Travel Newsletter - 23 October, 2020
The city side of Ha Long Bay, a new Andaman sea railway in Thailand, the Cannonball Run in the age of the pandemic, walking the Silk Road, a map of all geotagged Wikipedia articles, and more.
Greetings from Saigon. This week I was due to travel to Da Nang, but Central Vietnam has been pummelled by multiples storms, and there is another on the way. Over 100 people have died, the streets of Hoi An are flooded, and in some provinces whole houses have been submerged.
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Ha Long is the capital of Quang Ninh province in Northeast Vietnam, and as the name would suggest it’s also the main city of Ha Long Bay.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
Mobile guest rooms, enhanced contactless room controls, robotic servers and pop-up dining areas are just a few of the ideas hotel designers are considering for the post-Covid travel world.
I have a bag full of assorted adapters from around the world, but when I arrived in South Africa for the first time I forgot to check if I had the right plug. I ended up wasting time looking around in shops for an adapter.
This is my kind of bike path - flat, and punctuated by multiple opportunities for espresso breaks.
Assorted travel reads
“The Chumphon - Ranong Railway is a proposed branch railway from the Thailand Southern Line, connecting the Gulf of Thailand with the Andaman Sea.”
“When the country shut down and the highways thinned out, a stealthy group of amateur car obsessives glimpsed an opportunity to revive the fabled cannonball run—the highly daring, absurdly illegal cross-country endurance race. And in the record-breaking frenzy that followed, they became legends of the unlikeliest pastime of the pandemic age.”
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