In this new series of strange ranty type things, a Slightly Lost Geek (read as me) wanders various places on the planet with somewhat limited resources. The SLG will then tell everyone what the SLG notices about the topic location. Take note that the SLG is from a “reasonably developed” third world country known to many as Malaysia, or home of the corrupt… and all thoughts and opinions are of the SLG alone. In this episode, SLG explores Udon Thani, Thailand.
Now, Udon Thani according to Wikipedia is a province (changwat) in northeast Thailand. It is bordered by the provinces of Nong Khai to the north, Sakon Nakhon to the east, Kalasin Province to the southeast, Khon Kaen to the south, and Loei and Nong Bua Lam Phu Province to the west. It occupies an area of 11,730 km². The provincial capital is Udon Thani, the major city in the province. I ended up here mainly because I had already visited Bangkok and didn’t particularly like it. Note that despite my home being the bustling Kuala Lumpur, I am actually averse to noisy, loud, and crowded places. After a wee bit of reading, I discovered that a great many travelers favored the North of Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Udon Thani) because of the relative quietness compared to Bangkok (and other more popular tourist destinations), and much lower cost of living. Also, I figured Udon Thani would be a more developed location compared to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai mainly because of the large expat population there – Udon Thani apparently has the 2nd largest expat population in Thailand after Bangkok. Surely expats wouldn’t flock in droves to somewhere without running water and electricity right? Continue reading