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stuart mcdonald
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Lives in Bali, Indonesia
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Our latest feature on Travelfish - covering the best places to stay in Bagan, Burma (in my humble opinion). http://www.travelfish.org/feature/308
A summary of the best hotels and guesthouses in Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). Includes choices for backpackers, midrange travellers and luxury travellers. —— Travelfish.org
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Great place for secret missions G+ LOL
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The best of Krabi in full view from the pool at Aonang Phu Petra Resort in Ao Nang. Not a bad option for families looking to spend a little more and not concerned about being away from the beach.
http://www.travelfish.org/accommodation_profile/thailand/southern_thailand/krabi/ao_nang/all/5907
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Our latest featured hostel on Travelfish, one which David Luekens described as "Chern Boutique Hostel is like a poker player with an exceptional hand. It’s situated off one of our favourite Bangkok roads near several key attractions and loads of great food. Seventy-two rooms, including eight different dorm rooms, are spotless and well equipped. Staff are laidback and helpful, and the minimalist design is refreshing."

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An infographic I made (far out they are trickier to make than I thought) about why useful travel forums with a community are important. Something certain companies don't seem to realise anymore.
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We get a lot of Vietnam too, and a lot of India and Nepal.
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Tnooz does a wrap on the Thorn Tree shutdown and I pop my own thoughts in on the comments. Summary - a great loss for travellers.
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What a mess eh!
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"I keep saying this and I mean it no less: Anyone who dismisses writing as a less than critical part of their online strategy can give me a vowel from their keyboard until they change their mind. Writing fucking matters and the fact that this statement is at all controversial makes me want to hang my head and cry."

Pam Mandel on this post by Matthew Teller 
http://quitealone.com/2012/11/07/speaking-notes-from-tbcamp12/

Apparently it put a few noses out of joint, but think both Matthew and Pam raise a lot of really solid points.
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That's a great article that makes some good points. While there is some great independent travel journalism online, there are also plenty of bloggers who see the medium as a means to scoring free travel. I'm sure the medium will mature over time and those writers and publishers who have maintained their independence will earn their reputation and prosper in the long term.
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Here's our wrap on what we think are the best places to stay on Thailand's glorious Ko Kut. If you're looking for a great Christmas destination, this is it. 
A wrap on what we think are the best guesthouses and resorts on Thailand's Ko Kut. Includes photos and links through to complete contact details. —— Travelfish.org
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Want a countryside escape from Bangkok -- without leaving Bangkok? Just a five-minute taxi ride from Bang Na BTS station plus a four baht ferry hop across the Chao Phraya River and you could be chilling to the sounds of crickets and frogs rather than tuk tuks and bars. Here’s our idea of a perfect weekend getaway on Bangkok’s Phra Phradaeng peninsula.
A guide to spending a weekend in Phra Phradaeng with suggestions on where to stay and what to do while you are there. —— Travelfish.org
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This month's "Giving back in Southeast Asia" feature highlights the work by Lifestart in Hoi An, Vietnam with those effected by dioxins used during the US War.
Lifestart is a foundation in Hoi An, Vietnam working with people suffering disabilities due to the lingering, horrific effects of dioxins used around this area during the American War. —— Travelfish.org
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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics
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After Lonely Planet Thorn Tree went AWOL I came across this excellent post discussing companies and how they manage and miss manage their communities.

It's certainly something I think a lot about when it come to my Asia travelguide, Travelfish.org and while the post doesn't mention Lonely Planet or Thorntree by name, read between the lines, and old Thorntree regulars will recognise the author's name.

A lot of food for thought and if you're involved in nurturing a community it is well worth a read.
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Travels, eats and snaps.
Introduction
Founder of Travelfish.org -- a travelguide for independent travellers to Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
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Beat two armed bandits off with a motorbike helmet. Yes really.
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  • University of Technology, Sydney
    Procrastination, 1989 - 1996
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Head Chef at Travelfish.org
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  • Travelfish.org
    CEO, 2004 - present
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Bali, Indonesia
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Jakarta - Phnom Penh - Bangkok - Sydney - Melbourne - Trieste - Innoshima - Geojedo, South Korea
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