Grantourismo http://grantourismotravels.com The website of globetrotting professional travel writing & photography team Lara Dunston & Terence Carter. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:39:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Savour Siem Reap – Book a Vayable Experience with Lara http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/09/savour-siem-reap-book-a-vayable-experience-with-lara/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/09/savour-siem-reap-book-a-vayable-experience-with-lara/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 16:39:08 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=22500 Along with my Inside Siem Reap itineraries crafted around your interests, I’m also offering food focused Savour Siem Reap itineraries, introductions and a city orientation aimed at foodies, food writers, chefs, and restaurant owners. My Savour Siem Reap experiences are specifically aimed at people who don’t want to waste a meal in Siem Reap, people for …

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Inside Siem Reap – Book a Vayable Experience with Lara http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/08/inside-siem-reap-book-a-vayable-experience-with-lara/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/08/inside-siem-reap-book-a-vayable-experience-with-lara/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:00:25 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=22520 For some time now, I’ve been providing an informal itinerary and trip planning service for friends and acquaintances visiting Siem Reap. I’m now offering a similar Inside Siem Reap experience that you can book on Vayable. What I’ve been doing is working with friends and acquaintances to plan their trip, recommending hotels, tours and independent experiences, …

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The Arts and Architecture in Battambang http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/06/the-arts-and-architecture-in-battambang/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/06/the-arts-and-architecture-in-battambang/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:32:02 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21586 There’s much to experience when it comes to the arts and architecture in Battambang in northweat Cambodia. In recent years the charming colonial city has developed a reputation as an emerging arts hub, as many of the graduates from its famous performing arts school, Phare Ponleau Selpak, have collaborated to set up collectives, opened art …

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Where to Stay in Battambang http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/05/where-to-stay-in-battambang/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/08/05/where-to-stay-in-battambang/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:37:03 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21584 Battambang has become one of our favourite places in Cambodia. With each visit we’ve done over the last year, we’ve become more familiar with the colonial riverside city and its laidback villages, and as a result we’ve become more fond of it. We were just there again and we have to say that one of …

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The Best Bars in Siem Reap http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/30/the-best-bars-in-siem-reap/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/30/the-best-bars-in-siem-reap/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:03:16 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21751 After a sweaty day scrambling temples, cycling Siem Reap’s villages or spending too much time at the swimming pool, come sundown the best spot to be is downing icy cold Beer Laos or sipping killer cocktails. Leave Pub Street to the backpackers and hit the best bars in Siem Reap instead. Miss Wong Hands-down this …

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Our Culinary Guide to Siem Reap http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/29/our-culinary-guide-to-siem-reap/ http://grantourismotravels.com/2014/07/29/our-culinary-guide-to-siem-reap/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:27:53 +0000 http://grantourismotravels.com/?p=21748 Temples are at the top of every Siem Reap visitor’s to-do list and there are so many of the things that few travellers think of anything else. They are magic – we’ve lived here for over a year now and had visited Siem Reap a few times before we moved yet we’re still not ‘templed-out’. …

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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 influential bloggers …

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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 …

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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 Malaysia …

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