Travel Newsletter - 12 March 2021

Looking back at March 2020 and the year without travel. Visiting Sa Dec in the Mekong Delta, a possible Da Nang-Hoi Metro line, a 747 cafe in Bangkok, and more travel reads.

It’s been a year since that crazy week in 2020 when everything got weird. I was in Thailand at the time and I remember doomscrolling every morning while the world started closing down. Even though worse things had been happening, in my mind it got real when Tom Hanks announced he had COVID-19.

[This didn’t happen, but you never know with Australians.]

That was when I thought about where I should be for the forseeable future. I cancelled my trip and came back to Vietnam, which is where I’ve been ever since.

This week there was light at the end of a very long tunnel with vaccination beginning in Vietnam. 5.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in the next two months. There are 90 million people here, so I am not expecting to be jabbed anytime soon, but at least we are on the way.

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Notes on Sa Dec – An overlooked city in the Mekong Delta

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

A year without travel

“On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus outbreak had reached the level of a pandemic, with “alarming levels of spread and severity.” Almost immediately, international travel ground to a halt, as countries closed their borders, airlines canceled flights, and cities around the world went into lockdown.”

In a year without tourism, Bali went back to 'the old ways of living'

Tourism loss means peace and quiet for Angkor Park

Singapore built the world's first bubble facility so people can travel for business without having to quarantine — and it's in an expo center. We got a sneak peak of the rooms, facilities, and food.

Assorted travel reads

Da Nang Metro – A proposed rail transit network for Da Nang and Hoi An

Cloud forest thrives on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island after pest eradication

Why you don't own the right to recline in your airplane seat

The 1958 women’s overland Himalayan expedition

Meet the women who fly for Vietnam's private airline

She's the first female tour guide in Afghanistan, but she's determined not to be the last

Architects design whimsical “tree house” resort in Hangzhou, China

Tiny, complicated Nauru becomes the most-followed country on Japanese Twitter

9 most spectacular train stations In Europe

Gen Z’s high-speed rail meme dream, explained

Japanese billionaire seeks eight people for free trip to the moon

Rolls-Royce to power green flying taxi made by Bristol startup

Retired Boeing 747 gets second life as a Bangkok cafe

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