Travelfish reaches 2,500 listings

We hit another benchmark today, adding our 2,500th guesthouse and hotel listing. This makes Travelfish easily the most comprehensive travel-planning website for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam available online — and we’ve still got lots more to come!

Ko Kham added

One island, one resort — normally you’d be paying through the teeth for such a place… and while Ko Kham Resort isn’t the cheapest place on the map, if you’re looking for a Crusoe type deal you could do a lot worse.

Check out the latest island to be added to Travelfish — Ko Kham for more details.

And there’s more islands yet to come!

Ko Maak updated coverage online

So we’ve just updated out coverage of Ko Maak — that delightful blip of an island off Thailand’s eastern city of Trat. When our researcher recently returned from a research trip covering Ko Chang and the other islands in the area, he remarked that Ko Maak was by far his favourite.

That being the case, we thought we better get it on the site quick smart! Updated coverage to the other islands is on the way, but in the meantime, you can read more about Ko Maak here.

From Bangkok to Brighton by tuk tuk – raising money for mental health

We’ve just added a new story to the site about two young English women who are driving a bright pink tuk tuk from Bangkok to Brighton raising money for mental health care in the UK. They’re leaving Bangkok this Sunday so if you’re in town, get in touch wioth them to cheer them on — Travelfish is helping them out with sponsorship but they’re also activly looking for further donations — please give our story a read and donate if it tickles your fancy. You can read the full story here: Call me Ting Tong – Tuk to the Road Charity ride.

The Independent on Guidebooks

The Independent has a good story talking about what goes into producing a guidebook and does a fine job of dispelling some of the myths — pointing out that the publication date really is pretty meaningless and that guide-book writing really is a seriously under-paid, over-rated job! Yet it also seems to suggest that guidebook writers for the large legacy publishers really do visit all the places they list (they don’t) and that they don’t take freebies (they do) — I guess nobody is perfect!

Nevertheless, if you’re a guidebook user (and chances are you are), it is well worth a read. I particularly liked the quote from a Rough Guide “avid user” — “I do look at the free travel information on the web, but I don’t trust it. I’m never sure who writes the stuff, how old it is, whether it is properly researched or just ‘advertorial’.”

We hope you feel differently!

Found via Gadling.