Tag Archive: gifts

Feb 05

East Meets West at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre in Luang Prabang

Click clack. Click clack. I love the sound of a loom being worked and the magic that is made as exquisite textiles are created out of simple threads. ‘Ock Pop Tok’ means ‘East meets West’ in Lao and the beautiful fabrics produced on the looms at the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre in Luang Prabang in …

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Dec 24

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas – Gifts That Give

It’s nice to go shopping and buy presents for friends and family, have them open them and go “wow!” and all the rest, but that’s hard when you’re overseas at Christmas and away from loved ones and need to do your Christmas shopping online. These days there’s an abundance of opportunities for online shopping. But …

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Oct 31

The Best Phnom Penh Markets

Like all South East Asian cities, the Cambodian capital has a few standout markets that are worth a wander to soak up the atmosphere, snack at the food stalls, and, naturally, shop for souvenirs. Here’s our mini-guide to the best Phnom Penh markets for visitors to the city. The Night Market – Phsar Reatrey  We …

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Aug 28

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Interestingly, the subject that seems to most inspire Saigon’s contemporary designers is the past – the tumultuous historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, along with Vietnam’s traditional culture, heritage, arts, and crafts. The story of Vietnamese-Australian designer, artist and entrepreneur Mai Lam is similar to others we met in Saigon: after losing a brother …

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Aug 12

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to Chatuchak Markets and a handful of other shops where I know …

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