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.

Foodie Gift Ideas for Home Cooks from Pro Chefs and Restaurateurs

2018-12-23T14:29:57+07:00By |

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+07:00By |

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 …

Things to Do in The 13th Arrondissement of Paris – Where to Stay, Eat, Explore

2018-12-26T11:00:35+07:00By |

Things to do in the 13th arrondissement of Paris include everything from feasting on Southeast Asian food in Paris’ Chinatown and doing an engaging street art tour to hiking the hilly cobblestone lanes of charming Butte aux Cailles to explore its leafy enclaves. The 13th arrondissement of Paris in the city's southeast is perhaps the …

Siem Reap Guide for Angkor Marathon Runners – Where to Eat, Drink and Spa

2018-12-23T13:44:32+07:00By |

Our Siem Reap guide for Angkor marathon runners in town this weekend for the 23rd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon on Sunday has suggestions for restaurants to go to load carbs, spas to get a well deserved massage, and bars and pubs to celebrate. This Siem Reap Guide for Angkor marathon runners has recommendations for …

Northern Thailand Specialties – Lanna Dishes You Must Try in Chiang Mai

2018-11-30T19:53:19+07:00By |

Northern Thailand specialties you have to taste in Chiang Mai range from khao soi gai, the spicy Northern Thai curry noodle soup, and gaeng hang lay moo, a Northern Thai pork curry of Burmese origin to the fiery nam priks (relishes) and herbaceous and sour sausages. Northern Thailand specialties have been on my mind these …

Immersive Small Group Tours to Myanmar, Bhutan, Iran, Turkey and Ethiopia

2019-01-18T19:07:59+07:00By |

These immersive small group tours to Myanmar, Bhutan, Iran, Turkey and Ethiopia – some of the world’s most captivating destinations – are packed with meaningful experiences, and offer some of the best holiday deals I’ve spotted in a while. But you need to hurry. These immersive small group tours to Myanmar, Bhutan, Iran, Turkey and Ethiopia take …

Best Australian Outdoor Activities – Where to Experience Australia’s Great Outdoors

2018-12-03T15:11:53+07:00By |

Best Australian outdoor activities include swimming Sydney’s glorious beaches and harbour pools, camping in Kakadu National Park, biking and hiking on Lord Howe Island, bushwalking in Southwest Western Australia, and road trips through the Red Centre. Early this year, British newspaper The Telegraph invited me to be an advocate for Australia’s great outdoors for a …

Michelin Guide Thailand 2019 Released – Some Revelations and Reflections

2018-12-01T15:48:02+07:00By |

The Michelin Guide Thailand 2019 was released last week – or rather, the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-Nga, but that’s too much of a mouthful. Here are some reflections and revelations on the second Thailand edition of the little red book. Started by French tyre company Michelin, the first little red booklets were free …

Canvas Chef Riley Sanders Creates a Cuisine Inspired by a City, Bangkok

2018-11-19T10:09:57+07:00By |

Canvas chef Riley Sanders is creating a cuisine inspired by a city and that city is Bangkok. Sanders’ inventive food is rooted in beautiful, fresh, local produce, sourced from across Thailand. It has earned Riley and Canvas a Michelin star. The 2019 Thailand Michelin Guide was released a few days ago and many of the …

Barcelona Travel Tips to Reduce Overtourism – Local Tips to Help the Locals

2018-12-26T11:02:14+07:00By |

Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism and give back to locals rather than take away, include everything from avoiding the overcrowded sights and exploring lesser-visited neighbourhoods to visiting over the quieter winter and Christmas and New Year season. We thought it time to ask a local expert for some Barcelona travel tips to reduce overtourism …

Customise A Phone Case to Keep Your Travel Memories Alive

2018-11-27T19:07:00+07:00By |

Customise a phone case to keep your travel memories alive – whether it’s your phone case or that of a loved one, photos from your travel adventures, family holiday snaps, an island wedding or overseas honeymoon, or your first round-the-world trip. Who knew you could customise a phone case to keep your travel memories alive …

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