Category Archive: Local Travel

Feb 18

A Guide to the Hanoi Art Scene

Artist Trinh Lien at Nguyen Art Gallery. Copyright 2014 terence Carter.

Most travellers visit Hanoi for the fantastic food. That was the main reason we went. After motorbikes, visitors to Vietnam’s capital find themselves dodging street food stalls. The footpaths are littered with locals perched on tiny plastic stools slurping pho, the legendary Vietnamese soup. Yet Hanoi’s contemporary art scene is doing well to compete for …

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Jan 28

How To Eat Like Locals When You Travel

Breakfast in a pho shop, Hanoi, Cambodia.

Slurp soup from a street food stall, sample home-cooked food at a local’s house, savour creative cuisine at a secret supper club, or, eat American fast food at KFC or McDonalds… there’s an abundance of advice out there on how to eat like locals when you travel but which should you follow? It seems odd …

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Sep 17

Relishing the Retro Charm and Ravishing Beauty of Rottnest Island

Ah, Rottnest Island. Yes, that’s the sound of a deep sigh. Sapphire coloured ocean wherever you look, sheltered aquamarine coves with crescents of creamy sand, windswept grassland fragrant with wild rosemary, ospreys building nests upon craggy cliffs, salty winds whipping your sun-kissed cheeks, and wherever you go, seagulls squawking overhead. Shimmering salt lakes are skirted …

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Aug 27

Funky Fremantle, Perth’s Hip Historic Seaside City

Loft cafés, contemporary art galleries, unique concept stores, and vintage shops line the laidback streets of funky Fremantle, Perth’s hip, historic seaside city. When locals in Western Australia’s capital Perth want to kick back on the weekend, they head to Fremantle – or ‘Freo’ as it’s fondly called. A lovely, low-rise, low-key little city at …

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Aug 23

How To Experience The Real Dubai

I had one of those conversations the other night about Dubai that I’ve found myself having every now and again since we moved to the United Arab Emirates in 1998 – the year before the sail-shaped ‘seven-star’ Burj Al Arab hotel opened and Dubai’s tourism industry exploded. It’s a conversation I now find so tedious …

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