Travel Blogs from Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Holiday is getting closer ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Holiday is getting closer ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Actually feeling a bit excited about going on holiday this morning. As we aren't going to be here for the next week we don’t even need to go into Phon Thong market to do any shopping which is also good news.  The cabbage plants that we have ...

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 ...

Checking the aftermath, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Checking the aftermath

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The day starts with some bad news and then some good news.  The house almost us are having a monk making party shortly.  As I am sat drinking my breakfast cuppa on the front porch I see them start to bring scaffolding etc to put up some ...

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 ...

Happy Birthday King, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday King

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday King. The world's longest reigning monarch ahead of Liz by about 6 years.  Thai news reported this morning that he had received a message from Liz with birthday greetings but bet she wants him gone so that she can catch up and pass ...

More electric problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More electric problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for a bit of shopping and I pick up a new flourescent light strip for outside the back door.  As soon as we get back I fit th new tube but the light still doesnt work.  We now have the light outside the front door and back ...

Rice takes centre stage, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice takes centre stage

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai goes to the farm on Pad's dak-dak this morning leaving me free to go into PHon Thong for the internet. It takes me a long time to upload photos from Laos and I dont bring the blog quite up to date this morning.  Watch Newcastle 20v10 Gloucs ... ...

Phon Thong market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We bike into Phon Thong after breakfast for the weekend market.  I return the shower that we bought last week as it wont heat the water !!  This is the third Sharp shower unit we have had from the same shop that has had the same ...

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 ...

Set fire to the farm - well, nearly !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Set fire to the farm - well, nearly !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Cold on the ride into Phon Thong this morning for an extra internet session to do a bit of research.  May have been cold on the way into town but it is t-shirt and shorts weather by the time I come back to the village. Jai gives the bike a treat and ...

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 ...

Preparing back garden for our absence ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing back garden for our absence ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A bit of fresh air greets us this morning and it feels great. I take Jai to see friend Wan and we take her completed mat sections.  Wan is going to stay with her daughter down south for a couple of months on Sunday so Jai now has no more work to do. ...

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 ...

Groundhog Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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My bonfire from last night is still smouldering after breakfast so I go and pile it up again and leave it to burn through the morning. Go to the fam for an hour or so.  Jai picks a pile of long green beans from plants all over the place.  She ...

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 ...

Valentine Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Valentine Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Valentine's Day is a big thing here and there are usually rows of temporary stalls set up along the main road through Phon Thong to fleece the money from the schoolkids in the morning.  With today being the weekend I guess someone is going to be ...

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 ...

Books, books and more books, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Books, books and more books

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai has a restless night not feeling too good; hot - cold - hot again - so we cancel any thoughts of going out to the farm this morning. Usually when we go to Chiangmai I take about 20-30 books in our case on the bus.  As we are going by pick-up ...

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. ...

Sell some more rice ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sell some more rice ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I thought that was FA Cup football on TV here for the next three nights but having checked the internet it looks like I am a day early. I have recently discovered that a cat has set up home in our rice house climbing in through a gap for ventilation ...

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 ...

Actually get some work done !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Actually get some work done !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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01:00 and we are both awake and struggling to get back to sleep.  I go for a coffee and the TV goes on for 1/2hr then we try again with a little more success, lulled off by the sound of rain on the roof. After a couple of dry days I was planning on ...

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 ...

Happy New Year, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy New Year

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy New Year everyone.Jai's brother's son Pom and wife Eoo arrived at about 02:00 this morning making an awful amount of noise in the process.  Sat on the front porch with my coffee this morning I notice that sister Begat has also returned with 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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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 ...

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