Grantourismo http://grantourismotravels.com The website of globetrotting professional travel writing & photography team Lara Dunston & Terence Carter. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:51:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Chef David Thompson at Nahm Restaurant in Bangkok http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/15/chef-david-thompson-at-nahm-restaurant-in-bangkok/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/15/chef-david-thompson-at-nahm-restaurant-in-bangkok/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:23:25 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21682 We recently spent a couple of enjoyable days with Chef David Thompson at Nahm restaurant in Bangkok. Much of it passed gossiping over coffee. Some of it was spent in the kitchen tasting dishes the chef was cooking. One evening we even dined in the kitchen on cushions at a low wooden Thai divan from where …

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Why You Shouldn’t Travel Without Travel Insurance http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/14/why-you-shouldnt-travel-without-travel-insurance/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/14/why-you-shouldnt-travel-without-travel-insurance/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:14:08 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21706 I’ve noticed some really bad advice on the web recently about travel insurance – mostly on Twitter and usually dished out in unhelpful proclamations like “Don’t buy travel insurance – I’ve been to 100 countries and I’ve never needed it”. Well, aren’t you the lucky one? It wouldn’t concern me if it wasn’t coming from …

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Learning About Places By Observing Public Rituals http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/13/learning-about-places-by-observing-public-rituals/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/13/learning-about-places-by-observing-public-rituals/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:05:40 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21708 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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Our Guide to Eating and Drinking in Battambang http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/12/our-guide-to-eating-and-drinking-in-battambang/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/12/our-guide-to-eating-and-drinking-in-battambang/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:17:31 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21581 Cambodian cuisine is one of the most misunderstood cuisines in Asia. And unfortunately visitors’ understanding of the food isn’t helped by tourist restaurants passing off Thai dishes as Cambodian because they know diners are more familiar with the balanced flavours of their neighbour’s cuisine than the confronting sour, bitter and pungent notes of their own. …

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Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/17/why-you-should-avoid-orphanage-visits-in-cambodia/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/17/why-you-should-avoid-orphanage-visits-in-cambodia/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:12:36 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21246 As we waited at Siem Reap airport for our flight to Bangkok a few days ago, I overheard American tourists on their phones telling friends back home about their Asian adventures. A highlight of their trip, they said, had been visits to orphanages in Cambodia. I don’t care if they heard me groan. These have to …

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Things To Do In Battambang http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/07/things-to-do-in-battambang/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/07/things-to-do-in-battambang/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 06:55:32 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21566 We’ve spent a lot of time in Battambang in the year since we moved to Cambodia, so we know its attractions aren’t immediately apparent and it can take time and a little effort to appreciate its allure. A two and a half hour drive or 3-4 hour bus ride from Siem Reap, Battambang looks and …

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Behind the Scenes at Jaan Bai Restaurant in Battambang http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/06/behind-the-scenes-at-jaan-bai-restaurant-in-battambang/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/06/behind-the-scenes-at-jaan-bai-restaurant-in-battambang/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:05:14 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21518 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, which has been supported by Australians Chef David Thompson of Nahm Bangkok and restaurateur John Fink of Quay restaurant in Sydney. We spent a lot of …

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City, Sun and Sand – European Summer Escapes http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/04/city-sun-and-sand-european-summer-escapes/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/06/04/city-sun-and-sand-european-summer-escapes/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:45:46 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21512 Summer is upon us in the northern hemisphere – the time to start thinking about European summer escapes. If you structure your seasons by calendar months, as Australia does, summer would have begun on the weekend on the first day of June. If you follow the sun and farmers almanacs as much of the northern hemisphere does, …

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Breakfast in Singapore – Kaya Toast and Kopi http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/31/breakfast-in-singapore-kaya-toast-and-kopi/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/31/breakfast-in-singapore-kaya-toast-and-kopi/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 12:17:48 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21417 The most quintessential breakfast in Singapore, kaya toast and kopi, did not initially excite us. However, it’s hard to resist an opportunity to participate in a local morning ritual that involves sipping, dunking and crunching. We’ve long loved a good strong kopi – since we first sipped the inky brew on our inaugural trip to …

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Delicious Food and Wine Road Trips in Australia http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/30/delicious-food-and-wine-road-trips-in-australia/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/30/delicious-food-and-wine-road-trips-in-australia/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 15:50:30 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21451 With a ridiculously diverse range of jaw-dropping landscapes, a good connection of highways and impossibly scenic back roads, Australia is a country that is just made for road trips. Add fabulous produce sold from farmers’ gates, fantastic seafood served up sand-side, wonderful wineries with welcoming cellar doors, gastronomic restaurants overlooking the grapes, and small town …

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Underrated Cities in Europe That We Love http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/29/underrated-cities-in-europe-that-we-love/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/29/underrated-cities-in-europe-that-we-love/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 16:44:22 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21448 I have a love-hate relationship with travel lists. When they’re inane, generic, lack perspective, and are researched from a desk, I loathe them. When they’re useful, subjective, personal, and written from experience, I find them inspiring. A good list reminds me of passionate conversations over glasses of wine with old friends about our all-time favourite films, …

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Our Local Guide to Rio de Janeiro http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/23/our-local-guide-to-rio-de-janeiro/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/23/our-local-guide-to-rio-de-janeiro/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 11:26:47 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21401 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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The Cambodian Curry Paste Called Kroeung http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/20/the-cambodian-curry-paste-called-kroeung/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/20/the-cambodian-curry-paste-called-kroeung/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 16:48:27 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21436 Along with prahok (fermented fish), the Cambodian curry paste called kroeung is one of the distinctive signature ingredients in the Khmer kitchen. Flavouring everything from soups to stir-fries, its characteristics are a source of immense pride for a good Cambodian cook. With a base of lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime zest, turmeric, garlic, and shallots, kroeung is made daily …

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Best Bangkok Floating Markets for Foodies http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/19/best-bangkok-floating-markets-for-foodies/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/19/best-bangkok-floating-markets-for-foodies/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 03:32:43 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21424 Skip the touristy floating markets such as Damnoen Saduak if you’re a fan of street food. Instead, make a beeline for these comparatively off-the-tourist-radar spots which we believe are the best Bangkok floating markets for foodies. A birds-eye-view of a canal crammed with narrow wooden boats, laden with tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, fragrant flowers, and aromatic …

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Weekend in Melbourne http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/14/weekend-in-melbourne/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/05/14/weekend-in-melbourne/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 06:15:25 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21397 When we lived in Sydney, Melbourne was one of our favourite frequent getaways for a weekend of eating, drinking and shopping. Here are our quick tips for a Weekend in Melbourne. Get a taste of its mouthwatering food scene here. Check in Stay in one of Melbourne’s city centre hotels if it’s your first trip to the …

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