I don’t like big cities. I moved to Thailand, in part, to escape them.
Bangkok is entirely out of the question – always was. It’s a better big city than New York City, but still – way too big for me. I did my time in NYC and won’t go back to breathing the vehicle fumes again.
Chiang Mai is out for that reason – too many cars, too much traffic, polluted air – no thanks.
Recently we checked out Khon Kaen. It’s a GIANT city. I had no idea. I thought it would be like Ubon Ratchathani. NO. It is about 9 times bigger than Ubon, and the people not nearly as nice.
We hit Korat – Nakhon Ratchasima. It’s also much too big. I don’t think it’s even as big as Khon Kaen, but it’s still too big. People are nice, traffic sucks – yes, it’s the holidays, but still… the place has 6 lane roads – maybe 8 in some places. Too big.
Phuket, I thought would be good to live in – before we had a baby. Now – it’s much too congested during high-season.
Songklha – I’ve never stayed in for long. Witht he ongoing violence it’s not likely we’ll move down there to raise our happy family.
I think that’s about it – the big cities of Thailand that I simply cannot live in.
Oh – Pattaya. I don’t really consider that a big city, but I guess it is. No, I wouldn’t consider living there either. How someone spends their life in Pattaya – I’ll never know.