Meet The Boys

Gaan and ColaToday is day nine of my holiday and myself and Wonderful Wi are now staying at our Udon Thani village home. We’ve moved on from the bright lights of Pattaya to a village where every clock, watch and mobile tell a different time, daylight and darkness mean much, much more. Two worlds apart, one spawning from a small fishing village into a sex tourist haven, born from the needs of American GI’s and the other built on toil, sweat, love and tears passed on from one generation to the next.

A new generation greeted me on my return to our village house in Ban Norn Chad, Udon Thani. The Buffalo Boys our two growing puppies and a rabbit whose name oddly rhythms with stew, gave me a nice warm welcome. Cola and Gaan have given an extra source of entertainment in the house and garden whilst Noo the rabbit has had only the occasional runaround spending most of the time in the safety of his cage.

Pattaya’s rain showers seem to have followed us to Udon, brilliant sunshine during the day with some heavy downpours at night, giving much needed water for Wilai’s garden. Young Wilai has added a flower boat to her treasured garden and I think the green fingered girl has done rather well.

Flower boatI know many of my readers are keen gardeners so I have included a photo on the right of Wilai’s flower boat. Ban Norn Chad sits on the edge of the Wang Chang River and Wilai bought the wrecked fishing boat for 200 baht. Is it a novel idea or one that’s widely used in Thailand, I am interested to know your views on that one.

Away from the garden and into the kitchen as my taste for food moves on almost as quickly as the rain laden clouds. From the thick cut chips of Pattaya to Udon Thani and Tesco Lotus crinkle cut french fries, last night I enjoyed a couple of jacket potatoes. Pad Kai can now be seen on the horizon and if the village has a papaya pok pok home delivery service maybe I should bookmark the number now.

Joking aside I have enjoyed a couple of sweet and sour Thai dishes and early afternoon today myself and Wilai sat down to green curry and golden noodles at the Thai Yai restaurant in Udon Thani. With further restaurant visits planned for Udon Thani, Nongkhai and Amphor Phen there’s plenty of Thai and Laos dishes heading for my holiday plate. Wilai has now gone off on a shopping spree like a black toothed kid in a sweet shop and similar to an alcoholic having just jumped off a second class Thai train I’m heading for a few beers. All the best and with it my apologies for a rather hurried post.


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

8 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    ‘Is it a novel idea or one that’s widely used in Thailand, I am interested to know your views on that one.’

    I’ve seen other bits with plants in them, but not a boat.

    It is a wonderful idea, so kudos to the Wonderful Wi!

    ….Please drink a Singha for me as I’m being good until Friday night – Wait. While you are out it, how about two. Yes. I’d like two please….

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  2. Dutchie says:

    Wonderful Wi has an eye for the artistics to come up with the idea of a boat for her flora plants ! I like it. The pix exudes a sense of tranquility 🙂 Gardens in most european homes r often boxed between 2 neighbours n there’s no privacy, esp when the balcony from our bedroom looks down onto the garden from the first floor !

    The Buffalo boys r a sight to behold – their simple pleasure, lapping up the milk (it is milk right ?).

    The dutch has a saying “living like a king in France”.
    Well, I bet u hv the same sentiments while in Udon Thani as well !

    Pls enlighten us with yummy thai food with a few pix ?

  3. Malcolm says:

    Martyn , You sound happy, and thats what life is all about ,I wish you, many more happy days with Walai, and of course the Bufflo Boys and Noo,. Yes I love the boat idea , but as of yet, in all my planing and gardening I haven’t convienced Ciejay to let me put one , but I have plans for one.I have to let her think she is the big boss “you know how that goes “. Have fun and drink one for me. Malcolm

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  4. Mike says:

    Martyn I really like the boat idea. I haven’t seen one before top marks to WW for thinking of it.

    Knowing my Thai neighbours (probably similar to yours) if they see a good idea they just copy it.

    Which leaves me thinking that if you are a local boat owner you had better watch out!

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  5. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine – I’m now in Nongkhai and promise to sink a few beers for you. I pass on yours and everybodies views about the flower boat to WW, she’ll be chuffed to bits.

    Dutchie – Thanks for dropping by again. I visit Thailand 3 times a year so yes I can live the good life whilst here but back in England it’s a different story.

    Malcolm – Yes I am very, very happy . I know exactly what you mean by letting the lady come up with the idea first, makes them so proud. Will drink for you and Catherine, sounds like a good day is brewing.

    Mike – I know how much you enjoy your garden and thought of you down near Hua Hin while writing the post. Hope you include a boat or something similar in your garden.

  6. Can you lend me Cola and Gaan for my trip to Yasothon? I reckon they would come in very handy, Mr-Bean-in-restaurant-with-steak-tartare style, should I get served up with platefuls of fried cockroaches and the like…

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  7. Frances says:

    Love the flower boat – it’s just so pretty!

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  8. wow, that’s a nice view. I bet you have many beautiful picture you took from there.

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