Travel Newsletter: 4 November 2022
Where I’m At: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Latest Post: Notes on Mukdahan – Isaan life on the Mekong. Travel Reads: Dark tourism, rewilding Scotland, and the world's longest train, among other things...
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My journey through Isaan continues with a minivan from Khon Kaen to Mukdahan. I came here to see what it looks like before the Ban Phai - Nakhon Phanom Railway arrives. Spoiler alert: people aren’t going to be beating the doors down to get here. Sometimes though it is good to decompress in these untouristy places after bieng in touristy places (as I had been in the islands).
If the train does get built then it may entice visitors into this corner of Thailand that sees few visitors. The eventual plan is that there will be a railway to Savannakhet in Laos on the other side of the river, which has a lot more things to see. The fact that we may one day be able to get a train from Savannakhet to Bangkok is not something I thought would be saying.
“Travelers who use their off time to visit places like the Chernobyl nuclear plant or current conflict zones say they no longer want a sanitized version of a troubled world.”
Great to see that Mark Wiens has landed a six-episode series on HBO Go where he basically eats his way around Singapore. Subscribers from last year may recall that I caught up with Mark at his restaurant in Bangkok in December.
There has been lots of stories across Europe about 1 Euro homes to try and repopulate villages. The Vamvakou Revival project plans to revive this village by enticing remote workers. I would like to do a tour around Europe one day to see how such projects are going.
“You are itching to get out there and want to do it with care. How do you avoid traps like voluntourism and greenwashing?”
This is a problem my Kiwi friends can identify with.
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