Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Start making travel plans, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start making travel plans

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have decided that no matter how much better I feel by next week I cant face the overnight bus journey to Bangkok, hanging around at the bus stations and fighting through the crowds to get a taxi upon arrival.  I bike into Phon Thong and book a ...

Time for Jai's visa, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for Jai's visa

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to George and Wan's right after breakfast and cut up some coconut tree leaves that have fallen for Jai's mum. I bike into Phon Thong and complete an on-line application fprm for Jai's UK visa for this year and book an appointment in Bangkok for next ...

A few visits and another lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A few visits and another lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I dont want to tempt fate but apart from my blocked ear I am feeling a whole lot better if not yet 100%. After breakfast I take Jai to get some sewing done.  Around here, instead of people bringing presents to a wedding, the people hosting the ...

Feeling a bit better ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Feeling a bit better ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 4:00 after a good nights sleep.  Still feel like sh*t but maybe a little bit less so than yesterday. Take Jai on the bike to give some veggie scraps to the ducks, buy something at the village shop then pick some leaves at sister Bepats so ...

A little bit of work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little bit of work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The gate at the side of the house that keeps dogs and chickens out of the back garden has rotted away at the base and is hanging limply.  I go out to the farm and cut myself a tree and collect a couple of bags of laterite gravel and repair it.  ...

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Had a restless night as Jai now has a cold coming on.  Not the full blown man-flu that I had of course.  It seems that almost everyone has a cold of some sort at the moment with the season just changing. Take Jai to the farm after breakfast, ...

Another tree bites the dust, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another tree bites the dust

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sure enough Jai's mother is in a lot of pain this morning and can hardly make it out to the front of the house.  Daughter Begat wont go to the temple for her so Jai eventually agrees to go to take food to her brother.  Of course, Jai's mum's ...

Back over the bridge to Thailand, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back over the bridge to Thailand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A decent nights sleep and as we are in no hurry to leave we have a liesurely lie in.  Another baguette with a couple of glasses of steaming hot Laos Bolivan coffee for breakfast and I am ready to face the world - or Laos and Thai immigration at ...

A day of rest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Back to Phon Thong at about 04:00 then a dark and freezing cold tuk-tuk ride back to Khamnadie.  Make a cup of tea to defrost and head to bed for an hour or so.  Go to visit George & Wan so that Jai can get some more mat grass but otherwise ...

Lunch invitation, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lunch invitation

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Had some free time when I got back from the farm this morning so decided to treat the bike.  I eventually got around to visiting the village garage and getting a new headlight bulb fitted, then had the tyres pumped up and filled up with petrol on my ...

Dossing around the house, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dossing around the house

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Although I never seem to do a lot it also appears that I never have that much time when I am not doing something and have not read much at all for a few weeks.  Today I try to put that right and spend most of the time strecthed out with a book. In ...

Swimming pools, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming pools

A travel blog entry by steve_m

On the outskirts of the village is a reservoir which is particularly full at this time of year.  Just recently I have noticed that a couple of village children have been playing in the water.  When I asked about this previously I was told that ...

Internet and farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet and farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Back to our routine. I bike into Phon Thong for my Monday morning internet session a couple of days late.  Watch Bath 15v13 Gloucs in a pretty poor game. No shopping today so straight back to the house where I find that we have Fin for the day. Last ...

The visa cometh, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The visa cometh

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is very cold here this morning, well, cold for here anyway.  Go into Phon Thong on the motorbike and in spite of three shirts am freezing cold on the bike.  As soon as I get back to the village my phone rings and it is the couriers in nearby ...

Same, same, but different, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same, but different

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai has to take copies of all of her paperwork to the ministers office again this morning but nothing to do with rice compensation or mapping the village but something else entirely different.  I think that the village minister must have shares in ...

Where is Noah when you need him, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where is Noah when you need him

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With the rice planting starting yesterday it was perfect timing that the first of the big rains has also arrived.  The garden and most of the province seems to be underwater this ...

Another quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up expecting a headache but feel surprisingly well.  Probably because John buys better beer than I usually do and probably has a lot less harmful chemicals floating around in it. We go to visit Jai's grand daughter this morning as she hasnt ...

Start wrapping things up ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start wrapping things up ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong in a howling wind after breakfast. Go to the bus station and buy tickets on the 20:00 bus to Bangkok for tomorrow night.  To e-mail and contact guest house in Bangkok to confirm telephone reservation and then buy some coach tickets ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Havey rain through the night but again it has cleared up by morning allowing me to bike into Phon Thong for my internet session in the dry. Someone appears to have given my friend Elton a present - his birthday perhaps ? Get back to the village to find ...

Still no rice compensation !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still no rice compensation !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I bike out to the farm after breakfast and start the job of clearing the grass, weeds, etc that have grown again since we first cleared the land. When I get back to the house I find that Jai has planted out some cabbage that was the only thing to have ...

Just like being in Italy ... ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just like being in Italy ... ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to pay for Bangkok hotel but they have not replied to my booking request yet.  Get a few things from 7/11 and back to Khamnadie where Jai has been busy in the kitchen since I left.  Tonight John and Erm are coming ...

Devil Child in action again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Devil Child in action again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It turns out that Jai's brother Sai is going to the funeral so we go to the farm just before 07:00 as usual.  I dont stay at all this morning as I am biking into Phon Thong. I spend a couple of hours on the internet updating blog, confirming hotel ...

Locked out !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Locked out !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Just after breakast I lock us out of our bedroom - with both sets of keys on the inside !!  I am sat out the back with a cup of tea trying to think of the easiest way to get in when I hear a feint cry for help coming from indoors and find that Jai ...

Squirrels, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Squirrels

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Having been plagues by the little furry fellas back home in Gloucester I thought that I had got away from them here but no.  A few weeks ago I spotted one in the trees at the bottom of our garden.  So what I hear you say.  Jai tells me ...

Have to go shopping, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Have to go shopping

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Maybe things are a little easier today or maybe they arent, cant make my mind up.  Have to bike into Phon Thong this morning as the cupboards are bare, well not exactly but ...  Spend the rest of the day with the weight off my leg as I expect ...

What a way to go ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What a way to go ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I take Jai to see her brother again this morning.  He lives about 25km away and I have only been here once but we make the trip without any mistakes as I recognised turnoffs as they arrived.  This is the first time I have seen him since he ...

Gas comes !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Gas comes !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Have to muse the BBQ burner for breakfast this morning.  Whilst the coals are still hot Jai takes the opportunity of making a soup with pork ribs and vegetables for later.  Hopefully I can find some gas later on. But no worries.  Mid ...

Back to routine, almost, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to routine, almost

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After the LIverpool match last night I change channels and find Man Utd 2v2 Chelsea FA Cup tie being shown so lie and watch the 2nd half of that as well. During the game I hear a noise on the roof and it actually rains a little.  Things are damp ...

Farmers only, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farmers only

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am not for one minute including myself amongst the farmers only heading I should point out !!! Go out to the farm in the late afternoon and help Jai's nephew Tia with some ploughing using the 'iron buffalo'.  These small tractors have replaced the ...

Helping or hindering ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Helping or hindering ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bepat left us before 06:00, better or not ... ? People start to arrive next door to help with the preparations for their wedding before we have had breakfast. It is a lot cooler again this morning as I bike into Phon Thong to start submitting Jai's visa ...

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