Travelfish contributions by somtam2000
The first number represents the total number of published reviews by somtam2000. The bracketed figure is submitted reviews -- reviews may not be published for editorial reasons or may be removed because the property concerned has been delisted from Travelfish or has closed.
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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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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
Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup, part two
Published 9:12 am, 22 Jul 2014
Since the May 2014 coup in Bangkok, Phuket’s beaches have been undergoing an army-led cleanup effort, which started with Surin and Kamala beaches. The clearouts have continued, and over the past few weeks vendors along Phuket’s entire coastline have been served eviction notices, including the island’s three most popular beaches: Kata, Karon and Patong. Here’s ... read the full post
Birthdays in Bali
Published 8:14 am, 14 Jul 2014
Here at Casa Travelfish, July is a busy month on the birthday count with the birthdays of Chief Researcher-in-training William (born 2008) and Chief Researcher-soon-retiring Stuart (born well, a long time before William) just two days apart. So if you’re looking for birthday activities for the young and old in Bali, what are some good ... read the full post
Pho: A very brief primer
Published 6:07 am, 13 Jul 2014
No dish is more identifiable in Vietnamese cuisine than the humble bowl of pho. Simple in delivery yet nuanced in preparation, no two bowls taste alike – unless you eat at Pho 24, considered by many as the McDonalds of Vietnam. Each region has their own take on the dish, while most individual pho restaurants have recipes ... read the full post