All posts tagged “tourism

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Now I know where to go when the oppressively humid Queensland summer gets too much.  Perth was gorgeous for four days in late January: clear cool mornings gave way to hot dry days which rolled into dusky evenings and BBQ dinners.  We had been to… Read More

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Eat, Pray, Whatever

It’s not difficult to see why Bali is a very popular tourist destination: the landscapes are often very beautiful with rice fields and terraces everywhere, traditional Balinese compounds and temples lining the streets, and beaches that stretch endlessly along the coastline.  It also feels like… Read More

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Fear and loathing in Vang Vieng

Tourists and locals alike have mixed feelings about Vang Vieng.  Ten years ago, Vang Vieng was a sleepy village in the Laos countryside, but it is now a backpacker mecca, well known for adventure sports (especially tubing), happy pizzas, mushroom shakes, and cheap beer.  The… Read More

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That was Battambang

If Siem Reap is touristy, then Battambang is its antithesis.  Cambodia’s second largest city (around 250,000 residents) is quiet, laid back, and has the feel of a small provincial town.  The local economy is structured around rice, oranges and other food crops, and tourists are… Read More