About Lara Dunston

A travel and food writer who has experienced over 70 countries and written for Australian Gourmet Traveller, Feast, Delicious, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, Get Lost, Travel+Leisure Asia, DestinAsian, The Independent, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, AFAR, Four Seasons Magazine, Fah Thai, Sawasdee, and more, as well as authored some 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Footprint, Rough Guides, Thomas Cook, and AA Guides.

Cambodian Chef Tim Pheak, the Travelling Chef Living the Dream at Home

2019-02-16T18:58:44+00:00By |

Cambodian Chef Tim Pheak has probably travelled more than most Cambodian chefs his age. Yet he says he is finally living the dream as an executive chef in Cambodia's Siem Reap, where he's cooking elegant renditions on traditional Cambodian dishes with organic local produce. Cambodian chef Tim Pheak – Cambodians put family names first, so you'd …

Hanoi Street Food Specialties You Have To Try in the Vietnamese Capital

2019-02-15T15:22:09+00:00By |

Hanoi street food specialties you have to try range from Vietnamese street food staples such as Hanoi's famous noodle soup, pho bo Hanoi (phở bò Hà Nội), to distinctive local dishes such as the delectable bánh cuốn. This is our guide to the best street food to sample in Hanoi. Once you start strolling the …

Tips to Avoid Getting Sick When Travelling – How to Stay Healthy on Holidays

2019-01-31T12:26:57+00:00By |

Our tips to avoid getting sick when travelling include everything from boosting your immunity before you leave home with fermented foods to washing your hands compulsively when you’re away and taking preventative anti-diarrhoea medication to try to avoid 'travellers’ tummy'. There are few things worse than being sick when you’re on that much-needed holiday, whether …

Cambodian Chef Pola Siv on His Mother’s Cooking and How to Open a Restaurant

2019-02-12T20:59:49+00:00By |

Cambodian chef Pola Siv helms the kitchen of Mie Café, one of Siem Reap’s best restaurants, where the 35 year-old chef creates an elegant and inventive contemporary Cambodian cuisine rooted in local produce and European cooking techniques. Cambodian chef Pola Siv has a great story. Like the northern Cambodia city of Siem Reap’s other talented young …

One Day in Phnom Penh Itinerary for an Enriching Day in Cambodia’s Capital

2019-01-20T12:44:36+00:00By |

One day in Phnom Penh obviously isn’t enough time in the Cambodian capital. However, 24 hours in Phnom Penh is all many travellers allocate, treating it simply as a stopover, especially after a long haul flight, and especially if they’re en route to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. It’s a shame that one day in Phnom Penh …

Mekong River Cruises from Vietnam to Cambodia for a Taste of Indochina

2019-01-20T12:47:25+00:00By |

Mekong river cruises from Vietnam to Cambodia – or vice versa – give food loving travellers a taste of Indochina and the chance to experience the culinary cultures and cuisines of the two similar but very different neighbouring countries. Few rivers hold more mystique than the Mekong River and there are few better ways to …

Best Phnom Penh French Restaurants – From Elegant Fine Diners to Casual Buzzy Bistros

2019-01-16T19:50:15+00:00By |

The best Phnom Penh French restaurants include everything from elegant fine dining restaurant Topaz for classical French cuisine and sophisticated yet super-affordable Khema Pasteur to lovely Open Wine for quintessential French favourites and Bistro Lanka for a buzzy French vibe. We typically steer travellers in Southeast Asia towards Southeast Asian food, unless there’s good reason …

Fresh Herb Salad Recipe – Yum Chee from 100 Mahaseth Restaurant Bangkok

2019-01-02T17:56:04+00:00By |

This fresh herb salad recipe makes a big fragrant bowl of Yum Chee from 100 Mahaseth Restaurant, Bangkok, and comes courtesy of owner-chef Chalee Kader. European in presentation, it’s distinctly Southeast Asian in its sweet and sour flavours and zestiness. I’ve been hankering to make this fresh herb salad recipe since we first tasted it …

Places You Went in 2018 – From Cambodia to Calabria, Italy to Indonesia

2018-12-28T15:46:12+00:00By |

The places you went in 2018 included everywhere from Australia to the Americas, Cambodia to Calabria, and Italy to Indonesia. Those are the places you, our readers, spent time searching for, reading about and booking travel to on Grantourismo in 2018. It’s that time of the year when we all take some time to reflect, when …

Foodie Gift Ideas for Home Cooks from Pro Chefs and Restaurateurs

2018-12-23T14:29:57+00:00By |

Foodie gift ideas for home cooks from pro chefs and restaurateurs include everything from handcrafted Japanese knives and good cutting boards to cookbooks, cooking classes and dinners, and products such as quality olive oils and mustards. Every year, in the days leading up to Christmas, when some of you are scrambling to buy last minute …

Best Doha Hotels from Atmospheric Souk Lodgings to Whimsical Boutique Hotels

2018-12-26T10:59:31+00:00By |

Best Doha hotels include Arabian style lodgings in an atmospheric souk, whimsical hotels by iconic brands, Mondrian and the the W, luxury hotels and resorts by St Regis, Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons, and local budget hotel, K108. Doha’s brand spanking new and seriously whimsical Mondrian Doha hotel, designed by Marcel Wanders, with glam restaurants …

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