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Local Knowledge: Janet from Siem Reap

Local Knowledge: Janet 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...
Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

I had few expectations about Phnom Penh before we went to Cambodia’s capital to do a story for a travel magazine. I think that’s why I liked the city so much. The images in my mind – of wide boulevards and ramshackle, French colonial-style buildings,...
Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Just outside of Dan Sai, a diminutive town in the northwest of Thailand’s Isaan region, we stayed at PhuNaCome, a beautiful boutique resort set amid lush rolling hills typical of the countryside of the Loie province. From the balcony of the main sandstone building, where...
Ambling Around Beautiful Budapest

Ambling Around Beautiful Budapest

Budapest. It’s a city made for walking. After going grocery shopping, one of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination for our two-week stay is to walk – and not anywhere in particular, we just wander around our neighbourhood. If...
Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a...
The Art of African Beading

The Art of African Beading

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year...
Local Knowledge: Sabelo from Cape Town

Local Knowledge: Sabelo from Cape Town

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He’s the kind of person who epitomises the African concept...
Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cape Town‘s Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is beloved for the picture-postcard perfection of its streetscapes with their candy coloured terrace houses, cobblestones and quaint mosques, however, the real attractions for us are the aromas that come from its kitchens and the chance to do some cooking in Cape...
Ways of Seeing Cape Town

Ways of Seeing Cape Town

In Cape Town, as we did in Barcelona, we decided to play at being tourists for a day. We’ve resisted sightseeing and ticking off attractions in most of the destinations we’ve visited on our grand tour so far this year, preferring to explore neighbourhoods and hang out with the...