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Nong Khai or Mae Hong Son

  • longbeach

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    Which of these places would be good to chill for a week? Good markets and a couple of day trips would be good too.

    I know people recommend driving loops but would like a solid base for a week rather than drive much.

    #1 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 09:56

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  • MADMAC

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    I'm an Issan guy, so not surprisingly I lean towards Nong Khai. It's got a sizeable expat community so the infrastructure to support that has it's plusses.

    If you decide to come out to Mukdahan (similar to Nong Khai, but a smaller expat community so not as robust) I'd be happy to buy you a beer and argue cuisine and show you around town. If you play chess, so much the better.

    #2 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 12:18

  • longbeach

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    my chess skills are average. You'd smash me if you play often. i can only beat a computer on level 2/3.

    #3 Posted: 11/7/2012 - 18:41

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    My tournament rating is under 1,700, so it's not like I'm Magnus Carlsen or something.

    #4 Posted: 12/7/2012 - 08:47

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    I don't know what 1,700 means. Never played in a tournament.

    #5 Posted: 12/7/2012 - 09:21

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    Tournament chess has a rating system, so international players can compare themselves. I'm a good player, but against guys at the master level I get beaten most of the time. Against Grand Masters I am getting beaten almost all of the time.

    #6 Posted: 12/7/2012 - 11:54

  • longbeach

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    So in other words you'd smash a part timer like me in 5 mins.

    #7 Posted: 12/7/2012 - 19:30

  • MADMAC

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    We could play Thai chess instead. I like Thai chess.

    #8 Posted: 12/7/2012 - 21:50

  • longbeach

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    what's that? i'd rather play cards - 500 or dummy

    #9 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 12:59

  • MADMAC

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    When chess was invented in southern Asia, probably sometime around the fourth century, it began to migrate east and west. Remarkably, as it did so, it didn't change all that much. So Thai chess and international chess are remarkably similar games, despite over 1,500 years of independent development. I learned to play in about 15 minutes, and became competent enough to compete with the guys here in about 2 months. I play a lot and a friend of mine bought me a beautiful hand-carved wooden set. I love the game.

    #10 Posted: 13/7/2012 - 14:27

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  • longbeach

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    You're obsessed with chess. There must be other things worth doing out that way.

    #11 Posted: 15/7/2012 - 11:36

  • MADMAC

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    Well, I dance a lot. I teach it, I do it.

    I teach English as a volunteer - sometimes to underpriveledged kids and sometimes at a private school as a quid pro quo for my Thai teacher.

    And sometimes I train boxers (I was a boxer for a long time).

    Much of my time is devoted to teaching my daughter English and German. Taking her to Tae Kwon Do. Teaching her to dance. I spend more time with my daughter than doing anything else.

    #12 Posted: 16/7/2012 - 01:58

  • longbeach

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    Anyway, back on topic I think I will do Nong Khai but I want to see Loei as well so might need to hire a car. I found a website with 1000 baht a day new cars incl insurance or 1200 for 4wd from Udon airport.

    #13 Posted: 18/7/2012 - 18:28

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    Car? Longbeach, get yourself a CBR 250 if you can. Or a 150 otherwise. Nice bikes to ride on a trip from province to province. Thailand is the place to be a steel horse cowboy for sure.

    #14 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 00:53

  • longbeach

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    I would do a bike if it was just me. I would love to ride around the whole country on a bike but I have to consider what the handbrake wants.

    #15 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 08:27

  • MADMAC

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    Ahhh I assumed you were long wolfing this one, as you hadn't mentioned anyone else.

    #16 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 08:31

  • longbeach

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    I wouldnt mind going solo for a week or 2 but the other party would really hate that and wonder why.

    #17 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 08:41

  • MADMAC

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    My wife is OK with that because she doesn't like to ride. Sometimes she'll take a bus and meet me somewhere along the route.

    #18 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 12:59

  • longbeach

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    That's cool

    #19 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 22:26

  • MADMAC

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    Yeah, she has her cool moments.

    #20 Posted: 19/7/2012 - 23:03

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