Travel Newsletter - 14 August, 2020

Scenic Ninh Binh, the future Ho Chi Minh City metro, fake flights, sleeper trains, the cyberpunk futurism of Singapore, and vanishing Asia,

A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and news by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.

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Scenic Ninh Binh – The Trang An Landscape Complex

Trip report of my visit to Tam Coc and the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

I’m traveling, even though I’m stuck at home

“For the past 30 years, I’ve spent every summer abroad in Europe. Now I’ve realized that traveling isn’t just a pastime—it’s a mindset.” - Rick Steves.

People in Japan are boarding fake planes to cure their closed border blues

Reminisce the joy of overseas travel with a tour of Changi Airport

Travel safety tips from a man who’s flown 33 times already in 2020

Venice locals plan party to celebrate cruises cancelled by coronavirus

Spain's Canary Islands to offer free COVID-19 insurance to tourists

Passports for purchase: How the elite get through a pandemic

Travel news

SpaceX reveals it’s building a luxury spaceport in a small Texas town

The last Blockbuster in the world is on Airbnb for just $4 a night

Outback safari visits eight pubs across Australia by Cessna plane

Assorted travel reads

Ho Chi Minh City Metro 2020 construction update

Progress report of the Ho Chi Minh City metro construction in 2020. Construction of Line 1, preparation for Line 2, and pre-planning for Line 3A and Line 5.

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

“For more than 1,700 miles, from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India’s past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life.”

The fantasy and the cyberpunk futurism of Singapore

“Revisiting William Gibson’s 1993 essay on the city-state took me back to my home, where future is past.”

I got an education cleaning airplanes in the middle of the night

“Working at LAX taught me lessons school could not—including how much I wanted the degree I missed out on.”

Occupy Mezhyhirya: Squatting the mansion of Ukraine’s ex-president

The true cost behind Italy's $1 homes

Friends Lucy Samuel and Lucy Taylor podcasting their outback bush adventure

Step inside the crumbling villa where Queen Elizabeth spent her 20s

“It is the only property outside of Britain that Queen Elizabeth called home.”

Jiankou: China’s remote and dangerous Great Wall

How the return of sleeper trains will keep Europe connected

All aboard! The lost romance of the sleeper train

Kevin Kelly (known for his 1000 true fans essay and being “the world’s most interesting man”) has an underrated Instagram account called @vanishingasia. He has been travelling in Asia for 40 years, and I prefer these photos over the staged and high HDR photos that dominate Instagram.

Ancient Durrani Fort looms over the Himalayan city of Srinagar, in Kashmir. Every building in this photo has been built with hand tools and human muscle power only. A city built with only hands. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Kashmir #Srinagar
July 23, 2020

There’s a train station in Japan built solely to admire the scenery and the only way to access it is by train

Pigeon holds onto plane wing during takeoff

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