Village Blues – Missing You



Village cattleBig cities normally mean big fun with the top night life, best hotels, restaurants and shopping centres all on your doorstep or at least just a short taxi ride away. The way I now view life is that these concrete jungles have there uses but for me a Thai village is the ultimate scene. I’m now an ex Pattaya wide boy harbouring a rural dream.

I’m sat at home in my all shiny, user friendly town here in the UK with my 7.2 megabyte of Internet speed, missing somewhere in this modern world that is unknown to most of it’s country’s citizens. Today I’ve got a large dose of the village blues and it doesn’t seem to want to go away.

You can forget the Internet because I’m sure there’s not a telephone landline in the whole village and a laptop is a dancer in a faraway land. The village has regular power cuts, no hot water, plenty of snakes and a drink of water is a true taste of rain. The villagers here live their life off the land and it’s 600 kilometres from the Pattaya sand. I am not missing the hissing  just the lie of the land.

A slow moving village where the main sport is watching the occasional pick up truck passing through, spitting up behind it a billowing plume of red dust as it heads towards the next village or the nearby town. A spectator sport played under a blazing hot sun.

Thailand’s troubled colours of red, yellow and blue and the colour of money are thought over, but touched by few. The colour of your shirt is the one that is clean and a win on the village lottery is everyone’s dream. A small Thai village that’s giving me the blues, I guess I’m just missing you.

ColaI am of course also missing Wonderful Wi and this week she has taken a trip to Nong Khai leaving behind the latest addition to her animal family. Cola (pictured right) our puppy dog and Rabbit the rabbit (strange name) have been joined by another puppy named Gaan. He is a further addition to the weekly food bill but also a welcome source of hours of fun. They say two’s company and three’s a crowd but I’ve got a feeling the three of them are going to get along fine.

Last Monday Wilai along with a truck load of her family and friends formed a crowd of their own all squeezing into a pick up and travelling to Nong Khai as part of their Songkran celebrations. The highlight of their day was a visit to Pho Chai Temple and the chance to make merit in the Thai New Year ritual of cleansing the Buddha images by means of sprinkling scented water over them. Wilai and company returned home late afternoon after a thoroughly enjoyable religious, food and fun fest day.

While writing this post I received good news about my forthcoming trip to Thailand. A telephone call confirmed my travel arrangements had been booked on the dates I required. My flight leaves London on May 12th and I fly back on June 1st, allowing me at least 10 days or so at our village home. I can feel those village blues lifting already.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

9 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    HD I know the feeling. BTW Thailand is now included in SKYPE inclusive packages so you could put you 7.2 megabytes to good use.
    I wish I had 1 MB! But as they say size isn’t everything!

    Mike’s last blog post..Expat Thailand: Cost of Living Savings.

  2. Malcolm says:

    Martyn, I know what you mean by missing the village life , and when we (just for a trip) went to the USA last year my fovorite part of the trip was the ride to the airport to come home to the LOS and our village and the life here . I know that to add to you missing the village a large part of your feeling lonely ,is missing Wi also. We were going to travel a little during the holidays but ended up staying home and entertaining and accommodating all the visitors that showed up unexpectedly, oh well, this is Thailand and it made Ciejay happy .
    I hope when you are here that we can at least we get to have a cup of coffee together . Malcolm

    Malcolm’s last blog post..HAVING FUN ??????

  3. Jon says:

    Hey Martyn – am curious to know how/why you moved back to UK from Thailand in the first place.

    Any chance you will come back to LOS on a permanent basis?

    If, during your back in Thailand, you fancy an authentic taste of Thai life 100kms or so outside BKK then drop me a line. Would be a pleasure, we love guests and the food is exquisite 😉

    Jon’s last blog post..My tea war-chest

  4. Hoo Don says:

    Very funny Mike and don’t I know it. As far as the SKYPE package goes I take it you mean contacting Wi. I have been using an international service for a few years now that works out for mobile to mobile at around 8 pence a minute and on a mobile I find that cheap and flexible.

    Malcolm I really do miss Wi and the village but normally I’m fairly upbeat about it all. I’m so glad you had an entertaining holiday period and best wishes to Ciejay. I’ll have to put the coffee on hold for this trip but in September we are planning another visit to Hua Hin and I also want to take a few days in Kanchanaburi. We may have to swap the coffee for a beer. Best wishes.

    Jon thanks for your comment and one from a fellow football loving nut. I have never lived in Thailand only spent many short periods there, my longest being 4 months in 2004. I always used to go to the LOS 3/4 times a year for a month at a time. Now with ever decreasing work openings in the UK I decided a couple of years back to take full time work.My visits are now restricted to 3 times a year for 2/3 week periods. I hope to move over for good in about 5 years time.

  5. Have a great trip Martyn, we’re not too far from Kanchanaburi, if you have a little adventure in your step, you know where we are, feel free to head down for an iced coffee. Ben

    Ben Shingleton’s last blog post..Songkhran dinner and festivities

  6. Frances says:

    Thanks for the mention the other day in your blog review! Whereabouts roughly are you in the UK? I had thought you were in Thailand all the time! The puppy is gorgeous and now you’ll have three…it won’t be long before you can enjoy them again, 12th May will be here in no time!

    Frances’s last blog post..Spring explosions

  7. Hoo Don says:

    Thanks Ben and hopefully I can make that iced coffee in September. Hopefully a star or two might drop into the shop.

    Frances I live in Swindon in Wiltshire. One of the puppies is a rabbit and I should have some photos coming next week, I’m looking forward to seeing the three of them together.

  8. Martin In Bulgaria says:

    I don’t need to say anything at all about missing village life it si exactly the same here apart form being very lucky to having interent connection due a school having a main wireless beacon to pickup on. I miss it and I’m only away for a few days a week! 12th May and the count down starts for you lucky chap!

    Martin In Bulgaria’s last blog post..Car Insurance Rip Off For Brits in Bulgaria

  9. MeMock says:

    Good news on your return to Thailand in May.

    MeMock’s last blog post..New Year, Laos style

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