Travel Newsletter - 7 August, 2020
Notes on Thanh Hoa, the China-Laos railway, free funerals for frequent flyers, Nakhchivan, Baltistan, future travel dreams, and the unofficial travel chocolate.
A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and news by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.
Greetings from Saigon, where we are back to wearing masks again after the latest outbreak in Danang. There have only been a few cases recorded here, but we are erring on the side of extreme caution again. While most people started wearing masks, it became compulsory again this week. I’m cool with that.
Earlier this year there was a story of a free “rice ATM”. Now there is a free mask dispenser. I’ve also seen some restaurants giving out lunch packs for free for those in need.
I was due to visit Danang again this month, but that is now on hold until further notice. I have been researching developments of Greater Ho Chi Minh City, so I may do some trips related to that while I am limiting my travels.
Here is this week’s travel reads and other cool things I found online.
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Thanh Hoa is the capital of Thanh Hoa Province, about 150 km directly south of Hanoi. This is a look at life in a provincial city that is mostly bypassed by visitors.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
Maybe if you travel first class you will get dancing pallbearers.
“In the travel lull induced by the pandemic, many people are planning ambitious, once-in-a-lifetime trips. Optimists are targeting 2021. For others, their next big trip will be in 2022.”
As a curator of travel news and reads, my mission is to present interesting travel articles that inspire future travel. I’m not advocating inessential international travel, but it’s good to keep the dream alive.
And if you don’t want neighbours in Scotland, how about a whole island?
Assorted travel reads
“Chances are you’ve never heard of Nakhchivan. Jammed between Armenia, Iran and Turkey on the Transcaucasian plateau, this autonomous republic of Azerbaijan is one of the most isolated outposts of the former Soviet Union and a place few travellers ever visit.”
“If you’re feeling nostalgic for the quintessential summer vacation, pick up one of these books.”
(Hat tip to Harry for sharing this one).
I don’t about this title, I though they were so good they were great. Here’s one for my Kiwi friends who often find that New Zealand has been left off the map.
After stumbling upon this image I’m now adding Baltistan to my future travel list.
I saw some enviable bicycle parks in Kyoto last year, but the Netherlands is the gold standard for cycling infrastructure.
And speaking of cycling, I leave you with this. Warning: ⚠️ Cute Alert ⚠️
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