Why we buy dumb souvenirs

Rolf Potts has an excellent story on Why we buy dumb souvenirs that is well worth a read and a chuckle.

So what’s the dumbest souvenir you ever bought?

In my case it was a 3kg lump of lava from the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands — unfortunately I purchased it towards the start of an eight month trip and had to carry it the entire way.

I’ve still got it — buried in the bottom of a cupboard somewhere in my my parent’s house in Sydney.

What does a 3kg lump of lava look like you ask?

Oh a big rock more or less…

Blog worth reading: Totally Gone

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, the very amusing Totally Gone blog may be worth a peek…

Anyhow, back to Koh Yao Yai. It may sound like a dull kinda place to you, but the best thing about a dry destination is that the Club Med brigade are, surprise suprise, nowhere to be seen. Downtown Watford, teleported to a sandbar by some cheap charter, is a different dimension, light-years, light-millenia away.

Totally Gone — check it out

Cambodia launches e-visa

The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has recently launched an e-Visa programme that enables travellers to apply for their Cambodian visas online. With this new service, applicants are able to obtain a visa in 3 days, with just a few clicks.

To apply for an e-Visa, applicants need to have a passport valid for at least 6 months, a recent passport size photo (JPEG/PNG format) and a valid credit card (Visa/Mastercard).

The visa costs US$20 and there is a $5 processing fee. Note this visa is only good for arrival to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh international airports.

For more information, or to process your application, please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website.