Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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More small pleasures, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More small pleasures

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Came into Phon Thong this morning and when I got back home I found that George had been to visit us and had brought 4 potatoes; a relative feast for sometime and the first I will have eaten since May last year ...

Rabbit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rabbit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jiap is off back to Bangkok this morning and with almost everyone else already gone it feels really quiet again.  Great !!  I burn off all of the rubbish that has accumulated over the last week or so.  We have been finding it impossible to ...

Baking day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Baking day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... set. I take Lawan home late afternoon and stop to beer some beer etc for party.  Lawan thinks that she has a big road map of Thailand that she promises to look out for me soon so that if we do go off on the bikes at least we will have some idea of ...

School sports - again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

School sports - again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for our weekly shop instead of going tomorrow as usual.  Jai needs a big net to use when threshing the rice at the farm and some wellies to wear when cutting it in the first place. When we get back to the village we bike ...

Valentine's Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Valentine's Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I often find myself in Phon Thong on Valentine's Day and the schoolkids here make a really big event of it.  There are stalls set up along the main road through town for them to buy flowers on their way to school and even the school buses ...

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

Back to the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We arrive in cold and dark PHon Thong at 05:00 and have to put on another couple of shirts before taking a tuk-tuk out to the village.  Straight to bed with a cuppa tea for another hour or so.  Welcome back home as we have no electric and no ...

Apparently I am in demand, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Apparently I am in demand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... mending the electric cable - or perhaps not. The Asian Volleyball Championships have been on TV this last week or so because Thailand are doing particularly well.  Sport doesnt usually get much coverage on TV unless they think it is a game Thailand ...

Go watch someone else working, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go watch someone else working

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We go out to the farm together after breakfast for a while clearing the ever growing grass. I drop Jai off to help with the funeral then bike over to Pak Chong to return John's drill.  Stay here and watch them working for a while.  Decide that ...

Definitely Man Flu !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Definitely Man Flu !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake this morning feeling like sh*t !!!! At least the water seems to be back on. I take Jai to get some mat grass from sister in law Lam's but we come straight back to the house.  I leave Jai to dye the grass and go back to bed for the morning as ...

Laurel & Hardy !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laurel & Hardy !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning to possibly buy some bedroom furniture.  We come away with bed, mattress, wardrobe and dressing table, all of which will be delivered later this morning.  We buy some garden shears for our hedge and a few more ...

More farm visits, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More farm visits

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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As I open the front doors this morning I spot Fin visiting the Doctors opposite.  Turns out that she has spots all over her back but the Doc thinks they are just a heat rash. I sit out the front of the house drinking my breakfast cuppa when the dogs ...

Finally - arrival !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Finally - arrival !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Still no real sleep but I am amazed when we pull in to the bus station at Roi Et about 03:00 a lot earlier than we expected.  By 03:30 Phon Thong is approaching and we start to gather up our things.  Even the tuk-tuk drivers at the bus station ...

Goodbye Frenchie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Goodbye Frenchie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Rain continues through the night stopping about 06:00 so I get a dry ride into Phon Thong although there is a lot of water lying around in the fields. Update blog and send an e-mail to MSN UK for help with my Hotmail account. Shop for a few bits and ...

On the home front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

On the home front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... been commented that I have placed loads of photos onto this site but not too many around our houseor around the village.  Over our remaining week or so I will attempt to put this right starting today with photos of chez nous, ban row, our ...

Palm oil trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Palm oil trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Dark and cloudy again this morning and a few spots of rain start to fall as soon as we have finished breakfast.  Didnt imagine that work at the farm would have to be postponed because of rain, in March. It didnt last too long and didnt even make ...

How much do you pay for a tree ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

How much do you pay for a tree ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for an internet session but the rugby video from the weekend game was not yet available so just brought this blog up to date, shopping, then back to Khamnadie. John has decided that she wants GBP10 for each of her trees which John thinks ...

No respite, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No respite

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The 'make-a-monk' party continujes and has been joined by yet another one - oh, such fun !!! I leave and seek refuge at John'sin neighbouring Pak Chong where I cut another huge pile ofcoconut tree leaves.  With Jai there as well we end up staying ...

We are parents - to 14 ducklings !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

We are parents - to 14 ducklings !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Have had a bit of 'man-flu' the last few days and woke up early with a blocked nose.  It is amazing how much nose shit - as they wonderfully call it here - the body can produce !! Lying in bed with a cuppa just after 06:00 when someone starts ...

Work resumes at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work resumes at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning to restart this blog after a two week break. Bit of shopping including a new fan for the spare bedroom which is fun to carry on the bike. Still not feeling too good so spend a largely lazy day in the back garden. Late ...

Day of rest ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day of rest ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When you are doing next to nothing every day it is difficult to identify any one day as a day of rest but ... it is Sunday. It actually quickly becomes a day of work as it is dry and the sun is out. I clear all of the long grass from the side of the ...

Off to work again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to work again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No, not me, Jai.  She gets picked up early morning and along with a few friends they drive to the nieghbouring village to help a friend, Wai, finish cutting her rice. I nip into Phon Thong then have a lazy day on my ...

Swimming and alcohol dont mix !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming and alcohol dont mix !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to a friends house this morning where she willbe eating midday with a group of friends. Late afternoon I go and pick her up and we bike out for a swim.  Jai is particularly quiet this week andnot swimming very much at all.  When we ...

Time to build an ark ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to build an ark ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 01:40 to watch Man Utd 4v2 Leverkeusen. It is a Buddha day tomorrow and niece Boo arrives before breakfast with presents leaving Jai to rustle up something to give her back.  People are in and out all morning.  These Buddha days seem ...

Where have all the monks gone ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where have all the monks gone ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To offer thanks for getting her visa Jai decides to give some food to the monks this morning.  Gets the food ready and we await them passing our place as they usually do.  By 7:30 they still havent turned up so she starts to put the food ...

Flights booked !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flights booked !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning with a headache.  There must have been something wrong with the beer that I drank last night.  Having written off flights with Jet India and Air China I have booked with Egypt Air as we did last year.  They ...

Dragonfruit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dragonfruit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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One of the first things that we planted in the garden once the house was complete was a row of dragonfruit.  At the time they were about 6ins tall and looked like small cactuses (cacti ?).  They have grown really well siince then and this year ...

Sugar cane everywhere, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sugar cane everywhere

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the rice season well and truly behind us most peoples thoughts have turned to their sugar cane which is one of the major cash crops grown locally.  Every day now a steady stream of lorries pass the house laden down with the cut canes en-route ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

'Monk Day' today so Jai is up early to feed the monks as they pass our place on their morning rounds.  It is also Monday so I am off into Phon Thong to watch the weekends rugby on the internet.  Had forgotten that it was a European weekend and ...

Off to the hospital already, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the hospital already

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 05:30 to a wet and drizzly morning so gardening today.  Jai's mum hasnt been too well and asks Jai to take her to the hospital in the town of Phon Thong.  Not having any suitable transport ourselves she is taken and brought back in the ...

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

Same old, same old ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to brother Pad's house then I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session and some shopping. As I pass I  take a look at the place where we buy our palm trees.  The gates are still locked but I can see a pick-up and hear some music so ...

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