Update from Mukdahan on the Mekong
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MUKDAHAN - I’m in the Isaan region of Thailand this week, visiting cities that have proposed railways. Mukdahan is on the Mekong River, with Savannakhet in Laos on the other side of the river. The pace is easygoing here, and there are few visitors now that the river crossing to Laos is closed. The Thai government is planning to build a railway to Mukdahan, which will eventually form a line that travels across Laos to Vietnam. This may put Mukdahan on the travel radar in the future.
[The quiet life in Mukadahan, Thailand.]
It has been hard to concentrate on work and travel this week with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This travel newsletter continues though, so here are this week’s travel reads from around the web.
Assorted travel reads
I love islands (even if they are freezing cold), so this account of staying at Swona in Scotland intrigues me. If you - like me - said, “where’s Swona?”, then here is the Wiki page.
Every time I post a story about the Hippy Trail, I smoke out an old hippy from those times who tell me one of their stories, and I totally envy them. So, feel free to leave a comment or email me your stories.
“A portion of the Seven Mile Bridge, an engineering marvel completed in 1909, has been transformed into a linear park.”
“For centuries, Kharnak nomads have raised livestock in one of the most hauntingly beautiful — and inhospitable — places on earth. Can their traditions outlast a generational exodus?”
A visit to Iceland usually includes a visit to the Blue Lagoon. I would like to visit this one next time.
Read this and more European rail articles on the Europe Rail Newsletter.
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- James Clark