Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Market day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Market day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Want to go to the internet and continue searching for flights but cant be bothered so return back to the village as soon as shopping is finished.  Spend the afternoon lazing in the back garden with a ...

Schools - why bother ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Schools - why bother ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After a warm week it is a bit of a shock to the system to find that it is freezing cold this morning.  I need to wear almost my entire wardrove for the ride into Phon Thong. A bit of jumping up and down when I get there gets the blood circulating ...

Temple festivities, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Temple festivities

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai goes to the temple first thing this morning to feed the people who are sleeping there for the week and she is gone for most of the day.  I find out a little bit more about what is happening at the temple this evening and it has nothing at all to ...

Comings and goings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Comings and goings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is now talk of a wedding towards the end of February but ... Jiap mis off early to go and get her husband to be at his place near Sakon Nakon, about 150km north of here. I bike into Phon Thong for a few last minute things to see us through the week ...

Tour de Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tour de Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I go to get a haircut first thing this morning but there was no-one home.  Try two more times then give up for today.  Walk around the garden and pick a bag of tomatoes.  Can pick a full bag most days at the moment which means our ...

Sick !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The start of our last week here and it isnt a good start.  Between 21:00 last night and 03:30 this morning I wore out a path in our floor tiles between the bedroom and bathroom being very, very, sick.  Things finally quietened down and I got a ...

Paperwork issues, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Paperwork issues

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 05:30 this morning to a PA announcement that Jai has to go back to the village office with all of her farm paperwork in regard to claims for compensation over the poor rice yields this year.  It is already busy when we get there.  People ...

Christmas is coming..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Christmas is coming...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Verywindy, damp and cold this morning so it feels just like a December day in UK. Unpleasant ride into Phon Thong for an internet session. After doing the hard work last week I discover that Gloucester have blown it again by losing at home to Edinburgh ...

Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A real example of Planet Stupid interference in the village came to my attention today.  Our neighbours are in the process of having a small extensipon built to replace their old bathroom.  First job was to have a few lorry loads of soil ...

Get the bike back into use, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Get the bike back into use

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake at 7:00 to find Jai up and about and almost ready to leave for the temple.  Looks like the neighbours have all gone already so she sets off on her own leaving me to self cater for breakfast. I sit on the fronch porch with a coffee and bring ...

Babysitting the enemy !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Babysitting the enemy !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is fresh and windy this morning.  Just before we leave for PHon Thong we discover that we - Jai !! - are taking care of the devil child from next door today.  We do our shopping in Phon Thong and are on our way back, on schedule, when I get ...

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

Off to the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong first thing this morning to visit the internet.  Bring this blog up to date and add a few photos.  Good nes on the rugby front with Gloucester winning and England qualifying for the 1/4 finals against France next weekend. Upon ...

Elton John ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Elton John ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... of booking our coach tickets from Heathrow to home.  In previous years I havent been able to complete an on-line booking from Thailand but thistime everythingseems to be in order - or so I hope !!  We are due home a little after 18:35 allowing ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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When we eat breakfast in Chiangmai it is nearly always something called blah tong go (sp?).  This a breadlike morsel deep fried in hot oil.  Jai has tried a couple of times to make some here but has never had any joy until this morning when she ...

More food, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More food

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Straight into bread and cake making as soon as breakfast is over this morning.  For lunch Jai makes a great potato, carrot and onion broth and with thick slices of real bread it went down really well ...

Visit to farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visit to farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We were intending to go out to the farm after breakfast this morning but we woke to rain.  By 09:00 it has largely cleared so we go anyway despite grey skies and clouds threatening.  With the old wooden shelter gone, if it rains at the farm at ...

Visit to German territory, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visit to German territory

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Shortly after breakfast neighbours Deu and Ang pass on their dak-dak en-route to cut some fruit from their palm trees and ask if I want to go with them.  Give them a 20mins head start then we bike over to see what they are up to.  They have 500 ...

Rain at last - but not much, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain at last - but not much

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Was hoping to go into Phon Thong this morning for an internet visit but the much longed for rain arrived about 05:30 this morning whilst we were drinking our early morning cuppas.  I sat out the front under the porch and had a go at a couple of ...

Clearing up the debris, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Clearing up the debris

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm again this morning feeling a little under the weather.  Clear up a lot of the litter and empty bottles that were dumped everywhere last night.  There are also clothes, boots, hats, ... just lying around where they were dumped. I ...

Last visit to Phon Thong ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last visit to Phon Thong ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are expecting someone in a pick-up to come to our place at 08:30 to take our rice into the station in town to be sold.  By 09:30 he hasnt turned up so Jai goes to his house to see what is happening.  He has gone to a farm somewhere to cut ...

A result !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A result !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... given us this an hour ago ?!  Back to the house pulling my hair out. Late afternoon we bike to the neighbouring village of Ban Rat where another nephew Tia lives to hand out invites to him and his wife's family.  The village seems to have become ...

Doctors but no hospital, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors but no hospital

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I decide that I cant face the endless waiting at the hospital but do decide to go and see a different doctor in Phon Thong.  I am impressed at once by his English and examination and he prescribes Amoxicillin and a few other tablets.  Fingers ...

Rain ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake with the alarm at 2:30 to watch Arsenal 0v2 Munich and wished that I hadnt bothered. About 5:00 it starts raining.  Just a little at first then it gets quite heavy for a while.  Was planning on a visit to Phon Thong but things will have to ...

Appear to be getting somewhere on the visa front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Appear to be getting somewhere on the visa front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again and finish off the last few details.  Then we diverge from the internet because after submitting the forms on-line I have to print off a copy to take to the office in Bangkok when we go - just as we always used to do ?  ...

Cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Very strong winds and very fresh air last all day today so do ...

Visiting babies and politicking, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visiting babies and politicking

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bike into Phon Thong this morning to take Jai to the hospital to visit the new baby.  Apparently for the moment she is to be known as Norng Yaya and will get a proper name later although Yaya will stay with her for life.  Drop Jai off then ...

A day at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again first thing this morning for another visit to Norng Yaya. Back at Khamnadie we pack up some food, water and tools then head to the farm for a long session.  Luckily we have mountains of dried grass left from where the rice was ...

Farm, farm and farm again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm, farm and farm again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Pad comes early to collect Jai and by 07:30 I am out at the other farm myself.  Clearing this grass seems a never  ending task.  Have a chat with Jai's nephew Tia who is about half way through cutting his mum, Begats, rice.  On my way ...

Back into the village routine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back into the village routine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The first day for a while I can wake up and not have to think about visas !!  With Jai's visa in the bank and me cleared until we leave at the end of March the next visa I need to worry about wont be until we are ready to come back here in ...

Jai's daughter, Jiap, arrives, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's daughter, Jiap, arrives

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It rained all night so my morning bonfire opportunity has passed again. Jai has Fin and Bom Bem for company again this morning and decides to bake a cake with them.  Back ithe freedom of her own kitchen she has got carried away a bit the last few ...

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