Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Books forever ... and mats, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Books forever ... and mats

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With about 40 paperbacks being responsible for my close call with an excess baggage charge when leaving Heathrow they are worth all of the effort and on a day to day basis are keeping me sane - well, nearly.  Although I am probably not reading as ...

Another funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Apparently tomorrow isnt an auspicious day for a funeral and it is unlucky for things to carry forward into a new year so although the old fella only died last night he is to be crem,ated this afternoon.  Jai goes to the house for most of the day to ...

More palm oil trees - but not mine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More palm oil trees - but not mine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast Jai starts baking some bread and cake.  Just after she starts they come around killing the mosquitoes again and we quickly rush to close off the kitchen doors as petrol smoke engulfs the house. I do a bit of clearing up across the ...

Food chain !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Food chain !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's sister Bepat is now in Bangkok staying with one of her sons but is concerned about the paperwork for the farm after their mother divided the land between the three daughters last year.  Bepat has been nagging Jai's eldest sister Begat who in ...

New internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning and try out a new internet place that has just moved from the town centre to the outskirts.  That is where I am sat now.  Bright and clean with loads of computers and no kids playing very noisy video games - I like ...

UN Conference goes informal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN Conference goes informal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I potter in the garden for a while after breakfast whilst Jai cleans through the house. Mid morning I go and buy some beers then bike over to Pak Chong.  I drop Jai off at a freinds house (wife of English John, late of this parish), and continue to ...

Out to say goodbye, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to say goodbye

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our last full day in Khamnadie and it still doesnt feel as though we are leaving tomorrow.  I dig up all of the carrots, pick the last tomatoes and group the orchids together under our longan tree after I have cut the top out of the tree.  Late ...

Into Phon Thong ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Heavy rain all night that stops about 07:00 but has started again before 08:00. It looks as though it is going to clear so we bike into Phon Thong for a number of jobs.  First stop is to get bike tax wtc and make us legalish again.  Then visit ...

More ricefields and crabs, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More ricefields and crabs

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take our faulty shower unit off the wall right after breakfast to take into Phon Thong with us.  When we get there the shop takes the unit along with the guarantee and we will have to wait and see what happens now.  No food shopping today but ...

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

Man Flu !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is still no water by breakfast. When I got off the plane in London I had acquired a sore throat that developed into a cold over the following few days.  I had just about seen the back of it until this morning when I awoke with another sore ...

Out for lunch, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out for lunch

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Lawan comes to vist fromneighbouring Pak Chong and invites us their for lunch.  Jai prepares an array of local fare and we set off on the ...

New farm shelter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New farm shelter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai wakes me up getting home from the temple about 2:00.  We eate breakfast slightly later today to make up for her late night. Bike into Phon Thong for a few more bits and pieces for the wedding.  An old lady who sells sweet fried caramel ...

Moving house, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Moving house

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I have decided to have a holiday from the farm today. Jai's sister Begat is having some work done on her house.  Already they have demolished the old concrete and block downstairs.  Today they are raising the whole structure to remove the old ...

Keeping the naughty spirits happy, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Keeping the naughty spirits happy

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Friend Lawan who fell off the truck last week goes into the hospital this morning for a check up.  In the afternoon, she tells us, a small group will be returning to the scene of her accident to have some sort of ceremony to placate the spirit that ...

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

Day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I would like to say it is Sunday so a day of rest but every day is a day of rest at the moment !! I sit reading all morning whilst Jai works with her mat.  Fin comes to visit briefly whilst her other gran goes to do something and helps(?) Jai with ...

Preparing for the rains, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing for the rains

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When we first built the house I had some rain gutters put on a piece of Jai's brothers roof next door to stop the rain from pouring into our place.  The idea was that he would put a water butt under the spout to keep the water.  Threeyears ...

Preparing for Bangkok, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing for Bangkok

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to reserve seats on the 20:00 bus to Bangkok tomorrow night.  Whilst in town and having a good phone signal ring the hotel in Bangkok and tell them to keep us a room as we will be arriving very early in the ...

Why is everything so hard ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Why is everything so hard ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast we head out to start delivering invitations around the village.  At first it seemed to be a straightforward job but I always forget that nothing around here is straightforward !Jai decides that she cant read the envelopes, written by ...

Visa, visa, visa ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visa, visa, visa ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Ride into Phon Thong this morning with Jai's sister Begat as a passenger.  We leave Jai baking.  I go to the internet but find that they have no connection this morning.  Go to the bank to pick up Begat expecting to have a long wait as I ...

Wot no hangover !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no hangover !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Am up bright and eary in spite of a 02:00 finish last night at which time I was singing to myself as everyone else had gone home; cant understand why they wouldnt have wanted to listen to me but ... Amazingly I feel fine and there is not even a trace of ...

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