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8 Miles From Home. Not 80, Not 800.

But just 8 miles from our home in England, our car broke down and left us stranded. We talked a lot, and decided it was time to get a dog, move abroad, change our jobs and make movies about it… Read the whole story!

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  • ‘SHES A SCREAMER’ Is what J shouted out with the widest smile I’ve seen for a long time. 😂Referring of course to the 1972 Ford Escort that had it’s heart transplanted with the noisiest, highest revving engine we’ve ever driven!Yes, this is the same old banger we used to drive in Thailand years ago. Transformed into a wild animal and loaned back to us by our friend @jonny_small to drive around Thailand on our nostalgia tour. How amazing is that!Did you see the grand reveal on YouTube yet? It took many all nighters to edit but it was worth it.
It’s not just a car video, it’s full of beautiful moments from our travels with Badru (J’s late father), amazing scenery, and of course Story’s hilarious reactions to her first test drive in the old Escort.Search YouTube for ‘Don’t be scared of Thailand’ and see what happened when we put our foot down 😳😬 #fordescortmk1 #classicfordthailand #mk1escort #thailandtravel #paithailand #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome #familyvloggers #roadtrip #thailand
  • J’s face says it all, his dream of driving our old restored car through North Thailand came true & there’s a video coming very shortly where you can see just how happy he was!
We shot it mostly in the hills of North Thailand in one of our favourite towns. There’s something about Pai that really captures us each time we are there & leaving that little hippy haven feels like being in love with something you just can’t have. Our minds are already thinking about when we can go back next!
Phwah Phwah got to showcase her lovely ‘new’ charity shop dress that she picked up from @freebirdcafe and  looked right at home flowing from cafe to cafe enjoying the warm sun.We have so much to share from this trip & one item I am happy to have with us is the little hip seat we got for Story. I was unsure if it would be any good or if she’d be too big for it, but it’s been such a help! Totally takes the weight off my arms & back & there’s some ‘breathing space’ between us! Bought it in Thailand for about £8 & it was the best parenting investment ever 🤩 Swipe across to see all the picsGo subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already! Just search for 8milesfromhome
#happyinthailand #paimaehongson #paithailand #fordescortmk1 #youtubefamily #travelwithkids #travelthailand #8milesfromhome #thewandering8
  • Our hideaway during our last week in Thailand, from the air you really get to see this idyllic spot we called home while staying at @hansarpranburi Swimming in the pool, sea kayaking & enjoying the peaceful surroundings meant we could really relax & connect with nature. From a birds eye view it really does look rather special, nestled into the edge of the land. Swipe across to see how the drone captured our first time sea kayaking!
#hansarpranburi #droneshots #fromtheair #luxuryhotel #pranburi #samroiyot #thailandtravel #thailandluxe #kayaking #beachlife #djimavicpro #dronephotography #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome
  • Throwing it back to a week ago when I got to spend my birthday at @hansarpranburi
From opening gifts in the morning light, to kayaking & taking in the true beauty of the surroundings, even just from the balcony. A real peaceful hideaway.
True Story, J & I actually found this area on our last visit before we left Thailand & felt sad that we hadn’t discovered it sooner. When we found the hotel we didn’t realise until we were back there that it was in the exact same spot we had felt sad to leave, almost 5 years previously. It wasn’t a hotel back then so we didn’t recognise it.  I am telling this as a cue to never say never. Life has a way of surprising us & I felt like our time here was meant to be in some way.
Thanks @hansarpranburi for an amazing stay in paradise 🌴
#hansarpranburi #hansarhotels #luxuryhotelthailand #hideawayhotel #samroiyot #pranburi #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome #storyember #travelwithkids
  • Every person who laid eyes on this view said, ‘this is my dream house’ I’d love to live here!
We stayed at @hansarpranburi for my Birthday week and there were some days when we had the resort all to ourselves.
The infinity pool and the sea were both warm and we had fantastic weather.
For me, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience.
Interestingly the whole resort was actually someone’s house in the past! So whoever sold it must’ve been crazy 😜 or knows something we don’t 😂#thailand #thailuxury #pranburi #dreamhouse #infinitypool #houseonthebeach #8milesfromhome #luxuryhotelsworld #instathailand #secrethotels #hotelthailand #hansarpranburi #hansar #hansarhotel
  • Believe it or not this car is now 48 years old & has once again been getting us around the country.  Whether it's job is to get us up & over the hills of North Thailand or park up, looking good outside of luxury hotels in Bangkok, this little car has always been & still is, up for adventures, just like our little girl!
#travelthailand #travelwithkids #hansarbangkok #fordescort #thewandering8 #bangkokthailand #luxuryhotel #fordmk1 #mk1escort #carrestoration
  • Best way to cool off after a hot day exploring Bangkok. There’s something special about high rise living when you’re in the big cities.
The edge side swimming pools, gyms and fitness centers make up for the lack of garden space.
I’ll always revert to being a nature girl with wide open spaces, but I can definitely feel at home like this for a while too.#livinginbangkok #bangkokliving #hansarbangkok #hansarhotel #highriseliving #skytower #skyscraper #bangkokthailand #bangkok #storyember #8milesfromhome #thewandering8 #travelwithkids #worldschoolers
  • Definitely the main attraction for us visiting Bangkok is Lumphini park. We took Story one morning before it got too hot and she absolutely loved meeting the resident monitor lizards 🦎
We paddled on the lake In a swan peddlo and saw 12 of them just sleeping and swimming around the edges.
It’s free to get in and there’s even a little car park for 20 baht. Highly recommended if you’ve only got 24 hours in bkk.#lumphini #lumphinipark #3yearsold #storyember #bangkok #24hoursinbangkok #8milesfromhome #thewandering8 #monitorlizards #thailand #citylifestyle #instathailand #worldschooling #bangkokthailand #travelwithkids #bkkkids
  • Change change change. We’ve mentioned before that the only true way to give our daughter stability is to teach her adaptability. To make her comfortable with change.Story has proven to us on this trip through Thailand, that she is already an expert traveler at 3 years old.Whether she is in a beautiful luxury tower hotel in the city of Bangkok, or a basic box room barely big enough for our luggage. She will laugh, play, eat and sleep as if there were no difference.Honestly there have been moments when her willingness to accept the struggles of travel, have brought us both to tears because we feel so proud of her.
We stayed in a pretty ropey place 2 nights ago. So right now after a 9 hour drive in a hot noisy car, Story is enjoying a bit of pampering by the staff at @hansar_bangkok who laid out a biscuit garden welcome dish just for her with her name on it 🤩Three cheers for our epic explorer. Learning how to navigate this beautifully difficult contrasting world.#travelwithkids #worldschooling #bangkok #3yearsold #storyember #hansarbangkok #8milesfromhome #thewandering8 #changeistheonlyconstant #adaptability #bangkokhotel #travelthailand
  • Serenity. That is the word to describe the feeling of our stay in Pai. Do you ever find yourself somewhere that just. feels. right?
We have visited this town 10 times since we first discovered it 15 years ago & each time we come back, the feeling is the same. A feeling of home hits us as we stare out over the rice fields of North Thailand. Although a very popular place with fellow travelers , there are parts you can go to where it feels like you have the world to yourself & I just love it.
#paithailand #pai #thailand #travelthailand #balcony #thai #instathailand #ricefieldsthailand #norththailand #thewandering8 #8milesfromhome

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