Travelfish correspondent Stuart McDonald
Stuart previously lived in Thailand and Cambodia for around eight years between them, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff.
Before all those non-travel jobs he authored two travel guides, one to Vietnam and one to Thailand. He still spends a lot of time travelling and can sleep anywhere, anytime - even on the road to Bokor.
His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
He spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
Posts by Stuart McDonald:
About 13:00 Tuesday Thai time, Thai low cost carrier Nok Air announced it was moving all incoming flights effective immediately to Bangkok’s main international gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport. The only other carrier using the airport, Orient Thai Airlines/1-2-Go!, is moving all flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport at 15:00 today. The reason given is that flooding of the … read the full post
Day by day the flood waters seep ever closer to the heart of Bangkok. Tonight we saw photos of minor flooding on the lower sois of Samsen Road, which runs north-south toward Khao San Road. While the flooding was definitely in the scheme of things minor, it is nevertheless concerning to see flooding this close … read the full post
You’re supposed to be arriving in Bangkok in the next few days and all you’ve read in the last week or so has centred on Bangkok’s efforts to reinvent itself as the true Venice of the East. You’re worried and thinking of cancelling your trip. Don’t — here’s why. Update October 25: Due to the … read the full post
You know what a bucket is right? Generally plastic, comes in hues of for instance pink, red, blue, green and purple. Little white handle. Useful for sand. Kids like them right? Wrong. Or, well, not quite. Well sure, that’s a bucket, but it’s not a bucket. At least not a Thai island bucket. Buckets were … read the full post
With its mostly calm waters, long, well-shaded beaches and accommodating places to stay, Ko Phi Phi can be a great destination for travellers with children, though go for accommodation away from Ton Sai village. Accommodation-wise, if you’re in the market for hot-water and air-con, budget for at least 1,500 baht a night. Contact the resorts … read the full post
A lot of people show up on Phi Phi ready to spend like drunken sailors, and the prices have been rigged accordingly. One way for budget travellers to save money is to simply not go there. But it’s definitely worth seeing, of course, so we’ve come up with some ways to visit without emptying the … read the full post