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  1. We didn't pay a single satang until the house was completed, and even then we didn't pay the full amount until some things had been finished to our satisfaction.... Sister-in-law has a house across the Soi from ours and she regularly sent us photos during the build to keep us updated...
  2. Done overnight sleeper trains down from Uttaradit to Bangkok, slow going but enjoyed the experience....
  3. I thought that price was cheap.... Booked flights for a trip in May with Qatar MAN-DOH-BKK and return BKK-DOH-LHR-MAN for £339...
  4. We had this one built for us up in Uttaradit, we did it through a property developer Total cost was 2.5 million including the land and the garden is big enough to build another house. Was well impressed by the quality of build and Mrs Fiend is happy as her sister has a house virtually opposite ours. At the moment it's just our holiday home but will be our retirement home. It's on the outskirts of the city and not too far from some decent restaurants and a Tesco Lotus.
  5. I find it's all about timing and knowing when to pull the trigger..... Was consistently seeing Turkish at £400 but the flight times returning from BKK were totally unsuitable for us..... Just ran a check now and Turkish have gone up to £449
  6. Just paid £413 each MAN-BKK return for a trip in October..... my cheapest ever flights for a Thailand trip..... Made even cheaper by using a cash-back offer with my bank which dropped the cost down to £383 each...
  7. Like to look out the window when flying so normally I go for a window seat with Mrs Fiend having to move every time I need a pish..... But when me daughter is flying with us I tend to go for the aisle seat... I also tend to book seats at the rear of the plane as they tend to be board first in scum class.
  8. I paid the deposit and she's paying the mortgage..... it belongs to both of us. When she told me she wanted the house built I told her my terms and she agreed to them, and true to her word she went and found a second job to fund paying the mortgage.
  9. I'm happy with it!!! Each time we stay in it I've been doing little bits and bobs to it..... On my last trip I put up the curtain rails and fitted an electric shower to the guest bathroom and I'm already planning some jobs for our Songkran trip. This might shock a few BM's.... Mrs Fiend is the one that is paying the mortgage - and she even took on a second job to pay for it!!!!
  10. This is mine and Mrs Fiends house we had built up in Uttaradit. 3 bedroom bungalow. Construction time took 17 weeks from an empty plot to completion. and was well impressed with the quality of construction. It cost us 2.5 million and was built by a developer to our design and spec and we didn't need to hand over a single baht until the house was completed. Since this photo was taken we've added those security grills on the windows and doors, At the moment we use it as our holiday home but we've built it as our place to retire to. Whilst we are back in the UK her sister keeps an eye on it for us - her house is diagonally opposite. During the build we got regular photographic updates so we could keep an eye on progress..
  11. Did a flight search yesterday through http://www.netflights.com/ and Etihad was coming in at £370 MAN-BKK return (including taxes) for the dates I've already booked in April.... Only downside was a 14 hour layover in Abu Dhabi on the way back.... Just checked again and the same price still coming up!!!
  12. My last 3 trips I've managed to book flights for under £450 and all with decent flight times.
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