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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Ticket now required to walk Hoi An’s old town
Published 9:05 am, 19 Apr 2014
On April 17 Hoi An officials opened new ticket booths at each entrance into the old town and introduced a new rule: to enter the old town you must now buy a 120,000 VND (about US$6.00) ticket. Previously, you needed the ticket only to see certain sights within the old town, not just to wander ... read the full post
How to get heatstroke in Cambodia
Published 8:23 pm, 18 Apr 2014
According to the old song, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. That seems a little exclusive — we think every traveller deserves the opportunity to develop sunstroke. With the onset of the hot season in Cambodia, follow these simple rules to dehydration and delirium in the kingdom. Choose your transport ... read the full post
A quick jaunt across Komodo and Flores
Published 10:45 pm, 15 Apr 2014
School holidays delivered a nice little break to Travelfish and we returned to one of our favourite destinations in Indonesia, Komodo National Park and Flores. We kicked off with a lazy week on Kanawa Island which lies just outside Komodo National Park and then did a quick run across the mainland from Labuan Bajo, through ... read the full post
Burning season in Chiang Mai
Published 2:07 am, 9 Apr 2014
Burning season is once again engulfing Chiang Mai in a worrying haze. In recent years the heat, dust and smog have grown bad enough to merit the question: should you even visit Chiang Mai over the months burning hits its peak — usually February through to April? The answer really depends on what it is ... read the full post
Google launches Street View images of Angkor
Published 8:39 am, 6 Apr 2014
With ever-increasing visitor numbers, Angkor is well established on the tourist map. Now, for the first time, it is also firmly on Google’s. Street View imagery of 100 temples in the 400 square kilometre Angkor Park launched on April 3, 2014, to include iconic historic sites like Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm. Browsing from ... read the full post