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Another trip to Ban Pang in Lamphun region, (800km from Chan).

5 days with 4 long walks up into the lower mountains . . but never seeing any wildlife at all, except Peacocks that is.

For you Guys who live in the 'sticks' - a plus point. Sitting at one of the 'Shops' to sup a beer, the Locals are usually friendly. At Ban Pang we would get invited to new house parties and weddings etc - it's very different from where we live now. Chantaburi is friendly but everyone has their own life and circles. I miss that about living in the 'sticks'. Even when we lived at Korat resort, we were invited to events at adjoining 'Saudio' frequently - all starting with a quiet beer.

As we set off on return, we dropped in at THE local shop to see 'Lungchan' who's about 86 - he had been asleep the previous night at 7pm. I sat down next him and he's getting frail now. He put his arm around my back and there were tears in his eyes - my Missis said he might think he'll not be around next time we visit. 'Pa Pet' his wife then put the string around our wrists before we went. I know it sounds soppy - but IMO, the further away you get from a City, the 'nicer' the people are . . .

Winding up to the annual smog problems around Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai regions, the 'Lam Yai' farmers were trimming their trees and burning the green leaves and branches - big smoke as you look out over the valleys. It's a major problem up there - it's really dry in Jan/Feb and bushfires add to the pollution and the landscape blackens in places.

Nice to return to that peace and quiet for a short while  ;)


Roger , great report . I had to look up  Ban Pang in Lamphun region  :)


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I drove to Kan'buri yesterday from Chan  >:(
Have driven all over Thailand no problem and always refuse to drive in BKK. Route planned out. Pick up Big 9 Kanchanapisek and left for Nakhon Pathom. My total cock up. I can do twice as far - say Chiang Mai in 9 hours. I was dumped off the Motorway and sat for 60 mins in Port. Not moving at all. S*d that  ::)

Met my Pal David who was leaving his house to meet me in the Town. Nice apartment at the noisy end of the River Kwai Rd. Quiet. B900 Couple of beers and G'night and forget it.

Today - cooked brekkie - walk to the bridge - met a nice English Guy -   Mr Hallett and his wife. His Dad was in the WW2 as a PoW at KanC. I had a rail spike in my car, which I found loose about 10 km up the line when I first came to Th. 9 years ago at the invitation of this Pal David. A long hot walk then. Got a lift back on a motorbike . . . with a spike . . .

He and his wife were so happy. Mr said, ''I'll give it to the Kids''. It was in the car so I left it at their Hotel and I say, a very good home for it. Every spike cost a life apparently but I think whoever, meant a sleeper.

Then a quick foot massage and off to 'Hell Fire'. It's 5C hotter in KanC than Chan atm but the walk through the pass, trees bare of leaves and the Sun full on - was HOT. In limited time by then I did the 4km trip and got back to share the 'Centre' with lots of Japanese kids and their Tutors.

Called in to check David en route and he was already coming to meet me in town - my phone not charged ! It's a bit lively Kan C  8)

2 beers and that's it. Tomorrow should be good. On the advice of a charming Lassie at the Station, the regular train starts at 6.15 am for Nam Tok. I can fill up the 4 hour wait for the return trip with a walk to Sai Yok waterfalls and a late breakfast. Then come back for another foot massage.

(Also saw today, the Eastern and Oriental Express which comes once a week from Malaysia ?)
 
More importantly, off to see the Swatcats at Rayong on Saturday.
That's IF I can find Pattaya. I wish me a good journey . . . .  ::)
« Last Edit: February 21, 2019, 07:57:01 PM by Roger »
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I drove to Kan'buri yesterday from Chan  >:(
Have driven all over Thailand no problem and always refuse to drive in BKK. Route planned out. Pick up Big 9 Kanchanapisek and left for Nakhon Pathom. My total cock up. I can do twice as far - say Chiang Mai in 9 hours. I was dumped off the Motorway and sat for 60 mins in Port. Not moving at all. S*d that  ::)

Met my Pal David who was leaving his house to meet me in the Town. Nice apartment at the noisy end of the River Kwai Rd. Quiet. B900 Couple of beers and G'night and forget it.

Today - cooked brekkie - walk to the bridge - met a nice English Guy -   Mr Hallett and his wife. His Dad was in the WW2 as a PoW at KanC. I had a rail spike in my car, which I found loose about 10 km up the line when I first came to Th. 9 years ago at the invitation of this Pal David. A long hot walk then. Got a lift back on a motorbike . . . with a spike . . .

He and his wife were so happy. Mr said, ''I'll give it to the Kids''. It was in the car so I left it at their Hotel and I say, a very good home for it. Every spike cost a life apparently but I think whoever, meant a sleeper.

Then a quick foot massage and off to 'Hell Fire'. It's 5C hotter in KanC than Chan atm but the walk through the pass, trees bare of leaves and the Sun full on - was HOT. In limited time by then I did the 4km trip and got back to share the 'Centre' with lots of Japanese kids and their Tutors.

Called in to check David en route and he was already coming to meet me in town - my phone not charged ! It's a bit lively Kan C  8)

2 beers and that's it. Tomorrow should be good. On the advice of a charming Lassie at the Station, the regular train starts at 6.15 am for Nam Tok. I can fill up the 4 hour wait for the return trip with a walk to Sai Yok waterfalls and a late breakfast. Then come back for another foot massage.

(Also saw today, the Eastern and Oriental Express which comes once a week from Malaysia ?)
 
More importantly, off to see the Swatcats at Rayong on Saturday.
That's IF I can find Pattaya. I wish me a good journey . . . .  ::)

Roger

Great story and update  :)

Have safe rest of the journey and I'm looking forward to the next part ,  to find Pattaya just listen out for the call of the BG bird , hello sexy man hello sexy man hello sexy man . ;D




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KK - I'm going for the Footie  8)  Honest.
Kan C is quite lively almost a tiny Pattaya - but I'm ensconced alone now - posting on K-F  :-\  That's me M8 !

I have heard the call even at my great a*e . . . But footie is good.

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2nd attempt. Lost the first  >:(

Day 3 last day in KanC. I caught the 6.15 am to Nam Tok despite aggro from a few platform dogs. B100 falang price for a 2 hour journey. Leaving KanC some amazing sunrise views over those lovely mountains. Through the river valley quite fast but lotsa stops and unexciting countryside with cassava everywhere but slowing up with the climb along the riverside to Nam Tok. Then so beautiful going past Tham Krasae on aged cuttings and bridges. One thing's for sure - without the ambitions of Japan, this railway would never have been attempted.

In the 'Jeath' museum by the bridge, I found a script - 1940 - 3 Japanese Guys arrived in KanC and married Thai Ladies starting clothing businesses in the market. The 3 then spent years surveying the route via the Kwae so when the Japs moved in, the plan was ready. All a cover - one of the 3 was the Chief Engineer for the Death Railway.

On arrival, the walk to the waterfall took 5 mins which left me lotsa time until the 12.55 pm return. So I caught a bus and was back in my doss at 11 - lovely - another foot massage and a good walk around a fiercely hot KanC.

The 'Jeath' museum is confusing. A German Gent looking at a collection of aged motorbikes with 'Japan' recently painted on them, said they were actually old but post WW2 models. Quite what a 'Morris Oxford' has to do with it God knows, late 50's ?  Everything exhibited seemed to be rusting and dusting eversince. A glass case had a few skeletons on the top and remains of 120 victims inside  ???  Contrast this with the immaculate Hellfire Pass centre financed by the Australians and the equally immaculate graveyards in KanC looked after by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.

Apparently the lovely Nicole Kidman and all stayed at the 'Felix Resort' in KanC when they were filming the 'Railwayman'. My friend went along as they needed 'extras' and he chatted to Nicole for a while and thought she was very 'grounded' and not pretentious at all. M8 was rejected as he had too much muscle but another Guy I met was IN - he's now I'd say not more than 60 KG and at least 6 foot - he looked the part.

KanC is IMO a fantastic area of much interest. And beautiful mountains. Many many Falang here. That's it. Bedtime - getting lost tomorra  ;)

And watching the Swatcats WIN  :D
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Thanks for sharing that with us roger - well done that man

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2nd attempt. Lost the first  >:(

Day 3 last day in KanC. I caught the 6.15 am to Nam Tok despite aggro from a few platform dogs. B100 falang price for a 2 hour journey. Leaving KanC some amazing sunrise views over those lovely mountains. Through the river valley quite fast but lotsa stops and unexciting countryside with cassava everywhere but slowing up with the climb along the riverside to Nam Tok. Then so beautiful going past Tham Krasae on aged cuttings and bridges. One thing's for sure - without the ambitions of Japan, this railway would never have been attempted.

In the 'Jeath' museum by the bridge, I found a script - 1940 - 3 Japanese Guys arrived in KanC and married Thai Ladies starting clothing businesses in the market. The 3 then spent years surveying the route via the Kwae so when the Japs moved in, the plan was ready. All a cover - one of the 3 was the Chief Engineer for the Death Railway.

On arrival, the walk to the waterfall took 5 mins which left me lotsa time until the 12.55 pm return. So I caught a bus and was back in my doss at 11 - lovely - another foot massage and a good walk around a fiercely hot KanC.

The 'Jeath' museum is confusing. A German Gent looking at a collection of aged motorbikes with 'Japan' recently painted on them, said they were actually old but post WW2 models. Quite what a 'Morris Oxford' has to do with it God knows, late 50's ?  Everything exhibited seemed to be rusting and dusting eversince. A glass case had a few skeletons on the top and remains of 120 victims inside  ???  Contrast this with the immaculate Hellfire Pass centre financed by the Australians and the equally immaculate graveyards in KanC looked after by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.

Apparently the lovely Nicole Kidman and all stayed at the 'Felix Resort' in KanC when they were filming the 'Railwayman'. My friend went along as they needed 'extras' and he chatted to Nicole for a while and thought she was very 'grounded' and not pretentious at all. M8 was rejected as he had too much muscle but another Guy I met was IN - he's now I'd say not more than 60 KG and at least 6 foot - he looked the part.

KanC is IMO a fantastic area of much interest. And beautiful mountains. Many many Falang here. That's it. Bedtime - getting lost tomorra  ;)

And watching the Swatcats WIN  :D

Great update , Ive never been to Kanchanburi but its now on my to visit list . :)




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Thanks Thaiga and KK. Off to Rayong now.

Just reflecting that these little mini breaks are fun - I would have enjoyed another few days away but I'm back on parade Sunday  ;)

Come on you Swatcats  :)



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Catching up a bit and Thaiga, thanks for posting that Tube of the railway at Namtok - dramatic views. As earlier, ''One thing's for sure - without the ambitions of Japan, this railway would never have been attempted.''

Travelling back past BKK, saved 3 hours on my outbound cock up ! The signs to Kanchanapisek Rd and Suvarnbhumi helped  ;)
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Interesting ride to Korat yesterday  ::)

The first ascent section, travelling North by the new tunnels - one or two bits to complete now. The tunnels, the 'wildlife link' - I think it was Caller who wondered how high the fences over the tunnel are, in view of the rumoured tigers in the area. NOT HIGH ENOUGH IMO. The massive cost of this endeavour may be wasted - the noise from the road and the open tunnel break is surely likely to deter wildlife . . .  :(

Coming up the helter skelter to Wang nam kiaw, there was a flatbed artic upsidedown with the cab crushed to trailer bed level - on the unmade carriageway the otherside. God knows how it got there and God help the driver. Shocking.

The orderly overtaking up and downhill on the 2 way sections has been disrupted by a series of cones - IMO the cones will cause more accidents than the struggle-by overtaking that goes on. But, you can still thread through the cones and up the other side  :-X

Bung ta lua this morning - I was amazed to see many hundreds of people cycling, running and walking before 6 am ! By 9 am - virtually deserted. I used to bike ride there starting 10.30 and had the place to myself. A brilliant facility and Korat is lucky to have such.

Nice weekend . . . .
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On Sunday morning, many people at Bung ta lua at 5 am. Stout effort !

The Swatcats had been disappointing - their only real shot, a penalty - cleverly taken by Assumpcao who made a classy stutter to check where the goalie was going - then he chipped it straight to him  :(  The crowd didn't look like the 14,000 reported, (I guessed 8 and Russ 11K) but I guess I must be wrong - the Club don't have much reason to overstate the crowd.

Cafe Pittini still not serving wine after 6 pm on Sunday night - until a polite protest  ;)

Travelling south of Sa Kiaew, I stopped at Khao Chakan to do the short climb through the mountain to a viewpoint :-

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The view at the top is worth the effort, but beware - leave someone by the car or the monkeys do their normal damage. Due to the monkeys, the steps/ladder to the viewpoint are very dirty. 3 or 4 sections of wooden ladder at the top are steep and not for the faint hearted. At the top, to my horror, no wall or fence at the viewpoint - two steps and off the edge  :o

Apart from a Toyota pick up neatly parked on it's cab roof on the central reservation, no other excitement and good to be back in Chantaburi now  ;D
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At the end of our 'cul-de-sac' in Sirapon, Chantaburi, there is a palatial 5 bed home in a double plot, which has never been lived in in the 7 years since built - though recently pigeons have gained access.

The 'Owner' has decided to adapt the property in some way that I cannot atm visualise. With the whole roof structure removed and the upstairs and downstairs ceilings destroyed, the whole garden is now buried in tiles, galvanised steel and heavy steel from the roof.

Gawd only knows what he's up to, but it makes you weep to see it. Bl**dy vandalism !
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Seems a bit extreme to me but there we go . . . .  :-\

Not great publicity for Thailand - but the truth needs to change   ;)

''Tourists taking beach selfies while planes take-off have angered airport chiefs - who warned the maximum penalty for distracting pilots is the death sentence. The stretch of sand next to the busy airport on the island of Phuket in southern Thailand has become a popular attraction with holidaymakers.''

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6890023/Tourists-selfies-famous-airport-beach-receive-death-penalty.html
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When last around Korat, at Saudio, (near Zoo) - a lake 120m x 80m was completely dried out as were many of the'ponds' used by the Farmers. The Barber I use grows rice too - he told me that he'd planted but that the rice had long since died through lack of any water. At Bung ta lua I've never seen the water so low. I'm glad to hear that there is rain around Isaan now - but can there be enough to restore the levels needed ? Good luck !

Chantaburi - May to October there's rain on an average of 20 to 26 days monthly - we're awash with the usual 3 metres rainfall pa but without floods, growing half of Thailand's 'durian'  :-\

The road from south up to Wang nam kieaw is now fully dual carriageway - the tunnel and the later section - still work to do at the top. It used be lots of fun overtaking those trucks  ;) Much safer now and saves 15 minutes at least - bl**dy police checks everywhere though.

Back home - we were watching the unloading of small bricks to a house building site. A steel loop with tray, about 6 bricks wide and 15 high. I tried to lift one loop - couldn't get it off the ground at all. But these wiry Guys were walking up and down from the butt of the lorry, one loop on each shoulder. Amazing - I hope they're paid well.

Can recommend the Kwan Ruen Resort, next to the Kwan Ruen Park Hotel. Admittedly the room is B1050 but on the top floor, a room I'd say 8 m by 5m, looking over Bung and Wing 1, buffet breakfast at the Hotel next door.

I thought of Robert those days - a lot of F16 activity and the noise is deafening - particularly with the reverse thrust after landing  ::)

The rain's stopped !
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It seems, someone shot 5 Guys in Chantaburi's Court today, something to do with a Land Deal, killing 3 and then killing himself !   ???

My Wife's Friend was ready for the Operating table in our 'Maharat', a throat op having swallowed some floor cleaner 2 weeks ago by mistake, and she was turned out until 2m.

Sounds like Dodge City sometimes  :(
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On a Sharechat BB someone was being lyrical about the view from their terrace over the Camargue in France. Joining the spirit I posted :-

"A quiet place to eat and have a beer on the estuary south of Chantaburi - we just discovered only 4 km away, a few weeks ago and already now a favourite. 2nd visit maybe 150-200 Brahimi kites soaring and swooping on the river water at sunset. Last Saturday a vivid sky, light blue and dark red sunset sky reflected in the 40 metre wide waters with a sharp 45 degree colour break over 200 metres on the water - with the falling sun still coming through the jungle's trees down the river, like a fire too.

The day before the Missis' birthday, with 7 classmates from 40 years ago, eating snails, scallops, dory, New Zealand oysters etc with cola and 2 beers for me - THB 1197. Work it out. I'm trying to match the poetic Lozan - btw what is a 'plasture' ? Too much vin rouge methinks
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And I'm setting off to freeze in England    ???
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The day after my return to Thailand on 16/1, a call from the UK. A great Guy, married to my Sister for 54 years, (together 58 years), fallen to cancer.

On his 80th in May last, he was taken by a rally driver around Thruxton (I think) in his son's race tuned Fiat Abarth. Then several weekends away and a 2 week cruise with their best friends in October.

I arrived before Christmas to see the house and the trees in the garden extravagantly lit and this year again he was helping with the Town's Christmas lights. A dinner party for 8 at home, a trip on the Santa Steam train in Hampshire, dinner at 'The Bell' in Lacock with 12 on Christmas Eve and on the 28th, he was cranking up to the top tier of the stand at Bath Rugby with the Family and a long lost Pal from Oz, leaving by train at 10am and returning at 8pm.

A leading light in the local CAMRA branch and a consummate if not supreme model maker - constructing intricate airframes (of many sizes) with power systems and repairing the crashed efforts of his M8's.

It's not relevant here but I'm just recounting - I reflect on the 'good innings' consolation often offered in all kindness. Yes 80 is a good innings it's true, but this Guy was still hitting fours and sixes. As should we all.

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At the end of our Soi, a Guy of Iraqi origin who now has a Swedish passport. I believe I mentioned recently he flew to Iraq only to be told to serve 14 days quarantine before entry, so he came straight back - a 4 day trip in all.

A 2 week trip to Vietnam for hols was planned one week after his return - off he went. I noted that day, that Vietnam was refusing entry to Swedish passports. Haven't seen him come back yet so I hope he squeezed through and is not in the Big Q !

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A lot of Scandinavian countries seem to have gone into lockdown.

Chaos here; toilet paper and dried pasta impossible to buy! But as much fresh food as you want! People are even stealing it from public toilets!

Completely nuts! But the supermarkets must be loving it; Christmas repeating itself!