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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    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.
    I had a nice 2 bedroom house behind the Royal cliff back in 1985, 6,000 baht/month on 1/4 rai of land,
    times have changed

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    ^Yeah the place is probably unrecognizable from then. That probably seemed far out country back in 1985.

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    great thread..I am very happy to read and look at all pics...

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    A few sights on the walk to Chinatown.

    This place had a nice selection of trim.


    I can just see the big swing though those wires.



    And a classic old Thai house.

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    And now for some bizarre sightings.

    Not sure how someone can let a dog get this big.



    I wondered what was in those bags went in for a close up and...

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    That was about it for Bangkok. Had to go back to Pattaya to put the house up for sale then head back to Ban Tak to close the deal up there. Mixed in with some truly maddening banking adventures.
    When we bought that house in Pattaya I figured we would be stuck with it forever so was a bit skeptical about trying to sell it. My wife listed it with a Thai realtor and I was surprised how much interest there was.


    Using the rental car like a pickup truck. Had to replace the wood base molding that the termites ate. What a pain to do without a decent saw. This is turning out to be some holiday.

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    Jeez that dog is big.

    Quality pics Mike!

    Thanks for taking the time to post and share.

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    Thanks. Yeah may be the fattest dog I've ever seen.

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    On The road back up north. A few amusements on the road.

    I wonder who the target demographic for these. Asian kids acting like gangstas.




    Fun roadside stop off's



    Not sure what was more frightening the bathrooms or this.




    Interesting name.

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    Arrived back at the family compound.

    Sundown on the porch.




    Off to the made to order restaurant for dinner. Not bad really if you don't mind dirt floors.



    A view down main street.

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    Having my morning coffee I noticed something jumping around in the trees it was a pair of these squirrels.

    They were camera shy but I had all day to kill. They were really going for those little seeds.







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    We had to get a few cement posts for the house and went to the local shop.
    I love these small shops a bit of everything.


    We got this ring for a evening fire.




    It worked great. Nothing like sitting around an open fire.




    Fine dinning again hotdogs and sweet potatoes.




    The sun or my coals? It sure was hot.


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    That is a FAT dog...wow!



    Great pics, thanks!

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    All settled down back in the village out for an evening ride.

    With any luck this will be me next year. There was a lot of water in the river this year. Perfect for a little boat.



    This was the closest I got to boating this year.



    All set for another day of tubing.

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    With the house deal all done we had to go back to the local temple with an offering from the wife.

    199 eggs glad she didn't promise anything expensive.

    surprisingly heavy.



    Keep an eye on that cat.



    Right in the crate for a look.



    This was great. Took off in the back somewhere with that yellow fabric. Oh well killed some time waiting for our candle to burn out. Just another morning in small town Thailand.

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    Oh yeah, I went on one of those barges once.
    Pretty cool day but you're right: Way too loud!
    Luckily I brought earplugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    This is the local coffee shop. The local aloof westerner hangout.



    Not a bad cappuccino.







    And waffle set



    There was nothing like this 10-12 years ago not even a 7-11. It does make it nice to have place to sit and have a coffee.
    Not a bad looking place to have a cup along with a pretty healthy, fruit packed meal. I would spend a bit of time there.

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    Nice thread!

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    ^^ Yeah it's a nice quiet place to hang out next to the river. Seems to be popular with the hand full of westerners in the area. That waffle plate is my fav. it's always a bit different each time I order it.

    ^Thanks

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    five star thread *****

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    Great thread, cheers Mike.

    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    When we bought that house in Pattaya I figured we would be stuck with it forever so was a bit skeptical about trying to sell it. My wife listed it with a Thai realtor and I was surprised how much interest there was.
    I've always been impressed in my property dealings in Thailand. Buying is a cinch. Takes 3 or so days, and that's only because of the documents needed to get together. Go into the DoLT at 9am for the first time, leave at 11am with the Chanote, everything bought and transferred. Renting out has seen 100% occupancy from the the first week they were put on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    And now for some bizarre sightings.

    Those wee piggies ended up as something lip-smackingly good, guaranteed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    With any luck this will be me next year. There was a lot of water in the river this year. Perfect for a little boat.



    How high are you above the water level? Presumably it gets higher during the wet season? Any evidence of flooding in the area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    ^^ Yeah it's a nice quiet place to hang out next to the river. Seems to be popular with the hand full of westerners in the area. That waffle plate is my fav. it's always a bit different each time I order it.

    ^Thanks
    excellent thread mate. Good luck for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Great thread, cheers Mike.



    I've always been impressed in my property dealings in Thailand. Buying is a cinch. Takes 3 or so days, and that's only because of the documents needed to get together. Go into the DoLT at 9am for the first time, leave at 11am with the Chanote, everything bought and transferred. Renting out has seen 100% occupancy from the the first week they were put on the market.
    Thanks.

    Buying is surprisingly simple if everything goes as planned. This is our first attempt at selling, we had it listed originally with a western company in Pattaya and got 0 action I was quite discouraged. Then two days before we left to return home the wife decided to switch to a Thai realtor and they were great. Came right out and took pictures and put a sign up (the other company were out of signs) and before we left to head back there were three interested groups. In a holding pattern now hopefully it works out.

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