Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Still cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

OK, it is only cold compared towhat we are used to and not really cold at all and I promise that after today I wont mention itagain.  A three shirt, long trouser and socks morning all the same for the ride into Phon Thong and I have to sit in the ...

God bless the village temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

God bless the village temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The awfulmusic from the village templethat has been plaguing me for a coupleof days once again continued throughout the night.  I gotup at 02:45 to watch Chelsea v Copenhagen but gave up at half time due to abject boredom !! Another cold morning so ...

Doctors and Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors and Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... last night in an accident just outside the village.   Another tale that could only have happened on Planet Stupid, Thailand. A 54 year old father of three and grandfather was coming home from Phon Thong on his motorbike after dark.  A 15 ...

Rice threshing again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice threshing again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning Jai tells her mum not to pick one of the flowers in the front garden as the tree is not strong and it will kill it.  She always takes a few flowers with her to the temple each morning.  After Jai's little word she goes ...

Digging ( half) finished, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Digging ( half) finished

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy birthday dad. I am up before 6:30 this morning to start digging as I want to get it finished before I eat breakfast as then I want to go to Phon Thong.  Although it isnt a huge area it is quite satisfying turning over the least piece of soil. ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A slight change of plan this morning.  Instead of going into Phon Thong I decide to go to the farm instead whilst it is still cool enough to do some work and put back my visit to Phon Thong till this afternoon. Sure enough the afternoon is baking ...

New hats, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New hats

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Tremendous thunder, lightning and rain throughout the night.  Catch a break in the storm to nip into town and pass an hour. Afternoon invest in a couple of new straw hats and we go out to the farm for a food scavange. After we eat in the evening I ...

All quiet on the eastern front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All quiet on the eastern front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not much been happening here lately hence no entries for the last week. I carry on pottering in the garden.  We had an area down the side of the garden that we have never really used.  I have been coming and going to the farm on the motorbike ...

Preparations for the coming of the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparations for the coming of the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Can manage a cup of tea in bed this morning then at 6:30 its off to the village shop to order a new gas cylinder.  Thankfully he follows me straight back to the house so that breakfast doesnt get delayed for too long.  My knee is troubling me ...

Spraying 'fly', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Spraying 'fly'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We went out to the farm today to check how the spraying of the rice was coming on.  A dirty job that I didnt try myself because of all the toxic chemicals blowing around.  Although Tia was well covered up I did notice that he still wasnt ...

A day of rest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This is the time of day when you are glad that you made the effort to clear up everything last night !  It doesnt take us long at all to put things away and the house is soon back to nromal. I bike Jai to a village shop where they have placed a ...

Crossed wires ... again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Crossed wires ... again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for a long internet session but find that they are closed and head right back to the village.  When I first bought the bike here I wasnt sure how much we would use it as we had got used to depending upon the school bus ...

A little light exercise, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little light exercise

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I have been putting on quite a bit of weight the last few weeks being largely idel most of the time so need to make an effort.  First thing this morning I move some more sand and gravel - small bucket shuttles again. We bike across the village to ...

Day of recovery, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day of recovery

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Surprisingly no headache this morning !!  A lazy day all the same. Out to the farm in the late afternoon as has become our daily habit and phoned mum as we couldnt talk when she called last ...

Saturday market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Saturday market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong after breakfast for the Saturday market.  We had reached a point when we always avoided Saturdays because of the busy market then at some last year Saturday became our regular day for going shopping.  Dont know how the change ...

Shogun, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shogun

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Have just started to read James Clavell's 'Shogun' series of books.  With 6 volumes, each over 1000 pages long, I have always been intimidated by the sheer size of the work.  Now with so much time on my hand and a need to read it seemed like ...

Sick, no sorry, that should be SICK !!!!!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick, no sorry, that should be SICK !!!!!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The carrots that I planted only a few days ago are through already.  It said 14-21 days on the seed packet but I reckon nearer 4-5 days. Jai wants make a pizza so out with the recipe book and we spend an hour ro so in the kitchen making the dough ...

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I think that Cher must have been travelling in Thailand when you wrote her song all of those years ago.  If you leave anything lying around here it is gone.  The worst offenders from our point of view are Jai's brother and his wife next ...

Flights, flights, flights ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flights, flights, flights ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... dont think they will be free until 20th Feb.  My Thai visa expires on 10 Feb so we have to go to Laos and return to Thailand before then and it looks like we will be going on our own.  Ride back to the village then return to Phon Thong on my ...

New Years Eve, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New Years Eve

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's daughter Jiap, arrives from Bangkok this afternoon as do a lot of people from all around the village.  New Year is a popular holiday here and most people head back to theiur family homes for a party or six. I am still feeling less than 100% ...

They say that death comes in threes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

They say that death comes in threes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With the one neighbours funeral just behind us and another across the village in progress news comes that a 14 year old boy from the house almost opposite has just died from a long illness.  Jai is roped in to help with all of the cooking etc at the ...

Visitors, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 2:30 again this morning for Arsenal v Barcelona but the channel that is broadcasting this has a very poor reception here and I am straight back to sleep before they have even kicked off. Head into Phon THong for a bit if shopping.  There is ...

Calling Mr Plumber, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Calling Mr Plumber

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up just vefore 06:00 and Jai decides to do some laundry first thing.  As I start to fill the machine I note that dirty water from the last wash hasnt drained away.  Not much chance of getting a plumber or 'washing machine technician' around ...

Earth calling Planet Embassy ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Earth calling Planet Embassy ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our big tomatoes are beautiful now and we have started slicing one up and frying it with breakfast each day.  Along with a fried egg, small sausages and toast I now need a bigger plate. Bike into Phon Thong and drop Jai off at the hairdressers for a ...

Visitors Arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors Arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Lazy morning around the house trying to keep in touch with Phil and Sangwans progress on their drive here from Surin.  Just after 12:00 Jai gets a call from Sangwan saying that they are just passing through a town called Silatburi(sp).  As this ...

Farewells and off to Bangkok, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farewells and off to Bangkok

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to John & Lawan's for lunch and everyone turns up to say goodbye.  End up staying longer than we had planned and even having a couple of beers which I dont usually do when we are due to be travelling. Back home and check our packing ...

Fencing, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fencing

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not on the move until 7:00 this morning after a good nights sleep. Shower is OK again this morning and Iam blaming our dodgy 4-phase electric supply for last nights problems. Balloons the morning after a party always really sad to meso they are the first ...

Thankyou British Embassy, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Thankyou British Embassy

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... response and states that as we have said we would be in England for 7 months we obvioulsy had no intentions of returning to Thailand within the 6 months permitted by the visa and therefore they had to refuse.  OK, if there is a 6 month restriction ...

Carrots, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Carrots

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Dug up all of my remaining carrots this morning and was amazed by how many there were.  Bagged them up ready for distribution around a few households. In the afternoon Jai's grand daughter arrived for a vist and to have some photos taken. This ...

Day 2 of visa saga, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day 2 of visa saga

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong and find that the internet is open today so that is a step in the right direction at least.  Begin to print off the application forms for Jai's visa when I spot that the forms are no good anymore and that the whole process has to be ...

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