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    surin

    well a move out to surin town might be in order in the next few years, just trying to get an idea of house rents, apartments, shophouses etc.
    whos out there, and what are the pros and cons of living out that way?

    just to add, ive already lived out in issan so i kind of have a feel for issan life, and kind of miss it, but enjoy bangkok so i would like to try a thai town.
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    Aren't you a bit young to be moving to issan? I thought you had to be bloody old to appreciate it.

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    already done a stretch in issan FP,nice to see your reply, but wheres the info i need? come on you old codgers, sell surin to me

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    Things you'll need, SS:

    Decent net connection

    Other foreign types of an agreeable disposition..ie not German.

    A motorcycle

    A fishing rod

    A gun

    A liking for rice based liquor

    A padded cell in you basement

    A strait-jacket

    A 7/11 at the very fucking least

    and something to keep you occupied other than the net - a hobby of some description..I found vigorous exercise tends to numb the sheer torture of it all, until I turned into a beer swilling, cheeseburger guzzling, peasant!

    Enjoy it mate..I wish you well.

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    ta slap, i like being lazy so i guess ill keep busy doing that, any info on surin? theres not a lot on the net, surin farang, farang connection have feck all

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter
    any info on surin?
    This is the only piccie I took in Surin, mate..enjoy..



    Pretty sure there are a couple of farang boozers in the place - otherwise it's just same old same old..

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    I've probably driven through and maybe even stayed a night in Surin at some point but don't remember, is that any help?

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    Every year they have their elephant round up and apparently they only have one hotel. Other than that, I can't help ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalie8
    apparently they only have one hotel
    There's loads of hotels.
    There are 4 farang boozers in Surin I know of, and they are all within walking distance in the town centre. That puts Ubon to shame. Quite a lively town is Surin- there are Thai bars as well in the same area.

    Rural Surin knows the place, he either lives there part time, or lived there before.
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    I know Surin spent some time there its lively enough, I've never really mixed with the local expats always prefered flying solo the locals are very friendly though.

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    going to go look around when i get back, the missus is from up thataways and she knows the town quite well, have to go looky for meself though

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    Are you planning on moving there at the same time that I'm moving to London, so that we'll never have that beer together? :-(

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    whens that nat? not for a few years for me...

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    Ah, so you're thinking long term. I'll be moving to London in January or February of next year.

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    There is at least one massage parlor there somewhere. It might be above a snooker parlor near the Surin Plaza department store. The farang connection is there or was but its owner died a couple years ago. Not sure what happened after he died. I've never been there at night so don't know what that might be like. Just know one thing, if you find the place depressing, it only gets worse every kilometer you head outside of the city.

    Life up here is pretty much dust, bugs, hongtong whiskey, dust, bugs, and more hongtong. You can fish if there are any left. Passing out your cash to all your poor relatives is another free time activity for some.


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    Surin beckons for a night out. Heres the "plan**"-

    1- Catch the slow train from Ubon to Surin (3 hours). This costs a princely 31 bht plus beer- yep plenty of that for sale on the train. Some grilled chicken on a stick and corn cob too, to make a 3 course meal of it. All delivered to you by a friendly old crone. I reckon the slow train is one of Thailands most under utilised travel options. Why does everyone get on a boring, crowded bus?
    2- Take the short cut to the Majestic Apartments. Just walk to the end of the platform, and walk along the muddy foot trail for 150m then you come out on the road. Not far to the Majestic (450bht) but, oh dear- quick detour.
    3- Pop into Starbeam for a bevvy- a 'merkin owned place, it's been open about a year and seems to be well received. Stagger the remaining 150 yards & check in. Or maybe have a pizza there first.
    4- Freshen up, walk outside and turn left. Turn right again at the next street, and you are basically in the centre of things Surin. Loads of Thai open air type bars here, invariably showing a soccer game. Sounds tempting for one or two.
    5- Norby's for a German meal. Norby is a classic Isaan misanthrope, and he's not the least bit prejudiced- he hates everyone and everything. I like his food, and his reliable temperament. Careful of his cantankerous dog- they say dogs take on the characteristics of their owners you know.
    6- Belly full, off to the bus station area (short walk) to check out Surin's other two expat places- Farang Connection (the original, and said to be the worst since Martin died) and Oasis (Norwegian owned, said to be the hangout of the hardcore pissheads).
    7- Enough of farangs, back to Norby's soi, which happens to be the dubious nitelife soi of Surin. Seems ungracious not to check it out. Somewhere along the way you will encounter at least one elephant- theres always an elephant in Surin. Feed him an overpriced banana.
    8- Stagger back to the Majestic, possibly with a new found friend. It's the wee hours by now. Hard days work done. Possibly put BBC on as you drift of to sleep, and see who's killing who in the real world.

    It's on the cards- got a neophyte in the village just itching to do this, but he came down with the Dengue. And his dog died of distemper, plus, plus.... ahh ferget it, he's gradually coming down to Isaan speed. Goh Bpen Yang, Isaan time- we'll get there. I'll be sure to bring along me camera.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    dust, bugs, hongtong whiskey,
    Sure beats concrete, fumes & bladdy shopping malls.


    The Morning After.

    Blessed Sleep. Towards midday, I've got a hankering to check out Gary Staffords place in nearby Prasat (30km). In keeping with theme, we'll hop on a songthaew- it's the one that takes you to the Chong Chom border crossing. It's actually a smallgoods factory, but he's got a bar there and serves stodgy English grub like pork pies etc, all made on the premises. Seems rude not to do some shopping there. Heck, why not- reckon I'll take the swag and overnight in Prasat, which is a sizable town. There is another farang pub there I believe (?), plus Ryan's Resort (Irish owned, Isaan operated- what a combo) is just out of town on Highway 24. We'll prolly doss there- it's got a farang bar and a pool table, and work out how to get back home the next day. With a combination of sign language, a smile, and the patience of a saint you can just do a milk run of songthaews various and you'll get where you wanna go eventually. Or maybe just change plans (again) and stay in nakhon nowhere or somewhere thats not really anywhere- heck this is Isaan, time is liquid, plans mutate- and smiles are free. Try some local grub for a change, and don't forget the lomotil. Isaan is a state of mind.

    Kind of a diplomatic mission to visit our small town friends in Surin Province- who strangely enough have more farang options than us Ubon sophisticates.



    The nearest I've seen to decent web info is on the Buriram expats site, but it's still very lacking-
    Surin Bars & Restaurants

    ** Disclaimer- plans never work to plan in Isaan
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    Around the bus station there are approx. 8 massage parlours. As well as the Farang connection there are several western bars/restaurants around or close to the bus station.

    Sports Bar, Green mango, Oasis, N&N's(Soi Cola), Starbeam. There are other Farang places around but you will need a tuk tuk to get to most of them or have your walking shoes on. Several coffee shops around the bus station also.

    There are two soapies around town if that floats your boat and they are both reasonably priced, so my friends tell me.

    Soi Cola has lots of Karaokes and bars as well as Speed disco and not so far away there is Tawan dang(sp) disco So all in all there are are plenty of places to eat and drink and have some entertainment.
    Many many Thai bars around that are good fun as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke View Post
    I've probably driven through and maybe even stayed a night in Surin at some point but don't remember, is that any help?
    I usually stay at that big hotel Tong Tarin or whatever it's called in the center of Surin on the occasions I'm in the neighborhood. Old, musty place but cheap. Has a nice beer bar / restaurant in front. Live music and all that. The town itself seems pretty busy - didn't see any Farangs around whenever I've been thru there tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter
    whos out there
    I should be in the next province to your right, mate.

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    ^thats not so bad then


    cheers sabang, enjoyed that a pic thread would be nice

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    Smallish townhouses in town with smallish yard 2/3 bedrooms go for about 5-6000/month (completely) unfurnished.
    Western style apartments (separate bedroom,living room, kitchen) very thin on the ground.
    Thai style ie 1 room no kitchen plentiful around 6,000/month electricity/water extra.
    Shop houses no idea sorry.
    If seeking a house be careful of flooding, although not a general problem imo (certainly not Korat). I recall being shown a "nice" area with several rentals but at the time it was more than ankle deep in water.
    Western restaurants/bars have been covered. There is also a Swiss restaurant not too far from the centre and a French/Thai restaurant out by the uni as well as a good Japanese restaurant more central close to Tawan Daeng
    There is nightlife centered around the Tong Tarin Hotel with bars, restaurants, karaoke and even an a-go-go.
    There are also a fair number of Thai style restaurants and drinking locations along the klong stretching from Big C to the uni
    KFC & Pizza Company but no McDonalds.
    Shopping is quite poor with Surin Plaza and Phetkasem Plaza both exuding a run down feel Again certainly not Korat.
    Big C , Makro and Tesco all in the same area not too far from the centre.

    Normally a fairly quiet provincial town with a small growing number of westerners

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    I've been meaning to do a trip to southern Isaan for the last couple of years. Too bloody busy for the last year and a half. Maybe we'll take a week off over Christmas..?

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    thanks larry

    yeah marmers, let us know, might meet you in surin or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Surin beckons for a night out. Heres the "plan**"-

    1- Catch the slow train from Ubon to Surin (3 hours). This costs a princely 31 bht plus beer- yep plenty of that for sale on the train. Some grilled chicken on a stick and corn cob too, to make a 3 course meal of it. All delivered to you by a friendly old crone. I reckon the slow train is one of Thailands most under utilised travel options. Why does everyone get on a boring, crowded bus?
    2- Take the short cut to the Majestic Apartments. Just walk to the end of the platform, and walk along the muddy foot trail for 150m then you come out on the road. Not far to the Majestic (450bht) but, oh dear- quick detour.
    3- Pop into Starbeam for a bevvy- a 'merkin owned place, it's been open about a year and seems to be well received. Stagger the remaining 150 yards & check in. Or maybe have a pizza there first.
    4- Freshen up, walk outside and turn left. Turn right again at the next street, and you are basically in the centre of things Surin. Loads of Thai open air type bars here, invariably showing a soccer game. Sounds tempting for one or two.
    5- Norby's for a German meal. Norby is a classic Isaan misanthrope, and he's not the least bit prejudiced- he hates everyone and everything. I like his food, and his reliable temperament. Careful of his cantankerous dog- they say dogs take on the characteristics of their owners you know.
    6- Belly full, off to the bus station area (short walk) to check out Surin's other two expat places- Farang Connection (the original, and said to be the worst since Martin died) and Oasis (Norwegian owned, said to be the hangout of the hardcore pissheads).
    7- Enough of farangs, back to Norby's soi, which happens to be the dubious nitelife soi of Surin. Seems ungracious not to check it out. Somewhere along the way you will encounter at least one elephant- theres always an elephant in Surin. Feed him an overpriced banana.
    8- Stagger back to the Majestic, possibly with a new found friend. It's the wee hours by now. Hard days work done. Possibly put BBC on as you drift of to sleep, and see who's killing who in the real world.

    It's on the cards- got a neophyte in the village just itching to do this, but he came down with the Dengue. And his dog died of distemper, plus, plus.... ahh ferget it, he's gradually coming down to Isaan speed. Goh Bpen Yang, Isaan time- we'll get there. I'll be sure to bring along me camera.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    dust, bugs, hongtong whiskey,
    Sure beats concrete, fumes & bladdy shopping malls.


    The Morning After.

    Blessed Sleep. Towards midday, I've got a hankering to check out Gary Staffords place in nearby Prasat (30km). In keeping with theme, we'll hop on a songthaew- it's the one that takes you to the Chong Chom border crossing. It's actually a smallgoods factory, but he's got a bar there and serves stodgy English grub like pork pies etc, all made on the premises. Seems rude not to do some shopping there. Heck, why not- reckon I'll take the swag and overnight in Prasat, which is a sizable town. There is another farang pub there I believe (?), plus Ryan's Resort (Irish owned, Isaan operated- what a combo) is just out of town on Highway 24. We'll prolly doss there- it's got a farang bar and a pool table, and work out how to get back home the next day. With a combination of sign language, a smile, and the patience of a saint you can just do a milk run of songthaews various and you'll get where you wanna go eventually. Or maybe just change plans (again) and stay in nakhon nowhere or somewhere thats not really anywhere- heck this is Isaan, time is liquid, plans mutate- and smiles are free. Try some local grub for a change, and don't forget the lomotil. Isaan is a state of mind.

    Kind of a diplomatic mission to visit our small town friends in Surin Province- who strangely enough have more farang options than us Ubon sophisticates.



    The nearest I've seen to decent web info is on the Buriram expats site, but it's still very lacking-
    Surin Bars & Restaurants

    ** Disclaimer- plans never work to plan in Isaan
    You forgot a visit to tawang daeng, it is mostly Thai dancing on the tables to music from a band of around 14 musicians. real friendly people with no hassle at all. Generally Thai in Surin are fiendly and helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy As Larry View Post
    Smallish townhouses in town with smallish yard 2/3 bedrooms go for about 5-6000/month (completely) unfurnished.
    Western style apartments (separate bedroom,living room, kitchen) very thin on the ground.
    Thai style ie 1 room no kitchen plentiful around 6,000/month electricity/water extra.
    Shop houses no idea sorry.
    If seeking a house be careful of flooding, although not a general problem imo (certainly not Korat). I recall being shown a "nice" area with several rentals but at the time it was more than ankle deep in water.
    Western restaurants/bars have been covered. There is also a Swiss restaurant not too far from the centre and a French/Thai restaurant out by the uni as well as a good Japanese restaurant more central close to Tawan Daeng
    There is nightlife centered around the Tong Tarin Hotel with bars, restaurants, karaoke and even an a-go-go.
    There are also a fair number of Thai style restaurants and drinking locations along the klong stretching from Big C to the uni
    KFC & Pizza Company but no McDonalds.
    Shopping is quite poor with Surin Plaza and Phetkasem Plaza both exuding a run down feel Again certainly not Korat.
    Big C , Makro and Tesco all in the same area not too far from the centre.

    Normally a fairly quiet provincial town with a small growing number of westerners
    Also a Robinsons Lifestyle(Joke) Mall.

    Good plan sabang but I'd suggest saving 3 hours and not leaving Ubon!!!!!!! LOL!

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