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Offline Seamonster

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Daily Life in Korat
« on: May 23, 2012, 01:07:34 PM »
Hello KoratFart.com, I know it's been a while since I been active on the forums.

So I've already booked my ticket to Thailand for August, and will be there for about a month. I'm wondering what things in general can I do in Korat?

If I wanted to do thai boxing, where would it be most friendly (for a farang) to learn at?

What is the "norm" for korat?

Things I should look out or be aware of?
-Things to avoid

What are the schools like?
-How do the colleges work in time schedule?

When is there traffic?

Simple laws that might be different in America legal and illegal wise?

Food to eat?

Nightlife/entertainment?


Just curious and more interested as I come closer to my flight date, I'll have more questions later. Thanks


 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 07:43:26 PM »
Many questions and many possible answers. Good questions, nonetheless.

I'll leave any comments about schools to the experts.

Thai boxing is probably best followed in the villages where gambling and child brutality is at its lowest.

There is no 'norm' in Korat town unless you mean drunkenness and the abuse of young prostitutes by addled old men. If you want a normal family existence, spend most of your time in the villages with locals and the many farang who live outside town.

Things to avoid:

 !. Smooth talking farang who spot a financial opportunity when they meet a newcomer.

2. Girlie bars.

3. Smooth talking farang who spot a financial opportunity when they meet a newcomer.

Other than that, you'll probably be OK. You need to decide between being a husband and being a beer sodden pervert.

Traffic - bad most of the time but worse from 3.00pm to 6.00pm.

That might be sketchy information but ask more specific questions and the excellent members here will do their best to get you on the right track.




 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 09:29:05 PM »
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Thai boxing is probably best followed in the villages where gambling and ................... is at its lowest.

Huh, bit generous there Saf.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 11:42:55 PM »
Thanks, so pretty much thai boxing is out of question. How about cost of living (How much money should I prepare to spend) ?
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 08:15:37 AM »
It depends on your chosen life style. Some stay around home and live quite cheaply. Others spend all day outside shops with beer and yet others are constantly paying for prostitutes. If you want to run a vehicle you must take that cost into account. If the family lives close by, either double your estimated costs or tell them your house has a ghost.

Immigration requires a minimum monthly income of THB40,000 for a married O Visa unless you put cash in a bank. That's probably a fair estimate of what's needed for a modest lifestyle with no big items to buy and no extravagance.

One cost that seems to catch farang out here is health care. It's very likely that, one day, you will need some expensive hospital treatment. Savings can disappear within days if you're in ICU. It's worth paying for health insurance.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 11:00:13 AM »
Hey Saf,

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One cost that seems to catch farang out here is health care. It's very likely that, one day, you will need some expensive hospital treatment. Savings can disappear within days if you're in ICU. It's worth paying for health insurance.

The wife and I were just talking about this.  How about starting a thread (cause I don't see one on search) on health insurance for expats?

It would be helpful to know where to go for insurance.  I am told that the stuff you get from the internet before you leave the states are rubbish.  But is there insurance available to farangs in country?

Dave
 

sicho

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 11:11:13 AM »
Try these people:

BSI BROKER (THAILAND) LIMITED

399 Level 32, Interchange 21, Sukhumvit Road, North Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 |Telephone: 02 660 3633 | Fax: 02 660 3881 | Mobile: 081 493 7171 |

Ask for Andrew.

BSI took over e-Insure, Tony Dabbs' business, recently. They have a good range of health insurance products and can also arrange car and home insurance. They are true brokers who work for you rather then just sell products without caring whether they suit you.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 11:21:36 AM »
Wow - thank you for the lightning fast reply.  ;D
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 11:55:15 AM »
If I wanted to do thai boxing, where would it be most friendly (for a farang) to learn at?


Pra Si Pra Muay Thai Academy
2nd Military Support Command
Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima Nakhon Ratchasima
Tel: +66 (0) 870307267


   
Pra Si Pra Muay Thai Academy is located in a Military Base in the city of Korat, Thailand. It is one of the country's most prestigious Muay Thai camps having produced some of the country's greatest and most successful fighters including Thai Champions, K1 fighters and Olympic Gold Medalists. The Pra Si Pra Academy is now open to dedicated students and fighters looking to train authentic Muay Thai.

khao-san-road.com

HP of the school: http://www.muaythaidoctor.com
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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 06:07:48 AM »
How much is a moped and how would I get one? is it worth to buy one?
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 08:01:56 AM »
A Honda Wave costs about THB40,000 new. It's worth getting one if you don't intend to have four wheels. In town you might get by with tuk tuks and motorcycle taxis provided that you live on a main route or have the 'phone number for one of the drivers.

The rules for riding motorcycles are very strict. You must not wear a helmet and you must drive on the wrong side of the road with at least one infant clinging to you. You also must cut right hand turns and anticipate traffic lights by five seconds. At night, make sure that your rear light doesn't work.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 08:31:42 AM »
And if you intend to do any driving at all, make sure you got an International Driving License. Oh, and don't forget to always carry a stack of 100-baht bills with you, since those hands appearing at your car window or at waist-height in case of motorcycle drivers don't give any change. Of course they do accept 500- or 1,000-baht bills, but having those only when stopped, might reduce your budget considerably. :-[
Fun is the one thing that money can't buy
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2012, 08:43:43 AM »
Seriously, riding on two wheels here is very dangerous. If you have children, get four wheels. Infants learn all of the bad habits by riding with parents and then want to ride a bike themselves at a very young age.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2012, 11:47:50 AM »
Well if I do end up moving there in three years, I do want a motorcycle. Right now I just ride a 250 ninja.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2012, 12:32:35 PM »
i bought a second hand suzuki for 18000thb

what i tend to do is stick in the middle of the pack of fellow riders a little bit safer. you soon learn the rules of the road. basically there aint many.

just watch what the thias do and decide if its safe. like driving the wrong way up the road.


but i found it a brillant way to get around
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2012, 01:07:57 PM »
Yeah, I'm a bit of aggressive driver (rider); just need something to use whenever I'm in Thailand and I'll just leave it with a friend when I go back to the states. So I want to buy something that isn't new, but I don't want it be too cheap in terms it will be hazardous to my health.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2012, 01:49:28 PM »
A Honda Wave costs about THB40,000 new. It's worth getting one if you don't intend to have four wheels. In town you might get by with tuk tuks and motorcycle taxis provided that you live on a main route or have the 'phone number for one of the drivers.

The rules for riding motorcycles are very strict. You must not wear a helmet and you must drive on the wrong side of the road with at least one infant clinging to you. You also must cut right hand turns and anticipate traffic lights by five seconds. At night, make sure that your rear light doesn't work.

Let's not forget.  If you do any of the above mentioned by Saf, make sure to get really angry if a motorist honks his horn at you to point out your driving style. ;D
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2012, 03:03:45 PM »
..just watch what the thias do and decide if its safe. like driving the wrong way up the road...

Well, that's one way of looking at it. Very little of what you see them do will come up as "safe" imo.

Yeah, I'm a bit of aggressive driver (rider)................So I want to buy something that isn't new, but I don't want it be too cheap in terms it will be hazardous to my health.

Being aggressive on the roads could very well get you killed and many farangs and Thais end up so, even very good riders. Just being on the roads is hazardous for your health and if you ride around on a bike then you need to be beyond careful as these roads are just ridiculously dangerous.

Good luck with the bike riding.   
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2012, 09:23:32 PM »
Ha, Yeah I'm pretty excited to go back to Thailand for a month. Should be interesting with more freedom compared last time I went.
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2012, 06:43:47 AM »
What was the problem last time?
 

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Re: Daily Life in Korat
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2012, 11:23:24 AM »
Was there for work. No issues, just my time was consumed most of the time.
 

 



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