Tag Archives: hidden gems

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

Richard Graham is the kind of traveller we identify with. Since the age of five, Richard has travelled to at least one new country every year. Every year. Before starting his tour company, My Sydney Detour, Richard did a 14-month overland trip from Mexico down...
Local Knowledge: Kenneth Meow from Melbourne

Local Knowledge: Kenneth Meow from Melbourne

In our latest edition of Local Knowledge from Melbourne, Australia, Kenneth Meow shares his insider tips to experiencing the Victorian capital. Kenneth is a Hong Kong-born Australian who is impossible to describe in a nutshell. He’s a restaurant owner, community volunteer, philanthropist, strategic advisor, social media consultant,...
Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

The waiter who looked after us during the Amantaka cooking course we did on the organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside was brilliant. His service was impeccable. He was so good at his job that when we asked him what his future plans were,...
Local Knowledge: Janet Chan from Siem Reap

Local Knowledge: Janet Chan 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...
Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

Local Knowledge: Vibol from Phnom Penh

We met 18 year-old Cambodian waiter, Pheng Vibol, or ‘Vibol’ as he’s called, at the wonderful Romdeng restaurant in Phnom Penh. Romdeng had been recommended to us by several locals as Phnom Penh’s best restaurant with fine Cambodian cuisine and a lively atmosphere. It didn’t...
Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

Local Knowledge: Chef Bo from Bangkok

We first met Thai-born chef Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava, better known as Chef Bo and her Australian chef husband Dylan Jones — protégés of the legendary master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson, at Nahm London — after eating a very memorable meal at their restaurant Bo.lan, just after...
Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

Local Knowledge: Owen from Edinburgh

We’ve resisted using mainstream guidebooks on our grand tour this year, choosing instead to rely on local people for advice. However, wherever possible we’ve sought out local guidebooks written by residents of the places we’ve visited. In Venice, we used the illustrated My Local Guide...
A local Guide to Berlin

A local Guide to Berlin

We met Berlin local Gerd Tepass in Buenos Aires about four years ago when we were writing a guidebook to the city. Gerd owned a funky boutique hotel there, with a good little restaurant and a bar. It was the kind of hotel we like,...
Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

Local Knowledge: Kaska from Kraków

When we met Kaska from Crazy Guides, when she came to collect us from our apartment for the Communist Tour in Kraków, I felt like I’d met her someone else before… Later, on our drive, she mentioned that she had an additional job bartending to put herself through university....
A Local Guide to Budapest

A Local Guide to Budapest

When we first arrived in Budapest, we took to Twitter to get some local tips. One person really gave us the goods, as you can see below. @mhovorka@gran_tourismo Have you visited the Holocaust Memorial Center? It’s relatively new, very interesting and well done. @mhovorka @gran_tourismo...