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    Buri Ram Province Honors Foreigners in Recognition of Their Contributions to Community Development (28/09/2009)
    Among the foreign men who have married Thai women and are residing in the northeastern province of Buri Ram, three have been honored for their special contributions to community development there.

    Buri Ram Governor Mongkol Surasajja presented plaques of honor to the three foreign men and their wives on the evening of 25 September 2009 at the Muang Tam Sanctuary compound in Prakhon Chai district, where a cultural event took place, which was joined by members of the diplomatic corps and the media. Fifty other couples were specially invited to attend the event, known as “Buri Ram Civilization Opens to the World.”

    Three honorees were Karl Kunz, from the United States; Ruben van Beek, from the Netherlands; and Wayne Pickering, from the United Kingdom. They and other men from Europe and the US have contributed to the local community development in various activities and projects. For instance, they provide education scholarships to local orphans; seek support from volunteers of several countries for school renovation; teach English for local people, both adults and children, at the English learning center in Ban Kruat district; and provide clean drinking water for schoolchildren and people.

    Governor Mongkol has paid attention to their contributions and deems it appropriate to show appreciation to these men, whose contributions have benefited Buri Ram residents. He assigned local officials to select them, with their spouses, for the certificates of honor.

    Interviews with these happily adjusted cross-cultural couples show that most foreign men are impressed with the simple way of life of Thai people, who are, in their eyes, kind-hearted and friendly. Almost 90 percent would like to spend the rest of their life in Thailand. Statistics compiled by the Buri Ram Statistical Office show that there are almost 1,300 foreign men who have married Thai women and are living in Buri Ram.

    Buri Ram is one of the largest provinces in the Northeast. Its area represents 6 percent of the northeastern area and 2 percent of the country’s total area. Eighty-seven percent of the Buri Ram residents, who number more than 1.5 million, are engaged in agriculture, mainly rice farming. Apart from rice, major cash crops there include tapioca, jute, and sugar cane, and various kinds of fruit, such as mango, guava, sweet tamarind, and pomelo.

    Local people are well-known for cloth weaving, and Buri Ram is famous for beautiful Thai silk. It is an enchanting province consisting of important Khmer-style sanctuaries, and in particular, the warm hospitality of the people. The rich heritage of art and culture is also reflected in local products, especially those hand-made by villagers.

    Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations Department

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    Buriram has long valued the contribution of Farangs to the province's economy.
    Some time back a letter arrived in the letterbox of our home in Buriram. We happened to be there at the time. It was an open letter from the governor of the province thanking the Farang members of community for their "valued contributions" to the province and it's people, and inviting Farangs and their families to a function in their honour in Buriram city. Unfortunately we had to come back to Bangkok a day or so before it was to be held. It's good to know that at least someone appreciates the Farangs living in Thailand and recognises the value of the billions of Farang baht brought in to Thailand each year.
    I'm one of the 90% who would be happy to spend the rest of my life in Thailand. When I'm old and decrepit we plan to go to Buriram to live.
    Last edited by Surawut; 29-09-09 at 10:58 AM.

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    Re: Buri Ram Province Honors Foreigners

    That is very good. I wish there were more governors and provinces out there like that. And of course, more expats who do their country proud instead of being the kind of ones that end up on the front page of the Thai Rath.

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    Re: Buri Ram Province Honors Foreigners

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    That is very good. I wish there were more governors and provinces out there like that. And of course, more expats who do their country proud instead of being the kind of ones that end up on the front page of the Thai Rath.
    Yes, it is good to read a story like this instead of the usual negative ones coming out of high tourist areas.
    " The present is an outcome of the past which will have bearings on the future."
    Bhuddhadasa Bhikku 1906-1993

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