Each week, words fly around the travel blogging community in their millions. Here is my wrap on some of the most inspiring, interesting or just plain beautiful stories and photos that have caught my attention of late. If you see something I should include next week, just tweet it with the hashtag #tuktuk.
These stunning shots from US-based photographer Michele Westmorland showcase some of the incredible traditional costumes that are still worn today by tribespeople in Papua New Guinea – along with a very cute-looking, berry-sucking cuscus (if that doesn’t mean anything to you, as it didn’t me, you need to read the article!)
Out of nowhere, banh mi seems to be everywhere. Two detailed posts in a week have done a very good job of whetting my appetite for crunchy rice flour baguette and just about every juicy filling imaginable – the pork belly in the photo above looks pretty good too. Caroline Mills’ review of Banh Mi Phuong in Hoi An also left me looking for cheap flights to Vietnam.
This pretty hilarious article is an excellent pre-cursor to a post I’ve been compiling for some time – the ’50 things I hate about Thailand’, along with the ’50 things I love about Thailand’. It’s something I tried to write in France, but never got round to finishing. While it’s of course just for a laugh and not to be taken too serious, some of the characteristics in the Bangkok Post article are alarmingly accurate – an obsession with whitening creams goes without saying, but the love of MSG-fuelled Mama noodles are also worth a mention, and the talk of free and honest debate vs. heated arguments goes some way to revealing some pretty deep components of Thai culture.
This characteristically stunning photo essay from Lonely Planet author and photographer Austin Bush takes you through the production process of handmade kanom jeen rice noodles – one that’s rather more involved than you might have thought – at David Thompson’s Nahm restaurant in Bangkok. It brings new-found respect to the humble stalls that tout kanom jeen and coconut milk curries on the streets of the Thai capital. Perhaps more importantly, I need to eat that curry in the first photo.
Have you seen a story I should feature next week? Tweet it with the hashtag #tuktuk to flag it up to me!