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The `not so idyllic` life in an Esan village in Thailand

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The `not so idyllic` life in an Esan village in Thailand

A while ago I wrote an article about the idyllic life in a typical, rural Esan village. Well, that`s not always the case, especially from a foreigners (farangs) point of view. So here`s a dose of reality. Let`s start with the wake up call, about 5:00 am – noisy roosters, dogs, assorted spluttering tractors and…

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High Ranking For Buriram Rajabhat University

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High Ranking For Buriram Rajabhat University

Take a bow the students and lecturers at Buriram Rajabhat University. There are 117 universities in Thailand and the local boys (and girls) are ranked at number 27. It also means that Buriram is the number 1 Rajabhat university in the country as the next one in the national rankings comes in at 31. The…

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Young “Naughty” Boys Become Serious Vandals At Rival School

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Young “Naughty” Boys Become Serious Vandals At Rival School

Two schoolboys aged 8 and 9 have wrecked and vandalised a neighbouring school in Si Sa Ket’s Phayu district prompting the affected school to demand 163,000 baht from their parents. Following a report of the vandalism at Prathom 6 classroom at Ban Nong Moung Nong Tae School, police on Wednesday found piles of damaged books…

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University Staff Warned About Their Behaviour On Social Media

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University Staff Warned About Their Behaviour On Social Media

Lecturers at a northern university will have to be careful in future when posting on social media. Offending posts may affect staff performance reviews and salary adjustments, according to  rules that came into effect on February 20. They describe the use of online media harmful to the university’s image as being inappropriate behaviour, warning that…

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The Use Of The Word “Pa” In Thai-Polite Or Problem ?

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The Use Of The Word “Pa” In Thai-Polite Or Problem ?

The Thai language has many pronouns used to show social status and seniority -be it age, social position or job rank, in a conversation. Pa is one such pronoun, which is very commonly used in Thai to denote “daddy”, although the pronunciation of the word suggests a Chinese derivation. So, after a member of Thailand’s…

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The Sweet Innocence of Childhood in Thailand

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The Sweet Innocence of Childhood in Thailand

Running through the fields with gay abandon, making up games, kicking a football around, falling over, climbing things, exploring. Was this your childhood? Watching my young sons do all of this and more reminds me of the innocent fun I had at times growing up. When we moved to my wife’s rural village, farang friends…

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New Jobs To Be Created For Rice Farmers In The Dry Season

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New Jobs To Be Created For Rice Farmers In The Dry Season

The Royal Irrigation Department will spend 3.5 billion bht to create non-farming jobs for rice farmers in the dry season. The jobs are intended to deter farmers from growing rice outside the farming season, which may subject them to a water shortage and financial losses later. The department’s director-general Sanchai Ketworrachai said yesterday that farmers…

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How To Impress Thais When You Live In The Kingdom

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How To Impress Thais When You Live In The Kingdom

“How to impress Thai people beyond just a wai” – what manners, traits or actions will put you in good stead? Lifestyle was asked recently how to impress Thais with more than the basics that everyone resident in the kingdom is supposed to know – more than just wai-ing reasonably correctly, more than knowing that…

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A day in the life of a rural village in Isan

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A day in the life of a rural village in Isan

  There`s a rhythm to life in an Isan rural village which is totally different to that say of a town or city. The first stirrings of life come before sun rise as charcoal fires are lit for cooking, dogs stretch out from their slumbers and cockerels noisily confirm morning is here. Elderly ladies gather…

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Open all hours

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Open all hours

3 people are stocktaking, 2 people are stacking shelves, 1 person is on a computer behind the counter and 1 person is trying to serve a big queue. And this is daytime. Nightime gets better when all the staff can focus on the funky loud music Where are you? `Yes` you`re in 7/11 land, where…

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