds anyway, because he's a Grassing TPV)

    "It's a shame because you see a lot of bar flies who have nothing better to do than drink all day and go back and harass their wives. Sometimes I want to say: well there's the airport, just go if you don't like it," he said.

    As for his wife Parnom, she seemed happy with her choice of partner. ( she hasn't got much choice has she?)

    "I think I've found a good man, you know, and he takes care of me.(and my family and my Buffaloes and my Pua Noi and my kids) I think I'm happy with this.
    Simple!" ( thats Ronnie shes talking about) she said with a laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsRobsLife View Post
    Issan is great if you don't like mountains, or hills or any features at all.
    No wildlife either which is a bonus if you're not into nature and all that shit.
    Great selling job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    Australian Justin Raines is laughing over a beer with his pregnant Thai fiancee Eve -- who at 21 is half his age.
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo
    But Justin's socialising with fellow expatriates is a sore point. "He's not single anymore and when they go out at night, they stay out until the morning. It's not acceptable, so we fight regularly," she said.
    The last time I saw Justin and his missus they were having a barney in a bar and he stormed off to 'fuck every fucking whore in Udon'.

    Not sure how many he managed to fuck before he passed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsRobsLife
    Issan is great if you don't like mountains, or hills or any features at all.
    You've never been to Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakhon Nakhon or Mukdahan, I take it?

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    I'd agree that Issan women are, on average, pretty good looking compared to the fatter ethnic-Chinese Chiang Mai (northerners). Central Thai women seem to have found the best mix though (IMO).

    But the Issan-rip-off-marriage story is a cliche. For every guy fleeced by some scheming Issan family, there are probably ten other marriages that fuction normally. Giving money to the woman's family is considered normal - whether it was a Thai or foreigner marrying the girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer
    Giving money to the woman's family is considered normal - whether it was a Thai or foreigner marrying the girl.
    How many Thai men do you know who give cash to his Mrs family? I never met one I know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot View Post
    I agree Isaan is a forsaken land, but Udon Thani is a developed town with shopping malls , farang restaurants and beerbars , practically another Pattaya, although on a smaller scale.
    Can't be that bad ................. can it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsRobsLife
    Issan is great if you don't like mountains, or hills or any features at all.
    except for scorching heat without the relief of any air conditioned shopping facility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot View Post
    I agree Isaan is a forsaken land, but Udon Thani is a developed town with shopping malls , farang restaurants and beerbars , practically another Pattaya, although on a smaller scale.
    Can't be that bad ................. can it ?
    what's bad in being able to buy cheese in an air conditioned shopping mall , eat pizza in a farang restaurant, barfine a whore to have your dick smoked ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer
    For every marriage that appears to function normally, there are probably ten other guys fleeced by their scheming Issan family
    Fixed

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer
    Giving money to the woman's family is considered normal - whether it was a Thai or foreigner marrying the girl.
    How many Thai men do you know who give cash to his Mrs family? I never met one I know that.

    at least 24

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer
    Giving money to the woman's family is considered normal - whether it was a Thai or foreigner marrying the girl.
    How many Thai men do you know who give cash to his Mrs family? I never met one I know that.

    at least 24
    All of the ones I know that have money. It's tricky of course, you can't just give - you know that most (all?) of it will be pissed away on drink and gambling. But they still do.

    I've heard from several sources now that Udon is turning into a farang hub. Should be interesting to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikster
    I've heard from several sources now that Udon is turning into a farang hub. Should be interesting to watch.
    Has turned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy dog
    How many Thai men do you know who give cash to his Mrs family? I never met one I know that.
    Have you ever been to Thailand?

    สินสอด sin sot? Money for the Mrs. Family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot View Post
    I agree Isaan is a forsaken land, but Udon Thani is a developed town with shopping malls , farang restaurants and beerbars , practically another Pattaya, although on a smaller scale.
    Can't be that bad ................. can it ?
    I read this a lot and I guess when I have been driving through the flatlands there hasnt been much to catch the eye but where I live (PhuPhaMan) it is bloody beautiful, admittedly it is at the base of the big mountain range that you cross to over to central Thailand so a nice back drop is always there but there are plenty of nice places up the North East, just a different pace of life.

    The area I live in is untouched by tourism and sort of irritates me that there isnt much information available or signage in English..a lot of natural beauty.
    The drive from Chumphae to Lom Sak over the mountains is world class.

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    ^ The area I live in is untouched by tourism and sort of irritates me that there isnt much information available or signage in English..a lot of natural beauty.
    The drive from Chumphae to Lom Sak over the mountains is world class.



    'untouched by tourism'.....'a lot of natural beauty' .......world class mountains,

    and you are irritated by a lack of signage in English !..........your doomed...theres no hope for you.............lol

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