Stuart McDonald
Keeping you on the road in Southeast Asia, at least in your mind, from your couch.
Created 18 Nov 2019
  • Couchfish Day 272: Eating Kuantan
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    The next stop down the peninsular is Kuantan, a straightforward bus ride south. Like Kuala Terengganu, it is a riverside state capital with its roots in fishing and trade. For those coming across from...
  • Couchfish: Take the train not the plane
    17 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 4
    Planning fingers are itching. Countries are starting to sort of reopen, each in their own, very individual manner. Google Maps is getting opened, wish lists peeled open. Before you go any further, I h...
  • Couchfish Day 271: Hits and misses
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    None of Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast cities have an overwhelming array of sights. There’s often a museum or three, friendly people and plenty of great food, but none are tourist hubs. From a trave...
  • Couchfish: A Thai jigsaw
    12 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 4 3
    So with all this talk of Thailand sort of reopening come November, if you could go for a month, where would you go? I asked myself this question this morning, thinking it would be an easy post to writ...
  • Couchfish Day 270: Slow day in KT
    11 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    When you’re staying in a bamboo and wooden shack elevated above mangroves, a mosquito net is worth a lot. Most of the rooms at Awi’s, including mine, sit over the mangroves. The mosquito nets are not ...
  • Couchfish: A leaky robot
    10 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    A while ago I was in Phnom Penh and revisited Tuol Sleng, the Khmer Rouge-period torture centre. I’ve visited a half a dozen times over the years, and if you’ve been there, chances are it is not somet...
  • Couchfish Day 269: Awi’s Yellow House
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    You may recall the other day I mentioned that someone had recommended I check out Empire on Teluk Dalam. It turned out to not be great advice, but it takes a few bits of bad advice to ignore all somet...
  • Couchfish: High-value blah blah blah
    05 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    Is there a better time to introduce a tourism tax than as you’re staggering out of a once-in-a-lifetime Covid-induced hiatus? Those at the Tourism Authority of Thailand brains-trust think the answer i...
  • Couchfish Day 268: Seven-metre backpacker-eating lizards
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Given that the other day I didn’t even make it to the trailhead, today I power past the massage sala without slowing down. I will not be waylaid! Safely past, the trail leads around towards PIR Resort...
  • Couchfish: You can’t treat gangrene with a bandaid
    03 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 6 3
    In September Google announced they wanted to build a sustainable future for travel. Don’t we all? Well, many of us anyway. You can read Google’s announcement here. To boil it down, what they’re doing ...
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