Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

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 ...

The day finally arrives, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The day finally arrives

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am awakened just before 5:00 or at least as awake as I can possibly be in the circumstances.  People are arriving already.  It hardly seems worth having gone to bed and indeed most people havent bothered.  More people are arriving all ...

Rocket Man, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rocket Man

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Today was the Bung Bang Fai or Rocket Festival in a neighbouring village so it was decided to go and check it out.  It was only about 5km away but communication with the local gooks is never easy and in the end I trekked back and forwards on the ...

Rice takes over ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice takes over ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bike out to the farm right after an early breakfast. Brother Pad is selling some of the fish from the farm pond and a couple of them are in the water with big nets chasing the fish around.  I know who I am putting my money on !  A deceased ...

Rice again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I watch Ukraine 2v0 France at 03:00 and it is only when the game has finished that I discover that one of the other channels has been showing England v Chile.  I watch the last 10mins of a 2v0 defeat and perhaps it is just as well I missed most of ...

Beer at Pak Chong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Beer at Pak Chong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Since the rice has been ready our days have taken on a whole new routine.  Out to the farm as soon as breakfast is finished, I stay for about an hour then leave them all working.  Return to the farm late afternoon, work for an hour then back to ...

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

Out for a bike ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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First job this morning is a visit to the village 'salon' for a hair cut.  I dont know where she did her training but have heard mention of Australia and sheep.  Nevermind, so long as you only want a shave and you know which number cut you want ...

Farm visit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm visit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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More rain all night and still this morning. We bike out to the farm for an hour as soon as the rain stops. With things drying up a little I work all afternoon in the garden. In the evening I walk up the road a bit and phone sister Carol.  Cant get ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the internet after breakfast this morning.  Bring blog up to date, check e-mail and watch Saracens 28v21 Gloucs. Pretty hot again riding back to Khamnadie but it had been a lovely fresh morning when I left.  The season is ...

More ricefields ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More ricefields ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Very cloudy this morning and even a couple of large spots of rain. Jai goes with neighbour Ang to the final ceremony of the Bun Gratin party. When she returns we bike out to the farm.  The local mayor or whatever is searching for strong stony soil ...

Its a dog's life - or death ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its a dog's life - or death ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 12:30 to watch Liverpool 4v0 Fulham on Thai TV. A particularly cold and windy morning when we get up at 6:30. I wrote some time ago (8 Nov) that next door had a another puppy but that his life expectancy wasnt good in that house.  He died ...

Off to sell the rice again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to sell the rice again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Pick-up into Phon Thong again this morning and nearly all of the rice is gone now.  Quick stop at the post office and the money is en-route to Bangkok; most likely on a one-way ...

Rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Rain, rain and more rain.  It is more like England here at the moment than Thaialnd.  Normally we get heavy storms that finish as quickly as they start.  At the moment we are getting dark, miserable, days where it drizzles most of the ...

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