Travel Newsletter - 25 September, 2020

The Trans-Sulawesi Railway, hydrogen-fueled aircraft, sea camels, fake Venice.

Greetings from Lao Cai, Vietnam. I’ve been in Sapa this week, which to get to you need to go via Lao Cai on the Vietnam-China border. I figured I should have a look here as well before going back to Hanoi, so I will have reports on Sapa and Lao Cai on Nomadic Notes. I don’t usually post articles when I travel, but I am still publishing travel-related articles once a week at Living In Asia (link below).

COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)

Long-term tourist visas approved

The Thai government has “agreed to allow in foreign tourists who agree to 14-day quarantine and stay for at least 90 days, to help the economy.”

I traveled 30 hours from New Orleans to New York City in Amtrak's private Roomette sleeper cabin — here's why it's a great option for socially distant travel

Qantas sells fully stocked bar carts as Covid grounds 747 fleet

Travel news

airbus ZEROe concept — three zero-emission, hydrogen-fueled aircraft

Why passenger jets could soon be flying in formation

Assorted travel reads

Trans-Sulawesi Railway – Makassar to Manado by train

“The Trans-Sulawesi Railway is a proposed railway that would connect the two biggest cities in Sulawesi, from Makassar in the south to Manado in the North.”

Where camels take to the sea

“In Gujarat, India, a special breed of camel is not constrained by land—but cannot escape the many forces of change.”

Vivid street scenes from Salvador, Brazil

“After living for nearly half a decade in the capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia, a photographer offers an intimate look at a city where the act of celebration is indelibly ingrained.”

Venice Syndrome

“Venice Syndrome spots the similarities between Venice and 2 replicas of Venice (a Chinese replica in Hangzhou and Las Vegas). All pictures on the left side were shot in China or Las Vegas whereas all pictures on the right side were shot in Venice/Italy.”

North Pacific Logbook

“The passage from Japan (Shimoda) to Canada (Victoria) took 51 days, and it was the hardest thing we've ever done. We decided to keep a logbook, to better remember it and so it can help others who wish to make this trip.”

Shetland: an epic landscape with a Viking soul

Australia’s forgotten other ‘Great Reef’

Photographs from the last quiet places on earth

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The Muong Hoa Valley in Sapa. Somewhere behind me is Mt Fansipan, the highest mountain in Vietnam. The mountain finally emerged from the cloud and fog this afternoon. There are hardly any tourists here during these pandemic times either, with the town seemingly subsisting on weekenders from Hanoi. Great to be in the mountains for a change of pace.
September 22, 2020

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