Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

A day off my feet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day off my feet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up after a rough night and things may be a little bit better but not much.  Most of the pain seems to have moved down to my knee now which doesnt want to support my weight when standing and hurts like hell with any sideays ...

The devils child strikes again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The devils child strikes again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

On 7 January I wrote that next door had acquired another puppy and warned of an ominous future for it.  Last night it died.  Less than 1 month this time.  I wonder how long it will be before they get another one to kill ... Two visits to ...

Country Roads ... take me home, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Country Roads ... take me home

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The roads around here are largely shocking.  Last year they tarmacced(sp) a large part of the road into town which is not too bad now but why they didnt finish the job ... ?  They have just started work on another small section but have ...

Lazy kids, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy kids

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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John and Erm arrive just after breakfast to say that they want to go and cut some trees at the farm this morning but are having problems with the chap who is going to cut and transport the trees for them.  He seems to think he will have problems ...

Jai starts work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai starts work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong as per usual this morning passding both George and then John on our way back.  We were obviously the early birds today. Shortly after we get back to the house Jai's brother Pad and wife Ram arrive on their dak-dak to take Jai out the ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is back to the house blessing first thing this morning as it is the day to feed the village monks.  They eat pretty well and I am thinking about joining up !! I go for a ride around the village to see what is happening everywhere and stop in for ...

Sick TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bike into Phon Thong this morning and after a quick check in at the internet go to the shop that has our TV to get an update on its health.  They show me the part that has failed (?!) and tell me that they will have to order a replacement from ...

At work in the garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

At work in the garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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No rain !! We go to buy a small BBQ burner that the villagers use for the majority of their cooking and that Jai uses for dying her mat grass.  The one we had disintegrated when we picked we up to move it this morning.  I cut up some wood and ...

Off to the temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday Dad. Having spent yesterday hosing the garden to make it damp enough to dig it has rained all night and not stopped this morning.  The garden is now flooded and too wet to dig !!  Perhaps its just as well as I have a few aches ...

Friends reunited, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Friends reunited

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of Jai's old schoolfriends turns up this morning out of the blue.  Jai hasnt seen her in about 20 years and they chatter incessantly for an hour or so.  In the afternoon they go off together to a neighbouring village to visit another old ...

Out to the farm ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to the farm ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A beautiful morning, probably as nice as its been since we got back here. With the bedroom wardrobe empty so that we could move it, Jai decides it would be a good opportunity to wash everything thats in it !  This is going to take a couple of days ...

OK, so work is not finished ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

OK, so work is not finished ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We bike into Phon Thong after breakfast and buy tickets for the 20:00 bus to Bangkok tomorrow night.  We then stop to make sure it is OK to leave the bike at the house we normally use. I tell Jai  she should be happy her work is finished ...

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