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Local Knowledge: Janet from Siem Reap

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...
Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, the Pulsating Capital of Cambodia

I had few expectations about Phnom Penh before we went to Cambodia’s capital to do a story for a travel magazine. I think that’s why I liked the city so much. The images in my mind – of wide boulevards and ramshackle, French colonial-style buildings,...
Ho Chi Minh City, the City Still Known As Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, the City Still Known As Saigon

Perhaps for the same nostalgic reasons that Mumbai’s locals prefer to call their city Bombay, Ho Chi Minh City, as it was renamed in 1975 after the fall of Saigon, is, we quickly discovered, still fondly referred to as Saigon by the locals. We don’t...
Local Knowledge: Gerd from Berlin

Local Knowledge: Gerd from 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, 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....
Ambling Around Beautiful Budapest

Ambling Around Beautiful Budapest

Budapest. It’s a city made for walking. After going grocery shopping, one of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination for our two-week stay is to walk – and not anywhere in particular, we just wander around our neighbourhood. If...
Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Masai Mara Take-Homes: Bargaining for Beads at a Mara Village

Terence called me ‘the Queen of Shopping’ when I was a full-time guidebook author specialising in the Middle East and writing boxed texts on subjects like ‘Haggling for Gold’ and ‘Bargaining 101’. But no amount of years spent drinking tea with carpet sellers from Morocco to...