Travelfish #446: News grazing
A few bite-sized distractions to keep you going.
Sihanoukville, forever a good news story (not) has knocked it out of the park recently with dreadful stories of scamming and slavery from the country’s armpit. I’ve added just a few. The read of the week is a good one on the costs of flying.
I took last week off for my birthday, so just the one new post on Couchfish (a free-to-read one). Back to regular scheduling this week.
Hard to go hungry in Malaysia’s Kuala Terengganu. 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 17, 2022. To receive Hannah’s report in your email mailbox every Sunday you can sign up here (it is free!)
⭐️ Story of the week
The Climate Crisis & Aviation’s Role from Stay-Grounded
‘I Stand by Our Decision’: Uk Envoy Forced Out of Myanmar from Frontier Myanmar ($)
‘Back to the Dark Ages’: the Regime’s Publishing Clampdown from Frontier Myanmar ($)
APSARA Authority Repairs Almost-100-year-old Pagoda from Khmer Times
Inside a Scam from VOD
Forced to Scam: Cambodia’s Cyber Slaves from Aljazeera (video)
How to Greenify All Aspects of Your Vacation from The Washington Post ($)
Counter-Polarisation and Political Expediency from New Mandala
Wild Elephants From China Wander Near Lao Border from The Laotian Times
Laos Ordnance Disposal Money May Shrink from SEAGlobe ($)
Indonesia Imposes Temporary Freeze on Sending Migrant Workers to Malaysia from Reuters
UMNO - Still Chasing 1mdb Cash and Letting Crooks Off the Hook from Sarawak Report
On 2022's Killing Spree and the Need for Action from We, The Citizens
Like It or Not, Fried Fish-cricket Soup is Our Future from Rice Media
Pegasus Spyware Found on Phones of Dissidents Involved in Mass Protests from Amnesty International
Koh Samui Enjoys Return of World's Wealthy from Bangkok Post
Tourism Fee to Hit All Foreigners from Bangkok Post
Welcome to Durian Country from Bangkok Post
Vietnam’s Ecological Leninism from The Diplomat
Drinking & Nightlife in Hue from Vietnam Coracle
Cuéntame: the Longest Day of My Life from The Missive
Random other stuff
Stolen Treasure Traders from ABC
Move Over Unicorn Lattes, There’s a New Instagram Trend in Town: Normal-Looking Food from The Conversation
Overrun by Influencers, Historic Sites Are Banning Tiktok Creators in Nepal from Rest Of World
Airline Seat Reservation Fees Are Evil, but is This How to Fix Them? from Elliott Confidential
Newsroom Hypocrisy Needs to Stop from The Angry Editor
How Do Travel Writers Afford to Travel?? from Be a Better Traveler
Couchfish (Paid subscribers only)
Couchfish Day 174: Meeting a Returnee in Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm (from December 2020)
Couchfish Day 107: You Won the Battle, but the War is Not Over (from August 2020)
Couchfish Day 59: Jars, Spoons and a Lunatic (from June 2020)
A quick bowl in Thailand’s northeast. 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,