Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Success with Bangkok flights !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Success with Bangkok flights !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong again this morning to watch the weekend rugby but make a forlorn effort to book flights again.  Everything goes through smoothly for some reason and I am now the proud owner of a ticket on Nok Air DD9115 out of Roi Et bound for ...

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 ...

Back to Isaan, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Isaan

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up with the alarm at 05:00 and have checked out and are sat waiting outside Kong Court when our 'taxi' arrives on the dot of 06:00.We are soon leaving Chiangmai behind us with no idea when we might return.  We stop for breakfast at a strange place ...

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 ...

On the road, in the air, again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

On the road, in the air, again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Departure day has sort of crept up on me but now it is here. Awake at 04:30 before the alarm has a chance to go off.  Make an early cup of tea and check through my packing one last time.  Up at 05:00 for breakfast. My chauffeuse arrives on the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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