Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Back to routine, almost, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to routine, almost

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After the LIverpool match last night I change channels and find Man Utd 2v2 Chelsea FA Cup tie being shown so lie and watch the 2nd half of that as well. During the game I hear a noise on the roof and it actually rains a little.  Things are damp ...

Farmers only, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farmers only

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am not for one minute including myself amongst the farmers only heading I should point out !!! Go out to the farm in the late afternoon and help Jai's nephew Tia with some ploughing using the 'iron buffalo'.  These small tractors have replaced the ...

Helping or hindering ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Helping or hindering ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bepat left us before 06:00, better or not ... ? People start to arrive next door to help with the preparations for their wedding before we have had breakfast. It is a lot cooler again this morning as I bike into Phon Thong to start submitting Jai's visa ...

A day off my feet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day off my feet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up after a rough night and things may be a little bit better but not much.  Most of the pain seems to have moved down to my knee now which doesnt want to support my weight when standing and hurts like hell with any sideays ...

The devils child strikes again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The devils child strikes again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

On 7 January I wrote that next door had acquired another puppy and warned of an ominous future for it.  Last night it died.  Less than 1 month this time.  I wonder how long it will be before they get another one to kill ... Two visits to ...

Country Roads ... take me home, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Country Roads ... take me home

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The roads around here are largely shocking.  Last year they tarmacced(sp) a large part of the road into town which is not too bad now but why they didnt finish the job ... ?  They have just started work on another small section but have ...

Lazy kids, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy kids

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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John and Erm arrive just after breakfast to say that they want to go and cut some trees at the farm this morning but are having problems with the chap who is going to cut and transport the trees for them.  He seems to think he will have problems ...

Jai starts work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai starts work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong as per usual this morning passding both George and then John on our way back.  We were obviously the early birds today. Shortly after we get back to the house Jai's brother Pad and wife Ram arrive on their dak-dak to take Jai out the ...

Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is back to the house blessing first thing this morning as it is the day to feed the village monks.  They eat pretty well and I am thinking about joining up !! I go for a ride around the village to see what is happening everywhere and stop in for ...

Sick TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bike into Phon Thong this morning and after a quick check in at the internet go to the shop that has our TV to get an update on its health.  They show me the part that has failed (?!) and tell me that they will have to order a replacement from ...

At work in the garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

At work in the garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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No rain !! We go to buy a small BBQ burner that the villagers use for the majority of their cooking and that Jai uses for dying her mat grass.  The one we had disintegrated when we picked we up to move it this morning.  I cut up some wood and ...

Off to the temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday Dad. Having spent yesterday hosing the garden to make it damp enough to dig it has rained all night and not stopped this morning.  The garden is now flooded and too wet to dig !!  Perhaps its just as well as I have a few aches ...

Friends reunited, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Friends reunited

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of Jai's old schoolfriends turns up this morning out of the blue.  Jai hasnt seen her in about 20 years and they chatter incessantly for an hour or so.  In the afternoon they go off together to a neighbouring village to visit another old ...

Out to the farm ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to the farm ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A beautiful morning, probably as nice as its been since we got back here. With the bedroom wardrobe empty so that we could move it, Jai decides it would be a good opportunity to wash everything thats in it !  This is going to take a couple of days ...

OK, so work is not finished ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

OK, so work is not finished ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We bike into Phon Thong after breakfast and buy tickets for the 20:00 bus to Bangkok tomorrow night.  We then stop to make sure it is OK to leave the bike at the house we normally use. I tell Jai  she should be happy her work is finished ...

Dodgy motorbike, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dodgy motorbike

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai, her sisters and mum are off to the land office again this morning so we have to postpone the visitto the motorbike office for tax etc  to make me legal - well, almost legal.  I decide to go into town on the bike anyway and just hope that ...

A birthday in the house, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A birthday in the house

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today is Jai's mother's 88th birthday but I think I am the only person who knows - her mum included. Sit around the house feeling sorry for myself all day ...

Garden finished ... for now, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden finished ... for now

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I am in the garden digging by 06:15 this morning so that I am in time to eat breakfast and still bike into Phon Thong early. As I leave for town Jai is just leaving to continue planting cassava. No premiership rugby this weekend so I have to be content ...

Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I plant some pak choi in the last free corner of the garden and consider it job done now for a while. Fin comes to visit again.  She is assuming her role for life already as all she seems to do is eat and sleep and watch TV.  To be fair she ...

New house guest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New house guest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out of the blue, Jai's daughter Jiap arrives from Bangkok.  I fear the worse as her arrivals aren't usually good news.  Has she lost her job, got boyfriend troubles, got pregnant !  nything is possible.  But it appears that it is ...

Off to the hospital - not me !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the hospital - not me !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Looks like Jai may get some more money from the village 'mayor' for her rice.  Why ? ... its a mystery to me ! In the evening we get a phone call to say that one of Jai's brothers has been taken to hospital in Phon Thong with heart problems and has ...

Bike problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I bike into Phon Thong first thing to go to the internet.  My usual place is closed and with metal shutters across the front doesnt seem likely that they will be opening today.  I ride around town checking a couple of other places that I have ...

Laos here we come, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos here we come

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, not for another month or so but I have just started planning our trip for when my 90 day visa needs renewing.  Am having dreams about real bread already ...

Cassava, manioc, tapioca, mang sapharang ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cassava, manioc, tapioca, mang sapharang ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I feel tired this morning and am sick of the sight of bamboo so cry off a visit to the farm again. Whilst sat in the garden this morning I noticed that my favourite orchid was just starting to go over so it must be nearly time to leave. Bike into Phon ...

Back to normality ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to normality ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our gas runs out whilst cooking breakfast so I guess that has been working hard in our absence as well.  Luckily we have an electric wok for back up.  I am going into Phon Thong this morning to bring this blog up to date and do some ...

First full day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First full day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sleep through till 7:00 when Fin knocking on the bedroom door rouses us. Of course it is the weekend so no school.  Hear that the young son of the couple at the post office opposite us was killed in a motorbike accident a little while ago – ...

Return of the TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Return of the TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We get picked up at 08:30 and drive into PHon Thong and striaght to the Samsung authorized service centre - or maybe not.  We load the TV into the back of the pick-up and I only hope that it doesnt get broken in transit back to the village with the ...

Back to the village, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We stop at Khorat for hour about midnight and make use of the toilets here. Have managed to doze a little but not really sleep.  We are soon continuing our journey north through the odd heavy shower.  I must have slept a little as I ...

Dragonfruit 3 - the conclusion, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dragonfruit 3 - the conclusion

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the dragonfruit sitting in the fridge and the last of our melon eaten it had to go today.  Cut into small pieces and mixed with the cocunut ice cream it was quite nice if rather bland and tasteless to be honest. Popped out the farm to check on ...

Another Bangkok departure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another Bangkok departure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to get some bread but with few deliveries taking place over the holiday I had to search around to find some. Quick visit to the internet to find that Gloucs actually won at L Irish so at least no more worries about finishing ...

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