tips for expats to issan and udon thani province
Favorite thing: common expat mistakes feel free to add your own
investing a dangerously large percentage of capital in risky investments
no1 deciding to open a bar our restaurant with no previous catering our business
experience next to 20 our so other similar establishments
no2building a resort hotel in a poor location away from areas of interest just because the land was free from your partners family
no3purchase large amounts of gold for your beloved only to find out they have weighed it in to loan/give the brother in law / chauffeur / boyfriend / enough money to open a pig farm in the middle of a swine flu pandemic
no4overconfidence in making money and opening a business just because you have the money in Thailand to do it when you where not a successful entrepreneur in your home country
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Favorite thing: The single most important thing you can do in Udon Thani is avoid Goverment sponsored terrorist. Do not for any reason attempt to protest any Government policy or you may be set upon by paid thugs with clubs and machetes and believe me they do not descriminate and will happily beat up women. Why just the other day an information marquee was set up in the local park, Nong Prajack Park, this is an area where children play and families come to relax, anyway this information marquee was offering information that is not widely available on the free TV staions here. Truck loads of paid thugs organised by Kwanchai Praiphana brother of the agriculture minister arrived on the scene and brutalised 29 unarmed people, the weapons of choice were machetes, knives and base ball bats, they even attempted to block the ambulances from taking away the injured. I think what was most shocking about this whole afair is the fact that the local people here are all smiling and consider this a major victory for Udon Thani.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Udon will be in the near future when I sell up and leave after 8 years of residence here.
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