Jeanette Du Bois

Jeanette takes on the world

Jeanette Du Bois

The best thing to do as an unemployed hydrologist? Travel. Finding another job has been harder than I ever imagined. Traveling is much more rewarding than laying around job hunting without success. I have been stuck on SE Asia as a destination since 2009. The focus lately has been rock climbing, although I take a lot of breaks from that for general fuckery. Enjoy!

Asia » Thailand » North-East Thailand » Khon Kaen October 10th 2013

We spent a few nights in Chiang Mai after leaving Pai, to get ready for our long journey east to Laos. Sunday night was spent at the night market, where I bought Christmas presents, a few things for myself, and ate way too much food. We had some of the most amazing sushi (didn't get sick!), fruit shakes, and mashed potatoes and gravy while strolling through the maze of stalls, hordes of people, and unrelenting swarms of bugs. The highlight of the night was seeing a Pomeranian circus. One was wearing sunglasses and "driving" a kids electric pink car, another was dancing in a skirt to bad pop music, while the rest were sleeping off their hard night of performances. Pictures to follow. I spent Monday afternoon walking around the different markets, where locals were loading ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai October 5th 2013

Pai...well...let's just say I can now say "yes" when someone asks me if I have ever been to Pai. It's been many years of people telling me "it's such a special place", or "you will LOVE Pai". When I ask them why it is so important that I need to go there, they say such things as "live music everywhere", "small mountain town", "it's just a special place", or many other phrases about it's wonderfulness without any specific reasons. Just the feeling of the town. After being in Pai for at least a week, here is my impressions of this place. A backpacker haven whose only difference from that of places like Vang Vieng in Laos, Ko Phangnan, or Sihanoukville in Cambodia, is that it is a smaller town, the streets are narrower, and the locals ... read more
Michelle, going native
Beetle fight!

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai October 1st 2013

The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is being repaired and was not open until late October. We still wanted to take a train rather than a bus to Chiang Mai however, so we took the train to the northern town of Phitsanulouk. It was a about a 7 hour train ride I believe and we arrived in Phitsanulouk just in time for dinner! The town itself is a transfer point for buses to the famous Sukhothai, as well as spots in Eastern Thailand. It had a nice night market, a muddy river running through it, and a laid back atmosphere (once away from the train station). It's not a hot bed for tourism, so there is not a lot in the way of guesthouses or attractions, but it was a nice stopover. We will be ... read more
River through Phitsanulouk
Buddha jail

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 30th 2013

The song "One Night in Bangkok" runs through my head constantly when I am in Bangkok. It makes me laugh since I really only know about one line from the song. I landed in Bangkok via a layover in Hong Kong during the afternoon. It is my first time arriving in Bangkok during daylight! What a change. I was able to settle into my hostel, chill out of a bit, meet some people, and then head out for a night with my new friends. The destination was Khao San Road. This isn't really a neighborhood I enjoy going to, and usually end up there as a result of someones first trip to Thailand and wanting to see this famous backpacker area. This area represents all that is wrong and right with Thailand. Drunk backpackers, bad music, ... read more
The bathroom at McDonald's
Ocean world!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi February 13th 2012

After missing a flight to the south due to a case of 'thai whiskey', Danielle and I caught a flight later in the night to Bangkok, where we slept in an airport hostel on the hardest beds I have experienced in my life. At least it was a bunkbed, so all is forgiven. The next morning we woke up very early and got on a plane to Krabi, where we then caught a longtail boat to Ton Sai. We got to Ton Sai pretty early, which was good because the island was pretty booked up and it was hard to find a place to sleep. We ended up in a bungalow at the top of the hill with nothing past our place but jungle. Ton Sai is a small beach area with only a few dirt ... read more
It rained, so we wore bags
This sums up Ko Phangnan
Khao Sok

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 13th 2012

It has been a wonderful month. It started off with traveling with one of my bestest buddies Danielle for 3 weeks. We did a whirlwind trip of Thailand, the first week of which I will post about now. We started in Bangkok for 2 nights. Nothing magical happened there except that I fell off a curb and sprained my ankle pretty bad (surprise!). Our next stop was Ayutthaya, a former capitol of Siam, and home to an amazing array of ancient ruins. We spent a day exploring the former kingdom, and also got terribly lost. We decided to walk everywhere we went, which, in theory, would have been a great idea. Unfortunately, due to bad maps and personality conflicts, we ended up walking on the side of a very busy road in a bike lane for ... read more
Waiting at the train station in Ayutthaya

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 4th 2009

My vacation is nearing an end, I will be flying home in a few hours. I am in South Korea at the moment awaiting the second leg of my journey. I have a 12 hour layover and the airline hooked me up with a really nice hotel. I was going to explore the city, but after getting to this hotel, seeing how awesome it is, and realizing how exhausted I am, I decided my tour of South Korea was best spent here in my hotel room. Free computer, a gigantic television, a fantastic shower... So, my last few days were spent in Bangkok at my new friends' Paul and Robine who are teachers in Bangkok. They had a really nice house to stay at and were very gracious hosts. Something stupid I did while in Ko ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 3rd 2009

Hello all. My trip is almost over. I leave for home tonight. After spending a few days in the town of Krabi recovering from my food poisoning in an air-conditioned hotel with television I moved on to Ko Pha-Ngan to meet up with my new friend Charlotte, one of the British group I have been tagging along with the last few weeks. The journey to Ko Pha-Ngan was rediculously stressful. I was so sure of myself in catching the right bus and thought I knew all there was to know about being taken at the bus stations, but somehow I still got scammed and ended up on a crappy bus which took me on a tour of the countryside picking up passengers in every little town at every bus stop. A two hour journey took me ... read more
Our bungalow
Life at the pool
The pool

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand February 23rd 2009

Hey everybody. It has been over a week since I last posted and my family thinks I am kidnapped or in prison at this point. I am alive and well and in Krabi. Last Sunday I took a bus from Phuket to Krabi where I caught a longtail boat to Railay to a beach called Ton Sai. Ton Sai is a rock climbing mecca with bars and restaurants lining the beach and bunglows set up on the hill behind. There are no roads on Ton Sai and access is on foot. I met some British girls while looking for accomodation since they seemed to know where they were going and I was a bit lost. Together we all found a place to stay about halfway up the big hill where all the bunglows were. It consisted ... read more
Me and the Penis Shrine
Railay West
Leaving Ton Sai

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket February 14th 2009

I have spent the last few days in Phuket. I flew in on Thursday evening and arrived at my guesthouse, Fantasy Hill, at 9 at night. The place was located between two beaches called Kata and Karon. This area was a lot more mellow than the more popular party beach called Patong which was further north. So, Fantasy Hill was the cheapest place I could find in the area. It was not really any fantasy I have ever had though. No hot water and a little grubby. It was in a good location though and an easy walk to the beaches. My first night there I walked around a bit and saw a lot of bars with many thai girls waiting to conquer a man (prostitutes). I went to the first bar where I did not ... read more
Rain and flooding
My new friend

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