We’re a bit embarrased to admit we only just found this blog, but better late than never — if you’re going to Phuket, there’s some good reading in here. Jamie’s Phuket
The NYTimes has a piece which discusses what being a travel writer is like, and while there’s a bit of a beat up on the “roughs” of travelling in Asia, it does bring up the issue of poor pay for lots and lots of bloody hard work.
Amusingly one section reads like an advert for why you shouldn’t buy a Let’s Go guide:
That’s when things go well. A colleague of Ms. Atlas’s at Let’s Go, Margaux McDonald, wasn’t having such luck. After a bumpy two-day journey from Ko Chang, Thailand, to Siem Reap, Cambodia, in late June, Ms. McDonald, a 27-year-old graduate student in theology and public policy at Harvard, opened her backpack to find her laptop was broken. She has since been in what Let’s Go editors call “dead tree mode,” taking down information about guest houses, restaurants, national parks and bus schedules, in an old-fashioned spiral notebook. Ms. McDonald gave her current location as “somewhere between the middle of nowhere and my own private hell.”
Let’s Go editors were planning to send a new computer to a post office in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, on the hope that Ms. McDonald could pick it up. If she could find the place.
“Have I gotten lost?” Ms. McDonald asked rhetorically. “I’m virtually always lost.”
What is more of a worry? That Ms McDonald (no relation!) may not be able to find one of the largest cities in Northeast Thailand, or that she is virtually always lost?
The story also continues to trot out the old myth that LP writers don’t take freebies — they do — far more often than you may think. Travelfish writers don’t take freebies — ever. So the question begs, why does a company with a considerably bigger wallet than me, pay its staff so little they have to take freebies to make the work viable?
The tsunami ravaged region of Khao Lak is well on the road to recovery and we’ve just reopened that section on Travelfish with detailed accommodation and guesthouse reviews on some 40 places to stay in the area. We’re also added coverage to the little-visited Ko Kho Khao — you can read all about it here: Khao Lak and Ko Kho Khao coverage.
Rainy old Ranong has just been added to Travelfish — we’ve skipped the islands of Ko Chang and Ko Phayam which sit just offshore as it is low-season at the moment and so little happening out there — we’ll add them in later on in 2006. In the mean time, you can feast your eyes on our Ranong coverage here.