Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Preparations for departure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparations for departure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for an internet session this morning.  There is no rugby for me to watch this week although I note that England beat Scotland at the weekend.  I print off my NOK Air ticket and now all of my travelling paperwork seems to be ...

Good weekend for sport, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Good weekend for sport

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to muse the internet.  Gloucs beat Quins, England beat Ireland, good weekend for sport for a change. Once I am back at the house I just sit around all day.  I finish my tablets today but dont feel much better. Phone ...

'Shopping' at farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

'Shopping' at farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A big day at the village school today - the kids are actually going.  They have been back at school after a few months holiday for about 10 days and now the school is closed for two days to allow an inter-school sports competition to take ...

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

Same, same

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Come into Pjhon Thong this morning to update Journal and do a bit of shopping.  Jai is dying some more grass so better that I am out of the ...

Groundhog Day with a difference, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day with a difference

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No farm this morning but Jai is off to help her friend with some cooking.  I drop her off and there is already a dozen or so people milling around.  George needs to escape already. She returns just after lunch then out to the farm to help with ...

Strange people, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Strange people

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To farm right after breakfast by way of a change and get lots cut. After lunch Jai sneaks next door to play cards again.  She comes back about GBP10 better off but knows that I dont really approve. To farm again late afternoon and some more fires to ...

More coconut tree leaves, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More coconut tree leaves

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is very cold again this morning and we stay indoors all morning not doing a great deal.  After we ave eaten I have to get out and do something.  Jai's mother gets through her leaves like wildfire so this afternoon we bike to a neighbouring ...

Wasted journey - different reason !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wasted journey - different reason !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is off to the farm again this morning to help brother Yut start to cut an early crop of rice. I bike into Phon Thong to watch the rugby and after a dreadful Gloucs 12v29 Exeter wish I hadnt bothered !! I get back to an empty house at Khamnadie and if ...

Waiting for a visa ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Waiting for a visa ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Fingers crossed that Jai's passport arrivestoday but more importantly that it includes a valid UK visa! I go out to the farm for a long session bearing in mind that I will be having a two day break from tomorrow. In the afternoon we leave a message with ...

Kings Birthday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Kings Birthday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This is my usual day for going into Phon Thong and updating this blog.  With it being the KIngs Birthday and a national holiday I am never sure what places will be open for business and which places will close.  Give the trip into town a miss ...

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

Back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We both enjoy a good night's sleep and I pop out for coffee and croissants about 07:00. Check-out at 08:00 and tuk-tuk to the old bus station where a Phon Thong bound mini-bus is just about to leave. Arrive in Phon Thong at 10:15.  Collect the ...

All very dry, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All very dry

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up with the alarm at 02:45 for UEFA Champions League football but can only find Barcelona v someone so straight back to sleep. Pad takes Jai to farm again today. When the rice is finished Jai wants to plant out some more mat grass in the garden that she ...

Stop theif !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Stop theif !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A lovely bright start to the day this morning.  I go to the village 'salon' for a haircut but she is bus and tells me to come back at 09:00.  I go back as arranged to find the place locked up ! I bike out to the farm to collect a further three ...

More visa stuff, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More visa stuff

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market then stop off at the internet to print off some documents we will need next week in Bangkok and to proceed with our hotel booking. Yesterday, Jais brother Sai next door had a satellite dish fitted and I dont think ...

Bangkok trip with Jiap off already, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bangkok trip with Jiap off already

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have discovered that Jiap's husband is actually called Kae (real name Adul) and not Gay.  It sounds the same but is written differently and I will adopt the revised, and preferable, spelling from here on. They are both leaving this morning to ...

The Grim Reaper commeth, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The Grim Reaper commeth

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This morning we plant a Bay Tree in the back garden.  We use the leaves in a lot of soups etc but it will be a while before we are picking our own. An old chap who lives a couple of houses from us has just died.  Apparently it is the village ...

Internet open hurrah, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet open hurrah

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With a T-shirt on beneath my shirt to keep the wind off I bike back into Phon Thong again this morning and luckily the internet is open today.  Perhaps it is just because I am a little later getting here.  Still chilly on the bike with the ...

Dead motorbike - bad timing !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dead motorbike - bad timing !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We have a lot to do today so we take a few minutes to write down a shopping and to-do list. Jai visits a house where their son is becomming a monk today.  I was supposed to be going as well but as we were leaving the house we bumped into Jai's ...

Making plans ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Making plans ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm first thing this morning. When I get back I bike over to Pak Chong for a word with John.  We agree to go and look for the wooden houses on the bus rather than use the bikes just in case it is a long way.  We will go tomorrow. ...

Bit more shopping, bit more progress ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bit more shopping, bit more progress ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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...  cold shower every night here and not even think about it but now that we have just about got used to the hot shower I have gone soft and tonight simply can't face it settling for a quick wash. To bed and Thailand 2v0 Malaysia in the Suzuki ...

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

Another day largely off my feet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... hands but for people who havent got much in the first place I guess that it is money they cant really afford to be gambling with.  Gambling is officially illegal in Thailand as well so even out in the sticks here they hide under the house to ...

Dull day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dull day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another routine day. Have a small fire in the back garden this morning then check that paperwork etc is in order for our trip to Khon Kaen on Tuesday to renew Jai's passport. To the farm this evening with the intention of having another fire but it is ...

More wood staining ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More wood staining ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast I turn my attention to the back of the house and stain the kitchen door inside and out and as I have some stain left I do the outside of the two kitchen and two bathroom windows. Just finishing I get a shout from Ang next door who wants ...

Bike back in the garage already !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike back in the garage already !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Another wet start to the day and although the rain stops before 08:00 I dont fancy working on long wet grass again. I had told German John that I would go and have a look at his trees and let him know what they were looking like so I go and pick up ...

Laundry day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the garden cleared a bit and the hint of a sunny day it is time for some laundry.  I do my usual water carrying routine to load up the machines and top up the bathroom reservoir.  Cant remember it taking this many buckets of water before ...

A long day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A long day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The flight isnt too bad and I think I even manage to get a bit of sleep.  Taking off only a few minutes late doesnt usually make any difference but today we also arrive a few minutes late at about 09:45 Thai time (GMT +6). I am one of the first from ...

Internet and farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet and farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... to the rice and are getting ready to leave. Looks like I have failed to do any work at all again today ... After eating I find Thailand v Maldives on TV which is awful and after about 15mins switch to Real v Athletico Madrid which wasnt that much better. ...

Bye bye Bangkok, bye bye Thailand ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bye bye Bangkok, bye bye Thailand ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 04:30 before the alarm goes off again. Walk to 7/11 for a coffee then pack bags ready for departure.  Eat breakfast at guest house as soon as the kitchen opens at 06:00.  Check out and by 06:30 I am getting in a taxi bound ...

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

One of Jai's sisters grand daughters has had to go into hospital after receiving a rather painful insect bite of some kind overnight.  I take the sister into Phon Thong with me this morning to go and visit.  Luckily she is OK and is discharged ...

Selling some veggies, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Selling some veggies

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our cabbages have just about taken over the one half of the garden and there are obviously far too many for us to eat.  I have finally persuaded Jai to go and sell some.  She doesnt like selling stuff because she gets a hard time from some ...

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