Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Visas, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visas

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I sit on the floor of our main room with paperwork all around me and plod through the laborious task of completing all of the nonsense questions that are asked on Jai's visa application form.  The form is exactly the same as normal although this ...

Check on pig and set up kitchen, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Check on pig and set up kitchen

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We start to move a few things around early this morning them Jai decides that she wants to go and check on the pig.  We bike to Terry & Pim's about 5km the other side of Phon Thong and discover that our beast is now 230kg.  We drive to ...

Take George on holiday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Take George on holiday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... , buy a couple of cans of beer then go and pick up George to take him on holiday for an hour.  All around Thailand you see endless spirit houses outside most properties but in Khamnadie you would be lucky to spot more than two or three.  The ...

Hot shower !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hot shower !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Really cold last night and this morning and a hot shower sounds like a wonderful idea.  I bike into Phon Thong, wearing long trousers and three shirts, and e-mail a Merry Christmas to everyone then straight to the electric shop. Back at the house I ...

Bank Robbery !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bank Robbery !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A rude awakening this morning at 05:00 as Jai's mum wakes us up to tell us that the gas has finished.  Thank you - just what I wanted to know in the middle of the night !! Into Phon Thong later this morning to open some bank accounts.  We both ...

Cutting coconut trees again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cutting coconut trees again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today is just about the half way point in our stay here this year and it another bright but fresh morning.  This is great for me but everyone else seems to be freezing. Go to German John's as I had spotted a couple of coconut trees on his new land ...

Bye-bye bamboo, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bye-bye bamboo

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We had quite a heavy shower of rain about 04:30.  Could really do with it waiting until we have left to take care of the trees for us when we cant. John visits.  He is putting together a mat loom for his missus before we leave and I take him to ...

Wedding day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wedding day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The music starts up again about 05:00. I am up not much after 06:00 feeling lousy.  At least I can enjoy my Laos baguette for breakfast. We then head next door about 07:00 to be offered beer and whisky which I really cant face at this time of day ...

More crossed wires ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More crossed wires ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 3am to watch England 2 v 3 Holland.  By breakfast time it is very cloudy and we have more rain.  I check out the shed to find that the roof is fine and that the water is actually being sucked up through the concrete flooring.  The ...

UN change of venue, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN change of venue

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Get a phone call from John this morning requesting a change of venue for our late morning beers.  He is fed up watching the workmen dither on his house and needs a break.  After a bit of 'toing & froing' we end up at our farm. It looks like ...

Cant get enough of it ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cant get enough of it ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With our rice safely gathered in, Jai volunteers her services to a nephew, Tia, who is taking care of sister Begats farm next door to hers.  We bike out to the farm after breakfast and I join in for about an hour but decide that it is best if I ...

A quiet day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A quiet day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As I was wheeling the bike out first thing this morning the wheels didnt want to turn due tothe amount of dried earth that was caked all over it from our ride back from the farm last night.  Out with the hosepipe and it gets a much needed wash. ...

Fin comes to visit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fin comes to visit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Fin comes to say hello just after we have finished breakfst which pleases Jai no end.  The frying pan has to come back out for some little sausages with tomato sauce. My normally quiet cup of tea sat on the front porch after breakfast isnt going to ...

More trees ... eventually, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More trees ... eventually

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for the Saturday market and buy some new dishes for the kitchen.  Have been trying for ages to get some nice china bowls but have had no luck so we have had to make do with plastic again. I buy some more seeds for the ...

In search of rice ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In search of rice ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for Saturday market and a bit of preparation for Xmas.  Buy prezzies for Fin and Bom Bem and check out a few artificial trees. When we get back to Khamnadie we need some rice milled but find that Deu next door is having problems with ...

Just another day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just another day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bike into Phon Thong yet again this morning.  Pass a field en-route that looks remarkably like rape growing.  Have been told that the chap planted it a few months together with the plan to plough it in to the soil as a fertilizer when he next ...

Snakes !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Snakes !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We are giving the Phon Thong Saturday market a miss this week and it seems as though I have been biking into town every day this week.  More digging and burning instead.  Mid afternoon I spot a snake in the garden but it is only a couple of ...

Ideas for the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ideas for the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have some ideas for something that I could do at the farm on my own so bike out there this morning to check things out and measure up some land.  Will have a good think about things before running my ideas past Jai.  Not so much an idea for ...

Quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... be true !) :- "The Baci ceremony, also knows as “Su-kwan” is an indigenous Southeast Asian ritual. Predominant in Thailand and Laos this ancient and traditional ceremony is held for various occassions.  “Su-kwan” can be ...

Visit to farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visit to farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Plant out some leeks, small onoins, garlic and yellow peppers this morning.  Go to visit George and Wan for lunch and back mid afternoon.  We are relaxing in the back garden when someone from the local ministers office comes to say that they ...

Successful visit to the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Successful visit to the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Don't wake up till 7:30 which is a couple of hours later than our norm here.  I sit in front of the house after breakfast writing up these notes and it starts raining.  Fin arrives for the day again and pretty soon … I should stop ...

Time for mat making again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for mat making again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Upon waking up this morning Jai has decided that it is time for her to start making mats again.  We dont have enough grass of our own yet so bike across the village to friend Wan's house to borrow her mat loom and to buy some grass from her sister - ...

C'mon you rice ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

C'mon you rice ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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At last the rice planting is finished.  I am exhausted, honest ...  We head out to the farm to check up on the results of my work before going into town.  They completed work on the main road from the village into town last year and did a ...

Just another day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just another day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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First thing this morning I visit the village hair salon for a tidy up before we leave.  Into Phon Thong this morning to get some money from the ATM and am happy to find that one is working and that it actually has money.  Spend some time at the ...

First day of winter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First day of winter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It actually feels a bit cold this morning for the first time this year - all relative of course.  I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session then do a bit of shopping before heading back to the village. It is cremation day for the funeral party ...

Laundry and baking day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry and baking day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai catches up on the laundry after our trip south whilst I potter in the garden.  Ride into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and a bit of shopping.  The cupboards are bare so Jai sets about baking some cakes and a nice chunky loaf of ...

Too much beer, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Too much beer

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go into Phon Thong this morning and drop Jai off at the hair salon whilst I go to the internet and bring this blog up to date. In the afternoon we go to Pakchong to visit German John and his missus for a quick beer and end up staying quite late, eating ...

Tree fellers, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tree fellers

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, tree planters actually but that wasn't the joke was it.  Our front garden gets direct sun all afternoon and evening and we have tried several times to plant trees without success for a variety of reasons - neighbours standing on them being ...

Escape to Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Escape to Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing after breakfast I take Jai to George & Wan's house for her to help with cooking and serving then I bike into Phon Thong shortly followed by George who is running away from the house for the morning. Find that Gloucs had a surprising 27v22 ...

Back to Doctors, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Doctors

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake this morning with a returning sore throat after just the one night without a tablet. Bike into Phon Thong and go to see the Doc again.  Manage to get him to give me some antibiotics although when I check them on the internet they are ...

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