One night in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Andalusia, international tramways, flying taxis, and more travel reads.
BANGKOK - Greetings from Bangkok, or as it is soon to be known as - Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (but you can still call it Bangkok).
I’ve just extended my tourist visa for another month, so I am going to do some more travel in Thailand before moving on. I’m feeling more optimistic about travel in Southeast Asia now that Vietnam is reopening next month. Apparently, it will reopen on March 15, almost 2 years to the day when it closed international borders. I will wait though until it is certain.
Assorted travel reads
Ahh, if only the Eurostar went everywhere. And one of my annual travel traditions (before the pandemic) was getting the train to Butterworth then getting the ferry as a foot passenger to Georgetown Penang. Perhaps Visual Capitalist could update this infographic to include this spaceflight trip.
There are not many places in the world where a tramway could run between counties, yet here they all are within one region.
“An afterthought on the map of Austria, the exclave of Jungholz has carved out its own identity, even if the reality for those living there is far from straightforward.”
• I have previously mentioned an airport-themed copy of Wordle (which has since been bought by Big Word), and now there is Worldle. With this daily game, you have to guess the country shape. You are given clues by how far away in distance your guess was. Some days it’s obvious what country it is, but other days make me realise I hardly know the shapes of most countries.
This guy would crush Worldle.
After visiting Shanghai Expo 2010 I lamented on a world that hasn’t delivered us our promised jetpacks and hovercars. Perhaps flying electric taxis are a better option. If AirAsia go through with this and if they go to Vietnam, they should use the unused helipad on the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City.
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