Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Still a bit green about the gills, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still a bit green about the gills

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wanted to go into Phon Thong thismorning but am feeling particularly weak and washed out.  Instead I lie down in the garden in the morning sun and watch Jai do thelaundry. Sister Bepat comes to visit and they sit and colour each others hair.  ...

Go to bed with John Wayne ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go to bed with John Wayne ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 01:40 to watch UEFA football but no games are on any channels so it is straight back to sleep. Peppers and tomatoes are all standing up this morning which is good news. Jai has a blazing row with sister Begat first thing this morning but wont ...

Ironing board anyone ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ironing board anyone ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go into Phon Thong this morning in search of an ironing board of all things.  You can imagine just how much fun I had with this task ....  Anyway,eventually I was succesful which shocked me and shocked Jai upon my return to the village with ...

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

Same, same...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our water is back on this morning, just, so I hose the garden before breakfast. Jai's sister Bega tis not too happy as she has had to take over the morning temple runs from Jai's mum whose knee is still giving her problems. I bike into Phon Thong for the ...

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

Rice threshing day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:45 for football again and with the same result again.Drop Jai off at Pad's after breakfast then head into Phon Thong where I have been tasked with buying some sacks for the rice.  Last year the village shop was selling them at 5Bht each but ...

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

All's quiet on the eastern front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Was sat outside the front door this morning just after breakfast, about 07:00, when I noticed a guy stumbling along the road.  As I watched him he suddenly fell over and just lay in the road not moving.  Several motorbikes slowly made their way ...

Hula hoops, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hula hoops

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I can remember at some time last year I wrote that there seemed to be a resurrection of Rubik cubes here and thought that was surprising.  Even more surprising, the last few weeks has seen a sudden interest in hula hoops.  Every seems to have ...

Not a good day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Not a good day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today starts badly with a phonecall from sister Pam in England to tell me that sister Sue had died. As soon as breakfast is finished I bike into Phon Thong and am able to get a ticket with British Airways for a flight out of Bangkok on Wednesday 22nd, ...

Start work at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start work at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Buy a few chilli bushes and some papaya trees.  Since our first year here we have had no luck at all with either of these but will try again. Late afternoon we bike out to the farm to check on the ...

As happy as a pig in sh*t, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

As happy as a pig in sh*t

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Before we go into Phon Thong this morning we go to visit George's wife Wan to see if she wants anything in town.  We find her in pig city.  Apart from the eleven pigs that she already had her sow had just given birth to ten more, although one ...

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

A day of grass

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It hasnt rained since we got back to Khamnadie so I decide to do a bit of work in the garden clearing the grass etc and Jai takes the opportunity to dye some of the new grass before starting her weaving again; yellow and purple this time.  Come ...

Partytime, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Partytime

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Popped into Phon Thong this morning to visit a relative of one of Jai's sisters deceased husbands .... not as complicated as it at first sounds.  They are the only people we know who live in the town and we use them to park up the motorbike when we ...

Valentines Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Valentines Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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For some reason Valentines Day is really big around here.  When I was in Phon Thong yesterday morning people were already erecting stalls to sell flowers to the schoolkids today.  When I get to Phon Thong this morning the internet is closed but ...

Still chilly willys, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still chilly willys

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I am reluctant to bike into Phon Thong this morning but eventually with socks, long trousers, and four shirts I set off and it wasnt too bad.  Check out the prices at the rice depot and find that surprisingly the sticky rice price has overtaken the ...

Heading back to Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Heading back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 6am it is Jai's turn to go down to reception for hot water for an early morning coffee.  Had briefly thought about stopping here for a second night but have decided to get back to Khamnadie as planned.  Walk along the road a bit to a ...

Farm thoughts ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm thoughts ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm right after breakfast and I explain my ideas to Jai.  I just want a scrap of land 25m square that isnt used for anything at the moment to give me a 'job' once the graden is completed.  I intend to plant palm oil trees if we can ...

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

New Years Eve

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jiap and Gay have both bought me a new year present as well and I unwrap a couple of pairs of trousers and some T-shirts.  Looks like I will need to put on some weight but I can work on that. They have all decided on an outing to a temple about 50km ...

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