Sorry, I lost interest at "cold, damp winter" , that and there is no somtam. No somtam means new wife, new wife means going back to work to recover what is in Natty's name.
Interesting as I have a friend who started over at age 50 with a young wife from Uruguay more than ten years ago.
He stated that most consumer goods are very expensive. His wife is a teacher so their two kids get a break on private school tuition that for others are considered high.
He stated six months out of the year the weather is the same as Seattle's winter but without any nightlife...although pot is legal.
He likes it but cautions that one must be prepared for two things (1) learn to communicate in Español otherwise you'll go crazy (2) Beef is served at every meal.