Four Beddings, One Wedding and a Funeral

One of my fellow bloggers once commented to me  ” You do pick some rather strange post titles. ”  Maybe he was right.

On my last trip to Thailand I slept on the aeroplane, in a hotel in Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and at our village home. One of my very best friends got married in Khon Kaen and one of Wonderful Wi’s cousins tragically lost their life after a motorbike accident and was cremated in Wilai’s village. Four Beddings, One Wedding and a Funeral. Did that really need an explanation.

With my next holiday in Thailand nearly upon me I thought I’d put together a few photos showing my last trip which follow my journey from England to Udon Thani, via Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Khon Kaen. You’ll be pleased to read I’ve tried to keep the words to a minimum. Strange titles….what the hell was Mike Rose on about.

I don’t really get too excited about my holidays until I board the coach at Swindon bus station in Wiltshire en route to Heathrow Airport, London. I love falling asleep on a bus and somehow I always wake up as we enter the tunnel leading into Heathrow. It must be the rhythm of the night that makes me sleep.

Click on a photo to enlarge or hover your mouse pointer over a picture for a brief description.

The Christmas choir photograph was taken in Abu Dhabi and the coach photo was shot at Suvarnabhumi Airport bus station as I waited for my evening ride to Khon Kaen. Show me a coach and I’ll sleep no problem.

My mate Dean and his partner Nuan got married in Khon Kaen, it was a quiet affair, just like Khon Kaen. I would like to go back to the city because I’m sure it has a lot more to offer than what I saw in my three days there. I wrote a post Khon Kaen – A Wedding and an Empty Fruit Bowl and I’d like to apologize to Khon Kaen’s citizens if it came over as a little dismissive, I didn’t mean it to, it was just how I felt. And believe me I felt great, I was in Thailand with Wilai.

We arrived in Udon Thani on Christmas Eve and after renting a car headed to our village home. On Christmas Day Wi received a Nintendo Wii for her main present and it wasn’t long before the younger members of Wilai’s family had heard about it and had camped out in our living room. I was happy having fun with our three dogs especially Pepsi the youngest and by far the smallest one.

Sadly in mid December one of Wilai’s cousins, Doy, was badly injured in a motorbike accident just outside Udon Thani city and on Boxing Day the 19 year old young man passed away. A few days later Doy’s body was returned to the village and we attended his cremation at the village Wat (temple).

Whilst staying at our village house we made full use of our rental car and covered a lot of ground in the area with daily visits to many places including Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Ban Dung, Phon Phisai and the World Heritage site at Ban Chiang. On the Road to Ban Chiang is one of my favourite posts I’ve written in 2010 and covers our day trip to the National Museum in Ban Chiang which holds the remains of a prehistoric settlement who lived on the Korat plateau more than 5,000 years ago. It’s a rather light hearted post.

All the photographs on this post have been individually loaded without the use of an image plugin, I hope they load okay as it’s a bit of a trial post with 18 photographs included. Four Beddings, One Wedding and a Funeral, if you can think of an alternative post title then please do pop it in the comments box below.

Here’s a few more photos from our village home, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Suvarnabhumi airport.


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.

11 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Martyn great title, honest, even though you admit you slept on the coach(a bit of poetic license is fine by me)!

    I like the thumbnails/plugin looks very professional. The photos are also very good, Dubai looks fun.

    Santa always seems out of place in hot climates too.

    Soon be time for a sleep on the Swindon to Thiefrow coach.
    .-= Mike´s last blog ..Wat Ang Thong-วัดอ่างทอง- Prachuap Khiri Khan =-.

  2. Lawrence says:

    Can’t beat your title, Martyn, and wouldn’t even try. Nice selection of photos, and Wilai looks wonderful indeed! Have a good trip, hope you find Thailand relatively calm.

  3. Jon says:

    HD, always impressed by the creativity/originality of your titles and posts.

    It is scorching out here, bet you are looking forward to your next break in LOS.
    .-= Jon´s last blog ..Don’t dump me =-.

  4. Hoo Don says:

    Mike thanks for the positive review, your support for BTMJ has always been well appreciated. I loaded all the photos myself and it took quite a while but I wondered how it would show in a different browser. I checked the post out on Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome which I always use and it was fine but Google reader made one hell of a mess of it. I don’t know why it does that.

    I’m off to Thiefrow (nice one) on May 1st and I’m looking forward to sleeping on the coach. Unfortunately I won’t be hitting Hua Hin, Pattaya is the first stop.

  5. Hoo Don says:

    Lawrence how’s life in the UK, the weather isn’t too bad for April. Thanks for the post thumbs up and yes, that’s a nice photo of the young one. Wilai keeps saying to me ” Hus…band, now I get old and forget many things,”
    33 is an age I’d pay good money to be.

    I’m expecting things to have been settled by the time I arrive on May 2nd.

  6. Hoo Don says:

    Jon, I’m always impressed by your avatar. Oh to be young and a good looking guy.

    I like the heat and the May temperatures won’t bother me one bit, but the humidity kicks the life out of me.

    I’m really looking forward to this one but honestly, I don’t get a big buzz until I see the National Express coach turn up.

  7. Talen says:

    Always love your titles Martyn and the good read that always follows.

    Love the new thumbnail look and the pictures are great. I love the Christmas trees, always floors me to see them in Thailand and they always look superb. Thai’s do love a holiday even if it isn’t theirs.

    Hopefully the recent ash filled sky doesn’t mess up your scheduled get away.
    .-= Talen´s last blog ..Songkran 2010 videos =-.

  8. Catherine says:

    Martyn, I do love your talented titles and the tales that follow. In your case, sometimes it’s the tails…

    (I couldn’t resist – and I really should have)

    You are arriving right in the HOT HOT HEAT and I’m sure that I’d love to switch places. Unusual for me, I’m turning on the ac during the day.

    Enjoy your trip out, and please give the lovely Wilai a wave from me.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Bangkok’s Pink Shirts at Victory Monument =-.

  9. Hoo Don says:

    Talen the Christmas tree photo was taken at Suvarnabhumi and it was the Thai New Year holiday that floored me. I arrived at the airport 20 minutes late and missed my flight. Traffic jams.

    Volcano permitting I’ll be on my way in two weeks time.

  10. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine I get a lot of fun out of dreaming up the titles, I really do.

    I know the weathers going to be very hot but I prefer that to the cold. Every time. I must try and drink lots of water.

    I’ll say hello for you to Wilai, she will be pleased a falang lady has thought of her but she won’t believe it.

    ”Hus…band, she not say dat (that). Hus…band bornshit (bullshit) Dek Dek…every…..time.”

  11. Emm says:

    Another brilliant post Martyn! I like your post titles. Mine are all so business like!! I like the way you are doing you photos lately – are you using Windows Live Writer?
    .-= Emm´s last blog ..Writers Required: Shetizen Journalist =-.

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