Travel Newsletter - 21 August, 2020
Sam Son Beach in Northern Vietnam, a futuristic vision of Melaka, Eiffel Tower alternatives, flying trains, visiting every country in Africa.
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Sam Son is a beach city in northern Vietnam, 16 km east of Thanh Hoa City (which is 150 km south of Hanoi). Sam Son Beach is what could be a called a hyper-local tourism destination. This is when a destination relies almost exclusively on visitors within a small catchment area.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“Susan Smillie has spent the past three years living on her beloved sailing boat. But when the lockdown hit, she built a den from flotsam – and started living as a castaway.”
“As the pandemic rages on, hordes of remote workers are flocking to the ancient city of Tulum in Mexico seeking Insta-perfect beaches and speedy Wi-Fi.”
Some of these are a bit of a stretch, but if you are in the US and having Europe withdrawals then these places may help.
“Swedes have long embraced their version of staycations: hemester. Now, Covid-19 travel restrictions and remote working are reshaping the tradition.”
“Pub Street, in Cambodia’s north-western city of Siem Reap, is still almost empty of revellers despite the area having reopened in June following pandemic closures.”
In case you were wondering where to take your super-yacht this summer.
Some parts of Switzerland are so chocolate-box perfect that of course it snows chocolate.
When I was living in Switzerland with my girlfriend at the time, we visited the Lindt factory. They have free samples there, so I was loading up her big winter coat with Lindt balls.
Assorted travel reads
Most visitors to Melaka associate the city with the UNESCO World Heritage old town area. Outside the historic centre there are plans for Dubai-esque man-made islands and new urban areas.
“Modern-day explorer and travel personality Mario Rigby spent more than two years walking across Africa. We talk to him about his expedition, as well as his keen advocacy for a more diverse, eco-conscious travel landscape.”
I have featured Mario before on this newsletter as his journey was one of my favourite Africa travel blogs to follow.
Speaking of epic Africa trips, I’ll be following the updates of Nick from 5410Africa, who is planning to visit all 54 African countries over a period of 10 years in a 2000 Toyota Hilux.
“Takao Shito is a farmer living in the Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan. Unlike other farmers who left when the airport was built in the 1960s, he chose to stay and continue to cultivate his farmland.”
[I visited Wuppertal just to see this train.]
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