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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 8:58 am

Thats the basic answer to this forum sub-group. Things to do in Udon. Nothing.

Big lakes with pink flowers? Thrilling! Another lake with a big yellow duck and absolutley nothing else going on around it? Amazing!

A melon farm? A mushroom farm? A crap soi in town full of crap beer bars with munchkins whose only english is "you buy drink me" A field with some old pots? The worlds worst dinosaur museum? Flat countryside? Gormless bloody locals?

I have lived full time in 5 different provinces in Thailand and this is by far the most boring uneventful place so far!

I am not trolling or looking to offend anyone, this is just my opinion and after such a long time in Thailand i think i am entitled to it, as i have perspective. It just feels good to rant and get this off my chest and its a better way to kill time than staring at mushrooms. Or mellons. Or arbitrary lakes. And yes, yes, yes, i know, 'if i dont like it i can go home' just ro save you typing that out 😊
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Post by jimjay » March 24, 2018, 9:35 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 24, 2018, 8:58 am
Thats the basic answer to this forum sub-group. Things to do in Udon. Nothing.

Big lakes with pink flowers? Thrilling! Another lake with a big yellow duck and absolutley nothing else going on around it? Amazing!

A melon farm? A mushroom farm? A crap soi in town full of crap beer bars staffed by crap looking munchkins whose only english is "you buy drink me" and grumpy ex-pats each and every one wearing a chang, leo or singha shirt? A field with some old pots? The worlds worst dinosaur museum? Flat countryside? Gormless bloody locals? Mor Lam parties with ex-pat blokes dancing like your drunken mum at a wedding? ELECTRIFYING FUN!!!

I have lived full time in 5 different provinces in Thailand and this is by far the most boring, mundane, uninspiring, uneventful place so far. I would go as far as saying i hate it here.

I am not trolling or looking to offend anyone, this is just my opinion and after such a long time in Thailand i think i am entitled to it, as i have perspective. It just feels good to rant and get this off my chest and its a better way to kill time than staring at mushrooms. Or mellons. Or arbitrary lakes. And yes, yes, yes, i know, 'if i dont like it i can go home' just ro save you typing that out 😊
The idea with living here for most is exactly that there's nothing going on. Maybe there needs to be some signage posted to that effect, but the lazy officials in charge of that probably spent the cash on bedding their cute secretaries instead.

So what other 5 provinces, and what was better about them?

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Post by plumbers » March 24, 2018, 9:44 am

My understanding is People that say I am bored or there is
nothing to do are not very intelligent or children .
It does not matter where you live in the world you need to make an
effort and entertain your self .

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Post by ytrewq » March 24, 2018, 9:59 am

+1 for nothing.

Prior to CHOOSING to move here, I lived for several years in "exciting" Pattaya as a well-funded bachelor (wink, wink). Prior to that, I traveled the world and lived or spent time in more exciting and exotic places than I can remember. Prior to that, I lived or spent time in all the big and exciting US cities.

Lots of "been there done that T-shirts" in my closet. I want to live the rest of my days in 3rd gear or slower as my kids ramp up to 5th or 6th. My wife supplies all the excitement and stress I care to deal with.

Udon with all its "nothing" is paradise to me. \:D/

A weekend in the sin cities is just an hour on a cheap flight away, if you fancy having both.
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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 10:01 am

plumbers wrote:
March 24, 2018, 9:44 am
My understanding is People that say I am bored or there is
nothing to do are not very intelligent or children .
It does not matter where you live in the world you need to make an
effort and entertain your self .
Well that is a fair point. I guess most people come here to retire and do nothing, and I understand that.

Also just to say I am not suggesting there is something 'wrong'with the place. I just find it incredibly boring.

I had 2 years in Ko Samui. I was 30 - 32 then so the context is different as all i wanted to do was party, get drunk and recover on a beach the next day. Samui ticks those boxes quite well.

Bangkok - 1 year. Speaks for itself realy.

Kanchanaburi - 5 years. Small, cozy, friendly. A broad range of ex-pats milling around of all ages and all types. Great golf. Nice countryside. Friendly locals. 2 hours from bangkok. 3 hours from Hua Hin/cha am/prechuab beaches.

Hua Hin - 6 years. Beaches, nice countryside, broad range of ex pats again, good pubs, good nightlife, cracking restaurants, good shops and mals, bang-on seafood, very nice hotels when family and friends visit, some of the best golf in Thailand.

Just my opinion and its always subjective but thats how i see it.

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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 10:11 am

Blast. My last reply was supposed to be to Jimjay. I posted to Plumbers post by mistake.

Plumbers - I managed to find every other province interesting and fun - I guess i didnt make that clear - so thick or not, in comparison its still boring here.

I have no idea how you are supposed to make your own entertainment to be honest? A stick and an old tyre? Stand outside the 7/11 and kick an old chang can around? Read a book? I mean the whole point of being entertained is having something else do that for you isnt it?

Again just to stress i am not looking to piss anyone off here. Had i not seen a 'things to do' category i wouldnt have mentioned this. Just throwing my opinion out there and if anyone thinks i am wrong thats fine. Not looking for an argument here.

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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 10:15 am

ytrewq wrote:
March 24, 2018, 9:59 am
+1 for nothing.

Prior to CHOOSING to move here, I lived for several years in "exciting" Pattaya as a well-funded bachelor (wink, wink). Prior to that, I traveled the world and lived or spent time in more exciting and exotic places than I can remember. Prior to that, I lived or spent time in all the big and exciting US cities.

Lots of "been there done that T-shirts" in my closet. I want to live the rest of my days in 3rd gear or slower as my kids ramp up to 5th or 6th. My wife supplies all the excitement and stress I care to deal with.

Udon with all its "nothing" is paradise to me. \:D/

A weekend in the sin cities is just an hour on a cheap flight away, if you fancy having both.
Fair enough. I cant argue with that. Having kids makes anywhere 'fun'i guess and if you are looking for a place to raise them and relax in your free time, Udon isnt a bad choice.

Im just saying, in the theme of this 'things to do' group, there isnt anything to actualy do.

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Post by trubrit » March 24, 2018, 10:29 am

Oh God if only. I am 83 and still haven't really enjoyed the fruits of my retirement. Been in Thailand, living in four different places,for 33 years , been fully occupied in each one but never so busy as I am here in Non Wau So, 40kms out from Udon, in the sticks as some say .What do I do each day? gawd alone knows but each and every day seems to go faster than the one before. My wife and I are heavily involved in the local community, mainly the welfare of the less fortunate members along with the local Red Cross of which she is Gen Sec and because of that we are both called upon to help by both Tessabahn and Amphoe when they have a problem , which seems to be quite frequently. There always seems to be something going on where we can help, be it fund raising activities, arranging blood donation days, or visiting unfortunate families who have been struck by disaster, natural or accidental .On top of that the police seem to be having more farang related problems which need the help of an interpreter more frequently these days.None of these I might add carry any reward for doing, not that we want it, our reward is being able to assist and help, thus playing our part as members of the community.Now don't think I am complaining , I wouldn't have it any other way, I love every moment of it .
I realise that this may not be possible for those living in a large town like Udon but there are opportunities there, plenty, but you won't find them looking in the likes of Soi Sapphanit or in the dinosaur park,or any of the other things you seem to decry, the're good for when you get a spare day not for fulfilling your life .Seek and you will find .
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Post by marjamlew » March 24, 2018, 10:33 am

I would say that Udon is totally different from the other four places you have lived Stan. Tourists from around the globe choose Samui, Kanchanaburi, Bangkok and HH for all sorts of reasons. Udon is a trading post or regional country town. What did you expect to find?
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Post by Raoul Duke » March 24, 2018, 10:41 am

All fair points.
I guess it depends on what you are looking for and at what stage of life you are at.
Personally "a weekend in the sin cities is just an hour on a cheap flight away, if you fancy having both" is spot on for me.
Air quality is another winner for Udon.
However "Bang for buck" Udon does not want to get to far ahead of itself.
Example:10,000 THB a month rent for a house....You are kidding?
It's not worth that in my opinion.
Village life is the go,if you can handle the dust,fermented bamboo and associated "interesting" aromas,teenagers on revving motorbikes,excessive loud Morlum music,snakes,scorpians,squawking old ladies and little kids pointing at you yelling "Falang,Falang,Falang" it's top notch.
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Post by 747man » March 24, 2018, 10:53 am

and little kids pointing at you yelling "Falang,Falang,Falang" it's top notch.....

Raoul, It's Many,Many,Years since I Had Kids yelling that at me here in Nong Khai...Those were the days !!

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Post by stattointhailand » March 24, 2018, 11:05 am

" grumpy ex-pats each and every one wearing a chang, leo or singha shirt?"

For the record I do not own, nor have I ever owned any of the said variety of shirts [-X

In my experience very few of the Udon expats would be seen wearing one, they are usually to be seen on tourists making a visit here from some other part of Thailand. Perhaps you are confusing Udon with Samui where the egg and beer stained vests are a must if you want to blend in with the expat community:-$

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Post by Drunk Monkey » March 24, 2018, 11:09 am

Stanley Road wrote:
March 24, 2018, 8:58 am
Thats the basic answer to this forum sub-group. Things to do in Udon. Nothing.

Big lakes with pink flowers? Thrilling! Another lake with a big yellow duck and absolutley nothing else going on around it? Amazing!

A melon farm? A mushroom farm? A crap soi in town full of crap beer bars staffed by crap looking munchkins whose only english is "you buy drink me" and grumpy ex-pats each and every one wearing a chang, leo or singha shirt? A field with some old pots? The worlds worst dinosaur museum? Flat countryside? Gormless bloody locals? Mor Lam parties with ex-pat blokes dancing like your drunken mum at a wedding? ELECTRIFYING FUN!!!


I have lived full time in 5 different provinces in Thailand and this is by far the most boring, mundane, uninspiring, uneventful place so far. I would go as far as saying i hate it here.

I am not trolling or looking to offend anyone, this is just my opinion and after such a long time in Thailand i think i am entitled to it, as i have perspective. It just feels good to rant and get this off my chest and its a better way to kill time than staring at mushrooms. Or mellons. Or arbitrary lakes. And yes, yes, yes, i know, 'if i dont like it i can go home' just ro save you typing that out 😊
Depending on ones mindset your post can be taken in many ways ... i agree with it in parts RED but not entirely as some guys have settled here to actually DO NOTHING and something that is tediously boring to one person is enjoyment to another, BTW it was a lot worse 10 years ago (tho i miss the old lao soi 2) since then more places of activity have opened for business including water parks , Equestrian centers , Fishing parks Sports facilities etc etc also the local leaders do try to ease the boredom with festivals and concerts in Ud Town etc ... all be it some of strange nature like the recent mango festival !!!

I travel around Isaan and Bkk all the time and one place that stands out for me is Buriram .. seems to be BOOMING lots of big investment , updating of infrastructure makes it easy to get around no traffic log jams , hotels and resorts opening up weekly to cater for all the visitors , nice upper end entertainment zones and eateries , Chang Race track / go karting , I mobile Football stadium and sports centers host all sorts of events , water parks , shopping centers and even a wild life park coming soon .

Only my opinion ..n each to their own as my old gran used to say.

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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 11:13 am

stattointhailand wrote:
March 24, 2018, 11:05 am
" grumpy ex-pats each and every one wearing a chang, leo or singha shirt?"

For the record I do not own, nor have I ever owned any of the said variety of shirts [-X

In my experience very few of the Udon expats would be seen wearing one, they are usually to be seen on tourists making a visit here from some other part of Thailand. Perhaps you are confusing Udon with Samui where the egg and beer stained vests are a must if you want to blend in with the expat community:-$
Im just being facetious in that comment but lets be honest there is a slight eing of truth to it if you read between the lines. Im not sure where in Samui you are going which fits your analysis but it was never that way when i lived there.

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Post by Stanley Road » March 24, 2018, 11:25 am

marjamlew wrote:
March 24, 2018, 10:33 am
I would say that Udon is totally different from the other four places you have lived Stan. Tourists from around the globe choose Samui, Kanchanaburi, Bangkok and HH for all sorts of reasons. Udon is a trading post or regional country town. What did you expect to find?
Yup. You are right and i cant counter that. It was daft realy to move here and expect anything else. And again just to stress i am not saying there is anything 'wrong' with Udon. I am just saying there is bugger all to do.

I moved here way to early I think. I am 44. 10 -15 years from now i will probably want to do naff all every day. It feels like i have retired way too early and i am bored and lonely here.

Im not a massive drinker these days but i do miss going to a decent pub once a week for a laugh, chat, game of pool. I have never struggled like that anywhere else in Thailand, but i struggle here. I have been out a few times and honestly felt like the people around me are a bit misserable and not very warm/friendly. So i stopped going out. I just though sod it, and sod them.

I have always worked from home and had a busy business on line for 12 years but that has badly dropped off in the last year which in turn gives me more time to do nothing. I guess that only makes it worse.

Im not looking for much to see or do. But I am feeling a tad starved. It is what it is realy. Not looking for suggestions as i dont think there are any. I was just contributing towards the things to do in udon thread with 'nothing'.

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