Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Night Of The Iguana, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Night Of The Iguana

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are both a little later waking up this morning and I am a little bit fragile although nothing like as bad as I was expecting. Our pile of charcoal is still smouldering away and will be left alone for a while. Neighbour Deu has been wondering for the ...

Dry for a change, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dry for a change

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is dry overnight for a change and we bike into Phon Thong for some shopping at the weekend market.  We always used to avoid town on a Saturday because it was so busy but towards the end of last year it started to become a habit which has ...

Making a monk ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Making a monk ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Go to John and Lawans this morning and cut a huge pile of coconut tree leaves for Jai's mother to make into brushes.  It was great fun carrying them home strapped to the bike. A young lad in the village is becomming a monk today and there is a bit ...

Manage to get into the garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Manage to get into the garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A great nights sleep broken by Jai bringing me a cup of tea in bed just after 06:00.  Bom Bem, the devil child, and Norng Fin, grand daughter, join us for breakfast and obviously I enjoyed that ?! A bit of reading this afternoon then into the garden ...

More strange happenings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More strange happenings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 12:30 to watch Wigan 0v4 Liverpool. Waking up again at 5:30 there are another few drops of something falling on the roof.  Going outside as the kettle boils though the stones are still dry.  The clouds remain throughout the morning ...

Cassava or not cassava ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cassava or not cassava ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai turns up with half a dozen cassava roots this morning that she wants to plant in the garden.  To the best of my knowledge cassava is poisonous unless treated correctly when preparing to eat it.  Jai tells me that this is a different variety ...

Around Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Around Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A quiet day today - apart from the incessant music - so I take the opportunity to potter around the village and take some ...

Please, please, please, no more monks !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Please, please, please, no more monks !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Yet another party has kicked off this morning. We retreat into Phon Thong where I find that Gloucester beat Newcastle 34v7 to win the Mickey Mouse LV Cup at the weekend.  This cheers me up for anano-second but the music really has to stop ...

Wedding is on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wedding is on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning and order 200 wedding invitations from a print shop.  Little bit of shopping then back to Khamnadie. Its been pretty warm since I got back and you can feel the temperatures slowly building. It appears that there is no ...

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

Wot no rice ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Feel a bit better this morning although still a long way from feeling well. Bike into Phon Thong to collect the wedding invitations which are printed and boxed up waiting for us.  Stop at the internet and check my e-mail and the weekend rugby ...

Swimming - well, almost ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming - well, almost ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to John and Lawans this morning to help prepare food for later.  They are catching fish from the pond next to the house as we arrive.  I have a snack at home before I head back with George later as I am not a great fan of the ...

Flooded, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flooded

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The heavy rain overnight has got into our rice shed.  Luckily the little bit of rice that is still there is off the ground and is fine.  I wade in and scoop out all of the water and find that it is coming in from underneath.  The ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Lovely morning for a ride into Phon Thong. I spend a bit of time at the internet, do a bit of shopping then head back to Khamnadie. Jai has spent the morning baking in my absence and we now have a couple of dozen small buns and an upside down pear ...

UN Conference on World Peace, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN Conference on World Peace

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Whilst we are eating breakfast this morning sister Bepat arrives with a few bags of toffee from the temple for us to pass around.  I have seen them making it so wont actually eat any myself !! Making an early start I finally complete the digging of ...

Anyone want to buy a daughter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Anyone want to buy a daughter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for shopping this morning and unusually Jai actually comesin with me. Jai's daughter phones from Bangkok to say that she is going to work in Singapore and can she have 50,000Bht (about 1000GBP) by tomorrow. If nothing else the girl has a ...

All's quiet on the Western Front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All's quiet on the Western Front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awoke tired but with work to do.  As we had been away for nearly 6 months the whole house, and certainly ther whole kitchen including all pots, pans, plates, knives, forks, etc ,etc needed a jolly good clean !!  In the afternoon Jai's daughter ...

Lizzard is free again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lizzard is free again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

In most areas of Thailand each house, business, etc has a spirit house on the grounds somewhere but this does not seem to be the done thing around here.  Instead they have a village spirit house that people sometimes visit to leave food, flowers, ...

Who says that gambling doesnt pay ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who says that gambling doesnt pay ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two trips to the farm again today but otherwise uneventful. Jai's mum has been playing cards almost every day since the new year started and seems to be doing surprisingly well.  This is a judgement on the people she is playing with as frankly she ...

Mosquitoes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Mosquitoes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... had malaria but there are certainly more than our fair share of mossies around, particularly in the evenings.  The mossies in Thailand are largely resistant to the old prevention tablets that used to be issued to travellers and as I dont want to be ...

Who ate all the pies ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who ate all the pies ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As much as I love all the Thai/Laos food that we eat, rice does become a little monotonous so it always nice to have something different for a change.  With the cake making in full swing I persuaded Jai to have a go at some small pasties.  ...

The end is nigh, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The end is nigh

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong shopping this morning so first we sit and think about what we want to take back to the UK with us when we leave.  Our time for leaving is nearly upon us but strangely it still seems a long way off.  I am certainly not looking ...

Happy New Year, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy New Year

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy New Year everyone. They are all off to visit another temple today but Jai has also decided not to go.  Far too busy everywhere at this time of year and there is no pleasure in shuffling around amongst huge crowds all day. Get a phone call from ...

Dyeing to make a mat !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dyeing to make a mat !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the arrival of some grass dye yesterday we are straight into action after breakfast this morning.  I set up the burner to warm the water and leave Jai to it.  Looks like red, yellow and green are the colours of the moment.  I glance ...

Monk Talk ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monk Talk ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a cold morning today but the strong winds of the last few days have gone.  When we were in Laos Jai's brother, who is a monk in Khamnadie, hadto go to a big ceremony at a temple near Nong Khai.  Jai's sister Begat and sister in law Dom, ...

Catching up, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for a big shop.  Late morning go to see John and apologise for the lack of any tobacco but give him a large baguette from Laos instead.  He reciprocates by giving me a paclet of blue cheese - we have to share our ...

Big Tomatoes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Big Tomatoes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

From potatoes to tomatoes.  When we were in Chiangmai we bought two large tomatoes - I think in England we would call them beef tomatoes ?  About the size of your fist.  We ate one and gave the other to George and his wife.  Both of ...

A Planet Stupid moment, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A Planet Stupid moment

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Ride into Phon Thong this morning for a long session on the internet bringing this blog up to date a bit more.  Afterwards I go into town for some shopping.  Was pulling some money out of my pocket to pay for the milk in the 7/11 when out ...

Happy Birthday to John, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday to John

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is off to a couple of temples this morning to finish the monk making and merit making ceremonies whilst I make my usual Monday morning trip into Phon Thong.  There are a few problems with the internet connection this morning and in the end I ...

Make the bike legal(ish), Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Make the bike legal(ish)

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Apart from a couple of hours early on I cant get to sleep at nights.  I believe that England are playing Switzerland tonight so at 02:00 I turn on the TV on the off chance it is being covered but find Spain v Macedonia instead.  Make a coffee ...

The card school expands, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The card school expands

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I have been left a pile of sand of gravel that was not needed just outside the front gate and I start to move it to the back of the house in slow time.  Small bucket by small bucket so that I am not carrying anything heavy.  This is going to ...

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