Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

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

Back to work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Not going to Phon Thong this morning as we both need to visit the bank on Monday so will wait till then. We dont get up till just after 7:00 which constitues a long lie in around here. It isnt cold again this morning so fingers crossed we have moved on ...

Beer day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Beer day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A bit fresh again this morning so perhaps my hopes of a weather change were abit premature. Take Jai to Pak Chong with me dropping her off at friend Lawans house whilst I go to see John with a couple of beers.  He is not 100% but a whole lot better ...

First day of the rice harvest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First day of the rice harvest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast this morning I take Jai out to the farm to start cutting her rice along with brother Pad and sister Bepat.  I had already decided to go into Phon Thong so had to take a raincheck, what a shame ... Jai had a 'happy birthday' e-mail ...

Work starts ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work starts ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is time to start work on Jai's cassava farm this morning and as we bike out there is a real bustle in the village as people are getting ready to go to their farms for the day.  We normally miss this but I know that Jai enjoys feeling a part of ...

Almost back to normal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Almost back to normal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch the neighbours start the clear up operation over my breakfast cuppa.  There has been a scary amount of work gone into the last few days for them and I try to forget the fact that we 'may' have a wedding on the horizon.  At least Jai has ...

Another wedding, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another wedding

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... to the wedding this afternoon as Wan isn't feeling good. We leave on the bike about 14:30 for the 20km ride to the village of Ban Kut Sa on the Roi Et side of Phon Thong.  The traffic is particularly heavy with more and more people coming home for ...

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

Into Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Not too bad a sleep and by morning the rain has finished. Jai tries out a new toy at breakfast this morning, an egg poacher.  It has to be said that the eggs turn out really good and without having to use oil I guess they have to be healthier, don't ...

Our visitors arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Our visitors arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It feels quite wintery here again this morning.  Just the ting for cold showers. The water problem appears to revolve around the chap who collecs the money each month.  We havent paid at ll since November.  I tink he was stealing money and ...

No animals were hurt planting the trees !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No animals were hurt planting the trees !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's son, Boy, arrived here in Khamnadie early this morning but looking on the bright side he went to his wife's family's house and not to ours so things cant be too bad. I take Jai out to the farm and find that Boy is there already.  Story is that ...

More work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watched Dortmund 2v0 Arsenal at 01:45 this morning on a channel we didnt previously have prior to getting the satellite dish.  In terms of football as well as the clear pictures the dish was certainly a good investment. The back garden is the ...

Pack important bag, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pack important bag

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for internet session but no rugby to watch again this weekend. I pack a bag for our trip away later this week.  Well, I pack a bag containing 30+ books that I hope to be able to exchange at a bar in Khon Kaen. Go to visit George ...

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