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Nomadic Notes Newsletter - Chiang Mai Edition

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A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and links by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.
 
October 27 · Issue #27 · View online
Nomadic Notes
A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and links by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.

Greetings from Chiang Mai. I’m back in my former home base for two weeks to attend a conference and enjoy the cooler months of Northern Thailand. I was in Shanghai last weekend, and this week I found some articles related to how futuristic China has become.
Here is the pick of good reads from around the web.
~ James
Latest posts from Nomadic Notes
I’m currently working on some transport posts that is taking up most of my time, so no new posts this week. Expect a big post next week. In the meantime, here is an article I published this week on Asia Times regarding the currency of Vietnam.
Time for Vietnam to lop zeros off its currency
Good Reads
What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future
After Vietnam War, Here’s What Happened When A U.S. Army Intel Officer Returned To Track Down An Enemy Spy
I’ve met a number of war veterans who who have returned to Vietnam, and I always find their stories interesting. This one is a cracking read.
The Ghosts of the Tsunami
I’m not saying I believe in ghosts, but if you live in Asia for long enough you become attentive to ancestor worship and the spirit world.
Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?
Beyond Catalonia: pro-independence movements in Europe
Travel Lists
Best in Travel 2018 - Lonely Planet
When it comes to travel lists, Lonely Planet and The New York Times have come to be the biggest annual lists. Not that I take any stock in such lists, but they are interesting to see where they pick and the reactions they elicit (hello, Canberra!)
China
I was in Shanghai last week it’s apparent from my brief visit that the future has arrived in China. I’m not sure I like all of what I see, but it’s here and it can’t be ignored.
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like
China's Communist Party is all in on the power of technology, and that's tricky for its tech giants
Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens
The best job in the world?
The New York Times wants to hire a journalist to travel the world
This is a pretty amazing job that has been doing the rounds. If you are a travel writer and can commit to a year then apply by October 31. 
For avocado toast eaters everywhere: A definitive guide to THAT New York Times gig
This flowchart for said travel job maybe useful in your decision to apply.
Southeast Asia Railways
News related to Southeast Asia railways, as part of the Future Southeast Asia Map project.
Hearings on airport rail link connecting three Thai airports
Instagram
Shanghai, China.
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