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Nong Khai or Mae Hong Son

Posted by longbeach on 11/7/2012 at 09:56

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 11/7/2012 at 12:18

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 11/7/2012 at 18:41

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/7/2012 at 08:47

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

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Posted by longbeach on 12/7/2012 at 09:21

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/7/2012 at 11:54

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 12/7/2012 at 19:30

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 12/7/2012 at 21:50

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

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Posted by longbeach on 13/7/2012 at 12:59

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/7/2012 at 14:27

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 15/7/2012 at 11:36

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 16/7/2012 at 01:58

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 18/7/2012 at 18:28

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/7/2012 at 00:53

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 19/7/2012 at 08:27

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/7/2012 at 08:31

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

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Posted by longbeach on 19/7/2012 at 08:41

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

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/7/2012 at 12:59

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.

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Posted by longbeach on 19/7/2012 at 22:26

That's cool

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/7/2012 at 23:03

Yeah, she has her cool moments.

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