Travelfish #445: Where did those 18 years go?
Birthday cake all round.
This week I have a bunch of Sri Lanka-related stories in the “Random Other Stuff” trying to unravel the roots of the debacle taking place there. It should come as no surprise that appalling governance appears to be a common denominator.
In other news, Travelfish turns 18 today. The last two years have been slow ones for sure, but I do hope the next 18 are better. Thanks for your support over the years!
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Lazy days on Lonely Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia. Photo: Stuart McDonald.
The following chart is per capita—not total numbers. The dark green bar is the one that matters—it represents the percentage of the eligible population that is fully vaccinated. You can see a full-size and interactive version of the chart here.
Source: Our World in Data
So where is open and where is closed? This chart by Hannah Pearson at Pear Anderson summarises the state of play in the region as of Sunday, July 10, 2022. To receive Hannah’s report in your email mailbox every Sunday you can sign up here (it is free!)
⭐️ Story of the week
Out of the Forest from Aeon
Conservationists Look for ‘Divine Intervention’ From Forest Development from SEAGlobe ($)
Mega Cultural Park Breaks Ground in Preah Vihear from Khmer Times
Rock ‘n’ Roll Stars from Tales of the Orient
Notes on Koh Rong – an Island in Transition from Nomadic Notes
How Plastic Is Fuelling a Hidden Climate Crisis in Southeast Asia from The Third Pole
Using Puppets to Teach Threat to World’s Rarest Rhinos from Borneo Bulletin
Malaysia’s Political Clown Show from Asia Sentinal
Singapore Hangs Drug Traffickers Despite Opposition from The Sydney Morning Herald ($)
Troops Kill 2 Linked to Pulo Militant Group in Deep South from Benar News
Govt Plans to Charge Foreigners More Than Thais for Hotel Rooms from Bangkok Post
Gold Rush Turns Vietnam Forest Into Construction Site from VNExpress
Seven Moon Bears Freed After 20 Years in Metal Cages from VNExpress
Random other stuff
Ways of Writing from Movable Worlds
Covid Changed Travel Writing. Maybe That’s Not a Bad Thing from The Conversation
Twitter Thread Debunks China Debt-trap Sri Lanka Debacle from Marina Rudyak
A Reckless Dynasty Has Brought Calamity to Sri Lanka from The New York Times ($)
How Tech Rescued Sri Lanka’s Tanking Tourism Industry from Rest Of World
Why Simple Is Smart from The Atlantic
Travel Chaos in Europe Is a Glimpse of a Future With Few Spare Workers from The Economist
Couchfish (Paid subscribers only)
Couchfish Day 268: Seven-metre backpacker-eating lizards (from October 2021)
Couchfish Day 257: Take Me to the Waterfall Waterfall (from September 2021)
Couchfish Day 231: The Northern Lights of Ban Krut (from June 2021)
Perhentian Besar in Malaysia has a variety of piers. Photo: Stuart McDonald.
See you next week!
So that’s the wrap. I hope you are all in good health, and thanks for reading.
See you next week,