Category Archive: Festivals and Events

These posts cover festivals and events we experience during our trip.

Apr 06

An Update from the Road: to Singapore via Phuket and back to Bangkok

Eating in Chinatown, Singapore.

We’re back in Cambodia at our home in Siem Reap so this isn’t strictly an update from the road. Although I did start writing it in Singapore where I was feeling terribly guilty for having had to neglect poor Grantourismo because we were so busy working on print stories. Terence and I have just returned from …

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Jan 30

Firecrackers, Marigolds, Lucky Money: Celebrating Lunar New Year, Tet and Chinese New Year

A ferry transports marigolds, a symbol of good luck for celebrating Tet. Hoi An, Vietnam. ©Copyright Terence Carter 2014. All rights reserved.

The pop and crackle of Lunar New Year firecrackers going off around our Siem Reap neighbourhood over the past few days has punctuated the otherwise uninterrupted soundtrack outside of birdsong, motorbikes, barking dogs, crowing roosters, laughing tourists, and “Tuk tuk? You want tuk tuk, Madam?” A few hardware shops at Old Market have been selling …

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Oct 06

Feeding The Hungry Ghosts During Pchum Ben Ancestors Festival

Pchum Ben Ancestors Festival, Cambodia.

It was probably because we’d spent several hours cycling through the lush countryside and sleepy villages around Cambodia’s little city of Battambang and I’d worked up an appetite that as we whizzed by a pagoda my senses alerted me to the mouthwatering aromas of a soup or curry simmering on a stove. Following my nose …

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Jul 22

Best Food Experiences in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s great culinary destinations. Beautiful fresh local produce, talented chefs creating innovative cuisine, fantastic authentic ethnic food, superb markets and gourmet specialty food shops, and much more make Australia an appetizing country to visit. These are what we believe to be some of the best food experiences in Australia, based on …

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Jul 13

Great Barrier Feast at qualia on Hamilton Island with Chef Dan Hunter

Great Barrier Feast with chef Dan Hunter from Gran Tourismo on Vimeo. Watch it full screen in HD for best results. A highlight of our time back ‘home’ in Australia was getting to gourmet foodie weekend Great Barrier Feast at qualia on Hamilton Island with Chef Dan Hunter* for a story we were working on. Held periodically throughout …

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