Travel Newsletter - 17 July, 2020

Visiting one of the most scenic beaches in Vietnam, the Hanoi Metro, the way of the Shogun, the dolphin of Dingle, lost airline luggage, and photos of Antarctica.

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

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Vinh Hoa Beach – An idyllic small beach getaway in Vietnam

Vinh Hoa Beach is near a fishing village of the same name in Phu Yen Province, on the south-central coast of Vietnam. It has one of the best beaches in Vietnam, and for now it remains as a quiet getaway.

Lucky Spot Beach Bungalow – an almost perfect beach break on one of the most scenic beaches in Vietnam

Review of Lucky Spot Beach Bungalow, where I stayed on Vinh Hoa Beach.

Nomadic Notes around the web

NYC walking tour: Broadway’s best food, drink and architecture

In what seems like another lifetime ago but was actually 10 years ago this month, I walked the Manhattan length of Broadway with two other friends. I wrote a blog post about it, and 10 years later it’s in the New York Post.

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

Road trips suck right now

“The things I love best about road trips are just not available right now. That’s a bummer.”

Greece tempts tourists back with half-price discounts and family deals on flights

The New York Times says that no one knows what Thailand is doing right, but so far, it’s working.

Well, in Thailand (and Vietnam) everyone has been wearing masks since February.

Assorted travel reads

Hanoi Metro 2020 construction update

Hanoi is building a metro system that will eventually include a line connecting the airport directly to the old city. When though, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

There are two lines under construction, and this is my report on the progress.

The way of the Shogun

“Looking for the soul of modern Japan on an ancient road once traveled by poets and samurai.”

The oddball dolphin of Dingle

“Nobody knows when Fungie, a solitary cetacean, arrived in the waters off Dingle, a town on the southwest coast of Ireland.”

I do that that when I lived in Ireland for a year in 2002-2003, Fungie was in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet.

What it's like to visit a country that doesn't officially exist

Commuting, and confronting history, on a remote Canadian railway

Seven train trips through the Americas, from Canada to Peru

“Swap traffic jams for spectacular scenery on routes that vary from a two-day journey on Canada’s luxurious Skeena Train to a 48km loop around tiny St Kitts.”

Meet the company that sells your lost airplane luggage

“If you’ve ever permanently lost a checked bag, your stuff probably ended up for sale at a store in Scottsboro, Alabama.”

In the shadow of Indonesia’s active volcanoes, life goes on

“Local communities have turned their smoky neighbours into moneymaking opportunities, some even offering ‘lava tours’ in four-wheel-drive vehicles.”

Inside Sydney's 'Little Bangkok'

“Australia's Thais transform demographics and make headlines amid crisis.”

Scenes from Antarctica

“Antarctica is currently approaching the coldest months of its long winter, and the previous summer’s activities have mostly wrapped up. Collected below are recent images of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, and research facilities, as well as some of the work taking place there.”


“1:60 scale model of an Air India Boeing 777-300ER, made entirely from Manila folders.”

If you can’t travel for a while, then maybe take up a hobby, like building a 777 out of Manila folders.

Photos of abandoned churches display the decadent beauty left behind in ruins

Travel video

Asia Alive Travel Video

“5 years in the making, Asia Alive is a travel video that will take you to 9 countries (Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia) through one of the most beautiful and diverse region in the world, Southeast Asia, to discover the true meaning of a life well-lived.”

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