A week in the Phuket Sandbox
An ancient trail in Bhutan, Palau, cheap flights in 2022, a bunch of free travel stories, and more travel reads.
PHUKET - I’m back in Thailand, and I have to stay in Phuket for a week before I can travel to the rest of the country. This island quarantine is an alternative to hotel quarantine, so there are no complaints from me. I had imagined that I was going to get some work done this week. Instead, I have been out exploring some parts of the island I have never visited.
I’m going to write about my Sihanoukville experience from earlier this month, but for now, here is an article I wrote this week about construction in Sihanoukville. If you haven’t been to Sihanoukville for a while, prepare to have your jaw dropped.
Here in Phuket Old Town, I am reminded that the Lunar New Year is next week (Chinese New Year in Thailand, and Tet in Vietnam), so I wish you a great year of the tiger!
Assorted travel reads
“The country is a rare pandemic success story, with recent visitor numbers far surpassing those of most other Caribbean destinations. Easy entry rules are a draw, but some residents are uneasy.”
“A deep-dive analysis into the landscape of air travel right now, from pricing trends to trending places to how the ongoing pandemic is affecting travelers’ choices in 2022.”
Read this, and more rail news and stories at Europe Rail News.
A bunch of articles were published this week that warrants its own section (though some of these are not editorial advice).
A lot has been written about the demise of Couchsurfing, so this new site is trying to bring back what made this site great while avoiding their mistakes.
“In “Nothing to Declare,” two friends reminisce about stowing away on an international flight when they were just kids, and how parenting has changed since the nineteen-eighties.”
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