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    Thailand (not so) adventures '18

    Just arrived back home after another yearly trip back to the wife's homeland. Here are a few pictures of our travels up and down from Pattaya to Ban Tak. Last year we decided that we've had our fill of Pattaya and wanted to relocate to Ban Tak where the wife's family live so that really consumed most of our 5 week trip.

    Oh yeah so exited to be in this for 14.5 hours


    Did get to watch a classic Bond film


    Hurry up and eat so I can try and sleep for 10 hours.



    Had about a 45 minute layover in Soul. The new terminal 2 looked cool. Next stop Bangkok only 5 hour to go.

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    It's always a bit unnerving to pull up to the house after being away for a year.

    This snake kept the place company.




    And a few termites. Luckily they only got three walls.




    and...



    Everything else seemed to be normal. Two less neighborhood dogs than last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Ban Tak
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Tak_District

    Very nice place for motorbiking, if you're into it at all.

    Cheers for the thread, looking forward to it.

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    First morning headed down for breakfast at Baywatch it's not really great but more of a tradition.



    Made it down passed all the bus loads of Chinese.

    Saw this cool old 2 stroke outside Big C.

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    After two days we were ready to head up.

    This would put a real hurting on your hand if you weren't careful.


    When I first visited Thailand I imagined all the cars would be like this. Bit of a tard.

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    Almost there.

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    We stopped off for a look at these in case we ended up with a piece of land without an existing house we could use one for a temporary bungalow.




    They look alot better when passing by at 120kph



    We didn't end up needing one.
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    This is more like it.



    I used to hate going up to the village as the years have passed I really prefer it. Nice and clean fresh air and best of all no tourist although I guess that's what I am.



    They planted wild flowers on some of the islands and put up a cool bridge.





    Cool red dragonfly
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    This is the local coffee shop. The local aloof westerner hangout.



    Not a bad cappuccino.







    And waffle set



    There was nothing like this 10-12 years ago not even a 7-11. It does make it nice to have place to sit and have a coffee.
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    Some great pics!

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    Nice pics. How much for one of those wood cabins btw. Just curious as I've heard the cost of lumber has really gone up over the years.

    Seems it's more cost effective to use concrete these days when building a home. Although I do like the look of wood it does need more maintenance.

    Fouteen hours in a plane is never fun though it looks like you had pretty good seating. I usually opt for the cheep seats because that's the kind of guy I am. I'm used to being around crying babies and such, just another day at the office. Cheers and please post a few pics of your place. After touring around Laos I've seen just about every kind of dwelling out there but am still curious as to what people call home or vacation home in your case.

    I must have missed the snake pic but that lizzard looks familiar. I believe it's called a Gopgai in Laos. We have one that calls out each night about ten or twelve calls and then quiet all night. It lives in the rafters by the outside stairs and is supposed to be good luck. It hasn't bit anyone yet so yea, I guess it's good luck.
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    One of these was for sale. We looked at it pretty cool view but not what we were looking for. None of these have a chanote maybe could risk a million but by the time you fixed it up would be twice that much.



    This is the one. Pretty slummy. Hasn't been lived in for years except for pidgins.



    The view was nice but nothing else was.


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    Fish, The wood cabins were priced by the sq. meter I forgot how much but the ones we looked at were around 450,000-500,000.

    That big lizard has been there for years sometimes there are two I looked up there and think I saw eggs too. I could sell it on so some Chinaman. My wife is scared to go look at it.

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    P.S. our flight was from Washington D.C. that long of a flight sucks no mater where you sitting. I needed a few year break from economy.

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    The next place we looked at was ok. We where only interested in riverfront places so there wasn't a ton of choices. Also no chanote on this one I had a bit of a laugh when the owner told my wife they will be giving one soon. This place was on one of the small channels off the main river. The owner was really trying he said the government was planning to remove the big island out there.

    I wonder if he put on these shorts for me.



    This is the view. I looked it up on google earth and the river was dry so not really a contender.
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    I guess word got out since last year and the leads trickled in but most of the places were a disappointment or stupidly priced.

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    Time for a visit to the temple for luck with the house hunting.

    I like to poke around the fringes while the family does there thing.

    All that stuff just piles up.






    Someones Grandma taking a rest



    Other than being the designated driver this is why I tag along.

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    Jet lag is kicking in. I'll leave it with this for tonight one of the things that has drawn me to love the place.

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    This is a great thread, got to love an insight into the countryside. We had considered Uttaradit but I feel I’ll end up quite bored very quickly. I still really like Hua Hin but we have found ourselves looking at Jomtien more recently. Thanks for the pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Tak_District

    Very nice place for motorbiking, if you're into it at all.

    Cheers for the thread, looking forward to it.

    I have seen a few dirt bikers around up there. I would love to get one we met a local who said I could join in some time.


    We also see some road bike around. This was a group of Thai's that came into the coffee shop when we were there.



    It was a real cool looking bike.
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    Since we didn't really have time for a family road trip this year the wife organised an overnight at the Bhumibol dam on one of those huge barges. There were about 20 people in all. The family loved it, me not so much. I do love being on the water but I knew I was in trouble when I saw the stage and huge speakers on the boat. What is it with Thai's and music at having music at blood curdling levels. I made a few attempts to lower the volume but was met with some heavy resistance. It's ok the family liked it and I can do deal with just about anything for only on day.

    This is what it looks like.


    Here is a shot of the stage dam that karaoke.


    Here are the "beds"
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    Enjoying your pics, naptown. Looking forward to more.

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    They tied up for the night at some small island. It had a bunch of goats on it not sure why or how they got there.



    Didn't seem like a nice spot for them.

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    I'm looking at those goats and thinking "BARBECUE!"

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    We were towed out by this little tug boat.




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