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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom February 6th 2013

Just when I thought I was getting used to life in Thailand I was reminded just how different it is from home. Everyday really does bring something different… Yesterday we were informed that we were required to attend our secretary’s grandmother’s funeral and to come in wearing black with a white shirt and that we would be leaving school at 3pm. But of course, this being Thailand that didn’t exactly happen. At first we were informed that the school minibus we were all meant to be travelling in was in Bangkok and so we wouldn’t be able to use that to get there, some of the teachers were on about borrowing a car off one of the Thai teachers but in the end it was decided that our manager would take just 5 of us in ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom January 10th 2013

Day 5 & 6 - by far two of the longest days on the bike so far, not so much the distance but time in the saddle and how we were feeling. There always seems to be one day on tour where energy is a little low and that could be felt through the group today. Kel and I stuck together and dug deep as we rolled through some undulations or in Kel’s words ‘hills’! Going back to yesterday our ride into Mukdahan was both scenic and eventful. First stop in the morning after a 24km highway stretch was at a school where we donated soccer balls and once again handed out the sticky hands. The kids were so appreciative of our company, our gifts and the time that we spent there; their faces and smiles ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom January 8th 2013

Imagine this... you live in a village of no more than 50 people. You’re sitting around one day going about your daily business and all of a sudden a group of 29 cyclists ride through. First you hear the unfamiliar sound of a bike horn closely followed by some loud and often over accentuated greetings “HHHAARRRROOOOOOOO”. And in a blink they are gone. That would happen at least 10 times a day if not more on this tour as we continue passing through tiny villages. The highlight on day 4 definitely had to be passing through a village street party. Instead of following the detour sign - which in our defense we couldn’t translate - we rode straight through to the marquee where tables and chairs were being set up for the days festivities. Of course ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom July 29th 2012

Today we had our final chores and then got ready to leave early afternoon. We journied to Chaing Mai city to the main office to collect t-shirts, medical supplies and some of the soda and sweets were missing at the park. It took a long time to get everybody in one place and ready to leave. Even then we made a long stop at a huge mall to get blankets and m&m’s for the road so it was a slow start. Finally, we left and were made as comfortable as you can be when we are in a minivan all night. When we stopped for dinner, we got free cake because we are going to help the dogs, which was delightful. That dinner was the first time in a long time that I’ve said I’m a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom July 25th 2011

Dear Brent, I’ve eaten a lot of things that taste like minnows since coming to Thailand. Spring rolls, watermelon seeds, banana chips; when I eat things here, I feel like I forgot to wash my hands after playing in the minnow bucket. My lack of filter usually compels me to blurt out: “This tastes like fish,” and causes our dear vegetarian, Justin, to stop eating. I have developed a greater respect for the vegetarian lifestyle because of this; I congratulate you for making it through Thailand alive. I’m bored to death with the food on our street; I can’t imagine having even fewer options. I haven’t been writing of late. It’s not because of my selfish-keep the information to myself tendencies like of the past, but because I’ve been sleeping. I’ve actually been going to bed ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Nakhon Phanom November 14th 2009

In the rainy season the Mekong rises probably 50 feet or more above its current height. To compensate for that vast difference, there are long cement stairways that go from the riverbank to wherever the mighty river finds itself. We arrived in Thakhek Laos and our trusty guide and driver helped us lug our suitcases down the long stairway before saying our good-byes and we boarded the local ferryboat for the trip across the river and back into Thailand. We were the only falangs, but everyone smiled and said Sawasdee (if they were Thai) or Sabaidee (if they were Lao). Our new guide, Andy met us on the other side and with our new driver, Sunny, helped us lug or bags up corresponding cement stairs to Nakhon Phanom. Meeting Andy and Sumontha Andy turned out to ... read more
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