Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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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... a while later.As things turn out next door all go off to Roi Et for the day and when they get back they are off again to nearby Ban Norng Po where nephew Pom's in laws live to eat tonight.I go and get sister Begat and in the end there are just the five of ...

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 ...

Mat business takes off ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Mat business takes off ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Last night's fire is still burning this morning so I build it up again and leave it smouldering. I bike into Phon Thong where I meet another farang outside the inernet.  An American chapo named Dale who actually spoke and was quite civil.  Dont ...

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 ...

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

Phon Thong market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Saturday so it must be the market in Phon Thong this morning.  We had thought about not going at all as Jai couldnt think of anything we needed.  Unfortunately as she spent time thinking a few things came to mind so ...  At least a ...

... and everyone has gone ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

... and everyone has gone ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap and Jai take the bike after breakfast and go to see brother Pad and Ram on their farm delaying my trip into Phon Thong. We load up the car ad by 08:00 Jiap is off as are the kids from next door.  A bit of peace and quiet and whatever passes as ...

Visits to the bank ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visits to the bank ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is dry when we wake this morning which is always a good sign so fingers crossed for this afternoon. We bike into Phon Thong and go to the bank where Jai keeps her farm account to make sure all is in orderfor the 'minister' to pay in 10,000 (200GBP) ...

Cold and cloudy ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cold and cloudy ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The sky is completely covered by cloud this morning, something we dont see that often over here at this time of year. After breakfast Jai goes round the garden and picks another couple of bunches of beans.  Is now selling at least two bunches a day ...

Where did that year go ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where did that year go ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy birthday Carol and Tom and goodbye 2015. Must be the coldest morning so far by a long way and even my breath is frosting up a little this morning. Most people are off to a ceremony with the village monks so I head into Phon Thong well wrapped up on ...

Man flu for sure !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Man flu for sure !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the internet this morning and finally bring this blog back up to date.  Spent some time researching Cambodia in readiness for our January visit. Bit of shopping then back to Khamnadie. A few more cabbage get planted out this ...

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 ...

Bits and pieces day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bits and pieces day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is up and about really early today for some reason and by 06:15 we have finished breakfast. We stop at brother Pad's on the way out to the farm and find that he has popped home to get some breakfast.  Leave him there and take Jai out to the farm ...

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 ...

Not a drop of rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Not a drop of rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watch Man Utd 1v2 Arsenal at 03:00 this morning and it is a much better game than the previous night's offering. Wake up this morning to find that there has not been so much as a drop of rain overnight.  At 06:00 I am out watering the back garden. ...

Cold this morning ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cold this morning ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sorry ... I know I promised not to talk about it being cold over here but it really feels it.  According to TV about 15 degees.  OK, that isnt too low but compared to 30+ degrees in the afternoon it is a bit of a drop.  Alo, no heating, ...

Shopping for more seeds, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping for more seeds

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again this morning for the Saturday market although by going on my own the prospect of having to walk around the stalls for an hour so doesnt raise its head.  We still have room in the garden to fill up so I visit a seed shop to see ...

Back at Khamnadie ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back at Khamnadie ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We pull up in front of the house before 05:00 and it is still dark. I am pleased to see that we still have two functioning gates but I cant see much of the house at all through the overgrown trees, bushes and grass.  We locked up like Fort Knox ...

Wasted journey ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wasted journey ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session and to watch the weekend's rugby.  The game isnt available yet so after a brief update of this blog its back to the village. Bike out to the farm and Jai decides to stay for the day so I leave her ...

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