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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Vegetarian restaurants on Phuket
Published 8:12 pm, 5 Oct 2014
As the home of the largest Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, Phuket has a decent choice of vegetarian and vegan restaurants that are open year-round. The vegetarian food scene in Phuket is growing, both within the local community and due to the island becoming a more popular destination for wellness and detox seekers. The quality and ... 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
Bali is not an over-touristed hellhole.
Published 11:54 pm, 7 Jul 2014
It annoys me when I read a diatribe writing off Bali as an over-touristed hellhole when it transpires that the author was too lazy to go exploring the greater island. So before you let your rant-stained fingers anywhere near a keyboard and whinge about the island, try some of the following. Balangan Beach This is ... read the full post
Phuket’s post-coup beach cleanup
Published 9:33 pm, 28 Jun 2014
You’ve heard about the Thai coup right? While news of the country’s political wranglings has largely focused on events in Bangkok, changes are also underway in Phuket with its beaches becoming ground zero in a military-led cleanup effort. Encroachment and private profiteering on the beach have been targetted. So what can those travelling to Phuket expect ... read the full post