Farang Zones in Thailand
You know I used to say that I love Thailand but I've come to realize that I don't just love Thailand but I love where I live. You might live in Thailand but you live in say Phuket, well there you'll get a whole different experience to what I get in Chiang Mai. You've got the beaches, I've got the mountains and we both say we love Thailand but it's more about where you live anywhere.
I can see why some people love Bangkok and others Pattaya and for some of us Chiang Mai or Phuket. We all love Thailand but we love where we live as well and if you were taken out of those places would you love Thailand as much? If you love the beach and you live in Khon Kaen you're going hate it! And that's my point we love the places we live, but Thailand has many diversities between each zone that we occupy we can't all be loving the same things.
Thailand is separated ethnically, regionally, culturally into 4 separate regions of the country. The north, Isaan (North East), Central, and Southern regions. But that's for the Thai's! To an extent Farang can only associate to these regions because that's how our surroundings look in the "Thai World". But am I the only one who feels that there is still a bubble of logic that surrounds my body that prevents the "Thai" to get in?
We Farang set up our "Fun Factories" and crowd into areas of Thailand that we make our own it reminds me of how China towns are setup back in our own countries, is that something we've copied from them or they've copied from us? We don't live in four regions of Thailand we live in our own zones, places where the Farang Love to live and live in great numbers.
The Seven Zones that Farang have made
3. Chiang Mai
5. Udon Thani
6. Khon Kaen
It's no coincidence that the zones are also some of the biggest cities in Thailand either. Thailand is still the rice bowl of SEA and agriculture and the farm life really doesn't appeal to Farang most of whom have never even lived or even been on a farm before. Sure guys live in the jungle or in rice fields but you are still going to live in one of these places first and for people who don't know Thailand you'll refer to these places in relation to where you live making it the center of the "Farang Zone".
Surprisingly is the number of Farang Zones in the Isaan region due to migrations from the bars and brothels of Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya the girls always seem to bring them back. But then again if I was a 50y/o with the money I’d probably want to buy myself a nice 20y/o something I can understand that too. And I think that's makes the different zones unique as well is the kind of guy that goes to them.
Phuket is for the tourists, beach bums, and guys who like the outdoors sun and surf, it's owned by the Farang which is probably why it's so popular, Bangkok is for those who want to live here work or do business, Pattaya is the life for sex addicts and Chiang Mai is for those who just want to chill. Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Korat is good for those who love the family life and probably have a more stable life then the rest of the zones, that is till she sells the house without you knowing.
While we live in these zones we can’t own land in Thailand, people are setting up dummy businesses to get around the law which is prohibitive and scary for some of us. We can own condos but only in approved buildings. If a Farang could buy the land build condos and then tell all of them to Farang it would be a better proposition and I’m sure we’d end up with a quality product one that more people would want to invest in.
That’s exactly why the government doesn’t want to do it, they don’t really want us living here, they want us to travel here spend our money and go, they don’t want us making money here some sort of protectionism. What I think they don’t understand though is Farang go to these zones because that’s where the Farang have setup the businesses that allow tourism to grow here. The more Farang living here will increase the number of tourists.
Do I want more tourists here? Well not too bothered actually but more Farang living in Thailand yes, because the more Farang come to live here the more Farang owned “Fun Factories” are built making life here just that little more exciting.