Tag Archives: Asia

Traditional Roasted Spicy Peanuts Recipe

Traditional Roasted Spicy Peanuts Recipe

These traditional roasted spicy peanuts are the addictive snack that typically accompanies a bia hoi drinking session in Hanoi and I’ve been obsessed with making them since we lived in the Northern Vietnam city four years ago. I’ve been obsessed with making my own variations of...
Cao Lau, the Legendary Noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam

Cao Lau, the Legendary Noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam

In Vietnam’s historic riverside town of Hoi An, a noodle dish steeped in legend offers unique flavours and textures that only a rich culinary heritage and hours of preparation can produce. The ubiquitous dish, cao lau, is the essence of Hoi An in a bowl —...
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Sign up to win a Backyard Travel Saigon Tour and receive our new monthly newsletter, along with the chance to win fabulous travel prizes throughout 2015. When we introduced the new Grantourismo design two months ago we hinted at big changes ahead for the site....
Siem Reap Water Festival – Bon Om Tuk

Siem Reap Water Festival – Bon Om Tuk

If you’re planning a trip to Cambodia, time your travel to coincide with the Siem Reap Water Festival or Bon Om Tuk– a traditional holiday that, like Khmer New Year and Pchum Ben Ancestors Festival, gives a great insight into local life. The atmosphere is electric. And it’s on again soon,...
Meet the Local Behind The Hunt Singapore Guide

Meet the Local Behind The Hunt Singapore Guide

If we’re going to use a guidebook when we travel, our preference will always be themed, quirky little guidebooks written by locals or expats like The Hunt Singapore guidebook. As you know, we used to write guidebooks. We worked for all the big publishers: Lonely...
Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

Why You Should Avoid Orphanage Visits in Cambodia

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 orphanage visits in Cambodia. I don’t...
Beguiling Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam

Beguiling Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam

A dazzling unspoilt seascape distinguished by clusters of verdant islands, craggy islets, limestone karsts, and schist outcrops that dramatically rise out of jade coloured waters, beguiling Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam is one of those enigmatic places that captures the imagination and doesn’t let go....
Best Bangkok Restaurants on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List

Best Bangkok Restaurants on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List

For the first time in the history of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list — the globe’s most highly regarded restaurant awards, recently announced in London — Bangkok, Thailand, has a restaurant ranked: Chef David Thompson’s Nahm at number 32. Best Bangkok Restaurants on Asia’s...