Chiang Mai, Thailand

March 25, 2014


During one of my long weekends teaching I took a bumpy bus ride from Nongkhai to Chiang Mai - to do some further exploring. Chiang Mai was quite beautiful and filled with lots of mountains. I did some hiking, visited some small villages and saw a lot of temples. For those of you who are going to Thailand and want to ride the elephants I would discourage you from doing so. Watching the way they steer the elephants in the right direction is a bit saddening – at least from my experience the few places I saw with elephant rides seem to be the same.

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
I often think when I travel how lucky and spoiled my life can be. Everyone I met in Thailand was so resourceful - they didn't have much but they didn't seem to need much either. On the morning of one of my hiking trips this man (above) built us a raft made out of bamboo! with his hands! And then we used that raft to get to another part of town. Riding the raft was a lot of fun but I remembered thinking 'I hope nothing goes wrong cause I have a lot of tech gear in my bag I wouldn't want to lose!'.

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

Chiang Mai - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep / blog.jchongstudio.com
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – one of the beautiful and popular temples in Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com
Chiang Mai / blog.jchongstudio.com

PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

Revisiting Thailand – Nongkhai + PhonPhi Sai, Thailand [Part Two]

March 13, 2014

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When I decided to take the time off, I knew I wanted to travel but I also wanted to volunteer as well. Teaching English in Thailand was one of the most amazing experiences I've had to date. I admit though there both exciting and frustrating moments. Some of the kids had a huge desire and passion to learn English while others wouldn't give you the time of day. Seeing how the school system was run and how differently it was from the US was helpless some times. I thought I would be stationed at one school but rather they divided us up and alternated schools each week so were never able to spend a ton of time with each class. Such good memories with these kids, I hope to one day return to see them.

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One of the things I remembered most was watching the kids mud fish and make bricks out of left over mud. There was a lake nearby that they had to drain, once the lake was drained the kids dug through the mud and fished out the fishes! (And yes, we totally ate them after...) After all the fish were out, they took the mud and made small bricks. I call that resourceful.

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Revisiting Thailand – Nongkhai + PhonPhi Sai, Thailand [Part One]

March 04, 2014

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In the winter of 2010 I took two months off from work and traveled through Southeast Asia and taught English in Thailand between some weekend adventures. I made a fun video before I left but I realized I never really posted many photos from my trip. So I thought it would be fun to revisit some of those photos and share them with you all. I absolutely LOVE Southeast Asia it is probably hands down my favorite place to visit and the place I suggest the most to any traveler.

I was fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time in SEA being immersed in their culture. I lived with a Thai family for a portion of my trip that was absolutely splendid. My all time favorite thing in Thailand is the delicious cheap food it offers. I'm pretty sure I ate banana roti pancakes (what the lady below is making) and fresh squeezed juice every single day for $1. Literally, it was the best.
Making Banana Roti Pancakes / blog.jchongstudio.com
Making Banana Roti Pancakes / blog.jchongstudio.com
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Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com

Of course I visited lots of temples and ate a ton of street food while I was there. I really wish the we had night markets here like they do in SEA. The crazy sculpture below was from a sculpture garden in Nongkhai called Sala Keoku.
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com
Nongkhai, Thailand / blog.jchongstudio.com


PHOTOS BY JENNIFER CHONG

22,144

August 10, 2011

22144last year i took an amazing journey to southeast asia to teach and travel. i came back with lots of great memories and gigs of photos. i finally got a chance to compile it into a photo book and to my surprise it is actually listed as a staff pick on blurb.com. check it out!

PHOTOS AND DESIGN BY JCHONG

halong bay vietnam

January 20, 2011

Halong Bayone of my favorite places in southeast asia was halong bay. we sat on a boat for 3 days enjoying the view of all the islands, kayaking and eating delicious fresh homemade meals. it is definitely a must visit place! for more photos from my southeast asia trip check out my flickr.

teaching in thailand

January 19, 2011

Childreni really had an amazing time volunteering and traveling in asia. if you're interested in going to thailand to teach i would highly recommend isan survivor. you get to live with a thai family and get immersed into their thai culture - simply wonderful!

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