The coolest street in Saigon

A walk around the world (with a dog), Colosseum tunnels, the Burning Man of Central Asia, the world's highest hotel, flying cars, and when moon?

Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. Now that travel is not a thing at the moment (see meme below), I’m working my way through some Saigon posts that I have been putting off.

Also, a summary of my last month is at Where I’m At: July 2021 – Saigon social distancing continues.

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Pham Viet Chanh – The coolest street in Saigon

Now I think about it, it’s easily one of the coolest streets in Southeast Asia. Bookmark this for when you can travel again.

Travel and COVID-19

Re-open EU

“Re-open EU provides information on the various measures in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers, the EU Digital COVID certificate to help you exercise your right to free movement, and mobile coronavirus contact tracing and warning apps.”

EU launches digital COVID-19 travel certificate

Air travel will suck this summer. Blame the airlines’ shortsighted layoffs.

“American, Delta, and United spent a year laying off workers. Now the airlines need them back.”

Glimpses of a tranquil Hanoi from inside 21 days of hotel quarantine

[Image via @givemetravel.]

Assorted travel reads

A man, a dog, a walk around the world

“In 2015, Tom Turcich set out to circumnavigate the globe by foot. He has been walking ever since.”

The tunnels beneath Rome’s Colosseum are open to the public for the first time

“The chambers are finally on view after a $29.8 million restoration.”

Female biker’s solo India odyssey to show it’s safe for single women to travel and explore the country

Turkey's mysterious 'portal to the underworld'

“The ancient city of Hierapolis has long hidden a poisonous secret in its mysterious "Gate to Hell". But modern science has finally uncovered the truth behind the Roman myths.”

Four Thousand Islands New Area – The Sithandone SEZ in Southern Laos

Those who have backpacked around the banana pancake trail of Southeast Asia will know of the tranquil beauty of the 4000 Islands in Southern Laos. This is your last call for drinks before it is turned into a Special Economic Zone.

A photographer’s mission to capture America’s last, great rest stops

Your guide to Stihia – Central Asia’s answer to Burning Man

Point Roberts: The curious case of the US exclave marooned in Canada

J Hotel Shanghai Tower: World's highest hotel opens in China

When will regular people be able to visit the moon?

“Admittedly these customers are not ‘regular people’—they are extremely rich people.”

Photos show China's most surreal tourist spot— a fake Instagram-worthy town full of pretend farmers and phony fishermen

The world’s steepest train rides

‘Science fiction into reality’: Flying sportscar AirCar completes incredible test flight

New Chengdu Tianfu mega-airport opens

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The Nomadic Notes Travel Newsletter is a weekly newsletter of the best travel reads and interesting travel news from around the web, and random ramblings by the editor.

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