Tag Archives: culture

Dispelling Cambodian Cuisine Myths — It’s Not ‘Mild Thai’!

Dispelling Cambodian Cuisine Myths — It’s Not ‘Mild Thai’!

Dispelling Cambodian cuisine myths seems to have become our part-time occupations. Not that we mind. No other Southeast Asian cuisine is so misunderstood and so under-appreciated — nor deserving of more attention. Let’s set a few things straight. Most visitors to Cambodia’s Siem Reap that we meet...
Georgetown Festival Penang to Feast on Art, Culture and Food

Georgetown Festival Penang to Feast on Art, Culture and Food

Georgetown Festival Penang kicks off on the Malaysian island of Penang in two days and we’ll be there! The month-long arts festival is jam-packed with events, exhibitions, screenings, and installations. It’s our first trip in 15 years and we can’t wait to get back. Our...
The Best Melbourne Museums

The Best Melbourne Museums

A priority for us on trips back to Australia is soaking up as much culture as we can. After we’ve caught up on the newest restaurants, we can be found in museums and galleries catching up on the latest exhibitions. Melbournians like to think that...
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 Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW

Absorbing 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, Sydney’s and Australia’s premiere art museum. During the final days...
Our Guide to Ramadan Around The World

Our Guide to Ramadan Around The World

As Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, is currently underway we thought we’d provide a little guide to Ramadan and the experience of Ramadan around the world for those of you travelling in Islamic countries over the next four weeks. Our Guide to Ramadan Around the World...
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...
Monks in Bangkok, Visakha Bucha Day, Thailand

Monks in Bangkok, Visakha Bucha Day, 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? The answer, of course, is to not panic and keep it simple....
The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, 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...