Travelfish #452: Train trips are fun
Two great train trips—and plenty more.
This week I lead with an epic A to Z on climate change—to be honest, I’ve only made it to L so far and found it fascinating.
Elsewhere, there are two more pieces in the Couchfish series on “rethinking travel,” one looking at tour companies and another on where a traveller’s money really goes. There are two more pieces in the series to come (plus a conclusion), and I plan to have it all wrapped up by the coming weekend. I hope you’ve found it of interest so far, and sorry it has taken so long to get through them all—I am looking forward to getting back to the itinerary pieces!
In other news, I’ve added a new section, on whatever I’m reading at the moment. So if, like me, you’re finding flipping pages a handy refuge from everything else, I hope you find my suggestions of use.
Lastly, if you’re a social media person and have been following the never-ending drama on Twitter, I’ve left the platform and have moved to Mastodon. It isn’t the same as Twitter, but it is similar, sort of. If you’re floating around there, you can find me on Mastodon here.
The photos this week are from Malaysia’s Perhentian Kecil—thanks to the Washington Post story listed below for the inspiration.
Couchfish: National Chocolate Milk Day (World Tourism Day)
Couchfish: Nice Tourism (Sustainable Tourism)
Couchfish: The Benevolent Lie (Responsible Tourism)
Couchfish: The Year Is 2006. The Town Is Luang Prabang (Pro-Poor Tourism)
Couchfish: Zoom in to the Red Plastic Chairs (Slow travel)
Couchfish: The Petro-bourgeoisie (On flying)
Couchfish: Reality Check (On tour companies)
Couchfish: Follow The Money (On where the money goes)
A shack with a view
A nice find on one of Perhentian Kecil’s back beaches. Photo: Stuart McDonald
⭐️ Story of the week
Climate Change From A To Z from The New Yorker
📚 What I’m reading
Tourists: How The British Went Abroad To Find Themselves by Lucy Lethbridge
Uncovering Myanmar’s Rare Earth: The Hidden Side Of Clean Energy from Kontinentalist
The Precarious State Of The Mekong from The Diplomat
When It Becomes Too Hot To Work from Noema
Elderly Fleeing Mekong Delta As Climate Change Hits from Mekong Eye
Why Indonesia Matters from The Economist ($)
Dispute Over Java Man Raises A Question: Who Owns Prehistory? from The New York Times ($)
The New Long Distance Train Journey Through The Spectacular Countryside from The Times ($)
What’s Driving Laos’ Debt Crisis? from The Diplomat
A Long-awaited Journey On Malaysia’s “Jungle” Railway from The National News
One Man’s Lonely Quest To Save The World’s Corals Draws A Following from The Washington Post ($)
Singapore’s Hell Museum Demystifies Death—With A Smile from CNN Travel
Stories From The Streets Of Bangkok from The Footpath Files
Khao San Road Calls Out For Help from The Bangkok Post
The Quiet Evolution Of Vietnam’s Digital Authoritarianism from The Diplomat
Đồng Dương: The Cham Buddhist Monastery Of Ancient Indrapura from Paths Unwritten
Random other stuff
What I’ve Learned: Ewa Wojkowska, Cofounder COO Of Ngo Kopernik from The Jakarta Post
Spaghetti Whiplash from LRB
Should The Australian Museum Return Papuan Artefacts? from The Monthly ($)
Asia’s Scamdemic: How Covid-19 Supercharged Online Crime from Nikkei Asia ($)
Tales From My Grandfather: Hoa Huynh’s Vietnam—Photo Essay from The Guardian
Digital Nomads Push Southeast Asia’s Boundaries from Nikkei Asia ($)
Thinking Allowed: Tourism & Travel from BBC Sounds (Podcast)
How Ethical Is Your Vacation from Low Season Traveller (Podcast)
This will do nicely
The worst thing to find while researching: A beach you’d happily spend the rest of the day on. 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,