Living in Chiang Rai
Posted 11 January 2009 - 01:56 PM
I live here with my sweetheart. Cutting a long story short, my stay in a Chiang Rai hotel where she worked as a receptionist was a stay that's clearly had a profound effect on the direction of my life and I now live with her (she's now my wife ) in the family home 10 or 15 kilometres out of Chiang Rai city itself. It's quite normal in Thailand for couples to live in the parental home of the woman until they're in a position to set up a home of their own. In fact, it's worked out quite well for all involved for various reasons. The family have some land in the middle of fields where the siblings have built two houses in addition to the parent's house, both of which are empty for most of the year, meaning it is a very peaceful and tranquil place for me to work most of the time (I can't stand noise)...
As you can see from the above image, the rice fields are currently flooded, ready for the next crop. In fact, this is one of the reasons it's important to keep your Japanese B Encephalitis immunity up to date. Locations such as this obviously have major mosquito issues. I'll try and remember to post the same shot again when the rice has grown.
Here's the dog. Pictured is one of my jogging routes...
We head into Chiang Rai a couple of times a week, mainly to fuel up the car or go to the big superstore for stuff we can't get locally. As I type this, the frogs/toads are the only thing I can hear, they get quite loud somtimes but I find it therapeutic. That reminds me actually, I want to pick up a big powerful torch, we don't have one at the moment.
Life is pretty good here IMO. I love the quiet life, meals under the stars etc... I'll write more when I have the time.
Posted 12 January 2009 - 12:38 AM
Mrs Tiz owns a house up at Lampang. If she would agree to move there, I'd probably quit my job and move back to Thailand permanently.
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The air quality looks pretty good to me, though. This is the crap I get:
(not taken by me)
Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:28 AM
Khun Korn Waterfall
Indeed, one of the real pleasures of living here is the amount of mountains and tropical forest walks to enjoy, although as alluded to in my write up of this waterfall, the path there is perhaps a little too well trodden. It's sure worth the walk though and the hike itself is as much of a pleasure as the waterfall itself... and the draught and spray produced by the water is really refreshing after the hot muggy walk... We try and find a new waterfall or riverside spot every week if we can. Pictured here is Halfdrunk and yours truly...
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Give them 10 more years and after they get the tibetans sorted out you will find cable cars and stairways going to the top of "CHina's" Mount Everest.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 12:25 AM
MrsCC is from Isaan and I doubt she'd ever contemplate living (retiring really) anywhere except Bangkok or the north east ... although bizarrely she did once suggest Koh Lanta when we were on holiday there
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Posted 05 March 2009 - 12:37 PM
I like Chiang Rai, only spent 2 days there but would love to go back and explore more. Nights seemed a tad lonely though. Do you miss the UK or where ever you are from? Living with her folks must make you miss your friends/folks etc. How do you feel about halfdrunk being schooled in Thailand? Sorry to be nosey but you did post a bit of your life up so got me thinking if i could live the same existence, i love the country side too.
Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:13 PM
We've been talking about having another kid in the future if the finances work out... and I'm very fond of Halfdrunk. Honestly, if I could afford it, I'd probably go to Hong Kong or Singapore. I'm not saying you can't get a decent education in Thailand, and I like it here in Chiang Rai... but, you know.
I'm not interested in nightlife anymore. I appreciate the quiet nights. There are some low key farang bars here but I don't even bother with them. On the very rare occasions we do go out, it's always Thai bars. There is nightlife here but you've got to know where it is... Generally, I'm just not interested. I'd rather keep myself to myself. Sometimes me and Mrs Mandrunk will sit down with a few cold Singhas and listen to the creepy crawlies.
No, I don't miss it... but there are a few things I miss, like cask conditioned ale, and my Mum.
I don't have any friends in the UK and have little contact with my family.
Posted 06 March 2009 - 12:31 AM
Translation: YOU sit down with a few cold Singhas, and Mrs Mandy has a coke ...
Mrs CC just rolls her eyes and does the long-suffering look when I arrive home armed with a six-pack of Carlsberg
By the way, we had MiniChaos in a Christian elementary school in BKK and whilst it was a step up from the 'regular' schools, there is no doubt that he is getting a better education at a state school here in Singapore - for a start, he is forced to use English as his first language rather than just learn it occasionally, so it is improving mucho rapido now...
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Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:31 AM
I think the carb might be clogged.
Frankly I'm a bit scared to fire it up... it's got a big metal rotary blade with no guard, it looks dangerous.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:41 AM
..how many Rai of land goes with the farm?
Posted 12 March 2009 - 11:18 AM
They own 'some' of the surrounding land.
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