Travelfish #449: Farewell Mekong Review
Plus your regular dose of procrastination fodder from the region.
Sorry for the service interruption—have been laptop-less for a couple of weeks. Almost back on deck now.
This week I’m leading with the sad story of Mekong Review closing down. For seven years it has been a welcome addition to the Southeast Asia reading room, with an interesting mix of commentary, reviews and other stuff—even a short piece by me earlier this year. Founder Minh Bui Jones notes it may be back is some form down the track, but whatever form it takes, it will be with new owners. It will be missed.
The pics this week, fittingly I guess, are of the Mekong.
Seems fitting. Photo: Cindy Fan.
⭐️ Story of the week
Mekong Review Shuts Down from Vietnam Weekly
From Headhunting to Weaponized Drones: Myanmar's Wa Carve Own Path from NikkeiAsia ($)
Kachin’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Booms in Post-coup Free-for-all from Frontier Myanmar ($)
Fishers Leave Crisis-hit Tonle Sap Lake in Search of Livelihoods Ashore from VOA Cambodia
A Luxury Magazine Photo Hid Relics Cambodia Says Could Be Stolen from The Washington Post ($)
How Phnom Penh Can Recapture Its Mid-Century Glory from The Diplomat
ANA Promoting Lesser Known Temples from The Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia Says It’s Found Its Lost Artifacts: in Gallery 249 at the Met from The New York Times ($)
Cambodia’s Expats to Enjoy Free Access to Angkor from Kiri Post
Stockholm Instead of Rome? October Instead of July? How Heat Waves Are Changing Tourism in Europe from The New York Times ($)
Vietnam Tourist Island to Ban Single-use Plastics from VNExpress
Can Indonesia's Muslim Leaders Boost Public Climate Change Action? from Thomson Reuters
LAK 20 Billion to Address Flooding in Vientiane from The Laotian Times
Lao Artist Reprimanded for Satirical Song from The Laotian Times
5,000-year-old ‘Penang Woman’ Now Has a Face from The Star
To All the En Bloc Buildings I’ve Loved Before from Rice Media
Singapore Makes a Global Mark With Its Culinary Diplomacy from SEAGlobe ($)
Full Moon Party Sees 10k Visitors, Govt Mulls 2-hour Extension from Bangkok Post
Beyond Bangkok: the National Park That's Just a Short Hop From Thailand's Capital from National Geographic
Arson, Bomb Attacks at 17 Spots in South from Bangkok Post
Time Up for Prayut? from Secret Siam
Vietnam Still Struggles to Welcome Back Int’l Tourists from Tuoi Tre News
Random other stuff
Endless Lines, Baffling Delays, Crocs for Days from The New York Times ($)
The Bicycle is Humanity’s Most Underrated Invention from The Economist ($)
The Future of Travel is Less Exotic from Taipei Times
#154: Female Motorcyclists in Asia from Travel Talk Asia (Podcast)
Raising the Cost of Tourism in South East Asia from Asia Media Centre
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At Huay Xai’s old slow boat pier. Photo: Cindy Fan.
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,