All posts by Lara Dunston


Subscribe to Win a Slow and Stylish Siem Reap Escape

Subscribe to Win a Slow and Stylish Siem Reap Escape

Subscribe to win a slow and stylish Siem Reap escape, including a relaxing two-night stay at chic Shinta Mani Resort, a six-course meal at Cambodia’s best restaurant Cuisine Wat Damnak, cocktails and dinner at atmospheric stylish Miss Wong, and an indulgent Bodia Spa massage and Bodia Nature products....
Weekend in Mandalay

Weekend in Mandalay

Rudyard Kipling* was never in Mandalay. But we were recently and we had a magic time in the northern Myanmar city that’s easier than ever to visit. Warm, dusty and windy, the city’s allure isn’t immediately apparent, but follow our weekend in Mandalay itinerary and...
Backyard Travel Saigon Tour Giveaway Winner Announced

Backyard Travel Saigon Tour Giveaway Winner Announced

We’re finally announcing the winner of the Backyard Travel Saigon Tour Giveaway – the winner and a friend will get to do what the boys above are doing and slurp some noodles on the street on the cuisine and culture-themed Insiders Saigon: Cuisine, Architecture and the Arts Tour....
The Best Cafés in Siem Reap

The Best Cafés in Siem Reap

From arty cafés in retro spaces serving all day breakfasts and heady espressos to minimalist cafés spinning vinyl and offering cold drip coffee, these are our picks of the best cafés in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Whether you’re a traveller spending a few days in a place...
The Sacred Dancers of Angkor, the Authentic Apsara Show

The Sacred Dancers of Angkor, the Authentic Apsara Show

For most visitors to Cambodia’s Siem Reap, an Apsara dance show is high on their to-do list after the temples. While the spectacle is entertaining, a performance by the Sacred Dancers of Angkor offers a more authentic experience and a chance to support the preservation of this art...
Contemporary Australian Cuisine, Food Worth Flying For

Contemporary Australian Cuisine, Food Worth Flying For

It was wonderful to see Australian restaurants on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list again. Australia’s distinctive contemporary Australian cuisine is best exemplified in the inventive dishes served in its best restaurants, where in recent decades a unique form of fusion cuisine has emerged, rooted in Australia’s multicultural heritage, global flavours and...
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and Why It Matters

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and Why It Matters

Industry awards, annual polls and best lists are often controversial. Few more so than the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list announced in London earlier this month*. Conversations on social media and in the comments of mainstream media sites in the days and weeks following have...
Khmer New Year in Siem Reap

Khmer New Year in Siem Reap

Homes are being scrubbed clean and sand castles are being built at pagodas around Cambodia this weekend, including our own Temple Town, in preparation for the Khmer New Year in Siem Reap, which kicks off on Monday for three days. Unlike in neighbouring Thailand, where cities...
Hip Hup Guan and Cool Kandal Village, Siem Reap

Hip Hup Guan and Cool Kandal Village, Siem Reap

Hip Hup Guan and cool Kandal Village are where Siem Reap’s savvy expats are sipping coffee, shopping and eating. Not much to look at, yet home to some of Siem Reap’s most fashionable spots, these gritty backstreets have emerged as one of the Cambodian city’s most interesting destinations. On...
Weekend in Barcelona

Weekend in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of our favourite European cities. When we lived in the Middle East we used to make a beeline for the Catalan capital the first chance we had. Now with the proliferation of low cost airlines, it’s increasingly easy to escape to this...