Travelfish #447: Take a look in the mirror
Tourism critiques + more fodder for procrastinating
This week I’ve got a couple of related very “critical of tourism” pieces. One is an opinion piece that ran last year and the other a podcast from this week with the author. You may not agree with all the opinions voiced, but if you are a frequent traveller—to anywhere in the world—they are well worth a read/listen. Plenty of material worth taking on board.
On Couchfish, the paid version is all about bumming around Thailand’s Ko Tarutao Archipelago—the pics this week are from that corner of the region. Enjoy!
Yes please. On Ko Lipe. 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 24, 2022. To receive Hannah’s report in your email mailbox every Sunday you can sign up here (it is free!)
⭐️ Story of the week
Tourism, Colonialism, and Disease from AP blog
Fighting a Brutal Regime With the Help of a Video Game from The New York Times ($)
Myanmar Junta Carries Out First Executions in Decades from Frontier Myanmar ($)
New Phnom Penh Hotspots for Live Music from Move to Cambodia
Cambodia Drops All Covid-19 Entry Requirements from Move to Cambodia
Notes on Kampot – There’s Been a Vibe Shift from Nomadic Notes
Can Planting a Trillion New Trees Save the World? from The New York Times ($)
How to Buy a Hijab in Jakarta from Rest of World
Former Hmong Refugee Writes Stories the World Needs from SEAGlobe ($)
Remembering the Victims of the 2018 Attapeu Dam Collapse from The Laotian Times
Unsolved Mysteries of South-east Asia: the Screaming Schoolgirls of Kelantan from The Straits Times ($)
Malaysia: Justice Undone from Asia Sentinal
The 10 Best Things to Do in Singapore from Conde Nast Traveller
“Sweet Child, Where Do We Go Now?” from We, The Citizens
Anxiety in Flight: What Dengue Prevention Ads Don’t Tell You from Rice Media
Thailand's Ecological Efforts to Protect Coastlines From Over-tourism from CNA Insider (Video)
Thai Fishermen and Restaurants Team Up for Sustainability from National Geographic (PR from the Tourism Authority of Thailand)
Exploring the Land Scheme for Foreigners from Bangkok Post
A Forest in the Heart of the City from Bangkok Post
Why Vietnam Should Be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis from The Diplomat
Random other stuff
The Haves and the Have-Yachts from The New Yorker ($)
Tourism, Colonialism and Disease from The End of Tourism Podcast
Couchfish (Paid subscribers only)
Who needs a smartphone? On Ko Bulon Lae. 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,