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    2019 holiday around Bantak and surrounds

    Well our annual Thailand trip has come to an end. Now back home looking out at the cold and dark landscape of home.

    This was our first time spending our holiday in Bantak at our new place after selling our house in Pattaya where our holidays have always started off from in the past. So after spending the night at the airport Novotel it was time for the 7 hour drive up to Tak in our new rental car.

    The endless frozen land.



    Half a dozen ok meals


    A brief touchdown in Korea


    After about 28 hours we finally made it and got to feel the heat and air we missed.
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    Of course our first priority on the drive up was to come off the motorway for seafood Luckily they weren't impressed so it won't be an annual stop off.



    Never seen so many baht two.



    Nice little river on the way back out to the motorway. Good old Google maps.



    Hopefully none of the seafood was caught locally.
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    No road trip is complete without an Amazon stop off.



    And some geezers in the back of a truck.

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    We were pretty anxious to get up to the village as we hadn't seen our place since last summer before all the work had started. Other than pictures from SIL.

    Everything on this side looked intact.



    The place looked rough just as I remembered. Plus some squatters.



    The house was great though. So we hired some local seniors to pick up all the stones and drop them at the riverside.



    I was sceptical of their abilities but they didn't disappoint.

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    Made some new friends on the bridge.



    But they followed us home just for a look around.



    And some small ones too.

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    Lovely pics. Thanks for posting.

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    Thanks.

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    Nice pics mate, keep em coming

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    Here are a few from children's day village style.



    This big slide was a big hit.



    Sad to see an increase in overweight kids around over the years.



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    Good one, Thanks forsharing your experience with us.

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    Children's day put a bit of a damper in the local weekend market but it was still fun for a walk around. The old waterfront area is cool.

    A lot of these old places aren't open anymore but were the main shops back when my wife was a child. They all move to the new main street but hold on to these cool old buildings on the river.



    The river side. I've already posted pics from here before but it always looks different.




    The bamboo bridge out to the island.



    This is pretty hairy in rain season when the water is right up to the top.



    You can buy food to throw in for these fish. There are a ton of them. I bought a few bags to try off our pier and there were some fish there. I will try to draw them in closer next time I'm back. It's hard because the water flows fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    Good one, Thanks forsharing your experience with us.

    Thanks. No problem I miss the place already.

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    Before officially moving in it was "suggested" that we needed to have a housewarming party. So in no time it was all set up for the following Sunday.

    The set up. The place was still a disaster as we had just arrived back in town. Oh well any excuse for a party.



    It's fun watching all the ladies pull in on their classic scooters. This place is like going back in time. I love it so laid back.



    They didn't seem at all put off by all the red ants under those mango trees.



    Some real characters in this crowd.



    The monks arrive. With a bit of help.



    I think I put my back out sitting through it. Trying not to move around.



    Afterwards a typical village style exit.



    It was all pleasant enough and made the family happy so that's always a good thing.
    And we could then carry on with our holiday.
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    One of the great sunsets on the riverside before the smoke moved in.

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    Thanks Mike, think you're going to have many happy times there. I love the idea of a riverside location, a boat, fishing, sunsets....i'll put that tinge of jealousy away, its unseemly.

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    ^Thanks I feel real lucky for the way things turned out.
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    Took these on a morning walk over the bridge.



    Down river towards Tak city.


    Saw these cool flower pods.



    Out on the back road.

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    Local noodle shop. It's been open a long long time. On the river.



    Only 30 baht. Sister in law says she can remember it being 4 baht.
    This is my boring version without all the usual ingredients.

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    A long way to travel for somewhere that's not exactly spectacular imho. That river sunset looks nice though

    Maybe i'll be surprised by the end of it. Cheers for sharing.

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    It looks like a nice spot to have a few wobbly pops and just chill awhile. I'd chum up the fish and cast a spinner in the school just for kicks.

    And then if you trust the rivers cleanliness you could catch yourself a little dinner.

    As allways thanks for sharing the pics. And remember life is a journey, enjoy the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Local noodle shop. It's been open a long long time. On the river.



    Only 30 baht. Sister in law says she can remember it being 4 baht.
    This is my boring version without all the usual ingredients.
    Mate, good thread.

    These two images however, I can't view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    A long way to travel for somewhere that's not exactly spectacular imho. That river sunset looks nice though

    Maybe i'll be surprised by the end of it. Cheers for sharing.
    Isn't it where Mike has built his house? http://teakdoor.com/construction-in-...ut-nutter.html (Emergency trip to Thailand to kick out a nutter)

    Hence it's the local landscapes?

    On/near the River.

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    ^ Yeah not really a tourist destination. Thank god.

    It's where the wife is from and all her family live there. It is a nice little village friendly people and clean. I got tired of traveling halfway around the world only to end up around alot of tourist and westerners. This quiet life style suits me and the wife is happy.

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    Not sure what happened to those two pictures i'll retry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Local noodle shop. It's been open a long long time. On the river.




    Only 30 baht. Sister in law says she can remember it being 4 baht.
    This is my boring version without all the usual ingredients.
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