The Rice Field Project Part 29 : Foundation and beams

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 28, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017. The extra plot of land was bought in November 2017. The real construction of the house started 29 October 2018 and the erecting of the first pole was at 8 November 2018.

Status report at 17 November 2018 : So what happend since the last update 10 days ago? In the previous update you did see there were 18 holes made and in each hole a footing with a pole of steel on top. Well those poles have been cast with cement and the holes have been closed. While doing that there was also made a big hole behind the house. This hole is for the septic tanks. Two tanks of each 3 cement rings. Each ring is 50cm high. Later a third tank of plastic will be placed.
The next step was making beams between the poles. This beams ar…

On the motorbike riding from Chiang Khan to Phetchabun

We had breakfast in a very nice restaurant behind the PTT Gasoline station at Phu Rua.. Nice weather and great views! From here we did travel via some side-trips to Phetchabun. One of the side-trips idea's was to find another road to Phu Hin Rong Khla. The road started as a beautiful tarmac road, then became a beautiful cement road, then became a small cement road, then became a put-holed cement road and then became a gravel road with holes. That was the moment to make a U-turn. We arrived in Phetchabun in the afternoon and did visit the Phetchabun Black Buddha Park. A great place to enjoy sunset and just relax.

Morning & almost evening in Pua

I love to go bicycling in the early morning, short trip I am just a tourist on a bicycle. Photo above was taken this morning from the Wat Phuket in Pua. Following are photos from today and yesterday. Yesterday I also made an almost evening short motorbike ride in the the valley of Pua. When riding or bicycling here I feel privileged to be able to be here and live my life the way I do.

On the Motorbike to I-San Jurassic Park in Kalasin

As it is finally great weather again for riding the bike I made trip in direction of Yang Talat, Kalasin and then via route 227 in direction "Lam Poa" reservoir at Sahatasakhan. Actually I followed the signs "Sirindhorn bridge" because I was curious what was so import about that bridge to mention it almost at Kalasin. Well the bridge goes over the "Lam Pao" reservoir and is a few km long. The reservoir was at a high level and some roads nearby the lake were flooded. Now this is a weird bridge to be build over an reservoir without and real road on the west-side and ending in village on the east-side without any signs how to get out of the village. On the west-side are some lake-side restaurants selling bbq chicken and fish.

But first I followed the signs "Siridhorn Museum" which is also called "I-San Jurassic Park" and which is actually really a museum. And although on the outside it did look a bit old and not taken care of, inside it …

Visiting the Wat Sraket in Nam Kham

A bit out of the ordinary style of temple buildings in the North-East (Isaan). Actually almost a Lao style of temple. The 2 small buildings are part of a temple in a small village (Nam Kham), about 10 km from Suwwanphum (about 60 km south of Roi Et). The main temple is a modern building but these 2 are said to be more as 100 years old and decorated with beautiful wood-carvings and paintings.

The temple island at Kwan Phayao

Due to the low water-level (due to lack of rain in 2016) it is not possible anymore to take the longtail boat to the island with the old temple. But the Thai can be very inventive and thought of a great solution. They did build a bamboo bridge! So now you can walk to the island. And the nice thing is that the bridge and island are lighted at night. That looks beautiful and now you can visit the island temple also in the evening (much cooler).

Changing skyline of Pattaya

I am a bit of historicus sometimes so last week I took a photo from Pattaya Bay from a point where I have taken the same photo in the past 10 years. The photo above (top ) was made in 2016. The photo under this text was taken in 2010 and the first photo (down) was taken in 2004. At the oldest photo (2004) you can still see the old pier and the new pier being build. On the second photo (2010) the old pier is gone (demolished in 2006) and the new one starts to be used. On the third photo (2016) you can seen the new pier is in full use and that there has been build a huge parking in front of it.

Visiting the Wat Wang Wiwekaram in Sangkhlaburi

Sangkhlaburi is a small town about along one of Thailands biggest lakes and it is famous for the longest wooden bridge of Thailand. But also for Wat Wang Wiwekaram, that is located at the so called mon-side of the lake. It is not an old temple and the pagoda you see on the photo is part of the temple complex. 

Tour of duty in China part 1

People ask me sometimes "How did you get in Thailand?" and I answer "By airplane". But in reality it was a bit more complex, so I did write some postings about that. I did write a few stories with photos about it and I call that Blast from the past. Here are two photos made in Xiahe (China) while on tour in China in 1999. This place was one of the most impressive place to visit during my all 3 weeks tour in China.

Food, Food and more ..... Mu Ka Ta

Mu Ka Ta is what it is called in Thailand ... or Korean BBQ. Also written as Moo Kata. It means something like "Pork Wok".  It is a  DIY dinner. This photo was taken at a Mu Ka Ta restaurant in a small village just outside Khon Kean city. But there are restaurants like this everywhere in Thailand. And also a bit in Laos and Cambodia.

The idea is that a small BBQ is placed on (or in) the table and on top is a kind of plate in the form of a hat. On top of the "hat" is placed a piece of fat that will grease the all hat. You will have a dish with fresh vegetable and noodle and a dish with pork meat. Some restaurants will also be able to serve seafood, beef, liver, etc. You will also get a kettle with water (or better bullion) and the water is then put in the "ring" of the "hat". Then the DIY fun starts! Put the vegetables etc. in the water and the meat on the top. It is All-You-Can-Eat for a fixed price, ranging from 99 to 199 Thai baht. Of course …

The Rice Field Project Part 28 : The erecting of the first pole ceremony

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 28, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017. The extra plot of land was bought in November 2017. The real construction of the house started 29 October 2018 and the erecting of the first pole was at 8 November 2018.

Status report at 8 November 2018 : Finally some action again. So what is this ceremony? Briefly said it is an blessing ceremony for your to be building house. But erecting first pole? Yes, erecting. Here in Northern Thailand a house is not build on poles that are put into the ground. Here they dig a hole and in the hole will be made a footing with a pole to the top of the wall of the to be build house. So they will start with a steel frame for the foot and pole. This steel frame of the pole will be later build into a wooden cast in what cemen…

On the motorbike doing a Bo Klua and Huai Kon loop in Nan

It is motorbike riding season, so I extended my carbon footprint again. During my last ride I noticed that my chain had some almost frozen links and was stretched a lot. So I ordered a new chain and sprockets at AP Shop in Bangkok and that was delivered by Kerry Express within 25 hours after paying for the order. Good service from AP Shop and Kerry Express! Then I had to find a motorbike shop to install it as there is no Kawasaki dealer in Nan province (and the one in Phrae was overcharging the parts). Got the installation done and left at 6:30am in the early & cold morning taking again route 1256 to Bo Klua and then route 1081 in direction of Huai Kon. But just 10km north of Bo Klua I made a 2km side trip to Ban Saphan where I had a lovely breakfast right along the Wa River. After that continued route 1081 to Huai Kon and then route 101 to Thung Chang where I had a delicious Italian lunch. Then another 30km back home. It was a great day trip of 200 km and the bike is riding agai…

The finals of the Nan Long Boat Races 2018

Last weekend (2, 3 and 4 November) were the finals of the famous Nan Long Boat Racing 2018, held of course in Nan, North Thailand. It was a 3 days event where many villages with their own long boat competed for the fist prize. The races are held with sets of every time 2 boats. And each 2 boats will have to race 2 times to each-other. The race is held on only a short distance. All done near the main bridge in Nan town. Along the banks of the Nan River are many villagers supporting their team. The boats can hold between 30 and 60 people. Following are some more photos I took yesterday. If you are thinking of watching it next year, be aware that the races are held accordingly the lunar calendar so the dates change a little bit every year. For more information about the beautiful Nan province see Traveling 2 Nan - Thailand.