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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/9/2012 at 21:01 admin

Hi all,

Have put together a (very rough) amp of some of the points of interest covered in Travelfish and interested to hear any suggestions/feedback. You'll see they are clustered and as you zoom in become apparent.

We're thinking, with a bit more work it could be an interesting/helpful planning tool.

It's still very rough around the edges, but you can see it here.


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Posted by exacto on 28/9/2012 at 21:27

I picked Chiang Mai for a trial run and was able to zoom in all the way down to a street map that showed the location of Aroonrai.

I also noticed that most of the place names in Thailand and Laos are in Thai and Lao. Is that something you can switch to English and/or romanized script? Cheers.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 28/9/2012 at 21:34 admin

No, unfortunately we're stuck with the placenames as they are baked in in local language.

Have worked around that by adding placemarkers (the green sunsetty style ones that say what the place is.

Good examples with lots of placemarkers are Vientiane, Ko Phi Phi, and Angkor/SiemReap.


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Posted by busylizzy on 29/9/2012 at 01:55

I think you're on the right track, and I can see that this will be really helpful when planning. Especially do see what's in the vicinity of an area that I plan to be in.

As you click on a area that comes up in a blue outline, presumably this means there is another level of detail underneath. It would be good to see place names appear as you hover over each numbered area or outlined area. Drilling into Siem Reap doesn't give me a good indication of where anything is until you get to the lowest level of detail. And I had to know where Siem Reap was in the first place to be in a position to drill down! So I think it will be great because I have rough knowledge of most countries, but do wonder how newbies to the region will find it without having more interactive place names popping up.

Also, it would be good to include links to the appropriate section on this map on destination page and blog entry. Sometimes I read about an area of interest, but its's someties difficult to work out where it is.

Overall - it's a great concept worth pursuing further!

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