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    The views up on the island were nice at sundown.



    These two came out to drop off some fish. I had my wife ask about the boats as I'd like on for the river. They make them in Chiang Mai and cost 30,000 baht with the engine.



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    I can't remember the last time I was so happy to see the sunrise.



    It was ok fun but agreed with the family that next time they can go without me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    I'm looking at those goats and thinking "BARBECUE!"

    Yeah not sure what end the goats will meet.

    hopefully something harmless

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    Quote Originally Posted by idareu View Post
    This is a great thread, got to love an insight into the countryside. We had considered Uttaradit but I feel I’ll end up quite bored very quickly. I still really like Hua Hin but we have found ourselves looking at Jomtien more recently. Thanks for the pics!
    I felt the same before but found I didn't want to be in a busy tourist area . Having access to western food and malls or bars didn't seem necessary anymore. I got burned out on all the traffic, packs of soi dogs around our house that came alive at 2am and trash everywhere. The number of buses driving around Pattaya these days really is something. I used to like a coffee in the evening at Bon cafe or La Baguette but I think now it would be more relaxing to sit on the side of the motorway. There will be some things i'll miss about the area but I can just go down and stay at a hotel for a day or two if I must go back. If I need a break from the village it's easy enough to just travel out somewhere for a bit.

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    Nice pics, nice thread, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Nice pics, nice thread, Mike.
    Agreed.
    Well done....


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    With the big raft adventure behind us it was time to get back to working on our search. Last year a family member showed us a place that was for sale we were taken over for a look. Unfortunately it was perfect I mean exactly what I would have dreamed of so we agreed to the asking price and it was done. So I thought, the guy called three days later and said he changed his mind and didn't want to sell. We were real disappointed and everything we looked at after seemed shit. Having a year to let go of that we revisited a place that we saw last year, out of all the places it was second best. The people that lived there grow mushrooms It's just over two Rai with a house and several other buildings on the property on a nice part of the river. There is a small road that runs down the rivers edge witch the other place from last year didn't have but it's ok we still have a decent amount of area on the river side two.

    here are some pics of the mushroom operation. The people are taking all that stuff with them (thank god)



    oyster mushrooms




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    Thanks for the pics, mike. Very interesting, more pics please!

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    We got a local to cut back some of the brush on the river bank.



    The view across in the evening.




    The house is pretty rough inside and out. We're going to have it painted and gut both bathrooms as there a horror and retile the inside as well.

    Here is the contractor leaving. A real nice local lady.



    And the house.



    The usual blue water lines running everywhere.

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    Here are some pictures I took while out on my bike.

    The water man


    These guys seemed pretty amused to see a westerner on a bike.


    There are alot of really cool old wooden houses around the area.


    Some must be 60-70 years old


    All these are down the road along the river.
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    This Chinese burial site is right on the river all perfectly maintained. Must have been pretty well off the place was huge.



    Someones ghost won't be happy about that bottle on the ground there.
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    Mike ... great trip report ... something I've not done.

    Never seen that Dam Barge before ... costs?
    Sleeps how many?
    What's included?
    Details

    So, the house you looked at initially, agreed to a price, then the Vender pulled out.
    Is that the same one you are buying now?

    Good luck with it.

    Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch

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    Well It's time to haul back to Pattaya to get the house ready to sell and try to get it listed.

    I will miss the sea.



    You never know what you will find on the beach.


    This beach just before you get into town must be drop off for unwanted dogs. There are so many I've seen people down there feeding them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Here is the contractor leaving. A real nice local lady.

    I like the checker-plate body work. Built to last!

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    A nice waffle and cappuccino. While watching a Russian lady take hundreds of pictures of herself inside.




    My wife will miss the seafood.


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    ^ Yeah they tell me she built that herself.

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    Such a wonderful and informative thread! I e never seen the mushroom set up before so I’ve already learnt one new thing today! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Mike ... great trip report ... something I've not done.

    Never seen that Dam Barge before ... costs?
    Sleeps how many?
    What's included?
    Details

    So, the house you looked at initially, agreed to a price, then the Vender pulled out.
    Is that the same one you are buying now?

    Good luck with it.

    Hi David, The barges vary in size and layout and can go all the way to Chiang Mai. The one we were on can sleep 25 people all food is included we brought our own drink. It's basic Thai food though family brought ingredients to make me something as well. The one day trip I think you can choose three locations to anchor for the night we stayed near Valentine island the one with the goats. It was 15,000 baht. There are alot to choose from.

    The house from last year still isn't for sale I stewed over it for an entire year. Even offered more money but in the end had to move on. The place we got is on the other side of the river.
    Here is the offending property 3 rai if it comes up for sale I'll still give it serious thought.
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    ^ Thanks for that.

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    When I came to Thailand in 2005 my friend and I stayed at the Royal Cliff I haven't been back since so went up there for lunch and a look around.

    Had a nice lunch outside. Pad thai shrimp and panang chicken.




    There is a cool coffee place up on the overlook.



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    Ah they tell me it used to be a quiet fishing village to bad there's no resemblance of it now. You can just see the top off the temporarily abandoned condo tower.



    A couple dogs taking some shade.



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    It does look much nicer down there no that all those speed boats are gone. It was a real junk yard before all covered in oil.




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    We Headed to Bangkok for the weekend stayed on Sukhumvit 11 at Frasier not the greatest but we like the location.

    Saw these poor bugers on the way there.




    I can't imagine driving a Lambo in Bangkok or anywhere in Thailand actually.



    I remember watching this place open I guess it didn't work out.
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    This old house is near the hotel it's funny to see tucked in next to all the condos and hotels.



    Heading to China Town.

    The boat was fully loaded.



    Flying past Jim Thompson



    I love these boat rides so chaotic.



    made it.

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    This was a big one. Must be hardy to live in there.

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