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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Published 7:36 am, 22 Apr 2014
Sungei Road Thieves’ Market is Singapore’s largest and oldest flea market; bursting with all kinds of retro bric-a-brac, it’s a top spot to unearth an unusual souvenir. But thanks to Singapore’s art and design scene blossoming in recent years, you can also pick up more on-trend stuff at other markets these days. Here’s the lowdown on ... read the full post
Penang or Langkawi?
Published 1:04 am, 22 Apr 2014
You’re traipsing through Peninsular Malaysia and have time for just one west coast island and the two most frequently considered are Penang and Langkawi — but which should it be? In an ideal world we’d say stretch your leave form for another week and visit both, but if you really only have time for one, ... read the full post
Ticket now required to walk Hoi An’s old town
Published 9:05 am, 19 Apr 2014
UPDATE, April 23: The Hoi An people’s committee has addressed the press with clearer details on the ticket. Each ticket is valid for 10 days and costs 120,000 VND for foreign tourists or 80,000 VND for domestic visitors. 85% of the proceeds are to be reinvested in the old town, the money paying for renovations, upkeep, staff ... 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