Travelfish contributions by somtam2000
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I'm Somtam2000, better known as Stuart McDonald, and am the co-founder of Travelfish.org, which I founded alongside Samantha Brown who is Editor in Chief.
I've been travelling in Southeast Asia since 1993 and living in the region since 1997 with stretches in Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Bali. I've travelled extensively in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam and continue to work on expanding my personal coverage of Malaysia and Indonesia. I've never been to Burma, the Philippines, Brunei nor Timor Leste.
Before Travelfish.org I co-authored a couple of guidebooks, worked at a foreign embassy, taught English, did a bit of freelancing and mastered the art of laying in a hammock doing nothing.
Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Yugoslavia (when it was still Yugoslavia!) germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Turkey.
Timor Leste, Burma or the Philippines.
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Longer stays in Siem Reap
Published 8:47 pm, 14 Sep 2014
It won’t come as a surprise to us if many of you find Siem Reap to be an exceedingly liveable place, what with all the lofty palm trees, world wonders down the road and an abundance of international restaurants that make it hard to miss home comforts. Many a traveller has found a couple of days in ... read the full post
Local breakfasts in Luang Prabang
Published 8:44 pm, 14 Sep 2014
Most hotels in Luang Prabang include breakfast with the room rate and even small guesthouses usually serve basic baguette, Lao coffee and some fruit. The town has some yummy and cheap local morning eats so it’d be a pity if you didn’t venture away from the hotel at least once to try one of these breakfast dishes. Khao ... read the full post
Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014
Published 7:04 am, 8 Sep 2014
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a nine-day spectacle of parades, daring acts of self-mortification and avoidance of meat, all in the aim of purifying the body and mind, making merit and paying homage to the nine emperor gods of Chinese origin. Held every year during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the 2014 ... read the full post
Safety in Hanoi
Published 9:09 pm, 23 Aug 2014
Hanoi remains a relatively safe city for visitors, but being aware of some typical hazards will increase the likelihood of you having a hassle-free stay. Here are some things to beware of. Petty theft is not be a big issue in Hanoi, but bear in mind that the average Vietnamese salary is around $150 per month. The ... read the full post
Angkor Marathon and Half Marathon
Published 2:55 am, 28 Jul 2014
Running for literally hours in sometimes sweltering heat may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but serious endurance athletes to those simply dipping their toe in a little hard core exercise will be pleased to know the Angkor Archaeological Park provides a stage for doing just this. Not only is there an annual half ... read the full post