Back in Bangkok
Notes on Podgorica, the shipyards that built the Titanic, West Cork, airport therapy dogs, and more travel reads.
BANGKOK - Greetings from Thailand! I arrived on the Test & Go visa system, which reduces quarantine time down to 1 day. I also had to spend 3 weeks in the UAE to qualify for entry (which explains my extended stay in Dubai).
December is the best month of the year for weather in Bangkok, and it is usually packed with tourists. Things are still nowhere near back to normal though. I visited the MBK Mall (a tourist favourite) and it was like a ghost town. I will be reporting on what it is like here in these pandemic times, and I will be doing some Bangkok construction and transport updates for Future Southeast Asia. And eating all the Thai food, of course.
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The Laos-China railway opens today, so expect to see more reports from bloggers based in Laos over the next few weeks. I will post more news about this on the Future Southeast Asia Newsletter.
“Successful, troubled, revived, this former industrial hub remains the pride of Northern Ireland’s capital.”
“A beautiful trip down south to County Kerry, West Cork to be precise, to say it is beautiful would be an injustice.”
“We've been criticized for visiting places that are intolerant of LGBTQ folks. We have some thoughts on the topic.”
“Several companies are betting they can bring electric urban air travel to the masses — perhaps within the next few years.”
Meanwhile, in the UAE: What it's like to ride in the UAE's first autonomous taxi
• I would have a cat if I wasn’t such a nomad…
• Guzeiji Temple’s 300-year old ginkgo tree…
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