Visiting the tallest stupa in the world
Greetings from Saigon!
I’ve got lots of cool links this week and my monthly update is first up, so lets get into it.
Where I'm At
Where I’m At; August, 2017 – Saigon edition. A monthly update of what I’ve been up to, site news, and where I’m going next.
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Kanchanaburi to Hua Hin by train via Nakhon Pathom, where you can see the tallest stupa in the world.
“In the 1960s and 70s, intrepid European and American naifs were traipsing the backroads of South Asia on an unofficial network of cheap hostels and budget bus fleets known as the Hippie Trail.”
“An Indian writer and an American photographer spend three months on the road hitch-hiking with truck drivers in India.”
Cambodia’s most important ecosystem, the Tonle Sap, is in crisis. Is the damage past the point of no return?
“Cambodia’s most important ecosystem is in crisis, experts say. Millions rely on the Tonle Sap lake for food and irrigation, and its destruction would have repercussions across the whole Kingdom. What can be done?”
“Pushed out by the sky-high prices of rent in glittering Hong Kong, these people get by in illegally subdivided apartments.”
“The recent shooting of Papuan villagers by Indonesian police highlights the abuse and injustices faced by the indigenous peoples of Papua.”
“Thailand was dragged into the Second World War on December 8th 1941. Due to the time difference, the Japanese Navy mounted an assault on Thailand’s southern coast about the same time as they attacked Pearl Harbour on December 7th.”
“Local entrepreneurs in Yangon are finally restoring the city’s colonial-era glories, turning them into restaurants, galleries and homes.”
“In Bangladesh’s only beach town, there are just a handful of girls who ride the waves. In fact, most people there frown upon seeing girl surfers, who have faced threats from conservative Muslims in the neighborhood. But surfing makes them feel empowered when they might otherwise be expected to assume traditional roles and marry before they become adults.”
“When you emerge at Caojiawan metro station near busy Chongqing, China, you are out in the middle of nowhere. But there’s a reason it’s been built.”
“Architect Stefano Boeri designed tree-covered skyscrapers in Milan. Now he’s doing a lot more in Liuzhou, China.”
“Qantas has been rummaging through its archives and unearthed an absolute pearler — its style guide for flight crew from the very unforgiving year of 1986.”
“See the winning photos from the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.”
The ISS and the moon: A perfectly-timed photo of the moon puts humanity's achievements in perspective
“The International Space Station is the size of a football field. But a stunning image by Spanish photographer Dani Caxete shows it as a tiny figure dwarfed by the moon—a jaw-dropping reminder of the magnificence of nature, and the persistence of human achievement.”
“Can you imagine The Island Of The Gods without a single tourist?”
“The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a hugely popular tourist site; people love taking forced perspective photos. See 20+ funny Leaning Tower of Pisa pictures here.”
“Former Google SVP Vic Gundotra has glowing things to say about his iPhone 7’s photo capabilities, claiming that the phone marks “the end of the DSLR era for most people” and that it’s years ahead of Android smartphone cameras.”
I am overdue for a major gear upgrade for my laptop, mobile phone, and camera. One thing I have been considering is if I just get the very best mobile phone and use as my camera. I read this article about how two BBC journalists filmed a news package for television with a smartphone which is swaying my decision.
Southeast Asia Railways
News related to future Southeast railways.
“The upgrading of the Circular railway is going to start in October 2017 said Myanma Railway deputy general manager U Zaw Lwin, as part of the governent’s efforts to improve public transportation.”
Not a new project, the the iconic Circular railway of Yangoon will be getting an upgrade.
I once made the mistake of trying to get on the metro during peak hour in Tokyo. This time-lapse is a mesmerising view of Tokyo in transit.