Travel Newsletter - 16 October, 2020
Future Phnom Penh - Ho Chi Minh City railway, cycling across the inland sea of Japan, Singapore's last village, and more.
Greetings from soggy Saigon, where the last full month of rainy season is doing its thing. I’m scheduled to travel to central Vietnam next week where it has been flooding, and more rain is forecast.
Here is this week’s travel reads and news.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“The global aviation industry will take at least two years to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and mass travel to return, Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said, stressing the importance of developing a widely available and effective vaccine to help countries open their borders.”
[Pandemic-themed guide books doing the rounds on Facebook (source unknown).]
I’m in the same line of thinking as the Singapore article above, where it’s going to take years for a recovery. That doesn’t stop me from thinking about future travel though, and I am intrigued by this news of direct flights to Zanzibar from Europe.
Assorted travel reads
The Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh Railway is a proposed railway that would connect the capital of Cambodia with the largest city in Vietnam.
A friend of mine in Japan posted this blog about riding across the Shimanami Kaido road that connects Honshu island (the main island of Japan) to Shikoku island, via islands across the Seto Inland Sea.
“Remote, unspoilt and little-visited, the vividly coloured patchwork surrounding the tiny Colombian island is produced by the third-longest barrier reef system on Earth.”
“Things we take for granted on modern trains, such as sleeping berths, the dining car, and lounge car were all inventions of George Pullman.”
“The photographer Vik Muniz creates elaborate views of the world’s most famous tourist spots, building the details with thousands of pieces cut from postcards he collects.”
I saw giraffes in the wild in South Africa, but I didn’t know this was how they ate grass.
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