All posts by Lara Dunston


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....
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...
Last Minute Travel Tips

Last Minute Travel Tips

You didn’t know it was high season and now you can’t find a hotel room. You arrived at the airport without a visa and they won’t let you board. You didn’t realise only crisp dollar notes were accepted and credit cards aren’t used… don’t worry,...
The Buzzy Silom Sathorn District of Bangkok

The Buzzy Silom Sathorn District of Bangkok

Home to sunny cafés, seductive speakeasies and two of Asia’s best restaurants, the buzzy new Silom Sathorn district of Bangkok has evolved into the Thai capital’s hottest new drinking and dining neighbourhood. Thailand’s military coup d’état of May 2014 may have kept tourists away for a time but...
Green Hua Hin, Eco Resorts in Pranburi and Cha-Am

Green Hua Hin, Eco Resorts in Pranburi and Cha-Am

In Thailand‘s Hua Hin and neighbouring Pranburi and Cha-Am a handful of eco-friendly resorts, spas, and a winery, are endeavouring to do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint, from establishing kitchen gardens and using local organic produce to recycling and supporting green initiatives. Thirty kilometers...
Green Hua Hin, An Eco-Friendly Escape in Thailand

Green Hua Hin, An Eco-Friendly Escape in Thailand

From organic farms and restaurants serving farm to table cuisine to nature conservation projects and community beach clean-up days, a handful of sustainable resorts, spas, and a winery in Thailand’s Hua Hin are doing their bit to save the planet. Most tourists who are in...
Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem Reap

Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem Reap

If you’re planning on renting an apartment or holiday rental and settling into Temple Town for a while, then buy a basket or cotton bag and make a beeline to the weekend Asana Organic Farmers Market in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Even if you’re not, pop down...
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 List — A Handy Guide

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 List — A Handy Guide

From the Michelin Red Guide’s starred restaurants to Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100, restaurant lists are always contentious — few more so than the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The regional edition, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, announced in Singapore last night, already has everyone talking....
Cuisine Wat Damnak, the Best Restaurant in Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak, the Best Restaurant in Cambodia

Cuisine Wat Damnak in Siem Reap has become the first Cambodian restaurant to make it onto a prestigious international restaurant list, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, the regional edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, where it was named Best Restaurant in Cambodia. This is...
How to Get the Most Out of the Angkor Archaeological Sites

How to Get the Most Out of the Angkor Archaeological Sites

Hire a good qualified guide, do some pre-trip reading, get off the beaten track, and other tips from a Siem Reap based archaeologist on how to get the most out of your visits to the Angkor archaeological sites in Cambodia. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor archaeological...
An Archaeologist’s Guide to Angkor Archaeological Park

An Archaeologist’s Guide to Angkor Archaeological Park

Cambodia is one of the richest countries on earth when it comes to archaeology. But what makes Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park temples and other Angkor sites so special? We asked an archaeologist. One of the best things about living in Siem Reap is that the...