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Fully self reliant in Thailand

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I’m in Thailand visiting in laws for 3 months and am getting a first hand look at their lifestyle. Their household is 3 people, the mother and father in law and brother in law with a monthly income of no more than $200 usd. They have a big farm and grow their own rice, fish, frogs, shrimp, crab, snails, mango, bananas, papaya, ginger, garlic, onions and a slew of other vegetables and herbs. They sell bananas and rice as part of their income and live very comfortably, my wife’s father bets on muai Thai boxing every weekend and chicken fights during the week and does really well, bringing home $10 on a good day. It’s good to know I have a self sufficient place to go If and when there’s anarchy in the states, couple of shots of my brother in law and step son fishing the rice patties and todays banana haul that yielded $8 usd.






We built this house for them that’s a 3/2 main house with a 1 bedroom in laws quarters that has its own bathroom and kitchen and a huge open air kitchen/living room for $80k usd, it got appraised for $125k



Id like to live here some day
 

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What part of Thailand is this? My son's in-laws are in the Northern area, we all visited there a few years ago, fact is, I posted about it here on this forum. I did a search for my Thailand thread and it came back that I didn't have a way to access it anymore, so it's lost in the past somewhere.
 

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I’m in the north too, phetchabun province, south of Chiangmai
 

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Hey 97,
Haystack here.
Very, very, very cool information. Fantastic.
I have a neighbor across the street, just turned 66 he did,
He is due back anyday from visiting his mom and brother there.
He is wanting to move there.
But his wife, from here, is dragging feet.
Looks pretty nice to me.
Please post some more intel.
Regards,
 

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Thanks for the info; I'm getting tired of the Thai boy rescue story.
 

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Father in law came back from the farm today with a bee hive full of honey and some baby snake head fish




 

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You never said if VC control the vill? Remember, Charlie don't surf!
 

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The father in law is anti government, he is a red shirt and the whole family participated in the riots in the early 2000’s, he’s been jailed for something but the great thing is that he a close friend of the Boss of the village who is the opposition, yellow shirt(government)
 

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There’s beef but it’s costly compared to other meats, they are big on fish and seafood, I’m a porkaholic and I’m in hog heaven, prices are cheap for pork, my favorite are pork cracklings
 

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Pork is a favorite for me too. The fruit is outrageous there as well im sure. I could do the shrimps and crabs as well, little fishes not so much. Please post pics of their gardens if you get a chance.
 

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Pork is a favorite for me too. The fruit is outrageous there as well im sure. I could do the shrimps and crabs as well, little fishes not so much. Please post pics of their gardens if you get a chance.

I don’t eat those fish either but I’ve tried the full grown snake heads and they’re alright, not sure when I’ll get back to the farm, it’s really hot there and I got hammered by mosquitoes
 

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My father in law gives food to monks every morning, they believe it brings good luck and that he will have food in his afterlife, thailand is one of the most superstitious countries I’ve ever visited
 

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My father in law gives food to monks every morning, they believe it brings good luck and that he will have food in his afterlife, thailand is one of the most superstitious countries I’ve ever visited
The idea of luck is silly, but maybe this is just a twisted idea of karma. Food in the "afterlife"? Well, if we come back here for another round, of course we will need food. In the spirit world, no. On a practical level, if I had a monk (or anyone) at my driveway asking for food daily, I would readily give him good leftovers. I might even cook extra rice just for the monks. Food is cheap, and I would be glad to cook more to give to someone who is hungry. Aside from the cheap rice, I recently bought chicken quarters for 65 cents a pound and ham for $1.21 / pound. Potatoes are often very cheap.
 

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Some kind of chant/prayer/blessing I’m guessing
 

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Haven’t gotten to the farm for pics yet but FIL brought home these duck eggs, he bartered 2 bottles of honey for 30 eggs, gonna be my first time trying duck eggs

 

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Went to the farm this afternoon, a couple of the wife’s cousins set a fish net and caught a few small fish, I thought they would set it and draw it in to catch the fish but they just set it and let the fish swim into it, the haul wasn’t huge, the pond is around 60x60 and gets around 8 foot deep in the middle. Also some shots of my brother in laws banana grove, mango trees and rice field








 

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I’m guessing he has at least 1000 banana trees and a couple dozen mango and papaya trees, the kids were looking for food too














 

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We had those shad fish or whatever they were for dinner, the cousin fried them to a crisp and we ate the bones and all, they were really good. I’ve seen at least 6 different fish come of of that pond so far
 

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Awesome thread - thx for sharing

I wish I had the nerve and health to opt out of the insanity and go for the natural life
 

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Duck eggs are fine. Best to boil them though. They can get rubbery when you fry them. Interesting thread.
 

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I had a fried duck egg, taste didn’t impress me but the yolk looked a lot oranger and richer than a chicken egg
 

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Thanks for the thread.
Ever get any beef type food there?
 

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I’ve eaten beef one time while here, prices are much higher than all other proteins
 

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That farm is pretty impressive. I wish I had fruit like that on my place. How the heck would a guy control weeds in there? Id be afraid to walk thru it, get snake bit..........
 

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On a side note... I brought my blood pressure machine with me and checked everyone’s blood pressure and they were all under 120/80, mom and dad are both in their mid/late 60’s and have never taken BP meds, I’m thinking their diet is keeping it in check, our American diets are a perfect storm for high blood pressure
 

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my first time trying duck eggs
I had duck eggs once.

Super strong ‘egg’ taste - like chicken eggs on steroids.

Won’t be in a hurry to eat them again!
 

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People here like duck eggs for baking. For some reason they are better than chicken eggs. I dont know anything about it really.
 

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I didn’t get that super eggy taste, my dad had always raved about duck eggs so I was pretty excited to try it but I’ll opt for chicken next time
 

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We eat eggs from pretty much all birds and enjoy them all.
 

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Part of my FIL self reliance is betting on Thai boxing every weekend, around 20 or 30 village guys huddled around a tiny 15” tv, this is about all the entertainment they have


 

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Bump. Was looking to see if there was a thread for a topic I have not heard about recently even though I know it had been discussed before, and this caught my eye.

97, hope u had a great trip. Must had been great being with family. Did u come back stateside yet?
 

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Yep, I’ve been back for 3 months now, the wife is already starting to accumulate stuff to take back when we go in 2020