Tag Archive: souvenirs

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 31

Local Knowledge: Janet 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 things to do. They’re generally people unconnected to tourism. …

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Nov 02

Shopping the Chicest Boutiques in Phnom Penh – An Itinerary

We had flown to Phnom Penh from Bangkok to do a story for Asian travel magazine Lifestyle+Travel 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, whether they be hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, or boutiques. Shopping the chicest boutiques …

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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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