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  1. It is the main beach on the western side of the island. It is where the ferries arrive and depart at the ferry pier. Took my diving license here at a shop still in operation some 20 years later.
  2. I usually go with: Wooii,, guu mai son jai sak tee lohk. It`s a bit of a conversation killer, but then again, I find little pleasure in lenghty conversation with thai people these days. Mission accomplished.
  3. Good report! Yeah, I recall that. On the trip we were offered pills against seasickness, we politely declined, but the missus sure regretted that later on....
  4. Pescator


    To the OP. My language is only spoken by approx. 6 million people and is of no use whatsoever in the big wide world. Therefore, our education system takes great emphasis on teaching a number of international languages. I was taught 4 in school - which by no means is unusual - and have at a later stage learnt thai. I am a bit surprised that you have german and particularly french friends who speak english fluently. I have 3 good german friends, they have many talents, but english sure isn`t one of them. And I shall not even mention the french, who for some obscure reason still believe their language to be the lingua franca.
  5. More on "thai postal service". When I arrived in Sakon Nakhon, I wanted my family in Denmark to know that we had arrived safely. We would be away for 6 months on that trip, so I went on my merry way to the post office - no, not that post office - to send 3 letters to my folks, my grandmum and my brother, resp. The clerk at the post office took my money, but I didnt actually see him putting on the stamps. In hindsight that was a bad call. A couple of months went by in Mubaan far far away. Then one day the mail man arrived with a letter for us. It was from my embassy, my parents were very worried that they had not heard a single word from us since our departure and they had contacted my embassy to try and find us. I had not left a forwarding address as I was on the move a lot. The missus stayed at the Moobaan most of the time and I would every so often come back from my travels. The embassy managed to track down my inlaws` address and urged me to contact my folks asap to reassure them that everything was okay. The clerk at the post office had just taken my money, thrown away my letters, and thus causing a lot of concern. .
  6. At least they tried to deliver the parcels. I once shipped a 20 kilo package stuffed with clothes to the inlaws in Sakon Nakhon. I arrived a few months later only to find out that it had never arrived. Off to the post office. Mai Mee. No habb. Then my eagle eyed missus spotted a dusty package in a remote corner of the only room of the post office. "That is my friggin package, why did you not deliver it FFS". "Oh, that one? It is to big to be delivered by the mail man as he rides a motor bike". No attempt had been made to notify the inlaws that a large package had arrived for them from farangland. We brought back the package on our motor bike, only later to discover that now the package now weighed considerably less as all the best stuff had been "removed".
  7. It is rather over the top in terms of politeness. Why would you answer: "Yes Sir" to someone asking if you are fine? Besides, it is kinda short. Thais dont expect that answer and think about it. If you asked me: How are you today, are you fine? And I replied with a mere "yes". That is a bit of a conversation killer I only ever use this expression when being ironic/sarcastic in a humourus way. By being overly polite with someone you don`t really agree with, I find that this term works well.
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    Isaan Food

    Yes, they prolly all know that pidgin name in your area. Try that upcountry and all you will get is blank stares.
  9. 555. No, but I think you get my drift: mundus vult decipi ergo decipiatur. The world wants to be decieved so we do it. And what I was getting at was this: I saw many a girl in farang bars telling farangs what they will like to hear. That is not necessarily the gospel truth, as I am sure you know. That in many cases includes the: me no like thai men, only farang
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    Isaan Food

    That is easily explained, the thais you have met don`t know the names of various fish species, most likely only 2 or 3. And that certainly does not include mackerel. The smallest tuna species is the Skipjack tuna, and still it grows up to 70 centimers or more. Try ask them: What is the english name for ปลานิล Plaa Nin, Tilapia or ปลาดุภPlaa Duk, catfish. The 2 most common fish, found everywhere for sale in Thailand. My guess would be, that you will come up with a blank
  11. There are thousands of Thai women "working" in farang bars. They all say they don`t like thai men, take one`s cash and when the deed is over with, they go straight home to Somchai, the motorbike driver from Nakhon Bumfuck Nowhere.
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    Liver Flukes

    You can not only get liver flukes by eating uncooked freshwaterfish or snail, but also by swimming in lakes that are infested by liverflukes. The liver flukes seem to a particular problem in the Esan, where occasionally one can still come across a bill board saying: Esan people dont eat raw fish, to prevent them from following this die hard habit. My ex hailed from Sakon. And the large Nong Han lake in this area is known for being infested by liver flukes. Hoi Khan.
  13. Maeng daa is the giant rice water bug as depicted by Flashermac and Maeng Daa Taley the horse shoe crab. You can get giant rice water bugs pickled in a jar and when you open it, it will trigger a gag reflex. A most revolting stench hard to describe. Compareable to the swedish "surstrømning" should anyone be familiar with the horrible dish consisting of rotten herring. Pimp, you mean?
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    Isaan Food

    Actually, It is Plaa Too ปลาทู. A mackerel and a stable diet throughout Thailand as you say.
  15. Yes, the beach had vanished and we were damn lucky that the level of the ocean did not rise more than it did, as we stayed in the hut with the blue towel hanging from a string on the porch. It would have been a very unpleasant way to wake up during the wee hours of the night.
  16. I too experienced a severe storm while living in a front beach hut on koh Chang in Trat. The temperature dropped like a rock and so did all the coconuts from the palm trees. Several golden flying snakes lost their grip in the palm trees and dropped to the ground. The ocean leve rose dramatically and this is what the beach hut looked like the next morning.
  17. It has been all over the news here recently. I have seldomly read anything as ridiculous. But that is the media. So one freak fish is supposed to be a danger to lower hanging extremities? Gimme a break.
  18. True. If you are out in the jungle, you encounter a cobra and an indian, which one do you kill first?
  19. I once saw 3 thai bouncers not being quite as self confident. I was at a bar in Soi Cowboy, it was during the wee hours and the bar was closed. But the punters were allowed upstairs at the premises where the party continued. The crowd was predominantly consisting of big,bald headed tattooed english hooligans and it didnt take long, until a fight broke loose. And it turned out to be the mother of all fights. Within seconds at least 15 or 20 people were involved and all of the interior of the room went to pieces. One of the thai bouncers tried to intervene, but was knocked out cold in a split second. I didn`t stay to watch how this would turn out, self preservation seemed called for here - so I made a graceful exit - along with the remaining 2 thai bouncers. During all of this commotion I still the had the good sense to pick up a stunner, who was startled by all of this going on. And as a true gentleman I escorted her to my abode to calm her down. I noticed the next day that the joint was closed.
  20. Sahp ทราบ is just the polite version of "to know". Just like "Sunak" for dog instead of "Maa", "Thaan" for eat instead of "Gin" etc. etc.
  21. True. It is not anywhere carved in stone, that although one comes from a very modest background - education wise - it has to remain that way for ever. My ex only finished B6 in Thailand, went to farangland in her early 20`ies and managed to get herself a bachelor and is now a fully qualified nurse. That in a language she had never even heard about, when she first came here. So did her friend also by the way, from a very similar back ground. They left several hopeful local students in their wake, locals who couldn`t make it. "Marry down, marry up" That is IMHO a opinion a rather archaic way of thinking. Personally, I couldn`t give a hoot. Other qualities come much more important in my book. YMMV
  22. Very true. I have been reprimanded a few times for using vocabulary that the guy I was speaking to, just did. "But you just used the same word FFS"? "That is different, I am thai"...
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