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:
Yes, this Saigon building is real. The disk you can see about three quarters of the way up is apparently a helicopter landing pad, but we like to think there’s probably a putting green, cafe and lounge bar up there as well — we’re just yet to score an invite. It’s a bit different to … read the full post
Like many Asian cities, Hanoi has great street food — from morning pho through to late evening chicken wings — and there is always plenty of space for middle-of-the-day-grazing. Pull up a plastic stool, point at what someone else is having if it looks good (chances are it will) and enjoy the adventure.
Ho Chi Minh City‘s many pagodas are renowned for their evocative burning incense, but none quite so much as Thien Hau Pagoda in the heart of Cho Lon — Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown. Dozens of slow-burning incense coils hang from the ceiling while yellow slicks smoulder at waist-level by the fistful. While the temple … read the full post
One of the great tragedies of Hanoi’s last few decades has been the demolishing of its many trading houses and shopfronts. It’s a testament to the sad state of affairs that many of the places of architecture walks in Hanoi’s Old Quarter no longer exist. Still, some remain.
Saigon must be one of the easiest cities to string cliches together for: the old colliding with the new, the cyclos under neon lights, the hypnotic traffic (we admit we’re quite as guilty of it as the next travel site…) So it’s nice to rise above it all — and we think this single snap … read the full post