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Culture, Heritage and Tourism: a Chat with Elizabeth Becker

Culture, Heritage and Tourism: a Chat with Elizabeth Becker

The American author of Overbooked: the Global Business of Travel and Tourism, award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker was in Siem Reap recently for the UNWTO and UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture. I chatted to her about culture, heritage and sustainable tourism in Cambodia. Elizabeth Becker...
Absorbing Australia through Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Absorbing Australia through Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most-talked about annual art contest, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, were announced and the exhibition of finalists opened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW), Sydney’s and possibly Australia’s premiere art museum. We were in...
Ramadan Around The World

Ramadan Around The World

As the holy month of Ramadan is currently underway we thought we’d provide a guide for those of you travelling this month as to how this month of dawn to sunset fasting is observed in diverse ways in different Islamic countries and Muslim communities across...
Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

Performing Culture, Tourism Spectacles and Authenticity

Musings on the nature of tourism spectacles, performances that are artificially constructed and commodified for the tourist gaze, and the notion of authenticity when we travel. This is the metanarrative of my previous post, I suppose, so perhaps you’d better take a read of that...
Monday Memories: A Blur of Monks in Bangkok Thailand

Monday Memories: A Blur of Monks in Bangkok Thailand

In last week’s Monday Memories post I mentioned that there were several other photos in my ‘finals’ folder that I had taken at the mass alms-giving that was Visakha Bucha Day. However, sometimes, when you have a specific layout for your photographs in mind, you can overlook...
Monday Memories: Monks En Masse in Bangkok Thailand

Monday Memories: Monks En Masse in Bangkok Thailand

When there are 12,600 Buddhist monks from southern Thailand in one street of Bangkok at once, where, as a photographer, do you start trying to document the mass alms-giving that was Visakha Bucha Day? Wide shot, mid shot, close-up. That’s what I was taught when studying...
Exploring the Isaan: the Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Thailand

Exploring the Isaan: the Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Thailand

Located in a lovely valley amid gently undulating hills, Dan Sai, in the Loie Province of Thailand’s Isaan region, is a town of dilapidated wooden houses that is famous for Phi Ta Kon, a boisterous three-day rainmaking festival, also known as the Ghost Festival, which coincides...
Alternative Berlin

Alternative Berlin

Street art, urban art projects, squat houses, and communes. The Real Berlin tour with Alternative Berlin takes travellers on a walk us through Berlin’s counter culture history, from the student protest movement of the 1960s and the rise and fall of the Bader-Meinhof gang in...