Travelfish #458: Ghost story, Java edition
Ghosts, counting carbon, AI and more.
This week am leading with a great piece on ghosts in Java—take my word for it, there are no shortage of them.
On Couchfish, two free reads this week, first a piece looking at the results of me carbon counting my trip to Vietnam, and then a look at the implications for AI and travel writing. The latter piece was not written by AI! Paid posts back tomorrow, and a big piece on sustainability and Vietnam out on Friday (or maybe Saturday).
My Vietnam trip is done and dusted—I finished off in Hanoi—a city I love, and the pics this issue are from there. It is great to be back in Bali and somewhere that is not freezing cold.
A sight for sore eyes
A very long train ride delivered me to Hanoi in time for dawn by the lake. Photo: Stuart McDonald
⭐️ Story of the week
Ghosts Of Java from History Today
📚 What I’m reading
This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race by Nicole Perlroth (Still going!)
Fatal Business: Supplying The Myanmar Military’s Weapon Production from Special Advisory Council (PDF)
‘We Will Win’: Northern Alliance Doubles Down from Frontier Myanmar ($)
High-Speed Railway To Connect PP And HCMC from KiriPost
Lost Lands: Mining The Mekong from SCMP (Video)
Ad: Phnom Penh’s Penh House, from US$70 per night. Click here for the details.
The Right Words Are Crucial To Solving Climate Change from Scientific American
Flying Shame: The Scandalous Rise Of Private Jets from The Guardian
Revealed: More Than 90% Of Rainforest Carbon Offsets By Biggest Certifier Are Worthless, Analysis Shows from The Guardian
Travel Companies Rebuked For Exploiting Wildlife For Entertainment from Skift
On Lunar New Year, Indonesia’s Minority Chinese Muslims Embrace Ancient Heritage from Arab News
Jokowi The Kingmaker? Indonesia’s Ruling Party Gripped By Search For A Successor from SCMP ($)
Passengers May Wait 4 Hours To Pass Immigration On Laos-China Railway from The Laotian Times
Laos Struggles With Unexploded Bombs 50 Years After Paris Accords from NikkeiAsia ($)
Malaysia’s Tourism Recovery Flops As Thailand, Indonesia Cash In from Aljazeera
Malaysia’s Anwar Tightens Singapore Ties In ASEAN Travel Rush from NikkeiAsia ($)
Hot Weather, Late Night Buses And Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar Return from Rice Media
Chinese New Year Reminded Me Why I Love My Grandmother from Rice Media
Thailand’s Tuk-tuks Go Green Amid Rising Demand For Electric Models from The Guardian
China Okays Group Tours To Thailand from Bangkok Post
Dangerous Unintended Consequences Loom In The Wake Of Thailand’s Hasty Legalisation Of Marijuana from Fulcrum
Ad: Bangkok’s Sala Arun from US$73 per night. Click here for the details.
Perfectly Imperfect from Life Is A Long Story
Vietnam Is Scaring Tourists Away With Poor Quality Of Services from VNExpress
On A Walking Tour, Mulling Over The Glorious Past And Odious Present Of Tô Lịch River from Saigoneer
How A Film Turned A Historic H'mông Homestead In Hà Giang Into A Tourist Attraction from Saigoneer
Random other stuff
Cartographer Maps New Dimensions Of ASEAN from SEAGlobe ($)
Ethics, Sustainability & Accessibility In Tour Operations, With Ewan Cluckie, Tripseed from The South East Asia Travel Show (Podcast)
Singapore To Luang Prabang, Laos, Train Journey: Travelling On A “Belt And Road” China-Built Railway from Traveller
Chinese Travel Is Set To Return. The Question Is, When? from The New York Times ($)
Same day, still walking
This just before my finding out my favourite French hole-in-the-wall was closed for Tet. Photo: Stuart McDonald
See you next week!
So that’s the wrap. I hope you are all in good health, and thanks for reading.
What’s your favorite French hole-in-the-wall place in Hanoi?