All posts by Lara Dunston


Why You Should Avoid Giving Money to Child Beggars

Why You Should Avoid Giving Money to Child Beggars

The problem of children begging for money is not unique to Cambodia. Yet a thought-provoking new exhibition in Siem Reap and a new campaign by Cambodian NGO Friends International and ChildSafe to combat children begging, makes a good case for why you should avoid giving money to child beggars,...
A Local Guide to the Phnom Penh Bar Scene

A Local Guide to the Phnom Penh Bar Scene

Once known for little more than colonial style pubs and seedy girlie bars, the Phnom Penh bar scene now boasts an array of interesting drinking spots including a handful of stylish small bars. Here’s a local guide to the Phnom Penh bar scene from the guys responsible for...
Cao Lau, the Legendary Noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam

Cao Lau, the Legendary Noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam

In Vietnam‘s historic riverside town of Hoi An, a noodle dish steeped in legend offers unique flavours and textures that only a rich culinary heritage and hours of preparation can produce. The ubiquitous dish is the essence of Hoi An in a bowl – so...
A Local Guide to Shopping Siem Reap

A Local Guide to Shopping Siem Reap

Much to the surprise of most visitors to Cambodia, shopping Siem Reap is a real delight, with everything from stonemasonry and woodcarving that date back to the Khmer Empire and artisanal crafts such as silk weaving and basketry to contemporary fashion and handcrafted jewellery. There...
A Revival of Traditional Arts and Crafts in Cambodia

A Revival of Traditional Arts and Crafts in Cambodia

After exploring the temples around Siem Reap, one of the real pleasures for those interested in the traditional arts and crafts in Cambodia is to visit the workshops, ateliers and silk farms, where stone and wood are carved, silk is hand-woven, and handicrafts are made...
Join Me On An Online Language Learning Journey

Join Me On An Online Language Learning Journey

Learning some of the local language when you travel can make an amazing difference to your experience of a place, but language learning is not easy for everyone. I’ve been struggling even though I’m living in Asia, which is why I’ve decided to embark on...
Transformational Travel and Gagudju Dreaming

Transformational Travel and Gagudju Dreaming

What does it take to have a transformational travel experience? Some people climb a mountain, cross a desert or sail solo around the world. Others seek spiritual solitude, do a retreat or volunteer abroad. After a decade living overseas, I returned home to be transformed....
Would You Pay to Meet a Local When You Travel?

Would You Pay to Meet a Local When You Travel?

The most memorable trips are worth cherishing for the people you meet as much as the places you experience, but how far would you go to meet people when you’re on holidays? Would you pay to meet a local when you travel? Would you rent...
Footpath Feasting: Phuket Street Food in Phuket Town

Footpath Feasting: Phuket Street Food in Phuket Town

Authentic Phuket street food in Phuket Town includes everything from crispy savoury pancakes called apong to flaky roti dipped in tiny bowls of curry – all delicious outcomes of the Thai island’s deep culinary influences, from China, India, Malaysia, Southern Thailand, and beyond. Of course...