The reverse culture shock is real
Bangkok's backpacker street after the reopening, and more travel reads from around the web.
MELBOURNE - After nearly two and a half years away, I’m back in my homeland. It’s weirdly good to be back. So much has changed, and I have the feeling of reverse culture shock. I’m also keep wondering, do I really sound like these people?
Travel to Australia is getting easier, with the announcement this week that pre-flight covid testing will be dropped next month. Restrictions are melting away in Southeast Asia as well, with Singapore and Thailand soon to be removing testing. I did a PCR test in Bangkok last week before flying to Australia, so hopefully, that was my last one.
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This is Part II of my Bangkok report from December 2021. Khao San Road is the backpacker street in Bangkok, and it was hit hard by the closure of international borders.
Assorted travel reads
“Cambodia has been open to foreign tourists for months, but in this time of Covid, few have made the trip, making it possible to imagine that you alone have rediscovered the glorious temple complex.”
I must admit that I’m a fair-weather traveller, thus I have timed my trip to Melbourne to be in the best month of Autumn. I like this site for how it represents temperature data. I just hope it goes global.
“Lebanon had a railway network since the end of the 19th century which connected Beirut to the Syrian capital Damascus.”
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- James Clark