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A Local Guide to Shopping Siem Reap

A Local Guide to Shopping Siem Reap

Much to the surprise of most visitors to Cambodia, shopping Siem Reap is a real delight, with everything from stonemasonry and woodcarving that date back to the Khmer Empire and artisanal crafts such as silk weaving and basketry to contemporary fashion and handcrafted jewellery. There...
Weekend in Phnom Penh

Weekend in Phnom Penh

For most travellers to Cambodia, the colourful, cosmopolitan capital Phnom Penh is little more than a stopover at the beginning or end of a trip. While there’s enough to do to fill a week, a weekend in Phnom Penh is enough for first-timers to get a...
Price Check: a Siem Reap Shopping List

Price Check: a Siem Reap Shopping List

Having settled into Siem Reap where we’ve established a home, we’ve become familiar with what things cost in Cambodia and thought it was time to share a Siem Reap shopping list for our Price Check series, just in case you’re planning to settle in for a while...
Price Check: a Sydney Shopping List

Price Check: a Sydney Shopping List

After posting our guide to experiencing Sydney on a Budget and our apartment reviews, it seemed like a good time to do our Price Check: a Sydney Shopping List for you. Despite spending a great deal of time in Australia over the last 12 months,...
A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

A Local Guide to Vintage Shopping in Melbourne

That we needed to provide you with a local guide to vintage shopping in Melbourne quickly became apparent after spotting some Melbourne locals in beehives, cats eye glasses and bobby socks. After meeting vintage princess Danielle Pumo on our Hidden Secrets tour, it was obvious...
Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

Eric Raisina’s Guide to Siem Reap Style

We first met Madagascar-born fashion designer Eric Raisina at his atelier when researching shopping in Siem Reap on our first trip to the city. The Paris-trained designer, who worked for Christian Lacroix and Yves Saint Laurent, makes enchanting clothes. Eric Raisina is also something of a celebrity in Siem...
Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap — An Itinerary

Shopping the Gorgeous Stores of Siem Reap — An Itinerary

For most travellers, Siem Reap has been little more than a departure point for exploring Angkor Wat and the other Angkor temples. Yet it hasn’t always been that way. And once again the riverside city is offering visitors more to do than scramble archaeological sites....
Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

We flew to Phnom Penh from Bangkok to do a story for an Asian travel magazine for a section called The Buzz, which meant we had to cover places that hummed – the best, busiest, most talked-about spots in the city. These are the chicest boutiques in Phnom...
The Best Phnom Penh Markets

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...
Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

The much-maligned shopping mall makes sense in steamy Bangkok, especially during monsoon season* — just as it does in the oppressive heat of Dubai. Whereas the gritty streets of both cities offer few opportunities to escape the elements, air-conditioned shopping centres provide a respite from the...
Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

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...
Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

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...