Local Knowledge

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These posts are about the local people we meet, with insider tips we gather from locals, Q&As with locals, as well as great local spots and hidden gems we discover.

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture

The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s most recognisable asset. Every time we return to Sydney and we see it, we’re home. The story behind the commissioning and construction of the Sydney Opera House is a narrative that leaves few participants with any honour in the...
Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

Richard Graham is the kind of traveller we identify with. Since the age of five, Richard has travelled to at least one new country every year. Every year. Before starting his tour company, My Sydney Detour, Richard did a 14-month overland trip from Mexico down...
A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Sydney

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Sydney

This local guide to eating and drinking in Sydney comes from John Fink, a Sydney restaurateur and director of some of Australia’s best restaurants, including Quay, Bennelong, Otto. We first encountered Mr Fink on Twitter when we were tweeting about our Melbourne restaurant experiences. He tweeted: “Come...
Local Knowledge: Kenneth Meow from Melbourne

Local Knowledge: Kenneth Meow from Melbourne

In our latest edition of Local Knowledge from Melbourne, Australia, Kenneth Meow shares his insider tips to experiencing the Victorian capital. Kenneth is a Hong Kong-born Australian who is impossible to describe in a nutshell. He’s a restaurant owner, community volunteer, philanthropist, strategic advisor, social media consultant,...
A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

That we needed to provide you with a local guide to vintage shopping in Melbourne quickly became apparent after spotting some Melbourne locals in beehives, cats eye glasses and bobby socks. After meeting vintage princess Danielle Pumo on our Hidden Secrets tour, it was obvious...
A Local Guide to The Mekong

A Local Guide to The Mekong

It’s hard to envisage one person being able to provide a local guide to The Mekong. The Mekong River runs a distance of over 4,909 km from the Tibetan plateau to the Mekong Delta, where it flows into the South China Sea and the combined...
Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

The waiter who looked after us during the Amantaka cooking course we did on the organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside was brilliant. His service was impeccable. He was so good at his job that when we asked him what his future plans were,...
Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

Our Local Knowledge interviews — and the other expert interviews we do for our local guides and Playlist series — are with locals we’ve befriended who have helped us get beneath the skin of a place, by sharing insider advice, hidden gems, local secrets, and their most favourite...
A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

A Local Guide to the Siem Reap Arts Scene and Creative Community

This local guide to the Siem Reap arts scene and creative community comes from designer, gallery owner and entrepreneur Loven Ramos, a long-term resident. Siem Reap has a rich artistic and cultural heritage, evident in its Angkor temple architecture and elaborate carvings, and in the...