Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Out for a ride, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out for a ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is still cold this morning although with less cloud it promises to brighten up later. I bike into Phon Thong for the internet and enjoy an exciting second half of last weekends rugby and actually see another win in a good all round performance. ...

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 ...

Concrete (almost) to the road, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Concrete (almost) to the road

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Stan & Ollie come early today and bring their friend again.  Sat watching them work it is immediately obvious that the new chap makes Stan & Ollie look like rocket scientists.  I am sure he must have had help to get dressed this morning ...

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 ...

Planting roses before breakfast !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Planting roses before breakfast !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I come out of the bedroom at 6:00 and can't find Jai anywhere until I discover she is in the front garden planting the roses we bought a the village market on Saturday.  This is a bit too keen for me so I retreat into the house and start on ...

Swimming again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 03:00 for Euro football again.  After breakfast Jai plants out some marigolds along the border by the front door.  It will be a miracle if they grow to flower without someone walking on them, picking them to see what they are or even ...

Back on the road, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back on the road

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai goes out at 06:30 returning with croissants and coffee.  We pack our small bag, adding in my new books, and check-out. Take tuk-tuk to the bus station arriving about 07:35.  We must have missed the bus by a couple of minutes as the next ...

The Prodigal Son, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The Prodigal Son

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is a happy bunny because her son has come home for a visit.  He has been down south working for just over 2 months and already has a month's holiday.  Not a bad job eh ? With the rice finished Jai has decided to start on the mat making ...

Jai trys out some gymnastics !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai trys out some gymnastics !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 3am this morning for Napoli 3 v 1 Chelsea.  After breakfast I stain the front bench before the sun works it way around to the front of the house.  Apart from the edges that the two benches were stood on whilst I was working the job is ...

A taste of home, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A taste of home

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No, not a cake but some golf.  Get up in the middle of the night (02:00 -04:00) to watch the final round of The Open from St ...

Boy is gone, now Jiap leaves, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Boy is gone, now Jiap leaves

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap is off to Bangkok before 7:30 but she will still have a long slow drive and will be on her own this time. As soon as the sun comes up I go and check on John who is actually moving around a bit but not good. Spend the remainder of the day around the ...

In transit ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In transit ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The bus does not make a proper stop again and everyone nips to the toilet whilst they are filling up at a garage.  We arrive in Khon Kaen at 07:00 and rush to catch the Phon Thong bus.  For the first time in history the 7:00 bus must have left ...

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