Category Archive: Festivals and Events

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

Jul 13

Learning About Places By Observing Public Rituals

King Father Norodom Sihanouk's body returns to the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Copyright 2014, Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Over the years there have been times during our travels when we’ve found ourselves caught up in momentous events and unexpectedly learning about places by observing public rituals, rites and ceremonies, and the outpourings of emotion that come with them – whether it was a national demonstration, celebration, commemoration, or in this case, the mourning …

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May 23

Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro

On the beach in Rio, Brazil.

As the FIFA World Cup is kicking off in less than a month, we thought we’d share some of our favourite things to do in Brazil’s sexy seaside city, the things that locals love to do, from sipping sucos to samba dancing. Here’s our local guide to the best of Rio de Janeiro. Start with a …

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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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