Greetings from Beautiful Petchaboon

Petchaboon from the mountain


When I last left you I was returning from a short blogging break that ultimately became much longer than I expected. I was all set to get back to my normal posting routine when all hell broke loose. One by one all of my websites and server were hacked, and I mean hacked good. After 2 weeks of working on the various problems with my host we finally got all the problems taken care of but I was pulling out hair for a while.

My girlfriend Mo, Yes, I said girlfriend , wasn’t sure what to make of me during my mini meltdown but she definitely decided I was not the same happy go lucky guy she knew, so, she decided I needed a break. More like she kidnapped me as she surprised me with bus tickets to Petchaboon the night before the bus was to pull out. I realized she was right, I really did need a break and off to the province of mountains and sugarcane we went.

I’m actually about 50 miles outside the main city of Petchaboon staying on the family farm surrounded by sugarcane and mountains. It’s been nice to get back to rural Thailand with all it’s customs and quirks…and let me tell you I have seen some quirks such as dead children being channeled through a Buddhist medium but more on that later.

It’s been nice to eat real rural Thai food again , I mean who doesn’t love buffalo brains in spicy sauce? It even felt good to revisit the rural hongnam complete with it’s squat toilet and the ritual dumping of cold ass water on yourself and calling it a shower. Most of all I’ve really enjoyed spending time with Mo and her family and all their crazy animals, who you’ll meet soon enough.

This trip has really re-focused me to the possibilities Thailand has to offer. Over the last few months I have really gotten bogged down with day to day stuff and forgot about the wonders of exploring this beautiful country.

I have a lot of great stories to tell about the people and places I’ve seen and I will definitely be posting them every couple of days or so over the next few weeks to come but for now just a glimpse of the beauty that is Petchaboon and a quick line to let you know I’m back to blogging about the country I love, Thailand.

Flooding on the way to ePetchaboon James Bond Farm Rice farming

The mysterious ritual house Mountain top temple set in caves At the local markets

Home sweet home The meanest dog in the province The Ladyboy of the house


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10 Comment(s)

  1. Wow, just as the visit refreshed you, it was a refreshing change from Pattaya for me, Talen. So yeah, count one reader holding his breath in anticipation of more rural Thailand stories.

    By the way, great stuff from Petchabun. So “home sweet home”! Doesn’t look like the place has electricity, although appearances can be deceiving. How’s that “bed”?

    And glad to hear Mo is currently rehabilitating you, ahem! Since you introduced me to Mo, well, you know my view, she IS adorable!

    All the best from (my new home in) Phnom Penh!

    SiamRick | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. Talen, wonderful to hear that you are traveling again and seeing more of beautiful Thailand. And also great to hear that you are seeing it with someone who is special to you.

    Joe | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. Rick, Petchaboon is very nice and quite cool in the evenings and morning but hot as hell in the afternoon.

    Home sweet home does have electricity and that picture is of the kitchen area.

    The bed is actually a very nice queen size bed although I sleep kondiow…haven’t had as much as a kiss in over a week and aside from taking pictures and helping out nit noy on the farm this is possibly one of the most boring places on earth …but the family makes up for that, amazingly giving and sweet people they are.

    I’ve been keeping myself amused with the circus like atmosphere of animals around the farm…a crossed eyed cat, a mean as nails dog and two mangy mutts that have adopted me and follow me everywhere, well, that is when they aren’t dragging the cross eyed cat around by his head.

    Talen | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. Joe, it really is nice to be traveling some again, I had forgotten how cool it is to explore this beautiful country. And Mo is just the icing on the cake…a smart ass with a heart of gold…nice doot too :P

    Talen | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. Yeah! Talen is BACK! So great to hear from you. Finally. And boy oh boy do I understand :-)

    Catherine | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  6. Good to see you enjoying life out and about from Pattaya.

    If you are likely to head back to Petchaboon often, for family commitments (weddings, deaths etc) you should look at getting yourself a mountainbike, the cycling is some of the best in Thailand with so much to see and do.

    Lloyd | Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

  7. Lloyd, I was thinking about how nice it would be to have a mountain bike…the dirt road to the village is about 20 miles long and dotted with beautiful sunflower fields…it’s also quite cool in the morning which is great for riding.

    Talen | Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

  8. Cat, yeah, the break did me good and so did a bit of traveling.

    Talen | Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

  9. Can never get too much of these kind of posts, about the real Thailand, in my opinion. Looking forward to your other stories.

    Chok Dee

    Dan | Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

  10. That trip was exactly the break you needed. It is great to know that you are now more inspired, energized and ready to work. I can’t wait to read more stories about your trip. The pictures are amazing and the place does looks fascinating.

    Sarah | Nov 1, 2011 | Reply

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