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These posts will cover experiential travel and our attempts to learn things.

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang

In October 2013, we went behind the scenes at Jaan Bai restaurant in Battambang to cover the opening of the Cambodian Children’s Trust’s new social enterprise hospitality training restaurant. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok...
Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen Cambodia

Exploring the Lost City of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen Cambodia

We’ve been fielding questions about exploring the so-called lost city of Mahendraparvata at Mount Kulen or Phnom Kulen in northern Cambodia ever since its mention under Siem Reap (#47) on New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2014 list last year. While the elephant statues, pictured above, are indeed impressive, there...
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...
Early Morning Alms Giving to the Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

Early Morning Alms Giving to the Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

The early morning alms giving to the monks in Luang Prabang, Laos, is one of the main attractions that lures many travellers to the laidback Mekong River town although it’s not unique to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. The few times we’ve been out at the crack...
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...
Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

Eric Raisina is something of a celebrity in Siem Reap, a city the fashion designer finds inspirational and integral to his work. We talked to Eric Raisina about his inspiration, his work, Cambodian fashion, and Siem Reap style. We first met Madagascar-born fashion designer Eric Raisina at...
Backstage at Bangkok International Fashion Week

Backstage at Bangkok International Fashion Week

Interviewing Thai fashion designers and photographing models backstage during the 2011 Bangkok International Fashion Week was the last thing we expected to be doing when we went to Bangkok to work on a first edition Hedonist’s Guide to the city. While it’s not unusual to...