Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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More water (less water !) problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More water (less water !) problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two long sessions at the farm today. Last night the mains water came back on at a trickle for about an hour.  Managed to fill up the washing machine and to save a little.  Because there are so many people now relying on the handpumps that ...

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 ...

Vientiane Hotels ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Vientiane Hotels ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the internet this morning and spend some time looking at Vientiane hotels.  For some reason since we were last there in 2009 prices seem to have increased quite a bit.  Almost double the rate you would pay for similar ...

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 ...

Wot no pump ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no pump ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are getting ready to go to the farm when Pad arrives to say that he wont be able to get hold of the water pump till lunchtime.  Jai and myslef go out to the farm anyway as there is always something to be done there.  I carry on clearing ...

Getting away with murder ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Getting away with murder ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the internet again this morning. Watch rugby first and thought Gloucs were robbed by awful refereeing decisions.  I know I am biased but watching several times I couldn't see things differently. NOK Air still have a promotion on ...

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 ...

Start Jai's visa application ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start Jai's visa application ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up with alarm at 12:25 and watch what should have been a 0v0 draw between Man Utd and Sheffield Utd but Manchester get a penalty in the 93rd minute to steal the tie. During the match we actually get a 10mins shower of rain that had been threatening ...

What are the hospital doing?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What are the hospital doing?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We received our electric bill a few days ago and I couldn't decide why it was more expensive than usual.  This morning have just remembered workmen and their power tools around the house for weeks and it all becomes clear. Into Phon Thong and after ...

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 ...

Rain or no rain, that is the question ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain or no rain, that is the question ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I was planning on biking into Phon Thong for the internet this morning and Jai was intending to dye some more mat grass.  As we aresat eating brekfast it starts raining, heavily, and the sky isheavy with dark clouds.  Maybe will have to ...

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 ...

Fin comes to visit ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fin comes to visit ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake up with the alarm at 01:45 and find CSK Moscow v Man Utd.  Not a bad match so I see it through to the end (1v1).  Now I know which channel is showing the matches I will tune in each match night. Breakfast just completed when Fin arrives ...

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 ...

Shopping and tree clearing, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping and tree clearing

A travel blog entry by steve_m

According to the TV forecast this is supposed to be the last day of the strong winds but ... what do they know. We bike into town for the Saturday market as Jai wont be coming for the next couple of weekends.  We are blown all over the place on the ...

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% ...

Back to cassava farm and work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to cassava farm and work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is a slight dribble of water from the tap this morning so I give the garden a taste of a drink. After breakfast it is back to the cassava farm to resume work.  We keep at it for a couple of hours but by then we have both had enough. Back at ...

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